Tour route: China : Kunming - Dali - Lijiang - Jianchuan - Shangri-la
Ancient Tea-Horse Road is the highest corridor of ancient Chinese civilization and trade. This 8-day expedition retraces three passes on the road. Jump off from Kunming to Dali, the starting point of one of the road's main lines, before heading to Shaxi old town, the best preserved crucial node, which retains a surviving market. Next it's onto Lijiang, where you can get lost in an old town forgotten by time, and trek the world's deepest Tiger Leaping Gorge to watch the fight between water and rocks, followed by an exploration to Shangrila, with the surreal landscape, being a haven of flora and fauna, and spiritual seekers.
Day by Day
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
On this day you will visit the Nixi Pottery Village (about 1 hour drive) and Napa Lake.
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 Class||Comfortable Tour Class||Deluxe Tour Class|
|Kunming||Shampagne Union||New Era No.99 West of Dongfeng Road Kunming city China||Grand Park Hotel 20 Hong Hua Qiao, Kunmin|
|Dali||Guesthouse-ZHJ No.31, Hu Guo Road, Ancient City of Dali,Yunnan Province||Regent Hotel East Yuer Road, Gucheng, Dali, Yunnan Province, China|
|Lijiang||Grand Hotel Lijiang Xinyi Street,Dayang Town,Lijiang,Yunnan,China||Palace Hotel Lijiang No.9, Yigu Alley, Nanmen Street, Gucheng, Lijiang, Yunnan, China. Zip: 674100||Treasure Harbour International Hotel Treasure Harbour International Hotel, Lijiang, Yunnan, China|
|Shangri-la||Pacific Rim Jiantandong Road, Zhongdian, Yunnan||Songtsam Hotel Songzanlin Lamasery, Shangri-La County, Yunnan, China||Paradise Hotel 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.