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Luxury Tibet and China Culture Tour

12-Day Beijing, Lhasa, Chongqing, Yangtze, Yichang, Shanghai Tour

Luxury Tibet and China Culture Tour

History oozes from this tour. This odyssey will take you to some of the oldest and most famous historical sites as well as the "roof of the world" - Tibet. From the grandeur of Beijing's Forbidden City to the magnificent Potala Palace, plus the unforgettable sights of Yangtze River and Shanghai,you will be enthralled at every turn.

Tour Code: CHT-SN-06

Departure Date: You Choose!

Inclusions:

Private Guide Driver Hotel
Entrance Fees Authentic Chinese Meals

From $3,469  P/P Price detail

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Day1

Beijing Arrival

Meals: No Meals

Hotels: New World Beijing Hotel   |  

Day2

Beijing

- Summer Palace with boat Cruise and the Garden of Virtue and Harmony: The palace is about 12 kilometers northwest of the city center and is equally as famous as the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace is called 'Yiheyuan'(Garden of Nurtured Harmony) in Chinese. It is the best preserved and the largest imperial gardens in China and one of Beijing's premier attractions. It is also possible to cruise on the lake which takes 10 minutes by the ferry boat.
- The Forbidden City: The Forbidden City was home to 24 emperors between 1368 and 1911.This "city within a city" is a World Heritage Site, and is the largest and the best preserved ancient imperial architecture complex in the world, with great square, halls and gates contrast with intricate halls, gardens, courtyards and quarters. The exhibitions, both permanent and temporary, are all important treasures of ancient China.
- Tiananmen Square: Tian'anmen Square is the largest city square in the centre of Beijing, named after the Tiananmen (literally, Gate of Heavenly Peace) which sits to its north, separating it from the Forbidden City. It has great cultural significance as it was the site of several key events in Chinese history. As the world's largest city square and enduring symbol of China's national pride, it is surrounded by many imposing buildings including the Heavenly Gate (entry to the Forbidden City), Museums, government buildings and Chairman Mao's Mausoleum.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Popular local restaurants, dinner

Hotels: New World Beijing Hotel   |  

Day3

Beijing

- The Mutianyu Great Wall(with round way cable car): This less-crowded section of the Great Wall is a about 2.5 hours' drive from downtown Beijing. A cable car takes you to a good section (avoiding a very steep climb), where you can walk along the wall, through the watch towers and enjoy superb views as it snakes across the hills and mountains. You can return by cable car, walk down or walk along the wall for about an hour to descend by chairlift. Wear good walking shoes and protection from the weather.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Popular local restaurants

Hotels: New World Beijing Hotel   |  

Day4

Beijing to Lhasa by Flight.

Meals: Breakfast

Hotels: Shangri-La Hotel Lhasa   |  

Day5

Lhasa

- Potala Palace: Former winter home of the Dalai Lama, a vast, awe-inspiring maze of corridors and stairs leading through countless rooms of richly decorated statues, tombs, murals and antiques. You will climb past the White Palace into the Red Palace, where the file of pilgrims offering silk scarves, coins or yak butter to burn in the shrines combine to make this an unforgettable experience. Note: you need to be fit for climbing up the long stairways.
- Jokhang Temple: Smaller and more manageable than the Potala, this 4-storey, golden-roofed temple is at the heart of a rich and living Tibetan Buddhism. Many locals pray here regularly; the Temple is surrounded by Barkhor Street and thronged with pilgrims and visitors. Yak butter lamps burn in front of rich statuary that includes the Sakyamuni Buddha brought to Tibet by Princess Wen Cheng in the 7th Century.
- Barkhor Street: Built about 1,300 years ago, The Barkhor (pilgrims' circuit) is found in the heart of Lhasa encircling the Jokhang Temple. In the past, it was a designated circumambulation circuit, "a saint's road" in the eyes of Tibetans. Many people call the Barkhor "the window of Tibet" as it exhibits typical Tibetan life. Watch the pilgrims, wearing their local dress from many different parts of Tibet, as they circle clockwise around Jokhang Temple with prayer wheels, or prostrate them near the front gate. Join the locals and visitors to shop for local goods at the colourful stalls, or relax in a coffee shop or tea house to enjoy the passing parade.
- Kechu Hotel : Located near Jokhang Temple,The Kechu hotel and restaurant has a beautiful garden and provides Tibetan and Nepal food.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Kechu Hotel

Hotels: Shangri-La Hotel Lhasa   |  

Day6

Lhasa

- Drepung Monastery: Drepung Monastery lies in west of Lhasa under Mt. Gambo Utse, clustered round by the black mountain, its white grand buildings shining under the sunlight. Built in 1416, it is considered as one of the largest monasteries in the six principle monasteries of Gelu Sect in China. Drepung Monastery used to be the living palace of Dalai Lamas before the reconstruction of Potala palace (after the 5th Dalai Lamas was bestowed by Qing emperor Qianlong). The grand Shonton Festival is held in the early part of August every year. That is the busiest day there with crowds of people. It is an opportunity to enjoy the atmosphere of this festival.
- Sera Monastery: Located in the northern suburbs of Lhasa, The Sera Monastery is a complex of 4 structures; the Great Assembly Hall and three colleges. It was founded in 1419 by Jamchen Chojey of Sakya Yeshe of Zel Gungtang (1355–1435), a disciple of Tsongkhapa. 'Sera' means wild roses and was called this because the monastery was surrounded by wild roses. One of the three main monasteries of Lhasa, it is here that the monks "famous daily debates" take place.
Tips: Every day (except Mondays) at 15:00, there is a debate about Buddhist doctrines among the monks at Sera Monastery. The debating is held in the grounds and is a necessary way of learning sutras and scriptures. Visitors can watch the debate, but it is advised to keep quiet.
- Norbulingka: Norbulingka means "Jeweled Garden". Constructed as a summer palace for the Dalai Lama, it later served the whole government administration. It was built by the 7th Dalai Lama and served both administrative and religious purposes.
- Lhasa Kitchen: Lhasa Kitchen is near the Jokhang Temple. It is decorated by merging Tibetan style with Indian, Nepalese, Chinese and Italian architecture. It serves a variety of styles of food.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Lhasa Kitchen

Hotels: Shangri-La Hotel Lhasa   |  

Day7

Lhasa to Chongqing to Yangtze

Meals: Breakfast

Hotels: On the Ship

Day8

Yangtze

--Shibaozhai, literally means Stone Treasure Fortress, Located in Zhong County, it was first built in Qing Dynasty in 1750. Shibaozhai is one historic site that will look much different in 2009. The wooden architecture stands on the riverside. It is built by catch upon a rectangular rock with sheer cliffs with a height of 56 meters and 12 stories. And every floor of the wooden structure contains interesting artifacts. Each of the 12 floors of Shibaozhai is dedicated to a famous general of the Three Kingdoms period (220-265AD), a local scholar or a renowned Chinese poet.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch , dinner

Hotels: On the Ship

Day9

Yangtze

--Shennv Stream has become a new highlight for passengers on a Yangtze Cruise. Also called Goddess Stream and Beauty Stream, it is in a tributary which slow into the southern side the Yangtze River. Passengers take a wooden flat bottom boat to see the stunning scenery on both sides of the stream. Shennv Stream originates in Wushan County and joins the Yangtze at Qingshi Town opposite Shennv Peak(Goddess Peak). The stream is 15 miles long and thanks to the steep and dangerous geographical conditions has little human intervention. During periods of high flow, the boats can reach the depths of the valley to see the natural scenery and original life of locals.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch , dinner

Hotels: On the Ship

Day10

Yichang to Shanghai

--Three Gorges Dam, the largest water conservancy project ever undertaken by man and it has been a dream for several generations of Chinese people. The construction of the dam formally began in 1994. The body of the dam was completed in 2003, and the whole construction has been completed in 2009. It will be 2,335 meters long, 185 meters high, 18 meters wide on the top and 130 meters wide at the bottom.The tourists can get access to the top of the dam and enjoy different kinds of photo opportunities.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotels: Les Suites Orient Bund Shanghai   |  

Day11

Shanghai

- Yuyuan Garden: Yuyuan Garden is located in the center of Shanghai old quarters. It was a private garden built in 1559 during the Ming Dynasty, with typical Chinese classic architecture and style. The complex covers an area of 2 hectares, with rockeries, pavilions, ponds and corridors. Yuyuan Garden is surrounding by a busy market place, where visitors can find everything from popular local snacks, handicrafts, antiques and souvenirs to some famous time-honored restaurants.
- The Shanghai World Financial Center: Shanghai World Financial Center is located in Pudong District, reaching a height of 492 meters (1,615 feet). It is now a new landmark of prosperous Shanghai. It was the second tallest building in the world when it was completed in 2007. Its observation deck, at 474 meters (1,555 feet) above the ground, is currently the tallest in the world. The multi-function skyscraper consists of hotels, apartments, restaurants, shopping malls, offices and observation decks.
- Shanghai Museum((Audio Guide included)): The biggest, and many think the best museum in China. The galleries in this outstanding building display stunning collections of bronzes, sculptures, ceramics and porcelain, paintings, calligraphy, seals, jade, coins, furniture, ethnic artefacts from minority groups, temporary travelling exhibitions from places like the Guggenheim, and so much more ... give yourself time to enjoy it.
- The Bund: This 1.5-kilometer-long embankment runs along the western bank of Huangpu River. On its west side it is the "architecture gallery" with 52 well-preserved old European style buildings. Once the major trading and commercial center of old Shanghai, the Bund has now taken on new vitality, with futuristic developments, chic restaurants, top end shops and bars offer plenty to see and do-and by night it's magic!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Popular Local Restaurant

Hotels: Les Suites Orient Bund Shanghai   |  

Day12

Shanghai Departure

Meals: Breakfast

Price Per Person in US Dollars

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Price Inclusion

  • Entrance Fees to the Scenic Spots as Listed in the Itinerary
  • Centrally Located Hotels with daily western & Chinese buffet breakfasts
  • Authentic Chinese Food
  • Private Cars and Drivers
  • Private Guides
  • Flights & Transfers in China
  • Airport Taxes and Fuel Fees
  • Service Charge & Government Taxes
  • Insurance
  • Luggage Transfers

Price Exclusion

  • International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China.
  • China Entry Visa Fees.
  • Single Room Supplement.
  • Personal Expenses: such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone calls, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the tour itinerary.

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