12-Day China Yunnan
Tour: Beijing, Kunming, Dali, Lijiang,
Tour Code: SCNT_06
Tour Type: Private
Best Travel Time:
Suitable for the whole
year, best from April to November.
|| Arrival -
Upon your arrival in Beijing, you will be greeted
by our English-speaking guide at the exit of the
Beijing airport. Be transferred to your hotel.
In the morning, walk through
the Tiananmen Square and take photos, then visit
the palatial Forbidden City. Have lunch at a
local restaurant. In the afternoon, tour to
the Temple of Heaven. Drive back to your hotel.
Optional program in the evening: Peking Opera,
Kungfu Show or Chinese Acrobatics.
The imperial palace for the 24 emperors of Ming
and Qing dynasties (1368-1911). Construction
of the palace began in 1406 and was completed
in 1420 during the reign of Ming Dynasty emperor
Yongle. Enclosed behind its moat and 9.9-meter-high
walls are 980 buildings, vast courtyards and
long corridors that occupy a total area of 720,000
Temple of Heaven:
Occupying 2,668 hectares, it is the largest
extant sacrificial temple in China. Construction
of the Temple of Heaven was begun in 1406 during
the reign of the Ming Dynasty Emperor Yongle.
It took 14 years to complete. During the Ming
and Qing dynasties, it was the site of imperial
sacrifices to Heaven.
Today we will have an
excursion to the Mutianyu Great Wall, the Sacred
Way and the Ming Tombs. On the way back to downtown,
have a brief outside visit of the Bird's Nest
(Olympic National Stadium) and the Water Cube
Mutianyu Great Wall:
Located 73 kilometers from Beijing, this well-preserved
section joins the Juyongguan Pass in the west
and Gubeikou Great Wall in the east. It was
built about 1,400 years ago and reconstructed
later during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Mutianyu
boasts breathtaking beautiful scenery in four
seasons with comparatively less tourist.
||Beijing - Kunming
After breakfast, explore
the Summer Palace. Take a Hutong tour, passing
Shichahai, Yinding Bridge, Yandaixiejie, Drum
tower or Bell tower, feel the original old Beijing
Culture. Drive to Beijing airport and fly to Kunming.
Your local guide will pick you up at Kunming airport
and transfer you to the hotel.
Occupying a total area of 290 hectares, it is
one of the finest examples garden architecture
in China. The traditional architectures in the
park include pavilions, pagodas, temples, terraces,
waterside gazebos, stone bridges, covered corridors
and marble boat. The history of the Summer Palace
dates back some 800 years, three quarters of it
is made up of shallow lakes.
|| Kunming -
Stone Forest - Kunming (Breakfast
Drive to Lunan County which
takes 2 hours and explore the Stone Forest. Return
to Kunming in the afternoon.
Forest: Located about 86 km away from Kunming,
it is a world of innumerable bizarre shaped stone
peaks and cliffs created by water erosion some
270 million years ago. Stone Forest is a typical
example of karsts topography covering an area
of 400 square kilometers and including both large
and small forest as well as many other scenic
||Kunming - Dali
Today you will be transferred
to Kunming airport for your flight to Dali. Upon
arrival in Dali, you will be met by our local
tour guide. Have a cruise in the Erhai Lake which
is dotted with many white sails, then learn the
Bai people's traditional technique of making Tie-dyeing
Cloth with Wax in a local handcraft manufactory.
After That, explore Xizhou Township where the
local residents are mostly ethnic Bai People.
Here you can see the distinctive folk house complex
with traditional architecture courtyard. Finally,
pay a visit to the Three Pagodas in the Chong
Sheng Temple and explore Dali Ancient City.
Lake: The lake is situated at an altitude
of 1,972 meters above sea level. It is 42 kilometers
from north to south and 3 to 9 kilometers from
east to west, covering an area of 250 square kilometers.
The whole region is full of interesting and beautiful
sites. Visitors come to lakeshore to camp, ride
horses, ride bikes and hike. You can experience
culture of ethnic Bai People in this area as well.
The ancient city of Dali and the other historic
sites lie to the west of Erhai Lake.
pagodas: These pagodas are suited in the Chongsheng
Temple at the foot of the Cangshan Mountain. It
is just one kilometer to the northwest of the
ancient city of Dali. The Three Pagodas are famous
in Yunnan even in China, because of their size,
beauty, and antiquity, and for their preservation.
The central one is more than 1,100 years old and
is one of the tallest pagodas ever built in China.
The main pagoda looks like a typical Tang Dynasty
pagoda. The other two pagodas were built about
100 years later by rulers of the Dali Kingdom
that succeeded the Nanzhao Kingdom.
|| Dali - Lijiang
Drive to Lijiang. On the
way stop at Xinhua village where the Bai Ethnic
People are famous for making silver articles.
Arrive Lijiang, visit Sifangjie Street in Dayan
Old Town: Built in the late Song dynasty (960-1279
A.D.) and the early Yuan dynasty (1206-1368 A.D.),
Lijiang is a Historical and Cultural Heritage
in China and it has been included in the World
Cultural Heritage. Lijiang is also the center
of the Naxi people, a relatively small minority
group with a rich culture.
Tour to the Jade Dragon
Snow Mountain, Baisha Fresco, the Ancient Shuhe
Village of Naxi people.
Dragon Snow Mountain: The mountain is a located
15 kilometers north of Lijiang, It is the southernmost
mountain with snow-capped all year round in the
Northern Hemisphere. Shanzidou, the main peak
at 5,569 meters above sea level, looks like a
gigantic dragon clad in white snow all year round.
There are over 6,500 different kinds of plants
on the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, including 400
types of trees in 20 primeval forest communities.
Mural: Drew in the early Ming Dynasty (1368-1644),
it stores 44 pieces of murals in total, specializing
in the religious stories. They are quite different
from other frescos. Each painting includes at
least one hundred portraits, but perspective is
used very well, and the close, middle and establishing
images are clear. The earliest one is in the Glazed
Hall. It was painted before 1417. In the period,
the religious painting in Central Plain of China
had gone downgrade. In the Tang and Song dynasties,
Taoism was popular. The famous painter all liked
making religious paintings.
||Lijiang - Shangri-la
Drive 180Km to Shangri-la.
On the way, visit the Tiger Leaping Gorge and
the First bend of the Yangtze River.
First Bend of the Yangtze River: Yangtze River
flows from the glaciers on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau
eastward across southwest, central and eastern
China before emptying into sea at Shanghai. About
44 miles outside of Lijiang, unusual geological
phenomenon forces the Yangtze to make a sudden
V-shaped bend and flow to the northeast. The area
at the river's bend features wide flow of water,
green river water and green willows on both sides
of the river. It is the best place to enjoy the
Gorge: The gorge is located on the way from
Lijiang to Shangri-La, lying between Haba Snow
Mountain and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. It is
one of the deepest canyons of the world, famous
for its majesty and grotesquery. At the narrowest
spot the river is only 30 meters wide. The mouth
of the gorge is 1,800 meters above sea level.
The river is flanked by Yulong and Haba snow mountains,
with a height difference of 3,900 meters. It is
an ideal place for those who love hiking. There
are three routes for hiking. One can start from
Hutiaoxia Town along the river to Daju in Lijiang
County, or go upstream from Daju. The third route
sets out from Hutiaoxia Town to Hetaoyuan and
is 28 km in length.
Visit Songzanlin Lamasery,
the Potatso National Park (including Shudu Lake,
Bita Lake and Xiaji Resort.)
Lake: Located about 43 kilometers northeast
of Zhongdian, Shudu Lake is the largest lake in
Diqing Prefecture. ˇ°Shuduˇ± in Tibetan
means ˇ°cheese and stonesˇ±. The lake
abounds in unique species of fish, with double
lips and a golden color. There are dense forests
of fir spruce and birch around the lake. They
are filled with wild animals such as musk deer,
bears, leopards, golden cats, and pheasants etc.
Now the Shudu Lake is constructed into a high-land
pasture resort, enjoying a very convenient transportation
Bitahai Lake: Covering an area of 390 acres,
it is one of the highlights in Potatso National
Park. The lake is surrounded by dense forest which
is scattered with azaleas. Bitahai Lake is very
limpid and abundant in fish resources. There is
a small wooded island in the center of the lake.
Visitors can take a boat to go ashore the island
Lamasery: Originally built in 1679, it is
a massive typical Lama monastery with traditional
Tibetan architectural style. The roofs of the
temple are gilded copper, making the whole complex
look much grand and magnificent. There are more
than 700 Tibetan Buddhist monks living in the
temple; and it houses many precious art works
accumulated from the past dynasties.
- Kunming - Shanghai
After breakfast, take flight to Kunming. We offer
5 options for today's tour:
1. Tour to the Dragon Gate in Western Hills.
2. Tour to Haigeng Park by the Dianchi Lake, where
you will enjoy the nice view of the lake and see
3. Tour to Golden Temple.
4. Tour to Qiongzhu Temple.
5. Explore the Bird-Flower Market and Jinma Biji
Transfer to Kunming airport to take flight to
Shanghai. Enjoy a leisure walk along the Bund
by the Huangpu River, and then venturing to the
bustling Nanjing Road.
Gate: A group of exquisite stone grottoes,
rooms and Buddhist figures carved with excellent
craftsmanship on a large natural rock. It is in
Western Hill, a forest reserve that is suited
at the west bank of the Dianchi
Lake with flourishing flowers and dense forest.
Temple: The present Golden Temple was built
in 1670 A.D. during the Ming Dynasty. It is the
most important and active Taoist temple in Kunming.
The whole structure of the temple is made from
bronze, weighs 280 tons and stands 6.7 metres
in height and 7.8 metres in width.
Temple: A Buddhist temple which was first
built in the Tang Dynasty (618-907). Verdant old
trees surround the temple and the peaks are always
curled up by cloud and mist. The most impressive
features in this temple are the 500 Arhat sculptures.
Compared with Bodhisattvas, Arhats look more like
human beings than Gods, and therefore they are
popular among the common people and monks.
Visit the Yuyuan Garden
and the nearby Yuyuan Market. Your
guide will escort you to the airport and board
your flight to your next destination, end of service.
Garden: The most notable classic garden in
Shanghai. The garden was finished in 1577 of the
Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). In 1956, a large-scale
rehabilitation or restoration was done. In 1982,
it was ranked as the key protection of national
historic sites. Yuyuan Garden is famous for its
pure Chinese-style layout and architecture. There
are many wood and brick sculptures, stone inscriptions,
valuable old paintings and calligraphy masterworks
scattered around the garden.
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Mutianyu Great Wall
Forbidden City, Beijing
Temple of Heaven
These pagodas, Dali
These pagodas, Dali
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Naxi People, Lijiang
Lijiang Ancient Town
Songzanlin Lama Temple
Songzanlin Lama Temple
Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai
The Bund, Shanghai