Beijing Tibet Chengdu Train Tour

Duration:
14 Days
Route:
Beijing-Lhasa-Chengdu-Emei-Chengdu
Season:
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
Tour Type:
Private Tour
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Overview

Beijing, Lhasa & Chengdu, three major cities of China with the flavor of their own, all included in this tour. In Beijing, the capital city of China, you will visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven Park, Mutianyu Great Wall, Ming Tombs, Birds Nest(outdoor scene), Water Cube(outdoor scene); In Lhasa, the scared and spiritual center of Buddhism, you will visit Norbulingka, Drepung Monastery, Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Namtso Lake; In Chengdu, the capital of "Land of Abundance", you will see Shu Feng Ya Yun Sichuan Opera, Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, Leshan Grand Buddha, Mt Emei, Wenshu Temple, Kuan-Zhai Lane….

Daily Itinerary

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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing

Welcome to Beijing! Your guide will greet you at Beijing Airport holding your name sign. Transfer to your hotel in downtown Beijing. Enjoy yourself in the rest of the day to recover from your longtime international flight or explore the city on your own.

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Day 2 Beijing Sightseeing

In the morning, we will set out to see the mysterious Forbidden City which is the world's largest imperial palace complex. Since it was built in Ming Dynasty, The Forbidden City was home for 24 emperors (from 1420 to 1911 AD). It's said to have 9,999½ forbidden imperial chambers. After that, you are moving to Tian'anmen Square with a great cultural significance which has been the site of several key events in Chinese history. Later, you can take a rickshaw going through a maze of Hutongs to explore old Beijing neighborhoods, discover the courtyard house of traditional Chinese characters.

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Tiananmen Square
The Forbidden City
Day 3 Beijing Sightseeing

You will have many interesting things to do today. In the morning, you are suggested to do Morning Exercises at the Temple of Heaven, which was founded in the early of the 15th century. Known as the Imperial Sacrificial Altar, Temple of Heaven always attracts numerous tourists. To avoid crowds and enjoy local people's morning exercises, we are going to this place in the morning. After visiting Temple of Heaven, we'll drive 2.5hrs to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, where you can go through the watchtowers and enjoy breath-taking views as it snakes across the hills and mountains.

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The Temple of Heaven, where the emperor would make sacrifices for the empire.
You will be shocked by the wisdom and power of the ancient people when you get to Mutianyu Great Wall.
Day 4 Flight: Beijing-Lhasa

Transfer to Beijing Airport to take the flight to Lhasa;

Our local Tibetan guide will wait for you at Lhasa Gonggar Airport by holding your name sign. You will be greeted with a warm Tashidelek(a kind of blessing of goodwill), and be presented with a white Hada(traditional Tibetan ceremonial). Then transfer to the hotel in Lhasa city.

To rest well on your first arrival in Lhasa(3650m) is essential to ease Acute Mountain Sickness(AMS, also known as altitude sickness). Try your best to resist the temptation of going out.

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Day 5 Lhasa Suburb

In the morning, we will go to visit Norbulingka. Norbulingka park is considered the premier park of all such horticultural parks in similar ethnic settings in Tibet. During the summer and autumn months, the parks in Tibet including the Norbulingka, become hubs of entertainment with dancing, singing, music, and festivities. The park is where the annual Sho Dun or 'Yoghurt Festival' is held.

In the afternoon, you are heading to Drepung Monastery, which means Monastery of Rice Heap in the Tibetan language. The entire monastery is large in scale and the white buildings cluster and covers the hillsides. They look like huge rice heaps in the distance, so it is called Drepung. Drepung monastery is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery, also the highest-ranking monastery in the Gelug Sect.

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Tyokyil Potrang is a pavilion in the midst of a lake and known for the top scenic spot in Norbulingka
Drepung Monastery is also a Buddhist education base. It is the best place to learn and impart Buddhism.
Day 6 Lhasa City

In the morning our guide will meet you at the hotel and first take you to visit the famous Potala Palace, the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture. It was first built by the 33rd King - Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century and rebuilt later by the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century. Now it's a museum and world heritage site. 

In the afternoon, we will go to visit Jokhang Temple in the center of the Lhasa old town. Jokhang Temple is one of the most sacred temples all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims since the early days. After that, you will take a walk around the Barkhor Street - one of the most devotional circuit as well as a crowded central market of Lhasa. Barkhor Street is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple and the locals are always proud of it. As a symbol of Lhasa, it‘s also a must-see place for visitors.

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A Tibetan granny turning players at Potala Palace Square.
Many pilgrims are worshipping and performing their devotions at the gate of Jokhang.
Day 7 Lhasa-Namtso(4600m)-Lhasa, 500km, approx. 9hrs

Today you are going to see Namtso lake, one of the three most holy lakes in Tibet. It's also the highest lake in the world and the third largest salt lake in China. The name of Namtso means “lake from heaven” in the Tibetan language. And the gorgeous landscape is really like heaven. You will be totally intoxicated in it. After that, we will go back to Lhasa by passing through Yampachen(4300m) and Tsuphu Monastery(4300).

Located 92km from Lhasa city, Yampachen is rich in geothermal energy and is known for hot spring bath. People enjoy the blue sky and white cloud when taking a bath in the outdoor hot spring. It's optional.

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It's the third largest saltwater lake in China.
Every Tibetan sheep year, numerous pilgrims visit Tashi Dor Monastery.
Day 8 Lhasa - Chengdu Train

Transfer to Lhasa Railway Station. Z324 departs from Lhasa to Chengdu at 18:40, which arrives in Chengdu at 06:26 on the third day, in total 35hrs 46mins. Please get to the train station 1.5hrs before the departure time. From the entrance to the station, the ticket inspector will check your passport and ticket; then there will be a security check; after that, please go to the corresponding waiting room according to the note from the notice board; next, the broadcast will remind passengers of check-in 15 minutes before departing, so please have your tickets checked again and go to the related platform for waiting for your train; finally, find your carriage, compartment, and seat according to the information on your ticket.

Stunning scenery along Qinghai- Tibet Railway
Day 9 On the train

Today, you will spend the whole day on the train and enjoy the fantastic view of Qinghai-Tibet Railway. Along the way, you will see snow-capped mountains, Ho Xil, vast grassland, Qinghai Lake, etc. and get charmed by the spectacular natural scenery. Lhasa-Chengdu train will pass by five provinces in China, namely, Tibet, Qinghai, Gansu, Shaanxi, and Sichuan. So you will see the different landscapes and the terrain on the train.

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Qinghai Tibet Railway is one of the most spectacular railways in the world.
Day 10 Arrive in Chengdu

Upon arrival in Chengdu airport/railway station, you will find your guide/driver holding your name sign at the exit. Then they will transfer you to your hotel in downtown Chengdu. The rest of the day is your free time.

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Day 11 Chengdu - Panda Base - Leshan - Emei

We’ll pick you up at your hotel in Chengdu (inside 2nd Ring Road) at about 7:00 am and then drive to visit the Panda Research Base in the northern suburb of Chengdu in this morning. The Chengdu Panda Base was founded in 1987. It started with 6 giant pandas that were rescued from the wild. Through 2007, it has had 110 panda births, and its panda population has grown to 62. It is a huge, beautifully landscaped park.

After lunch (about 13:00 pm), drive to Leshan city to see the famous Giant Buddha which is a statue of Maitreya (a Bodhisattva usually represented as a very stout monk with a broad smile on his face and with his naked breast and paunch exposed to view) in sitting posture. It is 71 meters (about 233 feet) high and has 8.3-meter-long (about 27 feet) fingers. The 9-meter-wide (about 30 feet) instep is big enough for one hundred people to sit on and the 24-meter-wide (about 79 feet) shoulder is large enough to be a basketball playground. (Optional: ferry boat ride at Leshan Giant Buddha, about USD 10/person).

We’ll continue to go to the foot of Mt. Emei around 18:00 pm. 

Panda Breeding Center in Chengdu
Leshan Gaint Buddha
Day 12 Bullet Train: Emei - Chengdu

Today, you will spend the whole day exploring Mount Emei. In the early morning at 7:00 am, take the shuttle bus in the Scenic Spot to Leidongpin, then hike to Jieyin Palace to take the cable car up to Golden Summit which is the mountain's main peak at 3077 meters above sea level, seems to almost touching the sky. At Golden Summit, the highest peak of the mountain, you will be amazed by the awe-inspiring view of the Huazhang Temple and enjoy the magnificent view of the clouds, mountains, and forests. Then take the sightseeing bus down to Wannian Temple, you’ll experience the beautiful scenery by walking from Wannian Temple, Qingyin Pavilion and Moneky Zone to WuxianGang.

About 17:00 pm, go down the mountain by vehicle and then drive to Emei Railway Station to take the bullet train back to Chengdu within only 1.5 hours. End of service. After arrival in Chengdu Railway Station, you need to go back to the hotel by yourself.

Mt. Emei
Day 13 Chengdu

Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan province in the southwest of China. Once it was a silk brocade capital, and it's situated pleasantly on the banks where the Jin and Fu Rivers intersect. You can try the local street foods, go shopping and sightseeing nearby The Tianfu Square where a giant statue of Chairman Mao stands.

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Wenshu Temple
Kuan Zhai Line
Day 14 Departure from Chengdu

Pick up from your hotel in Chengdu according to your flight schedule, then transfer to Chengdu Airport for your next destination.

Typically Asked Questions from Our Clients

sama***

2019-03-14

Im interested in this one becuase it has a mix of suburb/rural and cities and includes the great wall and a mountain. IS there any other packages that include the great wall?

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Cherry

In your inquiry, you mentioned two of you would like to have the 14 Days Beijing Tibet Chengdu Train Tour which is a private tour. May I know when would you like to have this private tour?

I will quote for you after you confirm the itinerary. By the way, which hotel star do you prefer? Economy 3-star hotel or comfortable 4-star hotel. 

Ewal***

2019-01-14

Wir (2 Personen) möchten eine Reise China- mit dem Zug nach Lahsa -Tibet- Nepal. Zeitraum Mai 2019, Dauer 18 Tage. Haben Sie eine Reisevorschlag.

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nance

Yes,we can arrange this tour for you. How about having our 17 days Beijing Tibet Kathmandu private tour in May, 2019? 

Ross***

2019-01-07

Offer request for Beijing-Lhasa-Chengdu (train)-Emei-Chengdu tour for 4 people to do in August 2019. English language guide or if possible Italian language? Thanks and best regards.

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Caroline

In your inquiry, you mentioned that four of you would like to have our 14-day Beijing Tibet Chengdu Train Tour (private tour) in August 2019. For the tour in Beijing and Sichuan, it’s possible to use the Italian-speaking tour guide. Of course, the cost will be higher than an English-speaking guide. But for the Tibet part, English-speaking tour guide is better. I have adjusted a little bit the itinerary to make it more sense. Please check it as below.

chri***

2018-10-09

please help us quote a family travel for 5 persons from the Philippines thanks

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Cherry

In your inquiry, you mentioned five of you would like to do 14 Days Beijing Tibet Chengdu Train Tour. May I know when would you like to do this tour? How many rooms do you need?

Jube***

2018-09-21

Feb 2019

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Cherry

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to do 14 Days Beijing Tibet Chengdu Train Tour in February 2019. According to the regulations, Tibet is closed to foreigners from late January to the end of March. So, I am afraid you can't do the Tibet Tour in February. How about doing this 8 Days Beijing Chengdu high-speed train Tour in February 2019.

Here is the itinerary of 8 Days Beijing Chengdu high-speed train Tour. 

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