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Yunnan, Tibet, Sichuan Ethnic Odyssey Private Tour
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Published on 18th May, 2011
 
Visits: Kunming, Dali Lijiang, Shangri-La, Tsedang , Gyantse, Shigatse, Lhasa, Danba, Mt. Siguniang,Mt. Emei , Leshan, Chengdu Highlights: Stone Forest, Three Pagodas of the Chongshen, Cangshan Mountain, Erhai Lake, ancient Lijiang town, Black Dragon Pool Park, The Museum of Naxi Culture, Pu Da Cuo, Bita Lake, the Shu Du Lake, Blue Moon, Mt. Siguniang, Mt. Emei, Panda Research Base

Yunnan, Tibet, Sichuan Ethnic Odyssey Private Tour

Day 1 - Arrive Kunming

Kunming Picture

On arrival into Kunming, you will be met by your China Holidays guide and will be transferred to your hotel for two nights.

Day 2 - Kunming
After breakfast at your hotel you will be met by your guide and depart to visit to the Stone Forest, a natural wonder of grey limestone pillars formed in earlier geological time by the sea, rain and wind. There will be a performance of singing and dancing by the Sani people, one of China's fascinating ethnic minority people. On returning to the city there will be time for a city tour taking in the sights and sounds of Kunming. (B/L)

Day 3 - Kunming / Dali

Dali Picture

This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Dali; where on arrival you will be met by your friendly China Holidays guide and depart for a tour of Dali, home to the Bai minority. You will visit the Three Pagodas of the Chongshen Temple and view snow capped Cangshan Mountain. Dali is famous for its marble, clothes shops, jewellery and batik and there will be time to stop and browse for mementos before arriving at your hotel where you will stay two nights. (B/L)

Day 4 - Dali
Today a full day touring in and around Dali. There will be a cruise on Erhai Lake, a 250sq. km. ear-shaped lake with unique fishing styles and magnificent scenery. There will also be a visit to Xizhou Township, 18km. north of Dali, where you will view some of the Bai architecture. (B/L)

Day 5 - Dali / Lijiang

Lijiang Picture

After breakfast, you will be met by your guide and transferred to Lijiang, set high amongst dramatic mountain scenery near the border with Tibet. Here you will visit the ancient Lijiang town and experience the Naxi minority culture. The town is a delightful maze of cobbled streets, wooden buildings, canals and 'hurly-burly' of market life. On completion of the tour you will be transferred to your hotel where you will spend two nights. (B/L)

Day 6 - Lijiang
Lijiang's inhabitants, the Naxi people are descendants of Tibetan nomads. You will continue touring in and around Lijiang today with sightseeing that includes the Black Dragon Pool Park; the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain; the Long Quan Naxi ethnic village and the Museum of Naxi Culture. (B/L)

Day 7 - Lijiang / Shangri-La (Zhongdian)

Zhongdian Picture

After breakfast at your hotel you will embark on a 198km coach journey, through forest reserves that follow the extreme upper reaches of the Yangtze River, taking you eventually to Zhongdian, a quiet and peaceful location close to the Tibetan border. Then proceed on with a visit to the First Bend of the Yangtze River. The entire 16km gorge rises 3900m from its base to the elevated snow-capped mountains. Late afternoon transfer to your hotel where you will stay three nights. (B/L)

Day 8 - Shangri-La (Zhongdian)
Your sightseeing today will take you on a full day excursion around Zhongdian, which marks the start of the Tibetan world. Take in the wonders of the Shangri-La National Park including Pu Da Cuo, Bita Lake, the Shu Du Lake and the village of Tibetan Culture. (B/L)

Day 9 - Shangri-La (Zhongdian)
We continue our sightseeing today with a visit to the beautiful Valley of the Blue Moon, with its towering snowy peaks, forsaken Buddhist monasteries and lush vegetation. Take a cable car ride to the top of Shika Mountain, 4450m above sea-level, and enjoy the vista of the surrounding seven mountain tops. (B/L)

Day 10 - Shangri-La (Zhongdian) / Kunming
On your final day in Shangri-La, experience the Tibetan Minority Culture at the ancient Shangri-La town of Dukezong, and the Guihua Temple. After lunch, you will be transferred to the airport for the flight to Kunming. Upon arrival, your friendly China Holidays Guide will be waiting for you and will transfer you to your hotel for overnight. In the evening enjoy a sample of the delicious local speciality 'Accoss the Bridge Noodles'. (B/L/D)

Day 11 - Kunming / Lhasa

Lhasa Picture

Morning take the flight from Kunming to Lhasa. Upon arrival you will be met by your local China Holidays guide and transferred to the your hotel where you will spend two nights. The airport is some 100kilometres from the city so there will be some time to relax and take in the scenery along the way. (B/L)

Day 12 - Lhasa
Today you will depart to visit the vast and imposing Potala Palace and in the afternoon a visit to the Jorkhang Temple and Barkhore Street. (B/L)

Day 13 - Lhasa / Tsedang
Early this morning you will depart for Tsedang. The journey is about 220km and will take a little over 3 hours. Here you will visit Samye, the first monastery in Tibet, there will also be a visit to the first palace in Tibet, Yombulakang, the first farmland and the Changzu Temple - also called the Pearl Monastery. You will then be transferred to the your hotel where you will stay one night. (B/L/D)

Day 14 - Tsedang / Gyantse
You will depart to Gyantse today. Gyantse is a well-known Tibetan cultural town in the South West of Tibet. This is a journey of some 350kms with some testing road conditions. On the way to Gyantse, you will cross two big passes, the Gangbula and Karula passes, and a most wonderful scenic spot, the holy lake - Yomdrok Lake which covers some 880 square kilometres. On arrival into Gyantse you will be transferred to your hotel for overnight. (B/L/D)

Day 15 - Gyantse / Shigatse
Gyantse is well known for its' Kumbu Monastery and the Ruins of Zhongshan. Gyantse is also called "Hero Town" because of its defence against the invading British army in 1904. The murals in the Kumbu Monastery are highly regarded and treasured. When visiting the Zhongshan Ruins you can find the feature view of the old county in Tibet. After lunch you will depart for Shigatse where you will spend one night at the your hotel. Then visit Tashilunpo Monastery which is the residence of Banchan of all ages. (B/L/D)

Day 16 - Shigatse / Lhasa
This morning you will depart back to Lhasa by road following the Yaluzhangbu River. The journey takes about 5 hours and on arrival you will check into the your hotel for two nights. (B/L)

Day 17 - Lhasa
This morning you will continue your tour with a visit to the Nobulingka, this was previously the Summer Palace of the Dalai Lama and then a visit to the Deprung Monastery. Tonight you will enjoy a Tibetan Flavor Meal and a Tibetan Dance Performance. (B/L/D)

Day 18 - Lhasa / Chengdu

Chengdu Picture

There will be some free time in Lhasa to explore at your own pace before you are transferred to the airport for your flight to Chengdu. On arrival you will be met by your friendly China Holidays guide who will transfer you to your hotel where you will spend one night. (B)

Day 19 - Chengdu / Danba
In the morning you will take a long bus journey to Danba. En route you can enjoy the landscape of Honghe Valley, overlook Ya'an, where the world's first Giant Panda was found, drive through the longest tunnel in China, and arrive in Danba. Here you will visit Tibetan villiage houses. Spend the night in your hotel. (B/L/D)

Day 20 - Danba / Mt. Siguniang
After breakfast, arrive Mt. Siguniang and visit Changping Valley. Visit Tibetan Diaolou, multi-storeyed defensive villiage houses. And then you can choose either way of riding a horse or walking to go sightseeing (riding cost is not included). Spend the night in your hotel. (B/L/D)

Day 21 - Mt. Siguniang / Danba
You will feel the profound Tibetan culture again today by visiting Shuangqiao Valley, and various scenic sights. Then drive back to Danba Dongnvguo Hotel or similar to spend the night. (B/L/D)

Day 22 - Danba / Ya'an
You farewell this mysterious Tibetan world morning and travel Ya'an and check into your hotel for the night. (B/L/D)

Day 23 - Ya'an / Mt. Emei

Emeishan Picture

In the morning, travel to Mt. Emei, one of Buddhism's most sacred and China's most impressive mountains. Change to the local bus to the mountain area. Visit the Ten-thousand-year Monastery by cable car (up). Have a nice trekking in Qingyinge, Yixiantian, and Monkey Area. Then drive to your hotel where you will stay overnight. (B/L/D)

Day 24 - Mt. Emei / Leshan / Chengdu

Leshan Picture

After breakfast, depart Mt. Emei as you will travel back to Chengdu. En route you will visit the Leshan Stone Carving Buddha which is 71 meters high. And then drive to Huanglongxi Old Town which has long history about 100 years. After so many years, the town still keeps the Chinese traditional architecture style. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel where you will stay two nights. This evening you will enjoy a classic Sichuan hotpot. (B/L/D)

Day 25 - Chengdu
This morning you will depart to visit the renowned Panda Research Base for a close up view of these fascinating and beautiful creatures. Then a visit to the Jinsha Museum and a local Tea House. Then you will get the opportunity to see a Sichuan Opera performance. (B/L/D)

Day 26 - Depart Chengdu
You will farewell Chengdu this morning as your guide meets you and transfers you to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

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