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14-day Impressive China Tour

Tour code: ETC-Q39   

The enticing impressive tour takes you to explore the historical Xi’an and mysterious Tibet and Yangtze River. Commencing in colorful Lhasa and then on to Shigatse and relaxing on the majestic Three Gorges, you will see the exotic Tibetan's cultures and amazing natural scenery along the journey.

Tour Date City Tour Brief
1 Xi'an
Arrival in Xi'an
2 Xi'an
Chinese Herbal Medicine Market, Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum, Bell Tower
3 Xi'an
Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian Museum, Ancient City Wall, Forest of Stele
4 Xi'an / Lhasa
Fly to Lhasa
5 Lhasa
Potala Palace, The Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Stree
6 Lhasa
Norbulingka, Sera Monastery and Tibet Museum
7 Lhasa / Shigatse
Yamdrok Lake, Phalkhor Monastery
8 Shigatse / Lhasa
Tashilunpo Monastery, Yaluzangbu River
9 Lhasa / Chongqing
Fly to Chongqing, Three Gorges Museum, Ciqikou Old Town, Board Cruise
10 Yangtze Cruise
Fengdu Ghost City or Shibaozhai
11
Yangtze Cruise
Shennong Stream or Lesser Three Gorges
12 Yichang / Shanghai
Three Gorges Dam, Fly to Shanghai
13
Shanghai
Free Day
14 Shanghai
Departure
Day 01 Arrival in Xian (no meal)
Arrive in Xian, our guide will meet you at the airport and transfer to the hotel.

Day 02 Xian (B, L)
Transfer to visit Chinese Herbal Medicine Market to get the knowledge of Chinese medicine. Then proceed to famous Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum, which is often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world and is an enormous collection of vivid Chinese warriors made out of hardened clay. Later, drive back to Xian downtown and visit the Bell Tower. It originally built in Ming Dynasty and used to house the bells that were sounded every morning to announce the time to the ancient capital's inhabitants.

Day 03 Xian (B, L)
A visit to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, built between 707-709, the pagoda has a brick frame built around a hollow interior, and its square base and shape reflect the building style of other pagodas from the era; then to Xian Museum, as many as 130, 000 fine cultural relics are preserved here, most of which were unearthed in the ancient tombs from different dynasties before Tang Dynasty (618-907). Later, go to Gao’s Courtyard House to watch Shadow Puppet Play. And meander through the old Muslim districts, tour the Grand Mosque of Chinese architectural style.

Day 04 Xian-Lhasa (B)
Transfer to fly to Lhasa, the holy land of Tibet. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. Free time for acclimatization.

Day 05 Lhasa (B, L)
Explore 3 highlights of Lhasa: at first, go to the Potala Palace, a monumental building of Lhasa served as administrative center, seat of government, monastery, fortress and the home of all the Dalai Lamas from the Fifth to the Fourteenth in the past, a UNESCO world cultural heritage site of 1994. Then pay a visit to Jokhang Temple, the most sacred and important temple for most Tibetans with over 1300 years of history. Later, go to Barkhor Street, where is an area of narrow streets located around Jokhang Temple and the most popular devotional circumambulation for pilgrims and locals.

Day 06 Lhasa (B, L)
After breakfast, go to Norbulingka Park, meaning "Treasure Park ", it was first constructed as a summer palace for the Dalai Lama and later served as the whole governmental administration. Then visit Sera Monastery, located at the foot of Tatipu Hill in the northern suburb of Lhasa City, it is dedicated to the Gelugpa or Yellow Hat Sect, a branch of Tibetan Buddhism. Later, pay a visit to Tibet Museum, it presents the art and culture of Tibet and the Himalayas to a world audience in order to educate and inspire others in the value of this significant cultural heritage.

Day 07 Lhasa – Shigatse (B, L, D)
Drive to Shigatse, on the way to visit the Yamdrok Lake, one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet, it is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains with breath-taking views. Then proceed to see the Kumbum Stupa at Phalkhor Manstery, a unique monastery housing three schools of Tibetan Buddhism: Sakya, Gelugpa and Gedang. It also features a well-known "Kumbum Stupa", meaning a hundred thousand images. After arrival in Shigatse, check into the hotel.

Day 08 Shigatse –Lhasa (B, L)
Pay a visit to Tashilhunpo Monastery, one of the Six Big Monasteries of Gelugpa (or Yellow Hat Sect) in Tibet. It is the seat of the Panchen Lama since the Fourth Panchen Lama took charge in the monastery. Then drive back to Lhasa. Free time at the rest of the day.

Day 09 Lhasa - Chongqing (B, L, D)
visit Three Gorges Museum, occupying an area of 30,000 square meters, it is a monographic museum to display the history and cultural heritage of Chongqing and the Three Gorges area. Then go to Ciqikou Old Town, it is where you will find the local residents dedicated to their traditional way of life, unaffected by modern influences to be found in the larger towns and cities. After dinner, transfer to board the Yangtze cruise ship.

Day 10 Yangtze Cruise (B, L, D)
On board, shore excursion to "the Ghost City" - Fengdu or Shibaozhai depending on the schedule of the cruise companies. Since 2010, some cruise companies offer optional shore excursions during your cruise, please kindly check with your travel consultant for more information.

Day 11 Yangtze Cruise (B, L, D)
Today you’ll get a close look of the enchanting landscape as you board a small boat and cruise along a tributary to the Yangtze to explore the exceptionally beautiful Lesser Three Gorges or Shennong Stream depending on the arrangement of the cruise company.

Day 12 Yichang – Shanghai (B, L)
Shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam, which is planned to be by far the largest hydroelectric project in the world. Disembark the cruise at Yichang. After lunch, transfer to the airport and fly to Shanghai. Be met and transferred to the hotel.

Day 13 Shanghai (B)
Free time for your own exploration.

Day 14 Shanghai departure (B)
Your own arrangement to the airport, and fly to your next destination.

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PRICES START FROM PER PERSON

As all of our holidays are tailor-made it isn’t possible to give anexact price on the web-site as the final cost is dependant on a number of factors. These include the number of people in your party, the season you travel, the standard of hotel (we offer a variety of standards from three-star to super-luxurious) and duration of your trip. However, as aguideline you should expect to pay from US$ for the opposite itinerary.

Included Services

Private transfers airport/hotel/airport;
Private tours escorted by an English-speaking guide;
Accommodations with daily breakfast;
Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner;
Domestic flights and trains listed;
Admission fees.

Non-included Services,
Visa arrangement;
Excess luggage charge(the luggage allowance at economy class is 20kg);
Personal expense;
Any meals not specified as "B, L or D";
Gratuities to guides and drivers.

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