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Itinerary Name: 7 Days Classic Yunnan Tour to Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la
Day 1
Arrive in Kunming before noon, Tour in Kunming
Meal:Not included in the quotation
Hotel: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: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stone_Forest

 

Day 2
Kunming - Dali by Car, Tour in Dali
Meal:Not included in the quotation
Hotel: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
Meal:Not included in the quotation
Hotel: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: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Town_of_Lijiang

More about Lijiang town at UNESCO World Heritage website: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/811

  

Day 4
Tour in Lijiang
Meal:Not included in the quotation
Hotel: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: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jade_Dragon_Snow_Mountain

More about Black Dragon Pool at Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Dragon_Pool

 

Day 5
Lijiang-Tiger Leaping Gorge-Zhongdian (Shangri-la)
Meal:Not included in the quotation
Hotel: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: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiger_Leaping_Gorge

 

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: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shangri-La_City

 

Day 6
Tour in Zhongdian (Shangri-la)
Meal:Not included in the quotation
Hotel: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)
Meal:
Hotel:
Bid a fond farewell to Shangri-la and be transferred to the airport for the flight to your next stop.