General

For this 9 days Yunnan classic tour, you will visit the highlights of Kunming, Dali, Lijiang and Shangri-La. This is also a minority discovery tour, because you will find minority diversity during your trip, the minorities such as Yis, Bais, Naxis and Tibetans. Moreover, the Tiger Leaping Gorge hiking (totally about one day) will be the most impressive part of your trip, you could be shocked by the ruggedness and magnificence of Tiger Leaping Gorge and the mountains around when you are hiking. This part can not be missed by hikers. 

Day 1 Kunming Arrival ( )
Sightseeing and Activities:Kunming Arrival
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Welcome to Kunming, the Spring City of China! Upon arrival at the Kunming airport/train station, the local tour guide and driver will meet you in the arrival hall and escort you to your hotel.You'll begin your journey to the diverse and captivating province of Yunnan from the capital city, Kunming.

Day 2 Kunming( B , L )
Sightseeing and Activities:Stone Forest, Green Lake
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Depart from your hotel in the morning, you will take a visit to the Stone Forest (2 hours) - famous as the typical karst landform and known as the First Wonder of the World. After lunch, drive back to Kunming. Stroll along the Green Lake, a charming area of tea houses and small boutiques selling handicrafts and beautiful local paintings. Then drive back to the hotel in Kunming and free of the rest day.

 
Day 3 Kunming-Dali ( B , L )
Sightseeing and Activities:Cruise tour in Erhai Lake, Three Pagodas, Dali Ancient Town
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Meals:Packaging breakfast

Today,  you will be transferred to the airport for a 40-50 min flight to Dali, the ancient political, economic and cultural center of Yunnan area. Upon arrival, your tour guide will wait for you at the airport and transfer you to start today's tour. The first stop is Erhai Lake, ranked the second in Yunnan Province and the seventh freshwater lake in China by area and water storage. Take the Erhai Cruise (3 hours). Continue to visit Three Pagodas (1.5 hours) - the symbol of the history of Dali. After that, drive back to the your hotel and free of the rest day. Walk around in Dali Ancient Town (1 hour) - which is featured by the unique traditional Bai ethnic folk houses.

Day 4 Dali-Lijiang( B , L )
Sightseeing and Activities:Xizhou Town, Zhoucheng Village, Lijiang Ancient Town
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Today, you will head for Xizhou Town to fully appreciate Bai-style traditional architectural courtyards, taste their fragrant Three-Course Tea and explore their distinctive culture. Visit Zhoucheng Village and the Bai people's Tie-dying cloth workshop where you can take some special souvenir with the Bai ethnic style.

After that, drive to Lijiang(2.5hrs), take a short visit to Lijiang Ancient Town (1 - 2 hours) - walk down the cobblestone streets over 700 years and see the Naxi way of life which changed little over time. After that, drive back to your hotel and free of the rest day.

Day 5 Lijiang ( B , L )
Sightseeing and Activities:Ganhaizi Meadow, Baishui River, Yak Meadow, Yufeng Temple, Baisha Mural
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In the morning, drive about 30KM to Ganhaizi Meadow(3100M), you will take the sightseeing bus for a short visiting through the Baishuihe River, take the chairlift up to visit Yak Meadow of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. The cable-way will be arranged according to the condition of the mountain. You will hike around 1 hour in the original forest in Yak Meadow After lunch, visit Yufeng Temple (30min) - a distinctive and conjunct architecture style of Han Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, Taoism and the local Naxi Dongba Religion. After that, go to see the Baisha Mural (30 min) - the cradle of the Naxi culture and ancient capital of the Naxi Kingdom. After this tour, drive back to your hotel and free of the rest day.

Day 6 Lijiang -Tiger Leaping Gorger -Tea horse guesthouse ( B , L )
Sightseeing and Activities:Tiger Leaping Gorger trekking
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In the morning, our guide pick up from your hotel in Ljiang. At 8:00 am, drive to Qiaotou Town, which takes 2 hours on the trip.  Tiger Leaping Gorge hiking tour is one of the most beautiful trekking tour of Yunnan Province. Your hiking trip starts from Qiaotou. About two hours trekking in the upper Tiger Leaping Gorge, you will arrive at Naxi Family and have lunch there. It is easy trekking from Qiaotou to Naxi Family, but beautiful scenery.

After lunch, a trekking from Naxi Family to 28 zigzagging turns will be a challenge for you. From the top of "28 turns" on the high path further uphill to a place of altitude above 3000m, you can have a view of the panorama of the entire Gorge.  The go pass Tea Horse Guest House (5 hours).

 The total trekking route is 26 km, and it takes about 5 hours.

Day 7 Tea-horse Guesthouse- Shangri-La ( B , L )
Sightseeing and Activities:Tiger Leaping Gorger trekking
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Morning, continue to another 2 hrs trekking from Tea horse Guesthouse to arrive at Halfway Guesthouse (2500m) , after a rest here, further 1.5hrs trekking to Tina's guesthouse.  Finish 3.5-4 hrs trekking and have lunch at here.  After lunch, drive to Shangri-La (2.3-3hrs ) for checking in your hotel. 

Day 8 Shangri-La( B , L )
Sightseeing and Activities:Pudacuo National Park, Ganden Sumtseling Monastery, Tibetan family, Dukezong Ancient Town, Guishan Hill, Giant Prayer Wheel
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In the morning, move to visit the tranquil Bita Lake & Shudu Lake in Pudacuo National Park. Pudacuo National Park is located in one of the most biologically-diverse regions of the world. While the region comprises only 0.7 percent of China's land area, it contains more than 20 percent of the country's plant species, about one-third of its mammal and bird species and almost 100 endangered species. 

And afterwards you'll visit the Ganden Sumtseling Monastery, the largest Tibetan monastery in Yunnan. Songzanlin Monastery has another alias - 'the little Potala Palace ', so named because the whole monastery is in the traditional style with mysterious atmosphere. Have a visit of the local Tibetan family. Stroll around Dukezong Ancient Town, an important town of the Ancient Tea-horse Trade Caravan from Yunnan to Tibet and India. Walk up to the top of Guishan Hill or tortoise Hill, you will see the largest Prayer Wheel of the world and have a panoramic view of shangrila county and Dukezong Ancient Town. 

 
Day 9 Departure from Shangri-La ( B )
Sightseeing and Activities:Departure from Shangri-La
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Free at leisure before be transferred to Shangri-La airport for the flight to next destination. Service ends.

Recommended Hotels

City 5 Star 4 Star 3 Star
Kunming Crown Plaza Kunming City Centre Wenhui Hotel Baiyun Hotel
Dali Hilton Dali Resort And Spa Landscape Hotel Gnosis Hotel
Lijiang Hilton Garden Inn Wangfu Hotel Louwailou Hotel
Tiger Leaping Gorge / / Tea&Horse Guesthous(no star)
Shangri-la Hylandia By Shangrila Zhaxidele Hotel Shenqu Hotel

Quotations

Group size(person) 5 Star ($) 4 Star ($) 3 Star ($)

What's Include

1.Accommodation with daily breakfast as indicated in the hotel list as below;
2.Chinese lunches and dinners as listed in the itinerary;
3.All land transfers & transportation with private air-conditioned coach;
4.All transfers and sightseeing with skilled English-speaking tour guide;
5.All entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary;
6.Domestic air tickets fares with airport tax and fuel extra fee based on economy class mentioned in the program
7.Service charge and all government taxes;
8.Luggage transfers between airport and hotels;
9.Travel Agency's Responsibility Insurance coverage

What's Exclude

1.Accommodation with daily breakfast as indicated in the hotel list as below;
2.Chinese lunches and dinners as listed in the itinerary;
3.All land transfers & transportation with private air-conditioned coach;
4.All transfers and sightseeing with skilled English-speaking tour guide;
5.All entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary;
6.Domestic air tickets fares with airport tax and fuel extra fee based on economy class mentioned in the program
7.Service charge and all government taxes;
8.Luggage transfers between airport and hotels;
9.Travel Agency's Responsibility Insurance coverage

10 Days Kunming Dali Lijiang and Shangrila Classic Tour with Tiger Leaping Gorge Hiking Adventure10 Days Kunming Dali Lijiang and Shangrila Classic Tour with Tiger Leaping Gorge Hiking Adventure10 Days Kunming Dali Lijiang and Shangrila Classic Tour with Tiger Leaping Gorge Hiking Adventure

10 Days Kunming Dali Lijiang and Shangrila Classic Tour with Tiger Leaping Gorge Hiking Adventure10 Days Kunming Dali Lijiang and Shangrila Classic Tour with Tiger Leaping Gorge Hiking Adventure

Dali

DaliDali Bai Autonomous Prefecture is located in the central western part of Yunnan Province. Enjoying long history, Dali is one of the earliest cradle of Yunnan culture and created glorious Dali Kingdom. In this land, Cangshan Mountain, Erhai Lake, Dali Old Town and Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple are the representative scenic spots. As the Read more

Kunming

KunmingKunming is the capital and largest city in Yunnan Province, Southwest China. Today it is a prefecture-level city and the political, economic, communications and cultural center of the province as well as the seat of the provincial government. Kunming is the forefront and the portal that China facing Southeast Asia, South Asia and even the Read more

Lijiang

LijiangLijiang has a history of at least 800 years and may date as far back as the Song Dynasty. It is located in the northwestern portion of Yunnan and borders Sichuan. As a popular destination in Yunnan, Lijiang is considered as a fairyland blessed with fresh air, clear streams, breathtaking snow mountains and an undisturbed landscape inhabited by Naxi Read more

Shangri-La

Shangri-LaLocated in the intersection of Tibet, Sichuan and Yunnan, Shangri-La is the “Eden in dream”. Since it first appeared in British novelist James Hilton’s Lost Horizon in the 1939, it has been associated with the mystique of a place which could not possibly exist here on Earth. There are the lofty and continuous snowy mountains, endless grasslands, steep and grand Read more

Tiger Leaping Gorge

Tiger Leaping GorgeAs the deepest gorge in the world, the scenery of Tiger Leaping Gorge is spectacular. Foreign backpackers started hiking in the area in the 1980s and now Tiger Leaping Gorge Hiking Tour has been one of the most famous hiking tour all around the world. From the top of Tiger Leaping Gorge, you can look down the Read more

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