Nov 02 2016 | San FranciscoShanghaiKunming
Board your transpacific flight to Kunming via Shanghai via China Eastern Airlines.
Nov 03 2016 | Arrival Kunming (B, L)
Upon Arrival in Kunming at midnight, the capital of Yunnan, you will be greeted and escorted to Jin Jiang Hotel or similar.
Nov 04 2016 | Kunming (B, L)
Your half day afternoon tour features a visit to the Dragon's Gate on Western Hill, built in to the side of a cliff and a scenic view of Dianchi Lake from the Grand View Pavilion.
Nov 05 2016 | Kunming (B, L, SD)
This morning visit the Stone Forest, 200 million year old karst limestone formations that have eroded into cliffs and peaks, an incredible sight. Later, visit the Yunnan Provincial Museum, which houses a collection of textiles, costumes, handicrafts and artifacts of Yunnan's many ethnic minority groups. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner featuring “Cross the Bridge Noodles”, a local specialty.
Nov 06 2016 | KunmingDali (B, L, D)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your morning flight to Dali, home of the Bai minority group. Upon arrival in Dali, enjoy a cruise on the Erhai Lake, with a visit to a Bai fishing village. You will also visit the Three Pagodas, known as the symbol of Dali. Check into Landscape Hotel or similar.
Nov 07 2016 | Dali (B, L, D)
This morning travel by cable car up Cangshan Mountain with panoramic views overlooking beautiful Erhai Lake. In the afternoon, you have time to explore the stone streets of Dali’s exciting Old Town.
Nov 08 2016 | DaliLijiang (B, L, D)
After breakfast, visit the Bai people’s Tie-Dye workshop in the town of Zhoucheng. Continue to Xizhou with its unique architecture; there you will enjoy traditional Three – Course Tea with a Bai cultural performance. Then you will be transferred to Lijiang, home to the Naxi people. Lijiang is a small mountain town of wooden houses, and canals, which has been recently listed as an UNESCO world monument. After checking in to your hotel, take a guided stroll in the old town and then climb up Lion Hill to visit the Wangu Pavilion. After dinner, enjoy a traditional Naxi music performance.
Overnight at Man Xin Resort or similar.
Nov 09 2016 | Lijiang (B, L, D)
In the morning, visit scenic Black Dragon Pool, renowned for its flowers and pavilions with a backdrop of snow covered mountains and the Dongba Cultural Institute, which gives you insight to the unique Naxi culture. Later, take an excursion to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and a chairlift to Yak Meadow. This famous mountain is made up of 13 peaks resembling jade pillars. En route, you will visit the White Water River, Yufeng Lama Temple and Baisha Village with its Ming dynasty frescoes. Return to Lijiang.
Nov 10 2016 | LijiangZhongdian, Shangri-La (B, L, D)
In the morning, you will visit Zhong Yi Market, then, take an overland drive of 200km to Zhongdian (also known as Shangri-La, after the fictional land of Shangri-La in the novel “Lost Horizon”). En route, visit the Stone Drum Village on the First Bend of the Yangtze River. Then, continue to Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of China's great scenic hiking areas. Legend has it that a tiger fleeing its hunter has once leapt from here across the river in a single bound. Check in to the E-Outfitting Boutique Hotel or similar in Zhongdian.
Nov 11 2016 | Zhongdian, Shangri-La (B, L, D)
After breakfast, visit the Ganden Songzanglin Monastery which is the largest Buddhist monastery in Yunnan province. The monastery is also known as “the Lesser Potala Palace”, built in the 17th century by the 5th Dalai Lama. Then visit Pu Da Cuo National Park, which is composed of 2 alpine lakes, Bita and Shudu and later enjoy a visit to a local Tibetan Household. This evening, take a guided stroll through the Old Town where you may see local dancing in the market square. You will also visit the Great Prayer Wheel on Guishan Hill.
Nov 12 2016 | Zhongdian, Shangri-LaKunming (B)
Transfer to Zhongdian Airport for your morning flight back to Kunming. Upon arrival in Kunming, meet your guide and check into the Jin Jiang Hotel. Rest of the day is free.
Nov 13 2016 | KunmingShanghaiSan Francisco (B)
Farewell to Kunming. Transfer to the airport for your departure flight home via China Eastern Airlines.