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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. And you will visit other highlights like Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, Jinsha Site Museum, Jinli Old Street, Leshan Giant Buddha, Qingyao Taoist Temple, Potala Palace, Barkhor Street, Jokhang Temple... 

Duration: 12 days & 11 nights

Destinations: Chengdu - Lhasa - Shigatse - Chongqing - Yichang - Shanghai

Starting Point: Chengdu

Ending Point: Shanghai

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Arrive in Chengdu, be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

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. 

Meal: B, L, D

Giant Panda Breeding Research Base

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.

Meal: B, L

Pick up at the hotel and transfer to airport. Be met at the airport and transferred to hotel for check in and acclimatization.

Meal: B

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.

Meal: B, L

Potala Palace

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. 

Meal: 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.

Meal: B, L

Yamdrok Lake

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.

Meal: B, L

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.

Meal: B, L, D

Ciqikou Old Town

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.

Meal: 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.

Meal: B, L, D

Shennong Stream

Arrive in Yichang at noon time. After lunch, transfer to the airport and fly to Shanghai. 

Meal: B, L

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What's included

  • Guide

    Private tours escorted by an English-speaking guide.

  • Meals

    Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner.

  • Transport

    Private transfers airport/hotel/airport.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodations with daily breakfast.

  • Other

    Domestic flights and trains listed.
    Admission fees.

  • Visa

    Visa arrangement. Please consult the local Chinese Embassy or Consulates-General first for the tourist visa.

  • Other

    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.

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