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Potala Palace, Lhasa

 

China Highlights/Tibet Discovery 24 days/22 nights
Duration 24 days (full package)
23 days (land only)
Places Visited: Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Long Sheng*, Yangshuo, Chengdu, Lhasa, Xigatse, Gyantse, Chongqing, Yangtze River, Yichang, Shanghai, Suzhou
* Included for groups of 10 or more
UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Terracotta Warriors, South China karst formations, Potala Palace, Suzhou canals and bridges
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Route map, China Highlights & Tibet Discovery

HIGHLIGHTS
• Climb the Great Wall, enter the Forbidden City, stroll through the Summer Palace and visit the Temple of Heaven
• Savor special meals including Peking Duck and Mongolian Hot Pot
• Attend unforgettable performances including Peking Opera (Beijing), famed acrobatic show in Shanghai and the Tang Dynasty Show in Xian
• Gaze upon the army of terracotta figures guarding the tomb of China's first emperor
• Enjoy a cruise on magnificent Li River through one of China's most picturesque regions
• Meet colorful minority nationalities
• See pandas closeup and go to one of the most enigmatic archaeological sites ever discovered in China
• Visit iconic Potala Palace, Tibet's holiest shrine and famed monasteries; travel on one of the highest highways in the world
• Revel in a downriver cruise on the Yangtze aboard a five-star luxury ship with your own private balcony.
• Visit the Three Gorges Dam Site, the world's largest hydroelectric project
• Discover the sublime gardens, canals and bridges of World Heritage Suzhou
• Tour Shanghai and marvel at its astonishing modernizations

INFORMATION

 

ITINERARY

Days 1-2
Your journey takes you over Canada, Alaska, parts of eastern Russia and Japan. You'll lose a day crossing the International Date Line. You arrive at Beijing's Capital Airport in the afternoon. You'll be met and taken to your hotel.

Presidential Plaza

Day 3 BEIJING
After a hearty breakfast (all breakfasts are buffet style with Western and Chinese menu choices), enjoy a tour of the Chinese capital, starting with Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, the city’s two most important sites. Tiananmen means the Gate of Heavenly Peace and the square in front is the largest in the world. Chairman Mao still dominates the square 34 years after his death, with his giant portrait at the north end and his mausoleum at the south. Behind imposing red walls is the Forbidden City, a vast collection of buildings reputed to comprise 9,999 rooms. It was home to emperors of both the Ming and Qing dynasties — a span of more than 500 years. Afternoon enjoy a ride through one of Beijing’s old residential sections called hutongs, which are fast disappearing as the city modernizes. Remainder of day at leisure. Tonight enjoy Peking Duck, a local specialty.

Presidential Plaza B L D

Day 4 BEIJING
Today you’ll go to the Great Wall, China’s best-known heritage site. The wall extends thousands of kilometers across northern China and is actually a collection of walls built over two millennia. The section of wall you’ll be visiting rises and falls along the ridges of the Yin and Yan Mountains at Mutianyu, a two-hour coach ride north of the city.  After lunch, you’ll go to the Summer Palace, once a favorite haunt of the Empress Dowager Cixi, de facto ruler of China until her death in 1908. Tonight enjoy a performance of traditional Chinese opera. The tales are drawn from China’s rich history and include myths and age-old traditions.

Presidential Plaza B L D


Day 5 BEIJING/XIAN
In the morning visit the beautifully symmetrical Temple of Heaven. It was here emperors would troop in splendid procession each year to render homage to Heaven and pray for a good harvest, communing with Heaven from a stone altar. The temple’s exquisite blue glazed dome is a defining symbol of the capital.  Afternoon fly to Xian, capital of Shaanxi Province and one of China’s most storied cities. Stop at the City Wall, one of the most complete and best preserved in China.

Howard Johnson Ginwa Plaza B L D

Day 6 XIAN
Today you'll visit the amazing display of terracotta figures guarding the vast tomb of China's first emperor. This extraordinary treasure was discovered 34 years ago by some farmers digging a well, although its existence had been rumored for centuries in legends. You will also go to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda built in the 8th century to house Buddhist scriptures brought from India. In the evening dine on dumplings, a local specialty, and attend a glittering performance of song and dance from the Tang Dynasty, 1300 years ago, when Xian, then called Chang’an, was capital of China and one of the grandest cities in the world.

Howard Johnson Ginwa Plaza B L D

Day 7 XIAN/GUILIN
Enjoy a leisurely morning before flying to Guilin in south China's picturesque Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The city is famed for is beautiful geological formations. Tonight, dine on your own.

Lijiang Waterfall Hotel B L

Day 8 GUILIN/YANGSHUO
Today revel in a half-day cruise on the Li River downstream to Yangshuo. The scenery here is quintessential China. The conical hills. lush foliage and soft flowing waters have inspired poets and artists for ages past. Lunch will be served aboard the river cruiser. The trip ends at Yangshuo, a lively port which in recent years has become very popular with western travelers. We spend a night here so you may attend the brilliant water and light show, Impressions of Lijiang, directed by Zhang Yimou who directed the opening and closing Olympic ceremonies in Beijing. The show is optional as it is performed only when weather permits.

Paradise Hotel or equivalent B L

Day 9 YANGSHUO/GUILIN
Enjoy a leisurely morning in Yangshuo before returning to Guilin, stopping en route at the Reed Flute Cave, noted for its magnificent limestone formations.

Lijiang Waterfall Hotel B D

Day 10 GUILIN/CHENGDU
Today will be free to explore Guilin on your own. Optional is a day trip to Long Sheng. This is an included activity for groups of 10 or more. Long Sheng, the Dragon's Backbone, is famous for its rice terraces which have been cultivated continuously since the Song Dynasty, more than 1000 years ago. The trip includes a visit to a Zhuang village. The Zhuang people are the largest minority nationality in this region. They are also the largest minority in China. Late afternoon fly to Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province.

Wang Jiang Hotel BD

Day 11 CHENGDU
In the morning you'll visit the Panda Breeding Research Centre for a closeup look at this remarkable animal, the symbol of the World Wildlife Fund. Only about 1600 animals remain in the wild, so captive breeding programs are crucial to its survival. You'll also visit Sanxingdui, where superb Bronze-age artifacts dating back thousands of years have been found. The civilization that created them has archaeologists totally mystified, adding to the site's intrigue.

Wang Jiang Hotel BD

Day 12 CHENGDU/LHASA
Today you'll fly to Lhasa, capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, and seat of the Yellow Sect Buddhism of the Dalai Lama. The city sits at 3650 metres (11,812 feet), so visitors are urged to take it easy for the first few days while their body adjusts to the rarefied atmosphere. In the afternoon tour the Norbulinka, once the summer home of the Dalai Lamas, and today a large public park.

Manasarovar Hotel BD

Day 13 LHASA
Today visit the imposing Potala Palace, former primary residence of the Dalai Lamas, and a World Heritage Site. You’ll also go to the Jokhang, the holiest temple in Tibet, and stroll through colorful vibrant Barkhor ringed with venders who will test your bargaining skills.

Manasarovar Hotel BD

Day 14 LHASA/XIGATSE
Big travel day today. You’ll be going by coach on one of the world’s highest highways to Xigatse, Tibet's second largest city. The two cities are 280 km apart. There’ll be time to tour the highly esteemed Tashilumpo Monastery, seat of the Panchen Lama, who next to the Dalai Lama, is the most revered leader of the Yellow Sect Buddhists.

Xigatse Hotel BLD

Day 15 XIGATSE/GYANTSE/LHASA
In the morning travel by coach 80 km to Gyantse, famous for its Kumbum stupa. A famous battle was fought here against the British in 1904 at great loss of Tibetan lives, earning it the title of Hero City. The drive continues 90 km to Yamdrok Lake, revered by Tibetans who believe it is the transformation of a goddess. The lake is 72 miles long and drains at its western end where a power station has been built, Tibet's largest hydropower facility. Continue another100 km to Lhasa, arriving late in the afternoon.

Manasarovar Hotel BLD

Day 16 LHASA
Today visit Lhasa’s two greatest monasteries — Sera and Drepung, the latter in its heyday the largest in the world. Rest of day at leisure.

Manasarovar Hotel BL

Day 17 LHASA/CHONGQING
Morning free; afternoon fly to Chongqing at the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing rivers. The city, one of the largest in the world, was capital of China during the war with Japan.

Hilton Hotel B

Day 18 CHONGQING/YANGTZE RIVER
Today enjoy a tour of Chongqing including a visit to Stillwell Museum dedicated to the American general who helped China in its war with Japan. Visit also Huguang Guild Hall where arts groups perform daily. In the evening enjoy a special hot pot dinner before boarding the deluxe Victoria Cruise ship for the start of a three night, three-day journey on the Yangtze through the spectacular Three Gorges.

Victoria Cruise Ship B L D

Days 19-20 YANGTZE RIVER
Your cruise includes shore excursions to the Three Gorges Dam Site, Shennong Stream or Daming River, and Fengdu or Shibaozhai. The captain hosts welcome and farewell banquets. Many shipboard activities await. Evening entertainment invites passengers to join in the fun.

Victoria Cruise Ship B L D

Day 21 YICHANG/SUZHOU
The ship reaches historic Yichang in the early afternoon. You’ll fly to Shanghai and travel by coach to nearby Suzhou, a historic city famous for its beautiful gardens, canals ... and women. An old Chinese saying goes: There's Heaven above, and Suzhou and Hangzhou beneath.

Garden View Hotel B L D

Day 22 SUZHOU/SHANGHAI
Today revel in a tour of Suzhou, visiting gardens, canals and the Grand Canal, which once ran from Hangzhou to Beijing and is one of ancient China's greatest building undertakings on par with the Great Wall. You'll also visit a silk factory. Late afternoon you'll travel by coach to Shanghai. Tonight, attend a performance of Shanghai's renowned acrobats.

Grand Mercure Hongqiao Hotel B L D

Day 23 SHANGHAI
Enjoy a tour of China’s most populous city and commercial hub. You’ll go to the modern Shanghai Museum, one of the best in China, stroll on the waterfront Bund, where Western traders set up shop in the 19th and 20th centuries, and visit beautiful Yu Garden, a fine example of private garden dating back 400 years. A camellia found there was said to have been planted by the original owner.

Grand Mercure Hongqiao Hotel B L D

Day 24 SHANGHAI/HOME
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home OR extend your stay in Shanghai or exit through Hong Kong. Ask us for details.

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Accommodations
5-star Presidential Plaza Hotel, Beijing
5-star Howard Johnson Ginmwa Plaza, Xian

Lijiang Waterfall Hotel

Paradise Resort, Yangshuo

Hotel Wang Jian, Chengdu

Lhasa Manasarovar Hotel
Hotel Manasarovar, Xigatse
Hilton Hotel, Chongqing
5-star Victoria Cruises
4-star Garden View Hotel, Suzhou
5-star Grand Mercure Hongqiao, Shanghai

 

"Under the perpetually blue sky the open-air carved gods seems to call on the pilgrims and tell them: “Here you are in the most religious country in the world. Worship us or you will go no further.” 

Amaury de Riencourt,
Lost World, a Journey into Tibet

 

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If you are taking the Land Only package, you might want to consider coming to Beijing a day or two early. We'd be happy to arrange additional nights at your hotel for you.
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Edmonton, Calgary $250
Regina, Winnipeg $380
Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal $425
Halifax $550
Seattle,Portland $150
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