, our tour guide will be at the airport to welcome you and transfer to check in hotel. The rest time of the day will be free for rest after long flight.
An unforgettable outing includes a visit to the wondrous Great Wall at Juyong Guan Pass, where you will have the chance to climb a portion of this 3,700-mile vista and marvel. Zigzagging from east to west along the undulating mountains, the Great Wall was built to hold off tribal invaders from the north. Its dramatic descends, steep ridges and narrow valleys will create a marvelous landscape for your camera. In the afternoon on the way drive back to you hotel, have a far-view of Water Tube & Bird’s Nest, you can take photo of them.
Day 3: Tour Beijing
, then Night Train to Xi’an B/L
Today’s tour includes Tian'anmen Square, the largest public square in the world. Dominating the north side of the square is the massive red Tian'anmen Gate through which you will pass into the fabled Forbidden City and another age, where you will be shown the home to the members of the royal family and their court in China's Ming and Qing Dynasties. In the evening you will be transferred to train station to take night train Z19 (20:43/07:58+1) to Xi’an.
Overnight on the train
Day 4: Arrival Xi’an & Tour Xi’an B/L
Arrive in Xi’an (the ancient former capital city) at 07:58, meet the local guide at train station and transfer to have breakfast. Then set out for another highlight of your tour, the Terracotta Warriors Museum. The thousands of life size soldiers and horses were created to guard the tomb of Qin Shi Huangdi, the first Emperor to unite China under his firm rule. The royal tomb itself has yet to be opened but the rank upon rank of Warriors is a sight that is unrivalled anywhere in the world. In the afternoon you will visit the Provincial History Museum with its richest collection of artifacts in China. Last stroll on Muslim Street. All shops and restaurants in the street are operated by Muslims. The stalls lined the narrow alleys sell almost everything you can expect. There are number of stalls selling small items of aircrafts.
Overnight in Xi’an
Day 5: Xi’an – Xining by flight, then get on board of train to Lhasa B
To start your day before breakfast, you will have a unique chance to experience the mysterious and ancient art of Tai Chi Chuan, a 300-year old traditional Chinese martial art, also known as shadow boxing. Then you will be transferred to airport to take flight to Xining, in the afternoon you will board overnight train to Lhasa.
Overnight on the train
Day 6: Arrival Lhasa
Arrive in Lhasa in the afternoon, transfer from the train to our hotel. The rest day is free to explore this special city.
Overnight in Lhasa
Day 7: Lhasa B/L
After breakfast visit Potala Palace, dominating the skyline of Lhasa and Tibet’s best-know landmark. Then visit Jokhang Temple, home of the most precious of the Buddha images in the region. Brought from Chang’an (what is now Xi’an) by the Tang Princess Wen Cheng when she married Tibetan King Songsten Gampo, the Sakyamuni Buddha is truly magnificent. Next walk through the colorful bazaar on Barkhor Street known as the Pilgrims’ay prior to visiting a carpet factory where you can marvel at the skill of the carpet weavers and admire the Buddhist designs.
Overnight in Lhasa
Day 8: Lhasa – Yandrok-Tso – Gyantse by driving B/L
Today leaving for Gyantse. Pass by the Yamdrok-Tso Lake. It is over 72 km (45 miles) long. The lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and is fed by numerous small streams. The lake does have an outlet stream at its far western end. Around 90 km to the west of the lake lies the Tibetan town of Gyantse and Lhasa is a hundred km to the northeast. According to local mythology, Yamdok Yumtso lake is the transformation of a goddess. Keeping drive to Gyantse and visit Karuola Glacier which is about 71 kilometers (about 44 miles) from Gyangtse County. You can even see this amazing glacier from the road beside it. Karuola Glacier is about 5,600 meters north of the main peak of Karuola Mountain. Due to smoke pollution from motor vehicles, the entire glacier is now divided into black and white layers, which gives a distinctive beauty to this masterpiece of nature. In the late afternoon arrive in Gyantse and check in the hotel.
Overnight in Gyantse
Day 9: Gyantse – Tingri by driving B/L
In the morning visit Kumbum Pagoda also called 100-thousand-Bouddha's-pagoda as well as Pelkor Monastery famed with its splendid Buddhist Tibetan art, both of them were built in the 15th century. Then continue drive to Tingri and check in the hotel.
Overnight in Tingri
Day 10: Tingri – Mt. Everest Base Camp by driving B/L
In the morning drive to Mt. Everest. Drive to the Base Camp of Mt. Everest. Visit Rongbu glacier. With an elevation between 5,300 meters and 6,300 meters, Rongbu Glacier is one of the greatest glaciers on Mt. Everest. Covering an area of 1,500 square kilometers, it is composed of West Rongbu Glacier, Middle Rongbu Glacier and East Rongbu Glacier stretching about 26 kilometers. West Rongbu Glacier and the east one wind the pyramid-like Everest. The thickest ice layer reaches up to about 300 meters, and the width of ice tongue averages about 1,400 meters. It is ranked as one of the most beautiful six glaciers in China..
Overnight in Mt. Everest Base Camp
Day 11: Mt. Everest Base Camp – Shigtase by driving B/L
If you are lucky enough, you will see sunrise at E.B.C. Late morning start driving to Shigatse.
Overnight in Shigatse
Day 12: Shigatse – Lhasa by driving B/L
In the morning drive to visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, the main attraction in Shigatse is the seat of the Panchen Lama—Tashilhunpo Monastery. Built in 1447 by a nephew of Tsong Khapa, the monastery once housed over 4000 monks, but now there are only 600. Apart from a giant statue of the Maitreya Buddha ( nearly 27 meters high ) in the Temple of the Maitreya, the monastery is also famed for its Grand Hall with its opulent tomb ( containing 85kg of gold and masses of jewels ) of the fourth Panchen Lama. Then drive back to Lhasa.
Overnight in Lhasa
Day 13: Lhasa – Shangri-la by flight B
Take morning flight to Shangri-la, when arrival you will be transferred to check-in the hotel. In the evening visit Zhongdian Old Town with Tibetan old streets and houses and enjoy the local Tibetan people dancing in the middle square of old town. Then have a far-view of Giant Prayer Wheel, made of copper, weighs 60 tons with a height of 21 meters. At night the Giant Prayer Wheel glittering by itself because of lamplight.
Overnight in Shangri-la
Day 14: Shangri-la – Lijiang by driving B/L
In the morning you will visit Giant Prayer Wheel. Climb a small hill to take a closer look at the giant prayer wheel which reputed to be the largest in the world. You can turn the wheel and you also can get blessings from the monk in the temple next to it. Admiring the view of the town from the top of the hill is quite good experience. Then you will have a Tibetan Family visit. After that, drive to Lijiang, visit the Tiger Leaping Gorge en route, which is believed to be the deepest gorge in the world. From the top of the gorge you look down the steeply angled (70-90 degrees) mountain sides to the rushing Golden Sands (Jingsha) River with its 18 frothing rapids more than 200 meters (about 700 feet) below. Upon arrival, check in the hotel.
Overnight in Lijiang
Day 15: Lijiang B/L
In the morning visit Lijiang Old Town, a lovely traditional town with beautiful wooden houses and crisscrossed with streams of mountain water. Lijiang is one of the best preserved ancient towns in China and is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Next Baisha Naxi Village north of Lijiang. Baisha ( White Sand ) is located in the north of Lijiang. It is named this because of the large amount of white sand on the earths surface there. According to history Baisha is the earliest place for the settlement of Naxi nationality after they entered Lijiang basin. In the afternoon, visit Black Dragon Pool and the Dongba Culture Museum. The Dongba are the shaman of the Naxi people and are referred to for all aspects of Naxi life whether marriage, the site of a new house, opening a business, or health matters. The Dongba priests are the only people able to use the unique pictoglyph language which is the only pictoglyph language still in use today.
Overnight in Lijiang
Day 16: Lijiang – Dali
by driving B/L
After breakfast, visit Shuhe Old Town. Shuhe, also "Shaowu" in Naxi language, means "the village at the foot of the high hill". In the past, there behind the village was a high hill named Jubao Hill, so people named the village after the hill. Generation after generation, the village gets its present name. The Ancient Town of Shuhe is located 4 kilometers to the northwest of the Ancient City of Lijiang. Its central part covers an area of about 5 square kilometers. In 1997, the Ancient Town of Shuhe was ranked as an important part of the Ancient City of Lijiang. Then drive to Dali
, check in the hotel when arrival.
In the morning visit Xizhou Morning Market. Also visit Zhoucheng Village (the largest Bai village), well-known for tie-dye craftsmanship, where you can observe how Bai people make tie-dye products at home. Then take a pleasant stroll in Dali
Old Town which was the capital city of Nanzhao Kingdom 1000 years ago. Free in the afternoon.
Drive 4 hours to Kunming
, capital of Yunnan
Province, is known as “the city of Eternal Spring” for its pleasant climate and flowers blooming all year round. With a history of more than 2,400 years, it was the gateway to the celebrated Silk Road that facilitated trade with Tibet, Sichuan, Myanmar and India. Check in the hotel after arrival.
Visit the Bamboo Temple which is a Buddhist Monastery set in the tranquil hills just outside Kunming
, this complex dates back to the Tang Dynasty (100 years ago). It is famous for its 500 life sized carved Arhats or disciples of Buddha. Next go to Flowers & Birds Market. Famous for its year-round mild climate, Kunming
is often called Spring City. The famous Flowers and Birds Market in Jingxing Street is the city's biggest, most attractive shopping market where spring reigns all year. Strolling on the street, you can see shops and stalls of all sorts, especially those featuring flowers, birds, and fish. Then visit Green Lake Park, an urban park designed and created all the way back in the 17th Century. The banks are covered with an abundance of willow trees and dotted with a variety of vibrant lotuses. You will see local people singing, dancing, play Tai-Chi and other activities enjoy themselves in the park. At last visit Yunnan
Military Academy, was the first Western-style war college in southwest China established in 1909 (the late Qing Dynasty), and it is a famous military academy in modern history of China.
Day 20: Kunming
– Shanghai by flight B/L
Take morning flight to Shanghai. When arrival Shanghai, you will be transferred to visit the Yuyuan Garden. Laid out in the 16th century by a Ming official, this small (2 hectares) garden is a delight of pools, pavilions and rock gardens. Strolling through the bazaar surrounding the garden, you will find lines of stores that sell traditional Chinese arts and crafts. Then Shanghai Old City which is visually charming despite its touristy character on weekends. Unlike in central Shanghai where many old buildings were demolished to make room for modern skyscrapers, those in Shanghai Old City were preserved or reconstructed.
Overnight in Shanghai
Day 21: Shanghai B/L
Full day city tour includes the Shanghai Museum on People's Square with its fine collection of cultural relics. Next comes The Bund, one of the most famous thoroughfares in China and here you will see a collection of buildings dating from the 1930’s displaying their western influence and fulfilling the role of the commercial heart of Shanghai. After lunch visit Silk Factory. In the afternoon walk on Nanjing Road, At last visit The Shanghai French Concession, also known as French town, was a former foreign concession in Shanghai during the period of 1849 to 1946. It includes the area of Luwan and Xuhui District, which has always been Shanghai's most charming district.
Overnight in Shanghai
Day 22: Shanghai B
Today is free day for your own arrangement.
Overnight in Shanghai
Day 23: Departure Shanghai B
Transfer to airport for your return flight to Australia.