13 Days Yunnan Festival Tour in Spring

Our Yunnan Festival Tour invites you to step backwards in time, to visit one or several of the more than 55 minorities that inhabit different corners of China, some of whose unique cultures and customs date back several thousand years.The key any China minority festival tour is all about timing. For travelers in general, it is wise to choose a classic itinerary during a specific time of festival. For a deeper insight, a tailor-made tour is the best way to go. And you may contact us and get more ideas.


  • Meet colorful Yunnan ethnic festivals – Fire Sacrifice Festival,Taizhi Festival, Weishan Local Special Food Festivel and the Jiejingu Festival and so on.
  • Visit the fabulous natural views of Yunnan – national parks, snow mountains, grand canyons, rapid Yangtze River and blue lakes.
  • Meet colorful ethnic villages and tribal groups to appreciate the diverse ethnic cultures of Yunnan.

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1: Kunming Arrival
  • Day 2: Kunming – Mile
  • Day 3: Mile – Hong Wa Village – Mile
  • Day 4: Mile – Kunmindg – Lijiang
  • Day 5: Lijiang
  • Day 6: Lijiang – Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge
  • Day 7: Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge – Shaxi
  • Day 8: Shaxi
  • Day 9: Shaxi – Dali
  • Day 10: Dali
  • Day 11: Dali – Weishan
  • Day 12: Weishan
  • Day 13: Weishan – Kunming

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Kunming

Sightseeing and Activities:Arrival in Kunming

Arrival in Kunming, you will meet our guide and then you will transfer to hotel.

Day 2 Kunming-Mile

Sightseeing and Activities:Green Lake Park, Bamboo Temple

The Green Lake Park(Cuihu Park) in Kunming

Breakfast and check out, two hours morning walk in the Green Lake Park. The park is busy in the morning with people exercising, mostly older people, practicing Taiji, dancing, singing and all kinds of things to keep healthy. Here you will see the real life of local people. One hour drive to Bamboo Temple, have a vegetarian lunch in the temple monks here. This temple is famous for the 500 life size Buddhist arhats made in 1883 by the master from Sichuan. You can find an arhat which has some similarity with you among them, which is a very popular temple among local but very few tourists. Three hours drive to Mile (175km) and overnight.

Day 3 Mile-Hongwa village-Mile

Sightseeing and Activities: Fire Sacrifice Festival

Hongwan Village in Mile City, Honghe

One hour and twenty minutes drive (35km) to Hongwa village(红万村) to attend the Fire Sacrifice Festival of Yi people. The festival is to remember the rotate the wood for fire of the ancestors. It starts in the morning at 9:30 with a welcome ceremony with dances and music in the village on the streets, followed by a street lunch. The lunch is along the streets in near the village square, no tables and no chairs, people put pine leaves on the ground and then place the food on the ground, people squat around and eat, we will join them for lunch. People may not like the food but just to experience. After lunch, people dance on the streets with pained naked bodies and have some fire celebrations, the festival goes on until 5:00 pm, drive back to Mile.

Day 4 Mile-Kunming-Lijiang

Sightseeing and Activities:Giant Buddha, Stone Forest

Large Stone Forest in Shilin County, Kunming

Twenty minutes drive to Jingping Mountain to visit the Biggest Smiling Buddha image in the open air with 19.99m high. You need to climb for 1999 steps of stone stairs up to see it. This is the Buddha for the future, many people come to pray for their future here. An hour and half drive to Stone Forest(80km), two hours visit to Stone Forest, see the main tourists part and also walk to the outskirt of the main sight to see more of the Stone Forest. Drive to Kunming Airport ( 95km 1.5 hours) and evening flight to Lijiang.

Day 5 Lijiang

Sightseeing and Activities:Puji village, Puji Monastery, Yuhu village, the Former Residence of Dr. Rock, old town of Lijiang

Day to visit Lijiang. 20 minutes drive to Puji village, visit this traditional village of Naxi, and then 40 minutes walk up hill in the pine forest to visit Puji Monastery. This is the only old Tibetan Buddhist monastery remains in the area, more than 300 years old monastery with copper roofed building, only a couple of monks take care of it here, nice and quite.

Drive to visit Yuhu village in front of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, visit the Former Residence of Dr. Rock, an Austrian American explorer and botanist lived here in 1930’s. He is the first person to introduce Lijiang to outside world. Some free time to walk around the old town of Lijiang.

Day 6 Lijiang-Tiger Leaping Gorge

Sightseeing and Activities:Old Town, the First Bend of the Yangtze, Tiger Leaping Gorge
Accommodation:the Middle Gorge


Two hours morning walk to visit the old town, the houses are built in the traditional style with wooden structures and tiles roofs, with some small rivers running through the houses, cobbled streets with flowers planted, visit a local daily vegetable market.

Drive to visit the First Bend of the Yangtze where the Red Army crossed the Yangtze During the Long March in 1935, the Yangtze made a big U turn here and carry onto the Tiger Leaping Gorge. Drive along the Yangtze down to visit the Tiger Leaping Gorge and overnight in the Middle Gorge.

Day 7 Tiger Leaping Gorge-Shaxi

Sightseeing and Activities:Tiger Leaping Gorge, old town of Jianchuan

Spend some more time to see the Gorge. Tiger Leaping Gorge is 19km long with the drops of 3900m from hill top to the river, with three narrow parts, narrowest is only 30m that a tiger can jump over. Two hours drive to Jianchuan (105km), visit the old town of Jianchuan with traditional old Bai houses. One hour drive to Shaxi (35km) with a visit to brick & tiles factory along the way.

Day 8 Shaxi

Sightseeing and Activities:Taizhi Festival

Visit Shaxi and attend Taizhi Festival. Taizhi is the local name for the Buddha Sakyamuni, who was the prince of a kingdom in north India who would be the King upon his adulthood. After leaving home he saw the sufferings of people and wanted to help. He gave up everything and found out the ways to reach an idea life, later became the practice of Buddhism. The festival reproduces the event he left the royal palace and created the Buddhism. At the festival, locals clean up the Buddha image in the temple and carry it to travel through the village followed by people dancing and singing. The whole village is full of joy and happiness.

Day 9 Shaxi-Dali

Sightseeing and Activities:Shibaoshan Mountain, Baoxia Temple, Erhai Lake

Sea gulls are seen flying over Erhai Lake in Dali in Southwest China's Yunnan province

Twenty minutes drive to Shadengqing ( 6km). Two hours hike up to Shibaishan Mountain on a paved path with some steep stairs in some places with visits to some grottoes along the way. Visit the 800-1000 years old grottoes from Nanzhao Kingdom. 20 minutes drive to Baoxia Temple, climb up on stairs to visit Baoxia Temple built on a cliff, nice to walk around the temple for an hour. Three hours drive to Dali with visit to Erhai Lake to see the cormorant fishing on the way.

Day 10 Dali

Sightseeing and Activities:Xizhou Market, Xizhou morning market, Three Pagodas, Chongsheng Temple, Dali Old Town

Reflection Park of Three Pagodas in Dali City

Half an hour drive to Xizhou, visit the morning market where people sale vegetables, food and daily necessities. Visit the village to see some traditional old houses of Bai people, Xizhou used to be a wealthy town and many beautiful houses were built here.

Drive back to Dali and two hours visit the thousand years old Three Pagodas, which the landmark of Dali, visit Chongsheng Temple behind the Pagodas with hundreds of Buddhist images. One and half hours visit the ancient city of Dali starting from the South Gate, climb up to the city wall for a walk where you can have a good view of the city and area, walk along the city wall to HonglongJing Street, walk through Honglongjing to Fuxin Road, and down to Renmin Road and back to hotel.

Day 11 Dali-Weishan

Sightseeing and Activities:
Accommodation:old street of Weishan,

Two hours drive to Weishan (75km) and visit the old streets of Weishan. The Local special Food Festival takes place in Weishan from Mar. 16th to 20th, so we have the chance to try the different local specialties in these two days here. Half an hour drive to visit Weibaoshan (12km). There are some nice old Taoist temples and Ancestor Temple of Yi people built in the mountain in the forest. We spend 2/3 hours to walk the area on paved path with some step sections, usual the same way in and out. Drive back to Weishan.

Day 12 Weishan

Sightseeing and Activities:Jiejingu Festival of Bai People

An hour drive to West Big Temples, a place with over 50 temples of different sizes and religions: Buddhism, Taoism, Ancestor-worship and Nature God, to attend the Jiejingu Festival. The Festival the shared ancestor-worship gods of Bai people in Dali and Wenshan, the shared gods live in two different places in the different times of the year. During this festival, people from Dali come here to invite the Gods back to Dali for a stay, people will cook good meals, pray, sing, dance… to amuse the Gods and themselves. It happens day and night…

Day 13 Drive to Kunming

Sightseeing and Activities:Drive to Kunming

Five hours drive to Kunming (360km), visit the Birds and Flowers Market. Hotel and tour ends.

Recommended Hotels

Destination 5 Star 4 Star 3Star Hostels
Kunming Sofitel Hotel Jingjiang Hotel Long Teng Hotel Tu Tu Inn
Mile Huquan Resort and Spa Beautiful Scenery Hotel Yasheng Xihe Hotel Red River Valley Hot Spring Resort Mile
Lijiang InterContinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort E-outfitting Boutique Hotel Liwang Hotel Flowers Hall Inn
Shaxi Shaxi Lanlinge Hotel Shaxi Aoding Courtyard Shaxi Xia La Zhe Yododo Inn Another Encounter
Dali Hilton Dali Resort and Spa E-outfitting Boutique Hotel Gnosis Hotel Fengxuegucheng
Weishan / Xiongzhao Grand Hotel / Fanchen Ruoyu Youth Hostel

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.

Service Excluded:

  • Any arrival and departure international airfares or train tickets;
  • Chinese visa fees;
  • Excess baggage charged by Airlines;
  • Single room supplement;
  • Tips to guides and drivers;
  • Personal expenses and gratuities to service staff;
  • Personal travel accident insurance;
  • All optional programs.