Welcome to Yúnnán

More than half of the country’s minority groups reside here, providing a glimpse into China’s hugely varied mix of humanity. Then there’s the eye-catching contrasts of the land itself: dense jungle sliced by the Mekong River in the far south, soul-recharging glimpses of the sun over rice terraces in the southeastern regions, and snowcapped mountains as you edge towards Tibet.

With everything from laid-back villages and spa resorts to mountain treks and excellent cycling routes, Yúnnán appeals to all tastes. The roads are much better than they once were, so getting around is a breeze, but you’ll need time to see it all – whatever time you’ve set aside for Yúnnán, double it.

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$87 Private & Custom Tours

Private Lijiang City Day Tour of Lijiang Old Town, Black Dragon Pool, Dongba Culture Museum and Lion Hill

Your guide and driver will pick you up in your Lijiang Hotel at 8am.After a short drive, you’ll start your memorable Lijiang tour from Lijiang Ancient Town. Enjoy a panoramic view of this fascinating old city from Wangu Tower, the landmark building of Lijiang. This pure wood building was built at 33 meters tall on the top of Lion Hill where you could also overlook Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the distance. Then, followed a trip to Mu’s Residence - the “Forbidden City” of Lijiang to appreciate Naxi people’s brilliant culture and fine arts.After lunch, continue your visit to Black Dragon Pool Park and the Naxi Dongba Culture Museum where you can learn Naxi pictograph character and explore the rich Naxi minority culture in the museum.At the end, your guide will transfer you back to your hotel.

$38 Transfers & Ground Transport

Private Airport Transfer: Kunming Changshui International Airport

Private airport shuttle service is the best way to reach Kunming City from Kunming Changshui International Airport and vice versa. Enjoy comfortable private car or van rides to your destinations within 30 to 50 minutes. Your driver could also provide tourism information and Yunnan travel tips if needed.

$115 Private & Custom Tours

Lijiang Private Full-Day Highlight Trip with Black Dragon Pool

In the morning, you will be picked up from your centrally located hotel in Lijiang at 8am. It will take about 60km from Lijiang to First Bend on the Yangtze River. It has the amazing gorge scenery, and the Iron Chain Bridge in the Stone Drum town. The village of Stone Drum got its name from a large, cylindrical, marble tablet shaped like a drum. The scenery is magnificent as the road running through the Lijiang valley which is filled with wheat fields and drying haystacks.After that ,you`ll enjoy an authentic Chinese lunch in the restaurant. Continue to drive another 40 km and you will arrive Tiger Leaping Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world. With 34 rapids of the Yangtze River, it is called the Jinsha, it is because there is rumor to say that you are able to find gold in the river. In the upper part of Tiger Leaping Gorge, you can walk about 2.6km to Tiger Leaping Rock. It is a nice walking along the Jinsha River and Marble trail, the view is breathtaking. In the afternoon, you will head to Black Dragon Pond Park and Museum of Naxi Dongba Culture. Black Dragon Pond Park is a famous pond in the scenic Jade Spring Park (Yu Quan Gong Yuan) located at the foot of Elephant Hill, a short walk north of the Old Town of Lijiang in Yunnan province, China. It was built in 1737 during the Qing dynasty and offers a spectacular view of the region's tallest mountain, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, over its white marble bridge. At the Museum of Naxi Dongba Culture, you can learn Naxi pictograph character and explore the rich Naxi minority culture in the museum. If you want, you can also attend the Naxi Orchestral and Show in Dongba Palace(at your own expense).  Your tour will end by dropping you off at your centrally located hotel in Lijiang.

$173 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Day Tour: Stone Forests and Jiuxiang with Roasted Duck Lunch

Meet your private guide and driver in the lobby of your hotel at around 8am in Kunming. You will depart for Yiliang County to pay a visit to Jiuxiang Karst Cave. The cave group is rumored to be the largest and the most magical in China. You need to descend into the Jiuxiang Karst Cave by elevator to explore the magnificent underground world. Then, take the cable car to its entrance. After visiting the cave, begin the drive to Yiliang. Upon arrival, you may take time to enjoy a traditional roasted duck lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, you will proceed to the Stone Forest for the afternoon. Within the area, be marveled by numerous stone peaks displaying various sizes and shapes that earned its name from the locals as the "First Wonder Under Heaven." This area is also home to Sani ethnic group who are a diaspora of Chinese Yi ethnic minority.  In the late afternoon, your guide will transfer you back to your Kunming hotel. End this trip with sweet memory.

$100 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Tour: 5-Hour Dragon Gate, Huating Temple, and Grand View Tower Tour in Kunming

At around 9am, your private English-speaking tour guide and vehicle will pick you up from the lobby of your downtown Kunming hotel and drive to Dragon Gate at West Hill to see the largest fresh-water lake, Dianchi Lake, which is also called "the pearl of the plateau". Next, your will visit Huating Temple, which is one of the oldest and largest Buddhist complexes in Kunming with 572 painted sculptures and more than 260 stone carvings of animals and birds. After lunch, you will visit Grand View Tower. Its lovely gardens and buildings have won the name of "West Lake Junior" commanding a panoramic view of Dianchi Lake with the charming Sleeping Beauty Hill in the background. After that, you will transfer be transferred back to your downtown Kunming hotel where this tour concludes.

$711 Multi-day & Extended Tours

5-Day Western Guizhou Discovery from Guiyang

D1. Guiyang-Zhijin-Anshun   (240Km, Driving About 3.5Hrs) (L)Your local guide and driver will meet you at your hotel in the early morning. Transfer to Zhijin Cave, owned the systematicness and completeness of evolution of karst cave and is the most distinctive natural scenery and an important area with aesthetic value among cave karst. Then drive to Anshun for Overnight.D2. Anshun-Xingyi   (220Km, Driving About 3Hrs) (B+L)Drive to Xingyi.  After lunch you have time to visit Malinghe Gorge. The Malinghe River is a tributary of the Nanpanjiang River and runs through the gorges. Malinghe gorge is said “the most beautiful scar in the world”. There are many cascades falling down through both side of the gorge, with an average hight of some 200 meters. Overnight at Xingyi Hotel.D3. Xingyi-Guanling   (180Km, Driving About 3Hrs) (B+L)Visit the western part of the Ten Thousand Peaks Forest (Wanfenglin), view the misty falls and geologic wonders. This scenic area contains the vast majority of the county's cone Karst. These cone peaks have similar well shaped size, stand close to each other, and cover hundreds of kilometers along the border of Yunnan. After the visit transfer to Guanling, on the way stop at 24-Bend-Road—which is 4km long but with 24 bends, it was very famous and important during the Anti-Japanese War. Overnight at Guanling Hotel.D4. Xingyi-Huangguoshu-Liuzhi    (130Km, Driving About 3Hrs) (B+L)Transfer to Huangguoshu, visit Tianxing Park, this scenic spot is distinguished with its sights of various types, its natural stone formations of fabulous shapes, high cacti extending far and wide forming a dense forest. Then continue drive to Huangguoshu waterfall, it is the largest in Asia, which reaches 81 meters high, 101 meters wide. This afternoon drive to visit Dragon Palace, Dragon palace is made up of a great number of karst caves. An underground river flows through the caves, leaving some dry and some wet. Then drive to Liuzhi for overnight.D5. Liuzhi-Guiyang    (235Km, Driving About 4.5Hrs) (B+L)Drive to visit Suoga Long Horn Miao village, There are around 4000 Long Horn Miao People living in Suoga, most of them keep their hairstyle like a buffalo horn upside down or some people believed those were signs of bow. Afternoon transfer back to Guiyang, on the way stop at Tianlong Old Han village. People here wear clothes in the style of Ming Dynasty and speak the language used during that period. All the houses were made of stone and complicated hidden tunnels and exits were built. In the late afternoon, drive back to your hotel in Guiyang. End the trip.

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