13-day inside the traditional Yunnan

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For a deep exploration in China, a trip to Yunnan is the best choice. In Kunming, visit the villages in the north while appreciating typical architecture of ethnic minorities in the region, all in stunning natural settings. The sky is reflected in the fields of rice terraces of Yuanyang and the Zhu family's garden has been at Jianshui for thousands of years as the unique heritage.

 

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Arrive in Kunming

Upon arrival at Kunming airport, the local guide will carry a sign with your name to welcome you at the arrival hall. Then you will be transferred to the hotel in city center.  The balance of the day will be at leisure.

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Stone forest

This morning, head to the immense Kunming Stone Forest, which is approximately 1.5 hours' drive southeast of Kunming. This sea of rocks offers an ageless, magical landscape where karst peaks intermingle. Explore this labyrinth of stones and mount this ocean of limestone to admire the strange forms that are present at this site.
After visiting stone forest, continue your exploration to the south of Yunnan, especially the town of Yuanyang, which you can reach at nightfall. Along the way, make a few stops in villages of the Dai ethnic groups of Yunnan.

 

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Yuanyang Rice Terraces

Get a short distance away from Yuanyang Village to admire some of the most beautiful scenery in China. Discover the splendid rice terraces of Duoyishu scenic area, uniting beautifully on the sloping hillsides. Then visit the Bada scenic area. Here, you can stop at the Sheng village and then come into direct contact with the Hani and Yi minorities who come to shop. After arriving in Bada, enjoy the view of the beautiful terraces. Go through the Qingkou village where members of ethnic Hani established their homes. Finally, head over to the terraces of the Mouth of the Tiger before sunset. The panorama at this time is quite impressive.

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Shengcun Market

Enjoy your morning stroll in the small village of Shengcun and discover its local market. You can come to talk with minorities of Hani and Yi who are here to do their shopping.
Then you will leave for the county of Jianshui, 3 hour' drive from Yuanyang. Upon arrival, you will first go for dinner and then will be transferred to the hotel in Jinshui.

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Traditional Jianshui

Travel to the old town of Jianshui to explore its treasures. Retrace the footsteps of Confucius with a visit to the second largest temple that is dedicated to him. Here, retirees gather to play mahjong and other funny games. A simple visit outside of the town will offer you the opportunity to admire the extraordinary Double Dragon Bridge and its 17 arches. Returning to town, one can go through the gate of Chaoyang, a sort of miniature Tiananmen Gate. Finally, enjoy yourself in the Zhu's Family Garden, an old rich merchant family who built an impressive complex of houses on 2 acres of land. Enjoy the serenity of the gardens and even spend the night in a hotel. There is nothing better than to enjoy the special atmosphere of this place.

 

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Tuanshan Village and Dynamic Yunnan

This morning, the historic village of Tuanshan is the first destination. Lost in this remote region of China, you will have the impression of entering a village that remains original. With the architecture of a traditional Yunnan village, you will discover this ancient place of wealth that has escaped modernity. Walking through its maze of alleys, immerse yourself in this special atmosphere. The impression will be even stronger when you visit the residence of the Zhang family, where nothing has been left out.

After lunch, you will spend 3-4 hours' drive returning to Kunming. Admire the beautiful landscapes of southern Yunnan along the road.

Tonight, enjoy the Dynamic Yunnan show and feel free to sing along during the 1 hour and 40 minutes of traditional songs and dances from the minorities of Yunnan. With the participation of these ethnic groups, the show perfectly reflects the customs of these peoples. Marvel at the colorful costumes and authentic instruments and decorations that will be presented in this show.

 

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Take the coach to Dali

Well-known black tea taste

A few kilometers south of Kunming, ride a cable car that takes you straight to the top of the Western hills. From there, the Dragon Gate and its finely carved caves welcome you. But most importantly, enjoy the pavilion at the top of the cliff to admire the stunning views of the Dianchi Lake and the city of Kunming.

After lunch, you visit a tea house to taste the most famous black tea from China, the semi-fermented Pu'er.

You are then taken to the bus station of Kunming for a long-distance coach to Dali (4h). The kunming guide will see you off at the bus station. You will have some stops to go to the restroom or buy some snacks on the way. Upon arrival at Dali Bus Station, your new guide is there to welcome you. Before check in, you will first go for dinner.

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The Old Dali

Today, enjoy yourself while taking a cruise on the Erhai Lake. Once on its shores, you would like to fix your eyes on the vast stretch of crystal water, which reflects the snowy mountains of Cangshan. The cruise will take you on the folk island of Nanzhao where you will discover the vestiges of this ancient Kingdom. You will have the opportunity to attend the ceremony of the Three Course Tea, which is very important in the tradition of the Bai ethnic group that settled on the shores of Erhai Lake.
Then, visit the Three Pagodas of Dali. Upon arrival, you will be fascinated by the beauty of these elegant towers pointing to the sky. With a splendid view of the Cangshan Mountains and Erhai Lake surrounding you, stroll amidst these ancient relics to arrive at Chongsheng Temple. In this temple, admire the bronze bell, statue of Guanyin and some of the treasures contained in pagodas.

After that, stroll through the Dali old town. Although it’s a rather small area, one can get lost in the maze of streets of Dali. Still surrounded by ramparts, the ancient town continues to maintain and showcase an atmosphere of the Nanzhao kingdom. Be sure to stop in the park while you pass by to meet the local playing cards or mahjong.

 

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Village of Bai ethnic group

This morning, go a few kilometers away from Dali to the small town of Xizhou. In this old town of the Nanzhao kingdom, you will discover the well-preserved remnants of the Bai ethnic group. The houses of this minority group were built beautifully with rich decorations. From one rooftop of these houses, you will admire magnificent view of the colorful roofs of Xizhou.
Then, depart for the Bai village of Zhoucheng. Very well preserved, you can appreciate the splendor of the Bai architecture here. But most importantly, take the opportunity to spend time with the local people who carry on the traditions of they own. Thus, you can even watch women manufacturing the famous Batik fabrics in local crafts shops.
Then, you will be transferred to Lijiang. After 3 hours' drive, you will arrive at Lijiang. The rest of the day will be at leisure. You can wander through the maze of alleyways of the old town of Lijiang.

 

 

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Yaks, Culture and Snow Mountain

Today, head to the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. In this beautiful setting, watch the Impression Lijiang show at 3,100 meters above sea level. In the park of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, with snowy peaks as a backdrop, discover the musical traditions and lifestyles of ethnic groups in Yunnan. Four hundred players from these groups will make you live a unique experience to the sound of drums and galloping horses.
Then, take the cable car to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and its Yak meadow. Discover a part of this majestic mountain snowcapped throughout the year. Once in the meadow, push up the mountain through one of the many hiking opportunities. On a clear day, you will have splendid views of the valley below and the snow-capped peaks of the mountain. In the scenic area, visit the Museum of Dongba culture that you will reveal more about this special cultural governed by shamans. Descend into the valley to see the Temple of Jade Summit, which is one of the few lamaseries in the Valley of Lijiang. Created by the sect of the Red Caps, you'll be aware of the Naxi culture's influence and their appreciation of other religions. Stroll through the garden and see some of the multiple colors of camellias in the garden during the spring
Last, discover the beautiful frescoes of the Baisha village. This village was the capital of the Naxi kingdom before the conquest of Kublai. Even today, a visit here is like you are walking through a town that is frozen in time, where the Naxi architecture is visible everywhere. Be sure to pass by the pavilion of Liuli and Dabaoji palace to admire the incomparable frescoes by the Naxi, Tibetan and Han painters. These murals are quite unique.

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Tiger Leaping Gorges

After 3-4 hours of driving, you will arrive at the famous Tiger Leaping Gorge. Choose from a multitude of steps or a peaceful path to reach the Tiger Leaping Gorge, in the heart of the turbulent Jinsha River. Here, the tiger's roar resounds in your ears. Then enjoy the excellent views of the entrance to the gorge and the water of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain flowing into the river.
 

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Today, wander through the maze of alleyways of the old town of Lijiang. Amidst this unique picturesque site, you will plunge several centuries back. The traditional architectures blend beautifully with the splendid landscape, which consists of cobbled alleys interspersed by small channels, all with the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the background. In Lijiang, enter the Residence of the Mu family. See its reflection of how Naxi culture opens its doors to other peoples, such as the way that its new buildings are a mixture of Naxi architecture, Han, Tibetan and even Bai influences. Then ride to the Lion Hill to have a superb view over the rooftops of Lijiang old town.


 

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End of the trip

Free until be transferred to the airport for the flight home or your next destination.

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No hotel

4 destinations

Travel 1750km

16 attractions and activities

Include

  • Natural and cultural heritage ( 12 )
  • The Constructions ( 13 )
  • Chinese Lifestyle ( 13 )
  • Chinese Art ( 7 )
  • Culture of Ethnic Minority ( 12 )


Arrive in Kunming

 

 

 

Accommodation

Economy: Jinjiang Hotel

Stone forest

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

Dinner Included  

Sights:Stone Forest

Accommodation

Economy: Yunti Hotel


Yuanyang Rice Terraces

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

Dinner Included  

Sights:Yuanyang Rice Terraces

Accommodation

Economy: Yunti Hotel


Shengcun Market

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

Dinner Included  

Accommodation


Traditional Jianshui

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

Dinner Included  

Sights:Jianshui ancient town

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Tuanshan Village and Dynamic Yunnan

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

Dinner Included  

Sights:Tuanshan historic village

Activities:Dynamic Yunnan

Accommodation

Economy: Jinjiang Hotel

Well-known black tea taste

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

Dinner Included  

Sights:Western Hills

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The Old Dali

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

Dinner Included  

Sights:Erhai Lake,Three Pagodas of Dali,Dali Old Town

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Village of Bai ethnic group

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Lunch Included 

Dinner Included  

Sights:Xizhou,Zhoucheng,Lijiang Old town

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Yaks, Culture and Snow Mountain

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

Dinner Included  

Sights:Baisha Village,Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

Activities:Impression Lijiang

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Tiger Leaping Gorges

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Lunch Included 

Dinner Included  

Sights:Tiger Leaping Gorge

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Lunch Included 

Dinner Included  

Sights:Lijiang Old town

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End of the trip

Breakfast Included 

 

 

Accommodation

No hotel

  • Lijiang Old town

  • Stone Forest

  • Tiger Leaping Gorge

  • Yuanyang Rice Terraces

  • Baisha Village

  • Impression Lijiang

  • Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

  • Erhai Lake

  • Western Hills

  • Three Pagodas of Dali

  • Zhoucheng

  • Dali Old Town

  • Dynamic Yunnan

  • Xizhou

  • Tuanshan historic village

  • Jianshui ancient town

Prices

Prices: Price may vary depending on the season, the price of transport and other external reasons. (Quoted in U.S. dollars and based on per person)

Classes 2-3 persons 4-5 persons 6-8 persons
Economy 2,3691,8861,602
Superior 000
Deluxe 000

General Price Inclusion of Private Tours

1. The entrance fees as stated in the itinerary.(Including any cruise). 
2. Professional and private english-speaking guide for airport transfer (train station transfer) and sightseeing. 
3. Private and well-conditioned vehicle with a professional driver for airport transfer (train staion transfer) and sightseeing. 
4. Meals as stated in the itinerary. Chinese meal in a tourist restaurant or a local restaurant. The number of dishes varies according to the number of persons in the group. The meal also includes a glass of softdrink or beer.
5. Accommodations usually with breakfasts as state in the itinerary. Prices given are calculated on the basis of a double room or a twin-bed room for one night. When requesting a single room, a supplement will be required. Usually,the room is available from 11 am and must be vacated by noon the next day. 
6. Service Charge and government taxes. 
7. Travel Agency Liability Insurance. 
Your entire tour is covered by the travel agency's liability insurance, the insurance is directly regulated by the National Tourism Administration of China. This insurance covers accidents that transpire as a result of any services caused by a travel agency. It doesn't cover any incidents or physical problems occurring outside of the tour period caused by clients themselves. We, therefore, recommend you purchase additional travel insurance in your home country before departure. 


Excluded from the General Price of Private Tours

1. Chinese visa application fee. 
2. International flights fee 
3. Overload luggage fee. 
4. Tips for guides and drivers. 
5. Personal expenses. (such as room service, laundry, telephone bill...). The settlement of these expenses will be done when you check out. The deposit, which will be requested when you check in, will be returned on departure.

 


Notes

Flight tickets (economy class) *** 1) Lijiang - Shanghai 2240 RMB per person 2) Lijiang - Guangzhou 1910 RMB per person 3) Lijiang - Kunming 1080 RMB per person 4) Guangzhou - Kunming 1250 RMB per person 5) Shanghai - Kunming 1450 RMB per person *** Price is quoted on Chinese Yuan, ask the exchange rate at the time of booking.
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