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South to North Yunnan Tour - 11 Days

Destination: Kunming,Yuanyang,Jianshui,Dali,Lijiang,ShangriLa
Duration: Eleven Day
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Yunnan is a land of various ethnic groups, landscapes, natural scenery, creatures, etc. where you could taste the most aspects of our planet. In 11 days, you¡¯ll see the highlights of Yunnan in Kunming, Yuanyang, Jianshui, Dali, Lijiang and Shangri-La.
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Day 1 Kunming Arrival - Stone Forest (L)
Welcome to Kunming, the Spring City of China! Upon arrival in Kunming (before 12:00), your tour guide and driver will meet you and escort you to Stone Forest.

Within 2 hours' driving, you'll reach the renowned Stone Forest, the ¡®First Wonder of the World'. You'll marvel at its natural stone masterpieces and be bewitched


Day 2 Stone Forest - Yuanyang (B, L)
After breakfast, you'll drive around 6 hours to Yuanyang. On the way, drop to see the Minority Ethnic Villages. After arriving in Yuanyang, you will catch the perfect time to see sunset at Laohuzui Rice Terrace, also named Tiger Mouth Rice Terrace after its shape.

Stay overnight at Yuanyang.


Day 3 Yuanyang (B, L)
On this day, you'll attend the Ethnic Market & Bazzar in Yuanyang, a place for local people trading daily supplies, including fresh vegetable, fruits, meats, and many kinds of food and daily necessities. It is a great opportunity for getting close to local living conditions.

Later, you'll drive 30KM to visit Doyishu Village and enjoy the beautiful view of Duoyishu Rice Terrace Fields, especially when the sun appears above the eastern horizon. If the weather permits, you will see the scenery of the terraced fields from the top of the mountains to the bottom. They are all farms under the sunshine and cloud and mist. The landscape is spectacular.

And then, you will visit Qingkou Village and rice terraces where Hani people for generations inhabit with various of Mushroom-shaped Houses. Visit Bada Hani Rice Terrace as well.

Stay overnight at Yuanyang.


Day 4 Yuanyang - Jianshui (B, L)
In the morning, you will head to Jianshui County, about 3.5 hours driving. After Jianshui, you may tour around Jianshui Ancient Town to see kinds of old wells where the water pays an important role in making the famous Jianshui Stinky tofu and see the Little Tiananmen Square-Jianshui Chaoyang Tower. Then you can visit the Confucius Temple, which has a history of 700 years. It is the second largest Confucius Temple in China. Later you'll visit Zhu Family Garden. Stay overnight in Jianshui.

Zhu Family Garden: Zhu Family Garden is a large-scale residential construction of Qing dynasty, once was the import and export trade run by Zhu family. The layout and ornament of the building are the key features to explore, showing a profound historical culture.


Day 5 Jianshui - Kunming (B, L)
With fresh air in the morning, go for the Twin Dragon Bridge, which is a 17-hole bridge with 148 meters long, 3-8 meters wide and visit Tuanshan Village will be nice to end your Jianshui tour.

Jianshui Tuanshan Village: it is a rare surviving example of an intact-albeit neglected-traditional walled Yunnan village compound in southwestern China, and has been added to the 2005 list of internationally significant sites by the World Memorial Fund for Architecture (WMF), an international fund for the protection of world heritage sites.

After that, you'll be driven back to Kunming. After arriving in Kunming, transfer to your hotel and have a good rest.


Day 6 Kunming ¨C Dali (B, L)
Take the morning flight to Dali. Dali is a historically and culturally famous city of China, is renowned for her historical interest and Bai ethnic culture. On this day, you'll visit Three Pagodas, Erhai Lake and Dali Old Town.

Three Pagodas: It has a history of over 1,800 years located at the foot of Cangshan Mountain facing to the Erhai Lake. Three Pagodas are made of three ancient independent pagodas forming a symmetrical triangle.

Erhai Lake: Take cruise in Erhai Lake by the small boat to the Jinsuo Islet in the east Erhai Lake. There are 200 Bai ethnic families around 1000 people in Jinsuo Island. In Erhai Lake cruise, you will enjoy the green Cangshan Mountain and the Three Pagodas from a far as well as lots of birds and seagulls flying over the lake.

Dali Old Town: In Xizhou Town, appreciate Bai-style traditional architectural courtyards, taste their fragrant Three-Course Tea and explore their distinctive culture. In Dali Old Town, walk around the Foreigner Street and enjoy the relax time with local people. After climbing up to the City Wall of Dali, you will have panoramic view of the Erhai Lake.


Day 7 Dali - Lijiang (B, L)
In the morning, you'll be driven about 18 km to Xizhou Ancient Town. Xizhou Ancient Town was once a commercial center of Yunnan Province; and more than 1500 year ago, Xizhou and nearby area has been the major habitat for the Bai people. Xizhou is going to show you the Bai minority cultural, the local people's daily life and natural beauty. The Morning Market in Xizhou, a place for local people trading daily supplies, including fresh vegetable, fruits, meats, and many kinds of food and daily necessities. It is a great opportunity for getting close to local living conditions.

Then, drive to Lijiang with the beautiful farmlands and ethnic villages on the way. After arrival, you'll start your memorable Lijiang tour from Lijiang Ancient Town. Enjoy a panoramic view of this fascinating old city from Wanggu Tower, the landmark building of Lijiang. This pure wood building was built at 33 meters tall on the top of Lion Hill where you could also overlook Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the distance.


Day 8 Lijiang (B, L)
Today, your guide and driver will escort you Yuhu Village which is located in the south of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. When walk around this authentic Naxi Village, you'll see unique stone house, naxi ladies dressing in traditional clothes, a wooden fish is hunging in the middle of the roof, the kids playing¡­Then you get to the Former Residence of Joseph Rock, who is an Austrian-American Botanist came in Lijiang and stayed in Yuhu Village for 27 years.

After that, visit the ancient Baisha Mural Paintings at Baisha Village. Painted over 1000 years ago, the murals combine the cultures of Han, Tibetan and Naxi people displaying the life stories of the Tibet Buddhism, Confucian and Taoism. Then, followed a trip to Shuhe Ancient Town - a component of Lijiang Old Town listed as UNESCO World Heritage in 1997.

Later, head for Black Dragon Pool Park and the Naxi Dongba Culture Museum where you can learn Naxi pictograph character and explore the rich Naxi minority culture in the museum.


Day 9 Lijiang - Shangri-La (B, L)
After breakfast, you'll be driven to view the First Bend of the Yangtze River with imposing gorge scenery and the Iron Chain Bridge in the Shigu (Stone Drum) Town (about 60 km from Lijiang with 2 to 3 hours' drive). Later you will visit Tiger Leaping Gorge. Last, you'll drive to Shangri La, about 100km. You'll enjoy the enchanting natural scenes on the way.

First Bend of the Yangtze River: Surrounded by rivers and mountains, the First Bend of the Yangtze River has picturesque scenery. Three rivers join together here and take a sudden turn.

Tiger Leaping Gorge: the deepest gorge in the world. It is divided into the Upper Tiger Leaping, the Middle Tiger Leaping and the Lower Tiger Leaping three parts. In the upper part of Tiger Leaping Gorge, you will walk about 2.6 Km from the entrance to Tiger Leaping Rock. It is a nice walking along the Jinsha River and Marble trail. You will walk through three marble tunnel s in the gorge.


Day 10 Shangri-La (B, L)
Today is a full day to explore the on-earth paradise described in the famous novel Lost Horizon by James Hilton.

You'll visit the Garden Sumtseling Monastery to be touched about how the simple Tibetan keeps their pure and religious belief in this temporal world. Later take a leisurely walk beside the beautiful Bitahai and Shudu Lakes, feel marvel for the nature's masterpiece. Then, pay a visit to a local Tibetan family and experience the highly-praised hospitality of Tibetan people.

Visit Dukezong Old Town in the late afternoon, climb up to the top of Guishan Hill or tortoise Hill, you will see the largest Prayer Wheel of the world and have a panoramic view of Shangri-La County and Dukezong Ancient Town. (Please note: In January of 2014, a huge fire broke out destroying most of the town. Now, you could just visit the area around Prayer Wheel in Guishan Hill.)


Day 11 Shangri-La Departure (B)
On this day you will be free until your tour guide escorts you to the airport for your flight to your next destination.

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