15 days China dreams with Tibet tour from Beijing
This China Tibet tour from Beijing starts with a visit to the Forbidden City and Great Wall, followed by a stop in Xi'an as you move closer to Tibet. Enjoy a full 4 days to explore mystical Tibet. Here you will visit the Potala Palace along with famous Tibetan monasteries within Lhasa city. Learn about the unique Tibetan culture and view the picturesque scenery of the holy Yamdrok Tso Lake, with a local Tibetan guide. If interested in travel to China, don't hesitate to contact us, we love to help!
Welcome to Beijing, the capital of China, and a great place to start your 15-day China tour to Tibet. Upon your arrival in Beijing, be greeted and assisted to your hotel by our local guide and driver. Have the rest of the day to take a break or explore China's capital city on your own. Your local guide will be ready to offer suggestions on where to go your first night in Beijing.
This morning you will visit Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City. After breakfast, head to Tiananmen Square in the center of Beijing city. The square, regarded as the largest in world, is an important place for Chinese people to hold celebration or other big occasions. At the north end of the square you will see the magnificent Forbidden City, an ancient palace complex where 24 emperors had lived and worked during Ming an Qing Dynasty. Enter directly into the Forbidden City, and learn about the detailed history of the city and what life was once like for the emperors, empress and their servants who used to live here from your guide.
In the afternoon, head to the Temple of Heaven, a frozen masterpiece of architecture and landscape in China's history. A holy imperial temple where emperors once prayed for a good harvest and offered sacrifices to the God of Heaven during every winter solstice. When finished wonder within the beautify park before heading off to a Kong Fu dinner show.
After breakfast, take 2.5 hours' drive to the Mutianyu Great Wall, located about 80 km. (50 mi.) north from Beijing. Then enjoy 2 to 3 hours to walk along the great wall and take photos. You can also enjoy the breathtaking scenery of this man-made wonder by taking a cable car.
On your way back from Mutianyu Great Wall, stop at the Ming Tombs, the burial place for 13 emperors from the Ming Dynasty. Three of the tombs have been opened to the public, and you will mainly visit Changling, which is the largest and best preserved in Ming Tombs. You will be impressed by its series of magnificent halls lying beyond its yellow-tiled gate.
Afterwards, head to Olympic Green and have a glimpse of the iconic Bird's Nest and the Water Cube. In the evening, you can choose to savor the world famous Beijing roast duck or another local specialty for dinner.
After breakfast, enjoy a visit in the Summer Palace, the largest and best preserved imperial garden in China. It's also considered to be one of the four classic gardens. Here you can witness the breathtaking scenery which combines the natural landscape of hill and open water with many elegant pavilions, temples, halls and bridges. In 1998, UNESCO declared it as a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design.
After lunch, head to Sichahai Area of Western Beijing and explore the Hutong culture. During your visit, the local guide will tell you the history and traditional cultures of old Beijing. Spend your last few hours in Beijing by exploring on your own. Say farewell to your guide as you are driven to the train station for an overnight train to Xi'an.
Upon arrival in Xi'an in the morning, be greeted by your local guide and driver as they assist you to check-in at the hotel. The morning is left free to allow time to wash up from the train ride. After lunch, your guide an you will visit the Shaanxi History Museum, one of the largest museums in China. This museum is famous for more than 300,000 exhibitions and its impressive Tang Dynasty architectural style.
Afterwards, head to the Xi'an City Wall, one of the oldest and best preserved city walls in China. Then take a walk along Shuyuan Men, an ancient street where you can taste the local snacks and feel the local life from the Tang Dynasty.
Start tour today by visiting the Terracotta Warriors and Horses, also known as the eighth wonder of the world. After breakfast, depart for a 30 minute drive into the Xi'an country side to arrive at the Terracotta Warriors site. Then have a glimpse of three exposed pits lined with clay warriors and horses which where created by Qin Shi Huang the first emperor in China, to defend his mausoleum and help him rule in the afterlife.
In the afternoon, drive back to Xi'an city and take a visit to Big Wild Goose Pagoda, which is the iconic landmark of Xi'an. It's a well-preserved ancient building and a holy place to preserve the Buddhist sutras brought from India by the famous monk Xuanzang. Afterwards, head to the Muslim Quarters and the Great Mosque to feel the unique ethnic culture of Hui (Chinese Muslim) in Xi'an.
In the evening, enjoy the Tang Dynasty Dinner Show and then retire for the evening.
In the morning, your guide will assist you to the airport for taking the flight to Lhasa, a holy city in China. The flight will take about 3 hours. Upon arrival, the rest of the day is yours for starting acclimatizing to the high altitude. Your Lhasa tour will start tomorrow.
Tibet is the roof of the world and a place so unique that only a visit here can do it justice. Prepare yourself to experience the rich Buddhist culture, the endless historical sights and breathtaking views everywhere you go!
Today visit the Potala Place, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street all within Lhasa city. The Potala Place, was the chief residence of the Dalai Lama and a visit here affords you the chance to witness this impressive its' Tibetan structure. As you ascend be prepared to walk through the now quiet rooms that once where filled by dignitaries, passing giant golden Buddha statues, tombs of past lamas. Beyond being a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994, the Potala Palace is an indescribable experience never to be missed in Tibet.
Afterwards, visit Jokhang Temple, a 1300-year-old temple which is the vibrant spiritual center of Tibet. The name Jokhang means the "House of the Buddha" in Sanskrit, and is always a bustling place with pilgrims and cultural relics at every corner. Lastly complete your first Kora as you walk with pilgrims along Barkhor Street, jammed with 1,000's of devoted pilgrims, locals and many little shops selling souvenirs.
Drive to the Ganden Monastery located at the top of Wangbur Mountain, about 35 km. (20 mi.) from Lhasa's city center. Once home to the Dali Lama before the Potala Palace's construction it is an amazing place to explore one of the oldest Tibetan monasteries and one of the 'great three' Gelukpa university of Tibet.
In the afternoon, drive back to Lhasa and continue with a visit to Sera Monastery, which is also the second of the "great three" Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet. This monastery is famous for its' lively Buddhism Scriptures Debating that is set within a stone walled natural courtyard.
After visiting several famous monasteries and exploring the Tibetan Buddhist culture during your first 2 days in Tibet, now head to the breathtaking Yamdrok Tso Lake, one of the three sacred lakes in Tibet. A great place to have a picnic lunch while taking in the magnificent lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains.
A highlight of this day is a visit to a local Tibetan house, where you can see and learn more about Tibetan customs and how their daily living. Be invited to have butter tea or sweet tea by the hospitable host. Late in the afternoon, drive back to Lhasa.
In the morning, be driven to the airport for a flight to your next destination, Chengdu. The flight time is about 2 hours. Be certain to keep your camera with you as the view is amazing, do not worry we will help get you a window seat. Your local guide will greet you at the Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport and assist you to the hotel. Spend the rest of today to explore this city on your own or just take a rest.
In the morning, take a visit to No.1 attraction the Chengdu Panda Base to get up close contact with our world famous pandas, one of the rarest animals in the world. Today the giant panda only lives in few mountain ranges in central China, mainly in Sichuan Province, and the Panda Base is absolutely best place to see them.
Afterwards, head to People's Park and Jinli Street. Jinli Street is an ancient street in Chengdu, where you can challenger your self by tasting the local spicy snacks or buy some souvenirs for your family and friends.
In the evening, drive to the airport for the flight to Shanghai, the last destination of your 15 days China tour. Upon arrival be meet your Shanghai guide and be assisted to your hotel.
After breakfast, enjoy a visit in Yu Garden in Shanghai's old town. This ancient and beautiful garden was founded by a rich officer during the Ming Dynasty. Within the garden you will witness a large number of breathtaking landscapes, shaded alcoves, glittering pools churning with bright carp, pavilions, pines sprouting wistfully rooted in rocks and whispering bamboo. Just next door to the garden is the Yuyuan Market, here find many antiques and souvenirs for sale. Afterwards head to Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall and learn about the developing process as well as the future evolution in Shanaghai.
In the afternoon, you will visit Shanghai World Financial Center, one of the tallest building in the world. to locals this building is also called the "bottle opener" because of its unique appearance. Then walk through Nanjing Road and see the beautiful scenery of the Bund in Shanghai.
In the evening, have a wonderful cruise along Huangpu River to see the night scene of Shanghai. Then return to your hotel or head out to any of the nightlife scenes.
As one of the last days of the tour, we have left it open and flexible, have one full day free to explore Shanghai. go shopping or just walk around to get a better understanding of this modern city. You can easily ask your local guide for some suggestions on where to go or what to see.
Pack up and say farewell, as we help you depart from this remarkable trip. Your guide and driver will take you to the airport or train station for departure. Wish you have a pleasant journey home.