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November 2017 (12-day China Immersion Beijing - Xi'an - Chongqing - Yangtze Three Gorges - Shanghai)

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From Chinese Metropolis to Himalayan KingdomsTour Name:         From Chinese Metropolis to Himalayan Kingdoms
Tour Code:          M98D239
Duration:            13 Days & 13 Nights
Destination:        Shanghai, Beijing, Xian, Lhasa, Kathmandu
Features:            This journey is for the novelty seekers who want a featured China at first visit then to the mountain kingdoms of the Himalayas, Tibet and Nepal, full of contrast and diversity. Starting with wonderful townscapes in Mega Shanghai, to Beijing the imperial capital and Xian, home to the Terra Cotta Army, onwards to Lhasa, the incomparable Tibet. At last board a spectacular flight over the trans-Himalayas whisks you to Nepal's capital city Kathmandu, an unforgettable melting pot of Buddhist and Hindu cultures. Your journey ends at the lush Kathmandu Valley.
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Trip Summary

Detailed Itinerary

Dates & Prices

 Tour Dates

 Destinations

 Tours & Services

Meals

 Accommodation

Day01

 Shanghai

Arrive in Shanghai, be met and transferred to hotel. N/A The Bund Hotel
  Day02

 Shanghai

Full day visit Shanghai Museum, Jade Buddha Temple, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yuyuan Garden. B, L The Bund Hotel
     Day03

 Shanghai / Beijing

Take a morning flight to Beijing, and explore the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. B, L Jianguo Hotel Beijing
     Day04

 Beijing

Full day visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Jingshan Park and walk at the ancient Dashi Lan Street. B, L Jianguo Hotel Beijing
     Day05

 Beijing

Full day visit Badaling Great Wall, Ming Tombs, The Sacred Way. On the way back to hotel, you will be driven to visit the main 2008 Beijing Olympic venues, take an exterior visit of both the Beijing National Stadium (Bird's Nest/Olympic Stadium), National Swimming Centre(The Water Cube), feel free to take some photos of the stadiums. B, L Jianguo Hotel Beijing
     Day06

 Beijing / Xian

In the morning, visit Summer Palace, Hutong Tours in Rickshaw, in the evening you will be transferred to railway station for an overnight sleeper train to Xian. B, L Grand New World Hotel
     Day07

 Xian

Arrival Xian, driven to hotel for breakfast. Then you will visit The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Bell Tower.  B, L Grand New World Hotel
 Day08  Xi'an / Lhasa Transferred to airport and fly to Lhasa, Capital of Tibet. Be met and escorted to your hotel upon arrival. Free at own leisure for altitude acclimation. B, L Lhasa Kyichu Hotel

Day09

 Lhasa

Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and walk on the holy Barkhor Circuit. B, L Lhasa Kyichu Hotel

 Day10

Lhasa

Visit Drepung Monastery, Norbulingka Park and see monk debating at Sera Monastery. B, L Lhasa Kyichu Hotel

 Day11

 Lhasa / Kathmandu

Transferred to airport for flight to Kathmandu, capital of Nepal. Be met and transfer to the city and free leisure time in the balance of day. B, L Local Hotel

 Day12

 Kathmandu

One day city tour in Kathmandu for the Durbar Square or Hanuman Dhoka Palace, Swoyambhunath Stupa and Patan Durbar Square.  B, L Local Hotel
     Day13

 Kathmandu

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




Day01 Arrival Shanghai
Today you arrive in Shanghai, China's cosmopolitan city. 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 Shanghai (B, L)Shanghai Townscape,China
You have a day guided trip to explore the city of Shanghai. You will visit the Jade Buddha Temple. As Shanghai's most popular temple with visitors, the Jade Buddha complex has an exceedingly short history, having been completed in 1918, but it exudes a powerful potion of thick incense, flashy decorations, and a dark, seedy atmosphere that makes it seem centuries older. After that you will proceed to the Shanghai Museum. The Shanghai Museum contains more than 112,000 Chinese cultural relics from the Old Stone Age to modern times, including bronze ware, calligraphy, paintings etc. Then you will continue to visit Yuyuan Garden. Yuyuan garden is the most famous garden in south China and decorated with beautiful pavilions, miniature lakes, bridges and rock formations. Later in the afternoon your guide will take you to the Oriental Pearl Tower where you may have a stunning skyline of the townscape Shanghai.


Day03 Shanghai / Beijing (B, L)Temple of Heaven,Beijing
Take a morning flight to Beijing and on arrival, meet with and drive to explore the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, 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.


Day04 Beijing (B, L)Forbidden City,Beijing,China
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 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. In addition, you will climb to the Jingshan Park to overlook the Imperial City. You will conclude your day tour at the Ancient Dashi Lan Street.

 
Day05 Beijing (B, L)Great Wall of China,Beijing
This morning you will head to the Great Wall of China at Badaling. 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. The lunch today will be arranged at a good restaurant at the foot of the Great Wall. In the afternoon you will pass through the Sacred Way to visit the Ming Tomb. Composed of memorial archway, ornamental pillar, and stele pavilion ornamental etc, the Sacred Way is a long path that leads you to the Ming Tomb. It was thought to have leaded the emperors' souls to enter heaven. The Ming Tomb is the burial site of 13 out of 17 emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). Being the last resting place of 13 emperors, it is also called as Thirteen Tombs by Chinese. On the way back to your hotel, you will visit the 2008 Beijing Olympic venues, take an exterior visit of both the Beijing National Stadium (Bird's Nest/Olympic Stadium) and National Swimming Centre (The Water Cube'), feel free to take some photos of the stadiums.

 
Day06 Beijing / Xian (B, L)Summer Palace,Beijing,China
This morning you will take 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. Afterwards you will visit 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. Later of the day you will be transferred to airport for a flight to Xian and upon arrival your guide will meet you and escort you to hotel in town.

 
Day07 Xian (B, L)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 and visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Situated inside Ci'en Temple (4 kilometers south of Xi'an City), it is one of the famous Buddhist pagodas in China. Sponsored by Tang Emperor Gaozong (628-683, reigned 650-683), the temple was first built in 652 during the Tang Dynasty as a symbol of thanksgiving to his mother for her kindness who had suffered an early death. Later of the day your guide will take you to the city center to see the Bell Tower of Xian. The Bell Tower was built in 1384 during the reign of Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang of Ming Dynasty as a way to dominate the surrounding countryside and provide early warning of attack by rival rulers.

 
Day08 Xian / Lhasa (B, L)Tibetan Pilgrims
Transfer to airport and fly to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. The afternoon is at leisure to help acclimatize to the altitude.

 
Day09 Lhasa (B, L)Potala Palace,Lhasa,Tibet
Explore the holy city Lhasa. This morning you will admire the The Potala Palace, one of the most famous architectural works of the world, the construction of the world famous Potala Palace was started in the 7th century during the time of the Tubo King Srontsan Gampo. Then you will visit Jokhang Temple and walk on the holy Barkhor Circuit. As the holiest Buddhist temple in the whole Tibet, Jokhang draws tens of thousands of pilgrims from each corner of Tibet each year and is truly a must-see attraction in Tibet.

 
Day10 Lhasa (B, L)Norbulingka Park,Lhasa,Tibet
Visit Drepung Monastery the sacred land of Gelug Sect, which was established in 1416AD and the second, third and fourth Dalai Lama once resided in. After that you will be transferred to Norbulingka Park, the former Summer Palace of the Dalai Lamas. Additionally you will be transferred to visit Sera Monastery, which was created in AD1419 and has always been an important Buddhist seminary. Here in Sera, you have chance to see the grand occasion of the Buddhist monk debating at one big courtyard. Lunch served at a good local restaurant and dinner will be arranged at your hotel.

 
Day11 Lhasa / Kathmandu (B)Kathmandu City,Nepal
This morning you will be transferred to Lhasa Gonggar Airport for flight to Kathmandu, capital of Nepal. As plane flies over the Himalayan Ranges, you will be amazed by the mighty snow mountains, and before landing you will see the lush valleys of Kathmandu. Kathmandu Valley comprises the three ancient cities of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, which were once independent states ruled by the Malla kings from the 12th to the 18th centuries. The three cities house seven UNESCO World Heritage shrines which are together listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The valley is also home to hundreds of other exquisite monuments, sculptures, artistic temples and magnificent art - reminders of the golden era in Nepal's architecture. All these culture highlights are left for your exploration. Upon arrival Tribhuvan Airport, you will be greeted and transfer to the city and free leisure time in the balance of day.

 
Day12 Katmandu (B, L)Kathmandu
This day you will take a guided tour to visit the highlights of Kathmandu that covers Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath Stupa and Patan Durbar Square. The tour is on private basis includes a local lunch.

 
Day13 Depart Kathmandu (B)
Free in the morning until check out and transferred to Tribhuvan Airport for your homewards flight. End of your holiday.


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:
01). 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). Tibet local travel permits such as Tibet Entry Permit (TTB), Alien's Travel Permit (PSB) and Military Permit etc. when applicable;
08). Travel Agency Liability Insurance during the tour;
09). 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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