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Qinghai Tibet Tour:QTT 04 Beijing(flight) Xi'an(flight) Xining(train) Tibet(flight) Chengdu 16 days
QinghaiTibet Tour:QTT 04 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.
Attractions: 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
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.
Day03: 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 ImperialSummerPalace - 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.
Day04: 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 magnificentForbidden 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!
Day05: Terre cotta warriors, Great Mosque, O/N in Xi'an After breakfast, tansfer to Terracotta Warriors. Terra-cotta Warriors and HorsesMuseum 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.
Day06: 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.
Day07: 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
Day08: 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 QinghaiProvince and Lhasa in Tibet Autonomous Region. Its sections over 4,400m above sea level total 960km, and the highest section, which crosses the TanggulaMountain, 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 inLhasa . In order to acclimatize to the high altitude. No program will be arranged for the rest of the day.
Day10: 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 by JokhangTemple . 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 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.
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 JingjiangRiver. 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 SanxingduiMuseum 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 YaziRiver 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.
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.
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.