This 10-day Kunming Dali Lijiang Shangrila Lhasa Tour takes you to the most famed sights in Yunnan & Lhasa. Dali lies on the western edge of Erhai Lake at an altitude of 1900m, with a backdrop of the imposing 4000m-tall Jade Green Mountains; Lijiang’s maze of cobbled streets, rickety old wooden buildings and gushing canals; Shangrila is home to remote temples, rugged scenery and the start of the Tibetan world; Lhasa, the sacred city and spiritual centre of the Tibetan world~
|Day||Route||Attractions & Activities|
|1||Kunming Airport - Dali||Nationalities Village|
|2||Dali||Xizhou Village, Erhai Lake, Three Pagodas of the Chongsheng Temple|
|3||Lijiang||Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Baisha Town, Black Dragon Pool Park|
|4||Lijiang - Shangrila||The first important bend of the Yangtze River, Tiger Leaping Gorge|
|5||Shangrila||Songzanlin Lamasery, Potatso National Park|
|6||Flight: Diqin(Shangrila) - Lhasa||Send off and pick up|
|7||Lhasa sightseeing||Drepung Monastery, Sera monastery|
|8||Lhasa City||Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street|
|9||Lhasa - Yamtrok - Lhasa||Yamdroktso Lake|
|10||Departure from Lhasa||Send off to airport/railway station|
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Arrival in Kunming Airport in the morning from your international flight. Your Yunnan guide & driver will be there to greet you, then send you to high-speed train station to Dali. It takes about 2 hrs to get to Dali.
If your flight arrives in the morning, then you have enough time to visit the Nationalities Village. There, you will learn more about the 26 ethnic groups of Yunnan and enjoy the different customs.
Stay overnight in Dali
- Nationalities Village
Today, you will start to explore the ancient land Dali.
First, you will visit the house of Bai majority people in Xizhou Village. This ancient village lies on the very foot of the Cangshan Mountains. There, you'll get to see clear flowing springs and other picturesque views. You will also see some authentic houses of the Bai minority people. You'll also get acquainted with the Bai traditions including their dresses and customs. You can then try their cold and spicy-flavored local delicacies. Though rapidly modernizing, this village still exudes its old settlement charm.
When in this village, you should not miss riding on a horse-drawn carriage. You'll enjoy it as you tour along the shorelines of Erhai Lake. You can take your lunch at one of the popular restaurants along the lakeshore.
Of course, you shouldn't miss the remarkable Three Pagodas of the Chongsheng Temple. Located some 1.5 km north of the old Dali town, these Three Pagodas face the shore of Erhai Lake. Like three rocket ships, they tower aloft in a triangle configuration. These Pagodas are truly old, having been built a thousand years ago.
Then drive 2 hours to Lijiang and stay overnight in Lijiang.
- Xizhou Village
- Erhai Lake
- Three Pagodas of the Chongsheng Temple
You will visit the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain! This is a mountain range consisting of 13 peaks shaped like a prostrated jade dragon. The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is popular for its breathtaking views and is considered to be the holy mountain for Naxi people. There, you can walk, ride a horse or take the tourist cable car going up to 15,350 ft. At the top, you'll get a birds-eye-view of stunning natural beauty such as spruces, meadows, pines, and clouds.
After basking in the beauty of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, you can drive further to Baisha Town. There you'll get to see the fantastic Baisha Mural Paintings. And there, you can visit the Museum of Naxi Dongba Culture. This museum is in itself an awesome attraction. And, you'll learn more about the culture and folklore of Naxi People. If time permits, you can drop by the Black Dragon Pool Park. Afterward, your guide will lead you back to your hotel for a good night rest.
Stay overnight in Lijiang
- Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
- Baisha Town
- Black Dragon Pool Park
After taking your breakfast, you will then travel to Shigu (Stone Drum). This old town is known for its famous stele that appears like a drum. Shigu perches on a mountain, right above where the Yangtze River makes its marvelous bend. Shigu is also famous for the first important bend of the Yangtze River. About 71 km from Lijiang, the Yangtze makes an extraordinary turn. This fantastic turn is almost 180-degrees and forms a V-shaped bend. This Yangtze bend creates marvelous views that are surely worth seeing.
Further ahead is the Tiger Leaping Gorge. There, you'll find one of the best trekking trails in the world. The gorge itself is a sight to behold because it is very deep. Afterward, your tour guide will drive you to Shangri-La City. This trip is 100-km long. The trip from Lijiang to Shangri-La takes around four hours. Natural sceneries along the way will no doubt mesmerize you.
The rest of the day is for your to acclimatize and relax in Shangri-La county.
Stay overnight in Shangri-La county
- The first important bend of the Yangtze River
- Tiger Leaping Gorge
After taking your breakfast, you will start your tour in Shangri-La. Shangri-La is made famous by James Hilton in his novel "Lost Horizon." He depicted it as an isolated paradise where people live contently and happily.
Named after Hilton’s mythical city, Shangri-La is a paradise in itself. The first place you'll visit there is the Songzanlin Lamasery tagged as the "Little Potala Palace." It is the largest lamasery in Yunnan Province. At Songzanlin Lamasery, you will also see fantastic murals and Buddhist statues. There, you can revitalize your spiritual self.
Afterward, you’ll get to visit Potatso National Park. You’ll see gorgeous meadows and wetlands there. You'll also witness diverse fauna and flora. Yet, you should never miss the mesmerizing Bitahai Lake. It is the highest lake in the province. Like a magical mirror, it vividly reflects its surroundings. It reflects the adjacent snow-capped mountains, lush verdant forest, and the bluish sky! You should also never miss the Shudu Lake where along its shores graze myriads of herds and flocks. You will get to see likewise the Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan at Potatso National Park. Lastly, you can grab a chance to spend an evening socializing with a local Tibetan family there.
Stay overnight in Shangri-La
- Songzanlin Lamasery
- Potatso National Park
Earlier morning you will be transferred to Shangrila Airport to take a flight to Lhasa. Say goodbye to your Yunnan guide & driver.
Your Tibetan guide & driver will be at Lhasa Airport to greet you and transfer you to your hotel in downtown Lhasa. The rest of the day is your free time. You can wander around on your own but do not overtax yourself. The first day's well-rest is crucial to acclimatize the high altitude. Remember to drink lots of water, eat light, and not to shower.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
In the morning, you are heading to Drepung monastery, which means Monastery of Collecting Rice in the Tibetan language. It's a white magnificent construction that looks also like a pile of rice in the distance. Drepung monastery is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery, where lived more than 10 thousand monks before Tibet liberation.
In the afternoon, tourists will pay a visit to Sera Monastery, which is one of the "great three" Gelug monasteries of Tibet. Monks debate starts around 3 to 5 p.m.. It’s very attractive even if you don’t understand what they are talking about at all. If the debate is not your type, you can also see the three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Painting of Budda inside of the monastery.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
In the morning our guide will meet you at the hotel and first take you to visit the famous Potala Palace, the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture, it was first built by 33rd King Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century and rebuilt later in the 17th century by 5th Dalai Lama, now it is a museum and world heritage site.
In the afternoon, we will go to visit Jokhang Temple in the center of the old Lhasa city. Jokhang Temple is one of the most sacred temples all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims since from early days. After that you will take a walk around the Barkhor street which is the one of the most devotional circuit as well as a crowded central market of Lhasa, Barkhor Street is located in the old area of Lhasa City Tibet, it is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple and the locals are always proud of it. As a symbol of Lhasa, it is also a must-see place for visitors.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Today we will drive from Lhasa to Yamdrotso Lake along the well-paved Friendship Highway via Kamba-la Pass (4790m). Covering 638Km², Yamdrok Lake is one of the top three sacred lakes in Tibet. The lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and is fed by numerous small streams. At a far distance of Yamdrotso, Mt. Nojin Kangtsang (7191m) stands proud and tall, which is the highest mountain near Lhasa.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Your tour ends today. Our guide and driver will collect you from your hotel to transfer to Lhasa Airport/Railway Station for your next destination.
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