7 Days Xining-Tibet Adventure Tour by Overnight Train: Xining -Lhasa -Tsedang
This 7 days tour will take you to explore two amazing cities in China, Xining and Lhasa. You will visit the splendid Ta’er Monastery to know more about Tibetan Buddhism in Xining and cover the highlights of Lhasa including Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Sera Monastery, Norbulingka and Yamdroktso Lake. You will also have an overnight train experience, having a rest at night and enjoying the scenery in daytime. Join this tour to have a holiday full of memorable moments.
Day 1 Xining Arrival & Tour to Ta’er Monastery & Overnight Train to Lhasa
Attractions: Ta’er Monastery
Welcome to Xining! When you arrive at Xining Airport, your local guide will greet you at the exit of arrival hall by holding a name sign and transfer you to visit Ta’er Monastery. The monastery was built in the Ming Dynasty to commemorate the founder of the Yellow Hat Sect, Tsong Khapa. You will follow your guide to explore the magnificent buildings combining Han and Tibetan styles, appreciate its unique “three wonders of art” — butter sculptures, murals and barbolas, and listen to its history and stories.
After visiting the monastery, your guide and driver will escort you to the train station for your overnight train to Lhasa (Z265 / 19:31-16:45 +1 for reference). You will spend the night on the train.
Accommodation: Overnight Train
Day 2 Lhasa Arrival
Upon your arrival at Lhasa train station, your local guide will wait for you at the exit of the train station by holding a name sign and transfer you to your downtown hotel. Before getting off the train, please double check your belongings to ensure you have collet all your stuff. Please have a good rest at your hotel and get yourself relaxed to better get used to the high altitude.
Accommodation: Lhasa local 4 stars hotel
Day 3 Lhasa Highlights Day Tour
Attractions: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
Meet your Lhasa tour guide at hotel lobby around 9am and then start your exploration on this land from the world famous Potala Palace. It is the shrine for all pilgrims as a great representation of Tibet. People come here would be feasted from both sense organ and inner soul by its magnificent physical construction and collections as well as its significant religious, politic and cultural sense to this vast highland.
Then come to visit Jokhang Temple, located in the center of the old Lhasa City and considered as a holy place not only from geographical location but also from the belief of the Tibet Buddhists. Both Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple was built by Songtsen Gampo; however Potala Palace has born more politic meaning while Jokhang Temple more religious meaning.
Next you will pay a visit to the Barkhor Street, also called Bajiao Street, which is a famous turning scripture path and business center in Lhasa, conserving well the traditional appearance and living custom of the ancient Lhasa. Enrolled on the list of “Ten National Historical and Cultural Street”, Barkhor Street is considered as one of most charming and special street nationwide, miniaturizing the history development of Tibet. Finally, you will be transferred back to your hotel for rest.
Accommodation: Lhasa local 4 stars hotel
Day 4 Lhasa Monastery Day Tour
Attractions: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Norbulingka
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.
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.
Accommodation: Lhasa local 4 stars hotel
Day 5 Yamdroktso Lake Day Tour
Attractions: Yamdroktso Lake
Meet your guide and driver in the morning and then drive to the famous Yamdroktso Lake. It is famed as “the Most Beautiful Lake in the World” with the literal meaning as “the above coral twig” and the holy moral in Tibetan’s heart as “the Scattered Kallaite Earrings of Fairy” as it couldn’t be gotten its full perspective by visitors on the ground. There are three other lakes creeping on the earth with Yamdorktso Lake, connecting each other together and consisting of an endless holy lake beyond our horizon—the beautiful body of the lake on this land is more than 130km long. When looking it from map or sky, you will be surprised to see the lake embedded in this land, glittering like an earring under the sunshine at different time.
After having fun at the lake, you will pay a visit to local Tibetan family to experience the local culture and customs closely. Tonight you will stay at Zedang.
After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel lobby. Today’s first stop is Changzhu Monastery, which is built during the reign of Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century. You will have chance to witness the treasure of this monastery, a 2-meter-long and 1.2-meter-wide Thangka made of 29026 pearls, 1 diamond, 2 rubies, 1 sapphire, 185 turquoise stones and other precious gems. Looking at the vivid Thangka, you may feel like the Guanyin Buddha is communicating with you.
Then move on to Yongbulakang Monastery. It’s the first palace in Tibetan history and was changed to a monastery later. You can wander around appreciating the murals which will tell you the stories of the first king of Tibet, the first building and the first farmland.
Next visit Sangye Monastery. Sangye means “unimaginable” in Tibetan language. This over 1000-year-old monastery has a special architectural style with the bottom of Tibetan style, the middle of Han style and the top of Indian style. There are many well-preserved cultural relics from different periods of Tibet. After you explore the three monasteries, your guide and driver will take you back to your hotel.
Accommodation: Zedang local 4 stars hotel
Day 7 Lhasa Departure
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!
July and August is in the peak season for this tour when it would apply the high season. Chinese public holiday such as Chinese National Holiday would applys much higher price and you are don’t suggested to do the tour during these period.
Train station and airport pick-up and drop-off
Xining-Lhasa overnight soft sleeper train ticket
Comfortable transfers in air-conditioned vehicle
English-speaking tour guide and experienced driver
Admission tickets (main gate)
5 nights 4 stars hotel with breakfast
A bottle of mineral water per pax per day
Fuels, tolls and parking charges
Guide service on the trains
Meals and flights
Gratuities to guide and driver (highly recommended)
Step 1: You can directly book online or please feel free to share your tour plans or thoughts at [email protected] , our travel consultant will contact you within 12 hours.
Step 2: A small amount deposit will be required to book a tour. After deposit received, a detailed service voucher will be sent to you to confirm the booking.
Step 3: Balance due will be required 7-15 days ahead of your travel date.
The core of our service is excellent travel guides. Over 20 years, we have built up a considerable professional guide team that is knowledgeable, attentive and flexible. The most experienced and reliable guides will be arranged for your unique China tour. Our passionate guide team is full of contagious enthusiasm and keen interest to share culture and history in a pleasant manner. We are always glad at your service to lead you to explore a real China and experience authentic local life in China.
Our Driver and Vehicle
The first mission of our service is to ensure you feel safe and comfortable during your travel. The vehicles we use are air-conditioned, clean and well-maintained. Our drivers are all licensed drivers with many years of driving experience. Moreover, we offer free baby seats for families with little kids.
Food is a very important part of Chinese culture. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to taste the real local Chinese food!
Buffet breakfast will be included in the hotel if you would like accommodation to be arranged by us. Having lunch at local restaurants close and convenient to the attractions you will visit, you would enjoy the local dishes in each city. Chinese style, Vegetarian or Muslim meals are all available. If you have any other diet requirements or allergies, please feel free to let us know, we will try our best to organize it.
For daily dinner, you are suggested to have it on your own when you are exploring each city in your own time, this way would be more flexible for you to choose food as per your interest and preference.