Classic Chengdu and Yunnan Tour

711: 8 Days Private Tour of Chengdu - Lijiang - Dali - 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: 7 western buffet breakfasts, 5 lunches
Tour Highlights:
  • See the giant pandas up close in the Panda Breeding and Research Center
  • Overlook the most sacred Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and visit the Naxi Family
  • Explore Dali Old Town and tour around the Erhai Lake in a horse-drawn carriage
  • Marvel at the spectacular Karst landscape of the Stone Forest in Kunming
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Day 1 Arrival in Chengdu
You can take an airplane to get to Chengdu as both domestic and international flights are in service. Chengdu is also conveniently accessible by high-speed trains from most popular travel cities of China, such as Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Guilin. Upon arrival, our professional guide will pick you up from the airport or railway station, and then chauffeur you to a comfy hotel. The rest of the day is left for your free exploration around.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Day 2 Chengdu
Leshan Giant Buddha
Leshan Giant Buddha
After breakfast, your 8 days Yunnan Sichuan tour will start with a two-hour private vehicle ride to the awe-inspiring Leshan Giant Buddha. As the largest and highest stone Buddha in the world, Leshan Giant Buddha is blessed with a striking height of 71 meters (233 feet). Dating back to 1,200 years ago, the enormous sitting Buddha statue was carved out throughout 90 years entirely by human hands of three generations in Tang Dynasty. We will take a cruise to admire the Buddha Statue as it faces a river. Standing on board, you get a chance to see the full view of the gigantic Buddha and take amazing pictures of it. After that, return to the downtown Chengdu for your own leisure time.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 Chengdu - Lijiang
Giant panda munching on bamboos
Giant panda munching on bamboos
In the morning, our guide will lead you to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding where you can see adorable pandas in different ages, even pink newborns in breeding season. Morning is the best time for you to have up-close gaze at them as it is their most active moment to enjoy bamboo breakfast. Afterwards, you will be transferred to Jinsha Site Museum to wonder at the fascinating cultural relics unearthed from the site, including ivories, gold vessels and jade wares, from which you could trace the brilliant civilization of Chengdu of 3,000 years ago. Then make a visit to the People's Park frequented by locals, where you will witness a lot of natives spending their leisure time in singing, dancing and playing Mahjong. The century-old Heming Teahouse is also nestled in the park, which enables you to sip a cup of tea to dive into local people's life.

After that, our guide will see you off at the airport for your Lijiang tour from Chengdu. Upon arrival in Lijiang, you will be met by our new guide and transferred to check in at a fancy hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Day 4 Lijiang
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain<br>Photo by our client Mr. Karl Dutton
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Photo by our client Mr. Karl Dutton
After breakfast, today's 8 days Yunnan Sichuan tour will begin with a land transfer to the majestic Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. A cable car will take you up to the Spruce Meadow, during which you could capture clear sights of the 13 main peaks of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. When landing at Spruce Meadow, you could throw yourself into the picturesque alpine pastures and primitive forest and breathe in the idyllic air of the prairie.

After that, you will be escorted back to Lijiang Old Town to take a leisurely walk through the time-weathered streets and lanes that are crammed with souvenir shops, restaurants and cafes. Next, pay a visit to the Baisha Village famous for the well-preserved mural paintings dating back to 600 years ago. Lastly, your trip will be highlighted by a visit to a local Naxi family to get a better understanding of their culture and customs.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 Lijiang - Dali
After breakfast, you will launch a land journey of 3-4 hours to Dali. On the mid-way, we will make a stop for you to visit the Yan's Compound, the best representative of Bai people's folk residence. It used to be the house of the richest merchant in Yunnan, and venturing inside you will be amazed at the delicacy of wood carvings. After that, we will make our way to Zhoucheng, the hometown of Chinese tie-dying. You are offered an opportunity to visit a workshop to see this old folk craftsmanship. Upon arrival in Dali, check in at the hotel and have a good rest.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 Dali - Kunming
A local free market
A local free market
Today's exploration is unveiled by a discovery of Dali Old Town which allows you to experience the laid-back and slow-paced life by strolling along the cobbled streets. Then you will be taken to the most iconic spot of Dali, the Three Pagodas in Chongsheng Temple. Three elegant white pagodas form a triangle jutting to the sky, which is a superb attraction for you to take memorable pictures of Dali. Afterwards, you will take a delightful horse-drawn carriage to explore the enchanting waterfront sceneries of Erhai Lake and get total mind relaxation.

At the end of today's Lijiang tour from Chengdu, you will be escorted to the railway station for a bullet train to Kunming with a duration of 2 hours. Upon arrival, our local guide will pick you up and assist you to get accommodated in a cozy hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 Kunming
Stone Forest
Stone Forest
Today, we will take you to sight-see the number one natural stunner of Kunming, the grotesque Stone Forest. It is a jaw-dropping karst landscape resulting from water erosion in about millions of years. You will be astonished at the bizarre stone towers and pinnacles in various shapes and stand in awe of the power of great nature.

After that, you will drop by a nearby rustic village, Nuohei Village, which is an untouched stone world as every house, courtyard and paths are built out of stones. Roaming in Nuohei Village, you will feel like stepping back in time especially where local Yi minority still keep their traditional way of life by wearing colorful ethnic costumes, speaking Yi's dialects and following old Yi's customs. Finally, you will be transferred back to your downtown hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 Departure from Kunming
After breakfast, please seize the morning time to visit the bustling Bird and Flower Market of Kunming, which is one of the best places for you to inhale the local life. Wandering through the market street, your eyesight will be closely caught by numerous flowers, birds and insects that you may have never seen before. After the enjoyable experience, your 8 days Yunnan Sichuan tour draws to a close here. Our guide and driver will see you off at the airport or railway station for your onward journey. Wish you a smooth trip forward!

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
ChengduGrand Hyatt Chengdu Holiday Inn Chengdu Oriental Plaza
LijiangInterContinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort Ivy Garden Hotel Resorts
DaliGurong Hotel Gurong 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
  • Domestic airfare & 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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