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Tibet Discovery Tour by Train from Xining(Beijing/Xining/Lhasa/Shigatse/Chengdu/Shanghai) (tour code:Ti-041)

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Day 01:beijing
Place & Transport: Arrive in Beijing, Flight not included
Today\'s Activities: Airport to Hotel Transfer (Beijing)

Day 02:beijing
Place & Transport: Beijing
Today\'s Activities: The Forbidden City, The Tian\'anmen Square, Hutong Tours in Rickshaw
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

- The Forbidden City: The Imperial Palace, home to 24 Emperors between 1420 and 1911. Great squares, halls and gates contrast with the intricate networks of side halls, gardens, courtyards and quarters for those who lived in this \'city within a city\'. The exhibitions, both permanent and temporary, are also absolutely fascinating. Expect to spend at least 2-3 hours, wear good walking shoes and protection from the weather.
- The Tian\'anmen Square: The world\'s largest city square and enduring symbol of China\'s national pride, surrounded by many imposing buildings including the Heavenly Gate (entry to the Forbidden City), Museums, government buildings and Chairman Mao\'s Mausoleum.
- Hutong Tours in Rickshaw: A maze of historic alleyways and old single storey traditional courtyard houses, now fast disappearing. Dotted around the hutong are the Drum and Bell Towers, Tea House, and local people\'s houses. Your tour includes a visit with a local family.

Day 03:Beijing
Place & Transport: Beijing
Today\'s Activities: Mutianyu Cable Car(One way), Great Wall at Mutianyu, Temple of Heaven
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch, Chinese Dinner at Roasted Duck at Hepingmen

- Mutianyu Cable Car(One way): This less-crowded section of the Great Wall is a pleasant drive 90km NE of Beijing. A one way cable car takes you to a good section (avoiding a very steep climb), where you can walk along the wall, through the watch towers and enjoy superb views as it snakes across the hills and mountains.
- Great Wall at Mutianyu: This less-crowded section of the Great Wall is a pleasant drive 90km NE of Beijing. A cable car takes you to a good section (avoiding a very steep climb), where you can walk along the wall, through the watch towers and enjoy superb views as it snakes across the hills and mountains. You can return by cable car, walk down or walk along the wall for about an hour to descend by chairlift. Wear good walking shoes and protection from the weather.
- Temple of Heaven: Situated in the southern part of the city, the temple of heaven covers the total area of 2,700,000 square meters. The temple was built in 1420A.D. It is the place where emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties would offer sacrifice to heaven and pray for good harvests. The main buildings of the temple including the Circular Mound Altar, Imperial Vault of Heaven and Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest.The surrounding gardens are full of interesting activities, particularly weekend mornings.
- Roasted Duck at Hepingmen: In the evening enjoy the Peking Roasted Duck which is renowned as the most delicious food of Beijing

Day 04:xining
Place & Transport: Beijing to Xining, Air China CA1207 (Beijing Capital Airport - Xining Caojiabao Airport) Dep 8:20AM - Arr 11:00AM
Today\'s Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Beijing), Airport to Hotel Transfer (Xining), Ta\'er Monastery
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

- Ta\'er Monastery : The Ta\'er Monastery is located in Huangzhong County, 26 kilometers from Xining, capital of Qinghai Province. It\'s the Buddhist garden buildings, combining the architectural arts of the Zang and Han nationalities. A lot of cultural relics are stored in the temple, including all kinds of instruments used in Buddhism, statues of Buddha in different poses, profound sutras and stone inscriptions in language of the Zang and Man nationalities, as well as Mongolian.

Day 05:xining
Place & Transport: Xining to Overnight train, Train No. N917 Dep 8:28PM - Arr 9:50PM
Today\'s Activities: Hotel to Train station Transfer (Xining), Qinghai Lake, Cruise on Qinghai Lake
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

- Qinghai Lake: Qinghai Lake, China\'s largest inland salt water lake is at 3200 meters above sea level and is situated at the east of Qinghai province, around 2.30 hours drive from Xining. The ellipse-shaped lake looks like a huge poplar leaf sitting on the alpine prairie. Scenery in Qinghai lake varies according to seasons. Summer and autumn are the most comfortable weather conditions and the lake\'s scenery is most beautiful during these seasons.
- Cruise on Qinghai Lake: enjoy vews on Qinghai Lake

Day 06:Lhasa
Place & Transport: Overnight train to Lhasa
Today\'s Activities: Train station to Hotel Transfer (Lhasa)

Day 07:Lhasa
Place & Transport: Lhasa
Today\'s Activities: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

- Potala Palace: Former winter home of the Dalai Lama, a vast, awe-inspiring maze of corridors and stairs leading through countless rooms of richly decorated statues, tombs, murals and antiques. You will climb past the White Palace into the Red Palace, where the file of pilgrims offering silk scarves, coins or yak butter to burn in the shrines combine to make this an unforgettable experience. Note: you need to be fit for the long stairways.
- Jokhang Temple: Smaller and more manageable than the Potala, this 4-storey, golden-roofed temple is at the heart of a rich and living Tibetan Buddhism. Many locals pray here regularly; the Temple is surrounded by Barkhor Street and thronged with pilgrims and visitors. Yak butter lamps burn in front of rich statuary that includes the Sakyamuni Buddha brought to Tibet by Princess Wen Cheng in the 7th Century.
- Barkhor Street: Watch the pilgrims, wearing local dress from many different parts of Tibet, as they circle clockwise around Jokhang Temple with prayer wheels, or prostrate themselves near the front gate. Join the locals and visitors to shop for local goods at the colourful stalls, or relax in a coffee shop or tea house to enjoy the passing parade.

Day 08:Lhasa
Place & Transport: Lhasa
Today\'s Activities: Sera Monastery, Norbulingka, Drepung Monastery
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

- Sera Monastery: It is known as one of the three greatest monasteries of Tibet. As one of the three main monasteries of Lhasa, it is here that the monks

Day 09:Shigatse
Place & Transport: Lhasa to Shigatse
Today\'s Activities: Yomdrok Lake, The Palgor Chorten
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

- Yomdrok Lake: It lies within the boundary of Nankartse county, on the north bank of the Yarlung Tsangpo River, Lhokha Prefecture, surrounded by mountains. Beautiful Holy lake which everybody is looking forward to.
- The Palgor Chorten : Pelkhor Choede (Kumbum), also named Palcho Monastery, is very different from other monasteries. Built as a Tibetan monastery, its structural style is very unique, reputed as the lord of Tibetan stupas. In addition, it is famous for the architecture, sculpture, and mural painting art. It lies about 230 kilometers (143 miles) south of Lhasa and 100 (62 miles) east of Shigatse at the foot of Dzong Hill.

Day 10:Shigatse
Place & Transport: Shigatse to Lhasa
Today\'s Activities: Tashilunpo Monastery
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

- Tashilunpo Monastery: Painted in red and white, the buildings in the kloster stand closely together in terraced rows, offering a grand and majestic view. Tashilunpo Kloster represents the Tibetan super architecture art in the Last Tibetan spirit. The Kloster attracts thousands of Buddhists and tourists from domestic and abroad to travel and worship every year.

Day 11:chengdu
Place & Transport: Lhasa to Chengdu, Flight No. TBA
Today\'s Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Lhasa), Airport to Hotel Transfer (Chengdu), Wu Hou Temple, Jinli Street
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

- Wu Hou Temple: The Marquis of Wu, Zhuge Liang (181-234) was the outstanding military strategist immortalized in

Day 12:shanghai
Place & Transport: Chengdu to Shanghai, Flight No. TBA
Today\'s Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Chengdu), Airport to Hotel Transfer (Shanghai), Sanxingdui Museum in Guanghan, Half Day Tour to Panda Breed Reserve
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

- Sanxingdui Museum in Guanghan: Founded in 1992, this museum occupies an area of 7000 square kilometers, and has a exhibition of the cultural relics excavated from No1 and No2 sacrificial pits of Shang Dynasty (from 16th-11th century B.C.). There are thousands of pieces of invaluable relics such as bronze ware, jade ware, gold ware, pottery, and bone ware on the exhibition, where you can get a closed look and learn more about the ancient China.
--Half Day Tour to Panda Breed Reserve: Your guide will pick you up at your hotel and transfer to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, which is situated on the Axe Hill 10 kilometers from the north suburb of Chengdu City. It covers an area of 600 acres. The environment here is exquisitely designed; the air is refreshing with the bamboo growing luxuriantly and flocks of wild birds flying around. There are two Personal interactions with the pandas. One is enjoying seeing Feeding at 9am or 2pm and another is taking photo with them by donating RMB300-500 for senior pandas or RMB50-100 for minor pandas. You will be highly appreciated if can do something for them. Be transferred back to your hotel after the tour.

Note: you may need to consult with your guide about the interaction programs before you visit the pandas, so that your guide can make a reservation.

Day 13:shanghai
Place & Transport: Shanghai
Today\'s Activities: The Bund, Nanjing Road
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

- The Bund: Once the home of the foreign traders and major banks, the embankment has taken on a new vitality; lovely old European-style buildings mix with futuristic developments, chic restaurants, top end shops and bars offer plenty to see and do ĘC and by night it\'s magic!
- Nanjing Road: One of the most famous shopping streets in the world. Giant shopping centres, specialist boutiques, international brands, local upmarket goods, it\'s all here, it\'s all busy and at night it really glitters. A fascinating glimpse of modern, commercial China.

Day 14:shanghai
Place & Transport: Shanghai
Today\'s Activities: Jade Buddha Temple, Yuyuan Market, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yuyuan Garden
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

- Jade Buddha Temple: An active Buddhist temple, and one of the richest in Shanghai. The main treasures are two statues of Buddha, carved from rare single blocks of white jade adorned with precious stones. The temple is a hive of activity with monks, worshippers and visitors, and photos of the Buddhas are forbidden.
- Yuyuan Market : Located at a very busy marketplace in a complex of traditional-style buildings, backing onto Yuyuan Gardens.You can find everything there from popular local snacks and food, crafts, antiques and souvenirs to Starbucks, tea-houses and some great restaurants. There is a small (reconstructed) Temple (Chenhuang: Temple of the City Gods) in there as well.
- Oriental Pearl TV Tower: One of the tallest TV towers in the world, known for its distinctive spheres, or

Day 15:shanghai
Place & Transport: Depart Shanghai, Flight not included
Today\'s Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Shanghai)
Meals: Breakfast

 
PACKAGE PRICE
Hotel A Class B Class
City beijing
xining
Lhasa
Shigatse
chengdu
shanghai
Quotation 2-5 persons class US$0 p.p. US$0 p.p.
6-9 persons class US$0 p.p. US$3528 p.p.
Singel room suppl US$0 p.p. US$0 p.p.
 
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