1. The essence of “ever spring city of China”- Stone Forest and Cuihu Park.
2. Cycle along the lakeshore of Erhai Lake.
3. Visit the world-famous ancient town of Dali and Lijiang.
4. Follow the footprints of ancient Tea-horse road – Dali, Shaxi, Jianchuan, Lijiang and Shuhe.
5. Hug the snow-caped Jade Dragon Mountain.
Best travel season
Spring Summer Autumn Winter
Upon arrival in Kunming, we meet and transfer you to hotel and check-in. Have a leisure evening on your own.
Wake up in the “ever spring city of China” and start the visit from Green Lake in the city center. It is a public park where locals play sports, sing and dance. You can see a beautiful garden and red beak seagulls if you go there in winter. Later, we drive 80km out of Kunming to visit the Stone Forest, the largest stone forest in China. It is known for limestone rocks with beautiful shapes. You can photograph pretty rocks.
When tour ends, transfer to Kunming South Station, in the same direction of Stone Forest, for bullet train to Dali. Our Dali Guide will meet on arrival and help you to check in.
Get a big breakfast to prepare for the full day discovering in and around Dali. Firstly, we head out to Lake Erhai, which is the most beautiful lake in the area, covering 250 square km. To enjoy its beauty, cycling trip is on the top of recommend list. We will enjoy parts of the 120km lakeshore, passing by fields, villages and fishing piers with Cangshan Mountain as backdrop in the distance. Apart from the incredible landscape, it is also interesting to see locals working on lands and lakes.
After lunch, we take a walk on Cangshan Mountain (cable car is included). This beautiful snow-caped mountain boasts diverse plantation, clouds and springs. The big reward for us is the panoramic view of Erhai Lake, Three Pagodas, and dotted villages, all lying so quietly at the foot of the mountain.
We back to the Ancient Dali Town, wandering around the street and may stop at shops and bars to relax.
In the morning, we will first visit the Morning Market in the village of Xizhou. The local Bai People come to buy and sell their products. A visit to the market allows you to learn more about the daily life of the Bai. We also pay home visit to Bai People at Xizhou village and see their beautiful courtyard, Batik Dyeing and Silverware items that are part of their tradition.
Then continue our drive towards Lijiang. On the way, we will stop at two spots. One is Shaxi Village which is very tranquil and unspoiled old village on the Tea Horse Road. The old architectures and tradition are well maintained. Another one is Shibaoshan Mountain. This mountain is known for its natural landscapes and beautiful caves.
We arrive at Lijiang before dinner time. We base our trip here for the next two days.
After breakfast we firstly drive about 35 minutes to the Jade Dragon Mountain known as Yulong Snow Mountain. The scenery is absolutely beautiful when taking cable car up to the mountain. You have chances to hug the glacier whenever you come.
The village of Shuhe, a miniature of the old town of Lijiang, is a well-preserved village with ancient alleys and architectures. It is a laid-back place away from hustles and bustles. Find a place for a drink and enjoy the Snow Mountain in distance.
Back to Lijiang town and absorb in the night views in the town.
Today, we go insight view of this ancient town to see the culture and spirit they have inherited through generations. Steps up along the stone paved street, we get to Lion Hill which is an integral part of Lijiang ancient town. Standing on the highest point, you will be rewarded with a panoramic view of the old town. As far as eye can reach are the rooftops of the old architectures.
In addition, we will visit The Mufu (Wood Mansion), Lijiang's ancient ruler Mu's official residence, which is Lijiang's largest group of buildings that reflects Naxi people's brilliant skills in architecture and fine arts.
If time permit, spend some time at the Black Dragon Pool before moving to the station/airport. Black Dragon Pool is a park known for its limpid water and picturesque scenery with Jade Dragon Mountain as backdrop.
Tips: If would like to extend your stay in and out of Lijiang, we have prepared some good choices like the Tiger Leaping Gorge Sightseeing Tour, Tiger Leaping Gorge Hiking Trip and Two Days Lugu Lake Tour.
1. All sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary.
2. Inter-city transport: high-speed train from Kunming to Dali.
3. Ground transfers with air-conditioned vehicle (car, minibus or coach depending on the size of your group).
4. 5 Lunches at local restaurants with a cup of soft drink per meal.
5. 5 nights hotel accommodations with breakfast (based on double occupancy).
6. Local English-speaking guide accompany you throughout each city.
7. Accident insurance during your travel.
1. Chinese visa.
2. Flight to Kunming and from Lijiang.
3. Tips to driver and tour guide.
4. Personal expenses.
Hotels recommended list are based on our own experience and feedback of former groups. But we can always customize according to your interest and budget.
Kunming: Ytel Premium (Kunming Nanping Pedestrian Street Jinma Bijifang) 3*, Kunming Hotel 4*, Grand Park Hotel 5*(or similar)
Dali: E-outfitting Hotel 3*, Landscape Hotel 4*, Gurong Hotel 5*(or similar)
Lijiang: Liwang Hotel3*, House Boss LIJIANG RESORT HOTEL 4*, Glden Path Hospitality5*(or similar)
15 days before commencement of services: 100% refund.
7 to 14 days before commencement of services: charge 10% of the tour price.
2 to 6 days before commencement of services: charge 50% of the tour price.
Within 2 days of commencement of services or no-show travelers: charge 100% of the tour price.
After the trip has commenced, we are unable to refund any amount for unused services due to your willingness, early departure, late arrival, or missed days on tours.
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