If your are seeking concise but rewarding itinerary to include best of Chengdu, glimpse of Tibet and highlights of Yunnan, consider this 11 night / 12 day itinerary that has it all. For more details go to: Sichuan, Tibet and Shangri La Vistas
Day 1: Arrive in Chengdu
Day 2: Chengdu
Visit the Panda Breeding Center, Jinsha archeological site, attend a performance of the Sichuan Opera.
Day 3: Fly from Chengdu toLhasa
Day 4: Lhasa
Tour Potala Palace, Norbulinkha Summer Palace, Sera Monastery
Day 5: Lhasa
Tour 80 meditation caves of Drak Yerpa; Barkhor Market, Jokhang Temple
Day 6: Drive Lhasa to Yamdrok Lake
Visit Drepung Monastery, then drive to Yamdrok Lake.
Day 7: Fly from Lhasa to Zhongdian, Yunnan
Day 8: Zhongdian
Gedan Songzanlin Monastery, scenic Napa Lake, tour Zhongdian’s Old Town and local market.
Day 9: Zhongdian to Lijiang
Lijiang, a UNESCO heritage monument; en route stop and see the “First Bend” of the Yangtze River at Shigu, Tiger Leaping Gorge.
Day 10: Lijiang
Black Dragon Pool and its Moon Embracing Pavilion, Five Phoenix Pavilion and Dongba Cultural Village; tour Baisha and Yuhu villages.
Day 11: Lijiang to Chengdu
Day 12: Depart Chengdu