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[8-Day Tour] Kunming-Dali-Lijiang-Shangri-La (Private, 4-star)

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With Accommodation | Private Tour

Daily

Kunming | Dali | Lijiang | Shangri-La

Stone Forest | Erhai Lake | Dali ancient town | Three Pagodas | Lijiang ancient town | Yulong Xue Shan | Impression Lijiang | Baisha Frescoes | First Bend in the Yangtze River | Tiger Leaping Gorge | Songzanglin Monastery | Pudacuo National Park
Overnight at: Kunming Jinjiang hotel | Dali Landscape hotel | Lijiang Liwang hotel | Shangri-La Zhaxidele hotel

Experience the best of Yunnan's mountainous north, encountering both majestic alpine beauty and the enduring charm and hospitality of this region's unique ethnic minorities. From the rugged splendor of Tiger Leaping Gorge and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain to the cozy lanes and wooden homes of the old towns of Dali, this tour has it all. See the old-growth forests of Shangri-La, the petrified Shilin Stone Forest near Kunming, the crystalline waters of Erhai Lake, the sacred Baisha Frescoes and much more, while meeting Tibetan, Bai, Naxi and Yi inhabitants of Yunnan's stunning mountains.

Details

Day 1 Kunming airport pickup (includes dinner)

* Please note: We recommend you book a flight arriving in Kunming before 2:00 p.m.

Stay overnight at the Kunming Jinjiang Hotel or similar.


Day 2 Kunming (includes breakfast, lunch & dinner)

Stone Forest (Shílín, 石林)

A two-hour bus ride from Kunming, the Stone Forest is one of Yunnan's best-known attractions. The unique karst limestone formations are the inspiration for a whole school of Chinese art, and the Stone Forest's collection of columns and other whimsical stone formations make for endless cloud-gazing/Rorschach-type "looks like" fun for those so inclined.

Stay overnight at the Kunming Jinjiang Hotel or similar.


Day 3 Kunming-Dali (includes breakfast, lunch & dinner)

Drive to the airport for your morning flight (around 7:00 a.m.) from kunming to Dali. (about 35 minutes)

* Please note: Flight is not included in the price.

Cruise on beautiful Erhai Lake (Erhǎi, 洱海) with a stop at Jinsuo Island

One of China's largest freshwater lakes, the Chinese name for Erhai Lake literally translates to "Ear Sea," a nod to its vast size (250 sq km or 96 sq mi) and long, narrow crescent shape, said to resemble an ear—though when you're looking at a map, you may need a bit of imagination.

Dali ancient town (Dàlǐ Gǔchéng, 大理古城)

The Ancient City of Dali is another great example of ancient and modern fusing together in China. The architecture is indeed ancient with traditional Bai homes, shops and markets forming the core of the city, surrounded by a huge stone wall punctuated by four gate towers.

Three Pagoda (Chóngshèng Sì Sān Tǎ, 崇圣寺三塔)

Situated on the banks of Erhai Lake, the Three Pagodas are a sight to behold. Since the site was established around 850 AD, the region has seen strife, both man made and natural, from wars to earthquakes; but the pagodas endure, as majestic as ever, with one pagoda topping out at 230 ft tall, and the other two a respectable 138 ft. In addition to the the towering structures, there's also a museum inside a converted temple. Gaze up at the pagodas from near and far, and if you're lucky, see their reflection in the glassy water of the lake.

Stay overnight at the Landscape Hotel or similar.


Day 4 Dali-Lijiang (includes breakfast, lunch & dinner)

Drive to Lijiang. (about 3 hours)

En route, stop and visit a Bai minority village and market, where you'll take part in a formal Bai Three Course Tea Ceremony in which the full range of exquisite flavors inherent to local teas come through in subsequent "courses", from a pleasantly bitter first cup, to a smooth and sweet second cup, to a final mild finishing cup.

Lijiang ancient town (Dàyán Gǔchéng, 大研古城)

When people talk about Lijiang old town, they're usually referring to Dayan. The UNESCO World Heritage Site Lijiang old town, also includes the nearby villages of Baisha and Shuhe as well as Dayan. This area survived a 1996 earthquake that leveled most of the modern buildings in town. In the wake of the disaster, Dayan gained fame as a quaint and authentic outpost of Yunnan culture and architecture and went from backpacker secret to tour package feature.

Overnight in the Liwang Hotel in the heart of Lijiang's ancient town.


Day 5 Lijiang (includes breakfast, lunch & dinner)

Yulong Xue Shan (Yùlóngxuě Shān, 玉龙雪山) (about 3.5 hours)

An impressive sight, especially with Black Dragon Pool in the foreground, Yulong Xue Shan, or "Jade Dragon Snow Mountain," is actually a 13-peak massif that forms one wall of Tiger Leaping Gorge and whose tallest peak, Shanzidou, rises 5,596 m (18,359 ft) above sea level. The range is home to one of the Northern Hemisphere's southernmost glaciers as well as a wide range of flora and fauna, much of it unique to the region.

Impression Lijiang (Yìnxiàng Lìjiāng, 印象丽江)

Another spectacular by Hero (200-director Zhang Yimou (like his Impression: Liu Sanjie in Yangshuo, and the more recent Impression, West Lake in Hangzhou), Impression Lijiang is an all-singing, all-dancing celebration of local culture. Featuring more than 500 actors, 100 horses, and put on at a reputed cost of US$31m, the show takes place inside the spectacular Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Park, some 3,500 m (11,500 ft) above sea level.

Baisha Frescoes (Báishā bìhuà, 白沙壁画)

Baisha, a charming Naxi town some 8 km (5 mi) north of Lijiang, is home to the best remaining frescoes, and the town is worth a visit on its other merits. Baisha, which was actually the capital of a Naxi kingdom prior to absorption into China, makes for a great day trip from Lijiang; most visitors arrive by bicycle after a pleasant ride that takes about an hour. It's also part of the Lijiang Old Town UNESCO World Heritage site along with Dayan and Shuhe.

Shuhe ancient town (Shùhé, 束河)

Shuhe is a small Naxi village on the outskirts of Lijiang at the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Slate-paved streets, beautiful old wooden and stone buildings with traditional Naxi-style upturned eaves create a peaceful and charming atmosphere that is often considerably more relaxed than that found in the more heavily trafficked Daya.

Stay overnight at the Liwang Hotel.


Day 6 Lijiang-Shangri-La (includes breakfast, lunch & dinner)

Drive to Shangri-La. (about 4.5 hours)

First Bend in the Yangtze River (Cháng Jiāng Dìyī Wān, 长江第一湾)

At the First Bend in the Yangtze River, the south-running waters suddenly turn back north because of a massive V-shape in the nearby mountain range. The fertile soil deposited by the river drew people to the area and the village of Shigu (Shígǔ, 石鼓) came into being. This town has been an important stop on the trade route between Yunnan and Tibet and a meeting point for local peoples for centuries. Tibetans bring their quality fell, hide and herbal medicine to market and take back necessities like salt, tea and cloth. Several times a month, the still active market makes little Shigu into a lively place as traders come into town.

Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hǔtiào Xiá, 虎跳峡)

A thin, winding trail hugs the side of the Haba Xue Shan (Hābāxuě Shān, 哈巴雪山) range as the white-capped waters of the Jinsha River (Jīnshā Jiāng, 金沙江; part of the Yangtze River) swirl far below and the steep mountain slope and craggy peaks of the Yulong Xue Shan range rise on the other side. The trek along the high trail (essentially the only trail since the lower trail was paved) starts near Qiaotou (Qiáotóu, 桥头) and goes up and down the side of the mountains until it descends again at the far side near Middle Tiger Leaping Stone (Zhōng Hǔtiào Shí, 中虎跳石). Hiking the trail will tire any traveler, especially sections like the upward-climbing 24 Bends (24 Dàoguǎi, 24道拐) and takes about two days from one far end to the other.

After the gorge, it's on to Shangri-La (traditionally known as Zhongdian), with rest of the day available for you to explore on your own.

Stay overnight at the Zhaxidele Hotel or similar.


Day 7 Shangri-La (includes breakfast, lunch & dinner)

Geden Songzanglin Monastery (Sōngzànlín Sì, 松赞林寺)

Located at the foot of Foping Mountain (Fúpíng Shān 佛屏山) just near Zhongdian, Songzanlin Temple, also known as the Ganden Sumtseling Monastery, is the largest Buddhist monastery in Yunnan, and is modeled closely on the Potala Palace in Lhasa. Originally built in 1679, the Songzanlin complex, ordained and inhabited by the fifth Dalai Lama, sits at an elevation of 3,300 m (10,827 ft) and boasts three temples and an eight-meter-high statue of Sakyamuni. Home to some 700 Tibetan Buddhist monks, Songzanlin was severely damaged during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). The majority of the temple has since been restored.

Pudacuo National Park (Pǔdácuò Guójiā Gōngyuán, 普达措国家公园)

Welcome to another China, one embodied in Yunnan's vast Pudacuo National Park, established in June, 2007 as the first in a planned series of parks designed to meet the meet the exacting standards set by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Sprawling across 1,295 km2 of flora and fauna, Pudacuo is home to over 100 endangered species living in a landscape of mountains, forests and lakes reclaimed from private developers and turned into a model of environmental stewardship with the help of the Nature Conservancy.

Stay overnight at the Zhaxidele Hotel or similar.


Day 8 Shangri-La departure (includes breakfast)

After the tour ends, you'll be transferred to the airport/station for your departure.

Price Includes and Excludes

What is included?

1) Accommodation

2) English-speaking tour guide

3) Admission fees, meals and transportation as listed in the details

What is excluded?

1) Personal expenses, optional items and anything else not specifically mentioned

Important Notes

1.Please call or email Ctrip if you need to cancel your booking. If you cancel at least 7 days prior to the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 4 and 6 days prior, there is a 50% cancellation fee. If you cancel within 3 days prior, there is a 100% cancellation fee. Room rate non-refundable.

2.On departure date we will pick you up from the airport. Free pickup/drop-off available for downtown hotels and flight arriving between 9AM-10PM, otherwise an additional charge applies. You will be contacted before 11:00 p.m. the day before your scheduled activity to confirm pickup information regarding your driver and/or tour guide.

3.Currently payment is only accepted by credit card. Once payment clears, Ctrip will send you a confirmation email with your booking details. If payment fails, your booking will automatically be canceled. To ensure a smooth payment process, we recommend you contact your credit card provider in advance.

4.Time arrangements described in itineraries are subject to change. Guides reserve the right to change arrangements according to weather, transportation and other variable conditions.

5.If you opt to join only part of this activity, you forfeit the right to join subsequent parts, as well as the right to receive a refund for any part of the activity that you miss.

6.All listed meals are Chinese food unless otherwise noted. Please notify us ahead of time for any dietary restrictions (allergies, vegetarian, kosher, etc.).

7.By default 2 people will share a room. For groups of odd numbers, 3 people will be required to share a room unless single supplement is paid. To request a single room, please make a note in the "additional request" section while booking online or inform us by email at thingstodo@ctrip.com.

8.Please ensure personal and travel information is entered correctly. Ctrip will not refund any losses that result from incorrect and missing information.

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- Children: 2-12 years old and shorter than 1.2m (3 ft 11 in)

- Each child must be accompanied by at least 1 adult.

- Prices for group products are fixed. For private products, the bigger the group the lower the price per person.