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6 Days Classic Chengdu & Lhasa Highlights Tour Request

Visit Giant Panda Plus Holy City Lhasa

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A short trip from "Pandas’ Hometown", Chengdu to the land of spiritual awakening, covering so many famous sights makes this highlights tour a wonderful choice for exploring the mysterious and spiritual holy land in less than one week.

Highlights of this tour

  • Have fun with the Giant Pandas in the Breeding Research Base in a short distance;;
  • Get the chance to see the devoted Tibetan people, also the grandiose holy Buddhist sites in Tibet;
  • Flexible schedules of flights to Lhasa from Chengdu

Basic Trip Information

Travel Route:
Chengdu / Lhasa
Travel Length:
6 Days and 5 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-CL-06
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
ArchitectureCulturePhotographReligious
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Chengdu Arrival

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Nihao, welcome to the Land of Abundance! Upon arriving in Chengdu, your personal guide will meet you at the airport or train station and escort you to your hotel in the downtown. This rest of today is free for you to explore this leisure and fun city on your own.

Evening Idea:

If you want to try the athentic Sichuan cuisine, you will be taken to enjoy a delicious dinner of Sichuan Cuisine at a local restaurant (Optional Activity).

Chengdu Hotpot
Day 2 Chengdu ( B, L )

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This morning you will make a stirring visit to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding which is not only the most important panda scientific research center, but also dwelling home for more than 100 Giant Pandas. Walk at leisure through the bamboo framed paths, and closely observe giant pandas of different ages eating bamboos, playing with each other, tumbling, climbing trees, etc. Don’t miss the chance to watch female pandas nursing their cubs in the nursery rooms. There is also a very informative Panda Museum for you to learn more scientific facts about Giant Pandas. Following the Panda Base, you will be taken to a hidden spiritual Buddhist temple in the hustling downtown of Chengdu – Wenshu Temple. Marvel at the exquisite Buddhist architecture, soak in the reverent atmosphere, and wander on the peaceful paths.

Chengdu is famous for its relaxing and leisure pace throughout China, which will be proved after a stay in Renmin Park. Sit down, order a pot of Chinese tea, make a casual chat with your friends and watching locals indulging themselves in different kinds of folk entertainment – napping in a lively teahouse, playing mahjong, disco dancing, neck massage, ear cleaning… Next is an impressive trip to the famous Jinli Old Street. Time steals away from you quietly while walking on the lively streets which are full of delicious local snacks, delicate artifacts, interesting folk shows, etc.

Optional activity: in the evening, watch a wonderful performance of Sichuan Opera, including folk opera, face changing, fire spitting, rolling light, etc.

Renmin Park in ChengduLovely Pandas in Chengdu
Day 3 Flight to Lhasa from Chengdu ( B )

Today you will take a flight to Lhasa Gongga Airport from Chengdu(about 2hrs). Welcome to Tibet, the holy land of Tibetan Buddhism! Your tour guide is ready to pick you up at the arrival hall, and escort you to your hotel in Lhasa downtown. Enjoy the stunning views along the Yarlong Tsangpo River.

After check in, the rest of today is for you to acclimate to the high altitude and weather of Lhasa. Avoid strenuous physical activities which may cause high altitude sickness.

Orientation Tips: 1) avoid vigorous activities but can take some leisure walking in the city to acclimatize the air and high altitude of Lhasa city(3600m); 2) do not drink liquor in the arrival day, water and fruits are recommended. 

Tibetan and Traveler

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Day 4 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 5 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 6 Lhasa Departure ( B )

Today is free for you until we transfer you to the airport in time for your flight.

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the Forbidden City Overall View
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