Adventure Shanghai to Lhasa

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Duration: 17 days 
Type: Comfort
Itinerary:
Shanghai, Dunhuang, Xining, Lhasa, Chengdu, Hong Kong

Price: Start from USD4599
Single room:
USD920

Tour Details

Group Size: 
4 pax--12 pax 

Travel Season: 
April - Nov.

Accommodation: 

3 & 4 star hotel 

Transport: 
chartered car or bus

Flights:
Shanghai/Dunhuang
Lhasa/Chengdu/Hong Kong

Trains:
Bullet train: Liuyuan/Xining
Soft sleeper: Xining/Lhasa

Meals:
Listed in the itinerary

Guide:

English-speaking guides

Entrance Fees:

Entrance for the sites stated

Payment

Adventure Shanghai to Lhasa
This 17-Day tour weaves Shanghai, Mogao Grottoes, Lhasa, Everest Camp Base, Pandas in Chengdu, and Hong Kong. Explore the colorful culture and unusual sites with local people.

Itinerary
Day 1. Arrival Shanghai

Arrival in Shanghai, your guide will meet you and transfer you to the hotel. Orientation Wall near the walk.
Overnights in Shanghai Ibis Hotel 3* hotel or similar
Meals: Welcome Dinner


Day 2. Shanghai
Hotel breakfast, then start the city tour to the Yugarden, old street, Bund, finished at the Shanghai Museum.
Overnights in Shanghai Ibis Hotel 3* hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast and lunch


Day 3. Shanghai/Dunhuang

Transfer to Shanghai airport by your own and take flight from Shanghai to Dunhuang. Upon arrival in Dunhuang, your guide will meed you and transfer you to hotel, explore the night market in the evening. 
Overnight in Dunhuang Silk Road Hotel (4*) or similar hotel
Meals: Breakfast and lunch


Day 4. Dunhuang 

Mogao Caves tour in the morning, a highlight of the Silk Road. Visit Minsha Dunes and Crescent Moon Spring in the afternoon. 
Overnight in Dunhuang Silk Road Hotel (4*)or similar hotel
Meals: Breakfast and lunch


Day 5. Dunhuang/Liuyuan/Xining

Transfer from Dunhuang to Liuyuan station to catch a bullet train(approx.5 hours) to Xining. 
Overnight in Xining Qinghai Hotel 5* hotel or simila
Meals: Breakfast and lunch


Day 6. Xining/Lhasa

This morning visit Kumbum Monastery which is one of the six biggest Tibetan Buddhism Monastories, and then take soft sleeper train to Lhasa (approx. 20 hours) this afternoon.
Overnight on the train.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 7. Arrival Lhasa

Arrival in Lhasa in the afternoon, transfer to hotel. Orientation walk near the hotel. 
Overnight in Lhasa hotel (4*). 
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 8. Lhasa

Spend the day exploring the highlights of the Tibetan capitol starting with the Potala Palace. The exotic structure stands 13 stories high and contains more than 1,000 rooms. The palace is divided into two sections. The White Palace, built in the mid-17th century, provided living quarters for the fifth through the fourteenth Dalai Lamas. From the White Palace, pilgrims climb to the central Red Palace, completed in the late 17th century and packed with chapels, ornate statues, and the gem-embellished tombs of past Dalai Lamas. The fifth Dalai Lama's tomb, made from two tons of gold, stands three stories tall. Afterwards visit the Tibet’s holiest shrine, the Jokhang Temple, at over 1300 years old it holds one of Tibet's most venerated images, a solid gold statue of Sakyamuni Buddha. Finish up with walk around the Barkhor area filled with thousands of pilgrims, shops and tea houses to relax and soak up the atmosphere.
Overnight in Lhasa Hotel (4*) or similar
Meals: Breakfast and lunch


Day 9.Lhasa-Yamdrok-Gyantse -Shigatse

Today we will continue our journey to other places of Tibet . About hundred kilometers, you will appreciate the holy Lake of Yamdrok Yumtso . Drive to historical city Gyantse. On the way, we can see the Karola Glacier Visit Pelkhor monastery for its famous Kumbum Pagoda . Overnight besides Pelkhor, 270m 5-6hrs   
Overnight in Shigatse Shenghu Hotel 4* or similar. 
Meals: Breakfast and lunch


Day 10. Shigatse—Sakya- Shegar

This morning visit Pachen Lama's seat place, the great Tashilumpo monastery, a very big and complex monastery in Tibet. After then, drive to Shegar. One the way visit Sakya Monastery . It has a history of more than 900 years and is the leading monastery for the Sakyapa school of Tibetan Buddhism. A number of cultural relics and artifacts in the Sakya Monastery ensure that it is a historical and cultural museum, presenting its glittering past to all visitors. 300km 7-8hrs
Overnight in guesthouse 
Meals: Breakfast and lunch


Day 11. Shegar-Everest

Today break away from the Friendship Highway and travel towards Rongbuk Monastery near the Mount Everest Base Cam. Rongbuk Monastery is the highest monastery in the world and has been rebuilt considerably in the past decade. From here, you can see stunning views of Everest and the surrounding Rongbuk Valley. Spend rest of the day exploring to the Everest.   Overnight at Local Guest house.  120km 3-4hrs
Overnight in guesthouse 
Meals: Breakfast and lunch


Day 12. Everest -Shigatse

Morning time exploring to the Everest, Afterwards drive back to Shigatse. 370km 8-9hrs
Overnight in Shigatse Shenghu Hotel 4* or similar
Meals: Breakfast and lunch


Day 13. Shigatse-Lhasa

Drive back to Lhasa along the Yarlung tasangpo River . On the way have a family visit for a glimpse of everyday Tibetan life.280km 5-6hrs
Overnight in Lhasa Hotel (4*) or similar
Meals: Breakfast and lunch


Day 14. Lhasa/Chengdu

Take a flight 3U8658(10:25--12:25) to Chengdu in the morning. This afternoon, walking tour to Wenshu Temple and Kuanzhai Alleys. Dinner is yummy hotpot. 
Overnight in Chengdu Xinliang Hotel (4*) or similar
Meals: Breakfast and dinner


Day 15. Chengdu/Hong Kong

7: 30 am, depart from hotel to Panda Base to see the cute panda feeding in the morning. At 11 am, private transfer to Chengdu airport to catch flight to Hong Kong.
Upon Arrival, transfer to hotel. Orientation walk near the hotel.
Overnight in Hong Kong Standford Hotel 3* or similar
Meals: Breakfast


Day 16. Hong Kong.

Free explore in Hong Kong.
Overnight in Hong Kong Standford Hotel 3* or similar
Meals: Breakfast


Day 17. Departure from Hong Kong 

Free time till transferring to airport to catch your flight back home. 
End of services.
Meals: Breakfast

Shanghai上海
Province: Municipality of Shanghai
Population: 9.8 million (urban)   16.7 million(municipality)
The two Chinese characters in the city's name are 上 ("above") and 海 ("sea"), together meaning "Upon-the-Sea". The earliest occurrence of this name dates from the 11th century Song Dynasty, at which time there was already a river confluence and a town with this name in the area.
Shanghai is one of the four province-level municipalities of China, with a total population of over 23 million as of 2010. It is a global city, with influence in commerce, culture, finance, media, fashion, technology, and transport. It is a major financial center and the busiest container port in the world. Shanghai is the commercial and financial center of mainland China, and ranks fifth in the 2011 edition of the Global Financial Centres Index published by the City of London.
Located in the Yangtze River Delta in eastern China, Shanghai sits at the mouth of the Yangtze River in the middle portion of the Chinese coast. The vast majority of Shanghai's 6,340.5 km2 (2,448.1 sq mi) land area is flat, apart from a few hills in the southwest corner, with an average elevation of 4 m (13 ft).

Dunhuang敦煌
Province: Gansu
Population: 114,000
Dunhuang is a city (pop. 187,578 (2000)) in northwestern Gansu province, Western China. It was a major stop on the ancientSilk Road. It was also known at times as Shāzhōu , or 'City of Sands', a name still used today. It is best known for the nearby Mogao Caves.
It commands a very strategic position at the crossroads of the ancient Southern Silk Route and the main road leading from India via Lhasa to Mongolia and Southern Siberia,as well as controlling the entrance to the narrow Gansu Corridor which led straight to the heart of the north Chinese plains and the ancient capitals of Chang'an (today known as Xi'an) and Luoyang.
In the history, the commercial prosperity on the Silk Road provided a basis for a flourishing and diverse Buddhist community. Most Buddhist monks came to China from India and Central Asia by way of the Silk Road. As the westernmost Chinese station on the route, Dunhuang became the ideal place for these foreign monks to learn the Chinese language and culture before entering central China.
Foreign monks and their Chinese disciples formed the earliest Buddhist communities at Dunhuang in the late 3 and early 4centuries. Many Buddhist sutras were translated at Dunhuang and then distributed into central China. Monk Zhu Fahu, a famous translator of Buddhist texts, organized his translation team at Dunhuang and became known as "The Bodhisattva of Dunhuang”. Enormous economic and human resources were used to produce Buddhist sutras and to build places of worship, including thousands of cave temples.

Lhasa拉萨
The city has a history more than 1400 years which can traced back to the 7th century when the King Srongtsen Gampo moved the capital to here. Lhasa, literally the place of the Gods, is the hub of Tibet for transportation, education, religion etc. with a population of 550,000 (2013) and 83% are  Tibetans. The altitude of Lhsa is about 3600 meters, it is highly suggested to acclimatise for your first day to do nothing. You can choose flight or trains from various cities in China to Lhasa, such as Chengdu, Chongqing, Xining, Lanzhou, Beijing, Xian and Shanghai. It is a once-in-the-life experience to take the train from Xining to Lhasa, on the way you can endless snow-covered mountains, green lakes, Tanggula Range(5200 meters), yaks, etc. The climate in Lhasa is quite warm during the daytime as the sun shine is very strong, but quite chilly in the night even in Summer. In winter, it is still very nice to visit Lhasa, you can wander in the daytime around Potala Palace and Jakhang Monastery,  Barkhor Street.

Chengdu成都
Population: 4.2 million
Province: Sichuan (provincial capital)
Established: 311BC
Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan province in Southwest China. The urban area houses 14,047,625 inhabitants. The fertile Chengdu Plain, on which Chengdu is located, is also known as the "Country of Heaven" a phrase also often translated as "The Land of Abundance". Chengdu is the original city name that dates back to its founding over 2000 years ago. Chengdu is the only major city in China that has never changed its location or name for more than 2000 years.
Established during the late Warring States Period, Chengdu boasts a 2300 year history. As early as the 4century BC, the Shu State moved its capital to where Chengdu city is presently located. In 311BC, the Qin people built a city wall of 6 km in circumference and about 25m in height, which marked the formal establishment of Chengdu city.
Over thousands of years Chengdu has been known for its history of silk brocade manufacturing. During the Wudai Dynasty (907-960 AD), the top of the city wall was
extensively planted with hibiscus flowers resulting in Chengdu being referred to as Hibiscus City, a name by which it is still called today. The city saw brisk night fairs at
the time and today people can still see such names as Business Street and Button Fair Street, a reflection of the city's historical commerce. Chengdu was the first city in the
world to use paper money (Northern Song Dynasty, 420-479 AD) and the first to extract and use natural gas (Western Han Dynasty 206BC-24AD). Chengdu is also renowned for its history in lacquer ware making, woodblock printing, irrigation techniques and tea drinking culture. Today Chengdu, is a centre of science and technology, commerce and finance as well as leading hub of transportation and communications in Southwest China..
Chengdu has a monsoon-influenced humid subtropical climate and is largely mild and humid. It has four distinct seasons, blessed with abundant rainfall, and relieved from both sweltering summers and freezing winters. Its favorable climate contributes to the development of agriculture and animal husbandry, making Chengdu a comfortable place for sustained human habitat.

Hong Kong香港
Population: 7 million
Province: Hong Kong Special Administrative
Region (HKSAR)
Hong Kong is one of two Special Administrative Regions (SARs) of the People's Republic of China (PRC), the other being Macau. A city-state situated on China's south coast and enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea, it is renowned for its expansive skyline and deep natural harbour. With a land mass of 1,104 km2 (426 sq mi) and a population of seven million people, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. Hong Kong's population is 95 percent ethnic Chinese and 5 percent from other groups.
According to historical records, people have inhabited small villages around Hong Kong since the Song Dynasty (960-1279). They produced incense sticks, which were then shipped from a nearby harbor, hence the village gained its name Xianggang.
Hong Kong was a part of Guangdong Province until the Opium War of 1842, when it was ceded to Great Britain as a colony. Upon Hong Kong's return to China on July 1, 1997 it became a Special Administrative Region (SAR). Originally described as a 'barren rock', it is now a world-leading financial, trading and business center, as well as a
shopper’s paradise. Hong Kong is geographically and administratively divided into three main regions: Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories. The New Territories
also includes 235 outlying islands. Victoria Harbour is between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon; continually being narrowed by land reclamation. 96 percent of the population is Chinese with English and Cantonese as official languages. Hong Kong is also the world’s busiest container port, one of the world's four largest gold markets and has Asia's 3 biggest stock market. Yet not far away from all the lights of Kowloon and high rises of HK Island, you can still find tranquil fishing villages and beautiful scenic walks.
The name "Hong Kong" is an approximate phonetic rendering of the pronunciation of the spoken Cantonese or Hakka name, meaning "fragrant harbour". In 1842, the Treaty of Nanking was signed, and the name Hong Kong was first recorded on official documents to encompass the entirety of the island.
Hong Kong is frequently described as a place where "East meets West", reflecting the culture's mix of the territory's Chinese roots with influences from its time as a British colony. Hong Kong balances a modernised way of life with traditional Chinese practices.
Though it is situated just south of the Tropic of Cancer, Hong Kong has a humid subtropical climate. Summer is hot and humid with occasional showers and thunderstorms, and warm air coming from the southwest. Summer is when typhoons are most likely, sometimes resulting in flooding or landslides. Winters are mild and usually start sunny, becoming cloudier towards February; the occasional cold front brings strong, cooling winds from the north. The most temperate seasons are spring, which can be changeable, and autumn, which is generally sunny and dry.

Travelers are advised to read the Trip Notes before your China tours.
 
Visas - A China visa is required for entry into China for all nationalities except Japan, Singapore and Brunei. Travellers holding APEC cards are allowed entrance visa free if their card has already been approved for China. Please view our web page for detailed information about China Visa: http://silkroadtrips.com/260.html
 
Insurance - Travel insurance is compulsory for all our customers. Please provide us with:
•    Insurance company
•    Policy number
•    24 hour medical emergency contact number
•    The expiry date of the policy
You may check our webpage for more detailed information as below.
http://silkroadtrips.com/266.html
 
Vaccinations and Your Health - We recommend that you contact your primary care physician or a travel doctor for advice on vaccinations and travel health and we advise that you check to see if your tetanus-diphtheria booster is still valid every 10 years.
 
Luggage - We suggest you to take one main piece of lockable baggage and a shoulder bag. Total allowance: 44lbs/20kgs. Don’t overload yourself, because you have to carry your own baggage.
 
Itinerary Disclaimer – The information in this trip details has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience.
 
Accommodation - Each tour lists the hotel standard, you can check it before your booking, The hotels are selected for convenience of location, comfort or character, and can range differently from tour to tour. In some remote areas, accommodation may be of a lower standard and may not have all western amenities. Please note that there is no international classification system for hotels, and differences and quality do exist between the European Countries and China, though it is marked 4 or 5 star hotel.
In bigger cities and large towns the standard is similar although on a lesser scale. In small towns or villages where tourism is less prevalent, the hotels we use are smaller and facilities are more limited, though we generally stay in the best place in town. Rooms will still be en suite but rooms can be basic. Plumbing and electricity supplies can be somewhat erratic and although the welcome is warm, service levels may be less efficient than you may be used to.
 
Booking a Single Room – Silkroadtrips are pleased to offer travellers the option of pre-booking a guaranteed single room.  Kindly note our single supplement do not include sharing cabins on the overnight trains or cruises. All of our tours are planned and operated on a twin-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travellers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation.
 
Trains
Aboard the overnight sleeper train, berths are usually in 1st class ‘soft sleeper’ lockable compartments for 4 which have 2 sets of bunks with clean bedding provided. WC and washbasins are provided for shared use at the end of each carriage. Hot meals and snacks are sold to your berth on all overnight journeys. In times of large demand we may have to travel in 2nd class ‘hard sleeper’ which consists of sectioned off compartments for 6,leading off an open plan carriage.
Bullet trains are getting popular, it is very modern with a high velocity of 300km per hour. There are western toilets, dinning car on the bullet trains, and normally for short distance running 1—8 hours.
 
Air
You can check in 20 kg baggage and carry 5kg hand bag with you while boarding a flight in China. Please be aware, before boarding a flight in China that the Chinese authorities will only allow bottles onto aircraft if they have been checked in as main luggage. Any bottles in the hand luggage may be confiscated.

Food
Eating is always an important part of the tours. Each tour of Silkroadtrips has listed the included meals, please check it on-line. Our professional guide will always arrange the meals at clean local restaurants to taste different food with different budget approximately from CNY20 to CNY200 per person per meal. Please check our webpage for Chinese Cuisine as below.
http://www.silkroadtrips.com/284.html
 
Tipping - If you're happy with the services provided then a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. Tipping is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across China and other Asian countries. We recommend that any tips are given to the intended recipient by a member of your group, rather than collected and passed on by the group leader.
The following amounts are based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers:
Restaurants: Tipping is not common practice at restaurants in China or Tibet.
Tour guides: Throughout your tour you may at times have local guides or national guide. We suggest CNY10-15 per person per day for guides.
Porters: In some hotels a porter may offer to carry your bag to your room. We suggest CNY5 per bag for porters.
Drivers: You may have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest that you tip only those more involved with the group (for example those that help you with your bags etc). CNY5-10 per person per day is generally appropriate.
Optional Extras - Our standard tours are planned to be as fully inclusive as possible. However, from time-to-time you may be suggested to join optional tours/sightseeing in addition to the standard sightseeing planned for that city. Such options are at an additional cost, with prices ranging from 20-200 CNY per person. If you do not wish to take part in any optional extras, you will have the option of enjoying some free time at leisure or to return to the hotel.
 
Personal Expenses - Kindly check the inclusions for your tour, you will need to take some extra money to cover drinks, laundry and souvenirs, plus any additional sightseeing that may be offered to you. Based on the advice of previous customers an approximate amount of $250 per week should be sufficient; however for those that can’t resist a bargain, consider allocating a higher amount.
 
Electricity Supply & Plugs
China operates on a 220V and uses a combination of US/European and Chinese style plugs in most hotel rooms. You can buy an international adaptor before the tour