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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 - A birder's Paradise Tour Name:         Yunnan - A birder's Paradise
Tour Code:          M65D350
Duration:            22 Days & 21 Nights
Destination:        Kunming, Shangri-la. Lijiang, Dali, Gongligong Shan, Tengchong, Ruilin, Mangshi
Features:            Yunnan is a huge and colorful province borders Guangxi, Guizhou, Sichuan and Tibet. It has international borders with Burma, Laos and Vietnam. With terrain ranging from tropical rainforest to snow-capped peaks and peoples from Thai to Tibetan, Yunnan is the most diverse Chinese province that boasts almost every kind of habitat, and with 800+ species of birds, the longest bird-list in China. This bird holiday explores the richest part of this fascinating province in terms of endemic birds and other specialties. 
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Itinerary Day By Day:

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. Overnight at Kunming Jinjiang Hotel

Day02  Kunming / Shangri-la (B, L, D)Birding in Yunnan,China
This morning you will take a flight to Shangri-la (Zhongdian), met with and transferred to your hotel for luggage drop off. Then you will begin the birding in Yunnan. You will have half day birding at Napa Lake which is a seasonal alpine lake and a wetland half an hour drive from town. Later of the day you back Shangri-la and enjoy some relaxed time in Gyalthang Old Town. Overnight at Gyalthang Dzong Hotel

Day03 Shangri-la - Lijiang (B, L, D)Birding in Yunnan,China
After breakfast you will have a culture visit at the Songsamlin Monastery, then you will drive towards Lijiang and make birding stops on the way. En route visit Tiger Leaping Gorge at Daju. 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. 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". Overnight at Lijiang Wangfu Hotel

Day04 Lijiang (B, L, D)Birding in Lijiang,Yunnan,China
Enjoy a day trip in and around Lijiang. You will first of all drive to Lashi Hai (lake) for birds, and then return Lijiang for bird watching at Black Dragon Pool in the Ancient Town. Overnight at Lijiang Wangfu Hotel

Day05 Lijiang (B, L, D)Birding in Lijiang,Yunnan,China
Today is for sightseeing. You will drive outside Lijiang to see the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (Yulong Xueshan), including a walking to Spruce Terrace Yak, walk in the forest and birding. 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. Overnight at Lijiang Wangfu Hotel

Day06 Lijiang - Shibao Shan (B, L, D)Birding in Yunnan,China
Drive to Shibao Shan and birding in the mountain. Shibao Shan lies about 10km north of Shaxi on the road to Jianchuan, and was one of the very first nature reserves and religious sites to be officially protected in China back in 1982. The 2000 hectare area is made up of three separate mountains reaching up to a height of 3083 meters, known as Mount Baoding, Mount Shisan and Mount Shizhong, along with four temples; Shizhong Temple, Baoxiang Temple, Haiyun Temple, and Jinding Temple. Overnight at a local hotel

Day07 Shibao Shan - Dali (B, L, D)Birding in Yunnan,China
Morning birding at Shibao Shan, head south to Dali and visit Three Pagoda Temple in the Old Town. On the way to Dali you will pass through ancient town Shaxi, an important stop on the ancient Tea and Horse Caravan Route. 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. Overnight at Landscape Hotel

Day08 Dali (B, L, D)Birding in Dali,Yunnan,China
One full day birding on Cangshan Mountain. Cangshan lies in the West of Dali. The highest summit, Malong, is 4,122m, but the mountain includes another 18 peaks all over 3,500m. The mountain is noted for its very rich, diverse flora, first scientifically documented by Pierre Jean Marie Delavay in 1882. We will have lots of opportunities to watch many kinds of pheasants on the mountain. Overnight at Landscape Hotel

Day09 Dali - Gaoligong Shan (B, L, D)Birding at Gaoligong Shan,Yunnan,China
Morning birding on Cangshan Mountain, in the afternoon we will cross the Mekong and Salween to Baihualing in the north range of the Gaoligong Shan. Overnight at a local hotel

Day10 Gaoligong Shan (B, L, D)Birding at Gaoligong Shan,Yunnan,China
We have a full day birding at Baihualing Natural Reserve on Gaoligong Shan. Walk to different parts in the mountain for birds. Have a picnic lunch during the day. Extending more than 300 miles along Yunnan's border with Myanmar, the narrow, jagged Gaoligong mountain range meets with the Salween River in a dramatic 500-mile-long gorge. The mountains form a divide between two major rivers in Asia, with the Salween, known to the Chinese as the Nu River to the east and the Irrawaddy to the west. Two more great rivers, the Yangtze and the upper Mekong, converge where the mountains meet the Nujiang River gorge. Remote and rugged, the Gaoligong Mountains are recognized as a global biodiversity hotspot , the epicenter of plant endemism in northwest Yunnan, and a MUST-DO for birders to Yunnan. Overnight at a local hotel

Day11 Gaoligong Shan (B, L, D)Birding at Gaoligong Shan,Yunnan,China
We carry on the birding in Gaoligong Shan. we expect to see more than 50 species on the mountain. Overnight at a local hotel

Day12 Gaoligong Shan - Tengchong (B, L, D)Birding in SW Yunnan,China
Drive across Gaoligong Shan to Tengchong, birding on the way. Overnight at a local hotel

Day13 Tengchong (B, L, D)Birding in SW Yunnan,China
Tengchong is a good place to see Yunnan's tropical birds. We start the day birding on Mt. Laifengshan and Yunfeng Mountain in Tengchong. Overnight at a local hotel

Day14 Tengchong - Yingjiang (B, L, D)Birding in SW Yunnan,China
Birds are more active in morning time. We drive to observe as more species as possible at North Sea Wetland, in the afternoon we will drive to Yingjiang and birding near Yingjiang. Overnight at a local hotel

Day15 Yingjiang - Nabang (B, L, D)Birding in SW Yunnan,China
Drive to the border village Nabang, birding in and around Nabang at Nong Tian and Tongbiguan etc. Overnight at a local lodge

Day16 Nabang (B, L, D)Birding in SW Yunnan,China
Spend another day in Nabang for endemic species. We shall be observing birds in and around Nabang at Tongbiguan, Banyan King and Xima Old Trail etc. Overnight at a local lodge

Day17 Nabang - Ruili (B, L, D)Birding in SW Yunnan,China
Today we will get to Ruili and birding at Greater Yingjiang River on the way. Ruili is a birthplace of the Dai ethnic group. The Ruili River looks like a white jade belt winding around green mountains and fields. Ruili is a prosperous border trade city. Overnight at a local hotel

Day18 Ruili (B, L, D)Birding in SW Yunnan,China
Birding at Nanjingli Woodland and Jiele Reservoir. Overnight at a local hotel

Day19 Ruili (B, L, D)Birding in SW Yunnan,China
One day birding at Moli Nature Reserve in Ruili. Overnight at a local hotel

Day20 Ruilin / Kunming (B, L, D)Birding in SW Yunnan,China
We take half day birdwatching at Ruilin Arboretum, and then we will drive to Mangshi and birding on the way, take flight back to Kunming. Enjoy some free relaxed time upon check in hotel in Kunming. Overnight at Kunming Jinjiang Hotel

Day21 Kunming (B, L, D)Birding in Kunming,Yunnan,China
Birding on West Hill and Dianchi Lake. Dianchi Lake is the biggest fresh water lake in Yunnan and the sixth largest fresh water lakes in China. Driven back your hotel and free time in the afternoon. Overnight at Kunming Jinjiang Hotel

Day22 Depart Kunming (B)
Your guide and driver will transfer you to airport according to your flight schedule. End of your birding journey to Yunnan.

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). On-site birding trips as stated in the itinerary;
06). Daily meals as specified in the itinerary: B denotes breakfast, L denotes lunch, and D denotes dinner (SD signifies special dinner);
07). Services of a local English speaking guide throughout (other languages can be arranged upon request, supplement may apply);
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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