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Tour Overview

This 6-day Chengdu and Lhasa tour seamlessly blends urban vibrancy with spiritual serenity. In Chengdu, marvel at adorable pandas, explore historic temples, and savor local delights. Transition to the mystical landscapes of Lhasa, where Potala Palace’s grandeur and Sera Monastery’s monk debates unfold. Wander through tranquil Norbulingka Park and delve into the spiritual heart of Tibetan Buddhism at Drepung Monastery. Culminate your adventure with a taste of Chengdu’s cultural richness, promising an immersive and unforgettable exploration of two distinct facets of China’s cultural tapestry.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Encounter adorable pandas, witness their playful antics, and delve into Chengdu’s vibrant culture on the Jinli Old Street.
2. Savor local snacks on Jinli Old Street, sip tea in Renmin Park, and enjoy a mesmerizing Sichuan Opera performance for an unforgettable Chengdu experience.
3. Explore the grandeur of Potala Palace, witness the spiritual debates at Sera Monastery, and stroll through bustling Barkhor Street in Lhasa.
4. Immerse yourself in the serene Norbulingka Park, experiencing the summer abode of Dalai Lamas amid lush gardens and historic Tibetan architecture.
5. Witness animated debates on Buddhist philosophy, a captivating spectacle at Sera Monastery, offering a unique insight into Tibetan monastic life.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to Chengdu! Upon your arrival, your guide and driver will warmly greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Take some time to settle in and freshen up. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the city at your own pace. Consider taking a leisurely stroll around your hotel's neighborhood to get a feel for Chengdu's local atmosphere.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: in Chengdu

  2. Start your day with a visit to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Marvel at these adorable creatures and learn about their unique lifestyle habits. The highlight of your visit will be watching baby pandas up close, an experience that promises to be both educational and heartwarming.

    Chengdu Pandas
    Baby Pandas in Chengdu Giant Panda Base

    After your panda adventure, head to Wenshu Temple, a serene Buddhist temple known for its exquisite architecture and peaceful ambiance. Take your time to explore the temple grounds, admire the intricate sculptures, and perhaps participate in the rituals observed by the locals.

    Following a delightful lunch, make your way to Renmin Park. Embrace the leisurely pace of life in Chengdu as you sip a cup of tea in this charming park. You may encounter locals practicing traditional activities like Tai Chi or playing musical instruments. Take a moment to relax and soak in the cultural richness of the surroundings. Continue your exploration with a visit to Jinli Old Street, a bustling marketplace with a history dating back to the Qin Dynasty. Stroll through the narrow lanes, adorned with traditional architecture and vibrant lanterns. Indulge in local snacks and street food, experiencing the flavors unique to Chengdu.

    Jinli Old Street Chengdu
    Jinli Old Street

    Wrap up your day with an optional evening activity: attend a performance of the Sichuan Opera. Immerse yourself in the captivating world of traditional Chinese opera, featuring face-changing performances and acrobatic feats. It's a perfect way to conclude your day in Chengdu with a touch of local entertainment.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Chengdu

  3. Enjoy a leisurely morning in Chengdu before your driver escorts you to the airport for your flight to Lhasa. Take in the last glimpses of Chengdu's charm and prepare for the breathtaking landscapes that await you in Tibet.

    Upon arrival in Lhasa, your local driver will warmly welcome you and transfer you to your hotel. As you journey to your accommodation, marvel at the stunning views along the Yarlung Tsangpo River, getting a taste of Tibet's majestic landscapes. The rest of the day is free for you to acclimate to the high altitude.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Lhasa

    Lhasa River Yarlung Tsangpo
    Stunning views along the Lhasa River, Yarlung Tsangpo River

  4. Your Lhasa city tour begins with a visit to a UNESCO World Heritage Site - Potala Palace. Served as the winter residence of the Dalai Lama, the palace stands as an iconic symbol of Tibetan Buddhism. Follow your guide to explore both the White Palace and the Red Palace, immersing yourself in the rich history and spiritual significance of this magnificent structure. Admire the intricate artwork, sacred relics, and panoramic views of Lhasa from the palace grounds.

    Potala Palace Lhasa
    Potala Palace

    After a fulfilling morning, head to Jokhang Temple, another significant religious site in Lhasa. Marvel at the fusion of Tibetan, Nepalese, and Indian architectural styles as you explore the temple's halls and chapels. Then, venture into the lively atmosphere of Barkhor Street, which is a quite bustling market. You can explore vibrant local culture, shop for traditional Tibetan crafts, and witness the pilgrims circumambulating the temple.

    Tibet Jokhang Temple
    Jokhang Temple

    Take your time to absorb the unique energy of Lhasa, and perhaps try some local Tibetan cuisine for dinner as you unwind from a day filled with cultural exploration.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Lhasa

  5. Today, you will be taken to the summer palace of the Dalai Lamas, Norbulingka Park. Spanning vast gardens and elegant pavilions, Norbulingka showcases Tibetan architecture and artistic splendor. Visitors can stroll through the lush landscapes, explore the intricately designed palaces, and witness the vibrant Tibetan culture during annual festivals. This tranquil haven offers a glimpse into the regal lifestyle and artistic richness of Tibetan history.

    Tibet Lhasa Norbulingka Park
    Norbulingka Park

    Afterwards, drive to Drepung Monastery, one of the largest monastic institutions in Tibet. Founded in the 14th century, it served as the residence of Dalai Lamas before Potala Palace.  You will explore the monastery's grand halls, chapels, and courtyards, soaking in the spiritual atmosphere and learning about its historical significance.

    Sera Monastery is the last stop of your Chengdu Lhasa trip. Renowned for its unique debates among monks, visitors can witness animated philosophical discussions in the monastery's courtyard. The complex features splendid chapels, intricate murals, and the grand Maitreya Buddha statue. The serene ambiance and religious rituals provide a profound spiritual experience.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Lhasa

    Sera Monastery in Lhasa
    Monks debating in Sera Monastery

  6. Enjoy a leisurely morning, taking the time to savor your last moments in Lhasa. Whether you choose to relax at your hotel, explore the local surroundings, or revisit a favorite site. Then, your driver will escort you to the airport for your onward flight.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Tour Price ($=USD)

From $894 P.P, which is based on a private tour for 2 people. The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel.

Price Includes

  • 5 nights' accommodation in well-selected hotels;
  • Meals listed in the itinerary;
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with licensed drivers;
  • Excellent local English-speaking tour guides services as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Entrance tickets as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day;
  • Tibet Travel Permit;
  • Economy flights from Beijing to Lhasa;
  • China Travel Insurance.

Price Excludes

  • Flight/train tickets to Chengdu / off Lhasa;
  • Any optional activities inside the attractions;
  • Any item not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • All kinds of gratuities for guides, drivers & others.
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