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15-Day Ancient Capitals Tour

Beijing Lhasa Xian Hangzhou Shanghai Tourist Map
Tour Code: CFT-HER-01
Tour Name: 15-Day Ancient Capitals Tour
Note: B—Breakfast, L—Lunch, D—Dinner

Destination: Beijing, Lhasa, Xian, Hangzhou, Shanghai

Departs: Daily

Tour Highlights

>>West Lake
>>Yu Garden
>>Forbidden City
>>Potala Palace
>>Jokhang Temple
>>Terracotta Warriors

Tour Overview
Enjoy a personally guided tour of the world heritage sites in the ancient Chinese capitals. During this tailor-made tour, you will see many famous facts associated with Chinese history, culture, architecture, art and more.

Day 1 Arrive In Beijing

Meet your guide and transfer to the hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure. Hotel: Bamboo Garden Hotel (4-star) 

 

Day 2 Beijing (B, L, D)

After breakfast, you will explore the Forbidden City, the Tiananmen Square and the Temple of Heaven. In the evening, enjoy Beijing Roast Duck Dinner.

Day 3  Beijing (B, L)

Drive to admire the Badaling Great Wall. Then proceed to visit the Sacred Way and the Ming Tombs. 

Optional night activities:  Kungfu Show or Beijing Opera

Day 4 Beijing (B, L)
Visit the Beijing Hutongs by a cycle rickshaw. You stop at a traditional courtyard home for a cup of tea and get a historic view of hutong life. On school day mornings you may visit a Chinese kindergarten. You then go up in the Drum Tower and hear the drums play, the ancient way of keeping time.

Day 5 Beijing To Lhasa (B)
Fly to Lhasa. Upon arrival, you're escorted to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Hotel: Lhasa Hotel (4-star)

Day 6 Lhasa (B, L)
Today your exciting Tibet tour will start from the Tibetan historical buildings -- Potala Palace and the Jokhang Temple. Then you'll visit the traditional Tibetan street -- Barkhor Street.

Day 7 Lhasa (B, L)

After breakfast, visit the great Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Norbulingka and the Carpet Factory.

Day 8 Lhasa (B, L)

Today, you will discover something about the Tibetan history by visiting the Tibet Museum. Visiting a Tibetan Family, you will have a glance at the local Tibetan people’s life and you may be welcomed by the Tibetan Tea, snacks.

Day 9 Lhasa To Xian (B, D)

This morning is your free time to explore Lhasa city. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to Xian by flight. In this great city, you will enjoy a delicious dumpling dinner with the wonderful Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show at the Shaanxi Grand Opera House. Hotel: Grand New World Hotel (4-star)

Day 10 Xian (B, L)

This morning, you will be picked up to visit  the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the Shaanxi Provincial History Museum. After lunch, proceed to visit the Southern City Gate, the Stele Forest and the old city quarters. After dinner, the time is on your own arrangement to have a rest in the hotel, or enjoy the beautiful night of Xian freely, or find some local Islamic flavor snacks at the night market (nearby the Drum Tower and the Great Mosque).

Day11 Xian To Hangzhou (B, L)

Today, we will drive to see the Eighth World Wonder - the Terracotta Warriors and Horses and the romantic Huaqing Pool. In the afternoon take the plane to Hangzhou. Hotel: Wu Yang Hotel (4-star)

Day12 Hangzhou (B, L)

Today your Hangzhou city sightseeing includes the West Lake (by boat), Lingyin Temple and Feilai Peak, Dragon Well Tea Plantation and the Museum of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Day 13 Hangzhou To Shanghai (B, L)

After breakfast, be picked up to visit the Six Harmonies Pagoda and the China National Silk Museum. Later, take a train to Shanghai. Hotel: Anting Villa Hotel (4-star)

Day 14 Shanghai (B, L)

Pay a morning visit to the Jade Buddha Temple, the Fresh Water Pearl Gallery and the People’s Square. After lunch, you will visit the Yu Garden, Yuyuan Market and the Bund.  In the evening, enjoy Chinese acrobatics show.

Day15 Depart Shanghai (B, L)

Visit the Shanghai Museum prior to driving to the airport for your homebound flight.

Services End

A couple from USA enjoy this wonderful trip in April, 2011

Cheers! Silvia,

We're home! We're also exhausted, so I will not write the "real" letter now. I just want you to know that we arrived home safely.

The trip was WONDERFUL! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

The hotel in Lhasa was just perfect for us as it was in the Tibetan section; the upgrade hotel that you arranged for us in Xi'an was Paradise. We feel so fortunate that we connected with you to make arrangements for our trip.

I will write more after some sleep!

Webb

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