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16-day Essential China & Mongolia from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar

Tour code: ETC-A12   

Discover East Asia, feel the exoticism of destinations from Beijing, Xian to Ulaanbaatar and Bayangobi. Whether it’s spectacular cultural wonder, century-old Buddhist temple or historic landmark, you can find it in this 16 days China & Mongolia package tour! Make sure also to have fun with the cutest creature of panda!

Tour Date City Tour Brief
1 Shanghai Shanghai Arrival
2 Shanghai Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, Jade Buddha Temple
3 Shanghai  Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the Bund and Nanjing Road, take a flight to Beijing
4 Shanghai - Xi’an Fly to Xian, Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum
5 Xian   Shaanxi History Museum, Ancient City Wall, Wild Goose Pagoda
6 Xi’an - Chengdu Fly to Chengdu, Jinsha Cultural Relics Museum, Jinli Old Street
7 Chengdu Panda Breeding Center
8 Chengdu - Beijing Fly to Beijing
9 Beijing Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, The Summer Palace
10
Beijing Great Wall, Ming Tomb, The Sacred Road
11 Beijing - Ulaanbaatar Take an international flight to Ulaanbaatar
12
Ulaanbaatar Gandantegchilen Monastery, Mongolian Last King's Palace Museum, Zaisan Hill Memorial, Buddha's Statue
13 Ulaanbaatar - Bayangobi Bayangobi/Ruins of Uvgun Monastery, Erdene Khambyn Khuree, Enlightened Bogd Gegeen Zanabazar
14
Bayangobi - Kharkhorum - Bayangobi Mongolian Buddhism, Erdenezuu Monastery
15 Bayangobi - Ulaanbaatar Natural History Museum, Mongolian folk art
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Ulaanbaatar Ulaanbaatar Departure

Day 1 Arrival Shanghai (no meal)

Arrive in Shanghai. Our guide will meet you at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Day 2 Shanghai (B, L)

Visit 3 highlights today: first, visit Shanghai Museum, a large museum of ancient Chinese art which is divided into eleven galleries and three exhibition halls with a collection of over 120,000 pieces. Secondly, pay a visit to Yu Garden to appreciate its brilliant historical garden art and have a leisurely stroll in it. At last, go to the Jade Buddha Temple, which is the most popular Buddhist temple in Shanghai boasting 2 precious jade Buddha sculptures from Burma.

Day 3 Shanghai (B, L)

In the morning, Visit Oriental Pearl TV Tower and wander around the old quarters of Shanghai to get close to Shanghai people's life and appreciate the architecture style there. Then proceed to the Bund and Nanjing Road-- as it is known to all, the Bund is the waterfront to see new-erect modern skyscrapers and aged buildings of the colonial period.

 

Day 4 Shanghai - Xi’an (B, L)

Enjoy the free time until your guide escort you to airport for you flight to Xi’an. Upon arrival, transfer to visit Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum. It is known as the eighth wonder of the world and a museum to display terra-cotta warriors and horses in Qin Dynasty (221-207B.C.).

Day 5 Xi’an (B, L)

After breakfast, go to the Shaanxi History Museum, which boats a large collection of unearthed cultural relics of China. Then visit the Ancient City Wall, the best-kept and biggest city walls in China – 13,912 meters in circumference, 12 meters in height, and the foundation is 18 meters in width and the top of the wall is 15 meters wide. Later, go to the Wild Goose Pagoda - the city emblem, which was first built in Tang Dynasty (618-907) for the storage of Buddhist scriptures taken from India by Monk Xuanzang.

Day 6 Xi’an - Chengdu (B, L)

Fly to Chengdu, transfer to visit Jinsha Cultural Relics Museum, which was claimed as the first important archaeological find in China at the beginning of 21 century. Then wander around Jinli Old Street to have fun.

Day 7 Chengdu (B, L)

Half-day tour to Panda Breeding Center to see the lovely China's ambassadors. Free at leisure the rest of day.

Day 8 Chengdu - Beijing (B)

After breakfast, escort you to airport for your flight to Beijing. Upon arrival, enjoy the free time in Beijing.

Day 9 Beijing (B, L)

Take a private escorted tour to go to the Tiananmen Square, located at the heart of Beijing, is the world's largest city center square. Secondly, go to the Forbidden City, officially as the Imperial Palace Museum, was constructed between 1406 and 1420 by the Ming emperor Zhu Di and witnessed the enthronement of 14 Ming and 10 Qing emperors over the following 505 years. The Summer Palace comes the last one on the plan. Its 70,000 square meters of building space features a variety of palaces, gardens and other ancient-style architectural structures.

Day 10 Beijing (B, L, D)

Private escorted tour to the Great Wall, the greatest of the eight ancient architectural wonders in the history of human civilization. Then go to Ming Tomb, about 50 kilometers from the northwest of Beijing, is the best preserved Chinese imperial tombs and have been nominated by UNESCO as world cultural heritage. The Sacred Road, namely "the way leading to Heaven", is affiliated with Ming Tomb. At night, a famous and delicious Peking Duck Banquet is offered.

Day 11 Beijing - Ulaanbaatar (B)

After breakfast, escort you to airport for your flight to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival, enjoy the free time in Ulaanbaatar.

Day 12 Ulaanbaatar (B, L)

In the morning start City Sightseeing tour: Gandantegchilen Monastery, Mongolian Last King's Palace Museum, Zaisan Hill Memorial, Buddha's Statue.

Day 13 Ulaanbaatar - Bayangobi (B, L)

Journey to Bayangobi/Ruins of Uvgun Monastery. After early morning breakfast, we will drive to Bayangobi. It is a unique place with many different forms of natural landscape; combination of a Gobi sand dunes, forests and rocky mountain.

Lunch in the ger camp. Opportunities to hike in the small sand dunes and ride a camel. In the afternoon we will visit Erdene Khambyn Khuree; the monastery is located in the majestic looking Khugnu Khaan Mountain. Enlightened Bogd Gegeen Zanabazar, a religious leader, philosopher, artist and sculptor was founded these Uvgun and Zaluu temples for his religious teacher. The soldiers of Oirad nobleman Galdan boshigt destroyed the monasteries and assassinated the monks in 1688. We will have an opportunity to visit horse breeder's family and experience making of airag, the Mongolian traditional drink made by mare's milk. Horse riding opportunities with Mongolian wooden saddles.

Day 14 Bayangobi - Kharkhorum - Bayangobi (B, L)

After breakfast Continue tour to Khara Khorum the ancient Capital of Great Mongolian Empire and main treasure of Mongolian Buddhism, an Erdenezuu Monastery. Kharkhorin was established in the valley of Orkhon River in 1220. It was one of the stopovers of legendary Silk Road for 140 years. Kharkhorin played significant role in Mongolian history, and was a capital city of Mongolian Great Empire until Khubilai Khaan. A grandson of Chinggis Khaan moved the capital to Beijing of Yuan Dynasty.

We will see the 800 years old worshipping Turtle Rock near the temple. Erdenezuu Monastery – the first Buddhist monastery was founded by Avtai Sain Khaan, a descendant of Chinggis Khaan, on the ruins of Kharkhorin in 1586. The monastery is surrounded by beautiful looking white walls with 108 stupas. For centuries it was a spiritual and intellectual centre of Mongolia. The monastery has an extraordinary collection of Buddhist paintings, priceless religious objects, special dresses for Tsama religious dance and excellently made Buddhist iconography with Mongolian and Tibetan style. We will drive to Bayangobi. Overnight in the ger camp.

Day 15 Bayangobi - Ulaanbaatar (B, L)

Back to Ulaanbaatar in the afternoon. Visit Natural History Museum. In the evening, enjoy the show about Mongolian folk art. Overnight in Ulaanbaatar.

Day 16 Ulaanbaatar Departure (B)

Our guide and driver will deliver you at the “Mongolian Railway” train station or Airport for departure to your country.

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;
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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