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ONE WEEK SCHEDULE

DAY 1

Kunming-Dali- the Three Pagodas-Dali Old Town

You will be transferred to Dali by Morning High-speed rail about two hours. Upon arrival, the guide will take you to visit the [three-pagoda] in Chongsheng Temple. Being one of the oldest and grandest Buddhist architectures in south China, the Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple is always related to ancient culture of Yunnan. It is a cultural relic under national protections for its historical and culture value.

Later you will look around [Dali Old Town]. Dali old town is the ancient city for Bai ethnic. Bai people inhabit in compact communities in Dali, known as “a land of letters” with a long history and rich cultures. Ancestors of Bai people live around Erhai Lake 4,000 years ago.

Distance: Around 380 Kilometers

Driving time: Around 5 hrs

Accommodation: Boutique Hotels

Meal: Will recommend local cuisine for consumers

DAY 2

Dali – Shaxi
Xi Zhou old town, Bai Tie-Dyeing experience, Erhai Lake Cycling

After breakfast, the driver will take you to visit the houses of the Bai village: Xizhou Village. You can visit typical Bai traditional architectures【Yan’s House】and taste the local refreshments named Xizhou Baba (traditional Bai people’s pancake).

Later, you will go to Zhoucheng, the hometown of Bai Tie-Dying. You can follow the teacher to learn the process of making tie-dying handicraft. From then on, you can make a special souvenir for yourself.

Then you can take a bike sightseeing around the Erhai Lake. It’s a preferable way for tourists to see the landscape of Erhai Lake.

Distance:200KM

Driving Time:Around 2.5-3 Hrs

Accommodation:Boutique Hotels

Meal: Breakfast and recommended local cuisine

DAY 3

Shaxi – Lijiang
[Shaxi Old town]

When we are in Shaxi,you can take enough time to explore this important ancient station on the Tea and Horse Caravan Road. Unlike other ancient town, Shaxi does not have many tourists. The old architectures and cultures still remained due to the protection from The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich (ETH) and the People’s Government of Jianchuan County. In 2001, the World Monuments Fund listed Shaxi as one of the 100 most endangered sites in the world. When you walk in this old town, you still can think of the old time in this ancient market.

Then your personal guide and driver will transfer you to Lijiang directly. When arrived Lijiang, you can take time to explore the largest Naxi Ancient town: Da Yan. This ancient town has no city walls, thus it is the only ancient city of this kind. Surrounded by green hills, the city looks like a jade ink slab, so it is also called Dayan (Big Ink Slab). In 1997, the city was declared a UNESCO World Culture Heritage Site.

Distance:around 150 KM

Driving Time :around 2.5 hrs

Accommodations:  Boutique Hotels

Meal:Breakfast and recommended local cuisine

DAY 4

Lijiang
Jade Water Village, Yu Hu old village, Bai Sha old town and murals

Welcome to the [Jade water village] which is under the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. As the most holy mountain for Naxi people, Jade Dragon Snow mountain is a real paradise for you to see the unique landscape from far away. The Jade Water Village is the water origin of Lijiang. Besides the wonderful natural scenes, you can also learn about Dongba culture, which is an important part of Naxi cluture.

After lunch, we will visit [Yu Hu], the first and the oldest Naxi Village when Naxi people first settle down at Lijiang, you will see some unique houses, built with unique rocks called: Monkey Head, which make this village look the same as the old times. The famous botanist Dr. Rock came here to study the local plants and culture, he stayed at Yuhu for 27 years and he is the first western scholar to introduce Lijiang’s ethnic culture to the world. You can visit his house in the village, now is a museum.

On your way back to Lijiang, we will go to [Shu He]. Shu He is part of Lijiang Ancient town, you can walk along the old street to enjoy the quaint city scenery and local handicrafts.

Distance: Around 60 KM

Driving Time: Around 1.5 hrs

Accommodations: Boutique Hotels

Meal: Breakfast and recommended local cuisine

DAY 5

Lijiang – Tiger leaping Gorge – Shangri-La
Tiger Leaping Gorge hiking, Shangri-La old town

Today, you will take a morning drive to Shangri-La. On the way, we will visit one of the deepest gorges in the world – [Tiger Leaping Gorge]. The name of this gorge comes from its unique valley shape. The Gorge is very narrow that a tiger can jump from this side to another side of the river. During the rainy season, the dashing water will flow into this narrow valley in an amazing speed from JinSha river due to the huge drop. When you walking along the path, you can see the view is changing and the air is turning humid. Tiger Leaping Gorge must leave you an incredible impression.

After the Gorge, we will continue drive to Shangri-La. Take some time to view the Dukezong Old town. Then we will have a rest today to adapt the high altitude of 3200 meters.

Driving Distance: Around 200KM

Driving Time: Around 4 hrs

Accommodations: Boutique Hotels

Meal: Breakfast and recommended local cuisine

DAY 6

Shangrila-Lijiang
Songzanlin Lamasery, Pudacuo National Park

Shangri-La in the Tibetan language means “the sun and the moon in the heart” and “Paradise” in English. It also means “a place of idyllic beauty” and represents a state of mind and a dream of people – the yearning for simplicity, honesty and harmony. Shangr-La is full of magnificent scenic attractions such as snow-covered mountains, deep valleys, great rivers, highland lakes, meadows, unique buildings, and virgin forests. In the morning, we will go to [Pudacuo National park]. As the first national park in the mainland of China, Pudacuo is located in the central part of the Three Parallel River World Heritage Zone, with a total area of 1,000 square kilometers. The park abounds in both natural and ethnic cultural resources. As an important wetland park, the park is characterized by biological diversity, complex biological structure and splendid scenery.

Later, we will go to [Songzanlin Lamasery]. This is really worth visiting as one of the unique buildings. The Songzanlin Lamasery is the largest Tibetan Buddhist lamasery in Yunnan as well as one of the 13 famous Lamaist monasteries in Tibetan regions.

Distance: Around 500KM

Driving Time: Around 5 hrs

Accommodations: Boutique Hotels

Meal: Breakfast and recommended local cuisine

DAY 7

Lijiang Departure

After breakfast, we will take some time to exlore the beautiful nature sences of [Napa Sea]. Napa Sea is a natural highland grassy marshland. Then your personal driver will send you to Lijiang train station. You will comne back to Kunming alone by high-speed train.

Distance: Around 200KM

Driving Time: Around 3 hrs

TWO WEEKS SCHEDULE

DAY 1

Kunming-Dali- the Three Pagodas-Dali Old Town

You will be transferred to Dali by Morning High-speed rail about two hours. Upon arrival, the guide will take you to visit the [three-pagoda] in Chongsheng Temple. Being one of the oldest and grandest Buddhist architectures in south China, the Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple is always related to ancient culture of Yunnan. It is a cultural relic under national protections for its historical and culture value.

Later you will look around [Dali Old Town]. Dali old town is the ancient city for Bai ethnic. Bai people inhabit in compact communities in Dali, known as “a land of letters” with a long history and rich cultures. Ancestors of Bai people live around Erhai Lake 4,000 years ago.

Distance: Around 380 Kilometers

Driving time: Around 5 hrs

Accommodation: Boutique Hotels

Meal: Will recommend local cuisine for consumers

DAY 2

Dali – Shaxi
Xi Zhou old town, Bai Tie-Dyeing experience, Erhai Lake Cycling

After breakfast, the driver will take you to visit the houses of the Bai village: Xizhou Village. You can visit typical Bai traditional architectures【Yan’s House】and taste the local refreshments named Xizhou Baba (traditional Bai people’s pancake).

Later, you will go to Zhoucheng, the hometown of Bai Tie-Dying. You can follow the teacher to learn the process of making tie-dying handicraft. From then on, you can make a special souvenir for yourself.

Then you can take a bike sightseeing around the Erhai Lake. It’s a preferable way for tourists to see the landscape of Erhai Lake.

Distance:200KM

Driving Time:Around 2.5-3 Hrs

Accommodation:Boutique Hotels

Meal: Breakfast and recommended local cuisine

DAY 3

Shaxi – Lijiang
[Shaxi Old town]

When we are in Shaxi,you can take enough time to explore this important ancient station on the Tea and Horse Caravan Road. Unlike other ancient town, Shaxi does not have many tourists. The old architectures and cultures still remained due to the protection from The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich (ETH) and the People’s Government of Jianchuan County. In 2001, the World Monuments Fund listed Shaxi as one of the 100 most endangered sites in the world. When you walk in this old town, you still can think of the old time in this ancient market.

Then your personal guide and driver will transfer you to Lijiang directly. When arrived Lijiang, you can take time to explore the largest Naxi Ancient town: Da Yan. This ancient town has no city walls, thus it is the only ancient city of this kind. Surrounded by green hills, the city looks like a jade ink slab, so it is also called Dayan (Big Ink Slab). In 1997, the city was declared a UNESCO World Culture Heritage Site.

Distance:around 150 KM

Driving Time :around 2.5 hrs

Accommodations:  Boutique Hotels

Meal:Breakfast and recommended local cuisine

DAY 4

Lijiang
Jade water village, Yu Hu old village, Bai Sha old town and murals

Welcome to the [Jade water village] which is under the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. As the most holy mountain for Naxi people, Jade Dragon Snow mountain is a real paradise for you to see the unique landscape from far away. The Jade Water Village is the water origin of Lijiang. Besides the wonderful natural scenes, you can also learn about Dongba culture, which is an important part of Naxi cluture.

After lunch, we will visit [Yu Hu], the first and the oldest Naxi Village when Naxi people first settle down at Lijiang, you will see some unique houses, built with unique rocks called: Monkey Head, which make this village look the same as the old times. The famous botanist Dr. Rock came here to study the local plants and culture, he stayed at Yuhu for 27 years and he is the first western scholar to introduce Lijiang’s ethnic culture to the world. You can visit his house in the village, now is a museum.

On your way back to Lijiang, we will go to [Shu He]. Shu He is part of Lijiang Ancient town, you can walk along the old street to enjoy the quaint city scenery and local handicrafts.

Distance: Around 60 KM

Driving Time: Around 1.5 hrs

Accommodations: Boutique Hotels

Meal: Breakfast and recommended local cuisine

DAY 5

Lijiang – Tiger leaping Gorge – Shangri-La
Tiger Leaping Gorge hiking, Shangri-La old town

Today, you will take a morning drive to Shangri-La. On the way, we will visit one of the deepest gorges in the world – [Tiger Leaping Gorge]. The name of this gorge comes from its unique valley shape. The Gorge is very narrow that a tiger can jump from this side to another side of the river. During the rainy season, the dashing water will flow into this narrow valley in an amazing speed from JinSha river due to the huge drop. When you walking along the path, you can see the view is changing and the air is turning humid. Tiger Leaping Gorge must leave you an incredible impression.

After the Gorge, we will continue drive to Shangri-La. Take some time to view the Dukezong Old town. Then we will have a rest today to adapt the high altitude of 3200 meters.

Driving Distance: Around 200KM

Driving Time: Around 4 hrs

Accommodations: Boutique Hotels

Meal: Breakfast and recommended local cuisine

DAY 6

Shangrila-Lijiang
Songzanlin Lamasery, Pudacuo National Park

Shangri-La in the Tibetan language means “the sun and the moon in the heart” and “Paradise” in English. It also means “a place of idyllic beauty” and represents a state of mind and a dream of people – the yearning for simplicity, honesty and harmony. Shangr-La is full of magnificent scenic attractions such as snow-covered mountains, deep valleys, great rivers, highland lakes, meadows, unique buildings, and virgin forests. In the morning, we will go to [Pudacuo National park]. As the first national park in the mainland of China, Pudacuo is located in the central part of the Three Parallel River World Heritage Zone, with a total area of 1,000 square kilometers. The park abounds in both natural and ethnic cultural resources. As an important wetland park, the park is characterized by biological diversity, complex biological structure and splendid scenery.

Later, we will go to [Songzanlin Lamasery]. This is really worth visiting as one of the unique buildings. The Songzanlin Lamasery is the largest Tibetan Buddhist lamasery in Yunnan as well as one of the 13 famous Lamaist monasteries in Tibetan regions.

Distance: Around 500KM

Driving Time: Around 5 hrs

Accommodations: Boutique Hotels

Meal: Breakfast and recommended local cuisine

DAY 7

Lijiang Departure

After breakfast, we will take some time to exlore the beautiful nature sences of [Napa Sea]. Napa Sea is a natural highland grassy marshland. Then your personal driver will send you to Lijiang train station. You will come back to Kunming alone by high-speed train.

Distance: Around 200KM

Driving Time: Around 3 hrs

DAY 8

Kunming – Stone Forest Scenic park – Mengzi

[Stone Forest] is 78 kilometers away from the downtown of Kunming. The Stone Forest is located in the Shilin Yi autonomous County in the southeast of Kunming. The Stone Forest is a fantastic natural phenomenon. The Stone Forest is the Karst landform located in sub-tropical area in the world. The total size of the Stone Forest is 100 square kilometers. Despite the various shapes of limestone were formed due to millions of years earth movement, the gorgeous Karst landform here integrates with the unique culture of Sani People, hence makes Stone Forest an attractive scenic area.

Distance: Around 78 Kilometers to the Stone Forest

Driving time: Around 1.5 hrs to Shilin, around 4 hrs to Yuanyang

Accommodation: Yuanyang

Meal: Will Recommend Local cuisine for consumers

DAY 9

Mengzi - Yuanyang by car
Bisezhai train station, Nanhu lake

Your personal guide and driver will transfer you to Duoyishu rice terrace by private car directly. When the sunlight shine from the cloud, the whole world looks so amazing that you can’t miss.

Later on, your tour guide will take you to hiking to appreciate the scene of Yuangyang rice terrace.

At dusk, your tour guide will take you to watch and take photos for sunset of Bada (坝达) rice terrace.

Distance: Around 6 KM

Driving Time: Around 30 min

Accommodations: Comfortable/Boutique Hotels

Meal: Breakfast and recommended local cuisine

DAY 10

Yuanyang
Sunrise and sunset of Yuanyang terrace

Watch the clouds of Yuanyang Terrace in the early Morning. After that, you will go to visit traditional mushroom house, to learn about the life of Hani ethnic minority.

At dusk, you will go to see the sunset of Yuanyang rice terrace.

Distance: Around 6 KM

Driving Time: Around 30 min

Accommodations: Comfortable/Boutique Hotels

Meal: Breakfast and recommended local cuisine

 

DAY 11

Yuanyang - -Jianshui
Sunrise of Yuanyang rice terrace; Lin’an Town

Today you will take a morning drive to watch the sunrise but change a place which named Jingkou (菁口) rice terrace. And then to the village to look around and explore the life of Hani ethnic minority. You can see mushroom house, millstone, waterwheel, plantain (芭蕉).

After lunch, the driver will take you to the next destination – Jianshui County. Jianshui County  (建水县 Jianshui xian) is a division of Honghe Prefecture in Southeastern Yunnan. Although the county has its own name (it’s called Lin’an Town临安镇), the name Jianshui is commonly used to refer to Lin’an as well, as it is generally the case with Chinese county seats.

You can go to visit Linan town at night. Since the Yuan Dynasty, Lin’an has been one of the most important cities of Yunnan, the center of Confucian learning and the veneration of Confucius.

While the ancient city wall that used to surround the city has been demolished in the 20th century (only its four gate towers remain standing), a large number of historic sites remain in and around Lin’an, making it one of the top tourist destinations in the province. A pleasant city overall, Jianshui is an attractive stopping point on a trip between Kunming and the Vietnameseer.

Then you can go to look around Jianshui old town. The Chaoyang Gate Tower (朝阳楼 Chaoyang Lou) is a scene you can’t miss. The preserved eastern gate of the Lin’an city wall, now standing in the middle of a traffic roundabout. It is nicknamed “the little Tian’anmen Gate”, for its architecture. A small museum/exhibition hall is housed inside the gate tower, which affords nice views of the old city.

Distance: 200 KM for return

Driving time: Around 3.5 hrs

Accommodations: 4 start comfortable/ Boutique Hotels

Meal: Breakfast and recommended local cuisine

DAY 12

Jianshui
Traditional sightseeing train, Tuanshan village

Today you can sleep till you wake up naturally then we will go to visit Zhu Family Garden. Constructed in Jianshui Old Town, Zhu Family Garden is famous as one of the most elaborate and grandest residential gardens in the south of Yunnan. Built in Qing Dynasty by Zhu brothers whose family was influential in the locality, the garden was completed for 30 years and was orderly designed to include 42 courtyards.

After lunch, you will go to experience potting in the largest pottery workroom of Jianshui county to have a deep understand of Jianshui culture.

Distance: Around 10KM

Driving Time: Around 3 hrs

Accommodation: Comfortable/Boutique Hotels

Meal: Breakfast and recommended local cuisine

DAY 13

Jianshui
Jianshui old town, Zhu Family gardern

Today, your tour guide will take you to experience Jianshui Old City Train. Jianshui Old City Train (Lin’an Station). The century-old narrow gauge railway serving Jianshui (a branch of the better known Yunnan-Vietnam Railway) has no regular passenger service anymore; but a tourist train runs twice a day from the restored Lin’an Station 临安站 to Tuanshan Station 团山站, in a village of the same name west of town. On its way, the train stops at the Double Dragon Bridge.

Later, you will go to Tuanshan village to watch and explore the old traditional Jianshui architecture here.

Driving Distance: Around 1KM

Driving Time: Around 5 min

Accommodation: 4 start comfortable/Boutique Hotel

Meal: Breakfast and recommended local cuisine

DAY 14

Fuxian Lake - Kunming
Fuxian Lake

Today you also can sleep till you wake up naturally. Fuxian lake is a beautiful natural scenery need you calm down and enjoy it quietly. You can have a morning biking along the road of Fuxian Lake. Then the driver will take you to Haikou Garden to have a sightseeing.

After lunch, you will come back to Kunming.

Distance: Around 90KM

Driving Time: Around 1.5 hrs

Meal: Breakfast

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