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16-day West China Odyssey

Tour code: ETC-Q111   

A journey to the west of China starting from Chongqing, head to Chengdu for cute pandas and historical sites in and out the city, we will further into Lhasa for the charming Tibetan cultural and Buddhism architectures on the Tibetan plateau, transfer to Gansu for visiting Lanzhou, Dunhuang and Jiayuguan and ends in Xi’an, all are the sparkling pearls along the ancient silk road.

Tour Date City Tour Brief
1 Chongqing Arrival in Chongqing
2 Chongqing Three Gorges Museum, Dazu Buddhist Grottoes
3 Chongqing / Chengdu Train to Chengdu, Jinsha Site Museum, have some tea in People’s Park
4 Chengdu / Lhasa Panda Breeding and Research Center, Wenshu Temple, fly to Lhasa
5 Lhasa Potala Palace, Sera Monastery
6 Lhasa Drak Yerpa, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
7 Lhasa / Shigatse Drive to Shigatse, Yamdrok Lake, Gyantse town, Palkor Monastery
8 Shigatse / Lhasa Tashilumpo Monastery, back to Lhasa, Yarlung Tsangpo River
9 Lhasa / Lanzhou Train to Lanzhou
10 Lanzhou Bingling Temple
11 Lanzhou / Dunhuang White Pagoda Hill, Iron Bridge of Yellow River, Gansu Provincial Museum, fly to Dunhuang
12 Dunhuang Mingsha Sand Dunes, Crescent Lake, Mogao Caves
13 Dunhuang / Jiayuguan Transfer to Jiayuguan, Jiayuguan Fortress, Overhanging Great Wall
14 Jiayuguan / Xian Jiayuguan Museum, fly to Xian
15 Xian Terra-cotta Warriors Horses, the Bell Tower, the old city quarters, Dumpling dinner, the Tang Dynasty Show
16 Xian Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian Museum, service end

Day 01 Arrival in Chongqing (No meal)

Arrival in Chongqing, transfer to the hotel.

Day 02 Chongqing (B, L)

Visit the Three Gorges Museum, then drive to Dazu to see the Buddhist Grottoes.

Day 03 Chongqing / Chengdu (B, L)

Take a speed train to Chengdu (2 hours), and transfer to visit Jinsha Site Museum and have some tea at People’s Park.

Day 04 Chengdu – Lhasa (B, L)

Visit Panda Breeding and Research Center, Wenshu Temple. Transfer to the airport and fly to Lhasa.

Day 05 Lhasa (B, L)

Excursion to the Potala Palace in the morning, after lunch, go to the Sera Monastery to see the Monk debating.

Day 06 Lhasa (B, L)

Drive to visit Drak Yerpa, a monastery together with a number of ancient meditation caves that used to house about 300 monks. In the afternoon, visit Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street.

Day 07 Lhasa – Shigatse (B, L)

Drive to Shigatse. En route, visit Yamdrok Lake, a beautiful highland lake. Then proceed to Gyantse town and visit Palkor Monastery. Later in the afternoon, arrive in Shigatse.

Day 08 Shigatse – Lhasa (B, L)

Visit the famous Tashilumpo Monastery, the seat of successive Panchen Lamas. Then drive back to Lhasa, enjoying the stunning landscape along Yarlung Tsangpo River (Yalu Zangbu River).

Day 09 Lhasa – Lanzhou (B)

Transfer to board the train to Lanzhou (26 hours).

Day 10 Lanzhou (B, L)

Arrive in Lanzhou, and transfer to the hotel. One full day trip to Bingling Temple to see the Buddhist grottoes carved on the cliff. Dive back to Lanzhou.

Day 11 Lanzhou / Dunhuang (B, L)

After breakfast, you will be transferred to visit White Pagoda Hill, Iron Bridge of Yellow River and Gansu Provincial Museum. Then transfer to the airport and fly to Dunhuang.

Day 12 Dunhuang (B, L)

Transfer to visit Mingsha Sand Dunes, and ride a camel to the Crescent Lake. After lunch, explore Mogao Caves, one of the greatest archaeological discoveries in China.

Day 13 Dunhuang / Jiayuguan (B, L)

Take an express bus or private transfer to Jiayuguan (4 hours). Be met and transferred to the hotel. Visit the ancient Jiayuguan Fortress and Overhanging Great Wall

Day 14 Jiayuguan / Xian (B, L)

After a visit to Jiayuguan Museum, transfer to the airport and fly to Xian. Transfer to the hotel.

Day 15 Xian (B, L)

Visit the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, the Bell Tower and stroll at the old city quarters. Complete the day with the Dumpling dinner and the Tang Dynasty Show.

Day 16 Xi'an departure (B)

Visit Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Xian Museum. Transfer to the airport and fly to the next destination.


As all of our holidays are tailor-made it isn’t possible to give anexact price on the web-site as the final cost is dependant on a number of factors. These include the number of people in your party, the season you travel, the standard of hotel (we offer a variety of standards from three-star to super-luxurious) and duration of your trip. However, as aguideline you should expect to pay from US$ for the opposite itinerary.

Included Services

Private transfers airport/hotel/airport;
Private tours escorted by an English-speaking guide;
Accommodations with daily breakfast;
Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner;
Domestic flights and trains listed;
Admission fees.

Non-included Services,
Visa arrangement;
Excess luggage charge(the luggage allowance at economy class is 20kg);
Personal expense;
Any meals not specified as "B, L or D";

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