Highlights

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.

Duration: 16 days & 15 nights

Destinations: Chongqing - Chengdu - Lhasa - Shigatse - Lhasa - Lanzhou - Dunhuang - Jiayuguan - Xian

Starting Point: Chongqing

Ending Point: Xian

Day
Arrival in Chongqing, transfer to the hotel.

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

Meal: B, L

Three Gorges Museum

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

Meal: B, L

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

Meal: B, L

Panda Breeding and Research Center

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

Meal: 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.

Meal: B, L

Drak Yerpa

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.

Meal: 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).

Meal: B, L

Tashilumpo Monastery

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

Meal: B

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.

Meal: B, L

Bingling Temple

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.

Meal: 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.

Meal: B, L

Mogao Caves

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.

Meal: B, L

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

Meal: 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.

Meal: B, L

Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses

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

Meal: B

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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