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Nuodeng Shaxi Liming Weixi Cizhong Deqin Zhongdian Lijiang Tour -13 Days

Destination: Northwest Yunnan
Duration: Thirteen Day
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Transportation: Vehicle
Best Travel Time:All year
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This tour centers in the Northwest of Yunnan. It offers more than the classic route, and what can truely be described as 'off the beaten track'. Start in Kunming, after the ancient cross roads town of Dali, our tour had been designed to take the road less traveled, off the main highway and into the back country of Yunnan. Here the stunning mountain scenery is matched by the fascinating minority cultures far less visited by outsiders. Indeed, travelers to this corner of China are re-tracing the once flourishing trade links used in this region between Tibet, Burma and China.

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Day 1 Kunming
Arrival in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan, located in China's far
southwest. She has mild climate and can be visited at any time of year. Transfer to hotel. Visit Bird and Plant Market, a daily market
where local people sell birds, animal pets, indoor plants and flower.
Meal: Chinese Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in Kunming


Day 2 Kunming - Dali
Take morning flight from Kunming to Dali, the home of the Bai minority people. Transfer to embark on a boat in Erhai lake. We may have chance to visit lakeside village. Drive to visit Three Pagodas£¬the landmark of Dali, which were built during the Tang and Song dynasty. Xizhou Bai's village to visit Bai people's family house and taste three courses tea. Zhoucheng Bai's village to visit workmanship of batik. Balance of the day, Sightseeing in and around Ancient Dali Town, an ancient walled town set between sparkling Lake Erhai and the 12,000-foot Cangshan Mountains
Meal: Breakfast / Chinese Lunch / Chinese Dinner 
Accommodation: Overnight in Dali
Transport: Flight from Kunming to Dali + land transport


Day 3  Dali - Nuodeng -Lanping
Transfer to visit Nuodeng Bai's Village(174km, 3hrs driving), which is 7 km away from the Yunlong County and 174 km northwest of Dali city and is located in the valley to the north of Yunlong County. It's regarded as one of oldest traditional villages in Yunnan. Spectacular hamlet of ancient Ming and Qing dynasty houses and flagstone streets is unique. Continuously drive to Lanping (100km, 1.6hrs driving). Visit different shapes of bridges on the way.
Meal: Breakfast / Chinese Lunch / Chinese Dinner 
Accommodation: Overnight in Lanping


Day 4 Lanping - Jianchuan - Shaxi
Drive from Lanping to Jianchuan(135km, 2.3hrs driving). Visit Grotto of Shibao Mountain where many stone statues carved during the Tan and Song dynasties can be seen on the way. Transfer and sightsee in Shaxi Old Town which is regarded as the most preserved town on the tea and horse trail, where the market tradition is still kept on every Friday.
Meal: Breakfast / Chinese Lunch / Chinese Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in Shaxi


Day 5 Shaxi - Liming
Drive from Shaxi to Liming (146km, 3hrs driving), the town of Lisu People. En route, stop at Shigu town for a grand view of the first bend of Yangtze River. Hike the "thousand turtles' mountain", a signature Karst geography.
Meal: Breakfast / Chinese Lunch / Chinese Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in Liming


Day 6 Liming - Weixi
Take electrical train ride to look around surrounding village in the morning. Drive from Liming to Weixi (214km, 4.5hrs driving), literally means the key bond of inland China and Tibet. Firstly drive north along the Yangtze river, then head into a side valley where to hump across the watershed and drive down into the fertile Mekong Valley. The area is mainly inhabited by the Lisu ethnic group.
Meal: Breakfast / Chinese Lunch / Chinese Dinner 
Accommodation: Overnight in Weixi


Day 7 Weixi - Feilaisi
Drive from Weixi to Deqin (220km, 5hrs driving). Appreciate the diverse landscape along the road, especially the views of Mekong River. En route, stop to visit Shouguo Temple, Cizhong village and the Catholic Church. Khampu Shouguo Temple, a small, 250 year old Buddhist monastery, which is situated high above the Mekong Valley with beautiful, original wall paintings. In Cizhong, visit a picturesque village nestled on a sunny terrace above the valley and the Catholic Church which was built about a 150 years ago by French and Swiss missionaries. Enjoy breathtaking views over the Mekong Valley and Meili Snow Mountain, at 6'700 meters the highest peak of the Yunnan province. On arrival in Deqin, see the sunset of Ka Wa Ge Bo peak
Meal: Breakfast / Chinese Lunch / Chinese Dinner 
Accommodation: Overnight in hotel in Feilaisi


Day 8  Feilaisi - Mingyong Glacier - Feilaisi
See the sunrise of Ka Wa Ge Bo peak. Drive to visit the magnificent Mingyong Glacier, which elegantly flows down the side of Mount Kawa Karpo for 12km. Walk (2-2.5 hours) to Mingyong Glacier, alternatively, ride a horse (1.5-2 hours) to approach the miracle of Nature.
Meal: Breakfast / Chinese Lunch / Chinese Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in hotel in Feilaisi


Day9  Deqin - Zhongdian
Transfer from Deqin to Zhongdian (210km, 4hrs driving). Drive through the Baima Snow Mountain (Mt. White Horse), the largest and highest nature reserve in Yunnan with fantastic views of snow peaks, glaciers, lakes and forests. Stop to visit Dongzhulin Monastery which, built in 1667, the sixth year of the Kang Xi Period of the Qing Dynasty, is also one of the "thirteen most well-known monasteries", and can hold 2,000 monks sitting and chanting scriptures. The present temple was rebuilt in 1985. Continue the journey to Nixi Village, known for pottery making, where to make your own pottery.
Meal: Breakfast / Chinese Lunch / Chinese Dinner 
Accommodation: Overnight in Zhongdian


Day10 Zhongdian
Drive to visit Napahai Lake Natural Reserve Area+Tibet village, which lies 8 kilometers northwest of Zhongdian Old Town and is a seasonal lake. Wander through a Tibetan village and visit family house. Then transfer to visit Ringha Temple (also named as "Temple of the 5 Wisdom Buddhas "). It keeps an important place in the Tibetan community that they consider it as the one of the five most important Tibetan monasteries among Yunnan. Afternoon visit to Songzanlin Monastery. Songzanlin Monastery, or known as ¡°Little Potala¡± according to its appearance, is a traditional Lama monastery. It was built in 1679 and has been reconstructed several times as it is considered to be one of the most significant monasteries in Yunnan. Time at leisure to explore the ancient town of Zhongdian on your own.
Meal: Breakfast / Chinese Lunch / Chinese Dinner 
Accommodation: Overnight in Zhongdian


Day11 Zhongdian - Lijiang
Transfer from Zhongdian to Lijiang (200km, 4hrs driving). Stop to visit the tremendous Tiger Leaping Gorge, where the river forces its way between Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Haba Snow Mountain. Free time in the afternoon to explore Lijiang Ancient Town, the home of Naxi people.
Meal: Breakfast / Chinese Lunch / Chinese Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in Lijiang


Day12 Lijiang
Drive to visit Yuhu village, located about 15 kilometers North of Lijiang Old Town, the Yuhu village, belonging to the Naxi minority, is the last village of the valley; and is situated at the foot of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in Lijiang. The houses, built with unique rocks called "monkey head", sort of mix of the rocks and dried earth, makes the village looks the same as it was in the beginning of the 20th century when Joseph Rock chose this place as his residence place. Then transfer to visit Baisha Village and Wall Painting, the old capital of the Naxi, where you can admire the frescoes on one of its ancient temples. Continuously visit Jade Spring Park, with its splendid view of 18,000-foot Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, and stop at the small Naxi Culture Museum to learn about their distinctive Dongba pictographic characters and religion.
Meal: Breakfast / Chinese Lunch / Chinese Dinner 
Accommodation: Overnight in Lijiang


Day13  Lijiang
Transfer to airport and connect your flights back home, where this tour ends.
Meal: Breakfast

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