TOUR CODE: CHNTBT
Trip Type: Small Group Journey
Your adventure begins in Beijing to take in the major highlights such as the Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, and the Great Wall. In Xian, see the City Wall, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and the Terra-cotta Warriors. We continue to Lhasa and explore the mysterious Buddhist kingdom of Tibet locked away in the mountains of the Himalayas. See Buddhist monks reciting their mantras and spinning prayer wheels as you enjoy the stunning views of the world’s highest mountains. From Lhasa, we fly to Chengdu, home of the Giant Panda. We will visit a Breeding Research Center that provides the ideal ecological place for visitors worldwide to get to know the appearance of the pandas and to get around the wild nature. Your tour will end in colorful Shanghai, see an amazing acrobatic show, places of interest, and ride the world’s first commercial magnetic levitation train, the Maglev.
ARRIVE IN BEIJING
You arrive in Beijing, the fabulous capital city of the Peoples Republic of China, meet your local guide for your transfer to your hotel where you can relax and get acclimatized with your new surroundings.
TIANANMEN SQUARE/FORBIDDEN CITY/HUTONGS RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT (B/L)
Your sightseeing experience in Beijing continues with a full-day tour of the magnificent Forbidden City and surrounding attractions in the heart of Beijing. The Forbidden City is a splendid collection of buildings and monuments home to Emperors from the Ming and Qing dynasties. Later you will see other significant sights, including the vast Tiananmen Square, the Gate of Heavenly Peace, and a pedicab tour of a Hutongs, a traditional Chinese dwelling built around a courtyard.
GREAT WALL AT MUTIANYU/SUMMER PALACE (B/L)
After a full American breakfast, we begin our tour of the wonders of Beijing. In the morning, visit the Mutianyu Great Wall, a miracle of human achievement that started some 2,000 years ago. Here you will have the opportunity to ride a cable car up and a toboggan sled down. Spend the afternoon at the former Imperial Summer Palace – the famous royal garden favored by Empress Dowager Cixi in the late 19th Century. We walk along the Long Corridor (Chang Lang ) to admire its painting gallery and enjoy a cruise on Kunming Lake.
Today, we board a high-speed train to Xian, home of one of the most famous archeological sites in the world, the Terracotta Warriors. Our afternoon sightseeing begins with a stroll along the top of the City Wall, one of China’s few remaining City Walls. Built initially to provide the inner city with an effective defense against attack, the City Wall contains four gates and numerous towers and bastions. Then we walk through Xian’s Muslim Quarter en route to the mosque. The Great Mosque, one of the most exciting sites in a city known for its rich history.
THE TERRA-COTTA WARRIORS/THE BIG WILD GOOSE PAGODA (B/L)
Today we will experience one of the true wonders of Ancient China when we visit the famous Terra-cotta Warriors near Xian. Housed in three underground vaults, some 8,000 figures of warriors and their horses, made initially more than 2,000 years ago, are on display. After lunch, continue to visit the fascinating fortress-like Wild Goose Pagoda, built during the Tang Dynasty over 1,000 years ago.
In the morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Lhasa. Tibet’s capital and the only major city. Sitting on a plateau on the northern side of the Himalayas, Tibet is an autonomous region of China that covers 965,000 square miles. Upon arrival, meet your Tibetan guide and drive into town along the beautiful Kyi Chu River, taking approximately 60 minutes. After we check into our hotel, enjoy the rest of the day to relax and acclimate to the high altitude at an elevation of nearly 12,000 feet above sea level. It is critical to stay well hydrated and avoid over-exertion until you are more used to the altitude.
POTALA PALACE/NORBULINGKA PALACE/SERA MONASTERY (B/D)
We spent the morning at the legendary Potala Palace. With nearly 10,000 rooms and towers rising majestically from the face of the sacred Putuo Hill, this impressive architecture was once the living quarters of the Dalai Lama. We visit the Norbulingka Palace, the former Summer Palace of Tibetan Kings. Then, we tour the Sera Monastery. Its name was derived from the Tibetan language “Sera,” which means wild rose. Debates on Buddhist doctrines held here imply a style distinctive from those at Lhasa’s other famous monasteries. Enjoy a Tibetan Folk Show (Wencheng Princess Show) and immerse their culture through music and dances in the evening.
DREPUNG MONASTERY/JOKHANG MONASTERY/BARKHOR MARKET (B/D)
Today’s adventure features the cliff top of the Drepung Monastery for a panoramic view of Lhasa city. Built in 1416, the Drepung Monastery was the home of the Dalai Lamas before the Potala Palace was built in the 17th Century. In the afternoon, tour the 7th Century Jokhang Monastery, one of the holiest shrines in Tibet, where pilgrims come to bow before the statue of the Sakyamuni Buddha. Stroll through the Barkhor Market, a maze of streets lined with stalls where all sorts of goods are sold before returning to your hotel for a free evening.
After breakfast, take a flight to Chengdu, the capital of southwestern China’s Sichuan province. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel with the rest of the day at leisure.
CHENGDU/PANDA BREEDING RESEARCH CENTER /JIN LI ANCIENT STREET (B/L)
In the morning, we tour the Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Center situated on Axe Hill about 6 miles from the north suburb of Chengdu. Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Center is the most famous conservation and protection center for giant pandas and the “State Science Popularization Center.” After lunch, observe the local artist painting Chinese characters and locals playing chess and mahjong in traditional bamboo chairs. Walk the Jin Li pedestrian street, a wonderful place to experience various Chinese art, craft, and food stalls.
The morning will be free at leisure until your flight to Shanghai. Tonight, enjoy a dazzling display of spectacular agility as you attend a Chinese Acrobatic Show.
Start your day with breakfast at the hotel and begin your tour at The Oriental Pearl TV Tower, a landmark of Shanghai that faces the Bund across the Huangpu River at Lujiazui, the busiest part of Pudong Area. An elevator whisks visitors to the tower’s observational deck, where they can feast their eyes on a panoramic view of Shanghai. Proceed to The Bund. This waterfront area sweeping along the Huangpu River has become the center of Shanghai’s foreign business establishment symbolized Shanghai’s identity as a modern city. Take a walk through Shanghai’s old Chinese quarter to the lovely Yu Yuan garden (closed on Monday), a 16th century Ming Dynasty private garden and residence. The Old Town refers to the original Chinese city that flourished in the Ming dynasty, and the architecture of the area has been restored to the original Ming period style.
SHANGHAI DEPARTURE (B)
This morning, we will travel to the airport by private vehicle and Maglev Train. The traditional, long-aspired dream of Chinese philosophers was to “run with the wind” is now a reality in Shanghai with the world’s first commercial magnetic levitation train, the Maglev. In 2004, the $1.2 billion Maglev covered 20 miles from Pudong to the city’s outskirts in a blistering 7 minutes and 20 seconds. Shanghai’s Maglev is the world’s fastest railway system in commercial operation, with a design speed of over 310 mph and a regular service speed of 267 mph. On arrival at Pudong International Airport, check-in for the international flight.
Meals: B= Breakfast L= Lunch D=Dinner
Per person, based on double occupancy
|Start - End||Land Only|
|May 20 - Jun 01||$5,899|
|Jun 17 - Jun 29||$5,899|
|Jul 08 - Jul 20||$5,899|
|Aug 12 - Aug 24||$5,899|
|Sep 16 - Sep 28||$5,899|
|Oct 14 - Oct 26||$5,899|
|Nov 03 - Nov 15||$5,699|
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