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16 Days Terrific Lhasa and Yangtze River Tour

Price From: US$ 2,605

Departure: Daily
Duration: 16 days
Accommodation: 14 nights in well selected hotel (2 persons share one room with daily breakfasts).
Destination: Beijing - Xian - Lhasa - Lanzhou - Chongqing - Yangtze River - Yichang - Shanghai.
Payment Method: Cash, Credit Cards, Wire, Western Union
Tour Guide Language: English, other language speaking guide is available, if need, please contact us!  

Itinerary of: 16 Days Terrific Lhasa and Yangtze River Tour

Day 1
Arrival at Beijing

When you arrival at Beijing, the tour guide and driver will pick you up from the airport and transfer to your hotel. The rest of day is for yourself to explore the city!

Day 2
Beijing (B, L, D)
Temple of Heaven

Visit the Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven. Enjoy the Peking Duck Dinner and Peking Opera in the evening.
- 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

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) in the afternoon.
- 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

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 the largest treasure house of animals and birds in China and has become one of the ten biggest Zoos in the world.

Day 5
Xian (B, L)
Tang Dynasty Show

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 and City Wall. This evening you will be entertained with the marvelous Tang Dynasty Show.
- Terra Cotta Warriors: It is a part of the tomb complex of the Qin emperor, 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.
- Ancient City Wall: the most complete city wall survived in China as well as one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world.
- Tang Dynasty Show: a wonderful performance of the ancient music and dance, is a must when you visit Xian.

Day 6
Xian - Lhasa (B)
Hanyangling

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 tomb of emperor, the tomb of empress, the south and north burial pits, ceremonial site, human sacrifice graveyard and criminals' cemetery.

Day 7
Lhasa (B)
Sera Monastery

Visit the magnificent Potala Palace, the Sera Monastery, the Norbulingka Park and a local Tibetan family.
- 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 8
Lhasa (B)
Jokhang Temple

Visit the Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, the Tibet Museum, the Tibetan Traditional Medicine Hospital and the Carpet Factory.
- 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 is a route where pilgrims holding prayer wheel walk clockwise. And now a famous commercial street.

Day 9
Lhasa - Lanzhou (B)
Train to Lanzhou

After having breakfast at the hotel, take a soft sleeper train to Lanzhou. Lunch and dinner are on your own.

(Tips: It takes more or less 28 hours from Lhasa to Lanzhou by train. That means you will spend the whole day on your own. Since there is only a limited choice of food on the train, while the flavor is just so-so, you are then advised to prepare some fast food and snacks in advance. Riding the railway of the highest elevation in the world should bring much excitement and wonder to your trip.)

Day 10
Lanzhou
Gansu Provincial Museum

Arrive in Lanzhou in the early afternoon. Pick you up at Lanzhou railway station and transfer to the hotel. Visit the Waterwheel Garden and the Gansu Provincial Museum if time permits. Full board is on your own.
- Waterwheel Garden: The garden covers an area of 1.45 hectares (3.58 acres) and is comprised of two waterwheels, a cofferdam, the recreation area and a house of water mill. the waterwheels are irrigation machines.

Day 11
Lanzhou - Chongqing (B, L, D)
Bingling Temple

Visit the Binglingsi Grottoes. Take a flight to Chongqing. After having a rich buffet dinner at the hotel, check in at the Yangtze cruise ship.
- Binglingsi Grottoes: also known as the Bingling Temple, are a series of Buddhist caves that are situated on a not easily accessible cliff face, some 80km from Lanzhou.

Day 12
Yangtze River (B, L, D)
Fengdu Goast City

The cruise starts at 9:00. Excursion to Fengdu (Ghost city), a must- shore excursion site on the Yangtze cruise.
- Fengdu (Ghost city): Fengdu is the only ghost city in China. The temples are all over the mountain with many statues.

Day 13
Yangtze River (B, L, D)
Wu Gorge

Excursion to Baidicheng. Passing Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge, Drifting in the Shennong Stream. Passing Dam Shiplock, the Three Gorges Dam will be the largest hydropower station and dam in the world.
- Qutang Gorge: it is the first of the three gorges of the Yangtze River and it is famous for its sheer and spectacular precipices.
- Wu Gorge: Wu Gorge is the second gorge of the Three Gorges system in Yangtze River and gifted with exquisite peaks and lush mountains and ranges.
- Three Gorges Dam: located in the Yiling District of Yichang, in Hubei province, China. It is a hydroelectric dam that spans the Yangtze River by the town of Sandouping. It is the largest electricity-generating in the world.

Day 14
Yichang - Shanghai by air (B, L)
Xiling Gorge

Passing Xiling Gorge. Arrival at Yichang, on the middle and upper reaches of the Yangtze River. Our local tour guide will meet you at the port. After lunch, transferred to the Yichang Airport. Take the afternoon flight for Shanghai. Met and transferred to your hotel in Shanghai.
- Xiling Gorge: it is the largest and furthest downstream of the Three Gorges.

Day 15
Shanghai (B, L, D)
The Bund

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. Tonight an a la carte farewell dinner is served at Central Hotel, whose restaurant Wang Bao He has a history of around 260 years and is the best place to serve Shanghai Cuisine. The memorable dinner will be followed by the Portman Acrobatic Show at the Shanghai Centre Theatre.
- Shanghai Museum: ranked as the best museum of China.
- 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: the most famous thoroughfare in Shanghai 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 16
Shanghai / End (B)

Transfer to airport for departure or free on your own.

Tour Price for Per Person(US$)
16 Days Terrific Lhasa and Yangtze River Tour Package – Hotel in Use
City
Luxury Class
Standard Class
Beijing
Xian
Lhasa
ShangBala Hotel
Lanzhou
Shanghai
Price List for 16 Days Terrific Lhasa and Yangtze River Tour Package - price for per person
Tour Type
2~5 persons
6~9 persons
10 persons above
Luxury Class
US$ 3879
US$ 3398
US$ 3162
Standard Class
US$ 3323
US$ 2841
US$ 2605

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 and train tickets from city to city mentioned above.

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 in our website and tell us, we will tell you a price of this tour.
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: 16 Days Terrific Lhasa and Yangtze River Tour
Written by: Baldwin ★★★★★ Added: 2011-08-30

I had a great time with my friends. We ordered the tour line on internet in advance as a graduation trip. The room was big and the staff was very friendly. The sightseeing was great and we liked it very much. Xian gave us a good and deep impression; we really enjoy it very much.

Written by: Ives Arabia ★★★★★ Added: 2011-08-01
It is a nice tour, I'm satified with th etour line, I like Beijing, Xian, Lhasa and Shanghai very much, all them gave me a good impression. In Beijing, I enjoyed the famous Peking Duck and other China cuisine with my friends. In my mind, Lhasa is a mysterious place all the way, the scenery of Lhasa is very beautiful, maybe I will go there again in future.
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