11 Days China Essence Tour with Tibet Discovery (CTM-CT-11)
Day 1 Arrive Beijing
Upon your arrival at Beijing Capital International Airport, our local guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to rest, relax and recover from the jetlag after the long flight.
Day 2 Beijing
Today you will first visit the historic Tiananmen Square, and then the magnificent Forbidden City. In the afternoon, you will marvel at Beijing's splendid Temple of Heaven.
Temple of Heaven
Day 3 Beijing
This morning, drive about 70 kilometers to the Great Wall, perhaps China's best-known landmark, at Badaling. Though it is quite challenging as it is quite steep, it is definitely worth climbing as much as you could. The experience will last a lifetime. After having lunch at a nearby restaurant, walk along the Sacred Road to visit the Ding Tomb of the Ming Dynasty emperors.
Scared Road of Ming Tombs
Day 4 Beijing – Lhasa
Enjoy free time to explore this ancient but lively capital city on your own until our local guide escorts you to the airport for your flight to Lhasa, the holy city of Tibet. Upon your arrival at Gonggar airport, you will be met by your local guide and transferred to the hotel in Lhasa city (2-hour drive), and you will view the Stone Giant Buddha engraved in the mountain face en route. After checking in the hotel, rest in the afternoon to get adapted to the high altitude.
Day 5 Lhasa
Today appreciate the architecture wonders of Tibet and feel the real religious atmosphere by visiting Lhasa's cardinal landmark -- Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and flourishing Barkhor Street.
Barkhor Street of Tibet
Day 6 Lhasa
The whole day tour will first bring you to the - Norbulingka Park the summer palace for the Dalai Lama., and then the Sera Monastery. Pay a visit to a local Tibetan family home, where you will be greeted and warmly welcomed by common Tibetan people in their traditional way and entertained with their typical food.
Debating Monks of Sera Monastery
Day 7 Lhasa - Xian
Enjoy free time to explore the holy city on your own until our local guide escorts you to the airport for your onward flight to your next destination - Xian. Upon your arrival at Xian, our local guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at your own leisure.
Day 8 Xian
Today, you will first visit the incredible life-size Terracotta Warriors and Horses. After lunch, your trip is to visit the Ancient City Walls, and then the Bell Tower.
strolling on the Ancient City Wall
Day 9 Xian - Shanghai
After breakfast, you will tour the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Grand Mosque before your guide escorts you to the airport your flight to Shanghai. Upon your arrival at Shanghai, China's most cosmopolitan city, our local guide will meet you at the airport. Then you will have a fabulous visiting of the Bund and Nanjing Road under the gorgeous lights.
Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Day 10 Shanghai
On this day you will visit the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, which chronicles Shanghai’s past, present and future, then take a stroll through the Yu Garden. After, you can observe local people’s life at the Yuyuan Market and immerse yourself in the peaceful atmosphere of the Jade Buddha Temple and then visit Silk Workshop. In the evening you enjoy a wonderful Acrobatic Show.
Yufo Temple of Shanghai
Shanghai Silk Workshop
Day 11 Leave Shanghai
Enjoy free time to explore this lively city on your own until our local guide escorts you to the airport for your flight to your next destination.