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Encompassing many Buddhism sites of China this is a trip for those who want to understand the Buddhism and its influences in China. Drive from the recent capital Beijing, or to the Tibetan Holy city - Lhasa, or just the busy metropolitan - Shanghai, you will find the remarkable footsteps of Buddha! And you will visit other highlights like Temple of Heaven, Forbidden City, the Great Wall, Yonghe Lamasery, Summer Palace, Hutongs, Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum...

Duration: 15 days & 14 nights

Destinations: Beijing - Xian - Lhasa - Chengdu - Emei Mountain - Chengdu - Shanghai

Starting Point: Beijing

Ending Point: Shanghai

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Day
Be met at the airport and transfer to your hotel at downtown.

After breakfast, go to the Tiananmen Square, the world’s largest city center square. Then go to the Forbidden City, located in the center of Beijing Municipality, it was once the home of the 24 emperors and their households of the Ming and Qing dynasties, and the ritual and political center of the Chinese government. Visit Temple of Heaven, a complex of religious buildings, which was the site of the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest, now you can see the local Beijingers to do morning exercises here. Enjoy famous Peking duck for dinner.

Meal: B, L, D

Temple of Heaven

Private escorted tour to the Great Wall at Mutianyu, a series of stone and earthen fortifications in China which is a symbol of China's history and heritage. Drive back to Beijing and have a photo stop at the main venues of Beijing Olympic Games and appreciate their amazing architecture styles. Later, head for Yonghe Lamasery, originally a prince mansion of Qing Dynasty, it was changed to the head office of Lama Administration.

Meal: B, L

Great Wall

The Summer Palace comes first, built by Empress Dowager Cixi in Qing Dynasty, and is a masterpiece of Chinese garden architecture. Then transfer back to take a pedicab tour to Hutong (Beijing’s traditional alleyways) to see the local people’s life and this tour will actually show old Beijing’s timeless best to you. Then transfer to take high speed train to Xian. Be met and transfer to hotel.

Meal: B, L

 Summer Palace

Transfer to visit the famous Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum, which is one of the highlight attractions in China. The Terracotta army is a form of funerary art buried with the China’s first emperor in 210–209 BC and whose purpose was to protect him in his afterlife. Later, pay a visit to Wild Goose Pagoda, first built in Tang Dynasty, which is for the storage of Buddhist scriptures taken from India by Monk Xuanzang. Then have a walk at the Old City Quarters where you can experience the real life of local people and appreciate their architecture styles.

Meal: B, L

Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum

Transfer to take flight to Lhasa-- the holy city of Tibet and a mysterious but spiritual heart of all Tibetan people. Take a leisure walk at the Barkhor Street, the oldest street in Lhasa as well as the center of old Lhasa.

Meal: B

Jokhang Temple

First go to the Potala Palace, which is the greatest monumental structure in Tibet, Rises 170 meters high on Red Hill. Then go to visit Jokhang Temple, the spiritual center of Tibet with 1300 years’ history. In afternoon, visit Tibet Museum, Being the first large, modern museum in the Tibet, it has a collection of around 1000 artifacts related to the cultural history of Tibet. 

Meal: B, L

Norbulingka Park

In the morning, go to the Drepung Monastery, which is one of the biggest monasteries in Tibet. Sera Monastery comes the second one--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 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.

Meal: B, L

Sera Monastery

Take flight to Chengdu. Be met and transferred to hotel. Go to Jinsha Site Museum, it was regarded the most significant archaeological discovery in the 21st century in China. Later, proceed to visit Jinli old street, where you can get close to local people’s life and taste some delicious and special snacks.

Meal: B

Transfer to visit the 71-meter-high Leshan Stone-carved Buddha with a history of 1200 years. The Buddha is so big that its head is 14.7 meters long and 10 meters wide with total 1021 buns of hair on it, and his smallest toenail can accommodate a seated person. Then proceed to Emei Mountain. Overnight at mountain foot.

Meal: B, L

Leshan Stone-carved Buddha

Take a cable car up to Wannian Temple--one of the eight largest temples on this mountain and translated as “Long Life Temple” in English. See the scenic spots nearby and walk down to see the wild monkeys on the way. Drive back to Chengdu.

Meal: B, L

In the morning, visit Giant Panda Breeding Center, founded in 1987, it is a non-profit research and breeding facility for giant pandas and other rare animals. Take an afternoon flight to Shanghai. Be met and transferred to hotel.

Meal: B, L

Giant Panda Breeding Center

Full day trip to 4 highlights: Jade Buddha Temple-- the most popular Buddhist temple in Shanghai that boasting 2 precious jade Buddha sculptures from Burma. Yu Garden-- it was inaugurated in the Ming dynasty and has a total area of 20,000 square meters. As a paragon of the south Chinese landscaping style, it is a must-see site in Shanghai. The Bund and Nanjing Road-- as it is known to all, the Bund is the waterfront to see newly-erected modern skyscrapers and aged buildings of the colonial period, while Nanjing Road is the busiest shopping street. Optional acrobatic show is offered at night.

Meal: B, L

Visit Shanghai Museum in the morning, and then drive to visit a nearby water town Zhujiajiao ancient town, where you can see the traditional lifestyle of Yangtze Delta. Afternoon back to downtown and is free at leisure for your own trip.

Meal: B, L

Zhujiajiao

Transfer to airport and fly to your next destination.

Meal: B

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What's included

  • 1-on-1 Travel Consultant

    Your China based expert listens to your wishes carefully, provides professional advice, ensures unlimited itinerary revisions before done and 24/7 helpline service while traveling.

  • Private Local Guide and Driver

    Your guides are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, and your drivers are professional, polite and patient. They are very flexible to accommodate your personal needs and happy to show you the local attractions, history, culture, foods and real life. 
    Private transfers from hotel to attractions, airport or train station are also included.

  • Accommodation to Suite Your Preference

    In each place, we hand pick hotels ranging from luxury 5 star, superior 4 star to comfortable 3 star. Luxury or cozy boutique hotels and budget guesthouses are also among your choices. You could decide where to stay to meet your taste and budget.

  • Gourmet Meals

    Most of the hotels we select offer both Western and Chinese buffet breakfast. Lunch and dinner included are arranged in selected restaurants to taste authentic Chinese cuisine and local specialties. Thus you may also have a unique food tour.
    Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner.

  • Attractions and Activities Listed on the Itinerary

    Our China tour packages have included the (first/main) entry to all attractions and the expenses of activities on the itinerary (except the optional activities).

  • Internal Transportation

    Based on your needs, we could make bookings of internal transportation, including domestic flights, inter-city trains, long-distance bus, etc.

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