Shanghai Xi'an Tibet Beijing Tour

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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.

1 Arrive in Shanghai
2 Shanghai sightseeing
3 Shanghai – Zhujiajiao – Shanghai
4 Arrive in Xian, an Archaeological Treasure Trove
5 Xi'an Sightseeing
6 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)
7 Lhasa City
8 Lhasa Suburb
9 Travel to Beijing
10 Beijing Sightseeing
11 Beijing Sightseeing
12 Depart China
Day 1 Arrive in Shanghai

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.

Day 2 Shanghai sightseeing

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 of 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 an exhibition of international architecture.

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.

Yuyuan Garden
The Bund
Day 3 Shanghai – Zhujiajiao – Shanghai

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
Day 4 Arrive in Xian, an Archaeological Treasure Trove
Leave for Xian by plane, the ancient capital of eleven dynasties dotted with archaeological sites. Transfer to your hotel, relax yourself 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 unique dumpling banquet for this evening, which features over 20 varieties of dumplings with rice wine and hot pot soup. Enjoy the feast and this evening!
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 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.

terra-cotta warriors
Day 6 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)

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

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 33rd King Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century and rebuilt 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.

The Potala Palace stands in the ancient Lhasa for centuries and plays an important role in Tibetan people’s beliefs.
Three Tibetan women at the gate of Jokhang Temple.
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 Collecting Rice in the Tibetan language. It’s a white magnificent construction that looks also like a pile of rice in the distance. Drepung monastery is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery, where lived more than 10 thousand monks before Tibet liberation.

Drepung Monastery is also a Buddhist education base. It is the best place to learn and impart the Buddhism.
Sera Monastery has a rich collection of cultural relics.
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 architectures and affected by the long history. Dinner together at a local restaurant with your fellow travelers.
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. Built in Ming Dynasty, The Forbidden City was home to 24 emperors (from 1420 to 1911 AD) which is 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.
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 first half of the 15th century. Known as the Imperial Sacrificial Altar, Temple of Heaven always attracted numerous tourists. Therefore 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.

You will be shocked by the wisdom and power of the ancient people when you get to Mutianyu Great Wall.
The Mutianyu Great Wall is the most popular section of Great Wall among foreign travelers.
Day 12 Depart China
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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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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