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Southwest China Photography Tour

13 Days | 12 Nights

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Chengdu - Lhasa - Namtso Lake - Beijing

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Southwest China Photography Tour
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Welcome to Chengdu, the capital of China's southwest Sichuan Province. You will be picked up by our Asia Senses representative and a transfer will be provided to your hotel for check in.

The capital of China’s Sichuan province and ancient capital of the powerful Shu Kingdom, Chengdu has held the same name for over two millennia, reflecting both its longevity as well as its major role within the region. It is well-known for lovely giant pandas and delicious Sichuan food.

Stay overnight in Chengdu.
This morning, we will drive to Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport to take the dosmestic flight to Jiuhuang airport in Jiuzhaigou area. Upon arrival, you are picked up to visit Mounigou Valley Scenic Area and the beautiful Zaga Waterfall. You can take extraordinary pictures there. It takes about two hours in hiking along that area. Afterwards, transfer to Jiuzhaigou Valley and check into the hotel.

Stay overnight at Jiuzhaigou.
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch
After breakfast, we drive to Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area in which we will visit the Shuzheng Valley, Rize Valley and Zechawa Valley. We will have a full-day tour of Jiuzhaigou Valley with mystic and unpredictable independent lakes and lake clusters, as well as colorful beaches, century-old grinderies, wood bridges, and powerful waterfalls. We can take the sightseeing bus to the top of the valley, then walk down to appreciate the beautiful scenery along the way. During the visit, you just enjoy the time to take photos.

Stay overnight at Jiuzhaigou.
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch
In this morning, depart to Jiuzhaigou airport for your flight to Chengdu. Upon arrival at Chengdu airport, our local guide will pick you up to Leshan for a visit of the Giant Buddha, one of the largest Buddha statues in the world. In December, 1996, the location of the Buddha was included by UNESCO on the list of the World Heritage sites. We will see the Buddha from a close distance in top of Lingyun Mountain. On the top back of this Buddha, we head to the Oriental Buddha Park, lined with more than three thousands of miniature statues, a range of small temples, and the colossal reclining Buddha- one of the most spectacular in the world, spanning over 170 meters.

Afterwards, we take a boat to see the whole view of the giant Buddha on the river.

In the late afternoon, you will be transferred back to Chengdu. Stay overnight in Chengdu.
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch
Early this morning, we will drive to Chengdu airport for a domestic flight to Nyingchi Airport. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by our local guide and transferred to visit the Huge Cypress Nature Reserve in Nyingchi. In this reserve, there are many huge cypress trees which are about 2,000 to 2,500 years old. The largest cypress is more than 2600 years old, famed as “the Best of Chinese Cypress” with the height of 52m and trunk diameter of 5.8m.

After the visit, we will drive to Bome, a county of Nyingchi in Southeast Tibet, lies in the neighboring area between Himalaya and Mt. Nyainqentanglha of east Tibet. Known as the “Swiss Alps of Tibet”, this area is known for rich primitive forests, snowy mountain ranges, winding rivers and peaceful lakes.

Stay overnight in Bome.
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch
After breakfast, we will head to the Ranwu Lake, also known as Ranwok Lake, which is well-known for its tranquil and colorful water. Thawed snow makes the body; the water appears different colors in different seasons, ranging from aquamarine to turquoise. It is the largest lake in southeast of Tibet, is in the Village of Ran about 140km from Bome city. The lake is surrounded by many scenic spots such as the Gangrigabu Snow Mountain in the southwest, the Azhagongla Glacier in the south and the Bosula Peak in the northeast. On top of the mountain is rolling snow peaks that never melt all the year round. You will be definitely stunned by this picturesque scenery. Enjoy a great time to take photos.

Stay overnight at one hotel in Ranwu.
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch
Wake up early this morning to take amazing photos of the sunrise at Ranwu Lake. After breakfast, we will drive to Midui Glacier which is regarded as 1 of the 6 most beautiful glaciers in China by China National Geography Magazine. The shiny and crystal glaciers, along with surrounding lakes, farmlands, forests and villages, makes travelers wonder they enter a fairyland.

After the visit to Midui Glacier, we will take a visit to Midui Village, a small Tibetan village at the foot of Midui Glacier.

We then drive back to Bome. Along the way, we will stop several times halfway for you to take photos.

Stay overnight in Bome.
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch
In the morning, we will drive to the Namjag Barwa (Namche Barwa) to appreciate this magnificent snowy peak! It is the highest peak (7,782 meter) in Nyingchi and also the most beautiful one. Its colossal triangle body is covered with deep snow and mists all year around which makes people hard to see its real face. So it is very lucky to see the real face of the peak. You must be shocked by what you have seen here.

Afterwards, we will drive to Nyingchi Town. Stay overnight at Nyingchi Town.
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch
Today, we will drive to Lhasa, on the way we will get off and pay a visit to Basongcuo Lake, also called Cuogao Lake (Cuogao means green water in Tibetan), is a fantastic lake that hides among the mountains and valleys in southeast Tibet, with an altitude of over 3,700 meters. Snowy mountains around are reflected in the crystal water, forming an imposing picture. On the center of the lake, there is an islet called Zhaxi, which is formed by the ancient glacier movement. A small Buddhist temples can be seen on the island.

After the tour at Basongcuo Lake, we head to Lhasa. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel. The rest of the day is on your own to explore the city.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch
Begin our Lhasa tour today with a visit to the iconic Potala Palace which was home to the Dalai Lama before he left Tibet. The Palace is a true architectural masterpiece, magisterially overlooking the whole city of Lhasa from its 130m vantage point. It is comprised of two main buildings: the Red Palace, the religious center housing relics belonging to previous Dalai Lamas, and the White Palace, housing the private apartments of the 13th and 14th Dalai Lamas (the latter fled to India with the arrival of the Chinese army in 1959). The Potala Palace is a treasure and a treasure house, that it contains the golden handwritten Buddhist scriptures, valuable gifts from Chinese emperors, and a lot of priceless antiques. There are many colorful sculptures and paintings chronicling Buddhist folklore and ancient Tibetan life. The visit takes around 3 hours to explore the labyrinth of staircases, apartments, ceremonial rooms, and chapels.

Continue by taking part in a section of the Kora next to the Palace. Here it is possible to appreciate the dedication and endurance of the pilgrims who still consider the Potala Palace as a major sacred site… despite the absence of its principal resident.

While there are several sects of Tibetan Buddhism, the Yellow Hat Sect (Gelugpa) is the most famous. Three of its most important structures are found within the Lhasa region. Finish today’s tour at Sera Monastery, which is one of Tibet’s most important monasteries. Once home to over 5,000 monks, the monastery today holds around 600 monks who still devote every afternoon from 15:30 to 17:00 (except for Sundays) to their fascinating religious debates - true examples of verbal sparring.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch
After breakfast, we take a transfer to the Heaven Lake (Namtso Lake). It is a mountain lake on the border between Damxung County of Lhasa prefecture-level city and Baingoin County of Nagqu Prefecture in the Tibet Autonomous Region. The lake is considered one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and famous for its high altitude of 4,720 meters (about 3 miles), vast area of 1,961 square kilometers (about 757 square miles) and beautiful scenery. The stretching Tanggula Snowy Mountain and those colorful long narrow flags along with the charming Namtso Lake display in front of you an astonishing picture.

En route, we can make a stop at Yangbajin area where you can enjoy a hot spring bath (not include in the tour price). You better to take your swimming suit along, because it's really expansive to buy at the site. In the evening, you can enjoy a bright sky with diamond stars.

Stay overnight at Namtso Lake.
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch
Early this morning we will go and watch the sunrise over Namtso Lake, which will be an unforgettable memory for you. After breakfast, we will drive back to Lhasa city. Upon arrival Lhasa, we will visit the Jokhang Temple (or Jokhang Monastery), the spiritual center of Tibet and the holiest destination for all Tibetan pilgrims. Through night and day, there are lots of pilgrims kowtowing in front of Jokhang Temple. Our next stop is the flourishing bazaar of Barkhor Street which is also a must-see place in Lhasa for the tourists. This street is a ring road which has 35 backstreets and alleys, preserving the traditional appearance and living style of the ancient Lhasa city. There are an eyeful of fantastic stores and shops along the street to display most characteristic items and commodities, including thangkas, prayer wheels, prayer flags, Tibetan styled clothing, milk tea and more.

Subsequently, we continue to the Tibet Carpet Factory, one of the remarkable enterprises in Tibet Autonomous Region, mainly producing traditional Tibetan carpets. In the factory, hundreds of experienced weavers using old-styled vertical looms weave carpets. All the carpets here are hand-made in different sizes, styles, and patterns. They can be used as floor covering or hung on the wall as a beautiful picture. If you are in interested you can purchase them at competitive prices with various choices.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch
You can spend the rest of this morning to walk around and to take photos of local minority and the exotic buildings in the city. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to Lhasa airport for a domestic flight to go back to Beijing.
MEALS
Breakfast

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See estimated monthly temperature and rainfall for this itinerary
JAN
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Chengdu
9ºC
8mm

Lhasa
6ºC
0mm

Namtso Lake
-11ºC
1mm

Beijing
1ºC
4mm