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Classic Yunnan Discovery

6-Day Kunming, Dali, Lijiang

Code:YN02
Type:Private Tour
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Classic Yunnan Discovery

Yunnan is a wonderful travel destination endowed with distinctive geography and diverse ethic culture. This 6-day tour itinerary is designed to cover the most visited cities including Kunming, Dali and Lijiang, with magnificent nature wonders and colorful minorities. From majestic Dragon Snow Mountain to Tiger Leaping Gorge, from Stone Forest to Erhai Lake, from ancient towns and villages to local markets…all gives you an impressive adventure full of spectacles.

Overview
Tour Highlights
  • Stand in awe of the Karst wonder of the Stone Forest in Kunming.
  • Enjoy a leisurely boat excursion on the enchanting Erhai Lake.
  • Conquer the majestic Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.
  • Admire the thrilling Tiger Leaping Gorge.
  • Explore the minority Bai and Naxi people's residence and folk culture.

Classic Yunnan Discovery

6-Day Kunming, Dali, Lijiang

Code:YN02
Type:Private Tour
Departure:Flexible
from US$998
Tour Highlights
  • Stand in awe of the Karst wonder of the Stone Forest in Kunming.
  • Enjoy a leisurely boat excursion on the enchanting Erhai Lake.
  • Conquer the majestic Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.
  • Admire the thrilling Tiger Leaping Gorge.
  • Explore the minority Bai and Naxi people's residence and folk culture.
Day by Day Itinerary
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Day 1
Arrival in Kunming
Airport pick-up, and private vehicle transfer to your hotel.
Luxury: Kai Wah Plaza International Hotel, Kunming Superior: Kunming Jinjiang Hotel

Upon your arrival in Kunming, your local tour guide and experienced driver will pick you up and then transfer you to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free for you to recover and relax. You could discover nearby local life of the city and your guide would be glad to give you some suggestions. 

Day 2
Kunming
Marvel at the grotesque Stone Forest, and then enjoy your leisure walk at the Green Lake Park.
Breakfast

In the morning, a 2 hours' drive will take you to the natural wonder of Kunming, the Stone Forest. As a unique 270 million year-old limestone landscape, the dream-like labyrinths are arrayed with rugged stone peaks rising up from the ground. Stone Forest boasts the most diversified karst formations in shapes of swords, pillars, mushrooms and pagodas that would definitely dazzle your eyes. Follow your insider guide to discover the grandeur of the Great Stone Forest and the beauty of the Lesser Stone Forest, the two main parts of the Stone Forest. 

After that, move to the Green Lake Park reputed as an emerald inlaid in the city. The park embraces lush greens and elegant lake views, with long dikes dividing the lake into five parts. Stroll along the well-paved walk along the causeway to inhale the cool air and stunning scenery and enjoy the vivid scene of local life. If visiting in winter, you could be delighted with thousands of migrant black-headed gulls on the waterfront waiting for visitor's feeding.  

Day 3
Kunming-Dali by Bullet Train
A bullet train from Kunming to Dali. Take a boat to cruise the bewitching Erhai Lake and drop by the Three Pagodas. Drive to Dali Old Town for hotel check-in.
Breakfast
Luxury: Gurong Hotel Superior: Landscape Hotel

Today, you will be escorted to railway station for a morning bullet train bound for Dali. Upon arrival, your local guide will come for pick-up. Sit back for a ride to the Erhai Lake sandwiched between Cangshan Mountain and Dali Old Town. Bright and crystal clear, a cruise will take you to discover the beauty of Erhai Lake. Disembark on one of the tree islands, Jinsuo Island to explore the peaceful temples of local Bai people's own religion as well as the fishing villages of Bai minorities. You could take a dip of Bai culture and lifestyle by meeting Bai people dressed in their typical bright-colored costumes or local seniors having their daily cormorant fishing. 

Then you will head for Chongsheng Temple famous for the iconic Three Pagodas, which is the most eye-catching sight of Dali. Dating back in 9th and 10th century, the pagodas cluster has withstood the earthquakes, wars and erosion, becoming the best place to retrace the far-reaching history of Dali.

Afterwards, you will be driven to Dali Old Town to check in a boutique hotel for tonight's stay. Capture the spirits of the old town by rambling on the archaic lanes and venturing into the thriving night life of bar street. 


Day 4
Dali-Lijiang by Private Vehicle
Visit the morning market of Xizhou Old Town, and admire the courtyard residence of Bai Minority. Have a ride to Lijiang Old Town.
Breakfast
Luxury: InterContinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort Superior: Hexi Hotel

In the morning, you will have a land transfer by your comfortable private vehicle to Xizhou Old Village, about half an hour's drive from Dali. Arriving at the village early, you could catch a glimpse of the bustling morning market where local minorities come to trade an array of local products, varied from groceries, daily commodities and handicrafts to Tie-dyeing cloth, etc. Even women in traditional costume of Bai minority become an attractive spectacle. 

Besides, Xizhou boasts the most and best-preserved Bai courtyard residences. With chambers on three sides and a decorative screen wall, Bai residence is blessed with exquisite carved beams and curled-up eaves as well as richly painted walls. You will get a chance to visit the local Yan Family Courtyard to have a closer glimpse of the folk culture and architecture art of the Bai Minority. Then a 3 hours' drive takes you to the centuries-old Lijiang Old Town. After check-in, you could enjoy your free time for a leisure exploration of the town on your own. 

Day 5
Lijiang
Conquer the majestic Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Venture into Shuhe Ancient Town and Baisha Village of Murals.
Breakfast

Today, you will first travel to the magnificent Jade Dragon Snow Mountain that is about 25 km from Lijiang Old Town. As a sacred mountain among Naxi people, the mountain range is made up of 13 peaks, with the highest one at an elevation of 5600 meters. Take the cableway to the Spruce Meadow up to approximate 3240 meters, and you could embrace the fascinating look of the whole snow mountain on the mid-way. After disembarkation, enjoy a leisurely walk in the dense forest to absorb the breathtaking beauty of Spruce Meadow with the snow-capped mountain next to it. Then you will be treated with a breathtaking show Impression of Lijiang to absorb the ethnical singing and dancing at the open-air theater with soaring snow mountains as its backdrop. 

Getting down, pay a visit to the Shuhe Ancient Town, which used to be an essential trading center on the Ancient Tea and Horse Trail. Originated from Tang Dynasty (618—907), the whole village of Shuhe is linked by water channels and bluestone paved lanes, with archaic stores and restaurants as well as inns clustered on both sides.

Next, head for the Baisha Village to absorb the exquisite murals of over five centuries old. The murals enjoy harmonious mix of Han, Tibetan and Naxi cultures, depicting vivid nature sights, such as galloping horse, blooming lotus, forests and birds. At last, you will be escorted back to Lijiang Old Town for free exploration.

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Day 6
Departure from Lijiang
Visit the Tiger Leaping Gorge. Airport see-off and a nice journey home.
Breakfast

Today, a land transfer to Tiger Leaping Gorge is awaited. The 12-mile-long Tiger Leaping Gorge is a grand canyon of the mighty Yangtze River that could be divided into the upper, middle and lower gorge. You are going to appreciate the essence of the upper part, which is also the narrowest section of the whole Tiger Leaping Gorge. You need to walk down on stairs to reach the viewing deck. The roaring rapids are split by huge rocks in the river, with terrifying waves rushing to the cliffs and splashing in all directions. Standing in front of the river, you will get humbled by the power of Yangtze.

Afterwards, sit back for a ride to Lijiang Airport to catch your departure flight. Wish you a nice journey home. 

Accommodations
KunmingDaliLijiang
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.
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.
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.
Price (Per Person, Tax Included)
Type: Private Tour
Departure: Flexible 2019 / 2020
Tour Class Superior Luxury
Year Round US$998 US$1196
  • 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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