Overview

Are you looking to discover unique in China? Here’s the ticket. From Chengdu to Lhasa, explore another side of the country, in the form of Tibetan Buddhist culture and art, Sichuan Cuisine and spellbinding plateau landscapes. Enjoy the intimate encounter with giant panda, experience yourself the local life of Chengdu, then venture out on a journey to Tibet, where you see Potala Palace stand majestically overlooking the Himalayans, the lamas pray devoutly before Jokhang Temple, and you can stroll beside the jade-like Namtso Lake.

Duration: 7 days & 6 nights

Travel Style: private tour

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Day

Arrive in Chengdu, the famous hometown of giant pandas. Meet your tour guide and driver, and then transfer to your hotel.

If time permits, enjoy the wonderful night life of Chengdu with a leisure stroll at Jinli Old Street. The street is favored by both locals and travelers with laid back atmosphere, especially beautiful at night when the lanterns are lighted. Enjoy the tasty Chengdu delicacies and have fun in the teahouses, bars, pubs, boutique shops…

After breakfast, drive to the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, which is home to nearly 50 pandas, and inspired the Kung Fu Panda 3 movie creators to portray a secret panda village. It will be perfect to see the pandas in the morning when they enjoy bamboo breakfast and have fun at the outdoor grassy land. Learn more about pandas, their evolutionary process & life habit, by visiting the Panda Breeding Center.

Drive back to the city, you will visit a local Wet Market. Where you can find some delicious local cuisine, like Spring Rolls and Wonton, you will have the chance to make them on your own. Afterwards, go to the Panda Post, pick some panda postcards and send them to your family and friend (own expense).

After lunch, visit the Renmin Park (People’s Park), a good place to experience local people’s life and entertainment. They enjoy their life every day by drinking tea, playing mahjong, dancing, singing in the sqare. If you are interested, our guide will tell you some basic rule of Mahjong.

After that, take a short walk to Kuanzhai Alley. As one of the three conservation districts of historic sites of Chengdu City, Kuanzhai Alley consists of three parallel Chinese old-style alleys.

Meal: B, L

Visit Chengdu Panda Base and the see the lovely panda eating bamboo

At the appointed time, be met by tour guide at hotel and then transfer to airport. Fly to Lhasa. Upon arrival, be met by your guide in Lhasa and transfer to hotel. On the way, you could have a look at Yarlung Tsangpo River, the largest and longest river in Tibet on the way to hotel. After check-in at hotel, have a good rest for the rest of the day to acclimate the high altitude (3650m) and weather of Lhasa.

  High altitude warning in Lhasa: 

Average altitude of Lhasa is 3650m. Please make sure your physical condition is fine to the area. It’s best to ask your doctors for precautions and do a physical examination before your coming. During your time in Lhasa, please avoid fast walking, alcohol, smoking and drink extra water, especially on the arrival day.

Meal: B

After breakfast, we will set out for today’s exciting tour. The tour will start from the splendid Potala Palace, which is the first must-visit attraction for every visitor to Lhasa. Standing in the center of Lhasa, Potala Palace is not only an iconic landmark of the city, but also a symbol of the snowy Tibetan Plateau and a museum of Tibetan culture. It covers an area of 360,000 square meters, with over 2,000 rooms and 34 Buddha halls. The general layout of Potala Palace includes the White Palace for the living quarters of the Dalai Lama and the Red Palace for religious functions.

In the afternoon, we come to Jokhang Temple, which is 1300 years old and one of Tibet’s holiest shrines. It is Jokhang Temple that makes Lhasa the holy city. Located in the center of the old town of Lhasa, the temple was built by the contribution of the craftsmen from Tibet, Nepal and inland China, which makes the different architectural styles of the temple. Outside Jokhang Temple is the famous bazaar of Barkhor Street. With a history of more than 1,300 years, the Barkhor is essentially a pilgrim circuit, which is followed clockwise round the periphery of the Jokhang.

Afterwards, learn to prepare Tibetan food at a local restaurant. Before that, our guide will escort you to a vegetable and meat market to buy some raw material. After the cooking course, enjoy Tibetan food cooked by yourselves.

Meal: B, L

Local Tibetan people pray in front of Jokhang Temple in Lhasa

After breakfast, you are going to visit the Drepung Monastery which is located in the west suburb of the city. It is one of the “Three Great Monasteries” of Tibet, the other two are Ganden and Sera Monastery. Drepung Monastery is the largest one of all Tibetan Monastery. All the halls are magnificent. There are 183 pillars in the main assembly hall and the carvings on the pillars are so exquisite.

In the afternoon, visit the Sera Monastery, around 4 kilometers north of Lhasa. It is famous for the excellent Buddhist debating among lamas. The debating takes place from 3:00 pm everyday in a garden next to the central assembly in the center of the monastery. It would be a great fun to see lamas debating

After that, we will move on to visit the nearby Norbulingka Park. It used to be the Summer Palace of the Dalai Lama. Encompassing 360,000 square meters, the pleasant park consists of small palaces, chapels and a zoo.

Meal: B, L

This morning drive from Lhasa to Namtso Lake. Located about 220km from Lhasa city (around 4 hours drive), it is one of the four holy lakes of Tibet and also the highest saline lake in the world. In Tibetan, Namsto means “Heavenly Lake”. Any tour to Tibet without visiting Namtso lake is incomplete. Occupying a surface area of 1920 square kilometers, this salt lake is 4718 meters above sea level. On the way, you can see the prairie scenery in northern Tibet, snow-capped Nyenchen Thanglha Mountain Ranges and crows of yaks and sheep grazing. Pass the Nagenla Mountain at an altitude of over 5000 meters, overlooking Namtso Lake. After get to the Lake, take a rest along the lakeside and enjoy the peace of nature.

After the tour, drive back Lhasa.

Meal: B, L

See a lhama at the Namtso Lake

Today is free for your own exploration in Lhasa until transfer to airport or train station. Move to your next destination. End of your 7-day Chengdu Lhasa tour.

Meal: B

What's included

  • 1-on-1 Travel Consultant

    Your China based expert listens to your wishes carefully, provides professional advice, ensures unlimited itinerary revisions before done and 24/7 helpline service while traveling.

  • Private Local Guide and Driver

    Your guides are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, and your drivers are professional, polite and patient. They are very flexible to accommodate your personal needs and happy to show you the local attractions, history, culture, foods and real life. 
    Private transfers from hotel to attractions, airport or train station are also included.

  • Accommodation to Suit Your Preference

    We hand pick hotels ranging from luxury 5 star, superior 4 star to comfortable 3 star. Luxury or cozy boutique hotels and budget guesthouses are also among your choices. You could decide where to stay to meet your taste and budget.

  • Gourmet Meals

    Most of the hotels we select offer both Western and Chinese buffet breakfast. Lunch and dinner included are arranged in selected restaurants to taste authentic Chinese cuisine and local specialties. Thus you may also have a unique food tour.
    Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner.

  • Attractions and Activities Listed on the Itinerary

    Our city tour packages have included the (first/main) entry to all attractions and the expenses of activities on the itinerary (except the optional activities).

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