10 Days Best of Yunnan

Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la

Tour Code: TCT-Yunnan-02

Tour Type: Private Tour

Best Travel Time: Suitable for the whole year, best from April to November.

Price from $ 1356

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Tour Feature

  The most classic Yunnan tour package
  Enjoy the stunning highland natural view from Kunming to Shangri-la
  Discover the amazing ethnic cuture and costoms in southwest China
  Escape from the hustling and bustling cities to explore the beauty of nature in Shangri-la
 

What to Expect

Day Destination Highlights
01 Kunming Transfer service to hotel
02 Kunming Green Lake, Flowers and Birds Market, Stone Forest
03 Kunming Dali Dali Ancient Town, Three Pagodas
04 Dali Erhai Cruise, Xizhou Bai's House
05 Dali Lijiang Lijiang Ancient Town
06 Lijiang Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Yufeng Temple, Baisha Mural
07 Lijiang Shangri-La Tiger Leaping Gorge, Dukezong Ancient Town
08 Shangri-La Songzanlin Lamasery, Potatse National Park
09 Shangri-La Kunming Western Hill & Dragon Gate
10 Kunming Transfer service to airport

Tour Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Kunming

Meals: Breakfast
Recommended Hotel:Jinjiang Hotel ★★★★

Upon arrival in Kunming, your Kunming tour guide will wait for you at the airport and help you to transfer to the hotel.



Kunming City View
 

Day 2Kunming

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Jinjiang Hotel ★★★★
Sightseeing: Green Lake, Flowers and Birds Market, Stone Forest
 
[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 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, Kunming

Day 3Kunming Dali

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Landscape Hotel ★★★★
Sightseeing: Three Pagodas, Dali Ancient Town

Morning at leisure and be transferred to the airport for flight to Dali. Upon arrival, be met by our guide and lunch will be arranged later when you arrive in Dali town. Check in at the hotel and take a rest. Dali enjoys a very high fame for its four grand scenes, namely, Xiaguan's wind, Shangguan's flowers, Mt. Cangshan's snow and Erhai's moon.
 
[14:30-16:30] In the afternoon, enjoy leisure tour to Three Pagodas. The elegant, balanced and stately style is unique in China's ancient Buddhist architectures, which makes it a must-see in the tour of Dali. Hiking to the top is highly recommended where you can get full view of Dali old town and Erhai Lake. The reflection park is also a nice place to capture the classical photo with three Pagodas’ reflection.
[16:30-17:30] Back to hotel and enjoy your free time at Dali Ancient Town. Unlike any other Chinese town, the traditional Bai ethnic folk houses give the town distinctive feeling
Dali Ancient Town
 

Day 4Dali

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Landscape Hotel ★★★★
Sightseeing: Erhai Cruise, Xizhou Bai's House, Cangshan Mountain
 
[09:00-09:30] Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and get ready for today’s exploration of Dali city.
[09:30-12:30] Take a short visit to Xizhou Bai's Houses. People nowadays regard Xizhou as a town that is famous for the Bai minority culture. The old houses and streets are well preserved, through which visitors may still find some traces of past glory. After that, get on a small boat for Erhai Lake tour. Erhai Lake was formed by the subsidence of geological fault. It is reputed as the pearl on plateau for its beautiful scenery.
[12:30-13:30] Lunch time at Duan Shi restaurant serving local dishes, you can have a try of the Bai Minority food, especially the Boiled Fish with Pickled Cabbage and Chili.
[13:30-16:30] After lunch, you will spend the afternoon on Cangshan Mountain. The cable car service will be arranged up to Jade Belt gallery road and you can hike on Cangshan Mountain and have chance to visit Taoist temple and find the precious vegetation on the mountain. In a sunny day, the crystal water of Erhai Lake and the snow mantled Mt. Cangshan radiate with each other forming a beautiful picture.
[16:30-17:30] Go back to hotel and relax in the room. We would suggest you go to the night bar in the old town and highly recommend Bad Monkey Bar for the House music.


Erhai Lake
 

Day 5Dali Lijiang

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Sanhe Hotel ★★★★
Sightseeing: Lijiang Old Town
 
[11:00-11:30] Enjoy your peaceful time in the morning at the ancient town and check out at noon time
[11:30-14:00] Be transferred to Lijiang, the ideal destination for nature lovers and anyone interested in ancient people groups and their customs. Check in at the hotel in Lijiang old town after lunch and take a rest in the room
[14:00-17:00] In the afternoon, enjoy your free time at Lijiang Ancient town, which is perfectly adapted to the uneven topography of this key commercial and strategic site. We will give you a map of Lijiang old town. We would suggest you Sifang Street for the vivid nights and Lion Mountain for the panoramic view of Lijiang old town

Lijiang Ancient Town

 

Day 6Lijiang

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:
Sanhe Hotel ★★★★
Sightseeing: Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Yufeng Temple, Baisha Mural, Black Dragon Pond Park
 
[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
 

Day 7Lijiang Shangri-La

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Tian Rui Sunshine Hotel ★★★★
Sightseeing: Tiger Leaping Gorge, Dukezong Ancient Town
 
[09:30-10:00] Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and leave for Shangri-La, the lost horizon
[10:00-13:00] Visit Tiger Leaping Gorge en route. Tiger Leaping Gorge is a canyon on the Yangtze River which can be divided in to upper, middle and lower sections, winding 25 km and it is one of the deepest valleys in the world. The narrowest part of the gorge was just 30 m, which is so narrow that a tiger can jump over the gorge, hence the name. We will drop you at upper Tiger Leaping Gorge and you hike down to the viewing deck about half an hour
[13:00-14:30] After lunch, continue driving to Shangri-La
[14:30-17:00] Upon arrival, check-in at your hotel and explore the Dukezong Ancient Town, which is the largest and best-preserved Tibetan city among China 147 Tibetan counties. It is also site of the largest ancient Tibetan community. As one of the oldest towns in the region, it is also known as the 'footstep of Shangri-La'. After the tour, be transferred to the hotel and check-in. In the evening, you can go back to Dukezong Ancient Town, and enjoy the bonfire night at Moonlight square. You can join in the dancing party with local resident or go to the night bar as you wish
[16:30-17:30] Enjoy your leisure time and have buffet breakfast in hotel. Meet at the hotel lobby


Tiger Leaping Gorge
 

Day 8Shangri-La

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Tian Rui Sunshine Hotel ★★★★
Sightseeing: Sumtsaling Monastery, Potatso National Park
 
[09:30-10:00] Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and start to find out the lost horizon, Shangri-La
[10:00-12:00] You will reach the Sumtsaling Monastery, which is the largest Tibetan Buddhism monastery in Yunnan Province. Covering an area of 30 hectares, it looks like a mini Kumbum Monastery. It is located on a mountain slope 5km from the county town of Shangri-La. Today Songzanlin once again houses more than 700 monks and lamas. Take a family visit to local resident home and with help from our guide, you will learn about a local family’s history and way of life
[12:00-13:00] Share lunch with the local resident in their home or go to the restaurant nearby for Tibetan food
[13:30-16:30] In-depth visit to today’s highlight: Potatso National Park which is the first national park in mainland China. Bitahai Lake and Shuduhu Lake are two major parts of the park. Besides these two lakes, forest, marsh, valley, alpine meadow and so on can be seen in the park. All major spots are connected by footpath which offers a closer distance for travelers to experience the natural environment. You will walk in the picture and enjoy the peaceful time
[16:30-17:30] Back to the hotel and relax in the room. We suggest the folk-custom dancing show, Dream Shangri-La for you in the evening which is absolutely awesome

Songzanlin Lamasery
 

Day 9Shangri-La Kunming

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Jinjiang Hotel ★★★★
Sightseeing: West Hill & Dragon Gate

Check-out from the hotel and be transferred to the airport for morning flight to Kunming. Upon arrival, be met by our tour guide and after lunch, enjoy half day tour to West Hill & Dragon Gate. Located at the west bank of the Dianchi Lake of Kunming, it is set in mountains well covered by evergreen woods and filled with sweet songs by lovely birds. We will arrange cable car services up & down as well as sightseeing car in the scenic spot. When you get on the mountain, you will have a breathtaking view of the panoramic Dianchi Lake. There are also some interesting places waiting for you to explore on the mountain, especially the Dragon Gate.

Western Hill & Dragon Gate

Day 10Departure Kunming

Meals: Breakfast

Free day and be transferred directly to the airport according to the departure time of the flight you book.

Service Ends

Day 1Arrival Kunming

Recommended Hotel:Jinjiang Hotel ★★★★

Upon arrival in Kunming, your Kunming tour guide will wait for you at the airport and help you to transfer to the hotel.



Kunming City View
 

Day 2Kunming

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

Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and visit the Spring City. 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. After lunch, visit to 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.

Stone Forest, Kunming

Day 3Kunming Dali

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

Morning at leisure and be transferred to the airport for flight to Dali. Upon arrival, be met by our guide and lunch will be arranged later when you arrive in Dali town. Check in at the hotel and take a rest. Dali enjoys a very high fame for its four grand scenes, namely, Xiaguan's wind, Shangguan's flowers, Mt. Cangshan's snow and Erhai's moon. In the afternoon, enjoy leisure tour to Three Pagodas. The elegant, balanced and stately style is unique in China's ancient Buddhist architectures, which makes it a must-see in the tour of Dali. Hiking to the top is highly recommended where you can get full view of Dali old town and Erhai Lake. The reflection park is also a nice place to capture the classical photo with three Pagodas’ reflection. Back to hotel and enjoy your free time at Dali Ancient Town. Unlike any other Chinese town, the traditional Bai ethnic folk houses give the town distinctive feeling
 
Dali Ancient Town
 

Day 4Dali

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

Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and get ready for today’s exploration of Dali city. Take a short visit to Xizhou Bai's Houses. People nowadays regard Xizhou as a town that is famous for the Bai minority culture. After that, get on a small boat for Erhai Lake tour. Erhai Lake was formed by the subsidence of geological fault. It is reputed as the pearl on plateau for its beautiful scenery. After lunch, you will spend the afternoon on Cangshan Mountain. The cable car service will be arranged up to Jade Belt gallery road and you can hike on Cangshan Mountain and have chance to visit Taoist temple and find the precious vegetation on the mountain. In a sunny day, the crystal water of Erhai Lake and the snow mantled Mt. Cangshan radiate with each other forming a beautiful picture.


Erhai Lake
 

Day 5Dali Lijiang

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

Enjoy your peaceful time in the morning at the ancient town and check out at noon time. Be transferred to Lijiang, the ideal destination for nature lovers and anyone interested in ancient people groups and their customs. Check in at the hotel in Lijiang old town after lunch and take a rest in the room. In the afternoon, enjoy your free time at Lijiang Ancient town, which is perfectly adapted to the uneven topography of this key commercial and strategic site. We will give you a map of Lijiang old town. We would suggest you Sifang Street for the vivid nights and Lion Mountain for the panoramic view of Lijiang old town

Lijiang Ancient Town

 

Day 6Lijiang

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

Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and start today’s tour. 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. After lunch, 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. 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.
 

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
 

Day 7Lijiang Shangri-La

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

Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and leave for Shangri-La, the lost horizon. Visit Tiger Leaping Gorge en route. Tiger Leaping Gorge is a canyon on the Yangtze River which can be divided in to upper, middle and lower sections, winding 25 km and it is one of the deepest valleys in the world. The narrowest part of the gorge was just 30 m, which is so narrow that a tiger can jump over the gorge, hence the name. We will drop you at upper Tiger Leaping Gorge and you hike down to the viewing deck about half an hour. After lunch, continue driving to Shangri-La. Upon arrival, check-in at your hotel and explore the Dukezong Ancien Town, which is the largest and best-preserved Tibetan city among China 147 Tibetan counties.


Tiger Leaping Gorge
 

Day 8Shangri-La

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

Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby and start to find out the lost horizon, Shangri-La. You will reach the Sumtsaling Monastery, which is the largest Tibetan Buddhism monastery in Yunnan Province. Take a family visit to local resident home and with help from our guide, you will learn about a local family’s history and way of life. After lunch, visit Potatso National Park which is the first national park in mainland China. Bitahai Lake and Shuduhu Lake are two major parts of the park. Besides these two lakes, forest, marsh, valley, alpine meadow and so on can be seen in the park. All major spots are connected by footpath which offers a closer distance for travelers to experience the natural environment.
 

Songzanlin Lamasery
 

Day 9Shangri-La Kunming

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

Check-out from the hotel and be transferred to the airport for morning flight to Kunming. Upon arrival, be met by our tour guide and after lunch, enjoy half day tour to West Hill & Dragon Gate. Located at the west bank of the Dianchi Lake of Kunming, it is set in mountains well covered by evergreen woods and filled with sweet songs by lovely birds. We will arrange cable car services up & down as well as sightseeing car in the scenic spot. When you get on the mountain, you will have a breathtaking view of the panoramic Dianchi Lake. There are also some interesting places waiting for you to explore on the mountain, especially the Dragon Gate.

Western Hill & Dragon Gate

Day 10Departure Kunming

Meals: Breakfast

Free day and be transferred directly to the airport according to the departure time of the flight you book.

Service Ends

Prices (per person in US$)

Hotel Class Group Size Dec. ~ Feb. Mar. ~ Nov.
Economy Hotel
★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $1665 $1736
6 ~ 9 pax $1356 $1426
Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $1828 $1898
6 ~ 9 pax $1518 $1589
Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $2058 $2128
6 ~ 9 pax $1748 $1819

Price includes:
  Domestic flight or high-speed train as specified
  Private transfer between the airport or railway station, attractions, and hotels
  Private licensed English-speaking guide and driver service
  Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast on sharing basis
  All attraction entrance fees as specified
  Meals mentioned in the itinerary, Chinese local food
  China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance

Price excludes:
  International Air tickets or Train Tickets to enter or leave China
  Tips to your tour guide and driver on your own discretion
  China Entry Visa Fees
  Personal expenses
  Optional tours, meals, activities and services

Remarks:
※   Prices are valid from Mar 1, 2018 to Feb 28, 2019, except Chinese public holidays, local fairs or events.
※   TCT reserves the right to adjust the price caused by exchange rate
※   No guide on the flight and Yangtze River cruise. 
※   Recommended hotels are subject to change in actual booking
※   Special requirements should be advised to TCT in advance.
※   TCT reserves the right of final explanation for any change due to the reasons beyond our control

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Kunming Bridge-crossing NoodleYunnan Impression Show - Dynamic Yunnan

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