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Why travel from Yunnan to Tibet is recommended?

Yunnan, an ideal holiday destination in China, enjoys a perfect combination of amazing natural scenery, diverse ethnic customs, and a pleasant climate all year round. From the snow mountains to the tropical rainforests, from the highland lakes to the canyons, from the historic cities to the fascinating minority villages. It is the most complicated and colorful area in China.

Diverse culture and landscape - Yunnan is one of the most popular tourist destinations in China. It has many places to go to explore the diverse culture and landscapes of Yunnan, such as Kunming, Lijiang, Shangri-la, etc;

Close to Tibet - Yunnan neighbors Tibet on the northwest. It is very convenient and fast to get to Tibet from Kunming, Lijiang and Shangri-la by flight. The most popular way is to travel from Kunming to Lijiang and Shangri-la, then fly to Lhasa.

How to plan a Tibet tour from Yunnan

Start your trip from Kunming where you can stay one day to visit the World Natural Heritage Site - Stone Forest, then take a high-speed train to Lijiang to stay one or two days. Next, travel from Lijiang to Shangri-la and visit its highlighting sites. From Shangri-la, a 2-hour flight journey will take you to Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. In Lhasa, you can plan a trip around 2~3 days to visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Namtso Lake, etc. Then you can leave Lhasa, and go to other destinations in China. If time allows, you can travel from Lhasa to Mount Everest, even Mount Kailash, then cross the Nepal-Tibet border to reach Kathmandu.

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.


Most Popular Yunnan Tibet Tours by Train / Flight

Are you planning to tour to China and Tibet? board a flight or train to the holy land Tibet. The following are our specially tailored Xi'an to Tibet tour packages - enjoyable and budget.

Top Yunnan Attractions

Kunming, Lijiang, Dali, and the legendary Shangri-La — for your first visit, or if you would like to discover Yunnan's hidden beauty in your second trip, we will tailor make your private Yunnan tour according to your interests. We'll help you enjoy charming Yunnan.

  • Kunming City

    Kunming is known as "the Spring City" due to the fact that every season is like spring. It is a good place to escape the hot summer and frozen winter. Covered with blossoms and lush vegetation all year round, It is reputed as "the Flower City". Home to many ethnic minority groups, It is the focal point of the Yunnan minority culture. Blessed with karst landscapes, snowcapped mountains, and red lands.

  • Stone Forest

    It is the only karst stone forest in a subtropical plateau region in the world. It is internationally reputed as the Stone Forest Museum. The magnificent, strange, and steep landscape creates countless sights, including Lotus Peak, Ashima Rock, Sword Peak Pond, Shilin Lake, and 'a Gleam of Sky'.

  • Lijiang

    Lijiang is a perfect combination of historical sites, snow-capped mountains, lakes, and ethnic minority cultures. It is famed worldwide for its UNESCO Heritage Site, the Old Town of Lijiang, which dates back to over 800 years ago.

  • Shangri-La

    Shangri-La is unique for its Tibetan culture and alpine landscapes including sacred snow-capped mountains and spectacular gorges. Shangri-La is a mountain paradise, with dense forests, alpine lakes, grasslands, and gorges distributed among the meadows and plains.


Useful Guide and Tips about Yunnan to Tibet Tours

How to transfer to Tibet from Yunnan

Currently, travelers can take flights to Lhasa from Kunming, Lijiang and Shangri-la in Yunnan Province.

Please note we can also customize suitable trip if you prefer flying to Tibet from other cities like Beijing, Shanghai. There are 4 non-stop flights serving between Kunming and Lhasa every day (about 3-5 hrs), scheduled from 7:30 am to 20:15 pm. Lijiang offers only a non-stop flight to Lhasa every day (about 2h 15mins). Diqing Shangri-La Airport provides 3-6 direct flights to Lhasa (about 2 hrs), including 1 non-stop flight 1 non-stop flight opened by China Easter Airlines and at most 5 connecting flights.

How to Get Tibet Travel Permit When Traveling to Tibet from Yunnan

As a common practice, we will deliver your Tibet travel permit to your hotel in Kungming 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 Kungming will deliver it to your hand before departure at airport or railway station. As a Tibet travel agency, we have never failed to get and deliver the Tibet travel permit to our clients. Please feel rest-assured.

If you take a flight to Lhasa from Kungming or Lijiang or Shangri-La, the original copy is required, 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 deliever the permit to you immediately by express, and it takes at least 3 days to arrive in Kungming. 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 ask 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.

Top China and Yunnan Tour Packages

Yunnan is located in the southern China, bordering Chinese provinces and regions of Guangxi, Guizhou, Sichuan and Tibet. You can easily travel from Yunnan to any other hot travel destinations in China by flight or train, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an, Chengdu, Guilin, Lhasa, Hong Kong, etc. TTC has designed many classic China tour packages including Yunnan for you. Please make your choice from our collections or let us customize one for you.

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