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Kunming Shangri-la

8-Day Yunnan Tour To Kunming, Dali, Lijiang And Shangri-la

Tour Code: PKG_01
Deatinations: Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la

1. Tour Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival In Kunming
Upon your arrival, our guide will meet you at Kunming airport or train station and transfer to your hotel.
Day 02 Kunming - Stone Forest - Kunming (Breakfast + Lunch)
After breakfast, travel 90 KM to Lunan County and explore the Stone Forest. Return to Kunming in the afternoon.

Stone 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.

Day 03 Kunming - Dali (Breakfast + Lunch)
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.

Erhai 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.
Bai 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.
Three 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.

Day 04 Dali - Lijiang (Breakfast + Lunch)
Drive 3.5 hours to Lijiang. Visit Sifang Street in Lijiang Ancient Town.

Lijiang 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.

Day 05 Lijiang (Breakfast + Lunch)
Visit the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, the Baisha Murals and the Ancient Shuhe Village of Naxi People.

Jade 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.
Naxi 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".

Day 06 Lijiang - Shangri-La (Breakfast + Lunch)
Drive 180Km to Shangri-la. On the way, visit the Tiger Leaping Gorge and the First bend of the Yangtze River.

Tiger Leaping 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.
First 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.
Day 07 Shangri-la (Breakfast + Lunch)
Tour to the Songzanlin Lama Temple, the Potatso National Park (including Shudu Lake, Bitahai Lake and Xiaji Resort).

Songzanlin 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.
Bitahai 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.
Shudu 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 its stomach.
Day 08 Shangri-la - Kunming - Departure (Breakfast + Lunch)
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 Monastery.
5. Explore the Bird-Flower Market and Jinma Biji Archway.
A transfer to the airport for flight departing Kunming. Bon Voyage!

Western 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 and co-workers.
Dianchi 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.
Bamboo 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).
Golden 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.


2. Hotels For The Above Trip

City Luxury Standard Comfortable
Kunming Green Lake Hotel
Kunming Hotel
Jixie Hotel
Dali Asia Star Hotel
Asia Star Hotel
Landscape Hotel
Lijiang Guan Fang Hotel
Wang Fu Hotel
Sanhe Hotel
Shangri-la Holy Palace Hotel
Holy Palace Hotel
Shiner Hotel

3. Tour Price

Please send us an email and provide the information below so that we can quote precisely for the above tour.
1. The number of adults and the number of children in your party. If there are children under 12 years, they can enjoy the preferential price.
2. Your approximate travel date.
3. The code of the tour that you are interested in. Each tour has a code, you can find it above - at the top of the page where the tour is.
4. Hotel choice for your tour (luxury or standard or comfortable hotels).
5. If you would like us to tailor make a new tour for you that is different from the above tour, please let us know your requests.

4. Quotation Inclusions:

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.
2. Meals
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
The main entrance tickets for the 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.
7. Insurance
China Life Tourist Accident / Casualty Insurance. We highly recommend that you purchase full coverage travel insurance from you country of origin.

5. Quotation Exclusions:

1. Visa Fees
Charge of obtaining your visa to enter China.
2. Charge Of Arrival And Departure
The international or domestic air / 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.
What is single supplement?- 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.
4. Personal Expenses
Expenses of a personal nature such 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.
6. Tips
Tips depending on the service of your guide and driver, entirely voluntary.
7. Extra Cost
Any extra cost caused by changes of natural disasters, fires, weather, governmental and local authority orders, political change, strikes, war, riots, quarantine, custom regulations, damages or injury caused by accident beyond the control of us and that has incurred due to the tourist action violating the laws.

 

Stone Forest
Stone Forest
Stone Forest
Stone Forest
Bamboo Monastery, Qiongzhu Temple
Bamboo Monastery
Golden Temple, Kunming
Golden Temple, Kunming
Dianchi Lake
Dianchi Lake
These pagodas, Dali
These pagodas, Dali
These pagodas, Dali
These pagodas, Dali
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Naxi People, Lijiang
Naxi People, Lijiang
Lijiang Ancient Town
Lijiang Ancient Town

Tiger Leaping Gorge
Tiger Leaping Gorge
first bend of the Yangtze River Yangtze River First Bend
Shangri-la
Shangri-la
Bitahai Laken
Bitahai Lake
Shudu Lake
Shudu Lake
Songzanlin Lama Temple
Songzanlin Lama Temple
Songzanlin Lama Temple
Songzanlin Lama Temple
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