Trip Length: 12 days
Trip Dates
: Oct 11-22, 2011
10 nights in First Class & Deluxe hotels | 26 meals
: $3895 double | $4995 single
Intra-tour airfare is $380
International Airfare is additional

Tibet - Rooftop of the World

Day 1 Tue Oct 11, 2011 USA to Beijing, China.
Day 2 Wed Oct 12 Arrive Beijing.
Day 3 Thu Oct 13 Beijing for Forbidden City, Summer Palace.
Day 4 Fri Oct 14 Beijing for Great Wall & Olympic Village.
Day 5 Sat Oct 15 Beijing for Temple of Heaven & Hutong. Fly to Taiyuan.
Day 6 Sun Oct 16 Drive to Pingyao. Tour the traditional village.
Day 7 Mon Oct 17 Tour Pingyao. Drive to Taiyuan & fly to Xian.
Day 8 Tue Oct 18 Xian for the Terra Cotta Warriors & Wild Goose Pagoda.
Day 9 Wed Oct 19 Xian for City Walls & Great Mosque. Fly to Shanghai.
Day 10 Thu Oct 20 Shanghai sightseeing.
Day 11 Fri Oct 21 Shanghai sightseeing.
Day 12 Sat Oct 22 Fly Shanghai to USA
China, perhaps more than any other country in the world, is a perfect testament to the rapidly changing world we live in. In only a few decades, China has modernized in a way unprecedented in world history. For the world traveler this is both a good step and a disappointing one. It means that much of the character of the country we hold in our mind's eye is no longer visible as we travel around. Our tour strives to bring the old-world charm to you while still reaping the benefits of modernization. We will visit all the world class sites but also will take you to Pingyao, a small town stuck in the old world. Once a booming banking center in the Ming Dynasty, Pingyao now is a living museum of historic buildings. You might also like to visit the World's Fair in Shanghai at the end of our tour. We can extend you trip so you can you take advantage of this opportunity. Join us for China: Then and Now.

Day 1 - Depart the USA
Depart USA on any regularly scheduled flight to Beijing, China.

Day 2 - Beijing, china
CHINA NOW - Arrive in Beijing. After clearing customs, please proceed to the luggage area to claim your checked baggage. You will be greeted by Coda’s representatives at Beijing International airport and transfer-red to the Regent Hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. For those interested, we will make an outing to Beijing's gay bars this evening for an introduction to China's gay scene.
5* Regent Hotel
Standard Room
Meals: None

Day 3 - beijing for the forbidden city, summer palace
Breakfast in the hotel.  Visit Tiananmen Square, built in 165 A.D., as the largest public square in the world. A local gathering place, it is remembered, most notably, for the Tiananmen Square Student Protests of 1989. On the north side is Tiananmen Gate (the Rostrum), where, from the balcony, Mao Zedong proclaimed the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. The Forbidden City (Imperial Palace) lies directly behind the Rostrum. Home to 24 emperors, their families and courts for over 500 years, it has 8,706 rooms in which 8,000 to 10,000 people lived and worked.  After viewing the palace, lunch will be served at a popular Taipei restaurant.  The Summer Palace is one of the finest landmarks in Beijing – a majestic landscape of gardens, palaces and temples. View the harmonious ensemble of natural and man-made beauty.  Return to the hotel. Dinner is at a trendy restaurant.
5* Regent Hotel
Standard Room
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 - beijing for the great wall & Olympic Village
Breakfast in the hotel. “Wan Li Chang Cheng”, or the Great Wall, was begun in sections as early as the fifth century B.C., to defend China from northern enemies, and was ultimately united in 221 B.C. Its construction lasted ten years, needing more than 30,000 men to complete the project. Ride the cable car to its summit with an optional toboggan ride back down. Wonderful views of the wall can be seen from the terrace of “The Schoolhouse” restaurant, where lunch will be served. Upon return to Beijing, our tour continues to the Olympic Village, Upon return to Beijing, our tour continues to the Olympic Village, home of the famous “Bird’s Nest Stadium” and “The Water Cube” from the 2008 Olympics. Dinner is on your own this evening. Beijing is full of exciting restaurants and our staff will be make recommendations for dining venues.
5* Regent Hotel
Standard Room
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 - Beijing for Temple of Heaven & Hutong. Fly to Taiyuan.
Breakfast in the hotel. Begin with a visit to the ornate and spectacular Temple of Heaven, an excellent example of Chinese architecture, built in the same period as the Forbidden City (1406 -1420A.D.) Lunch is at a famous restaurant constructed entirely of wood in the traditional Hutong style. Visit the Hutong area – a narrow network of lanes and closely built homes – by pedicab. Hidden homes and courtyards lie behind gates carved with good luck characters – stop and visit with a family and learn about Hutong lifestyle. Attend a traditional tea ceremony in the unique Bell Tower, built in 1772 A.D., with a stunning view of central Beijing. Arrive at airport for a flight to Taiyuan. Upon arrival in Taiyuan transfer to the World Trade Hotel. A buffet dinner is planned at the hotel.
5* World Trade Hotel
Standard Room
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Dinner

Day 6 - Drive to Pingyao. Chang Famly Mansion & Twin Forest Temple.
Breakfast in the hotel. Drive to Pingyao, en route visit Jinci, an ancient ancestral Buddhist temple (circa 5th Century), nestled amongst gardens and other exquisite examples of Chinese architecture. Along The Silk Road, many vast fortunes were made, best exemplified by the next stop at the Chang Family Museum, a family mansion furbished with excellent artwork and artifacts. In the Qiaotou Village, visit the Shaunglin Temple (Twin Forest Temple) that houses more than 2,000 painted sculptures, dating from the 12th – 19th centuries. Lunch will be in a local restaurant. Continue by road to Pingyao, and check into Pingyao Yunjincheng Hotel. Enjoy dinner in the hotel.
4* Pingyao Yunjincheng Hotel
Standard Room
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 - Tour Pingyao. Drive to Taiyuan & fly to Xian.
CHINA THEN - Pingyao is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a traditional Han Chinese city, founded in the 14th century. Its urban fabric shows the evolution of architectural styles and town planning in Imperial China over five centuries. Of special interest are the imposing buildings associated with banking, for which Pingyao was the major centre for the whole of China in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Tour the exquisitely preserved buildings from the Qing Dynasty and learn how Pngyao played a monumental role in Chinese history.
Return toTaiyuan and dine at a local restaurant. Board an evening flight to Xian. Upon arrival transfer to Sofitel on Renmin Square for check in.
5* Sofitel Xian on Renmim Square
Standard Room
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 - Xian for the Terra Cotta Warriors & Willd Goose Pagoda.
Breakfast in the hotel. Today begins at the Xian City Wall - constructed in 1370 A.D.. It is an aesthetic and architectural achievement with many ramparts, towers and richly adorned city gates. From here, travel to the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum. Uncovered in 1974 by peasants digging a well, the terra cotta soldiers are Xian’a most important and awe inspiring attraction. Commissioned by the emperor Qin Shi Huangdi in 246 B.C. as a testament to his power and meglomania, each of the individually-crafted, 8,000 figures, was created to guard the emperor in his afterlife. Lunch at a local restaurant. Learn the nuances – brush and pen strokes, presentation and style - of classical Chinese calligraphy and painting at the next stop on the tour – a truly artistic experience. For more artwork, visit the Saanxi History Museum, exhibiting gold and silver objects, armour, ceramics and many more pieces covering centuries of Chinese history. Nearby is the Wild Goose Pagoda, erected in 652 B.C., a shrine to the Buddhist religion and philosophy and housing Indian sutras which were translated into Chinese, totalling 1,335 volumes. Return to the hotel, with buffet dinner in the evening.
5* Sofitel Xian on Renmim Square
Standard Room
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 - Xian for City Walls & Great Mosque. Fly to shanghai.
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart this morning for a visit to the Old City Wall and Great Mosque. The City Wall…. It's the most complete city wall that has survived in China, as well being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. Continue to The Great Mosque, built in 742 A.D., an exquisite blending of traditional architectural styles from Islam and Han. Enjoy a dim sum lunch at De Fa Chang, a well-known dumpling restaurant in Xian. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for the flight to Shangahi. Upon arrival at Shanghai Airport, transfer to Le Meridien Hotel. Dinner is on your own.
5* Le Meridien Hotel Shanghai
Standard Room
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10 - Shanghai
CHINA NOW - Breakfast at the hotel. Originally, Shanghai was a seaside fishing village and in time its gradual development led to it being granted County status on August 19th, 1291 during the YuanDynasty (1271-1368). Hence this day became the anniversary of the founding of Shanghai. Today's Shanghai is a multi-cultural metropolis with both modern and traditional Chinese features. Bubbling Shanghai shows off every aspect of her unique glamour.
Begin exploring Shanghai with visits to the Yu Yuan Gardens & Old Town Bazaar, dating from the Ming Dynasty. A spectacular dumpling lunch is served in the heart of this district. Continue to the renovated Xintiandi District, where restored embassy homes are now trendy boutiques and fashionable restaurants.Dinner this evening is in the hip area.
5* Le Meridien Hotel Shanghai
Standard Room
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
, Dinner

Day 11 - Shanghai
CHINA NOW - Breakfast at the hotel. Begin at the stunning ShanghaI Museum, which contains one of the world's best collections of Chinese art, all housed in a state of the art setting. Continue to Shanghai City Planning Centre, housed in a striking modern five-story building made of microlite glass, this is one of the world's largest showcases of urban development and is much more interesting than its dry name suggests. The highlight is on the third floor: an awesome vast scale model of urban Shanghai as it will look in 2020, a master plan full of endless skyscrapers punctuated occasionally by patches of green. The clear plastic models indicate structures yet to be built, and there are many of them. Lunch at a local restaurant and then our tour passes the boulevards of the former French Concession and Nanjing Road (Shanghai main shopping street) before ending at the hotel.
Tonight we visit the Bund before dining at one of the most fashionable restaurants in Shanghai.
5* Le Meridien Hotel Shanghai
Standard Room
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
, Dinner

Day 12 - Shanghaito USA
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA.
Meals: Breakfast

Regent Hotel, Beijing is Located in the historical center of China’s capital. The 500 luxuriously appointed guest rooms are minutes from the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Wangfujing shopping, the Oriental Plaza and picturesque hutongs. With five restaurants and lounges, a full service spa, fitness center, indoor pool and renowned service, the Regent is the perfect hotel in Beijing, China for pampered luxury.

World Trade Hotel taiyuan is housed in a striking Landmark Building with 398 Rooms in the capital city of Shanxi Province. It is the only 5 star hotel in the city.

pingyao Yunjincheng hotelis located in the famous Ming and Qing streets in Pingyao. The hotel combines eighteen elegant and unique courtyards with over 80 decorated luxurious suites and standard rooms. The former Yunjincheng was housed in the Rishengda Money Exchange Shop, Yuantaichang Cloth Shop and Yunjincheng noshery. These luxurious and elegant courtyards have exquisite windows, are skillfuly painted and are furnished with splendid classic furniture.
sofitel on renmin squarehas 414 luxurious rooms and suites with elegant furniture and chic decor. Unique rain forest shower, Sofitel MyBed and broadband WiFi Internet and 3G tech, bring you the top hotel brand - "French art de vivre" of Sofitel.
le royal meridien shanghai
Rising 66 stories majestically above Shanghai’s central business district, Le Royal Meridien Shanghai is one of the city’s most impressive contemporary landmarks. Featuring a striking modern design with panoramic views, the hotel is conveniently located at the heart of Shanghai along the famous Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street, adjacent to the People’s Square Metro interchange and just 10 minutes walk from the Bund. FOUR POINTS SHERATOn lhasa (extension)
Situated in eastern Lhasa city, Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa is on the Lhasa River and faces Jiangsu Avenue. The great location is a 10-minute walk from the Jokhang Temple and Barkhorn Street, and only an eight-minute drive from the Potala Palace. The 72 guest rooms have 32-inch flat screen LCD TV, free high-speed Internet access, Four Points by Sheraton Four Comfort Bed, and more.
Double $3895
Single $4995
Intra-tour airfare $380
Additional Hotel Night Costs
Private Transfers
$50 per person
$65 per person
Single rates can be avoided by sharing. We will be happy to match you with another single traveler who also wishes to share. If no share is available, the single rate will apply.
If arriving and departing other than on tour dates, transfers are an additional cost.
Special Note - Rates are based on current rates and currency exchange rates at the time of publishing the tour on-line. Rates are subject to change until final payment has been made.

A visa is required for entry into China for American and Canadian passport holders. For current costs and to download forms, we recommend using Zierer Visa Service. To Speak directly to ZVS Customer Service, call 866-788-1100 (toll-free in the U.S.). Please note that visas cannot be processed more than 90 days prior to departure and processing may take several weeks to complete. You may also apply directly with an Chinese Consulate in your area. For information, google the Chinese Consulate nearest you (e.g. Chinese Consulate New York). You must have a valid passport that remains valid six months past your return to the U.S. You should also have a minimum of two empty passport pages.

None required or recommended. It is recommended you have your regular vaccinations up-to-date before traveling. For further information, visit the Center For Disease Control website.

United Airlines, Korean Airlines, Japan Airlines, China Airlines are among airlines that can be used for this trip. We recommend booking at least 7 months in advance if you want to try to use Frequent Flyer Miles for free tickets or upgrades or the American Express Platinum card 2-4-1 program.

All departures are guaranteed on a minimum of 10 participants. A small group charge will be assessed for fewer than 10 travelers. This tour can be operated as a Private Tour, can be customized and repriced based on final itinerary.


  • 10 nights accommodations with breakfast as listed in the Full Itinerary..
  • Arrival and departure transfers are included for those who purchase international air through Coda International Tours. Separate transfer costs will be charged to those who are not ticketed by Coda International Tours. Participants are required to provide Coda Tours with complete international flight details at least 2 weeks prior to the schedule tour departure date.
  • All sightseeing as described in the Full Itinerary with private coach/driver and English Speaking Guides.
  • Services of a National Chinese guide.
  • Coda tour manager of minimum participation.
  • Meals as listed in the Full Itinerary, food only. Beverages are separate.
  • Entrance fees as required.


  • International airfare into Beijing and out of Shanghai
  • Economy class air Beijing/Taiyuan/Xian/Shanghai with airport tax and fuel surcharge.(charged separately)
  • Beverages with meals
  • Tips to guides & drivers (recommendations will be provided)
  • Passport and visa expenses. Please check our Travel Documents requirements for this trip. Always double check that your passport will remain valid for at least 6 months past your return to the U.S. and that you have sufficient empty pages in your passport to accommodate visa and entry/exit stamps. Always carry a copy of your passport packed separately from your travel documents and leave a copy with someone at home.
  • Overweight baggage charges for domestic flights within China (if applicable.)
  • Trip Cancellation & Interruption Insurance which is highly recommended to protect your travel investment in the unlikelihood you would need to cancel or return home early. We recommend Travel Insured International and will send you an application form with confirmation of your trip. You may check the rates for insurance on their website at We also recommend insuring any expense for airline tickets issued prior to the determination if a tour is guaranteed to operate. We cannot assume responsibility for losses incurred due to the cancellation of a tour.
  • Personal Expenses such as phone calls, room service, alcoholic and bar beverages, laundry, airline excess luggage charges, vaccinations, visa fees (if applicable) and other optional incidental extras are not included and may be significant.

The best time to visit China is generally either spring (March to May) or autumn (September to early November). Winters in China’s north and northeast fall between November/December and March/April, and are very cold. Summer is hot and dry, and falls roughly between May and August. In the southern part of China (around the Yangtze River and below), heavy rains and floods are common in June and July.

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Day One ~ Oct.22, 2011~ Arrive in Lhasa
Arrival in Lhasa airport (Flight No. to be advice) after clearing the customs, proceed to the luggage area to claim your checked bags. You will be greeted by a Coda representative and transferred to the city. On the way to Lhasa, youThe Potala Palace reflected in a pond will enjoy spectacular scenery and typical Tibetan villages. Rest at the hotel for the remainder of the day in order to adapt to the high attitude.
Hotel: Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa Hotel~5*
Room: Standard
Meals: None

Day Two ~ Oct.23~ Lhasa
Breakfast at leisure in hotel. This morning, your day begins with the Splendid Potala Palace. 
The Potala Palace is the religious center of Tibetan Buddhism and the former residence of the Dalai Lama. The giant structure looks like an ancient fortress. It was originally built in 637AD by Emperor Songtsen Gampo to greet his new bride that was coming from China. Construction of the current structure began during the reign of the fifth Dalai Lama. In 1645 the White Palace, the bottom section, was completed and the Red Palace, the red section, was completed in 1694. The palace remains virtually unchanged until 1922 when the 13th Dalai Lama renovated many chapels and assembly halls and added two stories to the Red Palace.  The entire structure has thirteen stories and contains over 1,000 rooms and 10,000 shrines. Lunch at local restaurant.
After lunch, visit Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Steet. Lhasa's Jokhang Temple is the most important Tibetan Buddhist temple in the world. Occupying an area of over 25,000 square meters, the temple is the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Buddhists. Originally built in 647 AD, the temple originally had eight shrines, but after over a thousand years of renovations and reconstructions, the temple grew into the giant complex that visitors can see today.
Lhasa's Barkhor Street is located in the center of Lhasa. The street circles the Jokhang Temple, and has been an essential pilgrim route since the foundation of the temple. Buddhist pilgrims can be seen throughout the day and night walking, or prostrating themselves clockwise along Barkhor Street, spinning their prayer wheels and chanting sutras. There is more to Barkhor Street than just a place for pilgrims to walk. Barkhor Street, often called the "Window of Tibet" is famous for its shopping.
Hotel: Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa Hotel~5*
Room: Standard
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Three ~ Oct.24 ~ Lhasa -Yamdrok-Lhasa
Breakfast at leisure in hotel. Today, journey to Yamdrok Yumtso – one of the three most scared lakes in Tibet. Yamdrok Yumtso is an outflowing lake which is connected with the Yarlung Tsangpo River. Yamdrok Yumtso takes the shape of a paper fan and stretches roughly from northwest to southeast, while the south is wide and the north is narrow. Along the lake, there are many branches winding their way into the mountains. Picnic lunch en route (lunch box). Transfer back to Lhasa. Dinner on your own this evening.
Hotel: Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa Hotel~5*
Room: Standard
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Four ~ Oct.25 ~ LHASA
Breakfast at leisure in hotel. In the morning visit Norbulingka (Summer Palace) and Drepung Monastery. Norbulingka means "Jeweled Garden," a fitting title for this 250-year-old park built near a medicinal spring in the western suburbs of Lhasa. It began as a summer palace for the Dalai Lama, but was soon expanded to include space for the whole governmental administration.
Drepung Monastery, the largest and richest monastery in Tibet, was founded in 1416 by a disciple of Tsong Khapa under the patronage of a noble family and later enlarged by the Fifth Dalai Lama. Drepung, which means rice heap in Tibetan, lies 8 kilometers west of Mt. Gambo Utse. The monastery covers a floor space of more than 200 thousand square meters. At its peak, it had a registration of more than 10,000 thousand monks. Many high and learned lamas have studied there.
In the afternoon visit the the Sera Monastery and watch the famous Debating on Buddhist doctrines. The Sera Monastery at the foot of Tatipu Hill is located in the northern suburb of Lhasa City. It is one of three famous monasteries in Lhasa along with the Drepung Monastery and the Ganden Monastery. The Sera Monastery is dedicated to the Gelugpa or Yellow Hat Sect, a branch of Tibetan Buddhism, founded by Tsong Khapa. Jamchen Chojey, one of Tsong Khapa's disciples built the monastery in 1419 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The monastery was named Sera which means wild rose in the Tibetan language, because the hill behind it was covered with wild roses in bloom when the monastery was built. Dinner on your own.
Hotel: Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa Hotel~5*
Room: Standard
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Five ~ Oct.26 ~ Lhasa-Departure
Breakfast at leisure in hotel, then transfer to airport for your departure flight to Shanghai.

No. Travelers
Single Supp.
2- 5
Airfare Shanghai/Lhasa
subject to change until ticketed


  • 4 nights’ accommodation based on double/twin room sharing with daily breakfast
  • All transfer and sightseeing as listed described with private car/driver
  • English-speaking guide
  • Tibetan Pass
  • Entrance fees to all sights mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary


  • Entry & Exit air
  • Additional hotel night in Shanghai if required due to international air schedules
  • Transfers in and out in Shanghai
  • Meals that are not indicated
  • Tips to drivers & tour guides
  • Early check in and early Check out

China – Then & Now

Beijing, Pingyao, Xian, Shanghai

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