Best of Yunnan Kunming-Dali-Lijiang-Shangri-La 8 days tour
Kunming -Dali-Lijiang-Shangri-La -Kunming
Day 1 Kunming Arrival
The tour guide at the arrival hall of Kunming Changshui Airport and escorted to check in your hotel in downtown by a private comfortable vehicle. Rest in hotel.overnight in kunming
Day 2 Sightseeing in Kunming
After breakfast, drive 85 km to the typical Karst landform - Stone Forest. Walk into the Greater Stone Forest, marvel at groups of gray-black stone peaks and climb up to have a panoramic view of the intricate stone forest. Visit the Lesser Stone Forest and listen to the legendary story of “Ashima”. Later, it is followed by a trip to a minority village of Sani People to admire their colorful minority costumes and exotic tradition culture.overnight in kunming
Day 3 Dali -Kunming
On this day, be escorted to Kunming Airport and take morning flight to Dali (about 50 mins), a historical and cultural city for Bai ethnic group. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by the local tour guide and transferred to begin today’s sightseeing.You’ll first visit Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Monastery, the landmark of Dali with a history of over 1800 years located at the foot of Cangshan Mountain facing to the Erhai Lake. Visit Three Pagodas, Chongsheng Monastery and Reflection Lake and know more history of Kingdom of Nanzhao and Kingdom of Dali.Later, head to Erhai Lake and take a cruise to Jinsuo Islet in the east Erhai Lake. Drive to Dali Old Town which has a history of more than 1200 years. In the town, you’ll enjoy the City Wall, Gate-towers, elegant streets, small and exquisite courtyards, colorful flowers blooming in the sunshine. Climb up to Wuhua Tower and enjoy panoramic view of the whole old town. overnight in Dali
Day 4 Dali - Lijiang
In the morning, drive about 18 km to Xizhou Ancient Town which was once a commercial center of Yunnan province. More than 1500 years ago, Xizhou and nearby area have been the major habitat for Bai ethnic group. A visit to Xizhou is to enjoy the Bai minority culture, ethnic tradition of the Three Courses of Tea, the local people’s daily life and Bai architecture.Later, transfer to Lijiang with 2-hour driving. Upon arrival, you’ll start your memorable Lijiang tour from Lijiang Ancient Town. Get on the top of Lion Hill and enjoy a panoramic view of fascinating old city, Lijiang new city and Naxi folk residences and farmlands from Wangu Tower. Take a relaxing walk in the intricate old town and figure out why it is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site.overnight in lijiang
Day 5 Sightseeing in Lijiang
After breakfast, drive 20 km to Yuhu Village which is located at the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. When walking into this authentic Naxi Village, you’ll see unique stone houses, Naxi ladies dressing in traditional clothes, kids playing, a tranquil Yuhu Lake.Later, head to Baisha Village and appreciate the ancient Baisha Mural Paintings. Visit Dabaoji Palace and Liuli Temple to view murals painted over 1000 years ago which is a combination of Tibetan Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism. After that, transfer to Dongba Culture Museum where more than 10,000 Dongba cultural relics show mysterious Dongba culture of the Naxi people. overnight in lijiang
Day 6 Lijiang - Shangri-La
After breakfast, drive 45 km to view the First Bend of Yangtze River, an extraordinary turn nearly about 180 degrees with beautiful and marvelous views like a wonderful landscape painting unfolding before you. Visit Iron Chain Bridge in Shigu Town.Later, transfer to visit the one of the deepest and most spectacular river canyons in the world - Tiger Leaping Gorge. It measures 16 km in length and is a giddy 3900m from the waters of Jinsha River to Haba Snow Mountain and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. You could choose to hike along Upper Tiger Leaping Gorge or Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge.After the hiking tour, you’ll be driven to Shangri-La, about 2 hours. overnight in Shangri-La.
Day 7 Sightseeing in Shangri-La
Today is a full day to explore the earthly paradise described in the famous novel Lost Horizon by James Hilton. visit Songzanlin Monastery.Later, drive to the first national park in China - Pudacuo National Park. Throw yourselves into the lush green forest with diverse species of flora and fauna, walk along the plank road to catch the gorgeous scenery of Shudu Lake and Bita Lake and seek for a real paradise in this natural wonderland.overnight in Shangri-La.
Day 8 Shangri-La -Kunming
In the morning, cherish your time in Shangri-La to explore Dukezong Old Town by climbing up to the top of Guishan Hill to have a panoramic view of the old town and Shangri-La County and join in the tourists to turn the largest Prayer Wheel in the world. Afternoon ,go to Zhongdian Airport,fly to chengdu,end the tour.