Beijing Xian Lhasa Chengdu Bullet Train Tour 14-Day(TC01)
|D1||Arrival in Beijing||Transfer from Beijing Airport|
|D2||Beijing||Tian’anmen Square, Forbidden City, Jingshan Park, Chinese Kungfu Show|
|D3||Beijing||Temple of Heaven Park, Mutianyu Great Wall|
|D4||Train: Beijing-Xian(abt 5hrs)||AM: Summer Palace, Rickshaw Hutong Tour|
|D5||Xian||Army of Terracotta Warriors, Big Goose Pagoda, City Wall|
|D6||Flight: Xian-Lhasa||Transfer to Xian Airport;
Transfer from Lhasa Airport;
|D7||Lhasa||Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery|
|D8||Lhasa||Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street|
|D9||Lhasa > Dark Yerpa > Ganden > Lhasa||Dark Yerpa, Ganden Monastery|
|D10||Flight: Lhasa-Chengdu||Transfer to Lhasa Airport;
Transfer from Chengdu Airport;
|D11||Chengdu > Panda > Leshan > Emei||Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Leshan Grand Buddha|
|D12||Emei > Chengdu||Mt Emei|
|D13||Chengdu||Wenshu Monastery, Wuhou Shrine, Jinli Old Street|
|D14||Departure from Chengdu||Transfer to Chengdu Airport|
Day 01: Arrival in Beijing
Your Beijing guide will be waiting for you at Beijing Airport holding a sign with your name on it. A comfortable private non-smoking car & experienced driver are ready to transfer you to hotel in Beijing. Guide will help you check in. The rest of the day will be at leisure for you to explore the city on your own.
Day 02: Beijing
Activities: Tian’anmen Square, Forbidden City, Jingshan Park, Chinese Kungfu Show
Tian’anmen Square: the world’s largest public square, Tian’anmen Square is a vast desert of paving stones at the heart of Beijing. Tian’anmen Square is laid out on a north-south axis. Threading through Front Gate to the south, Tian’anmen Square’s meridian line is straddled by the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall, cuts through the Gate of Heavenly Peace to the north and cleaves through the Forbidden City behind.
Forbidden City: so called because it was off limits for 500 years, Forbidden City is the largest and best-preserved cluster of ancient buildings in China. It was home to two dynasties of emperors, the Ming and the Qing, who didn’t stray from this pleasure dome unless they absolutely had to.
Jingshan Park: with its priceless views, Jingshan Park, north of Forbidden City, was shaped from the earth excavated to create the palace moat. The hill supposedly protects Forbidden City from the evil spirits – or dust storms – from the north. Clamber to the top for a magnificent panorama of the capital and an unparalleled overview of the Forbidden City.
Chinese Kungfu Show: after sightseeing the abv Activities transfer back to hotel for rest. Pick you up again at your hotel around 06:30ish to watch the Chinese Kungfu Show which is abt 1.5hrs. Then transfer back to hotel.
Day 03: Beijing
Activities: Temple of Heaven Park, Mutianyu Great Wall
Temple of Heaven Park: a paragon of Ming design, the main hall of the Temple of Heaven has come to symbolize Beijing. Set in a walled 267-hectare park with a gate at each compass point, Temple of Heaven originally served as a vast stage for solemn rites performed by the Son of Heaven, who prayed here for good harvests, and sought divine clearance and atonement for the sins of the people.
Mutianyu Great Wall: renowned for its Ming dynasty guard towers and stirring views, the 2250m-long granite section of wall at Mutianyu, 90km northeast of Beijing in Huairou County, dates from Ming dynasty remains, built upon an earlier Northern Qi dynasty conception. It was developed as an alternative to Badaling and is, in the balance, a less commercial experience. A cable-car takes you to a good section (avoiding a very steep climb), where you can walk along the wall, through the watch towers and enjoy superb views as it snakes across the hills and mountains.
Day 04: Train: Beijing-Xian(abt 5hrs)
Activities: Summer Palace, Rickshaw Hutong Tour
Summer Palace: one of Beijing’s most visited sights, the immense park of Summer Palace is full of palace temples, gardens, pavilions, lakes and corridors was once a playground for the imperial court. Royalty took refuge here from the insufferable summer heat that roasted the Forbidden City. The site had been a royal garden and was considerably enlarged and embellished by Emperor Qianlong in the 18th century. Climb the hill or take a scroll in the gardens, this is a charming place to explore before taking a dragon styled boat tour on Kunming Lake(boating fee not included).
Rickshaw Hutong Tour: After lunch we will enjoy a Rickshaw Hutong Tour where you will visit Shichahai, Yinding Bridge, Skewed Tobacco Pouch Street, etc. allowing you to experience the essence of Beijing and its old culture.
Transfer to Beijing Railway to catch the train to Xian of which is abt a 5hr-ride. Xian guide will wait you at the exit of Xian Railway holding your name sign, then transfer to hotel in downtown Xian.
Day 05: Xian
Activities6: Army of Terracotta Warriors, Big Goose Pagoda, City Wall
Army of Terracotta Warriors: the actual sight of the Terracotta Army initially proves to be so boggling that you cant get your head around it. It’s hard to imagine, after all, that a subterranean life-size army thousands has silently stood guard over the soul of China’s first unifier for over two millennia.
Big Goose Pagoda: Xian’s most famous landmark, this Big Goose Pagoda was completed in AD 652 to house the Buddhist sutras brought back from Indian by the monk Xuan Zang. Xuan Zang spent the last 19 years of his life translating scriptures with a crack team of linguist monks;
City Wall: Xian is one of the few cities in China where the old City Walls are still standing. Built in 1370 during the Ming dynasty, the walls are 12m high, up to 18m thick at the base and form a rectangle with a perimeter of 14km. The Walls are surrounded by a moat.
Day 06: Flight: Xian-Lhasa
Transfer to Xian Airport to catch the flight to Lhasa. Upon your arrival, your Tibetan guide will be there waiting for you holding your name sign. Then transfer to hotel in downtown Lhasa. You are free for the rest of the day. But a good rest is highly suggested, as the first day’s well-rest is crucial for you to acclimatize the high altitude of Tibet.
Day 07: Lhasa
Activities: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
Drepung Monastery: situated at the foot of Mt Gambo Utse, 5km from the western suburb of Lhasa, Drepung Monastery is known as the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. Covering an area of 250,000 sq meters, Drepung Monastery is the largest-scale monastery among its kind. Seen from afar, its grand white construction gives the appearance of a heap of rice. Thus the name was given, Drepung literarily means collecting rice in Tibetan.
Sera Monastery: located at the foot of Tatipu Hill in the northern suburb of Lhasa, Sera Monastery is dedicated to the Gelugpa or Yellow Hat Sect, a branch of Tibetan Buddhism, and built it in 1419 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Sera literarily means wild rose in the Tibetan. When the monastery was built, the hill behind it was covered with wild roses in bloom, the name was thus decided. Between 3pm~5pm from Monday to Friday, debating is held in the monastery’s debating courtyard, which is a sight so extraordinary and enchanting even you don’t understand a word they’re saying.
Day 08: Lhasa
Activities: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
Potala Palace: it is the landmark of Lhasa, and one of the great wonders of world architecture. Potala Palace, winter palace of the Dalai Lama since the 7th century, symbolizes Tibetan Buddhism and its central role in the traditional administration of Tibet. The complex, comprising the White and Red Palaces with their ancillary buildings, is built on Red Mountain in the centre of Lhasa Valley, at an altitude of 3,700m.
Jokang Temple: included on UNESCO's World Heritage list in 2000 as part of the Potala Palace , the Jokhang Temple is located in central Lhasa. With an area of 25,100 square meters (about six acres), it is the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Pilgrims. In front of the entrance to Jokhang is a forecourt that is perpetually crowded with pilgrims polishing the flagstones with their prostrations.
Barkhor Street: located in the old town of Lhasa, Barkhor Street is a very ancient round street surrounding Jokhang Temple. It's said that in 647, the first Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo (617-650) built Jokhang Temple. Due to its magnificence, it quickly attracted thousands of Buddhist pilgrims. As a result, a trodden path appeared. It was paved by hand-polished stone boards. Though it is not broad, it accommodates thousands of pilgrims and tourists every day. Varied shops stand on its both sides and thousands of floating stands are on every corner.
Day 09: Lhasa > Dark Yerpa > Ganden > Lhasa
Activities: Dark Yerpa, Ganden Monastery
Drak Yerpa: for those with an interest in Tibetan Buddhism, Drak Yerpa(4885m), abt 16km northeast of Lhasa, is one of the holiest cave retreats in Ü of Tibet. Among the many ascetics who have sojourned here are Guru Rinpoche and Atisha(Jowo-je), the Bengali Buddhist who spent 12 years proselytizing in Tibet. King Songtse Gampo also medicated in a cave, after his Tibetan wife established the first of Yerpa’s chapels.
Ganden Monastery: abt 50km northeast of Lhasa, Ganden(elev 4300km) was the 1st Gelugpa monastery and has been the main seat of this major Buddhist order ever since. With its stupendous view of the surrounding Kyi-chu Valley and fascinating kora, Ganden is an experience unlike the other major Gelugpa monasteries in the Lhasa area.
Day 10: Flight: Lhasa-Chengdu
Transfer to Lhasa Airport. Later pick up at Chengdu Airport, then transfer to hotel in downtown Chengdu. The rest of the day will be at leisure for you to explore Chengdu city on your own.
Day 11: Chengdu > Panda > Leshan > Emei
Activities: Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Leshan Grand Buddha
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding: here not only you can see these amazing creatures up close in their natural environment, it also provides an in-depth look into these laidback animals. Established in 1987, the facility began with just six rescued giant pandas, a number that has since grown to exceed 80 animals. Tours also include a chance to visit the onsite museum featuring exhibits dealing with the reproductive problems of these fickle bears. Often found sleeping, pandas are their liveliest during morning feeding times, that’s why we usually arrange this in the morning.
Leshan Giant Buddha: the serenely seated Leshan Giant Buddha(Grand Buddha), carved into a cliff face overlooking the confluence of Dadu River & Min River, is the pride and joy of locals Sichuanese. Qualifying as the largest Buddha in the world, here’s the bottom line: he’s 71m high, his ears are 7m long, his insteps 8.5m broad, and you could picnic on the nail of his big toe which is 8.5m long.
Day 12: Emei > Chengdu
Activities: Mt Emei
Mt Emei: a cool, misty retreat from the Sichuan basin’s sweltering heat, Mt Emei, 130km southwest of Chengdu, is one of the Middle Kingdom’s four famous Buddhist mountains. Here you’ll find lush mountain scenery, plantations of tea trees, scads of temples, macaques demanding tribute for safe passages. etc.
Catch the cable bus to the top of Mt Emei to see the Golden Summit Temple.
Day 13: Chengdu
Activities: Wenshu Monastery, Wuhou Shrine, Jinli Old Street
Wenshu Temple: this Tang dynasty monastery is Chengdu’a largest and best –preserved Buddhist temple. Wenshu Temple epitomizes a Buddhist temple – the air is redolent with incense, there’s alow murmur of chanting, exquisite relief carvings, and best of all, there is a sense of serenity and solitude, despite the crowded of worshippers who flock to the temple. A vegetarian restaurant and two atmospheric teahouse are on the grounds.
Wuhou Shrine: one of Chengdu's oldest temples, the splendid Wuhou Shrine dates back to 302 AD when it was built in honor of Zhuge Liang, a famous strategist and statesman who later served as Chancellor of the Shu Han empire from 221-263 AD. Rebuilt in 1672, this vast temple complex boasts many interesting features, including its large central hall with its gilded clay figure of Zhuge Liang. Also worth seeing is the temple dedicated to Liu Bei, ruler of the Shu Han Empire who's buried in the adjacent 12-meter-tall burial mound. Other notable features are the 28 terracotta statues of ministers, generals, and high officials of the state of Shu Han displayed in the east and west covered walks, as well as a number of ancient inscribed stone tablets featuring poems and writings from this important period in China's history.
Jinli Old Street: Jinli is an old street in Chengdu about 550 meters long. It is a part of Wuhou Shrine. The theme is Three Kingdoms Culture, a traditional folk custom. There are many bars, inns, snack stores and souvenir shops. The street was renovated in 2004. In 2005, Jinli was named as “National Top Ten City Commercial Pedestrian Street”. In 2006, Jinli was named as “National Demonstration Base Of The Cultural Industry” by the Ministry of Culture. There are approximately 18,000,000 visitors a year.
Day 14: Departure from Chengdu
After you breakfast at hotel, we will pick you up at hotel. According to your flight schedule, we will drop you off at Chengdu Airport for your flight home.
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