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Tour Overview

Join us on this 13-day journey through China’s Golden Triangle and beyond, immersing yourself in cultural wonders and diverse landscapes. Begin in Beijing, where you’ll explore the Forbidden City, conquer the Great Wall, and experience the city’s vibrant life. Discover Xi’an’s Terracotta Warriors before delving into the spiritual heart of Lhasa, where ancient palaces and monasteries await. Continue to Chengdu for panda encounters and Sichuan cuisine. Conclude in dynamic Shanghai, blending historic charm with modern vibrancy. This unforgettable tour embraces iconic landmarks, local traditions, and personalized exploration.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Roam royal halls and courtyards in Beijing’s Forbidden City, a living testament to China’s imperial heritage.
2. Ascend Mutianyu’s Great Wall, absorbing awe-inspiring vistas and conquering history’s monumental marvel.
3. Encounter Xi’an’s Terracotta Warriors, standing guard over a bygone dynasty’s intricate legacy.
4. Immerse in Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street, where devotion and culture entwine.
5. Witness playful pandas, indulge in Sichuan delights, and wander the enchanting Jinli Old Street.
6. Stroll the Bund, explore Yuyuan Garden, and plunge into Shanghai’s vibrant modern pulse.
7. Cherish final moments in China’s bustling cities, a rich tapestry of experiences, before bidding adieu.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Upon your arrival at Beijing international airport, you'll be warmly welcomed by your assigned guide and driver, holding a sign with your name for easy identification. They'll help you with your luggage and ensure a smooth transfer to your hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle.

    Your guide will provide you with some initial information about Beijing, including local customs, transportation, and safety tips. Once you arrive at your hotel, take some time to relax, freshen up, and adjust to the new time zone.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: in Beijing

  2. Your guide will meet you at the hotel after breakfast to begin your day's adventure. The first stop is Tian'anmen Square, the heart of the city and a significant historical and cultural landmark. Your guide will share stories about its role in modern Chinese history.

    Afterwards, you'll proceed to the Forbidden City, the imperial palace complex that served as the home of Chinese emperors for centuries. Explore the opulent halls, stunning courtyards, and intricate architecture while your guide provides insight into the history and significance of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Beijing Forbidden City
    Forbidden City

    Following your visit to the Forbidden City, you'll make your way to Jingshan Park. Climb the hill for panoramic views of Beijing's cityscape, including a breathtaking view of the Forbidden City from above. Your guide will narrate the stories and legends associated with the park.

    For a glimpse into traditional Beijing life, hop into a rickshaw and venture into the charming hutongs (narrow alleys). As you navigate these historic neighborhoods, your guide will provide insights into the daily lives of residents and the historical significance of these areas.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Beijing

  3. Today's highlight is a trip to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, located a bit further from the city, offering a less crowded and more serene experience. The journey takes about 1.5 to 2 hours, during which your guide might share interesting facts about the Wall's construction and significance.

    Upon arrival, you'll have the choice to either hike up the Wall or take a cable car for a more relaxed ascent. Regardless of your choice, the stunning views and impressive architecture will leave you awestruck.

    Beijing Mutianyu Great Wall
    Mutianyu Great Wall

    As you explore the Wall, your guide will share tales of its history and strategic importance throughout the centuries. Don't forget to capture some memorable photographs against this iconic backdrop.

    Before you head back to the city, you'll have the option to experience a thrilling toboggan ride down the Wall, offering a unique way to descend and a fun-filled adventure.

    En route to Beijing, you'll make a stop at the Sacred Road, an avenue bordered by stone statues and monuments leading to the Ming Tombs. Your guide will explain the cultural significance of this area.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Beijing

  4. Start your day with a visit to a local morning food market, where you'll witness the vibrant bustle of locals shopping for fresh produce, meats, and other daily essentials. Your guide can introduce you to some traditional Chinese ingredients and local snacks.

    The Temple of Heaven is next on the agenda. Marvel at the exquisite architecture and explore the vast park where locals gather for recreational activities. If you're interested, your guide can arrange for you to participate in a Tai Chi session led by a local master, providing a unique cultural experience.

    Beijing Temple of Heaven
    Temple of Heaven

    In the afternoon, you'll catch a high-speed train to Xi'an, a journey that takes around 4-5 hours. Enjoy the modern comforts of the train and perhaps take in the passing scenery as you travel across different regions of China.

    Upon arrival in Xi'an, the local guide is waiting to greet you at the train station and transfers you to your hotel.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Xian

  5. The day begins with a visit to the renowned Terracotta Warriors and Horses, one of China's most significant archaeological discoveries. Your guide will take you through the pits containing these life-sized soldiers, each with unique features and expressions. Learn about the history and significance of this incredible site.

    Xian-Terracotta-Army
    Terracotta Warriors and Horses

    For lunch, you'll have the opportunity to savor local Xi'an cuisine, which is known for its savory flavors and distinctive dishes.

    In the afternoon, explore the Ancient City Wall, a well-preserved fortification that encircles the historic center of Xi'an. You'll have the chance to walk or even rent a bicycle to ride along the wall's perimeter, enjoying panoramic views of the cityscape.

    As evening falls, you have two options for entertainment: either explore the bustling Muslim Street, a vibrant area known for its local delicacies and bustling market stalls, or attend the Tang Dynasty Show, a cultural performance that offers insights into ancient Chinese music, dance, and fashion.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Xian

  6. This morning, you'll board a flight to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. Due to the change in altitude, your local guide will be ready to assist you upon your arrival. They'll provide you with information on how to acclimate to the high altitude and help you settle into your hotel.

    After checking in, it's essential to take things slow and rest during your first day in Lhasa to avoid altitude sickness. Your guide will be available to provide advice and recommendations for gentle activities you can engage in without exerting too much energy.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Lhasa

  7. Today's exploration starts with a visit to the Potala Palace, an iconic symbol of Tibet and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This immense palace complex was once the residence of the Dalai Lama and offers a stunning blend of Tibetan and Chinese architectural styles. Your guide will take you through the various sections of the palace while sharing its history and significance.

    Potala Palace Tibet Lhasa
    Potala Palace

    Next, you'll head to the revered Jokhang Temple, a spiritual center for Tibetan Buddhists. The atmosphere here is vibrant and filled with devotees performing their rituals. Learn about the temple's importance to Tibetan Buddhism and the history behind its construction.

    Conclude your day by wandering through Barkhor Street, a bustling market encircling the Jokhang Temple. This area is not only a marketplace but also an important pilgrimage route for Tibetan Buddhists. Take the opportunity to interact with locals, shop for souvenirs, and absorb the unique ambiance.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Lhasa

  8. In the morning, visit Norbulingka Park, also known as the Summer Palace. This serene retreat once served as the Dalai Lama's summer residence, and its expansive gardens, ponds, and palaces offer insight into Tibetan royalty's lifestyle.

    Explore the vast Drepung Monastery, which was once one of the world's largest monastic institutions and a center of learning for Tibetan Buddhism. Your guide will provide information about its history, architecture, and the daily lives of monks.

    Drepung Monastery in Tibet
    Drepung Monastery

    Continue to the Sera Monastery, known for its unique monastic debates. Witness the passionate exchanges among monks as they discuss philosophical topics. This practice offers a fascinating glimpse into the intellectual and spiritual aspects of Tibetan Buddhism.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Lhasa

  9. Today, you'll say goodbye to Lhasa and embark on a flight to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province. Upon arrival, your local guide will be there to greet you and transfer you to your hotel.

    As Chengdu is renowned for its Sichuan Opera, you might want to consider attending a performance in the evening. The opera often features a famous face-changing act, puppet shows, and traditional Sichuanese music. Your guide can assist you in making arrangements if you're interested.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Chengdu

  10. The morning is dedicated to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, where you can observe giant pandas and learn about conservation efforts. Witness these adorable creatures munching on bamboo and playing in their enclosures.

    Chengdu Pandas
    Baby Pandas in Chengdu Giant Panda Base

    Continue to the serene Wenshu Temple, a peaceful oasis in the heart of the city. Explore the temple's halls, gardens, and pagodas, and take part in the tranquil ambiance of the place.

    Experience a quintessential Chengdu activity by visiting a local tea house. Engage in conversation with locals over a cup of tea, and learn about the art of tea preparation and its significance in Chinese culture.

    Later in the afternoon, immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Jinli Old Street, a lively pedestrian street lined with shops, eateries, and stalls selling local crafts and snacks.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Chengdu

  11. Enjoy a free morning to relax, perhaps indulging in some shopping, taking an interesting Sichuan Cuisine Cooking Class, or wandering through the hotel's neighborhood. After that, fly to Shanghai, China's dynamic and cosmopolitan metropolis. Upon arrival, your local guide will be ready to accompany you to your hotel and provide an overview of the city's top attractions and activities.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Shanghai

  12. Begin your exploration with a visit to the enchanting Yuyuan Garden, an intricate classical Chinese garden that dates back to the Ming Dynasty. Stroll through its tranquil ponds, pavilions, and rock formations.

    Shanghai Yuyuan Garden
    Yuyuan Garden

    Gain insights into the intricate craft of silk production at a Silk Workshop. Observe the process from cocoon to fabric and learn about the history of silk in China.

    Take a leisurely walk along the iconic Bund, a riverside promenade that offers stunning views of Shanghai's modern skyline juxtaposed against historic architecture. As you walk, your guide will provide you with historical and architectural insights.

    In the afternoon, you have the flexibility to enjoy various activities.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Shanghai

    the Bund
    The Bund

  13. Spend your last morning in China at your own pace. Depending on your departure time, you might want to take a final stroll around your hotel's neighborhood or do some last-minute shopping for souvenirs.

    Your driver will then be ready to escort you to the airport or train station, ensuring a seamless transition for your onward journey.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Tour Price Per Person

The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel. Please contact us for a specific price.

 

Price Includes

  • 12 nights' accommodation in well-selected hotels;
  • Meals listed in the itinerary;
  • Private 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;
  • Second-class high-speed train tickets and flight tickets listed in the itinerary;
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day;
  • China Travel Insurance.

Price Excludes

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