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Yunnan and Tibet Tour Map


Though no one can tell exactly where Shangri-La, the fictional paradise written by James Hilton, is, quite a number of people are deeply convinced that this earthly heaven is very likely to be somewhere in enchanting Yunnan or holy Tibet. In this respect, your visit from Yunnan to Tibet will be an exciting adventure in search of Shangri-La in China.

Situated in far eastern edge of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, Yunnan is blessed with most diverse ethnic groups in China. Up to 25 ethnic groups reside here for generations. With colorful terraced land, lofty snowy mountains, iconic stone forest, enchanting lake scenery, etc, a visit to Yunnan takes you to explore at the heart of geographical museum. Of course, no one wants to miss the prestigious Sumtseling Monastery in Shangri-La. Touring Yunnan before Tibet would just be the icing on the cake.

As a pioneer of Tibet inbound tourism, we would like to facilitate your Yunnan and Tibet tour by offering services ranging from Tibet Travel Permit application, Tibet train and flight booking and hand-picked Yunnan-Tibet tour packages, and plenty of useful insiders’ travel tips. So far, taking Tibet train or domestic flight to Lhasa are the two major ways to reach Tibet.

  • Note: Since there is noTibet train running from Yunnan to Tibet, after you finish your tour in Yunnan, you can either fly from Kunming, Lijiang and Shangri-La to Lhasa, Tibet or firstly fly from Yunnan to Xining and later take Xining-Lhasa train to Tibet.

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Most Popular Yunnan Tibet Tour Itineraries

How to Get to Lhasa Tibet from Yunnan

  • Yunnan to Lhasa by Train

    Though Tibet train does not run from Yunnan to Tibet, for those who want to experience the scenic ride on world-renowned Tibet train, there is a way out. You can take flight from Kunming or Lijiang to Xining and later take Xining-Lhasa train to Tibet. As the highlights of Tibet train center from Golmud to Lhasa part, you will be treated with the best window scenery along the route of Xining-Lhasa train. 1,972km’s train ride takes about 20:55h to reach Lhasa from Xining. Although flying to Xining and later taking train to Tibet may cost you more than flying alone, the once-in-a-lifetime experience in the world’s highest train allures plenty of international tourists to travel in this way.

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  • Kunming to Lhasa by Flight

    Currently, there are 5 direct flights from Kunming to Lhasa every day, departing from morning to late afternoon, making free and flexible choices for tourists. As one of the major hub airports in China, Kunming Changshui International Airport offers flight routes connecting many domestic and international cities, providing different transfers for tourists. Taking Kunming to Lhasa flight is a good choice for tourists to experience a Yunnan and Tibet tour, if they do not want to go through the challenging and exhausting overland trip via Yunnan-Tibet Highway. Besides, there is no train available to Lhasa from Kunming. With only 3 to 4 hours’ flight time on the way, tourists can have enough time to tour either Kunming or Lhasa.

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  • Shangri-la to Lhasa by Flight

    As a civil airport of Yunnan Province, Diqing Shangri-la Airport (DIG) is situated in the southwest of the Shangri-La County, Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. here are two nonstop flights from Shangri-La to Lhasa every day from late April to late October. It normally takes about two hours from Diqing to Lhasa (Lhasa to Diqing). The ticket fare of the flight during peak travel season, from July to September, is usually higher.

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Note: In addition to connecting train and flight booking from Yunnan to Lhasa, we also offer bookings from other major cities to Lhasa, such as Kathmandu, Beijing,Shanghai, Xining, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Xi’an, etc. For budget travelers, you can sign up for a variety of small group tours in Tibet. Not only can you enjoy relatively cheaper tour price, but also will make friends with global tourists within a group. To family travelling with kids and elderly or other clients with special preference, you may work with us to customize your Tibet tour.

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How to Get Tibet Permit When Traveling to Lhasa from Yunnan

As a common practice, we will deliver your Tibet permit to your hotel in Yunnan by express, 1-7 days prior to your departure for Lhasa. It is common to get the permit even the night or a couple of hours before your departure to Tibet. In some extreme cases, our staff in Yunnan will deliver it to your hand before departure at airport or railway station. As the leading local travel agency that has organized global tourists to Tibet since 1984, we have never failed to get and deliver the Tibet permit to our clients. Please feel rest-assured.

If you take a flight to Lhasa from Yunnan, the original copy is required, while if getting to Lhasa from Yunnan by train, a printed copy is enough. Your travel consultant will handle with it perfectly according to the situation.

Why you can't get the permit much earlier?

The Tourism Bureau only accepts the permit application that is used to arrive in Tibet within 20 days. Generally, it takes 6-12 working days to issue the permit after we get the photo copy of your passport and Chinese visa. The application time depends on where you travel in Tibet, about 8-12 days to get the permit if heading to Mt.Everest and Mount Kailash, and just 6-8 days if you only travel in Lhasa City.

After we get the permit in Lhasa, we will deliverthe permit to you immediately by express, and it takes around 6 days to arrive in Yunnan. Therefore, you will only be able to get the permit within 1 to 7 days before your departure for Lhasa.

However, your personal consultant usually asks you to confirm the tour much earlier, because the earlier you provide all the required documents, the earlier we can submit to Tibet Tourism Bureau and wait for your turn.

We promise to nail visa to Tibet for every of our clients with 100% guarantee.

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Advantages about Booking a Yunnan and Tibet Tour Together

Explore the Multi-ethnic groups’ culture and Stunning Geographical Wonders

Experiencing the distinct ethnic diversity remains one of the important parcels of Yunnan tour. Amid the 56 ethnic groups in China, 25 can be found in Yunnan. As you tour Yunnan, you are likely to meet the Nashi people dressed in beautiful clothes in the villages and the hospital Bai people would greet you with intriguing tea ceremony. From bitter tea to sweet tea and reflection tea, you get to know more of the philosophy of Bai ethnic group.The exotic ethnic cultures you see and experience will give you new outlook on Chinese people.

While the incredible karst topography, stunning alpine lakes, grotesque caves and snow-blanketed mountain peaks and tropical rain forests will cater to the needs of most picky tourists. The prominent Sumtseling Monastery allows you to trace the potent influence of Tibetan Buddhism before you official land in spiritual kingdom-holy Tibet.

Travelling with Tibet Vista, Your First Guarantee of Lifetime Experience in Tibet

As the trailblazer of Tibet inbound tourism since 1984, Tibet Vista is a well-established Tibet tour operator, based in Lhasa. All your service in Tibet is provided by our hospitable and seasoned Tibetan staff. We are the first Tibet tour operator to run Join-in Small Group tours for budget travelers and at the same time offer private tour for tourists with unique preferences. Tibet train tour and 100% Tibet Visa application are our specialties. Over the past decades, we successfully organized more than 100 thousands tourists to visit Tibet. Now, with 8,000 clients world-wide each year, Tibet Vista is undoubtedly your top priority of Tibet tour operator for your travel. In addition, our diverse tour products and considerate tour service and travel tips will meet the demand for tourist of all ages.

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