Trip Itinerary & Travel Details
Day 1 Arrive Beijing, Airport or Railway Station pick-up and transfer to hotel
Upon arriving in Beijing, you will meet your guide and be transferred to your hotel in downtown Beijing. Free for relax the rest of the day.
Day 2 Beijing tour (B, L, D)
Our guide and driver will pick you up after breakfast. Today's tour starts with the visit of the Tiananmen Square. It is a very important place for celebrations in traditional Chinese festivals and important days with cultural and political significance. It is the largest square in the world. It will take about half hour to go around it.
Tiananmen Square got its name from the Tiananmen Gate, which means Gate of Heavenly Peace. From Tiananmen Gate you will walk and directly enter into the Forbidden City. It was a vast complex of building groups which make up the former residence of the ancient emperors. It is the largest and the best preserved ancient imperial residence in China today, and it is now open to public as Palace Museum. Forbidden City is a Must-see attraction of Beijing tour. It is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world.
After lunch, visit Temple of Heaven, the largest ancient imperial worship architecture group in the world. It is a worship altar where Emperors prayed for peace and harvest. It is also listed as the World Cultural Heritage Site. The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest is a magnificent triple-gabled circular building with 38 meters in height and 30 meters in diameter, stands on a round foundation built with three levels of marble stones.
Day 3 Beijing tour (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and go to visit the most representative part of China Great Wall, Badaling Great Wall--- the most famous and the best-preserved wall in China. Have traditional Chinese lunch at Longdi restaurant . After lunch, have a short visit of Jade Carving Factory while having a rest. Move on to the Ming tombs--- Changling, the best-preserved Chinese imperial tombs with 500 years history. In the evening enjoy Peking Duck Dinner. Transfer back to your hotel.
Day 4 Beijing to Xian (B, D)
Transferred to the airport and depart for Xian after breakfast. Our guide will wait for you at Xian airport and pick you up and transfer to your hotel. After a little rest we visit the Great Mosque---the largest and best preserved mosques of China which built in the later 14th century ago. Its colored painting and pattern are really the representative of art. You can feel the spotless clean solemn religious atmosphere in this secluded quiet place.
Day 5 Xian city tour (B, L, D)
Pick up from your hotel at then visit Terracotta Warriors, the Eighth Wonder of the World. The sumptuous large scale military line-up of real size soldiers figures re-creates the powerful Qin army which swept the other six countries away 2000 years ago.
After lunch, visit the Forest of Stone Steles Museum, a classical courtyard styled structure with the oldest and richest collection of steles in China, display the great works of calligraphy, painting and historical Steles which records the Chinese culture achievements.
Then we move on to visit the City Wall -the best preserved, oldest and largest ancient city defense system in China. The wall has a history of over 600 years. After that, transfer you back to your hotel. End tour.
After dinner, the guide will take you to see the Tang Dynasty Show -performance of music and dances that was originated in the Tang dynasty over a thousand years ago. The musicians present the music with the Tang-dynasty-style musical instruments. You will enjoy a national art that reflects the glory and richness of the Tang Dynasty era.
Day 6 Xian tour ( B, L, D)
Pick you up from your hotel. Firstly visit the Provincial Museum---a magnificent modern national museum, which built in the dignified and elegant Tang-dynasty style. The superb craftsmanship of 370,000 relics including murals, paintings, pottery, coins, as well as bronze, gold, and silver objects shows the splendor of Chinese civilization.
Then we will visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda It is one of the city's most distinctive and outstanding landmarks, possibly the most beautiful building left in Xian as well.
Day 7 Fly to Lhasa (B)
After breakfast we transfer to airport and leave for Lhasa, Tibet. Free the rest of the day for you to rest and relax and adjust to the high altitude. Stay in Lhasa hotel.
Day 8 Visit Jokhang Temple, Barkor Market Street and Potola Palace (B)
After breakfast, our Lhasa day tour starts with the visit of the world's highest of the ancient palace architecture - the Potala Palace, the "pearl of the plateau," which was founded in the seventh century AD. The Potala Palace was named after Mount Potala. The Potala Palace was the castle of the Tibetan Buddhist leader Dalai Lama until the 14th Dalai Lama fled to Dharamsala, India in 1959. The Potala Palace is listed as a UNESCO's World Heritage site.
The Potala Palace is the symbol of Tibet. It is one of Chinese national key protected cultural relics, is the most important castle in Tibet. It is a museum for materials and articles of Tibetan history, religion, culture and arts. The Potala Palace is well-known for its precious sculptures, murals, scripture, Buddha figures, murals, antiques, and buddhist jewelry collections, they are all the most valuable carrier of Tibetan culturel and art.
You will visit the Jokhang Temple in the afternoon. It is also a UNESCO's World Heritage site. Jokhang Temple is also called Dazhaosi. It was first builded by King Songsten Gampo in about 642, Tubo Dynasty. Jokhang Temple is the holiest site in Tibet and is the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Buddhists.
After that you will stroll on the Barkhor street. It is the oldest street in Lhasa. The Barkhor Street is located in the center of Lhasa. It circles the Jokhang Temple. It is one of the must-see places in Tibet. There are a lot of shops along the street were filled with all sorts of unique items. The Barkhor Street, usually regarded as the "Window of Tibet" is famous for its shopping.
After the day tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Lhasa.
Day 9 Visit Sera monastery, Drepung Monastery (B)
In the morning, you will start your explorations by visiting Sera monastery: Sera Monastery, built in 1419 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) , is one of the 'great three' university monasteries of Lhasa. The Sera Monastery is a special branch of Tibetan Buddhism Monastery
of the Gelugpa or Yellow Hat Sect. The monastery is made up of a Great Hall, three colleges (Sear Je college, Sera Negger college and Sera Me) and thirty residential compounds with chapels reserved for monks. There are hundred monks in residence here. Sera Monastery Monastery is famous for its tantric teachings.
After lunch, you will visit Drepung Monastery. 'Drepung Monastery' means Monastery of Collecting-Rice in the Tibetan language. Drepung Monastery is the most important and the biggest monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. It is located at the foot of Mount Gephel, in the western suburb of Lhasa. It is another one of the "great three" Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet. Drepung Monastery has great historical importance and significant political influence as well. Drepung is well known as the site of the annual Shoton Festival, with its dramatic giant thangka painting on the hillside.
After the day tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Lhasa in the afternoon or early evening.
Day 10: Depart Tibet (B)
Send you to Lhasa airport and fly to Chongqing. Upon arrive in Chongqing, the mountain city. You will be met by you local guide and transferred to the Yangtze River Cruiser.
Day 11 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)
Have an early get-up to enjoy a spectacular journey on the mighty Yangtze River. After lunch, you will disembark at the ancient Fengdu and enjoy a visit to the legendary city of ghost. Before return to the cruise for the welcome banquet, you will explore the city of ghost by visiting the local temples.
Day 12 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)
Today's highlight is the cruise through the first of the fabled Three Gorges: Qutang Gorge framed by steep mossy cliffs Wu Gorge, celebrated for its 12 peaks and Xiling Gorge, the last and most scenic of all the gorges. You will have a memorable experience of the shore excursion of Shennong Stream with a sampan tour through the treacherous gorges.
Day 13 Yangtze River Cruise / Yichang (B)
Today you will have a stop at Sandouping to view the historic Three Gorges Dam, the largest hydroelectric project in the world. After the shore excursion of Three Gorges Dam, you will disembark at Yichang in the afternoon. And then fly to Shanghai.
Day 14 Shanghai (B, L)
Today you will visit the most famous Shanghai tour attractions. You will be picked up from hotel in the morning to have a one-day trip. First to visit Oriental Pearl TV Tower, which is the best viewing spot of Shanghai. The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is on the east bank of Huangpu River, located in Pudong New Area. The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is the highest tower in Asia, the the third highest tower in the world. And after that, we will drive to Yuan Garden, it is one of Shanghai's top tourist destinations. Yuyuan Gardeb is a 400 year old classical Suzhou-style garden in downtown Shanghai. You can have a rest when you enjoy its traditional architectural style of Yangtze Delta.
After lunch, visit Jade Buddha Temple. The Jade Buddha Temple is a very famous Buddhist temple in Shanghai. This temple consists of three main halls and two courtyards. The are two magnificent white jade Burmese Buddha statues enshrined in this temple. The Jade Buddha Temple is the best place to understand the buddhist culture in Shanghai. Stay in Shanghai.
Day 15 Departure Shanghai (B)
Free at leisure until to be transferred to the airport for your next destination.