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13 Days Best of China and Tibet Tour with Tibet Train Experience

Tour Route: Beijing - Xi'an - Lhasa - Shanghai

Trip Overview:

This 13 days China and Tibet group tour of ancient culture and modern miracles showers you the best of China and Tibet. Imperial palaces stand side by side with skyscrapers, forms a contrast to the developed parts of China. The mysteries of the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Terracotta Warriors, and the Potala Palace are there to be discovered alongside the world phenomenon of “New China” with its rapid development.

This is the most popular vacation with the best deals all year round! And the join-in group tour in every destination will make you save more to experience the Best of the cities. 

  • Tour Code: TTO-GT-BXLS13

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  • Tour Type: Private tour with private guide and vehicle

  • Time to Visit:

Highlights:

  • Learn China on the way! Explore the best of Chinese culture and history from Beijing and Xi'an, the ancient capitals of China;
  • Discover the holy land Tibet from its center, Lhasa.
  • Feel the vitality of Shanghai and enjoy the amazing night view of the Bund to experience the most prosperous and modernized city in China.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Beijing

Welcome to Beijing! The prelude of your exciting China tour starts when you meet our professional local guide at Beijing Airport after reclaiming your luggage and clearing the customs. The guide will accompany you in a comfortable vehicle to the hotel and help you with the check-in procedure.

The rest of the day is left for you to have a good rest or to become familiar with our capital city by yourself.

Day 2: Coach Tour in Beijing (B+L)

Pick up from hotel after breakfast, and drive about 1 hour to the first stop the Ming Tombs - the burial site of 13 emperors of Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), which was listed as the World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2003.

The afternoon will be for the Great Wall climbing. As one of the Eight Wonders of the Ancient World, The Great Wall, symbolizing China's ancient civilization, is one of the most renowned projects. We visit the Badaling section, one of the best preserved and a classic representations of the wall. While climb the wall, you are sure to experience its greatness far beyond your imagination. UNESCO listed it as one of the World Heritages in 1987.

You will be sent back to hotel in the late afternoon. During the trip, 1-2 typical feature shopping will be arranged and each for 30 minutes.

Day 3: Coach Tour in Beijing (B+L)

This intensive day takes you to the three best sites in Beijing: After breakfast, pick up at hotel, then to Forbidden City- Imperial Palace of Ming and Qing Dynasties represents the splendor and lavishness of the Chinese Imperial Court, which listed as World Heritage by UNESCO in 1987.

After visiting Forbidden City, go to the Temple of Heaven- a dignified complex of fine cult buildings set in gardens and surrounded by historic pine woods. UNESCO listed it as one of the World Heritages in 1998.

The last stop we will visit Summer Palace - the best-kept and largest existing royal garden in China with over 3000 sites, it is a virtual museum of traditional Chinese gardening. Take picturesque photos by the Kunming Lake, breathe the fresh fragrant air in the lake breeze and stroll along the half-mile corridor enjoying the Chinese legends from the 14,000 brush paintings. UNESCO listed it as one of the World Heritages in 1998.

And finally back to hotel in the evening. During the trip, 1-2 typical feature shopping will be arranged and each for 30 minutes.

Day 4: Fly to Xian from Beijing (B+L)

Pick up service by your tour guide and driver in the morning to have an Old Beijing Hutong Rickshaw Tour, and have a typical China shopping in Hutong on the way back.

 After lunch, be picked up and transfer to the airport and fly to Xian. Upon arrival, free day at your disposal.

Day 5: Coach Tour in Xian (B+L)

The visit to the majestic Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum will start your day's trip. In the museum, there are altogether three excavated pits exhibiting amazing warrior figures and Chinese ancient weapons. No wonder a great site to learn about Chinese ancient military affairs.

In the afternoon, you will appreciate Chinese calligraphy and stele culture at Forest of Stone Steles Museum.

This evening, you will enjoy a marvelous Tang Dynasty Dinner Show at the Tang Dynasty Palace. The show will take you back to 1400 years ago - the dreamy and glorious Tang Dynasty.

Day 6: Coach Tour in Xian (B+L)

Today, you will visit Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the Ancient City Wall. The Big Wild Goose Pagoda was built under the emperor's conduct to collect scriptures, Buddha statues and Buddhist relics taken from India about 1,300 years ago. Different from those typical Islamic buildings, the following City Wall is the existing most complete urban fortification in China.

Cycling on the ancient wall is a special experience that many people like to try (bike rental fee is not included).

After the visit to Bell Tower & Drum Tower, Square and Muslim's Quarter, transfer back to your hotel.

Day 7: Take a Flight to Lhasa from Xi'an (B)

Take morning flight to Lhasa, upon arrival, be greeted by local guide at airport and be presented with traditional Tibetan White Scarf to wish you good luck!

Then, board on the coach and transfer back to hotel. you will enjoy the spectacular scenery and the typical Tibetan villages on the way.

Stay at the hotel after arrival for adapting to the high attitude. It is helpful to take things easy for the first few days, and try to drink some water just and now.

Day 8: Lhasa Highlights (B)

Today we go to the Potala Palace, a golden feather upon the roof of the world, which Tibetans proudly claim to be the prime miracle since the creation of this world.

Then you are invited to have a close touch with Jokhang Temple, the center of the Tibetan Buddhism and the sacred land of Buddhist followers where innumerable pilgrims come for worship everyday. You could also explore the bustling markets of the Barkhor Street and watch the locals as they prostrate around the Jokhang Temple.

Day 9: Lhasa Highlights (B)

In the morning have a tour for Drepung Monastery, the ever largest monastery with more than 10 thousand monks, Buddhist debates often occur there. Seen from afar, its grand, white construction gives the monastery the appearance of a heap of rice. As such, it was given its name which, in the Tibetan language, means Monastery of Collecting-Rice. Learn about the lives of Tibetan monks there.

The afternoon is spent touring Sera Monastery, have a little hike for the beautiful valley scenery nearby and picnic there, in the afternoon, visit Sera monastery, which was created in 1419 and has always been an important Buddhist seminary. As rose are planted everywhere in the monastery, it is also called “the court of wild rose”. Today still 200 lamas live in there. Catch the famous debate session of the monks before returning back to Lhasa.

Day 10: Board the Train to Shanghai from Lhasa

The Tibet train from Lhasa to Shanghai departs at 12:10. You will be transfered to the train station and start your Tibet train journey - the world’s highest train ride.

This train route will take you 47 hrs 18 min. It is 4,347km and across the 5200 meter high mountain pass amidst the grand vistas of surreal mountain range and uniquely shaped Tibetan Landscape.

It would be an unforgettable expedition across full bosomed clear streams cascading down beautiful mountain ranges, sharing kisses with glistering dew drops, an amorous ride with nature. Overnight on the train. 

Day 11: Scenery along the Tibet Railway

Day 12: Arrive in Shanghai, and Night Illuminations Coach Tour

Arrive in Shanghai at about 11:28am. Upon arrival, you will be picked up and transfer to your hotel. Have a good rest after the long ride in the afternoon, and have a earlier dinner today.

The night tour starts with the sites of The People Square and The Bund. 

Then take an evening cruise on the Huangpu River, which is one of the best ways to see both old and new Shanghai. From the deck of your riverboat watch the buildings of the Bund slip past, and the glittering cityscapes of east and west.

After the cruise, you will have a relaxing walk along Huaihai Road Fashion Street. The final stop is Xin Tian Di, which you will enjoy attractive night life there.

Be transferred back to your hotel after the tour.

Day 13: Departure from Shanghai (B)

You will be escorted to the airport/train station and take a flight/train to your next destination.

What’s included?

1.Tibet Entry Permit

2. Comfortable, clean and safe vehicle depending on your group size with reliable local driver;

3. Admission fees of tourist sites listed in the itinerary;

4. Professional English speaking tour guide;

5. Accommodations depend on your preference. Please tell us your preferred accommodation class when submitting the enquiry, and we will arrange the best-value hotels for you.

6.All measl listed in the itinerary;

7.Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance

What’s not included?

1. International flight to and out of China;

2. Chinese Visa

3. Domestic flight / train not listed in the itinerary (If you need ticket booking service, please leave your requirements in the Online Inruiry form.)

4.Meals not specified in the itinerary;

5.Tips to driver and tour guide, Tip as you wish

6.Personal expenses, such as laundry, phone call, optional tour activities and so on.

Trip Notes

  • 1. How to Get the Tibet Travel Permit?

    The Tibet Travel Permit is essential for any Tibet tour. We help to obtain this permit free of charge when you book your Tibet tour through us. Simply send us copies of your passport and China visa at least 20 days in advance. Once we receive your documents, we will promptly process the permit application with the Tibet Tourism Bureau. After obtaining your permit, we will notify you and send it to your hotel in mainland China.

    In exceptional cases, our staff can personally deliver the permit to you at the airport or railway station. With years of experience in handling Tibet Travel Permit, we assure you a smooth visit to Tibet by ensuring the acquisition of your permit.

  • 2. Where to Stay in Tibet?

    Accommodation facilities and services in Tibet might not match those found in the coastal and central parts of China. However, there's a diverse range of hotel options available. However, you can choose from a wide range of hotel options. In big cities like Lhasa and Shigatse, from cheap and clean youth hostels to distinct Tibetan-style 3-star and international 5-star luxury hotels, you will find one that suits your interests and budget.

    As you travel to remote areas of Tibet, such as EBC and the Mount Kailash region, the accommodations tend to be more basic. Some may have air-conditioning in the hotel, while others may only offer electric blankets in the guesthouses. Nonetheless, we always handpick cozy and safe accommodations for you along your itinerary in Tibet, ensuring a pleasant night's stay for your Tibet tour.

  • 3. How about the Guiding and Tipping in Tibet?

    Our English-speaking guides are natives of Tibet with good knowledge of Tibetan culture, history, and Buddhism. Most are trained to offer Western-standard service. Throughout your stay in Tibet, we will monitor your health and provide prompt assistance to you. If you encounter any trouble, please do not hesitate to contact them or our customer service manager.

    Travelers' tipping to Tibetan guides and drivers is seen as extra gratitude for their excellent service, much like what you do in the West. Normally, a tipping amount of 7 USD per day is acceptable. The basic principle is rewarding good service with fair pay.

  • 4. How are the Toilets in Tibet?

    Undoubtedly, for many Western tourists, using toilets in Tibet can be a challenging experience. Therefore, it's advisable to moderate your expectations. If you travel to Lhasa by Tibet train, both western-style and squat toilets are available onboard. Staying in hotels rated above 3 stars in cities like Lhasa and Shigatse ensures access to standard Western flush toilets, eliminating any discomfort.

    However, when visiting attractions like Yamdrok or Namtso or outdoor sites like EBC, you're likely to encounter smelly and unclean pit toilets. It's recommended to carry sufficient toilet paper for such occasions.

  • 5. How is the Weather in Tibet? What to Pack for Visiting Tibet?

    One of the notable weather features on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau is the significant temperature fluctuation between day and night. In Lhasa, the annual temperatures range from -2℃ to 12℃ (spring), 9℃ to 22℃ (summer), 7℃ to 19℃ (fall), and -7℃ to 9℃ (winter). Ensure proper clothing, such as thermal tops, a fleece jacket, breathable underwear, a down jacket, jeans, a beanie, and other essentials.

    Moreover, essentials like sunscreen, lip balm, and sunglasses are crucial to shield yourself from the intense, blinding sunlight of the plateau. Staying hydrated by drinking more water and including vegetables in your diet is advisable to prevent dehydration during your travels in Tibet.

  • 6. How to Prevent from Altitude Sickness in Tibet?

    For first-time visitors to Tibet, whether arriving by flight or train, allowing ample rest is crucial for quick acclimation to the high altitude in Lhasa. Avoid rushing to explore the streets or attractions independently. Walk at a slower pace and refrain from exerting yourself by running or jumping. Spending at least two days in Lhasa before venturing to places like Shigatse or Namtso allows for better acclimatization. If you experience any discomfort, inform your guide, and they will assist you.

  • 7. Are There some Dos and Don'ts while Touring Tibet?

    Photography is generally prohibited in monasteries. If you wish to capture images of Tibetan pilgrims, kindly seek their permission or maintain a considerable distance while taking photos. Swimming and fishing are prohibited in the sacred lakes of Tibet. Avoid discussing sensitive topics like politics. According to policy, international tourists are not permitted to travel alone in Tibet.

    While navigating Barkhor Street, adhere to the custom of walking clockwise. Refrain from exploring unfamiliar trails. Take proactive steps to preserve Tibet's delicate ecosystem.

    Given that Tibetan Buddhism profoundly influences the lives of Tibetans, always show reverence and respect for their unique customs. If uncertain about any practice, it's advisable to seek guidance from your tour guide before proceeding.

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