Multi-Day Tour | Private

The Red Dragon and Lhasa - China (18 days)

WildChina

Beijing, China To Tibet, China

Valid for Departures Now Through: 01 Dec 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Beijing, China
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Explore the imposing Forbidden City, where emperors ruled for 500 years • Weave your way through Beijing’s ancient, interwoven hutong alleys • Explore your creative side by trying various traditional activities such as Chinese yo-yo • Hike up Jingshan and take in a commanding view over the Forbidden City • Wander the popular neighborhoods around Houhai • Enjoy a picnic on the majestic Great Wall, built to protect China’s heartland from invaders • Optional: visit Beijing’s trendy 798 Art District • Test your skills at the delicate art of water calligraphy at the Temple of Heaven • Swing by the Olympic Park • Spend a relaxing afternoon at the Summer Palace, where tranquil waters, green foliage and imperial buildings converge

Day 2
Beijing, China
None None

Explore the imposing Forbidden City, where emperors ruled for 500 years • Weave your way through Beijing’s ancient, interwoven hutong alleys • Explore your creative side by trying various traditional activities such as Chinese yo-yo • Hike up Jingshan and take in a commanding view over the Forbidden City • Wander the popular neighborhoods around Houhai • Enjoy a picnic on the majestic Great Wall, built to protect China’s heartland from invaders • Optional: visit Beijing’s trendy 798 Art District • Test your skills at the delicate art of water calligraphy at the Temple of Heaven • Swing by the Olympic Park • Spend a relaxing afternoon at the Summer Palace, where tranquil waters, green foliage and imperial buildings converge

Day 3
Beijing, China
None None

Explore the imposing Forbidden City, where emperors ruled for 500 years • Weave your way through Beijing’s ancient, interwoven hutong alleys • Explore your creative side by trying various traditional activities such as Chinese yo-yo • Hike up Jingshan and take in a commanding view over the Forbidden City • Wander the popular neighborhoods around Houhai • Enjoy a picnic on the majestic Great Wall, built to protect China’s heartland from invaders • Optional: visit Beijing’s trendy 798 Art District • Test your skills at the delicate art of water calligraphy at the Temple of Heaven • Swing by the Olympic Park • Spend a relaxing afternoon at the Summer Palace, where tranquil waters, green foliage and imperial buildings converge

Day 4
Beijing, China
None None

Explore the imposing Forbidden City, where emperors ruled for 500 years • Weave your way through Beijing’s ancient, interwoven hutong alleys • Explore your creative side by trying various traditional activities such as Chinese yo-yo • Hike up Jingshan and take in a commanding view over the Forbidden City • Wander the popular neighborhoods around Houhai • Enjoy a picnic on the majestic Great Wall, built to protect China’s heartland from invaders • Optional: visit Beijing’s trendy 798 Art District • Test your skills at the delicate art of water calligraphy at the Temple of Heaven • Swing by the Olympic Park • Spend a relaxing afternoon at the Summer Palace, where tranquil waters, green foliage and imperial buildings converge

Day 5
Xian, China
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Learn the calming art of taichi in a private lesson on Xi'an's ancient city wall • Visit the grand Taoist Temple of the Eight Immortals • View the proudly unflinching Terracotta Warriors from a special VIP deck • Learn about Xi’an’s 1,300 year old Muslim community by visiting the Great Mosque • Walk on a glass walkway above countless terracotta figurines and burial objects in the Hanyang Tombs

Day 6
Xian, China
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Learn the calming art of taichi in a private lesson on Xi'an's ancient city wall • Visit the grand Taoist Temple of the Eight Immortals • View the proudly unflinching Terracotta Warriors from a special VIP deck • Learn about Xi’an’s 1,300 year old Muslim community by visiting the Great Mosque • Walk on a glass walkway above countless terracotta figurines and burial objects in the Hanyang Tombs

Day 7
Dali, China
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Learn the process of making China’s most famous drink in a tea plantation at the foot of the soaring Cang Mountain • Travel back in time by walking around Dali’s picturesque old town, a mixture of pagodas, red lanterns and mountains • Join a traditional “Three Course Tea” ceremony with members of the Bai minority • Immerse yourself in the traditional Bai architecture of Xizhou, characterized by ornate gateways and honeycomb patterns • Learn the secrets of making rushan, a local cheese • Hike up Taoist Weibao (“Magnificent Treasure”) Mountain, where you will learn to meditate with a Taoist master • Retrace the steps of traders past along the Ancient Tea and Horse Road to a Chinese Muslim village

Day 8
Dali, China
None None

Learn the process of making China’s most famous drink in a tea plantation at the foot of the soaring Cang Mountain • Travel back in time by walking around Dali’s picturesque old town, a mixture of pagodas, red lanterns and mountains • Join a traditional “Three Course Tea” ceremony with members of the Bai minority • Immerse yourself in the traditional Bai architecture of Xizhou, characterized by ornate gateways and honeycomb patterns • Learn the secrets of making rushan, a local cheese • Hike up Taoist Weibao (“Magnificent Treasure”) Mountain, where you will learn to meditate with a Taoist master • Retrace the steps of traders past along the Ancient Tea and Horse Road to a Chinese Muslim village

Day 9
Dali, China
None None

Learn the process of making China’s most famous drink in a tea plantation at the foot of the soaring Cang Mountain • Travel back in time by walking around Dali’s picturesque old town, a mixture of pagodas, red lanterns and mountains • Join a traditional “Three Course Tea” ceremony with members of the Bai minority • Immerse yourself in the traditional Bai architecture of Xizhou, characterized by ornate gateways and honeycomb patterns • Learn the secrets of making rushan, a local cheese • Hike up Taoist Weibao (“Magnificent Treasure”) Mountain, where you will learn to meditate with a Taoist master • Retrace the steps of traders past along the Ancient Tea and Horse Road to a Chinese Muslim village

Day 10
Lijiang, China
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Continue along the Ancient Tea and Horse Road to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lijiang, taking a break in the historical market town of Shaxi • Explore the small paths and canals that weave through Lijiang's Old Town • Head over to the Dongba Culture Museum for a closer look at local minority culture and history • Travel to Yuhu village, located in the Lijiang basin • Visit the former residence of Austrian-American botanist Joseph Rock • Enjoy a leisurely hike around the scenic surrounding countryside

Day 11
Lijiang, China
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Continue along the Ancient Tea and Horse Road to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lijiang, taking a break in the historical market town of Shaxi • Explore the small paths and canals that weave through Lijiang's Old Town • Head over to the Dongba Culture Museum for a closer look at local minority culture and history • Travel to Yuhu village, located in the Lijiang basin • Visit the former residence of Austrian-American botanist Joseph Rock • Enjoy a leisurely hike around the scenic surrounding countryside

Day 12
Lijiang, China
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Continue along the Ancient Tea and Horse Road to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lijiang, taking a break in the historical market town of Shaxi • Explore the small paths and canals that weave through Lijiang's Old Town • Head over to the Dongba Culture Museum for a closer look at local minority culture and history • Travel to Yuhu village, located in the Lijiang basin • Visit the former residence of Austrian-American botanist Joseph Rock • Enjoy a leisurely hike around the scenic surrounding countryside

Day 13
Shangri-La, China
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Wander through the gilded pillars and incense-filled rooms of Songzanlin Monastery • Follow the narrow, winding lanes of Shangri-La Old Town pasty white stupas and lively outdoor markets • Continue along the Tea and Horse Caravan Road to ephemeral Napa Lake • Visit an artisan village where local craftsmen knead, fashion, and fire products of black clay • Partake in a festive Tibetan-style farewell dinner

Day 14
Shangri-La, China
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Wander through the gilded pillars and incense-filled rooms of Songzanlin Monastery • Follow the narrow, winding lanes of Shangri-La Old Town pasty white stupas and lively outdoor markets • Continue along the Tea and Horse Caravan Road to ephemeral Napa Lake • Visit an artisan village where local craftsmen knead, fashion, and fire products of black clay • Partake in a festive Tibetan-style farewell dinner

Day 15
Lhasa, China
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Acclimatize to Lhasa’s elevation and spend the day at your leisure • Recommended: follow along the Barkhor pilgrimage route to see prayer wheels being spun, pilgrims prostrating, and hear sutras being chanted

Day 16
Tibet, China
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Visit the gilded Jokhang Temple, which attracts a large number of pilgrims due to it being considered the most sacred temple in Tibet • Learn about Tibetan medicine, an ancient form of medicine based on Buddha’s teachings, by stopping by an old Tibetan pharmacy • Explore Potala Palace, Tibet’s defining religious landmark, a grand masterpiece of white, crimson and gold famed for being the former residence of the Dalai Lama

Day 17
Tibet, China
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Enjoy a picnic by the freshwater Yamdrok Tso Lake, a holy lake of clear blue surrounded by softly rolling mountains • Optional: visit Ganden Monastery, another great university monastery tucked away on a mountain ridge • Spend the rest of the day at your leisure in Lhasa • Recommended: browse the bustling, multicolored handicraft stalls of Barkhor, where brightly colored beads hang alongside painstakingly crafted silver trinkets

Day 18
Tibet, China
None None

Enjoy a picnic by the freshwater Yamdrok Tso Lake, a holy lake of clear blue surrounded by softly rolling mountains • Optional: visit Ganden Monastery, another great university monastery tucked away on a mountain ridge • Spend the rest of the day at your leisure in Lhasa • Recommended: browse the bustling, multicolored handicraft stalls of Barkhor, where brightly colored beads hang alongside painstakingly crafted silver trinkets

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Description

This trip combines classic China with Tibet over two and a half weeks. Starting in the "red dragon's" capital Beijing, you'll travel to former capital Xi'an, through the cobblestone streets of Yunnan, and end up in the fabled lands of Shangri-La and Lhasa. As you traverse the country, you'll understand why the various cultures of these areas have fascinated travelers for centuries. Beijing and Xi'an are highlights of China's imperial might while Dali and Lijiang are laidback old towns. Shangri-La and Lhasa are legends in and of themselves, centers of Tibetan life and spirituality.

About Us

We believe that luxury and sustainability come hand-in-hand. From picking tea in Yunnan to making hand-spun yak wool with nomads in Gansu, our journeys are accented by sophisticated interpretation of nature and local artisan culture through genuine interactions with local communities. Our innovative way of travel has been critically recognized through numerous awards including National Geographic Traveler - "Tours of a Lifetime; Travel + Leisure - “Best Life Changing Trips”; and Fast Company - “50 Most Innovative Companies”. In 2017 we were honored to be nominated for two Virtuoso Awards including "Destinations Partner of the Year".

Insider Tip

For first-timers, cover Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai in a week. Save five to ten days to explore the southern and western provinces and experience the true diversity of China.

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By: Angie


Reviewed on: 03 Nov 2014

Our travel agent used the services of Wild China for our recent trip to Shanghai and Beijing. Overall the guides were good and having their services proved very helpful in a country where the language & driving were very different from our own. 2 of our 3 guides were quite insightful & accommodating and enhanced our trip in many ways. Our only complaint was that 1 of the guides in Shanghai was quick to deliver us to tourist-trap locations where she would receive a kick-back from any purchase we made. We only learned of this after we had already made a few unwise purchases and then wished maybe we had spent less time with her. My advice would be to use the help, but be forewarned & slightly wary of any guide suggested "tours" or shopping.

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Reviewed on: 10 Apr 2016

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By: Bookstaver


Reviewed on: 17 Jul 2016

Wild China setup up the perfect itinerary for my trip to China and Tibet. A different well versed guide met me in each section of my trip and showed me the trip of a lifetime
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Reviewed on: 02 Sep 2017

Very good experience. Well thought out trip and every detail was covered. Flexibility was also a key factor.
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Reviewed on: 04 Dec 2017

We spent two full days touring Beijing with Wild China and they really could not have been better. Couldn't ask our guide a question he couldn't answer about what were seeing (and in 9.5/10 english fluency). Always on time and always with a smile and great attitude throughout the tour. Very flexible, even on the fly! We made several requests in the car that required slight deviations from the original plan. No problem.
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