Itinerary Details of this Trip
- DAY 1 Beijing Arrival
Accmmodation: Stay overnight in Beijing
Highlights: Welcome to Beijing, the capital of China! Your local guide will escort you to your hotel in a private vehicle. The rest of today is free for you to explore the vast metropolis on your own.
- DAY 2 Beijing ( B, L )
Accmmodation: Stay overnight in Beijing
Highlights: Today's tour begins to visit the Tiananmen Square, the world's largest plaza. Walking through Tiananmen Gate, you'll enter the splendid Forbidden City, China's No.1 palace complex adorned with imperial treasures. In the afternoon, you'll marvel at the Summer Palace, the largest and best-preserved Chinese imperial garden , also another ‘must see’ site after the Great Wall and the Forbidden City.. Evening is a Kungfu Show for you to learn Chinese martial art culture.
---Tian'anmen Square: is the large plaza near the centre of Beijing, China, named after the Tiananmen (literally, Gate of Heavenly Peace) which sits to its north, separating it from the Forbidden City. It has great cultural significance as it was the site of several key events in Chinese history.The Tiananmen Square is the largest city square in the world (440,000 m2 - 880 m by 500 m) . It has been the site of many events, among which a gathering of pro-democracy protesters in 1989. The protest ended when hundreds of these protesters were killed by government troops in the streets leading from the square.
---Forbidden City: The Forbidden City is also known officially as the Imperial Palace Museum, it was commissioned by the third Emperor of the Ming Dynasty, Emperor Yong Le. The palace was built between 1406 and 1420, but was burnt down, rebuilt, sacked and renovated countless times, so most of the architecture you can see today dates from the 1700’s and onwards. The Forbidden City was the seat of Imperial power for 500 years, and is now a major tourist attraction in China. The total area of the complex is 183 acres, so it takes quite a while to walk through, especially if you want to have a close look at everything. All together there are 9,999 1/2 rooms in the Museum, not all of which can be visited.
---Summer Palace: Which is one of the best parks in Beijing city. Originally it was a retreat for emperors to escape the scorching summer heat of Beijing. The Summer Palace was used by emperors for 800 years, but fell into disuse in the 18th century. Then in the 19th century, the Empress Dowager Cixi made massive renovations and restored many buildings using money funneled out from the state treasury.
---Kungfu Show: Kung Fu Show is a great show telling a story of Chin Yu entering the monastery and making his way through life to finally becoming the Abbott. There are many demonstrations of Kungfu and strength throughout the show. The costumes and the choreography are great. Unfortunately people are not allowed to take photos nor video it. You can however purchase a DVD of the show. The show lasts about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
- DAY 3 Beijing - Lhasa by Train ( B, L )
Accmmodation: Stay overnight in Beijing
Highlights: This morning tour will take you to size up the world-famous Great Wall at Badaling section (Note: Round-way cable car fee RMB80=USD13/per person is not included),the key symbol of China. Flexible visiting time allows you to enjoy a lifetime trekking trip (1-2 hours' hiking). On the way to the Great Wall, you may have a distant view of the Olympic sites--Brid's Nest and Water Cube. After the Wall visit, you'll take a leisurely stroll along the tranquil Sacred Road and Chingling Tomb. In the evening, try the flavorful dish of Peking Roast Duck Dinner.
---Great Wall of Badaling section: The incredible Great Wall of China began construction almost 2,500 years ago under the direction of one of the most notorious, shortlived, and influential of China's Emperors,Qin Shihuang. The Wall was completed over a period of more than 1,000 years, perhaps due to conflicting dynastic zoning regulations and building codes, not to mention workers dying on the job. It was a massive project involving countless millions of hands building the Wall stone by stone, the original purpose was to keep out barbarian invaders from the North. In the end, the barbarians just went around it and got in anyway.
---Bird’s Nest: Which is also known as the National Stadium, due to its iconic design was the key competition venue of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and the 13th Paralympic Games. The opening and closing ceremonies of the two Games have taken place here, together with the football, and track and field competitions. The stadium is the world's largest steel structure
---The Water Cube: which is also called the National Aquatics Centre, is one of the dramatic and amazing venues to host Beijing Olympics in 2008. This is the first building of its kind in China and it is also an economical and water-saving creation. The structural design is based on the natural formation of soap bubbles which give a random, organic appearance and helping to link the structure to its aquatic function.The swimming pool is deeper than most Olympic swimming pools, allowing swimming at faster speeds, while the gutters to the side of the pool disperse wave energy. A consequence of this was the breaking of 25 world records during the 2008 Olympics.
---Sacred Road: Affiliated with the Ming Tombs, the Sacred Road was originally built to lead to the Changling mausoleum. It was considered to be the road leading to heaven. Chinese emperors were known as the Son of Heaven. During their reign they often passed through the sacred road to the sacrificial altar in order to converse with heaven. After their death, the funeral procession also took the path through the Sacred Road as a symbol of the passed emperor 's journey to heaven in the afterlife.
---Changling Tomb: Which is the largest and best preserved of the thirteen Ming Tombs near Beijing. Changling, 4 kilometers from the entrance, is the tomb of Emperor Zhudi (1403 - 1424) and empress Xushi. The layout is identical to the tomb of the first Ming emperor in Nanjing and is rather like the Forbidden City in miniature.
Structures proceeding along the central axis are: the Front Gate to the tomb, the Gate of Eminent Favor, the Hall of Eminent Favor, the Dragon and the Phoenix Gate, Soul Tower and the Wall-Encircled Earth Mound, of which the Hall of Eminent Favor is the most impressive and important. Totally, the structures at Changling occupy an area of 120,000 square meters.
---Peking Duck Dinner: Peking Duck or Beijing Roast Duck is regarded as one of the most delicious dishes throughout the world; It is a must for most visitors coming to Beijing to have a bite.
- DAY 4 Flight to Lhasa from Beijing ( B )
Transfer via: Flight arranged by us
Accmmodation: Stay overnight in Lhasa
Highlights: Today you will be free until your guide escorts you to the airport for your flight to Lhasa. Upon your Lhasa arrival, you will be greeted by your Tibetan guide and escorted to hotel. Rest of the day you will have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude (3500m).
Tips: As the altitude of Lhasa is up to 3,500meters, so it is reconmended to avoid strenuous activities or alcohol drivking for the first few days, taking NO shower upon new arrival is advisable. New commers usually have different level of high altitude sickness symptom, the best treatment is to drink more water, have enough rest , if necessory you can ask the guide to bring you some oxgen bags to better acclimatize. These measures will help you to overcome or prevent the sickness.
- DAY 5 Lhasa ( B, L )
Accommodation: Stay overnight in Lhasa
Highlights: Today you will visit the famous Potala Palace, Tibet Museum, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
---Potala Palace: Which is the worldwide known cardinal landmark of Tibet. The massive structure itself contains a small world within it. Mostly it is renowned as residence of the Dalai Lama lineages
---Jokhang Temple: Which is the most sacred shrine in Tibet was built in 7th century and located at the heart of old town in Lhasa. Every day, pilgrims from every corner of Tibet trek here from long distances to worship.
---Barkhor Street: The Barkor is a popular devotional circumambulation for pilgrims and locals. The walk was about one kilometer long and encircled the entire Jokhang. It is a place full of religious atmosphere and a world of exotic articles As a symbol of Lhasa, it is also a must-see place for visitors.
1) Some visitors might feel a bit hard to breath when climbing the Potala Palace, so please just take the climbing slowly.
2) Some places are not allowed to take photos, please kindly inquire your guide for details.
3) When shopping around Barkor Street, you can compare and bargain for the unique souvenirs
4) During the summer time, the musical fountain show at the Potala Plalace Square is 19:30—22:00PM.
5) Please bring water, a hat, sun cream, and sun glasses for today’s tour as you will be at outside for a long day.
- DAY 6 Lhasa ( B, L )
Accommodation: Stay overnight in Lhasa
Highlights: Today’s morning you will visit the famous Norbulingka Park---the former summer palace of Dalai Lama. Then proceed to visit Drepung Monastery . Afternoon visit to Sera Monastery and return to Lhasa.
---Norbulingka Park: Which is a palace and surrounding park in Lhasa, It is built from 1755 and served as the traditional summer residence of the successive Dalai Lamas from the 1780s up. Norbulingka is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and was added as an extension of this Historic Ensemble in 2001.
---Drepung Monastery: 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) from the western suburb of Lhasa, the Drepung Monastery is known as the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. It is considered one of the 'Three Great Monasteries' (the other two are the Ganden Monastery and the Sera Monastery. Covering an area of 250,000 square meters (299,007 square yards), it held 7,700 monks in total and possessed 141 fazendas and 540 pastures in its heyday, and is the largest-scale monastery among the ones of the same kind. Seen from afar, its grand, white construction gives the appearance of a heap of rice. As such, it was given the name 'Drepung‘, which, in the Tibetan language, means 'Collecting Rice.
---Sera Monastery: Which is built in 1419 and considered as one of the top three most famous monasteries in Lhasa, along with the Drepung Monasteryand the Ganden Monastery. Sera Monastery is nestled beneath the mountain, it consists of a Buddhist temple, sutra recitation hall and monastery, monastic house, Kang village, and the famous Living Buddhas’ palace. The well-ordered architecture is in tune with its natural surroundings. Sera monastery is well-known for its almost daily 'monk debates' which are popular with visitors. In the afternoon, the monks gather in a central courtyard and debate points of Buddhist learning.
1) Today’s road condition is good. The tour involves some easy walking and climbing
2) Please bring water, a hat, sun cream, and sun glasses for today’s tour as you will be at outside for a long day.
- DAY 7 Lhasa Departure ( B )
Highlights: Today our guide will send you to train station or airport for your next destination. Your lifetime Tibet tour is completed now.
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Travel Reviews of this Trip
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This being my second trip to Tibet with your company. Overall services are satisfactory & recommendable. Will definitely recommend to others.
- Ms. Tioe
When I was looking for a 7 day tour of Tibet that included the train journey from Chengdu to Lhasa I came cross www.travelchinatibet.com and selected a tour that suited my requirements. When I took this information to my travel agent so she could organise this tour in conjunction with a 14 day tour of another company, she informed me that they do not deal with this particular travel agent, but that she could find something similar for me. The tour she came up with was much more expensive so I decided to deal with www.travelchinatibet.com myself. After making contact and after a number of e-mails had passed between us, I was satisfied that everything was to my requirements and using PayPal, settled my account. After my 14 day tour with the other company was over, I visited the office of the Travelchinatibet travel agent in Chengdu to settle the rest of the account and I was warmly welcomed by the friendly staff at their office. Bruce in particular was very helpful in every respect and I left the office confident that everything would work our just fine and it did!
I can highly recommend this company and I wish it all the success it deserves.
- John Kamm
My wife and are now back in the US. We greatly enjoyed our trip. The guide, Joyce, and driver in Urumqi and Turpan were really great. Also, the Silk Road Vines hotel in Turpan is wonderful. Kucha was not a great success as the guide was not engaged and in order to access the most interesting caves you have to pay a ridiculous amount of money. Also, the hotel is dirty and without any character. Your service in organizing things was excellent and greatly appreciated.
Dear Bruce and the Travelchinatibet Team,
As our trip to Tibet took place last week, herewith me and my friend Radek would like to serve a testimony for you.
We would like to express our gratitude for the custom-made Tibet trip you prepared and executed for us. First, the planning phase went smooth and you managed to include all our wishes in the itinerary. I realized how sincere you are regarding the work, when you called me at 10PM, to inform the permit is issued. But the fact that you picked up your telephone on Sunday morning, to help us find the permit in the hotel, truly deserves our gratitude. In Tibet itself, everything was as good, or even better than we expected. Here special thanks should be stated to our guide Jinmei.
He took a really good care of us, he has a very good command of English and we established a good understanding with each other. He was all the time surprising us with some small details we would miss/overlooked on the streets without him. Thanks to him, we tried almost everything edible from Yak, sit in a local teahouse, discovered small streets and places in Lhasa and Shingatse, and eventually bought a real souvenirs from Tibetan craftsmen. He and the driver were very patient when we frequently asked to stop and take pictures of the high-passes we were crossing. But the biggest asset of Jinmei is the fact that he is a Buddhist. Therefore, while visiting monasteries on the way, instead of a textbook knowledge, he was giving us real explanations of the rituals we were witnessing. That was one of the biggest values of this trip. Once again, thanks Jinmei!
And then, the ride back to Beijing, in a hard sleeper train, turned out to be as exciting as the previous days . Moments when the whole train car was playing cards with us will be unforgettable :)
To sum up, a big thank you needs to be stated from our side, thank you for a great adventure.
- Kris & Radek
Thank you for your help in making our once in a lifetime trip to China so special. We returned safely and have recuperated from the time change. Here is our brief evaluation of the trip.
We appreciated always having the guides present upon our arrivals in the different cities. We also were very pleased with the accommodations both in terms of locations, cleanliness and amenities, perhaps with the exception of the cruise ship Victoria which has seen better days. The food was fine though we noticed the chosen establishments catered to tourist almost exclusively and the menus were very similar from one place to another. A little more variety and choice would have been appreciated. The breakfasts at the hotels were great!
Our guides in Xian and Guilin were excellent. They knew so much about history and culture and customs and were enthusiastic about their job. Lee in particular in Guilin was with us from early morning to late evening. Our guide in Chongqing was with us for only a few hours and was quite busy doing business on his cell phone so we learned very little from him though he did take us to the designated areas on the itinerary.
Our guides in Shanghai (turned out we had 2) were fine. They tried to accommodate our requests to the best of their ability.
The itinerary seems to cover the areas quite well. We did get to see a lot and were busy the whole time. It was nice to have free days in both Beijing and Shanghai.
Thank you again.
- Art & Louise Grim