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Amazing Tibet and Yunnan Spectacle Tour Name:         Amazing Tibet and Yunnan Spectacle
Tour Code:          M80D275
Duration:            15 Days & 14 Nights
Destination:        Lhasa, Tsetang, Gyantse, Shigatse, Shangri-la, Lijiang, Dali, Kunming
Features:            Amazing Tibet and Yunnan Spectacle offers you a spiritual getaway from vapid routings taking you through stunning valleys, remote villages and ancient towns in remote Tibet and frontier Yunnan. You will refresh yourself when seeing the breathtaking landscapes and exotic cultures of the ethnic minorities. 
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Day01

 Lhasa

Arrive in Lhasa, be met and transferred to hotel. Free at own leisure for altitude acclimation. N/A  Lhasa Kyichu Hotel

Day02

 Lhasa

Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and walk on the holy Barkhor Circuit. B, L  Lhasa Kyichu Hotel

 Day03

Lhasa

Visit Drepung Monastery, Norbulingka Park and see monk debating at Sera Monastery. B, L  Lhasa Kyichu Hotel

 Day04

 Lhasa - Tsetang

Drive along the Kyichu River and cross the Yarlung Tsangpo to visit Samye Monastery, transferred to Tsetang. B, L Tsetang Hotel

 Day05

 Tsetang - Gyantse

Visit Traduk Monastery, Yumbulakhang Castle in the Yarlung Valley, hike along holy lake Yamdrok. Drive to Gyantse.  B, L Yeti Hotel
    Day06

 Gyantse - Shigatse

Visit Pelkor Chode Monastery and Kumbum Chorten, excursion Shalu Monastery, free market in Shigatse. B, L Shigatse Manasarovar Hotel
    Day07

 Shigatse - Lhasa

Visit Tashilunpo Monastery, drive back Lhasa and en route visit a Tibetan village.  B, L, D Lhasa Kyichu Hotel
    Day08

Lhasa / Shangri-la

Drive to airport and take flight to Shangri-la in Yunnan. Met with and transfer to hotel, take a walk in the ancient town. B, D Gyalthang Dzong Hotel
    Day09

 Shangri-la

One day tour to visit Songsamlin Monastery, Ringha Temple, Napa Lake and local Tibetan family. B, L Gyalthang Dzong Hotel
    Day10

 Shangri-la - Lijiang

Drive to Lijiang. En route visit Tiger Leaping Gorge and the First Bend of Yangtze River.   B, L Lijiang Wangfu Hotel
    Day11

 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
    Day12

 Lijiang - Dali

Morning visit Lijiang Ancient Town including Lion Hill, Black Dragon Pool. Drive to Dali in the afternoon and visit Xizhou Village of the Bai People en route. B, L Landscape Hotel
    Day13

Dali

A full day tour in Dali to visit Erhai Lake, Three Pagodas, stroll at the Old Town of Dali. B, L Landscape Hotel
    Day14

Dali / Kunming

Take a morning flight to Kunming. Met with and drive to visit Stone Forest , local Flower and Bird Market in Kunming. B, L Kunming Jinjiang Hotel
    Day15

 Kunming

Transferred to airport for your departure flight. Trip ends.  B   N/A




Day01 Arrival Lhasa
You will be greeted and received by your Tibetan guide and driver with Hadda (snow white silk ribbon for Tibetan to greet distingue guests). Transferred to your hotel in the city and free at own leisure to acclimatize to the altitude.


Day02 Lhasa (B, L) Potala Palace
Today you will have a full day guided tour in Lhasa. You will first of all visit Potala Palace, which was originally constructed in 637 by Songtsen Gampo, the first king of the united Tibet, and later expanded and served as the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas as well as the religious-political nexus of traditional Tibet. Then you will admire Jokhang Temple, the center of the Tibetan Buddhism and the sacred land of Buddhist followers where thousands of pilgrims come for worship everyday. Walk on the holy Barkhor Circuit and do some shopping if desired. 
 


Day03 Lhasa (B, L)Monks at Drepung Monastery,Lhasa,Tibet
Visit Drepung Monastery the sacred land of Gelug Sect, which was established in 1416AD and the second, third and fourth Dalai Lama once resided in. After that you will be transferred to Norbulingka Park, the former Summer Palace of the Dalai Lamas. Additionally you will be transferred to visit Sera Monastery, which was created in AD1419 and has always been an important Buddhist seminary. Here in Sera, you have chance to see the grand occasion of the Buddhist monk debating at one big courtyard. Lunch served at a good local restaurant and dinner will be arranged at your hotel.


Day04 Lhasa - Samye - Tsetang (B, L)Samye Monastery in Lhoka,Tibet
Check out in the morning and drive out for Tsetang. We will enjoy nice views along the river basin of the Yalung Tsangpo River. On the way visit Mindrolin Monastery. It was built in the late 10th century and had its current name when it was rebuilt in 1677. It is one of the three great monasteries of the Nyingma Sect. Today's highlight is the excursion to the Samye 40km west to Tsetang. Samye Monastery is at the foot of Mt. Haibusi, on the north bank of the Yarlung Tsangpo River in Jialang County. Being the 1st monastery, belongs to the Nyingmapa and Sakyapa Sects, Samye Monastery was built in 761. The monastery had been combined the Chinese, Tibetan and Indian styles, in the centre of the monastery is a big square 3-storey hall with a floor space of over 8,900 square meters.

 
Day05 Tsetang - Yamdrok Lake - Gyantse (B, L)Sheep herds at Yamdrok Lake in Central Tibet
In the morning drive to Gyantse along the Kyichu River. On the Kamba La (4.796 m) have a fantastic view of the holy lake Yamdrok Yumtso (4441 m), one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and the largest habitat of waterfowls in south Tibet. The Yamdok Yumtso, one of the three largest lakes of Tibet, lies about a hundred kilometers' distance to the southwest of Lhasa, is within Langkamu county, with an area of 638 square kilometers and a coastal line of 250 kilometers. The deepest point is 60 meters. To the interior of the lake ten or so hilly islands stand independently one from the other which give homes to flocks of wild ducks. A lot of colorful ducks and geese are swimming on the surface of the lake. There is also plenty of natural fodder for the fish in the lake. The lake has a fish reserve of about 300 million kilograms. That is why it is called "the Fish Store of Tibet". The coast of the lake is an ideal pasture. All these make an intoxicating quite picture. Then drive over the 5, 010 m high Karo La and the Simi La to Gyantse (approx. 3.950 m).

 
Day06 Gyantse - Shigatse (B, L)Pelkor Chode Monastery and Kumbum, Gyante
In the morning you will explore the Pelkor Chode Monastery and the splendid Kumbum Stupa (100-Thousand-Buddha Pagoda) nearby. Built in the15th century and situated in the northwestern edge of Gyantse, Pelkor Monastery is the only one large building complex in Tibet that old monastery and stupas are completely preserved and characterized as a monument. It is recorded 14,000 kilograms of copper was used to make the 8-meter-high sitting statue of Sakyamuni Buddha housed in the grand hall of the temple. The 8-storey stupa is 42m high and 62m in diameters contains a total of 76 chapels with wonderful murals revered by art scholars around the world. Kumbum Stupa opens 8 doors, which are decorated with relief sculptures of lively flying dragons, running lions and walking elephants. It is a master-piece of the joint efforts of the Nepalese, Tibetan and Chinese. Then you will drive to Shigatse. On the way a narrow side path will take you to the ancient monastery Shalu (Xialu). The monastery is around 19km south-east of Shigatse, a few kilometers off the Shigatse-Gyantse road and is easily spotted because of its Chinese-style green tiled roof. Shalu was also a centre for training in skills such as trance walking, made famous by the flying monks. Upon arrival Shigatse you will have a short walk at a local market.

 
Day07 Shigatse - Lhasa (B, L, D)Tashilunpo Monastery,Shigatse,Tibet
In the morning you will visit Tashilunpo monastery of Gelug Sect, the seat of the Panchen Lama built in 1447AD and one of the six grand monasteries in Tibet. Then transfer back Lhasa and on the way you will visit a Tibetan Village. Enjoy some free leisure time in Lhasa and enjoy your Tibetan farewell dinner at night.


 
Day08 Lhasa / Shangri-la (B, D)Shangri-la,Yunnan,China
Transfer to airport for flight to Shangri-la, Yunnan. Be met and transferred to your hotel. This afternoon you will have a walk in the Old Town of Shangri-la.


 
Day09 Zhongdian (Shangri-la) (B, L)Grassland at Shangri-la Yunnan
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.


 
Day10 Shangri-la - Lijiang (B, L)First Bend of the Yangtze River,Yunnan Province
Leave in the morning for Lijiang. You will have 220 kilometer drive along the 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 forced 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".

 
Day11 Lijiang (B, L)Black Dragon Pool,Lijiang,Yunnan
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.

 
Day12 Lijiang - Dali (B, L)Naxi Woman in Lijiang Yunnan
You will take a half day tour in Lijiang that covers the Lijiang Ancient Town, which had an 800-year-old history and is the only city where the Naxi ethnic minority resides. It is famous for its old wooden houses and the layout of the town's streets. You will also visit Hei Long Tan Park (Black Dragon Pool), located in the northern foot of the Elephant Hill. The summits of the snowy mountain nearby are clearly reflected in this pond. You will also climb up to the Lion Hill to get a bird eye view to the Ancient Town. In the afternoon transfer to Dali and visit Xizhou Village of the ethnic minority Bai People.

 
Day13 Dali (B, L)Ancient Town of Dali,home to the Bai People in Yunnan
Enjoy your stay in Dali. The tour begins with a boat trip 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.

 
Day14 Dali / Kunming (B, L)Stone Forest Kunming,Yunnan
Transfer to airport and take flight to Kunming, China's Eternal Spring City due to its pleasant climate and fruitful agriculture plantations. You will be received by your local guide and transferred to visit On arrival, met with and drive to visit you will 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. Then you will be transferred back the city to visit the Flower and Bird Market.



 
Day15  Depart Kunming (B)
Free until check out and transferred to airport for your departure flight. Journey ends.




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). Tibet local travel permits such as Tibet Entry Permit (TTB), Alien's Travel Permit (PSB) and Military Permit etc. when applicable;
08). Travel Agency Liability Insurance during the tour;
09). 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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