Days China Shangri-La Discovery Tour:
Beijing, Kunming, Lijiang, Shangri-la,
Tibet Lhasa And Shanghai
Tour Code: TPT_10
1. Tour Itinerary
On arrival at Beijing airport or railway
station, you will be met by our guide
and transferred to your hotel. The rest
of day is at leisure or explore the
nightlife of Beijing on your own.
+ Lunch + Dinner)
In the morning,
visit Tiananmen Square and then explore
the Forbidden City which was the Imperial
Palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties.
This afternoon we will discover the
exquisite Summer Palace. Enjoy the Beijing
Optional program in the evening: Peking
Opera, or Kungfu Show or Chinese Acrobatics.
in the heart of Beijing, the square
stretches 880 meters from north to south
and 500 meters from east to west. Tian'anmen
is the entrance gate to the Forbidden
City and was built in 1417. On October
1, 1949, Mao Zedong, proclaimed the
founding of the People's Republic of
China on the Tian'anmen Gate Tower.
almost 500 years, this imperial palace
served as the home of 24 Emperors and
the ceremonial and political center
of the Chinese imperial government.
The construction of the Forbidden City
took 14 years and was finished in 1420.
UNESCO listed it as a World Cultural
Heritage Site in 1987.
largest, most beautiful and exquisite
imperial garden in China. Mainly dominated
by Kunming Lake and Longevity Hill,
the Summer Palace covers an area of
2.9 square kilometers. There are more
than 100 traditional architecture in
the park; they include pagodas, temples,
pavilions, waterside gazebos, halls,
palaces, marble boat and stone bridges.
Duck Dinner: Beijing
Roasted Duck is renowned as the most
delicious food of Beijing. The duck
is hung in the oven and roasted by flame
burning from fruit-wood. The finished
duck is characteristic with crispy skin,
tender meat and the fragrance from the
Opera is deemed the national opera of
China. The accompanying music, singing
and costumes are full of Chinese cultural
Take an excursion
to the Mutianyu Great Wall, escape from
the crowds and enjoy a leisure walk
on the wall. After lunch, visit the
With has a history of more than 2,300
years, the Great Wall is one of the
most extensive construction projects
ever completed. Stretching 21,196 kilometers,
this ancient defensive architecture
winds up and down across mountains,
deserts, grasslands and plateaus. The
best-known and best-preserved section
of the Great Wall was built in the 14-17th
centuries A.D.. Mutianyu section is
famous for its breath-taking scenery
and is less crowded than the Badaling
majestic mausoleums of 13 emperors of
the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). Ming
Tombs offers insight into imperial Ming
Dynasty life, including stone thrones,
tablet archway, Stone Figures, animal
sculptures, ornamental columns and other
evidence of Chinese culture and traditions.
At present, only the Spirit Way, Dingling
Tomb, Changling Tomb and Zhaoling Tomb
are open for viewing.
- Kunming (Breakfast
In the morning,
take a visit to the Temple of Heaven.
transfer to the airport for flight to
of Heaven: A
complex of Taoist buildings built in
1420 during the Ming Dynasty (1368 -
1644). It is the place where the emperors
of Ming and Qing Dynasties made sacrifices
to Heaven and prayed for good harvest.
- Stone Forest - Kunming (Breakfast
After breakfast, drive 1.5 hours (90
KM) to visit the Stone Forest. Return
to Kunming in the afternoon.
Forest: The 26,000-hectare Stone Forest is located in Lu'nan Yi Nationality Autonomous County, about 120 kilometers southwest of Kunming. The area is believed to have been originally under the ocean. With eons of movement of the earth crust the area rose and broke through. The limestone left behind went through sun, rain, wind, and earthquakes and finally developed into the beautiful stone forest we see today.
- Lijiang (Breakfast
Take morning flight
Explore Lijiang Ancient Town.
Ancient Town: It is situated on
a plateau at an elevation of 2,600m
and is impressive because of its scenery
and lush vegetation. There is no other
town in China like Lijiang which incorporates
the folkways of so many people and the
architectural styles of both north and
Tour to Jade Dragon
Snow Mountain, Lijiang Murals and Ancient
Shuhe Village of Naxi people.
Dragon Snow Mountain: A
holy mountain for the Naxi people
that is located 15km north of Lijiang
city with an altitude of 5600 meters
(18,400 feet) above sea level. Visit
villages of Naxi people.
in succession from the early Ming
dynasty to the reign of Emperor Qianlong
in the Qing dynasty. These mural paintings,
with their fine and smooth lines,
bright colors, vivid pattern and balanced
and harmonious composition are a wonderful
- Shangri-La (Breakfast,
Drive 180Km to
Shangri-la. On the way, visit the Tiger
Leaping Gorge and the First bend of
the Yangtze River.
Leaping Gorge: One of the longest,
deepest and narrowest gorges in the
bend of the Yangtze River: The
upper reaches of the Yangtze River
is named the Jinsha River, which originates
from the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. The
Jinsha River flowed southward along
the Hengduan Mountain ranges and was
forced to the turn to north because
of the Alpine movements which caused
changes in the earth's physiognomy.
When the river reaches Shigu Township,
it makes an abrupt turn and flows
further northward, forming the rare
Visit the Songzanlin Lama Temple and
the Pudacuo Scenic Region (including
Shudu Lake, Bita Lake Resort and Xiaji
Lama Temple: A typical Lama monastery.
Located at the foot of Mt. Foping,
four kilometers north of Zhongdian
County, a monastery was first built
here in 1679 and has been rebuilt
Lake: A fault lake, is an intact
natural attraction with various species
of flora and fauna and, of course,
Lake: The lake is known for its
clear water, and the peaceful environment
of the area around here. The lake
abounds in unique species of fish,
with double lips and a golden color.
- Lhasa (Breakfast,
Take flight to
Arrive in Lhasa, you will be met by
our guide and transferred to your Hotel.
The rest of the day is free for you
to adapt to the high altitude.
Tour to the Potala Palace, the Sera
Monastery, the Norbulingka and visit
a Tibetan family.
Palace: The chief residence and winter palace of the Dalai Lama since the 7th century. This immense religious and administrative complex is situated atop the Red Mountain, 130 meters above the Lhasa River valley. Potala Palace is 3,700 meters above sea level and covers an area of over 360,000 square meters; its 13 stories of buildings have more than 1,000 rooms, 10,000 shrines and about 200,000 statues.
Monastery: Founded in 1419, it is one of three famous monasteries in Tibet. As a complex of structures with the Great Assembly Hall and three colleges, Sera is the representative monastery of the Gelugpa of the Tibetan Buddhism, sometime in the history it housed about 6000 monks from all over Tibet.
Norbulingka: The traditional summer residence of the successive Dalai Lamas from the 1780s until the late 1950s. Norbulingka means "treasure park" in the Tibetan, it measures about 430,000 square yards, with 374 rooms inside. As a unique representation of Tibetan palace architecture, Norbulingka is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001.
Tour to the Jokhang Temple, the Drepung
Monastery, the Tibet Museum and visit
the Barkhor Street.
Temple: The most sacred and important temple in Tibet. Built in 647 during the reign of King Songtsen Gampo, it has a history of more than 1,300 years. The temple was built for the king's bride Princess Wencheng of the Chinese Tang Dynasty, to house the Buddhist statues and images she has brought to Tibet.
Drepung Monastery: Established in 1416, it is one of the Three Great Monasteries in Tibet. Covering an area of 250,000 square meters, Drepung Monastery is known as the biggest monastery in the world with many cultural relics. At its peak, more than 10,000 people lived in the monastery.
Tibet Museum: Covering an area of 54,000 square meters, it is the first modern museum in Tibet with a rich collection of cultural relics including Buddha statues, Tibetan scriptures, jade seals, gold albums, tangkas and folk arts.
Street: Encircling Jokhang Temple, it is a famous commercial center in Lhasa. Barkhor Street has a history of more than 1300 years, visitors can find all kinds of fantastic commodities here: bronze Buddhist statues, prayer beads, carpets, thangkas, joss sticks, prayer wheels.
- Shanghai (Breakfast
Take flight to
and transfer to hotel. Visit
the Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai Old Street
and former French Concession. Have a
stroll over the Bund. Optional program
in the evening: the Portman Acrobatic
Show or Huangpu River cruise.
the most famous classical garden in
Shanghai, Yuyuan is located to the northeast
of the old town, not far from The Bund.
It was built from 1559 to 1577 during
the Ming Dynasty. Each pavilion, hall,
stone and stream in the garden is expressing
the quintessence of South China landscape
design from Ming and Qing Dynasty.
French Concession: It
is once designated for the French from
1849 to 1946, consisting of today's
Luwan and Xuhui Districts. Interesting
architecture built with French and Belgian
venture investments and showing mixed
Chinese-European styles. Today, the
area is characterized by quiet, tree-lined
avenues, French-style villas, interesting
boutiques, lively bars and quaint cafes
that are not typical of China.
Bund: As the
architectural symbol of Shanghai, the
Bund is on the west bank of Huangpu
River and winds one kilometer. The name
"the Bund" is derived from an Anglo-Indian
term meaning literally "muddy embankment".
To the west of the Bund, there are 52
magnificent buildings standing in different
styles: Rome, Baroque, Gothic, Renaissance,
Classic and the combination of Eastern
and Western style, most of them were
erected before 1937.
Pu River: A
tributary of the Yangtze and there is
plenty of traffic on it to prove its
importance. You'll see the magnificent
building skylines on both the historic
west side (the Bund), and the modern
east side (Pudong) as well as the working
area of coal boats filling barges and
sending them downriver. It's fun to
see such lively river life as well as
Shanghai's amazing skyline.
Transfer to the
airport for your departure, end of service.
2. Hotel Accommodation
3. Tour Price
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so that we can quote precisely for the
1. Your name and nationality;
2. The number of persons in your party,
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5. Please let us know would you like 5-star
luxury hotels or standard 4-star hotels
or comfortable 3-star hotels for your
6. We specialize in customizing or tailor
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4. Quotation Inclusions For The Above Tour:
1. Hotel accommodation
The hotel is based on two persons sharing
one twin or double standard room with
Daily American or Chinese breakfast at
the hotel, Chinese lunch and dinner in
local Chinese restaurant as specified
in the itinerary.
Private transport between airport or railway
station and hotel and all the sights by
The economic class air tickets of the
domestic flight or soft berth/seat train
tickets between cities as specified in
The main entrance tickets for the sights
All normal sightseeing tours in each city
with English-speaking guide and admission
fees where applicable. Our guide will
not fly with you from one city to another.
Upon your arrival at each city, a new
local guide and driver will pick you up,
be with you for local tour and see you
off after you finish the itinerary of
each city. The cruise shore excursion
is in-group assigned by the cruise company.
China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
We highly recommend that you purchase
full coverage travel insurance from you
country of origin.
8. Tibet Travel
Permit application fee
The Tibet Travel Permit application fee
if your tour covers Tibet.
5. Quotation Exclusions For The Above Tour:
1. Visa Fees
Charge of obtaining your visa to enter
of arrival and departure
The international or domestic air / train
charge of arrival and departure.
Should a twin room is needed by a single
guest, supplement of the twin room will
is single supplement?
The hotel is based
on double occupancy. If the visitor travels
alone or the number of the travelers is
odd (such as 3,5, 7...), who stays in
one single room has to pay the single
room supplement. As the hotel is on double
Expenses of a personal nature such as
laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call,
optional activities or sightseeing, overweight
baggage charges or meals not indicated,
Optional programs which are not specified
in the above itinerary.
6. Tips to
guides and drivers
Imperial Palace, Beijing
the Great Wall of China
Temple of Heaven
Sacred Way, Ming Tombs
Summer Palace, Beijing
Stone Forest, Kunming
Golden Temple, Kunming
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Naxi People, Lijiang
Heilongtan Park, Lijiang
Songzanlin Lama Temple
Songzanlin Lama Temple
Oriental Pearl TV Tower
Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai