13 Days China Tibet Tour:
Beijing, Kunming, Lijiang, Shangri-la, Lhasa,
Tour Code: YCNT_10
Tour Type: Private
Best Travel Time:
Suitable for the whole year, best from May
1. Tour Itinerary
Upon your arrival, our
guide will pick you up at the airport and
transfer to your hotel.
Driver to Tian'anmen
Square and take photos, then explore the Forbidden
City. After lunch, visit the Temple of Heaven.
After that, drive back to your hotel.
It is the spiritual heart of China and large
enough to accommodate an assembly of one million
people. It stands in front of the Forbidden
City, at its north the Tiananmen Rostrum,
from which imperial decrees were promulgated.
The square is 880 meters from north to south,
and 500 meters from east to west. On October
1st, 1949, Mao went atop the Tiananmen Rostrum,
which gives the square its name, to proclaim
the foundation of the People's Republic of
The name Forbidden City is a term used by
Westerners to refer to the Imperial Palace
which was built in the early fifteenth century
(1406-1420 A.D.). Covering an area of 175
acres, the Palace is 961 meters long and 753
meters wide, enclosed by wall and surrounded
by a moat. The place where the emperors of
the Ming and Qing Dynasties carried out their
administration and lived, it has 800 buildings
and 9,000 rooms.
Temple of Heaven:
Completed in 1420 during the reign of Ming
Emperor Yongle, it was originally served as
the most sacred space in which the emperor
(the Son of Heaven) would perform the most
important sacrifices and rites. The gods of
earth, water, war, and civilian affairs were
all honored, but it was the god of agriculture
who received special attention. On the winter
solstice, the emperor, after ritual fasts
and purification, would beseech Heaven for
bountiful harvests. The temple's layout reflects
the Confucian/Daoist worldview that anchored
the imperial order, with the square bases
of the circular temples articulating the relationship
between Earth and Heaven - the emperor serving
as intermediary, administering human affairs
on behalf of the divine order. The most distinctive
temple in the complex, and one of the most
famous buildings in China, not to mention
the world, is the Hall of Prayer for Good
Have an excursion to
the Mutianyu Great Wall. After lunch, drive
back to the downtown and see the exterior
of Bird Nest and Water Cube - the Beijing
2008 Olympic National Stadium. After that,
drive back to your hotel.
Mutianyu Great Wall:
It was built in early Ming Dynasty (1368-1644),
this section of Great Wall has been the important
military communication area in Beijing. Mutianyu
boasts beautiful scenery in four seasons,
about 96 percent of the area is covered with
verdant vegetation. This is unseen in other
sections of the Great Wall Region.
- Kunming (Breakfast
Drive to Drum Tower
area for taking a relaxing Hutong Tour by
rickshaw - a good way to know the Beijing
local lifestyle, then explore the Summer Palace.
After lunch, be transferred to the airport
for flight to Kunming. Your Kunming tour guide
will wait for you at the airport and help
you to check-in your hotel.
It used to be a summer residence of Qing Dynasty
(1644-1911) emperors and is now one of the
best parks in Beijing. The Summer Palace was
an imperial garden known for its architectural
grandeur and stunning natural beauty. Construction
of the Summer Palace started in 1750. In the
19th century, massive renovations was made
and many buildings was restored.
- Stone Forest - Kunming (Breakfast
After breakfast, drive
90 KM to Lunan county to visit the Stone Forest.
Back to Kunming after lunch.
Forest: Located 120 kilometers southeast
of Kunming, the Stone Forest is a typical
karst formation covering an area of more
than 350 square kilometers. In 2007, it
is listed as World Natural Heritage. Walking
inside the forest, you will find a wonderland
consists of innumerable huge rocks of fantastic
- Lijiang (Breakfast
Take morning flight
to Lijiang. Visit the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain,
the Baisha Murals, the Ancient Shuhe Village
of Naxi people. In the afternoon, visit Lijiang
Dragon Snow Mountain: The mountain is
situated some 15 km. north of Lijiang County,
with thirteen peaks resembling jade pillars
holding the sky, it stands majestically
on the east side of the Jinshajiang River.
The main peak, Mount Fan (Shanzifeng), is
5,596 m. above sea level, and is annually
Baisha Murals: Lijiang's murals are
works of the Ming Dynasty (1368ĘC1644).
They were originally distributed among the
Juexiansi Temple and twelve others, nine
of which fell to ruins. The remaining four
temples have altogether 55 murals, with
a total area of 139.22 sq. m.
people: The Naxi ethnic minority has
a population of 277,800, most of whom live
in concentrated communities in the Lijiang
Naxi Autonomous County in Yunnan Province.
More than 1,000 years ago, the Naxi people
had already created pictographic characters
called the "Dongba" script and a syllabic
writing known as the "Geba" script. With
these scripts they recorded a lot of beautiful
folklore, legends, poems and religious classics.
Ancient Town: The old town is famous
for its scientific architectural layout.
Crisscrossed by crystal-clear rivers and
meandering cobbled streets, it has a high
research value and is a treasure in the
field of urban construction in China.
- Shangri-La (Breakfast
Free in the morning.
Drive 180Km to Shangri-la. On the way, visit
the Tiger Leaping Gorge and the First bend
of the Yangtze River.
Leaping Gorge: The gorge is regarded one
of the longest, deepest and narrowest gorges
in the world. It is about 98 kilometers northwest
of Lijiang Ancient Town, lying between Jade
Dragon Snow Mountain and and Haba Snow Mountain.
The gorge stretches about 15 kilometers (9
miles). For the experienced and adventurous,
thrilling raft rides are available. The magnificent
backdrop of the gorge, combined with the twisting
white water will create an exhilarating and
unforgettable white water rafting experience.
For those who prefer a gentle ride, slow-speed
drifting is available in the calmer sections
of the gorge.
First bend of the Yangtze River: When
you are on the way to Shangri-La from Lijiang,
there are 2 stops for visits: Tiger Leaping
Gorge and the First Bend of the Yangtze River.
Rushing down from the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau,
"the roof of the world", the Yangtze surges
into Yunnan from its northwest, where it meets
Lancang River and Nu River. Then, they go
together through the high mountains and deep
gorges of Hengduan Mountains. Rushing southwards
from the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, the Yangtze
is blocked by the Hailuo Cliff at Shigu in
Yunnan, which makes it turn roughly to northeast,
forming a rare great bend of "V" shape, which
is called the First Bend of the Yangtze River.
Tour to the Songzanlin
Lama Temple, the Potatso
National Park (including Shudu Lake, Bitahai
Lake and Xiaji Resort).
Lama Temple: Also named Guihua Monastery,
the temple is the largest Tibetan Buddhist
monastery in Shangri-La of Yunnan province.
It is one of the famous monasteries in the
region, nicknamed as "the little Potala Palace",
for the whole monastery is in the traditional
style with mysterious atmosphere.
Lake: The lake is a well-known freshwater
lake at an elevation of 3540 meters in western
Yunnan, and is 41 meters at its deepest point.
Horses are also available if you prefer riding
to walking. "Bita" in Tibetan also refers
to a place where lots of oak trees are growing.
In the centre of the lake, a small wooded
island is made the shelter for many rare species
of birds. If you are lucky enough to be in
the non-windy day, the rosy clouds, the snow-capped
mountains and the nearby forests are all mirrored
in the lake.
Lake: The lake is located 43km to the
northeast of Shangri-La City. Shudu Lake is
3705 meters above sea level and is one of
the biggest lakes in Diqing Prefecture. Now
it has been turned into a highland pasture
resort. The lake is shallow enough to be called
interestingly "a place where one can fish
with a wooden stick". The lake water is so
clear that you can see the fish swimming around.
One special fish in the lake is called the
cracked-stomach fish for the crack line strangely
running across its stomach.
- Lhasa (Breakfast
You will be transferred
to airport and take flight to Lhasa. Upon
your arrival at Gonggar Airport, our Tibetan
local guide and driver will pick you up, then
help you to check in your hotel. The rest
of the day is free for you to adapt to the
Start taking anti-AMS medicines a week before
your trip. If you have a good rest in your
room on the arrival day, you will have less
chance of getting mountain sickness. Aviod
catching a cold. And a first aid kit including
aspirin, antibiotics and AMS medication is
Visit the splendid Potala
Palace, then explore the Jokhang Temple. After
lunch, have a stroll over the Barkhor street.
It is the symbol of Lhasa, the palace is located
on the top of the Potala Hill, an important
hill in Buddhist traditions. The first recorded
use of the site dates from the 7th century
AD, when King Songtsen Gampo built a palace
Situated in the center of old Lhasa, it is
the spiritual center of Tibet and the holiest
destination for all Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims.
Jokhang Temple was built by craftsmen from
Tibet, China and Nepal and thus features an
intriguing mix of architectural styles.
street: The crowded central market
in old area of Lhasa City, there you can buy
various Tibetan or other minorities' souvenirs.
Visit Tibetan Carpet
Factory and Norbulingka. After lunch, tour
to Sera Monastery.
The biggest man-made garden in Tibet, it is
situated in the western suburb of Lhasa City. It means "Treasure Park" in Tibetan. As
the largest and the best scenery of Tibet
artificial gardens, the garden is a perfect
picnic spot and provides a beautiful venue
for theatre, dancing and festivals.
Monastery: The monastery is magnificent
and covers an area of 114,946 square meters
(28 acres). Its main buildings are the Coqen
Hall, Zhacang (college) and Kamcun (dormitory).
Colorful debates on Buddhist doctrines are
held here and these employ a style distinctive
from those at Lhasa's other famous monasteries.
Lhasa - Shanghai
transfer to airport to catch the flight
for Shanghai. Visit Yuyuan Garden. After
that, explore the nearby Chenghuangmiao
Old Street. Take a walk at The Bund and
A classical extensive Chinese garden with
exquisite layout and the artistic style.
It was first finished in 1559 during the
Ming Dynasty. Yuyuan Garden occupies an
area of 20,000 square meters. The pavilions,
halls, rockeries, ponds and cloisters all
have unique characteristics. The exquisite
layout, and the artistic style of the garden
architecture have made Yuyuan one of the
highlights of Shanghai.
A transfer to the airport
for flight departing Shanghai. Bon Voyage!
2. Hotels For The Above
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3. Tour Price
4. Quotation Inclusions:
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the information below so that we can quote precisely for
the above tour.
1. The number of adults and the number of children in your
party. If there are children under 12 years, they can enjoy
the preferential price.
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5. Quotation Exclusions:
1. Hotel Accommodation
The hotel is based on two adults
sharing one twin or double standard room with private facilities.
Solo travelers or those who want to occupy one twin-bed
room of their own are required to pay additional charge
of single supplement rate. A single room is subject to availability
based on prior request at an additional cost; if the above
recommended hotel is not available, it will be substituted
by a similar one.
Daily American or Chinese breakfast
at the hotel, Chinese lunch or dinner in local Chinese restaurant
as specified in the itinerary.
3. Private Transport
Private transport between airport
/ railway station and hotel and all the sightseeing spots
by air-conditioned vehicle. Separate arrivals and departures
will incur extra charges.
4. Transportation Between Cities
The economic class air tickets of
the domestic flight or soft berth/seat train tickets between
cities as specified in the above itinerary. Airport construction
fee and fuel surcharge are included.
5. Entrance Tickets
The main entrance tickets for the
sightseeing spots mentioned.
6. Driver And Guiding Service
Driver and English-speaking guide
service on normal sightseeing activities noted in the itinerary.
Our guide will not fly with you from one city to another.
Upon your arrival at each city, a new local guide and driver
will pick you up, be with you for local tour and see you
off after you finish the itinerary of each city.
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Insurance. We highly recommend that you purchase full coverage
travel insurance from you country of origin.
1. Visa Fees
Charge of obtaining your visa to
2. Charge Of Arrival And Departure
The international or domestic air
/ train charge of arrival and departure.
3. Single Room Supplement
Should a twin room is needed by a
single guest, supplement of the twin room will be charged.
What is single supplement?-
The hotel is based on double occupancy. If the visitor travels
alone or the number of the travelers is odd (such as 3,
5, 7...), who stays in one single room has to pay the single
room supplement. As the hotel is on double occupancy.
4. Personal Expenses
Expenses of a personal nature such
as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities
or sightseeing, overweight baggage charges or any meals
not specified in the itinerary, ect.
5. Optional Programs
Optional programs which are not specified
in the above itinerary.
Tips depending on the service of
your guide and driver, entirely voluntary.
7. Extra Cost
Any extra cost caused by changes of natural disasters, fires,
weather, governmental and local authority orders, political
change, strikes, war, riots, quarantine, custom regulations,
damages or injury caused by accident beyond the control
of us and that has incurred due to the tourist action violating
Mutianyu Great Wall
Forbidden City, Beijing
Temple of Heaven
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Naxi People, Lijiang
Lijiang Ancient Town
Songzanlin Lama Temple
Songzanlin Lama Temple
Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai
The Bund, Shanghai