China & Holy Tibet

E-501: 11 Days Tour of Beijing - Lhasa - Xian - Shanghai
Tour Type: Private Partially-guided Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide & experienced driver for specified guided tours
Accommodation: 3-star decent hotels, also be open to your own choice

Tour Features:
    With essential parts like the sightseeing in Tibet with a guide plus some open free days for easy sightseeing in Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai, our itinerary is particularly designed for clients who are on a limited budget and enjoy a measure of independent travel with our professional suggestions.
Day 1 Entry Beijing
Upon your arrival at the Capital Airport, please find your own way to the hotel we booked for you. If you travel with heavy luggage, we suggest you take a taxi from the airport, which takes around one hour and costs CNY120 per cab. Your hotel is centrally located at Nanwanzi Alley, several minutes on foot from the famous Tiananmen Square and Wangfujing Street. You may familiarize yourself with the city.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Accommodation: Holiday Inn Express Beijing Temple of Heaven
Day 2 Beijing
Forbidden City
Today we suggest you start your China tour with our guided Beijing Mini Group Day Tour. The guide will lead you with other travelers to visit the Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Mutianyu Great Wall, Bird’s Nest and old Hutongs.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 3 Beijing
Another One Day Beijing Mini Group Tour is recommended to you. On this guided mini group tour, you will gain an insight of this imperial city. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Beijing - Lhasa
In the early morning, please take a taxi to the airport and take the flight to Lhasa by yourself. You will get to Lhasa after 5 hours. On arrival, the local guide will be waiting for you at the airport and accompany you to the hotel. Relax yourself for the rest of the day and adjust to the altitude at the world's rooftop. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Gang-gyan Lhasa Hotel
Day 5 Lhasa
Sera Monastery, Lhasa
Today begins at the Tibet Museum, the region's first modern museum. The relics and handicrafts reflect the rich cultural history of the region. After lunch, proceed to Sera Monastery, one of the three large monasteries in the city. This monastery is famous for its large collection of Buddhist scriptures and statues. The Tibetan buildings and decor are also very impressive. Then visit the Norbulinka Park, the Dalai Lama's summer retreat or “the Summer Palace in Tibet”. Wandering in the Norbulingka Park, you will get amazed by its architectural style and beautiful landscape of lakes, hills, and plants. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 Lhasa
Our clients in Lhasa
The highlight of your private trip comes today. Your guide will accompany you to the Potala Palace. A masterpiece of Tibetan architecture, the Potala Palace was built in the 7th century, and then redone at around 17th century. It has two parts, the Red Palace at the center and the White Palace on the wings. The main building is 110 meters (361 feet) high, capped with gilded gold roofs and abound with colorful murals and golden Buddhist decorations of typical local flavor. Continue after lunch, visit the Jokhang Temple, which is famous for its unique buildings. The 4-storey main building is covered with gilded bronze tiles on the roofs and embraced with graceful sculptures of human beings and animals on the beam. Here you could find Nepalese and Indian blended into the time period architecture of the Tang Chinese (618 - 907). Then walk to the bustling Barkhor Street, which still maintains the original look of Lhasa. You see the old buildings, small variety stores, and unique restaurants. Finally, you will pay a visit at a Nunnery to see the daily life of Buddhist nuns.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 Lhasa - Xian
Today you will board a flight for Xian. Upon arrival, you can take a taxi to the hotel in city center at a cost of CNY120 or you can take the subway Line 14 and transfer to Line 2 to reach your hotel. The rest of the day is open for your own adventure.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Days Inn City Centre Xi'an
Day 8 Xian
For Xi'an's sightseeing, we suggest you take our Xian Mini Group Day Tour

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 9 Xian - Shanghai
Terracotta Army
Check out the hotel before 12:00. Spend a day in relative leisure before taking the night train Shanghai bound. From the hotel you are a 10 minutes walk to the Bell Tower. Use the Bell Tower landmark as your lighthouse. On its east side is the most bustling business street where you can find big shopping malls, boutique, franchise houses, bars, cinema and supermarkets. On its west side, you can visit the Drum Tower and Muslim street and some antique - style buildings. It is easy to find a restaurant in either Western style or Chinese style, or you may just try some local street vendor food. In the afternoon, you may progress to the South Gate area and bicycle tour the City Wall. Surrounded by moat and dense trees, the protective wall circles the old town of the city. It is now an important city landmark. Return to the hotel to retrieve your luggage, and get to the railway station by taxi for an overnight soft sleeper train to Shanghai. The 15 hours train journey does not include excellent catering aboard, you may need to prepare your own nurishment. Double check your train baggage allowance before you take the train. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight soft sleeper train
Day 10 Shanghai
Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai
The train arrives in Shanghai Railway Station at 08:00 in the morning. Follow directions to exit from South Square of the Railway Station. You can take subway line 1 to get to the Golden River-view Hotel within 10 minutes. The hotel check in time is after 14:00, so early check-in is spotty at best. You can leave your luggage at the hotel reception desk and start visiting the city. Shanghai offers plenty of places to see. Do not miss World Financial Center, Bund, Nanjing Road and Yuyuan Garden.

Shorter than 600 meters walk from your hotel to the subway station of Hanzhong Rd., take subway Line 1 for 2 stops to People's Square Station, then change to Line 2 for 3 stops and get off at Dongchang Road Station. The World Financial Center is the current highest building in Shanghai and you get fantastic views on both banks of Huangpu River while standing on the 100th floor of the skyscraper. Then visit the Bund and Nanjing Road on west bank of Huangpu River. Directions: please walk westward for about 80 meters, turn left to Dongtai Road, then keep walking another 250 meters and turn right to Dongchang Road, after 380 meters more you will reach the ferry station. At East Jinling Road station (first ferry stop) walk 500 meters northward to reach the Bund area. Nanjing Road is on west side of the Bund. As one of the most bustling commercial street in Shanghai, Nanjing Road compares favourably with the Fifth Avenue USA, the Champs Elysee Paris, the Oxford Street London, and the Ginza  Tokyo. There are many restaurants here to pick and choose for lunch. In the afternoon, take taxi to visit Yuyuan Garden, a famous classical garden of southern Yangtze area. Get back to your hotel by subway: take subway line 10 from Yuyuan station, and then interchange to subway line 12 at Tiantong Rd. Station. After two stops, leave from Exit 1 of Hanzhong Rd. Station and walk to your hotel for a good rest. 

Meals: No meals
Accommodation: Golden River-view Hotel
Day 11 Shanghai Exit
Get to the airport using your own means. Go by taxi is preferable especially when you have heavy luggage. It takes about one and a half hours to get to Pudong Airport and the taxi fare is around CNY170 per cab. Hongqiao airport is closer, and it takes about 50 minutes and rings up CNY60 per cab. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
This trip can be customized to meet your individual needs!
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