A little bit Beijing, a little bit Tibet, and a little bit Shanghai! This 12-day tour will give you a chance to see a little bit everything including the most popular sights of Beijing, Tibet, and Shanghai, especially suitable for first-timer in China. Also it includes a 41hr train ride from Beijing to Lhasa passing through Tibet plateau with endless marvelous view.
|D1||Arrival in Beijing||Transfer from Beijing Airport|
|D2||Beijing||Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Shichahai Area, Yandai Xiejie, Drum Tower, Kung Fu Show at Red Theatre|
|D3||Beijing||Mutianyu Great Wall, Temple of Heaven|
|D4||Train: Beijing-Lhasa||AM: Summer Palace, Bird’s Nest and Water Cube(outlook)|
|D5||In the train|
|D6||Arrival in Lhasa||Transfer from Lhasa Railway|
|D7||Lhasa||Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery|
|D8||Lhasa||Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street|
|D9||Lhasa > Namtso > Yampachen > Lhasa||Namtso Lake, Yampachen Hot Springs|
|D10||Flight: Lhasa-Shanghai||Transfer to Lhasa Airport;
Transfer from Shanghai Airport;
|D11||Shanghai||Yu Garden, Jade Buddha Temple, Oriental Tower, The Bund|
|D12||Departure from Shanghai||Transfer to Shanghai Airport|
Day 01: Arrival in Beijing
Whenever your international flight lands in Beijing, your tour guide will be ready to welcome you at the arrival hall, to transfer you to your hotel with a private car and driver. They will help you with luggage and hotel check-in, and ensure your trip in Beijing is worry-free. We leave the rest of the day free for you to be on your own. You may need some time to relax and recover from the long-distance flight or possibly from jet-lag. If you feel like going for a walk and checking out places nearby, feel free to ask your guide for recommendations for good dining or places to see.
Day 02: Beijing
Activities: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Shichahai Area, Yandai Xiejie, Drum Tower, Kung Fu Show at Red Theatre
Tiananmen Square: it is the largest public square in the world. Located in the heart of Beijing City, it is the site for massive parades and rallies, which is the largest square of this kind in the world. This was the site when in 1949, from a rostrum on Tiananmen (the Gate of Heavenly Peace), Chairman Mao proclaimed the establishment of the People’s Republic of China.
Forbidden City: the Chinese imperial palace from the mid-Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. For almost 500 years, it served as the seat- bed of the Emperors in Ming and Qing Dynasties as well as the ceremonial and political centre of Chinese government.
Shichahai Area: the old part of Beijing and visit a century-old courtyard and learn about its history, layout, Fengshui, and its traditional Chinese culture involved.
Yandai Xiejie: drop off at the Silver Ingot Bridge( Yinding Bridge ) and walk along the 800-year old Yandai Xiejie ( Tobacco Pipe Lean Street ), and get to the Drum Tower.
Drum Tower: ascending the 67-meter high and two-story Drum Tower dating from 1420 is sure to bring you back to the old Beijing by seeing the big drum tower and having bird’s-eye view of the surrounding communities of hutongs and siheyuan – existing traditional courtyards in Beijing.
Kung Fu Show at Red Theatre: this is a great show telling a story of Chin Yu entering the monastery and making his way through life to finally becoming the Abbott. There are many demonstrations of Kungfu and strength throughout the show.
Day 03: Beijing
Activities: Mutianyu Great Wall, Temple of Heaven
Mutianyu Great Wall: renowned for its Ming dynasty guard towers and stirring views, the 2250m-long granite section of wall at Mutianyu, 90km northeast of Beijing in Huairou County, dates from Ming dynasty remains, built upon an earlier Northern Qi dynasty conception. It was developed as an alternative to Badaling and is, in the balance, a less commercial experience. A cable-car takes you to a good section (avoiding a very steep climb), where you can walk along the wall, through the watch towers and enjoy superb views as it snakes across the hills and mountains.
Temple of Heaven: the place where the emperors of Ming and Qing Dynasties worshiped heaven and prayed for peace and harvest. It is located in the southern part of Beijing, and had been one of the most holy places for the whole country for more than five centuries.
Day 04: Train: Beijing-Lhasa
Activities: Summer Palace, Bird’s Nest and Water Cube(outlook)
Summer Palace: originally a royal garden and a temporary dwelling palace for emperors of Qing Dynasty. Its predecessor was the Garden of Clear Ripples (Qingyiyuan) started in 1750 and burned down by the British and French allied troops in 1860.
Bird’s Nest and Water Cube(outlook): then head to the Olympic Green to have an outside look at the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube. The Bird’s Nest Stadium hosted the main track and field Football, and final competitions for the 2008 Summer Olympics, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies. The Water Cube has a total floor space of 50,000 square meters with a seating capacity of 17,000. It is dubbed "cube" because of its semi-transparent "bubbles" spread out all over its surface with a shape very similar to the structure of "H2O".
Day 05: In the train
The train will cross Tibetan plateau during daylight, guaranteeing you great views. From Golmud the train climbs through desert into jagged caramel-coloured mountains of Nanshankou, passing what feels like a stone’s throw from the impressive glaciers beside Jade Pearl Peak, 6178m. Other highlights include the nearby tunnel through the 4776m Kunlun Pass, where you can see the prayer flags at the top of the pass, and Tsonak Lake, 9.5hrs from Golmud near Amdo, claimed to be the highest freshwater lake in the world at 4608m. Keep your eyes peeled throughout the journey for antelope, fox and wild asses, plus the occasional nomad. The train crosses into Tibet over the 5072m Tangula Pass, the line’s highest point.
Day 06: Arrival in Lhasa
Upon your arrival in Lhasa Railway, our Tibetan guide will be there waiting for you holding your name board with our company logo on it. Based on Tibetan tradition, a white Hada(aka. scarf) will be presented to you as a warm welcome to Tibet. Then transfer to hotel in downtown Lhasa, which is abt 20mins from Lhasa Railway. Guide will help you to check in and set up a pick-up time for the next day before leave. You are free for the rest of the day. But a good rest is highly suggested, as the first day’s well-rest is crucial for you to acclimatize the high altitude of Tibet.
Day 07: Lhasa
Activities: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
Drepung Monastery: situated at the foot of Mt Gambo Utse, 5km from the western suburb of Lhasa, Drepung Monastery is known as the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. Covering an area of 250,000 sq meters, Drepung Monastery is the largest-scale monastery among its kind. Seen from afar, its grand white construction gives the appearance of a heap of rice. Thus the name was given, Drepung literarily means collecting rice in Tibetan.
Sera Monastery: located at the foot of Tatipu Hill in the northern suburb of Lhasa, Sera Monastery is dedicated to the Gelugpa or Yellow Hat Sect, a branch of Tibetan Buddhism, and built it in 1419 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Sera literarily means wild rose in the Tibetan. When the monastery was built, the hill behind it was covered with wild roses in bloom, the name was thus decided. Between 3pm~5pm from Monday to Friday, debating is held in the monastery’s debating courtyard, which is a sight so extraordinary and enchanting even you don’t understand a word they’re saying.
Day 08: Lhasa
Activities: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
Potala Palace: it is the landmark of Lhasa, and one of the great wonders of world architecture. Potala Palace, winter palace of the Dalai Lama since the 7th century, symbolizes Tibetan Buddhism and its central role in the traditional administration of Tibet. The complex, comprising the White and Red Palaces with their ancillary buildings, is built on Red Mountain in the centre of Lhasa Valley, at an altitude of 3,700m.
Jokang Temple: included on UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 2000 as part of the Potala Palace , the Jokhang Temple is located in central Lhasa. With an area of 25,100 square meters (about six acres), it is the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Pilgrims. In front of the entrance to Jokhang is a forecourt that is perpetually crowded with pilgrims polishing the flagstones with their prostrations.
Barkhor Street: located in the old town of Lhasa, Barkhor Street is a very ancient round street surrounding Jokhang Temple. It’s said that in 647, the first Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo (617-650) built Jokhang Temple. Due to its magnificence, it quickly attracted thousands of Buddhist pilgrims. As a result, a trodden path appeared. It was paved by hand-polished stone boards. Though it is not broad, it accommodates thousands of pilgrims and tourists every day. Varied shops stand on its both sides and thousands of floating stands are on every corner.
Day 09: Lhasa > Namtso > Yampachen > Lhasa
Activities: Namtso Lake, Yampachen Hot Springs
Namtso Lake: located in Nagqu Prefecture, abt 260km from Lhasa and 60km from Damxung County. Namtso Lake literarily means the holy lake in the Tibetan. Covering a total area of more than 1,900 sq km, Namtso Lake is the 2nd largest salt lake in China. At an elevation of 4,718m, Namtso Lake is also the highest altitude salt lake in the world with 35km at its deepest point. The Nyenchen Tanglha range, with peaks of more than 7000m, towers over to the south, Namtso Lake is the most beautiful natural sights in Tibet.
Yangpachen Hot Springs: Yangpachen is a small town lies just south of Nyainqêntanglha Mountains, in an upland lush green valley surrounded by the tents of nomads with grazing yak and sheep populating the hillside. Yangpachen Hot Springs field is at an altitude of 4290–4500m which makes it the highest altitude set of hot springs in China, and possibly the world. The highest temperature inside the drilling hole is 125.5°C. Both indoor and outdoor swimming pools have been set up here, in which visitors can enjoy a bath (Bathing fee excluded, abt CNY 50~100/person for different pools).
Day 10: Flight: Lhasa-Shanghai
Transfer to Lhasa Airport to catch the flight to Shanghai. Upon your arrival at Shanghai Airport, your Shanghai guide will be there to greet you, then transfer to hotel in downtown Shanghai for the night.
Day 11: Shanghai
Activities: Yu Garden, Jade Buddha Temple, Oriental Tower, The Bund
Yu Garden: it is an oasis of peace and calm in the midst of the busy streets of Shanghai. It is the perfect place for some quiet time after a busy morning of sightseeing in the city. Built during the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644), it used to be a private garden. You can see there the layout and style of a traditional Chinese garden, and appreciate classical Chinese architecture: pavilions, winding cloisters, decorated walls, dwellings, and the most distinctive building there – a ship-like living room by a pond.
Jade Buddha Temple: one of Shanghai’s few active Buddhist monasteries, Jade Buddha Temple was built between 1918~1928. The highlight is a transcendent Buddha crafted from pure jade, one of five shipped back to China by the monk Hui Gen at the turn of the 20th century.
Oriental Tower: this is Shanghai’s major landmark, standing across the Huangpu River from the Bund. You will browse Shanghai’s history in the Shanghai History Museum, located on the ground floor.
The Bund: end the day enjoying the sunset, with a relaxing walk along the Bund. This 1.5-kilometer-long embankment runs along the western bank of Huangpu River. On its west side is an "architectural gallery" with 52 well-preserved old European-style buildings. Once the major trading and commercial center of old Shanghai, the Bund has now taken on new vitality, with futuristic developments, chic restaurants, up-market shops and bars all offering plenty to see and do – and by night it’s magic!
Day 12: Departure from Shanghai
Today is the last day of your 12-day Beijing Tibet Shanghai Tour. Guide and driver will come over to your hotel to transfer you to Shanghai Airport according to your flight schedule. Have a safe journey home!
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