14 Days China Tibet Tour from Hong Kong with Chengdu-Tibet Train Experience

Hongkong - Chengdu - Train to Lhasa - Lhasa - Xi'an - Beijing

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This 14-day China Tibet tour will take you from the stunning sights and nightlife of Hong Kong to the relaxed and laid-back monasteries of Lhasa, taking in two of China’s most popular tourist destinations. Visit the giant pandas in Chengdu and stand next to an ancient terracotta warrior in Xi’an, as well as making a spectacular trip to see the Great Wall of China, and the Imperial City of the ancient Ming and Qing Dynasties. And above all, experience the adventurous journey that is the Qinghai Tibet Railway as you take the train across the stunning landscape of the Tibetan Plateau.

Itinerary Day by Day

Day 1 Arrival in Hong Kong

When you arrive in Hong Kong, our local tour guide will be there to meet you at the Hong Kong International Airport, and help you transfer to your hotel, where you can rest after your flight. The rest of the day is yours to either rest or to explore the area and take in some of the local sights.

Stay overnight in Hong Kong.

Day 2 Hong Kong Sightseeing and Flight to Chengdu

In the morning, your guide will pick you up from your hotel to get in some sightseeing around the major tourist attractions of this vibrant and historic city. Your first stop for the day is the famous Victoria Peak, from which you can get the most amazing view of Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong Island, and Kowloon. You can head up the hill using the tram, a favorite of tourists, or hike to the top.

Then it is on to visit the beautiful beach at Repulse Bay, believed to be named for the legend of the battle between the local pirates and the British Navy. Repulse bay is also the most expensive area for housing on the island. After lunch it is time for a visit to the noted Stanley Market, one of the largest open-air street markets in Hong Kong. Well known for its bargains, you can find all kinds of souvenirs, as well as fine silks and traditional Chinese dress, arts, and crafts.

Later, you will be transferred to Hong Kong International Airport for the flight to Chengdu, where you will be met by our local guide and transferred to your hotel.

Stay overnight in Chengdu.

Day 3 Chengdu Sightseeing Tour

Your first day in Chengdu will start with a visit to the unique Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center. Catch the pandas at feeding time, when they are very active, and you may even get to see baby pandas, if there has been a recent litter of cubs. The center is the main hub of panda breeding and research in the world. You can also visit the panda museum on the site, where you can learn more about these beautiful and ancient bears.

After lunch you will get to visit the Wenshu Temple, in downtown Chengdu, where you can take in the stunning architecture of this Buddhist temple, and take a peaceful stroll around the sculpted gardens, soaking up the reverent atmosphere of this delightful temple. Then it is off to Renmin Park, where you can sit see local people in their daily lives, drinking tea and chatting, playing mahjong, getting a local massage, and even sleeping on the lush grass. Before dinner, you will get to visit the famous Jinli Street, where you can find the most exquisite artifacts, watch local folk shows, or taste the local snacks and street foods.

Stay overnight in Chengdu.

Day 4 Free to Explore the city, then Board Train to Lhasa

The day is your own today, to explore the city more, or just relax with a refreshing cup of tea. Your guide will collect you from your hotel in the evening to transfer you to Chengdu Railway Station, where you will board the train bound for Tibet. The train leaves Chengdu at 9:37pm, and will reach Lhasa in Tibet at around 9:55am on the third day. The line from Chengdu runs through Xining, the start of the famous Qinghai Tibet Railway, and covers an amazing 3,070 kilometers up through China and across the Tibetan Plateau.

Tips: The trip up to the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau to Lhasa takes around 43 hours, so two nights are spent on the train. It is advisable to prepare snacks and packaged food for the journey, as well as some books, music, and other entertainment.

Stay overnight on the train.

Day 5 Train to Lhasa

Traveling along the most scenic railway in the world, you will experience sights that will leave you breathless, and cross a plateau with an average elevation of over 4,000 meters. Do not forget to check out the view as you go over the Tanggula Pass, the highest railway pass in the world at 5072 meters above sea level. There are many sights to see along the route, and the train staff will point them out over the train’s speaker system just before they come into view. The notice and explanation of each sight is given in English as well as Chinese, so you will have no problem understanding.

Stay overnight on the train.

Day 6 Scenery View of Tibet Railway, and arrive in Lhasa

When you arrive in Lhasa in the mid-afternoon, our guide will greet you warmly with the phrase, "Tashi Delek", which means 'wish you all the best'. Your tour guide will meet you at the exit of the station, and a private car will transport you to your hotel to allow you to rest and acclimatize for the rest of the day.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 7 Lhasa Tour: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street

Today, you’ll pay a visit to the famous Potala Palace, the world cultural heritage. You can explore its audience halls, the jeweled and Golden burial chortens (stupa Tombs) of past Dalai Lamas, and a tremendous number of Buddhist frescoes, Thangkas, combinations of mandala, etc.

Then tourists will head to the holiest temple in Tibet, the Jokhang Temple, built during Songtsen Gampo's reign by princess Wencheng of Tang dynasty, 647 A.D. Here you can observe sincere pilgrims making prostration in front of Jokhang Temple. While entering the temple, you can see the holiest statue of Buddha. Around the monastery is the famous Barkhor Street, where you can do the kora with pilgrims and locals. And then we’ll go to explore the old market and you may have the chance to see the traditional jewelry trading between people from different part of Tibet.

Finally, you’ll taste Tibetan tea with locals in the tea house and enjoy a welcome dinner at night.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

After finishing the sightseeing, if time allows, you may go with tour guide to visit Tibetan handicraft art or Tibetan Traditional Medicine center. Besides, you can also choose to upgrade your tour to enjoy Tibetan Culture Show in the evening (fr. 60USD).

Day 8 Lhasa Tour: Drepung and Sera Monastery

Today, you will visit two of the three prestigious Gelugpa monasteries in Lhasa, the Drepung and the Sera. Founded by Jamyang Choeje in 1416, Drepung Monastery is the largest monastery in Tibet. Situated at the foot of Gambo Utse Mountain, Drepung was once home to more than 10000 monks. Here you can see the biggest monastery kitchen inside and then pay a visit to the Buddhist Sculpture Carving near Drepung.

After having lunch, you’ll continue to visit the Sera Monastery, which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje. The highlight is the monk debate held in the courtyard at around 3-5 in the afternoon. Besides, you can also see the colorful Rock Painting of Buddha and the three sand Mandalas and then visit the Tibetan scripture printing house.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 9 Flight from Lhasa to Xian

Today your guide will transfer you to the Lhasa Gonggar International Airport for your flight to Xi’an, the capital of Shaanxi Province of China. One of the oldest cities in China, the flight takes around three hours, and our local guide, who will help you with your transfer to your hotel, will meet you. The rest of the day is yours to rest or look around.

Stay overnight in Xi’an.

Day 10 Xian Sightseeing Tour

The next morning will see you visiting the Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, a must-see when in Xi'an. Around 8,000 ancient, life-sized figures were created to accompany the first Emperor of China to the afterlife, and were part of his mausoleum. Each figure has a unique facial structure and expression, as if they had been made from living people. The warriors were buried with the Emperor in 208BC and were not discovered until 1974.

In the afternoon, you will be able to enjoy the ancient City Wall of Xi'an by bicycle tour. The wall around the inner part of the city was built in the 14th century and is 14km long. It is an amazing example of ancient defensive structures.

In the evening you will be able to travel to the Muslim quarter, with its famed gourmet street full of tasty delights. It is the largest area of Muslim business in the city, and is the perfect place to buy souvenirs of Xi'an and China, with a wide range of local snacks and handicrafts.

Stay overnight in Xi'an.

Day 11 Xian Sightseeing Tour & High-speed train to Beijing

Today, you will continue exploring this fascinating city of Xi’an. First, you will visit one of the most popular sites in Xi'an, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Built in 652, the pagoda is a repository of Buddhist figures and scriptures brought to Xi'an from India by, Xuanzang, the first abbot of Daci'en Temple.

Afterwards, you will head to Shanxi History Museum, where you can take in the glory and ancient history of China. The museum holds artifacts that date back as far as the Paleolithic era, up to the more recent Qing Dynasty. The museum is packed with thousands of exhibits from all periods of history, and is a busy, popular attraction.

Finally, the guide will take you to the railway station for your high-speed train to Beijing. On arrival, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel.

Stay overnight in Beijing.

Day 12 Beijing Sightseeing Tour

Your first full day in Beijing will take you first to the infamous Tiananmen Square, where you can see the mausoleum of China’s famous Chairman Mao, take a walk around the National Museum of China, and get some great photos of the great hall of the People. Tiananmen Square is the largest square of its kind in the world, and is part of the heart of China.

Your tour of Beijing continues with a visit to the famous Forbidden City, which was the Chinese Imperial Palace from around 1420 to 1912. Set right in the center of Beijing, it now houses the Palace museum. The Temple of Heaven is your next stop, which was constructed from 1406 to 1420 during the reign of the Yongle Emperor. The complex was extended and renamed Temple of Heaven during the reign of the Jiajing Emperor in the 16th century.

In the Afternoon, you will visit the incredible Summer Palace, the imperial summer home of the Qing Dynasty. Situated in the Haidian District northwest of Beijing, Summer Palace is the largest and most well preserved royal park in China, and is a vast ensemble of lakes, gardens, and palaces. These beautiful attractions show visitors what life was like for the royal household in ancient China, and how the Chinese emperors managed their empire.

Stay overnight in Beijing.

Day 13 Beijing Sightseeing Tour

No tour of China would be complete without a visit to the great Wall, the largest man-made structure on the planet, which can be seen from orbit. This tour shows the great strength of the Chinese Empire, and the wall protected the ancient Chinese from invasion by their enemies from the north. The Mutianyu section of the wall is 2,250 meters long, and includes a total of 22 watchtowers, making it one of the most protected sections of the entire wall. Mutianyu is the longest fully-restored Great Wall section open to tourists.

After the awesome sight of the Great Wall, you will visit the Ming Tomb of the 13th Emperor of the Ming Dynasty, Emperor Wanli. Ruler of all China for 48 years, he was the longest ruling of all the Ming emperors and was entombed on his death in 1620. One of 16 Ming Tombs, the tomb of Emperor Wanli is the only one that has been excavated and opened for public viewing.

Then it is off to take a tour of Beijing’s fantastic Olympic Village. Known as the Bird’s Nest, the National Stadium in Beijing was built for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and is now a major tourist attraction, as well as a venue for important football matches and athletic events. Nearby lies the equally famous Water Cube, the National Aquatics Center, the official swimming and water sports facility for the 2008 Olympics.

Stay overnight in Beijing.

Day 14 Beijing Sightseeing and Beijing Departure

In the morning, you will get to visit the world-renowned Temple of Heaven, an imperial temple complex that was often visited by Ming and Qing Emperors for the annual prayer ceremonies for a good harvest. The ceremonies would be held twice a year in the temple, where the emperor and his retinue would camp within the complex and pray to heaven for good harvests, kept out of sight of the common people.

Later, you will be transferred to Beijing International Airport for your flight home.

Service Inclusion

  1. Tibet Travel Permit and all other necessary permit to Tibet
  2. Domestic train/flight tickets as indicated in the itinerary, including Chengdu to Lhasa train ticket, Xi'an to Beijing train ticket etc.
  3. All lodging listed in the itinerary. If you travel individually, you will need to share one room with another tourist. If you prefer to stay in one room by yourself, you will have to pay the single room supplement
  4. Meals listed in itinerary
  5. Entrance fees of all tourist sites listed in the itinerary
  6. Local tour transfer, comfortable tourist vehicle according to group size
  7. Excellent English-speaking tour guide in China tour and local Tibetan English-speaking guide in Tibet
  8. Tourist accident/casualty insurance
  9. One shared big Oxygen tank in the car
  10. First aid kit

Service Exclusion

  1. Chinese visa
  2. International flight to and out of China
  3. Domestic train/flight not listed in the itinerary. (We offer domestic train/flight ticket booking service, please contact our travel experts for the details.)
  4. Meals not specified the itinerary
  5. Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver
  6. Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks, optional tour activities, etc.

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