5 Days Yunnan Private Tour of Lijiang and Dali

Take our 5 Days Yunnan Private Tour of Lijiang and Dali to explore the essential landscapes of Yunnan’s Lijiang and Dali, experience the local minority villages. Yunnan has always been at the top place on the list of Chinese travel destinations with its remarkable tourist resources. Located at southwest of China, Yunnan is endowed with credible seeing points: diversified ethnic elements, colorful local folk culture, beautiful natural scenery, nice climate…We also provide tailor-made Yunnan tour according to your needs, interests and budget, please feel free to inquire at [email protected] if you have more ideas about your Yunnan holiday.

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  1. Day 1: Guangzhou – Dali by Flight
    Dali Ancient Town, Erhai Lake Park, Xizhou Town, Zhoucheng Village, Tie-dying workshop.

    Take early morning flight from Guangzhou to Dali. Upon your arrival at Dali airport, 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.  

    Erhai Lake Park

  2. Day 2: Dali-Shaxi Tour
    Cangshan Mountain, Shaxi Old Town.

    Today will start with Cangshan Mountain. 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 to Shaxi 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. Stay overnight in Shaxi.  

    Shaxi Ancient Town

  3. Day 3: Shaxi-Lijiang Tour
    Dongba Culture Museum, Black Dragon Pool Park, Lijiang Ancient Town, Mufu Palace.

    In the morning, drive 2 hrs to Lijiang. 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. Stay overnight in Lijiang.

    Lijiang Ancient Town

  4. Day 4: Lijiang Tour
    Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Blue Moon Valley, Baisha Village, Shuhe Ancient Town.

    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.  

    Yulong snow mountain

  5. Day 5: Lijiang – Guangzhou by Flight

    The 5 days tour will end by today. The driver will pick you up from the hotel lobby and see you off at the airport.

Price Includes

  • Private land transportation with English speaking driver;
  • Entrance tickets as mentioned in itinerary;
  • Government taxes and service charges;
  • 1 bottle of mineral waters per person per day;
  • 4 nights’ accommodation in one room with daily breakfast(If you have a group of 3 people, we will book a twin bed room or family room with one double bed and one single room for you);

Price Excludes

  • Any optional golf car/battery car/shuttle bus/camel ride/boat cruise etc. inside attractions;
  • Any meal ( the tour guide will help to order and purchase at local restaurants for you to pay in cash );
  • Gratuities is highly appreciated if you think we did a great job;
  • Flight tickets Guangzhou - Dali, Lijiang - Guangzhou;
  • Any item not mentioned in itinerary.

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