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8 Days Tour to Kunming, Dali, Lijiang and Shangrila

Trip Length
8 Days
Route
Kunming-Dali-Lijiang-Shangri-la
Attractions
Bamboo Monastery, Stone Forest., Golden Temple, Erhai Lake, Bai people, villages of Bai People, Three Pagodas, Dali Ancient City, Black Dragon Pool, Lijiang Ancient Town, Tiger Leaping Gorge, First bend of the Yangtze River, Bitahai Lake, Napahai Reserve, Songzanlin Temple
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Itinerary day by day

Day 1: Arrive in Kunming

Bamboo MonasteryToday's Highlights:

Airport Pickup; Bamboo Monastery

Details:

Kunming is the capital of Yunnan province, and due to its warm weather for the whole year, it has a nick name of 'the City of Eternal Spring'. Guide will pick you up at the Kunming airport and transfer to the hotel.

If time enough, we will have a visit to Bamboo Monastery, which is first built in Tang Dynasty (618-907AD). It is the most famous of Kunming's temples, and was rebuilt in the Guangxu Era. (1833-1890BC). Overnight in Kunming.

Tips:

1. Kunming is located at the high altitude, due to the heavy sunshine, the sunglasses and sunblock are necessary to bring; 2. The temperature here varies a lot between day and night, keeping warm in night is important; 3. Many minorities live toghether in Yunnan, when travelling here, please respect their culture and protect the environment.

Day 2: Kunming-Stone Forest-Kunming

Stone ForestToday's Highlights:

Stone Forest; Golden Temple

Details:

In the morning, drive 90km to Stone Forest. There is a saying "it is a waste of time without being in Stone Forest while visiting Kunming". It is the most remarkable nature phenomena, which is consisting of innumerable bizarre shaped ancient limestone cliffs and peaks created by wind and water erosion some 270 million year ago.

In the afternoon, drive back to Kunming and visit the Golden Temple, which is the largest temple in China. Here you can see something of the origins of Taoism as the temple is located on Fengming Hill, the home of the Taoist Taihe Palace. Overnight in Kunming.

Day 3: Kunming-Dali

Picture of Erhai Lake in DaliToday's Highlights:

Dali; Erhai Lake; Bai People; Three Pagodas; Dali Ancienty City

Details:

Take the morning flight to Dali. Have a cruise in the Erhai Lake, which is one of the seven biggest fresh water lakes in China and the largest highland lake next to Dianchi Lake (in Kunming). On the boat, you'll enjoy the unique Three-course-tea of local Bai people and their dancing and singing performance.

In the afternoon, visit Bai people's Tie Dying Cloth with Wax, villages of Bai People with traditional architecture courtyard in Xizhou Township, the Three Pagodas in the Chong Sheng Temple and Dali Ancient City. Overnight in Dali.

Tips:

1. Sunshine in Dali is strong, sunglasses and sunblocks are necessary; 2. Please respect the local culture and protect the environment.

Day 4 Dali-Lijiang

Picture of Night Life in LijiangToday's Highlights:

Lijiang; Black Dragon Pool; Lijiang Ancient Town

Details:

Drive about 3 to 4 hours to Lijiang. visit the Black Dragon Pool and Lijiang Ancient Town, is also called Dayanzhen, famous for its scientific architectural layout. Crisscrossed by crystal-clear rivers and meandering cobbled streets, it has a high research value and is a treasure in the field of urban construction in China. Overnight in Lijiang.

Tips:

1. Sunshine in Lijiang is strong, sunglasses and sunblocks are necessary; 2. In Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, walk slowly, no acute exercise, no alcohol; 3. For those who suffered from high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, and heart disease, do not go to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain; 4. When shopping in Lijiang town, bargainning is necessary. Usually you can get the products only for 1/3 of the owner asked for.

Day 5: Lijiang sightseeing

Picture of Dayan Old Town in the MorningToday's Highlights:

Dayan Ancient City; Shuhe Ancient Town

Details:

In the morning, we will have a half day free time for strolling in the Dayan Ancient City, here you can buy some local products as a souvenir. In the afternoon, we will take a look at the Shuhe Ancient Town, which means 'the village at the foot of the high hill'. Shuhe Ancient Town has ranked as an important part of Lijiang Ancient City. Have a cup of coffee under the beautiful sunshine is a great enjoyment.

Day 6: Lijiang-Shangri la

First Bend of Yangtze RiverToday's Highlights:

Shangrila; Tiger Leaping Gorge; First Bend of Yangtze River

Details:

Drive 180km to Shangrila. On the way, visit the Tiger Leaping Gorge, which is famed among the backpackers. It is one of the longest, deepest and narrowest gorges in the world. And the First Bend of Yangtze River. The Jinsha River flowed southward along the Hengduan Mountain ranges and was forced to the turn to north because of the Alpine movements which caused changes in the earth's physiognomy. When the river reaches Shigu Township, it makes an abrupt turn and flows further northward, forming the rare V-shape bend. Overnight in Lijiang.

Tips:

1. A pair of sport shoes or climbing shoes, a hat and a pair of sunglasses are necessary; 2. Bring some water; 3. If only driving to see Tiger Leaping Gorge, 1 day is enough for coming and back; If you want to have a trek here, usually needs 3 days. 4. Please protect the environment when travelling.

Day 7: Shangri la sightseeing

Scenery of Shangri-laToday's Highlights:

Bitahai Lake; Napahai Lake; Songzanlin Temple

Details:

Today, we will firstly visit the Bitahai Lake, which is an intact natural attraction with various species of flora and fauna, and picturesque landscapes. Then a visit to Napahai Reserve, both an ideal grazing field for herdsmen and a prradise for many species of birds. Finally we will have a visit to a famous monastery, Songzanlin Temple.

Tips:

1. Shangrila is located at 3,300 meters above the sea level, for those who has suffered from high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, and heart disease, please do not come; 2. When in Shangrila, walk slowly, no acute exercise, no alcohol; 3. Bring sunglasses, sunblock, and enough clothes; 4. You can prepare some candies, pencils, or books as the gifts for the local children. 5. Please respect the local people and culture and protect the environment.

Day 8 Leave Shangri-la

Today's Highlights:

Tour Ends; to Your Next Destination

Details:

From Shangri-la, you can be back to Lijiang or Kunming, or continue driving overland to Tibet.

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