7 Days Yunnan | Dali+Lijiang +Shangri-La Best Highlights Tour
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 trip 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.
English speaking tour guide + Driver + Vehicle + Entrance fee
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.