7 Days Yunnan Classic Tour: Kunming – Dali – Shaxi – Lijiang

Yunnan is such a wonderland that boasts so many must-visit tourist attractions. Take this 7 days Yunnan classic tour to discover the awesome landscapes in Kunming – Dali – Shaxi – Lijiang, enjoy the breathtaking mountains and rivers and feel unique ethnic culture in kind of ancient towns. Yunnan never stops surprising you with its unparalleled scenery on your journey and enchants you to plan your next Yunnan tour before your Yunnan departure! Follow us to explore the marvelous Yunnan.

Highlights of this tour:
*Walk into the extraordinary natural Stone Forest, marvel at groups of gray-black stone peaks, and climb up a pavilion to have a panoramic view of the intricate stone forest.
*Visit the Tie-dying workshop operated by local Bai people to feel the Bai ethnic culture.
*Relax both your body and mind by bathing the sunshine in Erhai Park.
*Take a cable car up to the Cangshan Mountain, let yourself be intoxicated with the picturesque scenery.
*Wander in Xizhou Town to fully appreciate Bai-style traditional architectural courtyards, taste their fragrant Three-Course Tea and explore their distinctive culture.
*Immerse yourself in the breathtaking natural landscapes such as Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Blue Moon Valley.

  • Private tour guide + Driver + Vehicle + Tickets entrance fee + Hotel with breakfast + Train ticket
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7 Days Yunnan Classic Tour: Kunming – Dali – Shaxi – Lijiang
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  1. Day 1: Kunming Arrival

    Take the early morning flight to each Kunming Airport. Upon arrival, our tour guide and the driver will pick you up on time, then start the Kunming city tour.

    Firstly, you will go to visit the Western Hills and Dragon Gate, 15 kilometers from Kunming downtown, which are actually a range consisting of four mountains: Biji, Luohan, Huating, and Taiping. Viewed from a distance, the skyline of the Western Hills’ forest reserve resembles a beautiful maiden reclining leisurely alongside of Dianchi Lake with her long hair drifting casually in the mirror-like water. Go through the Dragon Gate, the steepest spot in the Western Hills and well worth climbing up the winding old stone stairs because the view is spectacular.

    Then drive back to Kunming, continue visit the most picturesque park in Kunming urban area - the Green Lake Park. Here you can share the happiness of local people’s doing tai chi, performing local opera, and other vibrant activities.

    After the tour finished, transfer to hotel and check in.

  2. Day 2: Kunming - Dali tour by high-speed train

    After breakfast, drive 85 km to the typical Karst landform - Stone Forest. Walk into the Greater Stone Forest, marvel at groups of gray-black stone peaks and climb up a pavilion to have a panoramic view of the intricate stone forest. Visit the Lesser Stone Forest and listen to the legendary story of “Ashima”. It will be a real treat to visit the extraordinary natural stone forest. You feel like come into a "stone world".

    After the tour finished, transfer to train station for you to catch the 4-5pm high speed train to Dali. Upon your arrival at Dali train station, there will be the local tour guide and driver picking you up and transfer to local hotel.

  3. Day 3: Dali Tour

    Today’s visit starts with the Three Pagoda Temple. The Temple is formed by three independent pagodas arranged on the corners of an equilateral triangle. Their history can date back to Nanzhao Kingdom and Kingdom of Dali.

    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 blue-stone steps that are more than 3 feet wide, like a waterfall rushing down, directly to the beach in the middle of the park.

    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 that, come to Dali Ancient Town, walk around the Foreigner Street and enjoy the relax time with local people.

  4. Day 4: Dali - Shaxi Tour by 2.5-hour Driving

    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.

    Later, move on to Xizhou Town to fully appreciate Bai-style traditional architectural courtyards, taste their fragrant Three-Course Tea and explore their distinctive culture.

    Last, drive around 2.5 hours to Shaxi for overnight.

  5. Day 5: Shaxi-Lijiang Tour by 2-hour Driving

    Morning visit 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.

    Later, drive around 2 hours to Lijiang, continue 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.

  6. Day 6: Lijiang Tour

    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.

  7. Day 7: Lijiang Departure

    The 7 days tour will end by today. Our driver will pick you up from the hotel lobby and see you off at the airport (no guide service).

Price Includes

  • Private transfers in air-conditioned vehicle with licensed driver
  • Excellent English speaking tour guides service during sightseeing tours
  • Entrance tickets as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Government taxes and service charges
  • 6 nights’ accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Kunming-Dali high speed train(second class seats)

Price Excludes

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

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