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S-501: 11 Days Private Tour of Beijing - Lhasa - Xian - Shanghai
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned vehicle
Meals: 10 western buffet breakfasts, 5 lunches with some being a la carte style
Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights in China - Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors
  • Follow us on a Buddhist pilgrimage to Tibet & appreciate the profound culture
  • Have a leisurely walk or an exciting bicycle ride on the time-honored City Wall of Xian
  • View the soaring city skylines and feel the pulse of modern Shanghai
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Sincere greetings & airport-hotel transfer.
Upon your arrival today, our excellent English-speaking guide will be waiting for you outside the arrival hall of the airport after you finish the check-out procedures. A comfortable private transfer will take you to the hotel in downtown area. For the remaining time of the day, we intend to keep it free for you.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Beijing
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, A la carte lunch, Summer Palace with boat ride on Kunming Lake. (B+L)
Toasting on the Great Wall
After breakfast, you will pay a visit to Tiananmen Square, the largest central city square in the world with an area of 440,000 square meters (108 acres), which can hold one million people for meeting at one time. The solemn flag ceremony is performed everyday at sunrise and sunset on the square drawing the attention of people who are passing there. Besides, Tiananmen Gate on the north of Chang'an Street across the square is the entrance to your next stop, the Forbidden City, which is an imperial palace complex of the Ming and the Qing dynasties and also a big museum. It tells people about the changes of the royal courts for about 600 years and the several thousand years' history of Chinese civilization. 

At noon, we will offer an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) for you to sample the pure Chinese delicacies. We will then transfer you to visit the Summer Palace, a fantastic resort for visitors to admire the peaceful landscape and magnificent architecture of the royal garden. Visitors may go to the Front Hill Area where most ancient constructions are located. The first construction you visit may be the Hall of Dispelling Clouds (Paiyundian). It is regarded as the most spectacular architectural complex of the Summer Palace. The Empress Dowager Cixi of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) used to celebrate her birthday here every year. After strolling around, you will board a boat to sightsee the beautiful Kunming Lake in the Summer Palace. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 3 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car, Olympic Bird's Nest, Temple of Heaven. (B)
Tiananmen Square
This morning you will journey to visit the famous Mutianyu Great Wall with the round way cable car. Although it is a little tiring to hike on the wall, the magnificent wall and the astonishing views are worth of your visit. The Great Wall, with a length of about 6,300 kilometers (3,915 miles), is one of the greatest miracles in the world. Like a huge dragon, it winds up and down across mountains, grasslands, deserts and plains, stretching from the Jiayuguan Pass in Gansu in the west to the Shanhaiguan Pass near the eastern seaside of our country.

Lunch is not included. On returning to the downtown, we will stop over at the Bird's Nest so that you can take some pictures outside. The next spot you will view is the Temple of Heaven, a delicate ancient architecture complex where the emperors offered sacrifices to the God of Heaven.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
 Friendly Tips

The round-trip cable car fare at Mutianyu Great Wall is included in this tour price. We can also arrange for you to take the chairlift up and toboggan down the wall. Please contact your travel consultant if you are interested.
Day 4 Beijing - Lhasa
Fly to Lhasa. Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
A Tibetan prayer
It's time to say goodbye to our capital and fly to your onward destination - Lhasa this morning. You will be greeted by the local guide at the airport on time. In addition to a brief introduction of the city, the guide will also give you some useful tips on obviating high altitude reaction when the car is driving to the downtown area. Later what you need to do is have a good rest in your hotel to adapt yourself to the environment. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 5 Lhasa
Tibet Museum, Sera Monastery, Norbulingka Park. (B+L)
Being reputed as 'City of Sunlight', this 1300-year-old city has long been the political, economic, cultural and religious centre of Tibet, as well as a heart home for many devout followers of the faith. The first spot you will visit is the Tibet Museum, which well describes the peculiar Tibetan culture and history via plenty of collections, including various artifacts, Buddha figures, handwritten ancient books, artistic Thangka paintings, ethnic handicrafts etc. After having lunch at a fancy local restaurant, you will get to the Sera Monastery, one of the greatest monasteries for Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism and then the Norbulingka Park, the once summer house for generations of living Buddha and the nowadays local largest created garden.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 Lhasa
Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, A Nunnery. (B+L)
Lama's sutra-debating at the Sera Monastery
Another thrilling day starts with a visit to the Potala Palace. Highest in elevation, this palace, the city's landmark, is world-famed for its unique layout, civil engineering, metal smelting, painting, sculptures and so on. Next we will take you to discover the essence of this ancient city by visiting the Jokhang Temple and thriving bazaar of the Barkhor Street. You can learn about the Jokhang Temple's profound position after viewing its characteristic architectural style, as well as the thousands of never - extinguished butter - oil lamps. Afterwards, you will be guided to a Nunnery.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 Lhasa - Xian
Fly to Xian. Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
Today you will take a late morning flight to Xian. Our local guide will expect you outside the baggage claim area of the airport and escort you to check in the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 8 Xian
Terracotta Army, Provincial History Museum, City Wall. (B)
Bicycle riding at sunset on Xian City Wall
This morning, you will visit the Terracotta Army, which is the largest underground military museum in the world. The lifelike soldiers and horses were orderly arranged in battle formations with distinct expressions on each face. Besides, the delicate Bronze Chariots and Horses and weapons are very impressive. 

Move to the Provincial History Museum, one of the most renowned history museums with abundant cultural relics. Then you will mount the well-preserved City Wall to explore the city's history from every of its bricks and titles. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 9 Xian - Shanghai
Xian Museum and Small Wild Goose Pagoda, A local family visit and home-cooked lunch. Fly to Shanghai. Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
Our guests learning to make dumplings in a Chinese family home
This morning we will show you the most-visited Xian Museum including the Small Wild Goose Pagoda. This museum perfectly brings together the Buddhist architecture heritage of the Tang Dynasty, exhibition of various cultural treasures and pleasant scenic garden. 

Our hospitable local people welcome you to their home. It is also a good chance for you to have a nice break. With the guide's help, you can talk with the hosts on local people's life styles and visit their home. In addition, the hosts are very happy to invite you to have lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) together at their home. They will prepare abundant home cooked dishes for you. If you are interested in cooking Chinese food, you can also go into the kitchen to learn with them step by step. 

Then we will see you off at the airport. You will fly to Shanghai. Our local guide will expect you at the airport and escort you to check in the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch
Day 10 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, A la carte lunch, Huangpu River cruise, the Bund and an ancient cultural street. (B+L)
Shanghai Bund
An private elite sightseeing is arranged for you today. In the morning, you will go to see plenty of rare historical collections displayed in Shanghai Museum firstly. Covering an exhibition area of 12,000 square meters, it is one of the four best museums in our country and mainly features the bronze vessels, potteries, handwritings and paintings. The next stop is to the famous and elegant Yuyuan Garden. As one of the masterpieces of the classical gardens in southern region, it is marked by the ingenious design, delicate layout and elegant landscape. 

After that you will enjoy an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a noted local restaurant where you will taste authentic Shanghai cuisine. Traditionally called Benbang cuisine and formed by a complex flavor structure, cooking style and technique norms, the cuisine stresses the use of condiments while retaining the original flavors of the ingredients and has features of being fresh, smooth and crispy. 

In the afternoon, you will take a cruise on the Huangpu River and stroll along the Bund area to appreciate the various European buildings on the west side of Huangpu River and the modern skyscrapers on the opposite Pudong side. Finally our guide will take you to an old street, where you may find fun and relaxation.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Day 11 Departure from Shanghai
Hotel-airport transfer & see you off. A nice journey home! (B)
Today we will see you off on your international flight back home. Hope our dedicated services bring you a memorable, interesting and enjoyable private vacation. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
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  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 10% discount.
  • Any parts of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • A la carte lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Private English-speaking guides
  • Private drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
  • Tibet Travel Permit
Price Excludes
  • International airfares
  • Entry Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
Why Travel With Us
  • Customer Reviews
  • Questions & Answers
    4.816 Reviews
    Shan Guo
    Chapel Hill, NC, US
    Posted on August 02, 2019
    My guides were excellent and the driver was great and the car is very clean. I received two bottles of water everyday. Very good meals, although I wish there is more flexibility and options in choosing the restaurants. Thanks!
    Joy Ann
    Posted on July 25, 2019
    I would like to sincerely thank the agents and guides of TravelChinaGuide for putting together a most memorable and wonderful trip. This was a trip of a lifetime! TCG made it easy and affordable and took care of absolutely everything! I very, very highly recommend them to anyone going to China.
    Juan Pablo
    Posted on July 14, 2019
    Our trip was perfect. Our guides were helpful, friendly and gracious. No complains just happiness! I already recommended their services to a friend of mine.
    John Nicholls
    Posted on July 11, 2019
    Following are my comments:

    •Beijing section could have been a day longer. It was fairly compact and I believe we could have had some more personal spare time, particularly at evenings.
    •Kitty was great and provided us with great background knowledge.
    •Xian was good and the terracotta Warriors were well worth seeing.
    •Lhasa trip could have been cut by a day. It was well worth the effort. I did suffer from altitude sickness which was quite disturbing at times. The hotel was average.
    •Shanghai was excellent. The hotel was great, however the visit could have been extended a day. Ray the guide was excellent also.
    •Overall the entire trip was well worth the effort and I would certainly tell my friends to consider a similar trip.
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    Posted on June 27, 2019
    My wife and I had a great trip thanks to TCG.
    Lu Lu W
    Posted on June 20, 2019
    Hereunder is a general comment of a private tour we have taken in June:

    Linda (Beijing) Carol (Xian) and William (Shanghai) were wonderful tour guides who went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable and informed on the city and sites. Tenzing (Lhasa) had a different style and was more reserved, but still effective as a guide. There were a few occasions when we had to ask to go into different parts of some sites as opposed to his offering us the opportunity. This was not a bad thing for us, but some may find it less so.
    The drivers were all good.
    The meals were good. It was odd that on the second day in Beijing the lunch was not included. I know that is what the itinerary said, but as we were with the guide for both AM and PM adding this in for others in the future would be convenient.
    The hotels were all nice and as expected given their star-ratings.
    It was an amazing experience for us.
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    gary peart & thomas maynard
    Posted on June 10, 2019
    We had a fantastic holiday in China and everything arranged for us through Travel China Guide was absolutely perfect - thank you. Selina, Roger, Joe and David our guides did an excellent job and are credit to this company. Nothing was too much trouble and we felt very well looked after. I would certainly recommend and use this company again.
    Iuly Treger
    Posted on June 08, 2019
    Kelly, we've had a great holiday and your company is indefinitely a great part of this fantastic experience. Few small points... The flight from Beijing to Lhasa was quite difficult with leaving the plain at the middle stop, but we understand that it is a matter of tickets availability. The train from Lhasa to Xian was an amazing experience for us, it helped a lot to feel China better (we were happy that you could help us change the flight into a train journey), but it was not easy at all. I think you must give to your tourists more explanations about this journey, especially about food and sanitary facilities even in soft wagon. Just to make them more prepared for the trip. The overall trip was very good. ... More
    Posted on June 03, 2019
    We thoroughly enjoyed the 11 day trip. It was very comforting to know that all of the arrangements had been made and someone was waiting at each destination to greet us and provide transportation to the hotels and back to the airport when it was time to leave for the next segment in our trip. I found the guides to be very knowledgeable in each city and very willing to answer questions and share that knowledge with us. We also found the guides well versed in English and communicated with them very easily. I also felt that the guides enjoyed their work and that interest showed as we interacted. The sites on the itinerary were those that we would have picked from the travel books and other information available to us and some of the sites were not mentioned in the books but were very enjoyable. The hotels were very nice and at a level that provided all of the comforts that we required. We also appreciated the evaluation forms provided by the company at the end of each segment and felt that the company appreciated any constructive comments that we made to improve their future tours. Great service! ... More
    Posted on May 28, 2019
    We've just returned from a wonderful trip to China arranged by travelchinaguide. The prices were competitive and they delivered exactly what was promised. In many ways they exceeded our expectations. Our guides; John and Roger, in Beijing and Xian were outstanding. Tibet was a unique experience; it added an extra dimension to the tour. The scenery at 12,000 ft. was truly spectacular. We strongly recommend this company to other travelers.
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