10 Days Highlights Tour of Beijing-Xian-Chengdu-Lhasa

What are the must-visit places in China? Take this 10 Days Highlights Tour to explore the must-visit places in China: Beijing-Xian-Chengdu-Lhasa. Seize the chance to discover the best Mutianyu Great Wall, and Forbidden City in Beijing, and meet amazing Terracotta Warriors and Horses, and Muslim Quarter in Xian, as well as the Leshan Giant Buddha in Chengdu, never forget to meet lovely pandas in Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, last, visit grand Potala Palace, and feel Tibetan culture in Lhasa. You will definitely feast your eyes through these breathtaking landscapes.

Highlights of this tour:
*Shocked by the grand Terracotta Warriors and Horses and climb to the ancient city wall to explore the long history of Xian.
*Take a close encounter with the lovely baby pandas in Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base.
*Be amazed by the largest stone-carved Buddha in the world–Leshan Giant Buddha, known as “a mountain is a Buddha, and a Buddha is a mountain”.
*Witness the Potala Palace, the magnificent building with the highest altitude in the world that integrating palaces, castles and monasteries.
*Immerse yourself in the most breathtaking Yamdroktso lake in Tibet.
*Visit the capital of China, Beijing, appreciate the long history and splendid culture.

  • Driver + Vehicle + Private tour guide + Entrance fee + Lunch + Hotel with breakfast + Flight ticket + Train ticket
  • Yes
10 Days Highlights Tour of Beijing-Xian-Chengdu-Lhasa
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  1. Day 1: Beijing Arrival (no meal )

    Upon your arrival at Beijing airport / train station, our local driver will pick you up from the exit gate by holding a welcome board with your name and transfer to downtown hotel for checking-in. Free and easy on your arrangement for rest of the day.

    Accommodation: Overnight in Beijing

  2. Day 2: Beijing
    Temple of Heaven, Mutianyu Great Wall ( B, L )

    AM: Today, get up early in the morning, follow your guide to enjoy the nice morning time in Temple of Heaven and see how local people spend their morning time in the square. Temple of Heaven, famous for its meticulous layout, unique architecture and magnificent decoration, this grand complex was built for the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties to offer sacrifices to the heaven and pray for good harvests. It was listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1998. You will definitely marvel at the craftsmanship and learn more historical facts about ancient China.

    Noon: Lunch at local restaurant.

    PM: Next, move on to today’s highlights - the famous world’s heritage Mutianyu Great Wall. It would be around 2 hours’ driving, you can take this chance to see the urban and suburban scenery of Chinese capital on the way. Mutianyu Great Wall is the most scenic part of Chinese Great Wall. It was built in the early Ming Dynasty at 1368 and stretches for 5400 meters. 90 percent of the Mutianyu is covered by vegetation. So in each season this part of the Great Wall will treat visitors with its unique scenery. If pure-hiking is too much for you, there are also options of cable car and toboggan to see the spectacular scenery from different angles ( optional).

    Finish the amazing hiking, you’ll end today’s tour with an exterior visit of the marvelous Bird's Nest and Water Cube which were built for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Walking around the outside of the building to appreciate the unique design and take some pictures would be perfect.

    Accommodation: Overnight in Beijing

    Temple of Heaven

  3. Day 3: Beijing - Xian by High Speed Train
    Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace ( B , L )

    AM:Today starts with the largest city square in the world - Tian'anmen Square. The square has a very important role in China’s history and visiting it is a dream for many generations of Chinese people. So don’t be surprised when you see the square is teeming with Chinese people. You can just wander around the square and take in the rich history.

    Then you will follow your tour guide into the incredible Forbidden City, which was once the royal palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties with more than 70 big and small palaces and over 9,000 rooms. It is one of the largest and most well-preserved ancient wooden structures in the world. Walking into the grand and majestic complex, you will steep in China’s long history and marvel at this architectural masterpiece.

    Noon: Lunch at local restaurant.

    PM: After lunch, move on to Summer Palace. With an area of 2.9 square kilometers, this palace was the best place where the emperors of the Qing Dynasty spent their summers. Here you will enjoy the amazing lake view, explore the exquisite long corridor, appreciate precious cultural relics, step on the elegant stone bridge, see high old trees, etc. You will love every minute here with so much to see. You also can take the option of boat ride to enjoy the stunning Kunming Lake ( optional).

    Afterwords, transfer to train station for your high-speed train to Xian. Upon arrival, our Xian local driver will be waiting for you at the exit gate by holding a welcome board with your name and transfer to Xian downtown hotel for check-in.

    Accommodation: Overnight in Xian

    Forbidden City

  4. Day 4: Xian
    Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Ancient City Wall, Bell and Drum Tower Square, Muslim Quarter ( B, L )

    AM: Your Xian exploration begins with world’s heritage Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Known as “the Eighth Wonders of the World”, it was found by four local farmers while drilling a well in 1974. Now it has turned into one of the most important attractions in China and the No.1 attractive site in Xi’an. The museum includes Pit 1(the largest pit), Pit 2, Pit 3, and the exhibition hall of the chariots and horses. You will stay in the museum for 2-3 hours. Listening to the explanation from the expert tour guide, you will learn the hidden story of those live-sized sculptures and history of their owner: First Emperor of Qin who is also the first emperor of China.

    Noon: Lunch at local restaurant.

    PM: Head back to Xian downtown area for another historical highlight- Ancient City Wall. It is the most complete preserved and the largest city wall in China, which was built for the military defense in the ancient time. Since it is cycling the city, visitors can ride a bike around the city wall ( optional).

    Next, head to Bell and Drum Tower Square, which locates in the very center of the city and is considered as the symbol of this old capital. Walking forward, you will come to Muslim Quarter where you will find many special local products and authentic local snacks. You can enjoy preserved meat, casserole, various noodles, and purchase some Terracotta Warriors imitation as souvenirs.

    Accommodation: Overnight in Xian

    Terracotta Warriors

  5. Day 5: Xian - Chengdu by High-speed Train
    Leshan Giant Buddha ( B, L )

    AM: In the morning, our driver will pick you up from the hotel lobby and transfer to train station for your high-speed train to Chengdu. Upon arrival, our local English speaking tour guide and driver will be waiting for you at the exit gate by holding a welcome board with your name.

    Noon: Lunch at local restaurant.

    PM: After lunch at a local restaurant, you are going to admire the tallest stone Buddha in the world - Leshan Giant Buddha. This magnificent stone statue was carved out of a cliff face 1300 years ago. When you look up to it from its toes, it’s hard for you to imagine how ancient Chinese people built this massive statue which withstood the ravages of wind and rain as well as man-made damages. You will climb up the stairs to the top of the mountain to enjoy wonderful scenery. The stairs may seem intimidating, but the hiking is well worth the time and effort.

    Last, transfer to Chengdu local hotel for check-in.

    Friendly Tips: There are 2 ways to visit the Leshan Giant Buddha, one is climbing up the mountain, one is taking a cruise along the river to take far view of it. Climbing up the mountain was included in the package as most tourists said this way is better. Taking cruise is optional. If you would like to take cruise instead of climbing up the mountain, or if you want to try both these 2 ways, just ask your tour guide for assistance.

    Accommodation: Overnight in Chengdu

    Leshan Giant Buddha

  6. Day 6: Chengdu
    Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, Renmin Park ( B, L)

    AM: Today, you will explore the must-see sights in Chengdu city. The first stop will be the exciting panda base - Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, which is well known for the protection and breeding of the endangered giant pandas which are unique to China. The base is definitely a highlight for most visitors to Chengdu. There are adorable pandas everywhere. You can watch them eating bamboo, playing with each other, and of course sleeping. Your tour guide will navigate you through the huge area, share some information about the pandas, and help you take amazing photos.

    Noon: Lunch at local restaurant.

    PM: Next, continue your visit to Renmin Park, a perfect place to do people watching. Here you can enjoy a cup of tea in a nice tea house and watch local people while away the time with various activities such as playing cards, doing tai chi, playing mahjong, dancing, and napping.

    Optional Night Activity: Sichuan Opera of Face Changing Show

    It will be a great way to end the day. You just sit back, sip your tea, and watch magic happening on the stage. The best part definitely will be the incredible face changing that everyone comes for. Face changing actually is one of the techniques of Sichuan Opera and is used to express the feelings of the characters. Seeing the performers changing their faces in seconds will completely enthrall you.

    Accommodation: Overnight in Chengdu

    Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base

  7. Day 7: Chengdu - Lhasa by Flight ( B )

    Free and easy on your own in the morning.

    In the afternoon, our driver will pick you up from the hotel lobby and transfer to the airport for your flight to Lhasa. Upon arrival, our local English speaking guide and driver will be waiting for you at the exit gate by holding a welcome board with your name.

    Accommodation: Overnight in Lhasa

  8. Day 8: Lhasa
    Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street ( B, L )

    AM: The imposing Potala Palace is the highlight of any trip to Tibet. Today you are going to visit this majestic architectural treasure of Lhasa, over 3,700 meters above sea level. The whole architectural complex includes two parts, the White Palace and the Red Palace. The White Palace is the place where the Dalai Lamas lived and handled political affairs, while the Red Palace mainly houses the stupas of the Dalai Lamas. Your tour guide will share a wealth of information with you to help you understand its history and Tibetan Buddhism.

    Noon: Lunch at local restaurant.

    After that, continue to explore the holy Jokhang Temple which has a history of over 1300 years. The temple is a mixture of Tibetan, Tang, Nepalese, and Indian architectural styles and has become an example of Tibetan religious architecture. The interior is so impressive with plenty of statues, colorful murals, and rows of butter lamps. It’s not allowed to take photos at most parts, but you will have opportunity to take some at the rooftop.

    After coming out of the sacred Jokhang Temple, you will follow your tour guide threading your way through the throngs of pilgrims and other travelers in the mesmerizing Barkhor Street. This old street will give you a taste of Tibetan people's life and their faith. You can casually walk around and do some shopping.

    Accommodation: Overnight in Lhasa

    Potala Palace

  9. Day 9: Lhasa - Yamdroktso Lake - Lhasa by Car
    Yamdroktso Lake, Tibetan family ( B, L )

    AM: Today you’ll visit one of the most famous lakes in Tibet - Yamdroktso Lake. It is famed as “the Most Beautiful Lake in the World” with the literal meaning as “the above coral twig” and the holy moral in Tibetan’s heart as “the Scattered Kallaite Earrings of Fairy” as it couldn’t be gotten its full perspective by visitors on the ground. There are three other lakes creeping on the earth with Yamdorktso Lake, connecting each other together and consisting of an endless holy lake beyond our horizon—the beautiful body of the lake on this land is more than 130km long. When looking it from map or sky, you will be surprised to see the lake embedded in this land, glittering like an earring under the sunshine at different time.

    Noon: Lunch at local restaurant.

    PM: Afterwords, come to visit a local Tibetan family to learn more about their culture and daily life.

    Accommodation: Overnight in Lhasa

  10. Day 10: Lhasa Departure ( B )

    Free and easy on your own until the pickup time for departure. Our guide and driver will meet you at the hotel lobby and transfer to Lhasa airport / train station to see you off.

    Accommodation: N/A

Price includes

  • Tibet Permits
  • Beijing - Xian high-speed train ( second class seat )
  • Xian - Chengdu speed train ( second class seat )
  • Chengdu- Lhasa flight ( economic class )
  • 9 nights’ accommodation in centrally located hotel with daily breakfast
  • 7 Chinese style lunch as listed in itinerary
  • Entrance tickets as mentioned in itinerary
  • Excellent English-speaking tour guide
  • Private transfers in air-conditioned vehicle with licensed driver
  • Travel Agency Liability Insurance during the tour
  • Government taxes

Price excludes

  • China Visas /international flights
  • Any dinner
  • Any optional activity / battery car / shuttle bus inside the attraction
  • Our package does not include travel insurance. Please purchase commercial travel insurance before your trip for any unforeseen circumstance
  • Any item beyond “Price Includes”
  • Gratuities to guide and driver (recommended if you are satisfied with their services)

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