5 Days Dali Religious Pilgrimage Tour with Cangshan Mountain Hiking and Erhai Lake Cycling

5 Days Dali Religious Pilgrimage Tour is an adventure tour of Dali City and surroundings including Cangshan Mountain Hiking, Erhai Lake Cycling as swell as the most attractive places in Dali including Xizhou Old Town, Dali Old Town, Three Pagodas Temple, Donglianhua Village, Donglianhua Mosque, Weishan Old Town, Weibaoshan Daoist Mountain.

This is a tour for people who want experiences with more vigor in Dali. Avoid the routines of ordinary tourists and “open up” the must-sees in a new way: Dali Old Town, the Cangshan mountains, and Erhai Lake. Also, be touched by the life of the Bai ethnic minority, and have relaxing and romantic moments to taste Dali slowly.

In this 5-day Dali tour, you will experience what you expect and the unexpected in Dali. Not only will you catch all the highlights, but you will also get out of the tourist crowd to enjoy its hidden beauties.


  • Discover the natural beauty of Erhai Lake and Cangshan Mountain;
  • Adventure tour in Dali: Erhai Lake Cycling, Cangshan Mountain Hiking, Weibaoshan Mountain Hiking;
  • Muslim culture experince in Weishan County
  • Enjoy the real life of local people in the ancient towns and villages: Dali Old Town, Zhoucheng Village, Xizhou Old Town, Weishan Old Town, Donglianhua Village;

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 01 Arrive in Dali
  • Day 02: Dali-Cangshan Mountain-Dali
  • Day 03: Dali-Zhoucheng-Xizhou-Erhai Lake-Dali
  • Day 04: Dali-Donglianhua Village-Weishan Weibaoshan-Dali
  • Day 05: Departure from Dali

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Dali Arrival

Sightseeing and Activities:Dali Old Town
Accommodation: Dali Old Town
Meals: None

Meet your private guide in the arrival hall of the airport or at the exit of the train station. Transfer to your hotel in Dali Old Town.

Explore Dali Old Town to feel its history and unique culture.

Day 2 Dali-Cangshan Mountain-Dali

Sightseeing and Activities:Cangshan Mountain, Three Pagodas Temple, Ancient City Wall of Dali
Accommodation: Dali Old Town, 
Meals:Breakfast and Lunch 

Take a cable car up Cangshan (‘the Deep-Green Mountains’). Hike on the best strip — Yudai (‘Jade Belt’) Road to enjoy the waterfalls, streams, old temples and the great view of Erhai Lake. The hiking is about 12 km (7.5 miles).

Or you could replace the ‘Jade Belt’ hiking with exploring the hidden valley behind the mountains. Have a round-trip hike of about 10 km (6 miles) in the valley to enjoy the waterfalls, and then have fun with an all-terrain vehicle.

In the morning, take the high speed train to Dali which is a historically and culturally famous city of China, it is renowned for her historical interest and Bai ethnic culture. You will visit the Three Pagodas in Chongshen Monastery which has a history of over 1,800 years and 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 3 Dali-Xizhou-Zhoucheng-Dali

Sightseeing and Activities: Three-pagodas in Chongshen Temple, Erhai Lake Cruise, Dali Ancient Town
Accommodation: Dali
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch 

Have a bike ride along Erhai Lake in the morning. Feel the wind, and enjoy the flower-filled fields and peaceful white houses of the Bai minority. Visit a flower farm, and learn to make the famous Yunnan snack — flower cakes.

Ride bike along Erhai Lake to 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.

Move hotel to a peaceful village on the east side of Erhai Lake with a great view of the ‘Deep-Green Mountains’ across the lake. Enjoy some free time in the late afternoon. Have a relaxing walk along the lake shore, or just sit on your balcony to enjoy the sunset and the flower cakes you made.

Experience the tie-dyeing of the Bei ethnic minority in a traditional Bai village at the foot of Cangshan. Make your own souvenir from Dali.

At last, you will visit the Ancient Dali Town, walk around the Foreigner Street and enjoy the relax time with local people. After climbing up to the City Wall of Dali, you will have a panoramic view of the Erhai Lake.

Day 4 Dali-Weishan-Dali

Sightseeing and Activities:Weishan Old Town, Weibaoshan Daoist Mountain, Weishan Confucius Temple, Donglianhua Village, Donglianhua Mosque
Accommodation: Lijiang
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Transfer from Dali to Weishan County in the morning.
Start your tour at Weibaoshan Mountain and Weishan Old Town. As Weibaoshan is a famous Taoist mountain, you will have chance to see several Taoist temples with Bai construction style. For this one day tour,you will be arranged to visit to the two classic sightseeing to Weishan County-Weishan Ancient Town and Weibaoshan Mountain.

Then you will drive about 70KM to Weibaoshan Mountain, which stands about 10 kilometers southeast of Weishan Yi and Hui nationalities Autonomous County. It takes you about 1 hour on the way. You will first see some Yi people’s villages on the way, you can visit the local market of Yi people if you are lucky to meet the market day. After arriving,visit Weibaoshan Mountain. As Weibaoshan is a famous Taoist mountain, you will have chance to see several Taoist temples with Bai construction style. Murals of Yi people singing and dancing in Wenchang Palace and the painted sculptures in Taoist Jade Emperor Temple are seldom seen.
After lunch you will visit Weishan Confucius Temple and Weishan Old Town, enjoy the Bai ethnic life in Weishan Old Town.Then go to Donglianhua Village (East Lotus Village), visiting the Hui’s culture.
In the late afternoon, drive back to Dali, and transfer to your hotel in Dali downtown.

Day 5 Departure from Dali

Sightseeing and Activities:None
Accommodation: None
Meals: Breakfast

Free at leisure before be transferred to airport for the departure flight. Service ends.

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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;
  • High speed train tickets from Kunming to Dali (2nd class seats).

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.