Beijing - Luoyang - Xian - Lhasa - Shigatse - Lhasa (12 days)
Our second day to experience the sights and sounds of this modern and confident capital city. Today's tour includes the magnificently restored Forbidden City, home to the Emperors and their numerous concubines, and Tiananmen Square, the largest open urban square in the world and the site of several key events in China's history, most infamously the student protests in 1989; Our afternoon sightseeing program is devoted to one of the most awe-inspiring sights in the whole of China, the Great Wall. We travel out to a section at Badaling and have the opportunity to walk along some of the restored walkways.
This morning we will visit the Temple of Heaven, the grandest of the four great temples situated in Beijing where you are absolutely absorbed in the local people’s morning exercise like Taiji, one of the Chinese famous martial arts. After that take a tour to the magnificent Summer Palace, which has the largest Imperial Garden in the world, gaining UNESCO world heritage status in 1988.
In the morning take the Express Train to Luoyang at 10Am, spending 4 hours on the train. Arriving into Luoyang at 2 pm ( by the way there’s no lunch in the train you must prepare snacks by yourself) and get off at the Longmen Caves, one of China's most important artistic sites and a UNESCO World Heritage site, this enchanting network of 1,350 caves contains over 110,000 statues.
Drive to Shaolin Temple for 1.5 to 2 hours to have a visit at this world famous Kunfu native town. You will see the pagodas forest, and Kunfu alive show there. After the visit, drive further to Zhengzhou, and at 4:50pm you will again take the Express Train from Zhengzhou to Xian. After 3 hours and 20 minutes, arrive in Xian at 8 pm.
The morning is dedicated to visiting the world famous Terracotta Warriors, discovered by peasants barely 30 years ago. The 6,000 Terracotta figures, arranged in row after row of warriors and horses, are one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century. After lunch we take in some of the highlights of the city including the Great Mosque, the 14-km city walls, Drum and Bell Towers, and City Wall. If there is time we can take a stroll through the historic Muslim quarter with its winding lanes and spend some time bartering for souvenirs. This evening you have the optional choice to attend the excellent Tang Dynasty dinner show before a late evening departure.
The day is spent relaxing on board ( from the early morning at 7 am or 10 am) comfortable Tibet train as we head through the Gobi desert. As well as watching the magnificent scenery that we pass. Many photos are surely to be taken while you are on the train. A daylight and a night journey on the train.
Another daylight journey into the Tibetan Capital of Lhasa after cresting the 16,640 foot (5,072m) Tangula Pass. This is the world's highest scenic railway pass – over 3 miles (5km) above sea level and is certainly a once in a lifetime experience. Due to the high altitude, extra oxygen is pumped in through the ventilation system, and personal oxygen masks are available if required to make the journey as comfortable as possible. In the late afternoon or evening, upon arrival into Lhasa you are transferred to a 3-star hotel and rest to be acclimatized to the high altitude.
On our second full day here, we visit the 13th century Jokhang Temple, Tibet's holiest shrine and the spiritual home for almost all Tibetans. Next we explore the adjacent Barkhor market, the oldest market in the capital and a well-trodden route for the many pilgrims who make their way to the temple. A local lunch is accompanied by traditional folk music. This afternoon we visit the 17th century Potala Palace, former seat of the Tibetan Government and the Dalai Lama's winter residence before he fled to India in 1959. It contains thousands of rooms, dominates the city skyline. Perched upon Marpo Ri hill, 130 meters above the Lhasa valley, the Potala Palace rises a further 170 meters, is the greatest monumental structure in Tibet and one of the architectural wonders of the world.
Early morning transfer to Shigatse via Yamdrok Lake, and Gyantse. Yamdrok Lake is well known as Turquoise Lake. It is one of the three Secret lakes in Tibet. Today’s drive is about 6-8 hours’ ride in the vehicle. On the way you may find a not-previously- arranged family for a visit and talk about the things you are concerned about.
In the morning go to visit Panchen Lama’s Seat and the place where the name of Dalai Lama was Derived from, Tashilumpu Monastery. Inside it there is a world biggest bronze statue of Future Buddha, and a combination of Panchen Lamas from 4th to 9th. The interesting thing is that you can go to see Lama’s chanting and their kithen. Then back to Lhasa. Upon arrival in Lhasa, free time to stroll in the city.
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