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West & Northwest Yunnan Round Trip - 13 Days

Destination: West & Northwest Yunnan
Duration: Thirteen Day
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This round trip combines several elements of Yunnan and is a combination of touristic hotspots and laidback off the beaten track specials. The tour includes elements of the Burma Road and the historic place of Yunnanyi which played a role in the history of the Flying Tigers and the Hump flights.It visits the old Yunnan Muslim village of Donglianhua and the old Muslim town of Yangbi.The tour goes off the Burma road and follows the Pi River Valley with the ancient salt village of Nuodeng where we stay overnight at a local house and sample local dishes with Nuodeng ham. The tour continues passing the old metal-chain, wooden and rattan bridges spanning the Pi River.After crossing the mountains again the tour visits the Shibaoshan National park with it ancient temples, Nanzhao sculptures and monkeys.To relax we stay an extra day in the old tea horse village of Shaxi where one can make walks or hire a bike or even a canoe.From Shaxi we take the road north to the Yangtze river and follow the river, which is here called Jinsha (River of golden sand), through the Tiger Leaping Gorge. We stay the night in Haba Village, a place popular by mountaineers.From Haba we proceed to the Baishuitai (White Water Terraces). These terraces are formed by the water coming from the mountain which contains a lot of lime. The place is a centre for religious ceremonies for the Naxi people who life in this area. The trip continues north and we enter the Tibetan part of Yunnan.The city of Deqin is now called Shangri-La in order to attract more tourist. This worked, more and more tourists found their way to Shangri-La. In January 2014 a large part of the old town burned down but still some parts are preserved. In Shangri-La we make a visit to the Songzanlin Lamasery, the biggest Lamasery outside Tibet.The trip continues to the popular tourist town of Lijiang and time is taken off to explore the city.We continue to the Bai village of Xizhou where we stay at a Bai style guesthouse. On the way we visit a Bai tie-dye workshop and have a look at how tie-dye art is done. We conclude the tour with a visit to the Yan Family museum (The Yan family made its money in the pack-horse trade) and return back to Kunming.

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Day 01:Kunming - Dali
Kunming Hotel pick-up. Visit Burma Road monument. Off the motorway to follow the original Burma Road over the mountains to Lufeng. From there over the split road through the narrow valley over a former railway line for 20 kilometres. Then over a mountain range back to the motorway passing Chuxiong and Nanhua on that motorway. Off the motorway again to follow the Burma Road to Yunnanyi, the former AVG (American Volunteer Group known as well as Flying Tigers) airbase. Visit "Transportation museum of the China-Burma-India theatre in WW-II" and 'tea horse' caravanserai. Via forest and national park to Midu valley and then over mountains to Dali (Xiaguan) and Dali old town.

Day 02: Dali
Stay in Dali old town or make a day trip to the old Muslim village of Donglianghua (Optional). Or visit the ¡°Three Pagodas¡±. Cycle around Erhai Lake. Take the cable car to mountain top. Etc.

Day 03:Dali - Yangbi - Nuodeng
Depart Dali for Yangbi the walnut capital of Yunnan. Old Muslim (and Bai minority) town along ¡®tea horse' trail. Visit old bridge and mosque in the centre of town.Burma Road becomes a cobble stone mountain track from here on passing the Qingshuilangshan mountain range. Via Beidou and another mountain track to Yunlong/Nuodeng. Visit the Qingyun Bridge in Yunlong.

Day 04:Nuodeng - Lanping
After a look around Nuodeng and the Taiji-viewpoint we move up the Pi River Valley visiting the ancient metal-chain, wooden and rattan bridges crossing the river. Stay overnight in Lanping.

Day 05:Lanping -Shibaoshan - Shaxi
We cross two mountain ranges and visit the Shibaoshan National Park with its old Nanzhao style Shizhong temple and the Baoxiang temple inhabited by monkeys. Stay overnight in the nearby ancient village of Shaxi.

Day 06:Shaxi
Take a relaxing day off in the old tea-horse village of Shaxi or make walks in the surroundings.

Day 07:Shaxi - Tiger Leaping Gorge - Haba Village
We leave Shaxi for the north and the Tiger Leaping Gorge. Stay overnight in Haba Village in the shade of Haba Snow Mountain.

Day 08:Haba Village - Baishuitai - SHangrila
After visiting the Baishuitai (White Water Terraces) in the morning we continue north to the Tibetan part of Yunnan and the city of Shangri-La.

Day 09:Shangrila
After visiting the Songzanlin Lamasery there is plenty of time to explore the old town of Shangri-La, sip yak-butter-tea or Shangri-La wine and relax.

Day 10:Shangrila - Lijiang
This is as far north as we go and we return south to the popular tourist destination of Lijiang.

Day 11£»Lijiang
Off day in Lijiang to explore the city.

Day 12:Lijiang Zhouchencun - Xizhou
We leave Lijiang and with a stop at Zhouchencun to look at tie-dye making and do some last souvenir shopping we go to Xizhou where we stay at a typical Bai Hostel.

Day 13:Xizhou -Kunming
In Xizhou in the morning we visit the Yan House Museum. After a simple lunch of Xizhuo Baba we leave to return to Kunming.

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