7 Days Kunming, Lijiang and Shangri-la Highlights Tour by Bullet Train

Kunming,Lijiang and Shangri-la tour is the most welcomed tour in Yunnan. Discover Yunnan’s ethnic culture and its beautiful towns and scenery during this mazing 7 days’ tour! This tour includes the major attractions of Yunnan Province, such as Stone Forest, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Songzanlin Monasteryand some ethnic towns and villages. You can also experience the culture of Yis, Naxis and Tibetan minorities. The tour is designed for everyone whoever is budget tourist or whoever wants to share a tour with others.


  • The best destinations of Yunnan: Kungming, Lijiang and Shangri-la.
  • Discover the natural beauty of Yunnan: Stone Forest,Tiger Leaping Gorge, and Shudu Lake.
  • Explore the ethnic groups in Yunnan: Yi, Naxi, Tibetan, etc.
  • Enjoy the real life of local people in the ancient towns and villages: Lijiang Old Town, Baisha Old Town, Dukezong Old Town, Tibetan villages.

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1 Kunming
  • Day 2 Kunming
  • Day 3 Kunming– Lijiang
  • Day 4 Lijiang
  • Day 5 Lijiang – Tiger Leaping Gorge-Shangri-la
  • Day 6 Shangri-la
  • Day 7 Shangri-la Departure

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Kunming

Sightseeing and Activities: Kunming Arrival
Accommodation: Kunming
Meals: none

Pick you up at Kunming airport,  and transfer to hotel for your free time. 

Day 2 Kunming

Sightseeing and Activities: the Stone Forest, Birds and Flowers Market, Green Lake
Accommodation: Kunming
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

At 09:00 am, drive about 85km to the visit the Stone Forest. There is a local saying says that “It will be a waste without visiting the Stone Forest when you visit Kunming”, you can see that Stone Forest is trully loved by local people.

In the afternoon, drive back to Kunming and visit Birds and Flowers Market. Then, stroll around the Green Lake to enjoy the leisure lives of local people.                                           

Day 3 Kunming-Lijiang by Bullet Train

Sightseeing and Activities: Black Dragon Pool, Lijiang Old Town
Accommodation: Lijiang
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch

In the morning, take a bullet train to Lijiang ( about 3 hours). Upon arrival, meet your local guide and driver. Visit Lijiang Old Town which is being reported as one of China Historical Cultural Cities in the whole world’s cultural heritages. Also pay a visit to Black Dragon Pool, the main headwater of the Yushui River which goes through the Old Town.

Day 4 Lijiang

Sightseeing and Activities: Baisha Old Town, Baisha Murals, Yuhu Village, Former Residence of Joseph Rock, Shuhe Old Town
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch

This morning, walk to visit Baisha Old Town,  which is an enchanting traditional Naxi style old town. Then visit the Baisha Mural about 600 years old, which is a part of the World Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO 1997. 

Then, drive to Yuhu Village which is located at the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. When walking into this authentic Naxi Village, you’ll see unique stone houses, Naxi ladies dressing in traditional clothes, kids playing, a tranquil Yuhu Lake…Explore leisurely around the village and then get to theFormer Residence of Joseph Rock, who was an Austrian-American Botanist came to Lijiang and stayed in Yuhu Village for 27 years and made huge research work on Naxi minority.

Afterwards, enjoy your free time in Shuhe Old Town. Shuhe is in the former commercial district known for its leather and fur artisans. Known locally as Longquan village, Shuhe is thought to be the birthplace of the eminent Mu family of the Naxi minority ethnic group. A walk along it narrows streets and alleyways affords a glimpse into a previous era.

Day 5 Lijiang-100KM-Tiger Leaping Gorge-100KM-Shangri-la

Sightseeing and Activities: the First Bend of Yangtze River, Iron Chain Bridge, Red Army’s Long March Memorial Monument, Tiger Leaping Gorge
Accommodation: Lijiang
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch


From Lijiang, you’ll drive about 60KM to the First Bend of the Yangtze River with imposing gorge scenery, visit the Iron Chain Bridge ,the 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. 

Visit the Tiger Leaping Gorge, 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.

Afternoon, you’ll head for Shangri-La, the former Zhongdian which is well-known as the paradise destination for every tourist.  Upon arrival in Shangri-La, you will have entered the Tibetan cultural area and a landscape of barley fields and yaks scattered in the valleys. Check in your hotel.

Day 6 Shangri-La

Sightseeing and Activities:Pudacuo National Park, Sogzanlin Monastery, Tibetan family Visit, Dukezong Old Town, the largest Prayer Wheel

Accommodation: Shangri-La

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

In the morning, move to visit the tranquil 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.

At noon, have a visit of the local Tibetan family.

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.  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 7 Shangri-La Departure

Sightseeing and Activities:Shangri-La Departure 


Meals: Breakfast

Free at leisure before be transferred to Shangri-La Airport for departure to next destination.

Recommended Hotels

Destination 5-star 4-star 3-star
       Kunming                   Softel Hotel             Wenhui Hotel           Long Teng Hotel
         Lijiang                 Pullman Hotel             Wangfu Hotel               Liwang Hotel
Shangri-la Shangri-la Hotel Shangri-la Old Town Moon City Hotel

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 Lijiang (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.