Want a classic Yunnan private tour? You are in the right place! Yunnan completely deserves its loud fame because you would hardly find another place like Yunnan to have so many landscapes at same time: hills, rivers, lakes, snowy mountains, canyons, ancient towns featured in folk ethnic culture, historic relics and even modern leisure bars… Words are pale to describe the unparallel beauty of Yunnan. Take this 5 days Yunnan private tour of Lijiang and Dali to explore the best highlights in Dali Ancient Town, Erhai Lake Park, Xizhou Town, Zhoucheng Village, Tie-dying workshop, Cangshan Mountain, Shaxi Old Town, Dongba Culture Museum, Black Dragon Pool Park, Lijiang Ancient Town, Mufu Palace, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Blue Moon Valley, Baisha Village, Shuhe Ancient Town. Enjoy yourself in these breathtaking landscapes and unique cultural customs.
Dali Ancient Town, Erhai Lake Park, Xizhou Town, Zhoucheng Village, Tie-dying workshop, Cangshan Mountain, Shaxi Old Town, Dongba Culture Museum, Black Dragon Pool Park, Lijiang Ancient Town, Mufu Palace, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Blue Moon Valley, Baisha Village, Shuhe Ancient Town.
Upon your arrival at Dali airport in the morning, the local English-speaking driver will pick you up from the exit gate by holding a welcome board with your name. Then start the tour in Dali.
First, you will go to visit the Dali Ancient Town, walk around the Foreigner Street and enjoy the relax time with local people.
Erhai Lake Park consists of the Haixin Pavilion, swimming pool, promenade, zoo, botanical garden, flower garden and the place for fishing. To the south of Wanghai Tower, there is a colorful garden. All kinds of Dali famous flowers like camellia, rhododendron, plum, lily, compete for beauty. On the north side of the sea promenade is 300 grades of bluestone steps that are more than 3 feet wide, like a waterfall rushing down, directly to the beach in the middle of the park.
Then, come to Xizhou Town to fully appreciate Bai-style traditional architectural courtyards, taste their fragrant Three-Course Tea and explore their distinctive culture.
Later, transfer to Zhoucheng Village where you can closely visit the Tie-dying workshop operated by local Bai people. If you have interests, you can take some special souvenir with the Bai ethnic style. After finished, transfer to your hotel and check in.
First, you’ll take a cable car to get to trail. Then experience this 15km-long paved walking trail which passes some temples, waterfalls, caves and shrines. In good weather, views off the mountain take in the whole Erhai Lake, with plenty of birdlife, the odd squirrel and colorful flowers alongside the path.
In the afternoon, drive to 2 hours toShaxi Old Town. Shaxi is the last remaining ancient market town of its kind on the Tea & Horse Caravan Trail. This trail is a trading route that connected Tibet, Sichuan, and Yunnan to countries in southeast Asia, also called the Southern Silk Road. The World Monuments Fund (WMF) has listed Shaxi as one of the 100 most endangered sites in the world in 2001.
You’ll start the exploration with Dongba Culture Museum where more than 10,000 Dongba cultural relics show mysterious Dongba culture of the Naxi people. Take a gentle walk to Black Dragon Pool Park to enjoy gorgeous view and peaceful surroundings.
Next, cone to explore Lijiang Ancient Town. Lijiang Ancient Town has a history of more than 800 years; it was listed as the World Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO 1997. Here you will see the wonderful wooden architecture of Naxi ethnic people.
Walk to the central area of the old town and visit Mufu Palace. A saying goes “there is Forbidden City in the North, Mu’s Residence in the South”. Mu’s Residence was called the miniature Forbidden City.
In the morning, drive to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain which is 30 kilometers away from Lijiang Old Town. Visit Ganhaizi Meadow, then take the sightseeing bus to visit Baishui River, which is well-known as the Blue Moon Valley from the glacier of the snow mountain. Take chairlift to visit the Glacier Park in the snow mountain.
Later, head to Baisha Village and appreciate the ancient Baisha Mural Paintings. Visit Dabaoji Palace and Liuli Temple to view murals painted over 1000 years ago which is a combination of Tibetan Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism. Then, it is followed by a trip to Shuhe Ancient Town - one of the earliest settlements of Naxi people as well as the well-preserved stop of the Ancient Tea Horse Route. Transfer back to your hotel in the end.
The core of our service is excellent travel guides. Over 20 years, we have built up a considerable professional guide team that is knowledgeable, attentive and flexible. The most experienced and reliable guides will be arranged for your unique China tour. Our passionate guide team is full of contagious enthusiasm and keen interest to share culture and history in a pleasant manner. We are always glad at your service to lead you to explore a real China and experience authentic local life in China.
Our Driver and Vehicle
The first mission of our service is to ensure you feel safe and comfortable during your travel. The vehicles we use are air-conditioned, clean and well-maintained. Our drivers are all licensed drivers with many years of driving experience. Moreover, we offer free baby seats for families with little kids.
Food is a very important part of Chinese culture. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to taste the real local Chinese food!
Buffet breakfast will be included in the hotel if you would like accommodation to be arranged by us. Having lunch at local restaurants close and convenient to the attractions you will visit, you would enjoy the local dishes in each city. Chinese style, Vegetarian or Muslim meals are all available. If you have any other diet requirements or allergies, please feel free to let us know, we will try our best to organize it.
For daily dinner, you are suggested to have it on your own when you are exploring each city in your own time, this way would be more flexible for you to choose food as per your interest and preference.