About This Trip
Discover a hidden paradise in China - Yunnan on this 9-day exploration. You'll travel through Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, and Shangri-La. See the natural wonders like Stone Forest, Erhai Lake, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Bati Lake, and Napa Lake. Visit the ancient towns and minority villages to experience the ethnic cultures of Yi and Naxi. Besides, you can visit the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan, Gedan Songzanlin Monastery.
- 1 - 2KunmingStone Forest, Jingxing Bird Market
- 3DaliErhai Lake, Dali Ancient Town, Three Pagodas
- 4Jianchuan, LijiangJianchuan: Shaxi Ancient Town
Lijiang: Lijiang Ancient Town
- 5LijiangJade Dragon Snow Mountain, Museum of Naxi Dongba Culture
- 6 - 9Shangri-LaTiger Leaping Gorge, Yi Minority Village, Pudacuo National Park, Gedan Songzanlin Monastery, Nixi Pottery Village, Napa Lake
Day 1: Kunming, Arrival
Welcome to Kunming, China's Spring City! Upon arrival, 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.
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Day 3: Kunming - Dali, Dali City Highlights & Cycling Tour
In the morning, you will be escorted to the railway station for the high-speed train to Dali. Upon arrival, be met and escorted to the hotel by your local tour guide.
After a short rest, take a wonderful boat ride on Erhai Lake and visit the Bai ethnic minority village, followed by exploring Dali Ancient Town and Three Pagodas. On the way, enjoy the countryside cycling tour for around 2 hours (Three Pagodas - Xizhou Village - Sha Village).
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Day 4: Dali - Lijiang, Ancient Towns
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.
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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.
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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. Afterward, be escorted to Shangri-La. On the way, you can visit a Yi minority village to taste the local life if you like.
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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 and enjoy a local dinner there. After that, be escorted to your hotel.
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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.
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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 onward flight.
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