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15 Days Classic China & Tibet Tour with Zhangjiajie Avatar Exploration

15 Days Classic China & Tibet Tour with Zhangjiajie Avatar Exploration

(CTT015) Beijing - Chengdu - Lhasa - Xi’an - Zhangjiajie - Shanghai


With this 15-day classic China and Tibet tour, not only will you explore the most popular attractions in Beijing, Xi’an, Chengdu, and Shanghai, but also discover the holy Buddhist Lhasa city and experience the fantasy Avatar adventure in Zhangjiajie. With flexible and comfortable flights for transferring, as well as reasonable itinerary route tailored for your choice, you will enjoy a wonderful lifetime journey to these highlighted places in just one go.

Firstly in the capital city of Beijing, you will pay a visit the world-famous historic sites like the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, and hike to the epic Great Wall. Then after a flight to Chengdu, you will step into the leisure of city to see cute Pandas and experience a relaxing lifestyle there. As the tour goes on, you will move to Xi’an to explore the Terra-Cotta Warriors. Next, Flying to Zhangjiajie from Xi’an, you will experience a two-day adventure to the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, which is the shooting place of the famous movie Avatar and boasts wondrous landscapes of mountains and peaks. In the end, the tour will take you to the coastal city of Shanghai to explore the blend of modernization and historical vicissitudes there.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Beijing; Please go to our reserved hotel by taxi by yourself

After you arrive in Beijing by flight, please take a taxi by yourself to our reserved hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the surroundings.

Stay overnight in Beijing

Day 2: Beijing Day Tour - Forbidden City and Summer Palace

Today is guided tour to Forbidden City and Summer Palace which are the traditional must-see places in Beijing. 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 Summer Palace is the largest royal garden in the world built in Qing Dynasty. 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

The Great Wall tour proves that China was one of the strongest countries in its history. Stretching thousands of kilometers, the Great Wall protected the ancient Chinese against the invasion of the enemy from its north side for more than 1000 years; the Great Wall was listed as one of the world's eight wonders. Mutianyu Great Wall, featured "graceful" enjoy the best quality among all Wall sections, 80km north-east of Beijing with 22 ancient watchtowers, about one every kilometer. (Cable car is optional if you do not want to walk)

Then you will visit the Ming Tombs, the burial site of the emperor Zhuli, the third emperor of the Ming Dynasty who ruled for 22 years until his death in 1424.

Stay overnight in Beijing

Day 4: Half Day Tour to Temple of Heavens and Hutongs; Fly to Chengdu from Beijing

In the morning, you will first visit the historic Temple of Heavens, which is the largest city square in the world and the spiritual heart of China, and then move on to the famous Hutongs, the traditional courtyard residence in narrows alleys in Beijing. It is a great place to know the folk culture and old quarters of Beijing city.

In the afternoon, your tour guide will escort you to Beijing Capital International Airport to take the flight to Chengdu. It will take about 3 hours for the flight journey. Upon arrival, you can take a taxi by yourself to your reserved hotel in downtown Chengdu.

Stay overnight in Chengdu

Day 5: Chengdu Day Tour - Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda, Wenshu Temple, Jinli Street & Renmin Park

In the morning, the guide will pick you up to visit Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda. Morning is pandas' feeding time, you will visit both adult and baby pandas houses and watch them eating fresh bamboo.

Then, you will visit the Wenshu Temple. Located in the city center, Wenshu Temple is a central leisure tourism area and is integrated with the CBD of the traditional city business center. After that, we will go to explore the famous Jinli Street and Remin Park. You can enjoy a relaxing walk at the ancient street of Jinli, and have a cup of tea in Remin Park, to experience the local lifestyle of this charming city.

Stay overnight in Chengdu

Day 6: Fly to Lhasa from Chengdu

Please take a taxi by yourself from the hotel to Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport to board the flight to Lhasa. When check in and pass by the security, you need to show your original Tibet Travel Permit.

Flying from Chengdu to Lhasa, you will fly from China's low-altitude inland into the high-altitude Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, and you can see the plains, canyons, forests, glaciers evolving into the snow-capped mountains from the aircraft.

Upon arrival, your tour guide will pick you up at Lhasa Gonggar Airport and transfer you to the hotel in Lhasa by Tibet Vista shuttle bus.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 7: Lhasa City Tour - Potala Palace, Barkhor Street and Jokhang Temple

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. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve. Outside, you can see pilgrims making prostrating in front of Jokhang Temple. Around the temple is Barkhor Street, where you can do kora (a religious circle of a building or mountain) with pilgrims and locals, and explore the old market.

Besides, we can taste Tibetan tea with locals in tea house; the welcome dinner will also be arranged accordingly;

With time permitting, you may go with the tour guide to visit Tibetan handicraft art or Tibetan Traditional Medicine center. You can upgrade your service to enjoy Tibetan Culture Show in the evening (fr. 60USD).

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 8: Lhasa City Tour - Drepung and Sera Monastery

In the morning, you are going to visit Drepung monastery which is one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet, founded in 1416 by Jamyang choge, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. You can visit the biggest monastery kitchen inside the monastery and enjoy Buddhist Sculpture Carving workshop near Drepung.

In the Afternoon, Tourists will visit Sera Monastery which is another one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet. The hot attraction is the Monks debate at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon. In addition, you can tour the Tibetan religious scripture printing house; inside the monastery, you can see three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Painting of Buddha.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 9: Fly to Xi’an from Lhasa

Today you will first enjoy the free time for yourself before you are transferred to the airport for the flight to Xi’an by your guide. The flight from Lhasa to Xi’an will take about 3 hours. After reaching Xi’an, please take a taxi to your hotel on your own.

Stay overnight in Xi’an

Day 10: Xian Day 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 years ago, you will see how the resident matriarchal tribe used to survive in the Neolithic age.

Stay overnight in Xian

Day 11: Fly to Zhangjiajie from Xi’an

In the morning, we will first pay a visit to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Shaanxi History Museum. As a landmark of Xi’an, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda was built for storing Buddhist sutras in AD 652, and is seven-layered with a height of 64.5 meters.

Located to the northwest of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Shaanxi History Museum is China’s first large-scale national museum. There are more than 370,000 pieces of cultural relics collected in the museum, ranging from simple stone tools of ancient humans to various kinds of objects in social life before 1840.

After the tour, you will be transferred to the airport to take the flight to Zhangjiajie.

Stay overnight in Zhangjiajie

Day 12: Zhangjiajie Sightseeing Tour - Huangshi Village & Golden Whip Creek

Today you will start your adventure to the miraculous site of Zhangjiajie National Park, and pay a visit to two of the highlighted places there - Huangshi Village and Golden Whip Creek.

As one of the top must-see places in Zhangjiajie, Huangshi Village offers the largest and most concentrated viewing platform in the park, surrounded by steep cliffs and lush green trees. Here you can enjoy an incredible 360-degree view of the towering mountains of the park.

The Golden Whip Creek, located near to the Huangshi Village, is a tranquil place famous for its golden whip rock. It is the earliest developed area in the scenic spot of the park. There is a liquid stream passing through the valley, with peaks dominating both sides.

Stay overnight in Zhangjiajie

Day 13: Zhangjiajie Sightseeing Tour - Yuanjiajie & Tianzi Mountain; Fly to Shanghai from Zhangjiajie

Today we will go on to explore another two famous sites in the national park - Yuanjiajie and Tianzi Mountain.

Yuan Jiajie is the location of the "Hallelujah Mountain" in the movie "Avatar". Here you can explore the magical world of the floating mountains in the movie. If there happens to be light rain, you will enjoy a more beautiful view of the misty, peaky scenery. The Mihuntai here is an ideal viewing position, surrounded by hundreds of magnificent pinnacles. Here you can also see the famous bridge that spans between the two mountains and has a vertical height difference of 357 meters.

Then move to Tianzi Mountain, where you will enjoy the spectacular landscape of grotesque peaks, including The Imperial Brush Peak, Garden in the Air, Fairy Bridge etc.

After the exploration, you will be transferred to Zhangjiajie Airport for the flight to Shanghai, which takes about 2 hours. Upon your arrival in Shanghai, please take a taxi to your hotel by your own.

Stay overnight in Shanghai

Day 14: 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 the 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 a 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 15: Depart from Shanghai

End the tour, please arrange taxi from your hotel to Shanghai airport.

Service Guide

Service Included:

All Cities tours in Beijing, Chengdu, Lhasa, Xian, Zhangjiajie, Shanghai

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

All Accommodation

  • All Hotels in the tour are included. We choose best value 3 star hotels with good location for you. All hotels include breakfast.

Travel Documents

  • Tibet Travel Permit


  • Shuttle Service in Lhasa. From/to airport or Train station

Service Excluded:

Domestic Flight Tickets

  • Flight ticket Beijing to Chengdu approx. 150-300 USD/person
  • Flight ticket Chengdu to Lhasa approx. 280-490 USD/person
  • Flight ticket Lhasa to Xi’an approx. 150-240 USD/person
  • Flight ticket Xi’an to Zhangjiajie approx. 90-150 USD/person
  • Flight ticket Zhangjiajie to Shanghai approx. 25-50 USD/person
    (We do not quote the price because the flight tickets changes time to time, and it is easy to book it online by yourself. Sometimes, if you book international air tickets along with domestic air. You can get cheaper price.)

Shuttle Service

  • Price does not include airport/train station pick up or drop off in Beijing, Xian, Chengdu and Shanghai, it is easy to arrange a taxi by yourself with minimum cost.

Some Meals

  • Some meals are not included, check the meals plan


  • Some options might to be recommended to guests like Kongfu Show in Beijing, those option are chosen by your wish and pay 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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