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Mountain Kingdoms (12-days)

12 day tour of Beautiful Yunnan Province (China) plus Tibet.


Day 1 Kunming
Arriving Kunming, our China representative will be at the airport to welcome you & transfer to your hotel. Afternoon city tour including the famous Bamboo Temple which dates back to the Tang dynasty with 500 colorful clay Buddhas & also a Taoist temple, the Golden Temple. Dinner at local restaurant. (D)

Day 2 Kunming
This morning we visit Shilin's famous Stone Forest. Lunch at a local restaurant serving the delicious local dish 'Yiliang Duck'. Return to Kunming with city tour of Golden Horse & Green Cockerel Archway. (B/L)

Day 3 Kunming - Tibet
Transfer to airport for your flight to Lhasa, Tibet. Pick up & transfer to your hotel. On the way we visit the Nietang Buddha. After lunch at local restaurant in market square, we visit the Sera Monastery. This monastery was founded in 1419. The debating & teaching among the monks that takes place in the courtyard garden between 3:30pm to 5:00pm every day is the highlight of the visit. Afterwards we return to the market square, Barkhor, & visit Jokhang Temple. This temple is 1300 years old & is Tibet's holiest shrine. (B/L)

Day 4 Lhasa, Tibet
Today we visit the magnificent Potala Palace, Tibet's best known landmark. It was once the winter residence of Dalai Lamas. Afterwards we drive 7km west of Lhasa to visit the 15th century Drepung Monastery in its rural environment. After lunch, we visit the Norbulingka Park, the Summer Palace of Dalai Lamas. This is a parkland with golden palaces, peaceful pavilions, lakes & gardens. (B/L/D)

Day 5 Lhasa - Shangrila
This morning transfer to airport for your flight to Shangri-La. Pick up & transfer to hotel. After lunch at local restaurant, we visit the famous 300 year old Songzanlin Monastery where the Yellow Hat School of Tibetan Buddhism is practiced. We return to town & visit the old town of Zhongdian. Visit to the central square for local peoples nightly music & dancing. (B/L/D)

Day 6 Shangrila
This morning about 2 hours drive through mountain scenery & Yangtze River gorges to the mountainside Dong Zhu Lin Monastery. Lunch at a local village restaurant & drive back to town. On the way visit a local Tibetan family home. If time permits, we will visit visit Bita Hai (Emerald Pagoda Lake).(B/L)

Day 7 Shangrila - Lijiang
This morning drive to Lijiang. On the way visit the Tiger Leaping Gorges which is believed to be the deepest gorge in the world. Upon arriving at Lijiang transfer to hotel. After lunch we begin our tour of the famous ancient town of Lijiang. (B/L)

Day 8 Lijiang
A free day at leisure in this wonderful old town to enjoy & shopping in the ancient town. (B)

Day 9 Lijiang - Dali
This morning we begin the early morning tour of the famous Black Dragon Pool Park. On the way to Dali we visit Baisha village. This ancient village dates back Qing dynasty with old Chinese houses and has hardly changed through the years. Upon arrival in Dali in the late afternoon transfer to hotel.(B/L)

Day 10 Dali
This morning, a tour of Dali's famous ancient walled city. After lunch we visit the Three Pagodas. (B/L)

Day 11 Dali - Kunming
This morning, a 3 hour boat tour on Erhai Lake. After lunch we drive back to Kunming. Upon arrival transfer to hotel. (B/L)

Day 12 Departure
Transfer to airport for your return flight or to your next destination.


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Bamboo Temple, Kunming
Bamboo Temple, Kunming
Stone Forest
Stone Forest
Monastery Door in Lhasa
Monastery Door in Lhasa
Potala Palace, Lhasa
Potala Palace, Lhasa
Tiger Leaping Gorge
Tiger Leaping Gorge
Lijiang
Lijiang
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International flights
Accommodation.
Meals as shown in the program (B/L/D)
Transfers, tours with English speaking guide.
All entrance fees and boat fees.
Service charges, rooms tax and handling fee.
Domestic flights.

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Visa fees
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Drinks with provided meals
Tips, personal expenses and other services which are not mentioned in the program.