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Home >> China Tour >> Yunnan Tours >> Twelve Days Private Peking Trip Package Travel To Kunming Dali Lijiang Zhongdian Shanghai
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15 Days China Tibet Tour: Beijing, Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la, Lhasa, Shanghai

Tour Code: YCNT_11
Tour Type: Private Tour Package
Best Travel Time: Suitable for the whole year, best from April to November.

1. Tour Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival in Beijing
Upon your arrival, our guide will pick you up at the airport and transfer to your hotel.
Day 02 Beijing (Breakfast + Lunch)
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.

Tian'anmen Square: 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 China.
Forbidden City: 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 Harvests.
Day 03 Beijing (Breakfast + Lunch)
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.
Day 04 Beijing - Kunming (Breakfast + Lunch)
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.

Summer Palace: 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.
Day 05 Kunming - Stone Forest - Kunming (Breakfast + Lunch)
After breakfast, travel 90 KM to Lunan County and explore the Stone Forest. Return to Kunming in the afternoon.

Stone 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 shapes.

Day 06 Kunming - Dali (Breakfast + Lunch)
Take early morning flight to Dali. Have a cruise in the vast blue Erhai Lake, then visit ZhouCheng Village and know about ethnic Bai People's Tie-dyeing Cloth with Wax (a technology of printing flower patterns on cloth). Tour to Xizhou Township and visit unique dwellings with typical Bai People's features. Afterwards, go to the Chong Sheng Temple which is famous for its Three Pagodas and then wander in Dali Ancient City.

Erhai Lake: Covering an area of 251 square kilometers, it is one of the seven biggest fresh water lakes in China and the second largest lake in Yunnan. The peaks of Cangshan Mountain are often mirrored in the lake, making majestic scenery. It would be a great pity if people traveling to Dali without going for a boat ride in the lake.
Bai people: The Bai people have a long history and well-developed culture. 80% of the population of 1.39 million live in the Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture around the Erhai Lake with exquisite scenery. The Bai people have their own spoden language but do not have a written one.
Three Pagodas: These pagodas are located between Cangshan Mountain and Erhai Lake, about 1.5 kilometers northwest from the ancient city of Dali. They were built in the Five Dynasties (907-960AD). In the time of Nanzhao and Dali Kingdoms, Chongsheng Monastery was the largest monastery in this area and the Three Pagodas were only a part of it. The pagodas were built because of two main reasons. Firstly, they were holy structures that invoked the Buddha's protection against the frequent disasters of floods and earthquakes. Secondly, the pagodas were used as a storehouse for scriptures and precious objects.

Day 07 Dali - Lijiang (Breakfast + Lunch)
Drive 3.5 hours to Lijiang. Visit Sifang Street in Lijiang Ancient Town.

Lijiang Ancient Town: It is also named Dayan Ancient Town, famous for its scientific architectural layout. Crisscrossed by crystal-clear rivers and meandering cobbled streets, Lijiang Ancient Town is a treasure in the field of urban construction in China. Square Market was the site of a major bazaar for local residents to stock up on necessities such as meat, vegetables, oil and herbal medicine. Now visitors will come across some interesting ethnic products and sometimes unusual antiques.

Day 08 Lijiang (Breakfast + Lunch)
Visit the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, the Baisha Murals and the Ancient Shuhe Village of Naxi People.

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain: The mountain is ten miles from Lijiang, its landscape includes one of the southernmost glaciers in the world. The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain has 13 peaks, the main peak is 5,596 meters above sea level, and is annually snowcapped. Scientists say that the mountain formed over 230 million years ago from ancient geosynclines when dinosaurs roamed on the Earth. In the Naxi People¡¯s language, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain means the place for loves that die for their love. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain has rich vegetation coverage, featuring distinct and complete alpine vertical ecosystem from subtropical zone to frigid zone.
Baisha Murals: These murals are in Baisha Village which lies in the north of Lijiang. Baisha murals are mostly from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Among the 55 existing murals, the largest one is at the Dabaoji Hall of Baisha. Most Baisha murals depict religious stories, and one characteristic is to combine several legends into one picture. They are an artistic crystallization combining the Naxi, Tibetan, Bai and Han styles. The originality and figures of the mural paintings reflect the different religious cultures and artistic forms of Buddhism, Lamaism, Daoism and the Dongba Religion of Naxi People.
Naxi People: They live in concentrated communities in the Lijiang Naxi Autonomous County in Yunnan Province, their language belongs to the Chinese-Tibetan language family. More than 1,000 years ago, the Naxi people had already created pictographic characters called the "Dongba script".

Day 09 Lijiang - Shangri-La (Breakfast + Lunch)
Drive 180Km to Shangri-la. On the way, visit the Tiger Leaping Gorge and the First bend of the Yangtze River.

Tiger 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.
Day 10 Shangri-la (Breakfast + Lunch)
Tour to the Songzanlin Lama Temple, the Potatso National Park (including Shudu Lake, Bitahai Lake and Xiaji Resort).

Songzanlin 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.
Bitahai 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.
Shudu 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.
Day 11 Shangri-la - Lhasa (Breakfast + Lunch)
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 high altitude.

Travel Tips
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 highly recommended.
Day 12 Lhasa (Breakfast + Lunch)
Visit the splendid Potala Palace, then explore the Jokhang Temple. After lunch, have a stroll over the Barkhor street.

Potala Palace: 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 here.
Jokhang Temple: 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.

Barkhor street: The crowded central market in old area of Lhasa City, there you can buy various Tibetan or other minorities' souvenirs.
Day 13 Lhasa (Breakfast + Lunch)
Visit Tibetan Carpet Factory and Norbulingka. After lunch, tour to Sera Monastery.

Norbulingka: 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.
Sera 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.
Day 14

Lhasa - Shanghai (Breakfast + Lunch)
After breakfast, 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 Nanjing Road.

Yuyuan Garden: 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.

Day 15 Shanghai (Breakfast + Lunch)
Explore the Yuyuan Garden and the nearby Chenghuangmiao Old Street. A transfer to the airport for flight departing Shanghai. Bon Voyage!

Yuyuan Garden: 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.

2. Hotels For The Above Trip

City Luxury Standard Comfortable
Beijing Crowne PLaza Hotel
Sunworld Hotel
King Parkview Hotel
Kunming Green Lake Hotel
Kunming Hotel
Jixie Hotel
Dali Asia Star Hotel
Asia Star Hotel
Landscape Hotel
Lijiang Guan Fang Hotel
Wang Fu Hotel
Sanhe Hotel
Shangri-la Holy Palace Hotel
Holy Palace Hotel
Shiner Hotel
Lhasa Xin Ding Hotel
Yuanfeng Hotel
Xiangbala Hotel
Shanghai Renaissance Yuyuan
Galaxy Hotel
Holiday Inn Express

3. Tour Price

Please send us an email and provide 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.
2. Your approximate travel date.
3. The code of the tour that you are interested in. Each tour has a code, you can find it above - at the top of the page where the tour is.
4. Hotel choice for your tour (luxury or standard or comfortable hotels).
5. If you would like us to tailor make a new tour for you that is different from the above tour, please let us know your requests.

4. Quotation Inclusions:

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.
2. Meals
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.
7. Insurance
China Life Tourist Accident / Casualty Insurance. We highly recommend that you purchase full coverage travel insurance from you country of origin.

5. Quotation Exclusions:

1. Visa Fees
Charge of obtaining your visa to enter China.
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.
6. Tips
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 the laws.


Tiananmen Square
Tiananmen Square
the Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
Forbidden City
Forbidden City, Beijing
Peking Opera
Peking Opera
Temple of Heaven
Temple of Heaven
Hutong tour
Summer Palace
Summer Palace
Stone Forest
Stone Forest
Stone Forest
Stone Forest
These pagodas, Dali
These pagodas, Dali
These pagodas, Dali
These pagodas, Dali
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Naxi People, Lijiang
Naxi People, Lijiang
Lijiang Ancient Town
Lijiang Ancient Town

Bitahai Laken
Bitahai Lake
Songzanlin Lama Temple
Songzanlin Lama Temple
Songzanlin Lama Temple
Songzanlin Lama Temple
Lhasa Potala Palace in Tibet China
Potala Palace
Sera Monastery in Tibet China
Sera Monastery
Norbulingka in Tibet China
Lhasa Jokhang Temple in Tibet
Jokhang Temple
Barkhor Street in Tibet
Barkhor Street
Yuyuan Garden
Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai
Shanghai The Bund
The Bund
Shanghai The Bund
The Bund, Shanghai
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