||Arrival in Kunming
Upon your arrival,
our guide will pick you up at the airport
and transfer to your hotel.
||Kunming - Stone Forest
- Kunming (Breakfast
After breakfast, drive
90 KM to Lunan county to visit the Stone Forest.
Back 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
||Kunming - Dali (Breakfast
Take flight to Dali. Have a cruise
in the Erhai Lake. Visit Bai people's Tie Dying Cloth
with Wax, villages of Bai People with traditional architecture
courtyard in Xizhou Township. Pay a visit to the Three
Pagodas in the Chong Sheng Temple and Dali Ancient City.
Lake: One of the seven biggest fresh water lakes
in China and the largest highland lake next to Dianchi
Lake in Kunming. The white snow over the green Cangshan
Mountain and the limpid water of Erhai Lake have earned
Dali the fame of "Jade Erhai and Silver Cangshan." It
would be a great pity if people travelling to Dali do
not go 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: Between Cangshan Mountain and Erhai Lake,
the Three Pagodas stand like the legs of a huge tripod.
In the time of Nanzhao and Dali Kingdoms, Chongshengsi
Monastery was the largest monastery in this area and
the Three Pagodas were a part of it. Weathering through
the storms and earthquakes in the past to 10 centuries
and more, the Three Pagodas still elegantly stand there.
They are the symbols of outstanding architectural technology,
and the brilliant culture of Dali.
||Dali - Shaxi (Breakfast
In the morning, tour to Xizhou Town, visit Bai-style traditional
architectural courtyards, taste their fragrant Three-Course
Tea and explore their distinctive culture. Then visit
Zhoucheng Village and the Bai people's Tie-dying cloth
workshop where you can take some special souvenir with
the Bai ethnic style.
If you are lucky enough, you also visit the Shaping Bazaar
happened every Monday in Shangguan Town. Shaping Market
is only held on Monday, the Bai people from the surrounding
villages of Lake Erhai, including Dali, come to buy and
sell fruits, vegetables, poultry, animals, hardware, so-called
"antiques" and whatever.
After lunch, drive to Shaxi Ancient
Town, which is located at the foot of Fozhong Mountain,
west of Yousuo Town in Eryuan County. Arrive in Shaxi
in the afternoon, walk around Shaxi Ancient Town and
explore the local ethnic life.
Shaxi once played an important role as a bustling trade
station on the Tea and Horse Caravan Road, an important
branch of the Silk Road. Just over one thousand years
ago, this ancient trade route connected Tibet with Eastern
China. In exchange for teas from Yunnan, Tibetans traded
their famous breed of horse to Song Dynasty officials
in eastern China, who were busy defending their territory
from invaders from the north. Thus the Tea and Horse
Caravan was born. Shaxi became the main trade station
along this route.
||Shaxi - Shibao Mountain
- Lijiang (Breakfast
Tour to Shibao
Mountain. From Baoxiang Temple you can hike 3 hours
to look around that area, in the mountains there are many
small old temples. On the path, you can see very nice
views of forest, fields with crops, villages in big valley.
Visit Baoxiang Temple is a Chinese Buddhism Temple from
Yuan Dynesty (1271-1368), about 3 hundred wild monkeys
live with kulapatis around the Baoxiang temple. Visit
the Shizhong temple in the mountain. There are eight grottoes
of Shizhong temple for 800 years old.
After visits of the mountain, drive to Jianchuan Town
and visit Qianshishan Mountain where there are many stone-carved
lions. The Mountain is 1.5 km from Jianchuan. These stone-carved
lions are from the Song (906-1279) to Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
You will find countless lions and endless steps. Stone
Carving in Jianchuan has a long history. Influenced by
the grotto of Shizhongshan Mountain, the crafts of stone
carving is very skillful, especially in the area of Meiyuan
and Yangcen around Jianyang Town.
In the late afternoon you will arrive Lijiang and enjoy
the wonderful night view of Lijiang Ancient Town.
|| Lijiang (Breakfast
Visit the Jade Dragon
Snow Mountain, the Baisha Murals and the Ancient
Shuhe Village of Naxi People.
Dragon Snow Mountain: The mountain is
situated some 15 km. north of Lijiang County,
with thirteen peaks resembling jade pillars
holding the sky, it stands majestically
on the east side of the Jinshajiang River.
The main peak, Mount Fan (Shanzifeng), is
5,596 m. above sea level, and is annually
Baisha Murals: Lijiang's murals are
works of the Ming Dynasty (1368ĘC1644).
They were originally distributed among the
Juexiansi Temple and twelve others, nine
of which fell to ruins. The remaining four
temples have altogether 55 murals, with
a total area of 139.22 sq. m.
people: The Naxi ethnic minority has
a population of 277,800, most of whom live
in concentrated communities in the Lijiang
Naxi Autonomous County in Yunnan Province.
More than 1,000 years ago, the Naxi people
had already created pictographic characters
called the "Dongba" script and a syllabic
writing known as the "Geba" script. With
these scripts they recorded a lot of beautiful
folklore, legends, poems and religious classics.
Free day for you to
explore Sifang Street in Lijiang Ancient Town.
Ancient Town: The old town is famous
for its scientific architectural layout.
Crisscrossed by crystal-clear rivers and
meandering cobbled streets, it has a high
research value and is a treasure in the
field of urban construction in China.
||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: One of the longest, deepest and narrowest gorges
in the world.
bend of the Yangtze River: The upper reaches of the
Yangtze River is named the Jinsha River, which originates
from the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. The Jinsha River flowed
southward along the Hengduan Mountain ranges and was forced
to the turn to north because of the Alpine movements which
caused changes in the earth's physiognomy. When the river
reaches Shigu Township, it makes an abrupt turn and flows
further northward, forming the rare V-shape bend.
|| Shangri-la (Breakfast
Visit the Songzanlin Lama Temple,
the Pudacuo National Park (including Shudu Lake, Bita
Lake resort 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
Lake: The lake is an intact natural attraction with various species of flora and fauna and, of course, picturesque landscapes. In Tibetan language, Bita means "a piece of land as soft as cattle hair felt". With an altitude of 3,539 meters (about 11,608 feet), the lake is the highest in Yunnan Province. Shaped like lively deer, it covers an area of 166 hectares.
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.
|| Shangri-la - Kunming
- Departure (Breakfast
Take morning flight
to Kunming. We offer 5 options for today's
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
A transfer to the airport for flight departing
Kunming. Bon Voyage!
Hills: Located at the west bank of the
Lake, Western Hills is set in mountains
well covered by evergreen woods and filled
with sweet songs by lovely birds, perfect
for hiking. Dragon Gate consists of the Sanqing
Temple Complex and the Dragon Gate Grotto
Temple: A Daoist temple constructed in
1602 AD, the main building of which is cast
entirely in bronze weighing about 280 tons.
Monastery: A Buddhist temple which was
first built in the Yuan Dynasty. During its
history, spanning nearly 1,000 years, the
temple has been burnt to ashes several times
and then reconstructed. The present structure
mostly dates from the late Qing Dynasty. Bamboo
Monastery is famous for its 500 colored clay
sculptures of Arhats.
2. Hotels For The Above Trip
||Green Lake Hotel
||New Era Hotel
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Solo travelers or those who want to occupy one twin-bed
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of single supplement rate. A single room is subject to availability
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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
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sightseeing spots mentioned.
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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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travel insurance from you country of origin.
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or sightseeing, overweight baggage charges or any meals
not specified in the itinerary, ect.
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