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Celebrating the Tibet Shoton Festival 2013 (Aug. 06th----Aug.121th)

The Shoton Festival is one of grand festivals in Tibet. “Shoton” means yoghurt in Tibetan.The origin of the festival started from the 17th century. According to the rule of Gelu sect of Tibetan Buddhism, the 6th month in Tibetan calendar was the retreat period when monks and nuns of all monasteries were prohibited from going out to avoid stamping on or hurting little bugs. Then, on the 1st day of the 6th month in Tibetan year when the ban was lifted, they went down the hill one after another. And the peasants and herdsmen would serve yoghurt to them. During the festival, Tibetans, no matter male or female, old or young, will pour into Norbulingka Summer Palace in knots, with colorful bags on back and barley wine barrels in hand. Some will set up tents, put carpet on the ground, and lay out barley wine, dishes and other holiday foods. Horseracing is a favorite activity for Tibetans. It not only provides a good place to assemble and exchange experience in agriculture and animal husbandry in spare time, but also shows the spirit of Tibetans. Consequently, horse racing has become an indispensable activity in almost all the Tibetan festivals that are handed down and spread among the people.

04Aug—12 Aug.
Lhasa—Shoton festival—Shigatse—Mt.Everest--Lhasa

(Aug. 04th) Day01: Fly to Lhasa oernight in Lhasa
Taking the morning flight into Tibet, upon your arrival, local guide will meet you and transfer you to Lhasa. On the way, you can enjoy the heart - beating highland view along the Yalu Zangbu river (the longest river in Tibet, the lower reach in India is called Brham Putra river); in the afternoon, you are free for good relaxing

(Aug.05) Day02: Lhasa sightseeing- overnight in Lhasa
In the morning, visit the grand - looking Potala Palace, which was built in the 7th century for the King. In the afternoon, visit Jokhang temple and stroll in the famous local bazaar - Parkhor street. Here, you can deeply feel the life of common people and see how the people are preparing for their grand festival.

(Aug. 06 Day03: Join the Shoton Festival overnight in Lhasa
Today is the first day of Shoton Festival, in the past, this festival was a purely religious celebration, later in the rule of 5th Dalai Lama, this festival was open a little to some people with high social status, with time going on, it becomes a common public celebration held in Drepung monastery first, then move to Norbulinka palace.
In the morning of this day, pay early visit to Drepung monastery to join the grand opening ceremony - Sunning the Tangkha (a huge woven hangings ), this ceremony marks the official set-off of this festival.
In the afternoon, go to Norbulinka to join people's celebrations such as singing songs, dance circles, local exchange market, Tibet opera show and so on.

(Aug. 07) Day04: Lhasa-- Lake Yamdrok----Shigatse (360 Km)- -overnight in Shigatse
Drive to Gyantse, the famous historical city in Tibet, along the Kyichu River. On the Ganba La (4,796 m) have a fantastic view of the holy lake of Yamdrok Yumtso (4441 mh). Upon arrival, have a tour to Gyantse Dzong, then the Pelkor Monastery and Kumbum Stupa. Then continue to drive to get to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet.

(Aug. 08) Day05. Shigatse---Tashihunpo monastery--- Shegar, (250Km)-overnight in Shegar,
Tashihunpo monastry This ancient building was founded in 1447. There is a 26meters high with more than 300kg of gold coating image of Maitreya - the future Buddha seating inside the Chapel of Maitreya. Also, you can visit the Palace of the Panchen Lamas. this day can make you tired as you basically spend the whole day on the road diving. However,the landscape alongside changing form lush fields to pea grass give you much to see.Shegar,also know as New Tingri,is the last stop before Everest Basa Camp.Refresh yourself here and don’t forget to wash your dusty face.

(Aug..09) Day06. Shegar,-Mt.Everest Basa Camp---- Shigatse (470Km) -Overnight in Shigatse
Although it ¡s just 100Km from Shegar to Basa Camp(5200mh),it may take about 4 hr since the cracked winding roads demand much caution.but the views are stupendous on a clear day,and feature a huge sweep of the Himalaya range including peaks over 8000m,Makalu,Lhotse,Everest,Gyachung and Cho Oyu.when you finally get to Base Camp,the first sight of the mighty Everest simply leaves you speechless.All the hardship you bear along the way makes sense at this while. After visiting Back to Shigatse.
(Aug..10) Day06.Shigatse----Lhasa(280km).Stay overnight in Lhasa.
(Aug..11) Day07,
Lhasa--Namtso Lake--Yangpachen Geothermal Field/Lhasa(500km) overnight in Lhasa.
After breakfast by car to Namtso Lake,one of the three sacred lakes in Tibet as named “the sky Lake”,the highest salt lake in the world(4800mh), .Enroute you may also enjoy the scenery of north Tibet.after a lunch ,then drive to Yangpachen Geothermal field ,the most famous one in Tibet,and also visit Yangpachen Geothermal Power Station there, and return to Lhasa in the afternoon.
(Aug..12) Day08 Lhasa—chengdu (by fly)
Transfer by bus to airport ,end of the service

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The May--July. is the best season for visiting Mt.Everest

Tibet is called roof of the world,,where is very mystery for its incrediblly rich culture and distinguish costoms.
the Snow Land, blue sky,hospitable ppl,Mt.Everest.Mt.Kailash... those will give you life
impresion.

Lhasa--Mt.Everest—Nepal Kathmandu 7days
( starting date: 10th May. 20th Sept. 30th Sept.10th.June,20th June,30th June).
D01 Arrive to Lhasa by fly or train
Welcome to Tibet! Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Better not do any activities on the first day in order to acclimatize to Tibet environment. Better drink some water and have a good sleep for next day’s holy sightseeing excursion.
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Upon your arrival in Lhasa, you will find air is extremely pure and the sky is deeply blue.

D02 Lhasa sightseeing
Visit Potala Palace and Jokang Monastery today, then walk on the Barkhor street surrounding Jokhang, a big free market with its prolific stalls for selling local specialties.

D03 Lhasa sightseeing
Visit Drepung Monastery for the whole morning, later after lunch, visit Sera monastery. We can do the Sera Kora walk of about 1 hr and then catch the famous debate session of the monks before returning back to Lhasa.

D04 Lhasa/Gyantse/Shigatse
Drive about 10 hours covering 350km to get to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. On the way have a fantastic view of the holy lake of Yamdrok Yumtso (4441 m). Visit Pelkor Monastery as well as the splendid Kumbum Stupa(100-Thousand-Buddha Pagoda) near Gyantse. There are 265 km bumpy road on the way and have a tour to Tashilumpu Monastery in Shigatse

D05 Shigatse/Shegar/EBC
driving to EBC via Gyatsola Mountain Pass (5220m). Drive further in to the mountains to get to Mt. Everest Base Camp. Today have to get up and leave for Mt. Everest earlier than before. The road condition to the Base Camp is a little bit rough, On the way visit Rongbuk Monastery.today’s schedule is a little bit tight.

D06 EBC/Zhangmu
Accommodation: Zhangmu Pema Hotel 2* or similar class if late booking
Drive 6 hours covering 260km to get to Zhangmu, the border town between Nepal and China. You have a view of Mt. Everest at the foot before and now you could look at it in distance.

D07 Zhangmu/nepal Kathmandu
Go through the formalities of China Customs,the tour services end
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Great Wall – Potala Palace-Giant Panda

Day 1: Arrival at Beijing (LD) Overnight in Beijing
Upon your arrival at Beijing airport, our guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at your own leisure.
Day 2: Beijing---Lhasa (by flight) (BLD) Overnight in Lhasa
Beijing/Lhasa by CA4111 (10:30/12:30) ,the driver will send u to airport fly to Lhasa, our local english guide with car will meet u,and transport u to hotel, The rest of the day is free at your own leisure
Day 3: Lhasa tour (BLD) Overnight in Lhasa
After breakfast, visit the wonders of the eastern architecture and the landmark of Tibet - Potala Palace .it is the winter palace of the Dalai Lama, built in 641 by king Songtsan Gampo, contains 1000 rooms, the red part of the palace is for religious uses, the white part for government uses, the huge funeral stupas of the previous Dalai Lamas can be seen here. And visit Jokang Temple that is the spiritual centre of Tibet, the most holy place, the destination over Time of million of pilgrims, date from the 7th centurey AD. Its innermost shrine contains the oldest most precious objects of Tibet - the original statue of Sakyamuni - which Princess Wenchemg brought from China 1300 years ago. Barkor Street that is in the heart of the old section of Lhasa. It is the liveliest and best preserved section of the traditional aspect of the city. You can observe the pilgrims who have arrived from all over Tibet. The surrounding shops are full of national costumes and local items and it is a good place for shoping..
Day 4: Lhasa tour (BLD) Overnight in Lhasa
Visite the Drepong Monasterywas built in 1416, it is the biggest monastery in Tibet and once housed some ten thousands monks. Norbulingka Park. In 1752, the 7th Dalai Lama built the first palace here for successive Dalai Lamas to carry out their political and religious activities during the summer season. Today Norbulingka has become a public park for picnicking, relaxing and entertainment .Afternoon go to the Sera monastery that was built in 1419 by Sakya Yeshe, a disciple of Tsongkhapa. It is named after the wild rose flowers grown on the slope of mountains nearby. About 600 monks are now in residence, well down from an original population of 5000. Debating takes place. from 3 pm in a garden next to the central assembly hall (jepa Duchen) in the center of the monastery.
Day 5: Lhasa ---Shigatse ((350km) (BLD) Overnight in Shigatse
Drive to Gyantze, the once fortified city at the junction of two major caravan routes: one to India and the other to Nepal. Pass the giant YamdrokYamtso Lake, the holy lake of the Tibetan people. Visit the Palkhor Monastery upon arrival. then transfer to Shigatse city
Day 6 Shigatse—Lhasa (BLD) Overnight in Lhasa
After breakfast, visit the largest and principal monastery of Tashilunpo Monastery. This ancient building was founded in 1447. There is a 26meters high with more than 300kg of gold coating image of Maitreya - the future Buddha seating inside the Chapel of Maitreya. Also, you can visit the Palace of the Panchen Lamas. Later, transfer back to Lhasa.
Day 7 Lhasa---Chengdu (by flight) (BLD) Overnight in Chengdu
Lhasa/Chengdu by CA4402 (10:30/12:30), our driver will meet you and escort you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at your own leisure.
Day 8.Chengdu tour (BLD) Overnight in Chengdu
Drive to visit the Pand breeding project, where u may see the Giant pandas, the most precious animals in the world, live in China. Also more than 80% of giant pandas left in the world are living in and around Sichuan. then enjoy the unique Sichuan local snack in a distinguish restaurant, then go to the People ‘s park where u may see a lot of retired people who are happily singing and dance there , where also has a distinguish tea house, u may have a cup of local tea. Getting full relax.
Day9 Chengdu---Beijing (by flight) (BLD) overnight in Beijing
Upon your arrival at Beijing airport, our driver will meet you, then send u to visit the historic Tiananmen Square and magnificent Forbidden City..
Day10 Beijing tour (BLD) overnight in Beijing
Go to visit the Great Wall, and The Ming Tombs are the burial site of 13 emperors of Ming Dynasty. ChangLing, the tomb of emperor Yong Le is the biggest and earliest in this area. Most of the unearthed relics are on display in the Hall of Eminent Favour which is the largest wooden architecture in China. It has attracted millions of visitors from China and abroad.
Day11 Beijing--Europe (by flight) (B)
Transfer by car to airport ,end of the service.

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Lhasa– Mt.Everest--Mt.Kailash – Lake Manasarovar - Nepal Kathmandu 19 days

Day 1 arrive to Lhasa
Welcome to Tibet! Our English speaking tour guide (a Tibetan - in most cases) will meet you at the airport. Today you will go to the “hometown of Tibetan apron”. There you could learn how to make Pulu (a weaving wool fabric Tibetan cloth) by locals; you could have a try if you are interested in. And on the way to Lhasa, you will enjoy the spectacular scenery and the typical Tibetan villages. Stay at the hotel after arrival for adapting to the high attitude. It is helpful to take things easy for the first few days, and try to drink some water just and now.

Day 2 Be a Tibetan for one day (B)
Visit Potala Palace and Johkang temple and walk around the famous Barkor Street. And If it would be enough time: learn the process of how to make Tibetan joss stick, or Tibetan porcelain, or Thangka, etc. Or you could learn how Tibetans turn the yak dung into a good fuel, or how they gather in the harvest. You could join

Day 3 Lhasa / Drak Yerpa / Gandan Monastery / Lhasa (B)
Drak Yerpa, located on a mountain, is one of the religious holy land featuring strange rocks and mysterious caves. Gandan, just 40km north-east of Lhasa, was the first Gelugpa monastery. If you only have time for one monastery excursion outside Lhasa, Gandan with its stupendous views of the surrounding Kyi-Chu Valley and fascinating kora would probably be the best choice.

Day04 Lhasa-Gyantse, visit Yamdrok Lake and Palkor monastery. Stay overnight in Gyantse.

Day05 Gyantse-Shigatse, visit Tashilunpo monastery in Shigatse, Stay overnight in Shigatse.

Day06 Shigatse/Sakya/Tingri

Driver to Tingri en-route visit the Sakya monastery over night at Tingri

Day07 Tingri/Everest base camp/Latse
Driver to Everest base camp afternoon driver back to Old Tingri then move to Lase over night at Lhatse.

Day08 Lhatse-Saga, a whole day's driving, about 300km. The army town of Saga(4600m) is the last town of any size on this route. Stay overnight in simple Guesthouse in Saga.

Day9 Saga-Paryang, Another day's driving(260km) will take us to Paryang in the heart of western Tibet, where the four great rivers of South Asia diverge from their glacial sources around Mount Kailash. During the rainy season, the roads to Paryang are likely to be washed out by floods, in which case we may need to drive the truck through a 30 cm(11.7 inches) deep stream. Stay overnight in simple Guesthouse in Paryang.

Day10 Paryang-Darchen, Darchen(4575 meters) is the starting and completion point for the general circuit of the sacred mountain. It is wise to spend at least a day here in preparation. Stay overnight in Guesthouse in Darchen.

Day11-13 Trekking around Kailash Camping

Day14 Lake Manasarovar. We will camp another night at this sacred lake. We will take a walk up to the Chiu Monastery, located atop a cliff, to enjoy the spectacular view of the lake. Camping.

Day15-16 Darchen-Tsada, The road to Thsada is terrible, and goes over some very high passes, taking a whole day. We will spend a day driving to Zhanda, a small town situated deep in a valley. The drive itself offers a breathtaking view of sand-rock formations shaping the deep valley. We will spend another day in the area to visit the ruins of the Guge Kingdom, which ruled western Tibet 300 years ago. Stay overnight in Guesthouse for 2 day.

Day17-18 Heading to Nepal. The short cut south via stunning Peiku-tso and its views of Mt.Shishapangma, to join the Friendship Hwy near Nyalam.

Day19 Tibet-Nepal border(Zhangmu)

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Tibet Mt.Everest tour 8days Private tour in Spring 2011

Tibet is called roof of the world,,where is very mystery for its incrediblly rich culture and distinguish costoms.
the Snow Land, blue sky,hospitable ppl,Mt.Everest.Mt.Kailash... those will give you life
impresion.

Tibet Mt.Everest tour 8days ( starting date: 09th Sept. 16th Sept. 20th Sept.).
Day 1
Stand on the “roof of the world”, and get the first impressions of Tibet land.overnight in Lhasa.
Day 2
Excorted tour within the Lhasa city, visit highlights of Tibet such as Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barchor Bazarr, & Sera Monastery. overnight in Lhasa.
Day 3
Be a Tibetan for one day. Some activities of a Tibetan family visit of no appointment, some unforgettable learnings, discovery, and funs with local Tibetans; Debate session at Sera Monastery. Orphanage, which is supported in part by donations from Grand Circle Foundation, for a valuable glimpse of life as seen through the eyes of Tibetan children.. overnight in Lhasa.
Day 4
Hiking at Yamdrom tso Lake with your reflection over lake and footprints on sandy shores, the stroll into Pala Manor will lead you what was Tibet like 60 year ago when it was under serfdom. overnight in Chigats.
Day 5
After visiting Panchen Lama’s original seat Tashilumpu monastery, we will continue our footprint to the long dreamed place of Base Camp of Mt. Everest to wait quietly for the sunset over the mountain. overnight in Base Camp.
Day 6
The magnificent sunrise at Mt. Everest is more breath taking. overnight in Chigats.
Day 7
Another way back to Lhasa, upon arrival you will have leisure time to relax yourself.
Day 8
Say good bye to Tibet with your different experience

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Tibet Thangka

Thangka has very important status in the tibetan history and tibetan art history.Mainly there are three kinds of Thangka,Paint on the canvas,paint on the leathers and embroider on the cloths.Normally,the Thangka pigments epurate from mines or plants.The themes of Thangka all related with buddhism such as Buddha,Mandala, religionary story etc.

Tibet Omaments

The widespread use of jewellery is proof enough of the typical Tibetan love of ornament among men and women alike. Tibetans wear jewellery all over the body;in their hair,as headdresses, at their ears, around their necks, wrists and fingers and at their waists.Gold,silver,ivory,coral,jade and turquoise are the most popular materials for fashioning jewellery,and even prayerbeads are sometimes strung with turquoises, agates,amber and so forth

The distinguish Tibet carpets

The coarse,springy wool of the Tibet-an plateau is ideal for carpet weav-ing,The tradition of carpet weaving in Tibet goes back six hundred year-s.The durable and colorful Tibetan carpet are closely woven in traditi-onal design and are much appreciated by customers at home and abroad.
Chemical dyes,thirty-six diffferent colors are prepared from natural pig-ments found in vegetable dyes,ores and colored earths.

Tibet Shoton Festival 2010 (Aug. 10th----Aug. 16th)
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Celebrating the Tibet Shoton Festival 2010 (Aug. 10th----Aug. 16th)

It is one of grand festivals in Tibet. “Shoton” means yoghurt in Tibetan.The origin of the festival started from the 17th century.During the festival, Tibetans, no matter male or female, old or young, In the morning of this day, will pay early visit to Drepung monastery to join the grand opening ceremony - Sunning the Tangkha (a huge woven hangings ), this ceremony marks the official set-off of this festival.all the local ppl will get 6 days holidays,and in this day afternoon ppl will pour into Norbulingka Summer Palace in knots, with colorful bags on back and barley wine barrels in hand. Some will set up tents, put carpet on the ground, and lay out barley wine, dishes and other holiday foods.Horseracing is a favorite activity for Tibetans. It not only provides a good place to assemble and exchange experience in agriculture and animal husbandry in spare time, but also shows the spirit of Tibetans. Consequently, horse racing has become an indispensable activity in almost all the Tibetan festivals that are handed down and spread among the people.

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