The Tibetan Treasures tour will forever change you. Journey through the diverse sceneries of the Yunnan Province up to “the rooftop of the world” and experience the many miracles that is Tibet. Upon hearing the name Tibet, our souls soar and we are transported to another world, of azure sky, temples, orange-clad monks and tranquil nomads. Located in Northwest China, Tibet captivates visitors with its landscape, religious traditions and culture. Be moved as you experience the miraculous temples, monasteries, Himalayas and the spectacular view of Mount Everest.  Tour Highlights •Be spiritually awakened at Mt. Weibao•Meet the Bai people•Discover Tibet's temples•Relish the atmosphere in transcendent Lhasa•Marvel at Mt Everest


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Duration : 24 DAYSCountry : CHINA
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Potala Palace

The Tibetan Treasures tour will forever change you. Journey through the diverse sceneries of the Yunnan Province up to “the rooftop of the world” and experience the many miracles that is Tibet. Upon hearing the name Tibet, our souls soar and we are transported to another world, of azure sky, temples, orange-clad monks and tranquil nomads. Located in Northwest China, Tibet captivates visitors with its landscape, religious traditions and culture. Be moved as you experience the miraculous temples, monasteries, Himalayas and the spectacular view of Mount Everest.

Included in the price

• International return flights (Economy class ex-Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane)
• Departure taxes and airlines fuel surcharges (approx. $380). 
• Chinese Visa fee and services fee (AUS and NZ passport holders only) $120.
• China domestic flights and taxes.
• 5-star hotel accommodation with daily breakfast.
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary. 
• Entrance fees for all sightseeing as scheduled.
• English-speaking local guides and air-conditioned vehicles. 
• Australian national guide for group tours of 16 or more.

Days 1-2: Fly to Kunming

Fly to the relaxed city of Kunming, ‘the city of Eternal Spring’. Blessed with karst landscapes, snow-capped mountains and red lands, it would be wise to prepare your cameras, as Kunming is regarded as heaven for photographers.

Day 3: Discover the Stone Forest

Discover the fascinating formations of the charming Stone Forest. Being crowned as "the essence of karst landforms in the world" and "one of the eight natural wonders on earth", the Stone Forest evolved 270 million years ago. It is widely distributed over 1100 square kilometers with numerous stone peaks, stone stele and stalagmites. In particular, the Stone Forest displays a rare geological vestige that covers various kinds of karst landscapes worldwide. Taking photos of this natural wonder at sunset is truly spectacular. Spend some time walking around Kunming Lake (Dianchi Lake), where there is no lack of superbly designed attractions creating limitless surprises around the lake. This delightful lake changes with the time and lights in a single day. Walk up Longevity Hill. Interestingly, at the time of the Yuan Dynasty (1277-1368), Longevity Hill was called Weng Shan (Urn Mountain) because of its urn-like appearance. After returning to Kunming, feast on a local favourite called Crossing the bridge noodles; a rice noodle soup that is one of the most well-known dishes in Yunnan province. (B,L,D)

Day 4: Travel to Dali

Drive to Dali, which is located northwest of the Yunnan Province, 300 kilometers northwest of Kunming. Dali City is the economic and cultural center. The area is surrounded by mountains on the east, west, and south, and has the Erhai Lake in its centre. Here you will find 25 ethnic minorities that have created a unique cultural heritage amongst picturesque surroundings. Explore the Ancient Quarter and see the beautiful Three Pagodas. The Three Pagodas at the site of Chongsheng Temple are classic Buddhist pagodas of the Tang Dynasty and are regarded as the symbol of Dali (B,L)

Day 5: Mountain meditation

Mount Weibao or Weibao Shan, (‘shan’ means ‘mountain’ in Chinese) is a sacred mountain of Yunnan province and is located 15 minutes outside the ancient town of Weishan, which is south of Dali in Yunnan province. It is one of China’s fourteen sacred Taoist mountains and is one of the Taoist religion’s holiest and most sacred mountains. Weibao Shan is also a national forest park peppered with 22 well-preserved Taoist temples and palaces that date back to the Ming and Qing dynasties. It is the ideal place to hike, admire ancient Chinese architecture and learn more about Taoism and its myriad of divine beings, among which Qingwei Temple, Doulao Pavilion, Peihe Tower and Changchun Cave are the largest. Walk up the forested hillside to see many of the intricately decorated temples. When you reach Qingxia temple you will be met by a Taoist priest who will introduce you to Taoist meditation techniques and offer you a spiritually inspiring meditation session. This afternoon visit a tie-dying workshop. (B,L)

Day 6: Shaxi Ancient Town

Drive to Shaxi Ancient Town that is burrowed deep in the Himalayan foothills. Shaxi Ancient Town is situated in the south-west of Jianchuan County in Yunnan Province. It is 139 kilometers away from Dali and 107 kilometers away from Lijiang. An important trading hub on the Yunnan-Tibet Tea Horse Road, it was included in the protection list of 101 endangered sites by the World Monuments Fund (WMF). Shaxi is an ancient town incorporating business and Buddhist culture. The ancient stage, temples, shops, alleyways, houses, village gates, trees, wells, and bridges have all been preserved. Learn about the interesting minority people that live in the area and enjoy a local lunch. In the afternoon continue to Lijiang, which is a fantastic combination of historical sites, snow-capped mountains, lakes, and ethnic minority cultures. (B,L)

Day 7: Jade Dragon Snow Mountain & Dongba Shaman

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (Yulong Mountain) is the southernmost glacier in the Northern Hemisphere. Consisting of 13 peaks, among which Shanzidou is the highest with an altitude of 5,600 meters, the mountain stretches a length of 35 kilometers and a width of 20 kilometers. Looking from Lijiang Old Town in the south which is 15 kilometers away, the snow-covered and fog-enlaced mountain resembles a jade dragon lying in the clouds, which is how it received its name. Take a chairlift and discover one of the stunning high meadows and enjoy the sublime panoramas. Visit Baisha Naxi village to view the intriguing murals that were painted during the early Ming Dynasty. Admire the captivating Ming Dynasty frescoes at Baisha and see the intricate creations of the embroidery school. Next, meet a Dongba Shaman who will illustrate how to write ancient Dongba written characters, a language called Donba Pictograph. Make the most of this unique opportunity by attempting this unusual art form yourself. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Tiger Leaping Gorge

About 100 kilometers northwest of Lijiang Old Town lying between Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (Yulong Xueshan) and Haba Snow Mountain (Haba Xueshan) is Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Gorge). It is one of the deepest gorges in the world. From the top of the gorge you look down the steeply angled (70-90 degrees) mountain sides to the rushing Golden Sands (Jingsha) River with its 18 frothing rapids more than 200 meters below. The gorge stretches approximately 15 kilometers and affords people the possibility of rafting and drifting peacefully in its large quiet sections. It is most definitely one of China’s most extraordinary sights. The entire area is spectacular, so prepare for awe-inspiring views. Heading north along Square Street of Lijiang Old Town, you will arrive at Heilongtan Pool, (Black Dragon Pool) which is at the foot of the Elephant Hill. Black Dragon Pool is enormous (an area of 40 hectares) and it provides a sanctuary for bird and water-life, with an array of spectacular plants. Surrounding the pool and within the park's landscape are ancient monuments such as the Longshen Temple, the Deyue Pavilion, the Suocui Bridge and the Hanyue Stage. Be sure to admire the stunning views of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain from Black Dragon Pool. Discover the Tibetan monastery town called Zhongdian, which is also known as Shangri-La and experience the incredible Songzanlin Monastery. Visit Dafo Temple, (Giant Buddha Temple) a famous Buddhist temple in Zhejiang, whose history spans more than 1600 years. It faces west and the temple covers an area of approximately 23,000 square metres. The existing architectures in the temple are the Giant Buddha Hall, the Buddhist Classics Hall and the Clay Pagoda. Enjoy a free afternoon where you can choose your own adventure or enjoy a relaxing afternoon, exploring the old town. (B,L)

Day 9: Rural Shangri-La

Being the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan, Songzanlin Monastery, also known as Guihua Monastery, is one of the most famous monasteries in the Kang region. It is located near Shangri-La County, at the foot of Foping Mountain. Enjoy an easy 2-3 hour hike to Napa Hai, ("Lake behind the forest") a Nature Reserve that is a state-designated wetlands area located 8 kilometers north of Shangri-La County on the Yunnan-Guizou Plateau in northwestern Yunnan Province. You will be surrounded by soaring mountains and verdant grasslands brimming with flora and fauna. There are a number of small to medium-sized Tibetan villages in the vicinity of Lake Napa, which will provide you with a unique opportunity to see firsthand what life is like today in a Tibetan village. You will learn about the villagers' way of life, farming and here you can tantalise your taste buds with some home cooked dishes. (B,L,D)

Day 10: Fly to Lhasa

Fly to Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet, located in Northwest China. Literally meaning the place of the Gods in Tibetan, Lhasa is the religious and political heart of the Tibetan world. Lhasa is known as one of the highest cities in the world, standing at an altitude of 3490 metres and surrounded by the Himalayan Mountain ranges. When visitors first arrive they feel dizzy by the high altitude. It is for this reason that this afternoon is best spent resting, relaxing and acclimatising yourself to the change in altitude. (B,D)

Day 11: Jokhang Temple and Spiritual Barkhor

Lhasa is understandably one of the most featured and dreamt-about cities in the world. Due to its cultural and spiritual history that spans over 1,000 years, an impressive heritage has helped to create the romantic and mysterious Tibetan religion. Barkhor Street is located in the old area of Lhasa City, a very ancient round street of which locals are very proud. Due to its magnificence, it quickly attracted thousands of Buddhist pilgrims and as a result a trodden path appeared, which is how Barkhor Street came to be. Barkhor is a magical place that reveals the authentic outlook of Lhasa. It was paved by hand-polished stone boards and although not broad, accommodates thousands of tourists each day. Explore Barkhor to see traditionally dressed locals, stalls of religious trinkets and the many pilgrims who hold prayer wheels in order to walk clockwise from dawn to dark. Be spiritually inspired as you arrive at Jokhang (which means 'House of Buddha') Temple. Inside the temple, the religious zeal is profound and you will find queues of people praying in the flickering light of yak butter candles. The Jokhang Temple is located in the centre of old Lhasa and was originally built in 647 A.D. Because it was built by craftsmen from Tibet, China and Nepal, you will notice several architectural styles. The Jokhang is the spiritual centre of Tibet and the holiest destination for all Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims. It is an extremely special place and you immediately feel the energy of this momentous destination. Visit Sera Monastery, located at the foot of Tatipu Hill in the northern suburb of Lhasa City. Sera Monastery is one of three famous monasteries in the city along with the Drepung Monestery and Ganden Monestry. It is dedicated to the Gelugpa, (or Yellow Hat Sect) which is a branch of Tibetan Buddhism founded by Tsong Khapa. Here you will observe monks engaged in colorful debates about Buddhist doctrines. (B,L)

Day 12: Potala Palace

Located on the Red Hill of central Lhasa, Potala Palace is the highest ancient palace in the world, reaching 3,767.19m at the topmost point. It is comprised of 2 parts, the Red Palace as the centre and the White Palace as two wings. The Red Palace (Potrang Marpo) is the highest part of the centre that is totally dedicated to religious study and Buddhist prayer. It was painted red to represent magnificence and power. The White Palace (Potrang Karpo) once served as the office building of Tibet local government. Its wall was painted white in order to convey peace and serenity. There are important rules associated with the travel route of this holy place, so please remember that visitors must enter from the east main entrance and that the visit time is restricted to 1 hour. Liquids, including beverages and mineral water are not permitted but can be purchased at the hill top. Don't wear a hat or sunglasses, step on the doorsill, smoke in the halls or take photos in the palace. However, taking photos outside is permitted. This afternoon, discover Norbulingka, which means 'Treasure Park' in Tibetan. It is situated in the western suburb of Lhasa City at the bank of the Kyichu River, approximately 1km southwest of Potala Palace. It was listed as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 2001 by UNESCO and is of great cultural value, having been used as the summer palace for successive Dalai Lamas. The garden boasts an area of 360,000 square meters with 374 rooms inside, making it the largest man-made garden in Tibet. Here you will visit a local Tibetan arts and crafts shop and in the evening be treated to a traditional Tibetan dinner. (B,L,D)

Days 13-14: Shigatse

Travel across Tibet’s unadulterated plains to Shigatse that has an average altitude of 3836 meters. Shigatse translates to a manor with fertile water and soil in Tibetan language. It is an incredibly idyllic place with sublime scenery like lush meadows, verdant terraced fields as well as flocks and herds gathered together. It is the second largest city in Tibet and the traditional home of the Panchen Lama. Spend the remainder of the day exploring this ancient city whose history spans more than 600 years. (B,L,D) The next day continue by road to New Tingri, which is renowned for the most splendid natural landscapes, making it an ideal place for traveling, exploring and studying. Tingri County is located in the Shigatse city of Tibet where you will marvel at and be spellbound by the awe-inspiring Himalayan Mountains. (B,L,D)

Day 15: Everest Base Camp

One of the most incredible vistas you will ever have had the privilege of witnessing has finally arrived. Mount Everest (Qomolangma) is the highest peak of the Himalayas, as well as in the world, with an elevation of 8844.43m Traverse some of the world’s most stunning scenery as we make our way to base camp (weather permitting). The area is frequently affected by sudden storms, snow, wind and the weather can change rapidly in a day. Only the periods between early March and late May and early September and late October are fit for climbing. The Base Camp is located at an altitude of 5208 metres in the mountains and those who intend to ascend higher remain here for a couple of days in order to acclimatise and prevent altitude sickness. Trekking along the Base Camp is particularly popular and is relished by thousands of trekkers every year. The picture-perfect panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks and picturesque sunsets are quite simply, a thing of unparalleled beauty that are forever imprinted in visitors’ minds. Visit Rongbuk Monastery that gained distinction as the highest religious building in the world. This Buddhist monastery of the Nyingma sect was built in 1902 by a Nyingmapa Lama. The monastery once housed approximately 500 monks and nuns. Today you will find that the number of monks and nuns has diminished to only a few dozen. Experience life in Bassong Township by staying overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 16: Everest sunrise

Wake up early this morning and witness the majestic sunrise over Mount Everest before driving to Old Tingri. You will cherish this once in a lifetime experience. (B,L,D)

Days 17-18: Shigatse & Gyantse

Return to Shigatse, officially known as Xigazê and located within the historical Tsang province of Tibet. Join the pilgrims on their evening 'Kora' (go-around) of the monastery. (B,L,D) The next day visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, one of the Six Big Monasteries of Gelugpa (or Yellow Hat Sect) in Tibet that lies at the base of Nyima Mountain on the outskirts of Shigatse. Apart from the grand palace and gigantic statues, Tashilhunpo Monastery also reveres characteristic wall paintings. Due to the diversity of shapes, dazzling colors and superb paintings, the murals are considered to be another masterpiece of Buddhist art. Continue to Gyantse to visit Pelkor Chode Monastery (Palkhor Monastery) which in Tibetan means “auspicious monastery”. The Monastery, founded in 1418, was once a compound of 15 monasteries that united three different orders of Tibetan Buddhism, an exceptional instance of multidenominational open-mindedness and acceptance. Visit the Gyantse Kumbum followed by a relaxed and authentic experience in a traditional folk house for some home brewed 'chang'. Chang is a famous Tibetan alcoholic beverage that is a type of wine with very low alcohol content and made from highland barley. (B,L,D)

Day 19: Tsedang

Travel along the Brahmaputra River to Tsedang. Visit Gangpo Ri, one of the most holy mountains in Tibet and located in the south of Yarlung Zangbo River. The valley, often referred to as the "cradle of Tibetan civilisation", is only 72 km long but boasts many important castles, monasteries, temples, meditation caves, peaks and stupas. (B,L,D)

Day 20: Yumbulhakang Palace

Yombulagang Palace is located in Nedong County and has the important distinction of being the first palace in Tibetan history. This vital palace contains the statues of the Buddhas throughout time and was the palace of the first Tibetan king. Continue on to the Changchun Taoist Temple, which is located outside the great eastern gate of Wuchang, Wuhan City and built against the mountain. The whole temple reveals tier upon tier upwards, with five layers of depth and four parallel courts on both sides. Next you will see the King’s Tombs which are regarded as the most well-preserved extensive kings’ tombs while en route to Lhasa. (B,L)

Day 21: Chengdu

Fly to Chengdu, the capital city of the Sichuan Province, located in the South-central part of China. This afternoon is for you to experience at your leisure. Spend time relaxing or explore one of the many incredible attractions of Chengdu like Wuhou Memorial Temple, Dufu's Thatched Cottage or Wangjiang Lou (at your own expense). (B)

Day 22: Pandas

A morning visit to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is a day you will fondly remember for a long time. The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding was created to imitate the natural habitat of giant pandas. The objective was to provide pandas with the optimal breeding and rearing environment. Here you will be afforded the opportunity to see China’s most celebrated bears up close and personal. The museum is highly informative and you will learn about the very successful breeding program. In the afternoon, wander through the engrossing People’s Park. We are all familiar with ‘people watching’ but here you will be captivated by the diversity of activities all occurring simultaneously. From locals playing mah-jong to those practicing Tai Chi. Visit Matchmaker’s Corner, located in People’s Square in the heart of Shangahi (weekends between midday and 5pm) and you will find a large gathering of people who are present for the lively marriage market. You will see anxious mothers, fathers, uncles, aunts and even grandparents searching for a desirable match for their sons and daughters. It is a unique and fascinating experience walking through rows of pamphlets and seeing biographies affixed to umbrellas, all in an attempt to secure a partner. There are pathways filled with animated parents and grandparents involved in heated discussions and 'brokering' marriage deals. Experience a local teahouse, stroll through the historical Wide and Narrow Alleys and visit the Shu Brocade Museum. In the evening you will be treated to wonderful Sichuan cuisine for dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 23: Depart Chengdu

Spend this morning savouring the last day of your China Tour, before boarding the overnight flight to Australia. Revisit your favourite temple, architectural wonder, garden, street or monument and fondly remember all the incredible sites you’ve seen in this splendid country. (B)

Day 24: Arrive Australia

Arrive home today and begin planning your next wonderful adventure. We’re eager to help you make your next tour just as memorable as your Tibetan Treasures tour. • (B,L,D) – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Please note, whenever you see the letters B, L or D, you will know that the selected meals have been included as part of your tour package.

LaCityTravel  - Traveller Tips for China

Passports must be valid for 6 months beyond the length of stay, Visas are required for Australian travellers, the cost of which is already included in the fully inclusive price of all our goups of Australian passport holders. Extra copies of passport photos should be taken.

Money / Currency: 
Chinese currency is Renmimbi (RMB), and the basic unit is Yuan or Kwai. Notes are issued in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 Yuan. International travellers can exchange Australian Banknotes, Travellers Cheques or US Dollars at any Bank of China or Hotels. Major foreign Credit Cards can be used at ATM’s, Shopping Centres etc.
Clothing and Climate:
 China has contrasting seasonal and regional weather conditions. MARCH to MAY, and SEPTEMBER to NOVEMBER are generally the ideal months to tour in China. Casual clothes, for respective seasonal conditions, are acceptable, but clothes that are too revealing are frowned upon. Comfortable walking shoes are essential for sightseeing.

Shopping and Bargaining: 
Although Government Department store have fixed prices, privately operated local markets and stalls expect bargaining when purchasing – start from less than half the asking price and work your way up. Quality and/or authenticity for any such purchases cannot be guaranteed.
Tipping: Tipping is now expected in all quarters of China and travellers should budget Aus $5 to 6 per person per day to be divided between Guide and Driver. Hotel porterage costs are approx. $1 per bag. Giveaways are useful in spreading goodwill.
 It is recommended that you DO NOT drink local tap water. Bottled water is widely available and should be carried. Most hotels provide some complimentary water. Tea/coffee making facilities can be expected in hotel rooms. Do not accept water in bottles with broken seals.

Time Difference:
 Despite the size, China has ONE time Zone and is 3 hours behind EST in Australia.
Electrical supply is 220 volts and Australian appliances will operate. Power points will vary in configuration, but universal power adaptors can be purchases to accommodate these variation s and solve the problem of recharging batteries etc.

 It is recommended that travellers should speak with their personal medicos well in advance of departure dates regarding vaccinations. Personal medication needs to be carried with you along with copies of prescriptions.

 Check in luggage should not exceed 20 Kg.- an airline surcharge can be made with overweight luggage. Restrictions for weight, volume and number of carry on luggage can be gained from specific airlines.

Travel Insurance: 
Travel Insurance is essential for cancellation, medical expenses, personal accident, personal baggage, money and public liability BEFORE your commencement of tour. La City Travel can provide insurance options for you. If you are using your credit card company to cover travel insurance you need to be fully aware of inclusions and exclusions. You should obtain a receipt number to contact them in an emergency and a copy of full conditions BEFORE departure.