15-day Buddhist Pilgrimage in Tibet China

Destinations: Beijing, Xi'an, Lhasa, Chengdu, Leshan, Shanghai

Tour code: TCG-L-027       

Encompassing many Buddhism sites of China this is a trip for those who want to understand the Buddhism and its influences in China. Drive from the recent capital Beijing, or to the Tibetan Holy city - Lhasa, or just the busy metropolitan - Shanghai, you will find the remarkable footsteps of Buddha!

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  • Day 1 Arrival in Beijing

    Transfer via: international flight - on your own

    Upon arrival in Beijing, you will be met at the airport and transfer to your hotel at downtown. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

  • Day 2 Beijing

    Activities for today: Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Peking Duck Dinner

    After breakfast at your hotel, meet the guide and start today's city tour from the Temple of Heaven Park, which is a masterpiece of architecture and landscape design where the ancient emperors used to pray for the God's bless of the whole nation. Lunch will be taken at a local Chinese restaurant.

    In the afternoon, walk through the Tian'anmen Square which is the largest city square in the world, and visit the Forbidden City. It is the largest imperial palace in Cina for 24 emperors' reign during the Ming and Qing dynasties with a history of around 600 years. In the evening, enjoy a famous Peking Duck Banquet for dinner.

  • Day 3 Beijing

    Activities for today: Mutianyu Great Wall, Lama Temple

    Today you will travel into the rugged mountain landscapes north of the capital to the magnificent Mutianyu Great Wall. We've arranged for you to ascend to the site by cable car so you can conserve your time and energy to explore along the wall. Although sections can be steep, the views from this ancient structure are magnificent and the experience of actually walking atop the Great Wall is truly unforgettable.

    In the afternoon, pay a visit to the cloisonné Factory where you will see the traditional Beijing cultural art. After that, drive back to the city and see the iconic venues of the 2008 Summer Olympics – the Birds Nest Stadium and the Water Cube. Today's tour ends at the Yonghe Temple (Lama Temple). It is a temple and monastery of the Geluk School of Tibetan Buddhism located in the northeastern part of Beijing. The building and the artworks of the temple combine Han Chinese and Tibetan styles.

  • Day 4 Beijing / Xi'an

    Transfer via: domestic flight - on our arrangement

    Activities for today: Summer Palace, Hutong Tour.

    After breakfast at your hotel, meet the guide and transfer to visit the Summer Palace, which is the largest and best-preserved royal garden in China with a history of over 800 years.

    In the afternoon, take a 3-wheel rickshaw to Hutong and have a visit to the local family. Hutong is the unique street design in Beijing - some crisscrossing old narrow paths with courtyard houses built on each side. It can be regarded as a window into Beijing folk life. Transfer to Beijing airport for the late afternoon flight to Xi'an.
    Arrival in Xi'an, you will be met at the airport and transfer to your hotel.

  • Day 5 Xi'an

    Activities for today: Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda

    After breakfast at the hotel, meet the guide and drive to visit the Xi'an Daqin Terra-Cotta & Lacquer Furniture Art Factory. In the factory, you can see the process of how to make Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. Continue drive to visit the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Museum. It is one of the most important archaeological finds in the 20 th century; an army of terra-cotta warriors and the bronze chariots entombed in vast underground vaults at emperor Qin's tomb since 2200 year ago.

    In the afternoon, drive to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda Park. The pagoda is the city emblem, which was first built in Tang Dynasty for the storage of Buddhist scriptures taken from India by Monk Xuanzang. Have a free walk at the Old City Quarters.

  • Day 6 Xi'an / Lhasa

    Transfer via: domestic flight - on our arrangement

    Transfer to the airport for the flight to Lhasa.

    Upon arrival in Lhasa, you will be met at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

  • Day 7 Lhasa

    Activities for today: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street

    After breakfast at the hotel, full day guide tour visit the Potala Palace which is a monumental building of Lhasa served as administrative center, seat of government, monastery, fortress and the home of all the Dalai Lamas from the Fifth to the Fourteenth in the past, a UNESCO world cultural heritage site of 1994. Lunch will be taken at a local Chinese restaurant.

    In the afternoon, visit the Jokhang Temple, 1300 years old with a golden roof and one of Tibet's holiest shrines. Today's tour ends at the Barkhor Street. It is is essentially a pilgrim circuit, which is followed clockwise round the periphery of the Jokhang. Shaped roughly like an octagon, it is also a hive of market activity. Drive back to your hotel for free evening.

  • Day 8 Lhasa

    Activities for today: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Norbulingka

    After breakfast at the hotel, full day guide tour visit the Sera Monastery. It was first built in 1419, and the debating among monks is a very interesting scene of this monastery. Followed by a visit to the Drepung Monastery which was once the biggest monasteries in Tibet. Lunch will be taken at a local Chinese restaurant.

    In the afternoon, pay a visit to Norbulingka which used to be the Summer Palace of the Dalai Lama. After that, visit the Carpet Factory.

  • Day 9 Lhasa / Chengdu

    Transfer via: domestic flight - on our arrangement

    Activities for today: Jinsha Site Museum, Jinli old street

    In the morning, drive to Lhasa Gongga airport for the morning flight to Chengdu.

    Arrival in Chengdu, you will be met at the airport and transfer to visit the Jinsha Site Museum, a great place for visitors to closely observe the excavation of archeological spot and learn the glorious culture of the ancient Shu Kingdom. Then wander around Jinli ancient streets, you can taste different kinds of local snacks there.

  • Day 10 Chengdu / Leshan / Emei Mountain

    Transfer via: private vehicle

    Activities for today: Leshan Giant Buddha

    After breakfast, drive to visit the Leshan Giant Buddha. The 71m-high Giant Buddha is qualified as the largest stone-carved Buddha in the world. It was constructed during 713-803 AD during the prosperous Tang Dynasty. It was included in the UNESCO heritage list in 1996.

    After tour, drive to Mt. Emei, check into hotel at the foot of the mountain. Overnight at Emei Moutain.

  • Day 11 Emei Mountain / Chengdu

    Transfer via: private vehicle

    Activities for today: Emei Mountain

    Full day tour to visit Mt. Emei.

    First you will take a tourist bus for about 25 minutes to the parking lot of Wannian Temple, take the cable car up, visit Wannian Temple, walk through Qingyin Pavilion - the biggest natural ecology reserve area for monkeys, till you get to Wuxiangang parking lot to take the tourist bus down to the foot of the mountain.

  • Day 12 Chengdu / Shanghai

    Transfer via: domestic flight - on our arrangement

    Activities for today: Giant Panda Breeding Center

    Today, you will be picked up to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see the adorable panda bears.

    Transfer to the airport for the afternoon flight to Shanghai. Arrival in Shanghai, you will be met at the airport and transfer to the hotel.

  • Day 13 Shanghai

    Activities for today: Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yu Garden, Jade Buddha Temple, The Bund, Nanjing Road.

    After breakfast at the hotel, meet the guide and full day guide tour to visit Oriental Pearl TV Tower where has best viewing spot of Shanghai located by the Huangpu River with 468 meters high.

    Followed by a visit to the Yu Garden. The garden used to be a private garden with 400 years' history; it features traditional architectural style of Yangtze Delta.After that, have a free walk on the nearby Old Street and transfer to visit the Jade Buddha Temple. Free at leisure on the Bund and Nanjing Road.

    Recommended evening activity: Acrobatic Night Show.

  • Day 14 Shanghai

    Activities for today: Zhujiajiao Water Town

    After breakfast at the hotel, meet the guide and drive to Zhujiajiao Water Town to see the traditional life at Yangtze River Delta. You will take a short boat on the Water Town.

    After lunch, drive to the city and pay a visit to the Jiangnan Silk Workshop, and drive back to your hotel for free exploration.

  • Day 15 Shanghai departure

    Transfer via: international flight - on your own

    Transfer to airport and fly to your next destination.

    Service ends.

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