13-Day Tibetan Story

Chengdu - Lhasa - Shangri-la - Lijiang - Xi'an - Beijing 

If you are accustomed to the busy life in big cities, you can choose this trip for a slower pace both in body & mind. Walking in Tibetan regions, you can see local people drinking tea with their faces filled with happiness.


  • Tibetan religious architecture - Potala Palace, Jorkhang Temple, Songzanlin Monastery

  • Relax yourself in Lijiang Ancient City

  • China's national treasure - Giant Panda

  • China's long history - the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Armies

Songzanlin Monastery
Songzanlin Monastery

Ganden Sungtseling, the little Potala Palace in Tibetan's minds

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Tibetans circling the praying wheel
Tibetans circling the praying wheel

Religion & Belief

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Giant Panda
Giant Panda

Living fossils on earth

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Songzanlin Monastery
Songzanlin Monastery

Ganden Sungtseling, the little Potala Palace in Tibetan's minds

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              Our service includes:

 China Panda Tour's experienced travel consultant 1 on 1 service 24hours/7days from inquiry to back home;

  Entrance tickets to listed viewpoints in the itinerary as well as necessary shuttle bus/cable car/sightseeing bus tickets in attractions;  

√  Escorted by experienced English-speaking tour guide;

  Meals mentioned in the itinerary;

  Private transfers with professional driver between hotel/attraction/airport/railway station/restaurant as listed in the itinerary;

√ Booking of flight/train/cruise tickets per your preferences;

 Accommodation in each city, hotel level/feature is decided by your choice;

√ Traveler's accidental insurance.


 Detailed itinerary:


Day 1

Chengdu arrival

Welcome to China! Upon arrival, receive a warm greeting from your local guide and driver. Transfer to the hotel and then release from the jet lag after long-time flight.


Day 2

Chengdu tour

As the hometown of Giant Panda, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding should not be missed when you come to Chengdu. Strolling through the bamboo groves, you will find lovely pandas eating bamboo, playing or sleeping. After a nice time in the park-like panda base, transfer to People's Park, visit the traditional old tea house. Kuanzhai Alley, the so-called Narrow and Wide Alley, shows what old Chengdu was like. Have a good rest and get prepared to Tibet.


Day 3

Chengdu to Lhasa

According to flight time, the tour guide and driver will pick you up at the hotel and then transfer to the airport. Take the flight to Lhasa. You will be warmly welcome to Tibet by saying Tashi Delek. Be sent to the hotel and then have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude in the rest of the day. 


Day 4

Lhasa tour

Today you will visit the highlights of Lhasa including famous Potala Palace, the holiest temple in Tibet, Jorkhang Temple and Barkhor Street, “the window of Tibet” as it exhibits typical Tibetan life. It is popular that tourists join the locals to join the local people's circle and make a wish. In the evening, enjoy a Tibetan style welcome dinner with dancing and singing. 


Day 5

Lhasa tour

Today, you will visit two important monasteries in Lhasa, Drepung and Sera. Drepung Monastery, used to be the imperial palace of Dalai Lamas for short stays away from the capital before the reconstruction of Potala Palace. In the afternoon, transfer to visit Sera Monastery. You may come across Sera Monastery’s monks debating which is held in the courtyard at around 15:00-17:30.


Day 6

Lhasa to Shangri-la, Shangri-la tour

Catch a morning flight from Lhasa to Shangri-la. On arrival, drive to Yila Grassland and circle Napa Lake, where the idyllic scenery forms a perfect quiet countryside view. Songzanlin Monastery, or Ganden Sungtseling, which is referred as the Little Potala Palace. In the rest of the day free on own to explore Dukezong Ancient Town, also named Moonlight Old Town.


Day 7

Shagri-la to Lijiang

In the morning, transfer to Lijiang. Along the way you will have a stop at the Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the deepest and most spectacular river canyons in the world. Arrive in Lijiang at noon time. The buildings, after countless dynasty baptism, have survived and gathered each nation's culture and blossom. You will visit Black Dragon Pool Park and Mu's Residencehike on Lion Hill to have a whole view of the ancient city.


Day 8

Lijiang tour, Lijiang to Xi'an

In the morning, take a short driving to visit Jade Dragon Sown Mountain. Its 13 snow peaks are constant that like a dancing dragon in the sky which makes an unforgettable view. Since Lijiang is in the subtropical zone, it is amazing that this mountain which is 5596 meters above the sea level, can stand proudly there. Later visit Baisha Wall Painting in Baisha Village, learning more about the history and culture of Naxi ethnic group. Fly to Xi'an and check into hotel.


Day 9

Xi'an tour

In the morning, transfer to visit the Terracotta Army, which is now the Terracotta Warriors Museum. It is a must-see place when you travelled to Xi'an. Even 2000 years has passed, the wood protects of the warriors are still clear to see. Return to downtown Xi'an, learning China's long history in Shaanxi History Museum followed by visiting the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the symbol of Xi’an City.


Day 10

Xi'an tour, Xi'an to Beijing

Have a leisure walk on the Ancient City Wall. Built in Ming Dynasty, this old architecture has an honored history of over 600 years and is the best preserved ancient city wall in China. There is a Muslim Quarter near the Great Mosque that you should never miss. Enjoy yourselves by bargaining with the strollers, or tasting some local snacks. In the afternoon, experience the bullet train to Beijing. On arrival in Beijing, be met and transferred to hotel for rest.


Day 11

Beijing tour

Today firstly visit the Temple of Heaven, where the emperors sacrificed the heaven. Continue sightseeing to Tian’anmen Square, the largest central square in the world. And then enter the Forbidden City. For almost 500 years, it serves as the ceremonial and political center of central court. Looking at the yellow roof, glazed tile and red wall, just imagine what emperors’ daily life would be. Have a whole view of this magnificent palace from Jingshan Park.


Day 12

Beijing tour

In the morning, pay a visit to the Great Wall, its grey stones, lofty watchtowers and winding routes all tell a story of soul-stirring history. Later move steps to the Ming Tombs, the biggest imperial mausoleum complex in China. You will visit Dingling, the tomb of Wanli, which is the only excavated one of the Ming Dynasty Tombs. Enjoy a wonderful farewell dinner Peking Roast Duck that absolutely comfort your spirit and stomach after a whole-day sightseeing.


Day 13

Beijing departure

You will be dropped off at the airport for flight back sweet home. Recollect wonderful pieces happening these days. China, Zai Jian(Goodbye)!

Recommended hotels:

       China Panda Tour has selected below hotels in 3/4/5 star categories for your choice. These are depends on several & years' of our guests's feedback. Should you have other preferred hotels, please feel free to ask us to quote or you can book that yourselves.

Chengdu Hotels

Holiday Inn Chengdu Oriental Plaza★★★★★

Perched on Chengdu’s remarkable Financial Street, the hotel is conveniently walking distance to Chunxi Road & Taikooli shopping area, and close to Yan Shi Kou commercial center.

Minshan Lhasa Grand Hotel★★★★

Located in Wuhou bustling business district, this hotel is Tibetan-style and with superior location which is close to restaurants, Wuhou Shrine and Jinli Old Street. 

Garden City Hotel★★★

Located in the hub of Chengdu's Central Business District, the hotel is ideally designed for corporate travelers, convention delegates and leisure travelers. It is only 5minutes' walking distance to Tianfu Square and Chunxi Road.

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        Trip Notes:

     This itinerary can be flexibly adjusted according  to your requests. You can change the order, or extend the tour with more cities or days, or even shorten it with deleting any cities or days. Our professional travel consultant will help you revise the itinerary until suiting your schedule. 

- China Panda Tour also provides private tours with Spanish/German/French/Mandarin-speaking tour guide service. 

- If you only want to rent a car for your trip, please kindly inform us. China Panda Tour's professional drivers would provide you satisfying service.

        Trip Information:

- Tour code: CPT-CT-31

- Price: from $1,697 p/p

- Tour type: private tour

- Departure date: flexible

- Travel route: Chengdu - Lhasa - Shangri-la - Lijiang - Xi'an  - Beijing  - Trip length: 13 Days / 12 nights