Yunnan and Tibet are neighbors. Starting from Yunnan then going to Tibet is quite convenient and also a wonderful route for travel. Along with this route, you can enjoy the most famous tourist sites in both of the two provinces.
Kunming is well known as “Spring City”, with a comfortable climate and lots of flowering plants. Dali is located beside Erhai Lake, with an extremely beautiful scenery. It is at an altitude of 1900m. Lijiang’s is known as Unesco World Heritage. Everything in Lijiang is so charming, the cobbled streets, the old wooden buildings, and so on. Shangrila is always a mysterious place. You can feel the Tibetan atmosphere there. Lhasa, the holiest city in Tibet, famous for its sacred and spiritual architectures and activities, attracts tens of thousands of people every year.
How to get to Lhasa from Yunnan Province? How to arrange a travel from Yunnan to Tibet? The best transportation is taking flights. You will have different choices.
The most popular route is as below:
Take Kunming as the first site to stay and you can spend one day there to visit the Stone Forest. It is a World Natural Heritage Site. Besides, you can feel the unique cultural activities such as songs, dances, music, delicious food and so on.
Then you can travel to Dali, stay in Dali for one day, to enjoy the Chongsheng Temple, Black Dragon Pool Park and so on.
The next stop will be Lijiang. Just take a flight, and it will take about an hour to arrive. But if you want to take a train, it will take almost 7-9hours. So flying is better. You can stay in Lijiang for one or two days. Lijiang is a romantic place with lots of romantic stories. The weather is nice there. You can enjoy the beautiful sunlight, the clear spring water, the stone slab-paved streets and all kinds of love stories here.
Then there is no doubt to go to Shangri-la. The ancient town of Dukezong is located in the southeast of the county, with a history of more than 1300 years. The building architectures are featured as the Tibetan style.
Finally, take a flight from Shangri-la to Lhasa. It will take you about 2hours to get to Lhasa. You can also fly from Kunming to Lhasa or fly from Lijing to Lhasa according to your travel plans.
You will happily visit Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Norbulingka, Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street and so on.
Lhasa is one of the highest cities in this world with an altitude of 3,490 meters and a warm-summer humid continental climate. It is the capital of Tibet Autonomous Region. As the city of Lhasa receives about 3000 hours of sunlight every year, it is sometimes called “Sunlight City” by Tibetan people.
From Lhasa, you have many travel route choices. You can join in the travel to EBC or Mt. Kailash or the holiest lakes in Tibet according to your travel plans. If in March and April, you can travel to Nyingchi to enjoy the Peach Blossom Festival.