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, and gain views from the Western Hills and then head to the town of Dali for a visit to Three Pagoda Park, the local market, and more, and then travel to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lijiang`s old town. 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 Monastery and the Pudacuo National Park before returning by air to Kunming where you will conclude your journey.
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Upon arrival at Kunming 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, depart out of the city to the famed “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, and then return to the city for a chairlift ride up the Western Hills for commanding views of the surrounding area. The evening is free at your leisure.
Take the high speed train to the town of Dali and visit Erhai Park, Three Pagoda Park, local market, and watch a cultural performance. Stay one night in Dali.
Drive 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, take a guided tour of the old town, including Black Dragon Pool Park.
Today’s tour includes Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, 5,596 meters above sea level. The snow-covered mountains resemble a jade dragon sleeping in the clouds. Later, visit the Shuhe Old and then complete your day with a visit to Basha Village and Basha Mural.
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.
Visit the Ganden Sumtseling Monastery and see the fantastic treasures housed inside, and then head to the Pudacuo National Park, see Shudu Lake and Bita Lake, and take some time to visit a local Tibetan family with your guide.
Head to the airport for your flight to Kunming. 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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