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Tour Overview

Embark on a 10-day journey through the cultural wonders of Yunnan, beginning in Beijing and venturing through the ancient heart of China. Explore iconic landmarks such as Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City before witnessing the marvels of the Great Wall. Your adventure continues to Kunming, where you’ll visit the Stone Forest and the serene Green Lake Park. Cycle through Erhai Lake and stroll through Dali Ancient Town, immersing yourself in Bai culture. Discover the enchanting Lijiang Ancient Town, the picturesque Yuhu Village, and the historic Baisha Village. Traverse the stunning landscapes of the First Bend of the Yangtze River and Tiger Leaping Gorge en route to the mythical paradise of Shangri-La. Uncover Tibetan culture at Songzanlin Monastery and explore Pudacuo National Park. Your journey concludes with a visit to a local Tibetan family before bidding farewell to the breathtaking landscapes and diverse cultures of Yunnan.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Forbidden City & Great Wall Adventure: Explore Beijing’s cultural treasures, from the vast Tiananmen Square to the imperial splendors of the Forbidden City, followed by a journey to the iconic Mutianyu section of the Great Wall.
2. Scenic Marvels of Yunnan: Traverse the Stone Forest in Kunming, a natural wonder of karst formations, and enjoy the serene beauty of Green Lake Park, offering a peaceful retreat in the heart of the city.
3. Cultural Immersion in Dali Ancient Town: Immerse yourself in the rich Bai culture while cycling around Erhai Lake and wandering through the charming Dali Ancient Town, characterized by its distinctive architecture and vibrant local life.
4. Enchanting Lijiang Ancient Town: Roam the cobblestone streets of Lijiang Ancient Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, discovering the unique architecture, historic landmarks, and the warm hospitality of the Naxi ethnic minority.
5. Tiger Leaping Gorge & Shangri-La Discovery: Experience the natural wonders of the First Bend of the Yangtze River and the awe-inspiring Tiger Leaping Gorge before ascending to the mystical Shangri-La, where Tibetan culture comes to life at Songzanlin Monastery.
6. Pudacuo National Park & Local Tibetan Encounter: Explore the pristine landscapes of Pudacuo National Park and cap off your journey with a meaningful visit to a local Tibetan family, providing insight into their customs and a chance to savor traditional specialties.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Upon landing at Beijing Capital Airport, your guide and driver will warmly welcome you and whisk you away to your hotel in Beijing downtown area.

    The day is yours to unwind or explore nearby attractions like Wangfujing Street, Qianmen Street, or the serene Houhai Lake. Embrace the comfort of your accommodation or set out for a leisurely stroll.

    Accommodation: Beijing downtown

  2. Following breakfast, your day unfolds with a visit to Tiananmen Square, an iconic symbol of China’s national pride. Explore its grandeur, featuring the Monument to the People’s Heroes and the Great Hall of the People.

    Venture through Tiananmen Gate to enter the Forbidden City, an imperial masterpiece where history breathes through the halls. Marvel at the Hall of Supreme Harmony, stroll through the Imperial Garden, and ascend Jingshan Park for a breathtaking panoramic view.

    Beijing Forbidden City
    Forbidden City

    After lunch, journey to the Summer Palace, a harmonious blend of nature and imperial design. Traverse the Long Corridor, gaze upon the Marble Boat, and meander through the Seventeen-Arch Bridge.

    Accommodation: Beijing downtown

    Beijing Summer Palace
    Summer Palace

  3. Today, you embark on a journey to one of China's most celebrated landmarks—the Great Wall. Traverse the less crowded Mutianyu section, absorbing the profound history and scenic vistas.

    Mutianyu Great Wall Beijing
    Mutianyu Great Wall

    Then, experience the Sacred Way of the Ming Dynasty's Imperial Tombs, where stone statues guard the resting emperors. Conclude your day with a visit to the outside of the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube, legacies of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

    Accommodation: Beijing downtown

  4. Continue your Beijing exploration today. In the morning, you will visit the Temple of Heaven, a masterpiece of ancient Chinese architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Beyond the historic architecture, you will also observe the local people’s life in the park, such as doing morning exercises, playing chess, or singing opera.

    Beijing Temple of heaven
    Temple of heaven

    Stroll through Beijing’s Hutongs on a rickshaw, immersing yourself in the traditional alleyways. These narrow alleys and courtyards represent the traditional lifestyle of Beijing residents.

    After lunch, catch a flight to Kunming, the vibrant capital of Yunnan Province. Upon arrival, your local guide will escort you to your hotel in Kunming downtown, where the evening is yours to explore or unwind.

    Accommodation: Kunming downtown

    Beijing Hutong rickshaw ride

  5. Your day begins with a visit to the Stone Forest, a natural wonder of karst formations that resemble a forest of stone pillars. You will wander through the maze of rocks, and admire the shapes and colors of the stones. The highlights here include the Sword Peak Pond, the Lotus Peak, the Big and Small Stone Forests, and the Ashima Stone.

    Yunnan Stone Forest Kunming
    Stone Forest

    After lunch, return to Kunming to explore the tranquil Green Lake Park. In this charming urban park, you will enjoy the tranquil and beautiful scenery of the lake, and also see some of local activities, such as flying kites, playing musical instruments, or feeding seagulls.

    Later, catch a high-speed train to Dali, a city rich in Bai ethnic minority culture. Check into your hotel in Dali Ancient Town, a historic gem dating back over a millennium. Take a leisurely stroll through its cobblestone streets, brimming with shops, restaurants, and galleries.

    Accommodation: Dali Ancient Town

  6. Explore Dali's historical landmarks, starting with the Three Pagodas and the Chongsheng Temple. Dating back to the 9th and 10th centuries, the pagodas are among China's oldest and tallest. The Chongsheng Temple, a vast complex behind the pagodas, offers rich history and views of Erhai Lake and Cangshan Mountain.

    Chongsheng Three Pagodas Yunnan
    Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple

    Next, explore the serene Erhai Lake, the second-largest freshwater lake in Yunnan. Opt for activities like a bus tour along the lake's ring road, a boat cruise, or a bike ride along the 120-kilometer path.

    Bike around Erhai Lake
    Bike around Erhai Lake

    After lunch, visit Dali Ancient Town, experiencing Bai architecture and culture. Explore attractions like Foreigner Street, the City Wall, and the South Gate. Optionally, try making Flower Cake, a traditional Bai snack, guided by a local master.

    Accommodation: in Dali Ancient Town

  7. Begin your day with a visit to Xizhou Ancient Town, a beautifully preserved enclave showcasing the rich culture and history of the Bai people. Dive into the vibrant local morning market, immersing yourself in the daily hustle and bustle. Savor the Bai’s Three-Course Tea, a ceremonial delight expressing their warm hospitality. Explore the Yan Family Compound, a quintessential example of Bai architecture and art.

    Yunnan Xizhou Old Town
    Xizhou Old Town

    Next, transfer to Zhoucheng Old Town, the largest Bai town. Appreciate the intricate Tie-dye art, a traditional Bai craft using natural dyes and wax. Try your hand at creating your own tie-dye souvenir (optional, at your own expense).

    After a satisfying lunch, embark on a scenic drive to Lijiang. Upon arrival, leisurely explore Lijiang Ancient Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to the 13th century. Marvel at Naxi culture through wooden houses, stone bridges, water canals, and Dongba symbols. Visit Mufu Palace and Sifang Street Square, the vibrant heart of the town.

    Optional Activity: If energy permits, consider an optional hike up Lion Hill and Wanggu Tower for panoramic views.

    Accommodation: Lijiang Ancient Town

    Lijiang Ancient Town
    Lijiang Ancient Town

  8. Embark on a journey from Lijiang to Yuhu Village, nestled at the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Witness traditional Naxi houses crafted from stone and wood and explore the former residence of American explorer Joseph Rock.

    Yunnan Lijiang Yuhu Village
    Yuhu Village

    Continue to Baisha Village to admire the Ming and Qing dynasty Baisha Mural Paintings, reflecting a fusion of Buddhism, Taoism, and Naxi Dongba culture. Optionally, try your hand at Baisha embroidery (at your own expense), a traditional Naxi craft.

    Baisha Ancient Town
    Baisha Ancient Town

    After lunch, visit Shuhe Ancient Town, an important stop on the ancient Tea Horse Road. Explore its quaint architecture, Sifang Street, Stone Arch Bridge, Tea Horse Road Museum, and Qinglong Bridge.

    Next, visit the Dongba Culture Museum, delving into Naxi history, culture, and unique Dongba script. Conclude the day at Black Dragon Pool Park, offering breathtaking views of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.

    Accommodation: Lijiang

  9. In the morning, embark on a scenic drive to the First Bend of the Yangtze River, a dramatic sight where the river makes a near 180-degree turn. Absorb the contrast of the river against the mountainous backdrop and uncover the legends surrounding the area.

    Continue to Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the world's deepest and most stunning gorges. Hike the Upper Tiger Leaping Gorge section, enjoying four hours of breathtaking views and the thrill of the challenge.

    Tiger Leaping Gorge Hiking
    Tiger Leaping Gorge Hiking

    After lunch, journey to Shangri-La, a mythical paradise perched on the Tibetan Plateau. Witness the landscape and climate transformation as you ascend.

    Upon arrival, explore Dukezong Ancient Town, preserving Tibetan culture and architecture. Climb Guishan Hill to witness the world's largest prayer wheel and enjoy panoramic views of the town and Shika Snow Mountain.

    Accommodation: Shangri-La

    Dukezong Old Town
    Dukezong Old Town

  10. After breakfast, visit the Songzanlin Monastery, Yunnan's largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery. Marvel at its grand architecture resembling the Potala Palace in Lhasa. Explore the halls, chapels, and pagodas, observing Buddhist deities and the monks' daily life.

    Yunnan Shangri-La Songzanlin Monastery
    Songzanlin Monastery

    Head to Pudacuo National Park, China's first national park meeting international conservation standards. Discover its pristine lakes, wetlands, forests, meadows, and wildlife, including Shudu Lake, Bita Lake, and Militang Pasture.

    Before departing for the airport, experience the hospitality of a local Tibetan family. Taste specialties like yak butter tea, barley wine, and tsampa, gaining insights into their customs and lifestyle.

    This concludes your 10-day classic Beijing and Yunnan adventure. Thank you for choosing us as your travel partner.

    Pudacuo National Park in Autumn
    Pudacuo National Park in Autumn

Tour Price Per Person

The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel. Please contact us for a specific price.

Price Includes

  • Private land transportation in air-conditioned vehicle with licensed driver;
  • Excellent English-speaking tour guide service as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Main entrance tickets as listed in the itinerary;
  • Accommodation, meals, and activities as listed in the itinerary;
  • Domestic flights and high-speed trains as listed in the itinerary;
  • One bottle of water per person per day;
  • China Travel Insurance;
  • Government taxes.

Price Excludes

  • Any optional golf car/battery car/shuttle bus/horse ride/boat cruise etc. inside the attractions;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • China visa;
  • Gratuities are highly appreciated if you think we did a great job;
  • Flights to Beijing and off Shangri-La.
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