Unforgettable China travels with spellbinding scenery, age-old Buddhist temples and the daily traditions of minority people.

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Sichuan, Tibet and Yunnan bg

Victor Wang

Yunnan Travel Expert
“Travel in search of Shangri-la.”

This China tour encompasses the most dramatically beautiful and culturally vibrant triangle of Sichuan, Tibet and Yunnan, where old trade routes through Asia connected ancient kingdoms of ethnic minorities otherwise isolated by geography.

Weather on this Tour

  • Chengdu

  • Dali

  • Kunming

  • Lhasa

  • Lijiang

  • Shanghai

17 - day tour to Chengdu (2 nights), Lhasa (3 nights), Gyantze (1 night), Shigatze (1 night), Lhasa (1 night), Zhongdian-Shangri-la (2 nights), Lijiang (2 nights), Dali (1 night) and Kunming (2 nights) 

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Sichuan, Tibet and Yunnan

  • Minority people in China

    Minority Villagers

  • Lhasa's Potala Palace

    Potala Palace

  • Song Dynasty Three Pagodas in Dali

    Three Pagodas

  • Stone Forest, Kunming

    Stone Forest

  • Old Town of Lijiang

    Lijiang Old Town

Minority Villagers

Minority Villagers

China Tour Full Itinerary

Key: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner

Day 1


You will take a scheduled flight from London Heathrow to Chengdu, Alternatively, we can arrange departures from your loal airport.

Day 2


Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel for a 2-night stay at 5* Tibet Hotel Chengdu where you can relax and recovery from jetlag.

Day 3


Met at hotel lobby by your guide for starting the daily visit. Today, you wll get close to see one of the world's most adorable and endangered animals at the Panda Research Base which supports those Pandas living in the wild and also works on a sccessful breeding programme. Back to Cty, take a leisure stroll around Kuangzhai Lanes, lined with traditional houes decorated with intricate woodcarving andredlanterns, Later attend an intriguing andentertaining Sichuan "face-changing" Opera to see if you can sot how the performers swap their masks so quickly ! Drive back to your hotel after daily visit.  BLD

Day 4

Chengdu / Lhasa  

Fly to Lhasa to stay four nights at the 4* Minshan Hotel, the rest of the day is free to relax and acclimatise to Tibet's high altitudes at 12,000 ft above sea level and rising to 15,750ft later in the journey. B

Day 5


Visit one of the three great monasteries of Tibet,  Drepung Monastery - a religious university were about 600 monks live and study, in its heyday before the Potola Palace was built, there were over 10,000 monks and it was the largest in the world. Later, follow the throngs of pilgrims as they make the clockwise circit along Barkhor Street that encrcles the golden-roofed Jokhang Temple, home to the most sacred Buddha statue for Tibetans. BLD

Day 6


425ft above the city on Red Mountain stands the fortress-like Potala Palace, 13 storeys high and with 1,000 rooms filled with statues, chapels, manuscripts and murals. Potala was the winter palace of Dalai Lamas and Tibet's political and spiritual headquarters for centuries, and later you will visit the Summer palace -- Norbulingka, a complex of delightful pavilions and gardens outside the city. Finally, go to visit the 15th century Sera Monastery and its Great Assembly Hall, dormitories and colleges where 10,000 monks used to live. BLD

Day 7

Lhasa / Gyantz

Leave Lhasa and drive along the Southern Friendship Highway in the direction of Kathmandu, over the Kampa La Mountain Pass to Yamdrok Lake, the sacred "Holy Sapphire" and femal guardian of Busshism in Tibet. Continue past the Karo La Glacier to the small town of Gyantze and stay over night at the 3* Gyantze Hotel.  BLD

Day 8

Gyantze / Shigatze

This morning visit Palkhor Chode Monastery and its nine-storey pyramid-like structure know as a Kumbum with 76 chapels lined with lavish murals. Continue to Shigaze to stay at the 4* Qomo Langzong Hotel for two nights. BLD

Day 9

Shigatze / Lhasa

Visit the Tashilhungpo Monastery, founded by the first Dalai Lama in the 15th century and traditional seat of his second-in-command, the Pacnchen Lama, ever since. See the jewel-encrusted tomb ofthe tragic 10th Panchen Lama, the 86ft-high Maitreys Buddha Statue, murals and immense Thangka Wall. Drive back to Lhasa, "the Ground ofthe Gods", through rugged scenery along the Northern Friendship Highway for a final night in Tibet.. BLD

Day 10

Lhasa / Zhongdian  

Fly to Zhongdan in the north-west of Cina's Yunnan Province, a photogenic town perched on a Himalayan Plateau andonce a staging post on the Southern Silk Road fown to Vietnam. It was renamed Shangri-La a few years ago due to its natural beauty, and we stay two nights in this "fabled paradise" at the 4* Blue Horizon Jun Hua Hote. B

Day 11

Zhongdian ( Shangri-La)

Visit Songzanlin Monastery, dating from the 16th century and rebuld following damage during the 1959. Drive out to Napa Lakes, it is located eight Kilometers northwest of the county. Several rivers flow into the lake , including the Naizi and Naqu Rivers. The lake is seasonal in that it is dry in the fall and winter seasons, naturally becoming part of the Yila Prairle. During this time, visitors can see many sheep and cows grazing in the lake bed. Visit one of these to meet a local Tibetan family and enjoy a hearty home-cooked dinner. BLD

Day 12

Zhongdian / Lijiang

Drive south to jiang, once the capital of the Naxi Kingdom, en-route admiring the world's deepest canyon at Tiger Leaping Gorge where the Yangtze is forced through a narrow gap in the rocks. Afterwards the guide will accompany you to explore Lijiang Old Town. You are able to sght-see time-honored residential compounds, soak in the romantic culturei n the famous bar street, and also hunt for loca sancks at Sifang Street. Stay twoo nights at 4*Ljiang Wangfu Hotel. BL

Day 13


After breakfast, vist the loca beauty spots Black Dragon Pool. And then will take a cable car ride up sacred Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and the southern most glacier in the northern hemisphere, and explore Lijiang's quaint old town with its354 bridges and elaborately carved Naxi houses. You will als enjoy the splendid sow , the Impression Lijiang, performed on an open-air stage against the snow mountain.  BL

Day 14

Lijiang / Dali

Drive south through the green, rural lands of the Bai people and pass Erhai Lake to Dali. Stay at the 4* Landscape Hotel for an overnight . See the elegant, thousand -year-old towers of the Song Dynasty Three Pagodas and the exotic Catholic Church, and shop in the pleasant old quarter of Dali Town.  BLD

Day 15

Dali / Kunming

You will take fast train to Kunming, the capital of Yunnan and staging post along the old trading route to neighbouring Burma, part of the southern Silk Road, and stay two nights at the 4* Jinjiang Hotel. On arrival, visit the Western Hills that locals say resemble a beautiful girl reclining on the banks of Dianchi Lake.  BL

Day 16


Today visit the extraordinary Stone Forest, an iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site, a hundred square miles of thin, jagged limestone pillars in fantastic shapes tat resemble a forest viewed from a distance, followed by the visit to the Tang Dynasty Bamboo Temple.  BL

Day 17

Kunming / London

You wll be transferred to the Airport for your flight back to London Heathrow. B



B = Breakfast , L = Lunch,  D = Dinner


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At the end of this tour to Sichuan, Tibet and Yunnan take a high speed train to the delightful town of Hangzhou to enjoy a cruise on the scenic West Lake, a visit to a traditional pharmacy and exquisite manor house and gardens, and a stroll along a quaint old street lined with picturesque houses. The perfect end to your China travels!

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