8 Days Classic Yunnan
Yunnan: Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Shangri-La
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8 Days

Yunnan has long been reputed as 'Colored Clouds in the South.' It boasts imposing natural scenery, such as snowcapped mountains, glaciers, lakes, hot springs, plateaus, virgin forests, and tropical rainforests. Visit Yunnan and experience its diverse and unique ethnic people traditions too.

Day 1
Hongkong / Kunming

Flight to Kunming.

Meet at the airport and transfer to check in the hotel. 

Free and overnight. 

Day 2
Kunming – Jiu Xiang - Stone Forest

After breakfast at hotel, morning visit to the Jiu Xiang Scenic Area.

Take a boat ride to visit the smaller caves, rivers and halls inside the big caves to see the stalactites and Stalagmites in the caves presented at all kinds of strange shapes.  Then continue drive to visit the Stone Forest.  An extremely rare geological phenomenon dating back to 270 million years ago, Stone Forest has 80 hectares of karsts limestone pillars in fantastic shapes that resemble a forest viewed from a distance some 85 kms with 2 hrs ride, southeast of Kunming.  Return to Kunming late afternoon. Dinner on guest own account and overnight at hotel.

Day 3
Kunming / Dali ( Alt. 2100m )

Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to airport for morning flight from Kunming to Dali.

Meet at Dali airport and transfer Hotel and check in.                            

Dali was the capital of Nanzhao and Dali Kingdom as early as 1,300 years ago – home of Bai minority. Drive to the shore of the Erhai Lake, the village of Caicun and have a cruise on the lake to the opposite shore  (about 2 hrs) to Jin Suo Isle. Visit the Bai minority fishing village on the Isle with its colorful market.  On the way back to Dali stop and visit the Three Pagodas. The rest of day visit the old town of weathered gray granite stands at 2,100 meters on a long, narrow rice plain between the Cangshan Mountains and the Erhai Lake.

Day 4
Dali – Lijiang (Alt. 2500m) (180kms – 3.5hrs drive)

Breakfast at hotel. In the morning, visit the Bai minority village Xizhou – 23kms north of Dali, Family Yang’s courtyard is a good example of traditional Bai houses.. Proceed to Lijiang along the new highway to Lijiang – around 3.5 hours drive. Lunch provided at local Chinese restaurant.  En route visit the Bai village Xin Hua famous in the region for its handicrafts, silverware and copperware. Upon arrival in Lijiang, check in at your hotel. In the evening, attend the Naxi Orchestra conducted by Mr. Xuan Ke.Naxi Orchestra, also called as Dongjing Music, is a Taoist ceremonial instrumental music accompanied with chanting that was introduced to Yunnan from mainland China in Tang Dynasty. Dinner on guest own account.  Free and overnight at hotel. 

Day 5

Buffet breakfast provided at hotel. In the morning, drive out to the Yak Meadow of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountains. Take chairlift (roundtrip) ride up with superb views over the mountains and valleys. Enjoy the IMPRESSIVE LIJIANG show with lunch provided at the park.  On the way back to Lijiang, visit Naxi Yuhu and Baisha villages and the Black Dragon Pool with the Wufeng Temple. Drive back to Lijiang at late afternoon, have a walk in the town if time permits.  Dinner free on own arrangement. Back to hotel, free and overnight. 

Day 6
Lijiang –TIGER LEAPING Gorge - Shangri-la ( Alt. 3160m ) (180kms – 5 hrs ) ( 2 hrs hiking )

After breakfast at hotel, drive overland 180 kms– around 5 hours along Yunnan-Tibet road to Zhongdian. En route, visit to the Bend of the Yangtze River – consider as the mother river of China, flows majestically through the center of China and is the third longest river in the world.

Tiger Leaping Gorge of Yangtze River is one of the deepest gorges in the world. This gorge is 1,800 meters above sea level. The river is flanked by Yulong and Haba snow mountains with a height difference of 3,900 meters. Take a soft hiking route around the area for 2 hours.  Lunch provided at local restaurant.

Continue drive to Shangri-la.  Upon arrival check in at hotel. Dinner on guest own account.  Free and overnight.

Note:  Can arrange trekking tour around the Tiger Leaping Gorges for 2 days.

Day 7
Shangri-la (Zhongdian)

Breakfast provided at hotel.  Full day tour to visit the Ganden Songzanglin Monastery, the Napa Lake a Natural Reserve lies in the northwest of Zhongdian county. It is a seasonal lake; the water in rainy season goes up and is blue withripples; in dry season the lake becomes an ideal place for grazing when water recedes and the lake turns into a vast expanse of grassland and marshland. In autumn and winter, varieties of water birds flock to the lake.  Then visit a Tibetan household and have sometimes to stroll around the old town quarter and the local market. Back to hotel, dinner on guest own account, free and overnight at hotel.

Day 8
Shangri-la (Zhongdian) / Kunming / Hong Kong

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Deqing airport for flight to Kunming. Take the flight via Kunming or Shanghai to Hongkong.  

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