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10 Days Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour
 

Day 1 Beijing 
Arrival at Beijing, you will be met & transferred by our professional English speaking guide to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day to adjust to the time difference.

Day 2 Beijing (B, L, D)
After breakfast at hotel, we'll start out day by a trip to the Great Wall at Badaling. Being the ancient military defense project, Great Wall is symbol and proud of China. There are many sections of Great Wall around Beijing city. Badaling Great Wall is the site of the most visited section of the Great Wall partly because it is close to Beijing city and connected with urban area by expressway. There is a Great Wall Museum and Great Wall National Theater close to Badaling Great Wall. The theater offers you a chance to get a full view of the Great Wall of China.

Later on, we'll be visiting the Ming Tombs and the Sacred Way. The Ming Tombs lie in Changping County, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) northwest from the urban area of Beijing. It is actually a tomb cluster of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), including thirteen emperor's mausoleums, seven tombs for concubines and one grave for eunuchs. This cemetery is world famous because of the thirteen emperors buried here. Sitting at the foot of Mt. Yan and occupying an area of more than 120 square kilometers (29,653 acres), it appears extremely spectacular. It was listed in the World Heritage List in 2003. In the evening, we'll have Peking Roasted Duck Dinner.

Day 3 Beijing - Lhasa - Tsedang (B, L, D)
Today we depart Beijing for Lhasa by air. Upon arrival, you will be met by our guide and transferred to Yarlung valley to check in Tsedang hotel. Afternoon is free for adjustment to the local titleitude.

Day 4 Tsedang  (B, L, D)
In the morning, we take a local boat and cross the Yarlung River to visit Samye monastery. Located in the north of Yarlung Tsangpo River and hold in the arms of mountains, Samye is the oldest monastery of Tibet (8th century). The stele hanging on the entrance to the main temple shows that king Trisong Detsen proclaimed Buddhism to be the state religion in 779. The monastery complex consists of several buildings and the arrangement reflects the Buddhist conception of the structure of the universe. Meru, the world mountain in the center of the universe, is represented in the building of great hall, around which there are 4 halls representing the 4 continents swimming in the world sea. Stay over night in Tsedang.

Day 5 Tsedang - Lhasa  (B, L, D)
In the morning, we drive to the Yarlung valley to visit the Yumbulakhang, a castle built in the 7th and 8th centuries during the time of the first Tibetan king. The original fortress is now converted into a chapel; in the ground floor there is a shrine in honor of the early kings. The steps up are steep but it is worthy because on the top of the hill you can overlook the valley and the surrounding mountain. Thereafter, we drive to Lhasa. En route, we'll visit a Tibetan village/family and Mindroling Monastery. Check into Yak Hotel (Tibetan owned & operated, and beautifully remodeled in April 2006).

Day 6 Tibet (B, L, D)
Norbulingka, meaning 'Treasure Park' in Tibetan, is situated in the western suburb of Lhasa City, at the bank of the Kyichu River, about one km (about 0.6 mile) southwest of Potala Palace. The garden covers an area of 360,000 square meters (about 430,000 square yards), with 374 rooms inside. It is the biggest man-made garden in Tibet as well as the Dalai Lama's Summer Palace. Norbulingka consists of several palace complexes, and each palace complex is divided into three sections - the palace section, the section in front of the palaces and the woods. Norbulingka both reflects the ethnical, religious features of the Tibetan people and embodies the architecture style of inland China. It is of great cultural value and was listed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 2001 as an extension of Potala Palace. Today there are still 200 lamas living there. In the afternoon, we visit the Sera monastery which was set up in 1419 and has always been an important Buddhist seminary. As rose are planted everywhere in the monastery, it is also called "the court of wild rose". Time permitting, we'll attend the debate ceremony in the monastery.

Day 7 Lhasa (B, L, D)
Today, we make a day trip to the holy Yamdrok (4441 m), about 100 km southwest of Lhasa. We have a chance to enjoy the fantastic view of the lake, one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and the largest habitat of waterfowls in south Tibet. The lake is a beautiful turquoise blue palette occupying an area of 678 square kilometers. On one of the peninsulas of the spear-shaped lake, lies the holy Mt. Donang Sangwari (5,340m). And the two snow peaks, Nojin Gangzang (7,191m) and Jangzang Lhomo, rise in the distance. The lake and the Yarlung Tsangpo are separated by a mountain and the shortest distance between them is only 6 kilometers. The 800m-high difference contributes a rich water resource to this region. Many Tibetans believe that the life of Tibet will no longer continue when the lake dries up. We'll visit Dropenling Handicraft Center in the late afternoon. We'll ride on the yaks near the lake!

Day 8 Lhasa (B, L, D)
In the morning, we drive to visit the Potala Palace which was originally constructed in 637 by Songtsen Gampo, the first king of the united Tibet. Later, it was expanded and served as the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas as well as the religious-political nexus of traditional Tibet. The crowds of pilgrims, innumerable magnificent murals, Buddhist statues, scriptures and rare treasures titleogether create a dense religious and art atmosphere that impresses every visitor. In the afternoon, we will visit Jokhang monastery, the center of the Tibetan Buddhism and the sacred land of Buddhist followers where thousands of pilgrims come for worship every day. The temple, built in 647, is the earliest wood-and-masonry structure still existing in Tibet. Afterwards, we take a stroll along the Barkhor street surrounding Jokhang, a big free market with its prolific stalls selling the local specititleies. Stay overnight in the same hotel.

Day 9 Lhasa - Beijing (B)
Depart Lhasa for Chengdu by air and then connect same day flight to Beijing. Upon arrival, meet / transfer to your hotel for overnight. Evening at leisure.

Day 10 Trip ends (if the groups takes the same flight, hotel-airport transfer will be provided. Otherwsie, you take care of you airport transfer). No meals are covered on this day.
 
Tour Price:  US$ 2,599.00  Add $359.00  single supplement
International Airfare:  Approx US$ 1,200.00 Los Angeles-Beijing, R/T non-stop, including taxes
Min. group size:  8   Max. group size:  12  

Above price covers:
*All domestic air tickets on coach class for Beijing - Lhasa - Chengdu - Beijing.
*Standard rooms at above hotels in Beijing and Tibet with daily breakfast.
*All transfers and tours by one private local English-speaking tour guide / coach exclusively for our party.
*All admissions for above sights as listed.
*All meals in China and Tibet as listed. (B: breakfast. L: lunch. D: dinner)
*Baggage handling in both Beijing and Tibet.  

Above price does not include:
*Int'l airfare (we provide airfare LAX to Beijing at competitive prices)
*China visa fee (We can help you apply for China visa here: Visa Instructions  Visa Application
*Local airport tax in China. (Currently at US$ 6.00 P/P per domestic
 flight. US$ 13.00 P/P for each int'l flight departure, subject to change).
*Meals not listed on the itinerary.
*Other personal services not listed, e.g. phone, laundry, room service.
*Gratuity to guide / drivers in China.
*Overweight baggage charges by the airlines, if any.

 
 
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