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18 Days China Tours


Highlights: Xining - Lhasa - Gyangtse - Shigatse - Lhasa - Xi'an - Beijing


Upon your arrival, your guide will meet you at Xining airport and transfer to the hotel. The rest of day is at leisure for you adapt to time difference.

You will have a half-day Kumbum monastery Tour in the Morning. After lunch you will mach to Lake Kokonor, the bigest inland salt lake.On the way you can visit Sun-moon Mountain Pass(3600M) which was a stop for Wencheng Princess when she went to Tibet to marry King of Tibet.Sightseeing at the bank of Kokonor.

Whole day long driving to Golmud. on the way you will enjoy the beautiful highland scenery.En route, visit the Chaka Salt Lake that is not only famous for producing Qinghai salt, but also for the unique landscapes in the area. Continue the trip to Golmud.

Drive through the Gobi Desert and enjoy the magnificent view. Pass the Tongtian River (the tributes of the Yangtze River). Arrive at Tuotuohe River and check into the Tuotuohe Inn.

Arise early and enjoy an impressive view of the sunrise at the Tuotuohe River Bridge and depart for Nagqu. En route, you can see Geladandong Mountain where the Yangtze River originates. Then drive through the Tangghula Pass and arrive at Amdo (4500m) and Nakchu.

After breakfast, drive to Namtso, one of the holy lakes in Tibet. Stop by the lake and enjoy a picnic lunch. Continue the trip to Yangbajing Geothermal Fields for a visit. Then continue the visit to Tsupu Monastery.

You will have a full day tour in Lhasa. The highlight today is the Magnificent Potala, the winter palace of the Dalai Lama; the place where the former great Dalai Lama's stupas are being kept; once the seat of the Tibetan government. With a history of over 1,300 years, the Potala Palace is the treasure of Tibetan religion and culture, storing plenty of figures of the Buddha, murals, sutras etc. After visiting Potala Palace, you will visit one of the three largest monasteries of Gelugpa, the Sera Monastery, and Dalai Lama's summer palace of, the treasure Park of Tibet, the Norbulingka. After the day's sightseeing, you will be offered an insight into the daily life of the Tibetan people, you may also be served tea in their home.

Day 087: LHASA (B+L+D) HOTEL
In the morning, you will visit the No. 1 Monastery of Gelugpa, Drepung Monastery, which is the richest monastery ever in Tibet, and is still active today. Then you will be guided to visit the Tibet Museum, which is the first museum in Tibet with modern functions, where you will have a glimpse of the combination of the traditional Tibetan architectural style and the modern style. The museum stores abundant rare items, from the prehistorically cultural relics, all kinds of Buddha and Bodhisattva figures, hand-written cultural books of past times, to various thangkas, musical and religious instruments, Tibetan handcrafts, etc. Here you will find a wonderful Tibet in one museum. . You will visit the sacred pilgrim path, the oldest street in Lhasa, the Barkhor Street, which is the place where Tibetan culture, economy, religion and arts assemble. In the afternoon, you can pay a visit to the Tibetan Traditional Hospital, where you will see how the Tibetan doctors treat patients in their traditional ways, and in its library, you will find massive medical sutras and medical thangkas. The Lhasa Carpet Factory is also a place you should not miss. The carpets there are all hand-made on old-styled vertical looms in traditional processes.

In the morning, your guide and driver will accompany you to Gyangtse, a town lying to the south of Lhasa city. On the way there, you will visit one of the holiest lakes in Tibet, a pilgrimage site, the Yamdrok Yumtso Lake, which is compared as 'the fairyland in heaven' by Tibetans. After a short rest in the hotel, you will visit a special Monastery, the Palkhor Monastery, the only monastery that houses monks from different orders (Gelugpa, Sakyapa and Kahdampa) in harmony. Palkhor also features its Bodhi stupa, or Kumbum, which consists of hundreds of chapels in layers, housing about a hundred thousand images of Buddha, so it is called Myriad Buddha's Stupa as well. After that visiting, you will take a stroll through Gyangtse Old Street.

You will take jeep today to the second largest city of Tibet, Shigatse. You will visit the seat of Panchen Lama, the Tashilunpo Monastery. Each year, there is a display of a gigantic thangkas of Buddha will on its Thangka Wall. Beside the trove of thangkas, its murals and other religious and artistic treasures certainly will impose an indelible impression upon visitors. You will pay a visit to the New Palace of Panchen also. Stay overnight in the best hotel there.

Today your guide will transfer you back to Lhasa. You may need a good rest in the hotel.

Your guide will take you to visit the spiritual center of Tibet, the Jokhang Temple, where you might meet many pilgrims, who even prostrate by full length to the threshold of the temple. You will bid farewell to the mysterious Tibet and its optimistic people, when your guide transfers you to the airport to take your flight to Xi'an. Upon arrival, you will be met by your private guide for transfer you to the hotel. Xi'an used to be the Capital on 12 dynasties in its 3,100 years of development, so after the visiting, you will be greatly impressed by its long history and rich culture.

Day 13: XI'AN (B+L+D) HOTEL
One of the absolute highlights of any visit to China is the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century. The life-sized terra cotta soldiers, horses and chariots had been buried over 2,200 years after the death of the first Emperor in Chinese history, Qinshihuang. The warriors and horses being arranged in battle formations seem to protect Qinshihuang in his afterlife. You will continue to visit the Forest of Stone Steles Museum and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. The Forest of Stone Steles Museum displays the stone sculptures from Western Han Dynasty to Qing Dynasty and is prized as a great treasure in the art of world stone sculptures. The Big Wild Goose Pagoda is thought to be the landmark of Xi'an City and it is situated in Da Ci'en Temple, which is the most famous and possibly the most beautiful Temple in Tang Dynasty. The evening program is the captivating Deluxe Tang Dynasty Dinner Show, which is a performance of Chang'an music and dance originated in China's Tang Dynasty over a thousand years ago.

Day 14: XI'AN (B+L+D) HOTEL
Your guide will transfer you to the west of Xi'an city today to visit Qianling, Qianling Museum and the tomb of princess Yongtai. Qianling is the joint mausoleum of Emperor Gaozong and Wu Zetian, who is the most famous Empress in the Chinese history. After these visits, you will have a chance to see the farmers' caves, which some local people are now using to live in today. In Xianyang Terracotta Museum, you will see cultural relics from Qin and Han Dynasties and the most famous ones among them is the painted terracotta warriors and horses, expressing the mighty military power of the West Han Dynasty. The last evening program in Xi'an is the local speciality Dumpling Dinner.

Another place you can not miss is the Shaanxi Provincial History Museum, which houses a large collection of 113,000 historic and cultural artifacts unearthed in Shaanxi province. You will also visit the well-preserved City Wall, the most complete city wall survived through China's history and the oldest, largest and best-preserved Islamic mosques in China, the Great Mosque. After lunch, you will take flight to Beijing, the capital of China. After arrival, you will be met and transferred by your guide to the hotel.

The same as the Terra Cotta warriors in Xi'an, the Great Wall of China is another must-see for any visitor from home and abroad. In the morning, you will visit one of the well-preserved sections of the Great Wall, the fantastic scenery at Badaling. The guide will also take you to one of the Ming Tombs, Dingling, a tomb of the Emperor Zhu Yijun and his two empresses. After these tours, you will visit the largest imperial garden in the world, the Summer Palace. It is a veritable museum of classical Chinese garden architecture, which utilizes Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake to create a paradise of hills and waters.

Across the Tian'anmen Square, the biggest square in China, you will walk northwards to the famous Forbidden City, the Imperial Palace during Ming and Qing Dynasty, the largest well-preserved palace complex in China today. Among its 9,999 buildings, the most famous ones are Taihedian (Hall of Supreme Harmony), Zhonghedian (Hall of Central Harmony) and Baohedian (Hall of Preserved Harmony. However, the Forbidden City is much smaller than the majestic Temple of Heaven, which was built in Ming Dynasty to offer sacrifice to the Heaven to pray for a good harvest for the next year. In the evening, we arrange the feature flavor, Beijing Roast Duck as your special dinner, and it will be followed by the spectacular performance of Peking Opera.

Bid farewell to the splendid China today, when your guide transfers you to the airport.

(B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner)


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