Chengdu is one of the most popular city to go to Tibet from. You can spend one day in Chengdu to visit pandas and Chengdu City before heading to Lhasa by train which is the best transportation to view the landscape on the way. On this budget train tour, you will pass the sparsely populated Kekexili Nature reserve in Qinghai-Tibet Plateau; see wild animals through the train window; enjoy the breathtaking natural beauty of Plateau lakes along the way.
Welcome to the hometown of Giant Panda! Upon arriving at the airport/train station, you will be met by your local tour guide, and then drive to your downtown hotel in Chengdu City. After the hotel check-in, you are free to take a rest or explore around on your own. Chengdu has three famous features – Giant Panda, History and Leisure Living Pace. You will go to explore these tree features one by one. First is to visit the lovely Giant Pandas in Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, which is the No. 1 thing to do in Chengdu. You will leave your hotel early and drive about 30 minutes to the panda base in order to catch up the great moments of pandas, such as feeding, playing, climbing the tree, etc. There are different enclosures for pages of different ages, such as all around to see baby pandas, 1-year-old pandas, teenage pandas, and older pandas. Beautiful walking paths will lead you to visit the enclosures from one to next. Enjoy the happy time with pandas. The second place to visit is the sacred Wenshu Temple which is hidden peacefully among the modern mansions. This temple is the most popular Buddhist temple in Chengdu region. It has beautiful traditional ancient architecture. The atmosphere is calm and quiet, some people are praying. There is a little garden and the monastery is very colorful and decorated. Lastly, you are going to explore the leisure living peace of locals at Renmin Park and Jinli Street. Renmin Park or People’s Park is the place for locals to go for a relaxing walk, meet friends, or have a cup of tea. While Jinli is the “street of tourists”. You can taste local snacks, watch a performance and buy some handiworks there.
After the wonderful journey in Chengdu, you are about to travel on the world’s highest railway: Qinghai-Tibet railway to Lhasa. With a full day window sightseeing along this railway, you will be witness to thousands of miles of the most stunning landscapes in the world.
Finally, you arrive in Lhasa for your Tibet tours. Your local tour guide will be waiting for you and escort to the hotel in Lhasa. and the rest of the day is free for you to explore the local areas and acclimatize yourself to the air, temperature and high altitude of Lhasa.
On the other day, you are going to explore the landmark – Potala Palace which is regarded as one of the most beautiful architectural building in the world. You just can help appreciating the exotic Tibetan-style architecture with white-and-red walls. Then walk into the Potala Palace to learn about the history of it. Moving on to the Jokhang Temple which is treated as the spiritual heart of Tibetan Buddhism. Thousands of pilgrims are coming here to worship the Buddha. The last site for today is the famous Barkor Street. It is a circular and wide street which surrounds the Jokhang Temple. You can buy any kind of traditional Tibetan goods, religious stuff and handcrafts.
How time flies! Today is your last day in Tibet and we still got a few attractions visit. The beautiful Norbulingka, a public park, used to be the summer palace with grandiose Tibetan architecture style of Dalai Lama long time ago. Next, Drepung Monastery is several kilometers to the western urban of Lhasa. The word “Drepung” means prosperity in Tibetan. There have been about 10,000 monks lived and studied here since its establishment. In the afternoon, you’ll be taken to another famous monastery – Sera Monastery in Lhasa. It is famous for the unique debate among monks which is called Buddhism debating. And you can enjoy it in the afternoon only.