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Tour Overview

Yunnan loves to depict itself as a place with various minority groups and landscapes. What most remarkable in Yunnan is the many ancient towns and villages with a strong ethnic atmosphere, offering visitors an insight into diverse minority culture and life.

In the mysterious Tibetan borderlands, Shangri-La, housing many grand monasteries, wetlands, meadows, and ancient Tibetan architectures, will offer you the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle.

This 7 days Yunnan highlights tour is designed to take you to uncover the diverse wonders in Yunnan, including quaint ancient towns, trading posts on the ancient Tea Horse Road, snow-capped mountains, thrilling gorges, and the holy land Shangri-La.

Highlights of this tour:

*Meet Bai Minority in Xizhou Ancient Town. A visit to the local market, Zhoucheng Village, and Jinsuo Islet will offer you an in-depth experience of their brilliant culture and life.
*Immerse yourself in the beautiful natural scenery and unsophisticated Naxi folk customs in Shuhe Ancient Town.
*Be attracted by the legendary Tibetan paradise – Shangri-La, you will know why it is described as an enduring happy land isolated from the world.
*Be shocked by the indescribable beauty in Tiger Leaping Gorge with a showcase of scenic and natural highlights.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to Yunnan. Upon your arrival at the Dali Airport, meet your driver who'll drive you to the hotel by private vehicle. Enjoy your leisure time in Dali.

    Accommodation: Boutique Hotel in Dali

  2. After breakfast, your driver and guide will meet you at your hotel at 9 o’clock, then head to Xizhou Old Town. Much less touristy than Dali Old Town, Xizhou Old Town is small yet with a strong cultural atmosphere of Bai Minority. The bustling morning market is a bonus for you to meet locals in traditional minority clothing when they stroll around stalls selling local fruits, fresh meat, piles of spices, livestock, and etc.

    Wander more of the town to observe the exquisite architecture and enjoy the pleasant countryside view. Have a stop at the Zhoucheng Village in Xizhou, where your eyes will be excited by many fascinating handmade tie-dye products and embroideries.

    Then, relax on a cruise to Jinsuo Islet of Erhai Lake. It is a small fishing village with more than 200 Bai households. Wandering through the Bai minority houses here will bring you into fertile fields, lush-green trees, and the beautiful scenery of Cangshan Mountain and Erhai Lake.

    Accommodation: Boutique Hotel in Dali

    Yunnan Xizhou Old Town
    Xizhou Old Town

  3. You will be picked up from your hotel at 8 am and driven 3 hours to Lijiang (no English-speaking tour guide until you arrive in Lijiang). Your guide will meet you in Lijiang Ancient Town and lead you to Zhongyi Market. At this largest food and vegetable market in Lijiang, you will find fresh produce, dry goods, street food and have a glimpse into the old Lijiang.

    Next, visit the Black Dragon Pool in Jade Spring Park which is an iconic site in Lijiang. Sit beside the pool bank are arbors, pavilions, swaying willow trees, a white marble bridge, and ancient temples. Reflected in the water is the marvelous Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.

    Next to the park, you will see Dongba Museum. The relics and heritages displayed in the museum will give you a great insight into Naxi minority culture which is mainly about the language, sculpture, and architecture.

    Follow your guide to the Shuhe Ancient Town which boasts an as long history as Lijiang Ancient Town but sees fewer tourists. Combining beautiful natural scenery and unsophisticated Naxi folk customs, it is a world cultural heritage site in China. Another local market can be visited before your driver drives you to Lijiang Ancient Town.

    Accommodation: Boutique Hotel in Lijiang

    Shuhe Ancient Town
    Shuhe Ancient Town

  4. Get up early and drive to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain at 8:30 for the magnificent snow view on this always-snow-capped mountain. It is a sacred mountain of Naxi people highlighting varied and beautiful natural scenery. A cableway will take you to the Spruce Meadow which is surrounded by lofty spruces, offering awesome meadow and forest views.

    Then, drive back to Lijiang Old Town and enjoy your free time there.

    Accommodation: Boutique Hotel in Lijiang

    Yunnan Jada Dragon Snow Mountain
    Jada Dragon Snow Mountain

  5. After breakfast, you will drive about 60 km to marvel at the First Bend of the Yangtze River. Then move on to the Tiger Leaping Gorge where you will enjoy imposing gorge scenery during a 1.5 hours drive (part highway, part country road). One of the deepest gorges in the world, it measures 3900 meters from the waters of the Jinsha River to the Haba Mountain.

    Yangtze River the first bend
    Yangtze River the first bend

    Drive 2.5 hours to Shangri-La, a holy land rich in Tibet culture where you can encounter the grand monastery, snow-capped mountains, barley fields, yaks, and ancient Tibetan dwellings. You will get a chance to experience the process of making Thangka. A dedicated teacher will be arranged to teach you how to make a Thangka from the basics.

    Accommodation: Boutique Hotel in Shangri-La

    Learn to make Tangka
    Learn to make Tangka

  6. After breakfast, head to Songzanlin Monastery, the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan. Being built by imitating the layout of the Potala Palace in Tibet, the Songzanlin Monastery is in the traditional Tibetan style with a magnificent atmosphere, hence its another name "Little Potala Palace". The halls and inner walls are filled with spectacular murals, Buddha josses, golden lamps, silver censers, etc. narrating Buddhist history, legends, and former glory.

    Then, transfer to Shangri-La’s High Mountain Resort to enjoy a relaxing cup of coffee (or a pot of Yak Butter Tea if you are those who like trying new foods ) and a bird-view of Pudacuo National Park. The first national park in China, Pudacuo National Park features primitive landscapes with verdant forests, meadows, streams, wetlands, rare flora and fauna, plus minority villages.

    Accommodation: Boutique Hotel in Shangri-La

    Yunnan Songzanlin Monastery
    Songzanlin Monastery

  7. After breakfast in your hotel, your driver will transfer you to Shangri-La Airport or the bus terminal for departure. End of your 7 days Yunnan highlights tour.

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Price Includes

  • 6 nights' accommodation in 4-star hotels (one daily breakfast for one single room);
  • Private land transportation in air-conditioned vehicle with licensed drivers; 
  • Excellent local English speaking tour guides services as mentioned in the itinerary; 
  • Entrance tickets as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • 1 bottle of mineral waters per person per day;
  • China Travel Insurance.

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 are highly appreciated if you think we did a great job;
  • Flights; 
  • Any item not mentioned in itinerary.
  • The electromobile in Blue Moon Vally of Yulong Snow Mountain (50CNY)
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