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We had a wonderful time in Tibet. We have learned a lot about this unique destination because of the wonderful guide Degyi who is so knowledge and always available towards our tours. We stayed at the Shangri-La Hotel Lhasa, and we would never imagine a Tibet travel could be so nice and amazing without the help of Degyi.

Also, thanks a lot to our Tibetan driver Mr.Wongdun for his safe driving and a good sense of service along the way.

We shall return Tibet in the near future!

P.B. and A. A - Europe
Tibet Travel

June 2018 (Private Tibet Journey from Kathmandu)

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Savory China with PandasTour Name:         Savory China with Pandas
Tour Code:          M78D263
Duration:            12 Days & 11 Nights
Destination:        Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Shanghai
Features:            This is a holiday for gourmand. Travel to China's most famous cities Beijing, Xian and Shanghai and have authentic and savory Chinese food of different regional cuisines. Noted for the pandas and Sichuan cookery, Chengdu is a Must-Do for food lovers.
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Arrive in Beijing, be met and transferred to hotel.  N/A

 Jianguo Hotel Beijing



Visit Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, The Temple of Heaven, enjoy Peking Roast Duck Dinner. B, L, SD

 Jianguo Hotel Beijing



Mutianyu Great Wall Hiking including cable cars. In the afternoon you will visit the Summer Palace with a boat ride. B, L

 Jianguo Hotel Beijing



In the morning you will take cooking course at Beijing Cuisine School. In the afternoon you will have a walking to a local food market. Then you will take a Rickshaw Ride to visit the Hutongs, visit a local family. B, L  Jianguo Hotel Beijing


 Beijing / Xian

Transferred to airport for flight to Xian. Visit Xian City Wall with Bicycle ride, learn how to make dumplings. Enjoy splendid Tang Dynasty Show and dumpling dinner. B, L, SD

 Grand New World Hotel



Visit The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses, Drum Tower, walking on the Muslim Food Market and local bazaar in the old city area. B, L, D

 Grand New World Hotel


 Xian / Chengdu

Take a morning flight to Chengdu. Met with and transferred to town to take a cooking class at a local restaurant. You will have a local food market walking with your chef instructor. Enjoy lunch at the restaurant with some of the dishes cooked by you. Visit local Teahouse in Wenshu Monastery, walking on the Wild and Narrow Alleys. B, L, D  Buddha Zen Hotel


Morning visit giant pandas at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, in the afternoon take an excursion to visit Leshan Giant Buddha (boat tour). Transferred back Chengdu. B, L  Buddha Zen Hotel

 Chengdu / Shanghai

Fly to Shanghai. Arrive in Shanghai, be met and visit Nanjing Road   The Bund, take a river cruise on the Huangpu River.  B, L

The Bund Hotel



Visit Ancient Water Town - Zhujiajiao, Yuyuan Garden and old city area. Enjoy Chinese acrobatic Show at night. B, L, D

The Bund Hotel



This morning you will take a cooking class in a local Shanghainese home, have lunch with the host family, free in the afternoon at your own leisure. B, L

The Bund Hotel



Transferred to airport for your departure flight. Trip ends.  B  N/A

Day01 Arrival Beijing
Today you arrive in Beijing, the capital of China. Greeted and received by your local guide and escorted to your hotel in downtown Beijing. The rest of day is at your own disposal.

Day02 Beijing (B, L, SD)Forbidden City Beijing
Enjoy your buffet breakfast at your hotel. Today you will have a day guided tour to explore Beijing. This morning the tour begins with a visit of the Temple of Heaven, located in the southern part of Beijing, and has been one of the most holy places for the whole country for more than five centuries. It used as a complex of sacrificial buildings for the Ming and Qing emperors, and is the largest one in Beijing among several royal altars to Heaven, Earth, the Sun, the Moon and other deities or symbolic forces of Nature. Then you will take a walking in the iconic Tiananmen Square, which is probably the biggest one of its kind in the world. From here you will go on to the Forbidden City (also known officially as the Imperial Palace Museum ) was commissioned by the third Emperor of the Ming Dynasty, Emperor Yong Le. The palace was built between 1406 and 1420, but was burnt down, rebuilt, sacked and renovated countless times, so most of the architecture you can see today dates from the 1700's and on wards. The Forbidden City was the seat of Imperial power for 500 years, and is now a major tourist attraction in China. The total area of the complex is 183 acres, so it takes quite a while to walk through, especially if you want to have a close look at everything. All together there are 9,999 1/2 rooms in the Museum, not all of which can be visited. At night you will enjoy delicious Peking Roast Duck Dinner at a fine local restaurant.

Day03 Beijing (B, L)Savory Chinese Food,Beijing
This morning you will head to the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu. The Great Wall, like the Pyramids of Egypt, the Taj Mahal in India and the Hanging Garden of Babylon, is one of the great wonders of the world. Starting out in the east on the banks of the Yalu Rivers in Liaoning Province, the Great Wall stretches westwards for 12,700km to Jiayuguan in the Bobi Desert, thus known as the Ten Thousand Li Wall in China. In the afternoon you will return back the town and take a trip to the Summer Palace. Located at the northwest suburb of Beijing, the Summer Palace was originally a royal garden and a temporary dwelling palace for emperors of Qing Dynasty, Its predecessor was the Garden of Clear Ripples (Qingyiyuan) started in 1750 and burned down by the British and French allied troops in 1860. In 1886, Empress Dowager Cixi used navy outlays and other funds in the reconstruction and renamed the park as Summer Palace in 1888.The Summer Palace in northwest suburban Beijing is the largest and most complete imperial garden existing in China. You will have a lakeside cruise on the lovely Kunming Lake and enjoy the magical views of the temples, pavilions and covered corridors around.

Day04 Beijing (B, L)Cooking Class,China
In the morning you will be driven to a local cooking school to learn how to cook Chinese food. The teachers will teach you how to cook the real Chinese food step by step and one-on-one. You will cooperate with the other students from all over the world and have lunch that you cooked together. In the afternoon you will have a walking to a local food market. Afterwards you will experience a unique Hutong tour by a rickshaw to discover the old residential area of Beijing. Hutongs are closely associated with individual four-sided courtyard in which people live. Most Hutongs are running east west for the local dwellers to procure the sunlight. You will visit a local family in the Hutong area.

Day05 Beijing / Xian (B, L, SD)Ancient City Wall Xian,China
Take a morning flight to Xian. Arrival in Xian, your guide and driver will meet you and transfer you to the town for a trip to the Ancient City Wall of Xian. Built 600 years ago (1374 - 1378) in the Ming Dynasty, the Wall was added on the Tang Dynasty walls. Being the most prominent walls built after medieval time, it is also the best-kept and biggest city walls in Xian. You will ride a bicycle on the Ancient City Wall. After that you will make Chinese dumplings at a local's home. At night you will enjoy the amazing Tang Dynasty Show.

Day06 Xian (B, L, D)Terra Cotta Warriors Xian
Your Xian tour begins with the mighty Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses. Discovered in 1974, Xian Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Site is one of the most important archaeological finds in the 20th century. In a vault of approximately 12,000m2 and 5m underground lay some 8,000 terracotta infantry soldiers, archers, cavalrymen and chariots arranged in battle formation, ready to defend their emperor's immortal soul. After the visit you will have a very good local lunch at a graceful restaurant. Then you will head back town to visit the Drum Tower and have a walking on the Muslim food market and its nearby bazaar in the old city area. 

Day07 Xian / Chengdu (B, L, D)Cooking Class in Chengdu,China
In the morning you will be transferred to the airport to take your flight to Chengdu. Upon arrival Chengdu, you will be met and escorted by your local host to the city. You will take a cooking class at a good local restaurant in the city. The cooking class session starts with a visit to the local neighborhood market. There will be a three dish your chef instructor cooking demonstration followed by the student's hands-on cooking session. Enjoy lunch at the restaurant with some of the dishes cooked by you. In the afternoon you will visit local Teahouse in Wenshu Monastery, walking on the Wide and Narrow Alleys. 

Day08 Chengdu (B, L)Giant Panda in Chengdu Breeding Base
This morning you will visit Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding where you can find the cute giant pandas and learn more about their daily life. Then you will make a trip to famous Leshan Giant Buddha Statue. Leshan Giant Buddha is the largest Buddha in the world, about 71 meters high. It is a statue of Maitreya (a Bodhisattva usually represented as a very stout monk with a broad smile on his face and with his naked breast and paunch exposed to view) in sitting posture. It started to be carved in 713 A.D and finished 90 years later. Facing the river, the Buddha has symmetrical posture and looks which have been beautifully captured in its solemn stillness. It has three-meter-long (about 11 feet) fingers. The eight-meter-long (about 27 feet) instep is big enough for one hundred people to sit on and the 28-meter-wide (about 92 feet) shoulder is large enough to be a basketball playground. You will be astonished by its grace. You will take a boat cruise on the Min River (Minjiang) to observe the Giant Buddha from a floating perspective.  Transferred back Chengdu in the afternoon.

Day09 Chengdu / Shanghai (B, L)The Bund Shanghai,China
Today you will fly to Shanghai. In Shanghai, you will be met and received by local guide who will transfer you to the town for a walking tour to the famous Nanjing Road and the Bund. Nanjing Road is Shanghai's most hustle and bustle pedestrian street. The Bund is without question one of the most popular Shanghai attractions. This waterfront area, which runs for about a mile along the Huangpu River, forms the easternmost boundary of Old Shanghai, and here you can gaze at buildings of various architectural styles. You will enjoy a river cruise on the Huangpu River to view the townscape from a floating perspective.

Day10 Shanghai (B, L)Chinese acrobatic Show,Shanghai
This morning you will head to Zhujiajiao, Shanghai's ancient water town. You will have a boat tour in Zhujiajiao. Drive back the city and visit Yuyuan Garden. Yuyuan garden is the most famous garden in south China and decorated with beautiful pavilions, miniature lakes, bridges and rock formations. At night you will enjoy a splendid Chinese acrobatic Show.

Day11 Shanghai (B, L)How to cook food,China
This morning is a highlight of your culinary adventure and an opportunity to gain invaluable insight into local cuisine and the role it plays in Chinese culture: a cooking class in a local home. Your hosts will welcome you to their village and take you to the market where they purchase fresh vegetables and fruit daily. Learn about their way of life and the various ingredients, and then return to their home to learn how to make a Chinese soup and enjoy lunch with your local host.

Day12 Depart Shanghai (B)
Your guide and driver will transfer you to airport according to your flight schedule. End of your China Savory Tour.

Tour costing varies upon group size, travel season and hotel accommodation levels etc. For price details please email us at info@splendidchinatours.com.

Price inclusions:
All accommodations based on two persons sharing one room (single occupancy is subject to supplement);
02). China internal flights with airport tax or train as stated in the program;
03). Round-trip transfers between airports or railway stations, hotels, and scenic spots in each city by private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced licensed drivers;
04). All admission fees and activity expenses as listed in the itinerary;
05). Daily meals as specified in the itinerary: B denotes breakfast, L denotes lunch, and D denotes dinner (SD signifies special dinner);
06). Services of a local English speaking guide in each city (other languages can be arranged upon request, supplement may apply);
07). Travel Agency Liability Insurance during the tour;
08). Governmental taxes and fees.

Price excluded:
01). International airfare to/from China;
02). Chinese Visa fees;
03). Expenses of personal natural such as laundry, telephone, drinks, mini bar etc;
04). Personal shopping, optional activities and excess baggage charges;
05). Gratuities for local tour guides, drivers and hotel bellboy etc;
06). International travel insurance;
07). Services and activities that are not mentioned in the itinerary.


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