9 Days Yunnan Ancient Town Tour

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

Traveler Reviews


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.

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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

NicosiaSylvia

5.0

We visited Beijing, Guilin, Xi'an and Shanghai. Our itinerary was followed as planned. All our guides well very professional, well educated and spoke english very well. Value for money. Hotels booked were great. I would definitely travel again with TCT. They have great service and very flexible.
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.
doronbron

5.0

We just came back from an eight days trip with Janet at TCT during March 2017. The trip was tailored to our needs as we were in Shanghai for 5 days before starting our trip. We visited Shanghai Xian and Beijing. The help and service received from Janet and TCT were outstanding. Our guides in Shanghai (Sarah) Xian (Cherry) and Beijing (Cathy) were excellent, they all knew the history and were very flexible. The guides were always on time and we had excellent drivers. We would highly recommend TCT and Janet on your next trip to China.
Guide39633

5.0

Our 14-day tour went great. Our online agent, Yocky, was very responsive to all the questions I had before the trip. We were met and sent off at each airport, railroad, and bus ride by local tour guides of TCT who were prompt, friendly, knowledgeable, and professionals. Thorough in explaining each of the places we visited and gladly took our questions and responded. The hotels we were checked-in were 4 stars as expected, clean and centrally located, clean, and served a great buffet breakfast (included). The respective tour guides effectively managed the time and arranged lunch stops close by the sites we visited thus not wasting touring time. Overall experience was great. Great value for the price of the tour. If we decide to tour other sites in China in the future I will definitely use TCT again.
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.
tooshies

5.0

TCT, and our dedicated agent Maggie, performed A+ service in the planning & execution of our 21 day, door to door excursion of China, Tibet and Hong Kong. All drivers and guides excelled in there individual skills, knowledge and were personable. Absolutely no complaints from us and we consider ourselves to be very well traveled to the more exotic spots of the globe. The Gordons, Richmond Hill, ON CANADA.
Jim S

5.0

Our family of my wife and I plus two children and their families worked with Top China Tours on an 11-day private tour. The result was a smoothly run tour with excellent guides, good buses and well handled air and rail journeys. The 5-start hotels were top notch. Our family of 8 had a fantastic learning experience going to Beijing, Xian, Gulin/Yangshou and Shanghai. We hit the usual tourist spots, but Janet, our tour director also included smaller sites and special events to enhance the private tour. She was excellent at adding flexibility to the tour so that one couple went on a pre-tour Yangtze cruise, and the family with two children got to Happy Valley park so the kids could experience a Chines theme park. Overall the whole family had a great travel experience thanks to Janet and the others at Top China Tours.
kalpsgans

5.0

I was planning a trip to China with my mom and 2 kids. Had received a few quotes from various people, Joyce being one of them. After shortlisting, I decided to go with Joyce from TCT & that's the best choice I made which made my trip super nice and very memorable. Joyce is very nice, understanding, patient, always replied to my emails promptly and fully answered anything and everything I asked her. Eventually we both came up with a 12 day itenary covering 4 places - Shanghai, Xi'an, Harbin & Beijing. She had looked into every single detail to make sure all my needs were met. We are an Indian vegetarian family. :) Every 2nd day, there was a change in my idea and I used to write it down to her and she responded very well to everything :) So, there were English speaking guides and drivers for us during the trip. Every single one of them is just awesome and very prompt. A special mention to my guides Mulan - Shanghai, Miki - Xi'an, Gloria - Harbin, Emily - Beijing. Not to forget the drivers. Such helpful, friendly, professional, punctual, prompt and efficient people. The entire trip was so smooth. Ticketing, checking in at hotels, taking us to Indian restaurants, even checking us in at the airports no time was wasted and everything just went right. We covered a lot of places in all the cities. Had the best of weather (Harbin was -21) and it even snowed in Xi'an. The great wall is just grand :) At Shanghai, there was a little confusion and my ATM card got stuck at the bank machine. My guide Mulan did all she could to help me out. She spoke to the officers, tried to help and then when we were looking for other ATMs she walked with me all they way just to help me out. After we finished shopping, we forgot one of our packets at the market, Mulan helped it get delivered at Beijing for us. That's how sweet she is. Similarly, Gloria at Harbin was equally amazing. She helped us so much in that freezing weather - she even provided the kids with warmers and helped us click pictures when our hands were numb with cold & she made sure the kids had a gala time. Thanks girls. All tours were very professionally arranged. So much so that we had to prepone our trip by 2 days and when I mentioned this to Joyce, she immediately spoke to the agency and even arranged for a refund of the places we did not visit. Very accommodating, I must say. I would like to emphasise that without TCT, we would not have enjoyed our trip at all. It is my most memorable trip ever. Thank you again Joyce :) Had a very satisfying experience. Looking forward for more trip through TCT
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
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.
Alngina

5.0

When we booked our trip to China we had a limited time to see everything we wanted to but Janet Chan at TCT did an absolutely amazing job at ticking every box and more. The itinerary was perfect. Journeys and accommodation were meticulously planned and accomplished. Our guides too were excellent. Alex in Beijing, Ken in Xian, and especially Maria in Shanghai were so professional and efficient that we never felt like strangers in a strange land. Many thanks TCT, best trip ever.
fitness4everq8

5.0

Planned a trip to china and searched many companies online. Top China Travel was the best one. Their agent Vicky was amazing and gave us with a great offer. When we got there , we were amazed by their services. Guides were fluent in English, very friendly, and punctual. We had a great time and I really recommend TopChinaTravel for anyone who wants to see the best in 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.
William J

5.0

I’m going to begin by saying we highly recommend China Travel, specifically our tour director Janet Chan, for your travel arrangements in China. They offer value, quality, professionalism and even friendship. And if you run into trouble, they are there to help you out. Four of us experienced it all during our 21 day tour of the country. And after using a tour company for nearly month with seven amazing tour guides you really get to know their worth – this one went above and beyond. Now the details on why we loved this company. Our totally custom tour of China took in the breadth of Central China, from Shanghai, Guilin, Hangzhou and Beijing to Xian, Chongqing and Chengdu. Leon collaborated for several months before the trip with our group leader, Alan Holtzman, on the itinerary. Alan did a lot of research on where we would go and would submit his ideas by e-mail to Janet who would in turn make suggestions about alternatives if there was something we missed or warnings if one particular venue was too far or too physically demanding. After months of back and forth, they came up with an incredible itinerary that would include the major cities of China, well known destinations like the Forbidden City and the Great Wall in Beijing, the Terra Cotta Warriors in Xian and a three day cruise down the Yangtze to the Three Gorges dam. Our tour also took us to some not so traveled paths to places like Leshan with its giant Buddha, and an incredible journey to Mount Emei and the Monastery of Ten Thousand Years. We saw old and new China in ways packaged tours could not approach. Each place was fascinating – some magical, like our short cruise down the Li River and other’s just fun like exploring the ancient river town of Wuzhen. The price for the entire tour, not including hotels and some meals, was surprisingly affordable – less per person than our 14-day cruise we took to get to Shanghai from Hong Kong. The fee included the Yangtze cruise, flights, train tickets, tours, guides and drivers, attraction fares and lunches. A word about lunches. Many of our friends who visited China via tour packages complained about the bland food served day after day. We had a totally different experience. Our lunches were wonderful. Each reflected the region or city we were in and included as many dishes as we wanted off extensive restaurant menus, plus tall beers on hot days. Our wonderful guides helped us out with the dishes knowing our tolerance for spicy heat and weird food. None of us had any health issues due to food or drink on the trip. We were provided with English speaking guides and experienced drivers for every destination. They were heart and soul of our experience – a joy to be around and learn from. I will go into detail about each tour in other TA reviews about specific destinations. But our guides became our friends in a very short time. Their English names were Dream, Melody, Tony, Kenneth, Jim, Li Li, and Helen. All made sure we were greeted at the airport or train station, checked into the hotel and got our plane or train when we departed. They were on-time, funny, entertaining, knowledgeable and above all, caring. If you needed anything, they would go out of their way to find it. They helped you bargain when shopping, select dishes from exotic menus and get you into the priority check-in lines at the train stations and airports. They even helped my wife find Western-style toilets – not an easy task. (The Chinese version was too hard on her knees.) Our drivers were very experienced driving in the chaos that reigns in Chinese roads… roads full of inexperienced drivers who do things that are jaw dropping and dangerous. Wear seat belts; you’ll feel a lot safer. The cars and vans provided were all in good order and mostly newer models. Before our tour we took a cruise from Hong Kong to Shanghai, so we had a lot of luggage. So much that Leon had to order a second car and driver just for our luggage after the tour began. AND HE DIDN’T CHARGE US ANYTHING MORE! I titled this review “our guardian angels.” When you travel as much as we do you know that there’s always the possibility of unexpected “adventures.” After our cruise down the Yangtze we stayed overnight in Yichang, and then were scheduled to fly back to Shanghai, where, a day later, we would catch our flight back to San Diego. We boarded the Yichang plane on arainy morning and waited on the tarmac for nearly an hour before the captain announced that the flight was weather-delayed. We deplaned, and waited in the terminal for the flight to be cleared. We called Leon to alert him to the delay, so he could contact our guide in Shangha about the change in plans. We waited in the airport for four hours before it was announced our flight was cancelled. The staff at the airline spoke little English and we worried it would be hard if not impossible to find another flight or alternative transportation, since the bad weather was affecting much of western China. But we had a friend in China. Janet had been keeping track of our flight and working on alternative arrangements. She booked us on a flight to Hangzhou where we would take a high-speed train to Shanghai. After another brief delay, our new flight took off for Hangzhou. When we landed there, our former tour-guide Tony and his driver met us and took us to the train station an hour away. He led us to the platform, handed us the tickets and made sure we got on the right train. An hour later, we were met in Shanghai by a new guide and driver who took us to our hotel. A three hour journey turned into a 1- hour odyssey, but thanks to Janet and her team we made it to Shanghai in time to enjoy a half-day there before catching our flight home. There we many things we loved about China, the history, art, culture and especially their people who were universally friendly and caring. There are also dark sides, like pollution, explosive growth that erases historic districts and information censorship (although the people were very savvy about current affairs and recent history). We agreed that many of those issues are being addressed by a more enlightened leadership. In the end, it was a magnificent adventure, made possible by China Travel’s Janet Chan and her talented team. We thank them and look forward to seeing our China friends again soon.
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.
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