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Tour Code: WT-L/S502
17 Days Luxury Tours in China to Beijing, Lhasa, Gyangtse, Shigatse, Dingri, Everest Base Camp, Xian and Shanghai
Starting from US per person
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    Arrival in Beijing

    Upon your arrival in Beijing, our guide will meet you at Beijing Airport according to your flight schedule and transfer you to the well-selected hotel in a comfortable private van. You may have a good rest from the jet lag or stroll around the streets near your hotel to have a brief view of the city.

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    Great Wall, Beijing

    Your first day of touring in our capital city will begin with strolling across the Tiananmen Square which is regarded as the largest square of its kind in the world. Tiananmen (Heaven Peace Gate) is situated at the north of the square. The design of the tower has been used as a symbol on the national emblem. Then walk to the Forbidden City which is near to the Tiananmen Square. Dominating the heart of the city, the Forbidden City is a range of well-preserved palace architecture of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Among the four gates, the southern gate, Wumen (Meridian Gate) is the main entrance for most visitors to the Forbidden City. After enjoying an a la carte lunch at a nice restaurant, you will be transferred to visit the Temple of Heaven in the afternoon. It is enclosed by a long wall. The northern part is semicircular symbolizing Heaven and the southern part is square symbolizing Earth. This design reflects ancient Chinese thought of The heaven is round and the earth is square. In the evening, you will enjoy a fascinating Chinese Kungfu show at Red Theater. (B, L)

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    The days highlight is the visit to the Badaling Great Wall which is the grandest ancient military fortification in the world and a must for every traveler to China. The ancient Qin wall has experienced continuous extensions and restorations throughout the 2,000-year history of Chinese feudal society. Two construction campaigns in the Han (206 B.C. - 220) and Ming (1368 - 1644) dynasties brought about the remarkable extensions to the wall. The present wall remains in Beijing are mainly the result of the Ming period. To celebrate this historic visit, your lunch is specially arranged at a local popular Sichuan cuisine restaurant. In the afternoon, you will visit the Summer Palace, reputed to be the best preserved Museum of Imperial Garden Architecture in China. Originally built in 1750, the imperial garden complex underwent several times renovations and extensions throughout the late Qing Dynasty (1368 - 1644).  On the way back to downtown, we will drive by the Birds Nest (Olympic National Stadium) to see its appearance at a distance. (B, L)

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    Beijing - Lhasa

    In the morning, take a flight to Lhasa where the altitude is 3,650 meters above sea level. It is one of the worlds cities nearest to the sky and one of the cleanest. For a millennium, this city has stunned the world with its majestic landscapes, unique culture, strong religious aura and exotic ethnic people. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel and acclimatize yourself to the high altitude. (B)

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    In the morning, visit the Tibet Museum. After having lunch, go ahead to visit the Sera Monastery which is located at the foot of Tatipu Hill, some 3 kilometers (about 1.86 miles) north from Potala Palace. Then continue your visit to the Norbulingka, meaning Jewel Park, which was the Summer Palace of Dalai Lamas. (B, L)

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    Start the days tour by a visit to the magnificent Potala Palace which integrates a palace, a castle, and a monastery. Built in Chinese and Tibetan styles, Potala Palace is the largest and best-kept palace compound in Tibet. In 1994, it was listed as a world natural and cultural heritage site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. The walls of the palace are red and white, the roofs resplendent and stately. It is a treasure of Tibetan architecture, a symbol of the Tibetan peoples great creativity, and a unique human cultural heritage rising on the snow-capped plateau. Then visit the Jokhang Temple. Located in the center of the old Lhasa, Jokhang Temple is indeed the spiritual center of Tibet. Since it was constructed by King Songtsen Gampo in 647AD, Jokhang Temple is the oldest temple in Tibet and as such, it has held many significant political and religious events of Tibet over the centuries. Then you will visit the thriving bazaar of the Barkhor Street in which visitors can buy many beautiful souvenirs. Religious objects such as prayer flags, prayer wheels, thangkas (a kind of mounted scroll paintings ), sutras, prayer beads, etc. as well as jewelry, Tibetan knives, food, costume, and so on are easily found in this ancient street. In the end, visit the Tibetan Traditional Medicine Hospital which focuses on the research of Tibetan traditional medicine as well as the calendar calculation for many years. (B, L)

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    Lhasa - Gyangtse

    Palkhor Monastery

    Toady you will be transferred to Gyangtse. Stop off to visit the Yamdrok Yumtso Lake and the Karola snow mountain. With an altitude of 4441 meters (14,570 feet) above the sea level, Yamdrok Yumtso Lake ranks among the highest lakes in China. Many isles distributed in the lake providing comfortable inhabitancies for various birds species. Grasslands around the lake are also the best place for feeding livestock. Upon arrival in Gyangtse, transfer you to the hotel. Then you will pay a visit the Palkhor Monastery. As a typical fifteenth Tibetan monastery, its structural style is very unique. In addition, it collects about 100 robes and costumes worn in Tibetan opera, which were all made of silk, embroidery and tapestry during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) and the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) Go round in the Gyangtse Old Street. (B, L)

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    Transfer to Shigatse and check in at the hotel. Visit the Tashilunpo Monastery and the New Palace of Panchen. Tashilhunpo Monastery, meaning the Heap of Glory, is located at the foot of Drolmari (Taras Mountain), Shigatse. It was originally founded by the First Dalai Lama in 1447, and expanded by the Fourth and successive Panchen Lamas. The vivid images of Buddha are a must-see for visitors. Whats more, the Maitreya Chapel inside amazes visitors by the biggest statue of a sitting Maitreya Buddha. Visitors can get a good view of the Buddha on the upper floors. (B, L)

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    Shigatse - Dingri

    Transfer to Dingri and check in at the hotel. Visit the Sakya Monastery and Lhatse city on the way. Sakya, meaning gray soil, is the first monastery of Sakyapa Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The Main Chanting Hall, or Lakhang Chenmo, is the central construction of Sakya Monastery. It is supported by 40 pillars and four bigger ones are most outstanding. It is said that these four pillars were presents from the Yuan Emperor, a wild yak, a male tiger and Nereus. All the stories are clearly depicted by the murals on the wall. The sculptures of Sakyamuni and the fifth Sakya Throne Holder are enshrined in the hall. (B, L)

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    Dingri - Everest Base Camp - Dingri

    Sutra debating in Sera Monastery,

    Transfer to the Everest Base Camp and visit Rongbuk Monastery. You will appreciate the fine scenery on the way to Everest Base Camp. It is possible that visitor is unconscious of the altitude--more than 5,000 meters (about 16404 ft) above sea level. However, not every one can conquer such a high altitude, so do not hesitate to stop once you feel uncomfortable. The Rongbuk Monastery, founded in 1899, is the highest monastery in the world and one can collect the views of the Everest standing here. (B, L)

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    Dingri - Shigatse

    Today you will be driven back to Shigatse and transferred to the hotel. It is better to have a good rest after the days driving journey. (B, L)

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    Shigatse - Lhasa

    Return to Lhasa and transfer to the hotel. Two days long-way driving may weary you out and rest fully to recover from the fatigue the rest of the day. (B, L)

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    Lhasa - Xian

    Proceed to the next stop after having a Tibetan family visit where you will be near to have a general view of the local peoples daily life. Then take a flight to Xian, one of the four ancient civilized capital cities in the world and be transferred to the hotel. (B, L)

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    The morning highlight excursion takes you to visit the magnificent Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum which is called the Eighth Wonder of the World. Along with the nearby Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, it is the first Chinese relics listed in the World Heritage Directory. These two are the remains of Qinshihuang, the founder of the Qin Dynasty and the first emperor of unified China. A decent a la carte lunch will be served at a well-known restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the City Wall which boasts the most complete city wall to have survived through Chinas long history. The Big Wild Goose Pagoda, built in 652 by the hierarch Xuanzang, is a seven-storey square tower. It is said that Xuanzang traveled along the Silk Road from Changan (now Xian) to India, where he learned and preached Buddhism. Seventeen years later he came back with many volumes of sutras, Buddha figures and relics. In order to preserve these treasures, Emperor Gaozong permitted him to build the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Tonight you will have the Dumpling Banquet and enjoy the wonderful Tang Dynasty Music and Dances Show at Shaanxi Opera Theater. (B, L, D)

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    Xian - Shanghai

    Take a flight to Shanghai,  the Paris of the Orient, whose modern, international and fashionable reputation entice travelers and visitors from all over the world in the morning. Upon arrival, you will be met by the local professional guide and transferred to our well-selected hotel. (B)

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    Take a visit to the Shanghai Museum and the Yuyuan Garden in the morning. Shanghai Museum is to the south of the Peoples Square in the downtown area. The construction area of the museum is about 40,000 square meters with an immense collection of Chinese ancient art which attracts many visitors. Yuyuan Garden, maybe the most celebrated classical Chinese garden in Shanghai, is characterized by an exquisite layout, beautiful scenery and artistic architecture. After an a la carte lunch, you will take a Huangpu river cruise. Then you will explore the Bund area and visit an old street. (B, L)

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    Departure from Shanghai

    See you off to board your homeward flight at the airport and your great China tour ends here.(B)

City Luxury Standard
BeijingCrowne Plaza Hotel  Holiday Inn Central Plaza  
LhasaFour Points by Sheraton Lhasa  Gang-gyan Lhasa Hotel  
GyangtseGyangtse Hotel  Gyangtse Hotel  
ShigatseShigatse Hotel  Shigatse Hotel  
DingriEverest Hotel  Everest Hotel  
XianShangri-la Golden Flower Hotel - South Wing  Bell Tower Hotel  
ShanghaiRenaissance Shanghai Yuyuan Hotel  Grand Mercure Shanghai Zhongya  
Private Tour Prices
Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
Luxury Standard
Travelers High Season Low Season High Season Low Season
Room Occupancy Room Occupancy Room Occupancy Room Occupancy
Double Sole Double Sole Double Sole Double Sole
2-5 $4780 $6010 $4330 $5130 $4300 $5110 $4080 $4580
6-9 $4060 $5290 $3610 $4410 $3580 $4390 $3360 $3860
10 & above $3650 $4880 $3170 $3930 $3130 $3910 $2930 $3400

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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