China High Adventure
Lhasa, capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), lies on the north bank of Lhasa River in Northern Himalaya. It is known for the Potala Palace that once served as the winter home of the HH The Dalai Lama. Standing atop the Marpo Ri, the "Red Hill", the palace with over 1,000 rooms, 10,000 shrines and about 200,000 statues, is now a museum and World Heritage Site.
This China adventure tour begin in Beijing. After a comprehensive tour of Beijing and Xi’an, travel to Lhasa. Visit the 13-storey Potala Palace, the most impressive structure in the entire Himalayas. The nearby Jokhang Temple, represents the convergence of Tibet’s spiritual and secular life. Further in the west, is Norbulingkha, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. En route stop at Kambala pass, overlooking the beautiful Yangdrok lake. Explore monasteries in Xigatse and Gyangtse before returning to Lhasa. End your tour in Shanghai.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 14-DAY ADVENTURE ACROSS THE TIBETAN HIGHLAND…
And, walk in the footsteps of Sir Francis Younghusband and Heinrich Harrer the explorer.
The tour starts in Beijing that boasts of many scenic spots, precious artefacts and world-famous architectural wonders: the Great Wall, the Ming Tombs, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, Tian An Men square and many others. With your private guide and driver you will explore this huge and spread out city which is a magnificent gateway to China and Chinese history, so you will spend a minimum of three nights here.
After witnessing the historical sites we will travel to the famous city of Xian. This city was the hotspot of the ancient Silk Road, linking the East to the West. Today, it is one of the most important cradles of ancient Chinese civilization. Here we will see the widely acclaimed, the eighth wonder of the world, the Army of Terracotta Warriors.
Your journey continues on to Lhasa, deep in the Himalayan kingdom of Tibet. Spend time exploring the magnificent monasteries, palaces and temples and visit the smaller towns of Gyantze and Shigatze as you pass through some of the world’s most spectacular scenery. You will be welcomed into the homes of the locals to experience their unique lifestyle first hand, and be amazed by the beauty of the yak-dotted high altitude plains.
After the high-altitude Tibet adventure, you travel to Shanghai where you will spend two nights exploring the vibrant city. Once famed as the ‘Oriental Paris’, foreign scientists, literary figures and artists chose to live there. Once a provincial city, Shanghai has grown into an international metropolis on par with New York and Paris.
China High Adventure
A spectacular journey to the highlands of Tibet
Beijing, Xian, Lhasa, Shigatse, Shanghai
(14 Days. Travel Any Day)
Day 1 – Arrive China
Beijing You will be received at the Beijing Airport by our representative. After a warm welcome, you will be escorted to your hotel for 3 nights stay. The rest of your day will be scheduled depending on your arrival time and how tired you feel.
Peninsula Beijing Hotel (Nil)
Day 2 – Tour
Beijing We drive outside Beijing, to one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall, the Mutianyu section. Built over 2,000 years ago, the Great Wall stretches 5,000 kilometres from Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west. Take time to walk along the wall and capture the scenery on camera.
Then visit the Ming Tombs, also known as the “13 Tombs”, burial site of 13 of the 17 Ming Dynasty emperors. The best part of the Ming Tombs is the road there. Walk along the Sacred Path leading to the necropolis and Giant Tortoises, with bizarre, mythical stone monsters standing guard. Return to Beijing in the mid-afternoon.
Peninsula Beijing Hotel (B, L)
Day 3 – Tour
Beijing Take a tour of Tiananmen Square, a site of historic significance for the advent of communism in China. Aside from the tragic events here over the last 50 years, Tiananmen is truly a people's square, alive with local kite fliers and wide-eyed tourists. Then visit the impressive Forbidden City, the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties. See the great palace architecture and its treasures and your private guide will tell you the anecdotes about the imperial family and the court. Also visit the sacred and architecturally unique Temple of Heaven that has come to symbolise Beijing.
Peninsula Beijing Hotel (B)
Day 4 – Transfer
Xi'an Today take a rickshaw ride through the Hutongs – the fascinating old laneways of Beijing around the Drum Tower. Tour the Summer Palace, once a retreat for emperors to escape the scorching summer heat of Beijing and now a favourite park among tourists. Later take an evening flight to Xi’an. Upon arrival, meet with guide and transfer to the hotel.
Sofitel Xi’an on Renmin Square Hotel (B)
Day 5 – Tour
Xi'an The city of X’ian is known for the Terra Cotta Army Warriors, the most significant archaeological excavations of the 20th century. About 6,000 life size terracotta warriors and horses arranged in battle formations are the star features at the museum.
After lunch, drive back to the city and visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Located in the Da Ci'en Temple, it is the best-preserved Buddhist temple complex of the Tang dynasty and the city’s most distinctive and outstanding landmark.
Sofitel Xi’an on Renmin Square Hotel (B, L)
Day 6 – Tour
Xi'an If you love Chinese history, Shaanxi Provincial Museum is a must on your Xi’an trip. It is one of the four largest museums in China (the other three are Forbidden City Museum, Shanghai Museum and Henan Provincial Museum).
For the coffee enthusiasts there is a nice Starbucks where you can relax before moving on to the Bell Tower. In ancient times, especially from Ming Dynasty, each city had a bell tower and a drum tower. The bell was sounded at dawn and the drum at dusk each day in ancient days, a means of telling the time. These are situated in the centre of Xi’an city connecting the four roads from east, south, west and north within the city wall. From the Bell Tower you will have a panoramic view of the city; whereas from the top of the Drum Tower you will have a bird's eye view of the Muslim Quarters.
Sofitel Xi’an on Renmin Square Hotel (B)
Day 7 – Transfer
Lhasa Transfer to the airport for flight to Lhasa, via Xining. On arrival, meet with guide and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure for you to acclimatise the high altitude of the Lhasa city.
St Regis Lhasa Hotel (B)
Day 8 – Explore
Lhasa We start our tour with a visit to the Potala Palace, residence of the Dalai Lama. Built in the 7th century AD, this 13-storey building on the Hongshan Mountain is still the most impressive in the entire Himalayas. Once the winter abode of the H H The Dalai Lama, it can be viewed from far around the adjoining mountains. Later visit Sera Monastery, founded in 1419 by Sakya Yeshe, a disciple of Tsongkhapa. The “Buddhism Scriptures Debating”, a way of studying the scriptures, are very famous.
St Regis Lhasa Hotel (B, L)
Day 9 – Explore
Lhasa Lhasa and its surroundings are full of ancient Gompas or temples. Of these, the Jokhang Temple represents the convergence of Tibet’s spiritual and secular life. Like Mecca for the Muslims, Jokhang is where all the tribes from Tibetan plateau meet. Later visit Norbulingkha, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama.
St Regis Lhasa Hotel (B, L)
Day 10 – Explore
Shigatse Today we drive to Gyangtse, a three and a half hour journey across the snow pass of Kambala (4,790m) overlooking the beautiful Yangdrok lake. The lake and the snowu peaks offer impressive views. Continue to the lakeside and after about 55 miles we reach Gyangtse where we will visit some monasteries before proceeding to Shigatse, the second large city in Tibet.
Shigatse Hotel (B, L, D)
Altitude: 3,810 m/12,570 ft.
Day 11 – Explore
Lhasa If you have acclimatised well then today is an easy day. We will visit Tashilhunpo Monastery of the Yellow Hat Sect located at the foot of Tara's Mountain. Built by the First Dalai Lama in 1447, the monastery has been repaired and expanded by successive Panchen Lamas and houses nearly 800 lamas.
Shigatse Hotel (B, L)
Day 12 – Transfer
Shanghai Free at leisure before transfer to the airport for flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, meet with local guide and transfer to the hotel.
Pudong Shangri-la Hotel (B)
Day 13 – Tour
Shanghai This morning go to visit the Old Chinese Quarter to wander through the Yu Yuan Garden and Bazaar. Other sights visited today will include the Shanghai Museum and the People’s Square.
Afternoon enjoy a walking tour of the old backstreets and the quaint markets and shops of the Chinese Old Quarter. Visit the local bird and flower market, the Dongtai Lu antique street and the Shikumen Museum in the Old French Concession area. This evening, enjoy your dinner at a local restaurant after a memorable journey through a remarkable country.
Pudong Shangri-la Hotel (B, D)
Day 14 – Depart
China Today you will be transferred to Shanghai Airport for your onward flight.
Make this your holiday
Getting There Beijing Capital International Airport, about 12 miles (19 kilometres) northeast of the city centre, is served by numerous international carriers from the UK. Taxis at the airport are plentiful; the ride into town costs about $20 and can take anywhere from half an hour to an hour and a half, depending on traffic. For the adventuresome there's also a train that whisks you in 23 minutes to a fairly central station in Beijing from which you can cab it to your hotel.
When to go The best time to visit China is during autumn (September to early November) when the skies are clear and the weather is at its comfortable best. The days are warm, sunny and dry with clear skies and pleasantly cool evenings. Local Beijingers describe this short season as tiāngāo qìshuǎng (literally ‘the sky is high and the air is fresh’).
The second-best time is spring, late March to mid-May, when winds blow away the pollution but also sometimes bring clouds of scouring sand for a day or two, turning the sky a livid yellow (great for pictures). From May onwards the mercury begins to surge well over 30°C until the rains arrive. The months of July and August are sultry and humid.
Passport/Visa Visas are required to enter, exit or transit through Chinese territories. The most common is a single entry 30-day visa. Multiple entry, 60-day and 90-day visas are also available. Passports must have a minimum of six months validity. Enquiries should be directed to the nearest Chinese embassy or consulate.