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Qinghai Tibet Tour:QTT03 Gongga Ice Glacier,Mugecuo,Panda,Lhasa,Shigatse(train in,fly out) 13 days
QinghaiTibet Tour: QTT03 Gongga Ice Glacier,Mugecuo lake,Panda Base,Sanxindui, Lhasa and Shigatse(train in,fly out) 13 days Tour
Attraction: Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding and SanxinduiMuseum HailuogouGlacierNational Park, pilgrimage to Mt. Mingya Gonggar Kangding, experience the Kham Tibetan and mysterious Tibetan Buddhism Mugecuo lake - the largest lake in the west-Sichuan, Mt.Mengding - origin of tea culture along the ancient southern Silk Road. Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Market Yangbacheng Hot spring and Namutso lake Yamdroktso lake and Shigatse Tashilunpo monastery Peokorchoden Monastery and Kumbum-Stupa
Route:Chengdu - Panda Base - Sanxindui Museum - Hailuogou - Kangding - Mugecuo lake - Kangding - Mt. Mengding - Chengdu - Lhasa - Shigatse - Lhasa
Day 01: Arrive in Chengdu, be met at the airport, transfer to hotel. O/N in Chengdu. If time permits, visit the Kuanxiangzi (wide lane) and Zhaixiangzi (narrow lane), it used to be home to officials in the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties and are among the city's cultural heritage sites still intact today. Originally, single-story houses and courtyards featured the specialty of the area. To relive the taste of local life years ago, teahouses and folk arts are readily found in the area while displays of the lifestyle, dialects, food and customs of Chengdu in the past will be reinstated in museums. As an option in the evening(200RMB extra), enjoy a wonderful variety show of "Face changing" and "Flame Spitting - Out" of Sichuan Opera.
Day 02: Chengdu - Hailuogou (Moxi County) O/N in Hailuogou Drive along the express way for 140 km to Ya’an, then drive for 210 km, passing Tiaquan, Erlang Moountain, to Hailuogou (Moxi County in the foot of Mt. Mingya Gonggar). Stay at base No.2. Take a bath in the hot spring. The HailuogouValley that lies at the foot of GonggaMountain is world-famous for the modern glacier in low altitude (the glaciers in the world mostly lay in the region of high altitude). The sparkling modern glacier rushes down from the high and steep valley, spraying millions of water blooms, changing the quite valley into a pure water palace. Ice holes and ice Bridge make people feel like entering into a CrystalPalace.
Day 03: Hailuogou - Kangding O/N in Kangding Drive to No.3 Base Camp, walk through the virgin forest, get to the Gongga Glacier. Then drive from Luding to Kangding, You will arrive at Kangding - the capital city of GanziTibetanAutonomousPrefecture in the afternoon. Upon arrive visit Anjue monastery, experience the mysterious Tibetan Buddhism. After dinner, enjoy the hot spring at Erdaoqiao.
Day 04: Mugecuo lake sightseeing O/N in Kangding The natural scenery region of Mugecuo (also means WildmanSea in Tibetan), 28km from KangdingCity. Overall scenery region consists of Azalea Gorge, Seven color Sea, Fragrant Grass Lawn, Medical Boiling Spring Pool, Wild man Sea, Red sea Grassland, with a place of famous scenery region taking snow mountains, grassland, hot spring ,flying waterfall , high mountain lakes, Tibet customs as one organic whole. It is a biggest one on high mountain in west-Sichuan, with the area of 3.6sq.km and the deep most of 70m, which is situated on the mountain of 3780m. On the west lakeshore there is a lot of jungle of Azalea bushes and on hillside of the east lakeshore, there are bushes & grassy marshland. Many kinds of flowers are in bloom and dark blue in the water of lake during Spring and Summer; the forest on larger &larger turns color and ripples and sparkles on the surface of lake in the season of Autumn; the freezing of lake with ice with the thickness of 1m in the season of severe Winter.
Day 05: Kangding - Mt.Mengding - Chengdu O/N in Chengdu. Back to Chengdu, visit Mt. Mengding en route. Mt. Mengding is Sacred Mountain of Tea Culture, it is the first mountain en route from the Chengdu Plain to the western Sichuan highland and also the first stopover to ascend the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau from the Sichuan Basin. The mountain has long been known as the "Home of Divine Tea" as it abounds in famous tea. A legend has it that Wu Lizhen, initial tea grower of the western Han Dynasty grew tea in the mountain, leaving the earliest record of tea growing in history. Mengding tea was always used as tribute to send to the imperial courts every. The Mt.Mengding has always been a brilliant shining pearl along the ancient southern Silk Road.
Day 06:Visit Chengdu Panda Base and Sanxindui Museum, take train to Lhasa in the evening O/N on the train Visit The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in the morning. It is located in the northern suburb of Chengdu on Futou Hill about 10 km from downtown Chengdu. Giant pandas live in large naturalistic habitats, which help the visitor to understand how these animals live in the wild. The Research Base is one of the important centers in China for the captive conservation of giant pandas. After lunch, we drive 40km to visit Sanxindui Museum, it is situated in the northeastern part of the state-protected Sanxindui ruin by the bank of the Yazi Rive. Two large sacrificial pits were found in 1986 boast the most important archaeological finds on the Sanxindui Ruins for the past half century. The exposure of a large number of spectacular relics created a great sensation, making the Sanxindui site well known to the world.
Day 07: Sightseeing on the train along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. 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 QinghaiProvince 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.
Day 08: Arrive in Lhasa Train station in the later afternoon. O/N in Lhasa 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.
Day 09: Lhasa city sightseeing: PotalaPalace, JokhangTemple, Barkhor Market O/N in Lhasa An extraordinary day of sightseeing shows the spectacular architecture at the world famous PotalaPalace. Former home of the Dalai Lama, its massive 1000-room structure towers over this mountain city. The tour is followed byJokhangTemple . Then visit famous BarkhorMarket, where you can shop for rare Tibetan items.
Day 10: Lhasa - Yangbacheng Hot spring - Namutso lake - Lhasa O/N in Lhasa Drive to Yangbacheng Hot spring92km 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.
Day 11: Lhasa - Yamdroktso - Gyantse. O/N in Gyantse Yamdroktso(4441m), one of Tibet's three holy lakes, is located 110km outside of Lhasa. It's mostly mountain road, winding and bumpy, even thrilling somewhat. After about 3 1/2 hours' driving, climbing over the snow pass of Kambala(5030m), the dazzling Yamdroktso just lies several hundred meters below the road, and in clear weather is a fabulous shade of deep turquoise. Far in the distance is the huge massif of Mt. Nojin Kangtsang(7191m).After down from the mountain, there's about 30km road along lakeside, with barley fields on the other side of the road. A nice walk by the lakeside can be a great joy. Leaving Yamdroktso is as spectacular as arriving, since you'll cross the 5045m Karola, with its awesome roadside views of the Nojin Kangtsang Glacier. With the Glacier scene still exciting you, after about 90km, you get to Gyantse. There stands the 35m-high famous Kumbum, packed with exquisite Tibetan sculpture and paintings, a stunning architectural wonder in Tibet.
Day 12: Gyantse - Shigatse - Lhasa. O/N in Lhasa Just 4km to Gyantse, there's the Pala Farmland which used to belong to the slave-owner family of Pala. The well-kept Farmland can bring the family's luxurious life back to your eyes. This site deserves a quick visit of 30 minutes. Then you can leave the small town of Gyantse. With Gyantse just fades away from your sight, Shigatse becomes clearer cause it's just 1 1/2 hours' driving (98km). Miles away from Shigatse, you can already see the gold tops of Tashilhunpo shinning under the sun. While Tashilhunpo's magnificent outside leaves you gasp in admiration, the inside of this monastery introduces you more religious tranquility and sincerity. Just close Tashilhunpo is the Old Town of Shigatse, a great place to wander around: Nicely decorated Tibetan houses and interesting market and bazaar give you a vivid picture of local people's life. Drive back Lhasa.
Day 13: Lhasa - Chengdu Airport drop off to Lhasa airport, Service end.
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.