This China Tibet tour features the rich history and natural beauty of Tibet. You will visit the  scenic cities of Lhasa, Tsedang, Samye, Gyantse and Shigatse. The trip will also give you the unforgettable experience of staying in the bustling international cities of Beijing and Shanghai as well as picturesque Suzhou.

Tour Code: TBT11
Destinations: Beijing, Lhasa,Tsedang, Samye, Gyantse, Shigatse, Suzhou, Shanghai
Departure: Daily
Duration: 14 days
Language: English
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Details (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

Day 1 Beijing Arrival
Upon arrival in Beijing Capital Airport.  you will be met by our tour guide and transferred to your hotel in the city. Free time to explore the city for the remainder of the day.

Day 2 Beijing B.L.D
After breakfast visit Tian’anmen Square, which is the largest public square in the world and  China’s absolute political center. Then continue to walk several gates to walk north to enter Forbidden City, home to the emperors for over 500 years in the Ming and Qing dynasties. After lunch head to Summer Palace, a former summer resort for the royal family and the largest imperial garden in China. This evening you will be treated with a delicious Beijing Roast Duck dinner before enjoying a fantastic evening show – “the Legend of Kungfu” in Red Theater.

Day 3 Beijing B.L
Today you will have a full day excursion to Beijing`s suburbs. After breakfast drive to northern mountainous areas along the winding roads up to 700-800 meters to feel the greatness of the Great Wall –  known for its long history and its magnificence and one of the most amazing feats of human labour. After lunch drive back to the downtown to have a relaxing Hutong tour, which will give you an insight into the lives of ordinary Chinese people in modern city. You’ll take a rickshaw tour along the Hutongs and see the 100-year-old houses, courtyards and a vanishing way of life in today’s Beijing.

Day 4 Beijing – Lhasa B
After breakfast we will pick you up from hotel and transfer to airport for flight to ancient Lhasa City. Lhasa is the capital of China’s Tibet Autonomous Region with a history of more than 1,300 years. The ancient city of Lhasa stands by the Lhasa River, inside the city towers the Potala Palace and see a combination of traditional and modern things, including prayer wheels and computers. Remainder of the day you’ll be at leisure to adjust yourself to the high altitude or explore the city by yourself.

Day 5 Lhasa B.L
After breakfast, you’ll visit Lhasa’s landmark- Potala Palace, which is the  spiritual and political head of Tibet. Potala is the winter palace of the Dalai Lama since the 7th century, symbolizes Tibetan Buddhism and its central role in old Tibet. This afternoon, you’ll visit the Sera Monastery, Sera Monastery has been one of Tibet’s premier monastic educational institutions from its founding in the early fifteenth century until the present and the “Buddhism Scriptures Debating” in Sera is very famous. The best time to visit is in the afternoon when the monks are debating in the courtyards. Colorful debates on Buddhist doctrines are held here.

Day 6 Lhasa B.L
After breakfast, you’ll visit Jokhang Temple, the most sacred temple in Tibet. Jokhang Temple is the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Pilgrims. Pilgrims from all ends of Tibet can be found walking around the temple every day of the year. During Losar (Tibetan New Year), tens of thousands of Tibetans make their way around the temple. All around the temple is the Barkhor. Pilgrims make their way around this kora all day long. The Barkhor is also an amazing market selling all Tibetan things. This afternoon, you’ll visit Norbulingka, starting with the Seventh Dalai Lama, Norbulingka served as a summer palace for Dalai Lama to deal with the government and religious affairs. Today, it becomes the largest park in Tibet.

Day 7 Lhasa-Tsedang-Samye B.L
After breakfast drive along the Tsangpo River to visit the fantastic Samye Monastery, Samye Monastery was the first Buddhist monastery in Tibet to be founded in the 8th century during the reign of King Trisong Detsen. Samye is famous for its sacred mandala design: the central temple symbolizes the legendary Mount Meru, center of the universe. It is a popular pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Buddhists, some of whom travel on foot for weeks to reach it. In the afternoon, you’ll visit to Yumbulakhang Palace. Perched on the summit of the Jormo Zhaxi Ceri Mountain on the east bank of the Yarlung River, Yumbulagang was first palace built for the first Tibetan King in the 2nd century and became the summer palace of King Songtsan Gampo and Princess Wencheng.

Day 8 Tsedang-Yamdroktso-Gyantse B.L
After breakfast, head for Gyantse, a mid-sized town located 260kms southeast of Lhasa about 3.5 hours’ drive, we’ll climb over the snow pass of Kambala (4790m) and have a great view of the Yamdrok Lake, which is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and is fed by numerous small streams. The view of the lake and the snow peak afar are marvelous and impressive. Drive down from the mountain, we continue our trip along the lakeside, and arrive Gyantse in the late afternoon. We’ll visit Perkhor Chode Monastery at the sunset time and take a look at its giant monastery – style pagoda.

Day 9 Gyantse-Shigatse B.L
After breakfast, we leave the small town of Gyantse for Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet and the capital of Tsang. We’ll visit to the impressive Tashilhunpo Monastery, known as home of the Panchen Lama who is considered to be the second most important religious leader of Tibet. We’ll also visit Shigatse’s outdoor market. It is an excellent place lined with the stalls, selling all kinds of goods to shop for souvenirs

Day 10 Shigatse-Lhasa B.L
Today we’ll have an easy journey, driving along the Yarlu Tsangpo River and return to Lhasa. On the way, we’ll stop at a small village at the roadside to visit the Tibetan handmade incense mill and workshop.

Day 11 Lhasa – Shanghai B
After breakfast transfer to airport for flight to Shanghai, Shanghai is a bustling cosmopolitan, with towering skyscrapers springing up next to ancient lane houses, and sophisticated boutiques emerging out of open-air markets.  Once arrive in Shanghai you’ll be transferred to hotel and free for the evening.

Day12   Shanghai B. L
After breakfast, you will visit famous Shanghai Museum, features ancient arts on Bronze, Ceramics, paintings and calligraphy. Then head for Yuyuan Garden & the  nearby old town area. Yuyuan Garden is the only surviving garden built in the Ming Dynasty built by a government officer in 1559. The pavilions, halls, stones and streams in the garden form a unique picture featuring “one step, one beauty; every step, every beauty.” After lunch, you’ll have a visit to the Jade Buddha Temple, It’s home to two white jade Buddhas, carved from a single slab of Burmese jade. And then stroll along the lively waterfront, known as the “Bund”.

Day 13 Shanghai-Suzhou- Shanghai B.L
A day excursion takes us to Suzhou, a city described by the Chinese as a paradise on the earth. We visit the Garden of the Master of Nets, It is the smallest of the Suzhou residential gardens, yet it is the most impressive because of its use of space which creates the illusion of an area that is much greater than its actual size. then visit Tiger Hill. Clearly visible on Suzhou’s skyline and with a history of 2,500 years, Tiger Hill is a stunning visual and cultural symbol of Suzhou. It was where the King of the State of Wu – Fu Chai, buried his father-Helu along with 3,000 swords. the Embroidery Institute, which produces some of the best embroidery work made exquisitely from the highest quality silk.  and the Grand Canal. It the most ancient man-made canal in China and the world where you will have a unique cruise on the river before returning to Shanghai in the evening.

Day14 Shanghai Departure B
At leisure till transfer to airport for homebound flight back.

Service included
A. Hotels (twin share basis) with breakfast
B. Flight or train tickets mentioned in the itinerary
C. Private car or van with driver
D. English speaking tour guide
E. Entrance fees
F. Meals as listed in the itinerary
G. Tibet Travel Permit

Service excluded
A. International airfare or train tickets
B. Tips to guides and drivers

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