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Barkhor CircuitBarkhor Circuit in Tibet / Lhasa Price: Duration: Dates: Tour code: Overview: Ask for a free quotation 4 Days As you request TCG-32 When wandering the streets of the Tibetan capital, the smell of incense, bright colors, and the sound of Buddhist mantras are everywhere you go. A trip to the Lhasa will teach you everything you want to know about Tibetan culture, cuisine and history.

What makes this tour special:

This short trip to the Tibetan capital has been designed especially for those with an interest in the culture and religion of the Tibetan people.

Tips:

Tibet is closed to foreign visitors for two months every spring. Please check with one of our travel agents to find out this year's closure dates.
Itinerary
day 1
  • Pick up from the Airport
Pick up from the Airport
Pick up from the Airport
day 2
  • Meals: lunch
Potala Palace
Potala Palace
Jokhang Temple
Jokhang Temple
Barkhor Circuit
Barkhor Circuit
day 3
  • Meals: lunch
Sera Monastery
Sera Monastery
Drepung Monastery
Drepung Monastery
day 4
  • Drop-off at the Airport
Drop-off at the Airport
Drop-off at the Airport
  • Tour price
  • Get a free quote
  • Our advantages
  • Included / not included
Tour price
Guests Cost per guest
Ask for a free quotation
Tour code: TCG-32
  • » Your tour day starts and ends at a hotel in the city, which may or may not be included. If a hotel is included it is listed by name on the itinerary for each night.

  • » Discounts for children in China are based on height. Let us know your child's age and height and we can calculate accordingly.

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  • Let us modify the tour's itinerary for free and with no-obligation to suit your needs. We can change the activities, add or change hotel rooms, flights or trains as you wish.

  • Why book a tour with The China Guide?
  • » Zero shopping stops at overpriced commission factories. Your time and money is better spent.
  • » Flexible time schedule to suit your pace. No rush and can cater to children's needs.
  • » Guides selected and trained by our staff. Excellent English, accommodating, family friendly.
  • » Meals are in quality local restaurants. We order according to your tastes and diet.
  • » Western style service. Our agents and guides are there to make you happy.
  • » We have traveled in China with our own children. The American owners have four young children.

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  • Included in the tour price
  • » Admission tickets to all sights listed on the itinerary - no hidden costs
  • » Meals as specified in quality local restaurants with unlimited standard drinks (Coke, Sprite, bottled water, Chinese tea)
  • » Free bottled water supplied in your vehicle
  • » Private English speaking guide (selected/trained by our western staff), experienced Chinese speaking driver and quality, air-conditioned vehicle


  • Not included in the tour price
  • » Tips to your guide and driver
  • » International travel insurance (you should purchase your own policy in your home country)


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Potala Palace   布达拉宫

The Potala Palace was the chief residence of the Dalai Lama until the 14th Dalai Lama fled to Dharamsala, India, in 1959. Tour groups (that means everyone) must make a reservation to visit the Potala Palace and often are not assigned their time slot until the day before. There are quotas for the number of visitors to avoid overcrowding. So you need to realize that your Potala Palace visit may be shifted to the time or day assigned by the government. You cannot take photos inside but you may outside. You must exit the Potala Palace by your assigned time or the tour guide and company will be punished.

Built at an altitude of 3,700 m (12,100 ft), on the side of Marpo Ri ('Red Mountain') in the center of Lhasa Valley, the Potala Palace, with its vast inward-sloping walls broken only in the upper parts by straight rows of many windows, and its flat roofs at various levels, is not unlike a fortress in appearance. At the...   Read more

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
9:00am - 4:00pm with last admission at 3:30pm

Jokhang Temple   大昭寺

Located at the very heart of Lhasa, the Jokhang Temple is a splendid Buddhist temple and an important pilgrimage site for all Tibetans. The temple has four floors, a gilded roof and is made entirely of wood, and traditional vihara layout reflects both Indian and Nepalese architectural influences. The candlelit maze-like corridors inside the temple connect tiny chapels swathed in prayer scarves that are dedicated to various gods and bodhisattvas.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
2
Opening hours:
9:00am - 5:00pm with last admission at 4:00pm

Barkhor Circuit   བར་སྐོར་, 八廓街

Legend has it that when the Jokhang Temple was first built by the first Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in 647, the Barkhor street was created by thousands of pilgrims wearing down the surrounding earth by circumnambulating the shrine. Today this atmospheric 1km circuit is the heart and soul of Lhasa, with locals and pilgrims alike continuously completing the holy circuit from dawn until dusk, swirling prayer wheels and even rhythmically prostrating their bodies along the ground to express their total religious devotion. Colorful shopping stalls set up along the Barkhor circuit sell prayer flags, Tibetan jewelry, yak butter lamps and other religious handicrafts.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
2

Sera Monastery   色拉寺

Built as one of the great three university monasteries in Tibet, the Sera monastery is home to hundreds of Buddhist monks and nuns as well as precious Buddhist texts. Built on a hill that was once blanketed by roses, the monastery gets its name from the Tibetan word sera, meaning rose. Revolution saw total desecration of most of the monastery and the death of countless monks, yet today it has been restored to its former glory and spiritual significance. Visitors in the early afternoon will be treated to an authentic display of monks vigorously debating Buddhist doctrines.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
3
Opening hours:
9:00am - 6:00pm with last admission at 4:00pm

Drepung Monastery   哲蚌寺

The Drepung Monastery is one of the three great university monasteries and is also the largest monastery in Tibet. Flowery murals and richly colored drapes adorn every wall of the countless halls and chambers scattered around this impressive lamasery that was once home to around 8,000 monks. Experience the electric atmosphere in the stunning Great Assembly hall, where the sun’s rays filter down from ornate window frames and through dramatic multi-colored banners, onto rows upon rows of softly chanting monks.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
3.5
Opening hours:
9:00am - 5:00pm with last admission at 3:00pm

Tibet / Lhasa 西藏

Tibet is one of the world's mystical destinations, and rightfully so. It has a rich cultural heritage and a proud ethnic people. While Tibet has gone through major changes in the past 50 years, the people and landscapes which make it such a fascinating place are easily visited.

Because of the political climate in Tibet there are a number of rules in place concerning group size and itinerary which need to be followed when planning a trip. Also be aware that sometimes the region will close to foreign tourists without notice.

Breakfast

Most hotels come with breakfast, or if not it can be added at a cost. Four and five star hotels will generally offer a good western and Chinese buffet breakfast. Three star hotels may only have a Chinese breakfast, or a Chinese interpretation of a western breakfast. Anyway a Chinese breakfast is not bad - rice porridge, eggs, Chinese style breads and vegetables.
Drinking Water
Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Grab a couple bottles to take to your room for the night. Tap water in big cities in China is not going to make you sick, it is chlorinated. Fine for brushing your teeth but best to stick to bottled water as you don't want to upset your system on your big trip.
Children and Special Diets
Our guides are accustomed to handling special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and we can plan for you. Children often find they like certain Chinese dishes, such as noodles, fried rice or sweet and sour pork. If a stop at McDonalds or KFC is required your guide can do this on the go.

Lunch on Tour

We consider experiencing good Chinese cuisine to be an important part of the tour experience. When on a tour, lunch is generally Chinese style and normally included in the price. Our guides will help you order according to your taste. Mild, spicy, meat, vegetables, rice and/or noodles. Dishes are served family style and shared by the guests. The driver may eat on his own but the guide will join you if you like.

Food in Beijing is quite good quality and we take our guests to genuine local restaurants, not tourist traps. We consider it distasteful to ask you for small amounts of money during the tour, so we offer unlimited standard drinks including Coke, Sprite, local bottled water and Chinese tea. You also won't leave the table hungry, if you need more to eat just let your guide know.

We don't have fixed restaurants we must use, it depends on where you are at the time you are hungry. When traveling around China we normally have the same arrangements outside Beijing but this may vary depending on your exact itinerary.
Drinking Water
Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Grab a couple bottles to take to your room for the night. Tap water in big cities in China is not going to make you sick, it is chlorinated. Fine for brushing your teeth but best to stick to bottled water as you don't want to upset your system on your big trip.
Children and Special Diets
Our guides are accustomed to handling special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and we can plan for you. Children often find they like certain Chinese dishes, such as noodles, fried rice or sweet and sour pork. If a stop at McDonalds or KFC is required your guide can do this on the go.

Dinner on Tour

Unless there is a special activity planned or you prefer to have all your meals catered, guests often prefer to relax after a day tour and arrange their own dinner. This gives you flexibility in time and cuisine. Having all your meals catered every day can be tiresome. Handling your own dinner allows you to have some control and also strike out on you own. Your guide can give you restaurant suggestions and in big cities you can find lots of options for fine dining, fast food, both western or Chinese. Hotel staff can often make restaurant recommendations within walking distance.

If you get the taste for a burger or pizza after a lot of Chinese food, this is easily found in Beijing, Shanghai and many other cities around China. Many hotel restaurants offer nice food. China also has its share of McDonald's, KFC and Subway sandwich chains if you need a fix.
Drinking Water
Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Grab a couple bottles to take to your room for the night. Tap water in big cities in China is not going to make you sick, it is chlorinated. Fine for brushing your teeth but best to stick to bottled water as you don't want to upset your system on your big trip.
Children and Special Diets
Our guides are accustomed to handling special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and we can plan for you. Children often find they like certain Chinese dishes, such as noodles, fried rice or sweet and sour pork. If a stop at McDonalds or KFC is required your guide can do this on the go.


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