8-Day Private Yunnan Tour to Kunming, Dali, Lijiang and Shangri-La

This private tour packages covers the most interesting facets of Yunnan Province. Highlights include Kunming’s geological wonder the Stone Forest; Dali Old Town, the former political, cultural and economic center of Yunnan; Lijian Old Town, for 800 years home to the Naxi ethnic minority and Pudacuo National Park, a protected wetlands area in Shangri-La (Zhongdian).

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  • What's included :
    • 7x Breakfast
    • 6x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 7 nights
    • Econmy-class airfare from Kunming to Dali
    • Accommodation based on twin-sharing room as per itinerary
    • Two bottled waters per person, per day
    • Transport by private air conditioned vehicle
    • Professional private guide and driver
    • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
    • Entry/Admission - Kunming Golden Temple
    • Entry/Admission - Stone Forest Scenic Area
    • Entry/Admission - Chongsheng Three Pagodas
    • Entry/Admission - Erhai Lake
    • Entry/Admission - Ancient Architecture of Bai Nationality, Xizhou
    • Entry/Admission - Black Dragon Pond Park
    • Entry/Admission - Dongba Cultural Museum
    • Entry/Admission - Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia)
    • Entry/Admission - Songzanlin Scenic Area
    • Entry/Admission - Bitahai Lake
    What's excluded :
    • Gratuities
    • China Visa Fee

  • Day 1: Kunming Airport Pick-up, Golden Temple, and Green Lake Park

    Stop At: Kunming Changshui International Airport, China, Yunnan Sheng, Kunming Shi, Guandu Qu, 长水村
    When you arrive at Kunming Changshui International Airport, you will meet your guide at the arrival hall and be escorted to your hotel in the downtown area for check-in.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Kunming Golden Temple, Jin Dian Gongyuan, Mingfeng Hill Panlong District, Kunming 650021 China
    After a short rest, you will proceed to the Golden Temple, a Taoist temple situated on the Mingfeng Hill. This 400-year-old temple features its bronze structures, which dazzles in the sunlight and the beautiful natural landscapes.
    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Green Lake Park in Kunming (West Gate), China, Yunnan Sheng, Kunming Shi, Wuhua Qu, Cui Hu Xi Lu, 小西门
    Then you will take a leisurely stroll in the centrally located Green Lake Park to enjoy the local peaceful lifestyle and immerse yourself in the picturesque scenery with the sound of seagulls
    Duration: 1 hour

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Jinjiang Hotel (4 stars)

    Day 2: Zhuanxin Famers' Market and Stone Forest

    Stop At: Zhuanxin Wet Market, Zhuantang Road Near Zhuantang Park, Kunming China
    Today your private tour will begin with a visit to the Zhuanxin Famers' Market, the largest marketplace in Kunming. Roaming around this place, you will get an impression of local people's daily life, since every day thousands of people come here to buy fruits, vegetables, meats, etc.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Stone Forest Scenic Area, Shilin Yi Autonomous County, Kunming, Yunnan, China
    Then you will head to the Stone Forest, a typical model of China's Karst landforms. The stones in interesting shapes, such as animals and plants, will provide you with a memorable experience.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Jinjiang Hotel (4 stars)

    Day 3: Kunming to Dali by Bullet Train, Dali Old Town, Three Pagoda Temple, Erhai Lake Tour by Horse-drawn Carriage

    Stop At: Dali Railway Station, Dali County, Weinan, Shaanxi, China
    In the morning, you will be escorted to the railway station for an early morning bullet train to Dali. You will arrive at Dali Railway Station in 2 hours. Your local tour guide will pick you up and escort you to your hotel.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Dali Ancient, Dali 671000 China
    After a break, you will begin the Dali exploration with a visit to Dali Ancient City, which can date back to the Ming Dynasty in 1382. It is a good place to learn about the local lifestyle and culture by a wander along the markets and meeting the local people in their ethnic costumes.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Chongsheng Three Pagodas, Under Yingle Peak, Dali 671000 China
    Then you will continue to the Three Pagodas, which sits in Chongsheng Temple and faces the mirror-like Erhai Lake. These 1,800-year-old pagodas are like a beautiful history book of Dali, which will show the visitors the development of Buddhism in Dali and the unique architectural style in China.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Erhai Lake, No.55 Zhongshan Road, Dali 661000 China
    Lastly, you will hop in a horse-drawn carriage to tour around Erhai Lake. Its ear like shape gives it the interesting name Erhai, which means ear-shaped sea in Chinese. You will also visit the nearby old villages.
    Afterward, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Gurong Hotel (4 stars)

    Day 4: Drive to Lijiang, Visit Bai Minority, Tie Dyeing, and Lijiang Old Town

    Stop At: Ancient Architecture of Bai Nationality, Xizhou, Xizhou Town, Dali 671004 China
    Today a 3-hour drive will take you to Lijiang. On the way, you will pay a visit to the Bai Minority Traditional Houses in Xizhou. The layout of these houses is distinctive with the features of wood and stone carvings and paintings on lime powdered walls. Xizhou is the place where the best and most of Bai Minority Traditional Houses are preserved.
    Over there, you will also get a chance to learn cooking a special local delicacy, call Baba, a scone-like baked bread mainly made of wheat flour.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Zhoucheng Village, Xizhou Town, north of Dali Ancient City, Dali 671001 China
    Then you will continue to the nearby Zhoucheng Village, where you will visit the traditional hand-made Tie Dyeing, in the local people's home.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Old Town of Lijiang - China, No.57, Xuetang Rd, Dayan Township, Gucheng Dist, Lijiang 674100 China
    Upon arrival at Lijiang, you will first check in at your hotel in the old town. After a short rest, your tour guide will take you to visit the Square Street of Lijiang Old Town. The street is paved by the local bluestones, with numerous souvenir shops, unique bars, and delicate restaurants scattered around. The most charming part of the street is at night. When red lanterns along the street are all lit up, all people here including tourists will enjoy relaxing but exciting nightlife.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Ivy Garden Hotel Resorts (4 stars)

    Day 5: Baisha Village, A Local Naxi family, Baisha Murals, Black Dragon Pool Park, and Dongba Cultural Museum

    Stop At: Lijiang Mural in Baisha Village, Baisha Yulong County, Lijiang 674101 China
    You will first explore the Baisha Village and visit a local Naxi family in the morning. You will learn more about the Naxi people's living habits and customs.
    Then you will proceed to visit Baisha Murals. These murals, combining the Han, Tibet, and Naxi culture together, are a wonderful art form of minorities in west Yunnan, and vividly unfold the life of the minority people to the visitors.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Black Dragon Pond Park, Xin Daje, Lijiang 674100 China
    Then, you will pay a visit to the Former Residence of Dr. Joseph Rock in Yuhu village at the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. After that, you will visit the Black Dragon Pool Park (Jade Spring Park), an enormous park with beautiful landscapes and some ancient monuments.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Dongba Cultural Museum, Beside Yuquan Park, Yulong County 674100 China
    Next, you will visit the Dongba Cultural Museum, which is an interesting folk cultural museum featuring Dongba culture preserved by Naxi People. By visiting this museum, you could learn more about this minority group.
    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Ivy Garden Hotel Resorts (4 stars)

    Day 6: Drive to Shangri-La with Stop at First Bend of the Yangtze River, Stone Drum Town, and Tiger Leaping Gorge

    Stop At: The First Bend of Yellow River, Majiapan Village, Xinguan Town, Shilou County 032500 China
    Today, a 5-hour drive will take you from Lijiang to Shangri-La. On the way, you will first visit the First Bend of the Yangtze River. It is named so because a sudden V-shaped bend has been formed when the Yangtze River flowing by. The nearly 180-degree turn creates marvelous and astonishing views.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Stone Drum (Shigu) Town, Shigu Town, Lijiang 674113 China
    Then you will head to the Stone Drum Town, the town where the First Bend of the Yangtze River located. There is a drum-shaped marble monument in this town, hence the name. The town has for long been an important town for Han and Tibetan people to do business transactions.
    Duration: 40 minutes

    Stop At: Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia), 100 km NW of Lijiang Hutiaoxia Town, Shangri-La County 674402 China
    The last stop en route is one of China's deepest and most beautiful gorges, Tiger Leaping Gorge. It has a reputation of being dangerous: one is the dangerous mountain with high peaks, steep cliffs, jagged rocks, and winded gigantic old creepers; the other is dangerous water with a high drop, fast water current, numerous rocks, dangerous shoals, and cascading waterfalls. All these form a rare spectacle in the world.
    Upon arrival at Shangri-La, you will check into your hotel.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Shangri-la Old Town Hotel (4 stars)

    Day 7: Songzanlin Temple, Bitahai Lake, Shudu Lake, and A Tibetan Family Visit

    Stop At: Songzanlin Scenic Area, Ni Wang Lu, Xianggelila Shi, Diqing Zangzuzizhizhou, Yunnan Sheng, China
    In the morning, you will first head to the biggest Tibetan Buddhist Temple in Yunnan, Songzanlin Temple. This temple collects the elite of Tibetan religious culture and presents splendid architecture. Because of its similar appearance and layout to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, it is also reputed as 'small Potala Palace'.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Bitahai Lake, 25km East of the County, Deqin County 674500 China
    Then, you will travel to Bitahai Lake. Fed by small streams from the snow mountains encircled, the lake shapes just like a trumpet shell. In the color of azure with snowy mountains and trees reflecting in it, the gorgeous lake is a wonderland to appreciate the beauty of nature. There is also another lake of beauty and peacefulness, Shudu Lake. The plants around the lake are lush and the wild animals are various.
    After enjoying the beautiful natural scenery, you will visit a local Tibetan family to get involved in the Tibetan people's lifestyle.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Shangri-la Old Town Hotel (4 stars)

    Day 8: Departure from Shangri-La, Airport See-off

    Stop At: Shangri-la Airport, 1 Shen Ying Lu, Xianggelila Shi, Diqing Zangzuzizhizhou, Yunnan Sheng, China
    After breakfast, your tour guide will escort you to the Shangri-La airport on time for your departure flight. We wish you a nice trip!
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offeredAirports
    • Kunming Airport, Guandu, Kunming China
    Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
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    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Please wear comfortable walking shoes
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
    • Stroller accessible
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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