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Dali and Shaxi In-depth Old Town Discovery

5-Day Dali, Shaxi

Code:YN05
Type:Private Tour
Departure:Flexible
fr US$741based on 2 adults & 4-star hotels in low season
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Dali and Shaxi In-depth Old Town Discovery

This 5 days Yunnan tour would bring you an off-the-beaten-track travel experience into the ancient towns and villages in Dali, Xizhou and Shaxi, during which you could not only explore the natural wonders of Erhai Lake and Cangshan Mountain, but also encounter distinctive ethnic culture of Bai people by learning their residences and traditional lifestyle. Meanwhile, you could get an eye-opening discovery of the exquisite and ancient grottoes art at Jianchuan.

Overview
Tour Highlights
  • Absorb the natural stunners of Mt. Cangshan and Erhai Lake.
  • Get a safari sightseeing of historic monuments in Dali Old Town.
  • Explore the market life and residence of Bai ethnic minority.
  • Drop by a tie-dye workshop in Zhoucheng Town.
  • Discover Shaxi Old town on the ancient Tea Horse Trails.
  • Wonder at the Buddhist grottoes art at Jianchuan.

Dali and Shaxi In-depth Old Town Discovery

5-Day Dali, Shaxi

Code:YN05
Type:Private Tour
Departure:Flexible
from US$741
Tour Highlights
  • Absorb the natural stunners of Mt. Cangshan and Erhai Lake.
  • Get a safari sightseeing of historic monuments in Dali Old Town.
  • Explore the market life and residence of Bai ethnic minority.
  • Drop by a tie-dye workshop in Zhoucheng Town.
  • Discover Shaxi Old town on the ancient Tea Horse Trails.
  • Wonder at the Buddhist grottoes art at Jianchuan.
Day by Day Itinerary
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Day 1
Arrival in Dali
Airport pick-up and private vehicle transfer to Three Pagodas. Check into your hotel in Dali Old Town. Explore the South City Gate and Foreigners Street.
Luxury: Gurong Hotel Superior: Landscape Hotel

Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide at the airport, and then escorted to Dali Old Town. On the mid-way, the driver will make a stopover for you to drop by the Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple. Visible from afar, three independent pagodas erect forming an equilateral triangle, which is the most notable landmark and must-see of Dali. Then you will arrive at the Dali Old Town and explore the historic monuments around. Ascend to the top of the old city wall to admire the iconic 600-year-old south gate tower with exquisitely painted double-eave roof.

Afterwards, stroll for a while to the thriving Foreigners Street to hunt for authentic local snacks, hang out at the handicraft shops or visit the museums and galleries. At night, throw yourself into a folk bar to enjoy a drink and the live band music. 

Day 2
Dali
Take a cable car to sight-see the gorgeous Cangshan Mountain. Have a boat ride to tour the Erhai Lake. Visit the essence spots including Dali Museum and a time-honored church.
Breakfast

In the morning, you will have a refreshing excursion to the majestic Cangshan Mountains. To save your energy, a cable car ride is included to transfer you up. In the cabin of the cableway, you could not only look up at the graceful snow-capped peaks of Mt. Cangshan, but also capture amazing bird's eye views of the Erhai Lake, Three Pagodas and Dali Old Town. After disembarkation, trek for a while to reach the Qingbi Stream, one of the most stunning spots of Mt. Cangshan. A small waterfall cascades down to an emerald pond, which looks like a sparkling gem lost by the fairies. 

Next, embark on a boat ride to have a safari of the enchanting Erhai Lake. As a crystal clear freshwater lake, Erhai resembles a giant jade inlaid between the mountains. Sit on a small boat drifting about in the gentle ripples to embrace the soft breeze and farseeing islands.

Then get back to Dali Old Town to visit Dali Museum, where you can not only take in the elegant residence of Bai ethnic minority, but also get further exploration of Bai people's folk culture and admire their exquisite bronze wares, porcelains, and stone carvings, etc.

Finally, pay a visit to a century-old Catholic Church built in typical traditional Chinese architectural style, with turned eaves and bright-colored wall paintings as well as delicate carvings, which merges local cultural elements and looks quite different from the ones in the western countries.

In the rest of the day, you could make some free exploration of the old town.


Day 3
Dali to Shaxi
Visit Xizhou morning market, and wonder at the Yan's Courtyard. Drop by a tie-dye workshop in Zhoucheng and explore the Shaxi Old Town.
Breakfast
Luxury: Landscape Hotel Shaxi Superior: Landscape Hotel Shaxi

After breakfast, our private vehicle will transfer you to Xizhou Old Town for a deep insight into Bai people's life by visiting the lively morning market. Local women wear colorful head scarves and dark blue ethnic costumes, with bamboo basket on their back carrying vegetables and fruits, lingering in front of the street stalls and bargaining with the sellers.

Then you will venture into Yan's Mansion to discover the essence of ancient courtyard residence of Bai groups from the exquisite screen walls, arch gate, eave paintings, doorway carvings and antique furniture.

Afterwards, make a land transfer to Zhoucheng. It is not only the largest village inhabited with Bai people, but also the home to the tie-dying cloth and Bai embroidery. Follow your guide to visit a family workshop to learn about the ancient dying-out techniques of the tie-dye. 

Then make your way to Shaxi Old Town to discover the only surviving trading market on the Tea Horse Road. The old town retains well-preserved opera houses, taverns, temples and city gates from 600 years ago. Stroll along the famous Sideng Street to uncover the mottled residence in Ming and Qing styles, and the time-polished lanes clustered with inns and restaurants. With accompany of your guide, step into the ancient Xingjiao Temple built in 1415 to soak up the archaic Buddhist murals and tranquil ambience.

Finally, get lodged in a folk inn for a wonderful night stay. 

Day 4
Shaxi to Dali
Continue your exploration of Shaxi Old Town. Transfer to Jianchuan to see the rock grottoes at Shibao Mountain. Return to Dali.
Breakfast
Luxury: Gurong Hotel Superior: Landscape Hotel

Seize the morning to explore more sights in the Shaxi Old Town, and Yujin Bridge is a not-to-miss spot where you could shoot fantastic pictures. Or you could just pace on the bridge to see the passing cattles and ducks herded by local farmers, which looks like an intoxicating ink landscape painting. Besides, the ancient village archway gates built with mud bricks still stand intact to retell its previous prosperity of the old town.

After that, sit back for a ride to Jianchuan County where nestles the bewitching Shibao Mountain. Endowed with unique Danxia landform, Shibao Mountain also boasts a number Buddhist sites. Your guide will lead you to visit the Shizhong Temple to see the giant bell-like rock, and then trek to a mountain behind the temple to marvel at the largest and best-preserved grottoes and cliff statues that could date back to 1,000 years ago. The exquisite grottoes fully demonstrate the Buddhist carvings art of Nanzhao and Dali Kingdom periods.

At last, you will be chauffeured back to Dali City. The rest of the day is your free time to explore the Dali Old Town further. 


Day 5
Departure from Dali
Transfer from hotel to Airport. Wish you a nice journey home.

After breakfast, you will be escorted to the airport to catch your departure flight, and out guide will say goodbye to you there. Wish you a nice journey home.

Accommodations
DaliShaxiDali
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.
Shaxi
Luxury

Landscape Hotel Shaxi

2, Sideng Street, Shaxi, Jianchuan
It is a graceful hotel built in the style of traditional folk residence of Bai ethnic minority. The room is not only richly decorated with artworks of Bai people, but well facilitated, bringing you a cozy, comfortable and tranquil stay.
Superior

Landscape Hotel Shaxi

2, Sideng Street, Shaxi, Jianchuan
It is a graceful hotel built in the style of traditional folk residence of Bai ethnic minority. The room is not only richly decorated with artworks of Bai people, but well facilitated, bringing you a cozy, comfortable and tranquil stay.
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.
Luxury
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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.

Shaxi

Landscape Hotel Shaxi

2, Sideng Street, Shaxi, Jianchuan
It is a graceful hotel built in the style of traditional folk residence of Bai ethnic minority. The room is not only richly decorated with artworks of Bai people, but well facilitated, bringing you a cozy, comfortable and tranquil stay.

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.
Superior
Expand All

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.

Shaxi

Landscape Hotel Shaxi

2, Sideng Street, Shaxi, Jianchuan
It is a graceful hotel built in the style of traditional folk residence of Bai ethnic minority. The room is not only richly decorated with artworks of Bai people, but well facilitated, bringing you a cozy, comfortable and tranquil stay.

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.
Price (Per Person, Tax Included)
Type: Private Tour
Departure: Flexible 2019 / 2020
Tour Class Superior Luxury
Year Round US$741 US$864
  • 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
This tour could be tailored to your own unique trip based on your travel needs, interests, preferred hotels and budget. We recommend you give us as detailed travel information as possible so we can reply with a more thorough tour proposal that better suits your travel needs.
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