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Sacred Sites of Tibet 19 days

This tour is designed for those who are interested in seeing the far west of China and the Silk Road. Finish this wonderful trip by visiting the biggest and modern city Shanghai. Destinations:Beijing - Urumqi - Turpan - Dunhuang - Xian - Lhasa - Shanghai
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Itinerary

The following itinerary and quotation is still available in 2009.

   

Day 01: Arrival in Beijing
Welcome to China. Upon arrival, our local guide will take you to your downtown hotel. The rest of the day is on your own to explore the city.

Day 02: Beijing (B+L+D)
Today you will visit the Tiananmen Square which is considered as the largest square of the world. Subsequently, you visit the Forbidden City, the most complete imperial palace in China. And later you will also pay a visit to the Temple of Heaven. Temple of Heaven was built in the year 1420 and symbolized the meaning that the emperor can contact with the sky through it.
Tonight, enjoy a Peking Duck Dinner in a famous restaurant.

Day 03: Beijing (B+L)
After breakfast, you will visit the Badaling Great Wall where you will experience at first hand the wonder of the Great Wall. For lunch you'll sample some delicious fare in a local restaurant. Afterwards, take a short drive to visit the Spirit Way and one of Ming Tombs.  Spirit Way is an impressive marble archway as well as the entrance to the Ming Tombs equipped with many animals and people statues on the left and on the right of the avenue.
Ming Tombs are the representative royal tombs of the Ming Dynasty tombs. 13 emperors of the Ming dynasty from 1368 to 1644 were buried there.

Day 04: Beijing (B+L)
Today you will start the day with a trip to the Summer Palace, which has a history of over 800 years. All the man-made hills, halls, pavilions and temples, including Kunming Lake and Longevity Hill, blend together harmoniously in spite of their individual styles. After lunch, you will also pay a visit to the Lama Temple. It is a typical Tibetan Monastery in Beijing and reveals various architectural styles from Han, Mongolia, Manchuria and Tibet, and the impressive 60-foot Maitreya Buddha, carved form a single sandalwood tree.
After visiting Lama Temple, you will make a beeline for the airport to take a flight to Xian and transfer to the downtown hotel.

Day 05: Beijing – Urumqi (B)
Transfer via: FM flight
The morning is at your leisure before taking flight to Urumqi. Upon arrival, transfer to the downtown hotel. The rest time is free at disposal.

Day 06: Urumqi (B+L)
Get up early in the morning and drive about 110km to visit Heavenly Lake (Tian Chi). Surrounding the Heavenly Lake are snow mountains, glacier forests and grassland alpine lakes, featuring a vertical natural landscape belt. It is a beautiful place to take a stroll around. Then you will also visit Southern Pasture. One of the most spectacular spots here is the West White Poplar Gully. Traveling through this narrow verdant gully is a unique experience for sightseers who love snowcapped peaks, waterfalls, dragon-spruce trees and wild flowers.

Day 07: Urumqi – Turpan (B+L)
Transfer via: Private van
Get up early in the morning and drive about 380km to Turpan. After checking in at the hotel, you will visit Jiaohe Ruins, which has a long history of about 2,300 years. Jiaohe Ruins is the largest and best preserved ancient city built from compressed earth anywhere in the world.
After lunch, you will visit Karez Well, which is a delicate irrigation system devised by the smart Xinjiang people 2,000 years ago. Then you will head to Emin Minaret, the largest ancient Islamic tower in Xinjiang.

Day 08: Turpan – Dunhuang (B+L+D)
Transfer via: Evening train/Soft sleeper
After checking into the hotel, your first stop in this city is Gaochang Ruins, the largest set of ancient city ruins ever found in the Western Regions. Afterwards, you will visit Baizikeli Thousand Buddha Cave, one of the most important Buddha grotto relics in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Then you proceed to visit Flaming Hill - the hottest place in China. After having dinner, you will take train to Dunhuang. Your home stay tonight is on the train.

Day 09: Dunhuang (B+L)
Upon your arrival in the morning, you will be met and transferred to the hotel. After checking in at the hotel, you will visit Echoing-Sand Dune and the Crescent Lake. Each time the wind blows, there is a sound from the mountain and when there is a breeze, the sound is like musical instruments, hence the name Echoing-Sand Mountain. Crescent lake is located in the arms of Echoing-Sand Mountain, appearing clear and beautiful.

Day 10: Dunhuang – Xian (B+L)
You spend today on the site of Mogao Caves, which is located 25 kilometers (about 15.5 miles) southeast of Dunhuang City. It is regarded as the premier Buddhist spot in China. After lunch, you will take flight to Xian and transfer to the hotel. The rest time is free at disposal.

Day 11: Xian (B+L)
Today you will visit what has been called the 8th Wonder of the World the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. It is one of the most important archaeological excavations and culture findings in the 20th century. After lunch, you will drive back to downtown city to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. The Big Wild Goose Pagoda is one of symbols in Xian and a remarkable milestone of the Chinese architecture. Afterward, you will head to visit Bell Tower. Originally built in 1348, the Bell Tower in Xian is situated in the very heart of the city and is the most well-preserved and best-known one in China.

Day 12: Xian (B+L)
Today you will visit Provincial History Museum, which houses a large collection of historic and cultural artifacts unearthed in Shaanxi Province. Later you mount the City Wall. It was restored in the Ming dynasty and is considered as the largest and most intact Ming Dynasty castle in the world. From there you can have a good view of Xian. After visiting the City Wall, you will proceed to the Great Mosque, one of the oldest, largest and best-preserved Islamic mosques in China.

Day 13: Xian – Lhasa (B)
Transfer via: AM flight
In the morning, you will depart for a flight to Lhasa and transfer to the hotel. Then take a rest in order to acclimatize to the high altitude in preparation for the next few days’ tour

Day 14: Lhasa (B+L)
In the morning, you will visit the most well-known landmark of Tibet, the Potala Palace, which is famous for its grand buildings, complicated constructions, devotional atmosphere and splendid artworks. Afterwards, you will visit Norbulingka, meaning 'Treasure Park' in Tibetan. Then you will also pay a visit to Sera Monastery. It is one of three famous monasteries in Lhasa along with the Drepung Monastery and Ganden Monastery.

Day 15: Lhasa (B+L)
Today you'll start from the spiritual center of Tibetan Buddhism - Jokhang Temple. With an area of 25,100 square meters (about six acres), it is the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Pilgrims. Afterwards, you will visit Barkhor Street, which is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple. As a symbol of Lhasa, this street is also a must-see place for the tourists. After visiting Barkhor Street, you will proceed to Drepung Monastery. Drepung Monastery is known as the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism.

Day 16: Lhasa – Shanghai (B)
Transfer via: AM flight
In the morning, you will depart for a flight to Shanghai and transfer to the hotel.

Day 17: Shanghai (B+L)
In the morning, you visit the Yu Yuan garden, a former private garden, called work of art, designs with different styles of the traditional Chinese horticulture art. After lunch continue to visit the Jade Buddha Temple, which is renowned for a 2m-tall Buddha carved from a single piece of white jade, brought to China by a Burmese monk in 1822. Then you will stroll along Shanghai Xin Tian Di, which has become an urban tourist attraction that holds the historical and cultural legacies of the city.

Day 18: Shanghai (B+L)
Today you will start the day with a trip to visit the Shanghai Museum, which is a veritable treasure house of ancient Chinese art and houses 120,000 precious relics. Afterward, you will also pay a visit to Oriental Pearl TV Tower. The tower becomes Shanghai's new landmark and a big magnet for tourists with its unique design composed of balls and columns. In the late afternoon, you will visit the picturesque Bund. Extending for 1.5 km on the shore of the Huangpu River, the Bund is a symbol of China’s prosperous future and Shanghai’s international past. Then you will stroll along the Nanjing Road, which is considered as one of the World's Seven Great Roads in the 1930s and always mentioned in travel guides as a must see of China tour.

Day 19: Leave for home (B)
The morning is at your leisure before boarding your flight back home.

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Price

Person12-56-9
Price per person( USD $ )5 Star629940993570
4 Star559937593230
3 Star499934602939

Price list

Price Includes:
a. Tibet permit fee
b. Entrance fees to all the scenic spots as listed above in the itinerary
c. Hotel accommodations with breakfast as specified (If there is no Western breakfast available, we have to arrange Chinese one instead)
d. All meals as specified in the itinerary. B=Western or Chinese breakfast, L=Chinese lunch in a local restaurant, D=Chinese dinner in a local restaurant
e. Internal flights including taxes and fuel fee and train/bus tickets as listed in the itinerary
f. Professional local guides and drivers in each destination city
g. Private Transfers between airports, docks, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in each destination city by the private air conditioned car or van
h. Luggage Transfers between airports/docks and hotels
i. Arrangements for the planning, handling, operational and communication charges
j. Government taxes.

Price excludes:
a. Visa fee
b. International air and train tickets for coming to and leaving from mainland China
c. Excess Baggage Charges
d. Meals which are not specified with "B", "L" or "D"
e. Personal expenses such as drinks, laundry, tips to guides or drivers, FAX, telephone, excess baggage charges
f. Gratuities, tips to guides and drivers
g. Personal loss, illness or damages incurred during your trip

Remark : Quotations listed are valid excluding the periods of Chinese holidays and special events.

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