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13 Days All Around China and Tibet Discovery Tour

13 Days All Around China and Tibet Discovery Tour

(CT003) Beijing - Xi’an - Lhasa - Yangtze River - Shanghai Tour


Our tour covers Beijing, the capital, political, economic and cultural center of China; Xi’an, capital of Tang Dynasty and historical and cultural city of China; Lhasa, the religious center of Tibetan Buddhism.; Yangtze River, the mother river of China; Shanghai, a modern financial center of China.

This tour shows you the history, culture and natural landscape of China in many aspects, and dimensions. There are obvious cultural differences in different regions, as China is so vast that difference exists in different natural landscape. All the beauty will unfold one after another before you as you travel.

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Beijing

Upon your arrival at the Beijing airport, transfer to your reserved hotel in Beijing. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Stay overnight in Beijing

Day 2: Day tour to explore ancient Beijing, visit Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace(B,L)

The Forbidden City is the best preserved imperial palace in China and the largest ancient palatial structure in the world. The splendid architecture of the Forbidden City represents the essence and culmination of traditional Chinese architectural accomplishment. The Temple of Heaven is spectacular temple that the Emperors visited during the Ming and Qing dynasties to pray for a good harvest.

The Summer Palace is the largest royal garden in the world built in The grandeur and beauty of the Palace is overwhelming and is sure to impress anyone.

Stay overnight in Beijing

Day 3: Day tour to Mutianyu Great Wall(B,L)

Mutianyu Great Wall, featured “graceful”, enjoy the best quality among all Wall sections, 80km north-east of Beijing. Less tourists and well protected than Baidaling Section. It is is encased by sprightly streams and lush greenery. Mutianyu Great Wall is older than Badaling Great Wall, it has 22 watchtowers, about one every kilometer.

MuTianYu Great Wall passes through beautiful forested hills with streams. There is a cable car at MuTianYu to whisk you up onto the Great Wall.

In the evening, you will be transferred to the Beijing West Train Station for the overnight train to Xian.

Stay overnight on the train

Day 4: Day Tour to Terra-Cotta Warriors, Emperor Qinshihuang Mausoleum, Banpo Neolithic Village(B,L)

The archeological site of Banpo Village, built more than 6,000 year ago, and you will see how the resident matriarchic tribe used to survive in the Neolithic age.

The Emperor’s Terracotta Army. The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses are the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century. These terracotta warriors and horses are the size of a real army, and were buried alongside the Emperor in a vast underground palace.

Stay overnight in Xian

Day 5: Fly to Lhasa from Xian, rest in the afternoon and acclimatize the high latitude(B)

Day 6: Day tour to visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkor Street(B,D)

The Potala Palace is the highest Palace in the world, and the palace of the famous Dalai lama. It was put to use since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.

The Jokhang temple is the holiest temple in Tibet and founded in the 7th century. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve, which is the most precious and holiest things in Tibetan Buddhism.

Barkhor street is the street , where you can do kora (a religious circle of a building or mountain) with pilgrims and locals, and explore the old market. Tibetan Teahouse, where you can find the real Lhasa leisure life, with local people, enjoy the local food at local atmosphere.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 7: Day tour to visit two important monasteries in Lhasa, Sera & Drepung(B)

Drepung monastery is the biggest Gelug monasteries of Tibet, founded in 1416 by Jamyang choge, now is also the biggest one with hundreds of monks study inside. Buddhist Sculpture Carving, Appreciate one of the amazing Tibetan Art – Stone Carving near Drepung.

Lama Debating inside Sera Monastery, you can see how Lamas practice their study every day and get to know how they learn Tibetan Buddhism from teacher and others. This is the most amazing section of your Tibet tour.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 8: Fly to Chongqing from Lhasa. Board Yangtze Cruise in the Pier(B)

Day 9: Fengdu Ghost City (off cruise tour, optional) and Shibaozhai Shore Excursion(B,L,D)

Fengdu Ghost City (off cruise tour, optional). Having nearly two thousand years' history, the Ghost City combines the cultures of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism with the mystique of ghosts. Tourist can see the Chinese Ghose culture and characters in here.

Shibao Zhai Village. Shibao village is a tower with 12 floors. It is one of several high wooden buildings in China nowadays. It is the typical and symbolic buildings characterizing of Chinas southern folk architectural techniques.

Stay overnight in the cruise

Day 10: White Emperor City (off cruise tour, optional), Sailing through Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge, Shore Excursion to Goddess Stream(B,L,D)

White Emperor City (off cruise tour, optional). It is situated at the entrance of Qutang Gorge, north of the Yangtze River. It was known as White Emperor City which dates from the Western Han dynasty, approximately 2000 years ago, when the king of Shu, Liubei, called himself the White Emperor.

Then we'll sail through Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge, and have a shore excursion to Goddess Stream.

Stay overnight in cruise

Day 11: Sailing through the TGD Ship-Elevator and visit Three Gorges Dam, end the cruise journey at noon. Fly from Yichang to Shanghai(B)

Three Gorge Dam. The world record smashing Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest dam and hydroelectric power station, you will have chance to witness the tropic man-made wonder.

We'll end the cruise journey at noon and take flight from Yichang to Shanghai.

Stay overnight in Shanghai

Day 12: Classic & Modern Shanghai Full-view Sightseeing. Visit Yu Garden, the bund, Shanghai Old Wax Figure Museum and Old French Concession(B)

Yu Garden, best preserved ancient Chinese private official garden style in Shanghai. The Bund, one mile stroll affords many spectacular views. The Bund, with more than 50 individual architectural styles, is reminiscent of the time when Shanghai was the center of Chinese economy and culture in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Shanghai Old Wax Figure Museum will immerses you in the sights of Shanghai throughout history of showing everyday scenes of people living in Shanghai.

Old French Concession, a lovely chance to take a trip back in time to what the old colonial French quarter was like.

Stay overnight in Shanghai

Day 13: Depart from Shanghai, end the tour

Transfer to the Shanghai airport and fly to your next destination.

Service Guide

Service Included:

All Cities Tours in Beijing, Xian, Lhasa, Shanghai

  • Pick up from hotel before the tour
  • Drop off to hotel after the tour finish
  • All Entrance Fee of tourist attractions listed in the itineary
  • Lunches included in Beijing,Xian,Shanghai city tour
  • One Dinner included in Lhasa
  • Local English Speaking Tour guide
  • AC comfortable tourist Vehicle

Yangtse River Cruise - Chongqing to Yichang

  • 4Days3Nights 5 Star Cruise from Chongqing to Yichang
  • All Meals included in the Cruise Journey
  • Twin Room with sightseeing balcony
  • Sightseeing of Three Gorges

Train Tickets in China

  • Beijing to Xian Train ticket
    (As buying Train tickets is not as easy as buying air tickets, all domestic train will be included and booked by us in advance.)

All Accommodation

  • All Hotels in the tour are included. We choosed best value 3 to 4 star hotels with good location for you. All hotels include breakfast.
    (You may book accommodation by yourself, the price can be deducted from the quotation)

Travel Documents

  • Tibet Travel Permit, Chinese Visa Invitaton letter if required


  • Shuttle Service in Lhasa. Shuttle bus to and from Lhasa Airport
  • Airport to Pier Transfer Service in Chongqing. Help guests to board the Yangzeriver Cruise in the Pier

Service Excluded:

Domestic Flight Tickets

  • Flight ticket Xian to Lhasa
  • Flight ticket Lhasa to Chongqing
  • Flight ticket Yichang to Shanghai
    (Sometimes, if you book international air tickets along with domestic air with same airline, you can get cheaper price; we can also book it for you if required)

Shuttle Service

  • There is no airport/train station pick up or drop off service included, please arrange the taxi by yourself. It is easy to do it in China.
    (Lhasa airport shuttle service is included as the local government requires travel agency to escort the guests)

Some Meals

  • Besides the breakfast included in hotel, and some meals listed in the day tours, meals are not included in price quotation.


  • Some options might to be recommended to guests like Kongfu Show in Beijing, those opion are choosen by your wish and pay extra on sites.
  • Additional single supplement for requiring single room for yourself
  • Gratuities to tour guide and driver
  • Other personal expenses
  • Off Cruise Tours during travel from Chongqing to Yichang by Yangtze Cruise
  • Tips to the Cruise Crew

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