Tibetan Wonders
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Tibetan Wonders

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Journey through the diverse landscapes of Yunnan Province up to ‘the roof of the world’ where you will experience the many wonders of Tibet. Admire ancient monasteries and Himalayan vistas before taking in the ultimate view of Everest.

tour duration 23 Days from
tour price 3,990pp
tour type Group Tour

Places Visited

UK - Kunming (2N) - Dali (2N) - Lijiang (2N) - Zhongdian (2N) - Lhasa (3N) - Shigatse (1N) - New Tingri (1N) - Mt Everest (1N) - Old Tingri (1N) - Shigatse (1N) - Gyantse (1N) - Tsedang (1N) - Lhasa (1N) - Chengdu (2N) - UK

Tour Highlights

Get lost in Kunming’s mystical Stone Forest
Meditate with a Taoist Master at Weibaoshan
Admire the glistening architecture of Songzanlin Monastery
Immerse yourself in the Buddhist way of life in Lhasa
Admire the glacial scenery of the Tibetan countryside
Stand in awe as the sun rises over Mount Everest

Days 1-2 Fly to Kunming
Fly overnight to the relaxed city of Kunming, the city of Eternal Spring. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Days 1-2 Fly to Kunming
Day 3 Discover the Stone Forest
Meander through the formation of the UNESCO-listed Stone Forest, where towering limestone pillars stand treelike in a fascinating illusion of woodland. This afternoon visit the Western Hills, often referred to as the 'Sleeping Beauty Hills'. Return to Kunming where you can sample the local delicacy Across the Bridge Noodles, for dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 3 Discover the Stone Forest
Day 4 Dali's Three Pagodas
Transfer to Dali, explore the Ancient Quarter and visit the symmetrical Three Pagodas. (B,L)
Day 4 Dali's Three Pagodas
Day 5 Taoist Mountain Meditation
Weibaoshan is one of the Taoist religion's most sacred mountains, and has twenty temples dotted on its forested slopes. Take a scenic walk and discover a handful of these temples, stopping at Qingxia temple where you will introduce you to Taoist priest who will introduce you to Taoist meditation techniques.(B,L)
Day 5 Taoist Mountain Meditation
Day 6 Shaxi Ancient Town
Drive to Shaxi Ancient Town, nestled deep in the Himalayan foothills. Learn about the fascinating minority peoples who reside in the area and enjoy a local lunch. Continue to Lijiang and spend the evening meandering the Old Quarter. (B,L)
Day 6 Shaxi Ancient Town
Day 7 Jade Dragon Snow Mountain & Dongba Shaman
A magnificent mountain massif, the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain soars to 5,500 metres. Taking a chairlift, explore one of the gorgeous high meadows and enjoy the amazing vistas. Admire the fascinating Ming Dynasty frescoes at Baisha and see the intricate creations of the embroidery school. Next, meet a genuine Shaman who will teach you to write the forgotten language of Dongba Pictograms. (B,L,D)
Day 7 Jade Dragon Snow Mountain & Dongba Shaman
Day 8 Tiger Leaping Gorge
Visit Lijiang’s iconic Black Dragon Pool before the incredible Tiger Leaping Gorge with its backdrop of snow-capped mountains, it is one of China’s most extraordinary sights. The whole area is spectacular – prepare for breathtaking views. Continue on to the Tibetan monastery town of Zhongdian, also known as Shangri-La. Explore the Old Town and visit the Dafo Temple. (B,L)
Day 8 Tiger Leaping Gorge
Day 9 Songzanlin Monastery
Visit the Songzanlin Monastery before an easy hike at Na Pa Hai. Make your way to a rural Tibetan-style village where you will learn about the villagers; way of life and taste home-cooked dishes. Return to Zhongdian. (B,L,D)
Day 9 Songzanlin Monastery
Day 10 Fly to Lhasa
Fly to Lhasa, the heart and soul of Tibet. The afternoon is free to relax and acclimatise to the altitude. (B,D)
Day 10 Fly to Lhasa
Day 11 Jokhang Temple and Barkhor
Lhasa is a quickly growing modern city but among the narrow, old streets you’ll feel a million miles from the stresses and strains of the modern world. Wander around the Barkhor to see traditionally dressed locals, stalls of religious trinkets and prostrating pilgrims. Inside the Jokhang Temple, the devotion is palpable as queues of people worship in the flickering light of yak butter candles. There will also be a visit to Sera Monastery, a renowned seat of Buddhist learning and a chance to watch the Monks debating. (B,L)
Day 11 Jokhang Temple and Barkhor
Day 12 Potala Palace
The Potala Palace is an architectural wonder towering over the city from its seat on Marpo Ri (Red Mountain). The Potala, the winter palace of the Dalai Lama, houses thousands of rooms filled with old treasures from intricate shrines to beautiful frescoes. Explore Norbulingka, the summer residence of the Dalai Lama, set in parkland just outside the city. Learn how to make traditional Momo dumplings. (B,L,D)
Day 12 Potala Palace
Day 13 Shigatse
Travel across Tibet's stark plains to Shigatse. Dominated by a fort reminiscent of the Potala, Shigatse is Tibet’s second city and the traditional home of the Panchen Lama. Spend the rest of the day exploring the local markets and sample some yak butter tea with a local family. (B,L,D)
Day 13 Shigatse
Day 14 New Tingri
Drive to New Tingri admiring the awe-inspiring views of the mighty Himalayas as you go. (B,L,D)
Day 14 New Tingri
Day 15 Everest Base Camp
Visit the the world highest post office before making your way to base camp. Here, situated under the gaze of Everest's north face, the views of the world's highest peak are unsurpassed. Visit Rongbok Monastery, draped in colourful prayer flags, and stay overnight in the township. (B,L,D)
Day 15 Everest Base Camp
Day 16 Everest sunrise
Rise early to see a glorious sunrise over Everest before driving to Old Tingri. (B,L,D)
Day 16 Everest sunrise
Day 17 Shigatse
Drive back to Shigatse, passing Tso La Pass and Gyatso La Pass on the way. (B,L,D)
Day 17 Shigatse
Day 18 Gyantse to Tsedang
Visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, and join the pilgrims on their 'Kora'. Continue to the pleasant town of Gyantse to visit Pelkor Monastery. Also visit the Gyantse Kumbum. This fascinating monastery is home to the largest chorten in Tibet. Visit the Tsang Traditional Folk House, see a traditional kitchen, and taste some local snacks and home-brewed 'chang' (B,L,D)
Day 18 Gyantse to Tsedang
Day 19 Tsedang
Travel along the Brahmaputra River to Tsedang. Visit Gangpo Ri, the 'birthplace of the Tibetan People.' (B,L,D)
Day 19 Tsedang
Day 20 Yumbulhakang Palace
Perched on a hill over the Yarlung River, legend says that the ancient Yumbulhakang Palace was the first building in Tibet and the palace of the first Tibetan king. Continue on to the Chang Chun Monastery and the King’s Tombs en route to Lhasa. (B,L)
Day 20 Yumbulhakang Palace
Day 21 Lhasa to Chengdu
Fly to Chengdu. On arrival transfer to your hotel where the rest of the day will be at leisure. Your guide will be on hand to suggest activities or places to explore, or you can use the time just to relax in your hotel. (B)
Day 21 Lhasa to Chengdu
Day 22 Chengdu
Visit the famous Panda Conservation Centre before seeing the fascinating Shu Brocade and Embroidery Museum. Tonight, dine in delicious Sichuan cuisine. Continue to People’s Park and see the dating phenomenon that is Matchmakers’ Corner, before stopping at a traditional tea house (tea at your own expense). Visit the fascinating Shu Brocade factory. Tonight, sample delicious Sichuan cuisine for dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 22 Chengdu
Day 23 Depart Chengdu
After check out this morning, transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)
Day 23 Depart Chengdu

Also Available

Private Departures for this tour

If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Departure would be more ideal. Based on exactly the same itinerary as the group tour, our Private Departures give you the freedom to choose your own departure date and simply enjoy your holiday with your family, your partner, or your friends. On Private Departures your tour will be led by an English speaking local guides in each destination

Tailor Your Tour

If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 9884 888 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

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Additional Price Information:

Prices are fully inclusive from the UK and based on London Heathrow departures
Regional departures available
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £3,490pp (Kunming - Chengdu)
Single supplement from £640 (none if willing to share)
Tipping payable locally RMB1040pp

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Additional Price Information:

Prices are fully inclusive from the UK and based on London Heathrow departures
Regional departures available
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £3,490pp (Kunming - Chengdu)
Single supplement from £640 (none if willing to share)
Tipping payable locally RMB1040pp

Wendy Wu Tours, inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. If the hotels details below for your tour are not available, hotels of a similar standard will be used.

Jinjiang Hotel
Jinjiang Hotel - Kunming (2 Nights)
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Jin Jiang Hotel is located close to Kunming’s main sttractions. Each of its air conditioned, modern en-suite rooms include satellite television, a minibar, complimentary toiletries and tea making facilities. The hotel includes the Shanghai and the Lily restaurant, which serve local Huaiyan and Yunnan specialties. The onsite fitness centre and spa is a highlight.



Asia Hotel
Asia Hotel - Dali, Yunnan (2 Nights)
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Backed by the snow-capped Cangshan Mountain range and facing Erhai Lake, the four-star Asian Star Hotel offers a unique opportunity to appreciate the natural scenery of this area. The hotel offers an onsite restaurant, fitness room and currency exchange facilities. All of the rooms feature air conditioning, a telephone and a view of the mountain or lake.



Adange Hotel
Adange Hotel - Lijiang, Yunnan (2 Nights)
hotel star rating

Located in the city centre of Lijiang, the Adange 4 star hotel offers 283 elegantly furnished en-suite rooms equipped with air conditioning, satellite television, safety deposit box and refrigerator. The onsite restaurant offers local Chinese and Western dishes. A swimming pool and gym are also available.



Tibet Hotel
Tibet Hotel - Lhasa (4 Nights)
hotel star rating

Located a short distance from the renowned Potala Palace, the Tibet Hotel Lhasa has comfortable en-suite rooms with modern amenities, including air conditioning, tea making facilities, a minibar, satellite television and a safety deposit box. The hotel features a restaurant serving Cantonese and Tibetan cuisine, a lobby bar and a fitness room with sauna.



Jin-Tone Hotel
Jin-Tone Hotel - Chengdu (2 Nights)
hotel star rating

Jin-Tone Hotel is a four-star hotel located in the core business area of Chengdu, close to CBD, Tianfu Square and Wide and Narrow Alleys.



A visa is required by all nationalities. A visa should be arranged in advance of travel.
Unlike many other tour operators, we include your entry visas in the price of our tour. We handle the entire visa process – all you need to do is fill out the form and send your passport to us. We are always on hand to help you with any questions or queries you might have when completing the form. 

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. Calls may cost £1 per minute to the UK, plus a 10% service charge, but will vary by location. To call the UK the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 44, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are quite popular in China and you will find high quality coverage. China has active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however SMS and call rates can be expensive. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have wifi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. Many websites, including most Google Products, Facebook and Twitter are banned in China and therefore inaccessible. If you need to access your email via Gmail whilst in China, please use an alternative email account whilst in the country.

Tipping while on holiday is common in most parts of the world and China is no exception. However, it is not always clear who it is appropriate to tip and how much. Furthermore, travellers may not have the right amounts of cash available at the right time. In order to avoid any inconvenience Wendy Wu Tours operates a tipping policy where a stated amount is given to your national escort at the beginning of your tour and tips are distributed to local guides and drivers throughout your tour. The amount is designed to be at a reasonable level for travellers while being fair to the local people and includes a gratuity for the national escort. If you are travelling in a smaller group with local guides only, then tipping is paid in each destination.  To be fair to the guides we ask for slightly higher amounts per traveller with small groups. Yangtze cruise companies operate a service charge policy and this is paid separately when boarding the vessel.
 
For independent passengers, or group passengers with pre or post tour arrangements, you should allow 65 RMB per person per day for the guides and 35 RMB per person per day for the drivers.
 
We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure, and China has a vast array of shopping opportunities for those who love to seek out a bargain. From hand carved jade to local silk products or pearls from the South China Sea – the variety and choice can seem endless.
 
In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
 
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost.
 
Breakfast is served in the hotel and usually includes western dishes. As is traditional in China, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on a ‘Lazy Susan’ so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. In China all the dishes are served in various styles and brought out to the table for everyone to share. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
 
Each individual place setting will consist of a bowl of fan (rice), a pair of chopsticks (you may request western cutlery if you prefer), a flat bottomed soup spoon and a saucer. Chinese food is usually served in courses where a typical meal will consist of rice, one to four meat or fish dishes, two vegetable dishes, and one soup dish. Almost all food is cut into bite sized pieces. The centre of the meal is the fan or rice. The meats and vegetables that we think of as the focus of the meal are known as ts’ai, which roughly translates as ‘side dishes’. Fish is not always available, particularly outside of the bigger cities.
 
The Chinese are also not big on desserts with meals normally complemented with fruit to clean and refresh the palate.
 
Sichuan cuisine is distinguished by its use of ginger, chilli and the ‘Sichuan peppercorn’ called the fagara. Each meal will usually have some mild dishes but many of the local speciality dishes will be hot. If your group find there are not enough mild dishes served, please inform your National Escort/Local Guide so that they may resolve the problem for the next meal.
 
If you would like to drink beer, soft drink or bottled water with your meals, payment is to be made directly to the restaurant staff. Beer is traditionally consumed in small glasses; not the larger pints glasses that you may be used to.
 
Green tea is sometimes provided complimentary. All other drinks will be at your own expense.
If you have booked a tour that does not include all meals, your local guides will be able to recommend a variety of restaurants to meet your taste and budget.
 
It is possible to buy snacks in supermarkets within major towns or cities. Alternatively, you may also like to bring comforts like cereal, biscuits, muesli bars, and tea/coffee from home.
 
Any food/diet requests MUST be specified at the time of booking and you should mention it again to the National Escort/ Local Guides when you meet them – they will do their utmost to cater for any special requests, such as vegetarian meals or food to be avoided in case of allergies.

Hotels in China are bound by Government laws which mean that air conditioning is switched on nationally in May and the central heating in November (this may vary slightly depending on the region).

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What's Included

all international airfares
all domestic transportation, departure taxes and current fuel surcharges
all accommodation
most meals
entrance fees, guides and daily tours
visa fees for EU and UK passport holders
Tibet permit conditions are subject to change

Why Book This Tour?

This tour is ideal for those with an extensive period of time who wish for a comprehensive visit to Yunnan Province and Tibet. This tour visits the main destinations and sights of these two areas. This is an active tour with scenic driving, long periods of walking and high altitudes – remember, Tibet is known as ‘the roof of the world’

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