Take a tour to the land of Shangri-La and the scenic province of Yunnan in Southern China. Journey to the bustling city of Kunming, see the Stone Forest, watch a minority folk dance performance and then head to the UNESCO World Heritage Site old town in Lijiang. Spend time exploring the traditional streets, marvel at the views from the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, see Yak's grazing the meadow, and learn of the ethnic minority cultures in the region before driving to the more remote area of Shangri-La. Stop to see the impressive Tiger Leaping Gorge and small towns, and take some time with your guide to discover an old Tibetan Monastery and traditional Tibetan village before returning by air to Kunming where you can connect with your onward flight.
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Upon arrival at Kunming Wujiaba International airport, you will be met and transferred to the hotel for your two nights stay. The rest of the day is free at your leisure.
After breakfast at the hotel, drive 100 kms (approx. 3 hrs) to the famous “Stone Forest”, consisting of 80 hectares of bizarre-shaped limestone cliffs created over 280 million years ago. Walk through the Stone Forest and marvel at the natural stone formations. In the late afternoon, return to Kunming.
This morning, drive to the Western Hills and enjoy a scenic chairlift ride up the hill. From the top, a path winds down to the famous “Dragon Gate”. Enjoy some time sightseeing with your guide in the area, and then transfer to the airport for your flight to the UNESCO World Heritage designated town of Lijiang, known for its traditional ethnic culture and customs, inimitable buildings and wonderful natural views. On arrival, meet and transfer to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free at your leisure.
Tour Lijiang’s old town, situated on a plateau 2,400 meters above sea level. See the spectacular Bai Sha Mural and tour the Black Dragon Pool Park.
After breakfast at the hotel, head to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, 5,596 meters above sea level. The snow-covered mountains resemble a jade dragon sleeping in the clouds. Watch the Impressions of Lijiang performance, and then complete your day with a visit to the Naxi Village and the distinctive architecture of the Yu Feng Temple.
In the morning, travel to Zhongdian (also named Shangri-La) and visit a village overlooking the first bend of the Yangtze River. Proceed to the Tiger Leaping Gorge. En-route, visit the Stone Drum Town where Mao Tse Tung started The Long March. Stay for two nights in Shangri-La.
Today, visit the 300-year-old Tsamseting Monastery and see the fantastic treasures housed inside. Next, marvel at the scenic Bita Lake, also known as the “Pearl on the Plateau”. Finally, visit Ringha, a traditional Tibetan village built around the sacred monastery of the Five Wisdom Buddha’s.
Head to the airport for your flight to Kunming to connect with your onward flight. Your tour will conclude on arrival in Kunming.
Day 2: See the Stone Forest near Kunming.
Day 4: Explore the old town of Lijiang.
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