Trip Itinerary & Travel Details
Day 1 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.
Day 2 Kunming-Stone Forest-Kunming (B, L)
Sightseeing: the Stone Forest, the Green Lake, 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 Kunming, you will take a leisurely stroll along the Green Lake, a charming area of teahouses and small boutiques selling handicrafts and beautiful local paintings. Late afternoon you will visit the Flower and Bird Market.
Day 3 Kunming-Shangri La (B, L)
Sightseeing: the Ganden Sumtseling Monastery, the Bita Lake and Shudu Lake and the Guishan Park.
Special Experience: Taste the butter oil and Tibetan food, Tibetan home-made.
Flight Information: MU5933 07:00/08:00
In the morning, you'll visit the Ganden Sumtseling Monastery, the largest Tibetan monastery in Yunnan. And afterwards you'll go and visit the tranquil Bita Lake and Shudu Lake. After having finished touring the Bita Lake and Shudu Lake, you'll visit the Old Town of Shangri La and the Guishan Park.
Tibetan home made at night and have dinner in Tibetan family with butter oil tea and Tibetan food.
Day 4 Shangri La-Tiger Leaping Gorge-Lijiang (B, L)
Sightseeing:the First Bend of the Yangtze River, Shigu Town, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Lijiang Old Town
From ShangriLa, you'll drive about 100KM to 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'll head for Shangri La, the former Zhongdian. Upon arrival in Shangri La, you will have entered the Tibetan cultural area and a landscape of barley fields and yaks scattered in the valleys.
After lunch continue the driving 50KM more to visit 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.
Drive 60KM more to Lijiang. Explore Lijiang Old Town at night.
Day 5 Lijiang (B, L)
Sightseeing: Shuhe Old Town, Mu Emperor's Palace, Lion Hill, Baisha Village.
Special Experience: Naxi Orchestral and Show in Dongba Palace in Lijiang Old Town.
In the morning You'll head for Shuhe Old Town, which is the relic of the Tea-Horse Trading Caravan from bank of Mekong River to India via Tibet. You are planning to walk from LongQuan(Drangon Spring) in Shuhe Old Town to Baisha Village, you will visit the the Naxi family and Baisha Mural in Baisha village. Lunch at "Just Here Restaurant" in Baisha Street.
After lunch drive back to Lijiang and visit the Wangu Pagoda on the top of the Lion Hill, here you will have a wonderful panoramic view of Lijiang Old Town. You will walk down from the Lion Hill to Mu Emperor's Palace which is the local chieftain's former residence.
After dinner, you will attend the Naxi Orchestral and Show in Dongba Palace in the Lijiang Old Town.
Day 6 : Lijiang-Dali (B, L)
Sightseeing: Shaping Market, Three Pagodas, Dali Old Town
After breakfast, travel (200 km - 4 hrs) south on the old road to the ancient city of Dali. If this day happens to fall on a Monday you will call in at Shaping for a visit to the colorful Bai market. Visit the Butterfly Fountain where hundreds of butterfly species in different sizes and colors flutter around.
After lunch, visit the honorable age-old Three Pagodas, symbolizing the outstanding architectural technology, the wisdom of the ancient laboring people and the brilliant culture of Dali. Enjoy some time in the restored city center.
Day 7 Dali (B, L)
Sightseeing: the Erhai Lake Cruise, Xizhou Town, Zhoucheng Village and Bai Tie-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 Tie-Dyed Cloth Work Shop. At night relax in Dali Old Town.
Day 8: Dali-Tengchong 385KM (B)
Sightseeing: Lancang-Mekong River, Baoshan City, Heshun Old Town
In the early morning you will drive about 6 hours to Tengchong via Baoshan City,visit Heshun Old Town in the late afternoon.
Boshan City is situated in the southwest of Yunnan Province, bordered by Burma in the south and northwest. Within the province, it neighbors Lincang Region in the east, Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture in the northeast and Dehong Dai and Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture in the southwest. Baoshan is nearly 500 kilometers (310 miles) from Kunming.
You will stopover at the upper reach of Mekong River and some villages on the way to Tengchong. The scenery is very fantastic.
When you arrive in Tengchong, you will walk around Heshun Old Town; "Heshun"means peace and harmony. You could walk leisurely around the historical old town, built in earlier days by overseas Chinese as a location for their retirement. The remaining old town is a very beautiful place with many ornamental structures such as pavilions, memorial halls, archways, and balustrades, and also with lotus ponds and outlands with many birds. The library in this town is worth mentioning-set up in 1924, it possesses over 60,000 volumes of books, many of which are rare editions of ancient works.
Day 9 Tengchong (B)
Sightseeing: Heshun Old Town, the Cemetery of World War II, Dieshuihe Waterfall Park and Rehai hot spring Park.
Special Experience: Enjoy the natural hot spring about three hours in Rehai.
After breakfast drive 15 minutes to the south-youst and visit Heshun, a traditional walled in historical town. Heshun looks like out of an ancient Chinese picture book and is one of the most beautiful towns remaining in today's China. Walk into town along the cobble stoned alleys up to the square where a small market is held every day. Glance through some of the entrance gates into courtyards where residents trade their goods and wares.
Visit the Museum of Yunnan-Burmese Anti-Japanese War one of the most remarkable places of interest explaining the geopolitical importance of the Burma Road. Lunch at the Household Restaurant overlook the pond in Heshun. And then visit the Cemetery of World War II, Dieshuihe Waterfall Park and Rehai hot spring Park.
Day 10:Tengchong-Mangshi-RuilI (B)
Sightseeing: Mangshi City,the Tree-Wrapped-Pagoda and Wuyun Temple,Ruili Night Market
It takes about 5 hours to drive first from Heshun to Mangshi. Visit Dai Style Buddhist architecture, the Tree-Wrapped-Pagoda and Wuyun Temple. You then drive to Ruili, visiting the Mono-Tree Forest, Workers' Cultural Palace and thriving night market.
Enter further the border area, where the region is getting richer on the trade. Road signs are multilingual in Chinese, Burmese, Dai as well as in English. Stop in little villages to visit the market activities and Buddhist temples. Explore the night market in Ruili.
Day 11 Ruili-Mangshi-Kunming (B)
Sightseeing: Jiegao Port, the China's border gate to Burma, Wangdin city.
Flight Information: MU5972 19:00/19:55
You will visit Ruili Economic Development Zone including Jiegao, the China's border gate to Burma, the street between China and Burma. Visit Wangdin city with a strong feel of the merging of Burmese and Chinese life styles. Drive to Mangshi city; take evening flight back to Kunming.
Day 12 Kunming -Departure (B)
Send you to Kunming International Airport for returning.