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Tour Overview

Discover the enchanting allure of Yunnan during this immersive 10-day journey. Traverse from Kunming’s serene landscapes and mystical Stone Forest to Dali’s lakeside tranquility and ancient pagodas. Meander through Lijiang’s ancient cobbled streets, then ascend Jade Dragon Snow Mountain for breathtaking views. In Shangri-La, explore Songzanlin Monastery’s grandeur and Pudacuo National Park’s natural splendor. Engage in cultural workshops, taste local flavors, and relish the diverse beauty that defines this captivating route through Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, and Shangri-La.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Explore Kunming’s Green Lake, where seagulls glide over serene waters, offering a peaceful start to your journey.
2. Wander through Kunming’s mesmerizing Stone Forest, a natural wonder of towering limestone formations that evoke an otherworldly realm.
3. Pedal along Dali’s scenic Erhai Lake, absorbing tranquil beauty as you traverse its shores, surrounded by nature’s embrace.
4. Immerse in Bai culture at Zhoucheng Village, where vibrant tie-dyeing traditions and intricate patterns reveal rich local heritage.
5. Ascend Cangshan Mountain, walk the Jade Belt Road, and discover Taoist temples, immersing in nature’s tranquility.
6. Lose yourself in Lijiang Ancient Town’s cobbled lanes, ancient architecture, and vibrant cultural tapestry.
7. Ascend Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, embrace Glacier Park’s beauty, and explore Blue Moon Valley’s ethereal landscape.
8. From Songzanlin Monastery’s grandeur to Pudacuo National Park’s diverse wonders, Shangri-La reveals Tibet’s essence amid stunning landscapes.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Upon arrival, your guide and driver will meet you at the airport, ready to assist you with a smooth transfer to your hotel. Once you've settled in, take some time to rest or venture out and begin your exploration of Kunming. The city is known as the "City of Eternal Spring" due to its pleasant climate, making it a perfect place to take a leisurely stroll, sample local cuisine, or visit nearby parks.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: in Kunming

  2. Start your day with a visit to Green Lake, a tranquil oasis in the heart of the city. Watch locals practicing Tai Chi, enjoy the serene atmosphere, and maybe even join in feeding the seagulls. Next, dive into the vibrant atmosphere of the Flower and Bird Market. This bustling market is a sensory delight, with an array of flowers, plants, birds, and other unique items for sale.

    Kunming Green Lake Park
    Lotus Flowers in Green Lake Park

    In the afternoon, you'll journey to the captivating Stone Forest, an awe-inspiring collection of limestone formations that resemble a petrified forest. Roam through the maze of towering rocks, some resembling animals, and marvel at the natural wonder. As evening descends, you have the option to attend the Yunnan Impression Show, a spectacular outdoor performance that celebrates the ethnic diversity and cultural heritage of the region (at additional expense).

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Kunming

    Yunnan Stone Forest Kunming
    Stone Forest

  3. Embark on a cable car ride up West Hill, where the Dragon Gate stands as a masterpiece of intricate Taoist carvings. Enjoy panoramic views of Kunming and the surrounding landscapes from this elevated vantage point.

    Later, make your way to Kunming South Train Station to board a high-speed train to Dali. Upon your arrival, your local guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel in Dali.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Dali

    Kunming Western Hills Dragon Gate
    Dragon Gate on the West Hill

  4. Your day starts with a visit to the Three Pagodas, iconic symbols of Dali's history and architecture. These ancient pagodas are situated against a backdrop of picturesque mountains. Afterwards, take a leisurely bike ride along the shores of Erhai Lake. The lake's tranquility and the surrounding landscapes provide a serene setting for your exploration.

    Dali Erhai Lake
    Take a leisurely bike ride around Erhai Lake

    Continue your journey to Zhoucheng Village, where you'll have the opportunity to learn the traditional art of tie-dyeing from local artisans. The intricate patterns and vibrant colors used in this process are deeply rooted in Bai ethnic culture. In the evening, wander through the charming Dali Old Town, and if you're in the mood, head to a local night bar to experience the town's nightlife.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Dali

  5. Embark on a cable car ride up Cangshan Mountain, where you'll hike along the enchanting Jade Belt Road. This scenic trail offers panoramic views of Erhai Lake and the surrounding countryside, while also leading you to Taoist temples hidden amid the lush greenery.

    Dali Cangshan Mountains
    Cangshan Mountains

    Later, visit Xizhou Bai's Houses, an architectural marvel showcasing Bai ethnic traditions. The intricate wood carvings, elegant courtyards, and traditional designs provide insight into the local way of life. Return to your hotel in Dali for relaxation or further exploration.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Dali

  6. Bid farewell to Dali as you board a train to Lijiang. Upon your arrival, your local guide will be there to greet you and escort you to your hotel. Take advantage of your free time to immerse yourself in the captivating Lijiang Ancient Town. The town's cobblestone streets, traditional architecture, and rich cultural heritage make it a charming and picturesque destination.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Lijiang

    Yunnan Lijiang Old Town
    Lijiang Old Town

  7. Your day begins with an excursion to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Ascend the mountain via cable car to Glacier Park, where you can revel in the breathtaking alpine scenery. Take a stroll through the ethereal Blue Moon Valley, surrounded by snow-capped peaks and vibrant plant life.

    Yulong Snow Mountain Yunnan
    Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in Lijiang

    Later, visit Yufeng Temple, an ancient Tibetan temple nestled amidst the mountains. Continue your cultural journey by exploring the historic Baisha Mural, a treasure trove of intricate Buddhist art. As you return to Lijiang, make a brief stop at Black Dragon Pool Park, offering stunning views of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. The evening is yours to wander the charming streets of Lijiang Old Town.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Lijiang

  8. Embark on a scenic journey to Shangri-La, pausing along the way to visit Tiger Leaping Gorge. This dramatic canyon is a sight to behold, with towering cliffs and the roaring Jinsha River below. Embark on a hike down to a viewing deck for a closer look at the impressive natural landscape.

    Yunnan Tiger Leaping Gorge
    Tiger Leaping Gorge

    Upon your arrival in Shangri-La, check in at your hotel before delving into the enchantment of Dukezong Ancient Town. Engage in a Thangka painting workshop, where you can learn about this intricate form of Tibetan art. If you're interested, the evening offers the opportunity to experience the bonfire night at Moonlight Square.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Shangri-La

  9. Begin your day with a visit to the magnificent Songzanlin Monastery, often referred to as the "Little Potala Palace" due to its stunning architecture and resemblance to Lhasa's famous Potala Palace. Explore the temple complex and take in the serene atmosphere of this important Tibetan Buddhist site.

    Yunnan Shangri-La Songzanlin Monastery
    Explore the Monastery Complex

    For lunch, savor the flavors of Tibet with a meal hosted by a local family. Enjoy the warm hospitality and traditional dishes that offer insight into the region's culinary culture. Afterwards, venture to Pudacuo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its diverse ecosystems, pristine lakes, and lush forests. Return to your hotel to unwind and reflect on your journey.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Shangri-La

    Pudacuo National Park Bita Lake
    Bita Lake in Pudacuo National Park

  10. Enjoy a leisurely morning in Shangri-La before your driver escorts you to the airport for your departure to Kunming. From there, you'll catch your onward flight to your next destination. Use this time to reminisce about the unforgettable experiences you've had in Yunnan and plan your future adventures.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Tour Price ($=USD)

From $2199 P.P, which is based on a private tour for 2 people. The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel.

 

Price Includes

  • 9 nights' accommodation in well-selected hotels;
  • Meals listed in the itinerary;
  • Private 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;
  • Second-class high-speed train tickets and flight tickets listed in the itinerary;
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day;
  • China Travel Insurance.

Price Excludes

  • Flight/train tickets to/off Kunming;
  • Any optional activities inside the attractions;
  • Any item not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • All kinds of gratuities for guides, drivers & others.
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