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Village Along Tiger Leaping Gorge

9-Day Yunnan Highlights Tour

Tour Highlights

  • Know more about the ethnic culture and custom of Chinese minorities.

  • Experience the primitive and charming ancient towns of Dali and Lijiang.

  • Mavel at the natural wonders in Lijiang.

  • Indulge in the marvelous 'Eden in dream' of Shangri-La.

Tour Facts

  • Tour Days: 9 days
  • Tour Code: YN-1
  • Tour Price: From US$1198/Person
  • Destination: Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-La

Detail Itinerary

Yunnan gets the reputation mainly from the fantastic Stone Forest in Kunming, the old three Pagodas in Dali, the well-preserved Ancient Town in Lijiang and the holy Tibetan Buddhist Temple in Shangri-la. People from the rest part of the world are attracted by its splendid landscape and special ethnic culture. Follow our carefully planned route to feel the amazing things in Yunnan.

  • Our guide will be waiting for you at the exit of baggage claim area at Kunming Airport and transfer you to the hotel. The rest of the day is on your own to explore the city.

    Meals: No

  • A morning excursion will take you to wooded Yu'an Mountain to see the Qiongzhu Temple, which is well-know for the ancient wooded Yu'an Mountain which dates back to 500 years ago. The head for the Stone Forest, a classic representative sample of China's Karst features. Looking at the huge rocks in different shapes like lion, dragon and waterfall, you will be surprised by the magic natural workmanship. A walk in the Stone Forest will touch you more.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Visit theGolden Temple. Located on the Mingfeng Hill, the temple is a well-known Taoist temple of Yunnan. Then you will go to the Daguan Park, one of the ten most famous pavilions in China. Another highlight in this park is the 'Longest Couplets in the world', which consists of 180 Chinese characters. The last stop today is the Flowers and Birds Market, which is a comprehensive public spot for leisure. Strolling on this market street, you can find shops and stalls of all sorts; especially those specializing in flowers, birds and fish. Then take flight to Dali.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Morning visit to the Erhai Lake Park first, which is the best place to appreciate the beautiful Erhai Lake scenery. The lake is shaped like an ear, hence its name, which means ear shaped sea in Chinese. Afterwards, pay a visit to the Three Pagoda Temple that faces Erhai Lake. As its name implies, there are three ancient independent pagodas standing in a symmetrical triangle inside the temple. With a history of more than 1,800 years, Three Pagodas have been symbolic constructions of the ancient Dali City. The last stop of the day is the primitive and tranquilDali Old Town, where you will see limpid streams passing through the town and local people wearing their ethnic costumes. A street that goes through the South City Gate to the North City Gate is now a prosperous market street, selling marble, tie-dyeing and other souvenirs.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Today, escorted by our guide, you will travel to Lijiang, which is about three to four hours' drive. On the way, you will pay a visit to the Bai MinorityTraditional Houses in Xizhou. The layout of these houses is distinctive with the features of wood and stone carvings and painting on lime powdered walls. Xizhou is the place where the best and most of Bai Minority Traditional Houses are preserved. Then you will go to nearby Zhoucheng to visit the traditional hand-made Tie Dyeing in the local people's home. Upon arrival at Lijiang, you will first check in at the hotel in the old town. After a short rest, our guide will take you to visit the Square Street of Lijiang Old Town. The street is paved by the local bluestones, with numerous souvenir shops, unique bars and delicate restaurants scattered around. The most charming part of the street is at night. When red lanterns along the street are all lit up, all people here including tourists will enjoy a relaxing but exciting night life.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • You will first explore the Baisha Village and visit a local Naxi family in the morning. Basha Village was once the political, economic and religious center of Lijiang. Nowadays, it is famous for the murals and the old town built about 600 years ago. A visit to a local Naxi family will help you know more about Naxi people's living habits and customs. Then, continue the trip to visit Baisha Murals. These murals, combining the Han, Tibet and Naxi culture together, are a wonderful art form of minorities in west Yunnan, and vividly unfold the life of the minority people to us. Then, you will pay a visit to the Rock Joseph's Former Residence in Yuhu Village. Rock is the earliest foreign scholar who has introduced Lijiang to the western world most comprehensively. His former residence is also the former base of Yunnan Expedition of the National Geographic Society. We remain the whole afternoon free for you to stroll along the old town. The small bridges, running streams, cobbled streets, traditional fashion shops and some hand-made artwork stores make this small town a paradise for people who want to escape from the bustling cities.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Today, we will drive you from Lijiang to Shangri-La for about four to five hours. Along the way, you will visit one of China's deepest and most beautiful gorges, Tiger Leaping Gorge. The gorge has a reputation of being dangerous: one is the dangerous mountain with high peaks, steep cliffs, jagged rocks and winded gigantic old creepers; the other is dangerous water with a high drop, fast water current, numerous rocks, dangerous shoals and cascading waterfalls. All these form a rare spectacle in the world. Then you will come to the First Bend of the Yangtze River. It is named so because a sudden V-shaped bend has been formed when the Yangtze River flowing by. The nearly 180-degree turn creates marvelous and astonishing views. The Stone Drum Town, the town where the First Bend of the Yangtze River located, is the last stop en route. There is a drum-shaped marble monument in this town, hence the name. The town has for long been an important town for Han and Tibetan people to do business transactions. Upon arrival at Shangri-La, you will check in at the hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Today's visit will begin with a visit to the biggest Tibetan Buddhist Temple in Yunnan, Songzanlin Temple. This temple collects the elite of Tibetan religious culture and presents splendid architecture. Because of its similar appearance and layout to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, it is also reputed as 'small Potala Palace'. Then, you will travel to the Bitahai Lake. Fed by small streams from the snow mountains encircled, the lake shapes just like a trumpet shell. In the color of azure with snowy mountains and trees reflecting in it, the gorgeous lake is a wonderland to appreciate the beauty of nature. There is also another lake of beauty and peacefulness, Shudu Lake. The plants around the lake are lush and the wild animals are various. After enjoying the beautiful natural scenery, you will visit a local Tibetan family to get involved into the Tibetan people's lifestyle.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Your pleasant Yunnan minority trip will end here as we transfer you to the airport today. Wish you a nice journey home!

    Meals: Breakfast

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Price includes

  • 8 nights' accomodation

  • All meals listed

  • Private English-speaking guide

  • Private vehicle during the trip

  • Entrance to all sites listed