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5 Days Tour to Kunming and Lijiang

Trip Length
5 Days
Route
Kunming-Lijiang-Kunming
Attractions
Bamboo Monastery, Stone Forest, Golden Temple, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Naxi people and culture, Black Dragon Pool, Lijiang Dayanzhen, Tiger Leaping Gorge, First Bend of the Yantze River

Itinerary day by day

Day 1: Arrive in Kunming

Picture of Birds Flying Above Dianchi of KunmingToday'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

Picture of Stone Forest in KunmingToday'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-Lijiang

Picture of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in LijiangToday's Highlights:

Lijiang; Jade Dragon Snow Mountain; Baisha Murals; Black Dragon Pool; Lijiang Ancient Town

Details:

Take morning flight to Lijiang. Lijiang is an ancient city and most habitants are Naxi People. Upon arrival, visit Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, the much famed mountain situated some 15km north of Lijiang city, with 13 peaks resembling jade pillars holing the sky. After that, visit Baisha Murals, they are works of the Ming Dynasty. In the afternoon, 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.

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 4: Lijiang sightseeing

Tiger Leaping GorgeToday's Highlights:

Tiger Leaping Gorge; First Bend of the Yangtze River

Details:

In the morning, we will drive to the famous Tiger Leaping Gorge, which is famed among the backpackers. It is one of the longest, deepest and narrowest gorges in the world.

On the way back to Lijiang, we will have a visit of First bend of the 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 5: Leave Lijiang

Today's Highlights:

Tour ends; Flight to Your Next Destination

Details:

From Lijiang, you can take the flight to Kunming, Chengdu, Guangzhou and other places.

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