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Day 1 - Welcome to Kunming!

Today you will fly to Kunming. On arrival, your private guide will be ready to welcome you at the arrival hall, and transfer to your hotel with a private car and driver. Your guide will help you with luggage and hotel check-in, and ensure your arrival is worry-free.

Accommodation: Hilton Garden Inn Kunming Dianchi

Day 2 - Exploring Kunming's Heritage | Yuantong Temple & Stone Forest Adventure

At 08:00, you guide will meet you in the hotel lobby of centrally located Kunming hotels. You will first be transferred to visit Yuantong Temple, the oldest Buddhist temple in Kunming, with a history spanning more than 1200 years. The construction of the monastery is Chinese architectural gem to take advantage of hill view to indulge into gardens, pool and pavilions etc. The monastery is the seat of Avalokitesvara,  you can view various sculptures of Buddha here.

From there you will take a two-hour ride to the Stone Forest, which is a well-known World Heritage site. Stone Forest (Shilin, in Chinese) is a remarkable Karst geography, covering an area of 400 square kilometers, and includes both large and small stone forests. The Stone Forest consists of three parts: Major Stone Forest, Minor Stone Forest and Naigu Stone Forest. The natural climate made the magnificent, strange and astonish landscape in the past millions years. Nowadays there are countless various formations including animals, plants, and even human figures that can be found here. Lunch, served in a local restaurant, is included.  

Finally, you will be transferred back to your hotel, where the day trip concludes.

Stone Forest
Stone Forest
Stone Forest
Stone Forest
Yuantong Temple
Yuantong Temple
Accommodation: Hilton Garden Inn Kunming Dianchi

Day 3 - Exploring Dali's Natural and Cultural Delights | Cangshan Mountain, Gantong Temple, and Old Town Adventure

Enjoy your free time until your guide comes and escort you to the high-speed train station.

Take a 2-hour bullet train from Kunming to Dali with second class seat.

Today you will arrive in Dali by high-speed train station. On arrival, your private guide will be ready to welcome you at the arrival hall, and transfer to your hotel with a private car and driver. Your guide will help you with luggage and hotel check-in, and ensure your arrival is worry-free.

Our adventure begins with a scenic drive to Cangshan Mountain, where we'll ascend into the pristine wilderness of this iconic range. Marvel at the towering peaks, lush forests, and cascading waterfalls that characterize the landscape, as your experienced guide shares insights into the region's geological history and biodiversity. Choose from a variety of hiking trails suited to your preferences and fitness level, allowing you to experience the tranquility and natural beauty of Cangshan up close.

Next, we'll soar above the treetops on the Ropeway in Gantong Temple, offering panoramic views of Erhai Lake and the surrounding countryside. Feel the thrill of gliding through the air as you admire the stunning vistas stretching out before you, capturing breathtaking photos and memories to last a lifetime. Learn about the temple's cultural significance and spiritual practices as you explore its historic halls and sacred shrines.

Continuing our journey, we'll descend into the heart of Dali Old Town, a charming labyrinth of cobblestone streets, ancient architecture, and bustling markets. Wander through the quaint alleyways lined with traditional courtyard homes, artisan workshops, and vibrant cafes, immersing yourself in the timeless ambiance of this historic quarter. Discover hidden gems around every corner, from ancient temples and historic landmarks to colorful street art and local delicacies.


China Bullet Train
China Bullet Train
Cangshan Mountain
Cangshan Mountain
Ropeway in Gantong Tample
Ropeway in Gantong Tample
Dali Old Town
Dali Old Town
Accommodation: Landscape Hotel

Day 4 - Journey through Bai Culture and Ancient Heritage | Xizhou Village to Dali Three Pagodas

Our adventure begins with a visit to the enchanting Xizhou Bai Minority's Village, where the timeless traditions and distinctive architecture of the Bai ethnic group come to life. Explore the quaint alleyways and courtyard homes adorned with intricate woodcarvings, colorful murals, and traditional Bai architecture. Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of the local community as you learn about their customs, cuisine, and daily way of life.

Next, we'll journey to the iconic Dali Three Pagodas, a symbol of the region's rich history and Buddhist heritage. Marvel at the towering pagodas, which date back over a thousand years and stand as a testament to the ingenuity and craftsmanship of ancient builders. Explore the surrounding gardens and temple grounds, where ancient legends and spiritual traditions converge amidst the tranquil ambiance.

Continuing our exploration, we'll embark on a leisurely bike ride along the shores of Erhai Lake, one of the most scenic spots in Dali. Feel the gentle breeze on your face as you pedal along the picturesque pathways, soaking in panoramic views of the crystal-clear waters and surrounding mountains. Stop along the way to snap photos, relax on secluded beaches, and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of this idyllic landscape.


Xizhou Bai Minority's Village
Xizhou Bai Minority's Village
Dali Three Pagodas
Dali Three Pagodas
Bike Ride Along Erhai Lake
Bike Ride Along Erhai Lake
Xizhou Market
Xizhou Market
Accommodation: Landscape Hotel

Day 5 - Exploring Lijiang's Natural and Cultural Charms | Black Dragon Pond, Old Town, and Lion Hill Sunset

Enjoy your free time until your guide comes and escort you to the high-speed train station.

Take a 3-hour bullet train from Dali to Lijiang with second class seat.

Then you will arrive in Lijiang by high-speed train station. On arrival, your private guide will be ready to welcome you at the arrival hall, and transfer to your hotel with a private car and driver. Your guide will help you with luggage and hotel check-in, and ensure your arrival is worry-free.

Our adventure commences with a visit to the picturesque Black Dragon Pond Park, a tranquil oasis renowned for its crystal-clear waters, lush foliage, and stunning reflections of the surrounding mountains. Marvel at the serene beauty of the park's iconic Moon Embracing Pavilion, where the majestic Jade Dragon Snow Mountain looms in the distance, creating a scene straight out of a Chinese watercolor painting.

Next, we'll delve into the heart of Lijiang's historic quarter with a leisurely exploration of Old Town Lijiang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its ancient architecture, cobblestone streets, and vibrant cultural scene. Wander through the maze-like alleyways lined with traditional Naxi courtyard homes, artisan workshops, and charming cafes, soaking in the timeless ambiance of this living museum of history and culture.

As the day draws to a close, we'll ascend to Lion Hill Park to witness the breathtaking spectacle of the sunset casting its golden hues over the rooftops of Lijiang. From the summit of Lion Hill, enjoy panoramic views of the Old Town bathed in the soft glow of twilight, with the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain towering majestically in the distance. Capture stunning photos and memories to last a lifetime as you savor this unforgettable moment of natural beauty and tranquility.


China Bullet Train
China Bullet Train
Black Dragon Pond Park
Black Dragon Pond Park
Old Town Lijiang
Old Town Lijiang
Lion Hill Park
Lion Hill Park
Accommodation: DuoFu Resort (Lijiang Ancient City South Gate)

Day 6 - Exploring Nature and Culture | Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Baisha Village Tour

After breakfast, you will visit the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (Yak Meadow section). You will take cable car up and down the mountain. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain now is a famous scenic spot for sightseeing, mountaineering, skiing, exploration, scientific research and taking holiday. Besides, widespread legends and myths of the Naxi ethnic minority and the unclimbed Shanzidou are all important attractive spots for those who come here. Besides, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is a sanctuary for rare animals and wild plants.

After Lunch, the guide will take you to Baisha Village to see the ancient Fresco and visit Yufeng Monastery. Baisha Village is much quieter because it is not commercialized. If you want to witness the authentic life of the Naxi People and appreciate their culture, but are tired of overcrowded Lijiang, here, at Baisha Village, you can experience the Naxi people's peaceful daily life. Heading for this village, the Baisha Murals cannot be missed.The paintings were finished by Han, Tibetan and Naxi painters as well as painters from other nationalities.At about 4pm, the driver will take you back to your hotel.

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Baisha Murals at Baisha Village
Baisha Murals at Baisha Village
Accommodation: DuoFu Resort (Lijiang Ancient City South Gate)

Day 7 - Journey to the Mystical Shangri-La | Tiger Leaping Gorge and Beyond

As you depart from Lijiang in the comfort of a private vehicle, accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide, prepare to be enchanted by the majestic landscapes and natural wonders that await you. Our first stop is the iconic Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the deepest and most spectacular river canyons in the world.

Marvel at the sheer cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and roaring rapids that characterize this dramatic landscape, as you follow the trail along the edge of the gorge. Learn about the legend of the tiger that leaped across the roaring waters to escape hunters, leaving its mark on the rugged cliffs below. Capture stunning photos and memories as you soak in the awe-inspiring vistas of this natural marvel.

Continuing our journey, we'll traverse the winding mountain roads that lead to the mystical city of Shangri-La, nestled amidst the snow-capped peaks of the Tibetan plateau. Arrive in Shangri-La and check into your accommodation, where you can unwind and relax after a day of exploration.

Take some time to explore the charming streets, visit local markets, and savor the flavors of authentic Tibetan cuisine before retiring for the evening. As night falls, gaze up at the star-studded sky and feel the magic of Shangri-La envelop you, promising an unforgettable experience in this legendary city.


Tiger Leaping Gorge
Tiger Leaping Gorge
Accommodation: Shangri-La 5th Meteorite Light Year Hotel (Dukezong Ancient City Shop)

Day 8 - Exploring Tibetan Culture and Natural Beauty | Ganden Sumtseling Monastery and Pudacuo National Park Adventure

Our adventure begins with a visit to the revered Ganden Sumtseling Monastery, also known as the Little Potala Palace, a masterpiece of Tibetan Buddhist architecture and the largest monastery in Yunnan Province. Marvel at the ornate rooftops, intricate carvings, and colorful murals that adorn this sacred sanctuary, as your knowledgeable guide shares insights into its rich history and spiritual significance.

Next, we'll have the unique opportunity to visit a lama in his dormitory, gaining firsthand insight into the daily life and rituals of the monks who call Ganden Sumtseling Monastery home. Engage in meaningful conversations, observe their prayers and meditations, and learn about the ancient traditions and teachings of Tibetan Buddhism, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation for their way of life.

Continuing our journey, we'll venture into the pristine wilderness of Pudacuo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, diverse ecosystems, and endemic flora and fauna. Explore the emerald-green lakes, verdant forests, and rolling meadows that characterize this natural wonderland, as we embark on leisurely hikes, scenic drives, and nature walks amidst the tranquil surroundings.


Ganden Sumtseling Monastery (Songzanlin Lamasery)
Ganden Sumtseling Monastery (Songzanlin Lamasery)
Visit a lama in his dormitory
Visit a lama in his dormitory
Pudacuo National Park
Pudacuo National Park
Accommodation: Shangri-La 5th Meteorite Light Year Hotel (Dukezong Ancient City Shop)

Day 9 - Departure

Enjoy your free time until your guide come and escort you to airport for your onward flight.

Accommodation

  • 2 Nights in Kunming
  • 2 Nights in Dali
  • 2 Nights in Lijiang
  • 2 Nights in Shangri-La
Hilton Garden Inn Kunming Dianchi
Hilton Garden Inn Kunming Dianchi
Hilton Garden Inn Kunming Dianchi
Hilton Garden Inn Kunming Dianchi
Hilton Garden Inn Kunming Dianchi
Hilton Garden Inn Kunming Dianchi
Hilton Garden Inn Kunming Dianchi
Hilton Garden Inn Kunming Dianchi
Hilton Garden Inn Kunming Dianchi
Hilton Garden Inn Kunming Dianchi
Room Type:Superior Room
Why this Hotel:

Located in Kunming, within 1.8 km of Kunming Grand View Park and 1.7 km of South Asian-Style First City, Hilton Garden Inn Kunming Dianchi offers free WiFi. The property is around 3.5 km from Daguan Pavilion, 5.5 km from Yunnan Haigeng Auditorium and 5.7 km from Golden Horse and Jade Rooster. The accommodation provides room service and a 24-hour front desk for guests.

South Ring Road Station is 5.7 km from the hotel, while Yunnan Nationalities Village is 5.8 km away. The nearest airport is Kunming Changshui International Airport, 33 km from Hilton Garden Inn Kunming Dianchi.

Landscape Hotel
Landscape Hotel
Landscape Hotel
Landscape Hotel
Landscape Hotel
Landscape Hotel
Landscape Hotel
Landscape Hotel
Landscape Hotel
Landscape Hotel
Landscape Hotel
Landscape Hotel
Room Type:Standard Room
Why this Hotel:

Landscape Hotel features Bai ethnic group architecture in Dali Ancient Town. Guests can enjoy the food at the on-site restaurant.

Some rooms have a private bathroom with a hot tub, while others have bathrobes and slippers. Certain rooms include a seating area for your convenience. You will find a kettle in the room. For your comfort, you will find free toiletries and a hairdryer. A flat-screen TV with cable channels is available.

There is a 24-hour front desk at the property.

Yu'er Park and Foreigners Street are a few steps from Landscape Hotel, while Jiang Gong Ci is 100 m away. Dali Airport is 17 km from the property, Dali city centre is a 30-minute drive away and Erhai Lake is a 10-minute drive away.

Landscape Hotel has been welcoming Booking.com guests since 19 May 2015.

Hotel Rooms: 222

DuoFu Resort (Lijiang Ancient City South Gate)
DuoFu Resort (Lijiang Ancient City South Gate)
DuoFu Resort (Lijiang Ancient City South Gate)
DuoFu Resort (Lijiang Ancient City South Gate)
DuoFu Resort (Lijiang Ancient City South Gate)
DuoFu Resort (Lijiang Ancient City South Gate)
DuoFu Resort (Lijiang Ancient City South Gate)
DuoFu Resort (Lijiang Ancient City South Gate)
DuoFu Resort (Lijiang Ancient City South Gate)
DuoFu Resort (Lijiang Ancient City South Gate)
DuoFu Resort (Lijiang Ancient City South Gate)
DuoFu Resort (Lijiang Ancient City South Gate)
DuoFu Resort (Lijiang Ancient City South Gate)
DuoFu Resort (Lijiang Ancient City South Gate)
Room Type:Comfy Room
Why this Hotel:

The Pariday Sun Holiday Hotel (Lijiang Fuguo Jinglun Jiari Fandian) is a five-star hotel featuring Yunnan Naxi traditional culture, Tibetan Buddhist civilization while maintaining all the luxuries of modern high-end lodging. The hotel is strategically located in the world cultural heritage Lijiang DaYan ancient town. Guests staying there enjoy good views of YuLong Snow Moutain. The hotel is within walking distance to major shopping centers and entertainment areas, just five minutes by taxi to Bus station, ten minutes to train station and 25 minutes to Lijiang International Airport. This Lijiang hotel offers comfy rooms with different styles of European, Japanese and Korean influences. For hungry guests, there are on-site restaurants serving local cuisine, a tea house and a café bar. Guests are welcomed by traditional Chinese hospitality. The Pariday Sun Holiday Hotel being characteristic of its wild vision, elegant environment and traditional Naxi brick carving is an ideal place for spending holiday, business and cultural entertainment.

Shangri-La 5th Meteorite Light Year Hotel (Dukezong Ancient City Shop)
Shangri-La 5th Meteorite Light Year Hotel (Dukezong Ancient City Shop)
Shangri-La 5th Meteorite Light Year Hotel (Dukezong Ancient City Shop)
Shangri-La 5th Meteorite Light Year Hotel (Dukezong Ancient City Shop)
Shangri-La 5th Meteorite Light Year Hotel (Dukezong Ancient City Shop)
Shangri-La 5th Meteorite Light Year Hotel (Dukezong Ancient City Shop)
Shangri-La 5th Meteorite Light Year Hotel (Dukezong Ancient City Shop)
Shangri-La 5th Meteorite Light Year Hotel (Dukezong Ancient City Shop)
Shangri-La 5th Meteorite Light Year Hotel (Dukezong Ancient City Shop)
Shangri-La 5th Meteorite Light Year Hotel (Dukezong Ancient City Shop)
Shangri-La 5th Meteorite Light Year Hotel (Dukezong Ancient City Shop)
Shangri-La 5th Meteorite Light Year Hotel (Dukezong Ancient City Shop)
Shangri-La 5th Meteorite Light Year Hotel (Dukezong Ancient City Shop)
Shangri-La 5th Meteorite Light Year Hotel (Dukezong Ancient City Shop)
Shangri-La 5th Meteorite Light Year Hotel (Dukezong Ancient City Shop)
Shangri-La 5th Meteorite Light Year Hotel (Dukezong Ancient City Shop)
Shangri-La 5th Meteorite Light Year Hotel (Dukezong Ancient City Shop)
Shangri-La 5th Meteorite Light Year Hotel (Dukezong Ancient City Shop)
Shangri-La 5th Meteorite Light Year Hotel (Dukezong Ancient City Shop)
Room Type:Advanced oxygen supply room ( 32m² )
Why this Hotel:

The Shangri-La 5th Meteorite Light Year Hotel (Dukezong Ancient City Shop) is an ideal spot for travelers wanting to discover the city. The Shangri-La 5th Meteorite Light Year Hotel (Dukezong Ancient City Shop) offers a pleasant stay in Shangri-La for those traveling for business or leisure.

The hotel is only 5km from Shangri-la Railway Station and 6km from Shangri La Airport, giving guests a number of convenient transportation options. There's plenty to do nearby, with Dukezong Ancient Town, 香巴拉時輪壇城文化博覽中心 and Dafo Temple Prayer Wheel all within a short distance.

In their spare time, guests can explore the hotel's surroundings. This Shangri-La hotel provides parking on site.

If cleanliness is important to you, this hotel makes an excellent choice, as our guests consider this to be one of the cleanest hotels in the city. For guests traveling with families, this hotel is consistently one of the most popular choices.

What's included

AccommodationInternational-standard
Day1-2 Hilton Garden Inn Kunming Dianchi
Day3-4 Landscape Hotel
Day5-6 DuoFu Resort (Lijiang Ancient City South Gate)
Day7-8 Shangri-La 5th Meteorite Light Year Hotel (Dukezong Ancient City Shop)

Carefully selected accommodation with breakfast

Accommodation based on two people sharing (for each person not sharing a room, the single supplement will be added)

  • Well screened Hotels

    Handpicked hotels with good service and spacious room.

  • Super nice location

    Downtown location with convenient transportation and many good restaurants nearby.

TransportPrivate & Air-conditioned

All mentioned internal flights, trains, and cruises

Private & air-conditioned vehicle with ample space

  • Best-time flight

    No early get up. No late arrival.

  • Better seats

    Select seats for you as spacious as possible, such as exit row or bulkhead with more legroom.

GuidePrivate & Professional

Expert English-speaking local guide

MealsSafe & Authentic

All meals specified in the itinerary

  • Satisfying food

    Your special request on food can always be satisfied, no matter it relates to religion or medical purpose!

  • Local specialities

    Traditional local food is delicious and its specialities are worth searching out with our local guide!

  • Little snack

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SupportUseful Package & 24/7 Local Service

Bottles of drinking water and cold towels per guest per day

24/7 helpline while you are travelling

ExcursionsAll listed in the above Itnerary

All excursions specified in the itinerary

All entrance fees specified in the itinerary

Not included
Flights

Flights before and after the tour are not included in the tour price. You can organize your flights separately at any point.

service

our driver
Professional Guides & Drivers

We offer professional private tour guides with over 10-year experience, well-performed vehicles less than 5-year service life and licensed drivers with 5-year practice. Each of our employees undergoes rigorous screening before they can join our network.

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Well-selected Scenic spots and Hotel

All the hotels we advised have been inspected by our team and we spend time each year to top up our knowledge on the spot. Continuing Positive feedbacks on them from former customers because of their outstanding and unique characters.

local
Local Available 7/24

You will have our local team's urgency contact number and we are available whenever and wherever. If you meet any problem or need any help, just make a phone call and everything will be settled down at a time.

welcome kit
Warm Welcome Kits

We provide the welcome kits for each customer, you will receive the SIM card, city map, a bottle of drinking water and a cool towel per guest per day for FREE. Get all first-step information and useful tips in one profile and make your first tour simple and easy.