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7-day Hiking Tour of Kunming, Dali and Lijiang

Day 1 Arrival at Kunming (D)
Arrival at Kunming. Met at the airport and transferred to Kunming Hotel. Free for rest of the day.
Stay at Kunming Hotel

Day 2 Kunming (B, L)
In the morning, you'll drive along the expressway to visit the main natural attraction: Stone Forest, one of China's most remarkable natural wonders located 78 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. On the way back, you can take a moderate trekking for some distance.
Stay at Kunming Hotel

Day 3 Kunming - Dali by air (B, L)
In the morning, drive to the Western Hills followed by an one hour hiking up the hill. The Western Hills consists of Binao, Huating, Taihua and Lohan hills. The Western Hills Forest Reserve is situated in the western suburb of Kunming, on the west bank of the Dianchi Lake. Being 15 kilometers (9 miles) away from the urban district, the hills extend for more than 35 kilometers (21.7 miles) at an titleitude of 2,500 meters (8,202 feet) above sea level. The hills are also known as the 'Sleeping Beauty Hills', a reference to the hills' undulating contours, which are thought to resemble a woman sleeping beside the lake, with tresses of hair flowing into the sea. Later, visit Grand View Park. In the afternoon, transferred to the airport for Dali. Met and transferred to the downtown of Dali. Visit Dali Ancient Town. After dinner, free for rest of the time. Stay at Asia Star Hotel

Day 4 Dali (B, L, D)
Since the Old Town of Dali is small, today you'll primarily be hiking or biking to the scenic sites. You'll first take a boat ride on the Erhai Lake. Sitting at the epicenter of Dali, it stretches 42 kilometers from north to south and 3.9 kilometers from east to west, covering an area of more than 250 square kilometers and is 21.5 meters at the deepest. It is ranked the second place in Yunnan Province and the seventh freshwater lake in the nation by area and water storage. Thereafter, visit the Three Pagodas, Butterfly Spring and Cangshan Mountain (13 km from the downtown). In the afternoon, visit Xizhou Bai Minority Village which is mostly dominated by the Bai Minority group. The Bai minority are much in evidence at Xizhou, 18 kilometers north of Dali. Green mountains, winding creeks and fertile land make for a lyrical and carefree life. Enjoy the collection of wonderful Bai-style architecture along with the rich culture that resonates all around you. Stay at Asia Star Hotel

Day 5 Dali - Lijiang by road (B, L)
After breakfast, you take a 3-hour drive to Lijiang (3-hour drive). En route, you will stop by the Heqing County, paying a visit to Heqing Villages & Xinhua Village. Both villages possess picturesque scenery with a strong color of the Bai lifestyle. Upon your arrival at Lijiang County, you will have an excursion to the Lion Hill and Ancient Town, one of China's most unique cities - culturally, ethnically, and architecturally. The city's Old Town, or "Dayan Old Town," is precious. Cobblestone streets, wooden homes and cafes practically spill out into narrow canals which wind past water wheels and under weeping willows. Lijiang presents a quaint, picturesque urban area - an increasingly rare sight in China. Stay at Guanfang Hotel Lijiang

Day 6 Lijiang (B, L, D)
After breakfst, have a full day excursion to the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. The main peak of the mountain, clad in white snow all year round, rises 5,596 meters above sea level. The 13 peaks, distributed from the south to the north, with the south-north length of 35 km and the east-west width of 12 km, are like a silver white jade dragon lying in the clouds, hence the name Yulong (jade dragon) Snow Mountain. The cable car will take you to the elevation of 3700m while you still needs to hike up to 4654m above the sea level. Will also visit the Baisha Mural Paintings, the Black Dragon Pool Park and Museum of Naxi Dongba Culture inside the park. Stay at Guanfang Hotel Lijiang

Day 7 Lijiang - Kunming (B, L)
Transfer to Lijiang Airport for Kunming and free in Kunming for your next destination.

Double Occupancy: USD 990 ( two travelers share one room )
Single Occupancy: USD 1170 ( one traveler shares one room )
Remark: the tour price above is based on minimum two travelers.

Price Includes:
1. All transfer and city transportation
2. Entrance fees
3. Meals listed as B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner
4. Local English speaking tour guide
5. Hotels ( two sharing room ) with breakfast

Price Excludes:
1. Personal expenses: the items of personal nature such as drinks, laundry, FAX, telephone, excess baggage charges.
2. Airfare from Kunming to Dali
3. Insurance coverage of personal loss, illness or damages incurred during your trip
4. Tips to the tour guide and driver

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