11 Days Yunnan Tour Covering Kunming – Jianshui – Yuanyang – Kunming – Dali – Lijiang – Shangri-La
The scenery of Yunnan is diverse ranging from ancient towns to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, from radiant and enchanting Shangri-La to Yuanyang’s Rice Terraces. This 11-day tour will please you with utmost fun by exploring the very meaningful sites in 7 different places. At the meantime, the considerate guide will do with all the trivial things in terms of bothering you least.
Green Lake Park, Stone Forest, Jianshui Ancient Town, Zhu Family Garden, Jianshui Confucius Temple, Hani Rice Terraces, Qingkou Hani Ethnic Village, Old Town of Dali, Three Pagoda Temple, Erhai Lake, Traditional Houses, Lijiang Ancient Town, Baisha Village, Baisha Mural, Black Dragon Pool Park, Dongba Museum, First Bend of the Yangtze River, Stone Drum Town, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Songzanlin Temple, Potatso National Park, Old Town of Dukezong
Hotel + Private tour guide + Driver + Vehicle + Entrance fee + Lunch + Train
The guide will greet you at the airport holding a welcome sign with your name. Boarding a private, air-conditioned car and then you will be transferred directly to your hotel to check in. Later on, you will follow the guide to visit Green Lake Park. It is praised as an emerald set in the city of Kunming.
Day 2 Kunming – Jianshui (B+L)
In the morning the guide will meet you at your hotel lobby and then take you to Stone Forest which is known for the typical karst landscape. Roaming in the special forest, you will be surprised by the surroundings that can be fantasied into the forms of sword, tower, mushroom and even human beings, the scene of which is peculiar and wonderful.
Next, let’s drive 2 hours to Jianshui Ancient Town, which can be called a “museum of ancient architecture” and “museum of folk dwellings”. You can freely explore the town on your own, or just have a good rest in hotel keeping energy for the next day’s visiting.
Day 3 Jianshui – Yuanyang (B+L)
Today you will pay a visit to Zhu Family Garden, the mansion built in the late Qing dynasty for Zhu’s family. The guide will show you around the garden and delight you with each unique part of design, including those exquisite decorations, function of the houses and its story at that time.
Then come to Jianshui Confucius Temple, having a history of more than 700 years. The temple adopted the palace-type design with north-south axis symmetry. The whole building is magnificent and well-structured, giving people a sense of solemnity. It also highlights the property of Confucianism.
After that, you will have lunch and be transferred to Yuanyang county for about 3 hours. You will check in at the local hotel tonight.
Day 4 Yuanyang (B+L)
In the morning, meet your guide at hotel lobby and then head to Hani Rice Terraces. It is the masterpiece that Hani minority people left by generations, which looks very spectacular. Walk through the surrounding villages and experience the ethnic customs of Yuanyang. You will also encounter the distinctive architectures and costumes.
What comes after is Qingkou Hani Ethnic Village. Visitors can experience the essence of Hani terrace culture in just a few hours by walking along the village’s stone path, and view the national costumes, harrows, hoes and looms and other production and living tools.
Day 5 Yuanyang – Kunming (B+L)
After your breakfast, follow your guide to a local market to get down to the daily life of native minority. You will see people wear their traditional costumes and women carry the special pack basket made of bamboo, for carrying baby. The guide will narrate the customs and other ethnic things to make your tour more interesting.
Bid farewell to Yuanyang, you will hop on the car for some 6 hours’ riding to Kunming city. Enjoy the scenery outside the window along the road. When you get to Kunming, the guide will help you check in at a local hotel.
Day 6 Kunming – Dali (B+L)
In the morning, you will be picked up and then driven to the train station. Take bullet train for 2 hours and get to Dali. Upon your arrival, the guide will greet you at the train station and then transfer you to the hotel. You will reside in Old Town of Dali, where you can stroll along the alleys of the ancient city and enjoy its languid atmosphere. You can also catch the sight of those wearing traditional ethnic costumes, and take a leisure walk in the market street selling various souvenirs. After that, you will visit the Three Pagoda Temple, with Erhai Lake in the east and Cangshan Mountain in the west, and have a close contact with the only historical site left in the royal temple – the three pagodas, which is seen as the symbol of Dali. Finally, you will also skirt the Erhai Lake by a horse-drawn carriage, enjoying its beautiful scenery and story of the lake.
Day 7 Dali – Lijiang (B+L)
After breakfast, you will board the car and then head to Lijiang. The journey usually lasts 3-4 hours. Along the road, you will stop by Bai Minority Traditional Houses in Xizhou. Follow your guide to explore the distinctive dwellings with typical minority culture, and you may also have a chance to see the process of local food making, which is called Baba as the specialty. Later on you will stop by a former mansion of Yan’s Family, where you can know the layout of Chinese courtyard of Bai minority style, and appreciate its wood sculpture as well as the architectural ornament. Stop by Zhoucheng to explore the ancient handcraft of tie-dying. You will have the chance to enter the workshop to learn the procedure of the skill, and try to do it personally on your willingness.
When you arrive in Lijiang, the guide will then lead you to appreciate the charm of Lijiang Ancient Town. It is characterized by a culture that fully embodies the harmony and integration of man and nature. The road is paved with breccia, which adds a sense of nostalgia and vintage here. When it comes night, the colorful lights make the town glitter and much more attractive. Finally the guide will help you check in the hotel.
Day 8 Lijiang (B+L)
Today is arranged to visit the Baisha Village first. It is the original settlement of Naxi people in Lijiang dam. The village still remains the antique style, which is quiet and simple. There’s a highlight here, that is famous Baisha Mural. The painting of Baisha mural lasts for more than 300 years from the beginning of Ming dynasty to the Qing dynasty, vividly depicting the local lifestyle and religious impressions. In addition, you will also pay a visit to local Naxi family to know deeper about local culture of inhabitants.
Later on, move to Former Residence of Dr. Joseph Rock in Yuhu village, which locates at the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Subsequently, explore the Black Dragon Pool Park, which is the landmark scenic spot of Lijiang and the site of researching Dongba culture. You will also be led to Dongba Museum, learning some history of Naxi minority people.
Day 9 Lijiang- Shangri-La (B+L)
In the morning you will be transferred to Shangri-La for about 4-5 hours. Before reaching your destination, you will see the First Bend of the Yangtze River on the way. The site got its name by the special form of a sudden V-like bend of the stream of the Yangtze River. The Stone Drum Town is less visited but keeps its original visage, in which still holds the custom of Market Day. The observation deck of First Bend of the Yangtze River is also set in the town.
Today’s last station is Tiger Leaping Gorge. With the reputation of danger, the place holds precipice that is not only deep, but also very narrow. The situation of rivers here also changes rapidly, which crazily gallops forward. The landscape of Tiger Leaping Gorge constitutes a rare miracle in the world.
In the end, you will check in the hotel in Shangri-La.
Day 10 Shangri-La (B+L)
After breakfast, meet your guide at hotel lobby and then move to Songzanlin Temple. It is a large Tibetan Buddhist temple in Yunnan, quite similar to the Potala Palace in Lhasa looking from afar. The temple also collects lots of religious artifacts and precious cultural relics.
Finishing your lunch, you will come to Potatso National Park, which is seen as a natural botanical garden. The climate in the park is wet and pleasant, thus you can often see it wreathed in mist, or shrouded in the sea of clouds. The Mirror-like alpine lakes, meadows with beautiful water and grass, wetlands with blooming flowers, primeval forest frequented by birds and beasts, all make this place totally a paradise.
Before the end of today’s tour, you will visit a local Tibetan family to fully immersed in the unique cultural atmosphere. You can try traditional Tibetan food, and never miss the dance and music show performed by real Tibetan folks.
Day 11 Shangri-La departure (B)
You will check out the hotel today, and then visit the last station of this tour – Old Town of Dukezong. Built in the Tang dynasty, Dukezong is a Tibetan pronunciation meaning “moonlight city” and “castle built on stone”. The layout of the town is like eight petals of lotus, and the center is the moonlight square. Turning the huge prayer tube, you can feel the Tibetan piety in the sound of chanting.
Afterwards, the guide will see you off at the airport for your departure. Our service ends here.
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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.