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Suggested travel itinerary in Tibet and China

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China is a huge country that has so much to offer, starting from a long history absolutely fascinating, ending with beautiful landscapes and interesting contemporary culture. Surprisingly, China still doesn't have lot of tourists, so you might be wondering what to see exactly in China and how to optimize the route, since the visit of the entire country would take months. The tour itinerary in China shown in this section of travel-tour-guide is three weeks long and is a good mix between history, archeology, nature, landscapes and culture. Of course, China also offers other attractions not covered by this trip itinerary due to lack of time, such as Yunnan with its ethnic minorities and beautiful pagodas, or maybe Hong Kong, to name just a few examples, but this is a good reason to return again and again in this beautiful country.


This trip review focuses a voyage to China that includes day tours to Beijing, Shanghai, Yangshuo and Chengdu. Trip extension to Tibet, visiting Lhasa, Shigatse and Gyangtse. This is a customized tour specifically made for myself only (no group departure), the complete itinerary has been designed by myself and operated by car, driver and tour guide. The detailed day by day itinerary is summarized below:

  • Day 01: Travel to China from your country (you may arrive the next day)
  • Day 02: Free time in Beijing to recover from the long trip
  • Day 03: Excursions in Beijing: day tour to Forbidden City and more attractions
  • Day 04: Day tour to the Great Wall in Badaling and other excursions
  • Day 05: Flight from Beijing to Lhasa (Tibet) via Chengdu or direct
  • Day 06: Day tour in Lhasa to Potala Palace and Jokhang temple
  • Day 07: Lhasa day tour to Drepung and Sera monasteries
  • Day 08: Overland trip in Tibet from Lhasa to Gyangtse, visit Palkhor Monastery
  • Day 09: Trip from Gyangtse to Shigatse, visit Tashilhunpo Monastery
  • Day 10: Drive from Shigatse to Lhasa across southern Tibet
  • Day 11: Flight from Lhasa to Chengdu in Sichuan
  • Day 12: Day tour to panda research center in Wolong
  • Day 13: Day tour to Leshan Giant Buddha and Baoguo temple
  • Day 14: Day tour to Mount Emei, Wannian temples - travel back to Chengdu
  • Day 15: Flight from Chengdu to Xian, visit to Big Wild Goose Pagoda and provincial museum
  • Day 16: Xian day tour to Terracotta Warriors, Great Mosque and city Wall
  • Day 17: Flight from Xian to Guilin and city tour in Guilin
  • Day 18: Li river cruise to Yangshuo through rural China
  • Day 19: Full day tour to Longsheng and Longji rice terraces
  • Day 20: Travel from Yangshuo to Guilin and then to Shanghai
  • Day 21: Shanghai city tour to museum, Yuyuan Garden, TV Tower
  • Day 22: Full day excursion to the water city of Zhouzhuang
  • Day 23: Free day in Shanghai, flight back to your country (you may arrive the next day)
  • Day 24: Arrive in your country


Trips to China are usually offered by several worldwide tour operators, but if you want to travel independently without having to join a group, or maybe you want to customize your itinerary to better include the places that you like, it may be a good idea to contact a travel agency in China that can provide a car with driver and book all the accommodations required. The tour in China presented in this trip review, was organized via Travel China Guide, by simply communicating them the desired route and the services required. Getting to China is very easy from all over the world, since most major cities in China are served by many daily flights departing from all the continents, while domestic travel is provided through an extensive network of air and rail links, allowing tourists to get just everywhere they wish.


The best season to visit China corresponds to the spring and fall, generally from April to early June and from mid September to early November. The winter months may be too cold and foggy in most regions, while the summer months are typically too hot and humid, with possible heavy rainfall. Unfortunately this can create some difficulties for those who can only travel in fixed weeks through the year, even considering the fact that this is not a short trip (unless you reduce the route, missing however many attractions). The best time to visit Tibet is late spring and early autumn as well, when there are better conditions in terms of temperature and precipitations.

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Beijing forbidden city, China Beijing day tour with excursion to Forbidden city and other attractions <<-- GO
Day tour to Beijing including excursions to the Temple of Haven, Tienammen square, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and the Peking Opera Theatre. A long and intense day through China's top attractions.
The Great Wall at Badaling, China Day tour from Beijing to the Great Wall in Badaling <<-- GO
Tour to the Great Wall at Badaling, not too far from Beijing and ideal for a day trip. A tour to the Ming Tombs, the Sacred Way and to a silk factory follows later, thus completing this exciting day.
Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet Tibet tour with excursions in Lhasa to Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple <<-- GO
Landing in Lhasa over one of the world's highest runway. Tour to Lhasa with excursions to the magnificent Potala Palace followed by a visit to Jokhang temple and to a short hike in the city.
Buddha gold statue, Tibet Lhasa day tour to Drepung and Sera monastery <<-- GO
Day tour in Tibet departing from Lhasa and visiting Drepung monastery, Sera monastery and the Dalai Lama's summer palace, before returning in Lhasa the same day.
Stupa in Gyangtse, Tibet Travel in Tibet by 4x4 from Lhasa to Gyangtse and visit Palkhor monastery <<-- GO
Trip from Lhasa to Gyangtse by 4x4 car, crossing three high passes and the Yamdrok Yumtso lake through the most beautiful landscapes in Tibet. The day ends with a tour in Gyangtse and a visit to Palkhor monastery.
Tashilhunpo monastery, Shigatse, Tibet Tibet trip from Gyangtse to Shigatse and then back to Lhasa <<-- GO
Overland trip from Gyangtse to Shigatse and visit the amazing Tashilhunpo monastery. Travel back to Lhasa by 4x4 along a shorter (but less spectacular) route.
Panda in Wolong research center, China Trip to Wolong in Sichuan: the research center for giant panda <<-- GO
Day trip from Chengdu to Wolong, in a Sichuan's remote region, to visit the Giant Panda Research Center in China, one of the most important panda research institute in the world.
Leshan Giant Buddha, China Leshan giant Buddha sculptured in the mountain and mount Emei <<-- GO
A two days trip from Chengdu that includes sightseeing of the Leshan giant Buddha carved in a mountain and a day tour to mount Emei, Baoguo and Wannian temple.
Terracotta warriors, China Terracotta Warriors tour in Xian and additional excursions in the city <<-- GO
Day tour in Xi'an with excursion to Terracotta Warriors museum, the Xi'an city Provincial Museum, the old city walls, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the Great Mosque (the biggest mosque built in oriental style).
Longji rice terraces, China Tour to rural China visiting Guilin and Longsheng's terraced rice fields <<-- GO
Guilin city tour: Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill and the Fubo Hill. Full day excursion to Longsheng to view the rice terraces in Longji and to meet the Zhuang ethnic minority.
Li river cruise, China Li river cruise in China and Yangshuo tour <<-- GO
Cruise on Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo in China. Excursion to the countryside around Yangshuo to see the rice fields and the simple life in thus rural area of southern China.
Congress center, Shanghai, China Shanghai day tour and excursion to Zhouzhuang (the Venice of the orient) <<-- GO
Day tour in Shanghai visiting Bund and Nanjing Road, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the Shanghai museum, the Yuyuan gardens and the Jade Buddha Temple. Further day tour from Shanghai to the water city of Zhouzhuang.

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