Suggested Itinerary for A Private Custom-made tour
- includes extended tour options
Day 1 Beijing
- Arrive at Beijing and transfer to Hotel.
Day 2 Beijing/Great Wall Mutianyu & Ming Tombs
- Visit the over 500 years imperial Ming Tombs sites in the suburb of Beijing in the morning, then head to Mutianyu Section of Great Wall.
- Before our ascent, we will stop for lunch at a Chinese restaurant near the base of Mutianyu.
- Then, it takes a 40-minute hike along the Wall’s steps or a 5-minute cable car ride from the foot of the mountain to the top. However, be aware that the Wall itself also requires hiking up and down from one section to another if you wish to see several watchtowers and viewpoints.
Day 3. Beijing /Pedicab Hutong Family Visit + National Museum + Forbidden City+Coal Hill Park for Bird-eye view of the Forbidden City
- In the morning, we drive to the Hutong, area to have a glimpse at life in a local hutong (a network of narrow streets and alleyways that make up a preserved neighborhood of old Beijing), a chat with a resident of a traditional courtyard house, a walk through Tiananmen Square, visit the National Museum.
- Lunch at a Chinese restaurant, and a guided trek through the Forbidden City.
- Mount up the Coal Hill(60m) behind the Forbidden City, the view is worth of it.
Day 4. Beijing/Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace + Olympic Venues– Xi'an (overnight soft-sleeper train)
- Learn the history and the architectural symbols of the Temple of Heaven and learn to practice taichi in the park.
- Walk around the Olympic Venues (Bird Nest & Water Cube) for pictures, then head to the Summer Palace, the imperial garden & palace which is mainly dominated by the Lake & Longevity Hill.
- Take the overnight soft sleeper train to Xi’an.
Day 5. Xi’an/Ancient City Wall/Terracotta Warriors
- We starts the day with a leisurely stroll along Xi'an's glorious Ming-era city walls.
- Visit the world famous excavation site - the Terracotta Warriors, thousands of life-sized soldiers, officers, horses and wagons, form a component of the underground army buried to protect the first emperor of China during his afterlife - he is also builder of the Great Wall.
Day 6 Xi'an City / Chengdu
- This day we make for an early start to the Small Goose Pagoda - one of China's most famous pagodas.
- Visit the Shaanxi History Museum, meandering through its halls of ancient treasures that trace back more than 1,000 years of Chinese history, and evidence the important role Xi'an played as a center of development for Buddhism.
- After lunch, we explore the winding alleys of the Muslim Quarter with its unique Great Mosque. You will also have time for shopping in the bazaar.
- Head to the lesser known Terracota Army of Hanyangling, or nicknamed “nude figures of warriors.”
It is the Mausoleum of the Western Han Emperor Liu Qi and his wife, the Empress Wangi, and is located in the village of Zhanjianan on the Loess Plateau 20 km North of Xianyang City and some 22 kilometers from both Xianyang airport and Xian. The 81 pits contained terracotta goods for the afterlife including thousands of animals, dogs, sheep, goats and pigs all formally laid out ready for slaughter. There were stoves, grain jars, wine vessels, horses and chariots all intended for the Emperor's use in the next life. What amazed historians even more was the discovery of thousands of nude and semi-nude, armless figures of warriors one third life-size.
- This later afternoon we fly to Chengdu.
Day 7 Chengdu / Leshan Giant Buddha / Chengdu
- Drive to Leshan City by coach (2 hours) to see Leshan Giant Buddha, the largest carved stone Buddha in the world.
- Take a boat to the river in front of the mountain to view the huge Buddha carved in cliff.
- After lunch, climb up the mountain to see the Buddha from the top in different perspectives.
- Drive back to Chengdu and enjoy another authentic Sichuan dinner.
- Watch the famous Sichuan opera, variety show and magical face-changing performance.
- Stay another night in Chengdu.
Day 8 Chengdu Panda Reserve / Lhasa
- Drive to Chengdu's Panda Reserve.
There are more than 20-30 pandas (adults and babies) in the reserve. Watch them eat, sleep, play, and walk around in relative close proximity. Holding a panda or standing beside and taking a close-up picture with them will be additionally charged.
- Charges for holding and taking photos with pandas: The money paid is a donation for the reserve; photos must be taken with your own camera.
- RMB 1,300/person for holding and taking photos
- Take the evening flight to the holy city of Lhasa, the home of the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple（Dazhao Si）, Sera Monastery, and the Barkhor. Located at 3700 meters above sea level, Lhasa is one of the highest cities in the world and check into hotel.
Day 9 Lhasa
- In the morning we will visit the Potala Palace, the symbolic landmark of Lhasa, and a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1994.
As the winter residence of the successive Dalai Lamas, the Potala formerly served as the center of local Tibetan theocratic rule, hosting major religious and political ceremonies since the reign of Dalai Lama V (1617-1682). It also houses the relics of those eight past Dalai Lamas. Dominating the Lhasa skyline, the Potala is the highest building within the city. We will climb to the top of the Palace, from which you will be able to see the entire layout of the city.
- After lunch, we will then visit the Jokhang Temple, another UNESCO site, and the spiritual center and the holiest shrine of Tibet, the destination of thousands of Tibetan pilgrims from all over the plateau every year. The Jokhang was built in the seventh century by Songtsen Gampo, the King who unified the Tibetan Plateau, and his two wives: the Tang Princess Wencheng and the Nepalese Princess Bhrikuti. It houses the statue of Jowo - Sakyamuni at 12 years of age - which Princess Wencheng brought from Chang'an 1,300 years ago.
- We will also go to Sera monastery, one of the three major monasteries of the Gelugpa (Yellow) sect of Tibetan Buddhism in Lhasa (the other two are Ganden and Drepung). You will witness monks carrying out philosophical debate in the courtyard.
Day 10 Samye / Tsetang
- On the third day we will travel to the Tsetang, the capital of the Lhoka (Shannan) district, which is considered the cradle of Tibetan civilization. There you will visit the many “firsts” of Tibet: first field, first village, first monastery, and first palace. Two hours' drive from Lhasa is Samye Monastery, the first monastery in Tibet. The magnificient and unique Central Hall is three stories high. The first floor is in Tibetan architectural style, the second in Han Chinese style and the third in Indian style.
- After lunch, we will visit Yumbulagang, the first palace in Tibetan history. Magnificently perched on top of a hill, it overlooks the first field and first village of Tibet. You can either hike up to the palace entrance, or go up on a yak or horse. It was said that the palace was built in the second century B.C. by the first Tibetan king Nyatri Tsanpo, who descended from heaven, accordingly to legend.
Day 11 Tsetang / Yamdrok Yutso Lake / Lhasa
- We will drive to visit dazzling Yamdrok Yutso (4441m), one of the three biggest lakes in Tibet.
- We will have lunch by the lake. In clear weather, the lake is a fabulous shade of deep turquoise.
- We will also stop by a village that makes Tibetan incense.
- Then we will return to Lhasa.
Day 12 Lhasa / Shanghai
- We will visit Tibet Museum in the morning. The museum houses a rich collection of cultural relics including handwritten Tibetan classics, colorful thangka paintings, musical and ritual instruments, and unique handicrafts and pottery.
- You will then be free to take a stroll along the Barkhor.
Barkhor means "intermediate circuit" in Tibetan. At the center of old Lhasa, the Barkhor is the middle circumambulation pathway for pilgrims around the Jokhang. The other two circumambulation pathways are the Nangkor (“inner circuit”) inside the Jokhang and the Lingkor (“the outer circuit”) around the old city. Buddhist pilgrims from all over the Tibetan plateau walk or progress by body-lengths prostrations along the Barkhor clockwise every day deep into the night. This sacred pilgrim path is also a marketplace where shaggy nomads, traders, robed monks and chanting pilgrims join together. Clustered shops and stalls sell printed scriptures, prayer flags and other religious vessels, jewelry, Tibetan knives, ancient coins and more.
- After lunch, we will drive to the airport and take the afternoon direct flight to Shanghai.
Lhasa - Shanghai MU2336 15:50 - 22:10
- Notice: We need to arrange the Tibet entry permits at least 15 days in advance. Please make your plans and book your trip early. To settle the entry permit to Tibet, we need from you a photocopy of your passport and Chinese visa, or your China residence permit with a letter from your place of work as proof of employment.
Day 13 Shanghai
- Our day begins at the Bund and the center of Pudong.
- After that, have a guided walk through the colonial architecture in Shanghai, viewing some of the most important buildings along the Bund and French Concession.
- Night cruise on the Huangpu River.
- Stay another night.
Day 14 Shanghai/Depart
- This morning we visit the Shanghai Museum, one of the most modern in China. This afternoon we take you to visit the Yu Garden, one of the best examples of traditional Chinese garden design in the country.
- Afterwards, you will have some time to stroll through Shanghai's Old Quarter.
- Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
CCC Travel does not offer regular set packages for this tour. However we are happy to help you plan a private custom-made one. Please scroll this web page down to check non-negotiable fixed prices and propose a date for your own group. Please note that we do not create a private tour and then make it available for individual people to join. We also do not contact other people to add to a group tour. Similarly, we can create custom-made private journeys for you and your family or friends or co-workers at set-prices.