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Above The Clouds Tour

Beijing – Chengdu – Lhasa – Xi’an
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Above the Clouds is a tour that transports us back to a time when the journey was as important as the destination. Since the Tang Dynasty princess, Wen Cheng, was sent to marry the King of Tibet, the route hasn’t been an easy one. But, with the advent of modern transportation we can make the journey to the roof of the world in relative comfort. Our spectacular journey begins in Beijing, the capital of China. The resplendent golden roofs of the Forbidden City, the historic Tiananmen Square, the poetic Summer Palace and the Great Wall reflect the imperial splendor of this amazing city. A way stop at Chengdu in the Sichuan Mountains gives us the opportunity to acclimate ourselves to the higher altitudes while we visit the God of Wisdom Monastery. Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan Province, the home of the Giant Panda, and is one of the famous historical and cultural cities in China with a temperate climate and rich produce, known as “heaven”. We will tour the Panda center, Dujiangyan Irrigation System, Dufu Cottage and the ancient Han Dynasty Tomb. We continue our ascent to Lhasa, capital of Xizang Autonomous Region (Tibet), an area cut off for centuries from the outside world. Visit the imposing Potala Palace, the former seat of spiritual and secular power in Tibet, that houses the holy script, shrines and prayer halls lit by yak-butter lamps. You can still hear the melodic chanting of the palace monks there. As we leave for Southwest China, the landscape changes from Himalayan highlands to Xi’an, the ancient capital that holds the greatest appeal for those most interested in the history of the Middle Kingdom. Incredible outings take us to one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the century; the Tomb Complex of Emperor Qin’s army of over 6,000 Terra Cotta Warriors. Visit the Ancient City Walls and Big Wild Goose Pagoda which houses sacred Buddhist script brought from India at a time when religions were born. Our fantastic journey ends in Beijing, the capital of China. The resplendent golden roofs of the Forbidden City, the historic Tiananmen Square, the poetic Summer Palace and the Great Wall reflect the imperial splendor of this amazing city.

One of the advantages of traveling with USCPT is that local staff will handle all the practical details of your stay thus freeing your time for the enjoyment of your personal journey. The Above the Clouds journey plan takes you to some of the most beautiful areas of China. However, no matter when you visit, the 12,000 foot altitude of Lhasa valley is a factor to consider. We also travel to untamed and agrarian regions of China where tourism is relatively new and conditions can be challenging. Cultural enthusiasts, eco-tourists and seasoned travelers looking for adventure will all find the Above the Clouds itinerary immensely rewarding.

  • Day 1 – Depart the US on your international flight to Beijing.
    Day 2 – Enroute.
    Day 3 – Arrive in Chengdu, transfer to your hotel.
    Day 4 – Full day excursion to the Wolong Panda Breeding Center.(B L D)
    Day 5 – Open time in Chengdu. (B L D)
    Day 6 – Transfer to airport for early morning flight to Lhasa, transfer to Lhasa Hotel, and rest in the afternoon to adjust to the altitude. (B L D)
    Day 7 – Full day tour of Potala Palace, Norbulinka.(B L D)
    Day 8 – Full day tour of Jokhang Temple, Barkor Street, visit a Traditional Tibetan Hospital.(B L D)
    Day 9- Full day tour of Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery. (B L D)
    Day 10 – Transfer to airport for flight to Chengdu, connect flight to Xi’an, transfer to hotel.(B L D)
    Day 11 – Full day excursion of the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum including Circular Screen movie, Banpo Museum. Attend a special Tang Dynasty Dinner and Show. (B L D)
    Day 12 – Xi’an – Morning tour of Big Wild Goose Pagoda, City Wall, afternoon flight to Beijing, transfer to hotel.(B L D)
    Day 13 – Visit Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace. Evening Peking Opera.(B L D)
    Day 14 – Full day excursion to the Ming Tombs and the Juyong Great Wall, Sacred Way. Evening Farewell Peking Duck Dinner.(B L D)
    Day 15 – Transfer to airport for exit flight. (B)
    (B/L/D – indicates meals included in the package)

    To book this tour call us TODAY at
    (770) 849-0300 or Toll-Free at 1 (800) 25-CHINA

  • International Air from West Coast, except “Stop-over” tours and Hong Kong/Macau tours.
    English Speaking Guide as stated in itinerary.
    Hotel Accommodations are based on Run-of-House or standard. Rooms are based on twin beds unless otherwise specified. King bedrooms may be more (and may be based on availability at time of check-in). Non-smoking rooms may also not be available and are on request basis only.
    Cruises are based on standard room category.
    All flights are based on economy class.
    Round Trip Transfers are private unless otherwise stated in itinerary.
    Meals – American (buffet) breakfast & Local Lunch & Dinner unless otherwise stated in itinerary. B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner
    All tours and entrance fees private unless otherwise stated in itinerary.
    Generally, only one piece of checked baggage at 44 pounds in addition to one carry-on per person is allowed on all Chinese domestic flights, China to/from Hong Kong flights and some Intra-Asia flights.

    To book this tour call us TODAY at
    (770) 849-0300 or Toll-Free at 1 (800) 25-CHINA

  • U.S. Domestic Air or Other Transportation not mentioned in itinerary.
    Items of a personal nature.
    All China airport-departure and city construction taxes and most airport departure taxes in Asia (Must be paid in local currency).
    Those items as not stated as included.
    Guide and Driver tips are left to your discretion.
    Hotel portage baggage handling.
    Passport and Visa Fees. (Visa services provided by China Professional Tours. Ask your agent for details).
    Excess Baggage Fees.
    Travel & Tour insurance. (Highly recommended optional insurance available through China Professional Tours. Ask your agent for details.)
    International Cell Phone. (Rental of cell phone for international use is available. Please call for details.)
    U.S. and International Departure Taxes.

    To book this tour call us TODAY at
    (770) 849-0300 or Toll-Free at 1 (800) 25-CHINA

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