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Vietnam Border to Yunnan Tibet Shangrila Tour - 11 Days

Destination: Hekou每Yuanyang每Jianshui每Kunming每Dali每Lijiang-Shangrila
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Vietnam Yunnan Tibet Tour Route:Hekou每Yuanyang每Jianshui每Kunming每Dali每Lijiang-Shangrila
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Day 01 Laocai - Hekou - Yuanyang
In the early morning cross the border and customs check from Vietnam ( Sapa ) and arrive in Hekou, the border city and port between China and Vietnam and then meet our guide and drive. Continue to drive via Pingbian, Gejiu to Yuanyang. On the way, observe the sub-tropical scenery and the Miao people. You can see at the famous narrow gauge railway connecting Kunming and Hanoi, which was built by the French 100 years ago. You can also visit the small old French style railway station if there is enough time. We arrive in Yuanyang ( Hani and Miao minority area, 250 km, 5 hours ) in the late afternoon and visit the amazing endless Terraced Rice Fields cut into the mountains by local Hani people over thousands of years.
Overnight in Yuanyang.


Day 02 Yuanyang - Jianshui
In the morning, dawn visit Terraced Rice Fields. A photographers' dream, the rice fields are best seen in the evening and at dawn. Visit local morning market. Then drive to Jianshui ( 150 km, 3 hours ), which is the cultural center of southern Yunnan province. Visit 400 years old Chaoyang Tower which is even older than Tian An Men in Beijing. You can also visit the second largest ConfuciousTemple in China. In the evening visit Zhu Family Garden which has 250 rooms and 42 courtyards.
Overnight in Jiangshui.


Day 03 Jianshui - Kunming
After breakfast visit Zhang Family Garden ( Tuanshan Village ). You will see many private houses with typical Chinese architecture style. Then drive to Kunming via Fuxian Lake which is the second deepest fresh water lake in China and enjoy a fresh fish lunch by the lake.
Overnight in Kunming.


Day 04 Kunming - Shilin - Kunming

In the morning visit Bamboo Temple which is a Mahayana Monastery. Set in the tranquil hills just outside Kunming, this complex dates back to the Tang Dynasty. It is famous for its 500 life sized carved Arhats or disciples of Buddha. In the afternoon go to visit the Stone Forest ( 89 km, 1.5 hours ). An 80 ha site of fantastic limestone formations created during the Permian Era when the sea covered this area, Shilin is in the World Heritage List and managed by the traditional owners the Yi people. It is famous in China and unique in the world. We are planning to visit the Stone Forest for 2.5 hours. Today's dinner is the Yunnan local flavour Yiliang Roast Duck.
Overnight in Kunming.


Day 05 Kunming - Dali

Today we drive to Dali ( home to the Bai minority, 560 km, 5 hours). Free day in Dali. The optional tour is a boat trip on Erhai Lake, which is the largest highland lake after Dianchi and one of the seven biggest fresh water lakes in China, or a walk in the Cangshan Mountains which tower over Dali. Otherwise spend the day relaxing in this beautiful but busy village.
Overnight in Dali.


Day 06 Dali - Xizhou - Jianchuan - Lijiang

In the morning visit Xizhou ( the biggest Bai old town ) Morning Market. Then drive to Lijiang, visit Stone Temple in Shibaoshan Mountain ( in Jianchuan ) which is a Buddhist rock cave of the Nanzhao period. When we arrive in Lijiang ( Naxi minority area, 153 km, 3.5 hours ).
Overnight in Lijiang.


Day 07 Lijiang

Free day in Lijiang. We can spend the day relaxing in this beautiful and vibrant village and explore the cobble stone streets and water ways. There are lots of shops and cafes.
Overnight in Lijiang.


Day 08 Lijiang - Tiger Leaping Gorge - Shangrila

Drive to Tiger Leaping Gorge ( 100 km, 2 hours ), one of the deepest gorges in the world, through which the mighty Yangtze thunders. Subject to conditions we may visit the beautiful Bai Shui Tai or white water terraces. Drive to Shangrila ( Tibetan minority area).
Overnight at Shangrila.


Day 09 Shangrila

In the morning visit the Songzanlin Tibetan Buddhism Monastery, designed as a smaller version of Lhasa's Potala Palace and home to 780 monks of the Yellow Hat Tibetan sect. In the evening visit and enjoy a performance and milk tea provided by Tibetan people.
Overnight at Shangri-la.


Day 10 Shangrila

Today drive along Yunnan-Tibet Road to visit Dongzhulin Monastery ( 110 km, 3 hours ) which was first built in 1667, the 6th year during the reign of Emperor Kang Xi of the Qing Dynasty. It was where the Monlam Festival of Prayer for the Emperor's birthday was held. It is one of the most important monasteries in Northwest Yunnan. Drive back 8 km to see the First Bend of Golden Sand River ( the upper reach of Yangtze ). It is here that the Yangtze's flow southerly finishes and it takes an abrupt V turn, continuing on through central China to empty near Shanghai, several thousand kilometers to the East. Then continue drive to Baimang Snow Mountain Pass in the National Nature Reserve Area, 4250 meters above sea level. In the evening visit Zhongdian's Tibetan Old Town with its atmospheric streets and houses and enjoy the local people dancing in the middle square.
Overnight in Shangri-la.


Day 11 Shangrila Departure
Morning drive to Shangrila Airport for departure.

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