The modern, surprisingly laid-back city of Chengdu is the largest and most important in China’s southwest. Visit its major attractions of Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, Leshan Giant Buddha, Mt Emei.. Take the world’s highest railway to Lhasa. Tibet, the roof of the world, the highest of azure skies; serene nomads atop their horse; city-state temples; rivers of orange-clad monks and flapping prayer flags…
|Day||Route||Attractions & Activities|
|1||Arrival in Chengdu||Pick up from north Train Station in Chengdu and transfer to the hotel|
|2||Chengdu - Panda Base - Leshan - Emei||Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, Leshan Giant Buddha|
|3||Emei - Chengdu||Mt. Emei|
|4||Train: Chengdu-Lhasa||Wenshu Temple, Kuan Zhai Lane|
|5||In the Train||Enjoy the beautiful scenery on the way|
|6||Arrival in Lhasa by Train||Pick up and transfer to the hotel|
|7||Lhasa City||Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Tibetan Carpet Workshop|
|8||Lhasa Suburb||Drak Yerpa, Sera Monastery|
|9||Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse||Yamdroktso Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery|
|10||Shigatse - Lhasa||Tashilhunpo Monastery, Yungdrungling Monastery|
|12||Departure from Chengdu|
Guide and driver will wait you at Chengdu Airport/Railway holding your name sign. Transfer to hotel in downtown Chengdu.
We’ll pick you up at your hotel in Chengdu (inside 2nd Ring Road) about 7:00 am and then drive to visit the Panda Research Base in northern suburb of Chengdu 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, USD 10/person).
We’ll continue to go to the foot of Mt. Emei around 18:00 pm.
Today, you will spend the whole day in the train. Enjoy the fantastic view along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway.
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.
From Lhasa to Gyantse is abt 264km, en route you will pass by Khamba-la Pass (4794m), and with the huge massif of Mt Nojin Kangtsang (7191m) at far distance in view. Then head to Shigatse via the fertile Nyangchu Valley, a wide agricultural plain where colorfully decorated yaks and horses are used by Tibetan farmers to till the land.
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.
Pick up from hotel in Chengdu according to your flight schedule, then transfer to Chengdu Airport for your next destination.
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