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China Wonders with Tibet Expedition
Highlights of this package


-Stay at luxury and best available hotels.
-Visit to world cultural and historical heritage sites in Beijing.
-Closer look at the Terra Cotta Warriors in Xian.
-Great Potola Palace in Tibet.
-Close touch with Pandas in Chengdu.
-Peaceful water village of Tongli.
-Jazz band in Peace Hotel, Shanghai.

Day 1 - Beijing (No meal included)
A top tourist attraction in Beijing

Upon arrival, you will be greeted by the guide and be transferred to your hotel in the city center.

Day 2 - Beijing (B, L, D)
A top tourist attraction in Beijing

Today your tour begins with a walk through Tiananmen Square, which is the world´s largest with a capacity to hold over one million people. Continue through the beautiful Gate of Heavenly Peace to enter the splendid Forbidden City. It was the sacred heart of the empire for about 500 years (1420 - 1911), totally 24 Ming and Qing Dynasty emperors lived and ruled here. Your tour here will include access to two special exhibition halls, Hall of Clocks and Treasure Gallery, which are not included in normal tours.

Have lunch at Family Li Imperial Cuisine Restaurant, the first Michelin star restaurant in Beijing famous for Chinese imperial cuisine.

In the afternoon embark on a pedi-cab tour of the hutongs(alleyways) in Beijing´s historic Houhai(Back Lakes)district. These alleyways containing traditional courtyard homes used to be neighborhoods in Beijing. Though many have been torn down to make room for modern buildings, some are saved and well preserved. On this tour, you will get to visit several homes and chat with the families who reside in them, a rare insight into everyday life of Beijingers.

Tonight enjoy a traditional Peking duck dinner at Dadong Restaurant which is considered by many as the best duck restaurant in Beijing and repeatedly voted "Best Chinese Restaurant of the Year" in Beijinger´s Annual Restaurant Awards. The skin of the duck at Dadong is crispy and you dont find any oil at all in the duck meat, more tasty and healthier.

Day 3 - Beijing (B, L)
Mutianyu Great Wall

This morning head for the superb Mutianyu section of the 2,000-year-old Great Wall, which is the country's most famous attraction and one of the few sights in the world that is still able to exceed the expectations of visitors. Walking along the walls and enjoy the breathtaking landscapes. Cable car ride is available to save your energy.

In the afternoon visit the Summer Palace, a royal residence set among traditional Chinese gardens on the beautiful Kunming Lake.

Stroll along the famous Long Corridor and enjoy the traditional imperial architecture.

For lunch, you will taste the authentic American food at Mutianyu Schoolhouse Restaurant.

Tonight, dinner will be on your own arrangement.

Day 4 - Beijing (B, L)
A top tourist attraction in Beijing

After breakfast you will visit the spectacular Temple of Heaven, one of the most important landmarks of Beijing and a magnificent example of ceremony architecture, where emperors offered ritual sacrifices and prayed for good harvests.

After that go to Liulichang, a street with long history and rich cultural atmosphere. It is a favorite place of scholars, painters and calligraphers as there were hundreds of shops selling ancient books, paintings, ink stones...etc.

This noon, you will taste authentic Cantonese cuisine and dim sum for lunch at Crystal Jade.

In the afternoon pay a visit to Lama Temple (Yonghe Temple), the largest and best preserved lamasery in China.

The last program of today is a leisurely walk along Salitun, the famous bar street in Beijing.

Dinner will be on your own arrangement tonight.

Day 5 - Beijing | Xian (B, L, D)
A top tourist attraction in Beijing

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport and take flight to Xian. After that, flight CA1209 (Air China, 10:30am-12:25pm).

Enjoy lunch at Real Love Chang An, Xian's best-known restaurant. You will be deeply impressed by both its tasty dishes and excellent decoration.

In the afternoon visit the Shaanxi History Museum, which houses a wonderful collection of historic and cultural artifacts.

Xian saw its heyday in Han (206 BC - AD 220) and Tang (618 - 907)Dynasty. The museum boasts a great deal of extremely valuable relics reflecting the history, culture and social life of the two periods. From this point of view, even the Palace Museum (Forbidden City) can't compete with it.

Tonight you will enjoy dinner at Tang Palace while watching a fantastic dancing show Tang Dynasty Show. It is quite impressive and reflects the social conditions and culture of Tang Dynasty (618-907) vividly.

Day 6 - Xian (B, L)
A top tourist attraction in Xian

After enjoying your breakfast depart with your guide and driver for Xian´s most famous attraction,the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum,one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century.

Lunch will be served at Xian Restaurant. This time-honored restaurant serves authentic Shaanxi food including various traditional Xian snacks.

This afternoon drive to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. It was built in AD652 to house and protect Buddhist scriptures brought back from India by a famous Chinese monk Xuanzang, who spent 17 years traveling to India for the scriptures and translating them into Chinese. His journey has been described in the famous Chinese novel Journey to the West.

The dinner is on your own arrangement.

Day 7 - Xian | Lhasa (B, D)
A top tourist attraction in Xian

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport and take flight to Lhasa. In the afternoon enjoy a half day free at leisure. For the first dinner in Lhasa, you will make it at Tibet Steak House to experience local flavor.
 
 
 
 
 

Day 8 - Lhasa (B, L)
Barkhor Street

After breakfast step out to appreciate the famous attractions include Lhasa's cardinal landmark- Potala Palace and the most revered religious structure in Tibet - Jokhang Temple.

The quadrangle of streets surrounding the Jokhang Temple is the Barkhor- Lhasa's most interesting pilgrimage circuit.

This area of the Old Town is both the spiritual heart of Lhasa and the main commercial district for Tibetans.

You will have lunch at Mad Yak restaurant this noon.

Dinner is on your own tonight.

Day 9 - Lhasa (B, L, D)
Norbulingka

After enjoying your breakfast you will visit Norbulingka Monastery (the jeweled park), a palace and park built in 1755; it served as the traditional summer residence of the successive Dalai Lamas from 1780s to late 1950s.

Lunch is served at local restaurant named "Snow Land".

After lunch visit of Sera Monastery, which was founded in 1419 by Sakya Yeshe, a disciple of Tsongkhapa. The Buddhism Scriptures Debating in Sera is very famous.

For night entertainment, you will visit Phintsok Gedon, a local family to join them in tasting the most authentic tibetan food.

Day 10 - Lhasa | Chengdu (B, L)
A top tourist attraction in Lhasa

After breakfast enjoy a free morning at leisure.

For your last meal in Tibet, you will make lunch at a very special local restaurant to remember this mysterious place. Then you will be transferred to the airport and take flight to Chengdu. After that, flight: CA4111(China Airline,4:00pm-5:50pm).

Upon arrival in Chengdu, meet your local guide and transferred to your hotel.

Dinner is on your own choice.

Day 11 - Chengdu | Le Shan | Chengdu (B, L, D)
Leshan Giant Buddha, the Biggeset Buddha on Earth

This morning you will be driven to Leshan and visit the Giant Buddha.

You will take a short boat trip to view this biggest carved stone Buddha in the world.

you will be transferred to Chengdu by private car. After that, at nignt, you will enjoy a local flavor dinner at a local restaurant and after dinner, watch a famous Sichuan opera show at Shufeng Yayun.

Day 12 - Chengdu | Shanghai (B, L)
A top tourist attraction in Chengdu

After enjoying your breakfast take an early drive to the Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.

The lovely creature is usually more active in the morning. Instructed by the staff you can hug and take picture with them.

Return to Chengdu for lunch served at Baguobuyi Restaurant. Flight:3U8965 (1550-1815). Then you will be transferred to the airport and take flight to Shanghai. Dinner is on your own choice.

Day 13 - Shanghai (B, L, D)
Shanghai Xintiandi Plaza

After breakfast visit the lively People´s Square, a popular area for Shanghai residents to do morning stretching exercises and a good spot to take in a panoramic vista of the city.
 
Continue to the Urban Planning Museum to learn more about the city´s future and past and to see a scale model of how Shanghai will look in 2020.
 
Then stop in at the Shikumen Museum, where a traditional courtyard home is decorated as it would have been in the 1920s.
 
Lunch will be served to you at Din Tai Fung Restaurant which is highly praised for its ´steam dumplings´ and many other authentic dim sum items.
 
In the afternoon Move on to the Former French Concession to experience a mixture of both Chinese and Parisian taste.
 
After that visit the trendy boutiques and restaurants in the Xintiandi district. Have dinner at Lan Club which is the best Sichuan and Cantonese cuisine restaurant in Shanghai.

Day 14 - Shanghai | Tongli | Suzhou | Shanghai (B, L, D)
A top tourist attraction in Shanghai

After breakfast you will be driven to Tongli to explore this small water town with delightful scenery in peace and tranquility. It´s well-known for its "low bridges, running water and small villages", for its customs and traditions, as well as its rich collection of antiques and historic sites.

In the afternoon you will be transferred to Suzhou. After that, you will have lunch at Deyuelou Restaurant,a time-honored restaurant in Suzhou and well-known for its history and the delicious local-taste dishes.

Visit Suzhou Museum which is designed by the world famous architect I.M.Pei. Besides thousands of cultural relics housed, the museum itself is absolutely a piece of exquisite piece of art work. You will also visit Net of Master Garden. Small but elegant, it was listed as a UNESCO world cultural heritage site in 1997.

Tonight you will dine at Jean Georges, a very nice restaurant on the Bund that offers wonderful views across the river of the Pudong skyline. After dinner go to the historic Peace Hotel to hear its famous jazz band. The cost will be on your own. Normally it requires a minimum expenditure of USD 24 per person.

Day 15 - Shanghai (B)
A top tourist attraction in Shanghai

Free till being transfered to the airport. End of the fabulous tour in China.

Service included

- 14 nights accommodation in the best five star hotels.
- 14 breakfasts,12 lunches and 7dinners at China's finest restaurants (soft drinks & local beer or wine included).
- Professional local English speaking guide. For group of 6 and more persons we offer a complimentary   national escort with rich knowledge and experiences.
- All internal flights (Beijing/Xian, Xian/Lhasa,Lhasa/Chengdu,Chengdu/Shanghai).
- All land transportation.
- Entrance fees to all tourist attractions.
- Travel Agency's Liability Insurance.
- Service charge and government taxes.

Service not included

- International flights to/from China.
- Visa processing fees.
- Personal expenses such as alcoholic beverages, excess luggage fees, telephone charges, room service and laundry charges.

Remarks

 1. The price is for per person with a minimum of 2 persons;
2. Price for people prefering to travel alone on request;
3. For groups of 6 and more (less than 16), we offer a complimentary national escort.
4. Price for a group of 10 to 16 persons is on request.
 

Beijing

As the Cultural, Political and Economic Nexus of China, Beijing, an international megapolis without borders, is a city of contrasts, sounds, scents and sensations.Ambling through this city, you will be on a journey shuttling between the past and the future constantly. No matter what you are looking for, its dramatic cityscape, fascinating contrasts and impeccable vibrancy are bound to fulfill. Read More: Beijing City Guide .

-Forbidden City

-Temple of Heaven

-Beijing Summer Palace

-Mutianyu Great Wall

-Yonghegong Lama Temple

-Tiananmen Square

-Liulichang

-Sanlitun bar street

Xian

The antique and modernity overlaps in Xian to form a seamless union appealing to travelers. Stare down the Terra Cotta Warriors, mount the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, meander along the City Wall, browse through the Muslim Street, be awed by the Tang Dynasty show and seal your stay with a sumptuous Dumpling Feast.

-Shaanxi History Museum

-The Big Wild Goose Pagoda

-Terra-Cotta Warriors

Lhasa

Lhasa means “Shrine” in Tibetan. It’s the political, economicand religious center in Tibet. It attracts tourists from all over the world with its blue sky, clean water, fresh air and warm sunshine. Now Lhasa is not only the shrine for Tibetan Buddhism, but also the shrine for travelers...

Chengdu

When youre on the flight to the city of Chengdu perhaps youll ask one of the passengers sitting beside you: How long does it take to Chengdu now? Hell answer: When you hear the loud sound of playing mahjong, youre arriving in the city. Indeed, playing mahjong is a very popular pastime for Chengdu people, but as a provincial capital of Sichuan Province, China, it consists of various specialties like tea culture (which is quite akin to Hangzhou in eastern China), the ever famous and taste-teasing Sichuan spicy cuisine, belles and the leisurely life of its people. If you read the simple-sketched map of Chengdu you may find it looks like a roughly-knitted net for which there are many ring roads inside the city, very interesting. Chengdu is also the home of lovely giant pandas and the city of cotton-rose hibiscus.

-Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center

-Leshan Giant Buddha, the Biggeset Buddha on Earth

Le Shan


Shanghai

Shanghai is a city mushrooming along the scenic Huangpu River. Ancient gardens and relics contrast with futuristic high rises. Water towns encircle its urban core. Temples,churches and cathedrals coexist in this melting pot. Come to explore Shanghai and fall in love with a city with no boundary...

-Shanghai Xintiandi Plaza

Tongli

Tongli, an ancient town in the Yangtze River Delta, located south of Suzhou city in Jiangsu Province. The town has a total area of 102.91 sq. km with a population of 58,000. The scenic Tongli is surrounded by five lakes, which are named Tongli, Jiuli, Yeze, Nanxing and Pangshan. The town is divided into 7 small islands by 15 rivers connected by 49 ancient bridges, making these islands an integrated area. The architecture built by riverside, famous for small bridge, flowing stream and thatched households, which make Tongli town the best-reserved town by riverside as well as the key cultural relic’s protection unit of provincial level, which has been listed as one of 13 scenic spots of Tai Lake.

Suzhou

In heaven there is paradise, on earth, Suzhou and Hangzhou. Steeped in history and romanticized by poems and paintings, the 2,500-year-old Suzhou is a city with world-class gardens, crisscrossing canals, centuries-old houses, interlacing laneways, Kungqu opera, silk, crafts, refined cuisine and refined lifestyle.

-Garden of the Master of the Nets(Wang Shi Garden)

Chinese people boast their profound and incomparable China cuisine culture throughout the world. Traveling in China and tasting Chinese food is surely an unforgettable and impressive experience. Absolute China Tours provides the finest available Western and Chinese restaurants in any destination. Some serve authentic Chinese cuisine of different regions; some may remind you of your sweet home. From Michelin star restaurants to local privately run dining house, your tour in China will be a great memory.

Beijing

Xiao Wang Fu

Xiao Wang Fu serves home style dishes in a romantic setting, located besides Houhai Lake. The restaurant offers tasty dishes from different regions of China. In addition to the fresh and authentic dishes, it offers excellent service. As a result, the restaurant was awarded In September 2003 with the Five Stars Diamond Award from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences. This was the first time that a privately held restaurant in China received this award.

Crystal Jade

This Singaporean chain, bills itself as "authentic Cantonese and the decor and presentation make it ideal for extravagant dining. The menu features the usual dim sum delights (i.e. pork buns and radish cakes), barbecued pork (cha shao rou), and some more interesting selections like fish glazed in osmanthus honey sauce. Voted "Outstanding Dim Sum" in the Beijinger's Reader Restaurant Awards.

Dadong Duck Restaurant

The ducks are leaner than those of other roast duck restaurants. It has been repeatedly voted "Best Chinese Restaurant of the Year" in the Beijinger's annual Reader Restaurant Awards. Try dipping a slice of duck in the sugar provided alongside other condiments? somehow, it works beautifully. The 160-page menu is a work of art in itself, with a plethora of duck dishes backed up by vegetable dishes, soups and more.

Li Jia Cai (Family Li Imperial Cuisine)

Retired professor Mr. Li's house restaurant deserves its devoted following. It serves set meals of imperial-style food . Sitting down to a meal at the Li's table is more than just an exquisite gourmet experience; it is a chance for everyone to savor one of the most prestigious and rare cuisines in the world, to dine on foods which used to be the exclusive domain of the Imperial Family.

Schoolhouse Canteen

Schoolhouse Canteen serves food based on fresh local ingredients and home made from scratch in their own kitchens under the leadership of Executive Chef Randhir Singh. The Canteen's a la carte luncheon menu offers Western comfort food and fusion are as well as several Chinese and Asian specialties to accommodate the tastes of our guests, who come from all over the world to the visit the Great Wall at Mutianyu.

Shanghai

LAN Club

For those seeking the ultimate dining experience, LAN Club Restaurant has a unique blend of contemporary design and quiet luxury, complemented by the most attentive service. LAN Club Restaurant delivers excellence in fine dining, whether the occasion is group dining or romantic escape. There are many kitchen areas, each one skilled in preparing authentic flavors from around the world. All of this combines with expert service, exquisite food, and glorious wines to ensure a memorable experience of stylish, sophistication and classic dining experience at LAN Club.

Crystal Jade

Situated in the second floor of Nanli Square in down town Xintiandi, an obscure location yet famous for authentic Cantonese cuisine. Crystal Jade is a popular restaurant in Shanghai. It has won many awards, including the "one of the Best Shanghai restaurants" by Shanghai Tatler in 2006, No.1 Best Dim Sum by That's, "The best Cantonese restaurant" in 2003, 2004 and 2005 by "Modern Weekly", the 2004-2005 yearly "Eat and Drink Mobilization" and "Most popular restaurant" by "Sky Weekly".

Lynn

Vogue & modern, Lynn, the new generation of Shanghai cuisine, revitalizes famous Suzhou, Zhejiang and Shanghai dishes with modern cooking techniques. Lynn Shanghai cuisine, with it's unique taste, culinary skills and environment, evolves as the emblem of beauty and fashion. To the discerning diner, Lynn is an unforgettable experience and a true feast for the senses.

T8

T8 features a creative, eclectic mix of contemporary European, Asian flavored cuisine. This makes T8 a major attraction in a city that boasts a distinguished culinary tradition. T8 was awarded as one of the best 50 restaurants in the world by Conde Nast Traveller 2002.

Jean Georges

Shanghai features Mr. Vongerichten's eminent French cuisine in a refined setting, with sweeping views of the Bund and Pudong neatly complimenting his lilting recipes. Mr. Vongerichten's first signature restaurant outside of New York has set the bar for fine dining in Shanghai, with an inspired seasonal menu, elaborate wine list, and elegant, understated service.

Din Tai Fung

This restaurant's popularity and reputation for delicious Taiwanese cuisine is well deserved. The tender, juicy crab roe-filled dumplings are accompanied by a tasty mouthful of broth in each bite, and the chicken and beef soup nicely complements the palate. No wonder tasting the dumplings in Din Tai Fung is considered by many as one of the 10 must-do things in Shanghai.

Hangzhou

Lou Wai Lou Restaurant

Located at the side of fascinating West Lake, the restaurant is one of the most popular Chinese restaurants in Hangzhou. The Begger麓s Chicken, Fried Shelled Shrimps with Dragon Well Tea are the most recommended food.

Double occupancy USD8332
Single Room Supplement USD3084
First Class Upgrades (Domestic Air) USD0

Remarks

 1. The price is for per person with a minimum of 2 persons;
2. Price for people prefering to travel alone on request;
3. For groups of 6 and more (less than 16), we offer a complimentary national escort.
4. Price for a group of 10 to 16 persons is on request.
 

Prices per person

From US$8332(double occupancy)

Summary

  • Day 1 Arrive Beijing
  • Day 2 Beijing Sightseeing
  • Day 3 Great Wall Excursion
  • Day 4 Beijing Sightseeing
  • Day 5 Beijing to Xian
  • Day 6 Xian Discovery
  • Day 7 Xian to Lhasa
  • Day 8 Lhasa Exploration
  • Day 9 Lhasa Exploration
  • Day 10 Lhasa to Chengdu
  • Day 11 Chengdu Sightseeing
  • Day 12 Chengdu to Shanghai
  • Day 13 Shanghai Sightseeing
  • Day 14 Suzhou Day Excursion
  • Day 15 Depart Shanghai

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