Datong Holidays

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Hanging Temple

Day 1: Datong

Today you shall be transferred to the train station from where you will board an overnight sleeper train to Datong.

Inside a cave

Day 2: Datong

Welcome to Datong! Datong is an ancient cultural city dating back more than 2,000 years, the region’s biggest attraction is the UNESCO-listed Yungang Caves. Built more than 1,500 years ago, the 53 caves are a treasure trove of ancient Buddhist art comprising a fine collection of carved-sandstone Buddhist figures. You will have the opportunity to visit these caves today.

Day 3: Datong - Xi'an

Today you shall visit the Hanging Monastery. The ‘Hanging Monastery’ is located outside of Datong was constructed some 1,500 years on a precipitous rockface. Literally hugging the cliff, the temple is a total spectacle. Later tonight you shall take an overnight sleeper train to Xi'an.

Day 4: Xi'an

Upon arriving in Xi'an you will be met and transferred to the airport. Later today you shall go a guided visit of the Terra-Cotta Warriors.The discovery of despotic Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi’s army of 2,200-year-old terracotta warriors occurred in 1974 when local farmers digging a well stumbled upon the site. Qin (a man heavily pre-occupied by death and his legacy) enlisted 700,000 people over some 36 years to create his tomb and had the warriors made in order to be buried near him to protect him in the afterlife. His burial complex is also said to contain 48 tombs for his concubines who were buried alive with the emperor upon his death, a fate also reserved for workers, to prevent the location and design of the tomb from becoming public knowledge.

Day 5: Xi'an

Today, we visit Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Encircling the old city is Xi’an’s medieval City Wall, where we enjoy a hired bike ride. Enjoy the remainder of today at your own leisure.

Day 6: Xi'an

Today you shall go on a day tour to visit Huashan. Huashan is one of the most famous five montains in China. It is located 100 miles of east of Xi'an. Huashan is famours for its cliff and steap trails. It is good place for the people like hiking. There are 5 peaks in Huashan. The highest peak is South Peak about 7500 feet above sea level. You can either climb or take the cable car to north peak then you can climb to east, west, south and central. Huashan is famous for Chinese Taosim and Buddhism as well.

Day 7: Xi'an

Early morning excursion to see Pandas at the Shananxi Rare Wildlife Rescue and Breeding Centre. The rest of your day is at leisure.

Day 8: Xi'an

Day at leisure. Later today you will be transferred to the train station where you will board a train to Xining.

Day 9:

Upon arriving in Xinning you will board another overnight sleeper train to Lhasa.

Day 10: - Lhasa

Upon arriving in Lhasa you will be transferred to your hotel. Capital of what is now called the Tibet Autonomous Region since the 7th century, Lhasa is situated in a remote, ethereal location. Indeed, the name ‘Lhasa’ means ‘Place of the Gods’.

Day 11: Lhasa

Today you shall visit the Potala Palace, Norbulingka, Jokhang temple. Lhasa’s draw cards are predominantly centred on Tibetan religious life. Potala Palace, the poignantly empty seat of the Dalai Lama is the dominant landmark of Lhasa, towering 117 metres above the city on Marpo Hill. An immense building, Potala is 13 storeys high, with walls some 3 metres thick. Containing over 1000 rooms, myriad shrines and statues it was first built on this site in the 7th century, though the current structure dates from 1645. It was home to successive Dalai Lamas and has been their winter home since the construction of the Summer Palace in the 18th century.

Day 12: Lhasa

Today you shall visit the Drepung Monaster, Sera Monastery and the Barkhor Markets. At Barkhor, you’ll witness pilgrims, traders and their stalls, locals and tourists filling the cobbled streets.

Day 13: Lhasa

Today you shall visit the Yamdrok Lake.- one of Tibet’s three sacred lakes.

Days 14-16: Lhasa - Yangtze & Three Gorges

Today you will be transferred to the airport from where you will fly to Chongqing. Upon arriving in Chongqing you will board the Yangtze River Cruise.

Day 17: Yangtze & Three Gorges

Today you disembark the river cruise at Yichang. End of services.

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last updated - 26 Jan 2015 11:07 PM