Colorful Yunnan Travel

713: 10 Days Private Tour of Kunming - Dongchuan - Kunming - Dali - Lijiang - Shangri-La
Tour Type: Private Tour, any part of the itinerary can be customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned vehicle
Meals: 9 western buffet breakfasts, 8 lunches

Tour Highlights:
  • Marvel at the Karst landscape of the Stone Forest & the splendor of Dongchuan Red Land
  • Tour around the Erhai Lake in a horse-drawn carriage & visit the Bai Traditional House
  • 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
Upon your arrival at Kunming Airport, you will meet your guide at the arrival hall holding a welcome board with your name printed on. Then, a private comfortable transfer will take you to the hotel. After a short break, your 10 days Yunnan tour will begin from the famous Green Lake Park, extolled as a jade in Kunming. Walking around the park, you can appreciate the willows fluttering in the wind and the water birds frolicking in the lake.
Day 2 Kunming
Stone Forest<br>Photo by our client Ms. Kyla Klauw
Stone Forest
Photo by our client Ms. Kyla Klauw
After breakfast, today's Yunnan itinerary will start with a visit to the well-known Stone Forest, a featured large-scale Karst land in China with many limestone peaks. After the visit, a delicious lunch will be arranged at a famous restaurant.

In the afternoon, you will be guided to visit a local Yi ethnic minority village - Nuohei Village, which is made entirely of stones. The locals there still live in the traditional houses, wear the traditional costumes and retain the ethnic minority customs and culture. Thereafter, you will be driven back to the hotel in Kunming.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 Kunming - Dongchuan
After breakfast, your 10 days Yunnan tour will continue to the spectacular Dongchuan Red Land by a 3-hour's drive. As most of the hills there are covered with red soil, it is also praised as the God's palette. Tonight, you will stay in Dongchuan.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 Dongchuan - Kunming
Dongchuan Red Land
Dongchuan Red Land
This morning, you will be first taken to the Damakan Village, an idyllic village surrounded by the red lands. Then to the Jinxiu Garden, also called the Embroidery Garden, which is the best viewing place to appreciate the beauty of red lands. Standing here, you can see the earth covered by red soil and green plants, like beautiful embroidery. After the visit, you will be driven back to Kunming.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 Kunming - Dali
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to Kunming South Railway Station to catch a 2-hour bullet train to Dali, the next destination of your 10 days Yunnan itinerary.

Upon arrival, your Dali local guide will pick you up from the exit of the station. Then, he/she will send you to check in at the hotel. After a short break, you will be escorted to travel around the Dali Ancient City, where you will know about the local Bai ethnic minority. Moreover, you will visit the traditional folk houses and appreciate the splendid scenery there. Next, you will head to the Three Pagodas, which witness the development of Buddhism in this area. Afterwards, we will drive to the Erhai Lake, where you could take a leisurely walk along the ecological corridor.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
 Our Friendly Tip

If you are good at riding, we could also arrange a bike tour for you along the Erhai Lake. Your guide will help you rent the bike, please pay the rental fee on the spot.If you have interest, please let us know freely in advance. Thanks.
Day 6 Dali - Lijiang
Lijiang Old Town
Lijiang Old Town
Today, your 10 days Yunnan itinerary will continue to Lijiang by a 3 to 4 hours' drive. On the way, we will first pass by the Xizhou Ancient Town, and visit the most representative dwelling of the Bai ethnic minority - Yan’s Compound. Then, head to Zhoucheng where you will have a chance to try your hand at the Tie-dyeing, which is a traditional manual skill for printing or coloring cloth. Upon arrival in Lijiang, you will be escorted to explore the Lijiang Old Town, a well preserved town of the Naxi Minority.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 Lijiang
Black Dragon Pool
Black Dragon Pool
Today's itinerary will start with a visit to the Baisha Village, where you will appreciate the famous Baisha Murals. Around noon, we will visit a local Naxi minority's family and enjoy a home-cooked lunch there. Moreover, you can learn how to cook local food from the host. In the afternoon, continue your trip to the Former Residence of Joseph F. Rock, who introduced Lijiang to the western countries for the first time. The next spot is the Black Dragon Pool, where you can watch a clear reflection of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. The last stop today will be the Dongba Culture Museum, which will mainly show you the ancient culture of the local Naxi people.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 Lijiang - Shangri-La
Today, we will drive to Shangri-La. On the way, we will first make a stop at the First Bend of the Yangtze River. This spectacular turning is shaped like V and then the river flows northeast. Next, we will head to the Stone Drum Town, also called Shigu Town in Chinese. Afterwards, continue the 10 days Yunnan tour to the Tiger Leaping Gorge, which is famous for its precipitous valley with roaring rivers. After the visit, your driver will transfer you to the hotel in Shangri-La and your local guide will help you check in.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 9 Shangri-La
Songzanlin Monastery
Songzanlin Monastery
Your 10 days Yunnan tour in Shangri-La will start with a visit to the Songzanlin Monastery, which is the largest Buddhist temple in Yunnan. Moreover, it is considered as the Small Potala Palace. After lunch, we will head to visit the Potatso National Park, which is famous for its plateau lakes, grasslands and Tibetan folk customs. Inside this park, we will first take a boat to tour around the Shudu Lake, a must-visit fresh lake in Potatso. Later, further explore the Militang Pasture, the largest pastureland in the park. Finally, we will pay a visit to a local Tibetan family to round off today's trip.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 10 Departure from Shangri-La
The last stop of your 10 days Yunnan itinerary will be the Dukezong Ancient Town, which has the best preserved and largest Tibetan residence group. Within more than 300 years of history, Dukezong Ancient Town is characterized by Tibetan style dwellings with white appearance. Then, you will be transferred to the airport to your onward destination. Wish you a pleasant journey!

Direct flights out of Shangri-La are limited and only available to Kunming, Chengdu, Guangzhou and Lhasa. You may consider transferring from these cities. If you need any extended tour service, please feel free to let us know. We are always waiting to serve you no matter for tours or flight ticket booking.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
KunmingGreen Lake Hotel Jinjiang Hotel
DongchuanShanju Hotel Shanju 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
  • Train fare
  • 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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