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11-day West Charm of China

Tour code: ETC-Q109   

Take this 11-day tour to explore China’s wild west full of charm of exoticism. It starts from Tianjin, and then head to Chengdu home to giant panda & holy city Lhasa, followed by heavenly Shangri-la & Lijiang for towering snow mountains, endless grassland, steep gorges, crystal waters, pastoral villages…

Tour Date City Tour Brief
1 Tianjin
Arrival in Tianjin, Porcelain House, Shi Family Compound
2 Tianjin / Chengdu Ancient Culture Street, Goddess Palace, Nanshi Food Market, fly to Chengdu
3 Chengdu Leshan Giant Buddha, Huanglongxi old town
4 Chengdu / Lhasa Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center, fly to Lhasa
5 Lhasa Potala Palace, Sera Monastery
6 Lhasa
Drak Yerpa, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
7 Lhasa / Shangri-la Fly to Zhongdian, Songzanlin Monastery
8 Shangri-la Pudacuo National Park, Nixi Pottery Village
9 Shangri-la / Lijiang Drive to Lijiang, Tiger Leaping Gorge, ancient Lijiang town, Lion Hill , Black Dragon Pool, Dongba Museum
10 Lijiang Free Day
11 Lijiang

Fly to Kunming, service end

Day 1 Arrival in Tianjin (No meal)

On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. After a rest, start your city tour with the visit to Porcelain House and Shi Family Compound, to appreciate the different building styles. 

Day 2 Tianjin / Chengdu (B, L)

After breakfast, visit Ancient Culture Street, and Goddess Palace, and Nanshi Food Market. After lunch, transfer to take a flight to Chengdu.

Day 3 Chengdu (B, L)

Drive to visit the largest stone-carved Buddha at Leshan with a height of 71 meters. Then stop at Huanglongxi old town to experience the traditional lifestyle of local people.

Day 4 Chengdu – Lhasa (B, L)

Visit the Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center to see the lovely creatures. Transfer to the airport and take an afternoon flight to Lhasa. Be met and transferred to the hotel. Have a rest and acclimatize.

Day 5 Lhasa (B, L)

Excursion to the Potala Palace in the morning, after lunch, go to the Sera Monastery to see the Monk debating.

Day 6 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 Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street.

Day 7 Lhasa / Shangri-la (B, L)

Be met and transferred to airport to fly to Zhongdian. Be met and transferred to the hotel. Visit Songzanlin Monastery.

Day 8 Shangri-la (B, L)

After breakfast, drive to explore Pudacuo National Park and Nixi Pottery Village; and end the day with the visit to a Tibetan family.

Day 9 Shangri-la / Lijiang (B, L)

Drive to Lijiang (4 hours). En route, enjoy the fantastic view of Tiger Leaping Gorge. Upon arrival at Lijiang, check into the hotel and visit the ancient Lijiang town, go up and Lion Hill and have a panoramic view, then head for Black Dragon Pool and Dongba Museum.

Day 10 Lijiang (B, L)

Free time at Lijiang for your own exploration.

Day 11 Lijiang / Kunming departure (B)

Take a morning flight to Kunming, and connect your flight to the 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";

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