Tour Itinerary of RMB Landmark Tour

21-Day Beijing, Taian, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guilin, Yangshuo, Xian, Yichang, Yangtze, Chongqing and Lhasa Tour (CHT-BN-02)

During this 20-day China tour, you will visit the People's Congress Hall in Beijing, Potala Palace in Lhasa, Li River in Guilin, Yangtze River, Tai Mountain in Tai'an and Three Pools in Hangzhou. These famous landmark are all pictured Chinese currency but also wonderful attractions to see during your holiday.

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Day 1

 

Place & Transport: Arrive in Beijing, Flight not included
Today's Activities: Airport Transfer (Beijing), A Free CH cell phone package (one cell phone for one group)

- A Free CH cell phone package (one cell phone for one group):

A Free CH cell phone package (one cell phone for one group) includes free rental for the cell phone and SIM card (Includes prepaid value of CNY 50), delivery and collection in China. Return the phone to your guide when you depart. For more about the cell phone rental service, please click cell phone rental information.

China Highlights also provides a Wi-Fi package so that you can connect to the internet in China anytime and anywhere. Our 3G service provides speeds of up to 21Mbps on your smart phone, pad or laptop, so you can stay in contact. For more detail please visit Wi-Fi rental information .

 

Accommodations: Sunworld Hotel Beijing (Deluxe)

 

Day 2

Place & Transport: Beijing
Today's Activities: The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, The People's Congress Hall, Hutong Tour in Xicheng District, Lizexiang Pearl Store
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Beijing Ba Guo Bu Yi Restaurant

- The Forbidden City (2.5 hours): 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 (50 minutes): 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.
- The People's Congress Hall (1 hour): The Great Hall of the People was built by Chinese people in 1959 and is included in the list of Ten Top Constructions in Beijing. Located in the west of the Tiananmen Square, the Great Hall of the People is sublime and rich in traditional taste. It is the political hub of Beijing and home of the National People's Congress. Every year in March, the National People's Congress (NPC) meet and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (SCPCC) are held here.
- Hutong Tour in Xicheng District (1 hour): Hutong is a maze of historic alleyways with old single storey traditional courtyard houses, which are now fast disappearing. In this one hour tour, you can hop on a rickshaw to ride through the narrow alleys as well as visit a local family then walk on the Silver Ingot Bridge (Yinding Bridge) and find out about the different thresholds of the courtyards.
- Beijing Ba Guo Bu Yi Restaurant: Ba Guo Bu Yi Restaurant is located near Summer Palace in Haidian District. It serves authentic Sichuan cuisine with its traditional Chinese style decor. Recommended dishes include sweet and sour fish, fried pork with celery and Kungpao Chicken.

Accommodations: Sunworld Hotel Beijing (Deluxe)

 

Day 3

Place & Transport: Beijing to Taian, Train No. G153 (Beijing South Railway Station) Dep 16:15 - Arr 18:12
Today's Activities: Mutianyu slideway(One way), The Mutianyu Great Wall, Mutianyu Cable Car(One way), Changling tomb, Train station Transfer (Beijing), Train station Transfer (Taian)
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Xin Shuang Quan Restaurant

- Mutianyu slideway(One way) (10 minutes): It is a new kind of entertainment suitable to people regardless of age.Adopting the principle of acceleration of gravity, the pulley rushes down from top of the mountain and goes through a slideway of 1580 meters, which is exciting,breathe-taking,safe and comfortable.You can regulate the speed of the pulley, and enjoy the beautiful views of the Great Wall.
- The Mutianyu Great Wall (2 hours): This less-crowded section of the Great Wall is about 1.5-2 hours' drive from Beijing city center. 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 comfortable walking shoes, and in summer prepare sun protection.
- Mutianyu Cable Car(One way) (10 minutes): 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.
- Changling tomb (1 hour): Changling is the tomb of emperor Yongle,the third emperor of the Ming Dynasty whose personal name was Zhu Di, and of his empress. Built in 1413, the mausoleum extends over an area of 100,000 square meters and is the principal and best preserved mausoleum among thirteen mausoleums. There are color paintings on the ceiling and golden brick paved earth, which all added magnificent atmosphere to the palace.
- Xin Shuang Quan Restaurant: Xin Shuang Quan Restaurant is near Great Wall of Mutianyu section. This garden style restaurant serves farmhouse dishes, specializing in rainbow trout, sturgeon and salmon. The fabulous taste will leave you with great memories.

Accommodations: Taishan Celebrity Hotel (Deluxe)

 

Day 4

Place & Transport: Taian
Today's Activities: Mount Tai Tourist Attraction, Cable Car(round trip), Dai Temple, Vehicle to the Top of the Mountain
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Yuzuo Restaurant

- Mount Tai Tourist Attraction: Mount Tai lies in the territory of Tai'an of Shandong province. Mount Tai is the first mountain of the Five most famous Mountains in China. The best time for touring around Mount Tai is April to November. If you want to enjoy the sunrise, the best time is autumn.
- Cable Car(round trip): Here you have the option of taking the Cable car to the peak, Nantianmen Scenic Spot, while you can have a bird view of the mountain or continue to head for Yuhuang Peak.
- Dai Temple: First built in Han Dynasty, it is the largest and most completed ancient building complex of Mount Taishan.Emperors of the past dynasties held celebrations in the temple to worship heaven and earth, and sacrificed to the God of the mountain.Besides, it was also the first stop for the pilgrims on their way to the Tai Mountain.
- Vehicle to the Top of the Mountain: It is a chanllenging climb up to the Tai Mountain.Here you have the option of taking the vehicle to the highest point or down to the foot in a few minutes instead of climbing more than 1,605 steps, while you can also have a bird view of the wall.
- Yuzuo Restaurant: Located beside the Mt.Taishan, Yuzuo restaurant is located in the Yuzuo hotel. The restaurant serves Chinese food and a Western style buffet. It specializes in Tofu and Taoist dishes.

Accommodations: Taishan Celebrity Hotel (Deluxe)

 

Day 5

Place & Transport: Taian to Shanghai, Train No. G105 (Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station) Dep 09:31 - Arr 13:07
Today's Activities: Hotel to Train station Transfer (Taian), Train station Transfer (Shanghai), Yuyuan Garden, Yuyuan Market, Julong Silk Exhibition
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Din Tai Fung

- Yuyuan Garden (1 hour): 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.
- Yuyuan Market (30 minutes): Located next to the Yuyuan Garden and also known today as the City God Temple, it was built in the fifteenth century during the Ming Dynasty. The City God Temple is a Taoist temple which is composed of many halls such as the Grand Hall, Middle Hall, Bedroom Palace, Star Gods Hall and etc. The City God Temple has a great influence on the residents of Shanghai. The religious festivals of the temple are considered to be festivals for all Shanghai people.
- Din Tai Fung: Din Tai Fung is part of a world wide chain specializing in dumplings. The quality of the service and food is high and its Taiwan origins ensure that it is foreigner friendly and the prices reasonable.

Accommodations: The Bund Hotel Shanghai (Deluxe)

 

Day 6

Place & Transport: Shanghai
Today's Activities: Jing'an Temple, An In Depth Visit to Shanghai Old Alleys, Oriental Pearl TV Tower
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

- Jing'an Temple (30 minutes): LocateD in Nanjing West Road, Jing'an area, and built in 247, it is the oldest temple in Shanghai. Jing An Temple is a famous Buddhist temple of a long history.
An In Depth Visit to Shanghai Old Alleys: Experience the real life of the Shanghainese. Enjoy a lunch and chat with locals in their home. Visit the local market and even learn how to speak Shanghainese.
Time: 3
- Oriental Pearl TV Tower (1.4 hours): One of the tallest TV towers in the world, known for its distinctive spheres, or "pearls", it stands across the river from the Bund, among the exciting architecture of the east bank. On a rare clear day you can see to the mouth of the Yangtze, but even in normal conditions there are great views of Shanghai's dramatic cityscape. The Shanghai History Museum is Located now just below the Oriental TV Tower at Pudong New Area. It was formally opened to the public on July 1, 2000. There you can see the three major exhibition units reflecting Shanghai's history, modern and recent revolutionary history respectively.

Accommodations: The Bund Hotel Shanghai (Deluxe)

 

Day 7

Zhujiajiao
 

Place & Transport: Shanghai to Hangzhou, Train No. D5663 (Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station - Hangzhou Railway Station) Dep 15:22 - Arr 16:46
Today's Activities: Zhujiajiao Water Town, Zhujiajiao Cruise, Hotel to Train station Transfer (Shanghai), Train station Transfer (Hangzhou)
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

- Zhujiajiao Water Town (1 hour): Shaped like a fan, Zhujiajiao Water Town has hundreds of years of history. Thousands of examples of Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty architecture lie on the sides of the lakes and the 36 stone bridges retain their ancient style. The tour includes eight attractions: Tongtianhe (an ancient pharmacy), the historic Post Office, Yanyitang Art Gallery, the Chenghuang Temple, Shanghai Handicraft Exhibition Hall, Shanghai Quanhua Art Gallery, Yuanjin Temple and Kezhi Garden.
- Zhujiajiao Cruise (20 minutes): You have an opportunity to take a cruise on the river through the ancient town.it will take 20 minutes.

Accommodations: Ramada Plaza Hangzhou Haihua (Deluxe)

 

Day 8

Place & Transport: Hangzhou
Today's Activities: The West Lake(including the Island on the lake), Lingyin Temple, Six Harmonies Pagoda, Meijiawu Tea Plantation and Tea Shop
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Jiao Ye Restaurant (Banana Leaf Restaurant)

- The West Lake(including the Island on the lake) (1 hour): West Lake has an area of 5.6 square kilometers (2.2 square miles) and is the symbol of Hangzhou which lies on its banks and is a place of tranquility. A visit to Fairy Island is worth it to see on of the Ten Best Views of West Lake - Three Pools Mirroring the Moon. The occasional pagoda and Chinese-style arched bridges add atmosphere to the tree-lined walkways, verdant islands and hills make West Lake a very special part of any China experience.
- Lingyin Temple (2 hours): As one of the most important and wealthiest Buddhist temples in China, Lingyin Temple boasts plenty of pagodas and Buddhist grottoes.
During the Eastern Jin Dynasty in 328 AD, Hui Li, a monk from India brought Buddhism to this area and founded this temple. At that time, nine multi-storey buildings, 8 pavilions, 72 halls and more than 1,300 dormitory rooms had made up this temple, and it was the national worship center.
Located in front of the temple proper, Feilai Feng (Flying Peak) is an outstanding Buddhist grotto site, in which are engraved numerous Buddha images. Legend has it the peak was originally from India, and flew to Hangzhou overnight as a demonstration of the omnipotence of Buddhist law.
Other attractions include Hall of the Heavenly Kings, Grand Hall of the Great Sage, Hall of the Medicine Buddha, Sutra Library, and Hall of the Five Hundred Arhats.
- Six Harmonies Pagoda (30 minutes): The Liuhe Pagoda is located on the north bank of the Qiantang River in the south of Hangzhou City. The Liuhe Pagoda is one of the famous ancient pagodas in our country and forms the wonderful sceneries of Hangzhou together with "the ten sceneries of the West Lake". Highly erected by the Qiantang River and to the south of the West Lake, it is a perfect symbol of brick-and-wood structure built in the ancient China. It was first built in 970 AD in the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127). The name "six harmonies" comes from the six Buddhist ordinances, meaning "harmonies of the heaven, earth, east, west, south and north"
- Jiao Ye Restaurant (Banana Leaf Restaurant): Banana Leaf Restaurant is located in the Hangzhou Overseas Chinese Hotel and well-known for its traditional Thai Food and Thai decoration. The most recommended dishes are: Sautéed Crabs with Curry, Mango Pudding, Pork Neck, and Crab with Curry.

Accommodations: Ramada Plaza Hangzhou Haihua (Deluxe)

 

Day 9

Place & Transport: Hangzhou to Guilin, Flight No. TBA
Today's Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Hangzhou), Airport Transfer (Guilin), Seven Star Park, Seven Star Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at The Guilinese Good Luck Restaurant (Ju Fu Lin)

- Seven Star Park: Situated on the eastern side of the Li River, it is the biggest park inside Guilin city. Its takes its name from Seven Star Hill which consists of seven peaks which are said to resemble the star pattern of the Ursa Major (Big Dipper) constellation. Attractions in the park include Flowers Bridge, Camel Hill and much more. The Panda House features a number of beautiful pandas.
- Seven Star Cave: The cave has three layers - the highest lies roughly 8-12 meters higher than the middle layer, but the latter has splendid scenic spots. The 1,000 meter long tunnel of the cave is a gallery of stalactites and stalagmites of the most spectacular shapes and forms.
- Elephant Trunk Hill (40 minutes): Elephant Trunk Hill is located at the junction of Li River and Peach Blossom River. It is the symbol of Guilin with 55 meters high and got its name because its shape resembles an elephant with its trunk drinking from the Li River. The hill is pierced with many caves and topped with a small pagoda.
- The Guilinese Good Luck Restaurant (Ju Fu Lin) : Ju Fu Lin is located in the Zhengyang Pedestrian Street and features Guilin cuisine. Famous Guilin dishes like Bacon Belly Cooked in Lipu Taro, Li River fish cooked with Beer, Quick Fried Shrimps from Li River are available. Chinese folk music and dance performances are a nightly attraction.

Accommodations: Guilin Bravo Hotel (Deluxe)

 

Day 10

Place & Transport: Guilin to Yangshuo (Watch the Video )
Today's Activities: Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo., Yangshuo Countryside Cycling
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

- Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo. (4 hours): A cruise along the Li River between Guilin and Yangshuo is an unforgettable experience. As you take in the stunning scenery, there's something interesting to see at almost every bend in the river. Between spectacular limestone peaks you'll see graceful bamboo groves, farmers tending rice paddies, and lumbering water buffaloes pulling carts or cooling off in the river. You may see fishermen gliding along on their narrow bamboo rafts, and if you're very lucky you might see one of the famous fishing cormorants. Boats depart from various wharves, according to the height of the river at different times of the year.The Li river cruise is by a medium size boat which can accommodate about 140 passengers.
- Yangshuo Countryside Cycling: Experience the hustle & bustle of the Yangshuo traffic for 10 minutes before you escape onto the country roads, lanes and tracks of the distinctive and beautiful Yangshuo countryside. Biking alongside the paddy field and orchards that surround the famous mountains will give a fascinating insight into life in rural China. You will have a family visit on the half way. It is an opportunity to see a real country life and talk to the local farmers.

Accommodations: Leisure Inn Yangshuo (Jiujielou) (Deluxe)

 

Day 11

 

Place & Transport: Yangshuo to Guilin
Today's Activities: Our guide and driver will escort you from Yangshuo to Guilin, Tai Chi Experience in Yangshuo
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at cafe Del Moon

- cafe Del Moon: Cafe Del Moon is one of the most popular restaurants in Yangshuo West Street, it serve western cuisine especially for firewood pizza, as well as variety of ground coffee are provided in the restaurants, people can choose to take the upstairs seat to enjoy the surrounding mountain scenery.
Tai Chi Experience in Yangshuo:

Tai chi is an internal martial art system which places emphasis on the development and control of Chi (Consciousness) energy within the body. Today, you will be able to practice Taiji in a park with a mountain backdrop. Your teacher will share some basic skills as an introduction to the art.

 

What happens during the class?

1. Full illustration of Tai chi by Tai Chi master.

2. Demonstration by Yang Style Tai Chi master.

3. Tutor to learn Tai Chi Quan

4. After class, experimenters are invited to compete doing Tai Chi.


Time: 1

 

Accommodations: Guilin Bravo Hotel (Deluxe)

 

Day 12

Place & Transport: Guilin to Xian, Flight No. TBA
Today's Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Guilin), Airport Transfer (Xian), Shaanxi History Museum, Xian City Wall with Bicycle
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Qianzhou Restaurant (Xiao Yanta Branch)

- Shaanxi History Museum (1.5 hours): The history of Shaanxi is said to be the history of China, and this museum is quite simply one of the nation's best. Four major galleries in large, Tang-style buildings house a vast and impressive collection, beautifully displayed. Most of the item labels are in English, although some other information on the exhibitions is not, but your guide can help here. Wear comfortable walking shoes.
- Xian City Wall with Bicycle (1.5 hours): The walls, ramparts, gates and watchtowers form one of the oldest and most complete city defenses still around. Built in the 13th century on the foundations of the original Tang Forbidden City surrounding the city centre, it is a major landmark, and the best preserved, as well as the oldest and largest of the city defense systems in China. We operate this with bicycle. If the weather is not good for biking on the city wall, we will substitute a visit to the Bell Tower. Your guide will be very glad to take you the Bell Tower after you have been to look at the city wall.
- Qianzhou Restaurant (Xiao Yanta Branch): Qianzhou Restaurant is well-known for its local flavors and ingredients originating from Qian County. The style, Qianzhou Four Treasures is considered to be famous nationally. The specialties are of ancient origin from the Tang Dynasty and leave customers with great culinary memories.

Accommodations: Grand Noble Hotel (Deluxe)

 

Day 13

Place & Transport: Xian
Today's Activities: The Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xi'an Imperial Fine Arts center
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at A Wa Shan Zhai Restaurant(Qinling Branch)

- The Terracotta Warriors and Horses (2 hours): Discovered accidentally in 1974, this incredible army of over 7000 soldiers, archers, horses and chariots in full battle array has guarded Emperor Qin's tomb since 210BC. Each figure is unique, and the painstaking repair and excavation continues in 3 pits which are protected inside huge hangars. 1.5 hours from Xian, there is also an excellent museum and film about the history of the vaults. Photos (no flash) are allowed. Wear comfortable walking shoes.
- Big Wild Goose Pagoda (1 hour): A major Buddhist site, the simple, elegant brick Pagoda stands in the grounds of the attractive Da Ci'en Temple. The Pagoda was built in the 7th century to house the Buddhist materials that Xuanzang (Tripitaka) brought back from his epic journey to India. The Temple complex has several large halls with some great Buddhist statues and murals.
- A Wa Shan Zhai Restaurant(Qinling Branch): A Wa Shan Zhai Restaurant was established in 2004, mainly specializes in Hunan and Sichuan cuisine. It provides delicacy by using the material from Shanxi, obtaining a nationwide reputation from customers. It would be a nice choice to dine while traveling the nearby Terra cotta Warriors and Horses.

Accommodations: Grand Noble Hotel (Deluxe)

 

Day 14

Three Gorges
 

Place & Transport: Xian to Yichang to Yangtze, Flight No. GS6449 Dep 11:10 - Arr 12:25
Today's Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Xian), Airport Transfer (Yichang), Cruise pier Transfer (Yichang), Board the ship from 5:00pm to 10:00pm and departs Yichang at night--00:00am.(Dinner is not included)
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Prince Restaurant

- Prince Restaurant : It is the largest one in Yichang and The Three Gorges,various cuisine,professional service,good enviroment,covers over 3000 square meters,and it can holdalmost 2000 persons.

 

Day 15

Three Gorges Dam
 

Place & Transport: Yangtze to Chongqing
Today's Activities: Passes though the 1st Gorge----Xiling Gorge
Shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam Site.
Passes though the 5-steps ship locks.
Captain’s Welcome Banquet.
Meals: Breakfast

--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 has been completed in 2003, and the whole construction will be competed 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.

 

Day 16

Shennong Stream
 

Place & Transport: Yangtze
Today's Activities: Shore excursion to Shennong Stream(8:00-12:30).You have the option of visiting White Emperor City(RMB280 per person).
Passes though the 2nd gorge--Wu gorge.
Passes though the 3rd gorge--Qutang.
Crew performance.
Meals: Chinese Lunch, Chinese Dinner

--Shennong Stream is another tributary of the Yangtze River, and its fast-flowing, crystal clear water runs southwards through deep gorges. The stream races past large and small karst caves, flocks of swallows, sheer cliffs, deep gorges, waterfalls, three-colored springs, rapids, the ancient plank path, a suspended coffin in the cliff, groups of ancient tombs and marvelous karst formations.

 

Day 17

Fengdu Ghost City
 

Place & Transport: Yangtze
Today's Activities: Shore excurison to Fengdu Ghost City(8:30am-10:30am).
Captain’s Farewell Banquet.
Talent Show Party in Ballroom.
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch, Chinese Dinner

--Fengdu is where the devil lives, according to Chinese legend. They say that spirits go to heaven, and evil goes to Fengdu. The town is overlooked by Ming Shan Hill, home of Tianzi, the King of the Dead. The whole place has an eerie feel to it with deserted streets, tower blocks, empty shops and banks. The only people here are those who make a living from visiting cruise boats.
Tips:
1.There are about 100 steps from the river to the town.
2.A cable car is available ride to the top of the hill. The cable car is not included in the tour cost. The cost is RMB20/ per person round trip.

 

Day 18

 

Place & Transport: Yangtze to Chongqing to Lhasa, Flight No. TBA
Today's Activities: Cruise pier Transfer (Chongqing), Airport Transfer (Chongqing), Airport Transfer (Lhasa), Arrives in Chongqing at 9:00am.
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Yunyuan restaurant

- Yunyuan restaurant: Yunyuan restaurant serves Sichuang food and is famous for its hot pot.

Accommodations: Xinding Hotel (Deluxe)

 

Day 19

Place & Transport: Lhasa
Today's Activities: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Tibet Medical and Astrological Institute
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Lhasa Kitchen

- Potala Palace (1 hour): 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 (2 hours): 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 (2 hours): 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.
- Tibet Medical and Astrological Institute (2 hours): It is the central herbal and traditional medicine centre in Tibet. Learn briefly about Tibetan medicine there and see some of the herbs and techniques they use.
- 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.

Accommodations: Xinding Hotel (Deluxe)

 

Day 20

Place & Transport: Lhasa
Today's Activities: Norbulingka, Drepung Monastery, Visit Tibetan Family
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Steak House Restaurant

- Norbulingka (2.5 hours): 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.
- Drepung Monastery (3.5 hours): 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.
- Visit Tibetan Family : Drive out through the countryside around Lhasa to one of the remaining rural villages. Life is hard here, mainly crop and stock; they sell the produce in Lhasa, with greenhouses on mud walls to extend the growing period. But the families are warm and friendly,and delighted to welcome you to their home, which usually includes several generations, and offer butter tea and a brief glimpse into a basic and traditional existence.
- Steak House Restaurant: Steak House is near the Potala Palace and serves mainly Western and Tibetan cuisine. Surrounded by the alluring landscape, it is a great dining experience while traveling in Tibet.

Accommodations: Xinding Hotel (Deluxe)

 

Day 21

 

Place & Transport: Depart Lhasa, Flight not included
Today's Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Lhasa)
Meals: Breakfast

 

 
 
Price Per Person in US Dollars
Excellent Local Guide

Excellent Local Guides

We selected the most experienced tour guides in each city. They are all very professional and flexible during the tour with oustanding knowledge of all the sites and history.

Our Luxury Car for  Families

Our Luxury Car for Families

We use the modern air-conditioned luxury cars for families or 2-3 persons. The comfort and safety of our customers is of utmost importance, so we ensure that all of the vehicles that we use are well-maintained and always very clean.

Comfortable People Carrier for Small Groups

Comfortable People Carrier for Small Groups

We use only air-conditioned small buses for small groups of 4-7 persons. Our drivers are very nice and careful with over 5-year drive experience.

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Price Inclusions and Exclusions

Price Inclusions:

  • Entrance Fees:
    To scenic spots as listed in the itinerary.

  • Meals:
    All meals as specified in the itinerary.
    If the restaurant indicated is not available on the day, your guide will arrange another restaurant from our list of approved restaurants. Breakfast is usually a western style buffet. We endeavor to ensure that a choice of western and Chinese breakfasts is supplied, however there may be occasions when only a Chinese breakfast is available in some remote locations.

  • Private Transfers:
    Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in Beijing, Taian, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guilin, Yangshuo, Xian, Yichang, Yangtze, Chongqing, Lhasa by private air conditioned vehicle with a driver and English-speaking guide (as listed above).
    Your comfort is our priority! Click here to get a description of the vehicles that we use for our tours.

  • Guide:
    As outlined in the itinerary an English-speaking guide and driver will be provided in each city, who will remain with you throughout your time in that city. A new guide and a new driver will meet you at each city on your tour, to provide you with the best local knowledge available.

  • Hotels:
    Hotel fees are based on two people sharing one room with twin beds.
    All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.

  • Yangtze River Cruises:
    The price quoted for a Yangtze River Cruise includes all meals onboard, and all land excursions including the smaller cruise fee to Lesser Three Gorges or Shennong Stream. (Optional land excursions are available for a few ships which will be specially noted.) The price does not include any incidental charges, including room service, mini bar, laundry, and drinks and bar charges, tipping, etc.
    The Pre-boarding Fee includes overnight accommodations on the ship the night before departure and breakfast in the morning.

  • Transportation:
    Beijing South To Transfer via: Train, G153 (Our arrangements)
    To Shanghai Hongqiao Transfer via: Train, G105 (Our arrangements)
    Shanghai Hongqiao To Hangzhou Transfer via: Train, D5663 (Our arrangements)
    Hangzhou To Guilin Transfer via: Flight, TBA (Our arrangements)
    Guilin To Xian Transfer via: Flight, TBA (Our arrangements)
    Xian To Yichang Transfer via: Flight, GS6449 (Our arrangements)
    Chongqing To Lhasa Transfer via: Flight, TBA (Our arrangements)
     

  • Airport Tax and Fuel Fee

  • Service Charge & Government Taxes:

  • Insurance
    The insurance is China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
    Click here to learn more about the insurance coverage and the sum insured.

  • Luggage Transfers:
    Between airports/railway stations/cruise piers and hotels.

  • Arrangements:
    The tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

Price Exclusions:

  • International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China.
    USA-CHINA/CHINA-USA: China Highlights has negotiated special discount fares (restrictions apply) for selected flights operated by Air China from major US and China gateways. We are able to offer these special deals to confirmed customers. Discount US to China Flights

  • China Entry Visa Fees.

  • Excess Baggage Charges.
    Passengers holding an adult fare or half fare ticket are entitled to a free baggage allowance of 20kg, for economy class. Total weight of carry on baggage for each passenger may not exceed 5kg. The size may not exceed 20x40x 55cm. More

  • Personal Expenses:
    Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone calls, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the tour itinerary.

  • Meals:
    Any meals which are not specified in the tour itinerary.

  • Single Room Supplement:
    Important note for those who choose to pay a single room supplement fee: The fee only covers hotel single room supplements; it does NOT include use of a single cabin on the Yangtze River Cruise. Standard Yangtze River Cruise prices per person are based on 2 people sharing 1 cabin unless otherwise specified. If you would like to request a single cabin on the Yangtze River ship, please contact us to check cost and availability.

 
Safe & Easy Payment

We are the FIRST as well as the LARGEST online tour operator to meet the strict standards to be allowed to offer Paypal payment services to our foreign customers in China. This makes booking our tours even faster and more secure.

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