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Beijing-Xi’an-Lhasa Ancient Cities Tour

Beijing-Xi’an-Lhasa Ancient Cities Tour
 Beijing - Xi'an - Lhasa
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Private tourist vehicle with driver, tour guide, clean and comfortable hotel, meals
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Beijing, Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse, each city has centuries-old history and legendary stories; however, compared with Xi'an, those cities are still at its youth, if you want to understand those really ancient cities of great civilizations, this is the tour.

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Tour length: 9 days

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Day 1 Beijing city tour

Highlights: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Hutong Tour

Forbidden City Hutong Tour

Schedule: Today we will take you to the most famous Beijing tourist attractions: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and later, take a rickshaw Hutong tour, during which you can visit a local Beijing family too.

Day 2 Beijing outskirts tour

Highlights: Mutianyu Great Wall, the Temple of Heaven

Mutianyu Great Wall the Temple of Heaven

Schedule: In the morning, you will visit the Mutianyu Great Wall, known as the most beautiful sections of the Great Wall. Later, drive back to downtown to visit the Temple of Heaven, the place where the emperors of Ming and Qing Dynasties worshipped heaven and prayed for peace and harvest. After dinner, take the train from Beijing to Xi'an by the soft sleeper class car.

Day 3 Xian Tour

Highlights: Terra Cotta Warriors, Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Terra Cotta Warriors Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Schedule: Our guide and driver will pick you up at the train station in Xi'an, afterwards, drive to visit the 8th wonder in the world-Terra Cotta Warriors that were formed more than 2000 years ago. After lunch in the downtown, we will visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, which is a seven-store square cone-shaped tower built in the Tang Dynasty, about the 7th Century. It was used to store the Buddhism scriptures and statues brought back from India by Master Xuanzang. Then our driver and guide will transfer you back to hotel, the free time is on you afterwards.

Day 4 Xi'an-Lhasa flight

Highlights: First impression of Lhasa

Lhasa airport pick-up Tibet Impression

Schedule: Pick you up from your hotel in the morning, and drive you to airport in Xi'an to catch the flight bound for Lhasa. Our guide and driver in the holy city of Lhasa will pick you up at airport in Lhasa and then transfer you to the hotel booked for you. Today, we arrange no tour for you in order to let you rest and acclimatize better for the next days' guided tour. You can hang out by yourself to get the first impression of the holy city of Lhasa.

Day 5 Lhasa city tour

Highlights: Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, Backhor Street

Potala Palace Jorhkang Temple

Schedule: In the morning, visit the symbol or landmark of Lhasa-Potala Palace, the successive Dalai Lama's winter residence. In the afternoon, visit the center of Tibetan Buddhism-Jorhkang Temple, where you will come across lots of devoted pilgrimages coming from every corner of Tibet. Both sites are under the list of the world cultural heritages by the UNISCO.

Day 6 Lhasa city tour

Highlights: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery

Drepung Monastery Sera Monastery

Schedule: In the morning, we will visit Drepung Monastery which is the biggest Tibetan Buddhism College with the biggest number of monks in Tibet. The monastery used to be the winter residence of the Dalai Lama before the 5th Dalai Lama moved his residency to the Potala Palace. And in the afternoon, we will visit another influential Gelugpa Monastery-Sera Monastery, where the largest scale of scripture debating among monks is famous all across Tibet. We will watch the debate session and you may join in too with the help your guide.

Day 7 Lhasa-Gyantse-Shigatse

Highlights: Yamdrok Lake, Pelcho Monastery & Kumbum Stupa

Yamdrok Lake Pelcho Monastery & Kumbum Stupa

Schedule: In the morning you'll start the drive to Shigatse, via Gyantse on the Southern Friendship Highway. Crossing over the summit of Kamba La (4794 m), you'll see the tranquil turquoise waters of Lake Yamdrok below; one of the three holiest lakes in Tibet. Far in the distance you'll spot the towering massif Mt. Nojin Kangtsang (7191 m), and the staggering Karo-la Glacier (5045 m). After arriving in Gyantse you'll have the choice to either stroll around town; explore Gyantse Fortress, the legendary battle site of the British invasion of Tibet; or visit the Pelcho Monastery & Kumbum Stupa. Afterwards, you'll drive to Shigatse, and overnight there.

Day 8 Shigatse-Lhasa (Tour of Tibetan religion panorama)

Highlights: Tashilumpo Monastery, Brahmaputra River

Tashilumpo Monastery Brahmaputra River

Schedule: In the morning, we will visit the Panchen Lamas' seat-Tashilhumpo Monastery which was built in 1447 by the first Dalai Lama in Tibet. In the monastery placed a very giant statue of the Maitreya Buddha and is 26.2 metres (86 feet) in height. The relationship and stories between Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama are always interesting and tantalizing, a visit to it, you will grasp it all. Later in the afternoon, we will drive back to Lhasa; along the way, we can see the very gorges Brahmaputra River and valley.

Day 9 Departure transfer

Tour ends, departure transfer to train station or airport. Welcome to Tibet next time.

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