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Yunnan Minority

KM02: 9 Days Private Kunming Dali - Lijiang - Shangri-La Kunming
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Day01 Arrival in Kunming
Sincere greetings & airport-hotel transfer. Green Lake Park.
Day02 Kunming
Qiongzhu Temple, Stone Forest. (B+L)
Day03 Kunming - Dali
Fly to Dali and airport-hotel transfer. Erhai Lake Park, Three Pagoda Temple, Dali Old Town. (B+L)
Day04 Dali - Lijiang
Dali-Lijiang transfer. Bai Traditional House in Xizhou and Tie Dyeing in Zhoucheng, Lijiang Old Town. (B+L)
Day05 Lijiang
Baisha Village, A local Naxi family, Baisha Murals, Former Residence of Dr. Joseph Rock,  Black Dragon Pool Park, Dongba Cultural Museum. (B+L)
Day06 Lijiang - Shangri-La
Lijiang to Shangri-La transfer. Tiger Leaping Gorge, First Bend of the Yangtze River, Stone Drum Town. (B+L)
Day07 Shangri-La
Songzanlin Temple, Bitahai Lake, Shudu Lake, A Tibetan family visit. (B+L)
Day08 Shangri-La - Kunming
Fly to Kunming and airport-hotel transfer. Golden Temple, Daguan Park, Flowers and Birds Market. (B+L)
Day09 Departure from Kunming
Hotel-airport transfer & see you off. Wish you a pleasant trip! (B)
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
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Day01 Arrival in Kunming
Our guide will pick you up outside the arrival hall at Kunming Airport and transfer you to the hotel in downtown area. If time permits, you may spend some time wandering at the Green Lake Park and enjoy the local element of this beautiful park.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day02 Kunming
Stone Forest
Photo by our clients Melinda & Edward Ruggiero
Your private tour will begin with a visit to the Qiongzhu Temple, which is located on wooded Yu'an Mountain and surrounded by verdant plants. The temple is famous for exhibiting five hundreds painted arhat sculptures. Then, you will travel to the Stone Forest, a typical model of China's Karst landforms. Walking through the Stone Forest, you will be astonished by the extraordinary workmanship of nature. Stones in the figure of plants, animals and even humans can be found here, some elegant, some rugged.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day03 Kunming - Dali
Three Pagodas, Dali
Today, you will take an early morning flight to Dali. Our guide will pick you up at airport and escort you to the Erhai Lake Park first, which is the best place to appreciate the beautiful Erhai Lake scenery. The lake is shaped like an ear, hence its name, which means ear shaped sea in Chinese. Afterwards, pay a visit to the Three Pagoda Temple that faces Erhai Lake. As its name implies, there are three ancient independent pagodas standing in a symmetrical triangle inside the temple. With a history of more than 1,800 years, Three Pagodas have been symbolic constructions of the ancient Dali City. The last stop of the day is the primitive and tranquil Dali Old Town, where you will see limpid streams passing through the town and local people wearing their ethnic costumes. A street that goes through the South City Gate to the North City Gate is now a prosperous market street, selling marble, tie-dyeing and other souvenirs.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day04 Dali - Lijiang
Local vegetable market
Today, escorted by your private guide, you will travel to Lijiang, which is about three to four hours' drive. On the way, you will pay a visit to the Bai Minority Traditional Houses in Xizhou. The layout of these houses is distinctive with the features of wood and stone carvings and painting on lime powdered walls. Xizhou is the place where the best and most of Bai Minority Traditional Houses are preserved. Then you will go to nearby Zhoucheng to visit the traditional hand-made Tie Dyeing in the local people's home. Upon arrival at Lijiang, you will first check in at the hotel in the old town. After a short rest, our guide will take you to visit the Square Street of Lijiang Old Town. The street is paved by the local bluestones, with numerous souvenir shops, unique bars and delicate restaurants scattered around. The most charming part of the street is at night. When red lanterns along the street are all lit up, all people here including tourists will enjoy a relaxing but exciting night life.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day05 Lijiang
Lijiang old town
You will first explore the Baisha Village and visit a local Naxi family in the morning. Basha Village was once the political, economic and religious center of Lijiang. Nowadays, it is famous for the murals and the old town built about 600 years ago. A visit to a local Naxi family will help you know more about Naxi people's living habits and customs. Then, continue the trip to visit Baisha Murals. These murals, combining the Han, Tibet and Naxi culture together, are a wonderful art form of minorities in west Yunnan, and vividly unfold the life of the minority people to us. 

Then, you will pay a visit to the Former Residence of Dr. Joseph Rock in Yuhu village at the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Dr. Rock traveled to Lijiang in 1922 as the adventurer and photographer of the National Geographic. He was known for his study on Dongba culture of Naxi minority group and unveiling this mysterious culture to the world. After that, you will visit the Black Dragon Pool Park (Jade Spring Park), an enormous park with beautiful landscape and some ancient monuments. Then visit the Dongba Cultural Museum, which is an interesting folk cultural museum featuring on Dongba culture preserved by Naxi People. By visiting this museum, you could learn more about this minority group.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day06 Lijiang - Shangri-La
Yunnan Minority people
Today, we will drive you from Lijiang to Shangri-La for about four to five hours. Along the way, you will visit one of China's deepest and most beautiful gorges, Tiger Leaping Gorge. The gorge has a reputation of being dangerous: one is the dangerous mountain with high peaks, steep cliffs, jagged rocks and winded gigantic old creepers; the other is dangerous water with a high drop, fast water current, numerous rocks, dangerous shoals and cascading waterfalls. All these form a rare spectacle in the world. Then you will come to the First Bend of the Yangtze River. It is named so because a sudden V-shaped bend has been formed when the Yangtze River flowing by. The nearly 180-degree turn creates marvelous and astonishing views. The Stone Drum Town, the town where the First Bend of the Yangtze River located, is the last stop en route. There is a drum-shaped marble monument in this town, hence the name. The town has for long been an important town for Han and Tibetan people to do business transactions. Upon arrival at Shangri-La, you will check in at the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day07 Shangri-La
Songzanlin Temple, Shangri-La
Photo by our client Mr. Arne Dalfelt
Today's visit will begin with a visit to the biggest Tibetan Buddhist Temple in Yunnan, Songzanlin Temple. This temple collects the elite of Tibetan religious culture and presents splendid architecture. Because of its similar appearance and layout to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, it is also reputed as 'small Potala Palace'. Then, you will travel to the Bitahai Lake. Fed by small streams from the snow mountains encircled, the lake shapes just like a trumpet shell. In the color of azure with snowy mountains and trees reflecting in it, the gorgeous lake is a wonderland to appreciate the beauty of nature. There is also another lake of beauty and peacefulness, Shudu Lake. The plants around the lake are lush and the wild animals are various. After enjoying the beautiful natural scenery, you will visit a local Tibetan family to get involved into the Tibetan people's lifestyle.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day08 Shangri-La - Kunming
Minority group in Yunnan
You will take a morning flight to Kunming. Our guide will pick you up at airport and transfer you to the hotel that you have previously stayed. Visit the Golden Temple. Located on the Mingfeng Hill, the temple is a well-known Taoist temple of Yunnan. Then you will go to the Daguan Park, one of the ten most famous pavilions in China. Another highlight in this park is the 'Longest Couplets in the world', which consists of 180 Chinese characters. The last stop today is the Flowers and Birds Market, which is a comprehensive public spot for leisure. Strolling on this market street, you can find shops and stalls of all sorts; especially those specializing in flowers, birds and fish.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day09 Departure from Kunming
Your private Yunnan minority trip will end here as we transfer you to the airport today. Wish you a nice journey home!

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
KunmingGreen Lake Hotel Jinjiang Hotel
DaliGurong Hotel Gurong Hotel
LijiangInterContinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort Ivy Garden Hotel Resorts
Shangri-laParadise Hotel Shangri-la Old Town Hotel
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