13-Day China Yunnan
& Tibet Tour: Beijing, Kunming, Lijiang,
Shangri-la, Lhasa, Shanghai
Tour Code: STBT_01
Tour Type: Private
Best Travel Time:
Suitable for the whole
year, best from April to November.
|| Arrival -
Upon your arrival in Beijing, you will be greeted
by our English-speaking guide at the exit of the
Beijing airport. Be transferred to your hotel.
In the morning, walk through
the Tiananmen Square and take photos, then visit
the palatial Forbidden City. Have lunch at a
local restaurant. In the afternoon, tour to
the Temple of Heaven. Drive back to your hotel.
Optional program in the evening: Peking Opera,
Kungfu Show or Chinese Acrobatics.
The imperial palace for the 24 emperors of Ming
and Qing dynasties (1368-1911). Construction
of the palace began in 1406 and was completed
in 1420 during the reign of Ming Dynasty emperor
Yongle. Enclosed behind its moat and 9.9-meter-high
walls are 980 buildings, vast courtyards and
long corridors that occupy a total area of 720,000
Temple of Heaven:
Occupying 2,668 hectares, it is the largest
extant sacrificial temple in China. Construction
of the Temple of Heaven was begun in 1406 during
the reign of the Ming Dynasty Emperor Yongle.
It took 14 years to complete. During the Ming
and Qing dynasties, it was the site of imperial
sacrifices to Heaven.
Today we will have an
excursion to the Mutianyu Great Wall, the Sacred
Way and the Ming Tombs. On the way back to downtown,
have a brief outside visit of the Bird's Nest
(Olympic National Stadium) and the Water Cube
Mutianyu Great Wall:
Located 73 kilometers from Beijing, this well-preserved
section joins the Juyongguan Pass in the west
and Gubeikou Great Wall in the east. It was
built about 1,400 years ago and reconstructed
later during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Mutianyu
boasts breathtaking beautiful scenery in four
seasons with comparatively less tourist.
||Beijing - Kunming
After breakfast, explore
the Summer Palace. Take a Hutong tour, passing
Shichahai, Yinding Bridge, Yandaixiejie, Drum
tower or Bell tower, feel the original old Beijing
Culture. Drive to Beijing airport and fly to Kunming.
Your local guide will pick you up at Kunming airport
and transfer you to the hotel.
Occupying a total area of 290 hectares, it is
one of the finest examples garden architecture
in China. The traditional architectures in the
park include pavilions, pagodas, temples, terraces,
waterside gazebos, stone bridges, covered corridors
and marble boat. The history of the Summer Palace
dates back some 800 years, three quarters of it
is made up of shallow lakes.
|| Kunming -
Drive to Lunan County which
takes 2 hours and explore the Stone Forest. In
the afternoon, return to Kunming and take flight
Forest: Located about 86 km away from Kunming,
it is a world of innumerable bizarre shaped stone
peaks and cliffs created by water erosion some
270 million years ago. Stone Forest is a typical
example of karsts topography covering an area
of 400 square kilometers and including both large
and small forest as well as many other scenic
Visit the Jade Dragon Snow
Mountain, Baisha Fresco, Ancient Shuhe Village
of Naxi people. In the afternoon, explore Lijiang
Dragon Snow Mountain: The mountain is a located
15 kilometers north of Lijiang, It is the southernmost
mountain with snow-capped all year round in the
Northern Hemisphere. Shanzidou, the main peak
at 5,569 meters above sea level, looks like a
gigantic dragon clad in white snow all year round.
There are over 6,500 different kinds of plants
on the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, including 400
types of trees in 20 primeval forest communities.
Mural: Drew in the early Ming Dynasty (1368-1644),
it stores 44 pieces of murals in total, specializing
in the religious stories. They are quite different
from other frescos. Each painting includes at
least one hundred portraits, but perspective is
used very well, and the close, middle and establishing
images are clear. The earliest one is in the Glazed
Hall. It was painted before 1417. In the period,
the religious painting in Central Plain of China
had gone downgrade. In the Tang and Song dynasties,
Taoism was popular. The famous painter all liked
making religious paintings.
Old Town: Built in the late Song dynasty (960-1279
A.D.) and the early Yuan dynasty (1206-1368 A.D.),
Lijiang is a Historical and Cultural Heritage
in China and it has been included in the World
Cultural Heritage. Lijiang is also the center
of the Naxi people, a relatively small minority
group with a rich culture.
||Lijiang - Shangri-la
Free in the morning. After
lunch, drive 180Km to Shangri-la. On the way,
visit the Tiger Leaping Gorge and the First bend
of the Yangtze River.
First Bend of the Yangtze River: Yangtze River
flows from the glaciers on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau
eastward across southwest, central and eastern
China before emptying into sea at Shanghai. About
44 miles outside of Lijiang, unusual geological
phenomenon forces the Yangtze to make a sudden
V-shaped bend and flow to the northeast. The area
at the river's bend features wide flow of water,
green river water and green willows on both sides
of the river. It is the best place to enjoy the
Gorge: The gorge is located on the way from
Lijiang to Shangri-La, lying between Haba Snow
Mountain and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. It is
one of the deepest canyons of the world, famous
for its majesty and grotesquery. At the narrowest
spot the river is only 30 meters wide. The mouth
of the gorge is 1,800 meters above sea level.
The river is flanked by Yulong and Haba snow mountains,
with a height difference of 3,900 meters. It is
an ideal place for those who love hiking. There
are three routes for hiking. One can start from
Hutiaoxia Town along the river to Daju in Lijiang
County, or go upstream from Daju. The third route
sets out from Hutiaoxia Town to Hetaoyuan and
is 28 km in length.
Visit Songzanlin Lamasery,
the Potatso National Park (including Shudu Lake,
Bita Lake and Xiaji Resort.)
Lake: Located about 43 kilometers northeast
of Zhongdian, Shudu Lake is the largest lake in
Diqing Prefecture. ˇ°Shuduˇ±
in Tibetan means ˇ°cheese and stonesˇ±.
The lake abounds in unique species of fish, with
double lips and a golden color. There are dense
forests of fir spruce and birch around the lake.
They are filled with wild animals such as musk
deer, bears, leopards, golden cats, and pheasants
etc. Now the Shudu Lake is constructed into a
high-land pasture resort, enjoying a very convenient
transportation for traveling.
Bitahai Lake: Covering an area of 390 acres,
it is one of the highlights in Potatso National
Park. The lake is surrounded by dense forest which
is scattered with azaleas. Bitahai Lake is very
limpid and abundant in fish resources. There is
a small wooded island in the center of the lake.
Visitors can take a boat to go ashore the island
Lamasery: Originally built in 1679, it is
a massive typical Lama monastery with traditional
Tibetan architectural style. The roofs of the
temple are gilded copper, making the whole complex
look much grand and magnificent. There are more
than 700 Tibetan Buddhist monks living in the
temple; and it houses many precious art works
accumulated from the past dynasties.
- 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 high altitude.
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.
Visit the splendid Potala
Palace, then explore the Jokhang Temple. After
lunch, have a stroll over the Barkhor street.
It was begun in 641, by Songtsan Gambo who was
the ruler of Tibet's Tubo Kingdom. The palace
that we see today had finally been completed in
1645. Potala Palace is made of stone and wood
and consists of the White Palace and Red Palace.
The palace is where The Dalai Lamas live and hold
political and religious activities. In 1994, it
was listed as a world natural and cultural heritage
Constructed by King Songtsan Gambo in 647AD and
was expanded to its present scale in the 17th
century. It is the spiritual center and the oldest
temple in Tibet. It was built in the architecture
typical of the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and has
Nepalese and Indian characteristics. Jokhang Temple
houses many other culture relics. The monument
recording the alliance between Tibet and China
still stands in front of the temple.
street: Located in the old area of
Lhasa City, Barkhor Street is a very old and flourishing
street surrounding the Jokhang Temple. The street
has a history of over 1,300 years, along the street
are stores and groceries selling Tibetan and Nepal
handicrafts or souvenirs. It is also the main
route for prayer wheels rotating.
Visit Tibetan Carpet Factory
and Norbulingka. After lunch, tour to Sera Monastery.
Covering an area of 360,000 square meters, it
means "Jewelled Park" in Tibetan. Construction
began in the 1740s, it was built by the 7th Dalai
Lama and served both as administrative and religious
center. Norbulingka is a representation of Tibetan
palace architecture. It was the summer palace
of the successive Dalai Lamas from the 1780s until
the late 1950s.
Monastery: One of the three great monasteries
of Tibet. Covering an area of 115,000 square meters,
the monastery is magnificent. Construction of
the monastery bagan in 1419. It is one of the
six main monasteries of the Gelugpa of the Tibetan
Buddhism. Lamas usually have debates from 3 p.m.
from Monday to Friday.
||Lhasa - Shanghai
After breakfast, transfer to airport to catch
the flight for Shanghai. Visit Yuyuan Garden.
After that, explore the nearby Chenghuangmiao
Old Street. Enjoy a leisure walk along the Bund
by the Huangpu River, and then venturing to the
bustling Nanjing Road.
Garden: The most notable classic garden in
Shanghai. The garden was finished in 1577 of the
Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). In 1956, a large-scale
rehabilitation or restoration was done. In 1982,
it was ranked as the key protection of national
historic sites. Yuyuan Garden is famous for its
pure Chinese-style layout and architecture. There
are many wood and brick sculptures, stone inscriptions,
valuable old paintings and calligraphy masterworks
scattered around the garden.
Your guide will escort
you to the airport and board your flight to your
next destination, end of service.
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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