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Huan ying, welcome to China and the start of your journey of a lifetime through the Orient! When you arrive at Beijing airport our local guide and driver await to transfer you to your hotel. The remainder of today is at your leisure.
This morning, we tour the centre of Beijing, China's magnificent capital, including the massive Tiananmen Square and the sprawling Forbidden City. Boasting some 9999 rooms, the city within a city was once the sole preserve of the Chinese emperors. This afternoon is at your leisure to relax or explore.
This morning we drive beyond Beijing to Badaling, to go by Cable Car to the top a section of the famous Great Wall. Built in the Ming Dynasty, a 6m wide pathway makes a formidable defence, following the highest contours of a steep range of hills. You can walk as much as you like, when ready we transfer you back to your hotel.
This morning enjoy some free time. This afternoon we visit the Emperor's Summer Palace, set on Kunming Lake and the Silk Alley Markets before catching your flight to Xian.
An early start this morning as you are driven to Shaanxi Rare Wildlife Rescue and Breeding Centre in Zhouzhi County to see the Pandas. Returning to town we tour the Terracotta Warrior archaeological site where some 7,000 warriors stand in battle ready position
Morning flight to Lhasa. Upon arrival to Tibet you will drive (aprox 1.5 hours) to the fabled city of Lhasa. Once you reach Lhasa the remainder of the day is free for you to relax and acclimatize at ‘the roof of the world’.
We begin our exploration of this mystical city first heading to Lhasa’s most enduring image, the Potala Palace. After visit the Jokhang Temple which will be the most enlightening stop of the day. The holiest shrine in Tibet, it houses a solid gold shrine of the enlightened Buddha and it is around which, in varying degrees of exertion, all Tibetans prostrate themselves at some point throughout their lifetime. Remainder of the day at leisure.
Our exploration of Lhasa continues today as we take the short journey to the 15th century Drepung Monastery. Norbulingka, is our next place of pilgrimage. Less daunting and surrounded by gardens, this homely palace reflects the Dalai Lama’s more earthly pleasures and it was from here the present Lama fled in the 1950’s. Remainder of the day at leisure.
An early morning start as we drive out toward the Himalayas. From Lhasa, itself at 3500m, we travel over the Kamba-La pass and reach 4794m above sea level. From the top of the pass we can look down on the deep azure waters of Yamdrok Lake, cradled by snow capped mountains before dropping down to the shores itself. One of Tibet’s 3 holy lakes, nomadic tents, pilgrims prostrating and children hunting with sling shots on the stony beaches make this something you are likely to have never experienced before. Rising back into these vivid and rugged mountains we head back to Lhasa, looking for hoards of Yak along the way.
Today you will transfer to the airport and fly to Shanghai. Arriving here, our guide awaits to take you to your hotel.
Enjoy a day to explore Shanghai in your own time.
Sadly your journey concludes with a transfer to the airport for your flight home.
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