Beijing and Lhasa, Tibet (5 nights)

SHA 603-101
  • Beijing:
    • Great Wall of China
    • Tiananmen Square
    • The Forbidden City
    • Home-cooked meal
    • Temple of Heaven
  • Lhasa
    • Potala Palace
    • Jokhang Temple
    • Norbulingka
    • Sera Monastery
Program Overview
Country: China
Depart: 01/31/2017 0900
Return: 02/05/2017 1600
Duration: Overnight
Difficulty: Strenuous
Capacity: Min 16 / Max 99
Program Fee
$2581 (early booking: $2453)

Field Work Conflicts
  • PHIL 305C Philosophical Issues in the Professions: Caring Professions
  • E 142 Reading Without Borders
  • MGT 411 Leading High Performance Teams
  • IE 179 Globalization: Exploring our Global Village
  • NRRT 320 International Issues in Recreation and Tourism
  • HIST 466 U.S. – China Relations since 1800
  • HDFS 302 Marriage and Family Relationships (Section 1)
  • IE 471 Children and Youth in Context

Begin by flying to Beijing, the capital city of China, and start your explorations at Tiananmen Square, one of the largest public squares in the world, and historical site of famous political protests in 1989. Walk through the Forbidden City, home to 24 emperors after its completion in 1420, and observe what is arguably the best-preserved example of classical Chinese architecture. End the day with a rickshaw ride through the hutongs, or narrow lanes, before learning how to make the Chinese dumpling, Jiaozi, with a local family. The next day you will visit the Temple of Heaven, where you will see local residence doing morning exercises. The afternoon will be at the Great Wall of China, where you will take a cable car up to the top and then have time to walk along a portion of the longest man-made structure in the world.

The group will then fly to Lhasa, Tibet, the capital city of the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. You will explore the Potala Palace, which is the religious center of Tibetan Buddhism and¬†former residence of the Dalai Lama. The afternoon will be spent at Jokhang Temple which is considered the holiest temple in Tibetan Buddhism. During the final full day in Lhasa, visit Norbuligka, the 250 year-old park originally built as the Dalai Lama’s summer palace, and the Drepung Monastery, the largest monastery in Tibet, which at its peak had more than 10,000 monks in studies. You will also get the chance to watch the famous Debating on Buddhist doctrines at the Sera Monastery. On the final day, fly back to Shanghai and return to the ship.


Day 1

  • Meet your guide and travel to Beijing ¬†
  • In the afternoon, visit Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, and explore Beijing’s hutongs via rickshaw
  • Dumpling (Jiaozi) dinner with local family

Day 2

  • In the morning, explore the Temple of Heaven
  • After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Great Wall of China (1.5 hours driving distance to Great Wall)
  • Retire to your hotel after dinner at a local restaurant

Day 3

  • Fly with the group to Lhasa, Tibet
  • Settle into your hotel and adapt to the high altitude

Day 4

  • In the morning, explore the Potala Palace, the central attraction in Lhasa.
  • After lunch, visit Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street

Day 5

  • In the morning, visit Norbulingka and Drepung Monestery
  • After lunch, walk around the Sera Monastery and watch the Debating on Buddhist doctrines

Day 6

  • Fly to Shanghai and arrive back at the ship

Meals Included


Special Note

For a Tibet Travel Permit (aka Visa), Semester at Sea will need a color scanned copy of your passport and Chinese Visa 45 days prior to departure– this will be shared with our partners in Beijing who will coordinate the permits and provide them upon arrival. Tibet is a region of China, and a multiple entry visa is NOT necessary. The Tibet Travel Permit is a separate piece of paper that the tour guide will typically hold on to for you- the Permit is stamped at the crossing into Tibet.

Taking into account the high altitude and winter season, this trip is not suitable for people with Hypertension, Heart disease, Respiratory diseases , etc.