Tibet Sera Monastery

Cultural Diversity and China Exploration Tour

19-Day Beijing, Xian, Lhasa, Chengdu, Lijiang and Shanghai Tour

Destinations: 19-Day Beijing, Xian, Lhasa, Chengdu, Lijiang and Shanghai Tour
Suggested Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Beijing, Flight not included

Airport Transfer (Beijing)
Stay connected: A Free SIM Card Wi-Fi Rental

 
Day 2: The Mutianyu Great Wall(with round way cable car), Liang Zi Massage Center (Foot Massage. 90 minutes)
mutianyu great wall beijing

- The Mutianyu Great Wall(with round way cable car) (2 hours): 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.

Liang Zi Massage Center (Foot Massage. 90 minutes): Offer health, pass and inherit culture With many years of clinic explore and research, combine with health care idea of Traditional Chinese Medicine, buddish health care allegory in Buddhism, the morality cultivate edigos of Taisht and Confucianism, the Liangzi Group has created some characteristic health care projects such as the Life Tree, the Buddhish massage etc. by using the orignal health care method these projects escort and convoy for your health! Jianguomen Store is the flagship store in the new undertaking of Liangzi. It blends the oriental traditional heath care culture and modern fitness concept, succeeds with high starting point and taste and takes the lead in business circle leisure in Beijing.
Time: 11:00-01:30

 
Day 3: The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven, Beijing Opera at Huguang Huiguan
beijing temple of heaven visit

- 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.

- Temple of Heaven (1.5 hours): Built in 1420 during the Ming Dynasty, Temple of Heaven is a complex of Taoist buildings where emperors of Ming and Qing dynasties visited for annual ceremonies of pray for good harvests. Located in the south of Central Beijing, it covers an area of 273 hectares. Temple of Heaven was enrolled as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1998.

Beijing Opera at Huguang Huiguan: Originally constructed in the year 1807, Hu Guang Hui Guan Opera Theater boasts one of the oldest opera theaters in Beijing. After recently reconstructed, it has become not only the Beijing opera theater but the first Opera Museum in Beijing. Thus, you can have chance to appreciate both traditional Peking opera and the history and development of Chinese operas. Note: The price may vary from high season to low season, including public holidays.
Price: 4th -6th Row (RMB280), VIP Section (RMB680), 1st-3rd Row (RMB380), Side seating in 4th -6th Row (RMB680)

 
Day 4: Summer Palace with boat Cruise and the Garden of Virtue and Harmony, WangFujing Shopping Street, Xiushui Street
Wangfujing Street

- Summer Palace with boat Cruise and the Garden of Virtue and Harmony (2 hours): The palace is about 12 kilometers northwest of the city center and is equally as famous as the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace is called 'Yiheyuan'(Garden of Nurtured Harmony) in Chinese. It is the best preserved and the largest imperial gardens in China and one of Beijing's premier attractions. It is also possible to cruise on the lake which takes 10 minutes by the ferry boat.

- WangFujing Shopping Street: Wangfujing is considered the central heart of the city of Beijing. Along the 810-metre-long street and in an area of about 810 square meters are over 200 shops. The new street provides convenience for pedestrians since vehicles are prohibited from most of the shopping area. In spite of being modern, the renovated Wangfujing Street has retained its traditional cultural atmosphere. The street combines traditional and modern styles with culture and commerce.

- Xiushui Street: Xiushui Street (Silk Market) has a variety of goods: silk, cashmere, clothes, leather goods, garment, hats, shoes, carpet, souvenir, jewelry, almost anything imaginable can be found in this glitzy mall. Many fake versions of world famous brands are available despite the government making efforts to stamp out the trade. Most of the vendors in Xiushui can speak a little English and they usually show the price on a calculator. You need to be good at bargaining.

 
Day 5: Beijing to Xian, China Eastern Airline MU2110 Dep 11:50 - Arr 13:40
ancient city wall of xian

Hotel to airport Transfer (Beijing), Airport Transfer (Xian), Muslim Quarters, Xian City Wall with Bicycle

- Muslim Quarters (1 hour): The Muslim quarters lies 100 meters west of the Bell tower in downtown Xi'an. The 500 meters long avenue paved by bluestones are dotted with many unique stall, souvenir shop, café and bars which are mostly run by Muslim people. Tourists, especially from overseas come and shop here.

- 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.

 
Day 6: The Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Xian Terracotta Warriors

- 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.

 
Day 7: Xian to Lhasa, China Eastern Airline MU2335 Dep 12:30 - Arr 15:10

Hotel to airport Transfer (Xian), Airport Transfer (Lhasa)

 
Day 8: Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Potala Palace
jokhang temple

- 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.

- 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.

 
Day 9: Drepung Monastery, Norbulingka, Sera Monastery, Visit Tibetan Family
Drepung Monastery

- 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.

- 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.

- Sera Monastery (3 hours): Located in the northern suburbs of Lhasa, The Sera Monastery is a complex of 4 structures; the Great Assembly Hall and three colleges. It was founded in 1419 by Jamchen Chojey of Sakya Yeshe of Zel Gungtang (1355–1435), a disciple of Tsongkhapa. 'Sera' means wild roses and was called this because the monastery was surrounded by wild roses. One of the three main monasteries of Lhasa, it is here that the monks "famous daily debates" take place.
Tips: Every day (except Mondays) at 15:00, there is a debate about Buddhist doctrines among the monks at Sera Monastery. The debating is held in the grounds and is a necessary way of learning sutras and scriptures. Visitors can watch the debate, but it is advised to keep quiet.

- 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.

 
Day 10: Lhasa to Chengdu, Air China CA4402 Dep 11:00 - Arr 12:50
chengdu wuhou temple

Hotel to airport Transfer (Lhasa), Airport Transfer (Chengdu), Jinsha Ruins Museum, Wu Hou Temple, Jinli Old Street

- Jinsha Ruins Museum: The Jinsha archaeological site was discovered in 2001 in Chengdu. The site has an area of five square kilometers and a history of three thousand years. Important relics, including large-sized structure foundations, sacrifice-offering areas, regular residential sites, and graveyards have been revealed. Rare cultural relics (such as - gold, bronze, jade, ivory and lacquer wares) have also been unearthed, in addition to tons of ivory and about one thousand buck teeth of wild boars and antlers.

- Wu Hou Temple (1.5 hours): The Marquis of Wu, Zhuge Liang (181-234) was the outstanding military strategist immortalized in "The Romance of the Three Kingdoms" and in the saying wise as "the Marquis of Wu". Peaceful and attractive gardens surround several halls, including one dedicated to his memory and another to that of his emperor Liu Bei, some impressive statues, a small museum, a famous Tang Dynasty stele and the classic red wall leading to Liu Bei's tomb. A delightful complex.

- Jinli Old Street (1 hour): Once the commercial heart of the old kingdoms this ancient street has been fully restored in traditional Sichuan style. Picturesque, bustling, and cheerful, you can sample local arts and craft, traditional Chinese goods, food and delicacies, and even a Starbucks, local style.

- Morals Village: This fabulously decorated restaurant which can hold up hundreds of people for dining is famous for its delicious hotpot. Another kind of specialty is its crisp baber tripe.

 
Day 11: Shufengyayun Sichuan Opera & Tea, Leshan Giant Buddha, Cruise to have a overlook at Leshan Giant Buddha
chengdu leshan giant buddha

Shufengyayun Sichuan Opera & Tea: After enjoy the snack,appreciate the classic operatic circle of the origin of a hundred years.
Wheneve performing Sichuan Opera in night: changing face , spit out fiery, hand shadow play , spit out fiery nighlights from operas
Time: 8:00pm-9:00pm

- Leshan Giant Buddha (2 hours): The Great Buddha in Leshan is located to the east of Leshan City, Sichuan Province and on the Lingyun Mountain where Min River, Qingyi River and Dadu River meet. It has been the largest stone carved sitting Buddhist statue in the world so far.

- Cruise to have a overlook at Leshan Giant Buddha (40 minutes): The Great Buddha in Leshan is located to the east of Leshan City, Sichuan Province and on the Lingyun Mountain where Min River, Qingyi River and Dadu River meet. It has been the largest stone carved sitting Buddhist statue in the world so far.You can sit on board to have an overlook at Leshan Giant Buddha.

 
Day 12: Chengdu to Lijiang, Air China CA4451 Dep 20:05 - Arr 21:15

Transfer service to and from pandas base, Hotel to airport Transfer (Chengdu), Airport Transfer (Lijiang)

 
Day 13: Lijiang, Baisha Murals at Baisha Village, The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain(Yak Meadow)
yunnan lijiang jade dragon snow mountain

- Baisha Murals at Baisha Village (30 minutes): Painted over a thousand years ago, the murals combine the cultures of Han, Tibetan and Naxi people displaying the life stories of the Tibet Buddhism, Confucian and Taoism.

- The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain(Yak Meadow) (3 hours): The cable way from the Yak Meadow has a top altitude of 3,800m. Attractions dot the area: Yak Snow Plain, Yak Snow Valley, Black Water Valley, Snow Flake Lake, Yak Stream, and Jinxiu Meadow. It is the best place to spot the 13 peaks of Jade Snow Mountain. Yi and Tibetan people live here, and they welcome visitors.

 
Day 14: Lijiang Ancient Town, Shuhe ancient town, Lijiang Museum
lijiang ancient town

- Lijiang Ancient Town (2 hours): It is situated in the middle area of the county, which is more than 2400 meters high above sea level. It enjoys beautiful scenes, an indeed famous city with long history and splendid culture, it is very rare in China that such well-preserved minority ancient city still exists. The old town is quite busy in the afternoon and evening with an active atmosphere of the lights and crowd. An early morning visit will be less crowded.

- Shuhe ancient town (1.5 hours): Also known as Longquan Village, it is home to one of the ethnic groups, and is just like a village forgotten by time. Featuring a nice temple complex, this village is extremely peaceful. It is a well preserved important town on the ancient tea and horse route.

- Lijiang Museum: Lijiang Museum showcases products of many types, including the old paintings and hand writing arts.
Tel: 0888-5114618

 
Day 15: Lijiang to Shanghai, Shanghai Airlines FM9452 (Lijiang Lijiang Airport - Shanghai Hongqiao Airport) Dep 14:30 - Arr 18:50

Hotel to airport Transfer (Lijiang), Airport Transfer (Shanghai)

 
Day 16: Yuyuan Market, The Bund, Yuyuan Garden, The Shanghai World Financial Center
shanghai pudong

- 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 area around the temple used to be a venue for Shanghai people celebrating festivals, and now it is a ‘heaven’ of tasting Shanghai snacks.

- The Bund (40 minutes): This 1.5-kilometer-long embankment runs along the western bank of Huangpu River. On its west side it is the "architecture gallery" with 52 well-preserved old European style buildings. Once the major trading and commercial center of old Shanghai, the Bund has now taken on new vitality, with futuristic developments, chic restaurants, top end shops and bars offer plenty to see and do-and by night it's magic!

- 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.

- The Shanghai World Financial Center (40 minutes): Shanghai World Financial Center is located in Pudong District, reaching a height of 492 meters (1,615 feet). It is now a new landmark of prosperous Shanghai. It was the second tallest building in the world when it was completed in 2007. Its observation deck, at 474 meters (1,555 feet) above the ground, is currently the tallest in the world. The multi-function skyscraper consists of hotels, apartments, restaurants, shopping malls, offices and observation decks.

 
Day 17: Cruise in Xitang, Xitang Water Town

- Cruise in Xitang (30 minutes): Cruise on the small boat is the best way to experience an environment of hustle and bustle in the water town.

- Xitang Water Town: Xitang Ancient Town is a beautiful town that seems like a completely different world from the hustle and bustle of Shanghai. Cobbled streets, old buildings, bridges arching over canals, rowing boats lingering on the river, locals singing folk songs, Xitang is a charming ancient water town. is The number of bridges makes Xitang so special. There are 104 in total, built in varying styles spanning the Ming and Qing Dynasties.

 
Day 18: One Day Shanghai Shopping Tour

-One Day Shanghai Shopping Tour: Shanghai has been famed as "the Shopping Paradise" and "the Oriental Paris' in history. There are shopping centers, department stores, hundred year old shops, shops for special commodities and super-markets dominating the city. Today' tour will give you a free day in Shanghai for shopping with private transfer between your hotel and shopping malls and our expert guide who knows exactly where to take you, you'll get it in good measure today.

 
Day 19: Depart Shanghai, Flight not included

Hotel to airport Transfer (Shanghai)

 
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