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Itinerary Day by Day

Day 1 Stone Forest

Welcome to Kunming, the capital of the province with the most ethnic groups in China. You will be transferred to the Stone Forest after meeting your guide at the airport or train station.

Stone Forest
Listed a world heritage site by UNESCO in 2007, the Stone Forest is a natural museum of karst landform. Some of the stones look like animals, some assemble like an army and some are in the shape of ancient castles.
Nuohei Village
The residents in the Nuohei Village are Yi People. They are hospitable and conscientious. All their houses are built by themselves. The major materials are the stones quarried from the nearby hills. You will marvel at Yi people’s wisdom after seeing those houses.
Day 2 Laohuzui Terraced Field

You will take a 6-hour long car ride to the Laohuzui Terraced Fields today, and visit the Yunnan Folkways Village on road.

Yunnan Folkways Village
Located beside the beautiful Tianchi Lake, the Yunnan Folkways Village is a place to soak up the atmosphere of the culture and lifestyle of the 26 ethnic groups in Yunnan. The exquisite houses in the village are also worth a visit.
Laohuzui Terraced Field
The Laohuzui is the steepest most magnificent terraced fields in Yuanyang. The Laohuzui Terraced Field looks like a piece of oil painting and is liked by photographers. Both sunrise and sunset are the best times to shoot masterworks on Laohuzui.
Day 3 Terraced Fields in Yuanyang
Duoyishu Terraced Field
Surrounded by the cloud for over 200 days a year, the Duoyishu Terraced Field looks like a traditional Chinese wash painting. November to next April are the best times to shoot the terraced fields. When the sun rises, the color of the fields changes due to the sunshine refraction.
Yuanyang Market
The Yuanyang Market is the best place to learn about the lifestyle and culture of the 7 ethnic groups in Yuanyang. Women in the costumes of their own ethnic group go to the market for the freshest vegetables and fruits, carrying big bamboo baskets on their backs.
Qingkou Hani Village
There are over 180 Hani Families in the Qingkou Hani Village. A Hani Ethnic Group Museum is built at the east end of the village, and a painted corridor is located at the west end. However, the villagers’ houses, which look like mushrooms are most renowned attractions in the village.
Day 4 Jianshui Tour

You will drive to Jianshui after breakfast.

Jianshui Ancient Town
Housing over 50 ancient houses, the Jianshui Ancient Town enjoys a reputation of Museum of Ancient Buildings. The styles of houses vary for different ethnic groups. For instance, the Hani people like grass-roofed houses, while Dai people are good at constructing tile-roofed house.
Chaoyang Tower
Built around 600 years ago, the Chaoyang Tower was the east gate of the Jianshui Ancient Town. Standing on the top of the tower, tourists can have a bird view of the Jianshui Ancient Town. Lots of old photos are collected in the second floor of the tower.
Confucius Temple
The Confucius Temple in Jianshui is the largest and best preserved Confucius relics in Yunnan province. Thousands of students of Confucius Institute visit this temple every year. The temple was a noble school in ancient times. The houses in the temple are also worth a visit,
Zhu Family Garden
Boasting 42 courtyards and 214 houses, the Zhu Family Garden was the most luxury private garden in Jianshui. The garden belonged to the richest men in Jianshui in 1890s. It is now the best place to learn about the folk culture in Jianshui.
Day 5 Back to Kunming
Shuanglong Bridge
The Shuanglong Bridge was critical to avoid flood in ancient times. There are two exquisite pavilions located respectively at the south end and middle part of the 148-meter long and 9-meter high bridge.
Tuanshan Village
Most houses in the Tuanshan Village were built in the nineteenth century. 15 folk houses, 3 village gates, 3 monasteries and 1 ancestral hall are the best-preserved ancient relics in the village. The unique local culture and lifestyle are the most appealing things to tourists.

You will drive back to Kunming after today’s tour.

Day 6 Erhai Lake

You will take a train to Dali today.

Three Pagodas
The Chongsheng Temple was royal property during the Dali Kingdom period (937-1253). There were nine kings gave up the throne and served as abbots in Chongsheng Temple. The temple was destroyed during wartimes, however, its three pagodas still stand. These three pagodas have a history of 1000 years.
Erhai Lake
Erhai Lake is the second largest freshwater lake in Yunnan. It is shaped like an ear. The Erhai Lake was formed at the end of the Ice Age. In the Han Dynasty (25 BC to 220 AD), Erhai Lake became an important hub of the Southwest Silk Road.
Dali Ancient Town
The Ancient Town of Dali is located at the foot of Cangshan Mountain, faceing the Erhai Lake in the east. It was the capital city of the ancient Nanzhao and Dali Kingdoms (738-1253). It used to be the political, economic and cultural center of Yunnan.
Day 7 Ancient Town Tour

You will visit two ancient towns today.

Xizhou Ancient Town
The major residents in the Xizhou Ancient Town belong to the Bai Ethnic Group. The local people’s houses, which feature black tiles and white walls, are the must-see attractions in the ancient town. Besides, the local desserts are also worth a try.
Lijiang Ancient Town
Lijiang Ancient Town has been one of the most tourist destinations since it was selected as a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1997. It is also one of the most romantic places in China. Ancient houses and streets and modern bars and restaurants are in a perfect harmony here.
Day 8 Lijiang Ancient Relic Tour
Yuhu Village
Situated at the foot of a snow-capped mountain, the Yuhu Village is the best place admire the mountain view. The reflection of the mountain on the mirror-like lake in the village looks almost the same as the mountain itself. The local culture and lifestyle are also interesting.
Baisha murals
Around 500 years ago, a local leader in Baisha claimed his allegiance to the Chinese emperor. And then, he built lots of temples and asked local artists to paint on the walls of these temples. The 558 pieces of Baisha murals are mainly about religions and nature.
Shuhe Ancient Town
Compared to the Lijiang Ancient Town, the Shuhe Ancient Town is not so famous. However, it is also less commercialized than the Lijiang Ancient Town. Tourists can bask in the tranquility of ancient stone roads and houses in the Shuhe Ancient Town.
Black Dragon Pool
The Black Dragon Pool is a park in Lijiang. The lake in the park is the headwater for the Lijiang City. Scaling to the top of the Xiang Mountain in the park, tourists can have the best views of the Lijiang Ancient City and a snow-capped mountain.
Naxi Dongba Culture Museum
Naxi is an ethnic group in Yunnan, and Dongba is a religion created by Naxi People around 1000 years ago. The 12,000 exhibits in the Naxi Dongba Culture Museum include agricultural tools, scriptures, paintings and handicrafts.
Day 9 Tiger Leaping Gorge
The First Bay of Yangtze River
The First Bay of Yangtze River is actually the intersection of Yangtze, Nu and Lancang Rivers. The First Bay of Yangtze River is located at the east end of QinghaI-Tibet Plateau. The drastic drop in altitude make all these three rivers roaring past the bay.
Tiger Leaping Gorge
Due to the drastic fall, the river behind the Tiger Leaping Gorge looks a like an angry dragon. Thousands of tourists go to the gorge to admire the spectacular river view every year. The gorge is also a place of interest for hiking fanciers.

You will drive to Shangri-La after today’s sightseeing.

Day 10 Shangri-La Tour
Songzanlin Monastery
Built in 1683 AD, the Songzanlin Monastery is a sacred place for Tibetan Buddhists who live in Sichuan or Yunnan. With an altitude of 3380 meters and located on a mountain, the Sozanlin Monastery enjoys a reputation of “Lesser Potala”.
Shudu Lake
The Shudu Lake is a clear and blue plateau lake. It is surrounded by endless original forest. The wild animals in the forest and fish in the lake are loved by thousands of tourists.
Dukezong Ancient Town
The Dukezong Ancient Town is the best preserved ancient residential area for Tibetan People. It was the last stop for ancient merchants who transported tea to Tibet. Local people like to dance on the city square, and you are welcome to join in them.
Day 11 Goodbye! See You Next Time

Your tour comes to an end today. Do you like Yunnan more after this action-packed 11 days? Hope you like both the tour and our service. We are looking forward to serving you for your next trip. Best wishes!

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Transportation
In a private tour, it means you will transfer to the tourist attractions in one city by private vehicle. The private car we selected is spacious, comfortable and air-conditioned. And the driver we use are very experienced. As for traveling between two destinations, we use domestic flights (economy seat) or high speed trains (second class seat, usually less than 6 hours). The local guides and drivers will pick you up at the airport/train stations, and escort you to the hotel.
Meals
“B” stands for breakfast. You will have it at your hotel in the morning.
“L” stands for lunch. The restaurants we will arrange for you are all designated tourist restaurants approved by local tourist administration bureau. All are in good sanitary conditions. Your guide will assist you with ordering the dishes.
“D” means dinner. All dinners are excluded in the itinerary. You have the chance to taste some authentic Chinese food and local snacks.
If you have special dietary requirements (vegetarian, halal, kosher, Indian, or gluten-free), please let us know before your booking. We will try our best to take care of you.

Accommodation & Hotel Condition for Your China Tour

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Have a good sleep everyday is very important during your China tour. In a private tour, you can decide on your own which hotel class you want - luxury 5 star, comfortable 4-star or economic 3-star.
All the hotels in each destination we selected are at good location, close to commercial street or tourist attractions. And, all the hotels we use have a business relationship for many years and they have windows, air-conditioners, hot water, showers, wifi... (except for basic accommodation condition when travel to Mount Everest) to ensure you luxury and comfortable sleep experience. The staff can speak English and they will provide you the high quality service. If you have any requirements, you can ask them to help.

Photo Gallery for This Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Listed a world heritage site by UNESCO in 2007, the Stone Forest is a natural museum of karst landform.
  • Day 1 - The residents in the Nuohei Village are Yi People.
  • Day 2 - The Yunnan Folkways Village is a place to soak up the atmosphere of the culture and lifestyle of the 26 ethnic groups in Yunnan.
  • Day 2 - The Laohuzui is the steepest most magnificent terraced fields in Yuanyang.
  • Day 3 - Surrounded by the cloud for over 200 days a year, the Duoyishu Terraced Field looks like a traditional Chinese wash painting.
  • Day 3 - The Yuanyang Market is the best place to learn about the lifestyle and culture of the 7 ethnic groups in Yuanyang.
  • Day 3 - There are over 180 Hani Families in the Qingkou Hani Village.
  • Day 4 - Jianshui Ancient Town is known as the Museum of Ancient Architecture.
  • Day 4 - Built around 600 years ago, the Chaoyang Tower was the east gate of the Jianshui Ancient Town.
  • Day 4 - The Confucius Temple in Jianshui is the largest and best preserved Confucius relics in Yunnan province.
  • Day 4 - Boasting 42 courtyards and 214 houses, the Zhu Family Garden was the most luxury private garden in Jianshui.
  • Day 5 - The Shuanglong Bridge was critical to avoid flood in ancient times.
  • Day 5 - Most houses in the Tuanshan Village were built in the nineteenth century.
  • Day 6 - The Chongsheng Temple was royal property during the Dali Kingdom period (937-1253).
  • Day 6 - Erhai Lake is the second largest freshwater lake in Yunnan.
  • Day 6 - The Ancient Town of Dali is located at the foot of Cangshan Mountain, faceing the Erhai Lake in the east.
  • Day 7 - The major residents in the Xizhou Ancient Town belong to the Bai Ethnic Group.
  • Day 7 - Lijiang Ancient Town has been one of the most tourist destinations since it was selected as a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1997.
  • Day 8 - Situated at the foot of a snow-capped mountain, the Yuhu Village is the best place admire the mountain view.
  • Day 8 - The 558 pieces of Baisha murals are mainly about religions and nature.
  • Day 8 - Compared to the Lijiang Ancient Town, the Shuhe Ancient Town is not so famous.
  • Day 8 - The Black Dragon Pool is a park in Lijiang.
  • Day 8 - Naxi is an ethnic group in Yunnan, and Dongba is a religion created by Naxi People around 1000 years ago.
  • Day 9 - The First Bay of Yangtze River is actually the intersection of Yangtze, Nu and Lancang Rivers.
  • Day 9 - Due to the drastic fall, the river behind the Tiger Leaping Gorge looks a like an angry dragon.
  • Day 10 - Built in 1683 AD, the Songzanlin Monastery is a sacred place for Tibetan Buddhists who live in Sichuan or Yunnan.
  • Day 10 - The Shudu Lake is a clear and blue plateau lake.
  • Day 10 - The Dukezong Ancient Town is the best preserved ancient residential area for Tibetan People.

What Travelers are Saying about This Tour

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Very professional and knowledgeable. Could not of asked for better planning. The explanations were detailed and interesting. The local restaurant choices were delicious. When asked to be flexible or help with plans outside the scheduled tour they were very happy to accommodate. Highly recommend and very very happy with this tour!
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Reviewed on Nov. 2022
Memorable trip!!!
One of the best trips I ever had, I give five stars for the professionalism and good itinerary. I had a great informatory trip. The guide was very knowledgeable with all part of and the city. His historic background is rich and coming from the heart. Our driver was very careful and patient with traffic and both were very prompt. Food was ok and service was good. I highly recommend this travel agency, if you go to China make sure to use them.
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