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12-day China Tour of Beijing/Xi'an/Lhasa/Chengdu/Shangai
12-day china tour of beijing/xian/lhasa/chengdu/shangai   

Day 01 Beijing
Arrive in Beijing, the capital of china.greeted by the local guide at the airport and transferred to the hotel.

Day 02 Beijing
The highlight today is a visit to the Great Wall, a symbol of the Chinese ancient civilization. Visit the famous"Bird Nest" and "Water Cube" in late afternoon. Attend a Beijing roast duck banquet in the evening.

Day 03 Beijing
Morning program takes you to Tian'an Men Square and the Forbidden City, the residence of emperors for more than 500 years. Afternoon sightseeing features the Temple of Heaven, where emperors once prayed for good harvests and the Summer Palace, a summer resort for Empress Dowager Ci Xi.  Enjoy the China Acrobatic Show in the evening.

Day 04 Beijing / Xi'an
Fly to Xi'an in the morning. Visit the majestic Wild Goose Pagoda and the ancient city wall.
    
Day 05 Xi'an 
A full day tour recalls the glories of ancient Xi'an as you visit the burial site of an incredible army of 8000 lifelike Terra-cotta soldiers and the ancient Banpo village. At that night, you will enjoy two specialties, Xi'an dumpling dinner and Tang dynasty show at Shaanxi Grand Theatre.

Day 06 Xi'an / Lhasa
Fly to the holy city of Lhasa, capital of the mystical Buddhist kingdom of Tibet. Locked away in its mountain fortress of the himalayas, Tibet has had a unique hold on the imagination of the west. You are greeted by tour guide at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day will be at leisure for you to relax and adjust to the high altitude. 

Day 07 Lhasa
Tour starts from the religious Potala Palace built in the 7th century by the famous Tibetan King-Songtzen Gampo. The present one was built by the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century. It became known as the "Winter Palace" by the 1750, when the 7th Dalai Lama built the Norbulingka park as his summer residence. After lunch, you will visit Jokhang Temple, situated in the old section of Lhasa. King Songtzen Gampo built this temple in the mid-7th century a.d. Now it is the most sacred place in Tibet. Pilgrims come here to pay homage from all over Tibet.

Day 08 Lhasa
Full day sightseeing takes you to Drepung Monastery. "Drepung" in Tibetan means "the hill of rice', because this white monastery looks like a big hill of rice. This monastery occupies an area of 150,000 square meters with 7700 Lamas and becomes the largest monastery in Asia. After that, you will visit Norbulingka Park. In 1752, the 7th Dalai Lama built the first palace here for successive Dalai Lamas to carry out their political and religious activities during the summer season. Today Norbulingka has become a public park for picnicking, relaxing and entertainment.

Day09Lhasa /Chengdu                                                                                              Morning flight to Chengdu. Visit the Panda Reserve Center in the afternoon.

Day 10 Chengdu / Shanghai
Fly to Shanghai. Visit the major attractions of the city, including the Yu garden at the old quarter, the famous waterfront bund and Nanjing road at the shopping center. Enjoy the evening trip to the "Pearl of the East"--the tallest TV tower in China.

Day 11 Shanghai
Free day.

Day 12 Shanghai
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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