3 Days Undiscovered Pearls Tour: The Earth Forest & Heijing Ancient Town

Multi-day & Extended Tours in Dali

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This 3 Days trip will take you to the Non-touristy destinations between Kunming and Dali. At the end of the trip, You can either choose option back to Kunming or been transferred further to Dali. Even though the Earth Forest & Heijing Ancient Town are not world famous, but both of them have incredible scenery and deep cultural background. • The Heijing is a small ancient town along a river in a narrow valley surrounded by steep hillsides. It was a prosperous town in the Ming and Qing dynasties because of its salt wells. The laidback life and Quaint old houses are quite similar with the Lijiang old town used to feel like before it got transformed by mass tourism.  • Earth forest shows a surprise around every corner, a fairytale landscape with magical castle towers and intriguing shaped sandstone sculptures everywhere. It is a great experience especially at the end of the afternoon where you almost have the place to yourself.
Day 1: • 8:30 am, Meet your guide and driver at the hotel. • Drive 3-4 hours to the Earth Forest. • Visit a traditional village enroute. • A 2-3 hours relaxing walk through the Earth Forest. • Overnight stay in a Clean and tidy guesthouse, with hot shower and Free WIFI. Day 2: • Take a 3 hours scenic drive to the Heijing Ancient Town. • Walk around the Ancient Town and explore the laidback local life. • If interested, take a buffalo caravan to visit the former Salt mines and salt factory. • Have some tea in one of the old houses and enjoy a relaxing afternoon. • Overnight stay in a boutique hotel in the local Confucius Temple. Day 3: • You will be transferred to Dali or Kunming according to different request. Tips: • Entrance Fees, A private vehicle with driver, Accommodation in Earth Forest and Heijing are included. • English Speaking Guide service is upon request. • Accommodations in Kunming and Dali are not included. 

What’s included

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Driver/guide
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Private tour
  • Transport by private vehicle

What’s not included

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Itinerary

Day 1: • 8:30 am, Meet your guide and driver at the hotel. • Drive 3-4 hours to the Earth Forest. • Visit a traditional village enroute. • A 2-3 hours relaxing walk through the Earth Forest. • Overnight stay in a Clean and tidy guesthouse, with hot shower and Free WIFI.
Day 2: • Take a 3 hours scenic drive to the Heijing Ancient Town. • Walk around the Ancient Town and explore the laidback local life. • If interested, take a buffalo caravan to visit the former Salt mines and salt factory. • Have some tea in one of the old houses and enjoy a relaxing afternoon. • Overnight stay in a boutique hotel in the local Confucius Temple.
Day 3: • You will be transferred to Dali or Kunming according to different request. Tips: • Entrance Fees, A private vehicle with driver, Accommodation in Earth Forest and Heijing are included. • English Speaking Guide service is upon request. • Accommodations in Kunming and Dali are not included.
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