Tour Code:CN-YNN01
7 Days Classic Yunnan Tour to Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la
Duration:7 Day(s)
Price from:(per person)

CNY 5700

Departure/Pick-up from:


Main Destination :Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la
Traffic between Cities:


Departure Date:You Decide!

Why we suggest this tour itinerary?

Shangri-la, synonymous with the earthly paradise and mythical Himalayan utopia, always evokes the imagery of blue moon, pyramid like white snow mountains and almost immortal people. We  specially designed this itinerary to tour in this breathtaking area and some other enchanting places in Yunnan Province - the "Spring City" of Kunming, Dali - the ancient capital of the Bai ethnic minority kingdom, Lijiang -the heart of UNESCO World Heritage Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas - Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the most magnificent canyons in the world. 


Tourists can enjoy spectacular scenery, folk arts of the ethnic minority people, and cultural relics, explore indulge yourselves in Shangri-la, a mystical paradise lost in the deep mountains. You might view how people there live stresslessly and in moderation. And You might find a peace of mind in the harmonious wonderland of Shangri-La with snow-capped mountains, lakes, trees and water. It is the trip of life, where the souls be purified.


Main Tourist Attractions in the Itinerary: 


Stone Forest 



Erhai Lake, Three Pagado Temple, Dali Old Town 



Ancient Baisha Town (Baisha Fresco), Ancient Lijiang Town, Jade Dragon Snow Mountains, ancient Shuhe Town and Black Dragon Pool


Tiger Leaping Gorge (the heart of Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas)


Zhongdian (Shangri-la):

Ancient Dukezong Town, Sumjtseling Monastery, Pudacuo National Park 


Experience in the Itinerary:

* Walking in the most famous karst landform in China - Stone Forest.

* Uncover the exotic landscapes and experience the unique culture and minority folk custom.

* To know how people there live stresslessly and in moderation. Try to find the peace of mind in the harmonious wonderland of Shangri-La.

* Explore the Tiger Leaping Gorge - Yangtze River roaring under steep 2,000 metres (6,600 ft) cliffs. 


More info about Shangri-la:

Zhongdian in the western Yunnan Province was named officially Shangri-La in 2001. Shangri-La is a name that has worked its way into the English language. Synonymous with utopia, the word was first used in 1933, coined by the British author James Hilton in his novel Lost Horizon. Characterized by towering snow-capped mountains, blue moon, lush forests, vast gorges, idyllic lakes, mysterious monastery and immortal people. Shangri-La is described by Hilton as a mystical, harmonious valley, gently guided from a lamasery. It has become synonymous with any earthly paradise, and particularly a mythical Himalayan utopia – a permanently happy land, isolated from the outside world. In the novel Lost Horizon, the people who live at Shangri-La are almost immortal, living years beyond the normal lifespan and only very slowly aging in appearance. The word also evokes the imagery of exoticism of the Orient, arouses a certain curiosity and mystery whenever it is heard.


In the ancient Tibetan scriptures, existence of seven such places is mentioned as Nghe-Beyul Khembalung. Khembalung is one of several beyuls ("hidden lands" similar to Shangri-La) believed to have been created by Padmasambhava in the 9th century as idyllic, sacred places of refuge for Buddhists during times of strife.


The word Shangri-La is also thought the same as Shambhala, a mythical kingdom in Tibetan Buddhist tradition.


More about Shangri-la at Wikipedia: 

More about Lost Horizon at Wikipedia:


Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas:

Consisting of eight geographical clusters of protected areas within the boundaries of the Three Parallel Rivers National Park, in the mountainous north-west of Yunnan Province, the 1.7 million hectare site features sections of the upper reaches of three of the great rivers of Asia: the Yangtze (Jinsha), Mekong and Salween run roughly parallel, north to south, through steep gorges which, in places, are 3,000 m deep and are bordered by glaciated peaks more than 6,000 m high. The site is an epicentre of Chinese biodiversity. It is also one of the richest temperate regions of the world in terms of biodiversity. - by UNESCO website. 

More about Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas at Wikipedia:                      

More about Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas at UNESCO website:                       

Day 1
Arrive in Kunming before noon, Tour in Kunming
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Kunming

Your private guide and driver will be on time and wait in the arrival at the Airport or Railway Station in Kunming, the famous Spring City. After lunch, you will depart for the 1st attraction of this itinerary, the Stone Forest, a series of karst outcrops around 120 km to the east of Kunming and covers an area of 400 square kilometers, includes The Greater and Lesser Stone Forests, as well as many other scenic spots, all of which feature stones in various formations. Animals, plants, and even human figures can be found here. The magnificent, strange and steep landscape creates countless labyrinthine vistas. Walking through the Stone Forest, you will marvel at the natural stone masterpieces and are bewitched by the intricate formations.

More about Stone Forest at Wikipedia:


Day 2
Kunming - Dali by Car, Tour in Dali
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Dali

Transfer from Kunming to Dali in the morning (around 350km/5.5 hours).


Dali is a famous Chinese cultural city and a national scenic zone. Situated between the Cangshan Mountains and Erhai Lake reputed for their beauty intertwining snow capped pinnacles and crystal clear waters, Dali is an ideal tour destination with relaxing atmosphere and laid-back pace of life. 


The Tour in Dali will begin with the visit to the Three Pagoda Temple that faces Erhai Lake. As its name implies, there are three ancient independent pagodas standing in a symmetrical triangle inside the temple. With a history of more than 1,800 years, three Pagodas have been symbolic constructions of the ancient Dali City.


Afterwards you will visit the primitive and tranquil Dali Old Town, where you will enjoy limpid streams passing through the town and local people wearing their ethnic costumes. A street that goes through the South City Gate to the North City Gate is now a prosperous market street, selling marble, tie-dyeing and other souvenirs.


Day 3
Dali - Lijiang by Car, Tour in Lijiang
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Lijiang

Transfer from Dali to Lijiang in the morning (around 210km/3 hours).


Lijiang is an exceptional ancient town set in a dramatic landscape which represents the harmonious fusion of different cultural traditions to produce an urban landscape of outstanding quality.


This afternoon, Your tour guide will take you to the Ancient Baisha Town, the cradle of the Naxi culture and ancient capital of the Naxi Kingdom, and enjoy the famous Baisha Fresco there.


When the day draws to its end, you will visit ancient Lijiang town includes the Black Dragon Pool (Heilong Tan), an UNESCO World Heritage site, walk down the cobblestone streets over 700 years and see the Naxi way of life which changed little over time. The view of the massif from the gardens at the Black Dragon Pool (Heilong Tan) in Lijiang is noted as one of Chinese finest views. The mountain is the most southerly year round snowcapped mountain in the Northern Hemisphere and with its natural unspoiled beauty it draws a great many scientists, as well as visitors from both home and abroad.


Lijiang town was constructed around 1000 years ago. In 1278, the Yuan Dynasty appointed the Naxi chief Mu De hereditary ruler of the area, and the Mu family retained power for about 500 years. Today their palace is one of the major tourist attractions of the old town.


Lijiang is elected as one of the laziest cities in China in 2004. Life here couldnt be more comfortable. There is an upside to Lijiang being a tourist attraction. A late breakfast in one of the many up-scale cafes fits the slow, lazy pace of life. The pizzas, pancakes and coffee are up to standard, refined over the years through tips from overseas travelers.


Lijiang became known in the west through two men who lived in or near the town in the early 20th century, Austrian-American botanist Joseph Rock who wrote a Naxi dictionary, several scholarly papers, and many articles for National Geographic, and Russian Peter Goullart who wrote several books. It has been suggested that Rocks articles inspired James Hiltons Lost Horizons novel about a fictional Himalayan paradise, Shangri-la, but the claim is controversial.


More about the old town of Lijiang at Wikipedia:

More about Lijiang town at UNESCO World Heritage website:


Day 4
Tour in Lijiang
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Lijiang

In the morning, drive about 30km/40 minutes to visit the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, a treasure of wild plants and rare animals, are like a silver dragon lying in the clouds. Today, you will take cable car to the Glacier Park, visit Ganhaizi, White Water River Scenic Area, Yushuizhai scenic Area (means Jade Dragon Village scenic area).




You will complete the tour today by visiting the ancient Shuhe Town, just 6 km northwest of the fully packed tourist town Lijiang. Ancient Shuhe Town is alive with the strong culture of primitive simplicity, and a place where visitors seek the traditional way of local life. Once an essential stop along the ancient Tea Horse Road, Shuhe has displayed its commercial spirit by opening clusters of shops and bars catering to tourists. Nestled at the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, it is a tranquil town with a population of about 3000 people. Along with its sister town Lijiang (Dayan Town), it is also part of the UNESCO Heritage site. Shuhe is the earliest settlement of Naxi people in Lijiang when their ancestors first moved to this region.


More about Jade Dragon Snow Mountain at Wikipedia:

More about Black Dragon Pool at Wikipedia:


Day 5
Lijiang-Tiger Leaping Gorge-Zhongdian (Shangri-la)
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Zhongdian (Shangri-la)

In the morning, we will firstly drive for around 60km/1.5 hours from Lijiang to the Tiger Leaping Gorge. On the way, you will have a short stop at the First Bend of the Yangtze River for taking some photos.


After that continue to drive, you will arrive at the Tiger Leaping Gorge. As the heart of the Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Tiger Leaping Gorge is between the Yulong Snow Mountain of Lijiang and the Haba Snow Mountain of Zhongdian (Shangri-la area), and one of the finest treks through some of the most naturally beautiful and diverse landscapes China has to offer. The movement of the earths crust caused the Jinshajiang River (Upper reach of Yangtze River) to change its course. When the river flows to where the gorge is, its banks suddenly narrows, the narrowest point being only 20 m in width. From the peak of the Jokul on the west bank to the river there is a drop of 3,900 m, thus making it one of the deepest canyons of the world. With a length of 16 km. it is divided into the upper, the middle and the lower sections, having 18 rapids. A huge square stone, Tigers Leaping Rock, stands in the river. The rivers swift currents, racing like a thousand horses, with cataracts pounding the banks, are awe-inspiring and spectacular. It was given the name, according to the legend, because a hunted tiger made his excape to the other side of the gorge in a single leap.
More about Tiger Leaping Gorge at Wikipedia:


After the tour here, continue driving for another 2.5 hours to Shangri-La, a place with stunning scenery, the azure sky and the hospitality of unsophisticated people. When arrival, Visit the ancient Dukezong Town, the old town of Shangri-la.


More about Shangri-la city at Wikipedia:


Day 6
Tour in Zhongdian (Shangri-la)
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Zhongdian (Shangri-la)

Today in Shangri-la, you will begin your exciting tour with a visit to the Sumjtseling Monastery, the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan.


Then visit Potatso National Park. Makes up of the Wetlands of International Importance Bita Lake Nature Reserve and the "Three Parallel Rivers" world natural heritage Red Hill Area’s Shudu Lake, the park is 22 km away from the Shangri-La county town, with a total area of approximately 300 Square kilometers. The park is in Northwestern Yunnan Province’s alpine cold temperate coniferous forest vegetation zones with altitude from 4159m in the northern peak of Militang Mountai to 3200m in the east of the Bita Lake. Potatso National Park is the first national park in China, which set environmental protection, ecological and cultural tourism. 


The region of this park contains more than 20 percent of the country’s plant species, about one-third of its mammal and bird species and almost 100 endangered species, though it comprises only 0.7 percent of Chinas land area. It is notably home to vulnerable Black-necked cranes, many rare and beautiful orchids, and Himalayan Yew, a coniferous tree whose extracts are a source of the anticancer drug, paclitaxel. Summer scenes inside Potatso Park are so intoxicating that one will call it the home for meconopsis, primrose, rhododendron, spruce, fir, birch and other treasured plants. Lots of wild lives live in the park such as wild boar, musk deer, leopard, pheasant, and different species of birds.


Potatso is the transliteration of “Mandala” or “Putuo” which refers to a sacred mountain of Avalokiteshvara (Goddess of Mercy).“Putuo” or “Puda” means a boat to ferry people from sufferings. “Cuo” or “Tso” in Tibetan refers to a lake; so Potatso together means “Boat Lake”. Potatso used to be the original Tibetan name for Bita Lake where we can see an isle called Mandala or Mantuluo. Potatso is an unearthly world without pollution, far away from the bustle and hustle world.


Day 7
Leave Zhongdian (Shangri-la)
Bid a fond farewell to Shangri-la and be transferred to the airport for the flight to your next stop.
Note: Visiting time,transporting time and the duration of shows and meals in the above itinerary are for reference only and will be subject to change accoring to the real situation.

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Single Room Supplement: CNY 1985

* For 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 people travel together, there will be one person staying in one room. So the single room supplement will be added on the above quotation for one person if 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 people travel together.

Price includes:
1. Private van in the itinerary with parking fee and highway fee.

2. 4-star standard hotel in Kunming, Dali, 5-star standard hotel in Lijiang and Shangri-la with breakfast (2 people stay in one room)

* But for 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 people travel together, there will be one person staying in one room. So the single room supplement will be added on the above quotation for one person if 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 people travel together.

3. Private local English speaking guide in the itinerary.
4. Entrance ticket to the attractions as listed in the itinerary, include the round trip cable car to the Glacier Park on the top of Jade Dragon Snow Mountains.
5. Tour accident insurance.


Price excludes:
Traffic to Kunming and from Shangri-la on the 1st and last day.

Lunch & dinner (Please ask the guide & driver to take the lunch with you in Kunming, take lunch and dinner with you in Dali – Lijiang - Shangri-la. Otherwise please give RMB30 per lunch to the guide and driver respectively.)

Personal expenses such as drinks, shopping.


* Tips is highly appreciated but not requested.


No national guide service. 


Please Note:

1. Child under the age of 12 may have discount.

2. This tour package can be fully customizable to fit your travel plan.

3. The tour itinerary described above may change or cancel because of force majeure. If because of force majeure or any conditions and/or situation which are not under the control of Shanghai Elite Tours happens (such as the problem of airlines, train, ship, public bus and any other public traffic means, the sudden change of weather, temporary road problem…) and/or accidental situation such as tourists will endanger the personal safety and property safety problem, and/or any other accidental situation which are unforeseen, unavoidable and insurmountable by Shanghai Elite Tours, this tour can not be accomplished as scheduled, Shanghai Elite Tours will not bear the responsibility.

4. The sequence of the activities in the itinerary maybe will be changed according to the situation.

5. In principle, the working hour of the driver and guide (include meal time) is not over 10 hours. (except the service time in the itinerary is listed to be over 10 hours).

The car can only be used according to the itinerary listed in the itinerary.

6. Tourists must bring their passport (for foreign tourist) or Chinese ID card (for local Chinese) in the tour.

7. Tourists should pay attention to the safety during the tour and the during the time when tourists arrange the activities themselves (such as during the meal time, shopping time, rest time, go to toilet and taking bath at hotel and so on…)

8. Shanghai Elite Tours is NOT a medical institution, and can only provide the tour and/or trip and/or conference service (if any). Every tourist should also know the health situation of them own, and tourists should guarantee their health condition can meet the needs of this tour.

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