Highlighting brilliant ethnic culture, amazing natural landscapes, and comfortable weather, Yunnan is an ideal destination to fulfill all your expectations for a family trip, whether you want to experience some new culture, learn, adventure, relax, or simply enjoy a fun time with your family.
Covering all highlights of Dali and Lijiang, in this 5 days Dali Lijiang family tour, you can learn about distinctive minority culture when wandering in the local market or walking into a Naxi family to experience their customs and warm hospitality; enjoy the leisure and fun time when biking with the picturesque scene and refreshing breezes of Erhai; adventure onto the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain for breathtaking panoramic vista.
*Learn the pictographic Dongba symbols, put on traditional Naxi costumes, make soybean milk with a stone mill, and taste home-cooked dinner in a Naxi family.
*Bike alongside Erhai Lake, enjoy many flowery meadows, stunning lake scenery, and feel the refreshing wind.
*Take a cable car up to the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and find yourself in a real paradise with amazing landscapes and panoramic views.
- Day 1: Dali ArrivalDali Ancient Town
Upon you arrive at Dali, your local driver will drive you to the hotel by an air-conditioned vehicle. Enjoy your leisure time in Dali Ancient Town. Once the capital of the Nanzhao Kingdom and Dali Kingdom, Dali Ancient Town boasts many well-preserved ancient buildings and traditional blocks lined with shops and restaurants, making it a good place to sample local food.
Your guide will meet you at the hotel the next morning at the appointed time.
Accommodation: Boutique Hotel in Dali
- Day 2: Dali - Xizhou Ancient Town - ErhaiXizhou Old Town & Erhai Lake
After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at the hotel and 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. Your guide will lead you to a bustling market to join the local Bai villagers while they are wandering around various stalls of local fruits, vegetables, meat, piles of spices, etc. Full of colors, shouts, and products, the market is the place you can find the true soul and traditions of Bai Minority.
Move to a bicycle rental near Erhai Lake. You can rent a bike or electric bike to take a ride alongside Erhai Lake. You will be attracted by many pretty flowery meadows and can take multiple photos. The riding will last for about 1 hour, then, before heading back to your hotel, there is some relaxing time for you to enjoy a cup of coffee and appreciate the lake scenery.
Accommodation: Boutique Hotel in Xizhou
- Day 3: Dali - Lijiang - Visit an Ancient VillageLijiang Old Town
Drive about 2.5 hours to Lijiang in the morning. Also called Dayan Old Town, Lijiang Old Town was once a reputable trading hub on the Ancient Tea and Horse Road, highlighting breathtaking natural landscapes and mysterious ethnic culture. After a short break at your hotel in Lijiang, drive to an ancient village for some in-depth experiences of the local life and culture. You will get a chance to explore the traditional Naxi dwellings, visit a Naxi family and make soybean milk with a stone mill, put on Naxi costumes, learn Dongba characters, and enjoy a typical Naxi dinner. Then drive back to your hotel.
Accommodation: Boutique Hotel in Lijiang.
- Day 4: Lijiang - Jade Dragon Snow Mountain - LijiangJade Dragon Snow Mountain
Get up early and drive 1 hour 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. One of the highest elevation cable cars will take you to Glacier Park to experience glacier and thrilling panoramic views.
Then, drive back to Lijiang Old Town and enjoy your free time there.
Accommodation: Boutique Hotel in Lijiang
- Day 5: Lijiang Departure
After breakfast in your hotel, your driver will transfer you to Lijiang Airport for departure. End of your 5 days Dali Lijiang family tour.