6 Days Kunming-Dali-Lijiang Tour

This 6-day Yunnan highlights tour is also a winter experience, it includes all highlight pots of Kunming, Dali and Lijiang. Be amazed at natural wonderland such as the Stone Forest, Erhai Lake and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Meet diverse ethnic culturei in ethnic villages and famous old towns. It is not only a tour about natural sceneries, it focus more on ethnic cultures and history.

Highlights:

  • Visit the highlights of Kunming, Dali, and Lijiang.
  • Discover the ethnic culture of Yis, Bais and Naxis.
  • Be marveled at the World Heritage sites – the Stone Forest.

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1: Kunming Arrival
  • Day 2: Kunming – Stone Forest – Dali
  • Day 3: Dali
  • Day 4: Dali – Lijiang
  • Day 5: Lijiang
  • Day 6: Lijiang Departure

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Kunming Arrival

Sightseeing and Activities:Arrive in Kunming
Accommodation: Kunming
Meals: None

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

Sightseeing and Activities: Stone Forest, Flower and Birds Market
Accommodation: Kunming
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Black-headed gulls at Kunming, capital of Yunnan province

In the morning, you will transfer 1.5 hrs to Stone Forest, after arrival, you will have a tour of Stone Forest which is famous as the typical karst landform and known as the First Wonder of the World. There is an old saying – If you visit Yunnan without seeing the Stone Forest, it is really a shame.

After the lunch, you will drive back to Kunming city, drop off at shopping area –Nanping Street. You will stroll around this area, pay a visit to the Flowers and Birds Market and then drive back to the hotel for rest.

Day 3 Kunming-Dali

Sightseeing and Activities: Three Pagodas, Cruise in Erhai Lake, Dali Old Town
Accommodation: Dali
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, take the high speed trian to Dali. After your arrival at Dali Railway Station, meet your local tour guide and then star your tour from the 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.  

Afternoon, you’ll cruise in Erhai Lake by the small boat. There are 200 Bai ethnic families around 1000 people in Jinsuo Island. During Erhai Lake cruise, you will enjoy the green Cangshan Mountain and the Three Pagodas from a far as well as lots of birds and seagulls flying over the lake. 

At last, you will visit the Dali Ancient Town, walk around the Foreigner Street and enjoy the relax time with local people.

Day 4 Dali-Lijiang

Sightseeing and Activities:Xizhou Town, Black Dragon Pond, Dongbu Culture Museum, Lijiang Old Town
Accommodation: Lijiang
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

A recreational town themed love and roses in Lijiang

Morning have a tour of Xizhou morning market, afterward drive 2.5hrs to Lijiang. After meeting with your guide from Lijiang,  have the tour of  Black Dragon Pond (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 Dongba Culture Museum.  Finally 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 5 Lijiang

Sightseeing and Activities:Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Baishuihe River, Yak Meadow, Impression Lijiang Show, Baisha Old Town and  Baisha Murals
Accommodation: Lijiang
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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. You will hike around 1 hour in the original forest in Yak Meadow (3700M).

After lunch, you will enjoy the Impression Lijang Ethnic Show (regular seat) directed in Ganhaizi Meadow(3100M). A cultural show demonstrating the traditions and lifestyles of the Naxi, Yi and Bai peoples of the area. The show takes place inside Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Park at 3500m in an outdoor theater specifically designed to showcase the mountain which is used as a backdrop. The production itself was designed by Zhang Yimou, Fan Yue and Wang Chaoge, with a cast of over 500 people and a number of horses.

In the afternoon, you’ll stroll through Baisha Old Town, which is an enchanting traditional Yunnan town. Visit Baisha Mural about 600 years old, which is one part of the World Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO 1997. 

Day 6 Departure from Lijiang

Sightseeing and Activities:Departure from Lijiang
Accommodation:None
Meals:Breakfast

Free at leisure before transfer to Lijiang airport for taking the departure flight. Service ends.

Recommended Hotels

Destination 5 Star 4 Star 3 Star Hostel
Kunming Crown Plaza Kunming City Centre Wenhui Hotel Baiyun Hotel T&T Story Hotel
Dali Hilton Dali Resort And Spa Landscape Hotel Gnosis Hotel Dali Fengxue Gucheng
Lijiang Pullman Hotel Wangfu Hotel Liwang Hotel Baisha Holiday Resort

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 and vehicle for transfers & sightseeing;
  • Service charge & government taxes;
  • Luggage transfers between airports and hotels;
  • Free-bottled mineral water;
  • 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;
  • Single room supplement;
  • Excess baggage charged by Airlines;
  • Tips to guides and drivers;
  • Personal expenses and gratuities to service staff.
  • Personal travel accident insurance;
  • All optional programs.