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Essence China Tour

Price From: US$ 2,038

Departure: Daily
Duration: 12 days (start from about 8:00 am and back around 5:00pm)
Accommodation: 11 nights in well selected hotel (2 persons share one room with daily breakfasts).
Destination: Beijing - Xian - Lhasa - Shanghai
Payment Method: Cash, Credit Cards, Wire, Western Union
Tour Guide Language: English, other language speaking guide is available, if need, please contact us!  

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival at Beijing

Arrive at Beijing. Be met & transferred to your hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Day 2
Beijing (B, L, D)
Tiananmen Square

Pick you up from your hotel and visit the Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven. Enjoy the Peking Duck Dinner andPeking Opera in the evening. After the tour, transfer back to your hotel.
- Tiananmen Square: is said to be the largest public square in the world. It is 880 meters from north to south, and 500 meters from east to west, with a total area of 440,000 square meters and can hold one million people.
- Forbidden City: the largest ancient imperial palaces where 24 emperors, 14 of the Ming and 10 of the Qing, ruled the country from here over a span of nearly 500 years. It takes pride in its precious collections of more than 900, 000 cultural and art objects.
- Temple of Heaven: The perimeter of the Temple of Heaven is 6,369 meters with 6 meters high. The temple was the place where the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties worshipped heaven and prayed for good harvests.

Day 3
Beijing (B, L)
Bird Nest

Pick you up from your hotel and visit the Badaling Great Wall. To avoid having lunch at shopping site restaurants, you will be driven to have Sichuan food at a local popular restaurant. Visit the Sacred Way, the Ming Tomb, the Bird's Nest (Olympic National Stadium) and theWater Cube (Olympic Aquatic Center) in the afternoon. After the tour, transfer back to your hotel.
- Badaling Great Wall: As its name implies it gives access to every direction. With an elevation of 600 meters it is the most famous and best-preserved section of the Great Wall.
- Ming Tomb: it is the largest clusters of imperial cemeteries in China. They are mausoleums of thirteen emperors of the Ming Dynasty. Dingling and Changling were open to the tourist. Dingling is the tomb of Emperor Shenzong and his two empresses, it is an underground palace. Changling, the tomb of Emperor Chengzu and his empress, is the largest and most magnificent one of the Ming Tombs.
- Sacred Road: Which means the road leading to heaven is lined with 18 pairs of stone human figures and animals, they are important decorations of the mausoleum.

Day 4
Beijing - Xian (B, L)
Panda Zoo

Pick you up from your hotel and visit Summer Palace and Beijing Zoo. Fly to Xian, pick you up at the airport and transfer to the hotel.
- Summer Palace: the largest and best preserved imperial garden of the Qing Dynasty extant in Beijing, as well as a famous classical imperial garden.
- Beijing Zoo: Beijing Zoo is China's largest treasure house of animals and birds and has become one of the ten biggest ZOOs in the world.

Day 5
Xian (B, L, D)
Big Wild Pagoda

Pick you up from your hotel and visit the Terra Cotta Warriors. To avoid having the poor food at the site, you will take highway back to downtown to have lunch at a well-known Cantonese cuisine restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. This evening you will be entertained with the marvelous Tang Dynasty Dinner Show in Tang Dynasty Palace (Add: No.75, Chang an Road, Xian). After the day tour, transfer back to your hotel!
- Terra Cotta Warriors: It is a part of the Qin emperor's tomb complex, the Terra Cotta Warriors is the greatest findings in the archeology world.
- Big Wild Goose Pagoda: the symbol of the long history of Xian, and a well-preserved ancient building and holy worshipping shrine for Buddhists.

Day 6
Day 6: Xian (B, L)
Shanxi Provincial History Museum

Pick you up from your hotel and visit the Provincial History Museum, the Great Mosque and a City Wall. Transfer back to your hotel!
- Provincial History Museum: Opened in 1991, the museum is a giant architectural in the Tang-dynasty style and it successfully symbolizes the great extent of Shaanxi history and its remarkable culture.
- Great Mosque: It can seat 1,000 worshippers and is the the largest and best-preserved mosque in China. The Islamic architecture is perfectly integrated with traditional Chinese elements in this complex.
-City Wall: the most complete city wall survived in China as well as one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world.

Day 7
Xian - Lhasa (B)

Pick you up from your hotel and visit the Hanyangling Museum on the way to the airport. Fly to Lhasa and transfer to the hotel.
- Hanyangling Museum: It is the Mausoleum of the Western Han Emperor, Liu Qi. And it is a magnificent and abundant cultural relic, comprising the emperor's tomb, empress' tomb, the south and north burial pits, ceremonial site, human sacrifice graveyard and criminals' cemetery.

Day 8
Lhasa (B)
Potala Palace

Pick you up from your hotel and visit the magnificent Potala Palace, the Sera Monastery, the Norbulingka Park and a local Tibetan family. After the tour, transfer back to your hotel!
- Potala Palace: A UNESCO endorsed world cultural heritage site. It was where Dalai Lama lived. The palace consists of White Palace and Red Palace, with nearly 10,000 rooms.
- Sera Monastery: It is dedicated to the Gelugpa Sect, a branch of Tibetan Buddhism and is famous for debates on Buddhist doctrines. Almost 10,000 Buddhist statues are preserved here.
- Norbulingka: The biggest man-made garden in Tibet. It consists of palaces such as Kelsang Potrang, Golden Potrang and Takten Migyur Potrang, with totally 374 rooms.

Day 9
Lhasa (B)
Jokhang Temple

Pick you up from your hotel and visit the Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, the Tibet Museum, the Tibetan Traditional Medicine Hospital and the Carpet Factory. After the tour, transfer back to your hotel.
- Jokhang Temple: built in 647 as the earliest wood-masonry structure in Tibet. It is dedicated to a statue of Sakyamni. It has a collection of cultural relics dating back to the Tang, which includes statues of Songtsan Gambo and Princess Wencheng.
- Barkhor Street: Also called Bajiao Street - an ancient circular street with strong Tibetan flavor. It's a route where pilgrims holding prayer wheel walk clockwise. And now a famous commercial street.

Day 10
Lhasa to Shanghai (B)
Nanjing Road

Pick you up from your hotel and transfer to the airport, take flight to Shanghai. When you arrival at Shanghai, pick you up from the airport and then transfer to the hotel.

Day 11
Shanghai (B, L)
the Bund

Pick you up from your hotel and visit the Shanghai Museum and the Yuyuan Garden.  After lunch, transfer you to the Bund area, where you will take a cruise tour on the Huangpu River. The cruise will start at 14:00, reach the Wusongkou pier and then get back to the Bund at 17:00. Leave you some free time to explore the Bund area on your own.
- Shanghai Museum: ranked as China's best museum.
- Yuyuan Garden: is considered one of the most lavish and finest Chinese gardens in the region.
- The Bund: the picturesque bund with tall building of various tower over the river, looking as a museum of modern world architecture.
- Nanjing Road: Shanghai's most famous thoroughfare for shopping and entertainment.
- Huangpu River: the most important shipping artery of Shanghai. Cruises are available everyday, including the shorter cruises and the complete cruises.

Day 12
Departure from Shanghai (B)

Transfer you to the airport and see off. Tour end.

Tour Price for Per Person(US$)
12 Days Essence China City Tour Package – Hotel in Use
Luxury Class
Standard Class
ShangBala Hotel
Price List for 12 Days Essence China City Tour Package - price for per person
Tour Type
2~5 persons
6~9 persons
10 persons above
Luxury Class
US$ 3075
US$ 2666
US$ 2450
Standard Class
US$ 2652
US$ 2254
US$ 2038

Price including:  
1. Pick up and drop-off from your hotel;
2. Entrance fees for sightseeing;
3. Meals as listed in itinerary, B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner;
4. Personal English-speaking tour Guide & Driver;
5. Private air-conditioned car or van; 
6. Hotels (twin share bases) as listed in the itinerary;
7. Luggage Transfers between airports and hotels;
8. All domestic flights/train tickets as itinerary.

Price excluding:
1. Entry or Exit China International Airfare or train tickets;
2. Visa Fees;
3. Personal Expenses;
4. Single Room Supplement;
5. Tips to the driver and the guide.


Please Note:
1. Price may vary according to different seasons. You can extend your stay in Shanghai after this package finished, we will keep the discount hotel rate for you for the extended days.
2. You could choose any hotel on our website and tell us, we will give you a price of this tour with the hotel you want.
3. Children taller than 1.1 meter should be charged as full price, children shorter than 1.1 meter should be charged only half of the price.

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Traveller Reviews of: Essence China Tour
Written by: Benson ★★★★★ Added: 2011-08-23
The tour line was very good for me and my friends, it's very wonderful. We visited the great Potala Palace of Tibet during this 8 day tour and I learned the story between Songtsan and a beautiful princess of Tang dynasty, also I and my friends were absorbed deeply by the scenery of Lhasa. Lhasa was a good place to travel, very wonderful. Thanks.
Written by: Cleveland ★★★★★ Added: 2011-08-11

Nice tour! I like it very much. It was a long-time tour of 12 days and also was wonderful tour. I visited Beijing, Xian, Lhasa and Shanghai during the tour with my friends; and the Lhasa tour gave me a good and deep memory for its natural scenery.

Written by: Wayne ★★★★★ Added: 2011-08-03

This time tour was wonderful and gave me a good memory in my life. During the tour, I visited many kinds of old relics of China, the Tibet gave me a good feeling and I felt Tibet is a mysterious and beautiful place.

Written by: John Carnegie ★★★★★ Added: 2011-07-04

My essence China Tour is just finished, I have to say my journey is awesome, because i have visited so many classic spots in China, nothing could be better than this journey! In the 12 days, I visited my favorites hutongs in the old Beijing, Terra Cotta Warriors in Xian, I like Shanghai and Lhasa too though I got a little AHAD, the tour guide is very nice, and she look after me well.

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