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8 Days Tibet Train Tour from Beijing

Glorious Ancient Imperial History & Sacred Tibetan Buddhism

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Travel from Beijing to Tibet? You are having a god idea. It will be tremendous experience of two totally different kinds culture and history belong to two great lands which are 3753 kilometers away from each other. You will even take the highest-altitude railway in the world - Qinghai Tibet Railway, which will save a lot of money especially in the peak season.

Highlights of this tour

  • You'll witness thousands of miles of unrivaled breathtaking landscapes that you could never see from a plane window - Qinghai Tibet Railway;
  • Be thrilled by the granduer of Great Wall, as well as the delicacy and majesty of Forbidden City and Summer Palace in Beijing.
  • Spriritual journey to the holy city Lhasa to see the devoted Tibetan people, also the grandiose monasteries and palace, such as Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, etc;

Basic Trip Information

Travel Route:
Beijing / Lhasa
Travel Length:
8 Days and 7 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-TBT-08
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
ArchitectureCultureReligious
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Beijing Arrival

Ni Hao, welcome to Beijing, the iconic city as well as the capital of China!

You will be met by local tour guide at the arrival hall of Beijing Airport and escorted to check in your hotel in downtown by a private comfortable vehicle. The rest of today is on your own to relax. If you want to explore nearby, feel free to get some practical suggestions from your tour guide.

Arrival Ideals: At present, there are many international and domestic flights to Beijing. Besides, you can take a high speed train to this capital city from Shanghai (5-6 hrs), Xian (5.5 hrs), Guangzhou (8-9.5 hrs), etc.

Beijing Flight Arrival

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Day 2 Beijing ( B, L )

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After breakfast, start to explore the historical face of Beijing with a brief visit to Tiananmen Square which is now the largest city plaza in the world. Tiananmen Gate on the northern square was the site where the Chairman Mao announced the establishment of the People's Republic of China. Stepping into the Tiananmen, you will see one of the world’s 5 most important palaces – Forbidden City, a huge palace complex of more than 9,000 rooms where 24 emperors of Ming and Qing Dynasties used to live in. Pass through various doorways to admire the magnificent and well preserved buildings decorated with yellow glazed tile roof, white marble base and splendid colorful paintings.

Leave the city, and drive about 70km to witness one of the Seven Wonders of the World – Great Wall. The less-crowded Mutianyu, a well-preserved segment of Great Wall built in Ming Dynasty, lives up to all of your nice expectation. Take cable car or walk about 40 minutes to set your feet on Great Wall. Climb up the rising towers to enjoy scenic views as the wall wriggling along mountain ridges, and take brag-worthy photos of the wall.

Lastly, drive back to Beijing City, and take a short stop at the Beijing Olympic Village to view the magnificent Bird’s Nest and Water Cube from the outside.

Tiananmen Square Great Wall Hiking
Day 3 Beijing ( B, L )

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After breakfast, drive to the imperial site – Temple of Heaven. It was originally used to pay homage to Heaven and pray for harvest, now becomes a bustling place for locals to take part in traditional activities, such as Tai Chi, dancing, kite flying, water calligraphy, etc.

Then, get back to central city to hop on a rickshaw to experience Beijing Hutongs – small alleys made of neighboring quadrangle dwellings. Shuttle among different Hutongs to feel the old Beijing life style, meet various antique shops and small boutiques, feel the historical changes of Beijing.

In the afternoon, drive to the outskirts of Beijing to spend an enjoyable time in Summer Palace, the largest and best-preserved royal garden in China. Stroll around ancient pavilions, mansions, temples, bridges and corridors. Feast your eyes on the vast lotus in Kunming Lake and the colored paintings in Long Corridor.

Lastly, be escorted to take your train to Lhasa(3753km/40 hrs 30 mins).

Tips of today: 1) pack some of your favorite foods because the meals supplied on the train are basic; 2) battery charging is available on the train.

Summer Palace ToursBeijing Hutong Tour
Day 4 Train Travel

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The 3753 kilometers' railway journey is long but not boring. It takes you from eastern China to the far western Tibet, which is a spectacular experience to see different aspects of China - modern metroplis, prefectural cities, small towns, rural villages, plains, hills, rivers, lakes, high plateau... After passing Xining to the Hoh Xil to Ngachu, you will totally shocked by the wonderful plateau landscape. The rail part from Xining to Lhasa is a good process of acclimating to the high altitude of Qinghai Tibet Plateau.

Dinning idea: there are meals supplied for breakfast, lunch and dinner on the train. You can also buy foods, drinks and fruits.

The Highest Altitude Railway-Qinghai Tibet Railway
Day 5 Lhasa Arrival

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Waking up in the morning on the train, you will find you alreay on the land of Tibet, and heading towards to the capital city Lhasa. 

You will arrive at Lhasa Train Station in the early afternoon. Your local tour guide is ready to pick you up and transfer you to your hotel in Lhasa downtown by a comfortable non-smoking vehicle. The rest of today is for you to acclimatize yourself to this high altitude city at the roof of the world.

Tips of today: 1) go for some walking to acclimate the high altitude but avoid strenuous activity after arrival; 2) You’d better not have bath; 3) Drink more water, and have some fruit; 4) Have a good rest.

Qinghai Tibet Railway
Day 6 Lhasa ( B )

After breakfast, start an incredible day of exploration in Lhasa city. The grandiose Potala Palace will be the first site to discover. After more than 1300 years of historical changes, this colossal palace still dominates the skyline of Lhasa city. The Palace is the political and religious center of Tibet and has served as the governance and preaching site for the Dalai Lama. Climbing up the sacred steps to the Red Palace and White Palace you will explore their marvelous interiors full of exquisite Thangkas, numerous Buddha statues, vivid wall paintings, and other works of Buddhist art.

In the afternoon, first visit the holiest Buddhist temple in Tibet, Jokhang Temple, where the 12-year-old-like Shakyamuni statue is consecrated. With a history stretching over 1,300 years, this temple combines the architectural styles of Tibet, China, Nepal and India. As a spiritual center of Tibet, Jokhang Temple attracts hundreds of devoted pilgrims to worship there every day. Outside the door of Jokhang Temple is the famous pilgrimage circle, Barkhor Street, where you can join faithful Tibetans in colorful attires walking the circle around Jokhang Temple.

Tips for today: 1) wear suitable headgear and glasses to protect you from strong sunlight, but do not wear any hat while visiting inside the Tibetan monasteries; 2) photography is not allowed inside the chapels of monasteries; 3) have your passport with you all of the time.

Golden-roof of Jokhang TemplePotala Palace

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Day 7 Lhasa ( B )

After breakfast, we start our day with a visit to the summer palace of the Dalai Lamas and also the largest Tibetan garden – Norbulingka Park. The luxuriant trees and flowers, cool ponds and comfortable palaces make Norbulingka the best place for a summer retreat. Then drive about 5km westward to Drepung Monastery. This monastery has played a crucial role in Tibet Buddhism as the school of the Dalai Lamas. As you walk along, immense temples and chapels leap to your eyes one after another. In its heyday, more than 10,000 monks lived and studied in the monastery. Various Buddhist rituals are performed in the monastery during festivals, most famous being the ceremony of Buddha Display in the annual Shoton Festival.

We will then visit the featured six hundred year-old Sera Monastery, famous for its grand ceremony of Buddhist debating and its beautiful temples with sensational icons, murals and history.

Tips for today: 1) please follow the Buddhist manners - talk in a low voice, always be respectful of others, reflect on the Buddha’s teachings in these holy sites, and remain quiet and respectful when visiting temples 2) be sure to carry some water with you.

Sera Monastery DebatingNorbulingka

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Day 8 Lhasa Departure ( B )

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Today is free for you until to be transferred to the airport and take flight back to Beijing or to your next destination.

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