B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner | SD: Special Dinner
Sep 09 – 22, 2017
Day 1-2|Sep 09-1|Honolulu – Beijing
We start our vacation by boarding a Direct Flight to Beijing, the capital of China and an ancient city of great splendor. Meals and snacks will be served on the overnight flight.
Day 3|Sep 11|Beijing|(L)
Arrive at Beijing International Airport. An Air & Sea travel representative will greet us and start us on our journey by taking us to the Temple of Heaven, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is widely regarded as the noblest example of religious architecture in all of China. This is where emperors came to worship heaven for a bountiful harvest. The design shows that heaven is high and the earth is low and reflects an ancient Chinese saying: ‘the heaven is round and the earth is square’. Today’s lunch features local specialty Beijing Zha-jiang-mian. Then, we can explore the city or enjoy free time before checking into our hotel.
Day 4|Sep 12|Beijing|(B, L)
Beijing has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Beijing is a huge city with many sightseeing attractions, restaurants, and nightlife. After breakfast, we will visit the YongHeGong Lama Temple, a former residence for Emperors Yongzheng and Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty, which later became a temple of the Lama Buddhist from 1744. It is the largest and most perfectly preserved lamasery in present day China and the national center of Lama Administration. After lunch featuring China’s famous Peking Duck, we will transfer to Silk Alley, a popular shopping center in Beijing to experience the fun of price bargaining.
Day 5|Sep 13|Beijing – Lhasa – Tsedang|(B, D)
After breakfast, we will board a flight to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. Lhasa is rightly one of the most featured and dreamt about cities in the world. This is not only because of its remoteness and its high altitude at 3,650 meters (11,975 feet), but also because of its impressive heritage of over a thousand years of cultural and spiritual history that has helped to create the romantic and mysterious Tibetan religion. Our pace slows as we adjust to the thin air on the high plateau. Upon arrival, we will drive to Tsedang, the capital of Shannan Prefecture and the third largest town in Tibet. It is called “the cradle of Tibetan Civilization” because it has played a significant role in the rise of Tibet dynasty and is the birthplace of the first Tibetans.
Day 6|Sep 14|Tsedang |(B, L, D)
Samye Monastery, built in the 8th century, was the first Buddhist monastery founded in Tibet and the site of the “Great Debate” (AD 792-794) between the Indian Mahayanists and Chinese Zen Buddhists. Situated at the foot of Mt.Hepo Ri, on the north bank of the Yarlung Tsangpo River Zharang County, Samye Monastery is about 38 kilometers from Tsedang. It is one of the main picturesque spots of the state-level scenic area – the Yarlung River Scenic Area. Afterwards, we will visit Yumbulagang Palace, also known as the first imperial palace in Tibet. It was built for Nyatri Tsanpo, the first Tibetan king in the 2nd century BC. In the 7th century AD, Songtsan Gampo moved the capital to Lhasa and Yumbulagang gradually became a Buddhist palace. The 5th Dalai Lama later changed it to the monastery of Old-Yellow Hat Sect (Kadamspa). Lastly, we will go to Trandruk Monastery, famous throughout the region for being the first Buddhist chapel built in Tibet.
Day 7|Sep 15 |Tsedang – Gyangtse – Shigatse| (B, L, D)
We leave Tsedang today and travel to Gyangtse and Shigatse. Our journey goes through high mountain passes and travels along the beautiful shorelines of Yamdrok Tso Lake. The lake, also known as Yamdrok Yumtso or Yamzho Yumco, is a freshwater lake in Tibet. According to local mythology, Yamdok Yumtso Lake is the transformation of a goddess. As one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet, it is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and is fed by numerous small streams. On the way to the Tibetan town of Gyangtse, enjoy breath-taking roadside views of the Karola Glacier. The main monastery in Gyangtse is Pelkor Chode Monastery, a compound consisting of several structures. Then, we transfer to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet and a popular destination for both pilgrims and tourists.
Day 8|Sep 16|Shigatse – Lhasa|(B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will continue our journey by heading west to the gleaming gold roofs of the magnificent Tashilunpo Monastery founded in 1447. Nearby is the Old Town, a great place to wander about. A Local Family Visit is arranged. Nicely decorated Tibetan houses and an interesting market and bazaar will provide us with a vivid picture of local people’s life. Afterwards, we will drive back to Lhasa.
Day 9 |Sep 17 |Lhasa|(B, L, D)
Today, we start our tour by visiting Lhasa’s principal landmark – Potala Palace. It is now on the list of Chinese national key protected cultural relics and is the most valuable storehouse in Tibet. Potala Palace is famous for its grand buildings, complicated constructions, devotional atmosphere and splendid artworks. About 3 miles to the east of Potala is the most revered religious structure in Tibet – Jokhang Temple. It is the holiest site in Tibet and the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Buddhists. As part of Potala Palace, it was listed as the world cultural heritage by UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. As a symbol of Lhasa, Barkhor Street is a place full of religious atmosphere and a world of exotic items. For visitors, Barkhor Street is a magical place showing the original outlook of Lhasa. It was paved with hand-polished stone boards. Though it is not broad, it accommodates thousands of tourists every day. Varied shops are on both sides of the street and floating stands are on every corner. Most of them sell prayer wheels, long-sleeve ‘chuba’ (the Tibetan people’s traditional clothes), Tibetan knives and some religious objects.
Day 10|Sep 18|Lhasa|(B, L, D)
In the morning, we will visit Drepung Monastery, also called Zhebang Si. Drepung is the largest of all Tibetan monasteries, and was once the world’s largest monastery with about 10,000 monks. Now, it is one of Lhasa’s two remaining great Gelugpa monasteries, with Sera Monastery being the other one. The “Buddhism Scriptures Debating” in Sera is very famous as well. This afternoon, we will visit Norbulingka, meaning ‘treasured park’ in Tibetan. Every March 18th of the Tibetan calendar, Dalai Lama moved here to spend his summers, so that it is called the “Summer Palace”. During the summer and autumn months, Norbulingka becomes a recreational hub with dancing, singing, music, and festivities. Norbulingka houses large collections of Tibetan carpets, Italian chandeliers, Ajanta frescoes and many other precious artifacts. In 2001, it was placed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and was added as an extension of the Historical Ensemble. Tonight, enjoy Traditional Tibetan Song and Dance PerformancesDa
Day 11|Sep 19|Lhasa – Xining|(B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will take an overnight ride on the high – altitude Rooftop of the World Train from Lhasa to Xining. Beautiful scenery is captured along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. While on the train, enjoy the scenery of jagged mountain peaks capped in ice and the permanently frozen Tibetan Plateau. The Golmud-Lhasa section extends 1,142 kilometers, with the highest elevation about 5,072 meters (16,640 ft) above sea level at Tanggula Range, making it the highest railway in the world. We will be awakened early for sunrise to see great breathtaking scenery as if we were traveling in the sky. Then the train continues toward legendary Kunlun Mountain and Jade Peak (shaped like a pyramid) at an altitude of 6,178 meters (22,040 ft). Next, we will see Kekexili – “paradise for wild animals”, the field with no human beings and the origin of 4 of the longest rivers in Asia.
Day 12|Sep 20|Xining – Beijing|(B, L, D)
We will get off the train in Xining, the capital of Qinghai Province, located on the eastern edge of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and the upper reaches of Huangshui River. As the political, economic, scientific and technological, cultural and traffic center of Qinghai Province, Xining is also called the Summer Resort Capital of China because of its cool summers. Our first stop is Xining Dongguan Mosque built in 1380, the largest mosque in Qinghai Province. The Mosque is famous for its magnificent architecture, religious education center, and highest learning institution of Islam. Then, we will visit Qinghai Province Museum. The museum has collected over 10,000 items, including the chipped stone implements from the Paleolithic Age; the stone artifacts, bone objects, ceramics and bronze from the Neolithic Age and the Bronze Age; bronze seals, figurines, mirrors, and drinking vessels, tablet inscriptions, handwritten scriptures, wood figurines, and Persian silver coins from the Han (206BC-220AD) and the Tang (618-907) dynasties; the paper currency and stone sculptures from the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368); and the porcelain, painting and calligraphy from the Ming (1368-1391) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. This evening, we will board a flight back to Beijing. Upon arrival, transfer to our hotel, check in, and relax before enjoying dinner at the hotel.
Day 13|Sep 21|Beijing|(B)
Today we can explore the charm and dynamic beauty of Beijing on our own or you can take an optional tour to the Great Wall and Forbidden City.
*** Depart to airport at 9:30PM. Our flight leaves at 1:50 AM on Sep 22.
*** Hotel room is reserved until the 22nd, so we do not need to check out until late at night.
Day 14 |Sep 22|Beijing – Honolulu
Our flight to Honolulu leaves after midnight, ending our wonderful tour in China.
We arrive at Honolulu on 21st at approximately 5:30 PM.
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