10 Days Amazing Yunnan with Tiger Leaping Gorge Trekking

Kunming, Lijiang, Qiaotou, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Shangri-la

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Tour Code: TCT-Hiking-02

Tour Type: Private Tour

Tour Highlights:

Enjoy the most beautiful natural view of Yunnan Province

This tour covers the most famous destinations in Yunnan, such as Kunming, Lijiang and Shangri-La

You will take a fantastic and most classic hiking in China, enjoying the majesty of Tiger Leaping Gorge.

 

Best Travel Time: Suitable for the whole year, best from July to October.

Price from on request

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Day 1Arrival Kunming
Transfer service to hotel

Meals: No meal
Accommodation:In Kunming

Arrive in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for a good rest.

Kunming City View
Kunming City View

Day 2Kunming
Green Lake, Flowers and Birds Market, Stone Forest

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Jinjiang Hotel ★★★★

[09:00-09:30] Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and visit the Spring City

[09:30-11:30] Enjoy morning leisure tour to Green Lake which is peaceful and a public park for local people. You will see musicians singing and playing and you can also take a paddle boat out and relax on the lake. After that, go directly to Flower and Bird Market, which is the biggest and most exciting market in Kunming where antiques, jewelry, and other handmade crafts can be found. This is a perfect place for entertainment and observing local lifestyle.

[11:30-14:00] Lunch will be arranged as local special food, Yunnan Rice Noodles. And drive to Stone Forest about 2 hours.

[14:00-16:00] Visit to the the Stone Forest which is known as the First Wonder of the World and typical karst landform. The magnificent, strange and steep landscape of the Stone Forest creates countless labyrinthine vistas, all of which feature stones in various formations. Animals, plants, and even human figures can be found here.

[16:00-18:00] Drive back to Kunming city. For evening activity, we highly recommend the Yunnan Impression Show - Dynamic Yunnan as an option.

Stone Forest
Stone Forest

Day 3Kunming
Western Hill, Dragon Gate, Village of Ethnic Culture, Free at leisure

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Jinjiang Hotel ★★★★

[09:00-09:30] Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and visit the Spring City

[09:30-11:30] Drive to the west part of Kunming and take a visit of Western Hill, Dragon Gate .

[12:00-13:00] Lunch will be arranged at local restaurant, you have chance to enjoy the local delicious speciality.

[14:00-16:00] Visit the Village of Ethnic Culture which is  a window to show the cultures and customs of various ethnic groups of Yunnan.

[16:00-17:30] Drive back to hotel and free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Village of Ethnic Culture
Village of Ethnic Culture

Day 4Kunming - Lijiang
Take bullet train to Lijiang, Lijiang Ancient Town

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Golden Hotel ★★★★

In the morning, you will be transferred to the airport for a 3.5-hour bullet train to Lijiang .Upon arrival, be met at the train station and transferred to your hotel for check-in, enjoy your own free time for the rest of the day. You have enough time to visit this peaceful Lijiang Ancient Town with long history and profound Naxi culture.

Lijiang Ancient Town
Lijiang Ancient Town

Day 5Lijiang
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Yufeng Temple, Baisha Mural, Black Dragon Pond Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Golden Hotel ★★★★

[09:00-09:30] Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and start today’s tour.

[09:30-12:30] Drive to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and take cable car up to the Mountain. We will arrange the visit to Glacier Park at 4506 meters above sea level and get real close to the Snow Mountain. You can choose to hike on the mountain and get to the top at 4680 meters or just stroll around at Glacier Park and appreciate the holy Mountain peacefully.

[12:30-13:30] Lunch time at local restaurant in Baisha village nearby the Snow Mountain.

[13:30-16:30] In the afternoon, visit Yufeng Temple. The whole temple shows a distinctive and conjunct architecture style of Han Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, Taoism and the local Naxi Dongba Religion. The temple also has three courtyards and the famous great Camellia tree here had been more than 500 years old. Afterwards, pay a visit to Baisha Mural, which is the cradle of the Naxi culture and ancient capital of the Naxi Kingdom. Go back to Lijiang, on the way, have a short visit to Black Dragon Pond Park where is the perfect place to take photo of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain with reflection in the Pond.

[16:30-17:30] Drive back to the hotel and enjoy your free time in Lijiang old town or go to Suhe old town on your own for the evening bonfire party.

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

Day 6Lijiang - Tiger Leaping Gorge
Drive to Tiger Leaping Gorge, Hiking from Qiaotou to Halfway Guest House

Meals: Breakfast
Recommended Hotel: Halfway Guest House
Hiking Duration: 6-7hours

After breakfast, be driven 100km to Qiaotou Town (Tiger Leaping Gorge Town), you will then start your trekking from Qaiotou Primary School to Half-way Guesthouse via Changsheng VillageZhong Nuoyu Village and 28 Zigzag Bends Trail. Stay overnight in the Halfway Guest House on a mountain.

Tiger Leaping Gorge
Tiger Leaping Gorge

Day 7Tiger Leaping Gorge
Hiking from Halfway Guest House to Haba Jokul Y.H.

Meals: Breakfast
Recommended Hotel: Haba Jokul International Youth Hostel
Hiking Duration: 6 -7 hours

Get up early in the morning then hiking to Tina's Guesthouse and have lunch there. Continue to down to trekking to the Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge. In the afternoon, back to Tina's House. And then, be transferred to Haba Jokul International Youth Hostel to stary overnight.

Tiger Leaping Gorges
Tiger Leaping Gorges

Day 8Haba Hokul Y.H. - Shangri-La
Drive to Shangri-La, Baishui Terrace, Potatso National Park


Meals: Breakfast
Recommended Hotel: Tian Rui Sunshine Hotel ★★★★

Today after breakfast, starts from Haba Jokul Y.H.. A stop to Baishui Terrace for catching the amazing scenery in Yunnan. Then visit Potatso National Park by hiking along the plank (green vans available in scenic area). After arrival Shangri-la, catch up with some good rest after check-in your hotel in Shangri-la.

Baishui Terrace
Baishui Terrace
 

Day 9Shangri-La - Kunming
Songzanlin Lamasery, Fly to Kunming

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Jinjiang Hotel ★★★★

Get up early, you will drive to Songzanlin Lamasery and take a visit, which is the largest lamasery in existence. After that, be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Kunming.

Songzanlin Lamasery
Songzanlin Lamasery

Day 10Departure Kunming
Transfer service to airport

Meals: Breakfast

Free at leisure until be transferred to the airport for the return flight or the flight to the next stop.

Service Ends

Note: Not recommended to have Tiger Leaping Gorge between May and August:
Reason 1. Rainy season falls into this period. And the thunderstorm may have threats for the life.
Reason 2. High temperature will be another reason to let you tired out.

Tour Price (US$ per person)

Notice:
Due to the uncertainties of this tour, such as special local conditions , the changes of accommodation rate, etc, the tour has to be tailor-made and its price is on request. Please tell us in advance your group information inclusive of departure date, number of pax, and other individual needs, which will be helpful to work out a fit program and the right price.

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5.0

ladislavcervenka

5.0

Tom was an amazing tour guide during our stay in Beijing, he was helpful, thoughtful, always on time, very knowledgeable and very flexible when we wanted to make adjustments on our schedule... thanks to him we had an amazing experience in China :-) We never had a better guide than Tom We definitely recommend him and TCT to anybody coming to Beijing and to China Thank you Tom!!!!
StuS81

5.0

Booked on this site via tour. Gorgeous scenery throughout relaxing morning cruise down Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo. Provided decent lunch on board. However, couldn't understand English of guide on board ship. After cruise group divided into side tours. Bus was 2 hours late in picking us up for return to Guilin and due to lack of organization and incompetent, non English speaking tour guide, bus dropped us off 30 minutes from our hotel at 9 pm at night with no taxi in sight.
ReginaPuebloWest

5.0

My daughter and I took a private tour with Top China Travel to Shanghai, Guilin, Chengdu, Xian and Beijing. I really enjoyed the private tour as opposed to a bus tour, because we were able to discuss some details with our tour guides and make slight changes to the itinerary. For example, we loved the Panda Reserve in Chengdu, so instead of leaving early to have lunch elsewhere, we were able to eat sandwiches there and spend more time with the pandas. Also, while visiting Tiananmen Square I commented to our guide that it would be interesting to go inside Chairman Mao's Mausoleum someday and see his preserved body. The guide noticed that the line wasn't long and asked if we'd like to go now. We said 'yes', and he took us in even though it wasn't on the itinerary. We had to pay a small fee to check our bags since no bags are allowed inside, but we loved our guide's flexibility. Bus tours aren't as flexible. Two of our favorite days were the Chengdu Panda Reserve and hiking the Wohushan Great Wall. I must mention that hiking the Wohushan Great Wall was very difficult and took every ounce of energy we had; it isn't for everyone. But if you are in good shape and love challenging hikes, you may really enjoy this hike. (Other visitors should visit another section of the Great Wall.) Another favorite day happened in Shanghai. It was a very personal day. My daughter was adopted from Shanghai, so we asked Janet at Top China Travel to help us visit her orphanage. They were able to arrange this visit. It meant a lot to us. The two places where I wish we had spent more time was in Guilin and the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. Guilin is a lovely town with five lakes that are connected and surrounded by a park that stretches across the small city. There is also a lovely shopping area in town. It would have been nice to have another two - four hours to simply walk and relax in Guilin. It can get hot there, so this extra time might not be fun if its mid-day during the summer months. The Temple of Heaven was nice, but what I really loved was the park surrounding it. The Chinese gather there to exercise, practice martial arts, sing, dance, play games and much, much more. I could have easily spent 2 hours simply relaxing in the park watching people. All of the hotels were nice and clean. All of the breakfast meals at the hotels were wonderful. All of our guides were eager to please, although we had trouble understanding a couple of them. There English was always good, but sometimes the pronunciation needed improvement. Our favorite guides were Cherry in Guilin and Jimmy in Beijing. We loved our tour agent, Janet. She was helpful from the beginning of the planning process all the way through the end of our trip. If I return to China, I will use Top China Travel again.
Jennifer T

5.0

I wasn’t told about pick up time until very late the night before (and I had to contact them about it). They did upgrade us from a group tour to a private one though, which was nice. Our driver and guide were the same person. He picked us up from our hotel in the morning and drove us to the place where we boarded the cruise. He got our tickets for us and told us he’d be waiting for us when the ship docked at Yangshuo. The cruise itself was very nice. It was 4 hours and included a boxed lunch (the food was actually pretty good). The views were great and it was nice to be able to alternate between being outside on the deck and inside. The only bad thing about the cruise is that all the announcements about what we were passing were all in Chinese. When we docked, we met our guide and he took us to West St (really cool), Ten-Mile Gallery, and we went bamboo rafting on Yulong River (this was awesome and I highly recommend this)! At the end of the day, he dropped us off at Chongshan at our request (we had asked him for a recommendation for a place with good Guilin rice noodles and apparently Chongshan is known for that). We liked that our guide/driver took great photos for us throughout the day. However, we were disappointed that we felt a bit rushed. We also felt that he was trying to sell us side trips, which bothered us a little. Also, when we were driving back to Guilin someone hit the car from behind (it wasn’t our driver’s fault) and I hit my head pretty hard yet he didn’t ask us if we were okay.
snoopy10463

5.0

We booked our trip with Top China Travel a private tour and was amazing experience. We were 4 people , just ladies. It was very well organized, our Spanish guides in the different cities very good especially Leon in Xian, the best. They were very knowledgeable and took care of us. Every time we went to another city, they didn't leave us until the check-in at the different airports. Our agent Raylene did an excellent job, organizing our trip, she was on top of everything. Thanks Raylene for our unforgettable vacation.
Natasha J

5.0

I can't recommend this company enough!!I started talking to Yocky via the chat system on their website, as we wanted to do a 2.5 week trip around China. Our itinerary was:Shenzhen-Beijing-Xian-Kunming-Dongchuan-Chengdu-Guilin-SanyaHere's how things went:1) She was instant in her replies and responded to subsequent emails within the hour (and trust me, I sent A LOT of emails). She was always so thorough and efficient.2) She made us a tailor made trip that covered everything we wanted, including some slightly more off the beaten track attractions.3) She helped us keep to our budget and suggested reasonable things we could cut out when things were too expensive (not something many companies would do as they are trying to make a quick buck).4) She listened to all of our requests for things such as early morning flights, vegetarian food, and readjusting itineraries.5) All our drivers and guides were EXCELLENT; they were prompt, kind, spoke excellent English and had a wealth of knowledge about all the sites we saw. All the cars on our private tours were nice and comfortable and had water.6) Despite asking for 3* hotels, all 7 hotels we stayed in seemed like 4* to us and all included breakfast.7) With such a large and complicated trip there were bound to be a few hiccups (e.g. there was a marathon in Xian one day which meant a lot of roads were closed, so we couldn't access sites). Yocky was in touch with us the entire time and helped us rearrange our plans quickly and ordered complimentary tickets to a show to make up for the inconvenience.We were so nervous about our first trip to China as we speak no mandarin and are strict vegetarian but honestly this was one of the best trips of our life; this company made it so easy for us and I really can't imagine having been able to do it myself any better!
Eve N

5.0

My 19 year old daughter and her friend wanted to see something of China before spending 8 weeks studying in Beijing. Rebecca from TCT arranged the itinerary. Everything went extremely smoothly and the girls had a wonderful time which included bicycle riding, sechuan opera and the panda breeding center. One of the guides in particular went over and above the call of duty to give the girls a great time. My daughter had her birthday during the trip and rebecca arranged for the guide to buy a beautiful birthday cake for her. it was the trip of a lifetime.
fweinhappl

5.0

The professional service and arrangements exceeded our expectations. Although we travelled during Chinese autumn holiday and places were crowded, the tour was very pleasant and very well organized. As a Swiss living and working in China, I am very impressed by the diversity and beauty of this country. We have booked several tours with Top China Travel Guilin Tracy (Xi'an, Chengdu, Jiuzhaigou, Huanlong, Zhangjiejie, Guilin) and everything went very smooth from the beginning to the end of our journey. The places we have visited were all super nice and people super friendly.
bob

5.0

My wife and I chose TCT to plan a two week private tour of China for us and we are very glad that we did. Yocky, our travel planner, was excellent and everything worked out exactly as she had told us it would. The guides were well chosen and by and large spoke quite passable English. The younger ones sometimes tended to try and cram too much to do in one day for an older couple, but they were very flexible and quite willing to make minor alterations to our set progamme on our request. All in all, I would recommend TCT to anyone who wants an in depth look at China and its people.
Gaby P

5.0

My husband wasn't even interested in China, after researching all of the great things to discover, checking reviews, services and prices we decides to trust TripAdvisor reviews and we booked with Top China Travel, PRIVATE TOUR. OMG, it was amazing!, we booked with Rebecca, very professional, she answered all of my questions and we had manny, we went the to get our Visa at the China consulate in San Francisco it was ready in 3 days, we book our own flights. When we got to Beijing beautiful and safe city, there was our first PRIVATE tour Guide, Daniell, even our plain was delayed, when to a very nice car with our driver, very nice hotel Howard Johnson Beijing, all of the hotels very nice, like 4 to 5 stars. After that we went on high speed train to Xi'an, we wanted to experience 305 Km per hour speed, the same thing great city, private tour is the way to go! It was only getting better, then Chongqing, Yangtze river cruise so beautiful and peaceful, Shanghai, waw, Guilin a must see natural beauty, then Hong Kong, every thing was so well coordinated, the bilingual guides super nice, the breakfast and lunch included more than enough to skip dinner. My husband says now, "Money well Spent", we recommend TOP CHINA TRAVEL" to anybody, thank you Rebecca
pravin55

5.0

We travelled to china with TCT visiting Beijing, Xian and Shanghai, and had a wonderful time To begin with it was a pleasure interacting with our tour adviser LILY, who never got tired with our frequent change of program and dates.The arrangements were perfect, (the pickups and drops, the guides and other services).Being a vegetarian we were a bit apprehensive, but to our surprise it was also taken care very well. We have no reservations to recommend TCT and would love to take their services in future
Raghavan A

5.0

We signed up with TCT after reading reviews of Tibet tour agencies. Our trip included 4 days in Lhasa, two in Shigatse and one at the base camp. TCT made all the arrangements including the Tibet permit, hotels, tour guide, car and the driver for the entire trip. The arrangements were superb. The guide and the driver were very accommodating to our needs and made the entire trip very convenient. At the base camp, the guide even arranged for extra oxygen in case we need it. She was also very helpful in advising us as how to get acclimated to the altitude. The entire trip was smooth and enjoyable and we would highly recommend TCT for travel to Tibet.
YANHONG Q

5.0

We are a group of 14 people. We really enjoyed the trip in Guilin which was arranged by TCT Bonnie. Bonnie is very professional and enthusiastic. Guilin is very beautiful place with nice natural scenery. Our trip in Guilin has been unforgettable. We will highly recommend our friends to use TCT for their trip in China.
Justine G

5.0

Our family of four just completed a 8 day tour with TCT. Janet helped organize a fantastic itinerary that was flexible and accommodating for our 75 year old mother. We loved the cable car up to the Great wall and Xi'an City wall. Yuyuan Gardens, the trip up the Pearl Tower and all the temples were breathtaking sites. The Capital Hotel in Beijing and Ramada Hotel in Xi'an were very good and the breakfasts diverse and tasty. Every lunch was an taste adventure and we loved the Beijing peking Duck dinner. The guides were very knowledgeable and we enjoyed our guide, Summer, in Xi'an very much. Thank you for an extremely enjoyable and memorable tour! Outstanding!!!
A TripAdvisor Member

5.0

I booked the 8 day Beijing, Xian and Shanghai tour. Merry was our guide in Beijing. She was great. Met us at airport. Was on time for all transfers and communicated everything to us ahead of time. We let her make the food choices for us after she enquirered what we like. She chose very well. The food was outstanding. She asked what we liked and catered our tour to our liking. We added to one day making it a 12 hour day. She was polite and professional throughout. We stayed at Howard Johnsons Paragon hotel. It wAs a nice hotel and the complimentary breakfasts were great. Off to the next portion of our trip.
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