Chengdu is located in the southwest of China and is a gateway to Tibet. Traveling in Chengdu can give you an unforgettable memory full of giant pandas, delicious Sichuan food, relaxing lifestyle and Sichuan opera. The Chengdu-Lhasa train runs every two days and is the third shortest for trip duration comparing with other domestic cities in China, such as Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, etc. Besides, you can take a flight to Tibet. The flights to Tibet from Chengdu are in the largest number comparing with other domestic airports such as HK, Beijing, etc. This trip will give you a fantastic experience combining with Chengdu and Lhasa. You can not only explore the mysterious Tibet Plateau as well as the charm of Chengdu Plain.
Day 1: Arrival in Chengdu
Our guide will greet you at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport or Chengdu East Railway Station and escort to your hotel in Chengdu. The rest of time is free, and you can travel to Chunxi Road Pedestrian Street, Broad and Narrow Alley or enjoy the Sichuan Opera in the evening (Cost depends on yourself).
Day 2: Travel to Chengdu Panda Breeding and Leshan Giant Buddha
Not long after breakfast, we will drive 30 minutes to Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center. You can have a close observation to the Giant Pandas’ movement and breeding. We have 2.5 hour visiting time in the center.
In the afternoon, we will drive about 2 hour to city of Leshan for the famous Giant Buddha. The Giant Buddha stands at the confluence of the Dadu, Mingjiang and Qingyijiang Rivers. We will visit the Buddha by boat.
Day 3: Arrival in Lhasa
We will board a plane to Tibet in the morning. After near 2 hours’ flying, we will arrive at Lhasa and meet our local Tibetan tour guide in the Lhasa Gongga Airport. Then we will drive to your hotel in Lhasa. On the way to hotel, you can have the scenery of Yarlung Tsangpo River and Lhasa river. The rest time is free. I recommend you to have a rest in hotel to acclimate yourself to the high altitude of Lhasa (3658 meters).
Day 4: Lhasa Sightseeing
In the morning, we will visit the Potala Palace where Dalai Lama once lived and worked. It collects many valuable paintings, historical relics and handicraft articles. The most valuable relics are the burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and the cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.
In the afternoon, we will visit Jokhang Temple, one of the three great three monasteries in Tibet. Then head to Barkhor Street where you can drink sweet tea and do kora.
Day 5: Lhasa sightseeing
Today we will visit the rest two greatest monasteries in Tibet—Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery. It is the best way to learn the culture of Tibet. Besides, we will visit the local villages and experience local Tibetan life. We have meal with them and enjoy the scenery of Tibetan village.
Day 6: Lhasa Departure
The tour ends today. Our guide will escort you to board a plane or train back.