Upon your arrival in Beijing, you will be greeted warmly by our guide in Beijing after you go through the baggage claim area. Transfer you to the reputed hotel by a comfortable private car. You may have a good rest to refresh from your jet lag. The rest of the day is on your side to arrange.
Forbidden City, Beijing
This morning, visit the capacious Tiananmen Square. If you want to watch the flag-rising ceremony, you need to get up early, since the flag will rise the same time when the sun rise. Then visit the grand royal Palace - The Forbidden City. It was said that a million workers including 100, 000 artisans made great contribution into this long-term hard project. After enjoying an a la carte lunch at a nice restaurant, visit the Temple of Heaven in the afternoon. You will know some interesting history about this place from your guide. Take one of the main buildings - The Circular Altar for example. During the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 A.D. - 1911 A.D.), the emperors would offer sacrifice to Heaven on the day of the Winter Solstice every year. This ceremony was to thank Heaven and hope everything would be good in the future. You will enjoy the lively Chinese Kungfu show at Red Theater (B, L)
You will be transferred to visit the most famous section of the Great Wall - The Badaling Great Wall Section. This section was the earliest one open to the public, played a strategic role in defense in history. At noon, you will be entertained by the Sichuan Food at a local famous restaurant. In the afternoon, you will visit he famous Royal Garden - The Summer Palace. This royal garden was renovated in 1888 by Empress Dowager Cixi, who was said to have embezzled the funds of the Imperial Navy to build this garden in a luxurious way. On the way back, drive by the Birds Nest (Olympic National Stadium). You will see its grand appearance at a distance. (B, L)
In the morning, your guide will transfer you to the airport to take your flight to Lhasa, a mysterious place, where many people are dreaming of. You will see our guide after you go through the baggage claim area and be taken to the finest hotel in Lhasa. Have a good rest, and adjust yourself to this high altitude, 3,650 meters above sea level. You may bring some fruits in case you do not any appetite due to the lack of oxygen. (B)
Potala Palace, Lhasa
After breakfast, visit the Tibet Museum, a direct place for you to know more about this city. Then proceed to visit to the Carpet Factory, which lies south of the city government and west of Tibet University. This factory enjoys high reputation in producing traditional Tibetan carpets, which sell well home and abroad. Then after lunch, visit the prestigious Sera Monastery and the Norbulingka Park in the afternoon. With the large amount of precious relics, the Sera Monastery is well known for the debate on sutra as well, and you can take a chance to see this unusual scene there. Besides, Sera Monastery is also among one of the three big monasteries in Lhasa, the other two are Drepung Monastery and Gandan Monastery. The Norbulingka Park, the summer Palace for the Dalai Lama is another highlight. You will take your time ease and enjoy your short stay there. (B, L)
The morning schedule is to visit the magnificent Potala Palace, which was originally built by Songtsen Gampo for Princess Wencheng to commemorate this historical event. After several restorations, it became the current grand Palace in Tibet and the first place the visitors want to see. Then visit the Jokhang Temple and the thriving bazaar of the Barkor Street. According to the astrology, this holy temple occupies a good location since it was just built on the pool. Besides, you will see many well-kept invaluable cultural relics. Stroll around the busy bazaar, you will see many local sellers and local products. At the end of the day, stay a short while in the Tibetan Traditional Medicine Hospital, the largest Tibetan traditional hospital in Tibet. (B, L)
The last stop in Lhasa is the visit to the Tibetan Family. It is a good chance for you to know more about the local people through this personal visit. Then after lunch, your guide will transfer you to the airport to board your flight to Xian, You will be met in Xian Xianyang International airport in time and transferred to your hotel. (B, L)
Traditional photolithography in China
This morning, your exciting tour in historical Xian begins just by transferring to the famous Qin-Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum after your breakfast. Admittedly, this popular site receives thousands of visitors every day, just because of its record-breaking scale and wonderful vivid sculpture of the soldiers and armies. You will see the human-like figuline figures, horses, carriages, etc. in the different pits, and know some background knowledge of this amazing sites and how it was found. After that, a la carte lunch in a well-chosen restaurant will be offered. Visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a quite well-known place among the locals after the so-called the biggest music fountain was founded. Besides visiting the Pagoda, seeing this unique fountain perhaps is also another highlight for your short stay there. At the end of the day, visit the Provincial History Museum. For dinner tonight, luxury series clients will enjoy the marvelous Tang Dynasty Dinner Show at the splendid Tang Dynasty Palace (Address: No. 75 Changan Road, Xian); standard series clients will enjoy the local specialty Dumpling Dinner and Tang Dynasty Dance and Music Show at Shaanxi Opera Theatre. (B, L, D)
This morning, visit the City Wall. The solid square city wall is another remark of this ancient city and fully showed its indispensable function in the past days on defending this city. You will stroll on the way and see the city from a higher angle. Then visit a local family and enjoy a home-cooked a la carte lunch at the family you will visit. In the afternoon, visit the Great Mosque. (B, L)
Your guide will transfer you to the airport to board your flight to the big modern metropolis - Shanghai. The local tour guide will pick you up in time and transfer you to the hotel. The rest day is free for you to arrange on your own. (B)
Shanghai Bund area Photo by our client Ms. Jill G Fischer
Visit the Shanghai Museum and the Yuyuan Garden in the morning. You will see a numerous collections of Chinese masterpieces in the museum, say, Chinese Bronze, Calligraphy, Paintings, ect. The auto-matic electronic explaining machine in English will help you a lot in mastering more essence of this city and its development. The outdoor visit to the garden surely is refreshing and unforgettable. The most classical Chinese garden will unfold before your eyes. The schedule for your visit in the rest of the day is quite different. Please refer to the below for more details. (B, L)
Luxury series: Huangpu River cruise and a visit to an old street are arranged in the afternoon.
Standard series: You will visit the Bund, Nanjing road and an old street in the afternoon.
Private transfer will take you to board your international flight. Your short and memorable China tour ends here.(B)
|Beijing||Crowne Plaza Hotel||Holiday Inn Central Plaza|
|Lhasa||Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa||Gang-gyan Lhasa Hotel|
|Xian||Shangri-la Golden Flower Hotel - South Wing||Grand New World Hotel|
|Shanghai||Renaissance Shanghai Yuyuan Hotel||Ya Fan Long Men Hotel|
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|Travelers||High Season||Low Season||High Season||Low Season|
|Room Occupancy||Room Occupancy||Room Occupancy||Room Occupancy|
|10 & above||$2430||$3220||$2140||$2630||$2000||$2400||$1870||$2140|
Based on per person and shown in US dollars. Valid from Mar. 1st, 2012 to Feb. 28th, 2013
The above private guided tour is tailored for you, your family or your friends exclusively.
No other participants will be in your group. In other words, others
will not join in your tour and you will not take part into any tours
of others on our land services.
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