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

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Grand China and TibetTour Name:         Grand China and Tibet
Tour Code:          M98D241
Duration:            20 Days & 19 Nights
Destination:        Beijing, Xian, Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, Chengdu, Leshan, Guilin, Chongqing, Yangtze River Cruise, Yichang, Shanghai
Features:            Discover the majesty of China and Tibet on this journey, combines the most classical attractions. Itinerary starts from Beijing to the Terra Cotta Warriors in Xian then on trip to Tibet, Roof of the World, where you will discover Tibet's top three destinations Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse, to taste Tibet's unique religion, culture and highland landscapes, then you will visit Giant Pandas and enjoy local tea at a park in Chengdu. Your relaxed Guilin holiday along the Li River to Yangshuo and the Yangtze River Cruise from Chongqing downstream through the spectacular Three Gorges to Yichang will deliver you the best of everything this part of China has to offer. Finally you will be in Shanghai, China's cosmopolitan city, where you do the last minute shopping on the famous Nanjing Road before flight home.
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 Accommodation

Day01

 Beijing 

Arrive in Beijing, be met and transferred to hotel.  N/A

 Jianguo Hotel Beijing

Day02

 Beijing 

Full day visit Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, The Temple of Heaven. B, L

 Jianguo Hotel Beijing

 Day03

 Beijing 

One day tour of Great Wall of China at Badaling, Ming Tombs, The Sacred Way. On the way back to hotel, you will 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

 Day04

 Beijing / Xian

In the morning, take a Hutong Tour in Rickshaw and Summer Palace, then transferred to airport for flight to Xian, arrive in Xian, be met and transferred to hotel. B, L

Grand New World Hotel

 Day05

 Xian

Full day visit The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses, Big Wild Goose Pagoda &  Bell Tower. B, L

Grand New World Hotel

 Day06

 Xian / Lhasa

Take a morning flight to Lhasa. Upon arrival, met with and transferred to your hotel. Free time to acclimatize altitude. B, L Lhasa Kyichu Hotel
  Day07

 Lhasa

Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and walk on the holy Barkhor Circuit. B, L Lhasa Kyichu Hotel
  Day08

 Lhasa

Visit Drepung Monastery, Norbulingka Park and see monk debating at Sera Monastery.  B, L Lhasa Kyichu Hotel
  Day09

Lhasa - Gyantse

Drive along the Kyichu River and cross the Yarlung Tsangpo to see holy lake Yamdrok. Walk in the old town of Gyantse.  B, L Yeti Hotel
  Day10

Gyantse - Shigatse

Visit Pelkor Chode Monastery and Kumbum Chorten, excursion Shalu Monastery, free market in Shigatse. B, L Shigatse Manasarovar Hotel
  Day11

 Shigatse - Lhasa

Visit Tashilunpo Monastery, drive back Lhasa and visit a local Tibetan family on the way. B, L, D Lhasa Kyichu Hotel
  Day12

 Lhasa / Chengdu

Take flight to Chengdu. Visit local Teahouse in Wenshu Monastery, walking on the Wild and Narrow Alleys. B, L  Buddha Zen Hotel
  Day13

 Chengdu / Guilin

Morning visit at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, drive to Leshan to visit Grand Buddha Statue, transferred back Chengdu for flight to Guilin in the evening. B, L  Guilin Bravo Hotel
  Day14

 Guilin

Li River cruise to Yangshuo, a leisure walk on the West Street, then free leisure time. Driven back Guilin.  B, L  Guilin Bravo Hotel
  Day15

 Guilin / Chongqing

Driven back Guilin to visit Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill in Guilin. Take flight to Chongqing later of the day, driven to Chongqing Pier and board the Yangtze River Cruise. B, L, D  Yangtze Cruise Ship
  Day16

Yangtze River

Sailing on Yangtze River, shore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City. B, L, D Yangtze Cruise Ship
  Day17

Yangtze River

Sailing on Yangtze River, shore excursion to Shennong Stream. B, L, D Yangtze Cruise Ship
  Day18

 Yichang / Shanghai

Shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam. Arrive in Yichang at noon, be met at the dock and transferred to airport and fly to Shanghai. Arrive in Shanghai, be met and transferred to hotel. B, L   The Bund Hotel
  Day19

 Shanghai

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

Day20

 Shanghai

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)the 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.


Day03 Beijing (B, L)Great Wall of China
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.


Day04 Beijing / Xian (B, L)Hutong Area in Beijing
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.

 
Day05 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 Cien Temple (4 kilometers south of Xian 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.


Day06 Xian / Lhasa (B, L)Lhasa Old Town,Tibet
Transfer to airport and fly to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. The afternoon is at leisure to help acclimatize to the altitude.




Day07 Lhasa (B, L)The 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.



Day08 Lhasa (B, L)Sera Monastery,Lhasa
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.


Day09 Lhasa - Yamdrok - Gyantse (B, L)Yamdrok Lake,Tibet
In the morning drive to Gyantse along the Kyichu River. On the Kamba La (4.796 m) have a fantastic view of the holy lake Yamdrok Yumtso (4441 m), one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and the largest habitat of waterfowls in south Tibet. The Yamdok Yumtso, one of the three largest lakes of Tibet, lies about a hundred kilometers' distance to the southwest of Lhasa, is within Langkamu county, with an area of 638 square kilometers and a coastal line of 250 kilometers. The deepest point is 60 meters. To the interior of the lake ten or so hilly islands stand independently one from the other which give homes to flocks of wild ducks. A lot of colorful ducks and geese are swimming on the surface of the lake. There is also plenty of natural fodder for the fish in the lake. The lake has a fish reserve of about 300 million kilograms. That is why it is called "the Fish Store of Tibet". The coast of the lake is an ideal pasture. All these make an intoxicating quite picture. Then drive over the 5, 010 m high Karo La and the Simi La to Gyantse (approx. 3.950 m). On arrival, you can walk in the old town if desired.



Day10 Gyantse - Shalu - Shigatse (B, L)Pelkor Chode Monastery and Kumbum Stupa,Lhasa
In the morning visit Pelkor Chode Monastery and the splendid Kumbum Stupa (100-Thousand-Buddha Pagoda) close by. Built in the15th century and situated in the northwestern edge of Gyantse, Pelkor Monastery is the only one large building complex in Tibet that old monastery and stupas are completely preserved and characterized as a monument. It is recorded 14,000 kilograms of copper was used to make the 8-meter-high sitting statue of Sakyamuni Buddha housed in the grand hall of the temple. The 8-storey stupa is 42m high and 62m in diameters contains a total of 76 chapels with wonderful murals revered by art scholars around the world. Kumbum Stupa opens 8 doors, which are decorated with relief sculptures of lively flying dragons, running lions and walking elephants. It is a master-piece of the joint efforts of the Nepalese, Tibetan and Chinese. Then drive outside for Shigatse. On the way a narrow side path will take you to the ancient monastery Shalu (Xialu). The monastery is around 19km south-east of Shigatse, a few kilometers off the Shigatse-Gyantse road and is easily spotted because of its Chinese-style green tiled roof. Shalu was also a centre for training in skills such as trance walking, made famous by the flying monks. Later in the afternoon we arrive in Shigatse (3880m), you will take a walk at the local free market in town where offers good chances for real Tibetan handicrafts hunters and shoppers.



Day11 Shigatse - Lhasa (B, L, D)Tashilunpo Monastery,Tibet
In the morning visit Tashilunpo Monastery of Gelug Sect, the seat of the Panchen Lama built in 1447. The monastery is the biggest Gelugpa monastery in the Tsang regions of Tibet, sprawls on the slope of Mt. Niser, south-west of Shigatse. Tashilhunpo is associated with the Gelugpa order and is one of the six great Gelugpa institutions along with Drepung, Sera and Ganden in Lhasa and Kumbum and Labrang in Amdo. It is probably the largest functioning monastic institution in contemporary Tibet and is an impressive place to explore. Then you will drive back Lhasa along the Tsangpo River. You will visit a local Tibetan family on your way back Lhasa. At night you will enjoy a Tibetan Culture Show during your dinner time at a good Tibetan restaurant. Good appetite!


Day12 Lhasa / Chengdu (B, L)Teahouse in Chengdu,China
Fly to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province and hometown to the giant panda. In the afternoon you will visit local Teahouse in Wenshu Monastery, walking on the Wild and Narrow Alleys.


Day13 Chengdu / Guilin (B, L)Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
This morning you will visit at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, 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 visit Buddhist Linyun Temple which was created in the Chinese Tang Dynasty locates on the hilltop nearby the Giant Buddha Statue. Afterwards take a boat cruise on the Min River (Minjiang) to observe the Giant Buddha from a floating perspective. Later in the afternoon driven to Chengdu airport and fly to Guilin.



Day14 Guilin (B, L)Li River Cruise Guilin to Yangshuo
Guilin is perhaps China's most scenic city. It is no doubt that the best way to enjoy its picturesque scenery is from a floating deck of a luxury cruise on the Li River. Your guide and driver will transfer you from your hotel to Zhujiang Pier to board your wonderful river cruise tour to Yangshuo. Li River, also known as Guishui River or Gui River, takes its source at Mao'er Mountain in Xing'an County, which lies to northeast Guilin, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Li River makes its way through Guilin and Yangshuo and merges into Xijiang River in Wuzhou. The mountains on the banks over 40 kilometers long between Guilin and Yangshuo display their extraordinary beauty as a result of the development of the limestone. More than 40,000 hills lie along the two sides of the river, covering a total length of more than 150 kilometers. With their astonishing resemblance to bamboo shoot, screen, elephant and camel, these mountains, together with green banyans and green bamboo as well as the cottages and fishing boats, contribute to form a scenery picture depicting a haven of peace dominated by green. After a 4.5 hours cruise on the river you will finally make disembarkation at Yangshuo and enjoy some relax time at the West Street. Later of the day you will be transferred back Guilin city.


Day15 Guilin / Chongqing (B, L, D)Elephant Trunk Hill,Guilin
This morning you will visit the Elephant Trunk Hill and Reed Flute Cave. Comprising different kinds of natural rock formations, Reed Flute Cave (Lu Di Yan) is the most important and sight worthy cave of Guilin vicinity for its length of 240 meters and its many stalactites, stalagmites and rock formations in weird and wonderful shapes appealing to everyone's imagination. In addition, you will visit the Elephant Trunk Hill, located at the confluence of the Li River and Peach Blossom River in the south central area of Guilin City. It looks like a huge elephant stretching its trunk and drinking water, hence the name. Elephant Trunk Hill is the symbol of Guilin and its limestone landscape. Later of the day you will be transferred to airport for flight to Chongqing. On arrival you will be driven to Chongqing Pier and board the Yangtze River Cruise. After dinner you will be transferred to pier and board your Yangtze Cruise Ship. Then your guide will leave the boat and your cruise will start at about 10:00 pm.


Day16 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)Qutang Gorge, Yangtze Three Gorges
Your memorable Yangtze Cruise begins today. Various activities onboard will expand your preparation for Yangtze exploration. Your ship will stop for a shore excursion at the famous Fengdu Ghost City where you can learn about China's afterlife culture. Afterwards, you'll re-board the ship and continue your cruise. Usually there will be a welcome party hosted by the captain in the evening, this is the best chance to make new friends and be immersed in the staff's hospitality. So dress up and be ready to enjoy.


Day17 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)Lesser Three Gorges, Yangtze
Besides the enchanting landscape along the Yangtze River, today's sightseeing will be highlighted by the shore excursion to Lesser Three Gorges. You will take a local sampan to enter the fabulous green gorges. Deep gorges, lush mountains, crystal waters, appalling cliffs, thriving groves and perhaps native wildlife make this excursion worthwhile. Get back to your ship after the stop, the ballroom maybe an ideal place to entertain at night.


Day18 Yangtze Cruise / Yichang / Shanghai (B, L)Three Gorges Dam,Yangtze
Disembark early in the morning for an excursion to the Three Gorges Dam. There is a bus driving you to the peak where you could overlook the huge Three Gorges Dam composed of the dam, the hydropower stations and the navigation facility. After returning to the ship, please follow the check-out procedure. You will meet your local Yichang guide at the pier who you transfer you to Yichang Airport where you will take a flight to Shanghai. On arrival Shanghai, you will meet your guide who will transfer you to your hotel. 
 


Day19 Shanghai (B, L)Yu Yuan Garden Shanghai
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.


Day20 Depart Shanghai (B)
Your guide and driver will transfer you to airport according to your flight schedule. End of your journey.




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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