Destinations: Lhasa, Gyantze, Shigatse, Lhasa
Departure from Beijing by train or plane ( optional ).
Arrival in Lhasa
Welcome to the roof of the world! Your journey starts with a warm Tibetan style greeting from your local tour guide who will gift you with a colorful Hada (traditional Tibetan scarves). Your guide will pick you up, and take you to your hotel in Lhasa. During the hour long drive to the Tibetan capital, enjoy the breathtaking panoramas along the way, including the Big Buddha engravings on the hill near the road, colorful prayer flags.
After you arrival at your hotel, the rest of the day is free. Take your time to relax and let your body adapt to the high altitude of 3,650 meters above sea level or explore the “holy land” Lhasa the cultural, political and religious center of Tibet.
Tips: Due to the altitude of Lhasa (about 3,650m above sea level) for non trained visitors it is common to experience high altitude sickness symptoms. In order to prevent this, we kindly advise you to take your time to relax and let your body adapt to the high altitude. Keep your body hydrate, drinking more water and consuming fresh fruits, while avoiding high alcoholic drinks will help you feeling better. We recommend that you avoid strenuous activities for the first few days.
In the morning, visit to the Drepung Monastery（哲蚌寺）, literally “Rice Heap” monastery, located at the foot of Mount Gephel, is one of the “great three” Gelupka university monasteries of Tibet
In the early afternoon, after a lunch break the tour will continue with a visit to the Sera Monastery（色拉寺）, one of the renowned Tibetan Buddhist temples of the Gelug Sect (Yellow Hat). and to the Norbulingka Park（罗布林卡公园）. The park situated at an elevation of 3650 metres boasted of flower gardens of Roses, petunias, hollyhocks, marigolds, chysanthemums and rows of herbs in pots and rare plants; recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The visit starts from the well-known Potala Palace（布达拉宫）. Built at an altitude of 3700 meters on the side of Marpo Ri “Red Mountain” in the Tang Dynasty, it witnessed the great changes and development of Tibet during the past 1,300 years.
The building measure 400 meters east-west and 350 meters north-south, with sloping stone walls averaging 3 m. thick. Thirteen stories of buildings, containing over 1.000 rooms, 10.000 shrines and about 20.000 statues, soar 117 meters on top of Marpo Ri, rising more than 300 meters in total above the valley floor.
The palace is composed of two parts, the Red Palace and the White Palace that makes up the living quarters of the Dalai Lama. The Red Palace is part of the Potala palace that is completely devoted to religious study and Buddhist prayer. Then you will visit the Tibet Museum（西藏博物馆） to learn more on the local culture and history, the museum has a collection of around 1.000 artifacts, from examples of Tibetan art to architectural design throughout history such as Tibetans doors and beams.
After a full restoring warm lunch, the visit will continue exploring the Jokhang Temple（大昭寺）, which, according to tradition was build for the two brides of the king. The architectural style of the temple is based on the Indian vihara design, and was later extended resulting in a blend of Nepalese and Tang Dynasty styles. The interior is a dark and atmospheric labyrinth of chapels dedicated to various gods illuminated by votive candles and thick with the smoke of incense. Visit to the thriving bazaar of Barkhor Street（八角街）, where you will find ancient buildings and temples, local restaurants and various traditional local shops. At last you will visit the Tibetan Traditional Medicine Hospital（藏族传统医学医院）where you will be introduce to the traditional Tibetan medicine.
Tips：As you climb up to the Potala Palace, you might experience slight shortness of breath due to the high altitude. Take your time and rest when needed. If you are interested in buying traditional art crafts or any local products the best place where to find them is in Barkhor Street, remember to always bargain about the final price!
Lhasa - Gyangtse
Departing from Lhasa on the way to Gyangtse, we will visit Yamdrok Yumtso Lake（羊卓雍湖）, the largest sacred lake at the north foot of the Himalayas. According to local mythology, Yamdrok Yumtso Lake is the transformation of a goddess.
After arriving at Gyangtse we will continue visiting the Palkhor Monastery (白居寺). At the end of the day we will enjoy stroll along the peaceful Gyangtse Old Street（江孜老街）, a perfect place to capture the quiet and slow lifestyle of the local residents.
Gyangtse - Shigatse
After one hour long drive you will arrive in Shigatse, where after checking-in at the local hotel our guide will take you to explore the Tashilhunpo Monastery (扎什仑布寺) and the New Palace of Panchen（班禅新宫） known for their typical architecture, splendid murals and Buddhist statues.
Shigatse - Lhasa
Time to go back to Lhasa! It takes 4 hours’ drive from Shigatse to reach the Tibetan capital.
In the afternoon, we will visit a local Tibetan family that will introduce you to their traditional costumes and habits.
Departure from Lhasa
On the last day, we will fly back to Beijing.
Time: March 10-16, 2014.
Tour Price: 4000￥(exclude airfare, the price may vary due to uncontrollable events.)
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Notes: The number of the tour participants will be limited within twenty, please sign up as soon as possible!
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