Shanghai Xi'an Tibet Beijing Tour

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This China Tibet Tour is prepared for you who are keen to experience Chinese ancient civilization as well as Tibetan religious culture. Your journey will start at the star city of China - Shanghai. In this energetic city, you will walk along the Bund, visit the elegant Yu Garden, and the Jade Buddha Temple with two stunning Buddha statues presented by Burma. After two days of sightseeing in Shanghai, you will depart by plane to Xi'an, the ancient capital of 13 dynasties. In this archaeological treasure trove, you are going to visit the Muslim district of Xi’an and have a taste of local foods. On 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 near the tomb of China's first Emperor. Then, you should prepare yourself for the sacred destination, “the roof of the world”, Tibet. On the snowy plateau, you will pay a visit to the splendid Potala Palace, busy Barkhor Street, Jokhang Temple, and Sera Monastery. After your Tibet trip, you will take a flight to Beijing, the majestic capital of China. In the centuries-old city, you will wander the largest public square in the world - Tiananmen Square, enter the glorious residence of Chinese Emperors - Forbidden City and end the remarkable journey at the most beautiful Mutianyu section of the Great Wall.

Daily Itinerary

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Day 1 Arrive in Shanghai

When you arrive at the airport in Shanghai, your tour guide and driver will greet you by holding your name sign at the exit, then drive you to the hotel. The rest of the day is yours to recover from the jet lag.

Stay overnight in Shanghai.

Day 2 Shanghai sightseeing

Your guide and driver will wait for you in the hotel lobby in the morning. After having breakfast, you will start the tour in Shanghai. First of all, you will visit the Yu Garden -- It is a typical private garden in China with nearly 500 years of history, located in Shanghai old town. Then you will continue to the Bund, which is a Chinese historical and cultural block, also one of the landmarks of Shanghai. Most of the buildings here were erected before 1937. It used to be a British concession. Now it is called an exhibition of international architecture. At noon, you will have lunch at the local restaurant.

In the afternoon, you can wander aroundNanjing Road, a must-see metropolitan destination where attracts thousands of fashion-seeking shoppers from all over the world. Finally, you will see Jade Buddha Temple, of which the highlights are two precious jade statues of Sakyamuni.

Stay overnight in Shanghai

Yuyuan Garden
The Bund
Day 3 Shanghai – Zhujiajiao – Shanghai

Today you are going to take a day trip from Shanghai toZhujiajiao 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, such as 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.

Stay overnight in Shanghai

  • Zhujiajiao Water Town
Day 4 Arrive in Xian - an Archaeological Treasure Trove

Leave for Xian by plane, the ancient capital of thirteen dynasties dotted with archaeological sites. Transfer to your hotel, relax before visit the Muslim district of Xian in the late afternoon. You’ll watch Chinese Muslims prepare local cuisine and learn more about them. We’ve prepared a unique dumpling banquet for this evening, which features over 20 varieties of dumplings with rice wine and hot pot soup. Enjoy the feast in this evening!

Stay overnight in Xián

Day 5 Xi'an Sightseeing

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 the Qin Dynasty, the first United Dynasty in ancient China. It may give you an impressive image of the Period of the 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 that reflect the highly advanced technology in weapon-making 2,200 years ago.

Stay overnight in Xián

Day 6 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)

This is the first day in Tibet. Your guide will greet you at Lhasa Gonggar Airport/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 going 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, do not move strenuously. It’s really useful to get acclimatized to the high altitude.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 7 Lhasa City

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 the 33rd King - Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century and rebuilt later by the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century. Now it's a museum and world heritage site. 

In the afternoon, we will go to visit Jokhang Temple in the center of the Lhasa old town. Jokhang Temple is one of the most sacred temples all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims since the early days. After that, you will take a walk around the Barkhor Street - one of the most devotional circuit as well as a crowded central market of Lhasa. Barkhor Street is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple and the locals are always proud of it. As a symbol of Lhasa, it‘s also a must-see place for visitors.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

far view of Potala Palace.
Many pilgrims are worshipping and performing their devotions at the gate of Jokhang.
Day 8 Lhasa Suburb

In the morning, we will go to visit Norbulingka. Norbulingka park is considered the premier park of all such horticultural parks in similar ethnic settings in Tibet. During the summer and autumn months, the parks in Tibet including the Norbulingka, become hubs of entertainment with dancing, singing, music, and festivities. The park is where the annual Sho Dun or 'Yoghurt Festival' is held.

In the afternoon, you are heading to Drepung Monastery, which means Monastery of Rice Heap in the Tibetan language. The entire monastery is large in scale and the white buildings cluster and covers the hillsides. They look like huge rice heaps in the distance, so it is called Drepung. Drepung monastery is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery, also the highest-ranking monastery in the Gelug Sect.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Drepung Monastery is the highest-ranking monastery in the Gelug Sect.
The yard for Buddhist debates at Sera Monastery.
Day 9 Travel to Beijing

Your flight will transport you to Beijing - the majestic capital of China. You’ll immediately see the astonishing contrasts of architecture and affected by the long history. For the rest of the day, you can wander around and explore this city on your own.

Stay overnight in Beijing

Day 10 Beijing Sightseeing

In the morning, we will set out to see the mysterious Forbidden City which is the world's largest imperial palace complex. Since it was built in Ming Dynasty, The Forbidden City was home for 24 emperors (from 1420 to 1911 AD). It's said to have 9,999½ forbidden imperial chambers. After that, you are moving to Tian'anmen Square with a great cultural significance which has been the site of several key events in Chinese history. Later, you can take a rickshaw going through a maze of Hutongs to explore old Beijing neighborhoods, discover the courtyard house of traditional Chinese characters.

Stay overnight in Beijing

Tiananmen Square
The Forbidden City
Day 11 Beijing Sightseeing

You will have many interesting things to do today. In the morning, you are suggested to do Morning Exercises at the Temple of Heaven, which was founded in the early of the 15th century. Known as the Imperial Sacrificial Altar, Temple of Heaven always attracts numerous tourists. To avoid crowds and enjoy local people's morning exercises, we are going to this place in the morning. After visiting Temple of Heaven, we'll drive 2.5hrs to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, where you can go through the watchtowers and enjoy breath-taking views as it snakes across the hills and mountains.

Stay Overnight in Beijing

The Mutianyu Great Wall
Day 12 Depart China
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

Typically Asked Questions from Our Clients

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In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have 12 Days Shanghai Xi'an Tibet Beijing Tour which is a private tour. When do you plan to do this tour? The tour cost depends on the season. What kind of accommodation you would like to get? An economic 3-star hotel, a comfortable 4-star hotel or a luxury 5-star hotel. Regarding domestic transportation, what is your preferred method? It would be much appreciated to have all the answers before I quote you.



Possibly planning for next year will be 2 adults. Both of us are active.



You mentioned you would like to have a tour to Tibet in 2020. We can arrange a tour for you. We will handle all your permits after you book the tour with us. What you need to do is to send us a scan of your valid passport photo page and china visa. And we will help you book the train tickets to Lhasa.

May I know how long do you plan to stay in Tibet? I will recommend an itinerary for you accordingly.

When would like to do this tour? Different month, the cost will be different.

If you have any further questions or doubts please let me know without hesitation, it is my pleasure to work with you at any time.



I am interested in the 12 day tour - we want to do the tour from the 3rd of August starting at Shanghai and ending in Beijing. We would like to leave China on August the 12th



You mentioned you would like to start your tour on Aug.3 and must leave China from Beijing on 12th. However, the 12 days tour starting on Aug.3, will end on 14th. May I do some adjustment to meet your time schedule?



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In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have the 12 Days Shanghai Xi'an Tibet Beijing Tour which is a private tour. Frankly speaking, it is a little expensive for a solo traveler to have this group tour as a private tour. We only have group tours in Beijing, Tibet, and Xi'an for the solo traveler. Would you mind to have group tours in Beijing, Tibet, and Xi'an then private tour in  Shanghai?



I'm interested in this trip - - for September or October, please let me know if it takes place in that period and what would be the price. I am living in Copenhagen, Denmark. Looking forward for your answer!



In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to visit Shanghai, Xián, Tibet, and Beijing in one tour package. Usually, for travelers less than 5, we suggest they join our group tours to keep their cost down. Considering it's our Sweeping Festival(April 5 ~7), I can't find some local agents to quote right now. Before I quote you, could you please let me know which hotel class you prefer?

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