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SG20: 9 Days Small Group Tour to Beijing - Xi'an - Lhasa
Tour Type: Small Group of 2-18 persons, guaranteed departures
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide & air-conditioned, licensed limousine
Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights in China - Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Army
  • Try biking on the Ming Dynasty City Wall of Xi'an, or tour by electric car
  • Full insight visits of the sacred Potala Palace and pure land of Tibet
  • Enjoy a la carte meals, Kung Fu Show, Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Performance
From $1669 per person Free Inquiry
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Airport pick-up & airport-hotel transfer.
Welcome to China! Upon arriving at Beijing airport, you will see your professional guide holding a banner with your name on it and waiting for you outside the Arrival Hall at the airport. You will then be transferred to the hotel to recover from the jet lag.
Accommodation: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing - the former Sheraton
Day 2 Beijing
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, A la carte welcome lunch with Peking Duck, Temple of Heaven, Chinese Kung Fu Show. (B+L)
Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
In the morning, we will drive you to visit the largest central square in the world - Tiananmen Square. Many historical events of the country, such as the founding ceremony of People's Republic of China have been witnessed here. Walking through the square to the north end, you will come to the magnificent Forbidden City, the imperial palace of 24 emperors in the Ming and Qing dynasties. The grand imperial architecture complex and precious culture relics in the palace reflect its past prosperity. 

In order to avoid tourist food, we specially arrange an a la carte welcome lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a famous and elegant restaurant for you to taste authentic Chinese food, especially the famous Peking duck. 

In the afternoon, you will be delighted to visit the Temple of Heaven. This was the place for emperors to worship the heaven and also has been listed as a World Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO. This evening you will be entertained by a lively Chinese Kung Fu Show at the Red Theatre.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte welcome lunch
Day 3 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car, A toast with red wine on the wall, Olympic Bird's Nest. (B)
Forbidden City
Today you will start the trip with a visit to the splendid Mutianyu Great Wall, which is famous for magnificent views and profound history and culture. We will arrange the round trip cable car going up and down the wall so that you could have more time enjoying the amazing scenery. When walking on the wall, even though a little tired, you will be shocked by the lengthy wall stretching along the mountains. 

We do not arrange lunch for you, so it may be the best that you have a big breakfast at the hotel and have some fast food for lunch by yourself. Our guide will show you some restaurants. 

You will have a chance to take photos of the Olympic National Stadium (Bird's Nest) on the way back into the city. The day's sightseeing will come to an end after having some free time at a featured local market.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Beijing - Xi'an
Summer Palace, Hutong Rickshaw Tour, Experience Chinese Paper Cutting, A la carte lunch, Fly to Xi'an, Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
Clients learning to make dumplings at a local family
After breakfast, you will set off to visit the Summer Palace, the largest existing royal garden in China. Constructed in the Qing Dynasty, it presents you both imperial halls and a picturesque garden with lakes, hills, stone bridges and a long gallery. Next, a classic Hutong trip is arranged for you to experience the original old Beijing Culture. During which, you will take a rickshaw ride through the traditional alleys and also try your hand at Chinese Paper Cutting. 

Around noon you will enjoy your a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a fancy restaurant with delicious food and great atmosphere. 

After lunch, your guide will transfer you to the airport for the flight to Xi'an. Upon your arrival, the local guide will greet you outside the baggage claim area and transfer you to the hotel for a 2-night stay.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel
Day 5 Xi'an
Terracotta Army, A local family visit and an authentic home-cooked lunch, Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi'an Museum, Tang Dynasty Show with dumpling dinner. (B+L+D)
Mr. Lynn E Boeding's comments on our service
Today's escorted tour begins with the eighth wonder of the World - the Terracotta Army. You will be astonished by the grand and lifelike underground terracotta army and each one has its own distinct facial expression and gesture. Seeing thousands of various ancient weapons, you will get an understanding of the highly advanced technology in weapon-making 2,200 years ago. 

You will then visit a local family home downtown and enjoy a home cooked a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) with the generous hosts. You are also invited to participate in our Chinese food cooking class if you are interested. This will be, and confirmed by many of our clients, one of the most memorable parts of the whole trip. 

In the afternoon, proceed to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi'an Museum in a few minutes' drive. Tonight, you will be entertained by the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show while partaking in the famous Dumpling Dinner.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch, Dumpling dinner
 Friendly Tips

Clients visiting in Jan, Feb, Mar and Dec need to arrange the dinner and evening activity on their own for this day, since the theater is usually not open at that time.
Day 6 Xi'an - Lhasa
Fly to Lhasa, Airport-hotel transfer, Acclimatize to the high altitude. (B)
Praying Tibetans at the Jokhang Temple
Today you will say goodbye to your Xi'an guide at the airport and take a morning flight to the capital city of the mysterious Tibet - Lhasa. Located in the middle of Tibet Plateau, it is an ancient city having 1,300 years of history. With an altitude of 3,650 meters, Lhasa is one of the highest cities in the world. Upon your arrival, your guide will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel, where you can take time to acclimate yourself to the high altitude.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Xinding Hotel
Day 7 Lhasa
Norbulingka Park, Sera Monastery, Experience a Tibetan family visit. (B+L)
Today your visit includes the Norbulingka Park, the Sera Monastery and a typical Tibetan family

The Norbulingka Park, which means "Treasure Park" in Tibetan, is the summer palace of Dalai Lama. It is the largest garden with the most beautiful scenery and has been changed into a park. The Sera Monastery is one of the three largest monasteries in Tibet. When you meet the local family, the hospitable hosts will serve their homemade butter tea and some snacks. You will also learn about the locals' life by talking to them with the help of your guide.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 Lhasa
Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, A Nunnery, Barkhor Street. (B+L)
Our group at Potala Palace
Photo by our client Ms. Louise Frankiewicz
In the morning, you will visit the world famous Potala Palace. As the former winter palace of Dalai Lama, it was the governmental center of unity of politics and religions in Tibet. It can be called a palace of art because it stores tremendous treasures and works of art. 

We will go on to visit the Jokhang Temple. Located in the old part of the city, it is a monastery with a history of 1,350 years. It is the most glorious existing building established in Tubo times and the oldest existing civil structure. Wandering along Barkhor Street, a gathering area of Tibetan religion, culture and local handicrafts, you will witness the original view of this city and its people, and you can also buy simple gifts as souvenirs. The last stop you will visit today is a Nunnery, where you can see the normal daily life of nuns living there.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 9 Departure from Lhasa
Tibet Museum, Airport see-off, A pleasant onward trip! (B)
In the morning, you will visit Tibet Museum. It will show you the local people's splendid culture and long history by displaying various collected treasures, such as prehistoric culture relics, various Buddhas, colorful thangka paintings and ethnic handicrafts. Then your guide will see you off at the airport. Your wonderful vacation ends here and we wish you a pleasant onward trip. 

Since Lhasa has few international flights, you may need to transfer to other cities and then fly back to your country. The transportation for leaving Lhasa is not included in our listed prices but we are happy to purchase the tickets for you upon your request. If you need, please feel free to contact our travel consultants. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
Prices are per person in US Dollars; departures are guaranteed even with two persons!
Earlier Booking, Bigger Savings
12% off - book by Dec 31, 2018; 10% off - book in January, 2019
MonthArrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Apr. 2019Apr 04(Thu) Apr 12(Fri) $1829 $1609$349
Apr 11(Thu) Apr 19(Fri) $1829 $1609$349
Apr 18(Thu) Apr 26(Fri) $1829 $1609$349
Apr 25(Thu) May 03(Fri) $1829 $1609$349
May. 2019May 09(Thu) May 17(Fri) $1829 $1609$349
May 16(Thu) May 24(Fri) $1829 $1609$349
May 23(Thu) May 31(Fri) $1829 $1609$349
May 30(Thu) Jun 07(Fri) $1819 $1600$329
Jun. 2019Jun 06(Thu) Jun 14(Fri) $1819 $1600$329
Jun 13(Thu) Jun 21(Fri) $1819 $1600$329
Jun 20(Thu) Jun 28(Fri) $1819 $1600$329
Jun 27(Thu) Jul 05(Fri) $1839 $1618$359
Jul. 2019Jul 04(Thu) Jul 12(Fri) $1869 $1644$389
Jul 11(Thu) Jul 19(Fri) $1869 $1644$389
Jul 18(Thu) Jul 26(Fri) $1869 $1644$389
Jul 25(Thu) Aug 02(Fri) $1869 $1644$389
Aug. 2019Aug 01(Thu) Aug 09(Fri) $1869 $1644$389
Aug 08(Thu) Aug 16(Fri) $1869 $1644$389
Aug 15(Thu) Aug 23(Fri) $1869 $1644$389
Aug 22(Thu) Aug 30(Fri) $1869 $1644$389
Aug 29(Thu) Sep 06(Fri) $1859 $1635$379
Sep. 2019Sep 05(Thu) Sep 13(Fri) $1869 $1644$389
Sep 12(Thu) Sep 20(Fri) $1869 $1644$389
Sep 19(Thu) Sep 27(Fri) $1869 $1644$389
Oct. 2019Oct 03(Thu) Oct 11(Fri) $1839 $1618$359
Oct 10(Thu) Oct 18(Fri) $1839 $1618$359
Oct 17(Thu) Oct 25(Fri) $1839 $1618$359
Oct 24(Thu) Nov 01(Fri) $1839 $1618$359
Oct 31(Thu) Nov 08(Fri) $1769 $1556$339
Nov. 2019Nov 07(Thu) Nov 15(Fri) $1769 $1556$339

Remark: The prices in red reflect 12% discount.

Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • A la carte lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Professional English-speaking guides
  • Drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
  • Tibet Travel Permit
  • Tips or gratuities for hotel porters
Price Excludes
  • International airfares
  • Entry Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
Why Travel With Us
Questions & Answers
Asked by Tony from ITALIA | Jul. 31, 2018 06:17Reply
i will arrive from HKG to PEK on 3Aug at 10.00PM , and my exit flight is 9Aug to TPE at 8.35AM.
If i'm not wrong, the visa start the 00.00 of the day after the arrival,right?so i'm ok for the 144hrs visa?thank u
Answers (1)
Answered by Linda from USA | Jul. 31, 2018 18:49

Yes, there is no problem!
Asked by Graham Spearman from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 31, 2018 16:06Reply
There are not many evening meals included in your small group tours. Do you offer any dining packages? If not what is the average cost of an evening meal in China? Will credit cards be accepted in most restaurants?
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Jan. 31, 2018 19:47

We only include some of lunches in the small group tours and leave dinners for customers exploring the local flavor on their own. Of course your guides will help you choose good restaurants according to your preferences. The cost of a meal depends on the restaruant you choose and the dishes you order. Normally it costs around CNY100 for a person in an ordinary restaurant in Beijing and it may cost more than CNY150 per person in a decent restaurant.

Credit Cards are accepted at big restaurants in most of the major cities. It is the best that you take a certain amount of Chinese currency, which is more popularly accepted by restaurants.
Asked by Adira from MALAYSIA | Apr. 24, 2017 05:35Reply
Visit Forbidden City along central axis

Im planning to visit along the central axis & checking the duration. However i found 2 durations; 1hr & 3hrs. Which one is the right duration needed to complete the central axis line? TQ

Answers (1)
Answered by Scarlett from USA | Apr. 24, 2017 21:26

Generally speaking, it takes 2-3 hours to tour around Forbidden City along the Central Axis.
Asked by Bueno | Feb. 28, 2017 01:14Reply
Is it possible to see monks's daily activities?
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Feb. 28, 2017 01:14

The sutra-debating is the most distinctive activity for monks.You will have a chance to see the monks debating in the Sera Monastery.
Asked by Hugo | Feb. 28, 2017 00:29Reply
Are the tickets included?
That means that I wont pay an entrance fee to any of the temples or the great wall?
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Feb. 28, 2017 00:30

Yes. Our quotation includes the entrance tickets of the sightseeing spots in the itinerary.
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