This tour is from Imperial Beijing, to typical ancient China town Pingyao, to old China capital Xian, and finally take famous Tibet train to Lhasa. You can experience different culture and landscapes of China. You will climb the Great Wall as well as Potala Palace; you will visit unique Chinese Hutong and Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses; you will appreciate Magnificent scenery of Mt.Everest as well. This must be an unforgettable trip and you will enjoy it.
Day 1 Arrival in Beijing and rest for the rest time
Arrival in Beijing and rest due to the long journey flight
Day 2 Beijing sightseeing -The Great Wall, and China unique Hutong tour
This morning tour will take you to the world-famous Mutianyu Great Wall (80km away from Beijing downtown), known for its beautiful surroundings. It is a superb location to appreciate the grandness of the Great Wall as well as to avoid the crowds at Badaling.
After hiking on the Great Wall for about 1 or 2 hours, you will take a leisurely stroll along the Sacred Road, a tranquil royal path featured with statues of divine animals and officials.
In the afternoon ,you have chance to take a rickshaw to visit the most famous Hutongs, which are still keeping the original layout in theShichahai area. During this Hutong Tour, you will visit a local family and experience what their life is like. Lunch will be arranged at a local family. If you like, you can learn to cook some Chinese dumplings by yourself.
Day 3 Beijing sightseeing-Temple of Heaven,forbidden city and Tianmen square
Today,we will visit Temple of Heaven firstly where you can see or probably join the Chinese Taichi practice, and other local people’s morning exercises like Kunfu, etc. Later,we will go to visit The Forbidden City and Tiananmen square. We will take Night train to Pingyao K609(23:58-09:39)
Day 4 Arriving at Pingyao today and visit ancient China town
Arrive in Pingyao, we will send people to pick up you at train station and take you to check in at the hotel. Have shower and late breakfast. Then go to visit this ancient and typical China town.
Day 5 Go on pingyao anticent city tour today and take night train to Xi'an
Continue visiting the town. And then immerse yourself in this town by free time. At 21:46 you will take the night train to Xian, which will be around 8 hours and 30 minutes
Day 6 Arriving at Xi'an this morning and visit Terra Cotta Warriors today
Arrive in Xian at 6:56am. The train number is 1095. Upon checking in at the hotel, have breakfast, and shower too. Then visit Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses for a whole day.
Day 7 Xi'an city sightseeing-Shanxi provincial museum,ancient city wall and stele forest
Visit Shanxi provincial museum, The Xi'an ancient city Wall, and Stele Forest where you will know much about Chinese calligraphy and to gain further insight into Chinese history and culture through the large collection of historical items. . Free at the night markets.
Day 8 We will board on train from Xi'an to Lhasa at today's morning
Train tour today and overnight in train .
Day 9 Arriving at Lhasa today ,checking hotel and rest for acclimation
Again on the train but today is the beautiful Tibet plateau. And after 32 hours, and in the afternoon you will get to Lhasa, capital of Tibet.Our tour guide will pick up you at train station and send you to hotel .You will have a rest in rest time to acclimate high altitude climate .
Day 10 Lhasa tour to Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barchor street.
The first day of sightseeing starts from Lhasa's cardinal landmark- Potala Palace, a structure of massive portions. Its towering image already appearing on various occasions, but your first sight of the Potala will still be an awe-inspiring moment. It takes at least a good 2-hour to visit those rooms, halls and chapels.In the afternoon, we will visit the Jokhang Temple which is the spiritual center of Tibet. Everyday, pilgrims from every corner of Tibet trek here from long distances to worship. The temple is the product of Han, Tibetan and Nepalese architectural techniques. Finally we will visit Barkhor Street which is the oldest street in this very traditional Tibetan city.
Day 11 Lhasa tour - Tibetan family visit ,Sera monastery (Optional) and free time
Tibet Museum, Tibetan family visit, and free time (optional choice to Sera Monastery where you can see the exciting debating by monks.
Day 12 Lhasa-Gyantse-Shigatse-Yamdrok lake ,Palkhor temple
Today you will drive about 350KM to Shigatse. Take a look at Yamdrok lake on the way and overlook Kora Glacier. Yamdrok Lake is a coiling, many-armed body of water shaped like a scorpion. It doubles back on itself on the western side, effectively creating a large island within its reaches. For Tibetans, it is one of the four holy lakes of Tibet. And the home of wrathful deities. The lake lies several hundred metres below the road, and in clear weather is a fabulous shade of deep turquoise. Far in the distance is the huge massif of Mt. Nojin Kangtsang (7191m).
In the afternoon, you will arrive in Gyangtse and go for the tour of Palkhor Temple, built in the 15th century, is situated in the west of Gyantse Town with mountains enclosing form three sides of the east, west and north. Its uniqueness is that its three sects of Buddism-Sagya, Ningma and Gelupa stayed harmoniously under one roof.
Day 13 Shigatse-Rongbuk Monastery(Optional)-Mt. Everest
Today we will drive from Shigatse to EBC ,we will have a long time on way today ,but the views are stupendous on a clear day, and feature a huge sweep of the Himalaya range including peaks over 8000, Makalu, Lhotse, Everest, Gyachung and Cho Oyu. When you finally get to Base Camp, the first sight of the mighty Everest simply leaves you speechless. All the hardship you bear along the way makes sense at this while. The best moments to watch Mt. Everest's are early morning and late evening when Everest is shining like a goddess in the sunglow.You will have chance to visit world's hightst monastery -Rongbuk monastery,it's optional at your choice.
Day 14 Mt. Everest-Shegar-Shigatse
After view the sunrise of the Mt. Everest, drive about 4 hours to back Shegar. Have lunch here, then drive back to Shigatse. Tonight we will have our accommodation in Shigatse
Day 15 Visit Tashilumpo monastery in the morning and then drive back to Lhasa
Today morning you will drop a visit of Tashilumpo Monastery. Tashilumpo, sprawls on the slops of Mt. Niser, southwest of Shigatse. It covers an area of about 300,000 square meters. There are many valuable and rare historical articles in the monastery.Then ,we will drive back to Lhasa and rest.
Day 16 Lhasa & Return Home
Free time in the morning for you to wander around Lhasa. Take a last, memorable look at the Potala Palace before being transported to the airport at 12:00 p.m.