16-day Enchanting Yunnan China

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Tour code: TCG-L-010       

Tour to Yunnan China is to see a seething kaleidoscope of regional history, culture, minorities and beautiful landscape. On our journey, we explore the ancient cities, towns, ethnic villages, temples, lakes, national parks, natural wonders and get lost in the legendary Shangri-la...

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  • Day 1 Arrival in Kunming

    Transfer via: international flight - on your own

    Arrival in Kunming, transfer to your hotel. Free time at leisure.

  • Day 2 Kunming/Stone Forest/Mile

    Transfer via: private vehicle

    Activities for today: Stone Forest

    Drive 86 km to the Stone Forest. The Stone Forest is one of the most important attractions of Yunnan. Proceed to go to Mile and check into your hotel. Free at leisure to enjoy the hot spring in Huquan Hot Spring Resort in the evening.

  • Day 3 Mile/Yuanyang

    Transfer via: private vehicle

    Activities for today: Yuanyang Rice Terraces, Ethnic Villages

    Drive about 4 hours to Yuanyang via Kaiyuan and Gejiu, visit local villages on the way. You will drive through the area of Yi people in the mountain and Dai people in the Red River valley where they grow banana and tropical fruits. Visit Malipo Miao Ethnic Village en route. After lunch, continue driving to enjoy the sunset of Laohuzui Rice Terraces and visit some Yi and Hani ethnic villages around the Town. Visit Mengnong Chieftain Palace.

  • Day 4 Yuanyang/Jianshui

    Transfer via: private vehicle

    Activities for today: Hani and Yi Villages, Duoyishu Rice Terraces, Zhu Family Garden

    Today you have a visit to the terraces belonging to the Hani and Yi people. These rice terraces - built out of the mountainsides by generations of Hani people - are said to be among the most magnificent in the world. You get up very early to see the sunrise over the terraces at Duoyi village and then visit the local Hani and Yi people.

    Drive about 3 hours to Jianshui County. Arrive in Jianshui Ancient Town; pay a visit to Jianshui Ancient Town, and Zhu Family Garden.

  • Day 5 Jianshui/Shipin/Mojiang

    Transfer via: private vehicle

    Activities for today: Tuanshan Village, Zhang Family Garden, Double Dragon Bridge

    Drive to Tuanshan Village about 15KM away from Jianshui Ancient Town, visit the Zhang Family Garden, the ancient horses and the Double Dragon Bridge. Visit Tunshan village with hundred year old houses built by the family of Zhang.

    In the village, you will see the different standards of houses built by rich and poor families, and also the family temple which plays an important role for education, family history, and Chinese culture, which says that people should always remember their ancestors and maintain community traditions. Drive to Shipin County for lunch. Drive to Mojiang for overnight stay.

  • Day 6 Mojiang-Puer

    Transfer via: private vehicle

    Activities for today: Tropic of Cancer Park, Tea Garden

    Drive to Puer, visit Tropic of Cancer Park in Mojiang en route. Then from Mojiang to Puer City, the formerly called Simao, visit a "Ten-Thousand-Acre Tea Garden", and walk around at the tea horse route in the garden, an ancient Yunnan-Tibet Trade Route connecting the South China Silk Route.

  • Day 7 Puer/Menglun/Mengla

    Transfer via: private vehicle

    Activities for today: Dai Ethnic Garden, Menglun Tropical Botanical Garden.

    Drive to Menglun via Jinghong City. Visit Dai Ethnic Garden in Ganlanba Basin, Menglun Tropical Botanical Garden. See the local life in Dai ethnic villages on the way.

  • Day 8 Mengla/Jinghong

    Transfer via: private vehicle

    Activities for today: Wangtianshu Scenic Area, walk in the Air Corridor

    Visit Wangtianshu Scenic Area, walk in the Air Corridor (please note only the first entrance tickets of Wangtianshu Scenic Area and Air Corridor are included); Drive back to Jinghong for overnight.

  • Day 9 Jinghong

    Activities for today: Wild Elephant Valley, Lancang-Mekong River

    Visit the Wild Elephant Valley, Lancang-Mekong River with Mekong Impression Cruise.

  • Day 10 Jinghong/Lijiang

    Transfer via: plane for economy class - our arrangement

    Transfer to Jinghong Airport for your flight to Lijiang.

    Upon arrival, you will be met and transfer to the hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

  • Day 11 Lijiang

    Activities for today: Shuhe Old Town, Black Dragon Pool Park, Dongba Museum, Lijiang Old Town

    Today leisure guide tour to visit the Shuhe Old Town. It is the earliest settlement of Naxi People in Lijiang when their ancestors first moved to this region. Shuhe is less touristy and polished with more original characters.

    In the afternoon, visit the Black Dragon Pool Park and Dongba Museum. There are more than 10, 000 Dongba cultural relics and various other historical relics in the museum. Today's guide tour ends in the Lijiang Old Town. The town is the well preserved ancient town of minority Naxi people.

  • Day 12 Lijiang/Shangri-la

    Activities for today: Shigu Village, the First Bend of Yangtze River, Tiger Leaping Gorge

    Transfer to Zhongdian by private car. On the way, visit Shigu Village & the First Bend of Yangtze River. It is 50 kilometers from Lijiang and it was named after a stone tablet in the shape of a drum. The Jinsha River does a U-turn at Shigu Town and flows northward, which is known as the First Bend of Yangtze River.

    Followed tour to the Tiger Leaping Gorge. The Gorge is known as the world's deepest river canyon. It is part of the beuatiful Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas World Heritage Site. Process to Zhongdian.

  • Day 13 Shangrila

    Activities for today: Pudacuo National Park, Songzanlin Lamasery, Tibetan Family Visit

    This morning is spent exploring the Pudacuo National Park, famous for its plants, lakes, rare animals and birds. You could even visit Gedan Songzanlin Lamasery, a temple which is nicknamed " The Lesser Potala Palace". This evening enjoy time to visit local Tibetan Family to the their life style.

  • Day 14 Shangrila/Kunming

    Transfer via: domestic flight - on our arrangement

    Activities for today: Shangri-La Old Town

    Free at leisure to explore Shangri-la Old Town. Transfer to the airport and fly to Kunming.

    Upon arrival, you will be me and transferred to your hotel. Free evening for your own exploration.

  • Day 15 Kunming

    Activities for today: Green Lake, Western Hill and Dragon Gate, Qiongzhu Temple

    Today guide tour to explore the Western Hill and Dragon Gate (with one-way cable car). It is a beautiful forest park located by Dian Lake, and it features cliff-side grottoes cut out of the sheer stonewalls. Visit the Qiongzhu Temple. It was the first temple where Buddhism was preached to the believers in Kunming. The most spectacular attraction in this temple is the 500 life-size Buddha statues.

    Followed tour to the Green lake and free time in Kunming.


  • Day 16 Kunming/Exit

    Transfer via: international flight - your arrangement

    Activities for today: airport transfer (Kunming)

    Transfer to the airport for the flight to your next destination.

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