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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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Cycling Tour in YunnanTour Name:         Cycling Tour in Yunnan
Tour Code:          M63D337
Duration:            10 Days & 9 Nights
Destination:        Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la
Features:            Yunnan is definitely one of the most ethnically fascinating and scenically stunning provinces in China. Home to 25 of China's minority groups and over half of China's plant and animal species - it is easy to understand why Yunnan is highly favored by all kinds of travelers. Seeing is believing! So ride on your bike in Yunnan to enjoy it thoroughly! 
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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.

Day02 Kunming (B, L)Stone Forest,Kunming,Yunnan Province
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 Gate, 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)Ancient Town of 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 biking tour in Dali. You will cycle along the Erhai Lake to visit fishing villages, and cycle to the Three Pagodas, in the Old Town of Dali. 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 - Shaxi (B, L)Biking in Yunnan,China
This morning you will start your biking towards Shaxi Village. Firstly we will cycle along the western bank of the Erhai River. The local farmers of Bai or Han nationality are working the fields, their plain but traditional buildings are filled with joyful children. We wave goodbye to Erhai and start heading into the mountains. The road bends into the mountains and gradually takes us up into the beautiful highlands. Later in the afternoon we arrive at Shaxi, an old town that made its name thanks to the ancient Tea-Horse Route.

Day05 Shaxi - Lijiang (B, L)Cycling in China's Yunnan Province
Cycling to the Old Town of Lijiang. The road mostly heads up soft slopes until we get to the top of the hill by Lijiang and Lashi Lake where we can see flocks of wild birds flying around. The view of The Old Town of Lijiang sitting in front of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountains is just amazing.

Day06 Lijiang (B, L)Black Dragon Pool in Lijiang Ancient Town,Yunnan
Biking to Baisha Village, Yuhu Village, and visit Black Dragon Pool in the Old Town. Baisha village of Naxi minority where about 350 Buddhism mural paintings made between 14th and 17th century are well preserved. Black Dragon Pool located in the northern foot of the Elephant Hill, is a lovely place to view the snowy peaks of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain mirroring in its pool. Yuhu Village at the foot of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Joseph Rock lived here during the early 1900's. Pedal back your hotel in the old town.

Day07 Lijiang (B, L)Jade Dragon Snow Mountain,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). 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 C 'God of Sanduo' of Naxi people. Then you will visit Yu Feng Si (a Buddhist monastery complex). The giant camellia in the monastery is more than 500 years old and has gained the fame of 10,000 Flowers Camellia due to its flourishing flowers every year. Driven back your hotel and free in the afternoon.

Day08 Lijiang - Tiger Leaping Gorge - Shangri-la (B, L)First Bend of the Yangtze River,Yunnan
In the morning set off for Zhongdian (Shangri-la County). You will ride the bike 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 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". You can take the support vehicle at some sectors if you do not want to ride the bike or the road terrain is not good for biking. In the afternoon you will arrive in Zhongdian and have a walking in the Zhongdian Old Town.

Day09 Shangri-la (B, L)Shangri-la,Yunnan Province
A day cycling tour to the Napa Lake, local Tibetan village near Ringha Monastery, pedal to visit Songsamlin Monastery and walk in the Old Town of Gyalthang. Songzanlin Monastery 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.

Day10 Depart Shangri-la (B)
Your guide and driver will transfer you to airport according to your flight schedule. End of your biking tour in Yunnan.

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

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 seasoned English speaking local guide during the biking and for culture visits in the itinerary (other languages can be arranged upon request, supplement may apply);
07). Bike rental in China according to the program;
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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