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From Lhasa to Amdo Tour 10-Days

From Lhasa to Amdo Tour 10-Days
• Tour Code: GTT04
• Starting from: USD1558 per person
• Departure Dates: Upon request at any time
• Features: Private guide & vehicle
• Starts from: Chengdu
• Departs from: Lanzhou
• Destinations: Chengdu, Lhasa, Xining, Tongren, Xiahe, Lanzhou
  • Day 1: Arrival in Chengdu, Meet & Greet at Airport, Transfer to Hotel  
    Meals Included: No meals 
    Our GCT representative will meet you at the airport and assists you to your hotel. Relax during the remainder of the afternoon and evening to recover from the jet lag. 
    Day 2: Chengdu, Chengdu Panda Base, Wide & Narrow Alley of Chengdu
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local restaurant
    Optional Tour: Changing Faces Opera with Backstage Visit
    We will visit the Chengdu Panda Base (Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding) in the morning. The panda base imitates pandas' natural habitat so that pandas can have the best possible environment for rearing and breeding. We may also find other endangered wild animals, such as lesser pandas, black-necked cranes, white storks as well as over 20 species of rare animals. We will visit the Wide & Narrow Alley of Chengdu in the afternoon. The wide and narrow alleys are two ancient streets being restored to the original Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) architectural styles. We will experience the leisurely and comfortable life in Chengdu with boutique hotels, characteristic local snacks, traditional teahouse, distinctive inns and relaxing spas.
    Day 3: Fly to Lhasa, Rest at Hotel in the afternoon
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local restaurant
    We will take a morning flight to Lhasa, Tibet. Upon arrival at this 12000 feet elevated city of Lhasa, we will be transferred to hotel for rest and adjust our body to high elevation. We may feel the effects of high altitude therefore it is strongly recommended that we plan on a minimum of two hours of bed rest upon arrival to help us acclimatize, and be sure to drink plenty of water during our time in Tibet.
    Day 4: Lhasa, Tibet Museum, Norbulingka, Potala Palace
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local restaurant
    We will start to explore Tibet from Tibet Museum to know the history and the development of Tibet. This museum houses a large amount of valuable treasures found in Tibet: ancient religious books written in gold, silver or coral powders, Buddha statues made from diverse materials, colorful Thangkas and many handicrafts with distinctive Tibetan characteristics. Later we will visit the Summer Palace of Dalai Lama: the Norbulingka Park. After lunch we will visit the highest palace in the world, the Potala Palace. Built on the red hill in the center of Lhasa, the Potala Palace boasts more than 1000 rooms including the Red Palace where Dalai Lama once lived.
    Day 5: Lhasa, Jokhang Monastery, Barkhor Bazaar, Sara Monastery, Night Train to Xining
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local restaurant
    We will visit the 1300-year-old Jokhang Monastery in the morning where we will follow local Tibetans for a Kora of Jokhang Monastery, walk around theBarkor Bazaar. Jokhang Monastery, constructed by King Songtsen Gampo in the year AD647 is the most famous Buddhist temple in Lhasa. This monastery has remained the centre of Buddhist pilgrimage for centuries, and over a period of last several centuries, the monastery complex continue to be expanded and now covers an area of around 25,000 sq. meters. We will visit Sera Monastery in the afternoon. Founded in 1419, at its height, Sera monastery was residence to more than 5,000 monks and five monastic colleges, although much less active now, with only several hundred monks currently in residence. One of the most interesting times to visit the monastery is in the afternoon when monks, after finishing their morning scripture classes, can be seen debating in the courtyard. They emphasize their debate points with heavy foot stomping and loud claps of the hands. This highly animated debating method is part of the time-honored monastic educational system. Board overnight train to Xining.
    Day 6: Arrival in Xining, Qinghai Lake, Kumbum Monastery
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local restaurant
    We will arrive in Xining in the morning. Xining which is the capital city of Qinghai Province and its elevation is 6600 feet. Xining is literally translated Western Peace. It has long been on the fringes of the western Chinese empire, probably established around the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD), and it remained an important trading post in the area, mainly for goods to and from Tibet and China. After breakfast at hotel we will drive for 151km to Qinghai Lake (Kokonor in Mongolian, Tsongon Po in Tibetan). Qinghai Lake is the largest lake in China which is classified as a saline and alkaline lake. Both Tibetans and Mongolians regard this lake a holy lake and the lake is also the sea offering site for Penchen Lama which can be seen at the south shore of the lake. In the afternoon we will visit the Kumbum Monastery. Kumbum monastery is one of the six most important Gelukpa (Yellow Sect) monasteries in Tibet. It was built in 1560 by 3rd Dalai Lama and is the birthplace of Gelukpas founder, Tsongkhapa. His disciples later on became the ancestors of the Living Buddha system, Dalai Lama and Panchan Lama. This monastery is famous for the three wonders of Tibetan art works; Butter Sculpture, Frescos and Appliqu.
    Day 7: Drive to Tongren, Longwu Monastery
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local restaurant
    Drive for 125 miles to Tongren (Repkong or Regong in Tibetan) in the morning. In the 15-16 century, the Tibetan Buddhism of Gelukpa Sect (Yellow Sect) came into Repkong. Painting, sculptures and stone inscription for Buddhism are sprang up by Tibetan and near the Guchu River at Repkong along with the rise of Buddhism and the construction of monasteries. Repkong is famous for the Tibetan Buddhist arts. The Repkong art mainly includes colored paintings, colored sculptures, designs, yak butter sculptures, embossed embroideries, wood inscription and decorations in architecture. Among these, paintings, sculptures and designs are most famous. Upon arrival we will visit Longwu Monastery of Gelukpa sect which was initially constructed in Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) as a monastery of Sakya-sect.
    Day 8: Tongren, Wutun Monastery, Drive to Xiahe
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local restaurant
    We will visit the Wutun Monastery in the morning. The two Wutun Monasteries (upper and lower Wutun Monasteries) are famous throughout Tibet for its beautiful artwork of Buddhist art of Thangka. Upper Wutun Monastery is magnificently decorated, and the surface of the entire assembly hall has been carved and painted with traditional Regong designs. Lower Wutun Monastery is just about 10 minutes' walk from the upper village. It boasts a much livelier monastery as the location for ceremonies and festivities that draw crowds of local worshippers. After visiting a Thangka painting center we will drive to Xiahe. We will drive along the picturesque loess plateau and Tibetan grassland where sheep and yaks are dotted here and there under the blue sky. 
    Day 8: Xiahe, Labrang Monastery, Drive to Lanzhou
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local restaurant
    We will visit Labrang Monastery in the morning. The Labrang Monastery is one of the six great monasteries of the Gelukpa (Yellow Hat) Sect and it is home to the largest number of monks outside of Tibet Autonomous Region. The monastery was founded in 1709 by the monk E'Ang Zonghe, the first generation living Buddha. It is Tibetan Buddhism's most important monastery town outside Tibet. Labrang Monastery used to be one of the largest Buddhist monastic universities. In the early 20th century, it housed several thousand monks. The white walls and golden roofs feature a blend of Tibetan and Han architectural styles. The monastery contains 18 halls, six institutes of learning, a golden stupa, a sutra debate area, and houses nearly 60,000 sutras. After lunch we will drive to Lanzhou via the Muslim town of Xiahe which is nicknamed China’s Mecca by Chinese speaking Hui Muslims. Upon arrival in Linxia we will visit the Dagongbei Mosque which is the shrine complex for the founder of the Qadiriyyah School, Qi Jingyi. The Dagongbei Mosque in Linxia is the center of the Qadiriyyah Sufi in China.
    Day 9: Lanzhou, Gansu Provincial Museum, Yellow River Water Wheel Park
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, lunch at local restaurant
    We will visit Gansu Provincial Museum upon arrival. Gansu is an important part of ancient Silk Road. The Themed Exhibition of Silk Road is one of highlights of the museum. There are more than 140,000 collections in this museum, which mainly classified into historical cultural relics, specifically the colored pottery made in Neolithic Period, bronze-wares, wooden-wares, textiles, Buddha stone sculptures, Buddhist Stone Carvings and rare sutras. Besides, a massive of ancient treasured porcelains, classic Chinese traditional paintings and calligraphic masterpieces are also spotlighted in display. The world-famous bronze Galloping Horse's Hoof Stepped on a Flying Swallow, also named as Galloping Horse, is a treasure of Gansu Provincial Museum. Excavated in 1969 in Wuwei County of Gansu Province, the galloping horse is honored as the mysterious and rare treasure in the history of Chinese ancient sculpture art. We will then visit the Yellow River water wheel park & White Pagoda Hill.
    Day 10: Departure from Lanzhou
    Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel
    Transfer to the airport after breakfast at hotel. Tour ends at the airport. 
  • From Lhasa to Amdo Tour 10 Days Tour Prices
    From Dec 01 to Feb 28, 2014
    2 pax: double occupancy rate, USD1948pp; single occupancy rate USD2248pp
    3-5pax: double occupancy rate, USD1858pp; single occupancy rate USD2158pp
    6-9pax: double occupancy rate, USD1708pp; single occupancy rate USD2008pp
    Over 10pax: double occupancy rate, USD1558pp; single occupancy rate USD1778pp
    Departure Dates: Upon request at your time of convenience
    From Mar 01 to Nov 30, 2014
    2 pax: double occupancy rate, USD1998pp; single occupancy rate USD2298pp
    3-5pax: double occupancy rate, USD1908pp; single occupancy rate USD2208pp
    6-9pax: double occupancy rate, USD1758pp; single occupancy rate USD2058pp
    Over 10pax: double occupancy rate, USD1608pp; single occupancy rate USD1828pp
    Departure Dates: Upon request at your time of convenience
    Booking Notice
    Tour starts in Chengdu
    Tour ends in Beijing
    Tour Feature: Exclusive private tour (with private guide and private vehicle)
    Departure Dates: Upon request at your time of convenience
    Minimum of two persons are required at the time of booking
    Pricing Policy
    The prices are based on per person, twin sharing basis
    Infants (under 2 years of age) traveling with parents: free of charge
    Child (2 -12 years of age) sharing a bed: 80% of the adult price
    Child (2 -12 years of age) sharing no bed: 60% of the adult price
    Tour Price Inclusions
    Tibet Travel Permit
    Hotel accommodations with daily Buffet Breakfast at hotel
    Domestic flight with tax included: Chengdu/Lhasa, Lanzhou/Beijing
    Soft sleeper train ticket from Lhasa to Xining
    Meals as specified (B for breakfast, L for lunch and D for dinner at local restaurants)
    Private air-conditioned car/van/coach for land transportation
    Experienced English language speaking tour guide
    All admission tickets to sightseeing places
    All government taxes
    Tour Price Exclusions
    Optional tour & Insurance
    International airfare to Chengdu and departing from Beijing
    Gratuities to GCT service staffs (please refer to Travel Information)
    Expenditure of a personal nature, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, etc
    For reservation, please send an email to Please inform us: the tour code; the number of travelers; your name as appeared in passport; your passport number; the date of arrival in China and your international flight number. For details of payment, please read our Terms & Conditions.
  • From Lhasa to Amdo Tour 10 Days Optional Tours
    Day 1: Changing Faces Opera with Backstage Visit, USD60 per person
    On this optional tour, we'll experience the Changing Faces opera. Face changing (bian lian) is an ancient Chinese dramatic art that is part of the more general Sichuan opera. Performers wear brightly colored costumes and move to quick, dramatic music. They also wear vividly colored masks, typically depicting well known characters from the opera, which they change from one face to another almost instantaneously with the swipe of a fan, a movement of the head, or wave of the hand. Before the performance, we'll meet the performers backstage and try another Chinese art: hand shadow play done with a sophistication you have probably never witnessed.
  • Chengdu Furong Hotel
    Add: No. 99 Guojielou Street, Chengdu
    Tel: +86-28-68086666
    The Furong Hotel is centrally located in Chengdu near Tianfu Square and Renmin Park. Each of the 111 air-conditioned rooms has a private bath, telephone, safe, and TV with free cable Internet access. Hotel facilities include a Chinese restaurant serving Sichuan cuisine. Other facilities include multifunctional center, business center, lobby bar, tea house, rooftop garden and KTV room.
    Shangbala Hotel
    Add: No.1 Danjielin Road, Lhasa, Tibet
    Tel: +86-891-6323888
    The Shangbala Hotel is well-located in the heart of the Tibetan Quarter in Lhasa, just a short walk from Jokhang Temple and the Barkhor Bazaar and the Potala Palace. The hotel is 10km away from the Railway Station and 70km away from the Lhasa Airport. Each of its 70 rooms features a TV, telephone, minibar, and private bath. Hotel facilities include restaurants serving Chinese and Western cuisine, a bar, a sauna, currency exchange, business center as well as conference facilities for business travelers. 
    Xining Hotel
    Add: No.348 Qiyi Road, Xining
    Tel: +86-971-8461000
    Qinghai Xining Hotel is located in the city center. Established more than 50 years ago, the hotel has won great reputations for its good services and facilities. It offers 320 rooms and suites in the main buildings. All rooms have free Internet. The meeting rooms can hold up to 1,000 persons for various-sized conferences. The hotel restaurant serves Chinese, western and Islamic cuisines.
    Repkong Hotel 
    Add: No. 1 Dongge’er Road, Tongren, Qinghai
    Phone: +86-970-8722684
    Xiahe Labrang Wangfu Hotel
    Add: No. 9 Renmin East Road, Xiahe
    Tel: +86-941-7121186
    Xiahe Labrang Wangfu hotel is a 3-star hotel situated in the center of Xiahe county. It is within proximity to the local bus station and the famous Labrang Monastery is only 1 km away. Decorated with a rich Tibetan ethnic minority style, Xiahe Wangfu Hotel houses various rooms equipped with all standard facilities. Other facilities include a Chinese restaurant, a tea house and two multimedia meeting rooms. Basic rooms offer all necessary comforts and make your stay a pleasant one. On demand wake-up calls are available. Free Wi-Fi access is provided in the public areas.
    Gansu International Hotel, Lanzhou
    Add: No. 324 Qingyang Road, Lanzhou
    Tel: +86-931-8457188
    Gansu International Hotel is located at the City Center of Lanzhou, adjacent to the Baisheng Shopping Center. This hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Lanzhou. The Gansu International Hotel is only a 15-minute drive from the train station and 90-minute drive from the airport. The Gansu International Hotel offers 348 well-appointed guestrooms with IDD/DDD phone, free broadband internet access, mini-bar and refrigerator and so on. The Chinese restaurant serves Sichuan, Cantonese and Northwest Chinese style cuisines. There is also a Western restaurant in the lobby that opens 24 hours a day. Other facilities include multifunctional meeting rooms, beauty salon and fitness center.
    City Inn Happy Valley Beijing
    Add: North Xiaowuji Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
    Tel: +86-10-67376688
    City Inn Happy Valley Beijing is a chain of fine business hotel brand developed by the OCT IHMC, located in the center of Beijing City that gives traveler the great location for business and financial purposes. The hotel is also easily reachable the city’s major shopping area and famous attractions. The hotel has an excellent location which is 18km to Beijing Railway Station, and 30km to Beijing Capital Airport. The hotel offers 224 rooms that have contemporary interiors and diverse room types. It offers the ideal setting for conferences, meetings, special events, business trips, and the Internet access helps guests keeping in touch with their friends and family when traveling in Beijing. Free broad video and self-help laundry house are available for guests. Restaurants, Bars, Sauna, Foot Massage, Beauty Salon, Supermarket, Banks, and Hospital are all around the hotel. An attentive and professional staff is always pleased to provide you all the necessary information for your successful Beijing travel.
    Note: GCT is using above mentioned hotels for our regular tour packages. Shall you have special request for staying at hotels of your choice or hotels located at a specific area, please feel free to contact our professional tour consultant at

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