Great Wall Hiking | Great Wall Trekking | China Adventure Tours | China City Tours | China Package Tours | Tibet Tours | Yangtze Cruise | About Us | Contact | Home
 Tours from Beijing to Xi'an to Tibet and to the Largest City in China of Shanghai

Beijing


Xian


Lhasa


Shigatse


Shanghai

Request Your Tour Now

Name (MUST):
   
Email:
   
Phone:
   
Time to Visit:
   
Your residence now:
   
   Tour Code: 
   
Questions:
*When you are making this tour;
*Are you touring by yourself or with friends or family?
*What type of hotels do you expect;
*Do you speak any Chinese?
   
                          
For assistance, you can also send email to chinatour@greatwalladventure.com

EXPO-CHINA PACKAGE LIST

1. Shanghai-Beijing Impression

2. Shanghai-Nanjing Impression

3. Shanghai-Nanjing-Beijing Impression

4. Shanghai-Suzhou-Beijing Impression

5. Beijing-Xian-Shanghai Impression

6. Shanghai-Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) Impression

7.Shanghai-Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) and Hongcun Village Impression

8. Shanghai-Guilin Impression

9. Shanghai-Jiuzhaogou-Zhangjiajie (Avatar Hallelujah Mountain)-Expo

10. Shanghai-Lhasa Tibet Impression (Tibet Tour 1)

11. Beijing-Xian-Lhasa-Shigatse-Shanghai Impression (Tibet Tour 2)

12. Shanghai-Yangtze River Cruise and Three Gorges Impression

13. Shanghai-Yangtze River Cruise and Three Gorges-Beijing Impression

14. 20Day China Tour Impression

15. 16Day China Tour Impression

16. 10Day China Tour Impression

and many more...


from Shanghai Bund to Terra Cotta Warriors to Potala Palace

12-day Beijing-Xi'an-Tibet-Shanghai Impression Tour

Experience the best of China, both old and new!
This tour can start from

Highlights:

• Visit the “rooftop of the world”, and experience why Tibet has captured the hearts and minds of explorers and adventurers for centuries
• Discover Shanghai, the largest city of China
• Tour the Forbidden City and the Great Wall, among other sights, in Beijing, China’s cultural and political center
• See one of the world’s great wonders in the Terracotta warriors, in Xi’an, China’s ancient capital

B=(Breakfast) L=(lunch) D=(dinner)  DEPARTURE: Daily

Package Price

Price is based on the time of travel and number of customers. Please inquire through the form on the left side of the page, we'll quote the best price we can get. As this tour package involves domestic transfers, the package price will vary from time to time because of the changing airfares and hotel rates.


 

TOUR ITINERARY

Tour code:
EXSHXATIBET
Day 1 Depart from your home destination

You will leave from your local home airport and fly to Beijing Capital Airport.

Day 2 Arrive in Beijing

When you arrive at Beijing Capital Airport, you will be met by one of our English-speaking guides, and from there you will be driven to your hotel, The Peninsula, which is located in Wangfujing, Beijing’s premier shopping district in the heart of the city, and is a short walk to the Forbidden City and Tian’anmen Square. Once at the hotel you will meet the fellow members of your tour group, and your guide will brief you on your upcoming activities. The rest of the night can be spent at your own leisure.

Day 3 Beijing (B, L, D)

Today will be an action-packed day of touring! After breakfast in the hotel, we will head to the imposing Tian’anmen Square. The largest public square in the world, Tiananmen Square is seen as China’s political center. Its grounds have seen some turbulent moments, from the May 4th Movement of 1919 to the political turmoil of 1989. The south of the square is marked by the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall, while the center of the square is dominated by the Monument to the People’s Heroes, an imposing 10-story granite obelisk. To the east is the National Museum of China, and to the west is the Great Hall of the People, home to China’s legislative bodies. The north of the square is dominated by the Gate of Heavenly Peace, known for its iconic portrait of Mao Zedong, and is the national emblem of China.

Then we will head to the National Center for the Performing Arts, otherwise known as “the egg”. This futuristic building is one of the symbols of modern Beijing, and represents Beijing’s momentous future. Then it is a short walk to perhaps the most splendid sight in all of China, the Forbidden City. Built by the third Ming emperor between 1406-1422, the Forbidden City served as the official residence to the Emperor of China until the last emperor, Puyi, was forced to evacuate in 1924. The Forbidden City is divided into two parts. The southern section, or the Outer Court was where the emperor exercised his supreme power over the nation. The northern section, or the Inner Court was where he lived with his royal family. Consisting of 980 buildings and with 8,707 bays of rooms, the Forbidden City is the best example of classical Chinese architecture in the world, and is a wonder to behold.

Then we will make the short drive to the Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall. Although it has gotten a face-lift, it avoids the army of tourists that plague Badaling. Mutianyu offers some breathtaking views of the valley and wall below, and if you look to your right you’ll see a large sign engraved in the side of the mountain encouraging you to “Cherish Chairman Mao”. You can hike down to the parking lot or take a toboggan (highly recommended, and lots of fun!) down to meet our driver.

Upon arrival at the hotel, we will start the tour right with a Peking Duck dinner, the signature dish of Beijing.

Day 4 Beijing-Xian (B, L, D)

After eating breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven to the airport, where you will catch your flight to Xi’an, China’s “Valley of the Kings”. Upon arrival, you will be taken by your guide to Xi’an’s signature attraction, and one of the world’s greatest archaeological discoveries, the Terracotta Warriors.

The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses are the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century. Work is ongoing at this site, which is around 1.5 kilometers east of Emperor Qin Shi Huang's Mausoleum. It is a sight not to be missed by any visitor to China. Upon ascending the throne at the age of 13 (in 246 BC), Qin Shi Huang, later the first Emperor of all of China, had begun to work for his mausoleum. It took 11 years to finish. It is speculated that many buried treasures and sacrificial objects had accompanied the emperor in his after life. A group of peasants uncovered some pottery while digging for a well nearby the royal tomb in 1974. Life size terracotta figures of warriors and horses arranged in battle formations are the star features at the museum. They are replicas of what the imperial guard should look like in those days of pomp and vigor.

Dinner will be at a local dinner, where you will have a chance to sample the local provincial cuisine. Your hotel during your stay in Xi’an will be at the Sofitel on Renmin Square, which is in the heart of Xi’an, and next to the main city square.

Day 5 Xi’an-Lhasa (B, L, D)

After breakfast in the hotel, you will be able to take a leisurely stroll on the Xi’an city wall. It's the most complete city wall that has survived in China, as well being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. Since the ancient weapons did not have the power to break through a wall and the only way for an enemy to enter the city was by attacking the gate of the city wall.

We will then drive to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a pagoda surrounded by a still functioning Buddhist temple (named Da Ci’en Temple). Originally built in 652 during the reign of Emperor Gaozong of the Tang Dynasty (618-907), it functioned to collect Buddhist materials that were taken from India by the hierarch Xuanzang.

You will then be taken to the airport where you will take an early afternoon flight to Gonggar Airport at Lhasa, the capital city of the Tibet Autonomous Region. Your local Tibetan guide (he/she can speak English), will take you to your hotel, the Four Points by Sheraton where you will have a chance to adjust to the altitude change. You are now on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Lhasa’s elevation is 3,650 meters (about 12,000 feet) above sea level. It takes some time for most people to adjust to the thin and dry air, so be sure to slow down, drink plenty of water, and avoid exertion.

Day 6 Lhasa (B, L, D)

We will begin our tour of the Rooftop of the World at the Jokhang Temple. Located in the center of old Lhasa city, Jokhang Monastery is the prime seat of the Gelugpa (Yellow) Branch of Tibetan Buddhism. It was originally built in 647 AD. It is said the site was chosen personally by the wife of King Songtsan Gampo, the Tang Princess Wen Cheng. The princess perceived Wutang, a lake in Lhasa, to be a “devil’s heart”, a source of evil, and had it filled in and the temple built on the site to counteract evil forces. It was built by craftsmen from Tibet, China and Nepal and thus features different architectural styles. Jokhang means "House of Buddha".
Jokhang Temple is the spiritual center of Tibet and the holiest destination for all Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims.

A short walk from the Jokhang Temple is Barkhor Street. The Barkhor (pilgrims’ circuit) is found in the heart of Lhasa encircling the Jokhang Temple. It is the earliest remaining street in Lhasa. It bustles with activity and is always jam-packed with traders and hawkers. It is a "must" for souvenir-hunting tourists. Many people call the Barkhor "the window of Tibet" as it exhibits a typical Tibetan life. The old circumambulation circuit is always crowded with pilgrims from everywhere. Some are monks, and some are businessmen from Kham, a region encompassing East Tibet and part of Sichuan Province. Here you will find people from all over Tibet. You can experience different styles of dress and languages. Even the similar-looking clothes of the monks vary depending on the different branches of Buddhism they practice.

Then we will tour the Sera Monastery, Sera was the last of the three principal Gelupka, or Yellow Hat, Buddhist monasteries to be built in Lhasa. Sera has been listed as one of the China's National Cultural Relics since 1982. Sera comprises a great sutra chanting hall, a college and 32 sections. It once housed nearly 10,000 monks, and is proud of its glorious history during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Sera means hailstone in Tibetan, and legend tells that it hailed during the foundation of this famous monastery.

After dinner, you will be able to enjoy an authentic Tibetan song and dance performance. The rest of your night can be spent at your leisure.

Day 7 Lhasa (B, L, D)

After breakfast, we will visit the most famed landmark of Lhasa, the Potala Palace. The world famous Potala Palace is located on Moburi (Red) Mountain, to the west of old Lhasa. It is a huge treasure house of materials and articles from Tibetan history, religion, culture and art. The palace is widely known for the precious sculptures, murals, scriptures, Buddha statues, murals, antiques, and religious jewelry housed within. They are of great cultural and artistic value. In 1994, the Potala Palace was declared a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. It was originally built in the 640s, during the reign of King Songtsan Gampo of Tibet. The Potala has been a sacred place for hundreds of years. Thousands of pilgrims from Tibet, other parts of China and abroad come every year to pay homage. Their devotion is shown by the difficult journeys they have to make to reach “the City of the Gods".

In the afternoon, we will make an exciting outing to the Drepung Monastery. Built in 1416, Drepung Monastery is the first of the three principle monasteries of the Gelugpa School of Buddhism. Gelugpa, or Yellow Hat, Buddhism is the branch followed by most Tibetans, and the most influential figure in this faith is the Dalai Lama. Drepung Monastery used to be the living quarters of Dalai Lamas before the reconstruction of the Potala Palace by the Fifth Dalai Lama between 1645 and 1694. Drepung was listed as a national cultural relic in 1982.

We will then return to the hotel for dinner, and you are free to explore the city and this winding streets and markets for the night. The most famous night market in Lhasa, is Tianhai Night Market on the west suburb of city. The market features many stalls of snacks, fruits, and handicrafts lining the street. Each night, the street is crowded and illuminated. Tianhai Night Market is known for its great variety of goods and for being cheaper than the market on the Barkhor Street.

Day 8 Lhasa-Shigatse (B, L, D)

After breakfast in the morning we will travel by vehicle to Shigatse. The journey to Shigatse enters through high mountain passes and along the beautiful shorelines of Yamdrok Tso Lake. Along the way, we will visit some traditional Tibetan villages.

We will stop at Gyangze to visit the Gyangze Dzong, a fortress where 300 Tibetan put up a fight against invading British-Indian troops in 1904. If we have enough time, we will also visit the Gyangze Kumbum for its stunning architecture and murals from the 15th century. We will then resume our journey to Shigatse, and we should arrive by early evening.

We will stay at the Shigatse Hotel, having dinner there, and you are free to spend the night at your own leisure.

Day 9 Shigatse (B, L, D)

Being the second largest city in Tibet, Shigatse is a must-see for both tourists and pilgrims. After breakfast we will go to the west of town to see the Tashilunpo Monastery. ashilunpo Monastery is located on the southern slope of the Nyima Mountain to the west of the Shigatse city. It represents the Tibetan super architecture art in the Last Tibetan spirit. The monastery attracts thousands of Buddhists and tourists from domestic and abroad to travel and worship every year. Driving on the road far away from Shigatse, from the west city you can see the gold roof of Tashilunpo Monastery shinning under the sunshine. Experiencing five centuries, it still maintains the magnificent vigor. Tashilhunpo Monastery (meaning auspicious) is one of the Six Big Monasteries of Gelugpa (or Yellow Hat Sect) in China and the biggest Tibetan Gelugpa Buddhism monastery in back Tibet area. Also called the Heap of Glory, the monastery is located at the foot of Drolmari (Tara's Mountain), Shigatse.

In the afternoon, we will pay a visit to a local carpet market, where remarkable Tibetan carpets are crafted by hand. Then we will tour the Samdrubse Dzong, an ancient fortress that was destroyed during the Cultural Revolution, but that has now been restored thanks to private donations. We will cap off the day with a walk through the twon’s markets, bazaars, and narrow alleys before having a dinner of the local cuisine.

Day 10 Shigatse-Lhasa-Shanghai (B, L)

After breakfast in the hotel, we will travel back to Lhasa via the national highway, traveling through winding peaks and the valleys of the Yaluzangbu River. On the way we will stop at a local village and its temples. We will arrive in the afternoon at the Gongbar Airport in Lhasa and you will fly to Shanghai, with your connecting flight in Chengdu.

Shanghai, China's biggest and most prosperous city, oozes an atmosphere of vitality, and a dynamic which can rival New York in the United States and Paris of France in terms of modernity. Shanghai is the second largest 'city proper’ in the world after Mumbai.

Upon arrival at the airport in Shanghai, you will be met by your English-speaking guide, who will take you to your hotel in downtown Shanghai. Dinner and the rest of the evening is up to you.

Day 11 Shanghai (B, L, D)

After breakfast, we will start our Shanghai sightseeing at the Yuyuan Garden. Yuyuan Garden is a famed classical garden. The garden may be small, but it contains pavilions, halls, rockeries, ponds and cloisters, and all have unique characteristics. There are six main scenic areas in the garden: Sansui Hall, Wanhua Chamber, Dianchun Hall, Huijing Hall, Yuhua Hall and the Inner Garden. Each area features several scenic spots within its borders.

Then it is off to Shanghai Old Street. Shanghai Old Street is an ideal place to discover what Shanghai was like in the old days. Fangbin Road, aka. "Shanghai Old Street" is adjacent to Yuyuan Garden. It runs in an east-west direction from Zhonghua Road to Henan South Road, with both ends marked by decorated archways. On the street you will find hundred-year-old stores: Tonghanchun, Laotongsheng, Wuliangcai, Wanyouquan, Qiu Tianbao, Old Shanghai Tea House, Deshun Western Food Restaurant, Chunfeng Deyi Restaurant, Xishi Soya Beancurd Store, Dingniangzi Cloth Store, Rongshun Restaurant and Baoyintang. There is also a newly opened Danfeng Tea House, a Clinic of renowned traditional Chinese medical doctors and other new shops with traditional characteristics.

Then we will walk along the Bund, which is Shanghai’s most famed site. The Bund is a famous waterfront and regarded as the symbol of Shanghai for hundreds of years. It affords marvelous views across the river of the Pudong district and its numerous towers. The most famous and attractive sight which is at the west side of the Bund are the 52 various buildings of different architectural styles including Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Classicism and the Renaissance.

After lunch we’ll go to the Shanghai Museum. The Shanghai Museum is a large museum of ancient Chinese art. The museum style and presentation surround visitors with artifacts demonstrating ancient wisdom and philosophy. The exterior design of the round dome and the square base symbolizes the ancient idea of a round heaven and a square land. The museum is divided into eleven galleries and three exhibition halls. The eleven Galleries cover most of the major categories of Chinese art: Ancient Bronze, Ancient Ceramics, Paintings, Calligraphy, Ancient Sculpture, Ancient Jade, Coins, Ming and Qing Furniture, Seals, and Minority Nationalities. The museum is a wonderful primer on ancient Chinese culture, and is a must-see when coming to Shanghai.

For the night, you are free to explore this bustling metropolis on your own, and we will also have a special dinner of shanghai cuisine.

Day 12 depart Shanghai (B)

After breakfast, you will be driven to the airport, and you will go on to your next destination, ending your tour with us.


Tour Inclusions

1. Hotels with daily western breakfasts;
2. Meals in accordance with that listed on the itinerary.
3. professional local guide & driver;
4. Private air-conditioned car or van for transportation;
5. Admission of the first gate.
6.Two bottles of mineral water per day.

Tour  exclusions

1. Tip of the guide
2. Personal costs

 

Great Wall Hiking | China City Tours | China Package Tours | Shanghai Tours | China Discount Hotels | China Adventure Tours | Sitemap | Home
Copyright 2014 The Great Wall Adventure Club (Beijing), a North America Commerce International (NACI) company.®