Lhasa tours and China tours operator from China Holidays Ltd "This fabled land of nomads and pilgrims, monasteries and mountain passes has enthralled travellers for generations"

Our classic Tibet tour includes Beijing, Kathmandu, Mount Everest and 'the Roof of the World' train to Lhasa
Lhasa tours and China tours by China Holidays Ltd 

Lhasa Tours

Tibet, known as the ‘Roof of the World', is mostly a plateau that rises from 3,962m to 5,000m above the sea level and covers a massive 1,220,000 sq km. Lhasa is the capital city of the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China. There are many sights in and around the city, they are:

Potala Palace  One of the architectural wonders of the world, built in the 17th century to house the Dalai Lamas. The great palace with its red and white walls set on a low hill dominates the Lhasa skyline.

Jokhang Temple  The golden-roofed temple is 1300 years old and one of Tibet 's holiest shrines. It was built to commemorate the marriage of the Tang princess Wen Cheng, an adopted daughter of Emperor Taizong of the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907) to King Songtsen Gampo, and houses a pure gold statue of the Buddha Sakyamuni brought to Tibet by the princess.

Sera Monastery  About four kilometres north of Lhasa, Sera Monastery was founded in 1419 and now has 300 monks in residence.

Drepung Monastery dates back to the early 15th century and lies about seven km west of Lhasa. In its time it was the largest of Tibet 's monastic towns and the largest monastery in the world.

A Tibetan Expedition

14 day tour to Tibet-Beijing, Roof of the World train, Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, New Tinggri, Mount Everest, Zhangmu and Kathmandu from £2595.

Sichuan, Tibet and Yunnan

22 days to Shanghai, Chengdu, Lhasa, Gyantze, Shigatze, Lhasa, Zhongdian, Lijiang, Dali, Kunming and Shanghai from £4195.

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Sera Monastery  About four kilometres north of Lhasa, Sera Monastery was founded in 1419 and now has 300 monks in residence.

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Classic Tibet tour includes Beijing, Kathmandu, Mount Everest and a ride aboard 'the Roof of the World' train to Lhasa

 

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This fabled land of nomads and pilgrims, monasteries and mountain passes has enthralled travellers for generations. Join us on the classic tour to Tibet, from Beijing aboard the pioneering Roof of the World train to Lhasa, and onwards along the Friendship Highway to Mount Everest and Kathmandu.

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London/Beijing

Fly non-stop flight from London Heathrow to Beijing with Qatar Airways.

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Beijing

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Roof of the World train

Tour the Lama Temple where the Emperors' eunuchs used to live, and the neighbouring Confucius Temple, admire panoramic views from Jingshan Park, and explore the quaint hutong district of Shichahai. Later this evening transfer to the railway station for the 48-hour train journey across the Roof of the World to Lhasa. Accommodation is sharing ‘soft sleeper’ four-berth compartments, with twin and sole occupancy cabins on request and at extra cost. The trains  have an oxygen supply to every seat, there is a restaurant car (no meals are included on the train) and toilets and washbasins are at each end of the carriages.  BLD

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Roof of the World train

This is one of the world's greatest rail journeys, an overland expedition across the vast and remote wilderness known as 'the roof of the world' to the furthest outpost of China, and a massive feat of engineering – it is the world's highest railway and its highest point is at Tanggula Pass, 16,640ft above sea level, it incorporates 675 bridges, and 340 miles of the track are laid on permafrost.

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Lhasa         

After traversing the vast frozen expanse of the Tibetan plateau, a high-altitude desert, passing glaciers, lakes and rivers, and cutting through the immense mountain ranges that have isolated the country from the outside world until now, arrive in Lhasa this evening and transfer to the (officially 5*) 4*Brahmaputra Hotel, a modern and very comfortable hotel with many cultural artefacts on display throughout its public areas.   D

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Lhasa

The name Lhasa means 'place of the gods' and it remains a vivid and still-thriving enclave of devout Buddhism despite the increasing modernisation even of this remote corner of China. 425 ft above the city on Red Mountain stands the fortress-like Potala Palace, 13 storeys high and with 1,000 rooms filled with statues,chapels, manuscripts and murals. Potala was the winter palace of the Dalai Lamas and Tibet's political and spiritual headquarters for centuries.  Later, visit the summer palace, Norbulingka, a complex of delightful pavilions and gardens outside the city.  Visit the 15th Century Sera Monastery and its Great Assembly Hall, dormitories and colleges where 10,000 monks used to live. BLD

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Lhasa

One of the three great monasteries of Tibet, Drepung Monastery is a religious university where around 600 monks live-in its heyday before the Potala Palace was built there were over 10,000  and it was the largest in the world.  Afternoon free, follow the throngs of pilgrimsas hey make the clockwise circuit along Barkhor Street that encircles the golden-roofed Jokhang Temple, home to the most sacred Buddha Statue for Tibetans.BLD

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Gyantse/Shigatse

Leave Lhasa and drive along the Southern Friendship Highway over the Kampa La Mountain pass to Yamdrok Lake, the sacred 'holy sapphire' and female guardian of Buddhism in Tibet.  Continue pass the Karo La Glacier to the small town of Gyantze to visit Palkhor Chode Monastery and its nine-storey pyramid-like structure known as a kumbum with 76 chapels lined with lavish murals. Continue to Shigatze to stay at Shigatze Hotel for one night. BLD

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Gyantse/Shegar (New Tingri)

Visit the red and gold Tashilungpo Monasery, founded by he first Dalai Lama in the 15th century and traditional seat of his second-in-command, the Panchen Lama, ever since. See the jewel-encrusted tomb of the tragic 10th Panchen Lama, the 86ft high Maireya Buddha Statue, murals and the immense Thangka Wall. Drive through stark landscaes and over mountain passes with only occasional prayer flags providing spots of colour, then as we head towards New Tingri the road descends into the plains where yaks and sheep graze and nomadic herdsmen live in yakhair tents beneath the panorama of the Himalayas, a sea of snow-capped peaks.  This will be the first glimpse of Mount Everest. Stay at the modest Zhufeng Hotel for two nights, a convenient base for the drive to Mount Everest tomorrow. BLD

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Mount Everest   

An unforgettable excursion to Mount Everest, known in Tibet as 'the mother goddess of the universe'. Officially the height of the world's highest mountain is 29,017 ft, although satellite technology says it to be 29,035ft and increasing in height by up to four inches every year as the tectonic plate under India continues to move north into China. Visit the Base Camp at 17,000ft to see the spectacular noth face of Mount.   BLD

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Zhangmu

Rejoin the Friendship Highway and drive down to the border of Tibet and Nepal at Zhangmu, descending nearly 10,000ft along winding roads.  The landscapes change dramatically, with stunning waterfalls tumbling down deep valleys, thick, lush forests and a much warmer temperature. Stay the night at the modest Caiyuan Hotel. BLD

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Kathmandu

Cross the Friendship Bridge into Nepal, and drive through the rich valleys to Kathmandu to stay at the 5* Radisson Hotel.B L

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Kathmandu

Fly from Kathmandu to London Heathrow via Doha with Qatar Airways. B

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London

Arrive at London Heathrow Airport.

 

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If you would like to make this tour to Tibet into a private tour just for you and your partner, friends or family, enjoying the benefits of travelling with your own chauffeur and English speaking guide and choosing your own departure date, please call and ask our tailor made team on 020 7487 2999 to make arrangements for your own perfect Tibet tour.

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China Holidays was founded in 1997 in London, United Kingdom and it is the largest and longest running tour operator in the UK dealing exclusively with China. We can organise group tours to china, tailor made tours to china, deluxe tours to china, garden tours to china, festival tours in china, cycling tours in china, Thai chia tours in china, golfing tours in china, flights to china, hotels to china, Chinese visas…We can arrange holidays to china from any part of UK.

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Unforgettable China travels with spellbinding scenery, age-old Buddhist temples and the daily traditions of minority people.

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17 - day tour to Chengdu, Lhasa, Gyantze, Shigatze, Lhasa, Zhongdian, Lijiang, Dali and Kunming

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London/Chengdu

You will take a scheduled flight from London Heathrow to Chengdu, Alternatively, we can arrange departures from your loal airport.

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Shanghai

Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel for a 2-night stay at 5* Tibet Hotel Chengdu where you can relax and recovery from jetlag.

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Chengdu

Met at hotel lobby by your guide for starting the daily visit. Today, you wll get close to see one of the world's most adorable and endangered animals at the Panda Research Base which supports those Pandas living in the wild and also works on a sccessful breeding programme. Back to Cty, take a leisure stroll around Kuangzhai Lanes, lined with traditional houes decorated with intricate woodcarving andredlanterns, Later attend an intriguing andentertaining Sichuan "face-changing" Opera to see if you can sot how the performers swap their masks so quickly ! Drive back to your hotel after daily visit.  BLD

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Chengdu / Lhasa  

Fly to Lhasa to stay four nights at the 4* Minshan Hotel, the rest of the day is free to relax and acclimatise to Tibet's high altitudes at 12,000 ft above sea level and rising to 15,750ft later in the journey. B

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Lhasa

Visit one of the three great monasteries of Tibet,  Drepung Monastery - a religious university were about 600 monks live and study, in its heyday before the Potola Palace was built, there were over 10,000 monks and it was the largest in the world. Later, follow the throngs of pilgrims as they make the clockwise circit along Barkhor Street that encrcles the golden-roofed Jokhang Temple, home to the most sacred Buddha statue for Tibetans. BLD

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Lhasa

425ft above the city on Red Mountain stands the fortress-like Potala Palace, 13 storeys high and with 1,000 rooms filled with statues, chapels, manuscripts and murals. Potala was the winter palace of Dalai Lamas and Tibet's political and spiritual headquarters for centuries, and later you will visit the Summer palace -- Norbulingka, a complex of delightful pavilions and gardens outside the city. Finally, go to visit the 15th century Sera Monastery and its Great Assembly Hall, dormitories and colleges where 10,000 monks used to live. BLD

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Lhasa / Gyantz

Leave Lhasa and drive along the Southern Friendship Highway in the direction of Kathmandu, over the Kampa La Mountain Pass to Yamdrok Lake, the sacred "Holy Sapphire" and femal guardian of Busshism in Tibet. Continue past the Karo La Glacier to the small town of Gyantze and stay over night at the 3* Gyantze Hotel.  BLD

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Gyantze / Shigatze

This morning visit Palkhor Chode Monastery and its nine-storey pyramid-like structure know as a Kumbum with 76 chapels lined with lavish murals. Continue to Shigaze to stay at the 4* Qomo Langzong Hotel for two nights. BLD

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Shigatze / Lhasa

Visit the Tashilhungpo Monastery, founded by the first Dalai Lama in the 15th century and traditional seat of his second-in-command, the Pacnchen Lama, ever since. See the jewel-encrusted tomb ofthe tragic 10th Panchen Lama, the 86ft-high Maitreys Buddha Statue, murals and immense Thangka Wall. Drive back to Lhasa, "the Ground ofthe Gods", through rugged scenery along the Northern Friendship Highway for a final night in Tibet.. BLD

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Lhasa / Zhongdian  

Fly to Zhongdan in the north-west of Cina's Yunnan Province, a photogenic town perched on a Himalayan Plateau andonce a staging post on the Southern Silk Road fown to Vietnam. It was renamed Shangri-La a few years ago due to its natural beauty, and we stay two nights in this "fabled paradise" at the 4* Blue Horizon Jun Hua Hote. B

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Zhongdian ( Shangri-La)

Visit Songzanlin Monastery, dating from the 16th century and rebuld following damage during the 1959. Drive out to Napa Lakes, it is located eight Kilometers northwest of the county. Several rivers flow into the lake , including the Naizi and Naqu Rivers. The lake is seasonal in that it is dry in the fall and winter seasons, naturally becoming part of the Yila Prairle. During this time, visitors can see many sheep and cows grazing in the lake bed. Visit one of these to meet a local Tibetan family and enjoy a hearty home-cooked dinner. BLD

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Zhongdian / Lijiang

Drive south to jiang, once the capital of the Naxi Kingdom, en-route admiring the world's deepest canyon at Tiger Leaping Gorge where the Yangtze is forced through a narrow gap in the rocks. Afterwards the guide will accompany you to explore Lijiang Old Town. You are able to sght-see time-honored residential compounds, soak in the romantic culturei n the famous bar street, and also hunt for loca sancks at Sifang Street. Stay twoo nights at 4*Ljiang Wangfu Hotel. BL

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Lijiang

After breakfast, vist the loca beauty spots Black Dragon Pool. And then will take a cable car ride up sacred Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and the southern most glacier in the northern hemisphere, and explore Lijiang's quaint old town with its354 bridges and elaborately carved Naxi houses. You will als enjoy the splendid sow , the Impression Lijiang, performed on an open-air stage against the snow mountain.  BL

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Lijiang / Dali

Drive south through the green, rural lands of the Bai people and pass Erhai Lake to Dali. Stay at the 4* Landscape Hotel for an overnight . See the elegant, thousand -year-old towers of the Song Dynasty Three Pagodas and the exotic Catholic Church, and shop in the pleasant old quarter of Dali Town.  BLD

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Dali / Kunming

You will take fast train to Kunming, the capital of Yunnan and staging post along the old trading route to neighbouring Burma, part of the southern Silk Road, and stay two nights at the 4* Jinjiang Hotel. On arrival, visit the Western Hills that locals say resemble a beautiful girl reclining on the banks of Dianchi Lake.  BL

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Kunming

Today visit the extraordinary Stone Forest, an iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site, a hundred square miles of thin, jagged limestone pillars in fantastic shapes tat resemble a forest viewed from a distance, followed by the visit to the Tang Dynasty Bamboo Temple.  BL

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Kunming / London

You wll be transferred to the Airport for your flight back to London Heathrow. B

 

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B = Breakfast , L = Lunch,  D = Dinner

 

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