8 Days Tibet & Qinghai Lake Discovery Tour (Land Only)

Highlights:Tour Highlights:Discover Mysterious Tibet Potala Palace-----"Bright Pearl on the Roof of the World"Jokhang Temple-- Part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace" Tashilhunpo Monastery---one of the Big Six Monasteries of the Gelug sect of Buddhism in TibetBarkhor Street-----preserve the original look of the ancient Lhasa City.Yamdrok Lake-----the most beautiful water in the world meaning "swan pool" in Tibetan languageGrashi Monastery---It’s always crowded in the temple as there are a lot of worshipers.Sera Monastery---one of the three largest monasteries of the Gelug Sect in Tibet!? Amazing Beauty -Qinghai ?Qinghai Lake------ the largest lake in China, cool breezes sweep across the lake, yaks and sheep graze on the lakeside grassland. The scenery is as amazing as one can imagine!Qinghai-Tibet Railway---“Sky Road”, the first railroad linking Tibet with the rest of China, three major difficulties is solved, namely frozen tundra, high altitude and plateau environmental protection. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery along the railway.

Departure: Wednesday

Itinerary

1: Lhasa Arrival X

Upon arrival at Lhasa Gonggar airport (LXA), you will be transferred to hotel. The rest of the day will be at leisure for you to relax and acclimatize yourself to the high altitude reaction.

(Free Airport Pick-up Period: 8:30a.m.-10:30a.m., 2:00p.m.-4:00p.m., passengers arriving adjacent within 2 hours will be picked up together; those coming to Tibet by train need to pay extra pick-up fee: $70 vehicle/transfer for 2-3pax or check in hotel by themselves).

2: Lhasa B, L, D

This morning we will visit the landmark of Lhasa- "the Potala Palace". Potala in Sanskrit means sacred place of the Goddness of Mercy. It is the ancient time castle-style architectures with the highest altitude. We will be viewing the Winter Palace within the Potala Palace. It is also the Tibetan Political Centre and resident for previous Dalai Lama since the seventh century AD. Then visit the ancient :Jokhang Temple" which is the sacred place in the eye of all Tibetan Buddhism followers. Thereafter, walk around the most bustling handicraft market of Lhasa- "the Barkhor Street", for some minority handicraft souvenirs. Later, visit a Tibetan tea store. To the Tibetans, tea is a beverage just like coffee to the westerners.

3: Lhasa- Yamdrok Lake- Gyangtse- Shigatse BUS B, L, D

Today we will set off from Lhasa, climbing over the "Kambala Snow Mountain" with an altitude of 4900 meters to visit "the Yamdrok Lake" -it is the world’s highest altitude fresh water lake and renown as the sacred lake in the sky. Then proceed to Shigatse via Gyangtse.

4: Shigatse-Lhasa BUS B, L, D

After breakfast, we will visit the "Tashilhunpo Monastery", which is the rest in peace place of Panchen Lama and also one of the 6 major monasteries for Tibetan Yellow Sect. This monastery was built by the first Panchen Lama in 1447 and thereafter became the resident of all the previous Panchen Lama. There is a world tallest Mi’le Buddha statue, which is 28 meters tall in the monastery. Then return to Lhasa.

5: Lhasa B, L, D

After breakfast, visit the only Temple of wealth in Tibet- "Grashi Monastery". Then proceed to the Geological Mining Museum where you can appreciate the mysterious Tibetan bead and the art of Tibetan Thangka. After lunch, visit one of the three largest monasteries in Lhasa- "Sera Monastery". The Gelugpa or Yellow Hat Sect of Tibetan Buddhism studies Buddhist doctrines using a step-by-step process. As a part of their study, lamas must participate in debates to further their comprehension and proceed to more advanced levels of study. The debating traditions in the Sera Monastery are unique among the three famous monasteries in Lhasa. Thereafter, we will visit the Tibetan Pharmaceutical Factory where you can see the magic effect of Tibetan medicine.

6: Lhasa-Xining TRAIN B, X, X

After breakfast, we will board the world’s highest railway- "the Qingzang Railway" heading towards Xining, which is known as the “Southern path of Silk Road”. It will be a whole day train journey, passing through Lhasa, Dangxiong, Naqu, Anduo, Tuotuo River, Ge’ermu, Delingha and finally Xining. All meals on the train will be at own expense.

7: Xining X, L, D

This morning tour guide will pick you up from the railway station. Then we will be driven through the "Dan Geer Ancient City". You can view "the Mt Moon and Sun", the Sun Pavilion and the Moon Pavilion along the way. Thereafter, we will travel to "Qinghai Lake" which is the largest salty water lake in China with an area of 4500 square kilometers. Qinghai Lake’s emerald green water completes the picturesque scenery. Next we will visit Qinghai Kunlun jade store.

8: Xining Departure B

After breakfast, transfer to Xining Caojiabao Airport (XNN) for the flight to your next destination.

Optional items (at your own expenses, excluded in the admission fee as indicated):
Karuola Glacier + Phalha Manor + Tibetan Family Visit ------------------- RMB580/pax

Tour arrangements will be subject to local real conditions!

Wish you a happy journey!




Price

Date(s)Double OccupancySingle RoomRemark2017 Lhasa Arrival Date :

APR 05, 12, 19, 26
MAY 03, 10, 17, 24, 31
JUN 07, 14, 21, 28
OCT 04, 11, 18, 25
$899+ $290Child 2-11 years old with bed : $519
Child 2-11 years old without bed : $329
Child under 2 years old : 10% of adult tour fare

2017 Lhasa Arrival Date :

SEP 06, 13, 20, 27
$999+ $290Child 2-11 years old with bed : $609
Child 2-11 years old without bed : $379
Child under 2 years old : 10% of adult tour fare
2017 Lhasa Arrival Date :

NOV 01, 08, 15, 22, 29
DEC 06

2018 Lhasa Arrival Date :
JAN 10
FEB 07

$699+ $290Child 2-11 years old with bed : $399
Child 2-11 years old without bed : $229
Child under 2 years old : 10% of adult tour fare

   * Admission fee as indicated $180
* Service Charge $80

Notes:

Itinerary: Lhasa Arr. -Yamdrok Lake–Gyangtse-Shigatse–Lhasa-Xining-Qinghai Lake-Xining Dep. 7N8D

Local Delicacies:
Plateau fungus soup, Tibetan flavor meal

Deluxe Hotels:
Lhasa: Quasi-5?Gakyiling Hotel/Fliport Garden Hotel Lhasa/similar
Shigatse: 4?Shigatse Hotel/Tashi Choeta Hotel/similar
Xining: Quasi-5?Enraton Internation Hotel/Sanwant Hotel Xining/similar


Optional items (at your own expenses, excluded in the admission fee as indicated):
Karuola Glacier + Phalha Manor + Tibetan Family Visit ------------------- RMB580.00 per person

* Warm Tips when you are in Tibet *

1. Altitude Reaction: as you are walking over high land, it is possible for you to feel some of the minor symptoms and discomfort of altitude sickness like headache, loss of appetite etc until your body adjusts to the high terrain. If it is not serious, please do not rely on oxygen equipment all the time so that you can acclimate yourself to the high altitude as early as possible. Please don't worry and take as much water as possible. You may prepare some health care medicine such as: American ginseng tablet, rhodiola rosea or plateau peaceful capsule. It’s a good way to keep a usual mind. Please follow tour guide’s advice.

2. dos and donts: don’t do anything strenuous like brisk walking and running on the first day; don’t smoke nor drink alcohol either; don’t eat too much for dinner; don’t take showers or bathes too frequently especially on your first night in Tibet.

3. What to wear: Casual clothing and comfortable walking shoes are the must for your trip to Tibet. Make sure to take warm clothing as it is quite chilly and cold during the nights and early morning.

4. What to take: water bottle, snacks which you can have in your trip, your Personal medical kit, sunglasses, sun screen lotion, Bandana, scarf or mask for keeeping your lungs from dust and so on.

5. Here is the temperature table of Lhasa for your reference(data source: the China Meteorological Administration National Meteorological Information Center):

Month/
Temperature.........Jan....Feb....Mar....Apr....May....Jun....Jul....Aug....Sep....Oct....Nov....Dec
average maximum..7.2...9.3...12.7...15.9...19.9...23.2...22.6...21.4...19.9...17.0...12.1....8.0
°C(°F)..................45...48.7...54.9...60.6...67.8...73.8...72.7...70.5...67.8...62.6...53.8...46.4
average minimum.-9.0...-5.8...-2.1....1.5.....5.6.....9.8....10.4....9.7....7.7....2.0....-4.2....-8.2
°C(°F)................15.8...21.6...28.2...34.7...42.1...49.6...50.7...49.5...45.9...35.6...24.4...17.2

Remarks:
1)Tibet Travel guidelines: foreign passengers and Taiwanese tourists who want to travel in Tibet are required to hold the Tibet Tourism Bureau (T.T.B.) Permits when boarding the plane or the copy of this permit when boarding the train and their China visa must be Chinese tourist visa “L”. Permits are necessary for entry to Lhasa or any other part of the Tibetan Autonomous Region. Please make sure to get the permit timely from our specified places. Foreign journalists are forbidden to entry Tibet.

2)You are required to enter Tibet only from Beijing, Shanghai, Canton or Chengdu. Necessary information for obtaining a Tibet travel permit (the cost has been included in the tour fare above): nationality, occupation, gender, day of birth as well as the scanning copies of your passport and visa. Please provide all the materials at least 30 days prior to tour start date. Any cost caused by wrong information or delay of submitting information will be undertaken by guests themselves.

3)Two methods of obtaining your Tibet Travel Permit (please provide us the correct address and contact No.):
A. Local delivery (available only in Beijing/Shanghai/Canton/Chengdu downtown or airport): extra $80/transfer.
B. Express delivery (available in China’s major capital cities’ downtown area): extra $10/transfer.

4)Total fare composed of tour fare, admission fee as indicated and service charge must be pre-paid at time of reservation. The admission fee as indicated and service charge for adults and children are the same (free for infant under 2 years old).

5)Tour fare above is based on American adults (non student group).
That for travelers under 12 years old is as follows:

Apr.2017 – Jun.2017, Oct. 2017
Child between 2-11 years old with bed : $519/pax
Child between 2-11 years old without bed : $329/pax
Child under 2 years old without bed : 10% of adult tour fare

Sep.2017
Child between 2-11 years old with bed : $609/pax
Child between 2-11 years old without bed : $379/pax
Child under 2 years old without bed : 10% of adult tour fare

Nov.2017 - Feb. 2018
Child between 2-11 years old with bed : $399/pax
Child between 2-11 years old without bed : $229/pax
Child under 2 years old without bed : 10% of adult tour fare

6)Excellent English speaking tour guide.

7)We reserve the right to modify the itinerary if necessary subject to the local real conditions.

8)We reserve the right to modify the price without notice subject to the fluctuations of exchange rates.

9)Attendance during the whole trip is required.

10) There are shopping excursions on this tour as per itinerary. However, there is no obligation to purchase anything. Visitors who are not very keen on shopping can treat this as culture learning experience.