Yunnan

Discovery Tour

Yunnan Discovery

Summary

Type: Discovery Tour

Duration: 13 Days

Best Time to Travel: October – April

Places you'll discover

Dali
hongdian
Jianshui
Kunming
Lijiang
Lunan Stone Forest
Shaxi
Tiger Leaping Gorge
Weishan
Yuanyang Rice Terraces
Yunnan Yi
Zhongdian



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    Yunnan Discovery - Itinerary

    Day 1

    Arrive Kunming

    In the morning

    Meet upon arrival and transfer to your hotel.



    Day 2

    Kunming – Jianshui

    In the morning

    Drive to Jianshui (130kms). On the way stop at Tonghai where we visit Mount Xiushan with an array of traditional Temples and Pavilions in various styles of Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism some of which are from the late Jin Dynasty (265-420).

    In the afternoon

    Upon arrival in Jianshui visit the recently renovated Confucius Temple „Wen Miao“. Continue to the “Eastgate”. Stay overnight at the former residence of the once wealthy and influential Zhu family (depending on the booked category).

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 3

    Jianshui – Yuanyang Rice Terraces

    In the morning

    Drive to the traditional Zhuang-Village of Tuanshan with its unique and well preserved architecture. On the way you also visit the "Twin Dragon Bridge", an ancient stone bridge from the Qing Dynasty. After lunch we leave Jianshui towards the Swallow’s Cavern, a magnificent cave that has been dug out by the Lu River. The Lu River still runs through the lower part of the cavern. During spring and summer hundreds of thousands of Swallows can be seen flying around inside and outside the cave.

    In the afternoon

    Continue through magnificent scenery towards Xinjie, the gateway to the stunning and spectacular rice terraces of Yuanyang. The Yuanyang rice terraces have been carved out of the Ailao Mountains over hundreds of years by Hani farmers living in the area

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 4

    Yuanyang Rice Terraces

    Yuanyang Rice Terraces
    In the morning

    We leave the Hotel early (around 6 am) to witness a magnificent sunrise over the rice terraces. (Depending on weather condition; In winter the Rice terraces are often engulfed in fog). After that if possible we will visit one of the bustling weekly local markets in the area where we can observe the local people from various ethnic groups (Hani, Yi, Zhuang, some Miao) doing their weekly shopping. Many of them still wear their traditional costumes. In the afternoon we make a hike (about 2.5 hours) through the magnificent rice terraces of Yuanyang to a nearby Hani village.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 5

    Yuanyang Rice Terraces – Lunan Stone Forest – Kunming

    Yuanyang Rice Terraces – Lunan Stone Forest – Kunming
    In the morning

    After breakfast we leave Xinjie and the Yuanyang Rice Terraces and drive north towards Mile. The fertile land and the mild climate make this part of the Yunnan province ideal for cultivating tobacco. Apart from the cigarette production, Mile is also well known for its many hot springs.

    In the afternoon

    Continue via the newly constructed highway through an ever changing landscape towards Lunan and the nearby Stone Forest of Lunan, where we arrive in the afternoon. Late afternoon we visit the Stone Forest. At this time of the day we have the park almost for ourselves. Years of rain and erosion left behind a bizarre and impressive landscape of limestone pillars which, with a little imagination, indeed resemble a Forrest. We have a walk through the maze of paths and walkways leading through this natural wonderland. Continue 1.5 hrs. to Kunming.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 6

    Kunming – Yunnan Yi – Weishan

    In the morning

    Drive from Kunming to Weishan. Along the way we stop at Yunnan Yi. The picturesque village of Yunnan Yi played an important role during WW II when the Allied Forces where operating an Air Base nearby. The Airbase of Yunnan Yi served as a stop-over for planes flying the "Hump" route, a 530 Miles long treacherous flight passage over the Himalayan Mountains between India and Yunnan. It also served as a base for the Flying Tigers. Visit the Flying Tiger Museum. Yunnan Yi was also an important trading post on the "Tea and Horse Road" for tea on the way from Southern Yunnan to Tibet.

    In the afternoon

    Continue to Weishan. Located 52 kilometres south of Dali, the picturesque town of Weishan used to be an important and wealthy trading town during the powerful Nanzhao Kingdom throughout the 8th and 9th century. Weishan is not often visited by tourists and managed keep its original way of life. Overnight accommodation is at Weishan.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 7

    Weishan - Dali

    Weishan - Dali
    In the morning

    In the Morning we make an excursion to Weibao Shan (Weibao Mountain). Weibao Shan is considered as one of the 14 sacred Daoist Mountains in China. Weibaoshan is also regarded as the birthplace of Xinulou, the founder of the Nanzhao Kingdom. Visit Wencheng Temple, which was renovated and is now home to an exhibition about the Nanzhao Kingdom and its various Kings.

    In the afternoon

    After lunch drive to Dali. Along the way, you make a stop at the Village of Dong Lian Hua. This idyllic village is mainly inhabited by the Hui Muslim ethnic minority group. Most of them are descendants of Muslim soldiers who conquered the Yunnan province for the Mongol armies of Kublai Khan in the 13th century on their way to Burma. After the fall of the Mongolian Yuan Dynasty (1386) many of these soldiers were cut off from their homeland and remained in Yunnan. The former horsemen became gradually farmers and merchants and the village Donglianhua developed into an important trading point of the Tea and Horse Road and later it controlled large parts of the trade for goods from Burma along the Burma Road. Continue to Dali.

    Dali is situated on the western shores of the stunning Erhai Lake on the foot of the 4000m high Cang Shan mountain range and is mainly inhabited by people of the Bai ethnic group, which is renowned for their handicrafts. Visit the 3 Pagodas of the San Ta Si Monastery from the 9th century.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 8

    Dali - Shaxi

    Dali - Shaxi
    In the morning

    In the morning, drive by private car through an ever changing landscape towards Shaxi. The village has been renovated with the help of the Swiss government in the 1990s.

    In the afternoon

    In the afternoon the car will take you to the Shibao Mountain. The impressive rock carvings of Shibaoshan are testimony of the spread of Mahayana Buddhism in the region. You can either walk back to Shaxi (2 hrs.) or take the car back to the hotel.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 9

    Shaxi - Lijiang

    In the morning

    After breakfast drive to Lijiang. The lovely ancient Naxi town of Lijiang is located in a fertile valley 2’400 meters above seal level at the foot of the 5’596 meter high Yulong Shan or Jade Dragon Mountain.

    In the afternoon

    In the afternoon we take a first stroll through the apparently countless and, on first sight, confusing narrow lanes and canals crisscrossing the old town. We also learn more about the secrets of the mystic Naxi Dongba culture. An earthquake destroyed most of the city in 1996, and after its reconstruction, part of the old town of Lijiang was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 10

    Lijiang

    Lijiang
    In the morning

    In the morning we visit the wonderful "Black Dragon Pool" Park from where one has a spectacular view of the 5'596 Meter high "Jade Dragon Mountain". Continue to nearby traditional village of "Baisha", the former capital of the Naxi kingdom. Visit the Liu Li Temple, with its beautiful wall paintings. Continue to the village of Yuhu, a romantic village where the Botanist Joseph Rock used to live from 1922 to 1949. His house has been transformed to a small museum about the live and work of Joseph Rock.

    In the afternoon

    The rest of the afternoon is at your disposal for the exploration of the old town.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 11

    Lijiang – Tiger Leaping Gorge - Zhongdian

    In the morning

    The road to Zhongdian offers spectacular views of the Yangtze valley. Visit Shigu village, to see the Yangtze’s famous "First Bend", where the Yangtze River makes an abrupt 180 degree turn and flows for several kilometres, parallel to itself towards the north again. We take a stroll through Shigu village before continuing our trip along the Yangtze River towards Zhongdian. From the bottom of the Yangtze valley at 1'800 metres above sea level, the road climbs steadily onto the Tibetan Plateau towards Zhongdian located at 3'200 metres. We arrive in Zhongdian in the early afternoon.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 12

    Zhongdian

    Zhongdian
    In the morning

    Zhongdian is situated on the eastern Tibetan plateau at about 3300 meters above sea level. It recently changed its name and is now called "Shangri-La". We visit Ganden Sumtseling Gompa, a 300 year old impressive Tibetan Monastery which was inaugurated in the 17th century by the 5th Dalai Lama. Destroyed during the Cultural Revolution, the Monastery is now again one of the most important Buddhist monasteries in the area. We climb Turtle Hill and spin the giant prayer wheel three times for a good karma. Time at leisure to explore the ancient town on your own.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 13

    Zhongdian

    In the morning

    Transfer to Zhongdian Airport for your onward flight.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Additional Information

    What's Included?

    • Room accommodation in twin share                       
    • Private transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
    • Experienced English speaking Yunnan guides
    • Daily breakfast and meals as mentioned in itinerary
    • Entrance and sightseeing fees as mentioned in the itinerary
    • Airport arrival and departure transfers

    What's Not Included?

    • International Flights
    • Drinks during meals
    • Optional tours
    • China visa
    • Any personal expenses such as laundry, hotel phone etc
    • Tips and gratuities

    Accommodation Information

    City Standard Superior Deluxe
    Kunming Camelia Hotel **/* Standard New Era Hotel 4* Standard Sofitel Kunming 5* Deluxe
    Jianshui** Zhu Family Garden 3* Qing Dynasty Linan Hotel 3* Superior Ting Zi Yun Hotel 4* Standard (Boutique)
    Yuanyang** Flower Residence 2-3* Standard Yun Ti Shengcun 3* Standard 12 Manor Inn 3-4* Standard
    Weishan Weishan Hotel** Standard Xiong Shao*** Standard Xiong Shao*** Standard
    Dali Fairyland Hotel 3* Standard Outfitting Inn 3* Standard Dali Gurong Hotel Deluxe
    Shaxi** Chris & Inn G.H. 2-3* Standard Shou Wang 3* Standard Fancy Holidays 3+* Twin Standard
    Lijiang First Bay Inn 2-3* Superior Manxin Hotel 3* Standard Lux Resort 4-5* Deluxe
    Zhongdian Outfitting Inn 3* Standard Arro Khampa 3-4* Superior Songtsam Retreat 5* Junior Suite

    Yunnan Discovery Summary

    Details

    Type: Discovery

    Duration: 13 Days

    Best Time to Travel: October – April

    Places you'll discover

    Dali
    hongdian
    Jianshui
    Kunming
    Lijiang
    Lunan Stone Forest
    Shaxi
    Tiger Leaping Gorge
    Weishan
    Yuanyang Rice Terraces
    Yunnan Yi
    Zhongdian
    FROM
    £2,075
    Per person based on 2 people sharing

    Speak to our friendly Travel Experts

    01279 507 956
    Customise This Tour
     

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