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It is a classic Yunnan Tour covering the essence city of Yunan, such as Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la and Deqen. Especially, Meili Snow Mountain is located in Deqen and a sacred place, a place of pilgrimage for Tibetan Buddhists, for whom the mountain is the first of the eight great divine mountains in the Tibetan region.
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|Kunming||Green Lake Hotel 5 star||Kunming Hotel 4 star||Jixie Hotel 3 star|
|Dali||Asia Star Hotel 4 star||Asia Star Hotel 4 star||Landscape Hotel 3 star|
|Lijiang||Guan Fang Hotel 5 star||Wang Fu Hotel 4 star||Sanhe Hotel 3 star|
|Shangri-la||Holy Palace Hotel 4 star||Holy Palace Hotel 4 star||Shiner Hotel 3 star|
|Meili||Flying Temple Hotel Tourist class||Flying Temple Hotel Tourist class||Flying Temple Hotel Tourist class|
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Upon arrival at Kunming Changshui International airport, you will be greeted by a local English-speaking guide with a welcome board. Then, your Chinese-speaking driver will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel in the city center.
After enjoying your nice buffet breakfast at your hotel, you will be transferred to the airport to take a morning flight to Dali. Upon arrival at Dali airport, you will be picked up by a local guide and transferred to take a cruise in the stunning Erhai Lake. It covers an area of 251 square kilometers, is one of the seven biggest freshwater lakes in China, and the second largest lake in Yunnan. After that, you will pay a visit to ZhouCheng Village and learn about ethnic Bai People's fascinating method of tie-dyeing cloth with wax.
After enjoying your Chinese lunch at a local restaurant, you will travel to Xizhou Township to see the unique dwellings of the Bai People's. Then, you will go to the Chong Sheng Temple which is noted for its three beautiful pagodas. Next, you can wander around Dali Ancient Town, and experience traditional local life. Later on, you will be driven to your hotel.
After enjoying your nice buffet breakfast at your hotel, you will be driven to Lijiang and it takes around 3.5 hours by vehicle.
Upon arrival in Lijiang, you will go to your hotel for check-in first. After a short rest, you will visit the Lijiang Ancient Town which includes Sifang Street and Square Market. Square Market is the site of a major bazaar for local residents to stock up on necessities such as meat, vegetables, oil and herbal medicine.
Afterwards, you will be transferred to your hotel to enjoy the remainder of the evening on your own.
Today, you will have a full-day trip to the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, the Baisha Murals and the Ancient Shuhe Village of the Naxi People. The landscape of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain includes one of the southernmost glaciers in the world, with 13 peaks and the major peak is 5,596 meters above sea level. In the Naxi People’s language, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain means "the place for lovers that die for their love".
After enjoying your breakfast, you will be driven to Shangri-la. It is around 180km and takes approx. 3.5 hours by vehicle. On the way, you will reach the Tiger Leaping Gorge which is regarded as one of the longest, deepest and narrowest gorges in the world. Also along the way, is the First Bend of the Yangtze River which is formed in a rare “V” shape. Finally, when you arrive in Shangri-la, you will check in at your hotel, and then enjoy the free evening is on your own.
After enjoying your breakfast, you will be driven 190 km from Shangri-la to Deqen, around 5 hours away. When you pass through Baimang Snow Mountain Nature Reserve, you will be able to view the Baimang Snow Mountain if the weather permits. En route, you will stop in Benzilan town, where you will have your lunch at a local restaurant.
After your lunch, the tour continues with impressive views of this stunning and rugged landscape.
Today you will stay at the Flying Temple. The accommodation is simple there.
Today, you will get up early to appreciate the splendid sunrise on Meili Snow Mountain. After that, you will go back to your hotel for your breakfast, and then be driven to Mingyong Village. It takes around 1.5 hours by vehicle. Upon arrival, hike along the 4km of trails to the Mingyong Glacier of Meili Snow Mountain, and walk another hour or so. Then, you will reach a Tibetan Taizi Monastery which is another perfect site to view the magnificent Mingyong Glacier.
You could choose to hire a horse (at your own expense) to go up to the glacier if you prefer. After sightseeing at the Mingyong Glacier in Mingyong Village, the trek continues along the Lancang River Grand Canyon. On the way, you will come across some Tibetan villages, and get a glimpse of local life. Although the day of trekking is a bit difficult, it certainly makes for an incredible and exhilarating experience.
Before having your breakfast, visit the Flying Temple, which is a perfect place to appreciate the sunrise at Meili Snow Mountain. Then, you will go back for your breakfast.
Afterward, you will be driven back to Shangri-La. On the way, you will view of the amazing Yangtze River Grand Canyon and Baima Snow Mountain again. In the later afternoon, explore Dukezong Ancient Town in Shangri-la which is an ancient Tibetan town with a history spanning more than 1,300 years. Dukezong means “The Moon Town”. Later on, you will be transferred to your hotel.
In the morning, you will travel to the Songzanlin Lama Temple which is also named "Guihua Monastery". It is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Shangri-La region of Yunnan province.
Next on the itinerary, is the Potatso National Park, covering Shudu Lake, Bitahai Lake Resort, and Xiaji Resort. Bitahai Lake is a famous freshwater lake at an elevation of 3540 meters in western Yunnan. "Bita" in Tibetan also refers to a place where lots of oak trees are growing. Shudu Lake is one of the biggest lakes in Diqing Prefecture and has now been turned into a highland pasture resort.
Today’s lunch is served at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the airport to take the domestic flight to Kunming. Upon arrival in Kunming, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy your free evening!
After enjoying your breakfast, you will be driven to Lunan County which takes approximately 1.5 hours by vehicle. Next, explore the Stone Forest with its unbelievable karst formations, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2007. After visiting, you will be driven to Kunming Changshui International Airport for your next destination. Thus, the end of his unforgettable journey in Yunnan province.
Ancient Town, Ancient Village, hiking, Historic, Nature, Outdoor Activity, UNESCO, Walking Tour, World Heritage Site
Attractions: Ancient Shuhe Village of the Naxi People, Baimang Snow Mountain Nature Reserve, Baisha Murals, Baisha Village, Benzilan town, Bitahai Lake Resort, Chong Sheng Temple, Dali Ancient Town, Dongchuan Red Earth, Dukezong Ancient Town, Erhai Lake, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Lijiang Ancient Town, Meili Snow Mountain, Mingyong Glacier, Mingyong Village, Shudu Lake, Sifang Street, Stone forest, the First Bend of the Yangtze River, the Flying temple, the Potatso National Park, the Songzanlin Lama Temple, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Xiaji Resort, Xizhou Township, Yuanyang Terraced Fields, ZhouCheng Village
Cities visited: Dali, Kunming, Lijiang, Shangri-la
Provinces visited: Yunnan
Ideal seasons: Winter, Summer, Spring, Autumn
Ideal audiences: Seniors, Singles, Couples, Dating, Family
Religions: Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Christian, Taoist, Bahá'í
Type of transportation: Private Car