8 Days Yunnan Classic Tour of Kunming-Dali-Shaxi-Lijiang
Yunnan is a southwest province in China boasting its superb tourist resources as the busiest destination receiving a huge quantity of domestic travelers each year. This tour is specially designed to explore top attractions in classic destinations (Kunming, Dali, Shaxi and Lijiang ), but also experience Bai, Naxi and Tibetan people’s life and ethnic minority culture. Take our 8 Days Yunnan Classic Tour of Kunming-Dali-Shaxi-Lijiang to explore the superb landscapes. We also provide tailor-made Yunnan tour according to your needs, interests and budgets, please feel free to inquire if you have more ideas about your Yunnan holiday.
Stone Forest, the Green Lake Park, Cangshan Mountain, Tie-dying workshop, Erhai Lake Park, Xizhou Town, Zhoucheng Village, Dali Ancient Town, Shaxi Old Town, Three Pagoda Temple, Lijiang Ancient Town.
Private tour guide + Driver + Vehicle + Tickets entrance fee + Hotels with breakfast
Upon your arrival at Kunming airport, the local English speaking guide and driver will pick you up from the exit gate by holding a welcome board with your name and transfer to downtown hotel for check-in. Free and easy on your own for rest of the day.
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". 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.
At around 06:00, our driver will pick you up from the hotel lobby and transfer to the railyway station for your high speed train to Dali ( D8660 / 08:02-09:57). Upon arrival, our local guide and driver will welcome you by holding a sign with your name. Your visit starts with visit starts with the Three Pagoda Temple. The Temple is formed by three independent pagodas arranged on the corners of a 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 bluestone 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.
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.
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, move on to Shibao Mountain which is located in the midst of a picturesque landscape, with a broad view consisting of row upon row of mountain peaks, tranquil valleys, dense green forest, clear springs, and deep-buried ancient temple houses created by skilled Bai workers and talented artisans. The landscape here is fascinating and beautiful. Here "The Stone's in Blossom" matches very well with the natural landscape of red sandstone. These turtle-back stones were created by a century of rainwater，and it continues to developed. Besides, the Danxia landscape is the most picturesque view of all. Shibao Mountain was designated as the most important National tourist scenic area in China by the State Council in 1982. Also, the Shibaoshan Scenic Area is the centre part of the "Three Parallel Rivers', a UNESCO World Nature Heritage Site. After the visit, drive around 2 hours to Lijiang for overnight.
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. 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.
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. 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.