Day 1: Arrive at Beijing. Arrive at Beijing, the capital of China. To be met at the airport then transferred to your hotel. Free at leisure in the evening.
Day 2: Beijing (Meals: B/L). Sightseeing: Tiananmen Square / Forbidden City / Temple of Heaven. Depart from your hotel in the morning to have city tours to visit Tiananmen Square, the symbolical heart of China and gathering place for the masses. It is the biggest public square in the world, which can hold one million people. Have a free walk there, imagining the great historic events of the 20th that century took place there. You will also see legendary landmarks including the Great Hall of the People and the towering 125 foot granite obelisk, Monument to the People's Heroes, honoring those who died in revolution. Walking across the Golden River Bridge, enter the Forbidden City, the inner sanctum and palace where for centuries Chinese emperors ruled their world. It has a 9000-room maze of courtyards, palaces, and ceremonial halls, where 24 emperors used to live. The Forbidden City was indeed a forbidden place, where commoners were kept out for nearly 500 years. Tour the palace and imagine the mystery, intrigue and incredible power that reigned here. After having lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Temple of Heaven. Built in the 15th century, it was a sacred site for ancient Beijing, where the emperor and his 1000 member entourage would retreat twice a year for religious rituals. Surrounded by enormous grounds designed in accordance with fengshui, the Temple complex consists of the Celebrated Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, a unique wooden and blue-tiled structure built without a nail. It is considered the supreme achievement of traditional Chinese architecture.
Day 3: Beijing (Meals: B/L/). Sightseeing: Badaling Great Wall / Ming Tombs / Spirit Way. Depart from your hotel after breakfast. Spending about 1.5 hours to be transferred outside the city to the surrounding countryside to visit the Badaling Great Wall, one of the most remarkable feats of mankind, built over 2,000 years ago. You will be able to climb and walk one of the best preserved sections of the ancient wall, admiring the splendid mountains scenery. After having lunch at a local restaurant, visit the fabled Ming Tombs, the resting places of thirteen emperors and their splendid treasures. Passing down the Spirit Way, a road lined with statues of dignitaries, as well as huge elephants, lions, camels and horses, you will encounter the marble tombs of the Ming Dynasty emperors. Visit one of the spectacular tombs-Dingling-featuring an underground palace.
Day 4: Beijing (Meals: B/L). Sightseeing: Full day private tours to Summer Palace/ Hutong Rickshaw tour / Xiushui Street. Depart from your hotel after breakfast to visit the Summer Palace. Built in 1888, it was once a summer retreat of three imperial for emperors. Have a lakeside cruise on lovely Kunming Lake, enjoy the magical views of the hills, bridges and pagodas that grace the Palace grounds. After having lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Hutong. Hutong are a kind of ancient city alley or lane that is typical in Beijing. Most of them are found around the Forbidden City, and many were built during the three dynasties of Yuan, Ming and Qing. Today, the Hutong is a living museum of Beijing history showing the traditional lifestyle of Beijing people. Tricycles hold two people and are peddled by an experienced bicyclist. Stops are made to visit a local family and to see first-hand how the people of Beijing live. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.
Day 5: Beijing - Xian (Meals: B/L). Sightseeing: Xian / Shaanxi Provincial Museum / Old City Wall. Check out and depart from your hotel. Take morning flight to Xian. To be met at the airport & transferred to your hotel. Have a city tour to visit the Shaanxi Provincial Museum, the largest comprehensive museum in the province. It is also the fist national-level grand museum equipped with modern facilities. It exhibits primarily historical relics of past dynasties and displays precious art treasures and stone carvings of the Han and Tang dynasties. Walking through the exhibits in the museum is like walking through a 3,000 years of Chinese history. After having lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Old City Wall. It is the most complete surviving city wall in China as well as one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. The wall was built in the Tang dynasty (618-907) and enlarged in the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). Free at leisure in the evening.
Day 6: Xi'an (Meals: B/L). Sightseeing: Full day private tours to Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses / Bell Tower / Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Today will be your highlight in Xian. Depart from your hotel after breakfast. To be transferred outside the city to visit the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. The Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses are the most significant archeological excavations of the20th century. It has been regarded as The 8th Wonder Of The World! Over 2,200 years ago, the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, in search of immortality, ordered the construction of a vast army of 8,000 life-sized Terra Cotta warriors and buried with them him to protect his empire after his early death. They were discovered accidentally in 1974 by farmers digging a well. For history lovers, the sight is truly breathtaking. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Bell Tower which is the most well-preserved and best-known one among many ancient cities of China. The Bell Tower was originally built in the Yingxiang Temple in 1384, at the intersection of West Street and Guangji Street. Then in 1582, it was moved to its present pivotal position, in the very heart of the city at the junction of four main streets extending to the east, south, west and north, for rebuilding and later restorations. With magnificent carved beams and painted rafters, this classical building is truly elegant. After coming back to the city, have another tour to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Situated in the south of Xian, as one of the main constructions in the famous Buddhist Da-Ci-En Temple, the pagoda is one of the most distinctive and outstanding landmarks of Xian.
Day 7: Xi'an - Chengdu (Meals: B/L). Sightseeing: Xian / Hanyang Tomb. Check out and depart from your hotel. On the way to the airport, visit the Hanyang Tomb. It is the Jing Emperor's tomb in Han Dynasty and was opened in 2001 and is famous for its rich collections of different kinds of tombs. Take afternoon flight to Chengdu. To be met at the airport & transferred to your hotel.
Day 8: Chengdu (Meals: B/L). Sightseeing: Panda breed Reserve / Sanxingdui ruins. Depart from your hotel after breakfast to visit Panda breed Reserve. After having lunch at a local restaurant, visit Sanxingdui ruins, ruined city with a history of over 3,000 years. The relics at Sanxingdui are precious cultural heritage of mankind, which contain rich historical, cultural and scientific value. Then be transferred back to Chengdu.
Day 9: Chengdu - Lhasa (Meals: B). Check out and depart from your hotel. Take morning flight to Lhasa. To be met at the airport & transferred to your hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.
Day 10: Lhasa (Meals: B/L). Sightseeing: Full day private tour to Potala Palace / Jokhang Temple / Barkhor Street. Full day private tour to Potala Palace, the greatest monumental structure in Tibet and perched upon Marpo Ri Hill, 130 meters above the Lhasa Valley. After having lunch at a local restaurant, visit Jokhang Temple, the spiritual center of Tibet. Then visit Barkhor Street, the oldest street in Lhasa as well as the center of old Lhasa. Remaining very traditional, it is a place where Tibetan culture, economy, religion and arts are assembled. Free at leisure in the evening.
Day 11: Lhasa (Meals: B/L). Sightseeing: Full day private tour to Tsepung Monastery / Sera Monastery / Norbulingka / the Carpet Factory. Depart from your hotel after breakfast to visit the Tsepung Monastery, one of the biggest monasteries in Tibet. Then visit the Sera Monastery, known as one of the 3 great monasteries of Tibet. After having breakfast at a local restaurant, visit the Norbulingka Park. Norbulingka means "Jeweled Garden". It was constructed as a summer palace for the Dalai Lama at the beginning, then served the whole governmental administration. Follow with the Carpet Factory. The highland of Tibet is the actual home of oriental carpets. By visiting the Carpet Factory you will have a general idea how carpets are produced. Free at leisure in the evening.
Day 12: Lhasa - Shigatse via private car or coach (Meals: B/L). Sightseeing: Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier and Baiju Monastery. Depart from your hotel after breakfast to drive to Shigatse (about 347 km). On the way, visit Yamdrok Lake, located in the Langkamu county, with an area of 638 square km and a coastal line of 250 km. After having lunch at a local restaurant, visit Baiju Monastery. It has 9 stories, 108 doors and 77 rooms. Each room contains a different statue of Buddha and the wall frescoes telling the story about it. Then visit the Karola Glacier and Baiju Monastery. Free at leisure in the evening.
Day 13: Shigatse - Lhasa via private car or coach (Meals: B/L). Sightseeing: Shigatse area / Tashilumpo Monastery. Depart from your hotel after breakfast to drive to visit Tashilumpo Monastery. Painted in red and white, the buildings in the monastery stand closely together in terraced rows, offering a grand and majestic view. Be transferred back to Lhasa along the Yaluzangbu River. Free at leisure in the evening.
Day 14: Lhasa - Chengdu (Meals: B). Check out and depart from your hotel. Take morning flight to Chengdu. To be met at the airport & transferred to your hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.
Day 15: Depart Beijing for next city (Meals: B). Free at leisure until transferred to the airport for next city.
- Hotel accommodations with breakfast as specified (but hotels are subject to change to the same category before finally confirmed.
- All meals as specified in the itinerary.
- Transfers among airports & hotels as specified in the itinerary by private car or coach with driver & English-speaking guide.
- Entrance fees for sightseeing as outlined in the itinerary with English speaking guide.
- Domestic flights, trains or buses as specified in the itinerary.
- Domestic airports departure taxes have been charged with the flight tickets.
- Travel insurance in mainland China during the above travel period.
- Arrangements for the planning, handling, operational and communication charges.
- Any meals which are not included in the "The trip price includes."
- Single Room Supplements (as the above quotation for accommodation is based on twin sharing room).
- International air and train tickets for coming to & leaving mainland China. Air tickets or train tickets not specified in the itinerary on the first arrival day and last departure day.
- Excess Baggage Charges.
- Personal expenses: Items of a purely personal nature such as drinks, laundry, tips to guides or drivers, FAX, telephone, excess baggage charges, or sightseeing or meals which are not included in the day-to-day itinerary.
- Insurance coverage of personal loss, illness or damages incurred during your trip.
- Gratuities, Tips to Guides and Drivers.
- Visa fees.
* Prices are subject to change without notice.
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