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Shanghai Kunming Dali Lijiang Chengdu Tour - 8 Days

Destination: Kunming Dali Lijiang Chengdu
Duration: Eight Day
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A tour to Southwest of China's Yunnan and Sichuan to explore ethnic minority culture and see Giant Pandas.
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Day 1 : Shanghai - Kunming
Morning take flight from Shanghai to Kunming. Arrive Kunming, our tour guide pick up and transfer to Hotel.Then visit West Hill, climb to Dragon Gate Grotto to have a bird view of Lake Dian. Take Cable Car down to Lake Dian to see Sea Gulls.
Flight: HO1121 NOV 23 Shanghai Departure:08:25 - Kunming Arrival 11:45
¡ª West Hill.
On the shore of the Dian Lake, stands a cluster of hills called "West Mountain". West Mountain Forest Park is renowned for its rolling mountains, tranquil forest with towering trees, singing birds and clear streams, and numerous historic sites. Looked from afar, the mountain resemble a giant reclining Buddha or a supine beauty, hence the name "Sleeping Buddha Mountain" and "Sleeping Beauty".
¡ª Dragon Gate Grotto.
Delicate stone carving is the main feature of the Dragon Gate grotto. All stones are carved by hand in elegant layout and refined workmanship along the sheer cliffs of Arhat Peak. Sanqing Pavilion lying on cliffs just looks like a castle in the air. Looked afar, it is high up in the air and seems to be flying. How spectacular! Sanqing Pavilion is the seat of Taoism. The surrounding tablets and couplets add religious atmosphere and also contain living philosopher. Looking afar from the top of the Dragon Gate, you will have a panoramic view of Dian Lake.
¡ª Lake Dian.
It was named of 'The Lake of Kunming' before it is called Dianchi.The elevation of the lake is 1886 meters, surrounded by tens of peaks , it is of magnificent scenery, it is called 'the pearl on the plateau'.Each Winter Thousands of Seagulls fly here for winter.


Day 2 : Kunming - Stone Forest - Kunming
Morning drive to visit Shilin County to visit Stone Forest. Afternoon Visit Jiuxiang Cave.Then back Kunming.
¡ª Stone Forest.
One of the ¡°Nature's World Wonders¡±. In the Stone Forest, stone peaks rise abruptly from the ground in numerous layers like bamboo shoots, forests and pagodas, hence all visitors to Kunming from home and abroad never hesitate to admire the unique scenes formed by the stones.
¡ª Jiuxiang Cave.
Jiuxiang is praised as the "Home of Karst caves". Altogether, there are "only" 100 caves in the area, the local saying goes, "If one spent his entire life counting the caves in Jiuxiang he may not finish the job". Among the caves are numerous natural bridges, valleys, rivers and waterfalls, making up an almost fantasy like subterranean world.


Day 3 :Kunming - Dali
Morning drive to Kunming Airport to take flight to Dali.Arrive in Dali, tour guide pick you up and transfer to Hotel.Visit Three Pagodas & Chongsheng Temple, and walk in Dali Old Town.
Flight:MU5716 NOV25 Kunming Departure 10:45 - Dali Arrival 11:40
¡ªThree Pagodas & Chongsheng Temple.
The Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple was originally built during the rein of Emperor Quan Fengyou of Nanzhao Kingdom (824-859). The large pagoda, called Qianxun Pagoda , was first built into a 16-storey one with a height of 69.13 m; the smaller northern pagoda and the southern one were built both in octagonal with 10 storeys and a height of 42.19 m. It is said that the three pagodas was constructed for the reasons of advocating Buddhism as well as dominating riddled floods in the area (according to local Buddhism culture, Buddhist pagoda can dominate beasts who control natural things such as flood). After the completion of the three imposing pagodas, a grand Chongsheng Temple was constructed later; and for several expansions in later periods, the temple reached its heyday in Song Dynasty (970-1279).
¡ª Dali Old Town.
Dali Ancient City was built in 1382, it was named Yeyu City, Forbidden City, Zhonghe Town, the Cangshan Mountain is on the back of the ancient city of Dali, the city is facing the Erhai Lake. According to the ancient record, the city wall is about 8.3 meters tall and it is of a thickness of 6.6 meters.


Day 4 : Dali - Lijiang
Morning go for Erhai Cruise.Then head for Xizhou Village and fully appreciate the Bai-style traditional architectural courtyards, taste their fragrant Three-Course Tea and explore their distinctive culture. Drive to Lijiang and visit Lijiang Old Town.
¡ª  Erhai Lake
Located in Dali City, Erhai Lake is considered a Mother Lake of locals (Bai Minority) and it was cordially called as Gold Moon by Bai people.  Erhai was called Yeyushui or West Erhe in ancient times. The lake got its name from its ear-shape as ear called Er in Chinese.
¡ª Xizhou Village
Xizhou town, as the historical and cultural town in southwest China enjoys charming scenery and abundant resources. Houses of Bai people in Xizhou are unique in design with three huts, and one screen wall, four sides, and five courtyards. The outer walls are mainly painted with lime and fine silt. Bai ethnic residents attach great importance to the ornamentation of the screens, windows, gates, outer cross walls and arches over gateways; whether from the black tiles and white walls, or high rooftops and archways, you can find the architecture as a whole absorbs the residential features of western and regions south of the Yangtze River, making the houses distinctive and functional.
¡ª Lijiang Old Town
Lijiang Old Town's history goes back to 800 years ago as it was an important town of Song Dynasty. It has long been an important political and military town in western Yunnan and a hub for economy and culture communications between Han, Tibet and Naxi nationalities.The eye-catching waterwheel is the icon of Lijiang Old Town. In the town the streets follow the contour of mountains and rivers and are paved with red breccias engraved with elegant floral designs. The center of the old town is the Square Street (Sifang Street), which used to be the communication hub of Ancient Tea Horse Road (Southern Silk Road, an ancient road for tea-trading) and the haunt of Naxi traders in the past.

Day 5 :Lijiang Jade Dragon Snow Mountain - Lijiang
Morning Drive to Jade Snow Dragon Mountain, take cable car to Galacier Park at 4680 meter. Watch Impression Lijiang Show. Visit Baisha Murals.
¡ªJade Snow Dragon Mountain
The Jade Dragon (Yulong) Snow Mountain is noted as the southernmost snow mountain in Northern Hemisphere. As a must-see attraction in Lijiang City, Yulong Snow Mountain is made up of 13 peaks with the highest one, Shanzidou, rising 5596 meters above sea level.
¡ªGalacier Park
Glacier Park is located on the Shanzidou Peak. There are totally 19 oceanic glaciers on the peak, including hanging glaciers and cirque glaciers. White Water Number.1 is the most-visited glacier. It looks just like a hanging waterfall from the heaven seen from the foot of the peak. The iceberg forest on the glacier tongue looks like knifes piercing into the sky. In addition, there are some remnants of glaciations, including the Ganheba Valley, which is a typical Alps-style glacier valley. Tourist can take a cableway to the Glacier Park. The cableway to the glacier park is the one of the heist elevation in Asia with a length of 2914 meters and a vertical drop of 1150 meters. After walking out of the cableway, tourists can walk to the highest viewing platform of the mountain (4591 meter above sea level).
¡ªImpression Lijiang Show
"Impression Lijiang Jokul" is a magnificant outdoor production held on a huge man-made stage at the foot of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, 3,100m (10,170 feet) above sea level.It is a cultural show demonstrating the traditions and lifestyles of the Naxi, Yi and Bai peoples of the area. The show takes place inside Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Park at 3500 meters in an outdoor theater specifically designed to showcase the mountain which is used as a breath-taking backdrop.  
¡ªBaisha Murals
Baisha Old Town is the first settlement of Naxi People when they came into Lijiang basin and also the cultural origin.In the early Ming Dynasty, the Tusi of Mu clan built a huge group of Buddhist and Taoist constructions, among them Liuli Temple, Dabaji Palace, Dading Pavilion, Jingang Palace still exist today. And Dabaji Palace and Liuli Temple are the most famous ones of these ancient buildings for there are Baisha Frescos preserved in them. 


Day 6 :Lijiang - Chengdu - Ya'an
Morning Take flight from Lijiang To Chengdu. Pick you up in Chengdu.Drive to Ya'an for the rest.
Flight: CA4452 NOV28  Lijiang Departure 10:25 -Chengdu Arrival11:50


Day 7  : Ya'an - Chengdu
One day Panda Volunteer Experience at the Ya'an Giant Panda Breeding Research Base. During the experience, you will work with the skilled keepers and researchers to learn about giant pandas and biodiversity conservation. You will also learn about giant panda breeding, research, feeding management and behavior.Drive back Chengdu.
¡ª  Ya'an Giant Panda Breeding Research Base
It is the biggest one in China. Currently,there are about 120 Giant Pandas in the center,21 of them are new born cubs this year. It is a comprehensive conservation project combining tourism, research and giant panda breeding in one place. It is divided into the giant panda breeding zone, baby giant panda care zone, research center, bamboo woods and office area.

Day 8 :Chengdu -Shanghai
Morning Visit Visit Jinli Old Street, Wu Hou Temple.Then take flight to Shanghai.
Flight:MU5410  NOV30 Chengdu Departure15:30 - Shanghai Arrival 18:00
¡ªJinli Old Street
It was one of the busiest commercial areas during the Shu Kingdom (221-263). Hence, it is known as 'First Street of the Shu Kingdom'.Strolling down the narrow street, you will find yourself surrounded by old-world stores selling Embroidery, lacquer products, folk handicrafts, curios, or calligraphies and paintings of celebrities.
¡ªWu Hou Temple
Located in the south suburb of Chengdu, the temple covers 37,000 square meters (398,277 square feet). The date of its establishment is unclear, only that it was built next to the temple of Liubei, the emperor of Shu. It was combined with the Temple of Liu Bei at the beginning of the Ming Dynasty; consequently, the entrance plaque reads 'Zhaolie Temple of Han Dynasty' (Zhaolie is the posthumous title of Liu Bei). The current temple was rebuilt in 1672. Surrounded by old cypresses and classical red walls, it evokes nostalgia.


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