9 Days Yunnan Ancient Town Tour

Kunming, Dali, Nuodeng Ancient Village, Shaxi Ancient Town, Shibao Mountain, Lijiang

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Tour Code: TCT-Yunnan-07

Tour Type: Private Tour

Tour Highlights:

Discover the amazing ethnic culture and customs in southwest China

Get close to nature and feel its magic charm

Escape from the hustling and bustling cities to enjoy the peace in ancient towns

Out of regular route and away from the crowd

Have a chance to learn the Taoist culture
 

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

Price from on request

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Day 1Arrival Kunming
Transfer service to the hotel

Meals: No Meals
Recommended Hotel: Jinjiang Hotel ★★★★ or similar

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

Green Lake View
Kunming City View

Day 2Kunming
Stone Forest, Jiuxiang Scenic Area

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

[08:00-08:30]  Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby.

[08:30-12:00]  Drive for 1.5 hours to 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.

[12:30-13:30] Lunch at a local restaurant for Chinese food.

[13:30-16:30] Continue to drive for 40 minutes to Jiuxiang Scenic Area. With hundreds of large and small caves, Jiuxiang Scenic Area owns the largest scale, number and most unique caves. It is a unique international karst geological park. Enjoy the cave tour there.

[16:30-18:00] 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 - Dali
Take a bullet train to Dali, Three Pagodas, Dali Ancient Town

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Gurong Hotel ★★★★ or similar

After breakfast, your guide will meet you at the hotel lobby and drive to the railway station for a bullet train to Dali (duration: 2.5 hours). You will see different landscapes of Yunnan on the train. Upon arrival, you will be picked up by the local tour guide from the EXIT of Dali railway station and transferred to your hotel for check-in.

[12:00-13:00] Lunch at a local restaurant for Chinese food.

[13:00-17:00] Enjoy the afternoon 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 a full view of Dali old town and the Erhai Lake. The reflection park is also a nice place to capture the classical photo with three Pagodas' reflection. Then explore at Dali Ancient Town. Unlike any other Chinese town, the traditional Bai ethnic folk houses give the town a distinctive feeling.

After the tour, enjoy your free leisure night.

Three Pagodas
Three Pagodas

Day 4Dali
Xizhou Bai’s House, Erhai Lake, Zhou Cheng

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Gurong Hotel ★★★★ or similar

[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.

[12:30-14:00] Lunch at a local restaurant to savour the dilicious local food.

[14:30-16:30] After lunch, you will spend the afternoon in Zhou Cheng and learn how to make the traditional Tie-dyeing with local master. You could keep your work and bring home.

After that, drive back to Dali and enjoy your free leisure time.

Dali Ancient City
Dali Ancient City

Day 5Dali - Yunlong
Drive to Yunlong, Nuodeng Ancient Village, Wen Temple, Wu Temple, Yu Huang Ge Temple, Big Banyan Tree

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Huang Ye Ji Guesthouse or similar

[08:30-09:00] Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby

[09:00-12:30] Drive for 3 hours to Yunlong County where the Nuodeng Ancient Village is located. It's regarded as one of oldest traditional Bai villages in Yunnan province. As one of the most important stops of the Ancient Tea Horse Road, Nuodeng is not just famous for its history but also for the spectacular buildings of ancient Ming and Qing dynasty and flagstone streets.

[12:30-14:00] Lunch time at a local restaurant to enjoy the authentic Yunnan dishes.

[14:30-17:30] Afternoon exploration in the village, where you will also visit the local famous sites - Wen Temple, Wu Temple, Yu Huang Ge Temple, Big Banyan Tree. You will have a chance to experience the Taoism in the ancient temples. 

Stay overnight at the guesthouse in the village.

Nuodeng Ancient Village
Nuodeng Ancient Village

Day 6Yunlong - Jianchuan
Drive to Shaxi Jianchuan, Wind-rain Bridge, Shaxi Ancient Town, Dengsi Street, Yulu Bridge,

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Old Theater Inn or similar

[08:30-09:00] Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby

[09:00-12:30] Drive for 3.5 hours to Shaxi which is a famous ancient town in Jianchuan County. On the way, you will visit the old Wind-rain Bridge and stop at the Wooden-caving Workshop.

[12:30-13:30] Lunch time at a local restaurant.

[14:00-17:30] Afternoon exploration in Shaxi Ancient Town. Have a leisure walk on Dengsi Street where you will see the famous Ancient Theater Stage, where the local people will dance and sing to celebrate the important festivals. Continue the visit to Yulu Bridge that is a good place to enjoy the sunset.

Stay overnight at the guesthouse in the village.

Shaxi Ancient Town
Shaxi Ancient Town

Day 7Jianchuan - Lijiang
White Dragon Pool, Shibao Mountain, Drive to Lijiang

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

[08:30-09:00] Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby

[09:00-12:00] Have a morning tour to White Dragon Pool which is waterhead of Shaxi. It is quite and secluded, away from the crowds. Enjoy your free exploration in the town.

[12:00-13:00] Lunch time at a local restaurant.

[13:00-16:00] After lunch, say goodbye to this amazing ancient town and continue driving to Lijiang. On the way, you will visit Shibao Mountain. The globular weathered granites formed picturesque peaks and rocks looks like bell, arrow, lions, elephants, which are very distinctive. There are scenic attractions one after another, such as Shizhongshan Grotto, Baoxiang Temple, Jinding Temple, Haiyunju Temple, Shizhong Reservoir and so on. Its scenic spots include Haiyunju Scenic area, Baoxiang Temple and Shizhongshan Grottoes, the three parts.

Drive for 1.5 hours to Lijiang and check in your hotel. Enjoy your free night in the ancient town.

Shibao Mountain
Shibao Mountain

Day 8Lijiang
Lijiang Ancient Town, Lion Hill, Sifang Street, Mufu Mansion, Black Dragon Pond Park

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

[08:30-09:00] Our guide will meet you up at the hotel lobby

[09:00-12:00] Enjoy your full-day exploration to Lijiang Ancient Town. Firstly, easily climb up to Lion Hill where you will have the panoramic view of the town from Wangu Pavillion. The visit to Mufu Mansion - the symbol of Lijiang.

[12:00-13:30] Lunch at a local restaurant.

[13:30-17:30] After lunch, continue the visit to Black Dragon Pond Park where is the perfect place to take photos of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain with its reflection in the Pond. Then have free walk on Sifang Street which is the central part of the town and the most bustling place.

At night, enjoy your free leisure night.

Lijiang Ancient Town
Lijiang Ancient Town

Day 9Departure Lijiang
Transfer to airport

Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy free time before being transferred directly to the airport to your next destination.

Service ends

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

VanSalinas

5.0

I went to China on July (2017) and had a great experience with TCT. Our organizer was Janet and she was really helpful during our stay in China. They helped us with the itinerary and it was valuable choice to do the tour with an organizer in order to know more places. We had a great time during the 21 days we stayed in China and all the small problems we had, Janet took care of it. Felt really secure and look foward to have another experience with TCT!
IleanaA644

5.0

On boat on LI RIVER from Guili to Yangshuo. 83 Km throught mountains, green hills and clear waters, a scenery that takes you back to ancient Chinese paintings. You can see bamboo boats and fishermen with straw hats and cormorants, people in camping on the riverbanck, buffalo grazing. Above all, you understand that there is a China different from the one of the great metropolises and you thinK " Oh, what a wonderful landscape...what a wonderful litgh, what awonderful air !"
DEBORAH O

5.0

Thanks to Ms Raylene He we had a wonderful and well organised trip to 5 destinations which all went off without a hitch including being met by guides and drivers in each city and looked after very well. This all included several domestic flights a train trip and permits. I have no qualms in recommending this company to other travellers.
Robin C

5.0

I used TCT to book a tailor-made 5 day tour of Yunnan for a small family group consisting of two couples of 60+ and 3 in their 30s. In the planning stage- conducted by email - their local rep Daniel Mo was extremely professional, helpful and very prompt in his replies. In the event, all the arrangements worked very smoothly. All three guides we encountered were also very professional, attentive and very supportive. We were in Yunnan for a wedding and added this short tour at the end of our trip. Time was limited so we could only see a bit of Kunming and then a few days in Lijiang but this in addition to the 5 days we spent down near the border with Myanmar made us fall in love with Yunnan. Lijiang in particular is a joy. Do go to the Impressions show as well as Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
FromCanada514

5.0

We still can't believe that we've spent 11 days of dream in China, organized for us by TCT Guilin. The pick ups at the different airports went without a hitch. our guides were warm and so friendly, although a few were quite busy with their IPhone. The hotels recommended were outstanding. The breakfast at The Marriott were excellent. The terra cotta army in Xian is a marvel. The dumpling banquet in Xian was somewhat below our expectations though. The cruise on the Yang Tse river, a once in a lifetime experience though a bit too short. Don t hesitate to upgrade to the suite on the Victoria cruises (Victoria Selena), you won't regret it, a panoramic view of breath taking intensity....quite interesting shore excursions, they are worth the money. We would hesitate one second to book another and longer trip with TCT Guilin.
kelbel51

5.0

Getting too touristy but still really enjoyed. I guess everywhere I go will be tourist infested. I do wish this one could have held on to its authenticity a little more rather than having so many little shopping spots with people trying to sell you their "unique" "handmade" items (which i'm not sure I believe were). But it's also very nice to learn how rice is actually done -- way up here in the mountain. I enjoyed walking all around in the beautiful weather - up and down steps, out to other terraces, through the little enclave in the middle. I enjoyed seeing how very different peoples lives can be. I enjoyed that people still kept their clothing, their methods of doing some things.
cromaris

5.0

I had such a wonderful time on this very well scheduled and prepared tour! I got to see so many amazing sights and I loved every minute of it. The friendly and helpful guides has made this trip most memorable for me. They was the best tour guides I could have imagined. They made me feel save, guided, comfortable, informed, and interested in our daily scheduled tours. They are professionals who is in tune with his clients interests at all times and could introduce all the places of interest and various landmarks to me at the same time. I will remember this trip forever, thanks a lot! Being in a private tour I could spend more time in the places that I liked and did not feel me rushed. Thanks for the well-planned hotel where I slept were lovely and at breakfast the food were freshly made and delicious. This is a very professional and well-organised tour, it made me feel like I am having friends bring me around to show me the sights, history and culture of your wonderful Country. It was such a wonderful experience and I would definitely recommend Top China Travel Tour Operator to anyone who wants to explore China. I came back to Brazil already missing my Chinese friends and guides. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of you for the welcome, professionalism and friendship during my journey through China. I intend to visit China again and no doubt the next time will request your services again. Thanks & Regards Claudio Graziani Romaris São Paulo, BRAZIL
Vicki L

5.0

We visited Beijing, Xian, Guilin, and Hong Kong. Our agent Rebecca was very helpful setting up the trip and very responsive to our questions. Our guide in Beijing, Linda, was a joy to be around. We made a friendship with her as we ended up spending a lot of time together. This personal service is most valuable to me as a seasoned world traveler who is used to solo travel. Having her as a guide made me feel like I knew someone in Beijing who was taking me to all those places I had previously only read about. Xian is cultural and Guilin is beautiful and we are so happy with our selection and with TCT.
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.
AndreeM389

5.0

Of all of the places in China we visited Guilin was our favourite. It was very scenic with its lush greenery and limestone hills. We took the 4 Lakes and 2 River cruise which I would highly recommend. On another night we walked along the lakes and rivers and crossed the bridges, we had cruised the night before. The lighting on the lakes and rivers as well as on the bridges was splendid. We also went on a 3.5 hour cruise on the Li River. My husband is an amateur photographer and he took roughly 300 pictures on the Li River cruise (just to give you an idea of how scenic it was).
rr201410

5.0

We book a China Tour through TCT. We received great assistance during the planning phase when our trip advisor (Rebecca) gave as details of all the visits, shows and transportation between cities and was very attentive to our demands. The tour was great, run according to the script and we want to send our words of thanks and appreciations for the efforts, knowledge, flexibility and punctuality to our guides: Lily (1) in Beijing, Lily (2) in Xian, Jane in Guilin, David in Chongqing, Helen in Yichang, Ryan in Shanghai. Many thanks to TCT for the great tour of China.
Jose F.P. C

5.0

The 6 day Guilin tour had been very well designed with the help of M/s Raylene He, adviser of TCT. All the time had been fully filled and extremely enjoyable, visiting special, beautiful and interesting cultural, historical and scenic places. The tour general service had been very good, specially with the professionalism of the English speaking tourist guide M/s Tang Yong Hong. I would express my appreciation for these two excellent professionals for the good time provided with this tour.
Chris R

5.0

We are a young couple from Australia. We originally were going to book a trip through a local (Australia) travel agent but luckily stumbled across TCT as we save thousands of dollars and had an amazing holiday. We contacted Janet Chan and she replied with a detailed and clear itinerary. Although the company based is in China we often got same day responses if not the next day, and Janet was able to create an amazing holiday with a good price. We had nice guides like William in Beijing, Cherry in Xian, only issues were with Aries in Shanghai. He was not as good, his English was great, but he didn't seem very interested and would often walk miles ahead which meant we would lose him in very crowded areas. This was the only dampener on an otherwise excellent holiday.
anonymousA9743DZ

5.0

I am so glad that I did the day tour. The scenery was stunning. I stay on the top deck most of the time during the cruise. I meal wasn't that great. I was very excited to get to see the picture on the 20 yuan in real life.
Ricardotrip

5.0

We had a fantastic trip around China. TCT arranged every thing for us and every thing work out prefectly. The guides in Beijing, Datong, Xian, Guilin and Shanghai were all very friendly, helpfull and recieved us very well. Every one in the group were very pleased with the trip, they just loved the mixture of City, history, and country side. Next year we maybe would like to do a trip to Hunan, Yunnan or Chengdu. Thanks for every thing, and a special thanks for Janet.
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