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Vicky Wen
Tour designer

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.

Highlights

  • Operation in remote destinations like Yuanyang and Lhasa
  • Key sites in all places
  • Amazing landscape and folklores
  • Selective hotels and restaurants

Tour Itinerary

DAY
1
Kunming Arrival
  • Activities: Airport Transfer (Kunming)
  • Meals: No Meals
  • Hotels: Grand Park Hotel 5-star hotel  |  Kunming Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Greenlake View Hotel Kunming 3-star hotel

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.
  • DAY
    2
    Jianshui
    • Activities: The Stone Forest, Kunming Hand Workshop, Our guide and driver will escort you from Kunming to Jianshui
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Chinese Restaurant of Stone Forest Ashima Hotel
    • Hotels: Jianshui Hotel  |  Jianshui Hotel  |  Jianshui Hotel

    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.
  • DAY
    3
    Yuanyang
    • Activities: Jianshui Confucian Temple, Zhu Family Garden, Our guide and driver will escort you from Jianshui to Yuanyang
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Xiangmanlou
    • Hotels: Yunti Hotel 3-star hotel  |  Yunti Hotel 3-star hotel  |  Yunti Hotel 3-star hotel

    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.
  • Jardin de la famille Zhu

    DAY
    4
    Yuanyang
    • Activities: Yuanyang Terrace Field, Laohuzui(Tiger Mouth) Rice Terrace for Sunset, , Longshuba for sunset
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    • Hotels: Yunti Hotel 3-star hotel  |  Yunti Hotel 3-star hotel  |  Yunti Hotel 3-star hotel

    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.

    Hani People

    DAY
    5
    Kunming
    • Activities: Duoyishu Village for sunrise, Our guide and driver will escort you from Yuanyang to Kunming
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Yunti hotel
    • Hotels: Grand Park Hotel 5-star hotel  |  Kunming Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Greenlake View Hotel Kunming 3-star hotel

    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.
  • Duoyishu Terrior Field

    DAY
    6
    Kunming to Dali by China Eastern Airline MU5716 Dep 12:10 - Arr 13:00
    • Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Kunming), Airport Transfer (Dali), Ancient City of Dali, Cruise on the Erhai Lake
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    • Hotels: Regent Hotel 5-star hotel  |  Dali Landscape Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Dali Landscape Hotel 4-star hotel

    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.

    Er Lake

    DAY
    7
    Lijiang
    • Activities: Our guide and driver will escort you from Dali to Lijiang, Lijiang Ancient Town, Wangu Tower
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at No.8 Lv Xue Zhai Restaurant
    • Hotels: Intercontinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort 5-star hotel  |  Hexi Hotel 3-star hotel  |  Hexi Hotel 3-star hotel

    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.
  • Lijiang Ancient Town

    DAY
    8
    Lijiang
    • Activities: The Jade Dragon Mountain (with Large Cable Car from Ganhaizi), Shuhe ancient town
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Misi Restaurant
    • Hotels: Intercontinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort 5-star hotel  |  Hexi Hotel 3-star hotel  |  Hexi Hotel 3-star hotel

    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.
  • DAY
    9
    Shangri la
    • Activities: Tiger Leaping Gorge, Our guide and driver will escort you from Lijiang to Shangri la, View the first bent of Yangtze River at The Stone Drum Town(Shigu Town)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    • Hotels: Songtsam Hotel  5-star hotel  |  Shangrila Kunlun Resort 3-star hotel  |  Shangrila Kunlun Resort 3-star hotel

    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.

    DAY
    10
    Shangri la
    • Activities: Pudacuo National Park, Songzanlin Lamasery
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    • Hotels: Songtsam Hotel  5-star hotel  |  Shangrila Kunlun Resort 3-star hotel  |  Shangrila Kunlun Resort 3-star hotel

    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.

    DAY
    11
    Shangri La to Lhasa by China Eastern Airline MU5929 Dep 08:50 - Arr 11:00
    • Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Shangri la), Airport Transfer (Lhasa)
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Hotels: Brahmaputra Grand Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Xinding Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Ghood Gu Hotel Lhasa  3-star hotel

    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.
  • DAY
    12
    Lhasa
    • Activities: Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Visit Tibetan Family
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Kechu Hotel
    • Hotels: Brahmaputra Grand Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Xinding Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Ghood Gu Hotel Lhasa  3-star hotel

    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.
  • Sera Monastery

    DAY
    13
    Lhasa
    • Activities: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Thangka Workshops
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Steak House Restaurant
    • Hotels: Brahmaputra Grand Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Xinding Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Ghood Gu Hotel Lhasa  3-star hotel

    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.

    Barkor Street

    DAY
    14
    Lhasa Departure
    • Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Lhasa)
    • Meals: Breakfast

    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.
  • Prices (Go Solo Private Tour)

    $ USD
    Apr.1- Nov.31 Superior Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class Single Room Supplement
    1 person -
    2-5 persons / /
    6-9 persons / /

    * The price may change during some festivals including the Spring Festival, Tomb Sweeping Day, Labor Day (1st May), Mid Autumn Day and National Day (1st Oct.).

    * The price is subject to change based on exchange rate.

    What's Included & Excluded

    Price Inclusion

    • Entrance fees.
    • Meals listed in the itinerary.
    • Private transfers.
    • Private English-speaking guide and driver.
    • Hotels listed in the itinerary.
    • Service Charge & Taxes.
    • China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
    • Luggage Transfers.

    Price Exclusion

    • International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China.
    • China Entry Visa Fees.
    • Excess Baggage Charges.
    • Personal Expenses.
    • Any meals that are not mentioned in the tour itinerary.
    • Single Room Supplement.
    Vanessa Zheng

    Tailor-make a China tour based on your needs.

    Key sites in the three major cities Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai are all included in this 8-day China tour. Plus, No hidden fees and No tourist traps at all!

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    Tour Type : Private Tour

    Best Season :Spring Summer Autumn Winter

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    from US $3,179 p/p

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