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Photography Tibet & Yunnan Tour

14-Day, Kunming, Jianshui, Yuanyang, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri la, Lhasa, Private Tour (CT-PT-02)

Photography Tibet & Yunnan Tour
Photography Tibet & Yunnan Tour
The Potala Palace
The Potala Palace is always the symbol of Lhasa, Tibet.
Lamas at Drepung Monastery of Lhasa, Tibet.
Hani Sisters
Hani sisters at Hani village of Yuanyang, Yunnan.
Yuanyang Terrace Fields
Yuanyang Terrace Fields can be the best place to take excellent photos.
Stone Forest
The Stone Forest at the background of the blue sky.
Erhai Lake
Take a boat trip on the Erhai Lake, Dali.


Peggie Lv,

Tour Manager

Capture Tibet and Yunnan's most colorful moments with your lens! This China tour is designed for professional photograhers to avoid annoying crowds in the big cities such as Beijing and Shanghai and in for a real experience with nothing but the land itself.

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Kunming Arrival (Flight not Included)

Destinations & activities: Airport - hotel transfer

Today you will arrive in the City of Spring that is Kunming. Your Kunming tour guide will escort you from the airport to hotel for check-in. Free time for you to get around.


- Smart Tips:

  • We don't include flights in this tour, but you can request with your travel advisor. Contact us to check out our great prices for flights.
  • Kunming is known as a city of spring. A walk around the square of Golden Horse And Jade Cock Memorial Archways can be pleasant.
  • Meals: None

    Day 2

    Kunming to Jianshui

    Destinations & activities: Stone Forest, land transfer to Jianshui

    Numerous limestones spring up from the earth and form the magnificent of Stone Forest. Have lunch with the stones surrounding you.

    In the afternoon, we will drive to Jianshui.Check in upon arrival.


    - Smart Tips:

  • It takes 2 hours to get to the Stone Forest from Kunming and 4 hours to Jianshui from the Stone Forest.
  • Jianshui is a rather laid-back town with nothing fancy to expect.
  • Meals: Breakfast and Chinese Lunch

    Day 3

    Jianshui to Yuanyang

    Confucius Temple
    Confucius Temple in Jianshui

    Destinations & activities: Confucius Temple, Zhu Family's Garden and land transfer to Yuanyang

    Second to the temples in Beijing and Qufu, Jianshui's Confucius Temple is known for its over 700-year-old history and remarkable preservation. Later, you will pay a visit to Zhu Family's Garden.

    After lunch in a local restaurant, we will be on the way to Yuanyang.


    - Smart Tips:

  • Jianshui to Yuanyang: about 3 hours.
  • Meals: Breakfast and Chinese Lunch at Xiang Man Lou Restaurant


    Day 4


    Terrace Fields in Yuanyang
    Terrace Fields in Yuanyang

    Destinations & activities: Tiger Mouth Terrace Field, Longshu Ba Terrace Field and a Hani Village

    If you've seen the rice terrace in Longji, a small county near Guilin, you will definitely go WOW when you are at the rice terrace fields of Yuanyang. Terrace Fields in Yuanyang cover a vast ground and today we will firstly visit Longshu Ba Terrace Field and then pay a visit at Goukou Hani Village.

    As the sun is slowly setting, you will have an excellent chance to capture it at Tiger Mouth Terrace Field.


    Meals: Breakfast and Chinese Lunch

    Day 5

    Yuanyang to Kunming

    Terrace Field
    Terrace Field in Yuanyang

    Destinations & activities: Duoyi Shu Terrace Field, Ba Da Terrace Field and land transfer to Kunming

    Wake up early in the morning, you will catch the sun rise at Ba Da Terrace Field. Later, you will have some time taking photos at Duoyi Shu Terrace Field before lunch. Later, we will drive to Kunming.

    Arrive in Kunming and take good rest after check-in.


    - Smart Tips:

  • The drive to Kunming from Yuanyang takes 4 and 1/2 hours.
  • Meals: Breakfast and Chinese Lunch

    Day 6

    Kunming to Dali (Flight No.MU5716 1210 - 1300)

    Erhai Lake
    Fisherman casting net over the Erhai Lake

    Destinations & activities: Transfer to the airport, Erhai Lake and Dali Ancient Town

    You will enjoy a free morning in Kunming before the noon flight to Dali.

    Check in hotel upon arrival in Dali. Later, we will drive to Erhai Lake and take a pleasant boat trip.

    The afternoon time will walk slowly whilst you are suantering in Dali Ancient Town.


    Meals: Breakfast and Chinese Lunch

    Day 7

    Dali to Lijiang

    Sunset at Lijiang Ancient Town

    Destinations & activities: Land transfer, Lijiang Ancient Town, Wangu Tower on Lion Hill

    This morning, your driver will escort you to Lijiang, check in upon arrival. After a short break, your will get up the top of Wangu Tower of Lion Hill, getting a full view of the whole town. Have lunch in a Yunnan-style restaurant.

    In the afternoon, you take a free walk in Lijiang Ancient Town will end up today at a perfect pace.


    - Smart Tips:

  • Your driver will take you to Lijiang. Upon arrival, you will meet up with your Lijiang tour guide. The drive takes about 4 hours.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at No.8 Lv Xue Zhai Restaurant

    Day 8


    Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
    Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

    Destinations & activities: Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Shuhe Ancient Town

    After breakfast, we will visit the beautiful Jade Dragon Snow Mountain at its Yak Meadow.

    Drive to Shuhe Ancient Town for a quieter moment.


    - Smart Tips:

  • The distance from Lijiang to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is about 1.5 hours.
  • Please note: Yak Meadow is 3,800 meter from sea level and there might come an altitude change while the cable car goes up the mountain, however, most people won't feel any physical uncomfort. Please let your tour guide know if some phyiscal problems occur.
  • Instead of driving, you can go cycling for half an hour to Shuhe Ancient Town. Available upon request.
  • Meals: Breakfast and Chinese Lunch at Misi Restaurant


    Day 9

    Lijiang to Shangri-la

    Tiger Leaping Gorge
    Tiger Leaping Gorge

    Destinations & activities: Land transfer, Tiger Leaping Gorge

    Today your driver will drive you to Shangri-la. On the way, you will stop at Tiger Leaping Gorge. The gorge is 18 kilometers long situating along the upriver of the Jinsha River, or the Golden Sand River. Have lunch en route.

    Your driver will take you to Shangri-la, where your Shangri-la tour guide will escort you to hotel. Check in upon arrival.


    Meals: Breakfast and Chinese Lunch

    Day 10


    Songzanlin Lamasery
    Young Lama in Songzanlin Lamasery

    Destinations & activities: Songzanlin Lamasery, Pudacuo National Park

    Like a paradise on earth, Shangri-la is world-known for its intoxicating lanscape. Today you will visit Songzanlin Lamasery, one of the 13 famous monasteries of Tibetan Kham. Have lunch in a local restaurant.

    Pudacuo National Park will take up your whole afternoon and reward an amazing experience. Visit Bitahai Lake before visiting a humble village.


    Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

    Day 11

    Shangri-La to Lhasa (Flight No.MU5929 0850 - 1100)

    Destinations & activities: Transfer to the airport

    Flying over the roof ridge of the world, you will get to Lhasa at noon. Check in upon arrival.


    - Smart Tips:

  • Considering the altitude change, we strongly suggest you stay in for tonight.
  • Foreigners are not allowed to travel outside Lhasa without tour guide but getting around your hotel won't be a problem. Why not go for a cup of sweet tea to strength up yourself at Canggu Nunnery. Check the info we offer at "Solo Adventure!" tag.
  • Meals: Breakfast

    Day 12


    Drepung Monastery
    Drepung Monastery

    Destinations & activities: Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery and visit a Tibetan family

    Today you will get close to the real life of the monks and common people in Lhasa's biggest monasteries: Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery. Have buffet lunch in a hotel restaurant.

    In the afternoon, you will visit a local Tibetan family. They will offer you a cup of milk tea and some home-made snack. Getting to know their life story will be rewarding.


    - Smart Tips:

  • Please ask for permission before taking photos at the monasteries and of the lamas. Some place won't allow flash light.
  • Politics are not a good subject to talk about at a Tibetan family.
  • Meals: Breakfast and Buffet Lunch at Jiqu Garden Hotel Restaurant

    Day 13


    Potala Palace
    Potala Palace in Lhasa

    Destinations & activities: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street

    The first stop for today will be the majestic Potala Palace. Later, you will see how the bevoat believers worship and pray at Jokhang Temple. Have lunch before we carry on the tour.

    Take a free stroll along Barkhor Street and your Lhasa tour guide will take you to a Thangka store to watch how the artist creats his work.


    Meals: Breakfast and Buffet Lucnh at Steak House Restaurant

    Day 14

    Lhasa Departure (Flight not Included)

    Destinations & activities: Transfer to the airport

    Today your Lhasa tour guide will escort you to the airport. Hope to see you again soon!


    - Smart Tips:

  • Please request with your travel advisor if you need to book international flight with us.
  • Meals: Breakfast

    Terms & Conditions (More...

    Note: A Tibet Travel Permit is required to enter Tibet in addition to a China Visa. The Tibet Tourism Administration has recently indicated that they will tighten the regulations which control the issuance of Tibet Travel Permits. Besides now having to enter Tibet in a group of five people or more of the same nationality, the permit will be issued just 4-5 days before arriving in Lhasa. This means that we are unable to guarantee that a permit to travel will be approved. Also the permit will need to be sent to the place of departure in China for Lhasa by express courier. The additional cost will be 300–400 CNY. Your travel advisor will provide additional information. We apologize for this extra cost. However, it is out of our control.

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    • Key sites in all places
    • Amazing landscape and folklores
    • Selective hotels and restaurants

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