OVERVIEW

This deluxe tour will impress you by visiting the Forbidden Cities, Great Wall, Terra Cotta Warriors, Potala Palace, Chengdu Panda Base, Zhangjiajie Geopark, and Shanghai Bund etc. You will take the international 5-star chain hotels, first class bullet train, flight, and private vehicle, which make your tour comfortable and joyful.

ITINERARY

Day 1Beijing Arrival Transfer

Welcome to Beijing, the capital of P.R.China. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to Beijing hotel. 

Transport: Private vehicle
Accommodation: Overnight in Beijing

Day 2Beijing: Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace

Today you will take 2-hour ride to Mutianyu, a section of the Great Wall built in Ming Dynasty 600 years ago. You can walk up or take cable car up to the Wall, and walk from tower to tower. It is amazing to view the ancient military construction that is well preserved on the giant mountains.

Head to Summer Palace this afternoon to view the amazing Kunming Lake and Longevity Hill this afternoon, where it used to be a summer resort for the royal families during Qing Dynasty.

Later you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Transport: Private Vehicle
Accommodation: Overnight in Beijing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3Beijing to Xi'an by bullet train after The Forbidden City tour

You will visit the biggest city square in the world, the Tian'anmen Square. Then walk to the Forbidden City, the biggest palace in the world. Explore the main buildings with a local guide in the palace. Then you will catch 5-hour bullet train to Xian after included lunch. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to hotel. 

Transport: Private vehicle + Bullet train
Accommodation: Overnight in Xi'an
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4Xi'an: Terra Cotta Warriors, Muslim Quarter and Grand Mosque

Today you will take one-hour car ride to The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum that is one of the highlights of the Silk Road. Discovered and excavated in 1974, each of the warriors is unique one with its own uniform. You will learn the history and story about this site with your local guide.

In the afternoon, your will visit Muslim Quarter, particularly the Grand Mosque that is a traditional Chinese architectural style mosque.

Transport: Private Vehicle
Accommodation: Overnight in Xian
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5Xian to Lhasa by air

Take morning flight to Lhasa from Xian. Welcome to Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your Lhasa hotel. You can take a rest for the rest of today for acclimatization the high altitude 3600 meter in Lhasa.

Transport: Private vehicle + flight
Accommodation: Overnight in Lhasa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6Lhasa city tour for Potala, Jakhang and Barkhor Street

Today you will visit the famous Patala Palace, Jolkhang Temple and Barkhor Streets. Potala Palace was first built in the 7th century by the famous Tibetan king—Songtsen Gampo. The current one was built by the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century. The Potala is divided into Red Palace and White Palace. The red palace was for religious use and the white one for political use. It takes whole morning to visit Potala Palace.

Then you will have lunch at the local restaurant.

Afterwards you will walk to visit Jokhang Monastery that is situated in the old section of Lhasa, which was built in the 7th century AD by king Songtsen Gampo. It is the most sacred place in Tibet as it houses the sculpture of 12-year-old Sakyamuni that was brought by Wencheng Princess in the7th century.

Barkhor street is a big free market around Jokhang Monastery where you can purchase all sorts of Tibetan souvenirs. Barkhor Streets is also an essential pilgrim route.

Transport: Private vehicle
Accommodation: Overnight in Lhasa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7Lhasa city tour for Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and the Norbulingka Park

Today you will visit Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and the Norbulingka Park.“Drepung” in Tibetan means "the hill of rice". The white Monastery looks like a big hill of rice which is situated halfway up Mt Ganpoi Uze in the western suburbs of Lhasa. It was founded in 1416 by Jamyang Choje, a Disciple of Trongkhaba, founder of the Yellow Hat sect. The monastery, occupying an area of 250,000 square meters with 7700 lamas in the past, is the largest monastery in Asia. 

Sera in Tibetan means "Haistone", legend tells that it hailed during the foundation of this famous monastery. It is situated at the foot of Mt. Peibuqie in the northern suburb of Lhasa. Sera monastery was founded in 1419 by Jamchen Choje, another disciple of Tsongkaba. It used to accommodate 5500 lamas in its golden age, and is proud of its glorious history during The Ming Dynasty. 

Norbulingka park, known as Jewel Park, was the site of the Dalai Lamas' summer palace. It is situated one kilometer west of the Potala Palace and covers a total area of 360,000 square meters. In 1752, the 7th Dalai Lama built the first palace in this park, and Norbulingka has become the summer palace since then for successive Dalai lamas to carry out their political and religious activities during the summer season.

Transport: Private vehicle
Accommodation: Overnight in Lhasa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8Lhasa to Chengdu by air

Take morning flight to Chengdu. Sightseeing the well-known Kuai & Zhai Alleys, and Wenshu Temple in Chengdu with local guide to learn the history about here. Taste the yummy hot-pot dinner, which is renown in the world.

Transport: Private vehicle + flight
Accommodation: Overnight in Chengdu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9Chengdu to Zhangjiajie by air after the Panda Base sightseeing

Visit Chengdu Panda Base in the morning to see the cute panda feeding the bamboo. Afterwards you will be transferred to Chengdu Airport to catch flight to Zhangjiajie. Upon arrival, transferred to hotel. 

Transport: Private vehilce + flight
Accommodation: Overnight in Zhangjiajie
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10Zhangjiajie: Huangshizhai, Golden Whip Brook, Baofeng Lake

Today you will take a ride to Huangshizhai, where you will take a cable car up to the mountain where you will see the rocks standing one by one. There are many monkeys in Huangshizhai, and keep some distance from them. 

Golden Whip Brook is in the center of the national park. The path along the 5.7km brook in the valley is a wonderful hiking route to view the mountains, or you can walk a short route to view the highest summit in Zhangjiajie, Jingguang Summit (380m). 

Yellow Dragon Cave is 13km long with four levels including underground river, waterfall, halls, pools, stalagmites, and limestones etc. You will visit the huge cave and enjoy the colorful rocks with a local guide. 

If time permits, you will visit the pretty Baofeng Lake, the lake is part of the Zhangjiajie National Park. You will take a boat to view the mountains and lake with our local guide. 

Transport: Private Vehicle
Accommodation: Overnight in Zhangjiajie
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11Zhangjiajie: Yuanjiajie, Tianzi Mountain, 10-Mile-Gallery

Today you will take one-hour ride to Zhangjiajie National Park where you will overlook the wonderful views by super elevator. The elevator takes 1.58 secondB to transport tourists from the bottom to the Yuanjiajie top exhibiting unbelievable and fantastic views. Enjoy the heaven and earth pillar unpredictable prototype mountain of the movie AVATAR directed by Jame Cameron on the Summit Sightseeing platform.

Afterwards you will move to visit Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve that offers a perfect location to have a panoramic picture. Known as 'the Monarch of the Peak Forest', Tianzi Mountain has four wonders the Sea ofClouds, the Radiance of the Moonlight, the Rays of Sunshine and the Snow in winter.

Later you will head to Shilihualang (10-Mile-Gallery) to explore. (One way by electric train; other way on foot for about 30 Minutes.)

Transport: Private Vehicle
Accommodation: Overnight in Zhangjiajie
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12Zhangjiajie to Shanghai by air after Mt Tianmen visit

Drive to Tianmen Mountain, then walk along the road leading to Gateway of Heaven. The glass walkway makes it so distinctive. You will take Tianmen Mountain Cableway to explore Tongtian Avenue (a way to Heaven), Tianmen Cave (Heaven Gateway), Tianmen Temple, Tianmen glass walkway, Ghost-valley plank road, and Yunmeng Fairy Summit. You will take a small cable to the main cable, then take the world's longest cableway, with a length of 7455 meters and elevation of 1518 meters to go down. (The round-way of the main cable and upper way for the small cable are included. If you take round-way small cable car, you will miss some sights.) Afterwards, you will be transferred to Zhangjiajie Airport to catch your flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your Shanghai hotel.

Transport: Private vehicle + flight
Accommodation: Overnight in Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13Shanghai City Tour

City explore in Shanghai today with a local guide, you will visit the Bund that is riverfront of the Huangpu River, Yuyuan Garden that is an old pretty garden, Xintiandi that is former French Colony, and Jade Buddha Temple etc. 

Transport: Private Vehicle
Accommodation: Overnight in Shanghai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 14Departure from Shanghai

Today is departure day, you will be transferred to Shanghai Airport to catch your flight back home, where the wonderful tour concludes.

Transport: Private Vehicle
Accommodation:
Meals: Breakfast

INCLUDED

- Accommodation 13 nights (international 5-star hotel)

- Local guide (English)

- Private vehicle

- Meals: 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 1 hop-pot dinner

- Entrance fees

- Bullet train (First class): Beijing to Xian

- Flight (Economy): Xian/Lhasa/Chengdu/Zhangjiajie/Shanghai

- Tibet Permit

EXCLUDED

- Gratuities

TRIP NOTES

China Visa and passport information required

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