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Vicky Wen
Tour designer

Qinghai Lake and Lhasa might not be an easy trip to arrangement even for an Expat who's been living in China for a long time. Luckily the troublesome paperwork and operation is our thing to worry about. And you, just get on the flight and be there to explore!

Highlights

  • Qinghai Lake boat trip
  • Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple in Tibet
  • Tibetan family visit
  • Free time in Lhasa for solo adventure
  • Local flavor meals

Tour Itinerary

DAY
1
Beijing to Xining by Flight No. TBA
  • Activities: Airport Transfer (Xining)
  • Meals: No Meals
  • Hotels: Qinghai Hotel  5-star hotel  |  Huangzi Haoting Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Qinghai Lake Hotel  3-star hotel

Taking a flight from Beijing, you will arrive in Xining the holy hideaway.

Check in upon arrival and take some time to get used to the climate and altitude.

 

- Smart Tips:

  • Related reading on Timeout Beijing: The holy side of Qinghai.
  • The process for Tibet Travel Permit takes about 20 days, so we strongly suggest you book the tour at least 30 days ahead of time. Read about our information on the Tibet Travel Permit.
  • This tour doesn't include flights from and back to Beijing, but we do have some great deal from time to time. Please contact us to check it out.
  • Some people might have some altitude sickness including faintness, nausea, dizziness or light-headedness, diarrhea, chest tightness and difficulty in breathing. Please don't do too much physical activities on your arrival.
  • DAY
    2
    Xining
    • Activities: Qinghai Lake, Qinghai Lake Cruise, Taer Monastery
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Local Restaurant
    • Hotels: Qinghai Hotel  5-star hotel  |  Huangzi Haoting Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Qinghai Lake Hotel  3-star hotel

    The vast lake of Qinghai Lake offers grand views of nature. Today you will take a boat trip in this lake. Have local cuisine for lunch.

    Later, get into the holy hideaway at Taer Monastery, also known as Kumbum Monastery. Firstly built as only a small temple with a stupa 25km outside Xinning, Ta'er Monastery has gone through over 600 years and become the most important Tibetan Buddhism monastery second to Drepung Monastery in Lhasa.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • Please ask for permission if you want to take photos of the Lamas. No specific dress code for the monastery, yet female travelers shall not wear sleeveless top or mini skirt.
  • Travelers shall not touch the scriptures, prayer cylinders, murals or tools without permission.
  • Try out authentic Halal food at Daxin Street and Shuijing Xiang. Here you can find lamb soup, lamb noodles, lamb kebab, dense yogurt, fresh and dried fruits as well as nuts of all types.
  • DAY
    3
    Xining to Lhasa by Sichuan Airlines 3U8687 Dep 10:00 - Arr 12:30
    • Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Xining), Airport Transfer (Lhasa)
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Hotels: Brahmaputra Grand Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Xinding Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Ghood Gu Hotel Lhasa  3-star hotel

    This morning, you will take a flight to Lhasa. Check in upon arrival.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • Foreign travelers are not allowed to travel beyond Lhasa without a tour guide. However, it won't be a problem for you to get around near your hotel.
  • If you want to dig some hidden gems for your solo adventure, Canggu Nunnery or Tsamkhung Nunnery at the back alley (Linkuo Road, Chengguan District) offers you an interesting insight and a cup of sweet tea that smoothes your afternoon and strength up your body.
  • At No.100 Beijing Dong Road, you can find a lovely little restaurant with open patio and nice food, that is Dunya Restaurant. TripAdvisor reviewers said it's good for both families with childern and large groups.
  • DAY
    4
    Lhasa
    • Activities: Visit Tibetan Family, Norbulingka, Sera Monastery
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Steak House Restaurant
    • Hotels: Brahmaputra Grand Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Xinding Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Ghood Gu Hotel Lhasa  3-star hotel

    

    This morning, you will visit one of the most important monasteries in Tibet: Sera Monastery and see how the monks pray with their foreheads on the ground. Later, you will walk freely at Norbulingka, the Summer Palace of Tibet. Have lunch in a Tibetan steak house.

    In the afternoon, you will escape the sunlight and knock on a local family's door. The house owner will invite you in. You will learn about their daily life.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • Not much to do in Lhasa if you are a party animal. However, Tianhai Night Market at the western part of the city is a nice plunge into the real local night life. Take Bus No.14, 16, 17 and 25 or hail a cab to get there.
  • DAY
    5
    Lhasa
    • Activities: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Lhasa Kitchen
    • Hotels: Brahmaputra Grand Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Xinding Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Ghood Gu Hotel Lhasa  3-star hotel

    For the time being, Potala Palace has been Tibet's enduring icon. Today you will spend a couple of hours at this impressive site. Have lunch in a local restaurant.

    In the afternoon, visit Jokhang Temple, which reflects a beautiful image under the blue sky. Later, walk freely at Barkhor Street.

     

    - Smart Tips:

  • Heading back home tomorrow, you may want to buy souvenirs. Thangka, Tibetan paintings, Tibetan knivies and trinkets would make perfect memento.
  • DAY
    6
    Lhasa to Beijing by Flight No. TBA
    • Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Lhasa)
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Hotels: No

    

    Today you will fly back to Beijing. Thank you for taking this holiday with China Travel. We hope to see you again soon!

    Prices (Go Solo Private Tour)

    $ USD
    Apr.1- Nov.31 Superior Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class Single Room Supplement
    1 person -
    2-5 persons / /
    6-9 persons / /

    * The price may change during some festivals including the Spring Festival, Tomb Sweeping Day, Labor Day (1st May), Mid Autumn Day and National Day (1st Oct.).

    * The price is subject to change based on exchange rate.

    What's Included & Excluded

    Price Inclusion

    • Entrance fees.
    • Meals listed in the itinerary.
    • Private transfers.
    • Private English-speaking guide and driver.
    • Hotels listed in the itinerary.
    • Service Charge & Taxes.
    • China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
    • Luggage Transfers.

    Price Exclusion

    • International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China.
    • China Entry Visa Fees.
    • Excess Baggage Charges.
    • Personal Expenses.
    • Any meals that are not mentioned in the tour itinerary.
    • Single Room Supplement.

    Good to know

    Normally the process of Tibet Travel Permit takes about 20 days, so we strongly suggest you book this tour at least 30 days ahead of time.

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    Tour Type : Private Tour

    Best Season :All seasons

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