6 Days Shanghai – Tibet Tour by Flight

Shanghai and Tibet will bring you completely different travel experiences. Shanghai is a highly inclusive international metropolis, while Tibet is a sacred place of pilgrimage. Not only will you witness the prosperity of modern China, but you can also enjoy a spiritual journey by visiting the world’s highest palace, as well as three famous Tibetan Buddhist monasteries on the 6-day Shanghai-Tibet classic tour.

Highlights:
1. Get an exciting walk on the transparent bridge of the Shanghai World Financial Center.
2. Touch the vitality of Shanghai in the hustle and bustle of Nanjing Road and take a stroll along the Bund to view western-style historical architecture.
3. Unlock the mysteries and legends of the sacred Potala Palace and Norbulingka.
4. Admire the Jokhang Temple, a fusion of Tibetan, Tang, Nepal, and Indian architectural styles.
5. Baptize your spirit by visiting sacred Tibetan temples including Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery.

  • Private tour guide + Driver + Vehicle + Tickets entrance fee + Lunch + Flight ticket
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6 Days Shanghai – Tibet Tour by Flight
 
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  1. Day 1: Shanghai Arrival (no meal)

    Upon your arrival at Shanghai airport / train station, our local driver will pick you up from the exit gate by holding a welcome board with your name and transfer to downtown hotel for checking-in. Free and easy on your arrangement for rest of the day.

  2. Day 2: Shanghai
    Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, Yuyuan Market, Shanghai World Financial Center, Nanjing Road, the Bund (Breakfast, Lunch)

    AM: Shanghai is an intoxicating hybrid of ancient China and a prosperous modern metropolis. Today, your exploration begins with the Shanghai Museum at People’s Square (closed on each Monday). Established in 1952, the Shanghai Museum has a collection of more than 120,00 rare cultural pieces from the Old Stone Age to modern times.

    After that, move on to the beautiful Yuyuan Garden. Yuyuan Garden is a masterpiece of classical gardens and a must-visit place in Shanghai. There are over 40 scenic spots scattered in the garden. While you navigate the garden at the company of your tour guide, you will understand more about profound traditional Chinese culture fully embodied in every nook and cranny of the garden.

    After visiting the pretty Yuyuan Garden, you will wander around the lively Yuyuan Market. You can get everything here from traditional Chinese crafts like chopsticks, fans, and pottery to local delicacies such as steamed buns, crab shell cake, and pork chop with rice cakes. Don’t forget to haggle for a better price.

    Noon: Lunch in local restaurant.

    Yuyuan Market

    PM: Later, you will go to tick off Shanghai World Financial Center, a tall skyscraper in Pudong New Area. It boasts a total of 104 floors with 3 floors under the ground and 101 floors above the ground, among which Floor 94, 97 and 100 serves as sightseeing halls. You will have chance to see for yourself and go up to the 100th floor to have a marvelous panoramic view of the Huangpu River. Walking on the 55-meter long transparent sightseeing corridor will be an exciting experience.

    Nanjing Road is the earliest shopping street in Shanghai. Your tour guide will point out the four time-honored department stores, Yong’an Company, Xianshi Company, Xinxin Company and Daxin Company, from which you can get a bit history of this commercial street. If you want to try some delicious food, the street definitely will not disappoint you.

    The last stop is the Bund, which is one of the most sought-after places in Shanghai because of its historic significance and impressive view. Some Chinese couples even choose the Bund to take their wedding photos. You will love walking along the waterfront, watching the ships passing, and appreciating the old colonial buildings.

    The Bund

    Optional night activity: 

    Option A: Attend an entertaining Acrobatic Show, which one of the best theaters in China. You will definitely be amazed by the perfect balance and agility of the daring acrobats and wonder how they manage to control their body so well.

    Option B: Take a relaxing Huangpu River night cruise to enjoy the spectacular scenery on the bank. Huangpu River separates Shanghai into two parts, Pudong and Puxi. Cruising on the river will give you an unparalleled view of the city’s skyline and an unforgettable traveling experience.

    Accommodation: Hotel in Shanghai

    Huangpu River Cruise

  3. Day 3: Shanghai – Lhasa by Flight (no meal)

    Our driver will pick you up from hotel lobby at confirmed time, transfer to the airport for flight to Lhasa (no guide service). Upon arrival, our local driver will pick you up from the exit gate by holding a welcome board with your name and transfer to local hotel for checking-in. Have a good rest for tomorrow (no guide service)!

  4. Day 4: Lhasa
    Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street (Lunch)

    AM:Meet your Lhasa tour guide at hotel lobby around 9am and then start your exploration on this land from the world famous Potala Palace, the highest palace in the world. The whole architectural complex includes two parts, the White Palace and the Red Palace. The White Palace is the place where the Dalai Lamas lived and handled political affairs, while the Red Palace mainly houses the stupas of the Dalai Lamas. Your tour guide will share a wealth of information with you to help you understand its history and Tibetan Buddhism.

    Noon: Lunch in local restaurant.

    PM: Next your tour guide will lead you to explore the holy Jokhang Temple which has a history of over 1300 years. The temple is a mixture of Tibetan, Tang, Nepalese, and Indian architectural styles and has become an example of Tibetan religious architecture. The interior is so impressive with plenty of statues, colorful murals, and rows of butter lamps. It’s not allowed to take photos at most parts, but you will have opportunity to take some at the rooftop.

    At last, you will finish the day off with the lively Barkhor Street surrounding the Jokhang Temple. You can join the pilgrims to stroll around the temple and totally immerse yourself in it. There are also many interesting shops selling various stuff including clothing, handicrafts, and jewels. You can shop for some souvenirs here.

    Finish the sightseeing, transfer back to your hotel.

    Potala Palace

  5. Day 5: Lhasa
    Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Norbulingka (Lunch)

    AM: Today you will go to explore more interesting place of Lhasa. After the same pick-up as yesterday, you will come to Drepung Monastery with tour guide firstly. It is one of the Six Great Monasteries of Gulug (Yellow Hat) in Tibet, and shares the fame of the Three Great Monasteries in Lhasa with Sera Monastery and Ganden Monastery. It is located at south side of Gebeiwoze Mountain, 10km east of west suburban of Lhasa city. The ordered architectures in white was built against the Gebeiwoze Mountain and fully occupied the hillside, seeming a huge rice dump, hence the name of “Drepung” which means collected rice in Tibetan language and represents the prosperity of Tibetan.

    Noon: Lunch in local restaurant.

    PM: The second site today you will visit is the famous Sera Monastery which is the second largest monastery in Tibet. Sera Monastery was built in the Ming Dynasty by the famous Sagya Yeshes who was one of the eight disciples of Zongkapa and given the title of the Great Mercy Dharma by Emperor Xuanzong of Ming Dynasty after he had an audience with the Emperor in 1409 and 1414. The debate about Buddhism of Sera Monastery earns its fame in the Tibetan region, which is always taken a necessary activity to see for travelers from the whole world.

    Finally, you will go to Norbulingka was firstly built in 1740s, the time of the 7th Dalai Lama and experienced about 200 years’ construction until the time of 14th Dalai Lama. On the list National Relic Protection Units, the Norbulingka situated at the western suburban of Lhasa for over 200 years. It is a typical Tibetan style garden occupied 360,000 square meters, used as the place for the Dalai Lamas to live and deal with the daily political affairs. After visiting the sites, you will go back to your hotel.

    Norbulingka

  6. Day 6: Lhasa Departure (no meal)

    Please prepare your belongings in advance. Your guide and driver will meet you at appointed time and transfer you to airport for your departure flight (usually 4 hours in advance for international flight and 3 hours for domestic flight). Our service will end here. Wish you a pleasant journey!

Price includes

  • Economy class flight tickets from Shanghai to Lhasa
  • Private transfers in air-conditioned vehicle with licensed driver
  • Excellent English-speaking tour guides
  • Entrance tickets as mentioned in itinerary
  • 3 Chinese style lunches as listed in the itinerary
  • Tibet permits
  • Travel Agency Liability Insurance during the tour
  • Government taxes

Price excludes

  • Accommodation
  • China Visas or international flight
  • Any optional activity / battery car / shuttle bus inside the attraction
  • Any item beyond “Price includes”
  • Our package does not include travel insurance. Please purchase commercial travel insurance before your trip for any unforeseen circumstance
  • Gratuities to guide and driver (recommended if you are satisfied with their services)

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