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Magical Yunnan in 7 days - Kunming, Dali, Lijiang and Zhongdian | Itinerary

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Round trip Yunnan via Kunming, Dali, Lijiang and Zhongdian




Magical for its natural and cultural wonders. This 7-day ready-to-travel tour shows Yunnan's beauties. Arriving in Kunming, you cross the province all the way to Zhongdian. Rugged mountains, Tibetan culture, fascinating small (fisherman) villages, natural botanical and zoological gardens, and old towns all with their own minorities. Magic forever...


This is a fully organized and complete private trip through Yunnan for a splendid and convenient journey.

If you want to spend more days in or around one of the cities in this itinerary, or you have ideas yourself, please contact us. We are happy to make the trip according to your wishes.

To get more ideas about Yunnan, read 'Discover Yunnan' and the 'Highlights'.

Day 1: Airport Kunming - Shilin 'Stone Forest' - Green Lake Park - Yutong Si TempleStone Forest in Shilin near Kunming in Yunnan

Our driver and guide (if you wish to travel with a guide) will pick you up at the airport in Kunming. They will guide you throughout the day.
 Your first stop will be the Stone Forest in Shilin. Stone Forest is a Unesco listed site. After the visit drive in around 1,5 hours to Kunming, 85 km ride, where you visit Yutong Si Temple and after the temple you drive to the Green Lake Park - also referred to as Kunming's Eye - and stroll around. We help you the check in into your hotel.
 After you feel refreched you can have diner in one of the many restaurants.

You spend the night in Kunming

Day 2: Kunming - Dali Old Town

Dali Old TownAfter your breakfast the diver will wait for you in the lobby of your hotel and bring you to the express bus station. He will makes sure that you are on the right bus and seats. The bus will leave according to it's schedule. During the 4,5 hours trip you can relax and enjoy the ride to Dali. The bus will mainly take the highway, but sceneries are sometimes exquisite. The bus will stop halfway for about 20 minutes in which you can stretch your legs and maybe eat something. We will have contact with the bus driver. That enables us to know at what time and in which bus station in Xiaguan (Dali city) you will arrive. A driver will stand by to pick you up at the bus station and drive you to your hotel in the centre of Dali Old Town.
Usually we will meet you ourselves in the hotel, to make acquaintance and help you check in. If you like, we will shortly show you around in Dali Old Town. Then, we will leave you on your own, to spend the rest of the afternoon according to your wishes. 


You spend the night in Dali

Erhai Lake near Dali

Day 3: Browsing Dali - Three Pagodas, markets, Erhai Lake...


Without browsing Dali's surroundings, you actually haven't seen Dali. After breakfast you will be picked up for a tour around villages near Dali. We will stop at various interesting points, to have time to 'inhale' Dali, for example at the Three Pagodas and farmers fields to see them at work. We visit the daily morning market in Xizhuo, towns, farmers and fishermen villages, and courtyard houses. A Chinese lunch in a village or the famous local dish Xizhuo Baba will refill your energy level. We may join a local Bai performance, walk at the shore of the Erhai Lake with beautiful old temples surrounding it and witness fishermen fishing with cormorants. In the afternoon we encounter the Bai village Zoucheng with it's intimate market and small scaled Bai-batik ateliers.

You will be back in your hotel in Dali Old Town around 17.00 p.m.


You spend the night in Dali



Day 4: Dali - Lijiang - Baisha

Lijiang After breakfast you leave Dali to go by your private car to Lijiang. The drive takes about three hours, but you won't be bored. The beautiful scenery once more will take your attention, and there are of course many photo opportunities - have your camera ready! Around noon we check in into your hotel.
After lunch, you will drive to Baisha. Baisha is the former capital of the Naxi Kingdom. If the odds are in your favour, you might actually meet the legendary herb Dr. Ho. He might be waiting for you and invite you for a cup of herb tea.
Then, we walk to an old temple and have a look at ancient frescoes (bring a flashlight). Another walk to a Naxi farming village follows. 
If enough time (and energy) is left, we will visit the famous Black Dragon Pool Park in Lijiang.
 In the evening you can listen to a concert of Naxi musicians (all of the musicians are senior citizens). Don't miss your chance to stroll around this beautiful Old Town by night, after the show!

You spend the night in Lijiang



Tiger Leaping GorgeDay 5: Lijiang - Tiger Leaping Gorge - Zhongdian (Shangri-La)


Today you drive to Zhongdian, also known as Shangri-La. You will make a stop, after two and a half hour, at the Tiger Leaping Gorge. It is here that the Jinsha Jiang (meaning 'Golden Sand River') - the name for the upper reaches of the Yangtze - has cut a narrow gorge through the mountains.
 Leaving the gorge, a three-hour drive will take you to Zhongdian.
After dinner, you have time to walk around the old city, and perhaps join dancing in the main square.

You spend the night in Zhongdian

Day 6: Zhongdian - PutaChuo Forest Park, Tibetan villages...

ZhongdianToday you will visit the beautiful PutaChuo Forest Park with the two lakes Bitahai and ShuDuHu and set eyes on grazing yaks on extensive grasslands. Then you will visit the Buddhist Songzanlin monastery, that is just located outside the city itself. Next, your driver will bring you to a Tibetan village where you can visit a Tibetan family. Perhaps they offer you butter tea. Unfortunately time travels fast, then it is already time to return to Zhongdian Old Town, also referred to as Zhonxing, where you can have a pleasant stroll and perhaps buy some souvenirs.

You spend the night in Zhongdian

Day 7
: Airport Zhongdian - Kunming / connecting flight

After breakfast we will escort you to the airport and say our goodbyes. You take a plane to, for example, Lhasa (Tibet). Naturally, you will be met by one of my colleagues and escorted to your hotel. Till we meet again!!


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