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Explore China & Tibet

15 Days, Beijing to Shanghai
Explore China & Tibet

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Get over the wall for a life-changing adventure through China's awe-inspiring interior. Explore the unforgettable city of Beijing and meet pandas at a breeding ce read more...

What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 14 nights accommodation (Hotels (10 nts), soft-sleeper overnight train (1 nt), Yangtze riverboat (3 nts)).
  • 14 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners.
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  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Train, minibus, cruise boat, small canal boat, ferry, plane, walking.).
  • Arrival transfer.
  • Internal flight.
  • Tour of Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven.
  • Visit the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall.
  • Bike ride along the Xi'an city walls.
  • Orientation walk through Xi'an's Muslim Quarter and street markets.
  • Tour the museum of the terracotta warriors.
  • Orientation walk in Barkhor square.
  • Tour of Jokhang Temple, Potala Palace, and the Tibetan Medicine Institute.
  • Visit an academy for tangka painting.
  • Sera Monastery visit.
  • Tibetan cooking class.
  • Visit a panda breeding centre.
  • Yangtze River cruise.
  • Three Gorges Dam tour.
  • Shanghai acrobats show and behind-the-scenes tour.
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour, local guides.
  • Interesting articles, helpful tips, and photography advice from National Geographic before you depart.
VERY IMPORTANT
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 365-475 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
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Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Beijing
Day 2 Beijing
Day 3 Beijing / Xian
Day 4 Xi'an
Day 5 Xi'an
Day 6 Xi'an/ Lhasa
Day 7 Lhasa
Day 8 Lhasa
Day 9 Lhasa / Chengdu
Day 10 Chengdu/ Chongquing
Day 11 Yangtze River
Day 12 Yangtze River
Day 13 Yangtze River / Shanghai
Day 14 Shanghai
Day 15 Depart Shanghai
Departures
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  • Start
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  • Sat, 14 Apr '18
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  • Sat, 05 May '18
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  • Sat, 26 May '18
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  • Sat, 07 Sep '19
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  • Sat, 21 Sep '19
  • Sat, 05 Oct '19
  • Sat, 19 Oct '19
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Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • Beijing
  • On Board The Train
  • Xian
  • Lhasa
  • Chengdu
  • On Board Cruise
  • Shanghai
  • DAY 1 Arrive Beijing

    Arrive at any time and transfer to the hotel. Enjoy a first taste of Chinese cuisine with a Peking Duck welcome dinner.

    Spend the day resting or taking in the local surroundings. In the evening, there will be a welcome meeting with the tour leader and fellow travel companions, followed by a scrumptious Peking Duck dinner.

    Private Vehicle
    Beijing Capital International Airport - Beijing
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    1h 18:00
    The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. (Dinner)

  • DAY 2 Beijing

    Visit key sites of Beijing with a tour of the famed Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven.

    Delve into the history of Beijing, visiting the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Hear tales emperors and their concubines, a long crafted culture and rich tradition. Witness how ancient Chinese customs are still valued today, but also blended with modern technology and western influences. Also visit the Temple of Heaven and its surrounding grounds, where locals are whiling the hours away, practicing water calligraphy and Tai Chi, playing cards, and walking pet crickets, all with the colourful Temple of Heaven in the background.

    Tiananmen Square Guided Tour
    Beijing
    Explore one of the world's largest public squares, home to the Monument to the People's Heroes and the Great Hall of the People.

    Forbidden City
    Beijing 2h
    Our CEO will steer around crowds and help make the most of a visit to the Forbidden City.

    Temple of Heaven Visit
    Beijing 1h30m
    Explore the stunning Temple of Heaven, which was built during the rule of the Ming dynasty. Learn more about the history and significance of this place, often referred to as the symbol of Beijing.

    Private Vehicle
    Beijing
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 3 Beijing / Xian

    Take a walk along the 500-year-old Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China. Spend time exploring the towers, views, and the magnificent structure of this unique wonder. In the evening, board an overnight sleeper train to Xi'an.

    One of the greatest structures ever built, the Great Wall was constructed in stages over 2,000 years ago. It stretches 6,000km (3,72 mi) westwards from the sea to western China. The section we visit is called Mutianyu and is one of the best preserved Ming Dynasty sections reachable from Beijing. Arrive at the wall, walk up and explore a stretch by foot while taking in the spectacular views as it winds along the mountain ridges.

    Afterward, prepare for our overnight sleeper train journey to Xi'an, which we will board in the evening.

    Private Vehicle
    Beijing 2h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Great Wall Mutianyu visit
    Mutianyu 3h
    Climb the rolling hills of Huairou County at Mutianyu, one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall. Enjoy scenic views as the wall winds along mountain ridges, and take brag-worthy photos of the wall from any of the 22 towers.

    Overnight train (beds)
    Beijing - Xi'an 12h-14h
    Stretch out and get some well-earned rest en route to the next stop. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 4 Xi'an

    Arrive early into Xi'an where we enjoy a leisurely bike ride along the ancient city walls. In the evening, visit the vibrant Muslim Quarter and local markets and opt to try some of the best street food in China.

    Arrive in the ancient Chinese capital and traditional silk road terminus, Xi'an, in the morning. We will be met and transferred to our hotel. After settling in, gather for an inner city bike ride along 14km (9 mi) of ancient city walls.

    In the evening, explore the multicultural feel of the Muslim Quarter, with shopping lanes and street-side food stalls selling naan, kebabs, and a fine array of sweets. Opt to try some of the best street food in China - the spicy beef and lamb kebabs are always a favourite.

    Cycling Xi'an City Walls
    Xi'an 1h-2h
    Rent a bike and cycle the Xi'an city walls. The walls - built for protection in the Tang Dynasty and expanded in the Ming dynasty -are a great way to absorb local history. Hop off where you like and admire the views as you pedal along the 12m (39 ft) wide wall, which takes about 2 hrs to cycle along.

    Muslim Quarter Orientation Walk
    Xi'an 1h
    Enjoy a walk around Xi'an's Muslim Quarter with our CEO, and be introduced to favourite streets, artists, chefs or food stalls in the quarter. Each CEO offers a unique perspective. Get a better feel for the district and have plenty of time to roam around on your own, shopping and eating along the way. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 5 Xi'an

    Visit the famed Terracotta Warriors the archaeological wonder built over 2,000 years ago to protect the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. After, visit a local Village for lunch. Opt to enjoy a Tang Dynasty dinner banquet in the evening.

    Terracotta Warriors Guided Tour
    Xi'an 4h
    Take a guided tour of the Terracotta Warriors where more than 8,000 clay soldiers and hundreds of replica horses and chariots stand in three pits. Learn why the Emperor Qin Shihuang commissioned the statues to serve as his army in the afterlife and how they were discovered. Spend a half-day exploring this archaeological wonder.

    Village visit and lunch
    Xi'an 1h
    Visit a Village close to where, in 1974, a local farmer digging a well unearthed one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the century: the Terracotta Warriors. Explore a bit and enjoy a delicious local lunch.

    Optional Activities
    Tang Dynasty Dinner

    Xi'an
    88-158CNY per person
    Opt to enjoy a Tang Dynasty dinner this evening, sampling a banquet of local cuisine in the true style of an emperor and empress.
    Dinner will never be the same again. (Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 6 Xi'an/ Lhasa

    Fly over the Himalayas to Tibet. Settle into our Lhasa hotel, our home for the next 3 nights before setting out on an orientation walk with a local guide through Barkhor Square.

    Take a spectacular morning flight over the Himalayas to Lhasa, Tibet, the roof of the world at an altitude of 3,700m (12,140 ft). Enjoy a relaxed pace in the afternoon as we adjust to the altitude, and take a leisurely orientation walk with our local guide.

    Plane
    Xi'an - Lhasa 4h-5h
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    Barkhor Square Orientation Walk
    Lhasa 1h
    Explore the square with your CEO and learn more about this city. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 7 Lhasa

    Enjoy a guided visit to the Potala Palace, the sacred Jokhang Temple, and the Tibetan Medicine Institute to learn more about Tibetan spirituality and culture. Also visit a Tangka Academy to observe this ancient and intricate art form, considered sacred to Buddhist. The works usually depict a deity, scene, or mandala and are tied directly into Buddhist teaching and meditation.

    Private Vehicle
    Lhasa
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Potala Palace Tour
    Lhasa 2h
    Enjoy a tour of Potala Palace, a magnificent structure and true architectural wonder built in the 1600s and steeped in history. This is where the Dalai Lamas would meditate, handle affairs of state, and eventually where their burial stupas remain. Check out the golden statues, three dimensional mandalas, ancient scriptures, and the devoted pilgrims who circle the palace day and night. This is truly a remarkable place.

    Jokhang Temple Tour
    Lhasa 2h
    Enjoy a tour of this beautiful temple, which has been called the spiritual heart of Tibet. Watch prostrating pilgrims circle the temple day and night, some of them traversing the extremes of the Tibetan landscape by foot to come here and celebrate their faith. Make a kora ("revolution" in Tibetan) of the Barkhor, the holiest devotional circuit, which surrounds the Jokhang and houses a market bazaar where people bargain for Buddha images, yak skulls with ruby eyes, woodcarvings, carpets, prayer wheels, and the odd goat's head.

    Tibetan Medicine Institute Visit
    Lhasa 1h
    Learn about the teachings and traditions of Tibetan medicine. Built in 1916, Mentsekhang (also called Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute) was used for the research of Tibetan medicine and calendar calculations for the former local government. After a large expansion in 1980, it became the main center for the treatment, training, research, and production of Tibetan medicine in the region.

    Tangka Painting demonstration
    Lhasa
    Visit a studio in Lhasa that teaches the ancient Tibetan art form known as tangka painting. These intricate works, often depicting mandalas or deities, are considered sacred to Buddhism and are tied to teaching and meditation. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 8 Lhasa

    Visit the historic Sera Monastery, one of the great Tibetan Universities famed for its open debates among monks on the Buddhist doctrines. Later take a cooking class with a local chef and make (and eat) Tibetan momo beef dumplings.

    Sera Monastery Tour
    Lhasa 1h30m
    Visit the Sera Monastery and witness the monks engaged in lively debate, a philosophical practice they have held for hundreds of years.

    Dumpling-Making Lesson
    Lhasa 1h-2h
    Momos are dumplings native to Tibet. Join a local chef for a lesson in making these tasty little bites. When it comes to time to eat them, they'll be served with a special milk tea. Delicious!

    Private Vehicle
    Lhasa
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 9 Lhasa / Chengdu

    Fly to Chengdu and sample the famed and fiery Sichuan cuisine for dinner in the evening.

    Fly down into the Sichuan Valley, leaving the arid Tibetan plateau behind. Be prepared to try some of the spiciest food in all of China in Chengdu. Our tour leader will take us straight to spice-lovers heaven! Sichaun is also famous for its opera, and, as a direct influence from the food- its spicy ladies.

    Plane
    Lhasa - Chengdu 2h-3h
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually. (Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 10 Chengdu/ Chongquing

    Visit the Panda Breeding Centre and learn about and observe these gentle animals. Later, board a luxury riverboat for the first night on the Yangtze.

    The majority of the world's remaining pandas live in the mountains of Sichuan. Early in the morning we'll visit the Breeding Center to see the pandas stretch after a long night's slumber, then dig in to a healthy bamboo breakfast. At this hour the pandas should be their most active, as they romp in their playground environment.

    Later we'll head to Chongqing, where our Yangtze River cruise boat is docked. We'll enjoy a brief visit to the city of Chongqing, then board our vessel and settle in for the upcoming cruise.

    For our river cruise we use Victoria Cruise lines. Onboard facilities include a single-seating dining room, atrium lobby, two lounges, three bars, a gym, lecture room, library, beauty salon, massage room, and gift shop. All cabins are outside and have private balconies and bathrooms with bathtub and shower. All ships are fully air conditioned and have the latest satellite communications, HBO, CNN, and internet access.

    Important note: The cruise company is subject to change at any time and without notice.

    Giant Panda Breeding Center
    Chengdu 3h
    Visit the popular pandas at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, created to provide an ideal breeding environment for these endangered creatures. Learn about their life cycle and habitat and take memorable photographs of these iconic national treasures. See a number of other rare species, including the little-known red panda. Arrive in the fall for a chance to see tiny newborn pandas.

    Private Vehicle
    Chengdu - Chongqing 4h30m
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Cruise boat
    Chongqing - Yangtze River
    Step aboard and sail on to your next stop. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 11 Yangtze River

    Cruise the Yangtze River with daily shore excursions that can include Fengdu, Shibaozhai, or Wanzhou; sailing through Qutang Gorge/Wu Gorge, Daning River Small Gorges, or Shennong Stream, and sailing through Three Gorges dam ship locks. Relax in comfortable cabins and enjoy onboard activities such as tai chi, tea tasting, and Chinese calligraphy classes.

    The mighty Yangtze River splits China into north and south, and runs all the way from Chongqing to Shanghai. We cruise through one of the most geographically dramatic sections of the river, called the Three Gorges. Here, the scenery is impressive, and we see the rock formations change as we pass village after village.

    While on the boat, enjoy one of the several activities planned, or just laze the days away taking photos.

    Meal times will vary depending on the schedule of excursions and activities; times will be posted daily. Meals are served in the single-seating Dynasty Dining Room. Sumptuous western and Chinese buffets are offered at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

    Cruise boat
    Chongqing - Yangtze River Full Day
    Step aboard and sail on to your next stop.

    Yangtze River Cruise (Comfort)
    Yangtze River 48h Full Day
    Shore excursions are included over the next few days, including trips to various temples and walled cities which we pass along the way. We'll learn about the areas we float by from the local guides. Enjoy free time relaxing on deck or at the lounge. Daily shore excursions can include: Fengdu, Shibaozhai, or Wanzhou; sailing through Qutang Gorge/Wu Gorge, Daning River Small Gorges, or Shennong Stream; sailing through Three Gorges dam ship locks, and an optional excursion to White Emperor City. Onboard activities include lectures on Chinese history and culture, Tai Chi lessons, tea tasting, and calligraphy demonstrations. There are also shows and entertainment performed by the talented staff. (Lunch,Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 12 Yangtze River

    Cruise the Yangtze River with daily shore excursions that can include Fengdu, Shibaozhai, or Wanzhou; sailing through Qutang Gorge/Wu Gorge, Daning River Small Gorges, or Shennong Stream, and sailing through Three Gorges dam shiplocks. Relax in comfortable cabins and enjoy shipboard activities such as tai chi, tea tasting, and Chinese calligraphy classes.

    The mighty Yangtze River splits China into north and south, and runs all the way from Chongqing to Shanghai. We cruise through one of the most geographically dramatic sections of the river called the Three Gorges. Here, the scenery is impressive, and we see the rock formations change as we pass village after village.

    While on the boat, enjoy one of the several activities planned, or just laze the days away taking photos. Meal times will vary depending on the schedule of excursions and activities; times will be posted daily. Meals are served in the single-seating Dynasty Dining Room. Sumptuous western and Chinese buffets are offered at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

    Cruise boat
    Chongqing - Yangtze River Full Day
    Step aboard and sail on to your next stop.

    Yangtze River Cruise (Comfort)
    Yangtze River 48h Full Day
    Shore excursions are included over the next few days, including trips to various temples and walled cities which we pass along the way. We'll learn about the areas we float by from the local guides. Enjoy free time relaxing on deck or at the lounge. Daily shore excursions can include: Fengdu, Shibaozhai, or Wanzhou; sailing through Qutang Gorge/Wu Gorge, Daning River Small Gorges, or Shennong Stream; sailing through Three Gorges dam ship locks, and an optional excursion to White Emperor City. Onboard activities include lectures on Chinese history and culture, Tai Chi lessons, tea tasting, and calligraphy demonstrations. There are also shows and entertainment performed by the talented staff. (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)

  • DAY 13 Yangtze River / Shanghai

    Enjoy a tour of Three Gorges Dam (dependent on river conditions) before flying to Shanghai.

    Three Gorges Dam Tour
    Yichang 4h
    Marvel at this engineering feat. View the dam from the outside -- it's the best way to gain perspective on this structure. Opt to tour Three Gorges, which is open for tourists who want to learn more.

    Cruise boat
    Yangtze River - Yichang
    Step aboard and sail on to your next stop.

    Private Vehicle
    Yichang - Yichang Airport
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Plane
    Yichang Airport - Shanghai Pudong International Airport 1h30m-2h
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    Private Vehicle
    Shanghai Pudong International Airport - Shanghai 1h-1h30m
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 14 Shanghai

    Enjoy free time to explore on your own. Opt to visit Yuyuan Gardens or the Shanghai Museum.

    Free Time
    Shanghai Full Day
    Get to know this energetic city.

    Optional Activities
    Shanghai Museum

    Shanghai
    Free
    Visit Shanghai Museum, home to a world-class collection of ancient Chinese art. Tour individual galleries devoted to such items as sculpture, bronze, ceramics, jade, coins, Ming and Qing Dynasty furniture, paintings, and calligraphy. Stop at the gift shop on your way out.

    Yuyuan Gardens
    Shanghai
    45CNY per person
    Explore this tranquil, 400-year-old, five-acre garden. Climb to the top of the Rockery to see the greenery from above. Check out the Jade Rock and watch the swarms of goldfish swim around in the ponds. With multiple pavilions and halls there's plenty to see. Depending on when you visit there may be flower shows or tea ceremonies in the area. Opt to visit the bustling bazaar located outside the gardens and hone your bargaining skills.

    Later, get a behind-the-scenes peek at the famed Shanghai acrobats, visiting their training room, interacting with the artists and learning about this ancient tradition, followed by an awe-inspiring performance.

    Behind-the-Scenes with the Shanghai Acrobats & Performance
    Shanghai
    Get a behind-the-scenes peek at the famed Shanghai acrobats, visiting their training room, interacting with the artists and learning about this ancient tradition. After, enjoy the awe-inspiring performance of tumbling, balancing, and plate-spinning. There are amazing contortionists and high-wire walkers. The show blends Chinese acrobatics with state-of-the-art multimedia technology unlike anything you have ever seen. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 15 Depart Shanghai

    Depart at any time.

    Shanghai is a fascinating city - we recommend booking a few extra nights at the end of your tour to better explore the city.

    Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 365-475 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 15 passengers, at an average there are 10 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'

  9. LUGGAGE WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS There may be a weight restriction for the internal flight on this tour. Each passenger is allowed to carry one checked bag with a maximum weight of 20 kg (33lbs). Additional bags or excess weight charges may apply. These charges are the responsibility of the passengers.


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