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2019 Lhasa,Tibet - Kunlun Mts - Mt Emei Tour

















                Starts July 28th to August 12, 2019

Cost: Early Bird Price of $4495.00 Double Occupancy until 2/1/19 (Deposit Required by 2/1/19)

Non Refundable deposit to hold place on trip: $500.00

  • Qigong for Altitude Sickness 
  • 5 Star Hotels
  • Meals Included

Highlights of the 16 day tour include visiting the Potala Palace, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple, Samye Monastery in Tibet and much more.  Flying over the Kunlun Mountains to visit the Taoist Monastery Complex in the Kunlanshan where Wild Goose Qigong is thought to have originated.  Touring the famous Giant Buddha in Leshan.  Exploring the amazing Taoist Qingcheng Mountain and climbing the famous Buddhist/Taoist Mount Emei. 

Lhasa, Tibet 

Lhasa is the second most populous city on the Tibetan Plateau after Xining and, at an altitude of 3,490 metres (11,450 ft), Lhasa is one of the highest cities in the world. The city has been the religious and administrative capital of Tibet since the mid-17th century. It contains many culturally significant Tibetan Buddhist sites such as the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Samye Monastery.

Kunlun Mountains

Kunlun is originally the name of a mythical mountain believed to be a Taoist paradise. The first to visit this paradise was, according to the legends, King Mu (976-922 BCE) of the Zhou Dynasty. He supposedly discovered there the Jade Palace of the Yellow Emperor, the mythical originator of Chinese culture, and met Hsi Wang Mu, the 'Spirit Mother of the West' usually called the 'Queen Mother of the West', who was the object of an ancient religious cult which reached its peak in the Han Dynasty, and also had her mythical abode in these mountains. 

Kunlun to mean the mountain belt that runs across the center of China, that is, Kunlun in the narrow sense: Altyn Tagh along with the Qilian and Qin Mountains. A recent source has the Kunlun range forming most of the south side of the Tarim Basin and then continuing east south of the Altyn Tagh. Sima Qian says that Emperor Wu of Han sent men to find the source of the Yellow River and gave the name Kunlun to the mountains at its source. The name seems to have originated as a semi-mythical location in the classical Chinese text Shanhai Jing.

Mount Qingcheng 

Mount Qingcheng is a mountain in Dujiangyan, Sichuan, China. It is considered one of the birthplaces of Taoism (Daoism) and one of the most important Taoist centres in China. In Taoist mythology, it was the site of the Yellow Emperor's studies with Ning Fengzi. As a centre of the Taoist religion it became host to many temples. The mountain has 36 mountain peaks.

Mount Emei 

Mount Emei is one of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains of China, and is traditionally regarded as the bodhimaṇḍa, or place of enlightenment, of the bodhisattva Samantabhadra. 

Sources of the 16th and 17th centuries allude to the practice of martial arts in the monasteries of Mount Emei made the earliest extant reference to the Shaolin Monastery as Chinese boxing's place of origin.

This is the location of the first Buddhist temple built in China in the 1st century CE. The site has seventy-six Buddhist monasteries of the Ming and Qing period, most of them located near the mountain top. The monasteries demonstrate a flexible architectural style that adapts to the landscape. Some, such as the halls of Baoguosi, are built on terraces of varying levels, while others, including the structures of Leiyinsi, are on raised stilts. Here the fixed plans of Buddhist monasteries of earlier periods were modified or ignored in order to make full use of the natural scenery. The buildings of Qingyinge are laid out in an irregular plot on the narrow piece of land between the Black Dragon River and the White Dragon River. The site is large and the winding foot path is 50 km (31 mi), taking several days to walk.


1. When you get to the foot of the mountain Mabori (red hill) where Potala Palace is located in Tibet, you will see the pilgrims taking koras (religious circling) around Potala Palace. Then hike to the top of the palace and bird view whole Lhasa city. Meanwhile tourists can visit the treasures of Tibet and the holiest tomb of the H.H the Dalai Lama reincarnation.



2. Witness the Pilgrims Prostrating in front of Jokhang Temple and follow them to do the Kora. When you get there in front of Jokhang Temple you will see lots of the pilgrims prostrating and stretching the full body back and forth on the ground to get the bless from the Buddha, from which you can will feel the strong power of the temple and also will see the construction of Tibet, in the early 7th century. Then inside the Jokhang Temple you can visit the holiest or the oldest statues of the lord of Buddha which was brought to Tibet from Chinese mainland.Follow the local Tibetans and will see how they are practicing the religion, like praying beads, praying wheels, chanting, burning the natural incense in the burner, prostrating all the way of the Barkhor Street with their family. Besides, you will see the customs of Tibetans from different places and the traditional Tibetan architecture.
















3. Explore the Oldest Market of Lhasa. You will go to taste the local teas in the local tea houses which sell the smooth and sweet teas like cha-yi in India. So get in there and taste the teas with local people, you can feel the strong atmosphere of Tibetan community and get to know how Tibetan people spend the leisure time.






















4. Have Traditional Dinner with Tour Guide in the Local Restaurant, You couldn’t afford to miss the enjoyment of local food and Tibetan food is made from pure nutrient-rich natural material. Tourists can sit around in a wood table like Tibetans to eat the local food together with group members and guide, such as Tsanpa, the staple food of Tibetan, the yak meat, curry, local vegetables. It is also a good chance to know the group member traveling together with you.





















6. Visit One of the Biggest Monasteries in Lhasa - the Draping. Our guide will take you to visit Marnyi Stones and Buddha Sculpture Workshops beside Drepung Monastery. You will enjoy how Tibetan craftsmen make Buddha Sculptures and engrave Buddhist scriptures on stones. Such tradition and skills are the essential to Tibetan culture and are known as the great cultural heritage of Tibet Plateau.


























7. See the On-the-spot Monk Debate in the Debating Courtyard of Sera Monstery. It is a good chance to get into the real life of the monk and see how monks are practicing the Buddhism by watching monk debate in a courtyard in Sera Monastery, groups of monks debate with their classmate in their special way using dramatic body language and mental language to make them become smarter in study.






















8. Watch the Real Wheel of Buddhist (Mandala) made of sand. Inside Sera Monastery, you will see how the monks are skillful in practicing Buddhist art. The amazing and holy Mandalas made of colorful sand shows the spiritual paradise of Buddhism. During your visit in Tibet, if you are lucky, you may see the process of making Mandalas in some monasteries.





















9. Follow the Yarlong Valley (Bhramaputra) and view. Built on the northern side of the Yalong Tsangpu River, Samye monastery was the 1st monastery in whole Tibet and established in the mid-8th century by the 2nd greatest religious king of Tibet called Trisong Detsen. To make this monastery special the king invited one of the greatest Indian Buddhist masters called as Guru Pathma Sam Brava.


10. Visit Samye monastery. Samye Monastery is famous for its sacred mandala design: the central hall symbolizes the legendary Mt Meru, the center of the universe, while the outer temples represent the oceans, continents, and other features of the Buddhist cosmology. The monastery combined Chinese, Tibetan and Indian architectural styles. The layout was designed completely according to the ideal universe found in Buddhist scriptures.





11. Architectural Wonders. Based on the Buddhist idea of universe, Samye Monastery was built in the shape of Mandala. The oval-shaped monastery surrounds a golden main hall, and 4 stupas in red, white, black and green respectively are scattered on the four corners of the monastery. Inside the monastery are solar and lunar halls, which symbolize 12 halls of 12 continents in the spiritual world of Tibetan Buddhism. Same Monastery which is known as the architectural wonders in history features Tibetan, Han and Indian architectural styles.





12. Fly over the Kunlun Mountains at tower over 16000 feet to far Western China and here we will stay in the beautiful Hilton-Doubletree Hotel for two nights.  We will take 4-wheel Drive vehicles and drive into the Kunlun Mountains to visit the Taoist Monastery Complex where Wild Goose Qigong originated. visit the location of the Taoist Temple that Wild Goose Qigong  originated in. 




14. In Chendu, climb the Taoist mountain, Mt Qingcheng. Mount Qingcheng 65km west of Chengdu, Qingchengshan Mountain is one of the ancient cradles of Daoism. The mountain has numerous Daoist temples and sites along the paths to its peak.





15. Leshan Giant Bhudda. The Leshan Giant Buddha is a huge statue which is carved into the side of Mount Lingyun. The Giant Buddha is about 71 meters high and 24 meters wide. Several drainage passages are hidden in the Buddha's hair, collar, chest, and holes in the back of his ears and chest, prevent the Buddha from serious erosion and weathering. He has been lovingly maintained on a regular basis throughout his 1,200-year history, however moss does grow on the statue.


16. Climb Mt.Emei. Emei is famous in China for numerous rare and mysterious martial arts that developed there from the Gongfu (Hard work over time) of Daoist, Buddhist and also laymen. Daoist temples were first erected on this mountain in the eastern Han dynasty (200 B.C.). Later Mount Emei became one of the holy Buddhist Mountains when Buddhism flourished in the Tang dynasty (800 A.D.). At one time over one hundred temples were operating simultaneously. Buddhist and Daoist monks lived in harmony practicing meditation, healing arts Daoyin (Yoga) herbalism and the various modalities of their spiritual practices. Even today there is left behind in the museums a great wealth of poetry, literature, painting and medicinal knowledge as well as martial arts that developed on Mount Emei.
























Tour summary
Day 1, Juy 28  Arrive Lhasa 
Airport picking up and transfer to hotel. 

Day 2, Jul 29 , Lhasa sightseeing
 
Potala Palace , Johnkang temple and bakor street
 When you get to the foot of the mountain Mabori (red hill) where Potala Palace is located, you will see the pilgrims taking koras (religious circling) around Potala Palace. Then hike to the top of the palace and bird view whole Lhasa city. Meanwhile tourists can visit the treasures of Tibet and the holiest tomb of the H.H the Dalai Lama reincarnation.

When you get there in front of Jokhang Temple you will see lots of the pilgrims prostrating and stretching the full body back and forth on the ground to get the bless from the Buddha, from which you can will feel the strong power of the temple and also will see the construction of Tibet, in the early 7th century. Then inside the Jokhang Temple you can visit the holiest or the oldest statues of the lord of Buddha which was brought to Tibet from Chinese mainland.

Follow the local Tibetans and will see how they are practicing the religion, like praying beads, praying wheels, chanting, burning the natural incense in the burner, prostrating all the way of the Barkhor Street with their family. Besides, you will see the customs of Tibetans from different places and the traditional Tibetan architecture.

 You will explore the oldest market of Tibet around Barkor Street, lots of vendors around the Barkhor Street selling Tibetan traditional dress, well-curved colorful furniture, jewels, bronze Buddhist statues and lots of stuff of Tibetan Buddhism, you may have chance to see the traditional jewelry trading between people from different part of Tibet. 

You will go to taste the local teas in the local tea houses which sell the smooth and sweet teas like cha-yi in India. So get in there and taste the teas with local people, you can feel the strong atmosphere of Tibetan community and get to know how Tibetan people spend the leisure time.


Day 3, Jul 30,  Lhasa sightseeing 
Drepung monastery and Sera Monastery 
Visit One of the Biggest Monasteries in Lhasa - the Drepung

Travelling like a pilgrim to visit one of the biggest monasteries and universities of Tibetan Buddhism, you can explore the halls and chapels inside Drepung and you may have chance to see and hear of the mysterious chanting or praying by the monks. You will visit the biggest assembling hall which can accommodate 2000 monks once at a time and see the 1st palace of the Dalai lamas. 

Pay a Visit to the Hand-made Buddhist Sculpture Carving

Our guide will take you to visit Mani Stones and Buddha Sculpture Workshops beside Drepung Monastery. You will enjoy how Tibetan craftsmen make Buddha Sculptures and engrave Buddhist scriptures on stones. Such tradition and skills are the essential to Tibetan culture and are known as the great cultural heritage of Tibet Plateau.

See the On-the-spot Monk Debate in the Debating Courtyard of Sera Monstery
  
It is a good chance to get into the real life of the monk and see how monks are practicing the Buddhism by watching monk debate in a courtyard in Sera Monastery, groups of monks debate with their classmate in their special way using dramatic body language and mental language to make them become smarter in study.

Inside Sera Monastery, you will see how the monks are skillful in practicing Buddhist art. The amazing and holy Mandalas made of colorful sand shows the spiritual paradise of Buddhism. During your visit in Tibet, if you are lucky, you may see the process of making Mandalas in some monasteries. 

The sera monastery painting house is the library of Buddhist text. Rich in its variety such as printing wood block and sculptures. In this place you can get to know, how the religious texts are made. Sometimes monastery is making the religious text on site, you can see the process of printing press.
 
Day 4, Jul 31  Lhasa -Samye monastery ( 230km, 4-5hrs diving)
Samye Monastery is famous for its sacred mandala design: the central hall symbolizes the legendary Mt Meru, the center of the universe, while the outer temples represent the oceans, continents, and other features of the Buddhist cosmology. The monastery combined Chinese, Tibetan and Indian architectural styles. The layout was designed completely according to the ideal universe found in Buddhist scriptures.

Day 5, Aug 01 Samye monastery back to Lhasa ( 230km) 
Visit Samye monastery again in the morning and then drive back to Lhasa 
Built on the northern side of the Yalong Tsangpu River, Samye monastery was the 1st monastery in whole Tibet and established in the mid-8th century by the 2nd greatest religious king of Tibet called Trisong Detsen. To make this monastery special the king invited one of the greatest Indian Buddhist masters called as Guru Pathma Sam Bhava.

Day 6, Aug 02  Lhasa – Golmud
Fly from Lhasa to Golmud and upon arrival picking up and transfer to hotel 

Day 7, Aug 03Golmud one day sightseeing of Kunlun Mountain , Abode of Immortals, Taoist monastery
Pick up from hotel at 09:00 and start sightseeing Sightseeing of
Kunlun Mountain , Abode of Immortals, Taoist monastery

Day 8, Aug 04  Golmud- Chengdu
See you off in airport and the service in this part

Day 9, Aug 04 , airport picking up and transfer to hotel 

Day 10,  Aug 05  Drive from chengu to Mt.Qingcheng ( 80km, 1.5 hrs driving)
Qing Cheng Mountain sits above the earth at a height of 1,260 meters above sea level. It is the birth place of Taoism and is not only known in China as being one of the great mountains of Taoism, and as of 2000 it was also included in the world heritage list. The mountain is praised for being one of the most peaceful places under heaven, and it’s no wonder why, all you hear when you’re there is the sound of water running, birds singing, the wind blowing through the lush green trees, and your own footsteps. The mountain has 36 peaks, from the foot of the mountain looking up you’ll see at the highest peak is Laojun Pavilion. In ancient times the mountain was named Zheng Ren Mountain, it’s said that the mountain has 36 peaks, 8 big caves, 72 small caves, and 108 beautiful views.

Day 11, Aug 06, full day at Mt.Qingcheng
The seclusion of Qingcheng Mountain attracts many a scholars and artists since ancient time. The distinguished poet of Tang Dynasty Du Fu once visited the mountain and had wrote down one of his famous verses to praise the tranquility of the mountain. In the 1960’s a famous contemporary Chinese artist moved into the Qingcheng’s mountains in pursuit of painting an absolutely magnificent natural painting. However after many years and many paintings he moved to Brazil. However, regardless of what he did, he couldn’t let go of the sights he saw and often told those near him about the mountain that captured his soul, and hold it till this day. He drew a map of the area for everyone to see, and told them that it was a place of green trees, peaceful silences, and natural beauty.

Day 12,  Aug 07, Mt.Qingcheng to Leshan Giant Bhudda and Mt.Emei (250km, 3.5hrs driving) Visit leshan giant bhudda and then drive to foot of Mt.Emei for overnight stay 
The sight of the giant Buddha is amazing, his head is 15m high, the nose is 6m long and the index fingers are 8m long. The best views of the Buddha are onboard a boat on the river or from the hills.

The Dongfang Fodu Museum specializes in copying some of China’s most famous Buddhist sites in the  largest sizes, some even bigger than the original. Here is the world’s largest reclining Buddha with a length of 173m. There is also a section of foreign Buddhas from places including Japan, Nepal and India.

Mt.Emei: Mt. Emei stands at 3099 meters (10,167 feet), and is associated with Puxian Bodhisattva (Samantabhadra) - a representation of 'Great Practice' and 'Great Virtue'. Ever since Buddhism arrived in China, it has been an important center of refuge, and the mountain contains more than one hundred temples and monasteries. The mountain is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 13, Aug 08 climb up to the top of Mt.Emei

Day 14-15, Aug 08 – Aug 10 .  Stay at top of Mt.Emei 

Day 16, Aug 11  drive you back to Chengdu and check in hotel

Day 17, Aug 12   See you off in the airport to fly Home



Cost: Early Bird Price of $4495.00 double occupancy good until 2/1/19 (Limited to only 12 travelers)

Non Refundable deposit to hold space on trip: $500.00






Price includes:

Tibet entry permit, traveler permit for Lhasa and Samye monastery

All transfers

All accommodation on twin room sharing

Professional English speaking tour guides

All entrance tickets listed in the itinerary including shuttle bus fee and river cruise fee

Bottled water provided each day

Oxygen provided when necessary in Tibet

Welcome dinner in Tibet

Travel casualty insurance

Service fee & tax

Economical class flight ticket from Golmud to Chengdu

Most meals        

Single Supplement Charge $1599.00


Price excludes:

Round-way International airfare or train tickets Sightseeing, service and any other meal not mentioned in the itinerary

Visa fee, passport application or renewal fee.

Tips for guides, escort, drives, bellboy, etc.

Personal expenses such as excess luggage fees, laundry, postage, communications and beverages.

Travel insurance.

Optional meals and shows mentioned in the itinerary, which will be added up if the clients desire to take the activities.

Applicable taxes or government fees.

Any other changes caused by the acts of God, natural disasters, fires, weather, governmental and local authority orders, political change, strikes, war, riots, quarantine, custom regulations, damages or injury caused by accident beyond the control of the tour organizer and that has incurred due to the tourist action violating the laws.
Any items not specified in the plan.