This 12-day tour covers 3 major cities of China: Beijing, Lhasa, and Kunming, covering the most popular and prominent sights of each city. Also you ll be taking the world’s highest railway, Qinghai-Tibet Railway, at an average elevation around 4,500m above sea level, from Beijing to Lhasa for the duration of 41hrs passing through Tibetan plateau.
|D1||Arrival in Beijing||Transfer from Beijing Airport|
|D2||Beijing||Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Rickshaw Hutong Tour|
|D3||Beijing||Temple of Heaven Park, Mutianyu Great Wall|
|D4||Train: Beijing-Lhasa||AM: Summer Palace, Olympic Stadiums|
|D5||In the Train|
|D6||Arrival in Lhasa||Transfer from Lhasa Railway|
|D7||Lhasa||Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery|
|D8||Lhasa||Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street|
|D9||Lhasa||Dark Yerpa, Norbulingka Park, Tibet Museum|
|D10||Flight Lhasa-Kunming||Transfer to Lhasa Airport;
Transfer from Kunming Airport;
|D11||Kunming > Stone Forest > Kunming||Stone Forest|
|D12||Departure from Kunming||Transfer to Kunming 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: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Rickshaw Hutong Tour
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.
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.
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-Lhasa
Activities: Summer Palace, Olympic Stadiums
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).
Olympic Stadiums: located at the north end of the central axis of Beijing City, the Olympic Stadiums contain a national museum, exhibition area, the Olympic Village, and the Olympic competition venues. Approximately 31 venues were used in the Beijing Olympics, including the National Stadium, the Bird’s Nest, and the National Aquatics Center.
After the sightseeing, transfer to Beijing Railway Station to catch the train to Lhasa.
Day 05: In the Train
Today, you will enjoy the most beautiful scenery of Qinghai-Tibet Railway, spectacular land of snows, boundless desert, vast grassland, magnificent ice-capped mountains, beautiful lakes that dotted along the way.
Day 06: Arrival in Lhasa
Our local Tibetan guide will wait you at Lhasa railway station holding your name sign. You will be greeted with a warm Tashidelek(meaning hello with blissing), and be presented with a white Hada(traditional Tibetan ceremonial by give you a white scarf). Then transfer to hotel in Lhasa city. To rest well on your first arrival in Lhasa(3650m) is essential to ease Acute Mountain Sickness(AMS, also known as altitude sickness). Try your best to resist the temptation of going out.
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
Highlights: Dark Yerpa, Norbulingka Park, Tibet Museum
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.
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.
Day 10: Flight Lhasa-Kunming
After breakfast, transfer to Lhasa Airport to catch the flight to Kunming. Upon arrival, your Kunming guide will be there to greet you, then transfer to hotel in downtown Kunming.
Day 11: Kunming > Stone Forest > Kunming
Activities: Stone Forest
Stone Forest: aka. Shilin, is a massive collection of grey limestone pillars located abt 120km southeast of Kunming. Split and eroded by wind and rain, the tallest reaches 30m high. Legend has it that the immortals smashed a mountain into a labyrinth for lovers seeking privacy.
Day 12: Departure from Kunming
Your 12-day Beijing Lhasa Kunming Tour ends today. After breakfast at hotel, according to your flight schedule, guide & driver will come over to pick you up and transfer to Kunming Airport to catch the flight home.
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