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13-Day Tibet & Metropolis Tour
   

Starts: Beijing;                                                                                    Ends: Shanghai
Itinerary: Beijing / Lhasa / Gyantse / Shigatse / Lhasa / Shanghai /Tongli / Shanghai   
Duration:  13  Days & 12 Nights

Discover the many faces of China on this fascinating 12-day adventure. See the imperial treasures of Beijing, including the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace. Explore Shanghai, both ancient and contemporary—the “New York City” of China. Plus, experience Tibet on the Tibetan plateau, set high in the Himalayas on “the roof of the world.” Spend four spiritually enlightening days visiting Jokhang Temple, Potala Palace and much more. 

 

Highlights

  • Great Wall
  • Forbidden City
  • Summer Palace
  • Jokhang Monastery
  • Potala Palace
  • Yamdrok lake
  • The Pala Manor
  • Tashilhunpo Monastery 
  • Ancient Water Town Tongli
  • Bund

Starts: Beijing;                                                                                    Ends: Shanghai
Itinerary: Beijing / Lhasa / Gyantse / Shigatse / Lhasa / Shanghai /Tongli / Shanghai   
Duration:  13  Days & 12 Nights

 

Day 01: Beijing Arrival 

  • Upon arrival in Beijing Capital Airport, your private friendly guide will pick you up at the airport. The you'll be transferred to the hotel for check-in and adjust the jet lag.
  • Overnight in Beijing

Day 02: Beijing (B, L) 

  • Morning visit to Tian An Men Square, which was built in 1965. It is the world's largest public square, and several important monuments & buildings are situated around the square's perimeter. Then, you will proceed through the Heavenly Peace Gate to the incredible Forbidden City in which is the treasure of the imperial palace. It was the former residence of the Ming and Qing Dynasty emperors and included six main palaces surrounded by a wide moat. You will also see the treasure house inside the Forbidden City, the treasure House has the country's largest collection of ancient art works, some of which are invaluable national treasures.
  • Afternoon take a fantastic Hutong tour. Hutong is a special kind of old city alley of Beijing. There are thousands of them around the Forbidden City. Most of them were formed in Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties in Chinese history. You will visit the Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling in Hutong area, the residence was once a garden of one of the Qing Dynasty princes' mansions. The area along the banks of Rear Lake is quiet and beautiful, with shady willow trees lining the streets. There are some fantasic Hutong cultural options for your choice, such as paper cutting, calligraphy and dumplings making etc
  • Overnight in Beijing

Day 03: Beijing (B, L) 

  • Morning transfer to visit the Great Wall (Mutianyu Section), one of the world's architectural marvels. It winds like an immense dragon through the hills of Northern China and passes within 40 miles of BEIJING, Indeed it is the only man-made structure visible to astronauts in space. Here you will have plenty of time to walk along the historic ramparts and marvel at its size and grandeur. You will also take a cable car to view the beautiful landscape. 
  • In the afternoon, transfer to visit one of the thirteen Ming Tombs – Ding Tomb with the Sacred Way, which means the road leading to heaven. The Emperor, known as the Son of the Heaven, who came from Heaven to his country through the Sacred Way, also deservedly would return to Heaven through this road.
  • Overnight in Beijing

Day 04: Beijing-Lhasa (B)

  • Flight:  TBA
  • Transfer to the airport and catch the flight to Lhasa. Upon arrival in Lhasa, your local guide will pick you up at the airport and transfer to the hotel for rest
  • The rest of day will be free to acclimatize to the high altitude.
  • Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 05: Lhasa (B, L)

  • Lhasa is a unique and spiritual city. After a thousand years of vicissitudes, it has managed to retain its ancient palace. It is thick with religious history, ancient temples, relics and streets whilst simultaneously keeping pace with modern society. Visitors have every reason to visit Lhasa when they come to Tibet.
  • A full day’s trip to Sera Monastery, Jokhang Monastery and Octagon Street: the oldest street in Lhasa. It runs through the center of the old city, having been preserved to keep its century-old traditions. It's a must-see for visitors wanting to learn about Tibetan culture, economy, religion, and arts.
  • Overnight in Lhasa

Day 06: Lhasa (B, L)

  • Morning visit the magnificient Potala Palace, which is sacred in the Tibetan people's hearts. 
  • Afternoon visit Derpung Monastery, the largest monastery in Tibet. It lies to the west of Lhasa. The Unveiling Ceremony of the giant Thangka of the Buddha is held in Drepung Monastery on the first day of the annually held Shoton Festival. 
  • Overnight in Lhasa

Day 07: Lhasa - Gyantse(B, L)

  • Morning transfer to Gyangtse. *It's about 360 km and a 5 hours drive*
  • On the way, visit the beautiful Yamdrok Lake, one of three holy lakes in Tibet. 
  • The rest of day visit Phalkor Tschode Monastery and Kumbum Stupa.
  • Overnight in Gyantse

Day 08: Gyantse - Shigatse (B, L)

  • Morning trip to the Pala Manor, which is one of the three kings of Nobilities in old Tibet, and now is the only well-protected one in Tibet. There is a three-floor building, with a residencial area of 5,000 square meters. There are 82 rooms, serf yards and well- preserved property and goods in the main manor in Banjorlhunbo for you to visit.
  • Then transfer to Shigatse to visit Tashilhunpo Monastery which is the residence of Bainqen.
  • *It is 90 km and about a1 hour drive from Gyantse to Shigatse*
  • Overnight in Shigatse.

Day 09: Shigatse - Lhasa (B, L)

  • Morning is free for strolling around until transfer back to Lhasa.
  • *It’s about 280km and a 4.5 hours’ driving from Shigatse to Lhasa*
  • On reaching Lhasa, visit Norbulingka Palace, which served as the traditional summer residence of the successive Dalai Lamas from the 1780s up until the 14th Dalai Lama's exile in 1959.
  • Overnight in Lhasa

Day 10: Lhasa -  Shanghai (B)

  • Flight: TBA
  • Time at leisure until transfer to catch the flight to Shanghai.
  • Upon arrival in Shanghai, your local guide will pick you up at the airport and transfer to the hotel for rest.
  • Overnight in Shanghai.

Day 11: Shanghai (B, L)

  • In the morning transfer to visit the Yuyuan Garden, a beautifully preserved example of a Ming dynasty garden nestling among the throngs of the Old Town. Then you will transfer to visit the French concession – lilong. Then you will take a bird eye view of Shanghai from the top of Jinmao Tower.
  • This evening take a Boat trip on the Huang Pu River for about 40 minutes. Strolling along the Shanghai waterfront –the European styled Bund.
  • Overnight in Shanghai.

Day 12: Shanghai – Tongli – Shanghai (B, L)

  • Morning transfer to visit the ancient water town Tongli. It is an age-old, but very well preserved water township with a history of more than 1,000 years.
  • *it's only one hour by vehicle between Shanghai & Tongli*
  • Overnight in Shanghai

Day 13: Shanghai Departure (B)

  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • Time for leisure until transfer to the airport and catch the flight back home.
  • End of service.
     

Price Information:

Tour Duration: 13 Days / 12 Nights
Tour Operates: Year Round / On Demand
 
Tour package price per person in cash 
City
Accommodation
Room Type
Package Price
Beijing
Superior Room
 
Lhasa
Standard Room
Gyantse
Gyantse Hotel 3*
Standard Room
Shigatse
Shigatse Hotel 4*
Standard Room
 

Included Service:

  • All domestic flights in economy class incl. airport tax and fuel surcharge.
  • All private transfers with air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Private, English speaking guide service.
  • Accommodation with breakfast.
  • All entrance fee for all sights.
  • All meals mentioned in the program
  • (B: breakfast, L: lunch)
  • Tibet Permit (For applying Tibet entry permit, tour participants are required to provide the copy of your passport (first page), the copy of you Chinese Visaand your occupation while making reservations. Reporters and other members of the Media as well as Diplomats are prohibited to visit Lhasa by China government.)

Excluded Services:

  • Dinner
  • Tips for tour guide, driver and hotel porter.
  • All expenses not mentioned above.

Trip Preparation

All non-Chinese passport holders need a Tibet Travel Permit to visit Tibet; all tours must be booked in advance by a Chinese travel agency. Your whole tour in Tibet must be accompanied by a licensed tour guide.Yunnan is situated on Yunnan-Guizhou plateau in southwest China. Most parts of Yunnan are about 2000 meters above sea level. Meanwhile, Yunnan's climate is diverse, and the weather is changeable. The following are a few good tips for you to remember when traveling in Yunnan.

permits & documents

A Tibet permit is required for any foreigners to enter Tibet and the entry city to Tibet must agree with the city shown on the permit that has been issued, differences is any detail will result in non-allowance of entry to Tibet. According to Chinese government regulations, Tibet travel permit is not to be applied by the travelers, but has to be applied through a reputed Chinese travel agency, with which the travelers have booked a Tibet tour. Global Easy Tour will arrange the Tibet travel permit to our customers who book their Tibet tours with us.

 

Your travel agency will need to submit your information to Tibet tourism Bureau who will strictly review before issuing the permit. We need your passport details at least two weeks ahead of your arrival time so as to process the formalities and delivery. All the members in tours are required to provide the following information (all must be true and same as shown on your passport) to their travel agency before applying for the Tibet permit:

a)     a copy of China Visa

b)    a copy of your passport including photo page (must be very clear and high-definition)

c)     full names as in passport

d)    your birthday

e)     your current profession

f)     your nationality

g)    your gender

tour & hotel booking

All Tibet tours must be booked at least 20 days in advance. It normally takes 2-3 days to confirm the hotel bookings and about 10 days for the Tibet Tourism Bureau to issue the Tibet travel permit. It would be wise to leave enough time to prepare for the trip in advance.

 

climate & Altitude

Large parts of Tibet are covered by snow and ice most of year due to the high altitude, Weather there is changeable even within one day .Climate also varies in different areas. The best time to travel to Tibet is from April to November when the weather is more comfortable and humid.

 

A solar radiation is very strong because of Tibet’s high altitude and thin air. You are recommended to bring sunglasses to protect your eyes, sunscreen cream and lip protection. In addition, the increased solar radiation makes it worth considering taking a camera with an ultraviolet filter to ensure the high quality of pictures taken.

 

In Tibet, you need to pay attention to your physical condition, giving time to acclimatize to the altitude to avoid altitude sickness. Do not run or do strenuous exercise, and take effective measures to prevent sunburn, drink lots of water and rest well especially on the first day of arrival. See Altitude Sickness. Travelling to Tibet with chronic sickness, hypertension or if you have heart disease is unwise, if you have a cold or fever, it is not advisable to go to Tibet , as they can easily turn into pneumonia, which can be fatal in low-oxygen highland areas.

local conditions & facilities

Hotel: The facilities and service standard of hotels in Tibet is not what you would expect from a hotel with the same rating in Beijing or Shanghai. Hotel in Lhasa are relatively comfortable with heating systems and hot water in winter, some star-rating hotels have in-house doctors to take care of minor discomforts. Hotel in small cities and towns outside Lhasa only have very basic facilities, some even without a heating system and hot water in the freezing winter. 

 

 

road conditions

Speed limits of 40 km/h, 60 km/h or 80km/h are in place on the way from Lhasa to some attractions or cites around, such as Yamdrok Lake, Gyagtze, Namtso and some another pleases. There will be policemen monitoring speed on the way. Therefore the journey will be slower than in other places. Is going to remote areas, be prepared for the bumpy roads.

eating

In Lhasa City, eating is very convenient because many restaurants have English menus; western restaurants are also available there. In places outside of Lhasa you are suggested to lower your expectation. GLOBAL EASY TOUR arranges all the meals for tours to remote areas to ensure that our customers get clean and most passable food.

respect local customs

Tibetan people are among the easiest to get along with in china. However, visitors should respect local customs and traditions, besides, tourists should avoid any political issues when traveling in Tibet, and you can also read more about Chinese Etiquette.

Do not talk about sensitive topics like politics when in Tibet. 

Do not try to talk with some lamas about their lives and religions.

Walk clockwise around the Barkhor Street, especially during the rush hour of pilgrimage from 9am to 6pm.

Taking photos of Buddha statues are not allowed in the majority of Tibetan monasteries, in some monasteries (such as Tashilunpu Monastery), tourist can take pictures of the Buddha statues after paying some money.

Ask permission first before taking pictures of other people in the Barkhor areas. Sometimes they will ask you for money but most of time it is ok to give them a little gift.

Do not enter monasteries without permission. Smoking is not allowed when visiting monasteries. Dress properly, not in shorts or sunglasses.

If you have a chance to visit a local family, let the oldest people go first when you walk together with them, do not step on the threshold when entering a tent or house, do not touch the heads of people with your hands.

If you have chance to have dinner with Tibetans, do not eat with your mouth overfull and do not chew or drink noisily. 

Do not buy anything made from wild animals’ skin or bones, as it may cause problems when you try to leave the area.

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