China: Yunnan Province & Tibet

13 days


Tibet is a plain that stretches from the Silk Road in the north to the Hindu Kush Mountains in the west with the Himalayas in the south. Known as the “Roof of the World,” it is unique. There, among breathtaking landscapes, and alongside lofty mountain ranges, in vast open spaces, and between lakes and rivers, live the Chinese minority people of Tibet. Lhasa, the capital, is the spiritual center of Tibetan Buddhism which came into being when Buddhism wandered from India to China and countries of the east, such as Nepal, Bhutan and of course Tibet. Some of the world‘s most spectacular monasteries are in Tibet. Come join us on this expedition to an unusual, spectacular, and spiritual part of our planet.


Tour guide: Rona Michelson

Day 1 Monday July 11: Beijing, Tiananmen Square, and the Forbidden City
We land in Beijing and proceed to Tiananmen Square. Tiananmen Square is the central square of Beijing, capital of China. Its name means Heavenly Peace. It’s called this because of Tiananmen Gate which stands at its northern end, and which is the entrance to the Forbidden City. The square was built in 1417. At its center stands the Mausoleum of Mao Ze Dong which contains his mummified body. Tiananmen Square became infamous due to the quelling of the student demonstrations which took place there in 1989. From Tiananmen Square we enter the Forbidden City, from which rulers of the Ming and Qing dynasties ruled China from the 15th to the 20th centuries. After our tour we visit a pearl factory to learn about the production of pearls and then we go to our hotel.

Day 2 Tuesday July 12: Beijing – Lijiang
This morning we fly to Lijiang, in Yunnan Province. The city is surrounded by picturesque natural scenery: rivers, lakes, glaciers, and mountains. We will enjoy strolling in the alleys of the old city which has been maintained as it looked centuries ago and which was recognized in 1997 as World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Day 3 Wednesday July 13: Lijiang- Glacier pikes & Cultural museum
This morning opens another amazing day, enjoying the glorious views of the snow-capped mountains. We will see the beautiful Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Then we’ll visit the ethnic museum of the Dongba and the sacred gardens. We’ll end this day by having a relaxing foot massage.

Day 4 Thursday July 14: Lijiang – Baisha village – Yangtze river valley
Today we visit some minority tribes of this region. We’ll enjoy seeing the Naxi’s colorful dress and their traditional dance and hearing about their matriarchal social structure. We’ll see the agricultural center of Baisha Village, and drive along the Yangtze River.
At night we’ll see the minority cultural dancing.

Day 5 Friday July 15: Lijiang – Kunming – Jiuxiang Grotto
This morning we will fly to Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan region. We’ll walk at an altitude of 1900m . The city is known for its pleasant weather through the year. Upon arrival, will drive to visit the enormous Jiuxiang Grotto.
Afterwards we’ll transfer to our hotel to prepare for Shabbat, Shabbat services, and Shabbat dinner.

Day 6 Saturday July 16: Kunming
Before Tfilot coffee and cake. Tfilot, Kiddush and breakfast, then a walk in the local area. followed by Minha, Seuda Shlishit (our big meal of the day) then Maariv, and Havdalah.

Day 7 Sunday July 17: Kunming – Stone Forest- Lhasa,Tibet
After breakfast we head to the Stone Forest, a geologic formation known as Karst. Numerous natural carved columns welcome us. We’ll visit another minority people observe their dress and learn a little about their culture. At day’s end we fly to Lhasa, capital of Tibet.

Day 8 Monday July 18: Lhasa: Jokhang – Barkhor – Sera Monastery
Today we visit Jokhang temple, oldest and holiest of Tibet‘s temples. This temple was built by Songtsan Gambo, who founded Tibet in the 7th century CE. It is a point of pilgrimage for Buddhists. We will see the market vendors and their stalls with both sacred and secular items as we walk around the Barkhor area. In the afternoon we visit the Sera Monastery where the students meet outdoors in small groups to sharpen their skills in discussing points of belief.

Day 9 Tuesday July 19: Lhasa: Potala Palace, Norvulingka
Today we visit the Potala Palace that served as the Dalai Lamas’ winter home and the seat of government. The Potala Palace with it distinctive white and red colors, is located high on a hill that dominates the city. Later we visit Norbulingka, where the Dalai Lamas had their summer palaces.

Day 10 Wednesday July 20: Lhasa – Beijing – Chinese wall – Datung
After breakfast we’ll fly back to Beijing . Upon arrival we’ll visit the longest wall in the world. The Great Wall of China is the largest construction project ever undertaken by man– measuring over 6,000 kilometers. Large sections of the wall were built between the 7th and 4th centuries BCE, over 2500 years ago. For hundreds of years, according to security needs arising from political conflicts, sections of the Great Wall of China were added and strengthened while other sections were neglected. The Great Wall is made up of three primary components: passes, signal and watch towers, and defensive walls. Walking along the Great Wall will enable us to sense the historical dimension of the project. We’ll finish the day by driving to the city of Datung.

Day 11 Thursday July 21: The hanging monasteries – Beijing – show and food market
Today we’ll enjoy the magnificent world of the hanging monastery, built during the 5th Century CE, and rebuilt recently, after it was destroyed by fire. At night we’ll enjoy the magnificent show : “The Golden Mask”.

Day 12 Friday July 22: Beijing –Temple Of Heaven – Silk Street market
Today we tour the most impressive place in Beijing, the Temple of Heaven. We see the people in the park near the entrance playing badminton, doing Tai Chi, dancing, and socializing. We visit the grounds of the Temple of Heaven which was an important ceremonial center. Then we visit the famous Silk Street Market, a collection of hundreds of small shops selling a wide variety of merchandise, on six stories of a large building. Then we will return to the hotel to prepare for Shabbat.

Day 13 Saturday July 23: Beijing – home gateway
After prayers and a Shabbat meal we will take a walk in the area of the hotel .
On Saturday night or on Sunday morning we’ll end our fabulous tour and fly back home. (The night at the hotel is included in the price of the tour.)

Dates & Prices
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Tour Code Departure date Air + Land * Land only * Single Room**

* Price per person in USD double or twin room

** Supplement Price for single room

* Price of tour is subject to changedue to change in air fare.

Need to Know

Please note that all pax must be in Beijing by July 11 in the morning

Price Includes:

  • Domestic flights as per itinerary
  • First and/or good Tourist Class hotels
  • Entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Comfortable air conditioned touring coach
  • Kosher half board & lunch daily
  • Professional experienced English-speaking guide (Rona and Aaron Michelson)
  • Local English-speaking Guide as required

Price Excludes:

  • Travel & Health Insurance
  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for local service providers $200
  • Shows and evening entertainment not included in the itinerary
  • Tip for our Tour Guide (Recommended: $3 per person per day)
  • Miscellaneous expenses such as entrance and departure fees, visas, security surcharges etc.
  • Chinese Visa: $70

Payment terms

  • A $500 USD Deposit per person must be received at the time of booking in order to confirm your reservation.
  • Payment in full is due by 30 days before departure

Kashrut on Tours

Only strictly kosher food is provided to our travelers on all our tours. On some of our tours we are able to provide glatt meals. Kashrut is of utmost importance to us and we take special measures to ensure that everything served is kosher.

The meals:
Breakfast is prepared using our utensils. We use local fresh fruits and vegetables, and we use milk products when they are permitted. We use kosher cereals, and bread. We usually serve hard boiled eggs and sometimes scrambled eggs or omelets. At breakfast, we prepare our lunches so that people have their choice as to what they eat for lunch. We bring food from Israel to supplement what is served in the hotel such as cheeses, peanut butter, tuna, etc.
For dinners, we serve either fish or meat (usually chicken) as our main course. In areas where meat is not available nor readily acquired, we will have fish. When possible, we acquire the meat locally from Chabad or other reliable kosher source, and in some cases we fly the meat in from Israel. We try to provide as many meat meals as possible. The main course at dinner is preceded by soup and salad and accompanied by freshly prepared vegetables. Dessert typically consists of fresh fruits.
We do not guarantee Pat Israel and Chalav Israel for all destinations.
In many destinations we have our own dishes and silverware. Where we don’t, we provide disposables at the meals. When we cook in hotel kitchens, we use our own knives, cutting boards, pots and pans, cooking implements and disposable metal trays. All food preparation is done on covered surfaces under the strict supervision of our trained staff/guides who function as our mashgichim.

We make great efforts to assure that our travelers will experience local foods first-hand, while maintaining stringent observance of Kashrut laws on all occasions.

On most of our tours, you will be accompanied by two of our staff members- one a guide for the tour who is knowledgeable about the places you are visiting and will accompany you throughout the day and the second, a person who will deal with the logistics of the tour and provide kashrut supervision in the kitchen.

It is our aim to provide the finest hotel possible in each area we visit. We require our hotels to allow us to work in the kitchen and to supervise the cooking and there are many hotels that are not willing to cooperate. They simply have no desire for us to be “meddling” in their cooking process nor are they happy about our bringing our equipment into their kitchens. We work very hard to find the best hotel in the area that will meet our requirements. Because we are not ready to compromise on kashrut, we may not always be able to use a five star hotel.

Cancellation Terms

  • 90 days before departure bookings are refundable less a $100 administration fee
  • 60-90 days prior to departure: $500 + $100 per passenger
  • 30-60 days prior to departure: $1,000 + $100 per passenger
  • Less than 30 working days prior to departure: 100% of total – no refund
  • Fridays, Shabbat & Holidays in Israel, as well as Sundays and Public Holidays in the country of origin will not be considered as working days.
  • If tickets have been issued their cost will be added to any cancellation fee.
  • We strongly recommend purchasing Travel Insurance.

There may be changes to the order of places visited. We will make every effort to visit every place mentioned in the itinerary.

  • We urge all passengers to purchase travel and cancellation insurance immediately upon registration for the tour. This ensures a refund of expenses in case of cancellation due to emergency, illness or bereavement.
  • Changes may occur in the execution of the tour plan. We will make every effort to visit every place in the tour plan.
  • The tour organizers have no control over airline services such as seating, special meal requests, changes in departure times or delays. These remain the sole responsibility of the airline company.
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