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Stone Forest, near Kunming is one of geological wonders of China


Tibet & Yunnan 18 days/16 nights
Duration 18 days (full package)
17 days (land only)
Places Visited: Shanghai, Xining, Lhasa, Xigatse, Gyantse, Chengdu, Lijiang, Dali, Kunming, Beijing
UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Potala Palace, Panda Breeding Centre, Lijiang Old Town, South China Karst Formations at Stone Forest
Max Group Size: 16
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Route map, Tibet & Yunnan Tour

• Tour Shanghai and marvel at its astonishing modernizations
• Travel on the highest rail line in the world, a line engineers once said could never be built.
• Visit the temple most closely identified with the Dalai Lama's early life.
• Visit iconic Potala Palace as well as Tibet's holiest shrine and famed monasteries
• Travel on one of the highest highways in the world
• Meet colorful minority nationalities
• See pandas closeup and go to one of the most enigmatic archaeological sites ever discovered in China

• Visit the land of Shangri-la, the World Heritage city of Lijiang, the impressive Snow Berg Mountain, the delightful minorities people of Western Yunnan
• Enter the Stone Forest, one of the geological wonders of China.




Days 1-2
Your journey takes you over Canada, Alaska, parts of eastern Russia and Japan. You'll lose a day crossing the International Date Line. You arrive in Shanghai in the afternoon. You'll be met and taken to your hotel.

Grand Mercure Hongqiao

Enjoy a tour of China’s most populous city and commercial hub. You’ll go to the modern Shanghai Museum, one of the best in China, stroll on the waterfront Bund, where Western traders set up shop in the 19th and 20th centuries, and visit beautiful Yu Garden, a fine example of private garden dating back 400 years. A camellia found there was said to have been planted by the original owner. Tonight attend a performance of Shanghai's renowned acrobats..

Grand Mercure Hongqiao Hotel B L D

Fly to Xining, capital of Qinghai Province, a once remote region outside China proper and for centuries a melting pot of Tibetan, Han, Mongol and Turkic influences. The province is named after Qinghai Lake, China's largest lake. Qinghai, or to use its Mongol name, Koko Nor, means Blue Lake in either language.

Qinghai Hotel B D

Qinghai was part of Tibet before it became a province of China in 1928, so it is not surprising that one of the most hallowed temples of the Yellow Hat Sect Buddhism is located near here: Taersi or Kumbum Monastery, which you’ll visit this morning. The temple was erected at the spot where the founder of the Yellow Hat Sect, Tsongkhapa, was born. Visit a local Tu family. In the evening board the overnight train to Lhasa, riding in a first-class carriage sharing four to a compartment.

Overnight train, soft-sleeper B L D

In the morning the train reaches the frontier town of Golmud, elevation just over 9000 feet. For years Golmud’s main reason for being was a large potash plant, but these days it is a crucial hub for the highway and railway into Tibet. The ride from Golmud to Lhasa takes about 12 hours. Sit back and admire the spectacular scenery. The rail line reaches an elevation of 16,000 feet at one point. Upon arrival in Lhasa in the evening you’ll be taken to your hotel.

Manasarovar Hotel B D

Today visit the imposing Potala Palace, former primary residence of the Dalai Lamas, and a World Heritage Site. You’ll also go to the Jokhang, the holiest temple in Tibet, and have a leisurely stroll through colorful Barkhor ringed with venders who will test your bargaining skills.

Manasarovar Hotel B D

Today visit Lhasa’s two greatest monasteries — Sera and Drepung. The monks yielded great power in the days of Dalai Lama rule over Tibet. Drepung in its heyday was the largest monastery in the world with some 10,000 resident monks. Rest of day at leisure.

Manasarovar Hotel B D

Get set for a couple of big travel days, starting off with an 280-km overland journey to Xigatse on one of the world’s highest highways. Xigatse is Tibet's second largest city and is the seat of the Panchen Lama, the second most revered figure in the Yellow Hat hierarchy. Visit the Tashilumpo Monastery, a cloister of  temples and living quarters, that was built by the First Dalai Lama in the 15th century. (The current Dalai Lama is #14).

Manasarovar Hotel Xigatse B D

Travel by coach 90 km to Gyantse to visit the famous kumbum of the Palcho Monastery. Kumbum is a Tibet word for 100,000 holy images; these are presented in a multi-tiered structure. Continue by road to the holy lake Yamdrok Yumtso, which lies about 100 km southwest of Lhasa. Return to Lhasa stopping at villages en route.

Manasarovar Hotel B D

Morning free for sightseeing on your own, shopping and relaxing. Afternoon fly to Chengdu, bustling capital of Sichuan Province.

Wang Jiang International Hotel B

In the morning visit the Panda Breeding Research Centre for closeup looks at the endangered panda, symbol of the World Wildlife Fund. In the afternoon go to Sanxingdui, where Neolithic remains have been found revealing a culture no one knew existed until its discovery 80 years ago.

Wang Jiang International Hotel B L D

In the morning take a one-hour-10-minute flight to Lijiang, centre of Naxi minority culture and a World Heritage Site. Visit Yufeng Temple, housing an ancient camellia, go to the impressive Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, stop at Baisha Village to see amazing murals, and stroll through the old town of Dayan. Evening attend a concert of traditional Naxi music.

Lijiang Grand Hotel B L D

Enjoy a free day to seep up the atmosphere of this beautiful town and region. Optional: take a day trip to Stone Drum Village at the First Bend of the Yangtze and the awesome Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the deepest in the world.

Lijiang Grand Hotel B

In the morning you'll go by coach on a four-hour drive to Dali, centre of Bai culture and an important stage on the old Burma Road. Ride on Erhu Lake, visit a fishing village and stop at a landmark pagoda.

Asia Star Hotel B L D

In the morning you’ll take the very short — 30 minute — flight to Kunming. In the afternoon travel by coach 90 km south to the Stone Forest, a vast outcropping of limestone rocks, which after eons of weathering have formed weird and wonderful shapes. Let loose the reins on your imagination and you’ll discover why this is a magical place for Chinese. This area is home to the Sani people, who will press hard for you to take home their colorful handicrafts. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to test your bargaining skills. You’ll also stop at a colorful bird and flower market.

Bank Hotel B L D

Morning free; afternoon fly to Beijing.

Presidential Plaza Hotel B

Transfer to the airport for your flight home OR extend your stay. Contact us to discuss your travel plans.


5-star Grand Mercure Hongqiao, Shanghai
Qinghai Hotel, Xining
Train to Lhasa
Hotel Manasarovar. Lhasa
Hotel Manasarovar, Xigatse
Hotel Wang Jian, Chengdu
Lijiang Grand Hotel, Lijiang
Asia Star Hotel, Dali
Bak Hotel, Kunming
5-star Presidential Plaza Hotel, Beijing


"To climb its rugged peaks, and tramp its deep snows, to fight its storms of wind and rain, to roam in the warmth of its deep gorges within sight and sound of its roaring rivers, and above all to mingle with its hardy tribesmen, is to feel the blood coursing through the veins, every nerve steady, every muscle taut.

Frank Kingdon-Ward, English botanist, explorer and plant collector in early part of 20th century described Sichuan and Yunnan as one of the most fascinating regions of Asia. 











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Prices are in Canadian dollars per person based on double occupancy
Full package departs from Vancouver, BC Add-on airfares other cities click here
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If you are taking the Land Only package, you might want to consider coming to Shanghai a day or two early. We'd be happy to arrange additional nights at your hotel for you.
Add-On Airfares
Victoria $150
Edmonton, Calgary $250
Regina, Winnipeg $380
Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal $425
Halifax $550
Seattle,Portland $150
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