Beijing Xian Lhasa Yangtze River Cruise Shanghai Tour
- 15 Days
- Beijing-Xian-Lhasa-Yangtze River Cruise-Shanghai
- Tour Type:
- Private Tour
During the tour, you can explore the profound history of in Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1912) Dynasty in Beijing, witness the man-made wonder, the Terracotta Warriors, in Xi'an, appreciate the holy Potala Palace in Lhasa, and enjoy relaxing pace on the Yangtze River cruise from Chongqing to Yichang. The final destination of this tour is the modern city, Shanghai, where past and future combined.
|Day||Route||Attractions & Activities|
|1||Arrival in Beijing||Pick up and transfer to the hotel|
|2||Beijing Sightseeing||The Forbidden City and Hutongs|
|3||Beijing Sightseeing||The Less-Crowded Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall|
|4||Visit the Summer Palace and Olympic Stadiums – Flight to Xi'an||The Summer Palace, The Olympic Stadiums|
|5||Xi'an Sightseeing||Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, Big Wild Goose Pagoda|
|6||Xi'an Sightseeing||Shanxi History Museum, Ancient City Wall, Muslim Quarter|
|7||Taking a Flight to Lhasa|
|8||Lhasa City||Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street|
|9||Lhasa Suburb||Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery|
|10||Arrival in Chongqing||Chongqing Zoo, Ciqikou Old Town|
|11||Yangtze River Cruise||Fengdu "Jade Emperor"|
|12||Yangtze River Cruise||Three Gorges|
|13||Yangtze Cruise to Yichang & Yichang - Shanghai||Three Gorges Dam|
|14||Shanghai sightseeing--The Bund||Shanghai Tower, Yuyuan Garden, The Bund|
|15||Departure from Shanghai-- First World Financial Center||The First World Financial Center|
Welcome to Beijing! Your guide will greet you at Beijing Airport holding your name sign. Transfer to hotel in downtown Beijing. Have the rest of the day to yourself to recover from your longtime international flight or explore the city on your own.
You will have many interesting things to do in today. In the morning you are suggested to do Morning Exercises at the Temple of Heaven which was founded in the first half of the 15th century. Known as the Imperial Sacrificial Altar, Temple of Heaven always attracted numerous tourist. Therefore in order to avoid crowds and enjoy local people's morning exercises, we are going to this place in the morning. After the morning exercise in Temple of Heaven, we are driving about 2.5 hours to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall where you will go through the watchtowers, enjoy breath-taking views as it snakes across the hills and mountains.
Stay Overnight in Beijing.
- The Summer Palace
- The Olympic Stadiums
In the morning, we will drive to the Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses which is considered as the Eighth Wonder of the World. It is a great chance for you to experience the profound and amazing history of Qin Dynasty, the first United Dynasty in ancient China. It may give you an impressive image of the Period of Warring States in ancient China. Here you can see the life-sized warrior figures and horses with distinct facial expressions and positions. You may be surprised by the various kinds of ancient weapons which reflect the highly advanced technology in weapon-making 2,200 years ago.
After that, we are going to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda built in Tang Dynasty, the most prosperous dynasty in ancient China. The Buddhist scriptures and figurines of the Buddha bring by Xuanzang from ancient Indu are well preserved in the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.
Stay overnight in Xi'an
Shanxi History Museum, one of the best museums in China is the best place to catch a glimpse of the glory of ancient Chinese civilization. It processes of large quantities of precious exhibits which can date from the Paleolithic era to the Qing Dynasty.
In the afternoon you can cycle on the top of Ancient City Wall. The wall is about 14 kilometers at the perimeter, with 98 defensive ramparts, four main gates, and a moat around it.The city wall is a wonderful example of an ancient defensive building.
Later, we are going to the Muslim Quarter, the most famous gourmet street and largest Muslim business street in Xi’an where you can chat with street vendors of Muslims and buy some exquisite handicrafts and enjoy delicious local snacks.
Stay overnight in Xi’an
In the morning our guide will meet you at the hotel and take you to visit the famous Potala Palace, the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture, it was first built by 33rd King Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century and rebuilt it later in the 17th century by 5th Dalai Lama, now it is a museum and world heritage site.
In the afternoon, we will go to visit Jokhang Temple in the center of the old Lhasa city. Jokhang Temple is one of the most sacred temples in all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims since from early days. After that you will take a walk around the Barkhor street which is the one of the most devotional circuit as well as a crowded central market of Lhasa, Barkhor Street is located in the old area of Lhasa City Tibet, it is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple and the locals are always proud of it. As a symbol of Lhasa, it is also a must-see place for visitors.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
After breakfast, our tour guide will first take you to visit Drepung Monastery which is the world's largest monastery that housed for over 10,000 monks; it was the resident of the Dalai Lama. After lunch, you will continue to visit the Sera Monastery which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje. The most attractive thing of Sera Monastery is the Buddhist Scriptures debating held in the courtyard between 15:00 - 17:00 from Monday to Saturday.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
After lunch, you will head to Chongqing Zoo, where you can see the cute pandas playing, sleeping and eating free. Then the next destination is Ciqikou Old Town (Porcelain Village) in the late Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). In this ancient town, despite the modern influence, you will find that local people are devoting their own traditional ways of life. In the evening, you will board the ship and start your Yangtze River Cruise.
Stay overnight on ship.
- Chongqing Zoo
- Ciqikou Old Town
Wake up in the morning and enjoy the sunshine on the tranquil Yangtze River. You can start your day with a tai chi on the Tai Chi master's balcony, or enjoy a cup of coffee to stretch your mood. Whether you are onboard or ashore, you will enjoy a variety of cultural activities and entertainment, such as attending the Yangtze River history and culture lectures, in-depth understanding of the world's third gorges.
In addition, you will also follow the local English tour guide to Fengdu "Jade Emperor" for a shore excursion. You will admire the great statue of the Jade Emperor. In the evening, a Captain's Welcome Reception will be held for all the passengers. You can enjoy your buffet dinner in the cool breeze of the Yangtze River.
Stay overnight on ship
- Fengdu "Jade Emperor"
Today, you will sail through the spectacular Three Gorges! Qutangxia, Wu Gorge, Xiling Gorge thriller Canyon scenery will be accompanied by all the way.
When you reach Wushan County, you will take a boat ride to Goddess Stream through a narrow canyon where you can admire the scenic landscape of steep cliffs. In the evening, Captain's Farewell Banquet will be held for you. After dinner, you can enjoy Minorities and Crew cabaret.
Stay overnight on ship
After breakfast, you will join the shore tour of the world-famous project - the Three Gorges Dam. The dam is the largest hydropower station in the world, with an annual generating capacity of 84.7 billion kWh.
After your visit to the dam, return to your boat and continue your cruise to Yichang. Your boat will arrive in Yichang Port. You may take a high-speed train to Shanghai this afternoon. After you arrive in Shanghai, your tour guide and drivers will greet you at the train station and transfer you to the hotel.
Stay overnight in Shanghai
- Three Gorges Dam
Today begins with Shanghai Tower, the tallest landmark in Shanghai. Take the world's fastest elevator, overlooking the city of Shanghai. Then explore the ancient part of Shanghai Yuyuan Garden. This is the representative of the old city of Shanghai.
The last spot of the day will be at the Bund. Walk slowly and observe the sharp contrast between old and new buildings on both sides.
Stay overnight in Shanghai
After breakfast, you will visit the First World Financial Center, a supertall skyscraper with magnificent views of Shanghai and Shanghai. It’s time to say goodbye, your tour guide and driver will transfer you to Shanghai Airport for your next destination according to your flight schedule.
- The First World Financial Center
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