Day01 Mon Arrival in Shanghai Arrive in Shanghai, China’s largest booming city, transfer to hotel. 1N at 4*Great Wall Holiday Inn Downtown
Day02 Tue Air Shanghai – Yichang BL In the morning visit of Yu Yuan (Yu-Garden) and the old city area. Originally built in 1559, it served as the private garden of high-ranking official by then. The word “Yu” contains a meaning of “safe and peaceful”. Then visit Waitan (Bund). As one of the most recognizable architectural symbols of Shanghai, the Bund site shows a portion of the historic center of the foreign presence in Shanghai and its transformation in recent times. In the afternoon transfer to airport, flight to Yichuang, the starting point of the upstream Yangtze Cruise. Transfer to pier and embark the cruise ship. 4N in 5*MS Yangtze 1
Day03-05 Wed-Fri Yangtze River Cruise BLD
Day06 Sat Arrival in Chongqing BL In the morning, we arrive in Chongqing. Meet your local guide and driver, transfer to visit the lovely giant panda at the Chongqing Zoo. In the afternoon we will make a tour to the ancient town Ci Qi Kou, once a busy cargo dock in west of Chongqing city. 1N at 4*Best Western Chongqing Garden Hotel
Day07 Sun Air Chongqing – Lhasa BL Take a morning flight to Lhasa (3650m), the capital of Tibet, transfer to hotel. In the afternoon, visit of the beautiful Ani Sangkhung Nunnery. There are plants everywhere and it feels like you are in a garden in the middle of the city. In the nunnery there is a little shop where they print prayer books. If the nuns are working on it you are welcome inside to see how it is done. 3N at 3*Thangka Hotel
Day08 Mon Lhasa BL In the morning, visit of the Potala, which was originally constructed in 637 by Songtsen Gampo, the first king of the united Tibet, and later expanded and used as the Dalai Lamas’ winter residence and as the religious and political center of traditional Tibet. The crowds of pilgrims, the innumerable and magnificent murals, Buddhist statues, scriptures and rare treasures put altogether create a dense religious and artistic atmosphere that impresses every visitor. In the afternoon, visit of Jokhang monastery, the center of the Tibetan Buddhism and the sacred land of Buddhist believers, where thousands of pilgrims come to worshipevery day. The temple, built in 647, is the oldest wood-and-masonry structure still existing in Tibet. Walk on the Barkhor street surrounding Jokhang, a big market selling local specialities.
Day09 Tue Lhasa BL In the morning visit of Drepung monastery, the sacred land of Gelug Sect., which was established in 1416, and the second, third and fourth Dalai Lama once resided in (place of living). After the visit of Norbulinka, the Dalai Lamas’summer residence. In the afternoon, visit of Sera monastery, which was built in 1419 and has always been an important Buddhist seminary. As roses are planted everywhere in the monastery, it is also called “the court of wild roses”. Today 200 lamas still live there. The "Buddhism Scriptures Debate" in Sera is very famous.
Day10 Wed Lhasa – Yamdrok Lake – Gyantse – Shigatse BL In the morning drive to Gyantse along the Kyichu River. On the Kamba La (4.796 m) we have a fantastic view of Yamdrok Yumtso holy lake (4441 m), one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and the largest habitat of waterfowls in south Tibet. On one of the peninsulas of the spear-shaped lake lies the holy Mt. Donang Sangwari (5,340m), and the snow peaks of Nojin Gangzang (7,191m) and Jangzang Lhomo rise in the distance. The lake and the Yarlungtsangpo River (3570) are separated by a mountain and the shortest distance between them is only 6 kilometers. The 800m difference in height contributes to provide rich water resources to this region. Many Tibetans believe that life of in Tibet will no longer continue if the lake dries up. Pass by the 5.010 m high Karo La and the Simi La to Gyantse (approx. 3.900 m). In the afternoon visit of Pelkor Chode Monastery as well as the splendid Kumbum Stupa (100-Thousand-Buddha Pagoda) nearby, both of them built in the15th century and situated in the northwestern edge of Gyantse. This typical Tibetan Buddhist monastery is the only large building complex in Tibet. That old monastery and stupas are completely preserved and characterized as a monument. It is recorded 14,000 kilograms of copper were used to make the 8-meter-high sitting statue of Sakyamuni Buddha housed in the grand hall of the temple. The 8-storey stupa is 42m high and 62m in diameter contains a total of 76 chapels with wonderful murals revered by art scholars around the world. In the afternoon, drive of about 90 kilometers to Shigatse, (3880m), the second largest city in Tibet with 40,000 inhabitants and the traditional capital of the Tsang. Overnight at 3*Manasarovar Hotel
Day11 Thu Shigatse – Lhasa BL In the morning visit of Tashilunpo monastery of Gelug Sect, the seat of the Panchen Lama built in 1447 and one of the six grand monasteries in Tibet. The monastery houses a giant statue of the Maitreya Buddha, the biggest gilded statue of Maitreya (Buddha of the future) in China, and the grave of the 4th Panchen Lama containing masses of jewels and gold. In Tibet Buddhism, Panchen Lama is just the reincarnation of Maitreya Buddha. Today 600 monks live in the monastery. 1N at 3*Thangka Hotel
Day12 Fri Train Lhasa – Xi’an B
Check out hotel in the early morning and transfer to Lhasa Railway Station for train ride to Xian (soft sleeper, 4-bed-cabin). It is a about 36 hrs train ride from Lhasa to Xian. The train will be passing through Nagqu, Golmud, Xining and Lanzhou. A highlight of the ride, without doubt, is the leg from Lhasa to Xining, a journey of 1956 km on the highest rail of the world. It is a fascinating handscroll of natural beauty. The snowy mountains, meadows, creeks and the immense grasslands are its components. Yaks, sheep flock, horses and other different wild species are active alongside the railway. If you are lucky, you might have the chance to see the most rare and protected animal of the plateau, the Tibetan Antelope or known as “chiru”, which are living on the snow land which lives on snowy plateaux at 3500 – 5000 m high. 2N in the train
Day13 Sat Arrival in Xi’an In the evening, arrival in Xi’an, the capital city of Shaanxi. Meeting with your local guide at the railway station and transfer to hotel.1N at 4*New World Hotel
Day14 Sun Train Xi’an – Beijing BL In the morning, visit of the Museum of Terracotta Warriors. An inside museum has been built over these pits, covering a floor space of 20,000 square meters and displaying 8,000 life-size terracotta warriors, 100 or so chariots, and 30,000 weapons-an assemblage famed as the Eighth World Wonder and a world cultural heritage site. Besides, visit of Da Yan Ta (Big-Wild-Goose Pagoda), which was completed in 652. The Xian City Great Wall is the best preserved, oldest and largest ancient city defense system in China. In the evening, transfer to the railway station for Beijing by train (Z20 2016/0717+1, soft sleeper, 4-Bed-Cabin). 1N on the train
Day15 Mon Beijing BL Arrival in Beijing in the morning. Transfer to hotel for a short rest and refreshment. Then stroll about Tian An Men Square, which is probably the biggest one of its kind in the world. Then go to visit the Forbidden City (Gu Gong) the emperor's palace, which was built between 1406 and 1420 with 9000 halls and rooms, containing many precious relics. Facing south and rising from a terrace, the largest palace in the world represents the supreme power and authority emperors enjoyed during the feudalistic dynasties, and exemplifies the elements of palace architecture. In the afternoon visit the Temple of Heaven (Tian Tan), which was built in 1420 of the Ming Dynasty and expanded in the Qing Dynasty. Nowadays, it covers an area of 273 hectares. The grand temple used to be a sacrificial place for the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasty to worship the heaven, presenting gratitude for the harvest of this year and praying for another good harvest next year. 2N at 4*Howard Johnson Paragon Hotel
Day16 Tue Beijing BL
In the morning go to the Great Wall at Mutianyu part. The Great Wall is one of the eight ancient wonders of the world and the only man-made construction on earth that the astronauts can see in from the moon. Starting out in the east on the banks of Yalu River in Liaoning Province, the Wall stretches westwards for 12,700 kilometers to Jiayuguan in the Gobi Desert. It was built as a defensive structure and gradually become the symbol of the ancient Chinese civilization. Walking on the wall at Mutianyu. Late in the afternoon drive back to Beijing.
Day17 Wed Leave China for home B Check out hotel in the morning and transfer to airport for homeward flight. End of the amazing tour to China.
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