13 Days West Yunnan Overland Indepth Tour

This 13 Days Yunnan overland tour focuses on most famous cities and classic attractions in Yunnan Province and you will meet many ethnic groups to experience their culture and life during the tour. 


  • Appreciate the fabulous Yunnan natural scenery.
  • Meet colorful ethnic villages and tribal groups to appreciate the diverse ethnic cultures.
  • Visit anacient towns, historical heritage and ancient villages to discover the mysterious history of Yunnan.

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrive in Mangshi City
  • Day 2 Mangshi-Ruili
  • Day 3 Ruili-Longchuan-Yingjiang-Lianghe-Tengchong
  • Day 4 Tengchong
  • Day 5 Tengchong-Baoshan-Yunlong-Nuodeng
  • Day 6 Nuodeng-Lanping-Tacheng
  • Day 7 Tacheng-Tuoding-ShangriLa
  • Day 8 ShangriLa – Tiger Leaping Gorge-Lijiang
  • Day 9 Lijiang
  • Day 10 Lijiang-Dali
  • Day 11 Dali-Kunming
  • Day 12 Kunming
  • Day 13 Departure from Kunming

Day 1 Mangshi Arrival

Sightseeing and Activities:Mangshi arrival

Take a flight to Mangshi. Meet your guide and driver. Then transfer to hotel. 

Day 2 Mangshi-Ruili

Sightseeing and Activities:Wangdin, One Single Tree Forest, night market

Drive from Mangshi to Ruili, on the way, visit Wangding, a border town with Burma, and the One Single Tree Forest. Upon arriving Ruili, check in the Hotel. After dinner, visit the well-known night market.

Day 3 Ruili–Longchuan-Yinjiang-Lianghe-Tengchong

Sightseeing and Activities:minority villages and local markets, Jingpo Ethnic Village, Jingpo Square, Dayinjiang River, Tongbiguan Pass, Nandian Xuanwu Chieftain Office

Visit minority villages and local markets around Ruili. Arrive in Longchuan County, visit Jingpo Ethnic Village and Jingpo Square. Then drive to Yinjiang County. Visit Dayinjiang River and Tongbiguan Pass, a famous local scenic spot. 

Drive to Lianghe County and visit the Nandian Xuanwu Chieftain Office, the ancient houses of the Chieftains in the past. Drive to Tengchong in the late afternoon.

Day 4 Tengchong

Sightseeing and Activities:Heshun Ancient Town, Beihai Lake Park

Visit Heshun Ancient Town including the Museum of Yunnan-Burmese Anti-Japanese War, Heshun Library, the Archway, Dragon Pool, the Wanlouzi Museum of Native Residence, Wenchang Daoist Palace, Clothes-washing Pavilions, Yuanlong Daoist Pavilion, the Philosopher Ai Siqi’s Former Residence, Guanyin Ancient Spruce Trees an so on.

Visit the Beihai Lake Park and cruise to the lake.

Day 5 Tengchong-Baoshan-Yunlong-Nuodeng

Sightseeing and Activities: Nuodeng Old Town

Drive from Tengchong to Nuodeng in Yunlong County. Visit Nuodeng Old Town. Nuodeng, a thousand-years town, a famous historic and cultural village of Yunnan province. Located in mountainous area, it is far away from the hustle and bustle of metropolis. It is the true place with original flavor of life. Except for the profound history, Nuodeng is the important place of Ancient Salt and Horse Road. Salt is the key point of Nuodeng Ancient Town. Walk in the Nuodeng Ancient Town and view the busy Ancient Salt and Horse Road.

Day 6 Nuodeng-Lanping-Tacheng

Sightseeing and Activities: Ethnic villages

In the morning, drive from Nuodeng to Tacheng in Weixi County. On the way, visit some local ethnic villages. Stay overnight in Tacheng.

Day 7 Tacheng-Tuoding-ShangriLa

Sightseeing and Activities: Tacheng Snub-nosed Monkey Park, Tuoding Lisu Village, Nixi Black Pottery

In the morning, pay a visit to Tacheng Black Snub-Nosed Monkey National Park of Weixi County. Watch the feeding of the snub-nosed monkey in the park.

At noon, drive to visit Tuoding Lisu Minority Village

After that, transfer to visit Nixi Village to see how local people make black pottery.

Drive to Shangri-la for overnight.

Day 8 ShangriLa-Tiger Leaping Gorge-Lijiang

Sightseeing and Activities: Tiger Leaping Gorge, Shigu Old Town, First Bend of Yangtze River

In the morning, drive to Qiaotou Town to visit theTiger Leaping Gorge(Shangri-La section), the deepest gorge in the world. With 34 rapids of the Yangtze River, it is called the Jinsha in this area because you can find gold in the river.

After lunch, visit the Iron Chain Bridgethe Red Army’s Long March Memorial Monument in the Shigu Old Town. The town of Stone Drum got its name from a large, cylindrical, marble tablet shaped like a drum. The scenery is magnificent as the road running through the Lijiang valley which is filled with wheat fields and drying haystacks

Then you will see theFirst Bend of the Yangtze River with imposing gorge scenery. Drive to Lijiang for overnight.

Day 9 Lijiang

Sightseeing and Activities: Baishui River, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Yak Meadow, Black Dragon Pool, Lijiang Old Town

In the morning, drive about 30 KM to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. You will take the sightseeing bus for a short visiting through the Baishuihe River, take the chairlift up to visit Yak Meadow (3700m) of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. The cableway will be arranged according to the condition of the mountain. You will hike around 1 hour in the original forest in Yak Meadow (3700M).

After lunch, continue to visit Black Dragon Pool (Located at the foot of the Xiangshan Mountain (Elephant Hill) north of the city of Lijiang. As the water here is a lucid green color, it gained another name Jade Spring Park (Yuquan Park). There are many distinctive and ravishing sites in the park. Hiding in the lush trees or standing along the liquid pool is the antique and exquisite architectural pieces, which are in the style of Naxi.).

And explore Lijiang Ancient TownLijiang Ancient Town has a history of more than 800 years; it was listed as the World Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO 1997. Here you will see the wonderful wooden architecture of Naxi ethnic people.

Day 10 Lijiang-Dali

Sightseeing and Activities: Dali Old Town, Three Pagodas, Xizhou Old Town, Zhoucheng Village

Drive to Dali in the morning. Upon arrival, visit Xizhou Town to fully appreciate Bai-style traditional architectural courtyards, taste their fragrant Three-Course Tea and explore their distinctive culture.

Transfer to visit Zhoucheng Village and the Bai people’s Tie-dying cloth workshop where you can take some special souvenir with the Bai ethnic style. 

Then visit Three Pagodas in Chongshen Monastery which has a history of over 1,800 years located at the foot of Cangshan Mountain facing to the Erhai Lake. Three Pagodas are made of three ancient independent pagodas forming a symmetrical triangle.

Day 11 Dali-Kunming by Bullet Train

Sightseeing and Activities: Dali Old Town, Three Pagodas, Xizhou Old Town, Zhoucheng Village

In the late afternoon, take a walk in Dali Old Town. Visit Foreigner’s Street and ancient city wall.

Then take bullet train to Kunming. Visit Kunming Old Street and Green Lake Park Transfer to hotel.

Day 12 Kunming

Sightseeing and Activities: Stone Forest, Guandu Ancient Town

Start in the morning from Kunming, drive to the Stone Forest, which lies around 90 km in the southeast of Kunming, well-known both at home and abroad. It is a spectacular Karst landform that took shape about 270 million years ago in the Carboniferous Period.

Drive back to Kunming to visit Guandu Ancient Town.Guandu Ancient Town is one of the birthplaces of Yunnan Culture, and also one of the main historical and cultural landscape of Kunming tourism. As early as Nanzhao Dali Kingdom, It had already been a large market and important transportation hub at the north east lake bank of the Dian Lake. Guandu Town used to be a fishing village during Tang Dynasty. The ancient Guandu is an ideal place for appreciating the beauty of the Dian Lake.

Day 13 Kunming Departure

Sightseeing and Activities: Kunming Departure

Drive to Kunming airport for departure flights. Service ends.

Service Included:

  • Admission fees for all of the sightseeing spots listed in the itinerary;
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary;
  • Hotels as listed in the itinerary;
  • Private English-speaking tour guide;
  • Private vehicle for transfers & sightseeing with skilled driver;
  • Service charge & government taxes;
  • Luggage transfers between airports and hotels;.

Service Excluded:

  • Any arrival and departure international airfares or train tickets;
  • Chinese visa fees;
  • Tips to guides and drivers;
  • Personal expenses and gratuities to service staff;
  • Personal travel accident insurance;
  • All optional programs.