China Highlights with Tibet Train from Lhasa to Guangzhou
Beijing – Lhasa – Train to Tibet – Guangzhou – Hong Kong
11 Days from RMB
Date, Price and Service
Day01 Arrival in Beijing L
Arrival in Beijing, capital of China. Picked up by your guide at the airport and transfer to hotel. In the afternoon visit the Temple of Heaven (Tian Tan), which was built in 1420 of the Ming Dynasty and expanded during the Qing Dynasty. Nowadays, it covers an area of 273 hectares. The grand temple was used as a sacrificial place for the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasty to worship the heaven, presenting gratitude for the harvest of this year and praying for another good harvest next year. 3N at 4*Howard Johnson Paragon Hotel
Day02 Beijing BL
Stroll about Tian An Men Square, which is probably the biggest one of its kind in the world. Then go to visit the Forbidden City (Gu Gong) the emperor's palace, which was built between 1406 and 1420 with 9000 halls and rooms, containing many precious relics. Facing south and rising from a terrace, the largest palace in the world represents the supreme power and authority emperors enjoyed during the feudalistic dynasties, and exemplifies the elements of palace architecture. In the afternoon we make an excursion to the Summer Palace (Yi He Yuan).
Day03 Beijing BL
In the morning go to the Great Wall at Mutianyu part. The Great Wall is one of the eight ancient wonders of the world and the only man-made construction on earth that the astronauts can see from the moon. Starting out in the east on the banks of Yalu River in Liaoning Province, the Wall stretches westwards for 12,700 kilometers to Jiayuguan in the Gobi Desert. It was built as a defensive structure and gradually become the symbol of the ancient Chinese civilization. Walking on the wall at Mutianyu. Late in the afternoon drive back to Beijing.
Day04 Air Beijing – Lhasa B
In the morning transfer to airport for flight to Lhasa (3650 m), the capital of Tibet. Arrival at Gongga Airport, transfer to hotel. Stay at the hotel to acclimatize to the high altitude. For the first few days, try to drink some water regularly. 3N at 3*Thangka Hotel
Day05 Lhasa BL
In the morning, visit of the Potala, which was originally constructed in 637 by Songtsen Gampo, the first king of the united Tibet, and later expanded and used as the Dalai Lamas’ winter residence and as the religious and political center of traditional Tibet. The crowds of pilgrims, the innumerable and magnificent murals, Buddhist statues, scriptures and rare treasures put altogether create a dense religious and artistic atmosphere that impresses every visitor. In the afternoon, visit of Jokhang monastery, the center of the Tibetan Buddhism and the sacred land of Buddhist believers, where thousands of pilgrims come to worship every day. The temple, built in 647, is the oldest wood-and-masonry structure still existing in Tibet. Walk on the Barkhor street surrounding Jokhang, a big market selling local specialities.
Day06 Lhasa BL
In the morning visit of Drepung monastery, the sacred land of Gelug Sect., which was established in 1416, and the second, third and fourth Dalai Lama place of living. After, visit of Norbulinka, the Dalai Lamas’summer residence. In the afternoon, visit of Sera monastery, which was built in 1419 and has always been an important Buddhist seminary. As roses are planted everywhere in the monastery, it is also called “the court of wild roses”. Today 200 lamas still live there. The "Buddhism Scriptures Debate" in Sera is very famous.
Day07 Train Lhasa – Guangzhou B
In the morning transfer to railway station, train ride to Guangzhou (soft sleeper, 4-bed-cabin). It is a whole 58hrs train ride from Lhasa to Guangzhou. The train will be passing through Nagqu, Golmud, Xining, Lanzhou, Xian, Zhengzhou, Wuchang and Changsha to Guangzhou. A highlight of the tour is the 1956 km train ride on the highest railway of the world from Lhasa to Xining. It is a fascinating spectacle showing the beauty of nature. The snow-covered mountains, meadows, creeks and the immense grasslands are its components. Yaks, sheep flocks, horses and other wild different species are active alongside the railway. If you are lucky, you might have the chance to see the most rare and protected animal of the plateau, the Tibetan Antelope or known as “chiru”, which lives on the snowy plateaux of 3500 – 5000 m high. 2N in the train
Day08 Train ride to Guangzhou
Day09 Arrive in GuangzhouIn the afternoon arrival in Guangzhou, capital of province Guangdong. Transfer to hotel. 1N im 4*Landmark Hotel
Day10 Guangzhou – Hong Kong BL
In the morning visit of the Chen’s Ancestral Temple (Chen Jia Ci) and Six-Banyan Temple (Liurong Si).In the afternoon transfer to railway station, train ride to HongKong (T819 1704/1843, soft seat). Arrival in Hong Kong, transfer to hotel. 1N at 4*Regal Oriental Hotel
Day11 Hong Kong B
In the morning, visit of Victoria Peak, Repulse Bay and Aberdeen. In the afternoon, spare time. In the evening transfer to the airport for homeward flight. End of the amazing tour in China.
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