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12 Days China Silk Road plus Tibet Lhasa City Tour

12 Days China Silk Road plus Tibet Lhasa City Tour

Chengdu - Lanzhou - Zhangye - Dunhuang - Jiayuguan - Xining - Lhasa
Duration: 12 Days Departure: All year around
Highlights:
Chengdu Panda Base, Marquis Wu Shrine, Jinli Street, White Pagoda Hill Park, Gansu Provincial Museum, Zhangye Giant Buddha Temple, Zhangye Danxia Landform National Geopark, Mogao Grottoes, Echoing-sand Mountain, Crescent Lake, Jiayuguan Pass, Xuanbi Great Wall, Dongguan Mosque, Qinghai Tibet Railway View, Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, Bachor Street, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
Silk Road and Tibet are the two most unique and characteristic tourists areas in China. In this tour, you can visit those two neighbouring regions at one time, experience their totally different cultures and enjoy their awesome landscapes; plus, a train ride over the breathtaking Qinghai - Tibet railway makes this journey more like an adventure.
DAY BY DAY
D1-D2: Chengdu
D3: Lanzhou - Zhangye
D4: Zhangye
D5-D6: Dunhuang
D7: Jiayuguan
D8: Xi’ning
D9-D12: Lhasa
$ per person

Day 1: Chengdu Arrival

Schedule today: In the morning, your guide and driver will meet you at airport, and transfer you to your hotel. Have a nice rest at your hotel.

Day 2: Chengdu - Lanzhou (by train)

Highlight: Chengdu Panda Base, Marquis Wu Shrine, Jinli Street

Schedule today: Your guide and driver will meet you at hotel lobby, you will first to visit Chengdu Panda Base, where you can get close to see the pandas and photograph them. After visiting, transfer to have lunch. In the afternoon, you will go to visit Marquis Wu Shrine which is dedicated to Zhuge Liang who was the Prime Minister of the Shu Kingdom during the Three Kingdoms era in Chinese history. Shu Kingdom territory almost was the same like today’s Sichuan province. Afterwards, you will go to visit Jinli Ancient Street, which is sitting beside Marquis Wu Shrine, is one of the most famous streets to experience the traditional architecture of Sichuan. Then your guide and driver will send you to Chengdu North Train Station. Take train to Lanzhou, (suggest you train K2616, 20:26 PM - 07:57AM) overnight on train.

Chengdu Panda Base Marquis Wu Shrine
Chengdu Panda Base Marquis Wu Shrine

Day 3: Lanzhou - Zhangye

Highlights: White Pagoda Hill Park, Gansu Provincial Museum

Schedule today: When you arrive at Lanzhou, your guide and driver will pick you at train station. Then go to visit White Pagoda Hill Park. Seating besides Yellow River, the White Pagoda Hill Park used to be an ancient military fortress. Then go to Gansu Provincial Museum. It is a comprehensive museum with historical and cultural relics, modern cultural relics, ethic cultural relics, paleontological fossils and specimen. In the afternoon, take the bullet train to Zhangye. When you arrive, your guide and driver will meet you at train station and transfer to hotel.

White Pagoda Hill Park Gansu Provincial Museum
White Pagoda Hill Park Gansu Provincial Museum

Day 4: Zhangye

Highlights: Zhangye Giant Buddha Temple, Zhangye Danxia Landform National Geopark

Schedule today: In the morning, go to visit Zhangye Giant Buddha Temple. There is a large reclining wooden Buddha as long as 34.5 meters with one shoulder7.5 meters, ear 4 meters and feet 5.2 meters, and till now it is the longest indoor Buddha in China. Then, check in at hotel and have a nice rest. Then, go to visit Zhangye Danxia Landform National Geopark, aka Rainbow Mountain, which is known for its colorful rock formations, and it has been voted by Chinese media outlets as one of the most beautiful landforms in China

Zhangye Giant Buddha Temple Rainbow Mountain
Zhangye Giant Buddha Temple Rainbow Mountain

Day 5: Zhangye - Dunhuang (609km, 6.5hrs.)

Schedule today: In the morning, your guide and driver will transfer you from Zhangye to Dunhuang. It will be a long day but the road condition is nice and the view is fantastic. Enjoy the view en route.

Day 6: Dunhuang

Highlights: Mogao Grottoes, Echoing-sand Mountain, Crescent Lake

Schedule today: In the morning, your guide and driver will transfer you to visit Mogao Grottoes. Located on the eastern slope of Echoing - Sand Mountain, it is a shrine of Buddhist art treasures. It is one of the most famous Grottoes in China. Then, go to visit Echoing-sand Mountain. When a strong wind blows, the fast shifting sand roars. That’s where its name comes from. Later, go to visit Crescent Lake, which is encircled by the Echoing - Sand Mountain. It is called so because of its shape. It looks like an emerald set in the sand, existing for hundreds of years without ever being buried by the sand.

Mogao Grottoes Crescent Lake
Mogao Grottoes Crescent Lake

Day 7: Dunhuang - Jiayuguan

Highlights: Jiayuguan Pass, Xuanbi Great Wall

Schedule today: In the morning, transfer from Dunhuang to Jiayuguan. When you reach, your guide and driver will meet you at hotel lobby and transfer you to Jiayuguan Pass and the city wall, which is the first pass at the west end of the Great Wall of China. It enjoys the reputation of "the first impregnable pass in the world".

The City Gate Xuanbi Great Wall
The City Gate Xuanbi Great Wall

Day 8: Jiayuguan - Xining (bullet train), Xining- Lhasa Train

Highlights: Dongguan Mosque, Qinghai Tibet Railway View

Schedule today: In the morning, take the bullet train from Jiayuguan to Xi’ning, the eastern gate of Qinghai - Tibetan Plateau and the must - pass place in the South route of the Silk Road, shows it diversity on Culture and Ethnics. The Han People, Muslims and Tibetans are the biggest Ethnic Groups in this City. When you arrived, go to visit Dongguan Mosque which is the center of religious activities for the more than 100,000 local Muslims in Xining City. In the afternoon after lunch, transfer to train station in Xining to take train into Lhasa via the Qinghai - Tibet Railway which is the highest railway in the world. On the train journey, you can enjoy the most beautiful plateau sceneries like blue lakes, snowy peaks, vast grassland and etc. Enjoy this beautiful train ride and have a nice rest on the trian.

Dongguan Mosque Qinghai - Tibet Railway
Dongguan Mosque Qinghai - Tibet Railway

Day 9: Arrive Lhasa by train & Acclimatization

Schedule today: Reach Lhasa by train. Your guide and driver in Tibet will pick up you at train station and transfer to your hotel in Lhasa. Have a nice rest in your hotel, try to acclimatize yourself better by not doing any arduous activities.

Qinghai - Tibet Railway Lhasa Train Station
Qinghai - Tibet Railway Lhasa Train Station

Day 10: Lhasa City Tour

Highlights: Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, Bachor Street

Schedule today: 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 - Johkang 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 UNESCO.

Potala Place Johkang Temple
Potala Place Johkang Temple

Day 11: Lhasa City Tour

Highlights: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery

Schedule today: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 you can see the largest scale of sutra debating among monks is famous all across Tibet.

Drepung Monastery Debating in Sera Monastery
Drepung Monastery Debating in Sera Monastery

Day 12: Lhasa Departure

Schedule today: today your guide and driver will transfer you to the train station or airport, and your trip will end up with sweet memories.

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