With average altitude above 4000 meters high, Tibet is the largest and highest plateau in the world. Therefore it is called the “Roof of the World”, which is an unforgettable land of Pastoral nomads, mysterious gompas and vast breath taking panoramas. With colorfully dressed monks and clouds of incense wafting out of beautiful monasteries, Tibet is a land of mysteries that has long intrigued outsiders. With Buddhism permeating every aspect of Tibetans’ lives, it is a holy and scared land that inspires many.
Day 1: Arrive in Beijing, the capital of China. Meet your guide upon arrival and be transferred to your comfortable hotel. Includes: (D).
Day 2: Beijing. Begin the day’s activity with a visit to Tian’anmen Square, the largest urban square in the world. Then, move on to the Imperial Palace, also known as the "Forbidden City", the biggest palace complex in the world. In the afternoon, visit the enchanting Summer Palace, one of China’s largest and best-preserved royal gardens, where you can have a walk along the famous Long Corridor. A Peking Duck Dinner concludes your first full day activities in China. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Beijing - Xi’an. Today’s highlight is your visit to the Great Wall, one of the “Seven Wonders of the World” and a symbol of Chinese civilization. Just like a gigantic dragon, the Great Wall winds up and down across mountains. Then, move on to visit the Ming Tombs (Changling Tomb) area where is for deceased emperors of the Ming Dynasty. Take an evening flight to Xi’an. Check in hotel on arrival. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Xi’an. Begin the day’s sightseeing with an once-in-a-lifetime viewing of the extraordinary 2,200-year-old Terracotta Warriors of China’s first feudal Emperor, Qin Shihuang. Then, visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda which was built in 652 AD It contains a large volume of Buddhist scriptures which were obtained from India by the eminent monk of Xuanzang. You will also visit Forest of Steles Museum where precious stone carvings and sculptures are kept. Enjoy a characteristic Dumpling Dinner at a local restaurant. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Xi’an - Lhasa. Take a morning flight to Lhasa, an amazing city where devout Buddhists and the fashionable set enjoy their lives in different ways. The guide will meet you at Konggar Airport, and transfer you to Lhasa city. On the way, you’ll get greeted with Nie Tang Buddha – a Buddha image engraved in the mountain face. On arrival at the hotel, rest and acclimatize yourself to the local time and altitude. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Lhasa. The first day of sightseeing starts from Lhasa’s cardinal landmark- Potala Palace, a structure of massive portions. It’s towering image already appearing on various occasions, but your first sight of the Potala will still be an awe-inspiring moment. It takes at least a good 2-hour to visit those rooms, halls and chapels. Some 2 km to the east of the Potala is the most revered religious structure and the holiest temple in Tibet - Jokhang Tempel. Bustling with worshipers and redolent with mystery, the Jokhang is an unrivaled experience. The quadrangle of streets surrounding the Jokhang is the Barkhor Market - Lhasa’s most interesting pilgrimage circuit. This area of the old town is both the spiritual heart of Lhasa and the main commercial district for Tibetans. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Lhasa. Sightsee the Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and Norbulingka in Lhasa. 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. Nowadays it stands as Tibet’s most important and largest monastic university in Tibet. Sera Monastery is located a few miles to the north of Lhasa, and is one of the three largest monasteries. Norbulingka Park was built in the 1740s during the reign of the Seventh Dalai Lama. Later it was renovated and enlarged and became the Dalai Lama’s Summer Palace. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 8: Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse. Drive from Lhasa to Gyantse. You will sightseeing the beautiful Yamdroktso Lake on the way, which is the one of the three largest lakes of Tibet. In Gyantse, visit Palkor Monastery which also be called "Ten Thousand of Buddha Stupa", the Kumbum Stupa designed by architects from Nepal. Drive to Shigatse. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 9: Shigatse - Lhasa. Shigatse is the second largest city of Tibet. Visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery, the new Palace of Panchen Lama. Miles away from Shigaste, you can already see the gold tops of Tashilhunpo Monastery shinning under the sun. While Tashilhunpo’s magnificent outside may make you gasp in admiration, its inside just offers you more religious tranquility and sincerity. Then, drive back to Lhasa. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 10: Lhasa - Xi'an - Shanghai. Take a morning flight to Shanghai via Xi'an. Take a stroll on the Bund, at the west shore of the Huangpu River, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower can be seen on the opposite side. The splendid row of early 20th century Europe buildings remains the quintessential Shanghai sight. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 11: Shanghai. Visit fascinating Yuyuan Garden, a well-restored Suzhou-style garden, and take a walk through the Old Town filled with antique markets and specialty stores. Then, you will visit marvelous Shanghai Museum, a leading attraction of the city since it opened in 1994, containing some priceless collections of paintings, porcelains and bronzes. You will also have some free time to explore the city by your own. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 12: Return from Shanghai. Be transferred to the airport and board on your home bound flight. Includes: (B).
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