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14 Days China Dreamland Tour and Tibet Train Exploration

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(Great Wall, Forbidden City - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple - Terracotta Warriors - The Bund)
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Tour Code: CTG-4

Tour Description

This tour will offer the dynamic experience to you in China, that is regarded as a wonderful epitome of dazzling China - firstly, Beijing, renown for its architecture wonders, the Forbidden City and the Great Wall as the representatives, and an exciting exploration to "hit" the Roof of the World - the picturesque and mystical Tibet, as well as Xian, an even older imperial capital with the amazing Terracotta Warriors, and fast shot for open and dynamic Shanghai.

Worry-free tour with Low price Guarantee, satisfy your curiosity about every aspect of China.

One-stop service, incl. tour guide, hotels, meals, transportation, attraction admissions and insurance, etc.

Caring, experienced local guide & driver will be of great help to ensure your safety and comfort on the way.

Day 1 Arrive in Beijing : Pick-up and Check-in
Today's Activities May you have a good journey to Beijing, and our guide will meet you outside the customs of Beijing Airport after you clear the customs, and then transfer you to the downtown hotel. The rest of the day is flexible for your will, have a rest or take a walk near the hotel.
Day 2 Beijing ( Breakfast, Lunch )
Today's Activities After having breakfast at hotel, you will visit the Tiananmen Square this morning to start your Beijing tour. Strolling round the large square is very enjoyable where you will see Beijing with ancient and modern elements, then walk north to the Forbidden City. As the largest and best-preserved imperial palace in China, it vividly indulges us with a whole impression of the royal life. Later you will appreciate Chinese featured royal park - Summer Palace, which boasts of typical Chinese architecture and splendid landscape.
Highlights
Tiananmen Square Forbidden City Summer Palace          
Tiananmen Square Forbidden City Summer Palace          
Day 3 Beijing ( Breakfast, Lunch )

Today's Activities

After breakfast at hotel, you will have an excursion to the Badaling Great Wall, which is regarded as the most popular section of China Great Walls. It is also the best-preserved section, built during the Ming Dynasty. Later you will go to the most famous tomb of Ming Tombs - Changling, it is the largest in scale and is completely preserved, inhumed the fourth emperor of Ming Dynasty. Also you will visit the Sacred Road of the tombs, which was originally built to lead to the Changling mausoleum.
Highlights
Changling of Ming Tombs          
Badaling Great Wall Changling of Ming Tombs Sacred Road          
Day 4 Beijing ( Breakfast, Lunch )
Today's Activities This day you can visit the Temple of Heaven, where the Emperor of the Ming and Qing dynasties would worship heaven and pray for good harvests. After that, you will explore Beijing Hutong by rickshaw to know more about the life and culture of ordinary Beijing people. This visit can provide you with a distinctive travelling experience compared to other attraction. Also you can take a walk at Confucius Temple and Imperial Academy, which stand for the highest level academy of Qing dynasty.
Highlights
Temple of Heaven Beijing Hutong South Luogu Lane          
Temple of Heaven Visit Hutong in rickshaw Beijing Hutong Tour          
Day 5 Beijing - Lhasa : See off & Pick up and Acclimatization ( Breakfast ) Transfer by air
Today's Activities After having breakfast at hotel, you will be transferred to airport for a fly to Lhasa. Upon your arrival at Lhasa, our Tibetan local guide and driver will pick you up at Gonggar Airport, then transfer you to downtown hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to adapt yourself to the high altitude of about 3,650 meters above sea level.
Travel Tips Remember that you should start taking anti-AMS medicines a week in advance before arrving in Tibet. When you arrived at the hotel, please be not so curious to walk much around the hotel, and all you need is a good rest in your room for necessary acclimatization, otherwise you may easily get mountain sickness. Besides, try to aviod catching a cold. And a first aid kit including aspirin, antibiotics and AMS medication is highly recommended.
Day 6 Lhasa ( Breakfast, Lunch )
Today's Activities It believes that this day must leave a lifetime memory for your whole life. In the morning, you will visit the splendid Potala Palace, which originated from 7th century and once homed to Dalai Lamas. The Jokhang Temple, we head to later, as the spiritual center of Tibet, will deeply impressed you by its magnificence and sincere pilgrims. Barkhor street, hugging the jokhang temple, is regarded as the crowded central Market in ancient section of Lhasa, and at where you can buy various Tibetan or other minorities’ souvenirs for your family and friends.
Travel Tips

1. Due to the popularity of Potala Palace and restriction on visitor numbers, perhaps it has difficulty on booking entrance tickets, so the visit of Potala Palace may shift to another day. But don't worry, we will make appropriate changes accordingly. 
2. For the protection of this world-famous cultural heritage, the visiting time for Potala Palace is limited in 1 hour.

Highlights
Potala Palace Jokhang Temple Barkhor Street          
Potala Palace Jokhang Temple Barkhor Bazaar          
Day 7 Lhasa ( Breakfast, Lunch )

Today's Activities

After having breakfast, we will drive to the west of Lhasa about 11 km for visiting the Drepung Monastery, and which is one of the 'Three Great Monasteries' and the largest one in Tibetan Buddhism. Later that day, the next visit is Sera Monastery, the second monastery in Tibet. Distinctively its famous debating activities are holding around 3-4pm regularly every working day that you should never miss.
Travel Tips 1. It is a good idea to pack some food, snacks, and drinking water along your trip.
2. When you are in a monastery or a museum, please do not smoke, consume alcohol or make unnecessary noise; neither, do not touch, walk over or sit on any religious texts, objects or prayer flags.
Highlights
Drepung Monastery Buddhist Debate Praying Wheels          
Drepung Monastery Sera Buddhist Debate Praying Wheels          
Day 8 Lhasa ( Breakfast, Lunch )

Today's Activities

After two days' visit of Tibetan human landscapes, today we will drive about 2.5 hours to appreciate the beautiful natural views of the famous Sacred Lake of Tibet - Namsto Lake. It is renowned as one of the most beautiful lake which has been the destination of Tibetan pilgrims for centuries. The surface of the lake seemly looks like a green jade, hence it was praised as the most beautiful lake all over the world. After, we will return to Lhasa downtown, then the rest of this day is for your free arrangement.
Travel Tips For amazing sceneries and beautiful legend, Namsto Lake attracts seas of travelers from all over the world, also it is an excellent spot for photographic lovers, kindly well prepare your camera for taking a valuable photo!
Highlights
         
Namtso Lake Sacred Lake Pilgrims along the road          
Day 9 Lhasa - Xi'an ( Breakfast ) Transfer by train

Today's Activities

Today you will take a train to Xi'an along the Qinghai-Tibet railway, which is the world's highest and longest plateau railroad. With comfortable soft-sleeper compartment and good service, you would gain full relaxation on the train. The beautiful sceneries of high plateau passing outside the windows would totally let you ignore this long trip of 34 hours.
Day 10 Arrive in Xi'an : Pick up and Check in

Today's Activities

Taking high plateau's train is a worthy experience, and you will arrive in Xi'an without noticing the long time. Our Xi'an tour guide will wait you at the Xi'an railway station's exit, then take you to the hotel. The arrival time depends on which train you have booked, commonly you will arrive in Xi'an at night. So after check-in at hotel, you would have a sound sleep before starting Xi'an tour.
Day 11 Xi'an ( Breakfast, Lunch )
Today's Activities After having breakfast, you will head to world-famous Terracotta Warriors to start wonderful Xi'an tour, maybe you have seen them many times on TV or magazines before, but it's a total different experienc to see them with your own eyes. Also with a sidetrip to Mausoleum of the Qin Emperor, who owned this awesome underground kingdom, you would know more about the first dynasty of China - Qin dynasty. Later you will return to downtown for seeing the Great Mosque of Xi'an, where still hold prayer services each day; With several minutes' walk to Muslim Quarter, you can buy some interesting sourviners and taste various delicious local snacks. Optionally visit: Tang Dynasty Show.
Highlights
Xian Terracotta Warriors Xian Terracotta Warriors Great Mosque          
Terracotta Warriors Terracotta Exhibition Great Mosque          
Day 12 Xi'an - Shanghai ( Breakfast, Lunch ) Transfer by air
Today's Activities Deeply explore Xi'an in many fields by seeing Shaanxi Historical Museum this morning, where you can get more knowledge about Chinese national treasures and other precious cultural relics. Later you will step on Xi'an Ancient City Wall. As the best-preserved old city wall in China, you can take beautiful views of Xi'an city, and even optionally cycling on the wall is available for you. At last, tour guide will take you to airport. With about 2 hour's fly to Shanghai, you will be pick-up at airport and transferred to hotel.
Highlights
Shannxi Historical Museum Exhibits in Museum Cycling on Ancient City Wall          
Shannxi Historical Museum Exhibits in Museum Cycling on Ancient City Wall          
Day 13 Shanghai ( Breakfast, Lunch )
Today's Activities As the biggest city of China, Shanghai definitely offers many lures. Begins from Yuyuan Garden and Yuyuan Market, you will appreciate Chinese garden construction and know more about Shanghai local people. Then with a stroll from Nanjing Road to the Bund, you will be impressed by Modern Shanghai amazingly compared with Xi'an. Later you can view the whole city at the highest floor of Oriental Pearl TV Tower, and know about the development of Shanghai with a following visit to Shanghai Municipal History Museum at the pedestal of the tower. At night, Shanghai Acrobats Show can be optionally appreciated.
Highlights
Yuyuan Garden Oriental Pearl TV Tower Shanghai Municipal History Museum          
Yuyuan Garden Oriental Pearl TV Tower Municipal History Museum          
Day 14 Depart Shanghai : See-off at airport
Today's Activities This is the last day of your tour, you can have free activity in Shanghai, shopping or have a rest, and later the tour guide will take you to airport for your flight to next destination. We believe you will love China and keep forever memories about China in your whole life.
Package Prices & Details
Your Group Size Deluxe Class Superior Class Tourist Class
1 person $5416 / $4498 $4400 / $3896 $4003 / $3673
2 - 5 persons $3303 / $2950 $2832 / $2565 $2596/ $2417
6 - 9 persons $2893 / $2553 $2423 / $2170 $2186/ $2029
single room supplyment $1218 / $810 $708 / $514 $487 / $393
The price in Red stands for High Season (Apr.1 - Nov.30), and Black for Low Season (Dec.1 - Mar.31).
Tour Package Includes:
Dining: 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches. Admissions: Entrance fee to all scenic spots listed in itinerary
Train, Flight Tickets: all listed in itineraries; Hotels: accommodation in mentioned cities;
Tour Guide: a local experienced English-speaking guide Car Driver: an experienced licensed driver
Vehicle: a private air-conditioned car, offering Round-trip transfers Luggage Transfers: a hand for your heavy luggage;
Insurance: Travel Agencies Liability Insurance; Government taxes & Service charges
Tour Package Excludes:
- Other optional attractions / tours / meals and international flights; - Tips for tour guides and drivers.
Hotel in Beijing
Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing
Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing
Located in the golden business area of Wangfujing, the hotel only takes 10 minutes to Forbidden City and Dongfang Square. With stylish guest rooms and newly renovated Crowne Plaza Club floor – Crowne Plaza Beijing has anticipated every need while providing easy access to business, commercial districts and historical landmarks.
Sunworld Hotel Beijing
Sunworld Hotel Beijing
Situated on the intersection of Wangfujing Avenue and Dengshikou Street, Sunworld Hotel Beijing is close to many famous historical and cultural landmarks, including the Forbidden City. Guest rooms and suites are designed with a traditional and refined style. From servies to amenities, the hotel strives to make your stay a pleasant experience.
Days Inn Forbidden City Beijing
Days Inn Forbidden City Beijing
With its courtyard style, the hotel has retained its charm of the ancient time but as well merged in contemporary architecture and designs. The hotel is near the famous Tian’anmen Square and Wangfujing Business Street. It takes about 20 minutes from Capital International Airport (24km) and 5 minutes from Beijing Railway Station (3km). The hotel provides guests clean and comfortable service and amenities.
Hotel in Lhasa
Brahmaputra Grand Hotel
Brahmaputra Grand Hotel Lhasa
Brahmaputra Grand Hotel Lhasa is chain-operated hotel. It is located in Wenjiang District and was opened in 2006. It is a business holiday hotel with more than 200 guest rooms. The hotel also provides elegant Chinese and Western restaurants, splendid banquet with modern facilities, conference room and recreation items. It abuts to Lhasa riverside and Gong Ba Ri Mammon Mountain. People can enjoy wonderful views of Lhasa.
Lhasa Hotel
Lhasa Hotel
A 4-star hotel, the Lhasa Hotel is located in the Holy Land of Lhasa with an altitude of 3,600 meters. It occupies 7-floors and was recently renovated in 1999. The hotel has a range of restaurants that provide Sichuan, Western, Indian and Tibetan food. The hotel is near the famous Norbulingka or Lobulinka, the Palace of the Dalai Lama. Located only 10 minutes by car to the center of Holy Town and the magical and Potala Palace. Situated approximately 95kms from the airport.
Shambhala Hotel Lhasa
Shambhala Hotel Lhasa
As a 3 star hotel, Shambhala Hotel Lhasa is near the Barkhore Bazaar, Jokhang Temple and the Potala Palace with easy access to all great attractions. With a total of 70 comfortable rooms and suites, the hotel is 10km away from the Railway Station and 70km away from the Lhasa Airport.
Hotel in Xian
Sheraton Hotel Xi'an
Located near the 600-year-old City Wall and close to the city centre, Sheraton Hotel is just 35 minutes from Xi’an Xianyang International Airport. With first-class amenities, facilities and family-friendly services, Sheraton Xi’an Hotel will make you feel at home.
Grand New World Hotel Xian
Grand New World Hotel Xian
Located within the Ancient City Wall and styled in an extraordinary mix of tradition and modernity, the hotel is just 4km from the railway station and 45km from Xianyang International Airport. The large Parkson shopping centre is close by, while the Terracotta Warriors Museum is about 35km from the hotel. The hotel provides a satisfying range of contemporary accommodation together with business services and recreational facilities.
City Hotel Xian
City Hotel Xian
The hotel is located in the centre of Xi’an city and just near the well-known Bell Tower, Drum Tower and Ancient City Wall. The hotel offers a total of 137 well-appointed guestrooms for guests’ comfortable living space. The elegant and magnificent restaurants serve delicious flavor of many varieties.
Hotel in Shanghai
Howard Johnson Plaza Shanghai
Howard Johnson Plaza Shanghai
The hotel is conveniently located in the centre of Shanghai, 2 minutes from Nanjing Road, People Square and the Bund. It offers easy access to the city’s most important business, cultural and entertainment hubs. The elegantly designed and tastefully decorated rooms provide you with an experience of exceptional luxury and comfort.
Hengsheng Peninsula International Hotel 
Located in Hongkou District of Shanghai, Heng Sheng Peninsula International Hotel is surrounded by many famous attractions including the Bund, Oriental Pearl River TV Tower, and Nanjing Road. With its comfortable rooms and complete services, the hotel tries all its best to make guests feel like at home.
Magnificent International Hotel
Magnificent International Hotel
The hotel is located in the central heart of Shanghai – Xizang South Road and surrounded by the Bund, Xin Tian Di, Yu Garden and Shanghai Museum & Grand Theatre. Shopping streets like Nanjing Road and Huaihai Road are only within walking distance. The well-appointed guestrooms with a great number of amenities and facilities offer you an excellent stay with comfort and convenience.

Overview

- Breakfasts offered by hotels: just start your happy tour after having breakfast in the morning, especially for deluxe class, buffet breakfast is available;
- It supplys lunch according to different classes of tour, such as deluxe in city-famous restaurants and tourist in popular tourist restaurants;
- Dinner option is open to you, you could find your favorite place to eat, or take our recommendations.

We promises no worries about the dining quality, plus flexible choices that you can have depending on your preference. If having any special requestment, just tell our trip advisor directly. In all, we aim to satisfy your tongue and stomach with our recommendation as follows:


Beijing

As the capital of China, Beijing boasts many good restaurants with featured cuisines. Our package takes you to have A La Carte dinner at Great Northeast Restaurant, Gold Palace Restaurant and Tang Yuan Restaurant, leading you to grasp the essence of Chinese classic cuisines.

Dining Hall of Great Northeast Restaurant Main Hall of Tang Yuan Restaurant

Lhasa, Tibet

You do not have to eat the same food every time in tourist restaurants; It means that you can choose your favorite restaurant to have a meal. And in Lhasa, wider choices that you can have relatively, like western food, chinese set meal or something else, also you could try very local Tibetan foods, such as Buttered Tea, Zanba, dry yak and cow jerky;

Common Meals in Tibet Restaurant Tibetan Sesame Lamb Chops

Xi’an

Xi'an features distinctive cuisines of China Northwest, such as various-shapes chinese dumplings and other wheaten food. At Muslim Quarter, where gathers lots of delicious local food, like Rou Jia Mo and shish kebabs, etc.
(1) Here we highly recommend Chinese Dumpling Dinner, which also named Jiaozi, typically consist of a ground meat and/or vegetable filling wrapped into a thinly rolled piece of dough, which is then sealed by pressing the edges together or by crimping. As a must-try for visitors, it serves with Tang dynasty show. And it belongs to an [add on] item in the tour.
(2) Rou Jia Mo, also called Chinese Hamburger, is very similar to the Western hamburger essentially, but with different cooking method.

Chinese Dumpling Dinner Rou Jia Mo ( Chinese Hamburger )

Shanghai

We say little about the dining in Shanghai, since Shanghai is regarded as a delicious kingdom, where you can taste everything almost. Here we strongly suggest you take M on The Bund into consideration.
M on the Bund Shanghai
-- Dedicated to creating a dining experience as exciting, as sophisticated, as delectable as Shanghai itself
-- “One of the top 20 restaurants in Asia” (Miele Guide, 2009-2010)
-- “Best Global Cuisine” (City Weekend Readers’ Choice Awards, 2010)
-- “M on the Bund: Most Popular Restaurant in Shanghai” (Zaqat Survey Shanghai, 2008)

Shanghai M on The Bund Restaurant Brandboard of M on the Bund

Comments

Dear Michelle, I have back home for a few days. I'd like to appreciate all your considerate arrangement and great help for my trip. As I told you before, visiting Tibet was always my longing. And I finally made it come true with your guys. The first day in Lhase was hard to me, I found a little bit difficulty in breathing, while a few hours later, I had adapted. Thanks to the tour guide, he was very helpful. And I liked getting along with him and the driver. Everything at there was so attractive and mysterious to me. I would never forget the beautiful things in Lhasa and Shigatze.
Last, thanks again. Attached my favorite photos to you. LOL.

Customer: Leonard Lee

Destinations: Tibet

Related Tour: 8 Days Tibet Mt.Everest Expedition Tour to Nepal, 6 days Tibet Highlight Tour

I have just arrived home and I want to thank you sincerely for organizing such a wonderful tour for our party of four adults and three children.  Your friendly guides and drivers were all excellent.  We were always met on arrival and assisted on each departure for every stage of the tour, and we all thoroughly enjoyed the marvelous sights we were shown and the interesting commentary presented. The accommodation was always four star as promised, and the meals were tasty and satisfying.
I will have no hesitation in recommending your services to any of our friends and acquaintances.  

Customer: Graham Moxey

Destinations: Beijing - Xian - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise - Yichang - Shanghai

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