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SG21: 9 Days Small Group Tour of Beijing - Xi'an - Lhasa
Tour Type: Small Group of 2-18 travelers, guaranteed departures
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 8 nights at good 5-star & 4-star hotels
Meals: 8 western buffet breakfasts, 5 lunches with some being a la carte style, 1 dumpling dinner
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
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
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. Then you will enjoy a comfortable drive to the hotel and recover from the jet lag.
 
Accommodation: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing - the former Sheraton
Day 2 Beijing
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 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
Our group at the Forbidden City
Our group at the Forbidden City
Day 3 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car, A toast with red wine on the wall. (B)
Today you will spend most of the time on 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 can have more time enjoying the amazing scenery. When walking on the wall, your physical fatigue will be washed away by the magnificence of the Great Wall stretching along the mountains. 

We leave lunch to your own arrangement, so it may be best that you have a big breakfast at the hotel and have some fast food for lunch by yourself. Your guide will show you some restaurants. 

Afterwards, we will get back to the city and visit a featured local market. You will have some free time to explore the market at your own pace.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
A gorgouse view of the Mutianyu Great Wall
A gorgouse view of the Mutianyu Great Wall
Day 4 Beijing to Xi'an by Flight
Summer Palace, Olympic Bird's Nest, A la carte lunch, Hutong Rickshaw Tour, Experience Chinese Paper Cutting, Fly to Xi'an, Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
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. Then you will have a chance to take photos of the Olympic National Stadium (Bird's Nest).

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, a classic Hutong trip is planned for you to experience the original old Beijing Culture. During which, a rickshaw ride will take you passing through the traditional alleys. It is also very interesting to try your hand at Chinese Paper Cutting. Later, 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
Enjoy a pleasant walk in the Summer Palace
Enjoy a pleasant walk in the Summer Palace
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)
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. Learn from the hostess to prepare the ingredients and cook typical dishes. 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.
The life-size Terracotta Warriors
The life-size Terracotta Warriors
Learn to make dumplings in the family visit
Learn to make dumplings in the family visit
Day 6 Xi'an to Lhasa by Flight
Fly to Lhasa, Airport-hotel transfer, Acclimatize to the high altitude. (B)
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 have a good rest to acclimate yourself to the high altitude.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Tashipozhang Hotel
Day 7 Lhasa
Norbulingka Park, Sera Monastery, Viewing Platform of Yaowang Hill. (B+L)
Today your visit includes the Norbulingka ParkSera Monastery and the Viewing Platform of Yaowang Hill.

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. Here you may be lucky to come across the monks' debates. When you get to the Viewing Platform of Yaowang Hill, you can appreciate the grand appearance of Potala Palace and the street sceneries of Lhasa from a different angle.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Sutra-debating in Sera Monastery
Sutra-debating in Sera Monastery
Tibetan people
Tibetan people
Day 8 Lhasa
Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, A Nunnery. (B+L)
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. Visitors must follow the taboos of Tibetan Buddhism, no hats, no photos, no overstaying inside of the palace during your visit.

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. Today's trip is completed with a visit to a Nunnery, where you can see the normal daily life of nuns living there.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Admire the imposing and magnificent Potala Palace
Admire the imposing and magnificent Potala Palace
Day 9 Departure from Lhasa
Hotel-airport transfer & see you off, A pleasant trip home! (B)
Today, your guide will see you off at the airport for your homebound flight. 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 your travel consultant. 

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, 2020
Arrival DateDeparture DateDouble OccupancySingle Room Supplement 
Apr 01(Thu)Apr 09(Fri)$2059 $1811$419
Apr 08(Thu)Apr 16(Fri)$2059 $1811$419
Apr 15(Thu)Apr 23(Fri)$2059 $1811$419
Apr 22(Thu)Apr 30(Fri)$2059 $1811$419
May 06(Thu)May 14(Fri)$2059 $1811$419
May 13(Thu)May 21(Fri)$2059 $1811$419
May 20(Thu)May 28(Fri)$2059 $1811$419
May 27(Thu)Jun 04(Fri)$2059 $1811$409
Jun 03(Thu)Jun 11(Fri)$2049 $1803$399
Jun 10(Thu)Jun 18(Fri)$2049 $1803$399
Jun 17(Thu)Jun 25(Fri)$2049 $1803$409
Jun 24(Thu)Jul 02(Fri)$2059 $1811$419
Jul 01(Thu)Jul 09(Fri)$2119 $1864$439
Jul 08(Thu)Jul 16(Fri)$2119 $1864$439
Jul 15(Thu)Jul 23(Fri)$2119 $1864$439
Jul 22(Thu)Jul 30(Fri)$2119 $1864$439
Jul 29(Thu)Aug 06(Fri)$2119 $1864$439
Aug 05(Thu)Aug 13(Fri)$2119 $1864$439
Aug 12(Thu)Aug 20(Fri)$2119 $1864$439
Aug 19(Thu)Aug 27(Fri)$2119 $1864$439
Aug 26(Thu)Sep 03(Fri)$2119 $1864$439
Sep 02(Thu)Sep 10(Fri)$2109 $1855$469
Sep 09(Thu)Sep 17(Fri)$2109 $1855$469
Sep 16(Thu)Sep 24(Fri)$2109 $1855$469
Sep 23(Thu)Oct 01(Fri)$2099 $1847$459
Oct 07(Thu)Oct 15(Fri)$2109 $1855$469
Oct 14(Thu)Oct 22(Fri)$2109 $1855$469
Oct 21(Thu)Oct 29(Fri)$2109 $1855$469
Oct 28(Thu)Nov 05(Fri)$1989 $1750$419
Nov 04(Thu)Nov 12(Fri)$1989 $1750$419
Nov 11(Thu)Nov 19(Fri)$1979 $1741$409

Remark: The prices in red reflect the current 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
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    Posted on December 01, 2018
    Just write to thank all of the staff in TCG. They really made my vacation memorable, both when I was making the reservation and when I was making the tour. Their staff are excellent, and helped me to make the reservations quick and easy. The guides we met through the tour are professional and knowledgeable. The cars offered us are very clean and comfortable and the drivers are also excellent. The hotels and the meals are also very very good, especially the dumpling dinner are wonderful! Thank you, travelchinaguide for our unique and unforgettable China tour! ... More
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    James Reay
    USA
    Posted on October 23, 2018
    After two weeks at home from my wonderful vacation I am finally gathering all my thoughts and wanted to thank everyone associated with my trip for making it truly the visit of a lifetime. I particularly want to mention the excellent work of the guides in Beijing-Linda, in Lhasa-Yang and Carol in Xian. Linda was especially helpful in working with the airline to ensure my lost baggage arrived soon after I did in Beijing. I was very concerned when my suitcase failed to show upon my arrival. Fortunately, it made it on day 2 and Linda really helped to get it to my hotel as soon as possible.

    I was very pleased with the overall organization of the trip in terms of great hotels, fluent English-speaking, knowledgeable guides and of course wonderful, exciting and interesting tours each day. The food was excellent and quite an experience for American tastes, particularly the Peking Duck and dumpling dinner. Each meal was an experience, especially the one in Tibet. My interest in photography has never had more diverse and colorful subjects. I am still sorting through more than 1000 pictures to select just the right ones for a slide presentation. My friends have asked me what I enjoyed most in China. A difficult question. Of course, the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, the Potala Palace in Tibet and the Terra-Cotta warriors in Xian were the trip highlights. The cultural shows in Beijing and Xian were also very interesting. However, perhaps the most special experience was seeing the energetic and friendly people of China at work building the future of their country. It is clear that China is a country with great history and traditions that is moving ahead rapidly toward economic development and better lives for its citizens.

    It is obvious that Travel China Guide provides a great service for its clients at a reasonable cost. I particularly enjoyed the parts of my trip with only a few other tourists. As there were only three of us in Lhasa, we had very personalized service. I must also mention the terrific job done by the drivers in dealing with the heavy traffic in every city. We always felt safe and were able to focus on the sights in complete comfort. Thanks again to everyone who made this very special trip possible. I would definitely recommend Travel China Guide to anyone planning a trip to China.
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