Day01 Beijing Arrival in Beijing, capital of China. Picked up by your guide at the airport and transfer to hotel. In the afternoon visit the Temple of Heaven (Tian Tan), which was built in 1420 of the Ming Dynasty and expanded during the Qing Dynasty. Nowadays, it covers an area of 273 hectares. The grand temple was used as a sacrificial place for the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasty to worship the heaven, presenting gratitude for the harvest of this year and praying for another good harvest next year. Overnight at 5*Aman at Summer Palace
Day02 Beijing BL In the morning walking through Hutongs – the old quarter in Beijing. Have lunch with a family in the Hutong, to learn about their daily life. Then stroll about Tian An Men Square, which is probably the biggest one of its kind in the world. Then go to visit the Forbidden City (Gu Gong) the emperor's palace, which was built between 1406 and 1420 with 9000 halls and rooms, containing many precious relics. Facing south and rising from a terrace, the largest palace in the world represents the supreme power and authority emperors enjoyed during the feudalistic dynasties, and exemplifies the elements of palace architecture. At last, we will go to Jinshan Park to have an amazing panorama view of the Forbidden City (Gu Gong). Overnight at 5*Aman at Summer Palace
Day03 Beijing B In the morning go to the Great Wall at Mutianyu part. The Great Wall is one of the eight ancient wonders of the world and the only man-made construction on earth that the astronauts can see from the moon. Starting out in the east on the banks of Yalu River in Liaoning Province, the Wall stretches westwards for 12,700 kilometers to Jiayuguan in the Gobi Desert. It was built as a defensive structure and gradually become the symbol of the ancient Chinese civilization. Walking on the wall at Mutianyu. Late in the afternoon drive back to Beijing. Overnight at 5*Aman at Summer Palace
Day04 Air Beijing – Lhasa B Transfer to the airport and flight (CA4112 0900/1500) to Lhasa (3650m), the capital of Tibet. Meet your guide and transfer to the hotel. Stay at the hotel to acclimatize to the high altitude. For the first few days, try to drink some water regularly. Overnight at 5*ST Regis Lhasa Resort
Day05 Lhasa B In the morning, visit of the Potala, which was originally constructed in 637 by Songtsen Gampo, the first king of the united Tibet, and later expanded and used as the Dalai Lamas’ winter residence and as the religious and political center of traditional Tibet. The crowds of pilgrims, the innumerable and magnificent murals, Buddhist statues, scriptures and rare treasures put altogether create a dense religious and artistic atmosphere that impresses every visitor. In the afternoon, visit of Jokhang monastery, the center of the Tibetan Buddhism and the sacred land of Buddhist believers, where thousands of pilgrims come to worship every day. The temple, built in 647, is the oldest wood-and-masonry structure still existing in Tibet. Walk on the Barkhor street surrounding Jokhang, a big market selling local specialities. Overnight at 5*ST Regis Lhasa Resort
Day06 Lhasa B In the morning visit of Parla Lupu Cave Monastery, located on the slopes of Yaowang Mountain, was built in the 7th century. It is 22m high and from here you can have a wonderful panoramic view over Potala palace. Visit of the Tibet Museum, you’ll learn much about the Tibetan geography, nature and culture, etc. In the afternoon visit of Sera monastery, which was created in 1419 and has always been an important Buddhist seminary. As roses are planted everywhere in the monastery, it is also called “the court of wild roses”. Today still 200 lamas live there. The "Buddhism Scriptures Debate" in Sera is very famous. Overnight at 5*ST Regis Lhasa Resort
Day07 Air Lhasa – Chongqing B In the morning, visit of the beautiful Ani Sangkhung Nunnery. There are plants everywhere and it feels like you are in a garden in the middle of the city. In the nunnery there is a little shop where they print prayer books. If the nuns are working on it you are welcome inside to see how it is done. Transfer to the airport and fly to Chongqing (CA4419 1030/1250). Meet with guide and drive to visit Ciqikou Ancient Town. Then drive to pier and embarkment on the cruise ship. 3N in the 5*Yangtze 2
Day08-09 Yangtze River Cruise BLD
Day10 Arrival in Yichang, air Yichang – Shanghai B In the morning, arrival in Yichang. Picked up and drive to visit Chinese sturgeon. Then transfer to the airport and flight to Shanghai (CA1974 1915/2050), China’s largest booming city. Meet your guide at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at 5*The Peninsula
Day11 Shanghai B Today we will visit Yu Yuan (Yu-Garden) and the old city area. Originally built in 1559, it was used as the private garden of high-ranking officials by then. The word “Yu” contains a meaning of “safe and peaceful”. Then visit Waitan (Bund). As one of the most recognizable architectural symbols of Shanghai, the Bund site shows a portion of the historic center of the foreign presence in Shanghai and its transformation in recent times. Stroll on the People’s Square (Renmin Square), reputed as “urban green lungs“. Visit of Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, and know more about Shanghai from here. Overnight at 5*The Peninsula
Day12 Leave China for home B Check out hotel in the morning (before 12:00a.m.) and transfer to airport for homeward flight.
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