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Tour Overview

This travel route takes you on an unforgettable journey through some of China’s most iconic destinations. Begin in Beijing, where you’ll explore landmarks like the Forbidden City and the Mutianyu Great Wall. Continue to Xi’an to witness the Terracotta Army and immerse yourself in the vibrant Muslim Quarter. Then, venture to Lhasa, the spiritual heart of Tibet, to visit monasteries and experience the unique Tibetan culture. Finally, end your trip in Shanghai, where modernity meets tradition on the Bund. This itinerary offers a diverse blend of history, spirituality, and urban charm, providing a truly enriching travel experience.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Explore the majestic Forbidden City in Beijing, stepping into the imperial past and marveling at its grandeur.
2. Stand atop the Mutianyu Great Wall, surrounded by breathtaking mountain vistas, as you appreciate this marvel of ancient engineering.
3. Immerse yourself in the spiritual aura of Lhasa, visiting monasteries like Jokhang Temple and witnessing the serene debates at Sera Monastery.
4. Experience the tranquil beauty of Yamdrok Lake in Tibet, with its crystal-clear turquoise waters and majestic mountain backdrop, a perfect spot for a lakeside picnic.
5. Create your own mini clay warriors at the Terracotta Army in Xi’an, discovering the incredible legacy of China’s ancient civilization.
6. Wander through the bustling Muslim Quarter in Xi’an, savoring its vibrant street food and immersing yourself in its lively atmosphere.
7. Stroll along the historic Bund in Shanghai, admiring the stunning blend of architectural styles and enjoying panoramic views of the city.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to Beijing and check in at your accommodation. After a long journey, take some time to relax and freshen up.

    Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of the city and explore the nearby areas, getting a glimpse of Beijing's unique culture and charm.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: Novotel Beijing Peace

  2. Start the day by visiting Tian'anmen Square, an iconic landmark and the heart of Beijing. Marvel at its grandeur and significance as you walk through the square.

    Enter the magnificent Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Immerse yourself in the rich history and architectural splendor of the imperial palace complex, once home to Chinese emperors.

    Embark on a rickshaw ride through the traditional Hutong neighborhoods, experiencing the charm of old Beijing. Witness the courtyard homes, narrow alleyways, and local life, gaining insights into the city's traditional culture.

    Beijing Shichahai Hutong rickshaw ride
    Beijing Hutong rickshaw ride

    Return to your accommodation and spend the evening at leisure, perhaps trying some local cuisine or exploring the vibrant night markets.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodation: Novotel Beijing Peace

  3. Visit the Temple of Heaven, a masterpiece of Ming Dynasty architecture and a symbol of Chinese religious and cultural traditions. Explore its vast grounds and marvel at its exquisite craftsmanship.

    Beijing Temple of Heaven
    Temple of Heaven

    In the afternoon, venture to Mutianyu Great Wall, located in a picturesque mountainous landscape. Take a round-trip cable car ride to reach the wall and enjoy breathtaking views as you walk along its ancient paths.

    Capture memorable photos and immerse yourself in the history and grandeur of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodation: Novotel Beijing Peace

  4. Explore the Summer Palace, a tranquil retreat with beautifully landscaped gardens, pavilions, and a stunning lakeside setting. Take a leisurely stroll around Kunming Lake, visit Longevity Hill, and admire the intricately designed palaces.

    Beijing Summer Palace
    Summer Palace

    In the afternoon, take a high-speed bullet train from Beijing to Xi'an, a journey that offers scenic views of the countryside. Arrive in Xi'an and check in at your accommodation. Take some time to rest and prepare for the adventures ahead.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodation: Wyndham Grand Xi'an South

  5. Discover the awe-inspiring Terracotta Army, one of the world's most significant archaeological finds. Marvel at the life-sized clay soldiers, chariots, and horses that have guarded the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang for over two millennia.

    Terracotta Warriors and Horses

    Engage in a unique DIY activity where you can create your own mini clay warriors under the guidance of a skilled artisan. Unleash your creativity and take home a personalized souvenir.

    Visit the Xi'an City Wall, one of the best-preserved ancient city walls in China. Take a leisurely walk or rent a bicycle to explore the fortification. Enjoy panoramic views of the cityscape from the top of the wall.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodation: Wyndham Grand Xi'an South

  6. Begin the day by visiting the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, an iconic Buddhist pagoda that dates back to the Tang Dynasty. Admire the exquisite architecture and explore the surrounding temple complex.

    Xian Big Wild Goose Pagoda
    Big Wild Goose Pagoda

    Immerse yourself in the rich history and cultural heritage of Shaanxi province at the Shaanxi History Museum. Discover ancient artifacts, intricate artwork, and archaeological treasures that depict the region's past.

    Engage with local families and learn the art of making traditional dumplings, a popular Chinese dish. Roll up your sleeves, follow the guidance of experienced cooks, and create your own delectable dumplings.

    Experience the vibrant atmosphere of the Muslim Quarter, with its bustling markets, aromatic street food, and charming architecture. Stroll through the narrow alleys, shop for souvenirs, and savor the local flavors.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodation: Wyndham Grand Xi'an South

  7. Fly to Lhasa, the spiritual heart of Tibet. Upon arrival, you will be greeted and welcomed to the city known as the "Roof of the World."

    Check in at your accommodation and take some time to acclimate to the high altitude. It's important to rest and drink plenty of fluids to ensure a smooth adjustment.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodation: Thangka Hotel

  8. Visit Norbulingka, the summer residence of the Dalai Lamas. Explore its expansive gardens, intricate Tibetan architecture, and tranquil ponds. Immerse yourself in the peaceful ambiance and learn about the lives of the Dalai Lamas.

    Tibet Norbulingka

    Continue to Drepung Monastery, one of the largest monastic institutions in Tibet. Marvel at its impressive architecture and explore the various halls and chapels. Gain insights into Tibetan Buddhism and witness the monastic way of life.

    Journey to Sera Monastery, known for its lively monk debates. Witness the monks engage in philosophical discussions and learn about their spiritual practices. Return to your hotel and take some time to relax and reflect on the spiritual experiences of the day.

  9. Begin the day with a visit to Jokhang Temple, one of the most sacred temples in Tibetan Buddhism. Marvel at its richly adorned architecture and join the pilgrims as they prostrate themselves in prayer.

    Take a leisurely stroll around Barkhor Street, a vibrant marketplace encircling Jokhang Temple. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere, explore the shops selling traditional Tibetan crafts, and experience the local culture.

    Enjoy afternoon tea at Ani Tsangkhung Nunnery, a peaceful retreat where nuns practice meditation and devotion. Relax and soak in the serene ambiance of this spiritual sanctuary.

    Explore the majestic Potala Palace, the iconic landmark that served as the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas. Discover its intricately decorated chapels, grand halls, and panoramic views of Lhasa.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodation: Thangka Hotel

    Potala Palace Tibet Lhasa
    Potala Palace

  10. Embark on a scenic drive for approximately 2 hours to reach Yamdrok Lake, one of the most stunning lakes in Tibet. Marvel at its crystal-clear turquoise waters and the surrounding snow-capped mountains.

    Tibet Yamdrok Lake
    Yamdrok Lake

    Settle down for a delightful picnic by the lakeside, enjoying the serene beauty and tranquility of the landscape.

    Take leisurely walks along the shore, breathe in the fresh mountain air, and capture breathtaking photos of this natural wonder. Return to Lhasa and spend the evening at your own pace, reflecting on the natural splendor encountered during the day.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodation: Thangka Hotel

  11. Fly to Shanghai, a vibrant metropolis known for its modern skyline and bustling streets.

    Upon arrival, take some time to rest and recharge after the journey. Explore the surroundings of your accommodation and soak in the dynamic atmosphere of the city.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodation: Sunrise On The Bund

  12. Begin the day by visiting the Bund, Shanghai's iconic waterfront promenade. Marvel at the blend of architectural styles, from colonial-era buildings to towering modern skyscrapers.

    the Bund
    The Bund

    Enjoy a panoramic view of the city from the Shanghai Tower, one of the tallest buildings in the world. Ascend to the observation deck and capture breathtaking views of the cityscape below.

    Enjoy a half-day customized experience with your tour guide. Whether you wish to explore Shanghai's fashion scene, go shopping in trendy districts, or indulge in local cuisine, your guide will tailor the activities to your preferences.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

    Accommodation: Sunrise On The Bund

  13. After breakfast, your guide will escort you to the Shanghai airport for your departure flight.

    Bid farewell to China, carrying with you cherished memories and the enriching experiences of your journey.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Tour Price ($=USD)

From $2819 P.P, which is based on a private tour for 2 people. The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel.


Price Includes

  • 12 nights' accommodation;
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Private land transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle with licensed drivers;
  • Excellent local English-speaking tour guides services as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Entrance tickets as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • China Travel Insurance.

Price Excludes

  • Flights to Beijing / off Shanghai;
  • Any optional activities inside the attractions;
  • Any item not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • All kinds of gratuities for guides, drivers & others.
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