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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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Yunnan Discovery Photo Tour Tour Name:         Yunnan Discovery Photo Tour
Tour Code:          M90D257
Duration:            14 Days & 13 Nights
Destination:        Kunming, Jianshui, Yuanyang, Dali, Lijiang, Lugu Lake, Shangri-la
Features:            To the South of the Clouds, Yunnan. Located in the Southwestern part of China, Yunnan is as what people say "a microcosm of this country". Our photo tour takes you to discover the best Yunnan has to offer from its sparkling blue skies, red earth, green forests and ethic minorities. All in all, pack well to start this dream trip.
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Arrive in Kunming, be met and transferred to hotel.  N/A

Kunming Jinjiang Hotel


 Kunming - Jiansui 

Visit Golden Gate and Huating Temple on West Hills, and transfer to Jianshui. B, L

Zhu's Family



Full day tour at Jianshui to visit Zhang Family Garden, Double Dragon Bridge, and Confucius Temple. B, L

Zhu's Family


 Jianshui - Yuanyang

In the morning visit Zhu Family Garden, Chaoyang Tower, in the afternoon driven to Yuanyang, visit Hani and Dai Minority Villages on the way. Take photo at Sunset in Yuanyang. B, L Yunti Hotel


Morning take photos at Sunrise, then visit paddy rice terraced fields at Sheng and Duoyishu village, visit Hani village at Jikou.  B, L Yunti Hotel

  Yuanyang - Kunming

Leave in the morning for Kunming. Visit Stone Forest on the way. B, L Kunming Jinjiang Hotel


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


 Dali - Lijiang

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



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


Lijiang - Lugu Lake

Transfer to Lugu Lake. On arrival visit Mosuo People in the village, in the evening enjoy bonfire party. B, L

Silver Lake Island Hotel


Lugu Lake - Lijiang

Take a boat tour on the Lugu Lake, visit Heiwawudao Isle in the middle of the lake, transfer back Lijiang later of the day. B, L Lijiang Wangfu Hotel


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



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

Gyalthang Dzong Hotel



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


Day01 Arrival Kunming
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 - Jianshui (B, L)Dragon Gate,Kunming
In the morning you will be transferred to the Dragon Gate and Huating Temple on the Western Hills where you could get a nice view to the Dianchi Lake. Then you will drive out Kunming for Jianshui, an ancient town in South Yunnan, is the home to multi-ethnic groups in Yunnan.

Day03 Jianshui (B, L)Jianshui,Yunnan
You will have a day tour at Jianshui. In the morning, visit Zhang Family Garden in Tuan Shan Village. Located 13km west of Jianshui Town, built at the end of the 19th Century, the Zhang Family Garden was once the house of the local Zhang Clan. Then you will proceed to the Double Dragon Bridge. With seventeen arches, the pavilion-style Bridge is a Qing Dynasty masterpiece  stone building and one of the best examples of its type all over China. In the afternoon you will have some good time at Confucian Temple. Begun in 1285 and enjoyed over 40 renovations, it is China's second largest Confucius temple only next to the one in Qufu, Confucius' hometown. The temple complex runs along a 625-meter-long axis and comprises six courtyards and 31 buildings.

Day04 Jianshui - Yuanyang (B, L)Tiger Mouth Rice Fields,Yunnan
In the morning you will visit another local living residence - Zhu Family Garden. A grand building cluster of the Imperial Qing period, the Zhu Family Garden is celebrated as the "the finest showcase of the locals' dwelling in Southern Yunnan". In addition you will visit Chaoyang Tower, the east gate tower of Jianshui Town. It was built in the 22nd year of the Hongwu reign of the Ming Dynasty (A.D.1389). The tower has the gable and hip roof with three eaves. It is 24.45 meters high, 26.8 meters wide and 12.31 meters deep. It was classified as the historical and cultural site under provincial protection in 1993. In the afternoon you will head for Yuanyang and on the way visit the minority villages, such as Hani Minority and Dai Minority. Yuanyang is renowned for its rice terraces, which claim as the world's largest and most spectacular one, crafted out by bare hands by the Hani people one thousand years ago and is still in use today. The Hani minority in Yuanyang has been renowned for creating a harmony between man and nature in the village, forest, river and terraced paddies. Here, fields are terraced from the foot of the mountains onto the very top. In addition, we will visit the famous Terraced-Fields at Laohuzhui and appreciate the sunset if lucky. 

Day05 Yuanyang (B, L)Yuanyang Rice Fields,Yunnan
Appreciate the sunrise at Yuanyang. You will take photo at the rice terraced fields at Sheng and Duoyishu village in Yuanyang. Additionally you will get to the village of the Hanis at Jikou to watch and get to know their unique custom and traditional lifestyle. The Yuanyang rice terraces are without any doubt the most beautiful and spectacular paddy fields around China! Located all around Yuanyang Old Town, those rice fields have been carved on the Mountain by the Hani people for centuries. Catch a sunrise or sunset on those terraces full of water are one of the greatest highlights to any trips in China. The Hani minority in Yuanyang has been renowned for creating a harmony between man and nature in the village, forest, river and terraced paddies. Here, paddy fields are terraced from the foot of the mountains onto the very top.

Day06 Yuanyang - Kunming (B, L)Stone Forest,Kunming
You will leave in the morning for Kunming. On the way 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.

Day07 Kunming / Dali (B, L)Erhai Lake Dali
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.

Day08 Dali - Lijiang (B, L)Lijiang Old Town
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.

Day09 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.

Day10 Lijiang - Lugu Lake (B, L)Lugu Lake
Today you will head for the beautiful Lugu Lake by bus in the morning. You will meet the Mosuo people and feel their unique custom. Dinner will be followed by a bonfire evening party. Lugu Lake is a high mountain plateau lake, 2685 meters above sea level, located 202km northeast of Lijiang on the border of Sichuan and Yunnan. The lake is 48.5 square kilometers and is quite deep, being about 93.5m at its deepest point. It is surrounded by mountains and has eight islands and many bays and beaches. The inhabitants around the lake are the Mosuo people, a small tribe that is considered a sub clan of Naxi people. The Mosuo culture is most frequently described as a matriarchal one. 

Day11 Lugu Lake - Lijiang (B, L)Lugu Lake Yunnan
Today you will have a boat trip to enjoy the charming sights of Lugu Lake. Lugu Lake lies 200 kilometers / or 124 miles from the center of Lijiang City, on the border between Ninglang County in Yunnan Province and Yanyuan County in Sichuan Province. The lake is known for its peculiar natural scenery and the unique matriarchal culture of the Mosuo people, that it sill upholds today. Women are the leaders of the community's extensive families. There are neither husbands nor fathers, lovers meet at night but by day they live separately with their own mother's families. Women also operate production and management, and hold the principal position in the society. This 'woman's kingdom' adds mystique to the place. It is like a beautiful pearl shining among the hills of the northwest plateau in Yunnan. You will visit Island Heiwawudao, Ligedao are metaphorically called "Three Islands of Ponglai" (Islands of the Immortalsin Chinese mythology). Later of the day you will be transferred back Lijiang.

Day12 Lijiang - Shangri-la (B, L)Tiger Leaping Gorge,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.

Day13 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. 

Day14 Depart Shangri-la (B)
Your guide and driver will transfer you to airport according to your flight schedule. End of your amazing Yunnan photo holiday.

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:
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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