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Tour Overview

The 5-day tour from Kunming to Lijiang takes you on a journey to explore the enchanting landscapes and cultural treasures of Yunnan. We’ll guide you through the surreal limestone formations in the Stone Forest and immerse you in the diverse cultures at the Yunnan Nationalities Museum. In Lijiang, marvel at the majestic Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and hike the awe-inspiring Tiger Leaping Gorge. Experience the charm of Lijiang Ancient Town and delve into the rich heritage of the region. The Kunming and Lijiang tour is a perfect blend of natural wonders and cultural immersion.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Explore the beauty of the Western Hills – strolling the scenic trails and discovering the hidden Dragon Gate.
2. Marvel at the surreal limestone structures in the World Heritage Stone Forest.
3. Experience the stunning beauty of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and take a cable car ride to Spruce Meadow.
4. Hike through the majestic Tiger Leaping Gorge to witness the power of the Yangtze River and the famous Tiger Leaping Rock.
5. Get lost in the charming streets of Lijiang Ancient Town. Admire the traditional architecture and learn about the rich cultural heritage.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Upon your arrival in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province, you will check into your hotel and have some time to relax and freshen up. In the afternoon, you will visit the Yunnan Nationalities Museum, which showcases the rich cultural diversity of the ethnic groups in Yunnan through various exhibits, artifacts, and traditional performances.

    Then, head to the Western Hills, a scenic area located just outside the city. The hills offer beautiful natural landscapes and are home to the famous Dragon Gate, a series of carved staircases and pavilions leading up to a panoramic viewpoint, where you can take in the breathtaking views of Kunming and Dianchi Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Yunnan Province.

    After the tour, you will be escorted back to your hotel and you can rest and prepare for the next day's adventures.

    Accommodation: in Kunming

    Kunming Western Hills Dragon Gate
    Dragon Gate

  2. After breakfast, drive for 1.5 hours to Stone Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of China's most striking natural wonders. The Stone Forest is a huge area filled with towering limestone structures, resembling a forest of stone pillars. You will have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of stone formations, walk along narrow paths, and admire unique geological formations.

    Kunming Stone Forest Guests
    Kunming Stone Forest

    Afterwards, you will visit the picturesque Green Lake Lake, also known as Cuihu Park. This urban park is known for its tranquil setting, surrounded by willow trees and dotted with pavilions and bridges. You can take a stroll around the lake, watch locals playing traditional musical instruments or practicing Tai Chi, and even rent a boat to enjoy the scenery from the water.

    In the afternoon, take a 3.5-hour high-speed train from Kunming to Lijiang, a charming ancient town nestled in the mountains of Yunnan. Upon arrival in Lijiang, check into your hotel and have the evening free to relax and explore the town at your own pace.

    Accommodation: in Lijiang

  3. Start your Lijiang tour day by visiting the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, a sacred mountain range stretching across the skyline of Lijiang. Upon arrival, you will be guided to take a cable car ride to reach Spruce Meadow, located at an elevation of over 3,000 meters. From there, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the snow-capped peaks, alpine meadows, and colorful wildflowers, depending on the season.

    If you're interested, you can attend the Impression Lijiang Show, a large-scale outdoor performance featuring traditional music, dance, and theatrical elements. The show takes place in an open-air theater against the backdrop of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (additional cost).

    Then, visit the enchanting Blue Moon Valley, renowned for its crystal-clear waters reflecting the surrounding mountains. Take a leisurely walk along the paths and admire the vibrant blue hues of the pools and waterfalls.

    Yunnan Lijiang Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Blue Moon Valley
    Blue Moon Valley

    Later in the afternoon, we will head to Baisha Village, an ancient town famous for its well-preserved Baisha Mural Paintings. These intricate artworks, dating back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), depict various religious and daily life scenes. You can appreciate the ancient paintings and learn about the history and culture of the Naxi people.

    Note: If you're interested in visiting Glacier Park, tell your travel consultant to adjust the itinerary accordingly. Different cableways offer different experiences at different prices, so you can discuss your preferences and make necessary arrangements in advance.

    Accommodation: in Lijiang

    Yunnan Lijiang Baisha Murals in Baisha Village
    Baisha Murals

  4. In the morning, you will take a scenic journey to the First Bend of the Yangtze River, located near the town of Shigu. This natural wonder is a sharp bend in the course of the Yangtze River, surrounded by towering cliffs and lush vegetation. You can take in the magnificent views, learn about the river's significance, and capture memorable photos.

    From there, you will be transferred to Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the world's deepest gorges, known for its dramatic landscapes and challenging hiking trails. You will hike the Upper Tiger Leaping Gorge, where you can admire the roaring rapids, towering cliffs, and the famous Tiger Leaping Rock, a large boulder in the middle of the river. The hike offers breathtaking views and a thrilling adventure.

    After exploring the gorge, drive back to Lijiang, where you can spend the evening at your leisure.

    Accommodation: in Lijiang

    Yunnan Tiger Leaping Gorge
    Tiger Leaping Gorge

  5. After breakfast, take a stroll through Lijiang Ancient Town. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lijiang Ancient Town boasts a unique Naxi ethnic culture and architectural style. It is renowned for its well-preserved traditional buildings, winding cobblestone streets, and charming waterways. You can visit the Mufu Palace, the historical residence of the ruling Mu family, and explore the bustling market square called Sifang Street, which serves as a vital hub on the Ancient Tea Horse Road.

    Lijiang Mu Palace
    Explore exquisite architecture of Mufu Palace

    After that, you will visit the Dongba Culture Museum, the first county-level museum in Yunnan Province, with a collection of more than 12,000 cultural relics. Here you will learn about the unique Dongba religion and culture of the Naxi people, who have inhabited this area for centuries.

    Finally, your guide will escort you to the airport or train station in Lijiang, where you can catch your flight or train to your next destination. Your 5-day Kunming and Lijiang tour ends here.

    Accommodation: N/A

Tour Price ($=USD)

From $769 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

  • 4 nights' accommodation in well-selected hotels;
  • 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 as listed in the itinerary;
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day;
  • China Travel Insurance.

Price Excludes

  • Flight tickets to Kunming / off Lijiang;
  • 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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