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Tibet Discovery Tour by Train from Xining
Tibet Impression

potala palaceTour Code: CHT-TB-01 
Duration: 7 days
Departure Date: You Choose
Tour Price: from $813
Tour Feature: Land tour + well selected hotel + domestic flights/trains, private guided with your own English speaking guide ( unless otherwise specified), your own driver at your own pace and schedule.




 Daily Itinerary

Day 1
Place & Transport: Arrive in Xining, Flight not included
Today's Activities: Airport to Hotel Transfer (Xining)

Qinghai LakeDay 2
Place & Transport: Xining
Today's Activities: Qinghai Lake,
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

- Qinghai Lake (20 minutes): Qinghai Lake, China's largest inland salt water lake is at 3200 meters above sea level and is situated at the east of Qinghai province, around 2.30 hours drive from Xining. The ellipse-shaped lake looks like a huge poplar leaf sitting on the alpine prairie. Scenery in Qinghai lake varies according to seasons. Summer and autumn are the most comfortable weather conditions and the lake's scenery is most beautiful during these seasons.

Day 3
Place & Transport: Xining to Overnight train, Train No. K9801 (Xining Railway Station - Lhasa Railway Station) Dep 14:55 - Arr 15:05
Today's Activities: Hotel to Train station Transfer (Xining), Taer Monastery, youyi store
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Mazhong restaurant

- Taer Monastery (2 hours): The Ta'er Monastery is located in Huangzhong County, 26 kilometers from Xining, capital of Qinghai Province. It's the Buddhist garden buildings, combining the architectural arts of the Zang and Han nationalities. A lot of cultural relics are stored in the temple, including all kinds of instruments used in Buddhism, statues of Buddha in different poses, profound sutras and stone inscriptions in language of the Zang and Man nationalities, as well as Mongolian.
- Mazhong restaurant : Mazhong restaurant is a muslim restaurant.,the main meal is the Qinghai delicacy .Including mutton、sheep neck、various noodles and yogurt.It is a two storyed building ,there is inter-packet in the second floor,Meals for 500 people at the same time
- youyi store : This store is near the Tibetan Monastery - Ta'er temple and sells more than a thousand products.
Address: Huangzhong Qinghai    

Day 4
Place & Transport: Overnight train to Lhasa
Today's Activities: Train station to Hotel Transfer (Lhasa)

barkhor streetDay 5
Place & Transport: Lhasa
Today's Activities: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Kechu Hotel

- Potala Palace (1 hour): Former winter home of the Dalai Lama, a vast, awe-inspiring maze of corridors and stairs leading through countless rooms of richly decorated statues, tombs, murals and antiques. You will climb past the White Palace into the Red Palace, where the file of pilgrims offering silk scarves, coins or yak butter to burn in the shrines combine to make this an unforgettable experience. Note: you need to be fit for the long stairways.
- Jokhang Temple (2 hours): Smaller and more manageable than the Potala, this 4-storey, golden-roofed temple is at the heart of a rich and living Tibetan Buddhism. Many locals pray here regularly; the Temple is surrounded by Barkhor Street and thronged with pilgrims and visitors. Yak butter lamps burn in front of rich statuary that includes the Sakyamuni Buddha brought to Tibet by Princess Wen Cheng in the 7th Century.
- Barkhor Street (2 hours): Watch the pilgrims, wearing local dress from many different parts of Tibet, as they circle clockwise around Jokhang Temple with prayer wheels, or prostrate themselves near the front gate. Join the locals and visitors to shop for local goods at the colourful stalls, or relax in a coffee shop or tea house to enjoy the passing parade.
- Kechu Hotel : The Kechu hotel and restaurant has a beautiful garden and provides Tibetan and Nepal food.

sera templeDay 6
Place & Transport: Lhasa
Today's Activities: Sera Monastery, Norbulingka, Drepung Monastery
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Lhasa Kitchen

- Sera Monastery (3 hours): It is known as one of the three greatest monasteries of Tibet. As one of the three main monasteries of Lhasa, it is here that the monks "famous daily debates" take place.
- Norbulingka (2.5 hours): Norbulingka means "Jeweled Garden". It was constructed as a summer palace for the Dalai Lama and later served the whole governmental administration.
- Drepung Monastery (3.5 hours): Drepung Monastery lies in west of Lhasa under Mt. Gambo Utse, clustered round by the black mountain, its white grand buildings shining under the sunlight. Built in 1416, it is considered as one of the largest monasteries in the six principle monasteries of Gelu Sect in China. Drepung Monastery used to be the living palace of Dalai Lamas before the reconstruction of Potala palace (after the 5th Dalai Lamas was bestowed by Qing emperor Qianlong). The grand Shonton Festival is hold in the early part of August every year. That is the busiest day there with crowds of people. It is an opportunity to enjoy the atmosphere of this festival.
- Lhasa Kitchen: Lhasa Kitchen is near the Jokhang Temple. It is decorated by merging Tibetan style with Indian, Nepalese, Chinese and Italian architecture. It serves a variety of styles of food.

Day 7
Place & Transport: Depart Lhasa, Flight not included
Today's Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Lhasa)
Meals: Breakfast


Price Details for this tour (per person in US dollars)

Low Season (Dec. 01 - Mar. 31)

Your Group Size Tour Class Tour Price Single Room
1 Person Superior $1822 $0 Inquiry
Deluxe $1514 $0 Inquiry
Tourist $1285 $0 Inquiry
2-5 Persons Superior $960 $418 Inquiry
Deluxe $959 $221 Inquiry
Tourist $813 $152 Inquiry
6-9 Persons Superior $950 $418 Inquiry
Deluxe $839 $221 Inquiry
Tourist $680 $152 Inquiry

High Season (Apr. 01 - Nov. 31)

Your Group Size Tour Class Tour Price Single Room
1 Person Superior $1977 $0 Inquiry
Deluxe $1748 $0 Inquiry
Tourist $1424 $0 Inquiry
2-5 Persons Superior $1160 $472 Inquiry
Deluxe $1061 $342 Inquiry
Tourist $882 $197 Inquiry
6-9 Persons Superior $1036 $472 Inquiry
Deluxe $992 $342 Inquiry
Tourist $758 $197 Inquiry

  * Prices are in US dollars, for one person. Prices are for references only, may vary according to your travel time. Better discount is available when travel in low season from Dec to March.


Price Inclusions:

Entrance Fees:
To scenic spots as listed in the itinerary.
All meals as specified in the itinerary.
If the restaurant indicated is not available on the day, your guide will arrange another restaurant from our list of approved restaurants. Breakfast is usually a western style buffet. We endeavor to ensure that a choice of western and Chinese breakfasts is supplied, however there may be occasions when only a Chinese breakfast is available in some remote locations.
Private Transfers:
Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in Xining, Lhasa by private air conditioned vehicle with a driver and English-speaking guide (as listed above).
Your comfort is our priority! Click here to get a description of the vehicles that we use for our tours.
As outlined in the itinerary an English-speaking guide and driver will be provided in each city, who will remain with you throughout your time in that city. A new guide and a new driver will meet you at each city on your tour, to provide you with the best local knowledge available.
Hotel fees are based on two people sharing one room with twin beds.
All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.
Xining To Lhasa Transfer via: Train, K9801 (Our arrangements)
Service Charge & Government Taxes:
The insurance is China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
Click here to learn more about the insurance coverage and the sum insured.
Luggage Transfers:
Between airports/railway stations and hotels.
The tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges.  


Price Exclusions:

International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China.
USA-CHINA/CHINA-USA: China Highlights has negotiated special discount fares (restrictions apply) for selected flights operated by Air China from major US and China gateways. We are able to offer these special deals to confirmed customers. Discount US to China Flights

China Entry Visa Fees.

Excess Baggage Charges.
Passengers holding an adult fare or half fare ticket are entitled to a free baggage allowance of 20kg, for economy class. Total weight of carryon baggage for each passenger may not exceed 5kg. The size may not exceed 20x40x 55cm. More
Personal Expenses:
Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone calls, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the tour itinerary.
Any meals which are not specified in the tour itinerary.
Single Room Supplement.




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