Kunming "City of Eternal Spring" will astonish you with pleasant climate, picturesque landscapes, and colorful culture of ethnic minorities. Wander through the Stone Forest to admire the fantastic natural phenomenon; walk leisurely in Green Lake Park to experience the tranquility in the bustling downtown; visit Minority Village to learn rich culture of the ethnic groups in Yunnan.
Today our outstanding guide and experienced driver will be ready at the airport according to your flight schedule. You will find the guide effortlessly after getting back your checked luggage and going through the customs. Drive to the well-found hotel for registration. For the rest time of the day, you may relax or disposal by yourself.
In the morning, the guide will pick you up at the hotel. The first stop will be the famous Stone Forest, which is about 90 kilometers from Kunming and requires only a two-hour drive. It is a fantastic natural phenomenon formed due to millions of years' movement of Earth. Not only will you marvel at the natural stone masterpieces, but also be impressed by colorful folk customs of ethnic minorities. After lunch, proceed to visit Jiuxiang (Nine Villages) Scenic Region, located in Jiuxiang Yi and Hui Autonomous Township of Yiliang County 90 km away from Kunming. In Yunnan Province it is a well-equipped comprehensive scenic region which is famous for its caves, mountains, rivers, deep valleys, minority customs and cultures. The cable car is available for you to enjoy its stunning scenery.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
This morning’s excursion will start with the Dragon Gate on Western Mountain, which is close to the west shore of the Dianchi Lake, about 15 west of Kunming City. It consists of the Sanqing Temple Complex and the Dragon Gate Grotto Complex. The marvelous grotto complex including grottoes, sculptures, corridors and pavilions, was accomplished through 72 years hard work (1781-1853). Then continue to visit Yunnan Minority Village bordering on the south by the Dianchi Lake and on the west by the famous Western Mountains Scenic Area. Covering an area of about 133.3 hectares, the village acts as a good shortcut to understand the social customs of the ethnic groups in Yunnan. After lunch, you will be transferred to Green Lake Park. This park on the west side of the Wuhua Mountain is extolled as a "Jade in Kunming", and is one of the most picturesque parks in downtown Kunming. Here you may take a leisure walk or enjoy the performance (playing Taiji, Mahjong and local opera) by local people.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Your fantastic Kunming exploration will come to an end today. Our private transfer will take you to the airport for your next destination. Wish you a pleasant journey!