Day 1: Beijing-Lhasa. Been pick up from your hotel to Beijing airport by driver, and take the morning flight. Arrive at Lhasa Gonggar airport which is about 3650 meters high, drive to Lhasa urban, en route visit Brahmaputra valley, Buddha Sculpture made in the 11th century and Tibetan village etc. Arrive in Lhasa and check in the hotel. For the rest of this afternoon you can have a rest and then have a free sightseeing all by yourself.
Day 2: Lhasa city tour. After breakfast,visit the splendid Potala Palace, the administration site of Dalai Lama, then visit the Jokhang Temple,after that go to Barkhor Street where you can have a good visit of this ancient Tibetan street and do some shoppings of Tibetan ornaments. Overnight in Lhasa. The Potala Palace in Lhasa was the primary residence of the Dalai Lama until 1959, when the 14th Dalai Lama fled to Dharamsala after a failed uprising. Today the Potala Palace is a state museum, a popular tourist attraction, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was also recently named one of the "New Seven Wonders of the World" by the American television show Good Morning America and the newspaper USA Today.
Jokhang Temple is the spiritual center of Tibet. Everyday, pilgrims from every corner of Tibet trek a long distance to the temple. Some of them progress by prostrating themselves throughout their journey until they reach the threshold of the temple. Pilgrims kindle butter lamps with yak butter, or honor the deities with white scarves (Kha-btags or Hada) while murmuring sacred mantras to show their pieties to the Buddha. Barkhor, a circular street at the center of Old Lhasa, is the oldest street in a very traditional city in Tibet. It is a place where Tibetan culture, economy, religion and arts assemble and a place to which a visit must be paid. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 3: Lhasa-Shigatse. Drive to Shigatse, after breakfast in Lhasa, en route visit Yamdrok Lake which is one of the holy lakes respected by local Tibetans, then have a view of Korala Glaciers along the road, then transfer to Shigatse hotel. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 4: Shigatse-Tsedang. Full day guided tour, visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, Shigatse fair, after lunch visit the Lhokar - the Tibetan granary and see the local life, then drive about 4 hours and a half to Tsedang along Yalu Tsongpo river. Overnight in Tsedang. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 5: Tsedang-Samye-Yumbulakang-Tombs of Tibet Kings-Lhasa. After breakfast, drive to visit the Tombs of Tibet Kings among which Songzan Ganpo's tomb is the largest one, then go to visit Yumbulakang which is a monastery has a history of 2,100 years, known as the "Palace built on the hind leg of a female deer". After lunch drive to a small dock at the riverside of Yarlu Tsangpo river, take a local boat on Yarlu Tsongpo river for about 1 hour and a half to the other side of the river and change to the local jeeps or tractors which will send you to Samye Monastery, the largest monastery in Shannan prefecture and then come back the same way and drive about 2 hours and a half back to Lhasa in the afternoon. Overnight in Lhasa.
On the boat to Samye Monastery, you will see imposing gorges, verdant forests, sky-scraping snow mountains. The river bed of Yarlu Tsongpo river becomes much wider after it runs through several gorges, and water becomes much milder and smoother, you can enjoy a comfortable boat ride and the magnificent view of Yarlu Tsongpo river. The boat is local ferry boat which can hold 10 persons, the price in the low travel season is about RMB 400 for a round ride, while in high travel season it is about RMB 700 for a round ride. When you get down the boat at the other side of Yarlu Tsangpo river, you can change to the local Jeep or tractors which can drive you to Samye Monastery with the price around RMB 15/person. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 6: Lhasa-Beijing. Take the morning flight and fly back to Beijing. Includes: (B).
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