Yunnan Memory

707: 6 Days Private Tour of Lijiang - Shangri-La - Kunming
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: 5 western buffet breakfasts, 4 lunches
Tour Highlights:
  • Feel the unique minority folk customs of Kunming, Lijiang and Shangri-La
  • Explore Lijiang Old Town and overlook the most sacred Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
  • Admire the sheer natural beauty in the Lost Horizon of Shangri-La
  • Marvel at the spectacular Karst landscape of the Stone Forest in Kunming
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Day 1 Arrival in Lijiang
Lijiang Old Town
Lijiang Old Town
Welcome to Yunnan! Please reach Lijiang with a flight by yourself. Direct flights are accessible to Lijiang from many popular travel destinations, including Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Xi'an, Guilin, Lhasa and Kunming. Upon your landing, our tour guide and driver will wait for you outside the customs of the airport by holding signboard with your name on it, and then chauffeur you to a comfy hotel. Then take the rest of the day to start your 6 days Yunnan tour with a stroll around the Lijiang Old Town. You can walk through the cobble-paved streets and lanes to take in the quaint and time-weathered residences as well as archaic restaurants and inns.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Lijiang
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
After breakfast, we will board a private vehicle to the foot of the mighty Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. A superb cable car ride is arranged to take you straight up to the Spruce Plateau at an altitude of 3,240 meters (10,630 feet). Our guide will lead you to venture through the verdant spruce primitive forest to the breathtaking alpine pastureland. From the meadow, you could get an awe-inspiring view of the 13 peaks of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.

After getting down from the mountain, we will proceed to Baisha Village which is famous for the exquisite murals dating back to Ming and Qing Dynasties. Those well-kept paintings will vividly tell you the ancient Naxi people's religious beliefs and daily lifestyle. Then, a visit to a local Naxi family will enable you to experience the unsophisticated rural life.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 Lijiang - Shangri-La
After breakfast, check out the hotel for a private transfer to Shangri-La. During the 4 - 5 hours ride, you will travel through the First Bend of the Yangtze River. The river is blessed with a natural spectacle of V-shaped turns from south to east narrowed by the high mountains and deep gorges. Then you will be guided to Shigu Town to take pictures of the first bend from the best viewing deck, and immerse yourself into the tranquil town.

After lunch, the guide will escort you to sight-see the Tiger Leaping Gorge favored by world hiking lovers. You will catch the soul of mighty Yangtze at its narrowest and deepest gorge and stand in awe of its thundering torrents and soars. Later, continue our drive to Shangri-La and check in at a fancy hotel after arrival.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 Shangri-La
Songzanlin Monastery
Songzanlin Monastery
Today's sightseeing starts with the famous Songzanlin Monastery. Perched on the hillside, Songzanlin is the biggest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan which is nicknamed the "Little Potala". There you could not only soak up the splendid architecture art, but also dig deep into the Tibetan Buddhism by the priceless relics stored inside.

Your afternoon will be delighted by Potatso National Park that is famed as the last pure land in China. The fairytale park is comprised of alpine meadows, jade-like lakes and wetlands as well as primitive forests and pastureland. You have chance to explore the wonderland by a boat cruise on the Shudu Lake and a leisurely roaming around the picturesque Militang Pasture. At last, a Tibetan family visit is arranged for you to get a close touch with local people and their simple pastoral life.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 Shangri-La - Kunming
Stone Forest
Stone Forest
After breakfast, our guide will show you around the Old Town of Dukezong, which is laid out as eight-petal lotus flower with the Moonlight Square in the center. Rows upon rows of wooden-structured Tibetan houses are lined along the winding lanes, where generations of Tibetans live a peaceful life. Dukezong Old Town is also the seat of the world's largest prayer wheel that needs three people working together to spin it.

After lunch, pay a visit to the Shangri-La Tangka Institution to revel in the exquisite Tangka works on display, and a hands-on chance is given for you to learn to paint a Tangka, which may take about 3 hours. After ending the class, you will be chauffeured to the airport for a departure flight to Kunming. And there will be a new guide waiting for your arrival and helping you check in at a nice hotel for accommodation.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 Departure from Kunming
Today, we will have a delightful morning excursion to the most extraordinary natural wonder of Kunming, Stone Forest. Our guide will take you to embark on an adventure into the labyrinth-like forest made up of numerous limestone towers and pinnacles that formed through over millions of years' water erosion. Then we will move to the Nuohei Village, a secluded settlement of Yi Minority for you to discover their unique folk residences, and stroll in the stone-paved path to uncover their ethnic culture and traditional way of life. Then your Lijiang Shangrila Kunming tour draws to a close here. Our guide and driver will see you off at the airport or railway station according to your scheduled flight and train. Wish you a nice journey home!

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
LijiangInterContinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort Ivy Garden Hotel Resorts
Shangri-laParadise Hotel Shangri-la Old Town Hotel
KunmingGreen Lake Hotel Jinjiang 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
  • Airfare of Shangri-La/Kunming
  • 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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