12-Day Yunnan, Tibet and Tibet-Qinghai Railway

12-Day Yunnan, Tibet and Tibet-Qinghai Railway

Here is the itinerary that we designed for 19 guests for their 12-day trip in China. We will start in Shanghai, fly to Tengchong for 2 nights, drive to Dali for 1 night, Lijiang for 2 nights and Shangri-la for 2 nights. Then we will fly from Shangri-La to Lhasa for 3 nights, before taking an overnight train in a soft sleeper car (about 24 hours) through the most beautiful Tibet Qinghai Railway to Xining and then fly back to Beijing. You will get to stay two nights in each city (except for Dali) and this tour covers all must-see sites as well as some places off the beaten path.
12 days
Gourmet and food
Off the beaten path
Wildlife and nature
History and Culture
FROM $3800
per person


Day 1

Tengchong to Shanghai - No Meals


Flight MU5814, AND 11:35-16:30

You will be met by a U China Travel guide at a Shanghai hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight to Tengchong. The flight will stop in Kunming for 30 minutes before arriving in Tengchong. After your arrival, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel in Tengchong.

Day 2

Tengchong - Breakfast, Lunch

Tengchong Volcanoes, Heshun Ancient Town, Geothermal Scenic Area of Tengchong

Day 3

Tengchong to Dali - Breakfast, Lunch

Dali, Dali Old Town, The Three Pagodas, Erhai Lake

Day 4

Dali to Lijiang Via Shaxi - Breakfast, Lunch

The Houses of the Bai People in Xizhou, Shaxi Old Town, Black Dragon Pool, Lion Hill, Lijiang Ancient Town

Today we will depart at 9 a.m and spend 1.5 hours to visit the Xizhou Bai Minority village and its architecture, local market and local cheese workshop around the hotel. Xizhou is a NON-touristy town and you will see the well-preserved Bai Minority Houses.

Then we will drive about 1.5 hours to Shaxi for a brief, one-hour visit of this ancient town. Lunch will be at a local organic restaurant, followed by another 1.5 hour drive to Lijiang. We will visit the Black Dragon Pool, Lion Hill for a birds-eye view of Lijiang Ancient city and then drive to your hotel for check-in.

Day 5

Lijiang - Breakfast, Lunch

Lijiang Impression Show, Yak Meadow, The Mural in Baisha Village

Day 6

Lijiang to Shangri-La - Breakfast, Lunch

The First Bend of the Yangtze River and the Lijiang Stone Drum, Tiger Leaping Gorge

Day 7

Shangri-La - Breakfast, Lunch

Pudacao National Park, Songzanlin Lamasery, Shangri-La

Day 8

Shangri-La to Lhasa - Breakfast, Lunch


You will be transferred to Diqin Airport for your flight to Lhasa. After arriving in Lhasa, you will be picked up and have lunch in Lhasa ancient town, followed by a visit and tour of the main attractions in the afternoon.

Day 9

Lhasa - Breakfast, Lunch

Barkhor Street, Jokhang Temple, Potala Palace

Day 10

Lhasa - Breakfast, Lunch

Yamdrok Lake, Sera Monastery
You will depart around 8 a.m and then drive 2.5 hours to Yamdork Lake. After that you will be driven back to Lhasa and visit the Sera Temple. Then you will escort you back to your hotel. AÂ packed lunch will be prepared for today.

Day 11

Lhasa to Xining - Breakfast, Lunch

The Qinghai-Tibet Railway
You will be transferred to the Lhasa Railway Station and will arrive in Xining the following morning at 7:15 a.m.

Day 12

Arrive In Xining, Xining to Beijing - Breakfast, Lunch

The First Bend of the Yangtze River and the Lijiang Stone Drum, Tiger Leaping Gorge

Plane MU2443, 16:00-18:30

You will arrive in Xining at 7:30 a.m and will be picked up at the railway station. You will have a buffet breakfast at the Xining Sofitel Hotel and will be offered a room to shower. Then you will visit the Dongguan Mosque and then transferred to the airport for your flight to Beijing. After arriving in Beijing, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel.

We will help you to extend your stay in Beijing for any tours, hotels and airport pick-up and drop-off.

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Guanfang Hotel Tengchong

Tengyue Lu, Hong Xing Xiao Qu 1 Hao, Tenngchong

Linden Centre

The Linden Centre, No. 5 Chengbei, Xizhou Town, Dali City, Yunnan, China

Indigo Lijiang Ancient Town

111 Xing Wen Alley, Qi Yi Street, Old Town District, Lijiang, Yunnan, China

Songtsam Lodge

Next to Songtsam Monastery

Lhasa Minshan Hotel

2A Xue Xin Cun Lu, Chengguan Qu, Lhasa



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Angsana Tengchong Hot Spring Village

Hot Springs Resorts Beihai, Tengyue, YN, China

Linden Centre

The Linden Centre, No. 5 Chengbei, Xizhou Town, Dali City, Yunnan, China

Banyan Tree Lijiang

Yuerong Road, Shuhe Gucheng District, Lijiang City Yunnan, China

Songtsam Retreat at Shangri-La

St. Regis Lhasa Resort

Jiangsu Lu 22, Lhasa

Land Tour

All entrance fees, private vehicule with drivers, lunches and privates guides


Twins or King Rooms with 2 Breakfasts taxes included.

Internal Flights / Train

All taxes, fuel charges inclued. 

Comfort 3800 USD per person

7600 USD for 2 person

Deluxe 4900 USD per person

9800 USD for 2 person

Additional Information

Cost excludes

  1. International airfares or train tickets to enter or leave China.
  2. China Entry Visa Fees.
  3. Excess baggage charges: passengers are entitled to check in up to 20kg (44 Pounds) of hold baggage for economy class. The total weight of carry on baggage for each passenger may not exceed 5kg. The size may not exceed 20x40x 55cm.
  4. Personal Expenses.
  5. Meals: any, which are not specified in the tour itinerary.
  6. Gratuities to guide and driver

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