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8-Day Yunnan Tour: Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangrila

Tour route: China : Kunming - Dali - Lijiang - Jianchuan - Shangri-la

  • Tour code: RiverTour-Lake-02
  • Tour Style: Private Tour (No Join-in Group Tour)
  • Price inclusions: All transportation mentioned in itinerary (flight, train, ship, private car, etc.); private guides & drivers, hotels, meals (based on your meal plan), and all service charges & taxes.
  • Travel date: individual tour with flexible travel date.
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Day 1 Kunming, Arrival

Welcome to Kunming, China's Spring City! Upon arriving in Kunming, your tour guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax, or step out for a little adventure of your own.

Day 2 Kunming, Stone Forest

Today you will visit the renowned Stone Forest. Famed as the "World Karst Landscape Museum", you will be amazed at the bizarre stone formations in shapes of swords, mushrooms, tower, pillars and even castles. In the Forest, you will feel come to a "Stone World". Later, visit the Jingxing Bird Market.

Day 3 Kunming-Dali, Erhai Lake, Three Pagodas & Ancient Town

Upon arriving in Dali, your tour guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel. You will then take a cruise on the picturesque Erhai Lake, followed by a visit to a Bai ethnic minority village. In the late afternoon you will visit Dali Ancient Town, and its ancient Three Pagodas.

Day 4 Dali-lijiang, Zhoucheng Village, Ancient Town & Lion Hill

After breakfast, you will drive to Jianchuan (about 2 hours drive) to pay a visit to Shaxi Ancient Town. After the tour, drive to Lijiang Ancient Town (about 2.5 hours drive).

Day 5 Lijiang, Snow Mountain & Cultural Attractions

You will be driven to the picturesque Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, followed by a visit to the ancient Baisha Mural Paintings. You will then be driven back to Lijiang where you will visit the Lion Hill and Museum of Naxi Dongba Culture inside the park.

Day 6 Lijiang- Shangrila, First Bend of Yangtze River & Tiger Leaping Go...

Today comfortable transfer will take you tothe old town of Shigu (Stone Drum) to see the Iron Chain Bridge which the Red Armyused to cross the river during the Long March in 1930s. Then proceed to amaze at the stunning First Bend of the Yangtze River and trek to the famous Tiger Leaping Gorge.

Be transferred to Shangri La to overnight.

Day 7 Shangrila, Napa Lake

On this day you will visit the Nixi Pottery Village (about 1 hour drive) and Napa Lake.

Day 8 Shangrila, Departure

Today you will visit the Gedan Songzanlin Monastery(Guihua Monastery) and then your tour guide escorts you to the airport for your flight to your next destination.

Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey

It is no doubt your journey enjoyment will be increased by a good choice of accommodation. Our well-established network with key hotel chains around China will bring you more benefits of competitive rates and guaranteed hotel quality with availability.

Standard Tour ClassComfortable Tour ClassDeluxe Tour Class
KunmingShampagne Union standar hotel star New Era comfortable hotel star No.99 West of Dongfeng Road Kunming city China Grand Park Hotel deluxe hotel star 20 Hong Hua Qiao, Kunmin
DaliGuesthouse-ZHJ standar hotel star No.31, Hu Guo Road, Ancient City of Dali,Yunnan Province Regent Hotel deluxe hotel star East Yuer Road, Gucheng, Dali, Yunnan Province, China
LijiangGrand Hotel Lijiang standar hotel star Xinyi Street,Dayang Town,Lijiang,Yunnan,China Palace Hotel Lijiang comfortable hotel star No.9, Yigu Alley, Nanmen Street, Gucheng, Lijiang, Yunnan, China. Zip: 674100 Treasure Harbour International Hotel deluxe hotel star Treasure Harbour International Hotel, Lijiang, Yunnan, China
Shangri-laPacific Rim standar hotel star Jiantandong Road, Zhongdian, Yunnan Songtsam Hotel standar hotel star Songzanlin Lamasery, Shangri-La County, Yunnan, China Paradise Hotel deluxe hotel star No.165 Changzheng Avenue, Jiantang Zhen, Shangri-La County 674400, China

We pick Hotels for You Based on:
Location:most of properties we selected are either located in downtown area with main city attractions or close by main transportations. These conveniences will certainly improve your holiday experience.
Facility & Service Quality:all hotels are inspected strictly and regularly, must be with great performance on accommodating English speaking customers, and excellent feedbacks from our pervious clients as well.
Diversity for Choice: many styles and grades of hotels are available for different budgets, tastes and culture backgrounds.


Hotel criteria for each tour class

Hotel arrangement for Standard Tour Class

It will meet the basic requirements for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pick up. A small fitness center or spa can be expected.

Standar Hotel


Hotel Arrangement for Comfortable Tour Class

Normally you'll stay at formal and large hotels conveniently located with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, room service, fitness center and swimming pool (in very rare cases there is no pool) all together offer an above-average accommodation experience. 
Usually good 4-star hotels are adopted or boutique hotels at request. Hotels best available will be arranged if no qualified choice, e.g. in remote area.

Comfortable Hotel


Hotel Arrangement for Deluxe Tour Class

Luxurious hotel with top-notch service and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site with extensive menus for choice, room service available 24/7, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience. Hotels best available will be arranged if no qualified choice, e.g. in remote area.

Deluxe Hotel


Normally China Odyssey Tours provides two meals each day: Breakfast and Lunch. You will have the freedom to make your own dinner choice.


It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, Chinese style, or a combination.

A la carte lunch

When plan your lunches, we consider the balance of food quality, dining environment and tour convenience. We provide a la carte lunch in a local restaurant whenever possible. A la carte meal will give you an opportunity to eat at local restaurant, follow local customs, and taste local dishes. The a la carte allowance would be adequate for a decent meal in our recommended local restaurants, but varies from different restaurants and different cities. However in some remote regions where it’s simply hard to find a non-tourist restaurant, the meal could be arranged at a local tourist restaurant or a local family.

Your own dinner choice

Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in China. This is why we provide you this flexibility of food choice. Your private guide will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.

If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Private Guide & Transfer

You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility.

All of our tour guides are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides in China who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed safe drivers.

Private Tour Guide

You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, your guide will stay at your side until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.

All of our travel guides in every destination are locals, who know the area well, they are very good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for taking your best photos.

When changing your itinerary is needed due to unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you have a wonderful experience.

Private Transportation

With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most of your experience in China.

In every destination visited, your vehicle is air conditioned, clean, and expertly maintained. Your private driver is licensed, insured, and very experienced.

To maximize your comfort, we use vehicles with extra space for you and your luggage. Depending on how many are traveling together, we generally use sedans or mini vans (7 seats) for 4 people or less, large vans or small coaches (12-22 seats) for 5-12 people, medium coaches (33 – 37 seats) for 13 – 25 people, and large coaches (45 seats over) for more than 25 people.

Reviews on: Yunnan Tour: Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangrila

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Clients: NancyW260

Travel Consultant:
Leo Huang

We were still adjusting back to local time but wanted to let TA readers know about this amazing company. From the first planning emails with Leo to waving good bye to Jesse in Kunming we did not regret for a moment choosing China Odyssey. We can attest that the positive reviews here are not exaggerations- you really can put your mind completely at ease that there will always be a smiling face at the airport, that your vehicle and driver will be clean and safe (no small feat), that your guide will ask you with considerate regularity whether you need to use the restroom. And it's not just what's written in the itinerary- each of our guides took a few moments at the beginning of our stay in their city to review what we had planned, check in with our health and well being, make suggestions based on our energy level and attitude. Kevin, our amazing and very professional guide in Xi'an went so far as to come back, unscheduled, to the hotel to take my husband and I to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda on the morning the kids decided to sleep in. When the kids wanted the morning to shop the market stalls in Lijang, Abel strolled slowly with us and then took us to an impromptu tea ceremony for late morning refreshment. Rita, in Dali, was a family favorite because of her light hearted sense of humor. On the evening we arrived she took us for a pre-dinner stroll to orient us to the city, then asked the restaurant proprietor to put one of the tables out on the sidewalk for us where it was both cooler and much more interesting. (As an aside- don't miss Dali, we actually preferred it to Lijang which is overrun by domestic tourism). And thank heavens for Jesse in depth knowledge of the trails in The Stone Forest outside of Kunming, she kept us on the less trodden paths and helped us avoid the large and loud crowds! While she was only with us for a few hours, Mickey, our guide through the Hutongs of Beijing, was a trip highlight. She had us in stitches with her description of Chinese zombies and the necessary architectural elements needed to keep them out of your house. We wished we could have spent more time with her. These guides never failed to select fantastic restaurants for our scheduled meals and make excellent recommendations for our private meals. They didn't have any problems making accommodations for the vegetarians in the group.

Both the manager of Yunnan China Odyssey and Leo called us at one point during the trip to check in. All in all we are very pleased with the way China Odyssey organized the trip and hope to use them again for a trip to Southeast Asia sometime in the future.

Rating: July 4th, 2014

Clients: Megi68

From: Canada

Travel Consultant:
Karen Yang
Two years ago we found COT and took a 12-day trip to China. This year we let them organized one more trip. It was amazing. We visited Yunnan province (Kunming, Dali, Lijiang and Shangri-la), Chengdu (for the second time), Leshan and Mt Emei. Our tour consultant was Karen (again like 2 years ago). We enjoyed every moment on our tour. The guides: Lucy, Susan, Emmy, Anna and Danna were great as well as our drivers. We visited Chengdu for the second time since we wanted to see pandas again. This time we also spent some free time in Chengdu and enjoyed the beauty of this city. Now, since we had a great experience with COT we're thinking of taking a trip to Indochina and we'll let COT organized this one for us.
Rating: June 23rd, 2014

Clients: Linda Peterson W

From: Canada

Travel Consultant:
Susan Su

China Odyssey delivered superior service as orchestrated by Susan Su in both the planning and execution of our private China adventure. First, Susan listened carefully to our needs and interests with detailed communications in planning our travel, itinerary and accommodations. In China, our plans were executed with skilled guides she had selected for each destination. Thorougly versed in all aspects of the country with expert guidance and an impressive command of English, they were also helpful beyond the call of duty with some of our unqiue needs. Drivers were prompt, safe and well trained, working in tandem with our guides at every turn. Hotels were first class, no disiappointments there or with internal flights. Throughout, we expereinced a superb realization of our China expectations. Simply stated, China Odyssey is in your best interest if your future travel plans involve China. It certainly was in ours for our March 2012 adventure. 

Thank you Susan and China Odyssey.

Visited March 2013
Rating: October 8th, 2013

Clients: Tony_N47

From: Australia

Travel Consultant:
Leo Huang
We are a Group of 22 who have just returned from an Amazing Tour lasting 26 days with China Odyssey Tours (A Chinese Travel Agency based in Guilin) taking in China and Hong Kong. Our Travel Consultant Leo Huang took our suggestions and put together an itinerary which took in all the regular Tourist Sights but added some more remote places where we felt we were part of the local community and got to know the people better. Some of these places, such as Lijiang were viewed as Highlights of the Trip.. All our Guides were very good but Alex in Xian was voted best on tour with Andy (Beijing), Ella (Chengdu), Sophia (Lijiang) and Chris (Shanghai) all coming very close behind. Our meals were all very good with a great selection of Chinese and Western foods at breakfast. Our Chinese Lunches were all rated well above average and well looked forward to every day. Hotels were nearly all 4 Star and we had no complaints. Our transfer and busing arrangements were handled extremely well with priority check-in arranged by Odyssey (We had 7 internal flights within China that all went well except for one slightly long delay). The Yangtze Cruise on Century Star was one of the highlights of the trip, but also gave us some time to relax from our pretty hectic schedule.We would recommend China Odyssey Tours as a great way to see China and they certainly offer value for money, especially if you can get a Group of 10 or more together. We will be using them for a Silk Road Trip in 2014.
Rating: June 6th, 2013

Clients: traveljunkie60

Travel Consultant:
Alex Quan
Shanghai was the last city on our tour after more than 3 weeks travelling in China. Beijing, Datong, Pingyao, Xi'an, Chengdu, Lijiang, Guilin, Yangshuo and Shanghai. Our tour was arranged by Alex at China Odyssey Tours who answered all questions promptly, made suggestions, and put together a faultless itinerary for us for 28 days. As we like to travel in a more leisurely way than being part of a tour group, we opted for a private English speaking guide and driver in each place, with free days throughout, so that we could do some exploring for ourselves.
It was great to finish up in Shanghai, the most western like of the cities we visited. Our one day tour began with a visit to the Ohel Moishe synagogue, founded in 1907 and now housing the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum. The history of the city as a refuge for people fleeing Central Europe in the 1930s is related and is very moving. Of the oral histories, one stays with me. The interviewee relates that although the people of Shanghai had little more than the refugees, they willingly shared what they had and made them welcome. With the assistance of the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum, the Shanghai government paid for the restoration of the original building and the set up of the museum. From the synagogue we strolled down the Bund, oggling at the new space age buildings across the water contrasting with the old buildings of the Bund across the road on the other side.
We walked past some of the European influenced buildings and continued through the crowded Yuyuan Market which was packed with tourists. Spending little time here, we alkyd through to the Yu Garden, laid out in 1559 by a powerful Ming dynasty official. Our final activity for the day was a visit to the Acrobatic Show - a performance of breathtaking strength and grace. It was very convenient to be picked up and taken to the venue by our guide and driver and to be returned to the hotel after the performance.
The guides we had throughout China, organised by China Odyssey Tours were efficient and pleasant and very professional. They gained entry for us into the tourist attractions with minimum fuss, often avoiding long queues. We would recommend using guides for the tourist attractions and allowing for free days to people watch and get a feel for places.
Rating: June 2nd, 2013
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