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11 Days Scenic Tibet Tour from Beijing Xian

Best of China with Tibet Discovery

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Your curiosity on the ancient history and culture of China and Tibet will be satisfied in this trip. From the current capital city Beijing, you will travel to the greatest ancient capital Xian. Both Beijing and Xian are famous as for its longlasting history and magnificent World Heritage Sites. Then you will head to the roof of the world Tibet where you will explore not only the cultural and historical center of Tibet - Lhasa, but also the mysterious land of Nyingchi.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Explore the unforgettable city of Beijing and Xian, two greatest ancient Chiense capitals;
  • Discover daily life in Tibet and experience authentic Tibetan Buddhism existence;
  • Get into the Oriental Switzerland in Tibet - Nyingchi.

Basic Trip Information

Price:
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  1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in a 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according to your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Travel Route:
Beijing / Xian / Lhasa / Nyingchi
Travel Length:
11 Days 10 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-BXLNT-11
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
Departure:
Any day you want

Your tour - at a glance

Day 1~3 Arrival & Beijing Tour

Arrive at Beijing and go to visit the best highlights of Beijing, such as the grand Tiananmen Square, historical Forbidden City, spectacular Temple of Heaven, manmade wonder Great Wall of China, traditional Hutong, etc.

Day 4~6 Xian Tour & Flight to Lhasa

Two full day to visit the incredible Terracotta Warriors, leisurely walk on the Ancient City Wall, Bell & Drum Tower Square, Great Mosque and Muslim Quarter, explore the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Shaan’xi History Museum.

Day 7~8 Lhasa City Tour

Two full days to explore the holy Lhasa, covering the grandiose Potala Palace, sacred Jokkang Temple, Barkor Street, delicate Norbulingka Park, and two major temples in Tibet – Drepung Monaster and Sera Monastery.

Day 9~11 Nyingchi Tour & Departure

Travel from Lhasa to Nyingchi. Before arrive at the beautiful Basumtso Lake, visit the Gelug monastery - Ganden Monastery. While in Nyingchi, the visit to Lulang Forest will definetly please your eyes.

Full Itinerary Day by Day

Day 1 Beijing Arrival

Ni Hao! welcome to Beijing, the iconic city and capital of China! You will be met by our local tour guide at the arrival hall of Beijing Airport and escorted to your downtown hotel by a private comfortable vehicle. The rest of the day is your own to relax. If you want to explore nearby areas, feel free to get some practical suggestions from your tour guide.

Arrival Ideals: At present, there are many international and domestic flights to Beijing. Besides, you can take a high speed train to this capital city from Shanghai (5-6 hrs), Xian (5.5 hrs), Guangzhou (8-9.5 hrs), etc.

Day 2 Beijing (B, L)

After breakfast, start to explore the historical face of Beijing with a brief visit to Tiananmen Square, now the largest city plaza in the world. Tiananmen Gate on the northern side of the square was the site where Chairman Mao announced the establishment of the People's Republic of China. Stepping into the Tiananmen, you will see one of the world’s five most important palaces – the Forbidden City, a huge palace complex of more than 9,000 rooms where 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties lived. Pass through various doorways in this magnificent structure to admire the beautiful and well preserved buildings decorated with yellow-glazed tile roofs, white marble bases and splendid colorful paintings.

Leave the city, drive about 70km to witness one of the Seven Wonders of the World - the Great Wall. Visit the Mutianyu, a less crowded yet well-preserved segment of the Great Wall built in the Ming Dynasty. It will more than live up to all of your expectations! You’ll take a cable car to ascend the Great Wall, then hike the most beautiful and interesting part of Mutianyu. It's a wonderful experience to climb up its rising towers to enjoy scenic views and take brag-worthy photos of the wall wriggling along mountain ridges. After the exciting time, descend Mutianyu Great Wall by cable car. (Note: If energy permits, you can hike up or down which takes about 40 minutes to climb steps. Please tell your likes to your travel consultant.)

Optional activity: 1). In the evening, you could watch a wonderful Kungfu Show in the Red Theater (Hong Ju Chang) which usually starts at 19:30. 2). Or, you could enjoy the well-known Beijing Opera at Liyuan Theater to appreciate the classic Chinese art performance at 19:30-21:00.

  • Beijing Fobidden City Forbidden City
  • Great Wall Hiking Taking a leisure hiking on Mutianyu Great Wall

Day 3 Beijing - High Speed Train to Xian (B,L)

After breakfast, drive to the imperial site – Temple of Heaven. It was originally used to pay homage to Heaven and pray for harvest, now becomes a bustling place for locals to take part in traditional activities, such as Tai Chi, dancing, kite flying, water calligraphy, etc.

Then, get back to central city to hop on a rickshaw to experience Beijing Hutongs – small alleys made of neighboring quadrangle dwellings. Shuttle among different Hutongs to feel the old Beijing life style, meet various antique shops and small boutiques, feel the historical changes of Beijing, also pay a visit to a local family's home in the traditional Hutongs.

Till now, your Beijing tour is about to end. Your tour guide will see you off at the Beijing West Railway Station for your high speed train to Xian (about 5 hours). Be pick up by your tour guide at Xian North Railway Station, and escorted to your hotel in Xian. The rest of today is on your own to explore this ancient capital of China.  

  • Temple of Heaven in Beijing Temple of Heaven
  • Hutong Hutong

Day 4 Xian (B, L)

After breakfast, drive about 40km to discover one of the greatest man-made wonders in the world – the Terracotta Warriors and Horses, built by the first emperor of China Qin Shihuang to protect him in his afterlife. Over 8,000 life-size warriors, horses and chariots, buried in 3 pits for more than 2,000 years until uncovered by a local farmer in 1974, form an ancient military army with complete battle units of infantry, cavalry, etc. Standing in front of these figures, one can’t help being amazed not only by the ambition of Emperor Qin Shihuang but also by the fabulous artistic skills of ancient Chinese artisans.

After lunch, return back to Xian for some leisure time at the Bell & Drum Tower Square, where the biggest and most intact Bell Tower and Drum Tower in China stands. Then head to the Great Mosque, a very special place made up of a group of buildings that include multi-story buildings, towers, pavilions and palaces with Chinese style decoration on the outside and Muslim style decoration on the inside. This visit is followed by a relaxing wander around bustling and lively Muslim Community, a place where you can try different local snacks and explore Muslim culture.

Optional activity: Enjoy a wonderful Tang Palace Dance Show (usually from 8pm to 9pm) after a hearty dumpling dinner at a local restaurant.

  • Terra Cotta Warriors Terracotta Warriors
  • Muslim Snack Street Muslim Community

Day 5 Xian (B, L)

After breakfast, head to Da Cien Temple, a famous Buddhist sutra translation site during the Tang Dynasty. Big Wild Goose Pagoda is the most famous building in the temple. The pagoda, rising to a height of 64.5 meters, was built by the famous Buddhist master Xuanzang to preserve classic scriptures he bought back from India during the early Tang Dynasty. Xuanzang was the prototype character for Tang Seng in the famous Chinese novel “Journey to the West”. (Note: It costs an extra 30 RMB if you want to climb up the Big Wild Goose Pagoda)

Next is an educational visit to the Shaanxi History Museum where you can ramble in the modern exhibition halls to appreciate historic relics such as porcelains, paintings, and currencies dating from the Zhou to the Tang dynastic periods (1100BC to 907 AD). (Note: Shaanxi History Museum may be replaced with other activity or attraction because of crowding tourists during July ~ early September and China’s National Day during Oct.1-Oct.7. You may check details with your travel consultant.)

In the afternoon, you will take a wonderful stroll on the Ancient City Wall, the largest and best-preserved ancient city wall in China. Enjoy panoramic views of modern Xian while you leisurely examine this well-maintained city wall which is 12 meters high and 18 meters wide with a total circuit of nearly 14 kilometers.

Optional activity: Take a relaxing cycling trip on the Ancient City Wall.

  • Big Wild Goose Pagoda Big Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Xian Shaanxi History Museum To Explore the Spectacular Heritages of Ancient China
  • Ancient City Wall Ancient City Wall, the largest and best-preserved ancient city wall in China

Day 6 Flight to Lhasa (B, L)

Today is free until your guide escorts you to catch your flight to Lhasa (about 3hrs). Upon arrival, a tour guide will pick you up at the arrival hall and escort you to your hotel in downtown Lhasa while you enjoy the stunning views along the Yarlong Tsangpo River. After check in, the rest of the day is for you to acclimate to the high altitude and weather of Lhasa. 

Tips of Today: 1. You can go out for some walking to acclimate the high altitude but avoid strenuous activity after arrival; 2. You’d better not have bath; 3. Drink more water.

Day 7 Lhasa (B)

After breakfast, start an incredible day of exploration in Lhasa city. The grandiose Potala Palace will be the first site to discover. After more than 1300 years of historical changes, this colossal Palace still dominates the skyline of Lhasa city. The Palace is the political and religious center of Tibet and has served as the governance and preaching site for the Dalai Lama. Climbing up the sacred steps to the Red Palace and White Palace you will explore their marvelous interiors full of exquisite Thangkas, numerous Buddha statues, vivid wall paintings, and other works of Buddhist art.

In the afternoon, first visit the holiest Buddhist temple in Tibet, Jokhang Temple, where the 12-year-old-like Shakyamuni statue is consecrated. With a history stretching over 1,300 years, this temple combines the architecture styles of Tibet, China, Nepal and India. As a spiritual center of Tibet, Jokhang Temple attracts hundreds of devoted pilgrims to worship there every day. Outside the door of Jokhang Temple is the famous pilgrimage circle, Barkhor Street, where you can join faithful Tibetans in colorful attires walking the circle around Jokhang Temple.

  • Tibet Potala Palace Visit Potala Palace
  • Meet with Tibet locals at Barkhor Street Meet with Tibet locals at Barkhor Street
  • Jokhang Temple Jokhang Temple

Day 8 Lhasa (B)

After breakfast, we start our day with a visit to the summer palace of the Dalai Lamas and also the largest Tibetan garden – Norbulingka Park. The luxuriant trees and flowers, cool ponds and comfortable palaces make Norbulingka the best place for a summer retreat. Then drive about 5km westward to Drepung Monastery. This monastery used to play a crucial role in Tibet Buddhism as the school of the Dalai Lamas. As you walk along, immense temples and chapels leap to your eyes one after another. In its heyday, more than 10,000 monks lived and studied in the monastery. Various Buddhist rituals are performed in the monastery during festivals, most famous being the ceremony of Buddha Display in the annual Shoton Festival. 

We will then visit the featured six hundred year-old Sera Monastery, famous for its grand ceremony of Buddhist debating and its beautiful temples with sensational icons, murals and history.

  • Monks at Drepung Monastery Entrance Monks at Drepung Monastery Entrance
  • Norbulingka Park - A Beautiful Tibetan Style Garden Norbulingka Park - A Beautiful Tibetan Style Garden
  • Monks Debating at Sera Monastery Monks Debating at Sera Monastery

Day 9 Lhasa – Nyingchi (B)

Today, you are going to visit the "Switzerland of Tibet" - Nyingchi which is featured in stunning natural plateau landscape. After breakfast, drive about 1.5 hours to get to the Gandan Monastery for a visit. It is the first Gelugpa monastery. This monastery plays a very important role in Tibetan Buddhism because it was founded by the founder of Gelugpa which is now the most influential sect of Tibet Buddhism. Both the buddhist leader Dalai Lama and Pachen Lama belong to Gelugpa.

After visit, you’ll head to the destination for today - Basomtso Lake. Basomtso Lake, 3,500 meters above sea level, originates from Nyching Tangha Mountain and is a dozen kilometers long. Snow-covered mountains, glaciers and trees are reflected upon the lake’s rippled surface. There are small islands in the middle of the lake with Lamaist temples built upon them.

Accommodate at Basomtso Lake.

Tip of today: The view during the drive from Lhasa to Nyingchi is great! Be sure to take breaks to stretch your legs and take pictures.

  • Basumtso lake
  • Ganden monastery

Day 10 Nyingchi Tour (B)

Get up early to enjoy the peaceful morning at Basumtso Lake. After breakfast, drive about 135km to Bayi Town. After arrival, go to have lunch and visit the famous Cypress Tree Reserve where has a more than 2,500 years old cypress which is nearly 50 meters tall. 

In the afternoon, you are going to see something beautiful and bast - Lulang Forest. While during the driving to Lulang, you will make a short stop at Sekyim la Pass (4720m) to enjoy the breathtaking views of Mt. Namjia Bawa (7,700m) in the distance. As a giant spear stabbing to the blue sky, Mt. Namjia Bawa is the sacred mountain of the local religion of Tibet - Bon. 

After arrval at Lulang Forest, throw yourself into the wild and beautiful landscape there. Lulang means "the dragon valley" or “the place where you won’t be homesick” in Tibetan language. And yes, it is true. One can't help soaking in this stunning valley full of lofty green mountains, prosperous trees, wild flowers, winding streams, pleasant meadows, peaceful villages. Looking into distance over the valley, it's a magnificent view of enormous snow-capped mountains standing under blue sky.

Drive back to Bayi for accommodation.

  • Lulang Forest Lulang Forest
  • Mt. Namjia Bawa Mt. Namjia Bawa

Day 11 Nyingchi Departure (B)

Today is free for you until to be transferred to Nyingchi Milin Airport in time for your flight to next destination.

Departure Idea - Nyingchi Mililn Airport is the second busiest airport in Tibet. You can leave Nyingchi for many popular destinations in China, including Chengdu, Chongqing, Beijing, etc. But you'd better book the flight ticket in advance especially in tourism peak season(July, August, September, October).

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