NZCFS China Tours

We know China best!


Starting in the North of Vietnam, this tour takes us from Hanoi, the exotic and bustling second city of Vietnam, to the unique karst structures in Halong Bay and up to the hill town of Sapa, and the Hmong people.

Crossing the nearby border into China’s Yunnan Province, we pass through the Yuanyang rice terraces and old town of Jianshui to Kunming.

Then begins the epic journey on to Lhasa. By bullet train to Lijiang, the UNESCO Heritage town that is always an exciting place to visit with its diverse attractions, and on by coach to Shangrila.

From here we hope to travel overland all the way to Lhasa, lifting up onto the Tibetan Plateau through the vast and diverse landscapes of North-west Yunnan and South-east of the Tibetan Autonomous Region. Here the altitude varies from 3200 and occasionally touches on 4000 metres above sea level before arriving at 3700 masl in Lhasa.

If this road is not passable, we will take the alternative to fly from Shangrila to Lhasa, and take a road trip back to the South-east of Tibet before circling back to Lhasa.

The itinerary is therefore a draft itinerary at this stage, with some of the days open to change.

After experiencing the delights of the magical Lhasa, there is an optional extra to carry on for four days return journey to Everest Base Camp, at 5200masl almost under the North face of Everest. Passing through the second city of Tibet, and Gyantse with its ancient fortress protecting the city, this journey will truly present the vastness of the high Tibetan plateau, with the road crossing passes over 5000masl, small villages, and grazing yaks.

Due to the global pandemic, we cannot guarantee this tour will be able to take place. However it is more than 9 months from time of posting, and we are optimistic that we will travel. Enquiry and expressions of interest are sought, with no commitment from either party at this stage. Please indicate if you are interested in the extension to EBC.

Key Locations:

  • Vietnam – Hanoi, Halong Bay, Sapa
  • Yunnan – The border with Vietnam to Kunming
  • Kunming – Lijiang – Shangrila
  • Shangrila to Tibetan border
  • SE Tibet to Lhasa
  • Lhasa to Everest Base Camp return (optional)

View the draft itinerary here (PDF)

  • International Flights
  • All costs in Vietnam and China
  • Accommodation
  • All meals – enjoy a diversity of regional food experiences
  • Entry Tickets

* Visa application and travel insurances not included

$8250 (estimated)

Duration: 21 days
From: TBC

Experience the real China with Dave Bromwich.

Dave Bromwich has been designing and taking tours to China for more than a decade. His over 50 visits have taken him to every province and his knowledge of the country are clear in these specialty tours. Unlike many commercial tours currently available, Dave’s NZCFS quality tours provide depth, engagement, culture, scenic wonders, history and unforgettable experiences.

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