Classic Yunan, China 10 Days

Yunnan's unique cities offer you a glimpse into China's ancient culture. The tour begins in Kunming with the tour of Stone Forest, the World Class Landscape Museum with countless stone pillars weathered into countless bizarre shapes. Wander the ancient, mystical streets of the Dali, and meet the Bai people with their ancient and fascinating culture.

Continue to Lijiang & Zhongdian ( also known as Shangri La)  where you will discover the mystery of Tibetan Buddhism by visiting the Gedan Songzanlin Monastery, the Napa Hai Grassland and even a Tibetan family.

 

 
 
 
 
  • Day 01 Arrive Kunming, transfer to hotel.
  • Day 02 Kunming Sightseeing: Green Lake, Flowers and Birds Market, Stone Forest
  • Day 03 Kunming- Dali: Sightseeing: West Hill & Dragon Gate
  • Day 04 Dali : Three Pagodas, Erhai Lake, Zhoucheng Village, Dali Ancient Town
  • Day 05 Dali: Erhai Cruise, Xizhou Bai's House, Cangshan Mountain
  • Day 06 Dali-Lijiang; Lijiang Old Town
  • Day 07 Lijiang: Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Yufeng Temple, Baisha Mural, Black Dragon Pond Park
  • Day 08 Lijiang -Shangri La: Tiger Leaping Gorge, Dukezong Ancient Town
  • Day 09 Shangri La: Sumtsaling Monastery, Potatso National Park
  • Day 10 Fly Shangri La- Kunming
 

Day 01 Arrive Kunming, transfer to hotel.

Upon arrival in Kunming, you will be met and transferred to hotel.

Rest of the evening at leisure, or just go through jet lag.

Overnight in Kunming.

Day 02 Kunming Sightseeing: Green Lake, Flowers and Birds Market, Stone Forest

MEAL: Breakfast/Lunch

Enjoy morning tour of Green Lake which is peaceful and a public park for local people. You will see musicians singing and playing and you can also take a paddle boat out and relax on the lake. After that, go directly to Flower and Bird Market, which is the biggest and most exciting market in Kunming where antiques, jewelry, and other handmade crafts are available on sale.  This is a perfect place for entertainment and observing local lifestyle as well.
Lunch will be arranged as local special food, Yunnan Rice Noodles. And then drive to Stone Forest about 2 hours.

Visit the Stone Forest which is known as the First Wonder of the World and typical karst landform. The magnificent, strange and steep landscape of the Stone Forest create countless labyrinthine vistas, all of which feature stones in various formations. Animals, plants, and even human figures can be found here 

Drive back to Kunming city.

For evening activity, we recommend the Yunnan Impression Show - Dynamic Yunnan as an option.

Overnight in Kunming.
  

Day 03 Kunming- Dali: Sightseeing: West Hill & Dragon Gate

MEAL: Breakfast/Lunch

After breakfast in the hotel, enjoy half day tour to West Hill & Dragon Gate. Located at the west bank of the Dianchi Lake of Kunming, it is set in mountains well covered by evergreen woods and filled with sweet songs by lovely birds. We will arrange cable car services up & down as well as sightseeing car in the scenic spot. When you get on the mountain, you will have a breathtaking view of the panoramic Dianchi Lake. There are also some interesting places waiting for you to explore on the mountain, especially the Dragon Gate.

After lunch, transfer to Kunming South Train Station to take a D-train to Dali (duration: 2.5 hours). You will see different landscape of Yunnan during the train ride. 

Overnight in Dali.

Day 04 Dali : Three Pagodas, Erhai Lake, Zhoucheng Village, Dali Ancient Town

MEAL: Breakfast/Lunch

Our guide will meet you at the hotel lobby and take you to explore the city of Dali, which includes:

Enjoy leisure tour to Three Pagodas. The elegant, balanced and stately style is unique in China's ancient Buddhist architectures, which makes it a must-see in the tour of Dali. Hiking to the top is highly recommended where you can get full view of Dali old town and Erhai Lake. The reflection park is also a nice place to capture the classical photo with three Pagodas’ reflection. After that, get on a small boat for Erhai Lake tour. Erhai Lake was formed by the subsidence of geological fault. It is reputed as the pearl on plateau for its beautiful scenery. 

Lunch time at Duan Shi restaurant serving local dishes, you can have a try of the Bai Minority food, especially the Boiled Fish with Pickled Cabbage and Chili. 

After lunch, Then we will have a visit to Zhoucheng, where you can enjoy the typical Bai architectures and you have chance to learn tie-dyeing. Back to hotel and enjoy your free time at Dali Ancient Town. Unlike any other Chinese town, the traditional Bai ethnic folk houses give the town distinctive feeling. 

In the evening, we suggest you go to the night bar in the old town and enjoy.

Overnight at Dali.
  

Day 05 Dali: Erhai Cruise, Xizhou Bai's House, Cangshan Mountain

MEAL: Breakfast/Lunch

After breakfast you, the guide will take you to  Cangshan Mountain. The cable car service will be arranged up to Jade Belt gallery road and you can hike on Cangshan Mountain and have chance to visit Taoist temple and find the precious vegetation on the mountain. In a sunny day, the crystal water of Erhai Lake and the snow mantled Mt. Cangshan radiate with each other forming a beautiful picture. 

Lunch time at Duan Shi restaurant serving local dishes, you can have a try of the Bai Minority food, especially the Boiled Fish with Pickled Cabbage and Chili. 

Take a short visit to Xizhou Bai's Houses. People nowadays regard Xizhou as a town that is famous for the Bai minority culture. The old houses and streets are well preserved, through which visitors may still find some traces of past glory.

Later return to hotel and relax in the room, or you can also choose to ride a bicycle around Erhai Lake,  and enjoy the beautiful sightseeings.

Overnight in Dali.
  

Day 06 Dali-Lijiang; Lijiang Old Town

MEAL: Breakfast/Lunch

Enjoy your peaceful time in the morning at the ancient town and then check out. You will be transferred to train station to take train (duration: around 2 hours) to Lijiang, where the local guide is waiting for you.  

Check in at the hotel in Lijiang old town, and take some rest.

In the afternoon, enjoy your free time at Lijiang Ancient town, which is perfectly adapted to the uneven topography of this key commercial and strategic site. We will give you a map of Lijiang old town, and  suggest you Sifang Street for the vivid nights and Lion Mountain for the panoramic view of Lijiang old town.   

Overnight in Lijiang.

Day 07 Lijiang: Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Yufeng Temple, Baisha Mural, Black Dragon Pond Park

MEAL: Breakfast/Lunch

After breakfast, meet your guide at the lobby and drive to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and take cable car up to the Mountain. We will arrange the visit to Glacier Park at 4506 meters above sea level and get real close to the Snow Mountain. You can choose to hike on the mountain and get to the top at 4680 meters or just stroll around at Glacier Park and enjoy the holy Mountain peacefully. 

Lunch time at local restaurant in Baisha village nearby the Snow Mountain. 

In the afternoon, visit Yufeng Temple. The whole temple shows a distinctive and conjunct architecture style of Han Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, Taoism and the local Naxi Dongba Religion. The temple also has three courtyards and the famous great Camellia tree here had been more than 500 years old. Afterwards, pay a visit to Baisha Mural, which is the cradle of the Naxi culture and ancient capital of the Naxi Kingdom. 

On the way to Lijiang, take a short visit to Black Dragon Pond Park where is the perfect place to take photo of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain with reflection in the Pond. 

Drive back to the hotel and enjoy your free time in Lijiang old town or go to Suhe old town on your own for the evening bonfire party. 

Overnight in Lijiang. 

Day 08 Lijiang -Shangri La: Tiger Leaping Gorge, Dukezong Ancient Town

MEAL: Breakfast/Lunch

After breakfast, meet your guide and leave for Shangri-La, the lost horizon.

Visit Tiger Leaping Gorge en route. Tiger Leaping Gorge is a canyon on the Yangtze River which can be divided in to upper, middle and lower sections, winding 25 km and it is one of the deepest valleys in the world. The narrowest part of the gorge was just 30 m, which is so narrow that a tiger can jump over the gorge, hence the name. We will drop you at upper Tiger Leaping Gorge and you hike down to the viewing deck about half an hour 

After lunch, continue driving to Shangri-La. 

Upon arrival, check-in at your hotel and explore the Dukezong Ancient Town, which is the largest and best-preserved Tibetan city among China 147 Tibetan counties.

It is also site of the largest ancient Tibetan community. As one of the oldest towns in the region, it is also known as the 'Footstep of Shangri-La'. After the tour, you will be transferred to the hotel and checked-in.

In the evening, you can go back to Dukezong Ancient Town, and enjoy the bonfire night at Moonlight square. You can join in the dancing party with local resident.

Overnight in Shangri- La.

Day 09 Shangri La: Sumtsaling Monastery, Potatso National Park

MEAL: Breakfast/Lunch

Morning meet your guide at the lobby, and explore the lost horizon, Shangri-La 

First, visit Sumtsaling Monastery, which is the largest Tibetan Buddhism monastery in Yunnan Province, covering an area of 30 hectares, it looks like a mini Kumbum Monastery. It is located on a mountain slope 5km from the county town of Shangri-La. Today Songzanlin once again houses more than 700 monks and lamas. Take a family visit to local resident home with a help from your guide, and learn about  local family’s history and way of life 

Lunch at local family's home or local and try theTibetan food. 

Later visit Potatso National Park which is the first national park in mainland China. Bitahai Lake and Shuduhu Lake are two major parts of the park. Besides these two lakes, forest, marsh, valley, alpine meadow and so on can be seen in the park. All major spots are connected by footpath which offers a closer distance for travelers to experience the natural environment. You will walk in the picture and enjoy the peaceful time.

Back to the hotel and relax in the room.

In the evening, we recommend the folk-custom dancing show, Dream Shangri-La.

Overnight in Shangri-La.

 

Day 10 Fly Shangri La- Kunming

MEAL: Breakfast

Transfer to airport and fly to Kunming, and connect your flight back to U.S. or extend your trip trip to other parts in China or Asia.