Visit Kunming the City of Spring and marvel at Chinas most famous natural sight, the Stone Forest of Yunnan. Enjoy a day in the ancient city Dali, where the Bai minority lives. Cruise on the Erhai Lake in Dali. Relax in the peaceful town of Lijiang and enjoy the view from the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.

Tour Highlights | Yunnan Classic Round Trip

-The best destinations of Yunnan: Kungming, Dali, Lijiang.
-Discover the natural beauty of Yunnan: Stone Forest, Erhai Lake, Lijiang
-Explore the ethnic groups in Yunnan: Yi, Bai, Naxi etc.
-Enjoy the real life of local people in the ancient towns and villages: Dali Old Town, -Xizhou Old Town, Zhoucheng Village, Lijiang Old Town, Baisha villages
-Visit a Buddhism Chongsheng Temple and Three Pagodas
-Experience high-speed train from Kunming to Dali to Lijiang

Destinations: Kunming-Dali-Lijiang

Brief itinerary | Yunnan Classic Round Trip

Day 1 Arrive in Kunming, 1 night in Kunming (no meals)
Day 2 Kunming Stone Forest excursion, D train 2 hours to Dali, 3 nights in Dali (Breakfast)
Day 3 Dali exploration (Breakfast)
Day 4 Dali exploration on your own (Breakfast)
Day 5 D train 2.5 hours to Lijiang, Lijiang exploration, 2 nights in Lijiang (Breakfast)
Day 6 Lijiang exploration (Breakfast)
Day 7 Lijiang departure, trip ends (Breakfast)

Tour details | Yunnan Classic Round Trip
Day 1 Arrive in Kunming, 1 night in Kunming (no meals)

Meet on arrival at Kunming airport. After airport formalities, meet your guide and be transferred to hotel. Serving as the capital of Yunnan, Kunming is historically and culturally renowned throughout the country. It is the center of politics, economy, culture, science and technology in Yunnan. With an annual average temperature of 15 degrees Celsius, it is well known as the City of Eternal Spring without bitter cold in winter and intense heat in summer.

Day 2 Kunming Stone Forest excursion, D train 2 hours to Dali, 3 nights in Dali (Breakfast)

Hotel breakfast. Full day city tour & Stone Forest excursion. Drive 98 km. to the Stone Forest one of China’s most remarkable natural phenomena. It consists of 80 hectares of innumerable bizarre-shaped ancient limestone cliffs and peaks created by wind and water erosion some 270 million years ago.
Return to Kunming, city sightseeing to Yunnan Provincial Museum. A monumental Russian-style building, Yunnan Provincial Museum houses a collection of textiles, costumes, handcrafts and artifacts of Yunnan’s many ethnic minority groups. Take also a guided stroll in the old town of Kunming to the Golden Horse and Green Peacock Archway, the East Temple Pagoda and the West Temple Pagoda.
Transfer to Kunming railway station and take D fast train 2 hours to Dali. Meet at Dali railway station and transfer to hotel, 3 nights.
Dali is an ancient historical city where the Bai minority lives. Chinese people call the area “Scandinavia”.

Day 3 Dali full day exploration (Breakfast)

Hotel breakfast. Visit Erhai Lake, the village of Caicun. From there, you will take a private boat and have a cruise on the lake (about 45 minutes one way) to Jin Suo Isle. Visit the Bai minority fishing village on the Isle with its colorful market. On the way back to Dali stop and visit the Three Pagodas. Standing in a way of a tripod on the outskirts of old town, the Three Pagodas were constructed in about 850 and 1050 following the model of the Small Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi’an. For centuries, they are considered landmark of the region.
Rest of afternoon will be guided stroll in the old town of Dali. The old town of weathered gray granite stands at 2,100 meters on a long, narrow rice plain between the Cangshan Mountains and the Erhai Lake, a natural configuration that seems specially designed for a good, bountiful life. Format of the old town is like a chessboard with four gates guarding in the directions of east, south, west and north, a design that was adopted by most towns in ancient China.

Day 4 Dali exploration on your own (Breakfast)

Hotel breakfast and free day.

Day 5 D train 2.5 hours to Lijiang, Lijiang exploration, 2 nights in Lijiang (Breakfast)

Hotel breakfast and check out. Transfer to Dali railway station and take D train 2.5 hours to Lijiang.
Lijiang is a gathering place of rugged mountain people with the Naxi forming the majority. Lijiang is a small mountain town of stone and tile, laced with swift canals, which has been recently listed as an UNESCO world monument.
Upon arrival in Lijiang, check in, and then take a guided stroll in the Old Town. Old town of Lijiang is a big area with its center, or Si Fang Jie (Square Street) in the form of an official inks stone, hence its name Dayan (ink stone) Town. It enjoys a long history of over 800 years and unlike most of the old towns in China, there is no city wall due to a superstitious belief of the local ruler whose family name is Mu (tree), when encircled by walls, would be Kun (besieged). Wooden structures, mountains, small rivers and lanes integrate harmoniously in this mountain town.

Day 6 Lijiang cycling tour (Breakfast)

Lijiang cycling tour exploration:
In the morning around 9:00-10:00 English-speaking guide will take you visit the Zhongyi free market, and then take a biking tour of Shu He, Baisha Village, Black Dragon Pond Park and Dongba Museum. Total around 4.5 hours (18km).
Shuhe is the earliest habitation of the Naxi ancestors. It is also an important and well-preserved post of the Ancient Tea Horse Route part of the Silk Route. Another village is Baisha village, where you can experience the Naxi people’s peaceful daily life. The Baisha murals are a must-see; their completion took about 300 years! Taoism and Lamaism manifest in i/ntegration in styles of the Han Chinese, the Tibetan, the Bai and the Naxi people on the murals, a proof of exchange on politics, economy, culture and religion between the mainland and the frontiers of China.
You will also visit the Black Dragon Pond Park, famous for its magnificent view of the region’s tallest mountain,Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, and the Dongba Culture Museum.

Day 7 Lijiang departure (Breakfast)

Hotel breakfast and check out. Transfer to Lijiang airport and departure.
End of services.

Cost
CNY 6280 per person twin or triple sharing
CNY 9080 per person single room
based on a minimum of 6 pax

What’s Included
– 6 nights’ hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
– Day 1 & 7 Airport round transfers with local English speaking guide
– Day 2 & 3 & 5 & 6 Sightseeing tours, entrance fees, private English speaking local guide with air-conditioned van
– Day 2 D fast train ticket Kunming to Dali with soft seat
– Day 5 D fast train ticket Dali to Lijiang with soft seat

What’s Not Included
-In and out flight or train (pls ask our assistant)
-Travel Insurances (pls ask our assistant)
-Personal expense, beverages and meals, and highlights or sightseeings, which are not indicated in the itinerary
-Tips to guides, porterages & drivers if service is satisfied

Accommodation | Yunnan Classic Round Trip

City: Kunming
Hotel name: 
Kunming Cachet Boutique Kunming ArtimeLocated in the heart of Kunming, Cachet Boutique Kunming Artime features lavish guestrooms with elegant and comfortable interiors. It has a top-floor fitness center and convenient access to transportation hubs. Free WiFi is accessible throughout the entire property. Hotel is only a 2-minute walk from Eastern and Western Pagodas and a 10-minute walk from Golden Horse and Jade Rooster. It is a 10-minute drive from Kunming Railway Station while Changshui International Airport is a 45-minute drive away.

City: Dali
Hotel name: Dali Sky Valley Heritage Boutique Hotel

East meets West at the art-themed Sky Valley Heritage Boutique Hotel in beautiful Xizhou Town, Dali. Contemporary yet elegant décor transformed this historic Bai-style building to a design hotel. Traditional calligraphy, paintings and ceramics are displayed throughout the property. Located in the quaint Sili Villiage, Xizhou Town, Sky Valley Hotel is 1.2 mi from Cangshan Mountain and Erhai Lake. Dali Old Town is 12 mi away. All rooms come with cultural fabrics, handicrafts of the Bai ethnic group and classic wood furnishings with intricate carvings.

City: Lijiang
Hotel name: LUX* Tea Horse Road Lijiang

Located in a typical courtyard-shape residence. The property features beautifully appointed rooms equipped with modern amenities for your comfort. The property showcases a traditional Naxi architecture featuring a timber-framed structure enriched by elements of Han and Tang dynasties. The property’s local equestrians will introduce you to secret paths that take you through the ancient town to the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. You will definitely be amazed by the breathtaking natural beauty of this place and its surroundings. With an ideal location and facilities to match, LUX* Tea Horse Road Lijiang is the perfect choice for a memorable stay.

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