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Yunnan Highlight

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Yunnan-Highlight

Tour highlights

  • Be amazed by the natural beauty in western mountainous areas of Yunnan Province
  • Enjoy the earthly heaven of Shangrila, Dali and Lijiang
  • Discover unbeatable cultural heritage and well-preserved lifestyles of local ethnic groups

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Itinerary Details

Located in the Southwest of China, Yunnan province is not only endowed with natural beauty but also home to a huge population of different ethnic groups. They still preserve their cultural heritage and keep their own habitual lifestyle rarely found in other parts of the country.

On arrival in Kunming, you will be greeted at the airport by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day. Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan, is well known as the City of Eternal Spring.

Accommodation option:

  • Holiday Inn Kunming City Centre, an IHG Hotel
  • (4 Ratings)

breakfast and lunch

Meet your local guide in the hotel lobby and in the morning we will drive for about 1.5 hrs to the Stone Forest - an extremely rare geological phenomenon dating back to 270 million years ago. The Stone Forest is 80 hectares of karst limestone pillars in fantastic shapes that resemble a forest viewed from a distance. The Stone Forest is also home to the Sani tribe, a branch of the diverse and scattered Yi minority renowned for their diligence, embroidery and dancing.

Then we will drive about 4 hrs to Yuanyang with a stop at Shadian Grand Mosque.

Accommodation option:

  • Yunti Hotel Yuanyang
  • (4 Ratings)
Stone Forest

Stone Forest

breakfast and lunch

Today is a full day tour in Yuanyang for its paddy fields, local market and Hani Minority’s Village.

Populated 1.3 million in Yunnan, Hani minority single out themselves in their traditional costumes with silver accessories and mud brick house roofed with pine leaves that look like mushrooms from a distance. Set near China - Vietnam border and with Yuanjiang River flowing through, Yuanyang is now attracting more and more attention of overseas tourists for itsunparalleled terraced paddies and diversified ethnic cultures of the Hani, Yi, Dai and Yao. In Yuanyang, paddy fields are terraced from the foot of the mountains onto the very top, a natural grandeur is formed when the sun is low near the horizon. Afterwards, we will transfer to hotel anf have a good rest.

Accommodation option:

  • Yunti Hotel Yuanyang
  • (4 Ratings)
Paddy Fields

Paddy Fields

breakfast and lunch

Today we will drive for about 3 hours to Jianshui. More or less a living museum of old buildings or residences, Jianshui boasts more than 100 architectures built in Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties. Visit the Family Zhu’s Garden, a complex of nearly 100-year-old buildings of 42 courtyards, covering a total area of over 20,000 square meters. It’s a typical private garden with local touch. Then we will explore the old town of Jianshui with visits to the Chaoyang Tower, the one nicknamed as Lesser Tian’an Men and was built in the Ming Dynasty towering southern Yunnan for centuries, and the Confucius Temple, China’s second largest Confucius temple built in 1285 and with a 625-meter-long axis connecting six courtyards and 31 buildings.

Accommodation option:

  • Lin'an Hotel Jianshui
  • (4 Ratings)
Family Zhu’s Garden

Family Zhu’s Garden

breakfast and lunch

In the morning, we will visit the Family Zhang’s Garden, currently with 237 households and over 90 percent still bear a common family name of Zhang. En route, visit the Double Dragon Bridge. With 17 arches, the pavilion-style Double Dragon Bridge is a Qing Dynasty masterpiece built of stone and one of the best examples of its type all over China. Then we will drive 3.5 hours back to Kunming and take 2-hr high-speed train to Dali.

Accommodation option:

  • Dali Landscape Hotel
  • (4 Ratings)
Double Dragon Bridge

Double Dragon Bridge

breakfast and lunch

Proceed to visit Xizhou Bai minority’s morning market and taste the Bai’s Three-Course Tea, followed by taking a horse-drawn cart to enjoy the countryside sceneries. Then we will visit Three Pagodas and explore in the Dali Ancient Town with a history of 1,300 years, which is the home to Bai minority. The town, whose format is like a chess board with four gates guarding in the directions of east, south, west and north stands between Cangshan Mountains and Erhai Lake, a natural configuration that seems specially designed for a good bountiful life.

Accommodation option:

  • Dali Landscape Hotel
  • (4 Ratings)
Three Pagodas

Three Pagodas

breakfast and lunch

Today we will overland drive 2.5 hours to Lijiang. En route, we will stop and visit the Zhoucheng Bai minority’s tie-dyed cloth workshop. When arrive in Lijiang, we will first visit the Lijiang Ancient Town. Take a saunter through the Old Town. It enjoys a long history of over 1300 years and unlike most of the old towns in China, there is no city wall due to a superstitious belief of the local ruler whose family name is Mu (tree), when encircled by walls, would be Kun (besieged). Wooden structures, mountains, small rivers and lanes integrate harmoniously in this mountain town.

Next, take a visit to the Black Dragon Pond with the Dongba Culture Museum. The Black Dragon Pond Park is also known as Yuquan park. It is located at the foot of Xiangshan mountain in the north of Lijiang ancient city. Due to its spring water gushing from the rocks at the foot of the mountain, it gathers into a deep pool of 40,000 square meters. The Black dragon pool is a perfect combination of beautiful natural scenery and unique human landscape.

Accommodation option:

  • Palace Hotel (Wangfu Hotel)
  • (4 Ratings)
Lijiang

Lijiang

breakfast and lunch

Today you will take a full day tour in Lijiang. In the morning, you will set off to Jade Dragon Snow Mountains. It leans close to the Haba Snow Mountains, so you can feel a large volume of torrent moving between them cutting deeper and deeper into the bottom of the gorge.

In the afternoon, continue to visit the Baisha Frescos and Shuhe Ancient Town. The famous Baisha Frescos depicts the religious life of Lijiang from the early Ming Dynasty to the early Qing Dynasty, which is the crystallization of the convergence of multiple religious cultures. It covers a history of 500 years. After transfering to hotel, you can have a relaxing time.

Accommodation option:

  • Palace Hotel (Wangfu Hotel)
  • (4 Ratings)
Jade Dragon Snowmountain

Jade Dragon Snowmountain

breakfast and lunch

Today you will drive to Lijiang. En route, we will stop and visit Tiger Leaping Gorge, which is not only one of the longest gorge with a depth of around 3900m, but also the deepest one in the world. The Tiger Leaping Gorge is the Yangtze’s best-known gorge after the Three Gorges in Sichuan and Hubei Provinces. It is 95 kilometers to the west of Lijiang. Wedged tightly between titanic cliffs, the river is so narrow here, as legend tells us, that a hunted tiger could make his escape to the other side is a single bound. When arrive in Lijiang, have a good rest.

Accommodation option:

  • The 5th Meteorite · Light-year Hotel
  • (4 Ratings)
Tiger Leaping Gorge

Tiger Leaping Gorge

breakfast and lunch

First visit Geden Songzanglin Monastery, the one founded in the 17th century during the reign of the Great Fifth Dalai Lama. It is located only 2 kilometers to the north of the county proper, being one of the thirteen Tibetan monasteries in the Kangba Region, where Tibet, Yunnan and Sichuan join. Ganden Songzanglin Monastery is nicknamed by local the Lesser Potala Palace. Holding about 700 monks and one living Buddha, the monastery is a must-go in the region. Let yourself be immersed in the first experience of Tibetan Buddhism. Then we will move to Napa Lake, located in the northwest of Shangri-la County. Afterwards, continue to visit a local market and Shangrila Old Town.

Accommodation option:

  • The 5th Meteorite · Light-year Hotel
  • (4 Ratings)
Napahai Natural Reserve

Napahai Natural Reserve

breakfast and lunch

In the morning we will take a flight to Kunming. Then we will take a half day Kunming city tour of Yuantong Temple, Flowers & Birds Market and Green Lake Park. Yuantong Temple is the largest and most active temple in Kunming with a history of more than 1,200 years. Located on the south side of Yuantong Hill, it is a destination of pilgrimage for pilgrims worldwide. The Flower and Bird Market was built in 1980 and originally the site selling flowers, birds, pets, insects and goldfish to the locals. As business prospered, it has begun to attract more and more visitors, and has gradually developed into an enchanting shopping and sightseeing center with a true local flavor. Green Lake Park is one of the most beautiful parks in Kunming. The water is green, the bamboos around the lake are green, and willows in summer and spring are green, hence the name. It is reputed as the emerald of Kunming City.

Accommodation option:

  • Holiday Inn Kunming City Centre, an IHG Hotel
  • (4 Ratings)
Yuantong Temple

Yuantong Temple

breakfast

Transfer to Kunming airport for departure flight.

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  • Knowledgeable and helpful local guides
  • Private and comfortable van
  • All accommodations
  • Meals listed in the itinerary
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • In-destination transfers
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Trip Notes

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Recommended hotels

Go Find Orient choose your accommodation based on easy accessibility to everything yet in a quiet neighborhood with the consideration of typical traditional style and modern comfort.

 Kunming  Holiday Inn Kunming City Centre, an IHG Hotel

  • A premium landmark hotel in the heart of Kunming’s CBD.
  • It offers an indoor swimming pool, a fitness center, a garden and 3 on-site dining options.
  • Each room here will provide you with a satellite TV, air conditioning and a mini-bar.
  • Restaurants serve authentic local food and Thai dishes.

 Yuanyang  Yunti Hotel Yuanyang

  • It is ideally situated at Hani Titian Central Area, Xinjie Town in Yuanyang in 778 m from the centre.
  • Original Pottery Village - Nali Village, a popular historic site that is relatively easy to get from hotel.
  • Free wifi is offered to guests, and rooms at Yunti Hotel offer air conditioning.
  • This hotel makes a great place to kick back and relax after a long day of sightseeing.

 Jianshui  Lin'an Hotel Jianshui

  • Good location with short walk from hotel to Jianshui Ancient City and Zhu Family Garden.
  • Hotel offers an array of room amenities including air conditioning and free wifi.
  • The hotel offers a concierge, baggage storage, and a gift shop, to make your visit pleasant.
  • Delicous local and international dishes are served in restaurant.

 Dali  Dali Landscape Hotel

  • Located in ancient city of Dali, close to the Three Pagodas, Mt. Cangshan and Erhai Lake.
  • Structured around several pretty courtyards, the hotel is in a traditional Chinese garden style.
  • Features for 6 courtyards & 283 rooms with Bai nationality characteristic decoration.
  • Different styles of Chinese and Western restaurants provide tasty dishes.

 Lijiang  Palace Hotel (Wangfu Hotel)

  • A heritage hotel of the ancient city, with three streams of water from snow mountain as a peninsula.
  • It was built on the ancient site of the Mu family's guest house from 800 years ago.
  • The hotel constructions with old-world charm, arbors and waterside pavilions.
  • Rooms featuring colorful traditional Chinese architecture and décor.
  • The on-site restaurant serves a variety of traditional Chinese and Western dishes.

 Shangrila  The 5th Meteorite · Light-year Hotel

  • Located in Dugezong Ancient Town with 300 meters away from the center of ancient town.
  • It is the only one that has an all-weather diffuse oxygen supply system in Shangri-La.
  • Providing a garden and a terrace, all the rooms has room service and free WiFi.
  • You can enjoy the night view of the whole town by opening your window.
  • A buffet breakfast is available daily at the hotel.