Day 1 Arrive Kunming
Arrive in Kunming, the capitol of Yunnan Province, known as the City of Eternal Spring. Hotel: Kunming Hotel (4 star)
Day 2 Kunming - Dali (B, L, D)
A morning flight takes you to the old walled town of Dali in the heart of "China's Switzerland". Today, you'll visit the Three Pagodas, the symbol of Dali, which was built 1,300 years ago. Later, you will visit the Xizhou Village, the Folk House of Bai Nationality, which was onetime the capital of the Ming Dynasty and now one of the best-preserved Bai towns. Then cruise across Erhai Lake to attend a traditional Bai Three Course Tea and cultural performance of dances and songs. Overnight at Landscape Hotel (4 star)
Day 3 Dali - Lijiang (B, L, D)
Continue overland to Lijiang, center of the Naxi, a tribe with an ancient religion and unique picture script that can only be read by shamans. Tour the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a bustling market square, streets crisscrossed by rivulets, and earthen-walled homes. Sample, if you like, the regional specititley called "across-the-bridge noodles", before taking in a stirring evening performance of a traditional Naxi Orchestra. Hotel: The Gucheng Wenyuan Hotel (4 star)
Day 04 Lijiang (B, L, D)
Head into the countryside, with the blazing white peaks of Jade Dragon Mountain in view, for a visit to the Yufeng Monastery, renowned for its "Riot of Camellias" tree and religious frescoes dating from the 14th century. Also tour Black Dragon Pool, the flamboyant Phoenix Hall, and the Dongba Cultural Research Institute. The same hotel as above
Day 5 Lijiang (B, L, D)
Shuhe Old Town is a charming town to visit for every clients, because there is a traditional Naxi village where you can enjoy the drinking and food at the bank of the river in the farmland. You can rent a bike in Lijiang Old Town and ride to Shu about 5KM away from the Lijiang Old Town. In the afternoon, you can visit the Wangu Pagoda on the top of the Lion Hill behind Lijiang Old Town, here you will have a wonderful panoramic view of Lijiang Old Town. You will walk down from the Lion Hill to Mu Chieftain's Palace which is the local chieftain's former residence. Stay at the same Hotel
Day 6 Lijiang - Shangri-La (B, L, D)
Continue journeying along the Yunnan-Tibet Road to Zhong Dian, an age-old caravan stop and still a kaleidoscope of ancient customs, dialects, and dress. In the markets and courtyard houses of this harmonious Lost Horizon world you may meet matriarchal Naxi, Bai, or the colorful equestrian Khampas.
From Lijiang, you'll drive about 60KM to the First Bend on the Yangtze River with imposing gorge scenery. The scenery is magnificent as the road running through the Lijiang valley which is filled with wheat fields and drying haystacks.
Continue the driving 40KM more to visit the Tiger Leaping Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world. With 34 rapids of the Yangtze River, it is called the Jinsha in this area because you can find gold in the river. Afternoon, you'll head for Shangri La, the former Zhongdian. Upon arrival in Shangri La, you will have entered the Tibetan cultural area and a landscape of barley fields and yaks scattered in the valleys. Stay at Moonlight City Hotel (4 star)
Day 7 Shangri-La (B, L, D)
Today's sightseeing tour will take you to Bita-Lake Nature Reserve, where you'll discover a crystal-clear lake and a primeval forest. This alpine lake sprawls over an area of 395 acres, at an titleitude of 3,539 meters, with an average depth of 20 meters. The surface of the lake is spangled with jadeitelike isles, covered with graceful stands of trees and groves of azaleas in a variety of colors. Bita Lake is widely recognized as 'A Pearl on the Plateau' and the most attractive lake in Shangri-La. You'll enjoy a pleasant cruise on the lake through the unadorned beauty of nature. Thereafter, you move one to visit today the Songzanlin Monastery which, also called Guihua Monastery, is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan province. It is 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) from the seat of Shangri-La County. Construction began in 1679 and was completed in 1681. During the monasteries golden age over 3,000 monks lived and studied there. Built along the mountains with a magnificent facade, the monastery is a faithful imitation of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. Covering an area of 33 hectares (82 acres), the monastery has solid walls and five gates. Two main lamaseries, Zhacang and Jikang, command the highest position in the architectural complex. Later on, we visit the Tibetan Hospital, the local market and same local Tibetan families. Stay at the same Hotel
Day 8 Zhong Dian - Kunming (B, L, D)
In the morning, you will fly to Kunming. After checking into your hotel, a visit will be taken to the Bamboo Temple which is also widely known as the Qiongzhu Temple. Here, you will find a showcase of 500 brightly colored clay models portraying monks with different facial expressions and body gesture. Initially built during the Yuan Dynasty, there have been several renovations done to the structure due to fire. For the rest of time, you are at leisure to browse the markets and mingle with the colorfully- dressed people of the region's diverse ethnic groups. Hotel: Kunming Hotel
Day 9 Kunming - Stone forest (B, L, D)
In the morning, we drive for about one hour to visit the Stone Forest, one of China's most remarkable natural wonders located 90 km southeast of Kunming. The Stone Forest area is the home of the Sani people, a branch of the Yi ethnic tribe which is reputed for their diligence, valor, wisdom, exquisite embroidery and melodious songs and graceful dances. Covering a few hundred square kilometers, stone peaks rise abruptly from the ground in numerous layers like bamboo shoots, forests and pagodas. If you climb to the top of one of the peaks, you can behold thousands of peaks and valleys just like a marvelous vast black forest. There is a popular local saying: 'It is a waste of time not to visit the Stone Forest while visiting Kunming', which vividly expresses the deep love by the local people toward this world wonder. The quintessential karst landscape makes every tourist lost in wonder. Followed by a visit to a traditional Yi village before driving back to Kunming in the afternoon to visit the local flower and bird market. Stay at Kunming Hotel
Day 10 Depart Kunming (B)
Transfer to airport for your departure flight. End of the trip.
The package price is: $1,350.00 per person for a group of 6 pax or more. It includes private transportation, accommodation as specified (4 star hotel), all meals as mentioned, entrance fees to all the scenic sites and English-speaking guide service throughout trip. It does not include flight tickets, personal expenses and/or gratuity to the guide and driver.
Single supplement: $320.00 per person