Tibet Potala Palace
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Tour Overview

This 2-week itinerary from Hong Kong, unveils the diversity of Chinese history, nature, and traditions, designed specifically for first-time visitors to China. Begin with the wonders of Guilin, Xi’an, sailing the Li River, and discovering the cultural gems of Yangshuo. Journey to Chengdu to meet the cute pandas. In Xian, you will explore the Terracotta Warriors and the pagodas.

In Lhasa, the Potala Palace and sacred sites await, providing a spiritual ascent to the Himalayan heights. Chengdu beckons with panda encounters and Sichuanese delights. Uncover Beijing’s imperial past at the Forbidden City and Great Wall, concluding with cultural indulgences like Kungfu shows and Peking Roasted Duck.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Terracotta Marvels: Stand before the lifelike Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an, a silent army guarding China’s imperial past.
2. Potala Palace Vista: Gaze upon the majestic Potala Palace, a Tibetan treasure, and absorb the spiritual aura of Lhasa.
3. Li River Serenity: Drift along Guilin’s Li River, surrounded by karst landscapes, a tranquil journey through natural wonders.
4. Cultural Enchantment: Walk the Forbidden City, immerse in ancient rituals at the Temple of Heaven, unlocking China’s imperial secrets.
5. Karst Wonderland: Hike Longji Rice Terraces, witness the unique Yao and Zhuang cultures, and stand atop Nine Dragons and Five Tigers.
6. Panda Encounter: Visit Chengdu’s Panda Breeding Center, connecting with adorable giant pandas, symbols of conservation success.
7. Great Wall Triumph: Conquer Mutianyu Great Wall, absorbing panoramic views, a testament to ancient engineering marvels.
8. Historical Tapestry: Explore Shaanxi History Museum, unraveling China’s rich past through artifacts and exhibits in Xi’an.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Depart from Hong Kong and take a high-speed train to Guilin West from Hong Kong West Kowloon Station. Enjoy the scenic journey through the countryside. Arrive in Guilin, where a local guide will welcome you at the station. Transfer to your hotel and check in. Freshen up and relax.

    Spend the afternoon exploring Guilin at your own pace. Wander through the charming streets, visit local markets, or relax in a nearby park. In the evening, head to the Two Rivers and Four Lakes area. This beautifully lit scenic spot offers a tranquil atmosphere with stunning views of the water and surrounding landscapes. Take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the reflections of the city lights on the water.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: in Guilin

    Night view along Two Rivers and Four Lakes in Guilin
    Night view along Two Rivers and Four Lakes in Guilin

  2. After breakfast, leave for the Longji Rice Terrace, a masterpiece of agricultural engineering that spans the hillsides like giant steps. As you hike through the terraced fields, witness the intricate irrigation system that has sustained these landscapes for centuries. The lush greenery and vibrant colors of the rice paddies create a mesmerizing scene. Take a break at a scenic spot to appreciate the tranquility and beauty of the surroundings. Capture the moment with photographs or simply soak in the serenity of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

    Longji Rice Terraces
    Longji Rice Terraces

    Continue your hike, passing through traditional villages nestled among the terraces. Explore the distinctive Huangluo Yao Village, home to the Red Yao ethnic group known for their long hair and vibrant cultural practices. Visit a local family, interact with residents, and learn about their daily lives. Witness traditional performances and craftsmanship, providing a deeper understanding of their heritage.

    Journey to Ping'an Zhuang Village, surrounded by terraced fields and characterized by its charming wooden houses. Experience the warmth of the Zhuang people's hospitality as you explore the village and appreciate the unique architecture. Climb to the observation deck of the Nine Dragons and Five Tigers, where the panoramic view allows you to appreciate the vastness of the terraced landscape. The golden hues of the setting sun casting shadows on the rice paddies create a magical ambiance.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Guilin

  3. Begin your day with a leisurely breakfast at your hotel in Yangshuo. Embark on a captivating 4-hour Li River Cruise, reveling in the stunning karst landscapes that have inspired poets and artists for centuries. Arrive at Yangshuo around noon. Check in to your accommodation, allowing some time to rest and freshen up.

    Guilin Li River Cruise
    Li River Cruise

    In the afternoon, explore the picturesque countryside along the Ten-mile Gallery, known for its idyllic scenery and charming villages. Visit the iconic Big Banyan Tree, a symbol of strength and resilience. Stroll through its shaded pathways and learn about its historical significance. Continue your journey to Moon Hill, a natural arch with a unique crescent-shaped hole. Climb to the top for panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes.

    In the evening, wander through the vibrant West Street, lined with shops, cafes, and cultural attractions. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of this bustling pedestrian street.

    Optionally, indulge in the captivating Impression Liu Sanjie Show (additional fee), an outdoor performance set against the backdrop of the Li River.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Yangshuo

    Yangshuo West Street
    Night view of West Street

  4. After breakfast, set out on an enchanting cycling adventure along the Yulong River, enjoying the serene countryside and the stunning karst formations. You will guided to visit a local farmer's family, gaining insights into rural life and traditional farming practices. Engage with the locals and appreciate the warmth of their hospitality. Experience the tranquility of bamboo rafting along the Yulong River, weather permitting. Drift along the scenic waterway surrounded by lush greenery and limestone peaks.

    Guilin Yangshuo Yulonghe bamboo rafting
    Yulong River bamboo rafting

    Return to West Street in Yangshuo for a cooking class at around 15:30. Learn to prepare traditional Chinese dishes with a local chef, and savor the fruits of your culinary efforts during dinner. After the meal, a comfortable drive takes you back to Guilin City for your overnight accommodation.

    Meal: Breakfast + Dinner

    Accommodation: in Guilin

  5. Enjoy a hearty breakfast at your hotel in Guilin. Check out and transfer to Guilin Airport to catch your flight to Chengdu. The rest of the day is yours to relax and explore Chengdu at your own pace. Consider visiting local attractions, sampling Sichuan cuisine, or simply unwinding in one of the city's parks.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Chengdu

  6. Begin your day by visiting the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, a conservation and research center dedicated to the protection of giant pandas. Observe these iconic animals in a natural habitat setting and learn about the center's efforts in panda conservation.

    Chengdu Pandas
    Baby Pandas in Chengdu Giant Panda Base

    Next, head to Wenshu Temple, a serene Buddhist temple that offers a peaceful escape from the urban hustle. Explore its beautiful gardens, ancient halls, and the vegetarian cuisine served in its tea house. Then, visit Renmin Park, a vibrant public park where locals gather to enjoy various activities. Take part in a traditional tea-tasting session, sipping on different local teas while enjoying the park's lively atmosphere. Lastly explore Jinli Old Street, a charming area lined with traditional Sichuan-style architecture, boutiques, and street vendors. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere and perhaps try some local snacks. After that, your guide will escort you back to your hotel.

    Optional Evening Activities (at your own expense):

    Watch a mesmerizing performance of Sichuan Opera Face Changing, a traditional art form where performers change colorful masks in a split second. This optional activity offers a fascinating glimpse into Sichuanese culture.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Chengdu

    Sichuan Opera Face-changing
    Sichuan Opera Face Changing

  7. Enjoy a leisurely morning in Chengdu, allowing time for relaxation or exploration at your own pace. Your driver will escort you to the airport for your flight to Lhasa, Tibet.

    Upon arrival in Lhasa, a local driver will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Check in and spend the rest of the evening at your own pace. Given the high altitude of Lhasa, take it easy and allow your body to acclimate to the altitude. Consider a light meal and a good night's rest to ensure a comfortable adjustment.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Lhasa

  8. After breakfast, take a captivating exploration of Lhasa's cultural treasures. Your first stop is the Potala Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and former winter residence of the Dalai Lama. Your local guide will take you to explore both the White Palace and Red Palace, marveling at the intricate Tibetan architecture and rich history that permeates this grand structure.

    Potala Palace Lhasa Tibet
    Potala Palace in Lhasa

    After a delightful lunch, continue your cultural journey with a visit to Jokhang Temple, a spiritual center and pilgrimage site. Witness the deep devotion of pilgrims and admire the temple's stunning architecture. Next, you will explore Barkhor Street, a bustling market and pilgrimage circuit around Jokhang Temple. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere, where traditional Tibetan crafts and goods are available for purchase. Conclude your day by returning to your hotel, where you can reflect on the day's experiences and savor the unique charm of Lhasa. Rest well, as more adventures await in this enchanting destination.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Lhasa

  9. In the morning, take a guided tour of Norbulingka Park, a serene oasis that served as the summer residence of the Dalai Lamas. Stroll through the beautifully landscaped gardens and explore the various palaces and chapels within the complex. Later, drive to Drepung Monastery, one of the largest monasteries in Tibet. Explore the expansive complex, including its assembly halls and chapels, gaining insight into Tibetan Buddhism's rich history and traditions.

    Drepung Monastery in Lhasa
    Drepung Monastery

    Sera Monastery is today's last stop, where you will witness the unique spectacle of monks engaging in lively debates. This centuries-old practice offers a glimpse into the intellectual rigor and philosophical depth of Tibetan Buddhism. After the tour, transfer you back to your hotel.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Lhasa

  10. Enjoy a leisurely morning, taking in the serene surroundings of Lhasa. Relax and prepare for your journey to Xi'an. Your driver will escort you to the airport for your flight to Xi'an.

    Upon arrival in Xi'an, the rest of the day is yours to explore this ancient city at your own pace. Consider visiting the Bell and Drum Towers, or sampling local cuisine.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Xian

  11. After breakfast, drive to the Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Marvel at the intricately crafted life-sized figures and learn about the history of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang. After exploring the Terracotta Warriors, engage in a hands-on experience by making your own miniature warrior, creating a unique and memorable keepsake.

    Xian Terracotta Army
    Terracotta Warriors and Horses

    In the afternoon, visit the Ancient City Wall, a well-preserved fortification that offers panoramic views of Xi'an. For an additional cost, opt for a bike ride along the wall, providing a unique perspective of the city. Next, explore the vibrant Muslim Quarter, known for its bustling markets, diverse street food, and historic mosques. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural and culinary tapestry of this lively district. In the evening, enjoy a leisurely walk along the Grand Tang Dynasty Ever Bright City, soaking in the modern ambiance blended with historical elements.

    Optional Evening Activity:

    Indulge in the captivating Tang Palace Dance Show, featuring traditional Tang Dynasty music and dance performances. Enhance your experience with a hearty dumpling dinner (additional cost).

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Xian

  12. Da Cien Temple, the first destination today, is a Buddhist temple housing the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Explore the temple grounds and the pagoda, and consider climbing to the top for panoramic views (additional cost). Later, explore the Shaanxi History Museum, showcasing artifacts and exhibits that span China's rich history. Gain insights into the region's cultural heritage through the museum's extensive collection.

    Big Wild Goose Pagoda Xian
    Big Wild Goose Pagoda

    After the tour, catch a high-speed train to Beijing, the capital of China, offering a swift and comfortable journey.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Beijing

  13. In the morning, you will see one of the world's largest public squares - Tiananmen Square. Gaze upon iconic landmarks such as the Monument to the People's Heroes and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong. Absorb the historical and political significance of this iconic site. Then, walk to the Forbidden City, an immense palace complex that served as the imperial palace for nearly 500 years. Explore its grand halls, courtyards, and intricate architecture while learning about China's imperial history.

    Beijing Forbidden City
    Forbidden City

    After a satisfying lunch, spend a leisurely afternoon at the Summer Palace. This imperial retreat boasts serene Kunming Lake and historic structures like the Hall of Benevolence and Longevity. Stroll through the beautiful gardens, admire the stunning lakeside views, and explore the opulent palaces and pavilions. Optionally, enhance your evening by watching a spectacular Kung Fu Show (additional cost). Marvel at the athleticism and skill of the performers as they showcase the artistry of Chinese martial arts.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Beijing

  14. After a hearty breakfast, embark on a scenic drive to the Mutianyu Great Wall. Marvel at the breathtaking landscapes as you ascend to this well-preserved section of the wall via a cable car. If you're feeling adventurous, a hike along the ancient fortifications offers a rewarding experience. Explore the Mutianyu section, known for its impressive watchtowers and panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

    Hike the Mutianyu Great Wall
    Hike the Mutianyu Great Wall

    Continue your cultural journey by visiting the Sacred Way, an ancient pathway leading to the Ming Tombs. Admire the intricately carved statues of mythical creatures and stone animals lining the avenue. On the way back to Beijing, catch a glimpse of the Bird's Nest and Water Cube, iconic structures from the 2008 Beijing Olympics, illuminated against the evening sky.

    Conclude your day by indulging in the culinary excellence of Peking Roasted Duck at Quanjude (additional cost). Savor the crispy skin and succulent meat in this renowned Beijing dish, a fitting end to your cultural and gastronomic adventure.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Beijing

  15. Commence your day with a visit to the Temple of Heaven, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the iconic Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests and the Circular Mound Altar, witnessing the ancient rituals that took place within this spiritual haven.

    Beijing Temple of Heaven
    Temple of Heaven

    Embark on a unique cultural experience by taking a rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Beijing's Hutongs. These historic alleys provide a glimpse into traditional Beijing life, where ancient courtyard residences coexist with modern urban living. Visit a local family in the Hutongs, gaining insights into their daily routines and traditions. Engage in conversation, and perhaps, enjoy a cup of tea as you learn about the rich history of these neighborhoods.

    Following the Hutong tour, your knowledgeable guide will escort you to the airport for your onward flight. Reflect on the diverse cultural experiences and historical wonders that Beijing has offered during your stay.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Tour Price ($=USD)

From $2729 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

  • 14 nights' accommodation;
  • Meals listed in the itinerary;
  • Tibet Travel Permit;
  • 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;
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day;
  • Economy flights or second-class trains mentioned in the itinerary;
  • China Travel Insurance.

Price Excludes

  • Flight/train tickets to Hong Kong / off Beijing;
  • 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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