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Dynamic Yunnan
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Overview:Kunming--Dali--Lijiang--Tiger Leaping Gorge--Shangri-La--Kunming

 

The Yunnan Province is widely regarded as the China's most diverse and spectacular region. It is home to many colourful ethnic minority groups, each with their own characteristics. Many came from Muslim regions along the ancient ‘Silk Road’, while others migrated from the mountains of Tibet. During this tour, we will immerse ourselves in the age-old customs and traditions of the local Bai,Naxi and Tibetan people, and trek through Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the few places left in China where you can really get off the beaten track.


Tour Duration:10days
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  • DAY 1Kunming
    Our private transfer driver meets you in the arrival hall of Kunming Changshui International Airport/train station with RealChinaTravel’s greeting sign, then a comfortable vehicle will take you to the hotel. Have free time for the rest of the day.
  • DAY 2Dali
    Transfer to Kunming West Station for a four hour long coach to DaliDali Old City sits at 4,000ft, with vertical peaks rising behind it like a green screen. A major conduit market town on the route, Dali is the cradle of Bai civilization and you will notice their signature whitewashed buildings with flower-painted borders. This ethnic minority group acted as middlemen between tea growers from Xishuangbanna and horse traders from Tibet., then a private bus will take us to our guest house in the old town. DaliDali Old City sits at 4,000ft, with vertical peaks rising behind it like a green screen. A major conduit market town on the route, Dali is the cradle of Bai civilization and you will notice their signature whitewashed buildings with flower-painted borders. This ethnic minority group acted as middlemen between tea growers from Xishuangbanna and horse traders from Tibet. is one of the favourite places for travellers in China. Resting near the banks of Erhai LakeEr Lake is an alpine fault lake in Yunnan province. Its name means "Ear-shaped Sea", due to its shape as seen by locals and travellers. It was also known as Yeyuze or Kunming Lake in ancient times. with the Cangshan mountain range forming an impressive backdrop, the town’s cobblestone streets, ancient stone houses and laid-back charm make it a wonderful place to relax. (Dinner is included)
  • DAY 3Dali
    Today, we cycle along the view road by Erhai LakeEr Lake is an alpine fault lake in Yunnan province. Its name means "Ear-shaped Sea", due to its shape as seen by locals and travellers. It was also known as Yeyuze or Kunming Lake in ancient times., visit the Bai people’s village and their farm land, see the wetland and fishermen, go to a local market not far from the Three Pagodas. In the afternoon, you have the chance to enjoy a famous Bai People’s Three Course Tea ceremonyThese tea tastes bitter,sweet and aftertaste,which represents people's life experience..
  • DAY 4Lijiang
    In the morning,catch bus to LijiangThe town has a history going back more than 800 years and was once a confluence for trade along the old tea horse road. The Lijiang old town is famous for its orderly system of waterways and bridges. The old town of Lijiang differs from other ancient Chinese cities in architecture, history and the culture of its traditional residents the Nakhi people。, a UNESCO World Heritage site.It is a maze of cobblestone streets, narrow canals and decorative wooden houses, a wonderful place to wander around and imagine being in a bygone era. (Dinner)
  • DAY 5Lijiang
    Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore LijiangThe town has a history going back more than 800 years and was once a confluence for trade along the old tea horse road. The Lijiang old town is famous for its orderly system of waterways and bridges. The old town of Lijiang differs from other ancient Chinese cities in architecture, history and the culture of its traditional residents the Nakhi people。 on your own. Your tour guide is standby to assist you with the tour information you may need about LijiangThe town has a history going back more than 800 years and was once a confluence for trade along the old tea horse road. The Lijiang old town is famous for its orderly system of waterways and bridges. The old town of Lijiang differs from other ancient Chinese cities in architecture, history and the culture of its traditional residents the Nakhi people。's hidden treasures, eating, playing and shopping. In the evening, we will repack our luggage in preparation for the trek. Tomorrow our extra luggage will be stored in a guest house by the entrance of Tiger Leaping GorgeLocated in upper reaches of Yangtze River,the most popular trekking route in the world..
  • DAY 6Tiger Leaping Gorge(trekking)
    Jinsha River, in the upper reaches of Yangtze River, thunders through Tiger Leaping GorgeLocated in upper reaches of Yangtze River,the most popular trekking route in the world., which in turn is framed by a 5000-metre-high mountain. In the gorge, a sheer cliff face rises from the raging torrents. A memorable walk in the gorge is a wonderful way to take in its awesome beauty, with overnight stays in the local villages. Please note that this walk is geared towards travellers who like to enjoy some physical activity, but it is not an extreme trek for advanced mountain walkers.
  • DAY 7Shangri-La
    After completing a morning walk, we will reach middle gorge for lunch, then drive to Shangri-LaWhat is still locally known as Zhongdian (or, in Tibetan, Gyeltang) was officially changed to Shangri-La in 2001. At nearly 10,000ft in elevation, Zhongdian swirls with the smell of wood and coal smoke permeating its cold, dry air. Here, ruddy-faced Tibetans stand out from the Han Chinese, as does their architecture: square, three-storey homes with bright scrollwork trimming them. Tea is mixed with yak butter for a high-calorie drink in this shivery climate., a town set on a high plateau with a distinctly Tibetan feel. Home to a range of minority groups from western China, it encapsulates much of the region's fascinating qualities. Yaks are seen grazing on vast alpine plains and the farmhouses are built in a distinctive local style. Due to Shangri-LaWhat is still locally known as Zhongdian (or, in Tibetan, Gyeltang) was officially changed to Shangri-La in 2001. At nearly 10,000ft in elevation, Zhongdian swirls with the smell of wood and coal smoke permeating its cold, dry air. Here, ruddy-faced Tibetans stand out from the Han Chinese, as does their architecture: square, three-storey homes with bright scrollwork trimming them. Tea is mixed with yak butter for a high-calorie drink in this shivery climate.’s high altitude (3200 metres), it is advisable to bring warm clothing.
  • DAY 8Shangri-La
    The highlight of Shangri-LaWhat is still locally known as Zhongdian (or, in Tibetan, Gyeltang) was officially changed to Shangri-La in 2001. At nearly 10,000ft in elevation, Zhongdian swirls with the smell of wood and coal smoke permeating its cold, dry air. Here, ruddy-faced Tibetans stand out from the Han Chinese, as does their architecture: square, three-storey homes with bright scrollwork trimming them. Tea is mixed with yak butter for a high-calorie drink in this shivery climate. is a visit to the SumtselingBuilt in 1679, the monastery is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan Province and is sometimes referred to as the Little Potala Palace. It is also the most important monastery in southwest China. Monastery, restored since the ravages of the Cultural Revolution and once again a place of homage for Tibetan Buddhism. We also visit a Tibetan family and gain an understanding of their unique way of life.
  • DAY 9Kunming(flight)
    Fly back to Kunming, we enjoy a farewell dinner with group members. Tonight, you have a chance to see master’s works, Dynamic Yunnan, the best minorities’ music and dance in China.
  • DAY 10Kunming
    Your exciting tour concludes with a transfer to the airport.Thank you for travelling with RealChina, and we look forward to serving you again next time.
Service included
  • 1.Airport/Station transfers
  • 2.Excellent local English-speaking guides for private service.
  • 3.Entrance tickets and meals indicated above.
  • 4. Twin-share room including service charges and government tax.
  • 5. China travel insurance during the trip.
Service excluded
  • 1.Visa and travel insurance you purchase before arrival.
  • 2.All flights not mentioned above.
  • 3.Tips for the guide and the driver.
  • 4. Personal expenses, such as shopping, laundry, phone calls, entertainment, meals not mentioned above, etc.
People Price Single supplement
1US$2631/P
2-5US$1482/PUS$350
6-9US$1106/PUS$350
10+US$919/PUS$350
  • Q:1.How strenuous is this trip?
    A:This journey is considered rigorous touring. The trip includes full days of activities, starting early in the morning and ending in the evening. There will be half day cycling, several walks of up to 2-3 hours throughout the trip, a 5 hour long trek in Tiger Leaping Gorge, however it is not an extreme trek for advanced mountain walkers. While in Shangri-La, we reach heights of up to 3,200 meters (10,500 feet) above sea level. We spend two days in Lijiang 2,400 meters (7,900 feet) above sea level before driving to Shangri-La, which allows some time to acclimatize to the increase in altitude. People respond to an increase in altitude differently, with symptoms including general discomfort, breathlessness, poor sleeping patterns or limited capacity for physical exertion. Please consult with your local travel clinic or physician for specifics about altitude sickness and your personal health.
  • Q:2. Do I need a Tibet Travel Permit for this trip?
    A:No.
  • Q:3.What kind of hotels are we staying in?
    A:In Kunming RealChina carefully selects comfortable and well located hotels, which make our stays easy and pleasant. We stay in guest houses in Dali, Lijiang and Shangri-La in ethnic minority style. While the lodgings in Tiger Leaping Gorge are basic, hot showers and cold beer are always available.
  • Q:4. What do we need to carry ourselves?
    A:Sun cream, a hat, sunglasses are necessary in plateau areas,as the sun shine is strong during day time in the whole journey. Shangri-La is 3300 meters above sea level.It is cold in night,bring enough clothes to keep warm. It is especially necessary to bring some over-the-counter medicine for altitude sickness if you have never traveled to high-altitude areas before.
  • Q:5.What kind of guide service do you offer?
    A:RealChina believes that the local guides understand their culture and nature best and these passionate guides are pleased and proud to share their experiences with our travelers. We arrange one local guide to accompany and serve you throughout the whole journey.
  • Q:6.How do I get to the starting city? How do I return home?
    A:Kunming Changshui International Airport is the major gateway airport in China with direct flights to most Chinese cities and several Southeastern Asian cities, it even covers some tiny tourist locations such as Chiangmai, Luang Prabang, Siem Reap, Mandalay, Kathmandu, etc.
  • Q:7.What’s the guide line for tipping?
    A:If you are happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. It inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many RealChina’s destinations. As a guideline, a minimum 5 USD per day per person would be usual for the guide and 3USD to a driver, given separately to each person is preferable. Remember tipping is at your discretion.
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