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9-Day Yunnan Tour: Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-La

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

  • Tour code: RiverTour-Lake-02
  • Tour Style: Affordable 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: private 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: Dali City Highlights & Cycling Tour, Kunming - Dali
Arrive in Dali, be met at the airport and escorted to the hotel. After a short rest, take a wonderful cruise on Erhai Lake and visit the Bai ethnic minority village, followed by exploring Dali Ancient Town and Three Pagodas. On the way, enjoy a countryside Cycling Tour for around 2 hours (Three Pagodas - Xizhou Village - Sha Village).
Day 4: Ancient Towns, Dali - lijiang
After breakfast, pay a visit to the Shaxi Ancient Town, a historic town once an active trade stops on the Southern Silk Road. After the tour, drive to the famous Lijiang Ancient Town.
Day 5: Lijiang, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

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: Tiger Leaping Gorge, Lijiang - Shangri-La
In the morning, pay a visit to the Tiger Leaping Gorge, the deepest and longest gorge in the world. Then be escorted to Shangri-La. On the way, you can visit an Yi minority village to taste the local life if you like.
Day 7: Shangri-La, Pudacuo National Park & Gedan Songzanlin Monastery
Start today’s trip to Pudacuo National Park where visit Bitahai and Shudu Lakes. Next discover the Gedan Songzanlin Monastery, the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan. In the late afternoon, enter a Tibetan family's home and enjoy a local dinner there. After that, be escorted to your hotel.
Day 8: Shangri-La, Nixi Pottery Village & Napa Lake
In the morning, drive to the Nixi Pottery Village, a real Tibetan village. Next tour the Napa Lake for the view of the exquisite bird species that winter there. In the afternoon, take a leisure walk around the Shangri-La ancient town and appreciate the Tibetan customs.
Day 9: Shangri-La Departure
On this day you will be free on your own until 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, Shangri-La

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Clients: MaryM

Travel Consultant:
Tom Zhou
I have just completed my second trip to China with COT, both organised by Tom Zhou. Everything had been faultless on my first trip, so I felt much more relaxed for my second visit. I was not disappointed! Everything went like clockwork and when I became ill my guide looked after me very well. They are very particular about choosing hotels, restaurants and bathroom breaks that will be good for you. They helpfully give you the hotel web addresses so you can look them up on TA. If you want to change anything, try a different hotel, ask about different ways of getting from A to B (I'm not keen on lots of internal flights) nothing is too much trouble. Excellent guides and drivers - important in China, where the driving can be alarming. The only thing I would add to the COT service is to advise Westerners to load up VPN software before leaving home - without it all connection with the outside world is lost. Hotels mostly have wifi, but you can't get any non-Chinese websites. I like to blog, Facebook, research attractions, etc and would be lost without it - well worth under £10 for a month's subscription.
Rating: April 8th, 2015

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: Marco

From: Italy

Travel Consultant:
Maple Zheng

Dear Maple

Thanks a lot for the wonderful tour of Yunnan which you and China Odyssey Tours have organized for us: our travel has been much more beautiful and interesting than my expectations.

Of course, this is due both to your wonderful Country and People and to your very efficient and punctual organization. The Stone Forest, the landscapes and the minorities of Dali, Lijiang and Shangri-la and, above all, the Tsongkhapa Festival in Jongning will be forever unforgettable for all of us!!!

Special mention for Anne, our guide in Shangri-la, for Lucy, our guide in Kunming and, above all, for you Maple who have organized for us this very special tour with great patience and professionality.

Thank you again and I promise that I'll come back in China soon: as you know, I’m a real frequent traveler, I love ASIA in general and China in particular and in China you have so many other things and places to be visited….!!

We’ll be in touch.

Best regards.


Rating: December 5th, 2013

Clients: inbavaria

Travel Consultant:
Susan Su

China Odyssey Tours consistently provides excellent services. I used them for a tour of ancient villages in Yunnan province as well, and the whole experience was outstanding, starting with the planning phase. Susan, my wonderful travel consultant, provided valuable tips and recommendations, including help with visa documentation, that ultimately made for a memorable experience. I would wholeheartedly recommend China Odyssey and will use them again for my next trip to China or Indochina.

Visited October 2013

Rating: November 2nd, 2013

Clients: sushy_d

Travel Consultant:
Johnny Li
We decided we wanted to tour china on a whim at the beginning of the year. We knew we didn't want to do a structured tour as we wanted flexibility with our itinerary, but all private tours through uk based company's were at extortionate prices! China Odyssey solved all our problems & allowed us to cut out the middle man! We googled china tours and there are so many companies of which we emailed many but COT were the only company who came back with an itinerary that was in line with what we had requested. Johnny was our main point of contact and was excellent from beginning to end! We exchanged many emails and he was very patient and helpful in ensuring we had the perfect itinerary! We told COT at the time of booking we wanted a "shopping free" trip. & true to their word, no tourist traps, no waste of time factory visits and no hard selling. The perfect tour. We would most definitely use them again and highly recommend!
Rating: April 22nd, 2013
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