Through this Xi’an-Tibet tour, you may experience the transformation between Xi’an ancient Chinese culture and Tibetan traditional Buddhist culture by visiting the Terracotta Warriors and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi’an and sightseeing the Potala Palace, Drepung Monastery, and Jokhang Temple in Tibet. There are two trains to choose from when you travel to Lhasa from Xi’an by train. One is Z265, which departs from Xi’an Railway Station at 09:45 and finally arrives at Lhasa at 16:19 the next day. The other is Z165 departing from Xi’an Railway Station at 11:24 and arriving at Lhasa at 19:30 the next day. Along the way, you will enjoy the fantastic scenery of Hoh Xil, Kunlun Mountains, Tanggula Pass, Tuotuohe, and others, covering the views from human scenery to the natural landscape of meadows and snow-covered mountains.
|Day||Route||Attractions & Activities|
|1||Arrive in Xi’an||Check-in hotel|
|2||Xi'an Sightseeing||Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, Big Wild Goose Pagoda|
|3||Xi'an Sightseeing||Shanxi History Museum, Ancient City Wall, Muslim Quarter|
|4||Xian - Lhasa Train||Departure from Xi’an to Lhasa|
|5||Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)||Pick up and transfer to the hotel|
|6||Lhasa City||Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street|
|7||Lhasa Suburb||Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery|
|8||Departure from Lhasa||Send off to airport/railway station|
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Once you arrive at Xian, our guide will meet you at the airport or railway station. They will drive you to your reserved hotel in Xi’an. Then you will have a rest in the hotel.
Stay overnight in Xian
In the morning, we will drive to the Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses which is considered as the Eighth Wonder of the World. Here you can see the life-sized warrior figures and horses with distinct facial expressions and positions. You may be surprised by the various kinds of ancient weapons that reflect the highly advanced technology in weapon-making 2,200 years ago. It is a great chance for you to experience the profound and amazing history of the Qin Dynasty, the first United Dynasty in ancient China. It may give you an impressive image of the Period of the Warring States in ancient China.
After that, we are going to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda built in the Tang Dynasty, the most prosperous dynasty in ancient China. The Buddhist scriptures and figurines of the Buddha brought by Xuanzang from ancient India are well preserved in the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.
Stay overnight in Xi'an
Shaanxi History Museum, one of the best museums in China, is the best place to catch a glimpse of the glory of ancient Chinese civilization. It possesses large quantities of precious exhibits that can date from the Paleolithic era to the Qing Dynasty, such as Bronze, Queen Jade Seal, Painting, etc.
In the afternoon you can cycle on the top of Ancient City Wall. The wall is about 14 kilometers at the perimeter, with 98 defensive ramparts, four main gates, and a moat around it. The city wall is a wonderful example of an ancient defensive building. You can walk or cycle on the wall to get some good views of the city.
Later, we are going to the Muslim Quarter, the most famous gourmet street and largest Muslim business street in Xi’an where you can chat with street vendors of Muslims and buy some exquisite handicrafts and enjoy delicious local snacks.
Stay overnight in Xi’an
Today, you will depart from Xi'an to Lhasa. You need to get up early to go to the Xi’an West Railway Station as the train will depart in the morning. You'd better arrive at the railway station 1.5 hours before the train departure time, for you need to exchange your e-ticket for a paper ticket. Please be sure you have taken your original Tibet Travel Permit, e-Ticket, and passport. Your local tour guide will send you to the train station.
You will spend 30 or 32 hours on the train and enjoy the breathtaking scenery along the famous Qinghai-Tibet Railway, such as Hoh Xil, Kunlun Mountains, Tanggula Pass, Tuotuo River and so on. You will see nomadic pasture, sapphire lakes, flocks of goats and yaks, snow-capped mountains, etc.
Stay overnight in the train
Our staff will greet you at Lhasa Railway to transfer you to the hotel. From Lhasa Railway Station, it usually takes abt 20mins. After transferred to the hotel, you will be free for the rest of the day to wander around the city on your own but try not to overtax yourself. The first day's well-rest is crucial to acclimatize the high altitude. Remember to drink lots of water and eat light. Not to have a shower if you can help it.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
In the morning your guide will meet you at the hotel and 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 by the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century. 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 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 which is one of the most devotional circuits 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 is also a must-see place for visitors.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Today’s first attraction is Drepung Monastery. Drepung means "piles of rice" in Tibetan, which symbolizes prosperity. It's the world's largest monastery that housed for more than 10,000 monks. Also, It's the highest-ranking monastery in the Gelug Sect. After lunch, you will continue to visit the Sera Monastery, which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje. The most attractive thing of Sera Monastery is the Buddhist Scriptures debating held in the courtyard between 15:00 and 17:00 from Monday to Saturday.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Your tour ends today. Our guide and driver will collect you from your hotel to transfer to Lhasa Airport/Railway Station for your next destination.
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