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UT-05 China & Tibet Adventure

  • Price from: 1812USD per person
  • Trip day:14 days 13 nights days


  Stone Forest in Kunming and Yi minority

  Dali Old Town and Bai minority

  Lijiang Old Town on UNESCO's World Heritage List

  Dongba culture and Naxi ethnic minority

  Tiger Leaping Gorge in Shangri-la

  Songzamlin Tibetan Buddhism Monastery and Tibetan minority

  Patola Palace

  Jokhang Temple

  Yamdrok-Tso Lake

  Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse

  Natural High-land Meadow, lakes & Forest in Tibet

  Nyingchi & Chengdu


  Included in the price:

  * 3 star hotels, twin room with private shower and WC (extra 147USD p/p for upgrade to 4 star hotels)

  * Daily lunch out of hotel (as detailed in the tour description)

  * Admission charges where applicable as shown in the tour description

  * English-speaking local guide

  * A/C tourism transportation in the program

  * Service charges for baggage handling between airports and hotels

  * Service charge and Government tax

  * Tibet Travel Permit


  Not included in the price:

  * International or domestic flights and tax

  * Personal consumption

  * Visa fee

  * Tips for drivers, guides and hotel porters


  Air fare: Shangri-la/Lhasa: 263USD p/p

  Nyingchi/Chengdu: 262USD p/p

  Travel Agency Liability Insurance & Personal Accident Insurance



Payment should be finished four weeks before the arrival of the group.

Cancellation: You may cancel your confirmed booking, but this must be in written letter (email or fax). But if cancellation occurs after your confirmation to book the tour, or if you fail to pay the full cost of the tour within the specified time, you will be liable to pay cancellation charges.

Cancellation charges are as follows:

  • No less than 30 days before arrival: $150 per person
  • 30 to 15 days before arrival: $300 per person
  • 14 to 7 days before arrival: 60% of the full payment per person
  • 6 to 0 days before arrival: 100% of the full payment per person

 Traveler substitutions are considered reservation cancellations and are subject to the above cancellation fees. After the trip has commenced, we are unable to refund any amount for unused services due to your early departure, late arrival, or missed days on tours.

Refunding: If you have paid for the tour but then have to cancel it more than 15 days before the start of your tour, we will refund all the payment except the deposit ($300 per person). If cancellation has to be made within 15 days, we will charge some cancellation penalty as well as the deposit, according to how much we have to pay to our suppliers. We will try our best to decrease your loss because we know it's not your purpose to cancel it.

Day1: Arrival Kunming D
Arrive in Kunming, pick up and transfer to hotel. Welcome dinner will be served tonight.
Overnight in Kunming
Day2: Kunming B/L
After breakfast, we will start out to visit the famous Bamboo Temple which dates back to the Tang dynasty with 500 colorful clay Buddhas. Next comes the Stone Forest, a typical karst formation, the Stone Forest covers an area of more than three hundred square kilometers. Scientific research has shown that what is now the Stone Forest was 270 million years ago an immense expanse of water with a vast stretch of limestone sediment formed over the years on the seafloor. As a result of the crustal movement, the seabed rose gradually and a large piece of land thus came into being. Exposed to rains and winds, eroded by the elements, the strange-looking limestone ranges were shaped by time. About 200 million years ago numerous stone peaks, pillars, and stalagmites rose abruptly from the ground and towered into the sky, extending now as far as the eye can see, looking like a vast forest of stone, hence the name "the Stone Forest". The Heisongyan Scenic Spot (also named as the Naigu Stone Forest) is 8 kilometers from the Scenic Spot of Stone Forest. This area is the major sightseeing area of dark stones which mainly composes of stone pillars, stone pagodas and stone castles. All of these towering stones are displaying a grand view over magical sceneries.
Overnight in Kunming
Day3: Kunming – Dali B/L
Drive to Dali, visit Dali Old Town. The history of Dali Old Town can be traced back to the Tang Dynasty when Dali was the capital of Nanzhao Kingdom which is the home to Bai minority. The town, whose format is like a chess board with four gates guarding in the directions of east , south, west and north standing between Cangshan Mountains and Erhai Lake, a natural configuration that seems specially designed for a good bountiful life.
Overnight in Dali
Day4: Dali – Lijiang B/L
In the morning visit Xizhou (the largest Bai village) Morning Market. Also visit Zhoucheng Village, well-known for tie-dye craftsmanship, where you can observe how Bai people make tie-dye products at home. Then drive to Lijiang. Stroll in Lijiang Old Town, a lovely traditional town with beautiful wooden houses and crisscrossed with streams of mountain water. Lijiang is one of the best preserved ancient towns in China and is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
Overnight in Lijiang
Day5: Lijiang B/L
Pick up and visit Dongba Culture Museum. The Dongba are the shaman of the Naxi people and are referred to for all aspects of Naxi life whether marriage, the site of a new house, opening a business, or health matters. The Dongba priests are the only people able to use the unique pictoglyph language which is the only pictoglyph language still in use today. Then Black Dragon Pool, whose name from the waters which sparkle like jade and are as clear as spring water. The entire park is green with grass and shaded by swaying willow trees. Under the Suocui Bridge, a waterfall creates a constant roar as it cascades downstream. In the afternoon take a visit to Baisha Naxi Village. Baisha (White Sand) is located in the north of Lijiang. It is named this because of the large amount of white sand on the earths surface there. According to history Baisha is the earliest place for the settlement of Naxi nationality after they entered Lijiang basin. Last visit Shuhe Old Town. Shuhe, also "Shaowu" in Naxi language, means "the village at the foot of the high hill". In the past, there behind the village was a high hill named Jubao Hill, so people named the village after the hill. Generation after generation, the village gets its present name. The Ancient Town of Shuhe is located 4 kilometers to the northwest of the Ancient City of Lijiang. Its central part covers an area of about 5 square kilometers. In 1997, the Ancient Town of Shuhe was ranked as an important part of the Ancient City of Lijiang.
Overnight in Lijiang
Day6: Lijiang – Shangri-la B/L
Drive to Shangri-la, on the way visit the visit the Tiger Leaping Gorge en route, which is believed to be the deepest gorge in the world. From the top of the gorge you look down the steeply angled (70-90 degrees) mountain sides to the rushing Golden Sands (Jingsha) River with its 18 frothing rapids more than 200 meters (about 700 feet) below. Walk in ancient Shigu Town and see the First Bend of Yangtze. After arrival, check in the hotel. In the evening visit Zhongdian Old Town with Tibetan old streets and houses and enjoy the local Tibetan people dancing in the middle square of old town. Then have a far-view of Giant Prayer Wheel, made of copper, weighs 60 tons with a height of 21 meters. At night the Giant Prayer Wheel glittering by itself because of lamplight.
Overnight in Shangri-la
Day7: Shangri-la B/L
Visit Songzanlin Tibetan Buddhism Monastery, which is 5 km from the seat of Shangri-la County. Construction began in 1679 and was completed in 1681. It is said that the Fifth Dalai Lama chose the site of the monastery through divination and named it "Gedan Songzanlin Monastery". In 1724, during the reign of Emperor Yongzheng in the Qing Dynasty, the monastery was renamed the "Guihua Monastery". During its time of greatest prosperity, there were more than 3,000 monks in the temple, now there are still 700 monks inside. Later, we go to the local market before we make a family visit and have lunch at the family. In the afternoon, you will visit Giant Prayer Wheel. Climb a small hill to take a closer look at the giant prayer wheel which reputed to be the largest in the world. You can turn the wheel and you also can get blessings from the monk in the temple next to it. Admiring the view of the town from the top of the hill is quite good experience.
Overnight in Shangri-la
Day8: Shangri-la – Lhasa B
Fly to Lhasa, pick up and check in hotel.
Overnight in Lhasa
Day9: Lhasa B/L
Today you will see some of the wonderful sights of Lhasa, commencing with the magnificent Potala Palace, Tibet’s best-known landmark. Your second stop will be the Jokhang Temple, home of the most precious of the Buddha images in the region. Brought from Chang’an (what is now Xi’an ) by the Tang Princess Wen Cheng when she married Tibetan King Songsten Gampo, the Sakyamuni Buddha is truly magnificent. After lunch at local restaurant, we will have a walk through the colorful bazaar on Barkhor Street, known as the Pilgrims’ay prior to visiting a carpet factory where you can marvel at the skill of the carpet weavers and admire the Buddhist designs.
Overnight in Lhasa
Day10: Lhasa – Shigatse B/L
Today is leaving for Shigatse. Pass by the Yamdrok-Tso Lake. It is over 72 km (45 miles) long. The lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and is fed by numerous small streams. The lake does have an outlet stream at its far western end. Around 90 km to the west of the lake lies the Tibetan town of Gyantse and Lhasa is a hundred km to the northeast. According to local mythology, Yamdok Yumtso lake is the transformation of a goddess. Keeping drive to Gyantse, visit Karuola Glacier which is about 71 kilometers (about 44 miles) from Gyangtse County. You can even see this amazing glacier from the road beside it. Karuola Glacier is about 5,600 meters north of the main peak of Karuola Mountain. Due to smoke pollution from motor vehicles, the entire glacier is now divided into black and white layers, which gives a distinctive beauty to this masterpiece of nature. When arrive in Gyantse, visit Kumbum Pagoda also called 100-thousand-Bouddha's-pagoda as well as Pelkor Monastery famed with its splendid Buddhist Tibetan art, both of them were built in the 15th century. In the late afternoon arrive in Shigatse and check in the hotel.
Overnight in Shigatse
Day11: Shigatse – Lhasa B/L
In the morning drive to visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, the main attraction in Shigatse is the seat of the Panchen Lama—Tashilhunpo Monastery. Built in 1447 by a nephew of Tsong Khapa, the monastery once housed over 4000 monks, but now there are only 600. Apart from a giant statue of the Maitreya Buddha ( nearly 27 meters high ) in the Temple of the Maitreya, the monastery is also famed for its Grand Hall with its opulent tomb ( containing 85kg of gold and masses of jewels ) of the fourth Panchen Lama. Then drive back to Lhasa.
Overnight in Lhasa
Day12: Lhasa – Nyingchi B/L
Drive to Nyingchi. En route, visit Bangsongcuo Lake (or Basumtso Lake), another named Cuogao Lake (green water) in Tibetan, is the most attractive site in Nyingchi. Besides offering marvelous scenery spots, many glaciers on the upper reaches of the lake provide it with a constant supply of fresh water. With 26 square kilometers covering, the clear waters of the green lake mirror the picture snow-capped peaks around the lake. The entire area is so fantastic that thoughts of the inspiring Swiss Alps come to mind as one stands on the shoreline. Fish are shoaling in the lake, birds are circling in the air, and beasts are roaming in the nearby forest. It’s a natural paradise for animals here. You will be impressed with the peaceful and comfortable life here.
Overnight in Nyingchi
Day13: Nyingchi B/L
Today we’ll visit Lulang Forest which is one of the most attractive natural scenic spots in Nyingchi. Lulang means “dragon king valley” in Tibet. It is a typical long and narrow plateau meadow area. Lulang Forest is mainly composed of bosk, spruces and pines. The neat and tidy meadow in the middle of Lulang Forest Sea looked like be carefully gardened by the horticulture workers. There are also winding streams flowing through the meadow.
Overnight in Nyingchi
Day14: Departure Nyingchi B
Fly to Chengdu. End of service.