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9-Day Yunnan Hiking Tour: Kunming, Lijiang, Tiger-leaping Gorge, Shangri-la

Tour Code: SPKG_08
Destination: Kunming - Lijiang - Shangri-la (Zhongdian)
Departure: Daily

Tour Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival - Kunming
Upon arrival in Kunming, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for check-in.
Day 02 Kunming - Stone Forest - Kunming (Breakfast + Lunch)
Drive to Lunan County which takes 2 hours and explore the Stone Forest. In the afternoon, return to Kunming.

Stone 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.
Day 03 Kunming - Lijiang (Breakfast + Lunch)
Take morning flight to Lijiang. Visit Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Ganhaizi, Baisha Fresco, the Ancient Shuhe Village of Naxi people, Black Dragon Pool in Jade Spring Park, Lijiang Old Town, Sifangjie Street.

Lijiang 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.
Jade 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.
Baisha 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.
Day 04 Lijiang - Halfway (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
Drive to Qiaotou town, hike on upper trails of Tiger-Leaping Gorge to Walnut Grove (4 Hours), the trail in the Gorge offers the opportunity to view the stunning scenery of the running Yangtze River. Stay at local guesthouse.
Day 05 Halftway - Walnut Grove (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
Enjoy the sun-dappled scenery on a morning hike to Walnut Grove (5 Hours). Stay at a local guesthouse.
Day 06 Walnut Grove - Haba village (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
Hike to Haba Village (5 Hours), this is a trek with rural beauty aroud the awe-inspiring Haba Snow Mountain. Stay at a local guesthouse where you can look up to see the magnificent snow-peaks in the courtyard. Or you have another choice, driving to Haba in the morning, after having lunch, you can go to visit nearby villages of Yi or Naxi ethnic people. Stay at local guesthouse.
Day 07 Haba Village - Sanba Village - Shangri-la (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
Drive to Sanba Village, visit Baishuitai (White Water Terrace) where the Naxi Culture originated. It is now the holy place for Naxi ceremonies. After lunch, drive to the Shangri-la (Zhongdian).
Day 08 Shangri-la (Breakfast + Lunch)
Visit Songzanlin Lamasery, the Potatso National Park (including Shudu Lake, Bita Lake and Xiaji Resort.)

Shudu 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 traveling.
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 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.
Day 09

Shangri-la - Kunming - Departure (Breakfast + Lunch)
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 flight.

Dragon 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.
Golden 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.
Qiongzhu 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.



Hotels For The Above Tour

Kunming Uchoice Hotel
Lijiang Liwang Hotel
Halfway Halfway Guesthouse
Walnut Grove Woody's Guesthouse
Haba Village Snow Sea Guesthouse
Shangri-la Sightseeing Hotel

Tour Price

Please send us an email and provide the information below so that we can quote precisely for the above tour.
1. The number of adults and the number of children in your party. If there are children under 12 years, they can enjoy the preferential price.
2. Your approximate travel date.
3. The code of the tour that you are interested in. Each tour has a code, you can find it above - at the top of the page where the tour is.
4. Hotel choice for your tour (luxury or standard or comfortable hotels).
5. If you would like us to tailor make a new tour for you that is different from the above tour, please let us know your requests.


Service Includes

1. The economy-class air charges of the domestic flight or soft sleeper/seat train charge between cities as specified in the itinerary.
2. The hotel accommodation is based on two persons sharing one standard twin room with private facilities in all relevant locations. If a single client requests a twin room alone, the single room supplement will be charged.
3. 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 the hotel. All meal arrangements are served as the itinerary specifies.
4. 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 extra charges.
5. One private English-speaking guide and driver will accompany you on all normal sightseeing tours in each city.
6. Entrance fees to the tourist sites.
7. Should your tour include a cruise, then the shore excursion in groups and activities will be subject to the arrangements made by the cruise company.
8. China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance. We highly recommend that you purchase full coverage travel insurance from you country of origin.

 

Service Excludes

1. The international or domestic air/train charge of arrival and departure.
2. Expenses of a personal nature such as laundry, drink, telex, telephone calls or overweight baggage charges.
3. Charge of obtaining your visa to enter China.
4. Optional programs which are not specified in the above itinerary.
5. Tips to Guide and driver, entirely voluntary.
6. Single Room Supplement.
What is single supplement? - The hotel is based on double occupancy. If the visitor travels alone or the number of the travelers is odd (such as 3, 5, 7...), who stays in one single room has to pay the single room supplement. As the hotel is on double occupancy.


Stone Forest
Stone Forest
Stone Forest
Stone Forest
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Naxi People, Lijiang
Naxi People, Lijiang
Lijiang Ancient Town
Lijiang Ancient Town

Tiger Leaping Gorge
Tiger Leaping Gorge
Tiger Leaping Gorge hiking
hiking in the gorge
Tiger Leaping Gorge
Tiger Leaping Gorge
Tiger Leaping Gorge hiking
hiking in the gorge
Haba Snow Mountain Haba Snow Mountain
azaleas, Shangri-la
Shangri-la
Shangri-la
Bitahai Laken
Bitahai Lake
Shudu Lake
Shudu Lake
Songzanlin Lama Temple
Songzanlin Lama Temple
Songzanlin Lama Temple
Songzanlin Lama Temple
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