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11 Days Yunnan Wonders Highlights Tour

11 Days Yunnan Wonders Highlights Tour

Chengdu - Kunming - Dali - Lijiang - Shangri-La
Duration: 11 Days Departure: All year around
Highlights:
Chengdu Panda Base, People's Park, Yunnan Provincial Museum, Stone Forest, Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Monastery, Dali Old Town, the Black Dragon Pool, Dongba Museum, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, the Ruins of Jujian Temple, the Old Town of Lijiang, Meili Snow Mountain, Songzanlin Monastery, Tibetan family visit, Baiji Temple
Scenery from Kunming to Shangri-La via Dali and Lijiang are the most well known Highlights in Yunnan, but the views of Mt. Meili, particularly the golden sunrise view should be the highlight of all Highlights. As one of the most important holy mountains across Tibet, how can you escape from its holy rays if there is a chance you can get so close to it?
DAY BY DAY
D1-D2: Chengdu-Kunming 
D3: Kunming-Shilin-Dali
D4: Dali
D5: Dali-Lijiang
D6: Lijiang Ancient Town
D7: Lijiang-Tiger Leaping Gorge-Shangri-La
D8: Shangri-La
D9-D11: Shangri-La-Meili Snow Mountain-Shangri-La
$ per person

Day 1: Chengdu Arrival

Schedule today: When you arrive, your guide and driver will meet you airport, and send you to your hotel. If you have free time, feel free to explore the city.

Day 2: Chengdu City Tour

Highlights: Chengdu Panda Base, People’s Park

Schedule today: Visit Chengdu Research Base of Panda in the morning. Here we call it Chengdu Panda Base. You may know that Panda is the national treasure in China. Sichuan is the Hometown of Panda. So when you come to Chengdu, Panda Base is a must-see place. After lunch, go to visit People’s Park. Visit Heming Tea House in People’s Park. It is a tea house with a history over 100 year. Tea House is unseparated part for Sichuan People. After visit, transfer train station, take the train to Kunming. When you arrive, your guide and driver will pick you up to your hotel.  

Chengdu Panda Base Chengdu Tea House
Chengdu Panda Base Chengdu Tea House

Day 3: Kunming-Stone Forest-Dali

Highlights: Yunnan Provincial Museum, Stone Forest

Schedule today: In the morning, your guide and driver will pick you up to Yunnan Provincial Museum. It houses an exhibition centered on Yunnan’s ethnic minorities, as well as a collection of artifacts from tomb excavations at Jinning on the southern rim of Lake Dian. Then Transfer to Stone Forest (about 1.5 hrs.). The Yunnan Stone Forest was listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2007. The vast southern Chinese karst landscape is jointly composed by the sword- and pagoda-shaped karsts pillars of Yunnan's Stone Forest as well as the cone-shaped and stereoscopic pillars with its nature made bridges and crevices of the Karst Forest in Libo, Guizhou. After visiting, drive back to Kunming. Take train to Dali, overnight at train.

Yunnan Provincial Museum Stone Forest
Yunnan Provincial Museum Stone Forest

Day 4: Dali

Highlights: Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Monastery, Dali Old Town

Schedule to: You will arrive at Dali in the morning. Your guide and driver in Dali will pick you up at airport. When you have breakfast, go to visit the Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Monastery, which are the symbols of Dali. After lunch, transfer to Dali Old Twon. You can climb the City Wall or stroll through the souvenir roads. Dali has a very long and glorious history. It used to be the capital city of Nanzhao Kingdom.

Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Monastery Dali Old Town
Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Monastery Dali Old Town

Day 5: Dali-Lijiang

Highlights: Morning market of Xizhou Town, Erhai Lake, Jinsuo Island

Schedule today: In the morning, go to the Market of Xizhou, where you will visit Bai-style traditional architectural courtyards, taste the typical fragrant Three-Course Tea and explore the Bai's distinctive culture. Afterwards you are going on a cruise on close Erhai Lake to Jinsuo Island - a local fishing village. Enjoy the green Cangshan Mountain Range and the Three Pagodas from far as well as lots of birds flying over the lake. After visit, drive to Lijiang (about 2.5 hrs.). Stay overnight at the hotel in Lijiang Old Town.

Xizhou Ancient Town Erhai Lake
Xizhou Ancient Town Erhai Lake

Day 6: Lijiang Ancient Town

Highlights: Black Dragon Pool, Dongba Museum, Ruins of Jujian Temple, Old Town of Lijiang

Schedule today: visit the Black Dragon Pool and Dongba Museum to explore the rich Naxi minority culture. Then you'll visit to the Jade Lake Village (Yuhu Village): from here, you will enjoy a fantastic view over the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Then you have the opportunity to join a 2-hour guided horse trek leading you along the mountain slopes. The trek passes ancient Naxi deer farms, the ruins of Jujian Temple, the King Ranch of the Naxi, ancient tree populations, stone inscriptions and many other nice and interesting places. Meet our driver again afterwards and get driven back to the hotel.

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

Day 7: Lijiang-Tiger Leaping Gorge-Shangri-La

Highlights: First Bend of Yangtze River, Tiger Leaping Gorge

Schedule today: Today after breakfast, you'll drive about 60 km to the First Bend of the Yangtze River, which is close to Shigu can be marveled at before you head further north to Tiger Leaping Gorge with an imposing gorge scenery. It's one of the deepest gorges in the world with 34 rapids. The inhabitants of the gorge are primarily the indigenous Naxi people, who live in a handful of small hamlets. The Tiger Leaping Gorge is another top attraction of Yunnan! In the late afternoon, you will transfer to Shangri-La (about 2.5 hrs).

The First Bend of Yangtze River Tiger Leaping Gorge
The First Bend of Yangtze River Tiger Leaping Gorge

Day 8: Shangri-La

Highlights: Songzanlin Monastery, Tibetan family visit, Baiji Temple

Schedule today: After the breakfast, go to see the Ganden Songzanlin Monastery, the largest Tibetan monastery in Yunnan. Then you’ll visit a local family and get close to the real life of Tibetans. Then go to visit Baiji Temple, which is very close to west of the Dukezong Ancient town, from where a great view over the city can be enjoyed.

Songzanlin Monastery Tibetan Family Visit
Songzanlin Monastery Tibetan Family Visit

Day 9: Shangri-La-Meili Snow Mountain

Schedule today: After breakfast, your guide and driver will send you to Meili Snow Mountain (about 6 hrs.). Enjoy the beautiful scenery en route.

Day 10: Meili Snow Mountain

Highlights: Meili Snow Mountain

Schedule today: Today spend the whole day to visit Meili Snow Mountain. It is also called “Price Snow Mountain”. Kang Karpo Peak in Meili Snow Mountain is the tallest mountain in Yunnan Province. Meili Snow Mountain is also one of the most sacred mountains the Tibetan worship.

Meili Snow Mountain Meili Snow Mountain
Meili Snow Mountain Meili Snow Mountain

Day 11: Meili Snow Mountain-Shangri-La

In the morning, drive from Meili Snow Mountain to your hotel in Shangri-La or the airport.  Your trip will end up with sweet memories.

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