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Panoramic Yunnan Tour

11-Day Kunming, Dongchuan, Jianshui, Yuanyang, Dali, Lijiang

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Panoramic Yunnan Tour

This 11-day tour allows you to capture a wonderful panorama of Yunnan espeically for shutterbugs, trekking and nature lovers. Diverse highlights are wrapped up including fabulous photography experience at Dongchuan Red Land and Yuanyang Rice Terraces, insightful ethnic cultural exploration of Yi, Bai, Naxi and Mongolians, adventures to natural wonders like Stone Forest, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Tiger Leaping Gorge, and in-depth discovery of hidden old towns and villages in Dali and Lijiang.

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Overview
Tour Highlights
  • Launch a fabulous photography trip to the dazzling Dongchuan Red Land.
  • Discover the agricultural wonder of Yuanyang Rice Terraces of Hani people.
  • Trace the exquisite traditional Chinese architecture art at Jianshui Ancient Town.
  • Check out the only Mongolian Village in Yunnan and learn their special customs.
  • Get lost in the maze-like karst miracles of Stone Forest and legends of Ashima.
  • Enjoy the laid-back Dali Old Town along with a rural market experience at Xizhou.
  • Conquer the awe-inspiring Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Tiger Leaping Gorge.

Panoramic Yunnan Tour

11-Day Kunming, Dongchuan, Jianshui, Yuanyang, Dali, Lijiang

Code:YN11
Type:Private Tour
Departure:Flexible
from US$2401
Tour Highlights
  • Launch a fabulous photography trip to the dazzling Dongchuan Red Land.
  • Discover the agricultural wonder of Yuanyang Rice Terraces of Hani people.
  • Trace the exquisite traditional Chinese architecture art at Jianshui Ancient Town.
  • Check out the only Mongolian Village in Yunnan and learn their special customs.
  • Get lost in the maze-like karst miracles of Stone Forest and legends of Ashima.
  • Enjoy the laid-back Dali Old Town along with a rural market experience at Xizhou.
  • Conquer the awe-inspiring Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Tiger Leaping Gorge.
Day by Day Itinerary
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Day 1
Arrival in Kunming
Airport pick-up and private vehicle transfer to hotel.
Luxury: Kai Wah Plaza International Hotel, Kunming Superior: Kunming Jinjiang Hotel

Upon landing, you will be met by your local guide and driver at the airport, and then escorted to your hotel with prime location. The rest of the day is left for leisure by yourself. 

Day 2
Kunming-Dongchuan by Private Vehicle
Get stunned by the magical Dongchuan Red Land and embrace the spectacular sunset view.
Breakfast
Luxury: Shanju Hotel Superior: Shanju Hotel

After breakfast, you will make a 3-hour land transfer to Dongchuan Red land to embark on a fantastic photography tour. Regarded as the God’s magic palette, the red land boasts marvelous landscape in dazzling colors of red, green and orange by the power of nature and local farmers.

At Luoxiagou, you are offered great chances to shoot the beguiling sunset view of the blazing red land and idyllic farm house scattered in the fields.

Later, your guide will help you to check into a fancy local hotel to stay overnight in Dongchuan, from which you could capture stunning rural views. 

Day 3
Dongchuan-Kunming by Private Vehicle
Catch the awesome sunrise. Check out the most breathtaking spots of Dongchuan Red Land, and transfer back to Kunming.
Breakfast
Luxury: Kai Wah Plaza International Hotel, Kunming Superior: Kunming Jinjiang Hotel

Get up early in the morning to overlook the splendid sunrise over the Damakan Village from a higher slope. Morning mist whirls up above the village, and local pheasants are occupied with their farm work in the fields. You would be greatly impressed by this poetic landscape.

Then proceed to Guoditang to admire the rolling hill slopes displaying wonderful vistas of color in strips of farmland.

Afterwards, move to Dalongshu spot to have a glimpse of a giant fir tree guarding the red land for hundreds of years. At the end of the photography tour, board your private van back to your hotel in Kunming. 

Note: Dongchuan Red Land is even more spectacular after the rainfall when you have unbeatable chances to take some splendid pictures. 

Day 4
Kunming-Jianshui by Private Vehicle
Stand in awe of the bizarre Stone Forest of karst landscape. Board a land transfer to Jianshui Ancient Town.
Breakfast
Luxury: Lin An Hotel Superior: Lin An Hotel

Hop on your private van and drive about 1.5 hour to the jaw-dropping Stone Forest, a typical karst landform in Yunnan. Venture into the grotesque Stone Forest teeming with numerous clusters of gray-black rock formations originated from natural erosions of hundreds of millions of years, and discover the towers and pinnacles in various shapes resembling animals and even figures in folk legends. Ascend the viewing deck to capture a panoramic view of the astounding stone formations below, and get to know the famous story about Ashima with your informative guide.

At the end, you will be transferred to Jianshui by our comfortable vehicle in about 4 hours. On arrival, get lodged in your hotel for a good rest.

Day 5
Jianshui-Yuanyang by Private Vehicle
Explore the traditional architecture and historical sites in Jianshui Ancient Town. Transfer to Yuanyang Rice Terraces to catch the sunset.
Breakfast
Luxury: Yun Ti Hotel Superior: Yun Ti Hotel

After breakfast, you will start the exploration of Jianshui Ancient Town by a walking tour. This old town is a hidden gem famous for its well-preserved ancient buildings and residential houses dating back to 1,200 years ago.

Today, you have a chance to venture into one of the most representative residences, Zhu’s Garden. Strolling in the labyrinth chambers and gardens to absorb the exquisite traditional architecture and peek at the rich life of Chinese merchants in the past.

Then take a leisure walk on the Double Dragon Bridge to wonder at the masterpiece of engineering in ancient China.

Then drive about three hours to Yuanyang to admire the stunning sunset over the rice terraces. 

Day 6
Yuanyang
Take in the gorgeous sunrise of Yuanyang Rice Terrace. Visit the rural Hani Village and join in a local market.
Breakfast

Wake up in the early morning to capture fabulous sunrise view when the whole rice terraces are covered with brilliant golden hues. Especially after the harvest, the rice fields flooded with waters on the mountain side are just like the pieces of a huge broken mirror, reflecting the sky and clouds with silver light.

After the trekking between different rice terraces, you would pay a visit a Hani ethnic village to uncover their generations of farming culture and life. Delight yourself by dropping by their lovely mushroom-shaped houses.

Later, get ready to have an eye-opening experience in a local bazar market scheduled a few times a week, where you could witness the lively rural life of China. 

Day 7
Yuanyang-Kunming by Private Vehicle
Drive back to Kunming. En route to visit a Mongolian tribe at Xingmeng Village.
Breakfast
Luxury: Kai Wah Plaza International Hotel, Kunming Superior: Kunming Jinjiang Hotel

Set out in the morning for a land transfer from Yuanyang back to Kunming, with a drive of about 7 hours.

A stopover will be made at a lively fruit market for you to stock on some fruits and drinks to enjoy on the ride.

Then your guide will lead you to discover the only settlement of Mongolian people in Yunnan at Xingmeng Village. Fleeing from the wars in the past, the existing Mongolians live a secluded life in a highland water town of Yunnan. Without yurts and horses, they reside in houses of bricks and make a living by fishing and farming. However, you would be surprised to find that they still keep their authentic Mongolian language, costumes and customs.

On arrival, have a good rest in the hotel for next day’s adventure. 

Day 8
Kunming-Dali by Bullet Train
Catch a high-speed train to Dali. Take a sightseeing cruise on Erhai Lake, and embark a leisurely excursion to the symbolic Three Pagodas. Explore Dali Old Town.
Breakfast
Luxury: Gurong Hotel Superior: Landscape Hotel

Checking out of the hotel, your guide and driver will see you off at the railway station for a 2-hour highspeed train to Dali.

Upon arrival, meet your new guide and then start a safari tour on Erhai Lake by an enjoyable cruise. Fully immerse yourself into the enchanting lake shaded by the majestic Cangshan Mountain, and observe the flocks of red-billed seagulls hovering freely on the water.

Then take a shore excursion to Chongsheng Temple to wonder at the Three Pagodas, the most iconic structures of Dali.

After that, move to Dali Old Town to enjoy a panorama with a slow-paced stroll along the bustling lanes clustered with folk residences, shops, restaurants, inns, bars and teahouses. 

Day 9
Dali-Lijiang by Private Vehicle
Attend a lively rural morning bazaar and appreciate the graceful folk residence of Bai ethnic group in Xizhou. Private vehicle transfer to Lijiang Old Town.
Breakfast
Luxury: InterContinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort Superior: Hexi Hotel

A 20km morning drive is awaited to transfer you to Xizhou Old Town which used to be a commercial hub on the Tea-Horse Ancient Trail. It has been a habitation resided by generations of Bai minority. Seize the morning to join in the local market to breathe the vibe of authentic rural life. Local Bai women in traditional attires make trades of daily supplies including fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, etc.

After that, pay a visit to the Yan’s Compound to explore the elegant folk houses of Bai people, where you will see exquisite residential complexes decorated with fabulous sculptures, paintings, unturned eaves and screen walls.

Later, board your car to Lijiang with 2-hour driving. Upon arrival, settle your luggage at the hotel and start your free exploration of Lijiang Old Town. Liven up your evening by enjoying a drink at the bar street with live band performances. 

Day 10
Lijiang
Set foot on the magnificent Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Discover the hidden historic gems including Shuhe Ancient Town and Baisha Murals.
Breakfast

After breakfast, you will be chauffeured to the foot of imposing Jade Dragon Snow Mountain to make a pilgrimage to the most sacred wonder among local Naxi people. Take a cable car to the Yak meadow with an altitude of 3500 meters, from which you are offered with a superb location to gaze at the 13 snow-capped peaks of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, and meantime you could soak up the fascinating alpine pastures with roaming yaks.

Next up, head for Shuhe Old Town to the trace the earliest settlements of Naxi ethnic group and the remaining Ancient Tea Horse Route.

Later, proceed to Baisha Village to savor the brilliant mural paintings depicting the vivid life scenes of Naxi ancestors and religious images.

Day 11
Departure from Lijiang
Marvel at the mighty Tiger Leaping Gorge. A private vehicle transfer to Lijiang Airport.
Breakfast

Check out of the hotel for a morning excursion to the mind-boggling Tiger Leaping Gorge. It is one of the deepest river canyons in the world. Extremely narrowed between Haba Snow Mountain and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Jinsha River dashes through the gorge with tremendous roar and surging waves. Hike about the stairs to the viewing deck to breathe in the mighty vigor of the gorge and take great photos with the Tiger Leaping Rock.

Your great Yunnan tour will come to an end here. The guide and driver will escort you to the airport for your departure flight, and say goodbye to you there. Wish you a nice journey home! 

Accommodations
KunmingDongchuanKunmingJianshuiYuanyangKunmingDaliLijiang
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.
Dongchuan
Luxury

Shanju Hotel

Guoditang Red Land Scenic Area, Dongchuan, Kunming
It is the best local hotel with garden design, full of cultural and artistic flavor. Embracing stunning environment, the hotel room set is quite tasteful, and the breakfast is also nice.
Superior

Shanju Hotel

Guoditang Red Land Scenic Area, Dongchuan, Kunming
It is the best local hotel with garden design, full of cultural and artistic flavor. Embracing stunning environment, the hotel room set is quite tasteful, and the breakfast is also nice.
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.
Jianshui
Luxury

Lin An Hotel

2, Yongzhen Rooad, Jianshui
Adjacent to the old town, it is the best hotel in Jianshui with prime location, clean hotel room, and well-quipped facilities. Different styles of breakfasts are offered.
Superior

Lin An Hotel

2, Yongzhen Rooad, Jianshui
Adjacent to the old town, it is the best hotel in Jianshui with prime location, clean hotel room, and well-quipped facilities. Different styles of breakfasts are offered.
Yuanyang
Luxury

Yun Ti Hotel

Sheng Village, Hani Rice Terraces Scenic Area, Xinjie Town, Yuyang
The hotel is amidst in Shengcun Village, the essence sightseeing area of Yuanyang Hani Rice Terraces. Back on wetland forest and facing sea of cloud over villages, the hotel gets good location to enjoy the sunrise and sunset. The hotel room also gets amazing views.
Superior

Yun Ti Hotel

Sheng Village, Hani Rice Terraces Scenic Area, Xinjie Town, Yuyang
The hotel is amidst in Shengcun Village, the essence sightseeing area of Yuanyang Hani Rice Terraces. Back on wetland forest and facing sea of cloud over villages, the hotel gets good location to enjoy the sunrise and sunset. The hotel room also gets amazing views.
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.

Dongchuan

Shanju Hotel

Guoditang Red Land Scenic Area, Dongchuan, Kunming
It is the best local hotel with garden design, full of cultural and artistic flavor. Embracing stunning environment, the hotel room set is quite tasteful, and the breakfast is also nice.

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.

Jianshui

Lin An Hotel

2, Yongzhen Rooad, Jianshui
Adjacent to the old town, it is the best hotel in Jianshui with prime location, clean hotel room, and well-quipped facilities. Different styles of breakfasts are offered.

Yuanyang

Yun Ti Hotel

Sheng Village, Hani Rice Terraces Scenic Area, Xinjie Town, Yuyang
The hotel is amidst in Shengcun Village, the essence sightseeing area of Yuanyang Hani Rice Terraces. Back on wetland forest and facing sea of cloud over villages, the hotel gets good location to enjoy the sunrise and sunset. The hotel room also gets amazing views.

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.

Dongchuan

Shanju Hotel

Guoditang Red Land Scenic Area, Dongchuan, Kunming
It is the best local hotel with garden design, full of cultural and artistic flavor. Embracing stunning environment, the hotel room set is quite tasteful, and the breakfast is also nice.

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.

Jianshui

Lin An Hotel

2, Yongzhen Rooad, Jianshui
Adjacent to the old town, it is the best hotel in Jianshui with prime location, clean hotel room, and well-quipped facilities. Different styles of breakfasts are offered.

Yuanyang

Yun Ti Hotel

Sheng Village, Hani Rice Terraces Scenic Area, Xinjie Town, Yuyang
The hotel is amidst in Shengcun Village, the essence sightseeing area of Yuanyang Hani Rice Terraces. Back on wetland forest and facing sea of cloud over villages, the hotel gets good location to enjoy the sunrise and sunset. The hotel room also gets amazing views.

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 / Enquiry
from US$2401
  • The price above is for one person based on a group of 2 adults sharing one room of 4 star hotels. It is subject to change according to your traveling season, number of travelers, hotel class, etc.
  • 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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  • A detailed itinerary with quotation based on your enquiry will then be sent to you within 12 hours or even sooner. You could share your ideas freely to adjust the itinerary till your satisfaction.
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