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BC01 Beijing(flight) Xi'an(flight) Xining(train) Tibet(flight) Chengdu 16 days




Duration: 16 days
Tour Features:
The comparatively hard way to penetrate Tibet and then gradually, the mysterious Tibet will display itself generously to everyone. Also, this is also pilgrims route by grovel worshiping from Xining all the way up to Lhasa - the Holy Land in Tibetan's hearts.

Temple of Heaven, Great Wall, summer palace, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden city
Terre cotta warriors, Great Mosque in Xi'an
Kumbum Monastery and Korkornor lake Qinghai
Qinghai-Tibet Railway, the highest and longest one on plateau in the world
Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Market
Yangbacheng Hot spring and Namutso lake
Yamdroktso lake and Shigatse Tashilunpo monastery
Peokorchoden Monastery and Kumbum-Stupa
River-Viewing Pavilion Park (Wang Jiang Lou Gong yuan)
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

Beijing - Xi'an - Xining - Lhasa - Shigatse - Lhasa - Chengdu


Day by Day Itinerary

Day 01: Beijing airport pick up.  Overnight in Beijing
Arrive in Beijing, the capital city of the People’s Republic of China where we will be welcomed at the airport and escorted to our hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is on your own to explore the city.


Day 02: Temple of Heaven, Roast Duck  Overnight in Beijing
In the morning, we will visit the Temple of Heaven, a complex of buildings representing the pinnacle of Ming and Qing architecture built in 1420, including the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest, Imperial Vault of Heaven, Circular Altar, and Abstinence Palace. The surrounding park areas are also alive with locals practicing Tai Chi, playing traditional musical instruments, enjoying a game of Chinese chess, or just chatting with friends. This afternoon is free for further exploration. In the evening, we will be served one of the most popular dishes in China at the Beijing Duck Dinner Party.


Day 03: Great Wall, summer palace, silk market. Gongfu show  Overnight in Beijing
After breakfast, we travel northwest of Beijing to visit China’s most famous attraction – the Great Wall of China. Built over 2,000 years ago, it stretches 4,000 miles across mountains and valleys in the northern part of China. We walk along a well-preserved section of this true wonder of the world, and admire the panoramic views. In the afternoon, we marvel at the former Imperial Summer Palace - the famous royal garden that was favored by the Empress Cixi in the late 19th Century. Tonight, enjoy an entertaining "The Legend of Kung Fu" show.


Day 04: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden city, fly to Xi'an   O/N in Xi'an
We continue exploring Beijing's famous sites with a tour of the vast Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world. We walk through the Gate of Heavenly Peace to the magnificent Forbidden City, which was home to the Ming and Qing dynasties for over 500 years. Afterwards, board your flight to Xian. Your guide will pick you up from the airport ,which is 50 KM. to the city of Xian,and transfer to hotel. In the evening, you will take a chance to enjoy Local Specialty Dumpling Banquet  and the Tang Dynasty Dance Show. A performance of Changan music and dance originated in China's Tang Dynasty over a thousand years ago. This wonderful combination of colourful costumes, melodious tunes and ancient history is a living, breathing work of art-an extravaganza not to be missed!


Day 05: Terre cotta warriors, Great Mosque,   O/N in Xi'an
After breakfast, tansfer to Terracotta Warriors. Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Museum is the Eighth Wonder of the World. More than 6,000 different looking pottery figures depict the history of the Qin Dynasty from 221 BC-206 BC. Take sightseeing in this attraction for about 2 to 2.5 hours. Drive back to visit Great Mosque. It is one of the oldest, largest and best-preserved Islamic mosques in China. Occupying an area of over 12,000 square meters, the Great Mosque is divided into four courtyards, 250 meters long and 47 meters wide with a well-arranged layout. Landscaped with gardens, the further one strolls into its interior, the more serene one feels. Take a flight to Xining and transfer to the hotel.


Day 06: Fly to Xining., Xining sightseeing: Kumbum Monastery    O/N in Xining
Take a flight to Xining and transfer to the hotel. Xining which is an ancient city in Qinghai-Tibetan highland, also the capital of Qinghai Province, visit Kumbum Monastery in the afternoon which is another Tibetan Buddhism monastery ,famous for the three unique---butter flower, mural and embroidery . also it is the Birthplace of Tsongkapa , who is the former of Gelu sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Back to Xining.


Day 07: Xining/Korkornor lake/Xining,   O/N in Xining
After breakfast drive to beautiful Korkornor lake, the biggest inland salt lake in china,  on the way you can appreciate the Sun and Moon mountain, Sand island ,Golden and silver grassland. then come back Xining                    


Day 08: Take train to Lhasa, Sightseeing on the train along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. Train N917, departure time from Xining at 8:30, arrive in Lhasa at 9:50 on the next day.  O/N on the train
The building of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway started on 29th June 2001. The 1142 kilometre-long railway extends between Golmud in Qinghai Province and Lhasa in Tibet Autonomous Region. Its sections over 4,400m above sea level total 960km, and the highest section, which crosses the Tanggula Mountain, is at 5,072m above sea level. The railway passes 550km of ever-frozen land. The construction of the railway, the highest and longest one on plateau in the world , is planned to be finished in six years. The Qinghai-Tibet Railway is a representative project in China’s implementation of its strategic decision to develop China’s west at the beginning of the 21st century. The significant project is a magnificent task in the world history of railway construction and has drawn the attention of the world. Pickup and transfer to hotel in Lhasa .


Day09: Arrive in Lhasa at 9:50   O/N in Lhasa
Arrive in Lhasa, the roof of the world, Tibet is truly beyond your imagination. The blue sky, the highest mountain, lake and train, religious people, harmony between people and nature will give you a deep impression. Pickup and transfer to hotel in Lhasa . In order to acclimatize to the high altitude. No program will be arranged for the rest of the day


Day10: Lhasa city sightseeing: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Market  O/N in Lhasa 
An extraordinary day of sightseeing shows the spectacular architecture at the world famous Potala Palace . Former home of the Dalai Lama, its massive 1000-room structure towers over this mountain city. The tour is followed by Jokhang Temple . Then visit famous Barkhor Market, where you can shop for rare Tibetan items.


Day11: Lhasa - Yangbacheng Hot spring - Namutso lake - Lhasa  O/N in Lhasa 
Drive to Yangbacheng Hot spring 92km north of Lhasa, view the Northern Tibet grassland and NyanchengTanggula Snow Mountain on the way. Continue to Namutso lake, one of the three holiest lakes in Tibet, called “Heavenly lake”. Taking photo, yak riding lakeside, then back to Lhasa.


Day12: Lhasa - Yamdroktso lake - Shigatse(Tashilunpo) - Gyantse  O/N in Gyantse 
Due to the renovation of the road from Nakartse to Gyanste, this course is closed since May. That means people can not cross the 5045m Karola to see its awesome roadside views of the Nojin Kangtsang Glacier. The alternative is, cross the Kambala( 5030m ) to take a look at the dazzling Yamdroktso lake. Then drive through another route to Gyantse via Shigatse, where you will visit the Tashilunpo, the home monastery of Panchan Lama.


Day13: Gyangtse(peokorchoden Monastery, Kumbum-Stupa) - Shigatse - Lhasa   O/N in Lhasa 
Gyantse is one of the richest area of Tibet and provide the whole land with its various harvest. In the history it was an important stopover station for caravans between India and China . Here you will visit the peokorchoden Monastery with its huge Kumbum-Stupa, which is a masterpiece for Tibetan architecture. Afterwards drive back to Lhasa


Day14: Lhasa - Chengdu  O/N in Chengdu
Airport drop off to Lhasa airport, take flight to Chengdu. visit River-Viewing Pavilion Park (Wang Jiang Lou Gong yuan), River-Viewing Pavilion Park (Wang Jiang Lou Gongyuan) has more than 150 kinds of bamboo brought from all over Asia, and the lush bamboo forests provide plenty of shade in the summer. There is a four-story wooden 'river-viewing pavilion' that was built in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) in memory of Xue Tao, a Tang Dynasty poetess who often wrote about bamboo (thus bamboo is the park's specialty). The pavilion overlooks the Jingjiang River. It is a good place for the local people to drink tea and play Taichi or Chinese Gongfu. As an option in the evening(200RMB extra), enjoy a wonderful variety show of "Face changing" and "Flame Spitting Out" of Sichuan Opera. 


Day15: Visit Chengdu Panda Base and Sanxingdui Museum   O/N in Chengdu
The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is located in the northern suburb of Chengdu on Futou Hill 10 km from downtown. It is an excellent recreational area and a highlight of any visit to Chengdu. Many types of bamboo, trees, and flowers thrive at the Research Base. Several species of birds also make their home there. It is one of the important centers in China for the captive conservation of giant pandas. The Sanxingdui Museum is a large-scale modern museum of history situated in the northeastern part of the state-protected Sanxingdui Ruins by the bank of the Yazi River in Guanghan city 40 kilometers south of Chengdu. The exposure of a large number of spectacular relics such as gleaming gold sculpture, jade wares, bronze holy tree, created a great sensation, making the Sanxingdui site well known to the world.


Day16: Drop off to Chengdu airport, service end !



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Qinghai Tibet Culture Heritage

The Qinghai-Tibet Railway, the highest railroad in the world, carried 2,569 passengers to Tibet Autonomous Region in the first three days of operation. Three passenger trains, starting from Beijing, Lanzhou and Chengdu pulled into the Lhasa Railway Station one after another on Monday.Before the opening of the railway, flights from Beijing, Chengdu and several other Chinese cities carry hundreds of people to Lhasa everyday.
"I came to the platform everyday to present had a (a white silk scarf symbolizing respect and blessings) to passengers when they got off the train," said Zhoima, 18, a student at Lhasa Teachers Professional School.
Zhoima was one of the volunteer groups organized by the Lhasa Youth League Committee to participate in activities celebrating the opening of the railway on July 1.
"I feel tired, but excited, and I will take part in a dance performance in the square in front of the Potala Palace Tuesday," Zhoima said.
A young woman surnamed Chen, arriving from Beijing, said, "I enjoyed the journey and the beautiful scenery. It's a pity that I can only stay in Lhasa for a week before I have to return to work."
"We never expected to make a profit from singing and dancing," said Cering Wangdu, head of the committee of Sangmu Village in Doilungdeqen County, which is administrated by Lhasa.
Last year, the village began performances of Tibetan dance and songs and other activities showcasing Tibetan folklore to entertain visitors.
"The railway brings us guests and business," Cering Wangdu said.
The Qinghai-Tibet Railway stretches 1,956 kilometers from Xining to Lhasa. About 960 kilometers is located 4,000 meters above sea level and the highest point is 5,072 meters, at least 200 meters higher than the Peruvian railway in the Andes, the former world's highest track.
The first train from the Chinese capital started its journey of 4,060 kilometers to Lhasa on Saturday evening and arrived late Monday after more than 48 hours.

Two-and-a-half years' safe operation of the Qinghai-Tibet railway has proven that China's technologies in building railways on frozen earth are ready to be used in more projects, a leading scientist said.
The longest and highest railway in the world also received a State Special Award for Scientific and Technological Progress on Friday.
"The set of technologies that solved problems about frozen earth and altitude sickness can benefit many other projects, such as the future Xinjiang-Tibet railway and the petroleum pipelines across Northeast China," Cheng Guodong, professor and president of Lanzhou branch of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said in an interview.
The technologies are also likely to make building an expressway on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau possible, he said.
The Ministry of Transport and Cheng's branch are currently doing research on the idea, but it is still in the very early stages, he said.
"Technically it is possible, but building expressways are definitely more difficult than railways, because expressways are rigid and inflexible, not like rail tracks," he said.
So far, the Qinghai-Tibet railway has operated safely and no fatal accidents have occurred since its opening on July 1, 2006, Sun Yongfu, former vice-minister of railways, said in an interview.
By last May, 1.48 million passengers have ridden the train into Tibet and 1.52 million out of Tibet, said Sun, who is also an academician with China Academy of Sciences.
Though nearly half (550 km) of the railway is built on frozen earth - under-zero soil containing ice, which thaws in warm weather and causes the earth subsidence, data show the rail tracks on frozen earth subsided less than 2 cm each year.
It is "quite an achievement", because controlling the subsidence within 30 cm can already be called the world's best record, he said.
In Russia and Canada, which also have railways on frozen earth, serious subsidence has made trains run much slower than designed, at 50-70 kph.
"Our trains have run at the designed speed of up to 100 kph," Sun said.
The railway has also survived earthquakes that shook the Tangula area four times in June 2008.
In the near future, a new railway will be built from Lhasa to Xigaze, and before 2020 a railway is planned connecting Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region and Tibet.
In the long term, there will also be railways entering Tibet from Chengdu in Sichuan province and Kunming in Yunnan province, he said.
In 2007, Tibet autonomous region gained 4.8 billion yuan from tourism revenue, up 73.3 percent year on year. Qinghai province gained 4.7 billion yuan, up 31.6 percent, according to official statistics.

Qinghai enjoys a splendid culture of river source. It is said,"Qinghai was once a mixing center of all cultures". The ancient Qiang people was one of the oldest nations who created the ancient culture of Qinghai plateau. A lot of unearthed artifacts, such as painted dancing pottery bowls, pottery drums, pottery whistles, four-hole bone flutes, and so on, made 3500—5000 years ago, proved that the Qinghai's culture was one of the Chinese culture sources.

The Kunlun mythology sourced within Qinghai province and the areas of river source, connecting with Qiang's culture, is also recognized as one of the Chinese culture sources. Specially, Qinghai's painted pottery culture wins is popularity in the world. The heroic epic "Gesa'er" spread in Qinghai - Tibetan areas is a huge opus with more than 10 million words and more than 1 million lines. It was said the opus born in the Song Dynasty was called encyclopaedia for Tibetans. Beside, the Regong arts are the painting arts in Tibetan traditions, which is also famous home and abroad. Qinghai was also the birthplace of Tibetan Buddhism in "Later Hong Period". The colorful custom culture is also important part of the river source culture. Now the unearthed artifacts have reached 200,000 sets, some of which belong to the State protection grade. There are many historic sites belonging to the State grade, such as Ta'er Lamasary,Qutan Lamasary, Longwu Lamasary,and so on, several hundreds ancient sites belonging to the provincial grade, and some ancient tombs, ancient ruins excavated or being excavated, such as Liuwan tombs, Tubo tomb groups in Dulan County, Shenna relics and the southern Liang Dynasty relics in Xining Hutai. All of these are the fruits of labour and intelligence of the people in all the southern Liang Dynasty relics in Xining Hutai. All of these are the fruits of labour and intelligence of the people in all periods. In addition, there are some other aspects for study and development, as "Tang—Bo ancient road", "Silk sub-road", minority's living, clothing, medicines, sports and artificial arts.


Now there are 8 large scale dance dramas, mostly created from traditional Tibetan dramas, such as Tibetan drama "Happy fairy maiden" and "Emissary of the Tibetan King", Tibetan song and dance drama "Battle on the Huoling Mount", Beijing opera "the King Gesa'er", song and dance drama "Flowers and Boys", and so on. All these dramas are either the heritage of the excellent cultural traditions or the successful combinations of modern spirit. Among them, the "On the Place Faraway" and "Flowers and Boys" have gone abroad, sung all over the world.

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