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We had a wonderful time in Tibet. We have learned a lot about this unique destination because of the wonderful guide Degyi who is so knowledge and always available towards our tours. We stayed at the Shangri-La Hotel Lhasa, and we would never imagine a Tibet travel could be so nice and amazing without the help of Degyi.

Also, thanks a lot to our Tibetan driver Mr.Wongdun for his safe driving and a good sense of service along the way.

We shall return Tibet in the near future!

P.B. and A. A - Europe
Tibet Travel

June 2018 (Private Tibet Journey from Kathmandu)

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Colourful Yunnan Discovery Tour Tour Name:         Colourful Yunnan Discovery Tour
Tour Code:          M80D272
Duration:            8 Days & 7 Nights
Destination:        Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la
Features:            Located in China's southwest part, Yunnan is the right place where you can find over half of China's total ethnic monitories. Most of them reside in scenic and remote mountainous regions with unique lifestyles, beautiful costumes, and exotic cultures. This tour brings you unique China travel experience.
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Day01

 Kunming 

Arrive in Kunming, be met and transferred to hotel.  N/A

Kunming Jinjiang Hotel

Day02

 Kunming 

Full day visit Stone Forest, Golden Gate and Huating Temple on West Hills. B, L

Kunming Jinjiang Hotel

 Day03

Kunming / Dali

Take morning flight to Dali. Be met in Dali and visit Erhai Lake, Three Pagodas, and The Old Town of Dali.  B, L

Landscape Hotel

     Day04

 Dali - Lijiang

Drive to Lijiang. Arrive in Lijiang, visit Lijiang Ancient Town and Black Dragon Pool.  B, L Lijiang Wangfu Hotel

 Day05

Lijiang

Full day visit Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (including round trip cable car up to Spruce Terrace and overlook the Snow Mountain), Baisha Village  Yufeng Temple, Dongba Culture Museum. B, L

Lijiang Wangfu Hotel

 Day06

Lijiang -  Shangrila

Drive to Shangri-la (Zhongdian). En route visit Tiger Leaping Gorge, First Bend of Yangtze River. Arrival Shangri-la walking in the ancient town. B, L

Gyalthang Dzong Hotel

 Day07

Shangri-la

One day tour to visit Songsamlin Monastery, Ringha Temple, Napa Lake and local Tibetan family. B, L

Gyalthang Dzong Hotel

 Day08

Shangri-la

Transferred to airport for your departure flight. Trip ends. B

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Day01 Arrival KunmingThe Spring City,Kunming,Yunnan
Today you arrive in Kunming, the Eternal Spring City and capital of Yunnan Province. Greeted and received by your local guide who will escort you to your hotel. The rest of day is at your own disposal.


Day02 Kunming (B, L)stone forest kunming
You will head out Kunming to explore the spectacular Stone Forest, a wonder of geology. About 200 million year ago the earth's crust shifted and forced the 200 acres of karst limestone stalagmites rise up from what was once a huge expanse of water. Paths wind through its spectacular valleys and around the weird rock formations and its reflecting pools. There are pavilions perched high on these pillars that offer sweeping views. Since the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Stone Forest has long been one of the most famous scenic spots in China. After that you will get back town for the Golden Temple, located on top of Mingfeng (Singing Phoenix) Hill. It is the largest copper temple in China and also known as the Tongwa Temple (Bronze Tile Temple).


Day03 Kunming / Dali (B, L)Three Pagoda Temple,Dali,Yunnan
This morning you will take a flight to Dali. Your local guide and driver will transfer you from Dali Airport to the town to start your day trip in Dali. You will have a boat ride on the Erhai Lake, visit Three Pagodas in the Chongsheng Temple and stroll in the Dali Old Town. With an altitude of 1972 meters above sea level, Erhai Lake is a beautiful highland lake of Yunnan Province and one of the seven largest fresh water lakes in China. Three Pagodas is a symbol of the history of Dali City, and a record of the development of Buddhism in the area. As its name implies, Three Pagodas are made of three ancient independent pagodas forming a symmetrical triangle. Dali Old Town, also called Yeyu City, Forbidden City, Zhonghezhen, lies 3 kilometers north from Xiaguan, the capital of Dali Prefecture. Embracing Erhai Lake in the east and adjoining Cangshan Mountain in the west, Dali City was first established in the early period of the Ming Dynasty.


Day04 Dali - Lijiang (B, L)Dali Bai People,Yunnan,China
Today you will travel to Lijiang along the Erhai Lake. In the early afternoon you will reach Lijiang, which is perhaps China's most famous old town. Splendid landscapes, the exotic ways of the Naxi ethnic group and the precious Dongba Culture make up the unique city of Lijiang. Each year it attracts a great number of visitors from home and abroad. To find a fairyland far from the bustling metropolises, please do not hesitate to come to Lijiang. You will have a walking at the Sifang Jie and the Black Dragon Pool in the old town.

 
Day05 Lijiang (B, L)Far View Lijiang Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
You will have a wonderful day in Lijiang. First of all you will proceed to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (including round trip cable car up to Spruce Terrace and overlook the Snow Mountain), then you get to Baisha Village to see the ancient fresco painting and visit lama temple Yufeng Si where grows the "king of camellia" . Located 15 km north of Lijiang old town, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain stretches 35 km from north to south with 960-square-kilometers of snow-capped area. Experts say that it has the southernmost glacier in the North Hemisphere. Of all the 13 peaks on the mountain, Shanzidou is the highest with an altitude of 5,596 meters above sea level. Looking from afar, you can see that the mountain just looks like a huge dragon lying in the cloud. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is the holy mountain - "God of Sanduo" of Naxi people. Transferred back your hotel in the old town. On your way back to your hotel you will learn more about Lijiang and the Naxi people at the Dongba Culture Museum.


Day06 Lijiang - Shangri-la (B, L)Naxi People,Yunnan
In the morning set off for Zhongdian (Shangri-la County). You will drive 220 kilometers along Jinsha Jiang River (Golden Sand River), the upper reaches of the Yangtze River (the longest river of China, 6380 km). The Tiger Leaping Gorge, itself is tucked neatly between the Yulong Snow Mountain and Haba Snow Mountain, which surround its two sides, as the turbulent water of the Jinsha River is orced by Hailuo Shan standing in its way to turn abruptly 100 degrees northeastwards and thus gives birth of the "First Bend of the Yangtze River". In the afternoon you will arrive in Zhongdian and have a walking in the Zhongdian Old Town.


Day07 Zhongdian (Shangri-la) (B, L)Shangri-la,Yunnan,China
A full day guided tour in Zhongdian. You will visit Songzanlin Monastery, which was created in AD1679 by the Fifth Dalai lama. often called Ganden Sumtseling Monastery or Guihua Monastery, is located at the foot of Foping Mountain near Shangri-La County in Yunnan Province. The monastery was built on a hillside and looks like an ancient fort. The Songzanlin Monastery is often called as the little Potala Palace because of its traditional Tibetan architectural style. Then you will visit Napa Lake and have some time in the home of a local Tibetan family. Afterwards you will have some nice walking to the Ringha Temple, also been called as the "Temple of the Five Wisdom Buddha". The temple still remain the mysterious, it keeps an essential place in the Tibetan community that they consider there as the one of the five most important Tibetan monasteries among Yunnan. Date back for at least 700 years; the temple was visited by the 5th Dalai Lama. While the principal buildings were destroyed during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), the villagers raised the funds to rebuild the principal lobby, with a simple and modest structure. Today there are three small original statues in the temple. Driven back your hotel after the walking. 


Day08 Depart Shangri-la (B)Tibetan in Zhongdian,Yunnan
Your guide and driver will transfer you to airport according to your flight schedule. End of your amazing Yunnan discovery tour.




Tour costing varies upon group size, travel season and hotel accommodation levels etc. For price details please email us at info@splendidchinatours.com.

Price inclusions:
01).
All accommodations based on two persons sharing one room (single occupancy is subject to supplement);
02). China internal flights with airport tax or train as stated in the program;
03). Round-trip transfers between airports or railway stations, hotels, and scenic spots in each city by private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced licensed drivers;
04). All admission fees and activity expenses as listed in the itinerary;
05). Daily meals as specified in the itinerary: B denotes breakfast, L denotes lunch, and D denotes dinner (SD signifies special dinner);
06). Services of a local English speaking guide in each city (other languages can be arranged upon request, supplement may apply);
07). Travel Agency Liability Insurance during the tour;
08). Governmental taxes and fees.

Price excluded:
01). International airfare to/from China;
02). Chinese Visa fees;
03). Expenses of personal natural such as laundry, telephone, drinks, mini bar etc;
04). Personal shopping, optional activities and excess baggage charges;
05). Gratuities for local tour guides, drivers and hotel bellboy etc;
06). International travel insurance;
07). Services and activities that are not mentioned in the itinerary.

 

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