Starting from 1499$ (based on 2 people sharing)
What to Expect
Private tour available any day
Top things to do with great flexibility
Customize the tour to fit your own schedule
No time-wasting shopping stops and sales pitch
Day by Day Tour Briefing
Day 01 Arrival in Beijing, airport pickup, transfer to Beijing hotel, free time
Day 02 Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, optional Kungfu Show
Day 03 the Great Wall at Mutianyu, Sacred Way, Bird’s Nest and Water Cube, optional Peking Duck Dinner
Day 04 Temple of Heaven, Hutong tour, bullet train ride to Xi’an, pickup and transfer to Xian hotel
Day 05 Terracotta Warriors, City Wall, Muslim Quarter, optional Tang Dynasty Dinner Show
Day 06 Shaanxi History Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, fly to Lhasa, transfer to Lhasa hotel
Day 07 Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
Day 08 Norbulingka Park, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
Day 09 Fly to Shanghai, free day
Day 10 Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, Shanghai World Financial Center, the Bund, optional Acrobatic Show or Huangpu River night cruise
Day 11 Transfer to the airport
|Penta Hotel Beijing
|Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town
|Wyndham Grand Xi’an South
|Somerset Xindicheng Xi＇an
|Les Suites Orient Bund Shanghai
|Sunrise On The Bund
(This tour is a sample tour which can be customized for you exclusively.)
Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
You are welcome to Beijing. You will be picked up on arrival and then transferred to your hotel. No need to worry about the lags or delays in the town, we have ensured to take you through without stress to explore the city.
Day 2 Beijing
Beijing is a large city with great diversity. Your short visits to this city allow you to see more. Tiananmen Square is just one of such. The largest city square in the world with home to the Monument to the People’s Heroes, China’s Great Hall of the People, the country’s National Museum, and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong. The Forbidden City is the most famed one. When you have the opportunity to visit a site with around 9K plus rooms that hosted China’s historical dynasties, you are sure to be inspired. A place where you pass with just more than just doorway but with delicate structures that describe beauty as a classic phenomenon. There is no way you won’t adore the masterpiece when you see well-preserved buildings decorated with yellow-glazed tile roofs, marble bases, and splendid colorful paintings.
After lunch, drive to the outskirts of the city to visit the Summer Palace. It is the largest & best-preserved royal garden in the country. When you move around this palace, you’ll get to see the ancient pavilions, mansions, temples, architectural designs. Don’t run out of the palace without seeing this unique Kunming Lake made with a well painted long corridor.
Optional activities: Apart from these locations, you also get the option of watching the incredible Kungfu Show in the Red Theater, starting at 19:30.
Day 3 Beijing
Your experiences in Beijing enter day 3 with another set of events planned for you. When you finish your breakfast, we will drive about 70km to visit the highlight of Beijing. The Great Wall at Mutianyu is one part of the Great Wall of China that is less crowded. There are cable cars that take you to the top of the wall to see the astonishing part of Mutianyu. You will be awed by the view you have access to. When you are the top, you will want to have the memories of the scenic views at your disposal by taking great photos.
After your adventure with the Mutianyu, your next trip is to the Sacred Way (this is a 7km long passage), which leads to particular tombs for the 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty. This sacred way represents where those emperors passed, and when they came from heaven. You will also see the mythical animals and officials. Go back to the city for a quick photo stop at Bird’s Nest and Water Cube, a legacy from the 2008 Olympic Games.
Optional activity: you can go to have a special treat with a great dinner to taste the famous Peking roasted duck.
Day 4 Beijing to Xian
After breakfast, your tour guide will pick you up to visit the Temple of Heaven, which was the royal temple used to pay homage to heaven and pray for a good harvest. It’s nowadays turned into a park where you can observe the locals practicing various activities like Tai Chi, dancing, kite flying, water calligraphy, etc. Then you will hop on a rickshaw to experience Hutongs in Beijing to take a quick peek into the city’s fading old lifestyle. This visit is all about to come to an end in Beijing.
The tour guide will see you off at Beijing West Train station to board a bullet train to the next destination, Xian. Your Xian tour guide will pick you up upon arrival and transfer to your Xian hotel.
Day 5 Xian
After breakfast, we will drive about 40km to visit the Terracotta Warriors and Horses. More than 8000 terra cotta warriors, horses, and chariots had been buried at the site for the past 2000 years. The purpose of the army was to protect this First Emperor of China in his afterlife. The amazing features of those terra cotta figures are eye-catching since it is full of artistic creativity showcased by ancient Chinese artisans.
After a yummy lunch, you will return to the city of Xian to see the Ancient City Wall, the largest and best-preserved of its kind in the country. You will have a panoramic view of the current Xian on top of the 600-year-old wall, with a height of 12 meters, a width of 18 meters, and a circuit of 14 kilometers. Descend the wall and walk into the busting Muslim Quarter to taste some local delicacies and rubbing shoulders with locals and gourmet lovers from the world.
Option A: Cycling on the ancient city wall
Option B: enjoy some shows at the beautiful tang palace dance
Day 6 Xian, Fly to Lhasa
After breakfast, you will have an educational visit to Shaanxi History Museum, which is one of the most popular and busiest museums in China. At this museum, you will experience relics from the prehistorical period and artifacts from the glorious 13 dynasties in the regions. There is no other place documenting and interpreting the city’s past better. If you are visiting between July-September or China’s National Day, you will visit Xian Museum instead since Shaanxi History Museum can be very crowded.
After lunch, we will pay a visit to Da Cien Temple, a famous Buddhist sutra translation site during the Tang Dynasty period. There stands Big Wild Goose Pagoda, which rises to 64.5meters. It was built by the famous Buddhist master Xuanzang to preserve the classic scriptures he brought back from ancient India.
Catch a flight to Lhasa. Our Lhasa tour guide will welcome you at the airport, then safely transfer you to your hotel in Lhasa. After check-in, you have it all to get used to the climate to the high altitude and weather of Lhasa. You should avoid strenuous physical activities during this period since this may cause high altitude sickness.
Day 7 Lhasa
The first highlight in Lhasa is Potala Palace. The dzong fortress is named after Mount Potalaka, the mythical abode of the bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara. This gigantic palace was the winter palace of Dalai Lamas from 1649 to1959, serving as the religious and political center in Tibet. It was listed as a World Heritage site in 1994. After a climb of 360 steps, you will enter this colossal treasure house full of gold, silver, pearls, and other jewels as well as other treasurable religious artifacts like exquisite Tangkas and stupas of past Dalai Lamas.
After lunch, you will visit the most sacred and famous Buddhist temple, the Jokhang Temple, attracting pilgrims from all different sects of Buddhist followers. It has a mixed architecture style of Chinese, Indian, Tibetan, and Nepalese. The 1300-year-old temple houses a statue of Jowo Rinpoche, the 12-year-old Sakyamuni, which was brought into Tibet as dowry by Chinese princess Wencheng. Outside of the temple lies the holy road, Barkhor Street. You will join pilgrims circumambulating the Jokhang Temple on this narrow walk, which is now a busy street for both devoted Buddhist followers and tourists.
Day 8 Lhasa
There are several places you will visit on this day. After your breakfast, you will visit Norbulingka Park, the largest garden in Tibet, which used to be the summer palace of Dalai Lamas. Norbulingka, meaning Park of Treasure in Tibetan, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A 5km ride westward will take you to Drepung Monastery, the largest monastery in Tibet and one of the great three monasteries of the Gelug sect. Drepung means “a heap of rice” in Tibetan due to its many white palaces and chapels from afar.
Later, you will ride about 20 minutes eastward to visit the Sera Monastery, which has also been around for more than 600 years. It’s also deemed as one of the great three Gelug monasteries in Tibet. Apart from its grand assembly hall and 4 Dratsangs, it’s well known for its Buddhist doctrines debating session every day.
Day 9 Fly to Shanghai
Some free time for you to explore more around Lhasa city. Our tour guide will pick you up and transfer you to the airport for the flight to Shanghai. Our Shanghai tour guide will welcome you upon arrival and transfer you safely to your Shanghai hotel. You are free for the rest of the day.
Day 10 Shanghai
After breakfast at the hotel, you will visit the Shanghai Museum. Shanghai Museum is the haven of Ancient Chinese Art. Be mesmerized with collections of ancient arts, ancient ceramics, Calligraphy, Paintings, ancient sculptures, jades, among others. This interactive museum is very tourist-friendly, equipped with an Audio Explanation Device that will help tourists and visitors understand and appreciate the history, artistry, and technological evolution of the Chinese culture.
The next stop is the Yu Garden. This fantastic garden is believed to be built more than 400 years ago. The perfect and magical scenic layout of the Yu Garden architecture is one of the most celebrated attractions in Shanghai. With the perfect fusion of decorative halls, elegant pavilions, glistening pools, and captivating fishes around, zigzag bridges, pretty pagodas, and captivating rockeries, this garden is definitely a breath of fresh air. Along with its impressive scenery, Yu garden is also known for its Yuyuan Bazaar, where visitors get to experience the plethora of goods on sale, including antiques, handicrafts, fresh produce, and the profusion authentic yet affordable Chinese grubs.
Later on, with several kilometers away drive, you will have the chance to enjoy Shanghai’s skyline in its majestic panoramic view straight from the 100th floor of Shanghai World Financial Center called the “Eye of Shanghai.”
After the “Eye of Shanghai” visit, it is an equally exciting tour to a similarly fantastic landmark in Shanghai which is the Nanjing Road. It is known to be China’s premier shopping pedestrian street, east and west long spread of retail haven, perfect for glimpsing the china’s products and merchandise pieces.
The final stop is The Bund, a famous littoral of the west bank of Huangpu River. It is also considered as the symbol of Shanghai. Its scenery is the fusion of modern metropolis and an ancient civilization that gives an actual authenticity of the beauty of the present and past Shanghai.
Day 11 (Departure)
Enjoy some free time before your tour guide will escort you to the airport for your flight to the next destination or home.