Stroll in the village of Xizhou to discover its old houses. Xizhou was a very important stopover on the tea and horse route, and its many families worked between Yunnan and Tibet for the business of tea, silk, precious stones, etc.
In the afternoon, you can take a bike ride from Xizhou village to the shore of Erhai Lake and enjoy the beautiful landscapes on the road.
Discover the Norbulingka Palace, and its gardens are filled with bright flowers and dense trees, dotted with Tibetan-style palaces. For this reason, it is nick-named the Lhasa Summer Palace.
Free time before transfer to Gongar airport for your return flight.
DAY 17: ARRIVAL AT HOME
Arrive home with good memories in mind.
Extension 01: You can take the train from theTibetan Plateau to Xining, the capital of Amdo. During this journey on the highest train in the world, you will see very beautiful landscapes: snow-capped mountains, alpine lakes, as well as herds of domestic and wild animals. After exploring the city of Xining, you return home by plane via Chengdu, where you will visit giant pandas and the Giant Buddha (4 days).
Extension 02: For people wishing to explore Tibet in-depth and Everest, you can continue your journey from Shigatse to Sakya Town and Rongbuk Monastery. You need 3 more days.
The hotels are mentioned in the itinerary (includes breakfast).
Transfers by private vehicle with the driver during the whole journey. For the group without a guide, if necessary, the driver will also act as a guide.
Accompaniment by an English-speaking guide from the 3rd day (if this option has been chosen).
For the group without a guide, a smartphone will be given on your arrival. You will always be in touch with our 24-hour service. We are going to offer you restaurants with its locations, you can also try cashless payment anywhere in China (we are using less and less cash in China for payment).
Accommodation and meals for your guides and drivers.
Entrance tickets to Potala Palace (must be reserved in advance).
If you have more days for your trip, it’s possible to add/choose the extensions/excursions associated with this trip.
The authentic Nuodeng Village in Yunlong (+ 1 day): Located 180 km from Dali, on the old tea and horse road leading to Tibet and Burma, Nuodeng is a small village perched on the hillside and accessible only on foot. On-site, you have the opportunity to visit one of the oldest salt wells in the region. The steep streets of this village lead to the imposing temple of Confucius and his monastery located at the top of the village, which enjoy a superb view of the valley.
Wumu and Baoshan(+ 2~3 days): Built at the beginning of the Mongol Dynasty, Baoshan and Wumu are the two most beautiful villages in Yunnan. Perched on a natural promontory, these fortified Naxi villages overlook the Yangtze. The scenery on the river and the terraced fields are breathtakingly beautiful.
Lugu Lake(+ 1~2 days): Located north of Lijiang on the border with Sichuan, Lugu Lake, with an average depth of 40 m, is the second deepest lake in Yunnan. It stretches over an area of 48 km², and its crystal-clear deep blue waters combined with coniferous forests offer a sumptuous landscape. Travelers can ride a horse around Lugu Lake or drive the canoes to the three islands inside it.
You can do this trip all year except the months between March and early April (Tibet is closed to foreign travelers). But the best seasons are spring and autumn (April, May, June, September, and October) for the mild temperatures. In Yunnan and Tibet, the summer is pleasant, and the climate is cool. Although it rains from July to the beginning of September in Yunnan, it will not pose any problem for your cultural trip.
Yunnan climate’s info:
Dali is a region with a mild climate that travelers can visit all year round. Rarely very cold in winter, summers are constantly cool and the thermometer rarely goes above 30 degrees.
It is cold in Shangri-La in winter from December to March of the following year. The temperature is 10 degrees during the day and below zero in the evening. Warm clothes are essential.
Lijiang: Winters in Lijiang are sometimes cold, but never wet. While the winter days remain pleasant (average of 15/20 degrees). Summers are often hot (sometimes 30 degrees during the day) but never excessive. This pleasant climate is suitable for exploring the region all year round.
Tibet climate’s info:
– May, June, September, and October are the best months to travel or take outdoor activities in Tibet, for the mild temperature in the day with the nice light, the day clear and dry.
– From November to April: the dull season, with very few tourists and prices tumbling. It’s ice-cold, but the landscape is also attractive. Please notice, on the plateau with cold weather, so visitors should foresee difficult conditions.
– July and August: peak season, had better avoid. It gets rain, especially near the Himalayas, and is usually cloudy.
Tibet entry formalities
For your trip to Tibet, it must have:
Tibet Entry Permit: get it by an authorized travel agency holding a government license. And it is also necessary to follow an itinerary defined by the agency.
– It is best to do this at least 2 months in advance.
– We will provide you the necessary documents to obtain the Chinese visa, and we will also be in charge of the Tibet Entry Permit application.
15 days | Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, and Shangri-La Deeply explore northern Yunnan and enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Himalayan range dotted with extraordinary encounters with minorities living on the borders of Tibet.