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9 Days Beijing Sightseeing and Lhasa Tour via Qinghai-Tibet Railway

9 Days Beijing Sightseeing and Lhasa Tour via Qinghai-Tibet Railway

(BTTT009) Beijing-Xining-Lhasa

Overview

9-day Beijing and Lhasa Tour via Qinghai-Tibet Railway juxtaposes highlights of Beijing tour with must-see Tibetan Buddhism culture tour in Lhasa. Tourists will get amazed at how harmonious the international city Beijing coexists with its historic past.
Meanwhile the unparalleled ride on world’s highest Qinghai-Tibet Railway would be a mind-blowing experience and it can effectively minimize the symptoms of altitude sickness, given the gradual ascent. In addition, during the high season of Tibet tour (approximately in summer holiday and one week before and after Spring Festival in winter), flying from Beijing to Xining, and taking train to Lhasa is the most viable way to solve the problem of shortage of Beijing-Lhasa air ticket.

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Beijing

Transfer to your reserved hotel after arriving in Beijing airport. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Stay overnight in Beijing

Day 2: Beijing sightseeing – Great Wall at Badaling, Ming Tombs – Changling

Visit the majestic Great Wall (Badaling section) and the Ming Tombs. You will be taken on a group tour to the Great Wall, the most famous symbol of China and one of the world’s most remarkable architectural wonders. This section was first built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 AD).

Then you will visit the Ming Tombs, the burial site of the emperor Wangli, the 13th emperor of the Ming Dynasty who ruled for 48 years until his death in 1620.

Stay overnight in Beijing

Day 3: Beijing sightseeing - Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace

First stroll on the historic Tiananmen Square, the largest city square in the world and the spiritual heart of China, and the magnificent Forbidden City which used to be the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties with a history of around 600 years.

In the afternoon, you will marvel at the incredible Summer Palace. Summer Palace was an imperial summer resort of the Qing Dynasty.

Stay overnight in Beijing 

Day 4: Free Time to Tour Hutong - Nanluoguxiang and do Shopping

Hutong, which refers to traditional courtyard residence in narrow alleys in Beijing, is a great place where international tourists can learn the folk culture and old quarters of Beijing city.In the morning, tourists can are recommended to explore Nanluoguxiang yourself, one of the most famous Hutongs in Beijing.

With bustling main street, you will find a variety of cafes, kiosks selling different kinds of food and beverages and souvenir shops. A great way to tour Hutong is to enjoy the ride on a traditional rickshaw and rickshaw riders, most of whom can speak basic English, will take you to cover all the historical significance.

In the afternoon, tourists are free to do some shopping in Beijing and get prepared for the flight to Xining in the tomorrow morning.

Stay overnight in Beijing

Day 5: Fly from Beijing to Xining and Get Transferred to Lhasa via Qinghai-Tibet Railway

In the morning, tourists will take flights from Beijing to Xining and the fly takes around 3 hours. Later, after you arrive in Xining, we will board Xining-Lhasa train, which is the highlight and real beginning of Qinghai-Tibet Railway to Lhasa, Tibet.
In the train, tourists will enjoy the ride on the world’s highest train. You about to stunning vista of Gobi Desert in Golmud, Yuzhu Peak (6178m) and incredible Tuotuo River, and pass the Tanggula station (5072m), which is the highest part of Qinghai-Tibet Railway, boundless grassland on the Qinghai-Tibet plateau, etc.

Stay aboard

Day 6: Arrive in Lhasa and Acclimate to the High Elevation of Lhasa (3658m)

When you arrive in Lhasa either by train, your guide will greet you and take you to your hotel. Tourists may view the Yarlung Tsangpo River/ Bhamaputra river (the Longest and largest river in Tibet) and Lhasa river on their way to Lhasa.

After arriving in Lhasa, you can take a rest and get acclimatized to high altitude. If you feel to go out, then you can go to the Potala Square, where you will enjoy the fountain with different colors and get amazing photos of the Potala and around.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 7: Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, and Barkor Street

Today's tour will first bring you to the Potala Palace which is the winter palace of the Dalai lama. It was put to use since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.

Then after lunch, tourists head to Jokhang Temple which was founded by the 33rd great king of Tibet in the 7th century, in order to promote the Buddhist religion. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve, perhaps the only most venerated object in Tibetan Buddhism. Around the temple is Barkhor street where you can do kora (a religious circle of a building or mountain) with pilgrims and locals, in the meantime you can buy souvenirs.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 8: Lhasa Sightseeing – Drepung Monastery/Sera Monastery

Visit two important monasteries in Lhasa, the Drepung and the Sera.

Drepung monastery is situated at the foothill of a mountain and was founded by Jamyang Choeje in 1416. It was once home to 10000 monks and Ganden podrang in Drepung is famous as it was the government centre and later moved to the famous Potala palace during the fifth dalai lama.

After having lunch, visit the Sera Monastery, which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa’s disciple Jamchen Choeje. The most attractive is its Buddhist Scriptures debating held in the courtyard mostly around 3:00 – 5:00 in the afternoon.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 9: Depart from Lhasa

The guide will transfer you to the airport or train station and help you get on board.

Service Guide

Service Included:

  • Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
  • All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
  • Personal knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide;
  • Personal comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable Tibetan local driver; vehicle ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on your group size;
  • All lodging listed in the itinerary; it’s your decision about the accommodation class: luxury 5-star international hotel, comfortable 4-star hotel, economic 3-star hotel or budget hostel, guesthouse or tent. Please tell us your accommodation preference when submitting the enquiry; we will arrange the best-value hotels for you.
  • Domestic flight/train tickets listed in the itinerary;
  • All meals listed in the above itinerary;
  • Tourist accident/casualty insurance;
  • First aid kit;

Service Excluded:

  • International flight to and out of China;
  • Chinese visa (Note: we could help you with the Chinese visa application, like providing the invitation letter, presenting the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies, etc that you may need. )
  • Domestic flight/train not listed in the itinerary. (We can provide you the domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price; please contact us our travel experts for the details.)
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary; usually it costs about USD3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).
  • Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver;
  • Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.

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