Three Pagoda Temple

Yunnan Minority

701: 8 Days Private Tour of Kunming - Dali - Lijiang - Shangri-La
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned vehicle
Meals: 7 western buffet breakfasts, 6 lunches

Tour Highlights:
  • Feel the unique folk customs of Bai, Naxi and Tibetan minorities in Yunnan
  • Visit Erhai Lake, Bai traditional house and hand-made tie dying in Dali
  • Explore the nearly 1000-year-old town Lijiang - a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Admire the sheer natural beauty in the Lost Horizon of Shangri-La
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Day 1 Arrival in Kunming
Your private guide will be waiting for you outside the Baggage Claim Area of the airport and escort you with a private transfer to the hotel. Then you will be accompanied to visit the Golden Temple. The temple is built of brass and it glitters with golden light in the sunshine, hence the name. After that, you will visit the Green Lake Park. This beautiful park is for daily leisure and playing with seagulls for locals and travelers in Kunming.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Kunming
Three Pagodas, Dali, Yunnan
Our private Yunnan trip begins with a traditional integrated market - Zhuanxin Famers' Market. You will see the locals selling various kinds of goods like vegetables, meat, cooked foods etc. Strolling around the market, you will be able to experience the local life of Kunming. Afterwards, we head to the spectacular Stone Forest. As the name implies, the Stone Forest is a karst forest of stones, which was formed about 270 million years ago. You will be impressed by the way that the magic of nature has formed the lime stone into various shapes.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 Kunming - Dali
A bullet train to Dali and railway station-hotel transfer. Dali Old Town, Three Pagoda Temple, Hop in a horse-drawn carriage to tour around the Erhai Lake. (B+L)
An arranged transport will take you to the railway station for a morning bullet train to Dali which will spend 2 hours on the way. On arriving, another local guide will meet you at the railway station and settle you at your hotel in Dali Old Town. After a short break, our guide will lead you to take a relaxing walk around the tranquil Dali Old Town where you can have a taste of the local snacks and buy some souvenirs in Yunnan style. Then proceed to the symbol of Dali, the Three Pagoda Temple. Built in the 9th century, it is one of the oldest and most majestic buildings in Yunnan. Afterwards, you will travel around the Erhai Lake by taking a horse-drawn carriage and enjoy the gorgeous view of peaceful water, blue sky, the lofty Cangshang Mountain covered with snow and ice, and dense primeval woods. Before going back to the hotel, you will also visit the nearby ancient villages.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 Dali - Lijiang
Dali-Lijiang transfer. Bai Traditional House in Xizhou and Tie Dyeing in Zhoucheng, Lijiang Old Town. (B+L)
Rural people's life
This morning we will take a drive lasting about three hours to Lijiang. On the way, you stop at the Bai Traditional House in Xizhou and then Zhoucheng, famous for tie dyeing. Bai Minority makes up 65 percent of Dali population. Their traditional residence features distinctive and delicate decorations of screen walls, colored murals and wood carvings. Here you will also have chance to learn to cook a well-known local food - Xizhou Baba. After checking in the hotel in Lijiang, we visit the Square Street of Lijiang Old Town. Situated at the center of the town, the Square Street is a trapezoid-shaped square, where many dazzling shops, tea houses, unique bars and restaurants cluster.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 Lijiang
Baisha Village, A local Naxi family, Baisha Murals, Former Residence of Dr. Joseph Rock, Black Dragon Pool Park, Dongba Cultural Museum. (B+L)
We start this pleasant day with a trip to Baisha Village, where you will learn about the unique custom and splendid culture of Naxi ethnic group by visiting to a local Naxi family and Baisha Murals

After that, we proceed to the Rock Joseph's Former Residence in Yuhu Village. Rock is the earliest foreign scholar who has introduced Lijiang to the western world most comprehensively. His former residence is also the former base of Yunnan Expedition of the National Geographic Society. Then, you will pay a visit to the huge Black Dragon Pool Park (Jade Spring Park). It is a huge and beautiful park, which offers an unforgettable sight with its various temples and the lake with a bridge. The nearby Dongba Cultural Museum is very interesting. It is a folk cutural museum about Naxi People, its character, scripture, painting, music and dance.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 Lijiang - Shangri-La
Lijiang to Shangri-La transfer. First Bend of the Yangtze River, Stone Drum Town, Tiger Leaping Gorge. (B+L)
After breakfast, we will head to Shangri-La with a drive taking about 4 to 5 hours. En route, we stop at the First Bend of the Yangtze River, Stone Drum Town and the Tiger Leaping Gorge. With the vertical height of 3,790 meters (12,434 feet), the Tiger Leaping Gorge is considered as one of the deepest gorges in the world. It is also said that the narrowest part of the gorge is only 30 meters (98.4 feet) wide, allowing a tiger to leap from a reef to the other side of the river, hence its name. Late in the afternoon, we get to legendary Shangri-La and check in at the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 Shangri-La
Songzanlin Temple, Bitahai Lake, Shudu Lake, A Tibetan family visit. (B+L)
A free vegetable market
Our first destination today is Songzanlin Temple, the biggest Tibetan Buddhist Temple in Yunnan. Next we visit the tranquil Bitahai Lake located in 35 kilometers east of Shangri-la Old Town. Surrounded by many types of vegetation on each side, it shows an incredible beauty of nature to you. If you're lucky, you will see and hear the locals in their ethnic dress singing folk songs. Usually some vendors are selling the fresh yak milk and yak meat sticks near the sites. We then continue to walk to the Shudu Lake. Before getting back to Shangri-La, we pay visit to a Tibetan Family.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
 Friendly Tips

Bitahai Lake Scenic Area is closed for repairing, and the reopening time is unclear.
Day 8 Departure from Shangri-La
Hotel-airport transfer & see you off. Wish you a pleasant trip! (B)
After breakfast, we will see you off at the airport. We hope our service has given you a pleasant vacation and wish you a nice journey home!

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
 Friendly Tips

Shangri-La has direct flights to several major cities, such as Kunming, Lhasa, Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, etc. If you want to extend your China tour to other cities, we are willing to customize an itinerary for you.
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
KunmingGreen Lake Hotel Jinjiang Hotel
DaliGurong Hotel Gurong Hotel
LijiangInterContinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort Ivy Garden Hotel Resorts
Shangri-laParadise Hotel The 5th Meteorite Glory Hotel
Tour Prices
With Luxury Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
With Standard Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • Any part of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares & train fares
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • Lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Private English-speaking guides
  • Private drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
Price Excludes
  • International airfares
  • Entry visa fees
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
  • Peak season surcharge (public holiday, July & August, etc.)
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Questions & Answers
Asked by dwcheng from UNITED STATES | Jul. 04, 2019 12:19Reply
What is the best way from airport at 12:30am to Holiday Inn Kunming City Center? how much it costs?
Answers (1)
Answered by Jesse from AUSTRALIA | Jul. 04, 2019 23:37

You can take airport shuttle bus Line 2B from the airport to Telecom International Hotel and then take a taxi to your hotel. The bus fare is CNY25 and the cab costs about CNY10.
Asked by Helen from AUSTRALIA | May. 18, 2019 20:44Reply
is there a bus from Litang to Lijiang?
I am planning my Sichuan and Yunnan itinerary for October 2019.
I am wondering if there is a public bus or minibus service from Litang in Sichuan Province to Lijiang in Yunnan Province?
I was wondering if it is possible to avoid going from Litang to Xiangcheng and Shangri-La before reaching Lijiang. I have read very mixed reviews about both Xiangcheng and Shangri-La, and I also have a limited amount of time.
Answers (2)
Answered by Austin from USA | May. 19, 2019 19:38

I'm sorry but there is no bus available from Litang to Lijiang.
Answered by Helen from AUSTRALIA | May. 20, 2019 02:14

Thank you Austin for confirming that there is no bus from Litang to Lijiang.
Asked by Stephanie Yeow from MALAYSIA | Jan. 06, 2019 19:14Reply
I am going to Luku Lake in mid of March. May I know how is the weather in March?
Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Candice from FINLAND | Jan. 09, 2019 17:32

According to the previous weather statistics, the temperature may range from 10C to 15C. The temperature difference would be large in day and night. Thus you are advised to bring enough warm clothes.
Asked by Fong from SINGAPORE | Sep. 23, 2018 07:11Reply
We intend to visit Shangri-la around Oct 2018. The following are the attractions we have in mind:
1 Pudacuo National Park (普达措国家公园)
1.1 Shudu Lake (属都湖)
1.2 Militang Pasture (弥里塘牧场)
1.3 Bita Lake (碧塔海)
2. Napa Lake (纳帕海自然保护区)
3. Yila Grassland (纳帕海依拉草原)
4. Shika Snow Mountain(石卡雪山)
5. Lamuyangcuo Lake/拉姆央措湖)
6. Songzanlin Monastery (松赞林寺)
7. Guishan Park (龟山公园)
8. Yueguang Plaza (月光广场)
9. White Water Terrace (白水台)
10. Shangri-la Grand Canyon/Balagezong Great Canyon

As we do not want to rush through the above places, will 7 days/6 nights trip plan for above too much or is sufficient?

What is the difference between Napa Lake and Yila Grassland? Same place?

Look forward to your early reply. Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Isis from USA | Sep. 24, 2018 19:15

1. Your time is enough to cover all the attractions.
2. The grassland is part of the Napa Lake Scenic Area.
Enjoy your time!
Asked by wekakiwi from NZ | Jul. 29, 2018 02:20Reply
we understand Shangri-La is the start of Tibet.
will it be easy travelling beyond that without a guided group?
We dont speak Mandarin, or can we find a driver/guide in Shangri-La easily. Mid-End sept a good time for it ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Frank from CANADA | Jul. 29, 2018 19:55

I think a travel guide is very necessary for you and you can contact Yes, it’s a good time.
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