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Tibet Discovery with Qinhai Lake

11-Day Lanzhou, Xiahe, Tong ren, Xining, Qinghai Lake, Lhasa and Shigatse tour

Beijing, Xian and Shanghai are known in China as the Golden Triangle.This discover China tour includes all the history and culture of the Golden Triangle but also includes amazing Tibet and the trip from Qining on the Tibet Railway. It's a not to be missed adventure.
Tour Code:TB-03
Destination:Lanzhou, Xiahe, Tong ren, Xining, Qinghai Lake, Lhasa and Shigatse
Tour Days:11 Days
Departure Date:You Choose
Reasons for your choosing this discover China tour to Tibet:
  • To discover Tibet culture and history.
  • To discover the "fairyland" of qinghai lake.
Tour Dates Destinations Services Provided Meals Included
Day 1 Arrive in Lanzhou Airport Transfer (Lanzhou) /
Day 2 Lanzhou to Xiahe Our guide and driver will escort you from Lanzhou to Xiahe, Labrang Monastery B,L,D
Day 3 Xiahe to Tongren Our guide and driver will escort you from Xiahe to Tong ren, Longwu Monastery B,L,D
Day4 Tongren to Xining Wutun Monastery, Our guide and driver will escort you from Tong ren to Xining B,L,D
Day 5 Xining to Qinghai Lake to Overnight train Qinghai Lake Cruise, Qinghai Lake, Our guide and driver will escort you from Xining to Qinghai Lake B,L
Day 6 Overnight train to Lhasa Train station Transfer (Lhasa) /
Day 7 Lhasa Sera Monastery, Norbulingka, Drepung Monastery B,L
Day 8 Lhasa Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street B,L
Day 9 Lhasa to Shigatse Yomdrok Lake, Our guide and driver will escort you from Lhasa to Shigatse, The Palgor Chorten B,L
Day 10 Shigase to Lhasa Tashilunpo Monastery, Our guide and driver will escort you from Shigatse to Lhasa B,L
Day 11 Depart Lhasa Hotel to airport Transfer (Lhasa) B

Itinerary for the Tibet tour with Qinghai lake

Day 1

Place & Transport: Arrive in Lhasa, Flight not included
Today's Activities:Airport Transfer (Lhasa)

Day 2
 discover China tours: Labrang Monastery Labrang Monastery

Place & Transport:Lanzhou to Xiahe
Today's Activities:Our guide and driver will escort you from Lanzhou to Xiahe, Labrang Monastery
Meals:Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

Labrang Monastery : Labrang Monastery, is one of the six important temples of Gelukpa or the Yellow Hat Sect of Tibetan Buddhism and the most important temple outside Tibet. It’s now home to over a thousand monks who have come to attend one of the six institutes of learning.
To tour the monastery, you must be accompanied by an English speaking monk from the monastery. The service is only available twice a day at 10:15am and 3:10pm. The guide will usually show you 6 halls. One of the most interesting stops is an exhibit of colorful sculptures — made of yak butter! The brightly colored sculptures, some more than 3 feet wide and 3 feet tall look more like Fimo clay than butter. They take two to three weeks to make, and are used in parades to celebrate Tibetan New Year.


Day 3
discover China tours: Longwu Monastery Longwu Monastery

Place & Transport:Xiahe to Tongren
Today's Activities: Our guide and driver will escort you from Xiahe to Tong ren, Longwu Monastery

Longwu Monastery : It is one of the leading monasteries in Amdo with 800 lamas. Longwu Temple is one of the Gelukpa (Yellow Hat) sects and is known as a center of Tibetan Thangka painting. It was founded in 1301 and is the largest Gelukpa temple in the Qingnan Area covering about 100 hectares.

Day 4
discover China tours:Wutun Monastery Wutun Monastery

Place & Transport:Tongren to Xining
Today's Activities: Wutun Monastery, Our guide and driver will escort you from Tong ren to Xining
Meals:Breakfast, Chinese Lunch,Dinner

Wutun Monastery : There are two monasteries in Wutun village; one is upper Wutun Monastery, another is lower Wutun Monastery. These Monasteries is famous throughout Tibet for its beautiful artwork of Buddhist art of Thangka. Upper Wutun Monastery is magnificently decorated, and the surface of the entire assembly hall has been carved and painted with traditional Regong designs. Lower Wutun Monastery is just about 10 minutes' walk from the upper village. It boasts a much livelier monastery as the location for ceremonies and festivities that draw crowds of local worshippers.

Day 5
discover China tours:Qinghai Lake Qinghai Lake

Place & Transport:Xining to Qinghai Lake to Overnight train, Train No. K9801 (Xining Railway Station - Lhasa Railway Station) Dep 14:54 - Arr 14:55
Today's Activities:Qinghai Lake, Qinghai Lake Cruise, Our guide and driver will escort you from Xining to Qinghai Lake
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

Qinghai Lake: People considered Qinghai Lake as "green lake" or "fairyland" because of the marvelous and natural beautiful reflected on it. Qinghai Lake is an important place in history which has been the traditional meeting place between Mongolian and Tibetan societies .
Qinghai Lake Cruise (20 minutes): A popular way to appreciate the lake. The cruise takes around 30 minites.

Day 6

Place & Transport: Overnight train to Lhasa
Today's Activities:Train station Transfer (Lhasa)

Day 7
discover China tours: Norbulingka Norbulingka
discover China tours:Drepung Monastery Drepung Monastery

Place & Transport:Lhasa
Today's Activities:Norbulingka, Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery

Norbulingka:means Jewel Garden. First built in 1751, it borrowed architectural style from the inland areas of China while maintaining local ethnic and religious features. Norbulingka served as a traditional summer palace and residence starting with the 7th Dalai Lama, and now it is the largest garden in Tibet.
Sera Monastery: The highlight of visiting in Sera Monastery will be watching a monks debating inside the shady courtyard behind the main temple. Every day, hundreds of red-robed monks assemble in small groups and practice their debating skills.
Drepung Monastery:Drepung Monastery was known for the high standards of its academic study, and was called the Nalanda of Tibet, a reference to the great Buddhist monastic university of India. Chapman reported that in the late 1930's Drepung was divided into four colleges, each housing monks from a different locality.

Day 8
discover China tours:Potala Palace Potala Palace
discover China tours:Jokhang Temple Jokhang Temple
discover China tours:Barkhor Street Barkhor Street

Place & Transport:Lhasa
Today's Activities:Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street

Potala Palace:it has become the seat of Dalai Lamas and also the political center of Tibet. The 13th Dalai Lama extended Potala Palace to the present size-117 meters in height and 360 meters in width, covering an area of more than 130,000 square meters. Mainly comprised by the White Palace, the administrative building, and the Red Palace, religious building, Potala Palace is famous for its grand buildings, complicated constructions, devotional atmosphere and splendid artworks.
Jokhang Temple: Jokhang Temple is the spiritual center of Tibet. The temple is the fine product of Han, Tibetan and Nepalese architecture techniques. Visitors will be treated to the sight of various exotic and sacred sculptures.
Barkhor Street:is a famous commercial and commodity-distributing center in Lhasa, consisting of more than 120 handicrafts shops and more than 200 stalls. It is a good choice that should never be missed by tourists coming to Lhasa, for you can buy anything Tibet-related, from sacks of incense, chunks of yak butter to monk outfits. Barkhor is the road that pilgrims tramped out around Jokhang Temple through centuries. When walking along Barkhor Street, you should move in the clockwise direction.

Day 9
discover China tours: Yomdrok Lake Yomdrok Lake

Place & Transport:Lhasa to Shigatse
Today's Activities:The Palgor Chorten, Yomdrok Lake, Our guide and driver will escort you from Lhasa to Shigatse

The Palgor Chorten:also named Palcho Monastery,Located 100 km east of Shigatse, Palkhor Monastery is a monastery with the characteristics of Han, Tibetan and Nepali architecture. It enjoys a high status in Tibet Buddhism history because it houses three sects - Sakyapa, Kadampa and Gelugpa together. According to Tibetan calendar.
Yomdrok Lake:Yamdrok Lake is one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet. It is over 72 km (45 miles) long. The lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and is fed by numerous small streams. The lake does have an outlet stream at its far western end. Around 90km to the west of the lake lies the Tibetan town of Gyantse and Lhasa is a hundred km to the northwest.

Day 10
discover China tours:Tashilhunpo Monastery Tashilhunpo Monastery

Place & Transport:Shigatse to Lhasa
Today's Activities:Tashilunpo Monastery, Our guide and driver will escort you from Shigatse to Lhasa

Tashilunpo Monastery Founded by the First Dalai Lama in 1447, Tashilhunpo Monastery is one of the six big monasteries in Tibet. It is the seat of the Panchen Lama, the second ranking person in the Gelugpa Tibetan Buddhist hierarchy, after the Dalai Lama. The monastery houses the tombs of Panchen Lamas and a 22.4-meter statue of Maitreya Buddha. Tashilhunpo remains popular among the Tibetans, as they carry on coming here on pilgrimage.

Day 11

Place & Transport:Depart Lhasa, Flight not included
Today's Activities:Hotel to airport Transfer (Lhasa)

Price Details Based on Per Person

Price Detail with hotel
Nov.1 - Mar.31 Superior Deluxe Economy Single Room Supplement *
1 person $3408 $3263 $3280 -
2-5 persons $1954 $1869 $1835 $507/$408/$345/
6-9 persons $1470 $1368 $1359 $507/$408/$345/
Apr.1 - Oct.31 Superior Deluxe Economy Single Room Supplement *
1 person $3824 $3654 $3450 -
2-5 persons $2158 $2056 $1929 $719/$618/$414/
6-9 persons $1716 $1623 $1495 $719/$618/$414/

Booking Notes:
1.Price is for reference only, may vary during special holidays and date.
2.The prices above are based on two persons sharing one standard room. If you prefer a single room on your own, please pay single room supplement.

Hotes Arranged

City Superior Deluxe Economy
Lanzhou Sunshine Plaza or same class Gansu International Hotel or same class Metropark Hotel Kowloon or same class
Xiahe Wangfu Hotel or same class Wangfu Hotel Wangfu Hotel Hotel or same class
Tongren Repkong Hotel or same class Repkong Hotel Repkong Hotel or same class
Xining Yinlong Hotel Hotel or same class Qinghai Hotel Xining Hotel or same class
Shigatse Shigatse Hotel or same class Shigatse Hotel Shigatse Hotel or same class
Lhasa Brahmaputra Grand Hotel or same class Xinding Hotel or same class ShangBaLa Hotel or same class
Price Inclusions and Exclusions for this discover China tours

Price Inclusions:

  • Airport private transfers
  • Entrance fees and meals as mentioned
  • Private car or van with English speaking guide
  • Hotel fees based on two people sharing one room with twin beds
  • Service Charge & Government Taxes
  • China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance
  • Luggage Transfers Between airports and hotels
  • Arrangements

Price Exclusions:

  • China Entry Visa Fees
  • Excess Baggage charges
  • Personal Expenses
  • Tips to your tour guide and driver
  • Any meals which are not specified in the tour itinerary.
  • Single Room Supplement.

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