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12-day Majestic West China and Yangtze

Tour code: ETC-Q15   

We take this tour and explore the giant panda hometown Chengdu & majesty holy city Lhasa. After tasting the spicy Chuan food, we head for the Tibetan highland for the unique Buddhism monasteries and Tibetan people’s culture. A comfortable cruise on Yangtze River is also included.

Tour Date City Tour Brief
1 Chengdu
Arrival in Chengdu
2 Chengdu
Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, Jinsha Site Museum, Jinli Old Street
3 Chengdu
Leshan Giant Buddha, Qingyao Taoist Temple
4 Chengdu / Lhasa
Fly to Lhasa
5 Lhasa
Potala Palace, Barkhor Street, Jokhang Temple
6 Lhasa
Norbulingka, Sera Monastery and Tibet Museum
7 Lhasa / Shigatse
Palkhor Monastery, Yamdrok Lake
8 Shigatse / Lhasa
Tashilhunpo Monastery, back to Lhasa
9 Lhasa / Chongqing
Fly to Chongqing, Three Gorges Museum, Ciqikou Old Town, Jiefangbei Shopping area, board cruise ship
10 Yangtze Cruise
Fengdu Ghost City
11 Yangtze Cruise
Shore excursion to Shennong Stream or Lesser Three Gorges
12 Yichang / Shanghai
Fly to Shanghai, service end
Day 01 Arrival in Chengdu
Arrive in Chengdu, be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Day 02 Chengdu (B, L, D)
Pay a visit to the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base. Situated on the Axe Hill 10 kilometers north of Chengdu, 40 plus pandas as well as other endangered species like lesser pandas and black-necked crane currently reside at the base in quarters. Then go to Jinsha Site Museum, which was regarded as the most significant archaeological discovery in the 21st century in China. Later, enjoy leisure time on Jinli Old Street.

Day 03 Chengdu (B, L)
Drive to visit Leshan Giant Buddha, the largest stone-caved Buddha in the world. Then drive back to Qingyang Taoist Temple to learn about Chinese Taoist.

Day 04 Chengdu /Lhasa (B)
Pick up at the hotel and transfer to airport. Be met at the airport and transferred to hotel for check in and acclimatization.

Day 05 Lhasa (B, L)
3 highlights of today: first, go to the Potala Palace, a monumental building of Lhasa served as administrative center, seat of government, monastery, fortress and the home of all the Dalai Lamas from the Fifth to the Fourteenth in the past, a UNESCO world cultural heritage site of 1994. Then wander in the Barkhor Street, an area of narrow streets located around Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, it is the most popular devotional circumabulation for pilgrims and locals. At last, pay a visit to the Jokhang Temple, which has a golden roof and is the most sacred and important temple for most Tibetans with over 1300 years of history.

Day 06 Lhasa (B, L)
Go to Norbulingka Park, meaning "Treasure Park ", it was first constructed as a summer palace for the Dalai Lama and later served as the whole governmental administration. Then visit the Sera Monastery, located at the foot of Tatipu Hill in the northern suburb of Lhasa City, it is dedicated to the Gelugpa or Yellow Hat Sect, a branch of Tibetan Buddhism. At last, pay a visit to Tibet Museum. Being the first large, modern museum in the Tibet, it has a collection of around 1000 artifacts related to the cultural history of Tibet.

Day 07 Lhasa / Shigatse (B, L)
Drive to visit Palkhor Monastery, a unique monastery housing three schools of Tibetan Buddhism: Sakya, Gelugpa and Gedang. It also features a well-known "Kumbum Stupa", meaning a hundred thousand images. On the way to stop at Yamdrok Lake, one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet, it is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains with breath-taking views.  Overnight at Shigatze.

Day 08 Shigatse / Lhasa (B, L)
In the morning, visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, one of the Six Big Monasteries of Gelugpa (or Yellow Hat Sect) in Tibet. It is the seat of the Panchen Lama since the Fourth Panchen Lama took charge in the monastery. Then drive back to Lhasa.

Day 09 Lhasa / Chongqing (B, L, D)
Morning flight to Chongqing, be met and transferred to visit Three Gorges Museum, occupying an area of 30,000 square meters, it is a monographic museum to display the history and cultural heritage of Chongqing and the Three Gorges area. Then go to Ciqikou Old Town, it is where you will find the local residents dedicated to their traditional way of life, unaffected by modern influences to be found in the larger towns and cities. Later, wander around Jiefangbei Shopping area. After dinner, transfer to board the Yangtze cruise ship.

Day 10 Yangtze Cruise (B, L, D)
On board, shore excursion to "the Ghost City" --Fengdu or Shibaozhai depending on the schedule of the cruise companies. Since 2010, some cruise companies offer optional shore excursions during your cruise, please kindly check with your travel consultant for more information.

Day 11 Yangtze Cruise (B, L, D)

Today you’ll get a close look of the enchanting landscape as you board a small boat and cruise along a tributary to the Yangtze to explore the exceptionally beautiful Lesser Three Gorges or Shennong Stream depending on the arrangement of the cruise company.

Day 12 Yichang / Shanghai (B, L)
Arrive in Yichang at noon time. After lunch, transfer to the airport and fly to Shanghai.

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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";
Gratuities to guides and drivers.<br

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