Kunming is called a Spring city in China as its climate is mild year round, and the attractions of Kunming are very distinctive, the beautiful terraces in minority ethnic villages, old Chinese style architecture, and the stone forest that you cannot find anywhere else in the world. Kunming is also the provincial capital of Yunnan, which means “south of the clouds” in Mandarin. It is China’s most geologically diverse province that offers travelers contrasting variations such as tropical lowlands in the south bordering Laos and Burma as well as the majestic Meili Snow Mountain reigning near Tibet border in northwest. There are more ethnic minorities call Yunnan province home than any other provinces in China (25 out of 56 ethnic minorities). Three UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the deepest river canyon in the country (Tiger Leaping Gorge) are also located in Yunnan.
Day 1 (B)Your friendly tour guide will pick you up at Kunming Wujiaba International Airport and assist you to check into Longway Hotel (or similar) located near Kunming City. Breakfast will be served after you settle into your room. After breakfast, you are free to explore the city and visit nearby attractions such as Kunming International Convention & Exhibition Center, Kunming Third People's Hospital, and East Pagoda for the rest of the day. Your tour guide will also give you suggestions on sites to see and restaurants to eat. Day 2 (B)After breakfast, your will depart from your hotel and head to the Stone Forest in Lunan Yi Autonomous County, which is about three-hour drive from Kunming. The Stone Forrest is comprised of seven scenic areas: Lizijing Stone Forest, Naigu Stone Forest, Zhiyun Cave, Lake Chang, Lake Yue, Dadie Waterfall, and Qifeng Cave. You will have the opportunity to walk through these natural stone masterpieces and be intrigued by their intricate formations. After the Stone Forrest, you will visit Jianshui, an ethnic minority old town hosting several famous ancient structures such as Chao Yang Lou, and Seventeen Span Bridge. Accommodation for the night is Lin An Hotel (or similar). Day 3 (B) Today you will visit Confucius Temple, Zhu Family’s Garden, and Tuanshan Folk Houses. The highlight of today's trip is Zhu Family's Garden, a affluent aristocrat's private garden in traditional Chinese style that was built in Qing Dynasty. Accommodation for the night is Yunti Hotel Day 4 (B)Rise early to see beautiful sunrise in Duoyishu, a Jinkou ethnic minority village. After that, you will move on to Laohuzui and visit terrace farmlands. Unlike majority of regions in China, Yunnan has more terrace farmlands nurtured by ethnic minorities. These beautiful terraces in return foster an unique local culture and purity in humanity. You will have ample time to explore the area. Accommodation for the night is Yunti Hotel. Day 5 (B)Today you will embark on a 6-hour ride back to Kunming. You you are free to explore the city after checking into your hotel room. Accommodation for the night is Longway hotel (or similar). Day 6 (B)After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kunming Wujiaba International Airport where this tour concludes.