This China Tibet Tour is prepared for you who is keen to experience Chinese ancient civilization as well as Tibetan religious culture. Your journey will start at the popular star of China, Shanghai. In this energetic city, you are able to walk along the Bund, visit the elegant Yu Garden, and enshrine two stunning Buddha statues presented by Burma in the Jade Buddha Temple. After the two-day sightseeing in Shanghai, you will depart by plane to Xi'an. In this archaeological treasure trove, you are going to visit the Muslim district of Xi’an and have a taste of local foods. During the next day, you will have a visit to the must-see spot, Terracotta Warriors, a vast collection of more than 7,000 vivid life-sized soldiers, horses and chariots in the tomb of China's first Emperor. Then, you should prepare yourself for the dreaming destination, “the roof of the world”, Tibet. On the sacred plateau, you will pay a visit to the splendid Potala Palace, the busy Barkhor Street, the Jokhang Temple and the Sera Monastery. After your journey on the holy land, your flight will transport you to Beijing, the majestic capital of China. In the centuries-old city, you will have the opportunity to hike the Great Wall, explore the largest public plaza in the world - Tiananmen Square, enter the glorious residence of Chinese Emperors - Forbidden City, and end the remarkable journey with a glimpse outside the elegant Summer Palace.
|Day||Route||Attractions & Activities|
|1||Arrive in Shanghai||Transfer to Hotel|
|2||Shanghai sightseeing||Yu Gardens, Chenghuangmiao Market, The Bund, Nanjing Road, Jade Buddha Temple|
|3||Shanghai – Zhujiajiao – Shanghai||Zhujiajiao Water Town|
|4||Arrive in Xian, an Archaeological Treasure Trove||the Muslim district of Xian|
|5||Xi'an Sightseeing||Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses|
|6||Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)||Pick up and transfer to the hotel.|
|7||Lhasa City||Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street|
|8||Lhasa Suburb||Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery|
|9||Travel to Beijing||Pick up and transfer to the hotel|
|10||Beijing Sightseeing||The Forbidden City and Hutongs|
|11||Beijing Sightseeing||The Less-Crowded Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall|
|12||Depart China||Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.|
When you arrive at the airports or railway stations in Shanghai, our clients will drive you to the hotel you have already booked as soon as possible.
Stay overnight in Shanghai.
Your guide and driver will wait for you at the hotel in the morning. After having breakfast, you will start touring Shanghai.
Visit the Yu Garden-----It is a typical private garden in China with nearly 500 years history, located in Shanghai old town.
Continue to the bund-----The Bund shows off Shanghai’s outstanding foreign buildings, most of which were erected before 1937. It used to be British concession. Now it is called as an exhibition of international architectures.
Lunch at the local restaurant
In the afternoon, you can wander at Nanjing Road, a must-see metropolitan destination where attracts thousands of fashion-seeking shoppers from all over the world.
Then visit Jade Buddha Temple, of which the highlights are two precious jade statues of Sakyamuni.
Today you are going to Zhujiajiao water town, which is a well-known tourist attraction in China.
Located on the outskirts of Shanghai, Zhujiajiao (Zhu Family Settlement) is an ancient water town with history more than 1700 years. Covering an area of 47 square kilometers, the little fan-shaped town glimmers like a bright pearl in the landscape of lakes and mountains. The village prospered through clothing and rice businesses. There are many ancient shops here, like rice shops, banks, spice stores, etc. You can even see a Qing dynasty post office, which could bring you back to the old time to feel the unique charm of China culture.
After having lunch at the local restaurant, we will drive back to Shanghai.
- Zhujiajiao Water Town
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.
This is the first day that you enter Tibet. Your guide will greet you at the airport or railway station and transfer you to the lovely hotel. It usually takes around 1.5 hours to drive from Lhasa Airport to downtown Lhasa and takes about 20mins from Lhasa Railway Station. Tourists could have a look at Yarlung Tsangpo River, the largest and longest river in Tibet on their way to the hotel. After check-in, you can have a good rest first. And if you feel like to go out, you can wander around the city. But just remember that don't take too much stuff, try to go with a light pack. Meanwhile, drink some more water. It’s really useful to get acclimatized to the high altitude.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
In the morning our guide will meet you at the hotel and first 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.
Our guide and driver will pick you up at the hotel in the early morning and then drive to visit the Drepung Monastery which is located at the foot of the Mountain Gambo Utse, 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) from the western suburb of Lhasa, the Drepung Monastery is known as the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. It was founded in 1416 by Jamyang choge, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples.
After lunch, you are going to visit the Sera Monastery which is located at the foot of Tatipu Hill in the northern suburb of Lhasa City; Sera Monastery is one of three famous monasteries in the city along with the Drepung Monastery and the Ganden Monastery. One of the main attractions of Sera Monastery is debating. As a part of their study, lamas must participate in debates to further their comprehension and proceed to more advanced levels of study. The debating usually is held at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon except for Sunday...
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.
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