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[ GW-TE-010 ] Beijing-Xi'an-Lhasa-Tsedang-Zhongdian-Lijiang-Dali-Kunming-Shanghai (19 Day)
Day 1 Arrive Beijing
Arrive in Beijing, the capital of China. Meet your guide upon arrival and be transferred to your comfortable hotel. (B)
Day 2 Beijing

Begin the day’s activity with a visit to Tian’anmen Square, the largest urban square in the world. Then, move on to
the Imperial Palace, also known as the “Forbidden City”, the biggest palace complex in the world. In the afternoon,
visit the enchanting Summer Palace, one of China’s largest and best-preserved royal gardens, where you can
have a walk along the famous Long Corridor. A Peking Duck Dinner concludes your first full day’s activities in
China. (B-L-D)

Day 3 Beijing
Today’s highlight is your visit to the Great Wall, one of the “Seven Wonders of the World” and a symbol of Chinese
civilization. Just like a gigantic dragon, the Great Wall winds up and down across mountains. Then, move on to
visit the Ming Tombs (Changling Tomb) area where is for deceased emperors of the Ming Dynasty. (B-L-D)
Day 4 Beijing-Xi'an
Pay a visit to Temple of Heaven, the place where the emperors of Ming and Qing Dynasties worshipped heaven
and prayed for good harvest. Then, you will ride a rickshaw through some old “Hutongs”, lanes or alleys formed
by lines of Siheyuan (a compound with houses around a courtyard). Take a late afternoon flight to Xi’an. (B-L-D)
Day 5 Xi'an

Begin the day’s activity with an once-in-a-lifetime viewing of the extraordinary 2,200-year-old Terracotta Warriors
of China’s first feudal Emperor, Qin Shihuang. Visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, which was built in 652 A.D. It
contains a large volume of Buddhist scriptures which were obtained from India by the eminent monk of Xuanzang.
Then, visit Forest of Steles Museum where precious stone carvings and sculptures are kept. (B-L-D)

Day 6 Xi'an-Lhasa

Take a morning flight to Lhasa, an amazing city where devout Buddhists and the fashionable set enjoy their lives
in different ways. The guide will meet you at Konggar Airport, and transfer you to Lhasa city with about 1.5 hours’
driving (100km). On the way, you’ll get greeted with Nie Tang Buddha - a Buddha image engraved in the mountain
face. On arrival at the hotel, rest and acclimatize yourself to the local time and altitude. (B-D)

Day 7 Lhasa
The first day of sightseeing starts from Lhasa’s cardinal landmark- Potala Palace, a structure of massive portions.
Its towering image has already appeared on various occasions, but your first sight of the Potala will still be an awe-
inspiring moment. It takes at least a good 2-hour to visit those rooms, halls and chapels. Some 2km to the east of
the Potala is the most revered religious structure and the holiest temple in Tibet - Jokhang Tempel. Bustling with
worshippers and redolent with mystery, the Jokhang is an unrivalled experience. The quadrangle of streets
surrounding the Jokhang is the Barkhor Market - Lhasa’s most interesting pilgrimage circuit. This area of the
Old Town is both the spiritual heart of Lhasa and the main commercial district for Tibetans. (B-L-D)
Day 8 Lhasa
Sightsee the Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and Norbulingka in Lhasa. Drepung Monastery, the largest
and richest monastery in Tibet, was founded in 1416 by a disciple of Tsong Khapa under the patronage of a noble
family and later enlarged by the Fifth Dalai Lama. Nowadays it stands as Tibet’s most important and largest
monastic university in Tibet. Norbulingka Park (Treasure Garden) was built in the 1740s during the reign of the
Seventh Dalai Lama. Later it was renovated and enlarged and became the Dalai Lama’s Summer Palace. Sera
is located a few miles to the north of Lhasa, and is one of the three largest monasteries. (B-L-D)
Day 9 Lhasa-
Drive to Tsedang, and today’s highlight is the visit of Yonbulakhang and Changzhu Temple. Yongbulakang is the
palace for the 1st Tubo King Niechi in the Yalong River Valley. Changzhu Temple, famous by its “Pearl Tangka”, is
on the east bank of the Yalong River in the district of Shannan. Stay an overnight in Tsedang.
Day 10 Tsedang-
Drive to the Airport, take a morning flight to Zhongdian, which is called “Shangri-La”. Pay a visit to Songzanlin
, or “Second Potala” as it is affectionately known, a spiritual place that invites you to discover the mystery
and traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Then, walk around DuKeZong Ancient Town. (B-L-D)
Day11 Zhongdian

 Visit Napahai Lake Nature Reserve, the habitat for the black neck cranes. Then, pay a visit to Songzanlin
, or “Second Potala” as it is affectionately known, a spiritual place that invites you to discover the
mystery and traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Today, you will also have chance to visit Tibetan family and try home-
made Yak Butter tea and Tibetan Cheese. (B-L-D)

Day 12 Zhongdian-
Today you will drive to Lijiang, and stop at Tiger Leaping Gorge. As one of the world’s greatest four gorges, it is
located in Hutiaoxia Town in Zhongdian County and is honored as one of the deepest and most marvelous
gorges on the globe. If road and time permit, you can stop at the village of Stone Drum where you will have a look
at the first bend of the Yangtze River. (B-L-D)
Day 13 Lijiang

Visit the Suhe Tea and Horse Old Town, Baisha Murals in Baisha Naxi village and Black Dragon Pool to have a
look at the renowned Moon Embracing Pavilion. You will have some time for sightseeing of the Old Town of Lijiang,
also known as Dayan Town with Sifang Street at the core, the entire city spreads out in all directions, and is
crisscrossed by a labyrinth of flagged streets and alleyways. (B-L-D)

Day 14 Lijiang-Dali
Drive to Dali after breakfast and stop at Jian Chuan. Sightsee of Shibao Mountain Stone Caves, just like gem as
bright as Dunhuang in Gansu, Yungang in Shanxi, Longmen in Henan, and Dazu in Sichuan. You will also visit
Sideng Street in Shaxi, ancient fair place along the tea-horse merchant’s track. On arrival in Dali, visit Zhoucheng
. (B-L-D)
Day 15 Dali-
In the morning, and take a cruise on Erhai Lake. Just as its name implies, the lake is similar in form to that of a
human ear. Enjoy the tea ceremony of Bai People (Three-Course-Tea) in Xizhou Old Town.You will also have
some time to explore the Old Stone Town of Dali with its colorful markets. Take a late afternoon flight to Kunming,
“The City of Eternal Spring”. (B-L-D)
Day 16 Kunming-
Stone Forest-
Today, you will drive to the Stone Forest (90 km), and pay a visit to Seven Star Yi people’s village on the way. This
area offers tourists a unique landscape of stark limestone pillars twisted and sculpted. From a distance, these
stone pillars look indeed like a dense forest; hence the name of Stone Forest. It covers an area of 350 square
kilometers, yet only about 11.92 square kilometers have been developed as scenic landscape open to the public.
Drive back to Kunming in late afternoon. (B-L-D)
Day 17 Kunming-
You will visit to the Western Hill, from top of which you get through the Dragon Gate and get a beautiful panoramic
view of Dianchi Lake. Then, visit the Yunnan Municipal Museum. Take a late afternoon flight to Shanghai. Check in
hotel on arrival. (B-L-D)
Day 18 Shanghai
Enjoy one cruise on Huangpu River in the morning. Visit fascinating Yuyuan Garden, a well-restored Suzhou-style
garden, and take a walk through the Old Town filled with antique markets and specialty stores. Then, visit Jade
Buddha Temple
where two rare jade statues of Sakyamuni Buddha are treasured. Enjoy a fabulous Acrobatic
in the evening. (B-L-D)
Day 19 Return from
Be transferred to the airport and board on your homebound flight. (B)
B:Breakfast  L:Lunch  D:Dinner
Hotel Standard A( for 4-star hotel ) Price: RMB --/ per person in 1/2 double room
≥10 person
Single Supplement
6-9 person
Single Supplement
2-5 person
Single Supplement
High Season
¥ 18102
¥ 4587
¥ 22341
¥ 5599
¥ 26758
¥ 5599
Shoulder Season
¥ 17750
¥ 4235
¥ 22099
¥ 5357
¥ 26516
¥ 5357
Low Season
¥ 17414
¥ 3900
¥ 21929
¥ 5187
¥ 26345
¥ 5187
Hotel Standard A( for 3-star hotel ) Price: RMB --/ per person in 1/2 double room
≥10 person
Single Supplement
6-9 person
Single Supplement
2-5 person
Single Supplement
High Season
¥ 17299
¥ 3784
¥ 21285
¥ 4543
¥ 25702
¥ 4543
Shoulder Season
¥ 17244
¥ 3729
¥ 21230
¥ 4488
¥ 25647
¥ 4488
Low Season
¥ 17156
¥ 3641
¥ 21153
¥ 4411
¥ 25570
¥ 4411

High Season: Apr., May, Sep., Oct., 1st Nov.-15th Nov
Shoulder Season: Mar., July, June, Aug., 16th Nov.-30th Nov
Low Season: Dec., Jan., Feb


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