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Palaces , Pandas and Jiuzhaigou

 

 

This tour was created by Concorde Travel for cleints who wanted to visit the palces in the Itinerary below, as they had children, they were very keen on the Panda Rescue and Rehabilitiaion program, sited close to Changdu. The itinerary can be amended to include or even drop some items to make it fit your irdeal vacation.

 

DAILY ITINERARY.    

 

 

Day 1                   Arrive Lhasa.

Met on arrival and transfer to Hotel. Rest of day at leisure

 

Day 2 

After breakfast, visit the Jok Hang Monastery and Barkor Street. 

 

Highlights include:

 

Potala Palace - The Potala was the palace of the Dalai Lama. It was originally built in the 7th century by King Songtsan Gampo and was rebuilt to the present size by the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century. Its 13-story main building is 117 meters high and is composed of the Red and White Palaces, with the red one in the middle. The main building consists of the Halls of Stupas of Dalai Lamas from various historical stages and halls of Buddhist statues. The White Palace is the residence of the Dalai Lamas and the place for handing political affairs. The Potala Palace houses a great number of rare cultural relics including the Pattra-leaf scripture from India, Bak’gyur and the imperial edicts, golden seals and titles of nobility granted by the Qing emperors to the Dalai Lamas.

 

 

Jokhang Monastery - Located in the centre of the ancient city of Lhasa, the Jokhang Temple was built in the seventh century by Songtsan Gambo, the Tang Princess Wen Cheng and Nepalese Princess Bhrikuti. Its four-story main building demonstrates a combination of the Han, Tibetan, Indian and Nepalese architectural styles, as well as a Mandala world outlook of Buddhism. With the Hall of Amitayus Sutra as its centre, the temple symbolizes the nucleus of the universe. The Hall of Sakyamuni is the essence of the temple.

 

 

 

 Barkor Street - This area bursts with atmosphere and contradictions. On the one hand, this is one of THE holiest areas of Tibet, awash with pilgrims, monks, nuns and temples. On the other, the streets around here are the hubs of Lhasa's commercial zone. Street traders, hawkers and market sellers fill the pavements around the Barkhor area.

 

Day 3                            Tibet -Chengdu 

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to Chengdu

On arrival Chengdu you will be met by a local guide and transferred to your hotel.

The rest of the day is at leisure.

 

 

Day 4                            Chengdu  - Jinsha -  Leshan 

After breakfast, a bus transfer to Jinsha to visit the Jinsha Museum.
Later, transfer to Leshan to see the Giant Stone Buddha at Leshan Mountain. A sightseeing cruise along the river includes the Sleeping Buddha. Take the bus back to Chengdu.  Rest of the day is at leisure.

 

 

Jinsha Museum

The Jinsha site was accidentally discovered in February 2001 during real estate construction. The site flourished around 1000 BC. Ivory, jade artifacts, bronze objects, gold objects and carved stone objects were found at the site. Unlike the similar site at Sanxingdui, Jinsha did not have a city wall. The Jinsha culture (1200–650 BC) was a final phase of the Sanxingdui culture and represents a relocation of the political center in the ancient Shu Kingdom. The city was built on the banks of the ModiRiver.

Giant Stone Buddha 

The tallest stone Buddha statue in the world, carved out of a cliff face by an 8th-century monks in southernSzechuanprovince.


The Giant Buddha overlooks the confluence of three rivers and faces sacred Mount Emei (with which it shares its World Heritage status). It is a sitting stone statue of the Maitreya Buddha and is carved on a cliff at the confluence of the Min River,Qingyi River and Dadu River. Measuring about 233-feet high, this Buddha, with a serious expression, is the largest stone Buddha in the world whose carving work took about 90 years.

 

Day 5                            Chengdu 

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Centre.
Enjoy the location and if interested join the Hold a Panda Program. (This needs to be pre-booked and confirmed).

Return transfer to the hotel 

 

Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Centre  is located just 10km (6miles) from downtown Chengdu. The Centre has been created to imitate the pandas' natural habitat in order that they might have the best possible environment for breeding and rearing their young. The Center also cares  for other rare and endangered wild animals. The Research Center covers an area of 560 mus (92 acres), 96% of which is verdure. Giant pandas, lesser pandas, black-necked cranes, white storks as well as over 20 species of rare animals, are fed and bred there throughout the year. Verdant bamboo, bright flowers, fresh air, a natural hill scene and a beautiful artificial view are merged ingeniously.

 

Day 6                     Chengdu

After breakfast transfer to Kuan Zhai Alley for sightseeing followed by a visit to Jin li pedestrian precinct.

Transfer to the airport for the flight to Jiuzhaigou.

 

Listed by the Chengdu Historical and Cultural Protection Project, the Alleys are now protected – they consist of the Broad and Narrow Alley and other cross alleys with a lot of traditional courtyards or Siheyuan located here.

 

Jinli is right next to the Wuhou Shrine on Jinli Promenade, a rebuilt trading and folk art street, imitating the ancient-style buildings of West Sichuan.

"Jinli"--is the name of an old street in Han-dynasty Chengdu, meaning "make perfection still more perfect and hide the universe in the universe". The ancient Jinli was one of the oldest and the most commercialized streets in the history ofWest Shuand had been well-known throughout the country in Qin, Han, and the Three Kingdoms Periods.

 

Upon arrival in Jiuzhaigou meet your guide and transfer to the hotel.

From the airport to the hotel takes approximately 1.5 hours, traffic permitting.  

 

 

Day 7                             Jiuzhaigou 

After breakfast, spend a full day at the Park.

 

Jiuzhaigou National Park is a nature reserve in the north of Sichuan. It is known for its many multi-level waterfalls and superbly colourful lakes. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992.

 

Day 8                             Jiuzhaigou  -Chengdu  

After breakfast transfer to Jiuzhaigou Airport and continue on your onward journey.

 

This is a complete itinerary in its own right, however, it can be adjusted to suit your vacation dates and can include other destinations in China or elsewhere in Asia.