Chengdu Lhasa Train Tour 6-Day(TT01)
|D1||Train: Chengdu-Lhasa(Z322,14:48/09:55, abt 43hrs)|
|D2||In the train|
|D3||Arrival in Lhasa||Transfer from Lhasa Railway|
|D4||Lhasa||Potala Palace, Zang Gyab Lukhang Park with Lukhang Temple, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street|
|D5||Lhasa||Norbulingka Park, Tibet Museum, Sera Monastery|
|D6||Departure from Lhasa||Transfer to Lhasa Railway/Airport|
Day 01: Train: Chengdu-Lhasa (Z322,14:48/09:55, abt 43hrs)
After we book the train for you, we ll provide you with an eTicket with a booking number on it. Pls bring it along with your original Passport to Chengdu North Railway Station to exchange the paper ticket at the ticket booth. Usually the railway charges CNY 5/person for the exchanging of paper ticket. There are always long queues, so to arrive at least 2 hours prior train starts is highly suggested. Board the train, and here goes the 43hrs-ride to the glorious Tibet.
Day 02: In the train
The train will cross Tibetan plateau during daylight, guaranteeing you great views. From Golmud the train climbs through desert into jagged caramel-coloured mountains of Nanshankou, passing what feels like a stone’s throw from the impressive glaciers beside Jade Pearl Peak, 6178m. Other highlights include the nearby tunnel through the 4776m Kunlun Pass, where you can see the prayer flags at the top of the pass, and Tsonak Lake, 9.5hrs from Golmud near Amdo, claimed to be the highest freshwater lake in the world at 4608m. Keep your eyes peeled throughout the journey for antelope, fox and wild asses, plus the occasional nomad. The train crosses into Tibet over the 5072m Tangula Pass, the line’s highest point.
Day 03: Arrival in Lhasa
Upon your arrival in Lhasa Railway, our Tibetan guide will be there waiting for you holding your name board with our company logo on it. Based on Tibetan tradition, a white Hada(aka. scarf) will be presented to you as a warm welcome to Tibet. Then transfer to hotel in downtown Lhasa, which is abt 20mins from Lhasa Railway. Guide will help you to check in and set up a pick-up time for the next day before leave.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 04: Lhasa
Activities: Potala Palace, Zang Gyab Lukhang Park, 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.
Zang Gyab Lukhang Park with Lukhang Temple: situated right behind Potala Palace, Zang Gyab Lukhang Park is a lovely place where locals and tourist hang out, with a lovely lake built during the construction of Potala Palace. And there is a small and little-visited temple in a small island in the lake, called Lukhang Temple.
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 05: Lhasa
Activities: Norbulingka Park, Tibet Museum, Sera Monastery
Norbulingka Park: also called Summer Palace, literarily means Treasure Park in Tibetan, Norbulingka Park is situated in the western suburb of Lhasa, at the bank of the Kyichu River, about 1km southwest of Potala Palace. Norbulingka Park covers an area of 360,000 sq meters, with 374 rooms inside. It is the biggest man-made garden in Tibet.
Tibet Museum: right cross street of Norbulingka Park is where Tibet Museum situated, of which is the official museum of Tibet. Inaugurated on 05 October, 1999, Tibet Museum is the first large, modern museum in Tibet. It has a permanent collection related to the cultural history of Tibet. Tibet Museum has a collection of around 1000 artifacts of Tibetan art, architectural design, etc.
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 06: Departure from Lhasa
The last day of your tour in Tibet. According to your train/flight time, our guide and driver will come over to your hotel to pick you up then transfer to Lhasa Railway/Airport.
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