12-Day Southwestern China and Tibet
Day 1 & 2 Home to Kunming China
Welcome to Kunming! Upon arrival at the airport or train station, your tour guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel.
Accommodation: Crown Plaza Kunming or similar
Day 3 Kunming (BL)
After breakfast, drive about 85km to the renowned UNESCO World Nature Heritage - Stone Forest, a huge collection of grey limestone pillars. Being weather-beaten for millions of years, the stones turn intricate formations and precious geological relics.
DAY 4 Kunming to Dali Flight and Dali Ancient Town Tour (BLD)
You will be transferred to your morning flight to arrive in Dali within one hour. Upon arrival, your Dali guide will be waiting to start a colorful day with you. First, visit the houses of the Bai minority people in Xizhou Village. Then hop in a horse-drawn carriage to enjoy a relaxing tour along the lakeshore of Erhai,
After lunch we visit Dali Ancient Town, where clear springs flow and local minority people l
Accommodation: Dali Landscape Hotel (4-star)/Gurong Hotel (5-star) or similar
DAY 5 Dali to Lijiang Transfer and Lijiang Ancient Town Tour (BLD)
Your personal guide and driver will transfer you directly from Dali to Lijiang. Enjoy lunch and start the tour in Lijiang. Lijiang Ancient Town is the best-preserved minority ancient city. Most of the people living there belong to the Naxi minority. Then pay a visit to the Black Dragon Pool Park, where the view of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is one of the most famous postcard-perfect sceneries in southwest China.
Accommodation: Lijiang Wangfu Hotel or similar
DAY 6 Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Baisha Murals Tour (BL)
Today, your first stop is Jade Dragon Snow Mountain with 13 peaks shaping like a lying jade dragon.
After conquering Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, drive to Baisha Town to admire the exquisite Baisha Mural Painting.
Optional Activity: experience the splendid live-action performance Impression Lijiang.
DAY 7 Lijiang -Tiger Leaping Gorge Tour – Lijiang (BL)
Today you’ll be driven to the old town of Shigu (Stone Drum) which is famed for a drum-like stele made by white marble, You will take a visit to the Iron Chain Bridge which the Red Army used to cross the river during the Long March in 1930s. Then head to the stunning First Bend of the Yangtze River. Here you can witness the three rivers (Yangtze River, Lancang River and Nu River) traversing through the valleys of Hengduan Ranges, and forming this breathtaking view.
The last place of Lijiang to visit is marvelous Tiger Leaping Gorge - one of the deepest gorge. Later, we’ll drive back to Lijiang
Tips: 1) prepare comfortable strong walking shoes, light shirts and warm jackets; 2) bring sun creams to protect you from sunlight
Day 8 Lijiang - Lhasa (BL)
After breakfast, your local guide escorts you to the airport for your flight to Lhasa (about 2 hours flight). Remember to look out the window! Along the way you'll be treated to breathtaking views of Tibet's snow-capped mountains.
Welcome to the roof of the world! You will be picked up by local tour guide at the airport and drive to hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the local areas and acclimatize yourself to the air, temperature and high altitude of Lhasa.
High Altitude Acclimation Tips: 1) go for some leisure walking to acclimate the high altitude but avoid strenuous activity after arrival; 2) you’d better not have bath, in case of catching a cold; 3) drink more water, and have some fruit; 4) have a good rest.
Day 9 Lhasa (BL)
Start today’s Lhasa exploration with an exciting visit to the landmark - Potala Palace which is regarded as one of the most beautiful architectural building in the world. Continuing your exploration, you will then get to Jokhang Temple which is considered as the spiritual heart of Tibetan Buddhism. The last site for today’s exploration is the famous Barkor Street. It is a circular and wide street encircling the Jokhang Temple
Tips of today: 1) there are 1,080 steps up to climb to the top of Potala Palace, so don’t walk in a rush, which may cause high altitude sickness; 2) taking photos is not allowed inside the palace; 3) today you will be mainly outside, please bring some water, a hat, sun cream, and sun glasses with you.
Day 10 Lhasa - Namtso Lake - Lhasa (BL)
We’ll have a full day trip to Namtso Lake - the highest saltwater lake in the world with an altitude of 4718 meters, also the second largest saltwater lake in China (after the Qinghai Lake). With the snowy mountains in the background, the crystal-clear dazzling blue water, Namtso is stretching to the horizon.
Lastly, drive back to Lhasa for accommodation.
Tips of Today: 1) the altitudes of Namtso Lake region is about 5, 000 meters, so you should be fully prepared for high altitude sickness. Do remember to keep warm all the time and avoid strenuous activity; 2) if you want to spend longer time and watch sunset and sunrise, you can also accommodate at Namtso for a night, but the accommodation condition is very basic, so is the food supply.
Day 11 Lhasa (BL)
After breakfast, you will firstly go to visit the beautiful Norbulingka which used to be the former summer palace of Dalai Lamas in the ancient time, and now is a public park. Next, drive several kilometers to the western outskirts of Lhasa to visit Drepung Monastery. Drepung, in Tibetan, means “prosperity”. Drepung Monastery is also respectfully known as the “Mother School of Dalai Lamas”.
After lunch we transfer to airport and take an afternoon flight to Shanghai, and stay at shanghai airport hotel.
The Etiquette of Visiting Monastery: 1) you shouldn’t wear short and uncover shoulders; 2) taking off your sunglasses and hat before entering the chapels; 3) taking photos is usually not allowed inside the chapels.
Day 12 Shanghai to Home (B)
This morning is free time and relax. You will take an afternoon flight home.
(B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, SD=Special Dinner)
Land Only Price: CAD$ 2850 P/P
The price is based on double occupancy, single supplement is $750
1. Entrance fees
2. Scheduled sightseeing by air-conditioned transportation with English speaking guide service.
4. Pick-up and drop-off service from airport as specified on the itinerary
5. Meals as specified on itinerary
1. China visa fee $180p/p, Tibet entrance permit fee $30 p/p.
3. Tipping to tour guides, drivers and cruise staff $120 p/p.
4. Porter fees $35 p/p for whole trip.
5. Travel Insurance. (It is available. Please inquire W Holidays)
6. Personal expenses such as laundry, alcoholic beverages and telephone call; Excess baggage.
7. Optional tours
8. Arrival and departure international airfares and all domestic airfares in China, and will be added later upon request.
Price and itinerary are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.
Minimum 10 participants to operate each optional tour.
Guaranteed departure from at least 10 people in a group.
$300 deposit is required at booking and is non-refundable. Payment made by cash or cheque is required. Credit card payment option is not available.
Departs on July 21 & Sep 15, 2023