Trip Itinerary & Travel Details
Day 01 Arrive Kunming (/)
You'll begin your journey to the diverse and captivating province of Yunnan from the capital city, Kunming. Upon arrival at the Kunming International Airport, your local guide will meet us. And then you will be transferred to your hotel.
-- Kunming is the capital of southwest China's Yunnan province, a primarily agricultural province of 45 million. Kunming has a population of five million and is located in one of the world's most geographically, ethnically, biologically and linguistically diverse regions. Situated at 1,900 meters (6,233ft) above sea level and 25Degree Celsius north of the Equator it has a rather unique and pleasant climate for a Chinese city.
Day 02 Kunming-Stone Forest-Kunming (B, L)
Sightseeing: the Stone Forest, the Green Lake, the Golden Temple, the Flower and Bird Market.
Special Experience: Taste the typical Yunnan food named Bridge crossing Noodles.
You will drive 86 km to the Stone Forest. There is a local saying: It is a waste of time not to visit the Stone Forest while visiting Kunming, which vividly expresses the deep love of the local people toward this world wonder. The quintessential karst landscape makes every tourist lost in wonder.
After lunch drive back to Kunming and visit the Golden Temple which is the largest temple in China. Here you can see something of the origins of Taoism as the temple is located on Fengming Hill, the home of the Taoist Taihe Palace.
And then, you will take a leisurely stroll along the Green Lake, a charming area of teahouses and small boutiques selling handicrafts and beautiful local paintings. Visit the Flower and Bird Market in the downtown.
Day 03 Kunming-Dali by private car (B, L)
Sightseeing: the Three-pagoda in Chongshen Temple, Dali Old Town.
spanIn the morning you will take the car to Dali via Chuxiong Yi Autonomous Prefecture.
Dali, a historically and culturally famous city of China, is renowned for her historical interest.
And then, you will visit the Three-pagoda in Chongshen Temple, which is a typical historical symbol of Yunnan. It is also one of the oldest sublime architecture in South China. At last, you will visit the Old Dali Town, which is located at the foot of Cangshan Mountain.
Day 04 Dali (B, L)
Sightseeing: the Erhai Lake Cruise, Xizhou Town, Zhoucheng Village and the Bai Dyed Cloth Work Shop
Special Experience: Taste the Bai Three Course Tea with ethnic dance and music.
In the morning, you'll travel in the Erhai Lake by boat and visit Jinsuo Island. After landing, you will head for Xizhou Town to fully appreciate Bai-style architecture, taste their fragrant three-course tea and explore their distinctive culture.
At last, you will visit Zhoucheng Town, and Bai people's Died Cloth Work Shop. At night relax in Dali Old Town.
Day 05 Dali - Lijiang by private car (B, L)
Sightseeing: Xinhua Bai ethnic village, Black Dragon Pool, Dongba Museum, Lijiang Old Town.
After breakfast drive about 180KM to Lijiang. On the way you will visit Xinhua Bai ethnic village and some farmland with local ethnic people.
Lunch at NO.8 Restaurant at the bank of Black Dragon Pool, after lunch you'll head for the scenic Black Dragon Pool and the Dongba Museum to explore the rich Naxi minority culture.
Afternoon, explore Lijiang Old Town by yourself.
--Lijiang Old Town has a history more than 800 years; it was listed as the World Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO 1997.Here you will see the wonderful wooden architecture of Naxi ethnic people.
Day 06 Lijiang-Tiger Leaping Gorge-Lijiang (B, L)
Sightseeing: the First Bend of the Yangtze River, Shigu Town, Tiger Leaping Gorge.
From Lijiang, you'll drive about 60KM to the First Bend on the Yangtze River with imposing gorge scenery, and the Iron Chain Bridge in the Stone Drum town. The town of Stone Drum got its name from a large, cylindrical, marble tablet shaped like a drum. The scenery is magnificent as the road running through the Lijiang valley which is filled with wheat fields and drying haystacks.
Continue the driving 40KM more to visit the Tiger Leaping Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world. With 34 rapids of the Yangtze River, it is called the Jinsha in this area because you can find gold in the river. Afternoon, you will drive back to Lijiang.
Day 07 Lijiang-Jade Dragon Snow Mountain-Lijiang (B, L)
Sightseeing: the Yulong Snow Mountain, the Yak Meadow, White Water River Terrace, Baisha Village.
Special Experience: Enjoy Naxi Orchestral and Show in Dongba Palace at night.
You'll visit Ganhaizi Meadow, Baishui (White Water) River; take the chairlift to visit the Yak Meadow(3700M) in the Yulong Snow Mountain.
--Jade Dragon Snow Mountain stretches a length of 35 kilometers (22 miles) and a width of 20 kilometers (13 miles). Looking from Lijiang Old Town in the south which is 15 kilometers (nine miles) away, the snow-covered and fog-enlaced mountain resembles a jade dragon lying in the clouds, hence, the name Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. The highest peak named Fan Peak (Shanzidou in Chinese) which is about 5596 meters above sea level. There are three cable cars in the mountain, the fist to the Glacier Park (4500M),the second to Spruce Meadow(3200M),the third to Yak Meadow(3700M).
In the afternoon, you'll stroll through Baisha Village, which is an enchanting traditional Yunnan village. Visit the Baisha Mural about 600 years old, which is one part of the World Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO 1997.
After dinner, you will attend the Naxi Orchestral and Show in Dongba Palace.
Day 08 Lijiang-Kunming-Departure (B)
Flight Information: MU5733 08:40/09:30
Take the flight to Kunming and change the flight for returning.