Amazing Yunnan with Rice Terrace

714: 11 Days Private Tour of Kunming - Jianshui - Yuanyang - 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: 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches
Tour Highlights:
  • Feel the unique and diversified minority folk customs of Yunnan
  • Enjoy the beautiful views of Yuanyang Rice Terraces & watch the sunrise or sunset over the terraces
  • 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
Welcome to Kunming! Upon arrival, our experienced guide will meet you at the arrival hall of the airport or the exit of the railway station, holding a sign with your name. Then, we will transfer to the chosen hotel for a short rest. Later, your 11 days Yunnan tour will officially start at the famous Green Lake Park, a favored place for locals to relax.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Kunming - Jianshui
Stone Forest
Stone Forest
After breakfast, we will drive for 1.5 hours to Stone Forest, where the mysterious natural variation of limestone will leave you a deep impression. You can see different stone images as moving to different areas. After lunch, drive to Jianshui which takes about 2 hours. Upon arrival, our guide will help you check-in. The remaining time of the day is for you to store energy for tomorrow’s Kunming to Jianshui trip.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 Jianshui - Yuanyang
Today's itinerary starts with a visit to Zhu's Family Garden. This private garden is a typical dwelling of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) in Southern Yunnan. Thereafter, approach the Jianshui Confucius Temple, which was built in memory of Confucius. This Kunming to Jianshui trip ends after lunch. You will be driven for around 3 hours to Yuanyang for two nights' stay.

Meals: Chinese breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 Yuanyang
Yuanyang Rice Terraces
Yuanyang Rice Terraces
In this morning, we will first pay a visit to Duoyishu Rice Terraces, where you can see rice terraces coil around mountains layer upon layer. Then, explore the Qingkou Hani Ethnic Village to learn Hani folk culture and appreciate local mushroom houses. In the afternoon, proceed to the primitive Azheke Hani Ethnic Village to enjoy the beautiful views of the rice terraces and experience the lives of local Hani people.

Meals: Chinese breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 Yuanyang - Kunming
Local vegetable market
Local vegetable market
Accompanied by your guide, you will spend a leisure morning wandering in the Hani Farmers Market. It will be a good chance for you to explore further and deeper of Hani people's lifestyle and learn more about Hani folk culture. After lunch, we will transfer back to Kunming and the ride takes about 6 hours. Do not miss to appreciate the beautiful rural sceneries along the way.

Meals: Chinese breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 Kunming - Dali
After breakfast at the hotel, your will be transferred to the railway station to catch a 2-hour bullet train to Dali, the next destination of this 11 days Yunnan tour. When you arrive, our Dali guide will meet you at the exit of Dali Railway Station. Later, you will be guided to visit the Dali Ancient City, where many Bai ethnic minority folk houses are well preserved. Then, proceed to the Three Pagodas Temple, where you can see clear reflections of the three pagodas on the lake. After that, we will arrange a horse cart to take you to Erhai Lake for sightseeing.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 Dali - Lijiang
Yunnan minority people
Yunnan minority people
In this morning, you will be accompanied to take a 3-4 hours' car ride to Lijiang. Along the way, pass by Xizhou Ancient Town, which is well-known for the folk houses of Bai minority. The guide will lead you to visit the most typical folk house there - Yan's Compound, which offers you a good opportunity to witness the special architecture style of Bai dwellings as well as the precious ethnic culture and art of Bai minority. Later, make a stop at Zhoucheng, where you can try Tie-Dyeing, a traditional skill to color cloth or make patterns on cloth. When arriving in Lijiang, you will be escorted to visit the Lijiang Old Town, once an important hub along the Ancient Tea Horse Road. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 Lijiang
Lijiang Old Town
Lijiang Old Town
Today, continue your 11 days Yunnan tour to Baisha Village, one of the earliest settlements of Naxi people. The Baisha murals cannot be missed if visiting here. Around noon, have a home-cooked lunch at a Naxi people's home. If interested, you can learn to cook several local dishes from the host. In the afternoon, head to the Former Residence of Joseph Rock, an excellent explorer who unveiled Lijiang to the western world. Next is the Black Dragon Pool, in which the water is dark green. Finally, move on to the Dongba Culture Museum, where you may feel amazed at the exhibitions of local Naxi people's dwellings, clothes, etc. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 9 Lijiang - Shangri-la
In this morning, we will transfer to Shangri-la, which takes around 4-5 hours on the way. En route, pass by the First Bend of the Yangtze River. Here the river suddenly turns to the northeast from the northwest, forming a v-shaped bend. Then, have a stop at the Stone Drum Town, where you can watch many historical sites or relics. The last stop is the magnificent Tiger Leaping Gorge, whose roaring waves may shock you a lot. Tonight, we will stay overnight in Shangri-La.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 10 Shangri-La
Potatso National Park
Potatso National Park
Your first stop of 11 Days Yunnan tour in Shangri-La is the Songzanlin Monastery, the largest Buddhist monastery in Yunnan. After lunch, have an exploration of the Potatso National Park. There, we will arrange a boat tour on the Shudu Lake for you to closely touch this plateau lake with picturesque scenery; then, approach the Militang Pasture, where you will see yaks dotted on the vast green land. Later, a visit to a Tibetan family may leave you a deep impression on Tibetan's daily life.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 11 Departure from Shangri-La
This morning, you will be guided to Dukezong Ancient Town, a Tibetan town with over 1,300-year history. Thereafter, the guide will see you off at the airport for your onward flight, and your 11 days Yunnan tour will end here.

Direct flights are available from Shangri-La to Kunming, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing and Lhasa. If you need us to book flight tickets or arrange an extended tour, please feel free to contact us anytime.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
KunmingGreen Lake Hotel Jinjiang Hotel
JianshuiLin An Hotel Lin An Hotel
YuanyangYunti Hotel Yunti Hotel
DaliGurong Hotel Gurong Hotel
LijiangInterContinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort Ivy Garden Hotel Resorts
Shangri-laParadise Hotel Shangri-la Old Town 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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Questions & Answers
Asked by cesar angel from SPAIN | Jun. 29, 2019 00:15Reply
it is recommended traveling on July due to raining season?
Answers (1)
Answered by Patty | Jul. 01, 2019 17:52

As I think, in July, the weather in Yunnan is not that burning hot like the other places in China. The temperature of Yunnan in July is among 18 - 25℃. So it is not because the rainy season but the cool weather that it is recommended to travel to Yunnan in July.
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