Yunnan – "the land south of colorful clouds", is one of the most beautiful areas in China. The landscape is extremely varied – from the luxuriant fertile plains to rugged Tibetan highland. This is also where you find most of Chinese ethnic minorities. By taking this 6-day private Yunnan tour, you will see two UNESCO world heritage sites in Yunnan: the Stone Forest and the Lijiang Old Town.

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  • Stone Forest is a natural wonder with hundreds of natural stone pinnacles piercing through the forests.
  • Lijiang Old Town is the centre of Naxi people, crisscrossed with ancient canals and filled with unique well-preserved dwellings.
  • You will also visit Dali, the centre for Bai minority, and its old town, with much oriental medieval architecture.
  • Travel Style: original, private tour, classical Yunnan tour, minority culture

    Best Time to Travel: all year round

    Destinations: Kunming, Dali, Lijiang


    Meals Included: Dinner

    Welcome to Yunnan and its capital city Kunming (at 1500 - 2800m)! Get a rare chance to have an aerial view of this beautiful land. After landing at Kunming Changshui International Airport, find your local guide of Yunnan Discovery at the arrival hall, who is patiently waiting for you and holding your name plate. So you won't miss him/her.

    Drive (your private vehicle) about 1.5 hours (90 km) to the Stone Forest. One of the must-visit sights in Kunming and Yunnan, this world geological park features an amazing group of limestone formations. Walking through the Stone Forest, you will wonder at the natural stone masterpieces and are bewitched by the intricate formations. The magnificent and strange landscape creates countless labyrinthine vistas.

    Return to Kunming city center and check-in the hotel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch

    In Kunming: Have breakfast at hotel and check out. Your guide will pick you up at hotel lobby. Transfer to the railway station for your bullet train to Dali, the next destination of your Yunnan tour.

    In Dali: Upon arrival, transfer to take a morning cruise on Erhai Lake with Cormorant fishing Show. The natural beauty of Dali consists in Erhai Lake, embraced by rolling mountains. An Erhai Lake cruise trip, it is for you to fully relax and watch how cormorant catch fish, a very traditional way to fish in Dali.

    After lunch, enjoy a half day tour of Zhoucheng, the biggest Bai village in Dali. Walk around to discover the unique charm of typical Bai dwelling houses and witness the local people's superior skills of tie-dye. Appreciate the very exquisite and beautiful tie dye cloth and embroidery goods at the local market.

    Then transfer back to your hotel in Dali Ancient Town. You are suggested to plan yourself a night tour to find local snacks, relax on a bar or café and experience the impromptu dances and activities. Recommended cultural activities in Zhoucheng (optional, not included in the quotation):

    - Learn from Bai people about how to tie-dye, make yourself incredible tie dye clothes and crafts

    - Take a cooking class at a local family, and make authentic Bai flavor dishes

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

    Have breakfast at hotel, and then drive (private vehicle and private guide) to Lijiang. If it falls on a Monday, we will make a stop at the weekly market at the village of Shaping where the Bai and Yi ethnic traders gather together to EXCHANGE vegetables, grains, textiles, teas and antiques.

    Arrive in Lijiang Old Town and check-in hotel. After lunch, have a guided walking tour of Lijiang Ancient Town with old wooden building ranked neatly, and stroll through its maze of canals, narrow cobbled streets and back street markets filled with Naxi women in traditional costumes.

    As the day wanes, ascend Lion Hill for a bird's eye view of the town at sunset. Gradually, the lights are on from every family, and you can feel an atmosphere of peace and happiness. When looking into the distance, you can also see the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and the idyllic countryside.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

    This morning, we explore the outskirt of Lijiang in a classic Lijiang travel route. Drive through lovely sceneries and visit the villages of Longquan, Baisha (for murals) and Yuhu (Jade Lake) as well as the home of explorer Joseph Rock.

    Longquan Village – 4km NW of Liang Ancient Town, the village is the center of Shuhe Old Town and the best-preserved town on the Ancient Tea Horse Road. Here you can find the trace of ancient caravans.

    Baisha Murals – a must-visit attraction in Lijiang, the more than 200 murals were created 500 years ago by Naxi people and are still well maintained today. Both Shuhe Old Town and Baisha murals are important parts of UNESCO heritage site.

    In the afternoon, enjoy the "Impression of Lijiang" Show. This unique show is choreographed by the famous Chinese director Zhang Yi Mou and it involves more than 500 hundred dancers in their best ethnic costumes plus horses performing. An outdoor show, it has the stunning Jade Dragon Mountain as the backdrop.

    Late afternoon, visit the Black Dragon Pond (or named Yuquan Park), a lovely park with green pastures, waterfalls and meandering streams. There is also a small but interesting Dongba Institute, a great place for visitors to experience Dongba culture and traditions.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

    Today, we make an excursion to the Tiger Leaping Gorge. Tucked in between the 2 giants, Jade Dragon Mountain and Haba Mountain, this is one of the longest, deepest and narrowest gorges in the world. At its narrowest, it is only 30 meters and it was said that a tiger jumped across it, thus its name.

    The drive from Lijiang to Tiger Leaping Gorge is about 1½ hours. After arrival, you will enjoy an hour of hiking by the gorge. A detour will also be made to see the first bend of Yangtze River. After lunch, return to Lijiang and have the afternoon at leisure to explore the Old Town on your own.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

    Relax on your own, until your private and driver transfer you to the airport for flight. Our service ends, welcome to Yunnan again!

    What's included

    • One-on-one travel counseling service with fully tailor-made itinerary
    • Private English-speaking guide, native-born or with years of local life experience
    • Reservations of domestic flights and trains as listed on your itinerary
    • Private driver, with comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle
    • Entry tickets to all attractions on your itinerary
    • Private transfers to airport/hotels/attractions
    • Handpicked accommodations to meet your needs, with daily breakfast
    • Lunch and dinner arranged at local restaurants, for taste of Yunnan
    • International flight tickets or train tickets
    • China Visa (but we can send you the invitation letter to help you apply China visa)
    • Tips for guides, escort, drives, bellman
    • Personal expenses

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