|Arrival In Kunming
Upon your arrival, our guide will meet you at Kunming airport or train station and transfer to your hotel.
|Kunming – Stone Forest – Kunming (Breakfast + Lunch)
After breakfast, travel 90 KM to Lunan County and explore the Stone Forest. Return to Kunming in the afternoon.
Stone Forest: Located 120 kilometers southeast of Kunming, the Stone Forest is a typical karst formation covering an area of more than 350 square kilometers. In 2007, it is listed as World Natural Heritage. Walking inside the forest, you will find a wonderland consists of innumerable huge rocks of fantastic shapes.
|Kunming – Dali (Breakfast + Lunch)
Take early morning flight to Dali. Have a cruise in the vast blue Erhai Lake, then visit ZhouCheng Village and know about ethnic Bai People’s Tie-dyeing Cloth with Wax (a technology of printing flower patterns on cloth). Tour to Xizhou Township and visit unique dwellings with typical Bai People’s features. Afterwards, go to the Chong Sheng Temple which is famous for its Three Pagodas and then wander in Dali Ancient City.
Erhai Lake: Covering an area of 251 square kilometers, it is one of the seven biggest fresh water lakes in China and the second largest lake in Yunnan. The peaks of Cangshan Mountain are often mirrored in the lake, making majestic scenery. It would be a great pity if people traveling to Dali without going for a boat ride in the lake.
|Dali – Lijiang (Breakfast + Lunch)
Drive 3.5 hours to Lijiang. Visit Sifang Street in Lijiang Ancient Town.
Lijiang Ancient Town: It is also named Dayan Ancient Town, famous for its scientific architectural layout. Crisscrossed by crystal-clear rivers and meandering cobbled streets, Lijiang Ancient Town is a treasure in the field of urban construction in China. Square Market was the site of a major bazaar for local residents to stock up on necessities such as meat, vegetables, oil and herbal medicine. Now visitors will come across some interesting ethnic products and sometimes unusual antiques.
|Lijiang – Xishuangbanna (Breakfast + Lunch)
Visit the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, the Baisha Murals and the Ancient Shuhe Village of Naxi People. Take flight to Xishuangbanna.Jade Dragon Snow Mountain: The mountain is ten miles from Lijiang, its landscape includes one of the southernmost glaciers in the world. The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain has 13 peaks, the main peak is 5,596 meters above sea level, and is annually snowcapped. Scientists say that the mountain formed over 230 million years ago from ancient geosynclines when dinosaurs roamed on the Earth. In the Naxi People¡¯s language, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain means the place for loves that die for their love. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain has rich vegetation coverage, featuring distinct and complete alpine vertical ecosystem from subtropical zone to frigid zone.
Baisha Murals: These murals are in Baisha Village which lies in the north of Lijiang. Baisha murals are mostly from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Among the 55 existing murals, the largest one is at the Dabaoji Hall of Baisha. Most Baisha murals depict religious stories, and one characteristic is to combine several legends into one picture. They are an artistic crystallization combining the Naxi, Tibetan, Bai and Han styles. The originality and figures of the mural paintings reflect the different religious cultures and artistic forms of Buddhism, Lamaism, Daoism and the Dongba Religion of Naxi People.
Naxi People: They live in concentrated communities in the Lijiang Naxi Autonomous County in Yunnan Province, their language belongs to the Chinese-Tibetan language family. More than 1,000 years ago, the Naxi people had already created pictographic characters called the “Dongba script”.
|Xishuangbanna (Breakfast + Lunch)
Travel to the Wild Elephant Valley in Sanchahe Nature Reserve, see the wild elephants herding and moving in companies, watch the trained elephants performing dancing, greeting and bathing, explore the tropical rainforest.
Xishuangbanna: Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture is located at the south end of Yunnan Province. The prefecture has rich plants and animals since it has the northernmost tropical rain forest in the world. This area is populated by the ethnic Dai People. The Water-sprinkling Festival is New Year¡¯s Day for the Dai, and is the most important and grandest festival of the year. It lasts three days from 13th to 15th, April (the sixth month of the Dai Calendar). Dai people dip branches into the river and sprinkle the water onto others as a way to express their best wishes. The must-see attractions in Xishuangbanna are Ganlanba village, the tropical botanical garden at Menglun, Wild Elephant Valley, the Octagonal Pavilion in Jingzhen, Manbang reservoir and the site of the King of Tea Trees.
|Xishuangbanna – Kunming (Breakfast + Lunch)
Travel to Menglun, visit the the Arboretum of Tropical Plants. On the way, explore the morning Ganlanba bazaar and a village of Dai people. Take flight to Kunming.
Arboretum of Tropical Plants: With a history of more than 40 years, the arboretum occupies an area of 933 hectares and has more than 6000 species of tropical plants. Here plants of every description grow luxuriantly in a picturesque surrounding, and myriads of tropical plants vie with each other in splendour. It is a place highly favoured by botanists and people who have a fancy for plants.
|Kunming – Departure (Breakfast + Lunch)
We offer 5 options for today’s tour:
1. Tour to the Dragon Gate in Western Hills.
2. Tour to Haigeng Park by the Dianchi Lake, where you will enjoy the nice view of the lake and see many seagulls.
3. Tour to Golden Temple.
4. Tour to Bamboo Monastery.
5. Explore the Bird-Flower Market and Jinma Biji Archway.
A transfer to the airport for flight departing Kunming. Bon Voyage!
Western Hills: Located at the west bank of the Dianchi Lake, it is a range of five mountains well covered by evergreen woods stretching over 40 kilometers and over 2,500 meters above sea level, perfect for hiking. The Dragon Gate is near the top of the mountain; it is a group of grottoes, sculptures, corridors and pavilions that were hacked from the cliff between 1781 and 1835 by a Taoist monk and co-workers.
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