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

JrnyJunkie

5.0

The views are stunning and the boat that we were on had VIP seating for just our group with a private balcony to view the river.
ralphrarb

5.0

I highly recommend Top China Travel (TCT) in particular Janet Chan for her excellent professional services in organising our recent tour in China. My wife and I did not want a group tour because we wanted greater flexibility so Janet put together a tour that took in all the major sight seeing cities. It was very well organised, the accommodation was great e.g. excellent locations, English speaking and delicious buffet breakfasts and close to all the major sights that will leave us with lasting memories. Her choice of guides was very good, they also spoke excellent English and had good personalities and were all very knowledgeable, the drivers were also very good and drove safely. In summary we believe that TCT provided a quality value added service and would recommend TCT to anyone looking for a reliable Chinese agency for organising their travels. Ralph Arbon Brisbane, Australia
Dr Hindie K

5.0

My husband and I and our friends--another couple that we have been traveling with for over 20 years--decided on China and Hong Kong for this year. After doing a significant amount of research, I contacted Top China Travel and spoke with Rebecca, who remained our trip advisor and who helped me design a highly customized trip. Rebecca was AMAZING!!! She is excellent to work with, very knowledgeable and highly professional. Over the course of our trip we visited 5 cities: Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Shanghai and Hong Kong. In each city, we were greeted by a guide at the airport and taken to our hotel by our private driver in very comfortable vans. The hotels were beautiful and the sites were all wonderful. All in all, we had a glorious time on this trip; expertly organized and very accommodating to our specific and personal needs. This is a great company and I recommend them most highly!!!! A word about our Guides: they were all EXCELLENT and truly made our trip more enjoyable. We received remarkable attention; our guides were always one step ahead in planning our itinerary in the most comfortable way. We learned a lot from all of them about the fascinating history of China and all the beautiful sites. And always with a smile!! I would like to make mention of one Guide who was EXTRAORDINARY!! HER NAME IS TING AND SHE WAS OUR GUIDE DURING OUR STAY IN SHANGHAI!! Ting was very personable, knowledgeable, forever cheerful, and used her expert knowledge of Shanghai to really give us an inside view of this glorious city!! I recommend her most highly!! In Beijing, our Guide was SISI (hope I am spelling the name properly!) She was also truly wonderful and gave us a great tour of the city!! Sisi really knows her history!! Similarly our guides in the other cities were excellent as well. Our drivers were all very good as well. All in all, this was a fabulous trip!! As highly seasoned travelers, we have developed discriminating tastes in travel. When we are ready to return to China to see more of this beautiful country, I will not hesitate: I will call Top China Travel immediately!!
Geonannie

5.0

Top China Travel is the the tops! I booked an 21 day tour of China for my husband and I and from the very first contact with Lily Lui I was totally impressed. We communicated via e-mail and Lily was very quick and helpful with her responses. Because this was not our first trip to China, I wanted an itinerary that was different from the norm. Lily's recommendations were top notch. The hotels she used were top shelf as we requested. Our guides and drivers were fantastic. What impressed me the most was that when we were in China, Lily called to speak to me and make sure everything was going well. When I ran into some issues due to altitude sickness, I contacted her and she had the itinerary changes done and finalized within an hour. This was a private tour with guide and driver and I honestly can say there was not one thing I wished we had done differently. Thanks to Top China Travel and Lily our trip to China was perfect. I will definitely be contacting Lily when we return to China for yet another visit.
tannedbabe

5.0

We (party of 4) have only positive reviews for our recent Beijing tour (sept 28 to oct 2, 2017) with Top China Travel. We read other travellers' review before choosing top china travel and they were accurate as our trip was seamless, no hiccups and Linda our english tour guide made sure we got to see as much as we could in those 5 days. Linda met us at the airport without a glitch and took us to Howard Johnson paragon, checked us in and made sure we got everything we needed for the evening. The next day Linda arrived promptly at the hotel to start our tour. Linda made sure we understood when she was explaining the history of all the sites. She knows a lot of historical information, quoting dates and names of emperors, etc. For our lunches she made sure she ordered the spicy food we enjoyed tremendously. When we were leaving Linda came inside the airport to make sure we went to the right counter to check in. Our hats off to the driver Mr. Zhao who was always on time in picking us up at all locations, despite the heavy traffic and some impatient drivers on the road. We had a very positive experience with Top china travel and highly recommend them to all travelers..
johnhagnas

5.0

In september 2016 we (2 couples from Finland) started to plan for a real encounter with Asia. Quite soon the project grew and we decided to ask for help. Top China Travel made it easy for us in China. We gave rough guidelines and Janet made a proposal based on that. After some iteration (we did not want everything) we ended up in a plan. The plan was good, if not excellent, and the price within our budget. Deal! In april we spent three incredible weeks in China. Now we are back home and have digested the whole thing. We are very happy. Janet and her guides made it so easy for us and everything worked perfect. This is incredble, because we traveled around a lot. By train, car, air...tickets, time schedules, hotels...perfect! Thank you. In really recommend. John
Kiwimac53

5.0

We were looking for a tour in SW China while in the area for work and found this one. While we wouldn't normally get a private tour but surprisingly it was actually cheaper than most of the group tours in the area and was great value. While I would usually rather keep one guide for the whole tour, as you get to know each other and they get to know what you are interested in, we changed guides 5 times during this trip (fortunately we had the same guide in Kunming at the start and end of the tour which was a real bonus as Murphy, our Kunming based guide, was excellent.) In this case changing guides had the advantage of local knowledge at each site so compensated for the change. Of the 4 guides we had 3 excellent and 1 very good with each of them working hard to look after us and make sure we enjoyed our trip. Vicky, our Dali based guide was also extremely good making our time there a highlight. The tour gives you 2 days at each base ie travel in the morning, have the afternoon and the next day touring the area then drive to the next base. We chose the driving tour as we feel it gives you a better experience of the area and you get to see the locals in action. All the drivers we had were great - they went out of their way to look after us and were very safe, which is saying something for driving in China. While all of the guides were very fluent in English none of the drivers could speak English which was a slight disadvantage as you didn't have the guides with you when traveling between bases but the friendliness and helpfulness of the drivers more than made up for this. The tour was very well organised and we knew what we were doing from the time we met our guide on arrival at the Kunming railway station to when we walked through security at the airport on our way out. The tour comes with 4,5 and 6 star accommodation choices and we went for the cheapest 4 star option. While the English at the hotels was limited the guides made sure we were checked in and out and took care of any issues (which were minimal). The 4 star option is largely "Chinese style" hotels ie designed for Chinese visitors with breakfast consisting of what many westeners would consider dinner style food but there was always eggs and toast for the less adventurous. The hotels were all clean and comfortable and generally very well located. The Hotel in Kunming (Jin Jang Inn) was a bonus as it seemed higher than 4 star and we stayed there both on our way in and out. As well as breakfast, lunch came with the tour which was enjoyable as the guides choose the restaurants so we got a variety. I got the feeling that most of the restaurants were owned by friends or family or there was some arrangement with the guide, but as you get to formally review each guide and the meals at the end of each stop they work hard to make sure you enjoy the meal and there was always an abundance of food. We tried a range of local cuisine and there was only one meal we didn't think was up to par. You get your own dinner which also suited us as there is invariably a range of restaurants or for the more adventurous there is the street vendors and you can choose what you want. The vehicles we were driven in were all very good- plenty of space and very comfortable. Being a private tour, while there was a set itinerary, which was diverse and very interesting with something for most people, the guides could tweak it to suit individual interests eg more time at one site and less at another. It is easy to get a bit templed out but overall the itinerary was a good mic of nature and culture. I would thoroughly recommend the tour and the company and we will be looking to the company if/when we go back - Guilin is next on the list as the guides were very happy to discus what they thought we would and wouldn't enjoy based on working with us on this tour,
Til R

5.0

We were met at the airport by Christina Xiena from TCT at Xi'an train station. She was curtious and extremely knowledgeable. She started telling us the history of our scheduled itinerary in the car on the way to the hotel. That inspired and excited us for our upcoming visit to Xi'an. She was enthusiastic, energetic and protective. The hotel was great too. She took us to the Terracotta Army excavations, the Huashan Mountain, Thai Chi demonstration on the Wall of the City, calligraphy at the TangBo Museum, arranged our massages at her local salon (amazing!), Muslem area trip, pearl factory, lots of food and shopping. She was so willing to accommodate our every whim. She put me and my friend on the plane to Shanghai and helped us get our extra luggage on the plane using contacts from her travel company. In Shanghai we were met by Vicky. Another great guide. She knew how to get us around the city and most certainly spoke very good English. She took us to the Silk factory, Bottle opener building (Shanghai financial center) , Water city (unexpected add-on to the tour), Buddhist temple, plenty shopping and food. The hotel was great again. We recommend this travel company. You will never be disappointed. You can trust them from all angles.
Jose M

5.0

Back in Lisbon, Portugal after a safe trip. Two weeks in China went fast. The first week, in Beijing, was for professional reasons (Conference), on our own (myself and my wife). We had visit Beijing nine years ago. We got now a better knowledge of Beijing (we use a lot the subway system this time, although taxis are affordable) and after this we discover Shangai and Hangzhou. The trip was organized quite in the last moment and TCT (Vicky Lu) was very helpful. Most of business was done by email and phone. We had visit in the past: Nanjing, HK, Macau, Guanzhou and Shenzen. This last week… the trip went ok and all the transfers were easy and the guides always on time. The drivers were nice and professional. The guides were sympatic and careful. In general the guides had a good (reasonable) handling of English. We met briefly twice Jane in Beijing. She took good care of us. Our guide in Shangai (Aiko?) made us see the planned journey and she was kind. Our guide in Hangzhu (Momo) was very easy to deal, more open and had quite good domain of English. She was funny. Lucas (we only meet him briefly) took us to Shangai train station. Nice guy. All the lunch meals were quite acceptable and the choice made in local restaurants pleased us. The Equatorial Hotel in Shangai was comfortable and up to the standards required (although no internet was complementary included in the room, why not?). The Hotel was located a little faraway from the center (beginning of West Nanjing Road) but it was easy to get restaurants near by. Since taxis are cheap in China, we could move easily to the People´s Square zone and West Nanjing Road … and other places (Pudong, etc). The West Lake Hotel in Hangzhou was below our expectations. We found the Train Stations fantastic, modern, functional and well organized… much better than in Europe. A suggestion… the local guides could give more hints for “things to do “ after the program. Myself and my wife… we are quite easy going and curious and we find our own way in order to know better the places we are visiting… but for other people visiting a few suggestions could help. Overall we had a good time. José Moura
Katie E

5.0

After much research we decided to go with Top China Travel for our 15 day trip to China. We worked with Janet and what a wonderful help she was. Janet answered our multitude of questions with patience. She offered helpful suggestions, helped us with our tour on the spot when a plane flight was cancelled, booked us outstanding hotels, and we had excellent service. They even called us and wondered if everything was going well in China. From the moment we touched down in China, our tour guides and drivers were right there for us showing us sights, answering questions, changing plans if we wanted to see other things, and helped us above and beyond what we expected. We went to Beijing, Xian, Xining, Lhasa, Chongqing, on a Yangtze River Cruise, visited Yichang and Shanghai. Quite the amazing trip. I would highly recommend Top China Travel for your travel needs to China. They were also reasonably priced. Thanks Top China Travel and Janet. What a trip!
Rich H

5.0

I come from Poland and I visited China with a 60 pax group to China last month. Janet was in charge of all the arrangement of our group in China. She stayed with our group throughout our stay and she was with us to Beijing, Xian and Shanghai. She was very helpful and all the arrangement was very well and especially in emergency situations - someone got lost, missing luggage The entire stay in China was wonderfull. I hope it shortly to come back here with my family :-) I am pleased to recommend to everyone Top China Travel and Janet’s service . Rich55
silvertop65

5.0

My wife and I booked a private tour with Top China Travel for 6 days , From the outset the help we got from TCT was first class and Joyce our representative in China answered all our questions and tailored the tour accordingly . On arrival at Beijing airport the guide Venus and driver Mr Howe were there to meet us and take us to our very comfortable hotel which TCT had arranged. The second day we visited the Great Wall which was fantastic. Neil the guide for this trip was knowledgeable and very informative and later in the day we wandered around the beautiful Summer Palace at leisure. The Forbidden City with Venus our lovely guide was incredible as was meeting local people in the Hutong and market. A trip to Xi An to see the Terracotta Warriers taking the bullet train from Beijing was incredible travelling at 306 kilometres an hour. Comfortable and spotless taking just 4hr 20min to cover 1,200 Kms . Again when we arrived in Xi An station our guide Vincy and the driver Mr Toa were there to meet us and take us to our hotel. The next morning our car driver and guide took us to the Buddhist Pagoda in Xi An the first to be built in China, Very Interesting and so peaceful. The terracotta warriors were incredible, a massive site with five pits. We cannot thank Top China Tours enough for helping us to have an experience of a life time and we recommend them unreservedly. Clive and Lynne..
efjm23

5.0

My wife (34) and I (35) took a 13-day trip to China during the last two weeks of May organized by Top China Travel. Our tour organizer was Janet Chan with whom we had a very excellent experience. The arrangements were flawless. We did not join a group, all the arrangements were made only for the two of us. We had a guide, a driver and a sedan car in each city. All the internal flights, cruise and train tickets, and any other ground transportation was arranged by TCT. We visited Beijing, Xian, Guilin-Yangshuo, Chongxing-Yangtze River Cruise, and Shanghai. I won't talk too much about the cities since there is plenty of information in the internet. I just can tell that China is amazing. My top favorite sites/monuments/attractions were: The Great Wall (Mutianyu section), Terracotta Warriors, bicycle ride in Yangshuo, bicycle ride in Xian City Wall, cooking lesson in Yangshuo, shopping at Tianzifang and Old Town market in Shanghai and the food EVERYWHERE. The hotel selection by TCT was good, however, depending on needs and tastes, I would recommend to discuss and agree with TCT on specific hotels after doing a little research. Reasons: breakfast selection might not be suitable for everybody (chinese breakfast is very different from occidental breakfast), some hotels might not enforce non-smoking policies hard enough (Novotel Peace in Beijing for example). The Yangtze River cruise was a really nice experience, the landscapes are unique. It's something worth seeing. We took the President #8 Ship, the rooms are clean and comfortable, however, the entertainment activities on board are limited. Overall experience in China was excellent and I definitely recommend Top China Travel as the agency of choice.
Willy-Yosef

5.0

We are 2 older couples from Israel and returned 10 days ago from China. I think it was one of my most impressionable foreign travels, if not the best. China is amazing and the tour was impeccably organized and executed by TCT. They did a great planning job, provided good advice in finalizing the itinerary, the whole tour was extraordinarily punctual , hotels were great, the guides knowledgeable and very friendly, even the Chinese lunches included in the tour that we intended to pass on, turned out, most of them , as interesting and definitely worth tasting. China is probably one of the few places one can afford a private tour without being a millionaire, and I can warmly recommend TCT as your tour organizer. Regev and Grunfeld families, Israel
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.
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