14 Days Southwest China Tour

Guangzhou, Guilin, Longsheng, Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la

Tour Code: TCT-Yunnan-06

Tour Type: Private Tour

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

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Tour Feature

This 14 Days Southest China Tour to Guilin and Yunnan Province is designed to offer you the amazing journey experience to the cities that has the best of natural scenery and the unique and the most diverse minority custom. Spend a day exploring the fabulous Li River and then another to the famous rice terraces and Zhuang and Yao minority villages in Longsheng beyond Guilin. Our Yunnan trip is a wonderful combination of scenery and ethnic culture. The legendary Kingdom of Shangri-La with Tibetan culture, one of the world's cultural heritages-Lijiang Old Town with Naxi culture and scenic Dali with the beautiful stories of Bai people. Spectacular landscapes and exotic ethnic minority tribes await you as you step back into the Southwest part of China.

What to Expect

Day Destination Highlights
01 Arrival Guangzhou Be Transferred to the hotel
02 Guangzhou - Guilin Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Memorial Hall, Temple of Cheng Family, Temple of the Six Banyan Trees, High speed train to Guilin
03 Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin Li River Cruise to Yangshuo, Coach to Guilin
04 Guilin - Longsheng - Guilin Coach to Longsheng, Longji Rice Terraces, Ping'an Zhuang Village, Back to Guilin
05 Guilin - Kunming Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill, Flight to Kunming
06 Kunming Green Lake, Flowers and Birds Market, Stone Forest
07 Kunming-Dali Western Hill & Dragon Gate, high speed train to Dali
08 Dali Dali Ancient Town, Three Pagodas Erhai Cruise, Zhoucheng Village
09 Dali Cangshan Mountain, Xizhou Bai's House, free time in Dali
10 Dali-Lijiang Train to Lijiang Ancient Town
11 Lijiang Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Yufeng Temple, Baisha Mural
12 Lijiang-Shangri-la Drive to Shangri-la, En route Tiger Leaping Gorge, Dukezong Ancient Town
13 Shangri-la Songzanlin Lamasery, Potatse National Park
14 Shangri-la-Kunming Fly to Kunming, departure

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival Guangzhou

Arrive in Guangzhou, you will be met at the airport & transferred to your hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Meals: No meal
Recommended Hotel: In Guangzhou


Guangzhou City View



Day 2 Guangzhou  Guilin

Today, you will take a half day city tour of Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Memorial Hall - one of the most important historic buildings in Canton and is built to honor Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the great architect of Chinese revolution, Temple of Chen Family - one of the most culturally unique complexes in Southern China, Temple of the Six Banyan Trees, which enshrines three Buddhist statuses in its Grand Hall, which were cast in the Qing Dynasty in 1663.  then in the late afternoon, be transferred to railway station to take high speed train for Guilin.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:In Guilin

Temple of Chen Family



Day 3 Guilin  Yangshuo  Guilin

Depart from hotel in the morning, you will be transferred to the Pier for the Li River Cruise (about 4 hours and the lunch will be served on board). Savor the fairy-tale scenery when sail down the meandering river to Yangshuo. Be transferred back to Guilin in the late afternoon. Optional Four Lakes Night Cruise is available tonight.(your own expense).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:In Guilin


Li River



Day 4 Guilin  Longsheng Guilin

Depart from hotel in the morning, you will take about 2.5hours driving to Longsheng and visit the marvelous Longji Rice Terraces and Ping'an Zhuang Village. After the tour, drive back to Guilin City.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In Guilin


Longji Rice Terraces



Day 5 Guilin Kunming

In the morning, visit Reed Flute Cave and Elephant Trunk Hill which is regarded as the symbol of Guilin. After the tour, be transffered to the airport for your flight to Kunming

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:In Kunming


Elephant Trunk Hill



Day 6 Kunming

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In Kunming


Stone Forest



Day 7 Kunming  Dali

In the morning, Transfer to take a visit 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. After lunch, transfer to Kunming South Train Station to take a D-train to Dali (duration: 2.5 hours). You will see different landscape of Yunnan on the train.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:In Dali


West Hill & Dragon Gate



Day 8 Dali

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 morning, 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. 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. Then we will have a visit to Zhoucheng, where you can enjoy the typical Bai architectures and you have chance to learn tie-dyeing. 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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:In Dali

Three Pagoda Dali
Congsheng Three Pagodas



Day 9 Dali

After hotel breakfast, you will spend the morning 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. In the afternoon, 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. And then you can choose to take a bicycle riding along Erhai Lake by yourself. A leisure day is arranged for you today.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:In Dali

Erhai Lake
Erhai Lake



Day 10 Dali Lijiang

Enjoy your peaceful time in the morning at the ancient town and then check out. You will be transferred to train station to take train (duration: around 2 hours) to Lijiang, where the local guide is waiting for you.  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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In Lijiang

Lijiang Ancient Town
Lijiang Ancient Town



Day 11 Lijiang

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In Lijiang

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain



Day 12 Lijiang Shangri-la

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In Shangri-la

Dukezong Ancient Town
Dukezong Ancient Town



Day 13 Shangri-la

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Shangri-la

Shangri-la Grassland
Shangri-la Grassland



Day 14 Shangri-la Kunming, Departure

Free at leisure until be transferred to take flight to Kunming for departure

Meals: Breakfast

Service Ends

Day 1 Arrival Guangzhou

Arrive in Guangzhou, you will be met at the airport & transferred to your hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Meals: No meal
Recommended Hotel: In Guangzhou


Guangzhou City View



Day 2 Guangzhou  Guilin

Today, you will take a half day city tour of Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Memorial Hall - one of the most important historic buildings in Canton and is built to honor Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the great architect of Chinese revolution, Temple of Chen Family - one of the most culturally unique complexes in Southern China, Temple of the Six Banyan Trees, which enshrines three Buddhist statuses in its Grand Hall, which were cast in the Qing Dynasty in 1663.  then in the late afternoon, be transferred to railway station to take high speed train for Guilin.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:In Guilin

Temple of Chen Family



Day 3 Guilin  Yangshuo  Guilin

Depart from hotel in the morning, you will be transferred to the Pier for the Li River Cruise (about 4 hours and the lunch will be served on board). Savor the fairy-tale scenery when sail down the meandering river to Yangshuo. Be transferred back to Guilin in the late afternoon. Optional Four Lakes Night Cruise is available tonight.(your own expense).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:In Guilin


Li River



Day 4 Guilin  Longsheng Guilin

Depart from hotel in the morning, you will take about 2.5hours driving to Longsheng and visit the marvelous Longji Rice Terraces and Ping'an Zhuang Village. After the tour, drive back to Guilin City.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In Guilin


Longji Rice Terraces



Day 5 Guilin Kunming

In the morning, visit Reed Flute Cave and Elephant Trunk Hill which is regarded as the symbol of Guilin. After the tour, be transffered to the airport for your flight to Kunming

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:In Kunming


Elephant Trunk Hill



Day 6 Kunming

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In Kunming


Stone Forest



Day 7 Kunming  Dali

In the morning, Transfer to take a visit 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. After lunch, transfer to Kunming South Train Station to take a D-train to Dali (duration: 2.5 hours). You will see different landscape of Yunnan on the train.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:In Dali


West Hill & Dragon Gate



Day 8 Dali

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 morning, 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. 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. Then we will have a visit to Zhoucheng, where you can enjoy the typical Bai architectures and you have chance to learn tie-dyeing. 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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:In Dali

Three Pagoda Dali
Congsheng Three Pagodas



Day 9 Dali

After hotel breakfast, you will spend the morning 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. In the afternoon, 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. And then you can choose to take a bicycle riding along Erhai Lake by yourself. A leisure day is arranged for you today.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel:In Dali

Erhai Lake
Erhai Lake



Day 10 Dali Lijiang

Enjoy your peaceful time in the morning at the ancient town and then check out. You will be transferred to train station to take train (duration: around 2 hours) to Lijiang, where the local guide is waiting for you.  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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In Lijiang

Lijiang Ancient Town
Lijiang Ancient Town



Day 11 Lijiang

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In Lijiang

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain



Day 12 Lijiang Shangri-la

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In Shangri-la

Dukezong Ancient Town
Dukezong Ancient Town



Day 13 Shangri-la

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Shangri-la

Shangri-la Grassland
Shangri-la Grassland



Day 14 Shangri-la Kunming, Departure

Free at leisure until be transferred to take flight to Kunming for departure

Meals: Breakfast

Service Ends

Prices (per person in US$)

Hotel Class Group Size Dec. ~ Feb. Mar. ~ Nov.
Economy Hotel
★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $2876 $3049
6 ~ 9 pax $2294 $2466
Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $3073 $3276
6 ~ 9 pax $2491 $2693
Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $3391 $3593
6 ~ 9 pax $2808 $3011

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, 2019 to Feb 29, 2020, 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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