OVERVIEW

The best destinations of Yunnan: Kungming - Dali - Lijiang -Shangri-L to discover the natural beauty of Yunnan: Stone Forest, Erhai Lake, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Napahai Lake, etc. Explore the ethnic groups in Yunnan: Yi, Bai, Naxi, Tibetan, etc. Enjoy the real life of local people in the ancient towns and villages: Dali Old Town, Xizhou Old Town, Zhoucheng Village, Lijiang Old Town, Yuhu Village, Baisha Old Town, Shuhe Old Town, Dukezong Old Town, and Xiaojiezi Tibetan Village. Visit the landmark temple and monastery of Dali and Shangri-la: Chongsheng Temple and Songzanlin Monastery.

ITINERARY

Day 1Arrival Kunming

Upon arrival Kunming by bullet train/flight, our Chinese-speaking driver picks you up at Kunming station/airport. Transfer to hotel for overnight.

Transport: Private Vehicle
Accommodation: Overnight in Kunming

Day 2Kunming-Dali by Bullet Train

At 08:30 am, meet your tour guide at the hotel and then drive about 85km to the Stone Forest.

In the afternoon, drive back to Kunming and visit Birds and Flowers Market. Then stroll around the Green Lake.

In the evening, take a bullet train to Dali. Meet your local guide and driver, then transfer to hotel for overnight.

Transport: Private Vehicle + Bullet Train
Accommodation: Overnight in Dali
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3Sightseeing in Dali

In the morning, explore Dali Old Town including the Foreigners' Street, the Ancient City Wall of Dali and The Gate Tower. Then drive to visit Three Pagodas in Chongsheng Monastery. 

In the afternoon, transfer to Xizhou Old Town. Walk around this old town to see Bai ethnic traditional architecture. Taste local three-course tea in Xizhou. 

Afterwards, drive to Erhai Lake to enjoy the nice view by bike or on foot.

After that, drive to Zhoucheng Village. Pay a visit to local Tie-Dyeing workshop.

Transport: Private Vehicle
Accommodation: Overnight in Dali
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4Dali - Lijiang

In the morning, drive 3 hours to Lijiang. Upon arrival, visit Black Dragon Pool and Dongba Culture Museum. Then enjoy your free time in Lijiang Old Town. 

At 5:00 pm, meet your guide again at Big Waterwheel spot(大水车) in Lijiang Old Town and transfer to hotel. 

Transport: Private Vehicle
Accommodation: Overnight in Lijiang
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5Sightseeing in Lijiang

In the morning at 09:00 am, visit Baisha Old Town and Baisha Murals. Afterwards, drive to visit Yuhu Village and Former Residence of Joseph Rock.  Please note, you can select Jade Dragon Mountain to visit if you do not want to visit Baisha this morning.

In the afternoon, transfer to visit Shuhe Old Town. 

Transport: Private Vehicle
Accommodation: Overnight in Lijiang
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6Lijiang – Tiger Leaping Gorge(Hiking 3 hours)-Shangri-La

In the morning, drive to Qiaotou Town. On the way, have a view of the First Bend of Yangtze River from afar and drive to Upper Tiger Leaping Gorge and stop for 5 minutes for photograph.

Then go on driving to Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge for hiking (about 3 hours). Hike from a place named “14km” to Tina's Guesthouse.

In the afternoon at 3:30 pm, drive to Shangri-la. Upon arrival, stroll around Dukezong Ancient Town and walk up to the top of Guishan Hill to see the Grand Prayer Wheel and have a panoramic view of Shangri-La city.

Transport: Private Vehicle
Accommodation: Overnight in Shangri-La
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7Sightseeing in Shangri-La

Pick you up at the hotel. Then drive to visit Songzanlin Monastery and then pay a visit to a local Tibetan village—Xiaojiezi Village and family around the monastery. In the afternoon, transfer to visit Napahai Lake.

In the late afternoon, drive back to Shangri-La downtown and visit Moonshine Square(in Chinese: 月光广场). 

Transport: Private Vehicle
Accommodation: Overnight in Shangri-La
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8Departure from Shangri-La

Transfer you to the Shangri-La Airport as per your flight time, where the wonderful tour concludes.

Please note: Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road conditions, flight schedules and room availability.

Transport: Private Vehicle
Accommodation: N/A
Meals: Breakfast

INCLUDED

1.Seven nights comfortable 4-star hotel with breakfast;

2.Sharing-vehicle with air conditioners;

3.Excellent English-speaking guide;

4.Entrance tickets mentioned in the itinerary;

5.Bullet train ticket from Kunming to Dali (2nd-class ticket);

6.Two bottles of water each day each person.

EXCLUDED

1.Lunches and dinners;

2.International train tickets/flight tickets;

3.Personal travel accident insurance;

4.Any optional programs/activities;

5.Chinese visa fees;

6.Personal consumption;

7.Any picking-up and dropping of service between hotel and airport;

8.Single room supplement;

9.Tips (USD 5-10/day/person to guide; USD 5-10/day/person to driver).

TRIP NOTES

China Visa required

Passport information required

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