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8-Day Hong Kong–Chengdu–Tibet Tour

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Overview

Tour Type: Private Tour: Flexible Travel Date & Travel Routes
Guide & Driver: Chinese-English-speaking guide & air-conditioned
  • Experience the vibrant and exciting city of Hong Kong and all of its wonders;
  • Relax in the laid back lifestyle of Chengdu as you get up close and personal with the adorable pandas;
  • Immerse yourself in the Tibetan Buddhist culture with a pilgrimage to the magical Potala Palace and the sacred monasteries of Tibet.

Itinerary Day by Day

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Day1  Arrival in Hong Kong
Welcome to Hong Kong, the historic harbor city and gateway to your China adventure! Upon arriving at the Hong Kong airport, your tour guide will greet you and escort you to your private car to transfer to your hotel and check in. You will have the rest of the day free to rest up from your long trip or you can begin to explore the city around your hotel on your own.

Accommodation:Overnight in Hongkong

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Day2  Hong Kong Tour (on your own)
Today you will have the opportunity to explore this amazing city on your own. Hong Kong is easier than other Chinese cities to find your way around as English is widely spoken and most signage is bilingual (English and Chinese) due to its history as a British colony.

A good way to begin your day and to become oriented with the layout of Hong Kong is to take the tram to Victoria Peak for fantastic views of the Hong Kong skyline spread out before you. As the highest point in the city, Victoria Peak has an observation deck with panoramic views of the city and harbor.

For an inexpensive way to become more familiar with Hong Kong, take the Star Ferry across the harbor for some more wonderful views of the Hong Kong skyline.

You might also consider a visit to Repulse Bay – a more natural spot away from the noise and crowds of the city. With a white sand beach and gentle sea breezes, it’s an ideal way to spend a few hours just relaxing. After the beach, enjoy the nearby Stanley Market, where you can shop for souvenirs and local handicrafts in a nice, quiet atmosphere.

End the evening with a stroll along the Avenue of the Stars. From there you can witness the spectacular Symphony of Lights show at 8 p.m. that uses the entire Hong Kong skyline as a stage.

Accommodation:Overnight in Hongkong

Day3  Flight from Hong Kong to Chengdu
Today you will depart Hong Kong for Mainland China and the hometown of the Giant Pandas – Chengdu, in Sichuan Province. There are numerous flights from Hong Kong to Chengdu with the flights usually taking around 2.5 to 3 hours for a nonstop flight. We recommend a morning flight to give you more time to explore Chengdu.

Upon your arrival at the Chengdu airport, your local tour guide will meet you to take you to your private vehicle and transfer you to your downtown Chengdu hotel. The rest of the day will be free for you to relax or begin to explore the city on your own.

Accommodation:Overnight in Chengdu

Day4  Chengdu: Panda Base, Wenshu Temple, Renmin Park, Jinli Street
The city of Chengdu is famous in China and around the world for three things – the Giant Pandas, its ancient history, and its leisurely pace of living. Today you will be able to experience all of these features with this full day tour of the best highlights of Chengdu. First, and most importantly, we will visit the adorable pandas at the Chengdu Giant Panda Research Base & Breeding Center. It’s just about a 30-minute drive from downtown Chengdu so we’ll get an early start to catch the pandas during their most active phase in the morning. With more than 100 pandas living at the base, you will be able to see pandas of all ages, from still-nursing babies to older adult pandas. Bamboo lined paths lead you from one habitat to another as you observe the pandas eating, playing with each other, climbing trees – all of the things that pandas naturally enjoy doing in a much more natural setting than a zoo. There is also a very informative Panda Museum filled with interesting exhibits and everything you need to know about these wonderful creatures.

After an enjoyable morning with the pandas, we will take you back to the center of Chengdu and the ancient Wenshu Temple. Legend has it that the Buddhist temple was built more than 1,400 years ago during the Sui Dynasty (581 – 618 A.D.) Situated peacefully amidst the modern city of Chengdu, this temple serves as a repository for two international treasures – a finger bone from the Sakyamuni Buddha and a parietal bone relic from Xuanzang, the Buddhist monk immortalized in the epic novel “Journey to the West”.

After your visit to the Wenshu Temple, we will show you why Chengdu is famous for its laid back, leisurely lifestyle with a visit to Renmin Park. Renmin (People’s) Park is where the locals go for a relaxing walk, to meet friends or have a cup of tea. After a relaxing visit to the park, we will take you on to Old Jinli Street. Jinli Street, by contrast, is a street mainly for tourists but it does offer a view of the way things were in ancient times. You can wander along this traditional old street to absorb the special atmosphere of Chengdu while tasting the local snacks, watching street performers, etc.

Recommended evening activity:

Watch a wonderful performance of the traditional Sichuan Opera at the Shufengyayun Opera House, including folk opera, face changing, fire spitting, rolling lights performances and much more.

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Day5  Flight from Chengdu to Lhasa
After a nice breakfast at your hotel, we will escort you by private vehicle to the Chengdu airport for your flight to Lhasa. Upon arrival at the Lhasa Gonggar Airport, your local tour guide and driver will meet you to take you on to your hotel in downtown Lhasa. The rest of the day will be free for you to relax and acclimatize yourself to the higher altitude of the Tibetan Plateau.

Tips for High Altitude Acclimatization:

1) Go for a leisurely walk in the fresh high altitude air, but avoid any strenuous activity after your arrival.

2) It's better to avoid taking a bath to avoid catching a cold.

3) Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, and eat some fresh fruit.4) Get plenty of rest.

Accommodation:Overnight in Lhasa

Day6  Lhasa: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
Start your exploration of Lhasa today after breakfast with a visit to a world-famous landmark - the Potala Palace, widely regarded as one of the most beautiful examples of architecture in the world. Climb up to the palace along zig-zagging stone paths alongside the white and red walls to the top of the palace where you can gain a greater appreciation of the exotic Tibetan-style buildings as well as for a great view of Lhasa's entire urban area. After admiring the sweeping outside views, explore the inner spaces of the Potala Palace to find the stately chapels and learn more about the fascinating history of this special place.

From one historic landmark to another, your next stop will be at the Jokhang Temple, considered as the spiritual heart of Tibetan Buddhism. Every day thousands of pilgrims come from all over Tibet and other places to the temple to worship the Buddha. The Jokhang Temple is also known as the "House of Buddha" because it houses the precious Jowo Rinpoche, a life-sized (1.5 meter/5 feet) image of the Sakyamuni at the age of 12.

The last stop for today's Lhasa exploration is Barkor Street, the wide, circular street that surrounds the Jokhang Temple. Local residents enjoy walking on the street, completing several circuits known as “kora” around the temple as a daily tradition of pilgrimage. The street also has many small shops selling a wide variety of traditional Tibetan goods, religious items and handicrafts.

Tips for today's tour:

1) There are 1,080 steps to the top of the Potala Palace, so it's best to take it slowly to avoid high altitude sickness.
2) Taking photos is not allowed inside the Potala Palace.
3) Most of today will be spent outside, so please bring a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and some water with you to protect yourself from the more intense sun at the higher altitude.

Accommodation:Overnight in Lhasa

Day7  Lhasa: Norbulingka Palace, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
After breakfast at your hotel, we will visit the beautiful Norbulingka Palace and Park, the location of the former summer palace of the Dalai Lamas from the 1780s up until 1959. It features the famous Potrang, the private palaces of former Dalai Lamas built in the grandiose style of traditional Tibetan architecture.

After visiting the palaces and park at Norbulingka, we will travel around 5 kilometers to the western outskirts of Lhasa to visit the Drepung Monastery. The word "drepung" in Tibetan language means "prosperity". Since its establishment in 1416, Drepung Monastery has served as one of the most important Buddhist monasteries in Tibet. During its prime, more than 10,000 monks lived and studied in the monastery. Throughout its history, many important and famous Tibetan leaders studied at this monastery, including the Dalai Lamas. Accordingly, Drepung Monastery is also respectfully known as the “Mother School of Dalai Lamas”.

In the afternoon, we will escort you on to another famous monastery in Lhasa - the Sera Monastery. Sera Monastery is famous for its spectacular “Buddhist Debates”. As a daily routine, the monks gather in a courtyard, and debate on the various Buddhist doctrines with exaggerated gestures, which is thought to be helpful in facilitating a better comprehension of the Buddhist philosophy to attain higher levels of study. After enjoying the "Buddhist Debates", we will take you back to your hotel with the rest of the day and evening to relax or explore on your own.

Tips for Proper Etiquette While Visiting Monasteries

1) For clothing, shorts and/or bare shoulders are not allowed.
2) Hats and sunglasses should be removed before entering the chapels.
3) Taking photos is usually not allowed inside the chapels.

Accommodation:Overnight in Lhasa

Day8  Departure from Lhasa
Today you will have free time until we meet you in the lobby of your hotel to transfer you to the Lhasa airport or train station for your departing flight or train.

Today's Tips:

1) Please take care to pack all of your belongings, particularly the small things that are easy to forget about, such as phone and camera chargers, power adapters, mobile phones, wallets, etc.
2) If your flight or train is in the afternoon, please be sure to check out of your hotel room by 12 p.m.

Accommodation:None

What's Included

Private professional English-Speaking local tour guide
Licensed Vehicle with experienced driver
All necessary Tibet travel permits.
All accommodations listed in the itinerary
Meals specified in the itinerary as "B, L, D".
Entrance tickets listed in the itinerary
Tourists Accident/Casualty Insurance
A container of Oxygen for emergency use in Tibet
All taxes, fees and handling charges
Lodging and meal allowance to the guide & driver
2 bottles of drinking water per person per day
International flight to and from China.
China visa.
Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary.
Meals not listed in the itinerary.
Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional tour activities, etc.
Tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc.
Entrance tickets not listed in the itinerary
Single room supplement.

Additional Info

Alterations of Itineraries

The travel date, service items, itinerary and number of visitors, visitors’ ID information, etc. can be modified free of charge 30 days or more before the trip. If the visitor needs to make a second modification, an additional service fee of 5% of the deposit will be charged. Every time the content of the travel contract is modified, the company reserves the right to re-quote.

Cancellation Policy

Once the deposit is paid, your trip is confirmed. If you need to change or cancel your itinerary, please contact your travel consultant by email, phone, instant messenger, etc. There will be a charge for Cancellation or modification. The policy is as follows:

1. Notice of trip cancellation due to personal reasons before the trip starts
Cancellation 30 days or more before the trip starts, 10% penalty of the deposit.
Cancellation 29-15 days before the trip starts, 20% penalty of the deposit.
Cancellation 14-7 days before the trip starts, 30% penalty of the deposit.
Cancellation 6-2 days before the trip starts, 50% penalty of the deposit.
Cancellation within 48 hours prior to the trip starts, no refund of your deposit.

2. Trip cancellation due to irresistible factors before the trip starts

If you have to cancel the itinerary due to irresistible reasons such as traffic, weather, politics, etc., the deposit will be fully refunded by the company (for loss related to air ticket/train ticket, please take reference of the first item).

Reviews

 janiceinch
Travel Date:November 1, 2019

Had a 10 days trip to Tibet with Asia Odyssey. The staffs and tour guide are very nice and helpful. Kay was the person who got in touch with me, and she assisted me with all the document and trip information. Honestly, she made me a lot more comfortable with the trip since I just found this company on the internet and I wasn't sure if it was a legit thing. She also came picked me up from the airport and sent me all the way to the hotel. She is truly a sweet and warm girl! :) Besides, the tour guide and driver are very friendly, they provided a lot of information for me to understand and discover Tibet from a different angle. Overall, I had a great experience with them, and I would love to travel again with Asia Odyssey. Highly recommend people to try their service because you won't be disappointed.

 Dom B
Travel Date:January 5, 2019

My first and only group tour trip so far. What shall I say? Everything worked like a clockwork. My group mates where great and we had a lot of fun (and celebrated new year successfully). The travel agency (asia Odyssey travel) was definitely a good choice. The advises and caretaking I got from my agency (thanks amy, you are an angel ) was better then the one of my other group members (we talked about it openly). I'm lucky that I choose this trip, tour and agency. It was a good experience and I can definitely recommend it if you like a good and organized tour through tibet.

 Lliuhenr
Travel Date:November 15, 2019

I wanted to visit Tibet for a very long time. Since I live in abroad, this wish was like The Everest Mountain, unreachable. After we contacted Ms. Kate, (高小乐), everything became so easy. Kate was very knowlegeable about Tibet, and very patient with our questions. We have been with her for about a year to prepare for the trip. She has provided excellent services. Due to the considerable preparation, the trip went better that I expected. This was the most memorable trip I ever had thusfar. Thanks Kate!

 DaisyPurple
Travel Date:September 18, 2019

We booked the tour with Asia Odyssey after surveying few tour companies as it’s the cheapest among those with excellent reviews. Amy was the agent that contacted us and keep updating of our Tibet visa applications and train tickets arrangement. She is really helpful. She even came to our hotel in Chengdu in order to pass the physical train ticket to us despite we were staying nearby airport, yet she did not ask for any tips or car fare from us. Upon arriving at Lhasa, Amy still cared for us if we have any altitude sickness. She provided all the information we needed to know and get us into contact with the tour guide in Lhasa as well. The tour is superb. We viewed the Mount Everest from far during sunset and sun rise. It’s a lifetime experience never to be missed. Also, the tour guide 大海哥 is very responsible and fun, he make our hectic journey a full of fun, yet with lots of information regarding the history of Lhasa, Monasteries, Potala Palace and many more...The driver is steady, his driving skill is superb The journey to EBC is super winding yet no one had any car sickness Upon leaving Lhasa, Amy still followed up with us and we thank her well.

 minikoko
Travel Date:May 26, 2019

Vielen Dank, Claire, für die tolle Organisation unserer 10-tägigen Reise durch Tibet. Bei den teilweise sehr kurzfristigen Änderungen unserer Reiseroute, warst Du immer sofort zur Stelle und hast uns zusätzliche Optionen, Hotels und Flüge vorgeschlagen und gebucht... in perfektem Deutsch! Das war klasse! Wenn wir nochmals nach Tibet kommen, buchen wir auf jeden Fall wieder über Dich! Danke für alles!

 beno v
Travel Date:June 30, 2019

I had an amazing, memorable trip with Amy/Odyssey: 9 days incl. Lhasa, EBC and Namtso Lake. Amy's service was excellent. From our first contact until after the trip all communication and organisation was very fast, clear and exhaustive. Our guide, Sun, made the whole trip even better. He is a really great, funny and laidback guy, proud Tibetan with very good knowledge of all relevant topics. Take into account that the pronounciation of English by Tibetan people/guides is of a different level than that of native speakers, and when you listen a bit more active than you normally do everything will be clear. The hotels were of a higher standard then expected which was really nice to start and finish the day. I recommend Amy/Odyssey to anyone planning a trip to Tibet! I will definitely go again with them on my next Tibet trip. June was a great time for weather and Tibetan festivities which made trip even more special.