Yunnan, the ideal holiday destination in China, enjoys a perfect combination of amazing natural scenery, diverse ethnic customs, and pleasant climate all year round. Over 26 of China’s ethnic minority groups reside here, providing a colorful salad of China’s mixed culture.
GuideWeTravel provides boutique hotels in Lijiang, which offer good value for money, a decent environment, local-style decoration, and a convenient location, but most of them only have 10–20 rooms. Your early booking is highly recommended.
Travel Route: Kunming, Dali, Lijiang
Travel Length: 6 days
Theme: Family Friendly, History & Culture, Honeymoon, Photography
Flexible departure date, free date change up to 1 week in advance
Bounce across the waves on Er’hai Lake to enjoy a photogenic view
Find out the vanishing Chinese charm in Shaxi Ancient Town
Visit the legendary Dr. Ho in Baisha Village
Take a cable car up to the holy Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Check out how the tiger leaped over the sensational Tiger-Leaping Gorge
|INCLUDED||Professional English-speaking tour guide, private driver and car service for the day tours on day 2,3,4 and 5.
Airport/train station transfer service with guide and driver on day 1 and day 6.
Accommodation based on double occupancy. GuideWeTravel may arrange the booking of similar hotels if selected hotels aren’t available during the travel dates of individual traveler.
Breakfast at hotel.
Bottled water supply while traveling with our guides.
|EXCLUDED||Entrance fees to tourist attractions.
Lunch and dinner. The tour guides will recommend proper restaurants for lunch and dinner (like India restaurants, vegetarian restaurants, Muslim restaurants etc).
|ACCOMMODATION||Longwei Hotel, Kunming
Landscape Hotel, Dali
Zen Garden Hotel, Lijiang
|ADDITIONAL INFORMATION||Kunming is a convenient transportation hub. There are domestic flights to most of China’s major cities, such as Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin, Chengdu and Shanghai. International routes include flights between Kunming and Hong Kong, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Rangoon and Singapore.|
Day 1: Arrival in Kunming
Your private guide will be on time, holding a sign with your name on and waiting for you at the exit of the airport/train station. A comfortable private car and experienced driver will transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to relax.
Day 2: Stone Forest and Xishan Dragon Gate Tour
After breakfast at hotel, drive for 1.5 hour to visit the magical karst landform of the Stone Forest. You will see that nature is the most powerful artist. This area used to be a vast sea, and the Stone Forest was formed over millions of years by the movement of the Earth. The peculiar-shaped gray stones tower there and show you the changes.
Lunch will be arranged at a local restaurant recommended by your guide. You will be assisted to choose the dishes from the menu.
In the afternoon, you will be transfered back to Kunming and walk pass the Dragon Gate on Xishan (West Hill) to get prosperity in the future. You will have a bird’s-eye view of the Dianchi Lake and appreciate the groups of Taoist sculptures in the grottoes on the cliff in this scenic area.
After the tour, your guide and driver will escort you back to your hotel for a good rest.
Dynamic Yunnan in Kunming is a large-scale song and dance performance featuring the remarkable and diverse local ethnic culture. It is another masterpiece from the famous Chinese dancer Yang Liping who directs and heads the cast.
Day 3: Morning flight from Kunming to Dali and Dali Ancient Town Sightseeing
Transfer you to airport to board the flight to Dali in the morning. Upon arrival, your local guide and driver will meet you and escort you to start the Dali sightseeing with Er’hai Lake.
Er’hai Lake is blessed with a mild climate and stunning scenery. Taking a boat to cruise on the lake is a popular way of sightseeing.
Visit the houses of the Bai minority people in Xizhou Town. Xizhou is not only a famous historic city, but also a typical commercial town of the Bai people. You will get to know typical Bai traditions and dresses. There you will also see some old houses, which are real local architecture. On the outside walls of each house, there are numerous exquisite paintings, displaying the importance of art in this area.
You will have lunch at a popular local restaurant.
In the afternoon, visit the Dali Ancient Town, where clear springs flow and local minority people live. The local people are keen gardeners, showcasing flowers in their gardens around clear streams, with finely decorated traditional houses. Stay overnight in the ancient town and relax.
Day4 : Transfer from Dali to Lijiang and Lijiang Ancient Town Sightseeing
In the morning, drive from Dali to Lijiang. You can enjoy the nice scenery on the way. Upon arrival, your guide will introduce some local nice restaurants for you to have lunch.
Lijiang Ancient Town is the best-preserved minority ancient town. Most people living there belong to the Naxi minority, some of whom still make a living by making handicrafts of silver, leather, textiles, and some local snacks. Enjoy the quaint city scenery and see plenty of handicrafts in a distinctive style only found in this area of China. You can climb up to Lion Hill to have a bird’s-eye view of the whole town.
Then pay a visit to the Black Dragon Pool Park, which offers a view of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, one of the most famous postcard-perfect sceneries in southwest China. Stay overnight in Lijiang Ancient Town.
Lijiang Impression Show was directed by the world famous director Zhang Yimou, and performed by more than 500 locals from 10 ethnic groups. Take the enchanting scenery of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain as a natural background, the show aims to provide an insight into the lives of the region’s ethnic groups through song and dance.
Day 5: Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Baisha Murals Tour
In the morning, you will firstly enjoy the beautiful Baisha Murals in Baisha Village. They were painted hundreds of years ago, and the paintings took about 300 years to complete. By appreciating these unique murals, you will learn about the cultures of central China, the Naxi Minority, and Tibet, as well as the stories of Tibetan Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. Then take a cable car to the Spruce Meadow, which is a vast meadow at the foot of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain with an altitude of 3,240 meters. Besides appreciating the elegant natural landscapes of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, you will unlock the romantic legends with the help of your guide. If you are interested in photography, you will find it a perfect destination. After the tour, you will be transfered back to Lijiang for another peaceful night.
Day 6: Lijiang Departure
Your guide and driver will escort you to the airport/train station today. Your colorful Yunnan tour ends here.
|2||$1069 per person (1 double occupancy room)|
|3||$1029 per person (1 triple occupancy room)|
|4-5||$1019 per person (double occupancy room and / or triple occupancy room)|
|6-9||$799 per person (double occupancy room and / or triple occupancy room)|
|10||$669 per person (5 double occupancy rooms)|
|Note||Prices are based on per person with double occupancy or triple occupancy. If a single client requests a twin room alone, the single supplement will be charged.|