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26-Day China Pilgrimage

Beijing -  Xi'an - Lanzhou - Xining - Lhasa -

Shangri-la - Lijiang - Chengdu - Guilin - Zhangjiajie - Shanghai 

A deep exploration from China's north into west, and then from west to south, south to east with impressive ancient architecture, minority folklore & natural beauty. 

           Highlights:

  • China's history & culture - the Great Wall, Terracotta Armies, Baisha Wall Painting

  • China's national treasure - Giant Panda

  • Experience the train to Lhasa through "Heaven Railway" for its complicated skills when constructing

  • Colorful Yunnan and fantastic Zhangjiajie

              Our service includes:

 China Panda Tour's experienced travel consultant 1 on 1 service 24hours/7days from inquiry to back home;

  Entrance tickets to listed viewpoints in the itinerary as well as necessary shuttle bus/cable car/sightseeing bus tickets in attractions;  

√  Escorted by experienced English-speaking tour guide;

  Meals mentioned in the itinerary;

  Private transfers with professional driver between hotel/attraction/airport/railway station/restaurant as listed in the itinerary;

√ Booking of flight/train/cruise tickets per your preferences;

 Accommodation in each city, hotel level/feature is decided by your choice;

√ Traveler's accidental insurance.

 Detailed itinerary:

Welcome to China! Upon arrival, receive a warm greeting from your local guide and driver. Transfer to the hotel and then release from the jet lag after long-time flight.

Beijing arrival

Day 1

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In the morning, pay a visit to the Great Wall, its grey stones, lofty watchtowers and winding routes all tell a story of soul-stirring history. Later move steps to the Ming Tombs, the biggest imperial mausoleum complex in China. You will visit Dingling, the tomb of Wanli, which is the only excavated one of the Ming Dynasty Tombs. Enjoy a wonderful welcome dinner Peking Roast Duck that absolutely comfort your spirit and stomach after a whole-day sightseeing.

Beijing tour

Day 2

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Today firstly visit the Temple of Heaven, where the emperors sacrificed the heaven. Continue sightseeing to Tian’anmen Square, the largest central square in the world. And then enter the Forbidden City. For almost 500 years, it serves as the ceremonial and political center of central court. Looking at the yellow roof, glazed tile and red wall, just imagine what emperors’ daily life would be. Have a whole view of this magnificent palace from Jingshan Park.

Beijing tour

Day 3

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After breakfast, go sightseeing in Summer Palace, once "the Garden of Thousands Gardens" royally built in Qing Dynasty. Then experience the rickshaw in Hutongs. Hutong is perhaps the traditional Beijing alleys that show the real old Beijing. Be taken to the airport for flight to Xi’an, the ancient capital for 13 dynasties. On arrival in Xi'an, be picked up and transferred to hotel.

Beijing tour, Beijing to Xi'an

Day 4

In the morning, transfer to visit the Terracotta Army, which is now the Terracotta Warriors Museum. It is a must-see place when you travelled to Xi'an. Even 2000 years has passed, the wood protects of the warriors are still clear to see. Return to downtown Xi'an, learning China's long history in Shaanxi History Museum followed by visiting the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the symbol of Xi’an City.

Xi'an tour

Day 5

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In the morning, have a leisure walk on the Ancient City Wall. Built in Ming Dynasty, this old architecture has an honored history of over 600 years and is the best preserved ancient city wall in China. There is a Muslim Quarter near the Great Mosque that you should never miss.  Be sent to the railway station to take a bullet train to Lanzhou. Be greeted to hotel and check in.

Xi'an tour, Xi'an to Lanzhou

Day 6

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Drive to Xiahe  County today, have a stop at Liujiaxia, a small town to visit Bingling Grottoes which is filled with Buddhist sculpture carved into natural caves and caverns in a canyon along the Yellow River. You will ride a boat between Liujiaxia town and Bingling Temple through Liujiaxia Reservoir to view the outstanding Buddhist artwork. Arrive in Xiahe in the late afternoon, check into hotel.

Lanzhou to Xiahe, Bingling Temple

Day 7

Labrang Monastery, the largest monastery of the Gelugpa (Yellow Hat) sect of Tibetan Buddhism, is where you can find peace in mind with walking along the longest prayer wheel corridor in the world. Meanwhile you will appreciate a good collection of treasures like Thangka, statues, etc. Afterwards, hug the magnificent Sangke Grassland with refreshment. Make a visit to a local Tibetan family to learn more about Tibetan culture. Transfer back to Lanzhou.

Xiahe tour, Xiahe back to Lanzhou

Day 8

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In the morning, be sent to the railway station to take a bullet train to Xining, the capital city of Qinghai Province. Make a visit to Ta'er Monastery, whose three treasures are mural, bar bola and butter sculptures. Later transfer back to downtown Xining, you will go to Dongguan Grand Mosque, the highest learning institution of Islam. It boasts a history of more than 600 years and is famous for its magnificent architecture style. 

Lanzhou to Xining, Xining tour

Day 9

Drive to Qinghai Lake after breakfast, you will stop at Riyue Mountains, which also known as “Sun and Moon Mountain” part of the splendid Qilian Mountain Range. In the afternoon, visit Bird Island of Qinghai Lake, known for the hundreds of thousands of migrant birds there. It is exactly a wonderful sight to see the flying birds with the pure lake water extending into the sky. After the visit, drive to Chaka Town for overnight.

Xining to Chaka Town, Qinghai Lake tour

Day 10

Get up early to admire the sunrise of Chaka Salt Lake. The Lake is as beautiful as a fairyland, it is also named "the mirror of the sky" by reflecting shadows on the lake face. After sightseeing, transfer back to Xining. On the way, visit Jinyintan Prairie, a typical pastoral area, where there are over 300,000 cattle and sheep hanging out. Drive directly to the railway station for train to Lhasa, the holy city on snow highland.

Chaka Salt Lake tour, Chaka Town back to Xining, board the train to Lhasa

Day 11

On board, you can sit and leisurely enjoy the marvelous view from the window of train: snow mountain ranges, Mani prayer stone piles, Golmud Grassland...Just imagine how hard to build the longest plateau railway in the world. You will be warmly welcome to Tibet by saying Tashi Delek and then send to hotel. Have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude in the rest of day.  

Lhasa arrival

Day 12

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Today enjoy a whole-day Lhasa City tour including the grandest of this myriad chapels Potala PalaceJorkhang Temple, the holiest temple in Tibet, and Barkhor Street, which is the most famous Kora in Tibet. As the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Buddhism pilgrims, Jorkhang Temple is an irreplaceable sanctuary of peace and power. Many people call Barkhor Street “the window of Tibet” as it exhibits typical Tibetan life. 

Lhasa tour

Day 13

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Today, you will visit two important monasteries in Lhasa. Drepung Monastery used to be the imperial palace of Dalai Lamas for short stays away from capital before the reconstruction of Potala Palace. Next, transfer to visit Sera Monastery. If you are very lucky, you may come across Sera Monastery’s monks debating which is held in the courtyard at around 15:00-17:30. In the evening, enjoy a Tibetan style farewell dinner with dancing and singing. 

Lhasa tour

Day 14

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Catch a morning flight from Lhasa to Shangri-la. On arrival, drive to Yila Grassland and circle Napa Lake, where the idyllic scenery forms a perfect quiet countryside view. Songzanlin Monastery, or Ganden Sungtseling, which is referred as the Little Potala Palace. In the rest of the day free on own to explore Dukezong Ancient Town, also named Moonlight Old Town.

Lhasa to Shangri-la, Shangri-la tour

Day 15

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In the morning, transfer to Lijiang. Along the way you will have a stop at the Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the deepest and most spectacular river canyons in the world. Arrive in Lijiang at noon time. The buildings, after countless dynasty baptism, have survived and gathered each nation's culture and blossom. You will visit Black Dragon Pool Park and Mu's Residencehike on Lion Hill to have a whole view of the ancient city.

Shangri-la to Lijiang

Day 16

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In the morning, take a short driving to visit Jade Dragon Sown Mountain. Its 13 snow peaks are constant that like a dancing dragon in the sky which makes an unforgettable view. Since Lijiang is in the subtropical zone, it is amazing that this mountain which is 5596 meters above the sea level, can stand proudly there. Later visit Baisha Wall Painting in Baisha Village, learning more about the history and culture of Naxi ethnic group. Fly to Chengdu, be met and sent to hotel.

Lijiang tour, Lijiang to Chengdu

Day 17

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As the hometown of Giant Panda, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding should not be missed when you come to Chengdu. Strolling through the bamboo groves, you will find lovely pandas eating bamboo, playing or sleeping. After a nice time in the park-like panda base, transfer to Leshan, ride on a boat to view the largest carved sitting Buddha in the world. Transfer back to downtown Chengdu, enjoy a nice evening free on own.

Chengdu tour

Day 18

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In morning, transfer to People's Park, visit the traditional old tea house. There are many old people doing morning exercises group by group. Some of them are practicing sword, some are playing Tai Chi. Kuanzhai Alley, the so-called Narrow and Wide Alley, shows what old Chengdu was like. Later pay a visit to Shuijingfang Wine Museum, where shows traditional skills of brewing Chinese wine. Fly to Guilin in the late afternoon, be greeted to hotel and check in.

Chengdu tour, Chengdu to Guilin

Day 19

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Take the Li River Cruise in the morning. The 83km waterway from Guilin City to Yangshuo County, like a meandering jade belt wrapped in green peaks, making Li River the world’s largest and most beautiful Karst landscape area. With fresh breath, everything is so poetic! Walk freely on West Street, or you can choose to ride a bicycle in local villages, or go rafting on Yulong River, which is said to be the essence of Li River.

Guilin tour

Day 20

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Drive to the delightful Longji Rice Terrace Field. Longji, which means Dragon’s Backbone, is not only the globally top rice terrace field cluster, but also the culmination of both profound wisdom and strenuous labor. Make a visit to the Zhuang and Yao Villages. The hanging-feet cottage and coiled layers from the foot to the top of the mountain form a spectacular picture. After that be sent to the railway station, board the night train to Zhangjiajie.

Guilin tour, board the night train to Zhangjiajie

Day 21

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The night train arrives Zhangjiajie in the morning. Your private tour guide will be waiting for you in the arrivals area and  the driver will be ready.Go sightseeing to Golden Whip Stream for a pleasant stroll along the stream, surrounded by grotesque rocks, this place is well-known for its crystal water and fresh air. In the afternoon, take the Bailong Elevator up to the Yuanjiajie, where said to be the inspiration of Avatar’s Hallelujah Mountain

Zhangjiajie arrival, Zhangjiajie tour

Day 22

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A full day sightseeing starts with Tianzi Mountain, a mesa in the northwest of Wulingyuan. Up on the mesa, the field of vision is widely opened up and it is a perfect location to have a panoramic view of the nature reserve. Head to Baofeng Lake, which is pure just like a big crystal among Baofeng mountain Range. When you cruise on it, you can hear authentic song from Tujia minority people. 

Zhangjiajie tour

Day 23

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Full day to explore Tianmen Mountain, take the longest cable car in the world up Tianmen Mountain. You will feel like walking in a fairyland when walking on the plank road built along the cliffs. The must-see points are Tianmen Cave, Glass Road and Tianmen Temple. In the late afternoon, be sent to airport for flight to Shanghai. Check into hotel and have a good rest.

Zhangjiajie tour, Zhangjiajie to Shanghai

Day 24

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Today firstly visit Yuyuan Garden, and then walk in the Former French Concession. Go through Nanjing Pedestrian, coming to Shanghai’s landmark, the Bund. It mainly includes Oriental Pearl TV Tower and 52 distinctive mansions in different styles. Enjoy a panoramic view of Shanghai from the 100th floor at “the Eye of Shanghai” - Shanghai World Financial Center.

Shanghai tour

Day 25

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You will be dropped off at the airport for flight back sweet home. Recollect wonderful pieces happening these days. China, Zai Jian(Goodbye)!

Shanghai departure

Day 26

Recommended hotels:

       China Panda Tour has selected below hotels in 3/4/5 star categories for your choice. These are depends on several & years' of our guests's feedback. Should you have other preferred hotels, please feel free to ask us to quote or you can book that yourselves.

Beijing Hotels

Crowne Plaza Beijing Wangfujing★★★★★

Crowne Plaza Beijing hotel owns a central location on Wangfujing Street and easy access to Beijing's scenic points and business district.

Novotel Beijing Xin Qiao★★★★

Novotel Xinqiao has a long history since 1954 and hosted numerous prominent and global leaders. Centrally located within walking distance to the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and Wangfujing shopping area. 

Traveller Inn Hua Qiao Beijing★★★

With a traditional Chinese style architecture, the hotel is located in the heart of the CBD and the Hutong conservation area, adjacent to the embassy district, Lama Temple.

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     This itinerary can be flexibly adjusted according  to your requests. You can change the order, or extend the tour with more cities or days, or even shorten it with deleting any cities or days. Our professional travel consultant will help you revise the itinerary until suiting your schedule. 

- China Panda Tour also provides private tours with Spanish/German/French/Mandarin-speaking tour guide service. 

- If you only want to rent a car for your trip, please kindly inform us. China Panda Tour's professional drivers would provide you satisfying service.

        Trip Information:

- Tour code: CPT-CT-24

- Price: from $2,671 p/p

- Tour type: private tour

- Departure date: flexible

- Travel route: Beijing -  Xi'an - Lanzhou - Xining - Lhasa - Shangri-la                                 - Lijiang - Chengdu - Guilin - Zhangjiajie - Shanghai       - Trip length: 21 Days / 20 nights

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