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Imperial China, Mysterious Tibet & the Yangtze River - 2022

Beijing • Xi’an • Chengdu • Lhasa, Tibet • 3-Night Yangtze River expedition cruise to Shi Bao Zhai and Three Gorges • Shanghai
  • Imperial China Mysterious Tibet Land Tour and the Yangtze River including Beijing, Xi’an, Tibet, Yangtze River Cruise, Three Gorgesand Shanghai
    WITNESS — AND CAPTURE — THE SOUL-STIRRING BEAUTY OF THE HIMALAYAS IN TIBET
  • HIKE ALONG A “WILD” SECTION OF THE GREAT WALL AND LEARN ITS FASCINATING HISTORY
  • Giant panda sanctuary, Chengdu, China
    MARVEL AT GIANT PANDAS DURING A VISIT TO A PANDA SANCTUARY IN CHENGDU
  • Xian Terra Cotta Army, China
    INSPECT THE TERRACOTTA WARRIORS — EACH WITH UNIQUE FACIAL FEATURES — CREATED TO ACCOMPANY THE FIRST EMPEROR OF QIN IN THE AFTERLIFE
  • Potala Palace, Lhasa, China
    WANDER THE HALLS OF THE UNESCO-LISTED POTALA PALACE, WHERE THE DALAI LAMA ONCE LIVED
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What to Expect

Activity Level

Takes into consideration the physical requirements for each of the trips, walking, hiking, climbing in and out of safari vehicles etc.
           Moderate

Travelers should be able to climb 60 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 3 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 3 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet.

Pacing

Takes into consideration the length of bus rides, flights, number of destinations in the number of days
           Moderate

Pacing is sometimes robust, and may include several long days with early hotel departures, active sightseeing and evening activities. Opportunities for daytime rest and rejuvenation may be limited on most days. May include significant motor coach time, two or more on-tour flights, and/or occasional travel via non-traditional means such as safari vehicles, Zodiac ship tenders, rickshaws/pedi-cabs, etc.

PACING:

  • This is a moderately strenuous paced itinerary
  • You'll visit 7 cities in 18 nights (15 nights in hotels & 3 nights cruising the Yangtze River onboard the Century Legend)
  • Included are 4 flights in China (each one to two hours long) and a local train from Xian to Chengdu (about four hours), all with late morning or afternoon departures

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENT:

  • Moderate to heavy walking is required throughout the tour, including two hours of walking at the Forbidden City
  • Many sites involve climbing stairs; the walk on the wild section of the Great Wall can be strenuous
  • Ability to maneuver on and off a ship gangway is also required for embarking and disembarking your Yangtze cruise ship
  • Additionally, those who suffer from heart disease and high blood pressure should consult a doctor before traveling to Tibet (high altitude)
  • Please refer to Vantage’s wheelchair and handicapped traveler policy for this program as there are many physical limitations for guests on this tour

TERRAIN & TRANSPORTATION:

  • Most sightseeing is on air-conditioned coaches with guides
  • Expect a good amount of walking to/from trains and at airports. Transfer times can be long due to heavy traffic, especially in the larger cities.
  • In Tibet, altitude sickness is relatively common. Travelers should be aware of the symptoms, such as headache, dizziness, lethargy, loss of appetite, nausea, breathlessness, irritability, and difficulty sleeping

CLIMATE:

  • Temperatures are at their highest during the summer months. March and October are typically the cooler months of this departure
  • There can be a big temperature difference between day and night, so bring warmer clothes just in case
  • Travelers should bring appropriate clothes, including a rain coat
  • Since the weather is unpredictable, please check weather sites online for 10-day forecasts closer to your departure date to plan your packing accordingly

Average High/Low Temperature (Fahrenheit)

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

Beijing

H

34

39

52

67

78

85

86

85

78

66

49

37

L

17

22

33

47

57

66

72

69

59

47

32

22

Xi’an

H

39

45

55

68

77

86

87

85

76

66

52

42

L

25

30

39

50

58

67

71

70

61

51

38

28

Chengdu

H

48

51

59

70

77

81

84

84

76

68

59

50

L

37

41

47

55

63

69

72

71

66

59

49

40

Shanghai

H

45

47

53

65

74

81

88

87

80

72

61

51

L

34

36

42

52

61

69

77

77

69

59

48

37

Lhasa, Tibet

H

44

48

51

61

66

72

71

69

67

62

53

46

L

13

19

25

34

40

48

50

49

45

34

21

15

Yangtze River Gorges

H

50

55

63

72

79

88

94

92

85

74

62

53

L

33

38

46

55

63

72

77

75

67

57

48

39

Chongqing

H

50

55

63

72

79

88

94

92

85

74

62

53

L

33

38

46

55

63

72

77

75

67

57

48

39

Yichang

H

48

52

59

72

81

86

90

90

82

73

63

52

L

36

39

45

55

64

72

75

75

68

59

48

39

Important Notice: The above day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Vantage Adventure Leader or regional expert.

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