21-day China Panorama Tour
Day 1 Arrive Beijing
Arrive in Beijing and accomodate at your hotel.The rest of the day is you can have a good rest or explore this dynamic metropolis on your own.
Day 2 Beijing
Morning:This morning, you'll visit the world's largest urban center square, Tiananmen Square, which is a site where many major historical and celebratory events happened. Walk through the square to the Golden Water Bridge, you'll enter the largest as well as best-preserved imperial palace complex, Forbidden City. Once the palace of twenty-four emperors from the Ming and Qing dynasties, it not only exhibits the incomparable architecture arts and precious cultural relics, but also shows how the China ancient emperors administered the country and lived their lives 600 years ago.
Afternoon:In the afternoon, tour the Temple of Heaven, which is the largest ancient imperial worship architecture group in the world.If you have time, you can take a visit to the Summer Palace,the largest and most beautiful Chinese imperial garden.
Evening:Go to the Red Theatre to watch a lively Chinese Kung Fu Show.
Day 3 Beijing
Daytime：Visit the majestic Great Wall (Badaling section). Then go to the Ding Tomb of Ming Imperial Tombs and the Sacred road——"the way leading to Heaven"，which is guarded on both sides with 12 stone statues.
Evening:Enjoy a famous Peking Duck banquet or kill time in a bar at the Houhai Area.
The Terracotta Warriors
Day 4 Beijing/Xian
Morning:Visit Hutongs by rickshaw to experience the original Beijing flavor.Two recommended Hutongs are Nanluoguxiang(the most popular Hutong in Beijing) and Yandai Xiejie(One of the most age-old streets in Beijing).
Afternoon:Take afternoon flight to Xi'an. You will arrive in Xian in one to two hours.After accomodating at your hotel,have a city tour to the Ancient City Wall,which is the best-kept and biggest city walls in China.
Day 5 Xi`an
Morning:The highlight of your tour today is the 'Eighth Wonder' of the world, Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, which is a huge underground military museum constructed as an accessory pit of Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum.A English-speaking guide is necessary for you to understand the greatness of the Terracotta Warriors.
Afternoon：In the afternoon, visit the Bell Tower and one of the landmarks of Xi`an, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Originally built to collect Buddhist scriptures, now the pagoda has been a symbol of this ancient capital city.
Evening:Enjoy a marvelous Tang Dynasty Dinner Show at the Tang Dynasty Palace.
Day 6 Lhasa
After breakfast,transfer to the airport to board a flight to Lhasa, capital of the Tibetan Autonomous Region.
Day 7 Lhasa
Morning: Visit Potala, which was originally constructed in 637 by Songtsen Gampo, the first king of the united Tibet, and later expanded and served as the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas as well as the religious-political nexus of traditional Tibet. The crowds of pilgrims, innumerable magnificent murals, Buddhist statues, scriptures and rare treasures altogether create a dense religious and art atmosphere that impresses every visitor.
Afternoon: Visit Jokhang monastery, the center of the Tibetan Buddhism and the sacred land of Buddhist followers where thousands of pilgrims come for worship everyday. The temple, built in 647, is the earliest wood-and-masonry structure still existing in Tibet. Walk on the Barkhor street surrounding Jokhang, a big free market with its prolific stalls for selling local specialties.
The Potala Palace
Day 8 Lhasa
In the morning drive to Nam Tso Lake along the Qinghai-Tibet Highway. Pass by the 5,150-meter Lhachen La and reach the Nam Tso or Tengri Nor (heaven lake in Mongolian) along the newly paved way and set up camp at Tashi Dorie peninsula. Nam Tso, the biggest salty lake of Tibet, is 70 kilometers long from east to west and 30 kilometers wide from north to south, covering an area of 1,920 square kilometers with an altitude of 4,700 meters above sea level.
It is said the holy lake and the holy mountain Nyenchen Tanglha are a couple of lovers, who altogether guard the vast pasture and cattle. Explore the Tashi peninsula by walking around the holy hill, the cliffs of which have eroded over the centuries. On the way piles of mani stones stand. Also visit the nomads in yak hair tents who have been living on the pastures between the holy Nam Tso and Nyenchen Tanglha . Drive back to Lhasa.
Day 9 Lhasa,Chongqing, Embark
Morning: Visit Drepung monastery the sacred land of Gelug Sect., which was established in 1416 and the second, third and fourth Dalai Lama once resided in. Afterwards visit Norbulingka, the summer residence of the Dalai Lamas.
Afternoon: transfer to the airport for your afternoon flight to Chongqing, the so called 'Mountain City’ and the start point of the Yangtze River Cruise.
Day 10 Yangtze River Cruise
Enjoy your Yangtze cruise! You will have a shore excursion to Fengdu, the “Ghost City”.
Day 11 Yangtze River Cruise
Today pass Three Gorges that namely Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Shennong Stream .
The Yangtze cruise in Three Gorges
Day 12 Disembark,Yichang,Shanghai
Then it is time to pass through the locks of Three Gorges Dam, the climax despite of the nature sightseeing. You could really feel the might of the dam. After the visiting, disembark at Yichang and be transferred to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Arrive in Shanghai and be transferred to the hotel to catch up on some rest.
Day 13 Shanghai
Morning:First visit Yu Garden.It used to be a private garden with 400 years' history, it features traditional architectural style of Yangtze Delta. Then go to Xintiandi,a pedestrian street composed of traditional street format of Shanghai Shikumen and modern development.
Afternoon:Visit Oriental Pearl TV Tower,which is the best viewing spot of Shanghai located by the Huangpu River with the height of 468 meters.
Evening:Visit the Bund——Shanghai 's famous waterfront to see new-erect modern skyscrapers and aged buildings of the colonial period.You can have a evening cruise of Huangpu River by takeing a ferry.The night scenery along the river is quite glorious.
Day 14 Suzhou
Get up early this morning, transfer to the train station for your express train to Suzhou (0.5 hour driving). Your sightseeing tour of ancient Suzhou starts with the visit to Lingering Garden, which is one of the great four gardens in China. And then, take a short visit to Suzhou Museum, the masterpiece of I.M. Pei. Afterwards, continue to Silk Factory to find out how silk is being made.
Day 15 Suzhou,Hangzhou
In the morning, you can spend some time to explore the old city. The Pinjiang Road is a good choice. In the early afternoon, transfer to the train station for your 2 hours train riding to Hangzhou, to explore the beauty there. On arrival, you can have a short stroll along the Hefang Ancient Street to take your first impression of this city. The street, which is much different with the old street in Suzhou, as it is a cobble street lined with traditional shops selling herbal medicines, handicrafts and silk products.
The West Lake
Day 16 Hangzhou
Enjoy your full day relaxing tour that covers the visit to the West Lake, Lingyin Temple , Liuhe Pagoda and Tea Museum.
Day 17 Guilin
Take a morning flight to Guilin. On arrival, visit the wonder Reed Flute Cave and Elephant Trunk Hill, the symbol of Guilin City. The Rice Noodle Banquet will be a good choice as an optional dinner if you wanna have a try.
Day 18 Guilin,Yangshuo
The highlight of today's sightseeing is a leisurely cruise down the Li River to Yangshuo. Meandering through valleys, bamboo groves and mysterious Karst rock formations, the cruise will affords you a glimpse of a life far removed from the concrete jungle. Stay overnight in Yangshuo. In the evening, if you are interested, you can enjoy the night show called Impression of Liu San Jie as an optional activity, or stroll in the West Street.
Day 19 Yangshuo,Guilin,Hong Kong
Enjoy your relaxing tour in this peaceful place. You will have a bus driving around to enjoy the countryside view (if you are interested, you can even choose take a cycling around the countryside and visit Moon hill and the Big Banyan Tree, etc). After lunch, be transfer to the airport for your afternoon flight to Hong Kong.
The Li River
Day 20 Hong Kong
Half day sit-in-coach tour to Victoria Peak, Aberdeen and Repulse Bay.
- Victoria Peak: the most popular tourist destination in HK. It features the city's of oldest mode transport, the 112-year old Peak Tram and Hong Kong 's most unusual building and icon, The Peak Tower. It combine shopping, restaurants, and entertainment.
- Aberdeen: It was formerly a fishing village. People can have a glimpse of boat-dwellers at Aberdeen Bay.
- Repulse Bay: a relaxing sandy beach with a strong characteristic of local culture. It features statues of Goddess of Mercy and Tin Hau, both protectors of fishermen.
Day 21 Hong Kong departure
Transfer to airport and fly to your next destination.
Attractions Visited in This Tour
- The Summer Palace
- Shilin (Stone Forest)
- Xian Museum
- Li River and Li River Cruise (Li Jiang & Li Jiang You)
- Potala Palace