10-Day Chengdu-Xining-Lhasa-Chengdu Train Tour allows you to travel to Tibet by the shortest train ride from Xining; see the major attractions of Xining, Qinghai Lake & Ta'er Monastery; visit the most popular sights in Lhasa city & suburb; visit Giant Panda Breeding Research Base & Leshan Grand Buddha in Chengdu before returning home.
|Day||Route||Attractions & Activities|
|1||Arrival in Chengdu||Pick up from north Train Station in Chengdu and transfer to the hotel|
|2||Flight: Chengdu-Xining||Qinghai Lake, Mt. Sun and Moon|
|3||Train: Xining-Lhasa||Ta'er Monastery|
|4||Arrival in Lhasa by Train||Pick up and transfer to the hotel|
|5||Lhasa Suburb||Drepung Monastery, Nechung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Pabonka Monastery|
|6||Lhasa City||Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street|
|7||Lhasa - Drak Yerpa - Ganden - Lhasa||Drak Yerpa, Ganden Monastery|
|9||Chengdu - Panda Base - Leshan - Chengdu||Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, Leshan Giant Buddha|
|10||Departure from Chengdu|
Guide and driver will wait you at Chengdu Airport/Railway holding your name sign. Transfer to hotel in downtown Chengdu.
Start our tour in a fresh morning. Today, we will visit two popular scenic spots in Xining - Qinghai Lake, and Mt. Sun and Moon. It is time to head to our first destination - Qinghai Lake after breakfast. As the largest saltwater lake in China, Qinghai Lake is famous for the sapphire-like surface, turquoise-like grassland, and majestic snow-capped mountains. The picturesque views vary from season to season, and the best season to visit Qinghai Lake is from summer to fall. Cruising is the ideal way to enjoy its beauty. Cruising down the Qinghai Lake, you can catch a glimpse of the grand Mt. Sun and Moon along the way. After visiting the places, you will stay overnight at the lakeside to enjoy the stunning sunset and sunrise.
- Qinghai Lake
- Mt. Sun and Moon
Exchange eTicket to the actual paper ticket at the ticket booth by showing them the eTicket & your original passport. To arrive abt 2hrs in advance is suggested. There are train departs from Xining to Lhasa every day, about 24hrs covering a distance of 1960km.
Our local Tibetan guide will wait you at Lhasa railway station holding your name sign. You will be greeted with a warm Tashidelek (meaning hello with blissing), and be presented with a white Hada (traditional Tibetan ceremonial by give you a white scarf). Then transfer to 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.
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 Collecting Rice in the Tibetan language. It’s a white magnificent construction that looks also like a pile of rice in the distance. Drepung monastery is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery, where lived more than 10 thousand monks before Tibet liberation.
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 33rd King Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century and rebuilt later in the 17th century by 5th Dalai Lama, now it is a museum and world heritage site.
In the afternoon, we will go to visit Jokhang Temple in the center of the old Lhasa city. Jokhang Temple is one of the most sacred temples in all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims since from early days. After that you will take a walk around the Barkhor street which is the one of the most devotional circuit as well as a crowded central market of Lhasa, Barkhor Street is located in the old area of Lhasa City Tibet, it is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple and the locals are always proud of it. As a symbol of Lhasa, it is also a must-see place for visitors.
Transfer to Lhasa Airport for the flight to Chengdu, abt 2.5hrs. Upon your arrival in Chengdu Airport, look for your guide, then transfer to hotel in downtown Chengdu.
You will be picked up from your hotel then set out for Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda, which is a non-profit research and breeding facility for giant pandas as well as other rare animals. After sightseeing here we head for Leshan, and visit Leshan Giant Buddha, the tallest rock Buddha statue in the world and carved out of a cliff by monks in southern Sichuan province during Tang Dynasty (618–907AD).
Pick up from hotel in Chengdu according to your flight schedule, then transfer to Chengdu Airport for your next destination.
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