|| Arrival - Kunming
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 spots.
||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.
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.
Visit 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 for
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.
||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 prayer flags.
Stay tonight at the Flying Temple.
||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
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.
||Shangri-la - Kunming
- Departure (Breakfast
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 many seagulls.
3. Tour to Golden Temple.
4. Tour to Qiongzhu Temple.
5. Explore the Bird-Flower Market and Jinma Biji Archway.
Transfer to Kunming airport to connect with your onward
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.
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.
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For the land tour in each city, daily American breakfast
is served in the hotel, and Chinese lunch and/or dinner
will be served with two cups of soft drink outside
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Private transfers for you and your party as a group
between airports, train stations, hotels and all sightseeing
spots. Separate arrivals and departures will incur
One private English-speaking guide and driver will
accompany you on all normal sightseeing tours in each
Entrance fees to the tourist sites.
your tour include a cruise, then the shore excursion
in groups and activities will be subject to the arrangements
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(such as 3, 5, 7...), who stays in one single room
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Meili Snow Mountain
Golden Temple, Kunming
These pagodas, Dali
These pagodas, Dali
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Naxi People, Lijiang
Lijiang Ancient Town
Tiger Leaping Gorge
Yangtze River First Bend
Songzanlin Lama Temple
Songzanlin Lama Temple