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12 Days of Beijing, Xian, Dunhuang, Lanzhou, Lhasa

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  • Being to the capital Beijing, ancient Xian, Dunhuang and world-roof Lhasa, this heritage sites tour highlighted with some of the best cultural relics in China, including the Forbidden City, Great Wall of China, Terracotta Army, Mogao Grottoes, Potala Palace and a Qinghai-Tibet train journey.
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Day 1 - Arrive in Beijing

When arrive in Beijing your guide and driver will meet and transfer you to hotel in downtown Beijiing.

Not included

Travelerinn Hua Qiao Beijing 3* / Sunworld Hotel 4* / Crowne Plaza Beijing 5*


Day 2 - Beijing

A full day visit of must-see sights in Beijing city. Highlights include Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, Treasure Houses and Hutongs.

Pick up at your hotel 8:00am.

The day tour starts at Tiananmen Square at about 8:30am. Tiananmen Square is the largest public city square in the world with a total area of 440,000 square meters. Standing on its four sides are all important political and cultural sites including the Forbidden City, Great Hall of the People, National Museum and more.

The Forbidden City namely the Imperial Palace, is home to 24 Emperors between 1420 and 1911. There are great squares, halls, gardens, courtyards and quarters for those who lived in this 'city within a city'. It also has fascinating exhibitions, both permanent and temporary.Visit the Forbidden City along the central axis for 2.5 hours.

The Treasure Houses is a separate house in the Forbidden City housing more than 440 treasures that belonged to Qing dynasty royalty.

After lunch(14:00) - Beijing Hutong is a maze of historic alleyways with old single storey traditional courtyard houses. Unlike the high-rise buildings, Hutong exemplifies real life of ordinary people in Beijing. You will be surprised by the courtyards, local market, traditions by taking a rickshaw tour to the alleys.

At the end of the tour at around 4:00pm, you will be drived back to hotel.

Breakfast in hotel, Chinese Lunch at local restaurant(12:00)

Travelerinn Hua Qiao Beijing 3* / Sunworld Hotel 4* / Crowne Plaza Beijing 5*


Day 3 - Beijing

Pick up at your hotel 8:00am.

Visit Temple of Heaven in the morning at 8:30. Then drive some 2.5 hours eastwards for the Mutianyu Great Wall. Take cable car up to the top and enjoy some walk there, hiking on the wall for about 1.5 hour. Enjoy a factory visit en route.

Temple of Heaven is a complex of religious building built in 1420 for the emperors to make sacrificial ceremonies and praying for harvests. It is now also a place where local people dance, practice Taichi and various kinds of exercise.

Mutianyu Great Wall is about 2.5 hours' drive from downtown Beijing. It is less crowded and the view is spectacular. The wall is well preserved and restored with rails at the steep points. Other facilities like cable car and toboggan are also available.

At the end of the tour at around 4:00pm, you will be drived back to hotel.

Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at local restaurant

Travelerinn Hua Qiao Beijing 3* / Sunworld Hotel 4* / Crowne Plaza Beijing 5*


Day 4 - Beijing to Xian (Overnight train Z19 Dep 19:57 - Arr 07:50)

Pick up at your hotel 8:00am.

At around 8:30, you will start with a walking discovery tour of Summer Palace(3 hours), Lama Temple(1 hour) and Beijing Olympic Green(1 hour) before taking overnight train to Xian city.

The 1000-year old Summer Palace in Beijing is said to be the best preserved imperial garden in the world and the largest of its kind in existence of China. It consists of natural hills, lake, and over 3000 man-made pavilions, palaces, temples, bridges and corridors. It is quite enjoyable to have a relaxing stroll, a boat cruise or discover the aged architectures.

Lama Temple or Yonghe Gong is a living temple in Beijing. It is the largest and most famous Tibetan Buddhist temple outside of Tibet since 1744. Halls, pavilions, incense burners and statues are in good maintenance combined with Tibet culture.

The Olympic Green was constructed for the 2008 Olympic Games, and was turned into a park after the Game. The notable architectures - Water Cube and Bird Nest situate in the park.

Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at local restaurant

stay on the train


Day 5 - Arrive in Xian in the morning

On arrival in the morning at 07:50am our guide and driver will meet you at the railway station. And then visit Xian City Wall and Big Wild Goose Pagoda. After lunch, you will head for the Terracotta Army, one of the seven wonders in the world.

Xian City Wall is considered as a landmark of Xian and one of the top sights for visitors. When ascending to the top, you can have great view of the old inner city and the modern outer city.

Big Wild Goose Pagoda was built in the 7th century to house the Buddhist materials that Xuanzang (Tripitaka) brought back from his epic journey to India. The Temple complex has several large halls with some great Buddhist statues and murals.

The Terracotta Army is a large number of underground army discovered 2km in front of the Emperor Qinshihuang's Tomb in east of Xian. In the museum, visitors can view 1,868 unearthed terracotta warriors and chariots that have been restored to their former glory.

At the end of the tour at around 4:00pm, you will be drived to hotel.

Breakfast, Chinese lunch at local restaurant

Xian Skytel Hotel 3* / Days Hotel & Suites Xinxing 4* / Sofitel on Renmin Square 5*


Day 6 - Xian to Dunhuang

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport and board flight to Dunhuang. On arrival at about 1:00pm, visit the city museum.

At the end of the tour at around 4:00pm, you will be drived to hotel.


Dunhuang Yangguan Hotel 3* / Dunhuang Hotel 4* / The Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel 5*


Day 7 - Dunhuang to Lanzhou

Pick up at your hotel 8:00am.

At about 08:30 in the morning, enjoy a visit of Mogao Grottoes, world heritage site in Dunhuang, and the Echoing-sand Mountain, Crescent Lake in adjacent. Take afternoon flight to Lanzhou.

Mogao Grottoes or Mogao Caves are a set of temples carved into cliffs 25 km southeast of Dunhuang city. The caves contain the largest and the richest Buddhist art in the world reflecting the political and social situations from 4th to the 14th century in Chinese history. Reaching this important site along the Silk Road, visitors will be able to view 10 of them according to the temperate allocation.

Crescent Lake or Yueyaquan is a crescent-shaped lake 6 km south of the Dunhuang city. It has been in existence more than two thousands years nestling in the arms of the Echoing-sand Dune. Many people come for this miracle of the desert every year and try camel riding, sand-gliding at Echoing-sand Mountain.

Drive to airport at around 2:00pm

Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at local restaurant

Jinchen Hotel 3* / Lanzhou Legend Hotel 4* / Sunshine Plaza 5*


Day 8 - Lanzhou to Lhasa (overnight train K917 Dep 17:15 - Arr 21:50)

At around 08:00 you will start visit White Pagoda Hill, Waterwheel Garden, Green Corridor along Binhe Road, and Zhongshan Iron Bridge before taking train to Lhasa in the late afternoon.

White Pagoda Hill got its name from the centuries-old white pagoda on top it. It offers great bird-view over Lanzhou and surrounding mountains when climbing up to the top.

Waterwheel Garden stands on the south bank of Yellow River in Lanzhou city. The park has two huge waterwheels that modeled from the antique ones invented by Duan Xu in Ming Dynasty.

Green Corridor along Binhe Road refers to the south bank of Yellow River winding through Lanzhou city. It extends some 10 km from west to east dotted with numerous attractions including Zhongshan Iron Bridge, White Pagoda Hill Park, Waterwheel Garden and many small gardens.

Zhongshan Iron Bridge is renowned as the "first bridge on the Yellow River". It was constructed in 1907 during Qing Dynasty with the help of a Germany businessman. In 1942, the bridge was re-named Zhongshan Bridge to commemorate Dr. Sun Yat-sen.

At the end of the tour at around 3:30pm, you will be drived to the railway station.

Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at local restaurant

stay on the train


Day 9 - Arrive in Lhasa

The train journey provides amazing scenery along the way as it stops several times at the observation platforms. On arrival, be met and transferred to your hotel. Take a good rest tonight to accommodate the plateau climate.

Our guide and driver will meet you at the railway station at 09:50pm and drive to the hotel.

not included

Shambhala Hotel Lhasa 3* / Xinding Hotel 4* / Xinding Hotel 4*


Day 10 - Lhasa

Full day to discover Lhasa city. Highlights include the Potala Palace, Sera Monastery, Barkhor Street

Pick up at your hotel 8:00am.

(8:30am)Potala Palace in Lhasa is one of the most grandiose palaces in the world, and joined the list of world cultural heritage sites in 1994. The outstanding structure is built on the red hill and as old as the Lhasa city with a history of more than 1300 years. It was the former residence of Dalai Lama until 1949. The palace is well preserved with 999 rooms inside and decorated countless statues, murals and antiques.

(10:00am)Located 2 km in the northern suburb of Lhasa City, Sera Monastery is one the three Gelugpa monasteries in Lhasa. Built in 1419, Sera Monastery suffered severe damage several times and was restored to its former glory in the last century. The architecture itself is very impressive and houses beautiful collection of sacred art. It is also very interesting to watch the monks debating in the afternoon.

(2:00pm)Barkor is an one-kilometer long narrow streets encircled the Jokhang Temple. It is a popular devotional circuit for pilgrims and locals. For visitors, it is a colorful, lively and authentic street with hundreds of stores and vendors selling all kinds of Tibetan items, pilgrims praying in a clockwise direction and locals dressing traditionally.

Drive back to the hotel at around 4:00pm.

Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

Shambhala Hotel Lhasa 3* / Xinding Hotel 4* / Xinding Hotel 4*


Day 11 - Lhasa

Visit Drepung Monastery and enjoy amazing landscape at Yomdrok Lake.

Pick up at your hotel 8:00am.

(8:30am)Drepung Monastery is considered as one of the 'Three Great Monasteries' along with Ganden and Sera. Built in 1416, Drepung once was the largest monastery in Tibet housing more than 1,000 monks at its peak. 5 km from the western suburb of Lhasa and up on the Mount Gephel, Drepung is quite peaceful except the well-known Shoton Festival that held here annually.

It takes about 2 hours to Yamdrok and will reach Yamdrok lake at around 2:00pm. Yamdrok lake is the largest freshwater lake at the south foot of the Himalayas. It is 90 km to the city of Gyangtse and Lhasa. Surrounded by many snow-capped mountains, it is considered as one of the three holy lakes in Tibet. It provides magnificent view whenever you reach there.

Drive back to the hotel at around 4:00pm.

Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

Shambhala Hotel Lhasa 3* / Xinding Hotel 4* / Xinding Hotel 4*


Day 12 - Depart Lhasa (Flight not included)

Be transferred to the airport and bid farewell to Lhasa today. Lhasa has direct flight to domestic cities like Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Chengdu, Shangri-la and Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. We would be happy to arrange for your extension tour if needed.


Price Include & Exclude

Price Include
  • Entrance Fees: To scenic spots as listed in the itinerary.
  • Meals: All meals as specified in the itinerary. Breakfast is usually a western style buffet at your hotel, but it might be only a Chinese breakfast is available in some remote areas. Lunch will be at local restaurant.
  • Private Transfers: Private air conditioned vehicle with a driver and English-speaking guide for transfers in the above cities.
  • English-speaking guide: We choose guide who are responsible, knowledgeable and has a sense of humor to accompany you throughout the city.
  • Hotels: All hotels are well-selected and can be changed to cater for your requirements. Service charge & government taxes are also include.
  • Transportation: Flight/trains as listed above. Airport tax and fuel surcharge fee is included in.
  • Insurance: The insurance is China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
  • Arrangements: The tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges.
Price Exclude
  • International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China.
  • China Entry Visa Fees.
  • Excess Baggage Charges when taking flights.
  • Personal Expenses: Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone calls, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the tour itinerary.
  • Items that are not listed in the itinerary.

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