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13-day West China Expedition

Tour code: ETC-Q104   

See the best scenery in West China and save the cost! Commencing in Shenzhen and Kunming, you’ll have 13 days to explore the Stone Forest, Lijiang ancient town, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Potala Palace and other most engaging sites in Shangri-la and Lhasa. For the last stop in Chengdu, have fun with Giant Panda!

Tour Date City Tour Brief
1 Shenzhen / Kunming Arrival in Shenzhen, and then fly to Kunming
2 Kunming Stone Forest, Sani Village, Green Lake
3 Kunming / Lijiang
Dragon Gate & West Hill to have a panoramic view of Dian Lake, Qiongzhu Temple, take an overnight train to Lijiang
4 Lijiang Lijiang ancient town, Lion Hill, Black Dragon Pool, Dongba Museum
5 Lijiang Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Impression Lijiang show, Baisha Mural, Shuhe old town
6 Lijiang / Shangri-la Drive to Shangri-la, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Zhongdian Old Town
7 Shangri-la Pudacuo National Park, Nixi Pottery Village, Songzanlin Monastery
8 Shangri-la / Lhasa
Fly to Lhasa, Sera Monastery
9 Lhasa Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
10 Lhasa Drak Yerpa, Tibet Museum, Norbulingka
Lhasa / Chengdu Fly to Chengdu, Wuhou Memorial Temple, Jinli Old Street
12 Chengdu Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Jinsha Site Museum, Wenshu Temple, tea house
Chengdu service end

Day 1 Arrival in Shenzhen, Shenzhen / Kunming (No meal)

Upon arrival at Shenzhen airport, you will connect your flight to Kunming. Then transfer to the hotel for check-in.

Day 2 Kunming (B, L)

Drive 90km to visit the Stone Forest, visit the local Sani Village on the way and see the home-based handicraft workshop. Drive back to the city, and stroll at Green Lake.

Day 3 Kunming / Lijiang (B, L)

Have city tours to Dragon Gate & West Hill, where you can have a panoramic view of Dian Lake (Dian Chi), then go to visit Qiongzhu Temple, transfer to take an overnight train to Lijiang at the soft sleeper class (9 hours).

Day 4 Lijiang (B, L)

Upon arrival, our guide will meet you at the train station, and transfer to have breakfast and check into the hotel. Full day visit to Lijiang ancient town, go up the Lion Hill to have a bird’s eye view of the town, visit Black Dragon Pool and Dongba Museum.

Day 5 Lijiang (B, L)

Drive to visit Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, and take cable car up to the Yak Meadow, watch Impression Lijiang show. Then drive back to see Baisha Mural and Shuhe old town.

Day 6 Lijiang / Shangri-la (B, L)

Drive to Shangri-la (4 hours). En route, see the Tiger Leaping Gorge. After arrival, visit Zhongdian Old Town.

Day 7 Shangri-la (B, L)

Drive to visit Pudacuo National Park, Nixi Pottery Village, Songzanlin Monastery.

Day 8 Shangri-la / Lhasa (B, L)

Transfer to the airport and fly to Lhasa. Our guide will meet you at Lhasa Airport, and drive to the city, check into the hotel and have lunch. Go to visit Sera Monastery, you can have the chance to see the monks’ debating.

Day 9 Lhasa (B, L)

Excursion to the Potala Palace in the morning, after lunch, visit Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street.

Day 10 Lhasa (B, L)

Drive to visit Drak Yerpa, a monastery together with a number of ancient meditation caves that used to house about 300 monks. In the afternoon, visit Tibet Museum and Norbulingka.

Day 11 Lhasa / Chengdu (B)

Transfer to airport to fly to Chengdu in the morning. Upon Arriving at Chengdu, be met & transferred to your hotel with private vehicle & tour guide. Then have private city tours to Wuhou Memorial Temple and Jinli Old Street.

Day 12 Chengdu (B, L)

After breakfast, pay a visit to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, then Jinsha Site Museum, and Wenshu Temple, have some tea at local tea house.

Day 13 Chengdu departure (B)

Free at leisure. Transfer to the airport for your flight to next destination.


As all of our holidays are tailor-made it isn’t possible to give anexact price on the web-site as the final cost is dependant on a number of factors. These include the number of people in your party, the season you travel, the standard of hotel (we offer a variety of standards from three-star to super-luxurious) and duration of your trip. However, as aguideline you should expect to pay from US$ for the opposite itinerary.

Included Services

Private transfers airport/hotel/airport;
Private tours escorted by an English-speaking guide;
Accommodations with daily breakfast;
Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner;
Domestic flights and trains listed;
Admission fees.

Non-included Services,
Visa arrangement;
Excess luggage charge(the luggage allowance at economy class is 20kg);
Personal expense;
Any meals not specified as "B, L or D";
Gratuities to guides and drivers.

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