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Luxury

China with Tibetan Discovery

Beijing to Shanghai
17 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: CHYCT17
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

Place of the Gods

At high altitude, discover heavenly mountain vistas of Lhasa and visit Norbulinka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama.

Forbidden City VIP Access

Enjoy exclusive access to a private section of the Forbidden City, once used as the living quarters of Emperor Qianlong.

Giant Panda Conservation

Learn about the breeding and conservation efforts implemented at Chengdu's Giant Panda Research Centre.

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in eight destinations
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in four locations
  • Luxury dining - a total of 40 meals
  • A wide range of onboard beverages on board cruise
  • Expert APT Tour Director
  • Return airport transfers, porterage and gratuities

Map & Itinerary

Asia Map CHYCT17 2020
Beijing to Shanghai

We’ll meet you on arrival and transfer you to your hotel. You’ll have plenty of time to settle in, explore or relax. Tonight, celebrate the journey to come with a welcome reception.

Stay: Three Nights, Regent Hotel Beijing

Your first full day in China begins with a tour of Tiananmen Square. Enlarged to four times its original size in the 1950s, Tiananmen is the world’s largest city square. Following a Signature Experience, lunch will be at a local restaurant, before an afternoon at leisure. Tonight, indulge in an authentic Peking duck banquet for dinner.

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oday, set out for the Great Wall of China. Tonight, explore the city at your own pace with a choice of sightseeing.

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Begin your day with visit to the modern 798 Art Zone, an iconic contemporary art district. With some free time, you might visit UCCA (Ullens Center of Contemporary Art) which celebrates Chinese and international artists. This afternoon, you’ll fly to Xi’an.

Stay: Two Nights, Xi’an, Shangri-La Hotel

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Today, visit the ancient city wall, one of the largest military defensive systems in the world. You’ll then head to a clay factory where terracotta soldiers are still made today. Spend the afternoon at the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses and discover the history of the warriors. Tonight, choose your sightseeing

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Early risers can start their day with a visit to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Afterwards, fly to Chengdu. On arrival, we’ll transfer you to your hotel before setting out to explore at your own pace.

Stay: Two Nights, Chengdu, Grand Hyatt Hotel

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Begin your day with a Signature Experience. After lunch, visit Jinli Old Street, one of China’s oldest commercial streets.

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Fly to the Tibetan city of Lhasa. Once here you’ll have the rest of the day to acclimatise to one of the world’s highest cities, explore at your own pace, or even take the included shuttle to Barkhor Bazaar market where you can shop for trinkets, fresh food, silver jewellery and more. It is also a great place for people watching.

Stay: Three Nights, Lhasa, InterContinental Paradise Hotel

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Wake this morning to a place where the sky seems almost close enough to touch. Today, visit the city’s most sacred sites. Explore the World Heritage-listed Potala Palace, a major pilgrimage site for Tibetan Buddhists. You’ll visit Jokhang Temple, the holiest place in Tibet. After lunch, you can wander the Barkhor Bazaar market again. Tonight, dine on a traditional Tibetan feast.

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After breakfast, head to World Heritage-listed Norbulinka, the former summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Wander the tranquil gardens here and understand why its name can be translated from Tibetan to mean ‘Treasure Garden’. After a stop for lunch, visit the Sera Monastery and see monks debating Buddhist doctrines.

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It’s time to say goodbye to Tibet as you board your flight to Chongqing. Upon arrival, join a tour of the city’s sights. This afternoon, board the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer for your cruise along the Yangtze River.

Stay: Three Nights, Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

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Rise early to join a Tai Chi class on the ship’s deck. After breakfast, disembark in Fuling. Here, visit the 816 Underground Project, an old nuclear site hidden in the mountains. Spend the afternoon however you like. Attend a Chinese brush painting and calligraphy demonstration. Learn how to play Mahjong, an ancient tile game. Try your hand at Mandarin. Or, learn how to make dumplings. Tonight, enjoy a Captain’s welcome reception.

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This morning, cruise through dramatic vistas of the Qutang and Wu gorges. Later, you’ll step off at Badong and hop on a ferry and onwards to a traditional Chinese sampan (longboat). Paddle down the river until the nose of your sampan touches the shores of a local riverside village. Here, you’ll sneak a glimpse at traditional, rural Chinese life. After lunch back on board, pass the largest of the three gorges, Xiling Gorge. Tonight, feast on a Chinese banquet farewell dinner with your captain.

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It’s time to disembark after breakfast. Fly to Shanghai. On arrival, jump on the high-speed Maglev train which travels at an exhilarating 300 kilometres per hour. From Jesuit cathedrals, Jewish synagogues and Buddhist temples, you’ll notice right away the diverse range of architectural styles here.

Stay: Three Nights, Shanghai, Fairmont Peace Hotel

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This morning, head down to Shanghai’s waterfront for a Tai Chi lesson taught by a master. After, veer off the beaten path and discover a new side to Shanghai with a vintage convertible Jeep ride. Later, stop at the Jin Mao Tower and take an elevator to the 88th floor viewing deck, where you’ll be whipping out your camera to capture those panoramic views of the city. This evening, enjoy your final Signature Experience.

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How you spend today is completely up to you. A farewell dinner is the perfect way to end your trip.

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Your journey comes to an end after breakfast. We say goodbye before a transfer to the airport.

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Travel & Accommodation

Stay at the Regent Beijing

Luxury accommodation with a second to none location, the Regent Beijing is the perfect base for your China adventure.

Deep mountain ravine to Yangtze river below

Three night Yangtze cruise

Admire stunning natural landscapes on a cruise through the Three Gorges region aboard the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer.

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Paradise in the Clouds

The InterContinental Lhasa Paradise hotel ensures luxury and comfort with spacious rooms and exquisite dining options.

As a family-owned company, we take great pride in treating each and every guest as part of the family