Embark on a captivating journey through Kunming and Jianshui in Yunnan Province, beginning in Kunming, the “Spring City.” Enjoy panoramic views from the Western Hills, explore the Dragon Gate, and visit the Yunnan Nationalities Museum. Take a high-speed train to Jianshui for a taste of its rich cultural heritage and iconic landmarks like Chaoyang Tower, Zhu Family Garden, and Tuanshan Village. Return to Kunming for visits to the ancient Yuantong Temple and Green Lake Park, concluding with a trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Stone Forest.
2. Visit the Stone Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with amazing karst formations, such as the Sword Peak Pond and the Lotus Peak.
3. Take a high-speed train to Jianshui, an ancient town with over 1,200 years of history. Admire the ancient buildings and taste the local snacks.
4. Travel out of Jianshui by taking a sightseeing train to the Double Dragon Bridge, a stone arch bridge with 17 spans. Enjoy the scenic views.
- Day 1: Arrival in Kunming - Western Hills - Yunnan Nationalities MuseumWestern Hills, Dragon Gate, Yunnan Nationalities Museum
Welcome to Kunming, the vibrant capital of Yunnan Province, also known as the "Spring City" of China. Upon arrival at the airport, your friendly guide and driver will whisk you away to your downtown Kunming hotel.
In the afternoon, experience the scenic Western Hills, a lush forest park on Dianchi Lake's west bank. Take a cable car to the hilltop to discover the Dragon Gate, a collection of grottoes, sculptures, and pavilions carved into the cliff between 1781 and 1835. Enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the lake and city.
Later, delve into the rich cultural tapestry of Yunnan's 26 ethnic groups at the Yunnan Nationalities Museum. Learn about their vibrant costumes, unique architecture, religious beliefs, and folk arts. Return to your hotel for a well-deserved rest.
- Day 2: Kunming - Jianshui by High-speed Train (B, L)Chaoyang Tower, Jianshui Ancient Town, Zhu Family Garden
After breakfast, your guide and driver will escort you to the railway station for a 2-hour high-speed train journey to Jianshui County. This ancient town, with a history spanning 1,200 years, is celebrated for its cultural heritage and local delights. Upon arrival, settle into your accommodation in Jianshui Ancient Town.
After a brief break, explore the iconic Chaoyang Tower, constructed in 1389 and considered Jianshui's symbol. Wander through the well-preserved Jianshui Ancient Town, marveling at ancient houses, temples, and local snacks like tofu pudding and rice noodles. Cap off the day at the Zhu Family Garden, a masterpiece of traditional Chinese architecture and garden art.
Accommodation: Jianshui Ancient Town
- Day 3: Jianshui Discovery - Return to Kunming by High-speed Train (B, L)Double Dragon Bridge, Tuanshan Village
This morning, venture out of Jianshui Ancient Town to visit the Double Dragon Bridge, a picturesque stone arch bridge with 17 spans, offering views of the Lujiang and Tachong Rivers.
Continue your journey to Tuanshan Village, a rare surviving example of a traditional walled village with a history dating back over 600 years. Explore ancient houses, temples, and appreciate the exquisite wood and stone carvings.
After the tour, head to the railway station for a high-speed train back to Kunming. Your guide and driver will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.
- Day 4: Yuantong Temple - Green Lake Park - Stone Forest - Departure (B, L)Yuantong Temple, Kunming Green Lake Park, Stone Forest
Start your day with a visit to Yuantong Temple, Kunming's oldest and most significant Buddhist temple, boasting over 1,200 years of history. Explore the halls, statues, and serene ponds.
Take a leisurely stroll through Kunming Green Lake Park, surrounded by willow trees and lotus flowers. After lunch, embark on a journey to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Stone Forest. Marvel at the spectacular karst formations, including Sword Peak Pond and the Dadie Waterfall.
After this natural wonder tour, head to the airport or train station for your departure. Bid farewell to your guide and driver. Safe travels!