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Welcome to China and the start of your city break! Enjoy an arrival transfer to our hotel.
Just the mere mention of ‘Shanghai’ conjures up mystery, romance and general decadence. Pre – 1949, cosmopolitan Shanghai was a magnet for seekers of wealth, idle colonialists, explorers and the dispossessed. Our sightseeing of Shanghai takes in the awesome Oriental Pearl TV tower, the Jade Buddha Temple, charming Yuyuan Gardens and the Bund and Old City. This evening, enjoy a cruise on the Huangpu River.
Two whole days to enjoy Shanghai your way. Perhaps head to Nanjing Road, just off the Bund or Huaihai Lu; the main street of the French Concession for amazing shopping, explore the Old City or drop into the historic Peace Hotel for a drink and a spot of jazz.
This morning we head to the train station for your train to Lhasa.
Today you will be on the train for the duration, taking in some of the most beautiful landscapes on earth. Over 4000 KM of changing landscapes which really does keep the eyes fixed.
Arrive Lhasa in the evening,the warmest welcome from Tibetan people. Acclimate for the altitude.
You'll have a whole day of sightseeing in the holy city: in the morning, visit Lhasa's landmark - Potala Palace, a structure that deserves a place as one of the wonders of eastern architecture. In the afternoon, visit Jokhang Temple - the most revered religious structure in Tibet, and the surrounding area - Barkhor, Lhasa's pilgrimage circuit. This area is both the spiritual heart of Lhasa and the main commercial district for Tibetans.
You'll have another day to explore more monasteries: in the morning, visit Drepung Monastery which used to be world's largest monastery with a population of around 10,000 monks. In the afternoon, visit Sera Monastery which is famous for its "Buddhism Scriptures Debating". Then go to Norbulingka - Dalai Lama's Summer Palace, an easy visit.
From this day, you'll explore outside of Lhasa. In the morning, drive 110km to visit Yamdroktso - one of the three holy lakes in Tibet. It's winding road all up to the mountain, bumpy and somewhat thrilling. After pass over the Kambala pass of 5030m, the lake finally appears. Seen from the summit of Kambala pass, the lake is a fabulous shade of deep turquoise. After down from the mountain, there’s about 30km road along lakeside, with barley fields on the other side of the road. A nice walk by the lakeside can be a great joy. Leaving Yamdroktso is as spectacular as arriving, since you’ll cross the 5045m Karola, with its awesome roadside views of the Nojin Kangtsang Glacier. In the afternoon, you'll go to Gyantse, visit Kumbum Monastery there. After that you’ll drive about two hours (100km) to Shigatse.
In the morning, you'll drive to visit the residence of Panchen Lama- Tashilunpo Monastery. After visiting this magnificent monastery and having lunch at Shigatse, you'll go back to Lhasa along the Yarlong Tseangpo River, enjoy the great landscape en route.
Pack your luggage, and get ready for leaving. The guide will transfer you to the airport, and help you board the plane.
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