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Classic China 2 (inc.Tibet)

Beijing-Xi’an-Lhasa-Shanghai


Day 1. Arrive Beijing
Arriving at Beijing airport our China representative will be at the airport to welcome you and transfer you to your hotel. Today tour begins with a visit the favourite haunt of the Empress Dowager, the Summer Palace. Walking in this veritable museum of classical Chinese garden architecture, where the royal family could relax away from the formal ceremony of the court, is a pleasant experience. There are a number of pavilions as well as the Long Corridor, now a popular place for people to spend the day. (L)

Day 2. Beijing
Today we will visit some of the contrasting sights of Beijing, our capital city. Our first stop will be at Tian’anmen Square, the largest public square in the world. Dominating the north side of the square is the massive red Tian’anmen Gate through which we will pass into the fabled Forbidden City and another age, where we will see the home of the members of the royal family and their court during China’s Ming and Qing Dynasties. After lunch we will visit the imposing Temple of Heaven where the Emperor came each year to intercede with the Gods for a good and plentiful harvest. To round off a memorable start to your tour, we will enjoy a Beijing Duck Dinner at the famous, century-old Quan Ju De restaurant followed by a fascinating performance of Peking Opera. (B+L+D)

Day 3. Beijing
Today we will visit the Great Wall where you will have the opportunity to not only see one of the most impressive sections of the Great Wall of China but also take a walk along it. After lunch you will travel some 50 km northwest of Beijing to the Sacred Way with its fabulous stone animals. The way leads to the Ming Tombs in the shadow of Longevity Mountain. A visit to the Underground Palace of Dingling will allow you to see imperial coffins, burial artifacts and treasures.(B+L)

Day 4: Beijing-Xi’an
This morning free at leisure. We will take an afternoon flight to the ancient former capital city of Xi’an, and visit the ancient Xi’an City Wall (14th century) one of the most important city walls in China. Afterwards, we will transfer to your hotel. To celebrate your arrival in Xi’an you will enjoy a local speciality, the Dumpling Dinner, a popular meal often taken to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year. (B+D)

Day 5: Xi’an
Following breakfast in the hotel, we will set out for another highlight of your tour, the Terracotta Warriors Museum. The thousands of life size soldiers and horses were created to guard the tomb of Qin Shi Huangdi, the first Emperor to unite China under his firm rule. The royal tomb itself has yet to be opened but the rank upon rank of Warriors is a sight that is unrivalled anywhere in the world. After lunch, we will visit the Provincial History Museum which has the richest collection of artifacts in China. For the last visit of the afternoon we will go to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. The square, seven-storey pagoda was built in 652 AD and is a fine example of Tang Dynasty Buddhist architecture. Tonight, dinner will be at the famous Tang Dynasty Palace for the deluxe Tang Dynasty Dinner Show where fine food and spectacular entertainment bring another outstanding day to a close. (B+L+D)

Day 6: Xi’an
To start your morning, you will have a unique chance to approach the mysterious and ancient art of Tai Chi Chuan, a 300-year old traditional Chinese martial arts, also known as shadow or Chinese Tai Chi Boxing. Now it is a popular exercise for Chinese to keep health. Gain the real experience of playing Tai Chi with local Chinese before your exploration of some of the sights. Freshly stimulated in body and mind, drive 70 miles west of Xi’an and you will then visit Qianling, the joint mausoleum of Emperor Gaozong and Wu Zetian, the only woman to rule China in her own right and Qianling Museum. While the main tomb has never been excavated, the tomb of Princess Yongtai, granddaughter of Empress Wu, has been opened and is of great interest. As a contrast you visit the farmers’ caves before you move on to Xianyang Terracotta Museum. Situated on the site of the capital of the Qin Dynasty that unified China in 221 BC, the exhibits include a model of the first emperor’s palace as well as other artefacts from the site.(B+L)

Day 7: Xi'an - Lhasa
Transfer to airport for your flight to Lhasa, Tibet. Pick up & transfer to your hotel. On the way we visit the Nietang Buddha. After lunch at local restaurant in market square, we visit the Sera Monastery. This monastery was founded in 1419. The debating & teaching among the monks that takes place in the courtyard garden between 3:30pm to 5:00pm every day is the highlight of the visit. (B/L)

Day 8: Lhasa
Today you will see some of the wonderful sights of Lhasa, commencing with the magnificent Potala Palace, Tibet’s best-known landmark. Your second stop will be the Tibet Museum and the third stop will be at the Jokhang Temple, home of the most precious of the Buddha images in the region. Brought from Chang’an (what is now Xi’an ) by the Tang Princess Wen Cheng when she married Tibetan King Songsten Gampo, the Sakyamuni Buddha is truly magnificent. Then walk through the colourful bazaar on Barkhor Street known as the Pilgrims’Way prior to visiting a carpet factory where you can marvel at the skill of the carpet weavers and admire the Buddhist designs. Finally, before returning to the hotel you will pay a visit to the Tibetan Traditional Medicine Hospital (Mentsikhang) where herbal remedies abound and are considered highly beneficial. (B+L)

Day 9: Lhasa
Lhasa is famous for its monasteries and this morning you will visit both the Drepung Monastery. Drepung was once the largest and wealthiest and a Yellow Hat monastery where the Dalai Lamas were trained. Sera was a strong rival for importance and had three Tantric Colleges, famous for their Bon tradition of teaching. Your tour will then take you to Norbulingka Park (Jewel Park). This is the old summer palace of the Dalai Lamas and has fine palaces, pavilions, gardens and ponds. (B+L)

Day 10: Lhasa-Shanghai
Transfer to airport for your flight to Shanghai via Chengdu. On arrival in Shanghai, pick up & transfer to your hotel. (B)

Day 11: Shanghai
Shanghai is a city that must be seen to be appreciated. You will see something of its history at the Shanghai Museum on People’s Square with its fine collection of cultural relics. Then we will visit the Yuyuan Garden. Laid out in the 16th century by a Ming official, this small (2 hectares) garden is a delight of pools, pavilions and rock gardens.Strolling through the bazaar surrounding the garden, you will find lines of stores that sell traditional Chinese arts and crafts. Next comes The Bund, one of the most famous thoroughfares in China and here you will see a collection of buildings dating from the 1930’s displaying their western influence and fulfilling the role of the commercial heart of Shanghai. Leaving the ancient for the modern you visit the TV Tower of the Oriental Pearl situated in the thriving Pudong area of the city dominated by the 88-storey Jin Mao building. This evening you will mark the end of your tour with a Farewell Dinner at the famous Seagull Palace, which allows you to enjoy gourmet food while appreciating the fascinating view of both the old Bund and the new Shanghai. Upon returning to the Hotel our tour guide will see you in the lobby to say a last goodbye. (B+L+D)

Day 12: Departure
Transfer to airport for your return flight or to your next destination.


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Forbidden City
Forbidden City
The Summer Palace, Beijing
The Summer Palace, Beijing
The Great Wall
The Great Wall
Terracotta Army, Xi'an
Terracotta Army, Xi'an
Potala Palace
Potala Palace
Drepung Monastery
Drepung Monastery
Jokhang Temple
Jokhang Temple
Shanghai Skyline
Shanghai Skyline
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