Tibet Trip from Hong Kong

504: 15 Days Private Tour of Hong Kong - Guangzhou - Kunming - Lijiang - Shangri-La - Lhasa - Tsetang - Lhasa
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned vehicle
Meals: 14 western buffet breakfasts, 8 lunches

  • Feel the vibrant atmosphere & explore bustling markets freely in Hong Kong
  • Explore the nearly 1000-year-old town Lijiang - a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Admire the sheer natural beauty in the lost city of Shangri-La
  • Follow us on a Buddhist pilgrimage to Tibet & appreciate the profound culture
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Day 1 Arrival in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is not a big city but full of international metropolis flavors. Most Hong Kong residents are proficient in English and the English-language signposts are found everywhere. For your 2 nights stay, we will only arrange the hotel accommodation with daily breakfast and all the activities will be handled on your own. Upon your arrival at Hong Kong Airport, you can take bus A21 and get off at Granville Road, then walk for 460 meters to the 5-star InterContinental Grand Stanford Hotel. From the airport to the 4-star Regal Kowloon Hotel, you may take shuttle bus or bus A21 to the hotel. 

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Hong Kong
Victoria Bay
Victoria Bay
Today is free for your self-exploration. The Hong Kong Island Tour is very popular and recommended. Leaving from the InterContinental Grand Stanford, you can walk a few minutes to MTR Hung Hom Station -D5. For those who stay at the Regal Kowloon Hotel, you may walk to MRT East Tsim Sha Tsui Station –P2. Take metro to Central Station and exit from K. Then walk to Central Star Ferry Pier or Hong Kong City Hall, you can find the buses up to the Victoria Peak, from where you get an enchanting city view. The next recommended stop is Repulse Bay. It is easy for you to take a bus down to the Central and take the bus No. 6 at the Exchange Square and then get off at 127 Repulse Bay Road to reach this site. 

After that, you may take bus No. 73 from Repulse Bay Station and get off at Aberdeen Wholesale Fish Market. In Aberdeen, you can still see the traditional local fishermen's lifestyle. Continue your visit by taking bus No. 73 to Stanley Village. Here you can explore the Stanley Market, a wonderful place to buy some souvenirs or gifts. The bus No. 973 at Stanley Village to Tsim Sha Tsui (the terminal station) can take you back to the neighborhood of both the InterContinental Grand Stanford and the Regal Kowloon Hotel. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 3 Hong Kong - Guangzhou
Your itinerary from Hong Kong will be extended to Guangzhou today. Please check out of the hotel before 12:00. Find your own way to Hong Kong West Kowloon Railway Station and purchase the high speed train ticket from Hong Kong to Guangzhou by yourself. We will offer you Guangzhou local guide's mobile phone in advance. After you purchase the ticket, please inform your guide on your arrival time so that he or she can pick you up at the station on time. On arriving in Guangzhou South Railway Station, you will be greeted and transferred to the hotel. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Guangzhou
Five-Ram Statue in Yuexiu Park
Five-Ram Statue in Yuexiu Park
This morning, your private guided tour will first start from the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall. Located on the southern slope of the Yuexiu Hill, the Dr. Sun Yatsen's Memorial Hall was built in memory of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the pioneer of China's democratic revolution. Next you will go to Yuexiu Park to see the Five-Ram Statue. Then the tour will be extended to the Temple of Six Banyan Trees. There are many cultural heritages in the temple. The serene and religious atmosphere in it may bring purification to every visitor. Go ahead to visit the Qingping Market, where you can find over 600 kinds of meat and poultry product, dried fruits and seafood, and flowers and birds. The last destination today is Shamian Island, an exotic place with about 150 buildings of European styles. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 Guangzhou - Kunming
You are on your own to arrange the morning activities. We will transfer you to the airport to take a flight to Kunming. Your local guide in Kunming will meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel. The rest of the day is free at your own leisure. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 6 Kunming - Lijiang
Chinese people
After breakfast, you will start your Kunming exploration with the "No.1 wonder under heaven", Stone Forest, where various shapes of karst formations make countless labyrinthine vistas. In the afternoon, you will take a 3.5-hour bullet train to Lijiang and our local guide and driver will transfer you to the hotel.
Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 Lijiang
Minority people in Yunnan
In the morning, you will first go to the Baisha Village. After visiting a local Naxi family, continue to the Baisha Murals. The picturing of the murals lasted for more than 300 years from the end of the Ming Dynasty to the early Qing Dynasty. The 500-year-old murals combine the culture of Han, Tibetan and Naxi ethnic groups, reflecting the history of the area and the religious life of Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism. You will have some free time to explore the old town in the afternoon.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 Lijiang
The entire day is free for you to make your own arrangement to explore the ancient town. Known as one of the four best-preserved ancient towns of the country, Lijiang Old Town is the only one which has no city wall. If you want to take beautiful pictures of the spectacular surroundings, you can get up early in the morning and stroll around the town before the shops open. In the bustling daytime, various handicrafts and snacks can be found. If tired, you can stop and have a cup of tea or coffee at the café.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 9 Lijiang - Shangri-La
Lijiang Old Town
Today you will take a full day sightseeing on the way to Shangri-La. The first stop is the Tiger Leaping Gorge which is believed to be one of the deepest gorges in the world and is famous for the steep and narrow valley, turbulent current and splendid scenery. Then proceed to the First Bend of the Yangtze River where the running river suddenly takes a big turn of 120 degree to the shape of “U”. At the first sight of the bend, you will be shocked by the power of nature. You will then encounter the Stone Drum Town which is named after the drum-shaped marble stele in the town. Historically, the town was an important communication center for the brisk trade of tea and horses between inland China and Tibet region. Finally you arrive in Shangri-La and check in the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 10 Shangri-La
Songzanlin Monastery, Shangri-la
Today you will enjoy the charming landscape at the Bita Lake and the Shudu Lake. The crystal Bita Lake is beset with rolling mountains like a green diamond. Here the most amazing view of Bita Lake is said to be in May when fish are all drunk and float at the surface of the lake after eating the petals of azaleas. About 10 km (6.2 miles) from the Bita Lake is the Shudu Lake where the lake is also surrounded by mountains, and the vast meadow is dotted with flocks and herds. On the way back, you will stop over at the Songzanlin Monastery which is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan Province. Originally built in 1679 and constructed in traditional style, it is known as the miniature Potala Palace.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
 Friendly Tips

Bitahai Lake Scenic Area is closed for repairing, and the reopening time is unclear.
Day 11 Shangri-La - Tsetang
You will take a flight to Lhasa today, where your local guide will pick you up outside the baggage claim area of the airport and afterwards transfer you to check in the hotel in Tsetang. Due to the high altitude, some clients may feel a little bit uncomfortable when first arriving in this land. Therefore, we kindly suggest you have a good rest and do not smoke or take a bath on the first day.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 12 Tsetang - Lhasa
Tibetan people
In Tsetang, you will visit the Yumbu Lakang first. This monastery is located on a hill top overlooking a valley. The spectacular view is worth your effort to climb the winding trails up. Then we arrange the Trandruk Monastery, one of the earliest temples in Tibet and you will see the treasure of the temple - the Pearl Thangka. After that, we will transfer you to visit the Samye Monastery which was the first Buddhist monastery built in Tibet.  After the visit, head for Lhasa and check in the hotel once arriving.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 13 Lhasa
Local people in Norbulingka Park
Today's private schedule starts from Tibet Museum, where the precious cultural relics will show you the glorious local history of and the deep companionship between Han and Tibetan People since the Tang Dynasty (about 1,300 years ago). After lunch, continue to visit the Sera Monastery. As one of the largest monasteries in Lhasa, the Sera Monastery is well-known for the vast storage of Buddhist statues, sutras and frock. It is said that there are more than 10,000 Buddhist statues in the monastery. You will then visit the Norbulingka Park, a large complex park composed of palaces and gardens.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 14 Lhasa
Our clients in front of the Potala Palace
In the morning, you will visit the magnificent Potala Palace. Initially built in the Tang Dynasty about 1,300 years ago and rebuilt in the 17th century, the palace is comprised of two parts: the Red Palace as the center and the White Palace as the wings. After lunch, visit the Jokhang Temple. Located in the center of the city, the Jokhang Temple is the holiest temple in Tibetan Buddhism and one of the most splendid constructions in the region. The street encircled the Jokhang Temple is the famous Barkhor Street. Walking along the street, you will see shops and stalls on both sides selling various handicrafts and local snacks. You will also pay a visit to a Nunnery.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 15 Departure from Lhasa
Today we will transfer you to Lhasa airport for your return flight. We hope our service has given you a featured experience on this private Tibet tour package and wish you a nice trip home!

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
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DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
Hong KongInterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong Regal Kowloon Hotel
GuangzhouChina Hotel Ocean Hotel
KunmingGreen Lake Hotel Jinjiang Hotel
LijiangInterContinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort Ivy Garden Hotel Resorts
Shangri-laThe 5th Meteorite·Light-year Hotel Floral Hotel Le Fu Ge Dan Shangri-La
TsetangTsetang Hotel Tsetang Hotel
LhasaShangri-La Hotel Tashipozhang Hotel
Special Deal
10% off - book 60 days before, 5% off - book 30 days before
Tour Prices with Luxury Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers
$4719 $4247$4349 $3914
Tour Prices with Standard Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers
$3699 $3329$3329 $2996
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 10% discount.
  • Any part of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares & train fares
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • Lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Private English-speaking guides
  • Private drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
  • Tibet Travel Permit
Price Excludes
  • International airfares
  • Train fare of Hong Kong/Guangzhou
  • Entry Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
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Questions & Answers
Asked by Trang from VIETNAM | Jun. 18, 2017 21:03Reply
Train ticket from Xining to Lhasa
I would like to ask about hard sleeper cost on Jul,28th.
And pls advise how I can pick the ticket up?
Is there any requirement to have China Visa / TTB permit before buying the ticket?
Answers (1)
Answered by Jimmy from CANADA | Jun. 19, 2017 01:32

Well, the foreigner must join a tour to visit Tibet. If you want to buy the ticket on site, you must need to show your passport and TTB permit. Besides, you can also book the tickets online only with your passport number, and then you may get the real ticket at the ticket office of the railway station. The ticket fare is CNY495/person for a hard sleeper.
Asked by Mr. Ron | May. 26, 2016 19:39Reply
Flight to Lhasa
Are there any direct airplane flights from Hong Kong to Lhasa?
Answers (1)
Answered by John | May. 26, 2016 20:46

There are very limited flights to and out of Lhasa. There is no direct flight from Hongkong to Lhasa and you will have to connect from a third city. You may consider taking a flight from Hongkong to Chengdu, then fly from Chengdu to Lhasa. Or you take a train to Guangzhou, stay overnight in Guangzhou, then fly to Lhasa the next morning.
Asked by Mr.Karun from INDIA | Mar. 17, 2010 06:32Reply
I am landing in Beijing and need to know how far is Kunming from Beijing?
Answers (1)
Answered by Mr.Junior | Mar. 17, 2010 21:00

It's about 2.5 hours from Beijing to Kunming by air.
Asked by Mrs.Rachel Cooper from CANADA | Nov. 12, 2009 20:37Reply
Where is tsedang, can it be visited within one day and then back to Lhasa?
Answers (1)
Answered by Mr.SIMON | Nov. 15, 2009 23:55

Tsetang is about 170km away from Lhasa and you need to catch morning ferry to visit the Samye Monastery in Tsetang. I’m afraid one day is quite strain for you to take a round trip from Lhasa to Tsetang. 2 Days are fine.
Asked by Ms.Amanda from AUSTRALIA | Nov. 11, 2009 18:18Reply

The online query doesnt work:( ?
Does anyone know when is peak and low season?
What will be the dates for departure in feb? Is it daily?
Do we know if how many people are traveling as its cheaper 10 .

Answers (1)
Answered by Mr.Edmond | Nov. 11, 2009 19:38

The high season is from Mar 1 to Nov 31, while the low season is from Dec 1 to the end of Feb. This tour is available daily. The more people you have, the cheaper your price would be. Generally it is divided into classes of 1 person, 2-5 people, 6-9 people, 10 and above people as a group. Hope I make you clear.
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