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Tour Overview

This 8-day journey through the diverse landscapes of Yunnan begins in Kunming, taking you to explore tranquil parks and cultural gems. Then traverse to Dali and Lijiang, where historic towns and majestic mountains unfold. Immerse yourself in Bai and Tibetan culture, visiting monasteries and vibrant markets. Discover the breathtaking beauty of Yangnanxi’s flower fields. Uncover hidden treasures in Shaxi Ancient Town. This expedition culminates with a taste of Yunnan’s flavors and a profound sense of wonder in Shangri-La’s mystical landscapes.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Ascend Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, ride a cable car to Glacier Park, and breathe in the pristine beauty of snow-capped peaks.
2. Explore Ganden Sumtseling Monastery, turn the world’s largest prayer wheel, and soak in the Tibetan Buddhist heritage.
3. Engage with locals in Bala Village, witness the revered Bodhi tree, and uncover the heartwarming Bai culture.
4. Traverse Yangnanxi’s vibrant flower fields, a mesmerizing sea of colors set against picturesque mountain vistas.
5. Step into history in Shaxi Ancient Town, enjoy coffee with scenic views, and stroll through traditional markets.
6. Roam Dali Ancient Town’s cobbled streets, embrace Bai architecture, and find souvenirs amid lively markets.
7. Witness the majestic First Bend of the Yangtze River, an awe-inspiring natural phenomenon nestled amid lush landscapes.
8. Experience Green Lake Park’s serene allure, admire Yu Chengqing’s Private Garden, and savor Yunnan cuisine’s rich flavors.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Upon your arrival at Kunming, your guide and driver will be waiting to greet you with a warm welcome. They'll assist with your luggage and ensure a comfortable transfer to your hotel, where you can unwind and freshen up after your journey.

    With the remainder of the day at your leisure, take the opportunity to explore Kunming's Green Lake Park. This local favorite is known for its serene landscapes, charming bridges, and cultural activities. Stroll around the lake, watch locals practicing Tai Chi, and soak in the peaceful ambiance.

    Meal: Dinner

    Accommodation: in Kunming

    Kunming Green Lake Park
    Lotus Flowers in Green Lake Park

  2. After a hearty breakfast at your hotel, embark on a scenic drive from Kunming to Dali. As you travel through the picturesque countryside, enjoy the changing landscapes and glimpses of rural life.

    Arriving in Dali, treat your taste buds to a delicious lunch before heading to Shuanglang. This idyllic lakeside town offers a glimpse of Bai ethnic culture. Explore Taiyang Palace, a Bai architectural gem, beckons with ornate halls and courtyards. Embrace Bai culture's essence while connecting to its modern portrayal through Yang Liping's artistic touch. Savor an afternoon tea while gazing at the tranquil waters of the lake.

    Dali Taiyang Palace
    Taiyang Palace

    Continue your journey to Lijiang, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its historic architecture and ethnic diversity. Check in at your hotel and rest for the evening.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

    Accommodation: in Lijiang

  3. Prepare for an unforgettable day in the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Scenic Area. The breathtaking views and fresh mountain air are sure to invigorate your senses.

    Ascend the mountain via cable car to Glacier Park, where you'll be greeted by pristine snowscapes and panoramic vistas. Enjoy leisurely walks and marvel at the towering peaks.

    Yulong Snow Mountain Yunnan
    Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in Lijiang

    The Blue Moon Valley is a sight to behold, with its vivid blue waters and lush greenery. Capture the picturesque surroundings and create lasting memories.

    Then, immerse yourself in the cultural extravaganza of the Impression Lijiang show, a multimedia spectacle that brings history and heritage to life.

    Before the day ends, visit the serene Black Dragon Pool Park, featuring iconic arched bridges and the stunning reflection of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in its waters.

    Meal: Breakfast + Dinner

    Accommodation: in Lijiang

  4. Embark on a scenic drive to witness the natural wonder of the First Bend of the Yangtze River. Marvel at the river's dramatic U-shaped curve as it flows through the mountains.

    First Bend of Yangtze River
    The First Bend of the Yangtze River

    Continue your journey to the impressive Ganden Sumtseling Monastery, a Tibetan Buddhist temple complex often referred to as the "Little Potala Palace." Explore its intricate architecture, vibrant prayer halls, and serene courtyards.

    Climb Guishan Hill for panoramic views of the surrounding area and an opportunity to turn the world's largest prayer wheel, an act considered auspicious by Tibetan Buddhists.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Shangri-La

  5. Today's adventure takes you to the enchanting Balagezong Scenic Area, where you'll be surrounded by towering mountains, dense forests, and pristine landscapes.

    Balagezong Scenic Area
    Balagezong Scenic Area

    Discover the Bodhi tree, a sacred symbol of enlightenment, and connect with the spiritual atmosphere of the area.

    Immerse yourself in the local culture as you explore Bala Village, interacting with villagers and learning about their way of life.

    Pay a visit to Nyethang Drolma Temple, a place of devotion and tranquility. If you're traveling between November and March, you'll have the opportunity to engage in seasonal activities such as building snowmen and visiting a natural pagoda.

    Return to Shangri-La, a picturesque destination known for its stunning natural beauty and Tibetan culture.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Shangri-La

  6. Embark on a scenic drive to Shaxi Ancient Town, a well-preserved gem that offers a glimpse into China's historic past. Explore the local market, where vendors sell a variety of goods, from traditional crafts to local produce.

    Dali Shaxi Ancient Town
    Shaxi Ancient Town

    Treat yourself to a cup of coffee at a cozy observation deck, allowing you to enjoy the serene countryside scenery and relax in the ambiance.

    After a fulfilling lunch, journey to Dali and immerse yourself in the vibrant colors of the Yangnanxi Flower Fields. This sea of flowers, set against the backdrop of the mountains, is a sight to behold.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

    Accommodation: in Dali

  7. Begin the day with a visit to the charming Dali Ancient Town. Wander through ancient streets lined with traditional Bai architecture, vibrant markets, and quaint shops. Immerse yourself in the local culture and pick up souvenirs.

    Yunnan Dali Ancient Town
    Dali Ancient Town

    As you drive back to Kunming, explore the enchanting Singer Yu Chengqing's Private Garden, known for its serene beauty and thoughtful design.

    Stroll through Nanqiang Market, an ideal place to find unique local crafts and souvenirs.

    In the evening, savor the flavors of Yunnan cuisine at a local restaurant, experiencing the culinary delights of the region.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Kunming

  8. Enjoy a leisurely morning in Kunming, taking in the last glimpses of this captivating region. Take a final stroll around the city or explore any remaining attractions.

    Your driver will ensure that you reach the airport or train station on time for your departure to your next destination or back home.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

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

  • 7 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;
  • 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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