Frequently Asked Questions about Yunnan Tibet Tour
Why travel from Yunnan to Tibet?
Yunnan lies in the south-west of China, and connects to Tibet on its furthest northwestern border, in the Hengduan Mountains. Kunming, the capital of the province, is the tourism and cultural center of Yunnan, and an amazing place to visit for anyone traveling to Southwest China.
Mainly because of the stunning landscapes of the province, including the Hengduan Mountains, the milder climates, and the diversity of cultures, Yunnan is a popular tourist destination, and a great jumping-off point for travel to Tibet.
The provincial capital, Kunming, is one of the major transport hubs of Southwest China, due to its location near the borders of several Southeast Asian nations, including Vietnam, Laos, and Myanmar. And the Kunming Changshui International Airport is a major airport in the south-west, handling over 40 million passengers a year.
And with direct flights to Tibet’s Lhasa Gonggar International Airport, and incoming flights from around the world, it is a recommended gateway to the plateau. Yunnan is also one of the starting points of the five major road routes to Lhasa.
When is the best time to visit Yunnan and Tibet?
Located in the south-west of China, Yunnan Province has a different climate to much of the country, being mild and generally pleasant with fair weather throughout the year. However, June to August is the monsoon period, when majority of the rain falls, so travel is best done from March to May and September to November, when the weather is mild and comfortable, yet not too wet.
The same can be said of Tibet, which has pleasant weather in the spring and autumn seasons, though the monsoon is milder and lighter in the summer months. Winter is another good time to visit Yunnan and Tibet, as the winters are very mild in Yunnan Province, and Tibet can still be visited in winter. As the plateau areas around Lhasa are not too cold for travel in winter, and the Yunnan region has mild pleasant weather, this is a good time to combine the two destinations.
What is the must-sees to visit in Yunnan?
Yunnan is not just a beautiful place to visit, but it also has some amazing tourist attractions that make a visit to this Southwest China province even more spectacular.
The first of the must-see destinations in this stunning province has to be the famous Tiger Leaping Gorge near Lijiang. One of the deepest gorges in the world, this ecological hotspot is part of the whole UNESCO Natural Preservation Area of Yunnan, and lies in the midst of several other amazing sights.
To the west lies the Haba Snow Mountain, while to the east lies the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. And the town of Lijiang is also a popular tourist destination, as one of the oldest and best-preserved Ancient Towns in China, filled with ancient examples of Naxi architecture and culture.
All over Yunnan there are famous sites to visit, and the major destinations for any tour should also include the Three Pagodas in Dali, built more than 1,000 years ago; the Qiongzhu Temple in Kunming that is famous for its clay sculptures; and the Songzanlin Lamasery in the famous town of Shangri-La.
How many days are required to tour Yunnan and Tibet?
The amount of time you need to tour in Yunnan and Tibet depends on where you go and what you want to see. Ideally, your trip to Yunnan Province, while you can make it shorter, should really cover at least one full week.
And even then, if you want to cover all of the highlights of this outstanding area of natural beauty, then you should be looking at around 12 days to a fortnight.
For Tibet, the minimum you can spend in the city on the shortest tour is four days, and then you will only get the highlights of Lhasa’s major sights. Ideally, a week is the perfect time to travel on the plateau, as you will have time to visit more destinations and spend more time exploring the beauty of the landscape and the people.
Overall, a decent tour of Yunnan and Tibet should range from around 11 days and upwards, and the longer you travel the more you will see and understand.