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.

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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

Marianne L

5.0

We are currently still traveling but wanted to give a review of our Beijing section of the trip. Firstly, when we explored options on tours on the internet we sent email from the TCT website requesting information. Janet replied and from there on the planning was effortless. She accommodated all that we wanted to see into a well planned trip. She was responsive and prompt in her replies from China and could speak english well. We arrived at our first destination in Beijing. Our guide, Eric Gu, greeted us at the airport with a big smile. For last 3 days he has shown us the attractions. He is very knowledgable, patient, flexible and fun. Speaks excellent english also. He made extra effort to accommodate our requests and waited patiently while we were eating delicious food, buying pearls and handbags and booking us theatre tickets to the Kung Fu show. We cannot have enough thanks for the good service we got. Stay tuned for the rest of our trip. On the Xian and Shanghai now.
andyanne2017

5.0

We recently returned from a 16 day tour of China. Our holiday was organised by Rebecca Wei who was a pleasure to deal with. We arrived in Beijing and departed from Shanghai. There was lots to organise as we had two internal flights and three train journeys as well as three nights on a boat cruising the Yangtze river. All the arrangments fell into place like clockwork, our guides were excellent, spoke very good english and had a good knowledge of the places we visited. We saw some fantastic sights but some of the highlights for us were The Great Wall, The Yungang Grottoes, The Hanging Temple Datong, The terrracotta warriors and the muslim quarter in Xiang and the cruise on the Yangtze. We travelled in September so the temperatures were around 28C [ fine for us as we live in Durban] it is also a good time as the lines to get enterance to some places were very short. There was a lot of walking involved so comfortable walking shoes are a must as well as a sun hat. We stayed in a couple of "traditional" hotels which we loved and then some very upmarket hotels. The exception was the hotel in Xiang which scored 100% on location but had some very unfriendly staff a poor restaurant as well as putting us in an unrenovated room for the first night. We moved to the renovated floors for the other night which was much better. I should add here that this was a mistake by the hotel not TCT] My one regret is that we should have stayed a night in Wuzhen Water Town but that really was not practical as we had to leave our hotel in Shanghai at 4 in the morning to catch the flight home. We have some wondefull memories so thank you Rebecca and TCT for organizing a really interesting holiday Andrew and Anne B, DurbanSouth Africa
Leandri P

5.0

We did a private tour of Beijing and the Mutianyu portion of the Great Wall in October. The company seamlessly put together the tour for us (graciously making changes to accommodate our preferences) without any problems. All the staff I dealt with (Joyce as the organizer and Sisi as the tour guide) was absolutely fantastic. Very kind and knowledgeable people who goes out of their way to make suggestions to ensure the most amazing experience you could possibly have. I wholeheartedly recommend this company for anyone wanting to travel to China. Truly an amazing company!
Johnf8958

5.0

From the minute I contacted Vicky at Top China Travel to book our holiday, to the time we were taken to Pudong airport for our flight home, the experience was perfect. My wife and I visited Beijing, Xian and Shanghai and all of our tour guides were fluent in English, very knowledgeable and very friendly. Thank you Vicky and all at TCT and I will definitely be in contact when I return to China.
Karan J

5.0

From the 1st point of contact till the end Joyce was great and helped plan a perfect trip which I was for a short time in Beijing. I was traveling alone and was recommended to join a small group of fellow travelers which was perfect. Great tour guide with a clean bus. Pick up on time and overall a great experience.
World_lover4

5.0

TCT was very helpful in our Guilin trip. We are vegetarians and they made sure we were well fed. We had a private tour with TCT and my only regret was that I wish it had included a Li river cruise to Ghanshou. Make sure you ask for one instead of going by road.
EllenD190

5.0

Eric has been our guide in Beijing and he has been wonderful. Every request we have made he has managed to meet making our trip very satisfactory. He is charming and energetic
P F

5.0

Top China Travel Guide Jim in Beijing was an excellent guide for a solo tourist. He was attentive, passionate about Chinese history and very service oriented. He set the bar high for the following travel guides in Xian, Guilin and Shanghai. Overall the itinerary for my solo tour was amazing and I have so many awesome photos of my trip in China. Ask for Jim if you go to Beijing with TCT.
carsomyrx

5.0

This fantastic tour covered the cities of Shanghai, Xian and Beijing. On Shanghai the tour guide was Daniel, who was really skilled and accurate, always making appropriate description and tips related to the surroundings. For Beijing, the guide was Dean, who had superb details on every historical details for every monument. Also, he was really helpful and was always checking to make the trip really smooth. This is by far one of the best experiences I ever had!
Joan M

5.0

This 6-Day tour of Beijing was fantastic! Our tour guide, Tom, gave us lots of great information about China's rich history as we toured Tiananmen Square, the Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace, the Beijing Zoo, a tea house, a pearl factory, a silk factory, a Hutong tour (where we painted face masks in the Peking Opera style) and the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China! The toboggan ride down from the Great Wall was especially memorable! Be sure to include this exciting ride in your itinerary. We learned about the different dynasties, some of the Emperors who built or re-built the historic landmarks in Beijing and the fascinating Dragon Lady! We also saw a great Kung Fu show and, thanks to some last-minute arranging by Tom, we were also able to see an incredible acrobatics show after a delicious Peking Duck dinner. Tom even arranged for one of the locals at the Temple of Heaven to lead us through some TaiChi. This tour is worth every penny. I can't imagine trying to navigate your way around this huge city without a driver and tour guide. There is no way we could've seen even half of what we did in such a short amount of time. We didn't have to worry about driving, parking, buying tickets or standing in line. Tom and the driver took care of all of those time-consuming details for us. Tom taught us so much with his stories and commentary along the tour and he also went way above and beyond by recruiting the help of one of his friends to help us package up all our purchases and ensuring they would fit on the train and plane on our way home! If you are planning a visit to Beijing, make the most of your time and sign up for this tour. You will see more, learn more and have more fun! Be sure to ask for Tom.
Chris W

5.0

When planning our China trip we read many trip advisor reviews and noticed Janet Chan’s name came up a number of times so we asked for her to arrange our journey across this fascinating land. What a great choice we made, she listened and responded to our questions and arranged all our trip that went off without any problems. We didn’t want shopping nor group travel and she responded brilliantly. Two days hiking on the wall with fabulous guide Miko, in fact all our guides and drivers were just excellent. High speed train meant we saw lots of China’s varied countryside and went to some out of the way places. We can only say great things about TCT and especially Janet Chan if you are planning a trip. Thank you Janet for an exciting and memorable trip!
Chris n Jools Winstanley
karenilena

5.0

wonderful visit and wonderful guide Li. Li showed us all the charms of this great city together with our Li river tour. We fell in love with this place and Yangshou. Great place to visit and it was a favourite city in all the cities we visited. great guide
tctchina2019

5.0

We were a bit nervous about using a company that none of our friends had used and therefore had no personal recommendation, but they were amazing. The hotels were great, what we saw was amazing and our private tour guide took us to the places we really wanted to visit. We had 2 days in Beijing and wished we had longer. There is so much history there and our guide, Jennifer, was so knowledgeable. She is a history graduate so knew her history. The Great Wall was as great as you can image it. Our guide took us to the Mutianyu area of the wall where there weren't too many tourists and if you walked a couple of miles or so you can get away from them so easily, especially early in the tourist season. I do wish we had a longer time on the wall but it was so much fun coming down from the wall on a toboggan slide! At Xi'an, where we had 2 days, our guide took us to meet one of the farmers who discovered the terra-cotta army and that made that visit even more special. Old Xi'an is also fascinating and worth walking around the wall or taking a bike ride on it. We didn't have as much time in Shanghai, so only really saw the Bund area. We went up the Shanghai World Financial Center but when we got to the top, It was in the clouds so couldn't see much, though when we went down a level the clouds had lifted and the view was amazing. We did do a night river cruise on the Huangpu river which was our favorite thing to do. Top China Travel really do know how to pack as much into your trip as possible. Our train or plane transfers were in the evening so we had the day to visit and our guides really did help us with everything we needed. Our drivers provided bottled water in their cars, and the driver in Chengdu even provided Wifi in his car. In Shanghai we ended up with 3 guides and our driver was a smoker and even though he didn't smoke while we were in his car, it really smelled of smoke, but that wasn't the case at the other places. Vicky was our tour consultant and we were able to meet her in Guilin which was so nice. She really did answer any questions we had and was able to upgrade us to a better room in Guilin as our first room was way too warm. Not only did she make sure that we had a great experience in her country but also helped us with getting our visas. We had an amazing experience and have recommended Top China Travel to our family and friends.
diacamand

5.0

With Bonnie in TCT we organized a 12 days private tour, and she was really amazing. She organized more than 5 times our trip!!! She helped us with all duties, questions, everything!! All our guides were really good, high professional behavior, knowledge and advice. All of them did their best to let us to see as much as possible and gave us the best suggestions!!! Thanks a lot to Kurt in Beijing, Lee in Xian Susan in Guilin, Ken in Chongqing, Amber in Yichang and Vicky in Shanghai!!! GREAT!!! If you can ask for them, do it!! They were very professional, flexible and helpful. Thanks a lot, all of you, to make our trip unforgettable!!!
rae m

5.0

Just returned home to the US after a 6 day China Tour. TCT, our guide Cathy, drivers and Janet our tour organizer all exceeded our expectations. We especially appreciated the ability to shorten or lengthen our days as our energy levels permitted - this was truly a private tour experience.
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