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10 Days Beijing Xining Tibet Train Tour

Beijing - Xining - Lhasa

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TOUR CODE: TCT-BTT-10A
TOUR TYPE: Private Tour with private guides & vehicles

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OVERVIEW
During this 10 days tour, in Beijing, you will visit Great Wall, Forbidden city, Summer Palace, etc. Then flight to Xining for 2 nights acclimatization, onward by the highest railway--Qinghai-Tibet railway from Xining to Lhasa by spending 1 night on the train, it will be stunning scenery along the train ride. Spectacular land of snows, boundless desert, vast grassland, grand ice mountains, beautiful lakes that will continually appear and strongly attract your heart.
  • Day 1Beijing airport pickup and escorted to hotel
  • Day 2Visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, evening Kungfu Show
  • Day 3Great Wall, Changling Tomb, Sacred Road, Peking Roast Duck Dinner
  • Day 4Visit Temple of Heaven, fly to Xining and check in hotel
  • Day 5Drive to visit Qinghai Lake and stay overnight there
  • Day 6Drive back to Xining and visit Ta'er Monastery, overnight train to Lhasa
  • Day 7Lhasa train station pickup and escort to hotel
  • Day 8Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barhor Street
  • Day 9Visit Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and enjoy the debate
  • Day 10Transfer to airport or train station for departure
10 Days Beijing Xining Tibet Train Tour Map
ITINERARY
Day 1 Beijing Arrival
Transfer Via: Flight arranged by you

Highlights: Welcome to Beijing, the capital of China! Your local guide will escort you to your hotel in a private vehicle. The rest of today is free for you to explore the vast metropolis on your own.

Accommodations: Overnight in Beijing
Day 2 Beijing (B,L)

Highlights: Today you will visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace. Evening is a Kungfu Show for you to learn Chinese martial art culture. 

Tian'anmen Square: Literally means Gate of Heavenly Peace, is great cultural significance as several important events of Chinese history happened here. With 440,000 m² - 880 m by 500 m, the Tiananmen Square is the largest city square in the world . 

Forbidden City: As the seat of Imperial power, the Forbidden City was built between 1406 and 1420 by the 3rd Emperor of Ming Dynasty, it is also known as the Imperial Palace Museum. Being ruined and renovated for many time, what you can see today is the buildings date from the 1700’s and onwards. The complex is totally 183 acres, there are total 9999.5 rooms in the Museum, some of them are not open for visitors yet. 

Summer Palace: As the largest and best preserved imperial garden, the Summer Palace is also known as the Royal Garden Museum. It was used by royal family for 800 years, in 19th century, the famous Empress Dowager Cixi ordered massive renovations and restore by using the funds of Chinese navy. The garden is totally 293 hectares, of which the water takes 220 hectares, the highlights are Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake. 

Kungfu Show: Which a great show telling a story of Chin Yu entering the monastery and making his way through life to finally becoming the Abbott. The show are with many demonstrations of Kungfu and various costumes. The show lasts about 1 hour and 15 minutes, visitors are not allowed to take photos or videos, but DVD of the show are available to be purchased.

Accommodations: Overnight in Beijing
  • tiananmen square

    tiananmen square

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    forbidden city

Day 3 Beijing (B,L,D)

Highlights: This morning tour will take you to size up the world-famous Great Wall (Mutianyu section which is less crowded, round-way cable car fee is INCLUDED), the key symbol of China. Flexible visiting time allows you to enjoy a lifetime trekking trip (1-2 hours' hiking). On the way to the Great Wall, you may have a distant view of the Olympic sites--Brid's Nest and Water Cube. Afterwards is a visit to the Changling Tomb and Sacred Road. In the evening, try the flavorful dish of Peking Roast Duck Dinner.

Great Wall of Mutianyu section: In the northern part of Huairou County some 70 kilometers north-east of Beijing City, the Mutianyu (Mu Tian Yu) section of the Great Wall stretches its way for over 2 kilometers. This section is well preserved and is a good alternative for visitors who would like to avoid crowds along the highly popular Badaling (Ba Da Ling) section during holiday and peak seasons.

Bird's Nest:  Which is also known as the National Stadium, due to its iconic design was the key competition venue of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and the 13th Paralympic Games. The opening and closing ceremonies of the two Games have taken place here, together with the football, and track and field competitions. The stadium is the world's largest steel structure

Water Cube: which is also called the National Aquatics Centre, is one of the dramatic and amazing venues to host Beijing Olympics in 2008. This is the first building of its kind in China and it is also an economical and water-saving creation. The structural design is based on the natural formation of soap bubbles which give a random, organic appearance and helping to link the structure to its aquatic function.The swimming pool is deeper than most Olympic swimming pools, allowing swimming at faster speeds, while the gutters to the side of the pool disperse wave energy.  A consequence of this was the breaking of 25 world records during the 2008 Olympics.

Sacred Road: Affiliated with the Ming Tombs, the Sacred Road was originally built to lead to the Changling mausoleum. It was considered to be the road leading to heaven. Chinese emperors were known as the Son of Heaven. During their reign they often passed through the sacred road to the sacrificial altar in order to converse with heaven. After their death, the funeral procession also took the path through the Sacred Road as a symbol of the passed emperor 's journey to heaven in the afterlife.

Changling Tomb: Fifty kilometers northwest from Beijing City lies the Ming Tombs – the general name given to the mausoleums of 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644). The mausoleums have been perfectly preserved, as has the necropolis of each of the many emperors. Because of its long history, palatial and integrated architecture, the site has a high cultural and historic value. The layout and arrangement of all thirteen mausoleums are very similar but vary in size as well as in the complexity of their structures.

Peking Duck Dinner: Peking Duck or Beijing Roast Duck is regarded as one of the most delicious dishes throughout the world; It is a must for most visitors coming to Beijing to have a bite.

Accommodations: Overnight in Beijing
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    mutianyu great wall

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    sacred road

Day 4 Beijing - Xining (B)

Highlights: Today you'll visit the Temple of Heaven where the emperors worshipped heaven and prayed for peace and harvest. Then you will be escorted to the airport for your flight to Xining. Upon arrival at Xining airport, be met and escorted to your hotel in Xining. Free for the rest of the day

Temple of Heaven: Located in southeastern urban Beijing, Temple of Heaven is a dignified complex of fine cult buildings set in gardens and surrounded by historic pine woods,. The Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties visited the complex annually and prayed to Heaven for good harvest. Now, the Temple of Heaven, as a symbol of the city, is one of the must-see attractions in Beijing and has been listed as an UNESCO'S World Cultural Heritage site in 1998.

Xining City: As is the capital of Qinghai province. Xining is a religious city with multiple religions of Buddhists, Daoists, Christians, and Muslims. The average temperature in Xining during the summer is 17-19 degrees Celsius which makes it a very cool place to visit for summer vacation. The altitude in Xining is 2,260m, and it is a start point of Qinghai Tibet railway, , which makes it a perfect destination to get acclimatized and start your Tibet train journey.

Accommodations: Overnight in Xining
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    temple of heaven

  • xining great mosque

    xining great mosque

Day 5 Xining - Qinghai Lake (B,L)

Highlights: Today you will be driven 3 hours to visit Qinghai Lake and the Bird Island, stay overnight at Qinghai Lake. 

Qinghai Lake: Located 130km from Xining and 3205m above the sea level, Qinghai Lake is the largest salt water lake In China. The lake is surrounded by amazing mountains and endless beautiful grasslands, you can enjoy the great views by walking, riding or biking. The lake is the paradise for birders, during summer time, the birds will be up to 100000.

Accommodations: Overnight in Qinghai Lake
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    qinghai lake

  • qinghai lake

    qinghai lake

Day 6 Xining - Lhasa (B,L)
Transfer Via: Overnight soft sleeper train arranged by us

Highlights: Today you will be driven back to Xining and visit the famous Ta'er Monastery, then embark your lifetime Qinghai-Tibet Train to Lhasa. Enjoy the fantastic plateau views along this highest railway in the world.

Ta'er Monastery: As the birthplace of the Tibetan Buddhism master – Tsongkhapa Ta'er Monastery is one of the most famous 6 monasteries of Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism, and a very important institute to learn Buddhism, Astronomy and Medicine. There are many Buddhist ceremonies organized here in each year. The 3 treasures of Ta'er Monastery are murals, barbola and butter sculptures. 

Accommodations: On the train
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    taer monastery

  • tibet train

    tibet train

Day 7 Lhasa Arrival

Highlights: Witness the beautiful Tibetan Plateau with groups of nomads. See the Kekexili Nature Reserve which protects wild plants and animals as well as their natural habitates. Welcome to Lhasa! Today upon your Lhasa arrival, you will be greeted by your Tibetan guide and escorted to hotel. Rest of the day you will have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude. 

Tips: 

As the altitude of Lhasa is up to 3,500meters, so it is recommended to avoid strenuous activities or alcohol drinking for the first few days, taking NO shower upon new arrival is advisable. New comers usually have different level of high altitude sickness symptom, the best treatment is to drink more water, have enough rest , if necessary you can ask the guide to bring you some oxygen bags to better acclimatize. These measures will help you to overcome or prevent the sickness.

Accommodations: Overnight in Lhasa
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    barkhor street

  • barkhor street

    barkhor street

Day 8 Lhasa (B)

Elevation: 3500m 

Highlights: Today you will visit the famous Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street 

Potala Palace: Which is known as the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the residence of the Dalai Lama lineages. Stands 13 stories high and owes over 1,000 rooms, 10,000 shrines and 200,000 statues, the Potala Palace formed a small world in it. 

Jokhang Temple: Listed on UNESCO's World Heritage list in 2000 as part of the Potala Palace,Jokhang Temple is the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Pilgrims. The temple is a four-storey timber complex with a golden top, with the combination of  Tang Dynasty, Tibetan and Nepal architectural styles. Every day, pilgrims come from every corner of Tibet worship here, make it a perfect site for photograpers.

Barkhor Street: As the oldest street in Lhasa, Barkhor Street is considered as the center of the old city, and a perfect place to lear Tibetan culture, economy, religion, and arts. The street is full of handicarfts, such as ornaments, knives, tangka,  religious musical instruments, gold and silver ware, masks and a lot more. If you intend to buy some souvenirs for friends or famiy, Barkhor Street will be an ideal place.

Tips: 

1) Some visitors might feel a bit hard to breath when climbing the Potala Palace, so please just climb slowly. 

2) Some places are not allowed to take photos, please kindly inquire your guide for details. 

3) When shopping around Barkor Street, you can compare and bargain for the unique souvenirs 

4) During the summer time, the musical fountain show at the Potala Plalace Square is 19:30—22:00PM. 

5) Please bring water, a hat, sun cream, and sun glasses for today’s tour as you will be at outside for a long day

Accommodations: Overnight in Lhasa
  • potala palace

    potala palace

  • jokhang temple

    jokhang temple

Day 9 Lhasa (B)

Elevation: 3500m 

Highlights: Today's morning you will visit the famous Drepung Monastery . Afternoon visit to Sera Monastery and enjoy the famous debate there. 

Drepung Monastery: Located 5 km from the western suburb of Lhasa, the Drepung Monastery is known for its high standards in academic study of Tibetan Buddhism. In its heyday, the monastery accommodated 7,700 monks and possessed 141 fazendas and 540 pastures, as the most important monastery of Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism, the Drepung is one of the 'Greatest Tree Monasteries' in Lhasa, with the other two are the Ganden Monastery and the Sera Monastery. 

Sera Monastery: Which 5km north of Jokhang Temple. It was built in 1419 and considered as one of the top three greatest monasteries in Lhasa, along with the Drepung Monastery and  Ganden Monastery.  The origin of the name 'Sera' is not certain, but might come from the wild roses (sera in Tibetan) surrounding the original site. The highlights of Sera monastery is the daily 'monk debates' , every afternoon, the monks gather and debate in a central courtyard and debate points. 

Tips: 

1) Today's road condition is good. The tour involves some easy walking and climbing

2) Please bring water, a hat, sun cream, and sun glasses for today’s tour as you will be at outside for a long day

Accommodations: Overnight in Lhasa
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    drepung monastery

  • sera

    sera

Day 10 Lhasa Departure (B)
Transfer Via: Flight arranged by you

Highlights: Today our guide will send you to airport for your flight to next city. Your lifetime Tibet tour ends. 

WHAT IS INCLUDE

All Tibet travel permits

Meals as listed in itinerary

Accommodation as listed in itinerary

Domestic flights/trains if listed in itinerary

Lisenced local English-speaking tour guides

Private transportation with experienced drivers

Entrance ticket fees for attractions listed in itinerary

WHAT IS EXCLUDE

China Visa

Personal expense

Travel insurance (Recommended)

International flights to and out of China

Tips and gratitude to tour guides and drivers

Meals if not specified in the itinerary (Average meals cost is USD5-8/per)

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