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Exploration to Yunnan

8-Day Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la

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Type:Private Tour
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Exploration to Yunnan

In Southwest China lies a beautiful and colorful land named Yunnan. Travel to the top destinations in the 8-day in-depth Yunnan tour, from its capital Kunming to the enchanting, mysterious Dali and Shangri-la fairyland, to experience the stunning landscapes, colorful minorities and vibrant ancient towns.

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Overview
Tour Highlights
  • Stand in awe of the wonder of grotesque Karst landscapes in Stone Forest.
  • Cruise on the stunning Erhai Lake and discover the local Bai people's folk culture on Nanzhao Island.
  • Delve into the serene Lijiang Ancient Town and conquer the astounding Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.
  • Delight in the breathtaking scenery in Shangri-la and visit a traditional Tibetan family.

Exploration to Yunnan

8-Day Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la

Code:P15
Type:Private Tour
Departure:Flexible
from US$1369
Tour Highlights
  • Stand in awe of the wonder of grotesque Karst landscapes in Stone Forest.
  • Cruise on the stunning Erhai Lake and discover the local Bai people's folk culture on Nanzhao Island.
  • Delve into the serene Lijiang Ancient Town and conquer the astounding Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.
  • Delight in the breathtaking scenery in Shangri-la and visit a traditional Tibetan family.
Day by Day Itinerary
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Day 1
Arrive in Kunming
Airport pick-up and hotel transfer. Enjoy the free day exploring Kunming.
Luxury: Kai Wah Plaza International Hotel, Kunming Superior: Kunming Jinjiang Hotel

When you arrive in Kunming, your local guide will greet you holding a sign with your name. You will be transferred to your hotel and the rest of the day is left for you to have a rest for recovery from jet lag.

Day 2
Kunming
Visit the Stone Forest and immerse in the stunning karst sceneries. Then enjoy a leisurely stroll in the Green Lake.
Breakfast

Drive for 1.5 hours to soak up the essence of Karst landscapes – the Stone Forest with a vast world of grotesque stones over millions of years' geological movements, where everyone becomes a professional photographer since the shots all turn out to be wonderful thanks to the stunning scenery. With an area stretching over 350 square kilometers, the Stone Forest would delight you with its unique Karst scenes scattering in the Small Stone Forest featuring screen-like stone walls, the Big Stone Forest with its typical karst pinnacles as well as other various shapes of limestone.

Lunch will be arranged on your own and your local guide will recommend some wonderful local food for you based on your tastes and preferences.

Then travel back to Kunming and take a leisurely stroll in the local Green Lake Park to capture the peaceful scene of locals feeding seagulls, boating, dancing and exercising. Then, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Stone Forest
Day 3
Kunming-Dali by Bullet Train
Take bullet train to Dali in the morning. Enjoy a boat cruise on Erhai Lake. Visit the Three Pagodas and wander around at Dali Ancient Town to Foreigner Street and ascend the ancient City Wall.
Breakfast
Luxury: Gurong Hotel Superior: Landscape Hotel

Catch a morning bullet train to Dali Ancient Town, embracing visitors with peace, tranquility and spectacular minority cultures.

Embark on a boat cruise to indulge in the stunning view of the romantic ear-shaped Erhai Lake which extends as far as the eye can see under the shelters of the majestic Cang Mountains in the distance. Take a shore excursion to Jinsuo Island to explore Bai people's traditional culture over thousands of years. Then try some local dishes for lunch and your local guide will offer some good recommendations up to your preferences.

Afterwards, move to the famous Three Pagodas to admire a great amount of Buddha statues, relics and sutras left in the prosperous Nanzhao period (738AD – 902AD). Continue to explore Dali Ancient Town to get immersed in its ethnic minority folk customs.

Stroll down the earliest bustling Foreigner Street filled with ancient houses, boutique stalls, exotic pop bars expecting another wonderful night. Then ascend to the top of the ancient city wall to have a bird’s view of the ancient town's panorama.

Night life: The ancient city is very lively at night and you could go for a walk and see the atmospheric streets with old style constructions in neon lights or have a drink at the famous bar Bad Monkey.

Three Pagodas
Day 4
Dali-Lijiang by Private Vehicle
Feel the local life at the Xizhou Market and visit the local Bai minority's residence. Drive to Lijiang Ancient Town.
Breakfast
Luxury: InterContinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort Superior: Hexi Hotel

Today, experience the local's traditional way of life as you head to the famous local bazaar-Xizhou market to see the local minorities in their traditional costumes chatting, bargaining and trading for agricultural products followed by a visit to the local Bai people's residence with the archaic houses of Ming and Qing dynasties to appreciate the essence of Bai people's architectural style and traditional life.

Then sit back and travel to another fantastic ancient town Lijiang after about 3-hour drive. The rest of day will be up to your preferences.

Day 5
Lijiang
Ascend the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Enjoy the lively show of Impression Lijiang. Visit Baisha Murals and relax in Shuhe Ancient Town.
Breakfast

Approach to the breathtaking Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, the Holy Mountain treasured by the local Naxi people. Consisting of 13 stretching ridges with snow-capped peaks, it looks like a dragon vigorously meandering across the majestic mountains seen from the distance. Enjoy the lively show Impression of Lijiang performed by local Naxi people with the background of spectacular Snow Mountain to get deep insights of Naxi culture. Then ascend to the main Shanzi Peak with an altitude of 5,596 meters by the cable car and enjoy the stunning view of vast meadows with verdant tall spruces aloft high up into the sky.

Then marvel at the ancient art of Naxi People with a history of over 500 years as you head to Baisha Murals varied in subjects from natural scenes to religious figures. Follow your guide to check out some hieroglyphics of Naxi People and appreciate their ancient way of expressions.

Conclude your wonderful day with a peaceful promenade in Shuhe Ancient Town, the well-preserved station on the Ancient Tea Horse Road witnessing the cultural exchanges and commercial trades in Southwest China since it was built in Tang dynasty, to appreciate the essence of Naxi People and experience its antiquity with peaceful clear stream running through.

Shuhe Ancient Town
Day 6
Lijiang-Shangri-la by Private Vehicle
Drive to Shangrila. On the way, visit the stunning Tiger Leaping Gorge. Upon arrival, free time to explore the old town.
Breakfast
Luxury: Songtsam Retreat at Shangri-La Superior: Shangrila Old Town

Today you will travel to Shangri-la which will take around 4.5 hours. Stop for a visit to the astonishing Tiger Leaping Gorge, known as one of the deepest canyons with a vertical height stretching over 3,900 meters. Owning the most spectacular views, the roaring torrents rushing down onto the rocks thunderously will greatly astound you as you stand on the viewing platform built along the sheer cliffs.

Then continue your drive to Shangri-la. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day exploring the serene town on your own.

Day 7
Shangri-la
Admire the Songzanlin Lamasery and delight in the gorgeous Pudacuo National Park. Conclude your Shangri-la tour with a visit to the local Tibetan family.
Breakfast

Get ready to indulge in the stunning natural beauty of the mysterious Shangrila. This morning, set out for the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery Songzanlin Lamasery, built in the grand style of Potala Palace in Tibet. You will not only be amazed by the imposing complex of constructions, but also get immersed in the profound Tibetan art where magnificent murals, exquisite Buddha statues and Buddhism ornaments are treasured.

Continue to soak up the breathtaking Pudacuo National Park, an unspoiled fairyland treasuring various plants as well as large amounts of rare animals, whose year-round sceneries are greatly cherished by the worldwide photographers. Relax in the enchanting sceneries of Shudu Lake and Bita Lake and snap some best photos in the wonderland.

Conclude today's tour with a visit to a Tibetan family in the nearby Tibetan Culture Village to delve into Tibetan traditional lifestyle. After a short stay, you will be transferred to your hotel and enjoy a free night.

Pudacuo Forest Park
Day 8
Depart from Shangri-la
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
Breakfast

Your 9-day wonderland tour of Yunnan concludes and you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight. 

Note: Except the capital city Kunming, you can also fly to major cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing and Lhasa.

Accommodations
KunmingDaliLijiangShangri-la
Kunming
Luxury

Kai Wah Plaza International Hotel, Kunming

157 Beijing Road, Guandu, Kunming, China
With newly maintained rooms and facilities, Kai Wah Plaza offers good service and breakfasts. Its central location allows easy access to shopping malls and local life.
Superior

Kunming Jinjiang Hotel

No.98, Beijing Road, Guandu, Kunming, China
Well-located with easy access to places, Jinjiang Hotel features with its warm service and comfortable hotel rooms. A leisurely stroll around the bustling city is a great idea for free time.
Dali
Luxury

Gurong Hotel

No.59 Bo Ai Road, Dali, China
Located inside the Ancient Town, Gurong Hotel is 5 minutes' walk to the bustling Foreigner Street. Its artistic landscape designs fuse with local Bai Ethnic Minority features, offering guests to enjoy local culture inside the hotel.
Superior

Landscape Hotel

No.96 Yuer Road, Dali, Dali, China
Landscape Hotel is built in local Bai Ethnic Minority with a nice courtyard, enjoying easy access to Erhai Lake, Three Pagodas and the bustling Foreigner Street.
Lijiang
Luxury

InterContinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort

276 Xianghe Road, Ancient Town District, Lijiang, China
As the member of Intercontinental Group, the hotel has great facilities, location, service, featured buildings as well as breakfasts. Travelers will enjoy a breathtaking view of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain while sitting in the hotel lobby.
Superior

Hexi Hotel

Southern Gate Square, Old Town, Lijiang, China
Well-located inside the Ancient Town, the hotel is a complex of 24 local Naxi courtyards with minority featured buildings. A nice walk in the hotel is a pleasant and comfortable way to relax.
Shangri-la
Luxury

Songtsam Retreat at Shangri-La

Songzanlin Monastery, Shangri La, Deqen, China
A wonderful boutique hotel filled with Tibetan features. The rooms of Songtsam Retreat at Shangri-La enjoy great views and buildings named after villages deep inside Shangri-La.
Superior

Shangrila Old Town

No.92 Chicika Rd, Shangri-La, Shangri La, Deqen, China
Located in Dukezong Ancient Town, the hotel has comfortable rooms and easy access to explore the ancient town during free time.
Luxury
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Kunming

Kai Wah Plaza International Hotel, Kunming

157 Beijing Road, Guandu, Kunming, China
With newly maintained rooms and facilities, Kai Wah Plaza offers good service and breakfasts. Its central location allows easy access to shopping malls and local life.

Dali

Gurong Hotel

No.59 Bo Ai Road, Dali, China
Located inside the Ancient Town, Gurong Hotel is 5 minutes' walk to the bustling Foreigner Street. Its artistic landscape designs fuse with local Bai Ethnic Minority features, offering guests to enjoy local culture inside the hotel.

Lijiang

InterContinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort

276 Xianghe Road, Ancient Town District, Lijiang, China
As the member of Intercontinental Group, the hotel has great facilities, location, service, featured buildings as well as breakfasts. Travelers will enjoy a breathtaking view of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain while sitting in the hotel lobby.

Shangri-la

Songtsam Retreat at Shangri-La

Songzanlin Monastery, Shangri La, Deqen, China
A wonderful boutique hotel filled with Tibetan features. The rooms of Songtsam Retreat at Shangri-La enjoy great views and buildings named after villages deep inside Shangri-La.
Superior
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Kunming

Kunming Jinjiang Hotel

No.98, Beijing Road, Guandu, Kunming, China
Well-located with easy access to places, Jinjiang Hotel features with its warm service and comfortable hotel rooms. A leisurely stroll around the bustling city is a great idea for free time.

Dali

Landscape Hotel

No.96 Yuer Road, Dali, Dali, China
Landscape Hotel is built in local Bai Ethnic Minority with a nice courtyard, enjoying easy access to Erhai Lake, Three Pagodas and the bustling Foreigner Street.

Lijiang

Hexi Hotel

Southern Gate Square, Old Town, Lijiang, China
Well-located inside the Ancient Town, the hotel is a complex of 24 local Naxi courtyards with minority featured buildings. A nice walk in the hotel is a pleasant and comfortable way to relax.

Shangri-la

Shangrila Old Town

No.92 Chicika Rd, Shangri-La, Shangri La, Deqen, China
Located in Dukezong Ancient Town, the hotel has comfortable rooms and easy access to explore the ancient town during free time.
Price (Per Person, Tax Included)
Type: Private Tour
Departure: Flexible 2019 / 2020
Tour Class Superior Luxury
Year Round US$1369 US$1786
  • Prices above are based on 2 persons sharing one room of Superior/Luxury Class Hotels. Please enquire to get a better rate if there are more than 2 travelers in your group.
  • Any parts of the itinerary could be customized based on your interests and budgets, e.g. tour length, activities, hotels, etc.
Inclusions
  • Entrance fees to sightseeings and attractions
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • Private English-speaking tour guides
  • Private drivers and air-conditioned vehicles
  • Domestic flights, trains and cruises as specified in the itinerary
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