12 Days Beijing – Lhasa – Xian – Shanghai Small Group Tour by Flight
Spend 12 days to visit top 3 China tourist cities: Beijing, Xian, and Shanghai, and also the highlight of this group tour, Lhasa. The tour includes all classic attractions in each city. And the 2 half day for your free disposal ensure you have time to wander the city on your own like a local citizen.
Day 1Beijing Arrival
Day 2Beijing: Tian’anmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace
Day 3Beijing: Mutianyu Great Wall, Dingling Tomb
Day 4Beijing - Lhasa: Beijing airport drop off, Lhasa airport pickup
Day 5 Lhasa: Tibetan Museum, Norblingka Park, Sera Monastery
Day 6Lhasa: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
Day 7 Lhasa - Xian: Lhasa airport drop off, Xian airport pickup
Day 8Xian: Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Banpo Museum
Day 9Xian: Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian Museum, City Wall, North Square of Big Wild Goose Pagoda, The Bell Tower and Drum Tower Square, Muslim Quarter
Day 10 Xian - Shanghai: Xian airport drop off, Shanghai airport pickup
Day 11 Shanghai: Buddha Temple, People’s Square, Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai Old Street, Bund Area, Xintiandi Area
Day 1 Beijing Arrival Meal: No Meal Accommodation: Hotel in Beijing
Sweet meet with your local driver at either train station or airport, and then transfer to your hotel in Beijing. Enjoy your free time for the rest of the day. Day 2 Beijing Meal: Breakfast + Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Beijing
Meet your guide in hotel and we will head to visit Tian’anmen Square. The square is the world largest city square and also the heart of Beijing City. Next to the Forbidden City you will visit the imperial palace of the Ming and the Qing Dynasties (1368AD-1911AD). Forbidden City is one of the largest, best protected, and most comprehensive wooden structure architecture complex. After then pay a visit to Temple of Heaven where emperors of the Ming and the Qing Dynasties performed prayer for good harvest. At last you will come to Summer Palace, the largest existed imperial park from the Qing Dynasty in the Qing Dynasty (1636AD-1911AD).
Today you will also pay a short visit to Chinese herb medicine market and pearl market.
Day 3 Beijing Meal: Breakfast + Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Beijing
After breakfast meet your guide in hotel and we will drive to Mutianyu Great Wall, one of the best preserved and most beautiful part of Great Wall. If hiking up and down the Great Wall is too much, you could optionally take cable car up/down. After lunch, you will visit Dingling Tomb. It is one of the most visited Ming Tomb in Beijing. After the tour, drive back to hotel in Beijing.
Today you will also pay a short visit to Jade Art Factory and Tea Market
Day 4 Beijing – Lhasa Meal: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Lhasa
Meet our driver and drive to airport to take the flight to Lhasa. Sweet meet with your local driver at airport, and then transfer to your hotel in Lhasa.
Enjoy your free time for the rest of the day. Or take a rest and get use to the high altitude. Day 5 Lhasa Meal: Breakfast + Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Lhasa
In the morning meet your guide and drive to visit Tibetan Museum where you will have a glimpse of Tibetan history and Tibetan folk culture relics. Then you will visit Norbulingka Parkwhich used to be the summer palace of Dalai Lama, the governor of Tibet in the past. And now it is transformed into a public park. After then we will visit the Sera Monastery, which located at the north top of Lhasa city. Public debate on Buddhist classics among monks is a highlight attraction of the monastery. Transfer back to your hotel when the tour finished.
Day 6 Lhasa Meal: Breakfast + Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Lhasa
After Breakfast, we will head to see the World Cultural Heritage Potala Palace which was the winter palace of the sovrans of Tibetan area in ancient time. After Lunch, move to another World Heritage Jokhang Temple. That 1400 years old temple is the most sacred temple Tibetan Buddhists’ mind. And then on the Barkhor Street around Jokhang Temple you will have some free time to have a glimpse and feel daily life of nowadays Tibetan people. The devout people doing Kora (a special way of pilgrims by circle around a building or mountain) have impressed lots of visitors.
Day 7 Lhasa – Xian Meal: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Xian
Meet our driver and drive to airport to take the flight to Xian. Sweet meet with your local driver at airport, and then transfer to your hotel in Xian. Please enjoy your free time in rest of the day. Day 8 Xian Meal: Breakfast + Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Xian
In the morning meet our guide at train station. On the way to Terracotta Warriors and Horses, you will first pay a visit to Terracotta Figure’s Factory (about 45 minutes)where you will learn about the producing process of those terracotta figures. Then continue your way to the world famous Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. The comprehensive life-sized soldiers and horses was buried as mortuary objects of the First Qin Emperor in over 2000 years ago. After Chinese style lunch, you will be escorted to visit Banpo Museum which was built on site of a Neolithic Village which existed 5000-6000 year ago.
Day 9 Xian Meal: Breakfast + Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Xian
In the morning meet our guide in your hotel . The first stop is Small Wild Goose Pagoda Scenic Area. Inside the scenic you will also visit Xian Museum. Where you will learn about the past of Xian city and appreciate the historical relics of the city. After then you will take a walk on the North Square of Big Wild Goose Pagoda, one of the best beloved public place for leisure in Xian. After lunch, you will visit Xian City Wall. This city wall has a history of over 600 years old. It is the largest and best preserved city wall in China. Tourists could optionally ride a bike or take the battery cart to visit the City Wall. The you will visit The Bell and Drum Tower Square where you will visit the landmark of Xian Bell Tower and Drum Tower from outer side. The last stop will be Muslim Quarter, the best known food street in Xian. Beside the various authentic Xian food, you will also meet lots of interest little objects. Back to hotel.
Day 10 Xian – Shanghai Meal: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Shanghai
Meet our driver and drive to airport to take the flight to Xian. Sweet meet with your local driver at airport, and then transfer to your hotel in Xian. Please enjoy your free time in rest of the day. Day 11 Shanghai Meal: Breakfast + Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Shanghai
After breakfast meet your guide in hotel and start Shanghai city tour. First you will visit Jade Buddha Temple which was built in the late Qing Dynasty (1875AD-1911AD). Beside the thick Buddhist culture the temple also features on the huge collection of various Buddhist figures. After then take a walk on People’s Square, a welcomed public amusement place for Shanghai citizens. Then head for Shanghai Museum to have a glimpse of the past of Shanghai City. In Yuyuan Garden you will appreciate on of the most delicate ancient style garden in southern China. And in Shanghai Old Street you will see shadows of old Shanghai. Afterward pay a visit to the Bund Area to see the building complex in foreign style which was left from early 1900s. At last wander in Xintiandi Area the best-known entertainment place in Shanghai. It is also an ideal place to see modern Shanghai.
Today you will also pay a short visit to Fresh Water Pearl Gallery and a Silk Factory.
Day 12 Shanghai Departure Meal: Breakfast
Say goodbye to Shanghai, transfers to airport or train station for your next destination.
*Economy flight of Beijing-Tibet-Xian-Shanghai
*Hotel in each city with breakfast
*Tibet travel permit
*Entrance tickets to sites listed
*Professional English speaking guide
*Licensed driver and tourist van in good condition
*All transfer listed
*One shared oxygen tank each van in Tibet
*Meal not listed (Average meal cost USD 3-15 per person per meal )
*Gratuities to guide and driver
*Single room supplement
*Optional activities and personal expense
*Please contact us to check exact tour availability.
*If you travel alone, you may share one room with other tourists. If you prefer to have your own room, please inform us. We will arrange with single room supplement.
*You are suggested to do a health check before the tour booking to decide if you are ok with the altitude of Tibet.
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