|| Arrival -
Upon arrival in Kunming, you will be met at the
airport and transferred to your hotel for check-in.
|| Kunming -
Stone Forest - Kunming (Breakfast
Drive to Lunan County which
takes 2 hours and explore the Stone Forest. In
the afternoon, return to Kunming.
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
Take early morning flight
to Dali. Explore Xizhou Township where the local
residents are mostly ethnic Bai People, shoot
Bai People's unique dwellings. Learn the Bai
people's traditional technique of making Tie-dyeing
Cloth with Wax in a local handcraft manufactory.
Then, go to the Dali Ancient City and creat
Dali - Lijiang
Get up early and go to
Chong Sheng Temple, shoot the Three Pagodas
and Erhai Lake. Drive 3.5 hours to Lijiang.
On the way stop at Xinhua village where the
Bai Ethnic People are famous for making silver
articles. Explore Sifang Street in Lijiang Ancient
Town. Enjoy a panoramic view of Lijiang from
Wangu Tower which is the landmark building of
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.
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.
Lijiang Ancient Town
After breakfast, drive
to Yuhu Village that is located at the foot
of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Stroll around
this authentic Naxi Village, shoot the unique
stone house; the houses were made of a unique
stone called monkey head by Naxi people. Shoot
the ethnic Naxi women in traditional clothes.
After that, visit the Baisha Mural that has
over 1000 years of history. The originality
and figures of the mural paintings reflect the
different religious cultures and artistic forms
of Buddhism, Lamaism, Daoism and the Naxi Dongba
religion. Then, you will visit Shuhe Ancient
Town - a well preserved old town along the tea-horse
route, UNESCO has listed it as an important
component of Lijiang.
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
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
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Lijiang - Shangri-la (Zhongdian)
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 spectacular scenery.
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,
then explore the Potatso National Park (including
Shudu Lake, Bita Lake and Xiaji Resort.)
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.
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
Songzanlin Lama Temple
Songzanlin Lama Temple
Shangri-la - Deqen
+ Lunch + Dinner)
Drive 187 km from Shangri-la
to Deqen County which takes 5 hours, passing
through Baimang Snow Mountain Nature Reserve,
you will be able to view Baimang Snow Mountain
if the weather is clear. On the way, stop and
have lunch at Benzilan Town. Take some shots
on the first bend of Yangtze River, Dongzhulin
Monastery and Baima (White Horse) Snow Mountain.
The view along the way is fantastic, you will
see all kinds of trees, flowers, and streams,
you will also see Tibetan villages, stupas and
Stay tonight at the Flying Temple.
azaleas in Shangri-la
azaleas in Shangri-la
Deqen - Shangri-la
+ Lunch + Dinner)
Get up early in the morning
and shoot the magnificent sunrise on Meili Snow
Mountain. After breakfast, drive to Mingyong
Village which takes 1.5 hours, hike 4km on the
trails to Mingyong Glaciers of Meili Snow Mountain,
walk another 1 hour or so, you will get to a
Tibetan Taizi Monastery - it is another good
spot for viewing the Mingyong Glaciers. There
is an energy-saving option for you, you can
choose to hire a horse (on your own expense)
to go up to the glacier so that you can save
your energy. After seeing Mingyong Glacier,
you could trek along the Lancang River Grand
Canyon, you will find a few Tibetan villages
on the way. Try to trek back to Flying Temple
from the Lancang-Mekong River, during this trekking,
you will have have a good view of the splendid
Meili Snow Mountain and White Horse Snow Mountain.
Snow Mountain: Towering like a pyramid,
the mountain is located about 10km northeast
of Deqin County in Diqing Tibetan Autonomous
Prefecture. The best time for visiting Meili
Snow Mountain is April-May and September-November.
Especially after October, it is usually sunny
and the main peak is more likely to be seen
clearly. The highest peak, Kawageber Peak some
6,740 meters above sea level, is still a "virgin
peak" to be conquered.
Meili Snow Mountain
Meili Snow Mountain
- Kunming - Departure
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 connect with your
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.
The Above Tour
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