Grand China and Tibet

Day 1: Arrive Beijing

Arrive Beijing, private transfer to hotel and check in. An evening group meeting is planned followed by dinner.

·   Group Meeting and Beijing Duck Dinner

Day 2: Beijing

Visit Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City by metro, and enjoy hutong area walking tour.

·  Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City, Hutong area visit

Day 3: Beijing/Xi'an

Spend the day exploring the impressive Great Wall. Evening board a soft-sleeper train to Xi’an.

·  Mutianyu Great Wall Excursion

Day 4: Xi’an

Arrive in Xi'an and discover the Silk road history of this ancient city with a visit to the Terracotta Warriors and Muslim quarter.

·  Terracotta Warriors, The Gao's Grand Courtyard and Muslim quarter visit

Day 5: Xi’an/Lhasa

Spend the morning cycling atop the Xi'an city walls. Fly over the Himalayas to Tibet. Orientation wall with a stroll around the colourful Barkhor market.

·  Xi’an City Wall Bike tour, walking tour of Barkhor Market

Day 6: Lhasa 

Spend the day exploring the splender of the Potala Palace, witnessing monks practice philosophical debates at Sera Monastery and Jokhang Temple. Later, visit a Tangka studio to observe this ancient and intricate art form.

·  Potala Palace, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple, Tangka Studio.

Day 7: Lhasa

An excursion tour to the Yamdrok Lake,

·  Yamdrok Lake excursion

Day 8: Lhasa/Chengdu 

Fly to Chengdu and spend the day visiting famous tea houses, numerous markets and tasting the local Sichuan cuisine.

·  Jinli Street and Kuanzhai Alley

Day 9: Chengdu/Yangtze River

Morning Visit the Panda Breeding Centre; afternoon bullet train to Chongqing. Evening board a deluxe Yangtze Cruise.      

·  Panda Breeding Centre visit, Yangtze Cruise

Day 10: Yangtze River

Cruise the Yangtze River with daily shore excursions that can include Fengdu or Shibaozhai.

·  Shibaozhai Excursion

Day 11: Yangtze River 

Cruise past Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge., stopping at Shennu Stream.

·  Shennu Stream Excursion

Day 12: Yangtze River/Hangzhou 

Morning Three Gorges Dam site tour, and then board the boat to view the large ship locks. Evening flight to Hangzhou. .

·  Three Gorges Dam Site Tour

Day 13: Hangzhou/Shanghai 

Full day explore the famous West Lake and local tea plantation. Bullet train to Shanghai in late afternoon.

·  Walking tour of West Lake, Longjing tea plantation visit

Day 14:  Shanghai 

Walk through old city area on the way to Yuyuan Garden, tour to Shanghai Museum. Evening walking on the Bund riverside.

·  Yu Yuan Gardens , Group walk to the Bund riverfront

Day 15: Depart

You are free to depart anytime during the day

Day 1 Beijing (D)
Nihao! Welcome to Beijing, the Capital of China. Upon arrival at the airport, you will meet for your private transfer to your hotel located in the city center. You will have a 6 pm group meeting at your hotel, and there will be more information about the meeting when you arrive at the hotel. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask at reception. Your group meeting will include details about your trip, followed by an orientation walk and included dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night)
 Included activities:
• Private airport transfer
• Group meeting
 Meals Included:
• Peking Duck dinner

Day 2 Beijing (B)
Today we’ll explore famous sights in Beijing. There will be a lot of walking today as well as using public the subway to get around. After breakfast, we will take the metro to Tiananmen Square, one of the world's largest public squares, home to the Monument of the People's Heroes and the Great hall of the People. Then enter the Forbidden City, built from 1406 to 1420, a ceremonial and political center of the Chinese government for more than 500 years. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987 and is listed by UNESCO as the most extensive collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world. After the Forbidden City, we will stroll in the alleys formed by lines of traditional courtyards known by Hutong and experience the local lifestyle of Old Beijing.

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities:
• Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City
• Walking tour of Hutong area
Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Day 3 Beijing (B)
This morning we’ll take a private bus to visit Great Wall - Mutianyu Section (approx. 2hrs), one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall with 22 towers winding along the mountain ridges. Spend quality time exploring and learning the history of Great Wall of China as well as enjoy the view at Huairou county the suburban area of Beijing. The great idea is to bring a picnic lunch with you to enjoy at the top the wall during a rest break. We will back to downtown Beijing in the late afternoon, then private transfer to Beijing railway station and board the overnight train to Xian.

Accommodation:
• Overnight Soft sleeper(First class) train
Included activities:  
• Mutianyu Great Wall Excursion
Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Day 4 Xi’an (B, L)
Upon arrival private bus transfer to hotel. Today we will visit the Terracotta Warriors by private bus. You’ll learn all about this incredible archaeological find, discovered in 1976 by farmers digging a well, after being buried for 2,000 years. Three main pits are open for you to view, where just under 2,000 of the total 6,000 warriors – each individually sculpted from clay, each having a different costume, height, and even facial expressions – stand in battle formation. The scale is incredibly impressive. After the tour, we will enjoy a lunch in a local village. This afternoon we will visit one of the best-preserved old residences in Xi’an dating back 400 years. The courtyard was once home to seven generations of the Gao family – notable officials of the royal court. To get a taste of traditional local lifestyle through period furniture, pottery, porcelain, and paintings. Then we will take a walk around Muslim quarter, lively markets, and Bell & Drum Tower.

Accommodation:
 • Hotel (1 night)
Included activities:  
• Walking tour - Bell and Drum Tower and Muslim quarter
• The Gao's Grand Courtyard
• Terracotta Warriors
Meals Included:
• Breakfast and lunch

Day 5 Xi’an/Lhasa (B)
This morning we will visit the ancient City Wall, the most significant and best-preserved wall extant in China now, running over 13 kilometers around Xian. Then private transfer to the airport takes a flight to Lhasa, the capital city of Tibetan Autonomous Region. Lhasa is one of the highest cities in the world with an altitude of 3490 meters. Upon arrival, private bus transfer(approx. 1hr)t to the hotel, you will pass through Lhasa River Valley on the way to city center. This afternoon we will take an orientation walk around Barkhor Square area and start acclimatizing to the altitude.

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night)
Included activities:  
• Bike around the Xian City Wall
• Barkhor Square Orientation Walk
• Flight Xi'an to Lhasa
Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Day 6 Lhasa (B)
Enjoy a tour of Potala Palace, a magnificent structure and true architectural wonder built in the 1600s and steeped in history. Potala Palace is where the Dalai Lamas would meditate, handle affairs of state, and eventually where their burial stupas remain. Check out the golden statues, three-dimensional mandalas, ancient scriptures, and the devoted pilgrims who circle the palace day and night. It is indeed a remarkable place. Then visit Jokhang Temple at Barkhor Square. Jokhang Temple founded in 647 by King Songtsen Gampo (r.617-49), the first ruler of a unified Tibet, and his two foreign wives who credited with bringing Buddhism to Tibet. This temple was constructed to house a sacred image of the Buddha, the Jowo Rinpoche, which Queen Wengcheng brought with her from China as a dowry. It is still enshrined in the temple and is the holiest object in Tibet. Finally, we will visit Sera Monastery to see Monk debation in the courtyard.

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night)
Included activities:  
• Potala Palace, Sera Monastery, and Jokhang Temple
Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Day 7 Lhasa/Yamdrok Lake/Lhasa (B)
In the morning we will visit Yamdrok Lake. We will drive along the zigzagged road to Kamba-la Pass and passed by the Yarlung Tsangpo River. It is the longest river in Tibet, and the famed Brahmaputra River in India sits at an elevation of 15,518 feet (4,730 meters). Yamdrok Lake is also known as Yamdrok Yumtso or Yamzho Yumco. It is a freshwater lake in Tibet; it is one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet. It is over 72 km long. The lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and is fed by numerous small streams. The lake has an outlet stream at its far western end and means turquoise in English due to its color. Late afternoon we will drive back to Lhasa city.

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night)
Included activities:  
• Yamdrok Lake excursion
Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Day 8 Lhasa/Chengdu (B)
Transfer to airport and take a morning flight to Chengdu. Upon arrival, private transfer to the downtown area to visit Jinli Street. This street is famous for its historic atmosphere, bustling businesses and most of all its local snacks. Enjoy sticky rice cakes with sesame sauce, spicy chicken on a stick, sweet rice jelly, fried beef pancakes and, for the more adventurous, seasoned rabbits heads. After that, go to Kuanzhai Alley. Kuanzhai Alley, also known as “Wide and Narrow Alley,” consists of three historic paralleled alleys from Qing dynasty.

Accommodation:
 • Hotel (1 night)
Included activities:
• Jinli Street and Kuanzhai Alley
• Flight Lhasa to Chengdu
Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Day 9 Chengdu-Chongqing (B, L)
This morning we will visit the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, where you're able to witness the conservation efforts being made to save this endearing endangered species. There are only around 1,000 pandas left in the world, and 80% of them found in the mountains in Sichuan. The pandas have over 600 acres of parkland to live in, and you can get up close and learn more about these majestic creatures. Watch them play, eat bamboo, napping, and munching bamboo. Then transfer to Chengdu train station and take the bullet train to Chongqing. Upon arrival, private bus to the pier and board a deluxe Yangtze Cruise.

Accommodation:
• On Yangtze deluxe Cruise
Included activities:  
•Giant Panda Breeding Research Base
Meals Included:
• Breakfast and lunch

Day 10 Yangtze River (B, L, D)
Early in the morning, stretch your body from a Tai Chi class and get prepared for another day full of energy and excitement. After breakfast, take an excursion to Fengdu Ghost City. It is a large complex of shrines, temples, and monasteries dedicated to the afterlife located on the Ming mountain in Fengdu County. The Ghost City focuses on the afterlife and combines of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism. After lunch, visit Shibaozhai, a rocky and craggy hill about 200 meters high with really steep sides and a red pavilion on the riverside. The red pavilion with nine floors, standing on top of the hill, is one of the largest wooden temples in China. In the evening, enjoy a dynasties culture show by Chinese minorities.

Accommodation:
• On Yangtze deluxe Cruise
Included activities:
• Yangtze River cruise, Ghost city, Shibaozhai, and culture show
Meals Included:
• Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 11 Yangtze River (B, L, D)
Today the cruise will sail through the Qutang Gorge and the Wu Gorge, two of the Three Gorges on Yangtze River, which are well-known for their scenery classified the highest level by Chinese National Tourism Administration. Take an excursion to the Shennv valley (the Goddess Stream) where you will have a breathtaking view of thousands of cliffs hanging in the sky; hundreds of meters blue peaks and a slight line opened among groups of rocks blocking the sky. You will understand why it is named this. In the evening, enjoy the captain’s farewell banquet.

Accommodation:
• On Yangtze deluxe Cruise
Included activities:
• Yangtze River cruise, the Goddess Stream excursion
Meals Included:
• Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 12 Yangtze River-Hangzhou (B)
Early in the morning, arrive at Huang Ling Miao and then visit the Three Gorges Dam, the most significant hydro-electric project in the world completed in 2009. The Three Gorges Project brings benefits in all aspects of flood control, power generation, tourism, ecological protection, South-North water transfer -and irrigation. It also had a world record in 2014 for an enormous amount of power generated. Our Yangtze river journey will end at Yichang Pier where we will be picked up and transferred to Yichang airport and take a flight to Hangzhou.

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night)
Included activities:  
• Three Gorges Dam
• Flight Yichang to Hangzhou
Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Day 13 Hangzhou/Shanghai (B, L)
Hangzhou is the capital city of Zhejiang province located in east China and the southern terminus of the Grand Canal. Today we will explore West Lake. It is a freshwater lake in Hangzhou, China. It divided into five sections by three causeways. There are numerous temples, pagodas, gardens, and artificial islands within the lake. West Lake has influenced poets and painters throughout Chinese history for its natural beauty and historical relics. It was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011. Longjing Tea or dragon well tea of more than 1200 years old is the No. 1 tea in China and regarded as the “Green Queen.” Today we will visit Longjing Tea plantations in Hangzhou to appreciate the beautiful verdant sightseeing and know more about the culture of tea and Chinese nation. Late afternoon private bus to train station board on the express train to Shanghai.

Accommodation:
• Hotel (1 night)
Included activities:  
• West Lake
• Longjing Tea plantations
Meals Included:
• Breakfast and dinner

Day 14 Shanghai (B, D)
Today we will visit the City God’s Temple, a folk temple neighboring Yuyuan Garden. The City God Temple in Shanghai originated as the Jinshan God Temple, dedicated to the spirit of Jinshan, or "Gold Mountain," an island off the coast of Shanghai. It was converted into a City God Temple in 1403, during the Yongle era of the Ming dynasty. Its popularity turns the surrounding area into a large pedestrian area that hosts an array of shops, restaurants, teahouses, as well as annual temple fair events. Yuyuan Garden, also called Yu Garden, was originally built in 1559, opened to the public in 1961 and a declared monument in 1982. It is the most extensive ancient garden with Ming and Qing architectural styles. After spending some time in the temple area, you will explore - Shanghai French Concession, a concession area from 1849 till 1943. In almost one century, it develops its distinct character with culture mixture of Chinese and European, also one of the Catholic centers in China.
This evening we will enjoy a local dinner.

Accommodation:
 • Hotel (1 night)
Included activities:
• Yuyuan Garden and City God's Temple
• French Concession
Meals Included:
• Breakfast and Dinner

Day 15 Shanghai-Depart (B)
There are no activities planned for the final day, and you can depart the accommodation at any time.

Meals Included:
• Breakfast

Visas

A visa is required for entry into China for all nationalities except Japan, Singapore and Brunei who are allowed visa free stays under 14 days. Travellers holding APEC cards are allowed entrance visa free if their card has already been approved for China.

In some cases, you may be required to provide further information or documentation and if this is the case we will notify you as soon as possible.

Booking a Single Room

On this particular tour we are pleased to be able to offer travellers the option of pre-booking a guaranteed single room. Due to the variety of accommodation used on this tour, single rooms are available for a majority of the nightstops, however it would still mean sharing on any overnight trains. All of our tours are planned and operated on a twin-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travellers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation.

Vaccinations and Your Health

We recommend that you contact your primary care physician or a travel doctor for advice on vaccinations and travel health and we advise that you check to see if your tetanus-diphtheria booster is still valid every 10 years. 

Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our customers. At the start of the trip you must provide us with: the name of your insurance company, your policy number, a 18 hour medical emergency contact number, and the expiry date of the policy. You should ensure that your policy covers you for medical expenses and repatriation. If you are unable to provide all this information at the start of the trip you will not be allowed to join the trip. You can purchase insurance easily online by checking our Travel Insurance page.

Luggage

One main piece of lockable baggage and a shoulder bag. Total allowance: 44lbs/20kgs. Remember, you are expected to carry your own baggage – so don’t overload yourself. It is essential that your baggage is lockable; the airline/train authorities insist on this. Please be aware, before boarding a flight in China that the Chinese authorities will only allow bottles onto aircraft if they have been checked in as main luggage. Any bottles in the hand luggage may be confiscated.

 

What to Expect on Tour

Itinerary Disclaimer

The information in this trip details has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. 

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