Best of Yunnan

Classic, Kunming to Kunming

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

China is developing faster than just about anywhere else, but after wandering the scenic highlands of Yunnan for a while, you can’t help but wonder, “What’s the rush?” This 10-day trip is ideal for travellers eager to dig into a side of China you won’t find in bustling Beijing. Hike the huge (and hugely gorgeous) Tiger Leaping Gorge, explore ancient villages, and stroll the streets of the Ming-influenced old city of Dali. This is China, unfiltered.

What’s included

  • Bird and Flower Market visit (Kunming)
  • Old Town Lijiang visit
  • City walk (Shanxi)
  • Tiger Leaping Gorge hike
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Explore the old town of lijiang
  • Hike tiger leaping gorge
  • Wander cobblestoned streets in shaxi
  • Indulge in the spicy cuisine of yunnan

Itinerary

Day 1 Kunming Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Kunming/Dali (1B) Enjoy free time in Dali with optional activities like visiting the old town, taking a boat around Lake Erhai, and riding a bike to Xizhou. Choose to spend some time wandering the local markets. Included Activities: Bird and Flower Market Visit Transport: Local bus (4.50-5.00 hours, 344km)
Day 3 Dali (1B) Enjoy a free day to continuing exploring this scenic town.
Day 4 Dali/Shaxi (1B) Travel by local bus to Shaxi, a valley that whispers of times past, nestled away in the foothills of the Himalayas. If time allows, visit the Shibaoshan rock carvings, which are over 1300-years-old and evidence of the spread of Mahayana Buddhism into Yunnan from Tibet. Included Activities: Shaxi Walking Tour Transport: Local bus (3.50-4.00 hours, 148km)
Day 5 Shaxi (1B) Enjoy a free day in Shaxi to continue exploring.
Day 6 Shaxi/Lijiang (1B) Make the most of time in Lijiang before heading out for the famous hike along Tiger Leaping Gorge. Included Activities: Lijiang Old Town Visit Transport: Local bus (3.00-3.50 hours, 103km)
Day 7 Lijiang/Hetaoyuan (1B) Take a bus to Tiger Leaping Gorge and start on the famous hike. The route follows the stunning scenery of the Yangtze as it cuts through the gorge. Included Activities: Tiger Leaping Gorge Trek Day 1 Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50-3.00 hours, 90km)
Day 8 Hetaoyuan/Lijiang (1B) The hike ends in the morning, followed by an express bus back to Lijiang. Relax and enjoy your accomplishment. Included Activities: Tiger Leaping Gorge Trek Day 2 Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50-3.00 hours, 90km)
Day 9 Lijiang/Kunming (1B) Finish up any sightseeing still on your list and fly back to Kunming. Enjoy an optional final meal with the group. Transport: Plane (1.00 hour(s))
Day 10 Kunming (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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