||Arrival In Kunming
Upon your arrival, our guide will
meet you at Kunming airport or train station and transfer
to your hotel.
||Kunming - Stone Forest
- Kunming (Breakfast
After breakfast, travel 90 KM to
Lunan County and explore the Stone Forest. Return to Kunming
in the afternoon.
Forest: Located 120 kilometers southeast of Kunming,
the Stone Forest is a typical karst formation covering
an area of more than 350 square kilometers. In 2007,
it is listed as World Natural Heritage. Walking inside
the forest, you will find a wonderland consists of innumerable
huge rocks of fantastic shapes.
||Kunming - Dali (Breakfast
Take early morning flight to Dali.
Have a cruise in the vast blue Erhai Lake, then visit
ZhouCheng Village and know about ethnic Bai People's Tie-dyeing
Cloth with Wax (a technology of printing flower patterns
on cloth). Tour to Xizhou Township and visit unique dwellings
with typical Bai People's features. Afterwards, go to
the Chong Sheng Temple which is famous for its Three Pagodas
and then wander in Dali Ancient City.
Lake: Covering an area of 251 square
kilometers, it is one of the seven biggest
fresh water lakes in China and the second
largest lake in Yunnan. The peaks of Cangshan
Mountain are often mirrored in the lake,
making majestic scenery. It would be a great
pity if people traveling to Dali without
going for a boat ride in the lake.
people: The Bai people have a long history
and well-developed culture. 80% of the population
of 1.39 million live in the Dali Bai Autonomous
Prefecture around the Erhai Lake with exquisite
scenery. The Bai people have their own spoden
language but do not have a written one.
Pagodas: These pagodas are located between
Cangshan Mountain and Erhai Lake, about
1.5 kilometers northwest from the ancient
city of Dali. They were built in the Five
Dynasties (907-960AD). In the time of Nanzhao
and Dali Kingdoms, Chongsheng Monastery
was the largest monastery in this area and
the Three Pagodas were only a part of it.
The pagodas were built because of two main
reasons. Firstly, they were holy structures
that invoked the Buddha's protection against
the frequent disasters of floods and earthquakes.
Secondly, the pagodas were used as a storehouse
for scriptures and precious objects.
|| Dali - Lijiang (Breakfast
Drive 3.5 hours to Lijiang. Visit Sifang Street in Lijiang Ancient Town.
Ancient Town: It is also named Dayan Ancient Town,
famous for its scientific architectural layout. Crisscrossed
by crystal-clear rivers and meandering cobbled streets,
Lijiang Ancient Town is a treasure in the field of urban
construction in China. Square Market was the site of
a major bazaar for local residents to stock up on necessities
such as meat, vegetables, oil and herbal medicine. Now
visitors will come across some interesting ethnic products
and sometimes unusual antiques.
|| Lijiang (Breakfast
Visit the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain,
the Baisha Murals and the Ancient Shuhe Village of Naxi
Dragon Snow Mountain: The mountain is
ten miles from Lijiang, its landscape includes
one of the southernmost glaciers in the
world. The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain has
13 peaks, the main peak is 5,596 meters
above sea level, and is annually snowcapped.
Scientists say that the mountain formed
over 230 million years ago from ancient
geosynclines when dinosaurs roamed on the
Earth. In the Naxi People¡¯s language,
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain means the place
for loves that die for their love. Jade
Dragon Snow Mountain has rich vegetation
coverage, featuring distinct and complete
alpine vertical ecosystem from subtropical
zone to frigid zone.
Baisha Murals: These murals are in Baisha
Village which lies in the north of Lijiang.
Baisha murals are mostly from the Ming Dynasty
(1368-1644). Among the 55 existing murals,
the largest one is at the Dabaoji Hall of
Baisha. Most Baisha murals depict religious
stories, and one characteristic is to combine
several legends into one picture. They are
an artistic crystallization combining the
Naxi, Tibetan, Bai and Han styles. The originality
and figures of the mural paintings reflect
the different religious cultures and artistic
forms of Buddhism, Lamaism, Daoism and the
Dongba Religion of Naxi People.
People: They live in concentrated communities
in the Lijiang Naxi Autonomous County in
Yunnan Province, their language belongs
to the Chinese-Tibetan language family.
More than 1,000 years ago, the Naxi people
had already created pictographic characters
called the "Dongba script".
||Lijiang - Shangri-La
Drive 180Km to Shangri-la. On the
way, visit the Tiger Leaping Gorge and the First bend
of the Yangtze River.
Gorge: The gorge is regarded one of the longest, deepest
and narrowest gorges in the world. It is about 98 kilometers
northwest of Lijiang Ancient Town, lying between Jade
Dragon Snow Mountain and and Haba Snow Mountain. The gorge
stretches about 15 kilometers (9 miles). For the experienced
and adventurous, thrilling raft rides are available. The
magnificent backdrop of the gorge, combined with the twisting
white water will create an exhilarating and unforgettable
white water rafting experience. For those who prefer a
gentle ride, slow-speed drifting is available in the calmer
sections of the gorge.
bend of the Yangtze River: When you are on the way to Shangri-La from Lijiang, there are 2 stops for visits: Tiger Leaping Gorge and the First Bend of the Yangtze River. Rushing down from the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, "the roof of the world", the Yangtze surges into Yunnan from its northwest, where it meets Lancang River and Nu River. Then, they go together through the high mountains and deep gorges of Hengduan Mountains. Rushing southwards from the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, the Yangtze is blocked by the Hailuo Cliff at Shigu in Yunnan, which makes it turn roughly to northeast, forming a rare great bend of "V" shape, which is called the First Bend of the Yangtze River.
Tour to the Songzanlin
Lama Temple, the Potatso
National Park (including Shudu Lake,
Bitahai Lake and Xiaji Resort).
Lama Temple: Also named Guihua Monastery,
the temple is the largest Tibetan Buddhist
monastery in Shangri-La of Yunnan province.
It is one of the famous monasteries in the
region, nicknamed as "the little Potala
Palace", for the whole monastery is in the
traditional style with mysterious atmosphere.
Lake: The lake is a well-known freshwater
lake at an elevation of 3540 meters in western
Yunnan, and is 41 meters at its deepest
point. Horses are also available if you
prefer riding to walking. "Bita" in Tibetan
also refers to a place where lots of oak
trees are growing. In the centre of the
lake, a small wooded island is made the
shelter for many rare species of birds.
If you are lucky enough to be in the non-windy
day, the rosy clouds, the snow-capped mountains
and the nearby forests are all mirrored
in the lake.
Lake: The lake is located 43km to the
northeast of Shangri-La City. Shudu Lake
is 3705 meters above sea level and is one
of the biggest lakes in Diqing Prefecture.
Now it has been turned into a highland pasture
resort. The lake is shallow enough to be
called interestingly "a place where one
can fish with a wooden stick". The lake
water is so clear that you can see the fish
swimming around. One special fish in the
lake is called the cracked-stomach fish
for the crack line strangely running across
|| Shangri-la - Kunming
- Departure (Breakfast
Take morning flight to Kunming.
We offer 5 options for today's tour:
1. Tour to the Dragon Gate in Western Hills.
2. Tour to Haigeng Park by the Dianchi Lake, where you
will enjoy the nice view of the lake and see many seagulls.
3. Tour to Golden Temple.
4. Tour to Bamboo
5. Explore the Bird-Flower Market and Jinma Biji Archway.
A transfer to the airport for flight departing Kunming.
Hills: Located at the west bank of the Dianchi Lake,
it is a range of five mountains well covered by evergreen
woods stretching over 40 kilometers and over 2,500 meters
above sea level, perfect for hiking. The Dragon Gate
is near the top of the mountain; it is a group of grottoes,
sculptures, corridors and pavilions that were hacked
from the cliff between 1781 and 1835 by a Taoist monk
Lake: The lake covers 300 square km and extending
40 km from north to south. The western side of the Dianchi
Lake is covered by mountain forest, while the eastern
side is dotted with the fisheries and agribusinesses.
This ocean-like lake is indeed the best place to go
for those people who wish to get away from the bustling
city and be close to nature.
Monastery: A Tang Dynasty (618-907 A.D.) Buddhist
temple known for its 500 colored clay statues of Arhats.
The quiet and tastefully laid out temple is surrounded
by verdant woods and green bamboos affording crisp and
cool air. The present Bamboo temple was rebuilt in the
Guangxu Era (1833 to 1890) in Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
Temple: A famous Taoist temple located on the Mingfeng
Hill. The temple was first constructed in 1602 during
the Ming Dynasty. The main building of the Golden Temple
is entirely built from bronze, weighing about 280 tons.
Hotels For The Above Trip
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the above tour.
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party. If there are children under 12 years, they can enjoy
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1. Hotel Accommodation
The hotel is based on two adults
sharing one twin or double standard room with private facilities.
Solo travelers or those who want to occupy one twin-bed
room of their own are required to pay additional charge
of single supplement rate. A single room is subject to availability
based on prior request at an additional cost; if the above
recommended hotel is not available, it will be substituted
by a similar one.
Daily American or Chinese breakfast
at the hotel, Chinese lunch or dinner in local Chinese restaurant
as specified in the itinerary.
3. Private Transport
Private transport between airport
/ railway station and hotel and all the sightseeing spots
by air-conditioned vehicle. Separate arrivals and departures
will incur extra charges.
4. Transportation Between Cities
The economic class air tickets of
the domestic flight or soft berth/seat train tickets between
cities as specified in the above itinerary. Airport construction
fee and fuel surcharge are included.
5. Entrance Tickets
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sightseeing spots mentioned.
6. Driver And Guiding Service
Driver and English-speaking guide
service on normal sightseeing activities noted in the itinerary.
Our guide will not fly with you from one city to another.
Upon your arrival at each city, a new local guide and driver
will pick you up, be with you for local tour and see you
off after you finish the itinerary of each city.
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Insurance. We highly recommend that you purchase full coverage
travel insurance from you country of origin.
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/ train charge of arrival and departure.
3. Single Room Supplement
Should a twin room is needed by a
single guest, supplement of the twin room will be charged.
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The hotel is based on double occupancy. If the visitor travels
alone or the number of the travelers is odd (such as 3,
5, 7...), who stays in one single room has to pay the single
room supplement. As the hotel is on double occupancy.
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as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities
or sightseeing, overweight baggage charges or any meals
not specified in the itinerary, ect.
5. Optional Programs
Optional programs which are not specified
in the above itinerary.
Tips depending on the service of
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weather, governmental and local authority orders, political
change, strikes, war, riots, quarantine, custom regulations,
damages or injury caused by accident beyond the control
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Golden Temple, Kunming
These pagodas, Dali
These pagodas, Dali
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Naxi People, Lijiang
Lijiang Ancient Town
Tiger Leaping Gorge
Yangtze River First Bend
Songzanlin Lama Temple
Songzanlin Lama Temple