7-Day Shoton Festival Tour
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7-Day Shoton Festival Tour

7-Day Shoton Festival Tour

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Duration: 7 days
Attraction: Jokhang Temple , Barkhor Street , Potala Palace , Sera Monastery , Palkhor Monastery , Tashilhunpo Monastery , Yamdrok Lake
Update: Jan. 18th, 2013
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  • Day 1:Arrive in Lhasa (70 km)

    We will arrive in Lhasa around 16:00. Our local guide will greet you at the railway station and present you a Hada (presenting Hada is a special ceremony of Tibetan for greeting their guests). Then we will set out for the Holy City – Lhasa which is 3658 meters above the sea level. You could take a rest and adapt yourself to the plateau environment after we arrived at our hotel.

    Accommodation: 3-star Standard Hotel Meals:None
  • Day 2:Potala Palace – Jokhang Monastery – Barkhor Street

    We will make a visit to the highest ancient castle style architectural complex above the sea level – Potala Palace (1hour). It was the residence of the Tibetan Dalai Lamas, as well as the political, educational and religious center of Tibet. It was built in the 7th century during the regime of Songtsan Gampo. Potala Palace is composed of the White Palace and the Red Palace. The main constructions of the Red Palace are the Buddhism stupas and chapels while the White Palace acted as the residence of Dalai Lamas.

    In the afternoon, we will pay a visit to the Jokhang Monastery (1 hour) which was widely accepted as the spiritual center of Tibet. The precious Statue of 12-year Sakyamuni (the founder of Buddhism) brought to Tibet by Princess of Chinese Tang Dynasty and the statues of some eminent Buddhists are enshrined in the monastery. There are also exquisite murals which present the history and culture of Tibet collected in the monastery. Then we will take a ramble at Barkhor Street (half an hour) which around the Jokhang Monastery. There we could experience the traditional culture and daily life of Tibetan.

    Accommodation:3-star Standard Hotel Meals:B
  • Day 3:Buddha Exhibition in Drepung Monastery – Tibet Museum

    We will climb up to Drepung Monastery to look the Buddha exhibition. The Buddha exhibition in Drepung Monastery tops in Tibet. It is really magnificent since thousands of people would collect here to show their respects to the Buddha. Shoton Festival also named Buddha Exhibition Festival and Yogurt Festival. It is the most important festival in Tibet; thousands of Buddhism followers would rush to Lhasa and show their respect to the Buddha. The Buddhists would cultivate themselves on the mountain. Their family members would come to greet them with yogurts after they finished the cultivation. You could enjoy the most solemn Buddha exhibition, the most exultant Tibetan opera, the yak racing, singing and dancing during the Shoton Festival. Then we will make a visit to Tibet Museum to learn more history and culture of Tibet.

    Accommodation:3-star Standard Hotel Meals:B
  • Day 4:Tibetan Opera in Norbu Lingka – Lhasa – Damgxung

    We will make a visit to Norbu Lingka in the morning. There is Tibetan Opera performance in Norbu Lingka during the Shoton Festival. You can enjoy a series of traditional custom here, including some traditional dances and ceremonies. The main sects of Tibetan Opera would collect at Norbu Lingka and give their performance. The mystical marks, solemn clothes and graceful dance are very impressive. We will drive to Damgxung in the afternoon.

    Accommodation:3-star Standard Hotel Meals:B
  • Day 5:Damgxung Horse Racing Festival

    We will watch and experience the traditional Horse Racing Festival all the day. Horse racing is a traditional sport in Tibet As one of the most important traditional festivals in Damgxung, the Horse Racing Festival lasts 7 days and integrates horse-racing, trading and art. It has been further developed in recent years. The Tibetan weight lifting and push-and-pull were added in the festival except the traditional horse racing, archery and the horsemanship performance.

    Accommodation:3-star Standard HotelMeals:B
  • Day 6:Damgxung - Lake Nam Co – Lhasa

    We will leave Damgxung for Lake Nam Co in the morning. It is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and is highly respected by the Tibetan Buddhism followers. It covers an area of more than 1900 square kilometers. It is the second largest salt water lake in China and the highest salt water lake above the sea level in the world. Then we will back to Lhasa.

    Accommodation:3-star Standard Hotel Meals:B
  • Day 7:Leave Lhasa

    We will transfer you to the airport after breakfast.


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