12 Days China Golden Triangle Tour with Tibet Discovery and Train Experience
(BTT012) Beijing - Xian (Train to Lhasa) - Lhasa - Shanghai
Escorted by private guide and vehicle; leave 365 days a year!
Easy - suitable for all level of fitness, family with kids and senior groups.
Trip Level Guide:
- Easy - suitable for all level of fitness, family with kids and senior groups.
- Moderate - suitable for ones with average level fitness, family with kids bigger than 12 yrs.
- Moderate to Strenous - suitable for ones physically fit; have experiences of high altitude trek.
- Strenuous: suitable for adventures and individual with physically fit and healthy.
Combing a classic China Golden Triangle tour with an unforgettable discovery trip to Tibet, this tour is tailor-made for tourists to explore the best essence of Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai and Lhasa in one go. The ancient cultural cities of Beijing and Xi’an offer the most representative attractions that any Chinese culture or history enthusiast should not miss, including the world-famous Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, and the world wonders of Great Wall and Terra-cotta Warriors. While in Lhasa, you will explore a different mystic world of Tibet with devout belief and unique culture, as you visit the magnificent Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple. In addition, the harbor city Shanghai will give you another impression of modern beauty, with its landmarks like the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and the Bund.
At a GlanceDay 1
Beijing ArrivalDay 2
Beijing Day Tour: Mutianyu Great Wall, Ming TombsDay 3
Beijing Day Tour: Forbidden City, Imperial Ancestral Temple, Beihai ParkDay 4
Beijing Day Tour: Temple of Heaven, Hutong; High-speed train from Beijing to XianDay 5
Xian Tour: Terra-Cotta Warriors, Banpo Neolithic VillageDay 6
Board the train to Lhasa from XianDay 7
Sightseeing along the Railway and Arrive in LhasaDay 8
Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor StreetDay 9
Lhasa Tour - Drepung Monastery and Sera MonasteryDay 10
Fly from Lhasa to ShanghaiDay 11
Shanghai Day Tour: Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, and Oriental Pearl TV Tower, The BundDay 12
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1: Beijing Arrival
When international flight lands in Beijing, Please take a taxi by yourself to our reserved hotel or by agreement the transfer will be arranged for you. The rest of the day, you may have a good rest or explore around on your own.
Stay overnight in Beijing
Day 2: Beijing Day Tour: Mutianyu Great Wall, Ming Tombs
After breakfast, your guide will lead you to visit the majestic Mutianyu Great Wall. You will be taken on a group tour to the Great Wall, the most famous symbol of China and one of the world’s most remarkable architectural wonders. This section was first built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 AD).
Stay overnight in Beijing
Day 3: Beijing Day Tour: Forbidden City, Imperial Ancestral Temple, Beihai Park
Today, you will head to visit the magnificent Forbidden City which used to be the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties with a history of around 600 years. Then, you will move to the Imperial Ancestral Temple (also Taimiao of Beijing). Lying to the east of the imperial palace, the Forbidden City, the Imperial Ancestral Temple was a place where Chinese emperors stored their ancestors' tablets and worshipped them during festivals and ceremonies.
After that, you will visit Beihai Park. It is one of the oldest, largest and best-preserved ancient imperial gardens in China. With over 1,000 years' history, the park is not only a classic combination of the grandiosity of the northern gardens and the refinement of the southern gardens in China, but also a perfect integration of magnificent imperial palaces and solemn religious constructions.
Stay overnight in Beijing
Day 4: Beijing Day Tour: Temple of Heaven, Hutong; High-speed train from Beijing to Xian
In the morning, you will pay a visit to the Temple of Heaven, which is a royal sacred site where prayers for good harvests, prosperity and harmonious life are offered. Then, with the lead of local guide, you will stroll in crisscrossing lanes of the renowned Hutong to feel the peaceful atmosphere there. The name of “Hutong” is given to a lane or small street which originated during the Yuan Dynasty in China. And now it has become the first choice for tourists, especial foreign visitors, to learn about the local culture and history.
After that, the guide will transfer you to the train station for the high-speed train to Xi’an. On arrival, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel.
Stay overnight in Xi’an
Day 5: Xian Tour: Terra-Cotta Warriors, Banpo Neolithic Village
The day tour in Xian is impressive too. The Emperor’s Terracotta Army is also one of the eight wonders in the world. These terracotta warriors and horses are the size of a real army, and were buried alongside the Emperor in a vast underground palace.
In the archeological site of Banpo Village, built more than 6,000 year ago, you will see how the resident matriarchal tribe used to survive in the Neolithic age.
Stay overnight in Xian
Day 6: Board the train to Lhasa from Xian
In the early morning, you will board the famous sky train to Lhasa in Xian train station. To start the wonderful journey of experience the highest train ride in the world. The train journey will take you about 30 hours.
Stay overnight on the train.
Day 7: Sightseeing along the Railway and Arrive in Lhasa
A full day window sightseeing along Qinghai-Tibet Railway, you will see the land of snows, desert, immense grassland, ice-mountain, beautiful lakes which will strongly go to your heart.
Then you will arrive in Lhasa in the afternoon. You will be warmly welcome to Tibet by saying Tashi Delek at the Train station by our professional guide and transferred to the reserved hotel in Lhasa. Then have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude for the rest of the day.
Stay overnight in Lhasa.
Day 8: Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street
Today's tour will first bring you to the Potala Palace which is the winter palace of the 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.
Then after lunch, tourists head to Jokhang Temple which was founded by the 33rd great king of Tibet in the 7th century, in order to promote the Buddhist religion. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve, perhaps the only most venerated object in Tibetan Buddhism. Around the temple is Barkhor Street where you can do kora (a religious circle of a building or mountain) with pilgrims and locals, in the meantime, you can buy souvenirs.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Day 9: Lhasa Tour - Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery
Today, you will visit two important monasteries in Lhasa, the Drepung and the Sera. Drepung Monastery is situated at the foothill of a mountain and was founded by Jamyang Choeje in 1416. It was once home of 10000 monks and Ganden podrang in Drepung is famous it was the government centre during fifth dalai lama and later moved to the famous potala palace during fifth dalai lama.
After having lunch, continue to visit the Sera Monastery, which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje. The most attractive is that Monks debiting is held there in the courtyard at around 3-5 in the afternoon section most of the time.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Day 10: Fly from Lhasa to Shanghai
The guide will transfer you to the airport for your onward flight to Shanghai. After around 6 hours’ flying, you will land in Shanghai and be picked up by the local guide. Then the guide will take you to the reserved hotel. The rest of the day is for you to have a good rest.
Stay overnight in Shanghai
Day 11: Shanghai Day Tour: Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, and Oriental Pearl TV Tower, The Bund
Today we are about to visit some of the highlights of highlights of Shanghai Tour. Starting with fascinating Shanghai Museum, the magnificent 4-story building houses an incredible collection of bronzes, sculptures, ceramics, coins, paintings, calligraphy, costumes and other exhibits in different dynasties. It’s the perfect place for fans of Chinese history and art.
Next comes the Yu Garden. Built in the 16th century during the Ming Dynasty, the Yu Garden used to be the private residence of a senior Government administrator in the Ming Dynasty. For passionate photographer, never miss the chance to photograph Old Street of Yu Garden.
In the evening, we will visit the most iconic building of Shanghai, i.e. Oriental Pearl TV Tower. You can enjoy the amazing panorama of the skyline of Shanghai at night. And as you stroll along the Bund, you will get amazed at the spectacular Huangpu River and dazzling light from buildings of Pudong.
Stay overnight in Shanghai
Day 12: Shanghai Departure
For the last day, the guide will transfer you to the airport or train station and help you get on board.
- Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
- All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
- Personal knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide;
- Personal comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable Tibetan local driver; vehicle ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on your group size;
- All lodging listed in the itinerary; it’s your decision about the accommodation class: luxury 5-star international hotel, comfortable 4-star hotel, economic 3-star hotel or budget hostel, guesthouse or tent. Please tell us your accommodation preference when submitting the enquiry; we will arrange the best-value hotels for you.
- Domestic flight/train tickets listed in the itinerary;
- All meals listed in the above itinerary;
- Tourist accident/casualty insurance;
- First aid kit;
- International flight to and out of China;
- Chinese visa (Note: we could help you with the Chinese visa application, like providing the invitation letter, presenting the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies, etc that you may need. )
- Domestic flight/train not listed in the itinerary. (We can provide you the domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price; please contact us our travel experts for the details.)
- Meals not specified in the itinerary; usually it costs about USD3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).
- Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver;
- Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.
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