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$129 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private 1 Day Dali City Tour

Your private English-speaking guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel around 8:00 am. You will firstly visit to the Three Pagodas in Chongshen Monastery which has a history of over 1,800 years locating at the foot of Cang Shan Mountain facing Erhai Lake. Three Pagodas are consist of three ancient independent pagodas forming a symmetrical triangle. Your will spend the morning exploring the site before lunch is served at a local restaurant.After lunch, you will visit Cang Shan Mountain. Nature enthusiasts will be amply rewarded by 5 beautiful highlights of Cang Shan Mountain: clouds, snow, moon, peaks, and streams. There are many Buddhist temples in this area as well. You will take a cable car, included in the tour, up from the countryside village at the foot of the mountain where is a famous source of marble stones. Products made with Cang Shan marble are renowned throughout China. At the end of the tour, you will be transferred back to your Dali hotel.

$142 Day Trips & Excursions

1-day Dali Classic Tour

After breakfast at your hotel,our driver and tour guide will pick you up,then you will visit to the Three Pagodas in Chongshen Monastery which has a history of over 1,800 years located at the foot of Cangshan Mountain facing to the Erhai Lake. Three Pagodas are made of three ancient independent pagodas forming a symmetrical triangle. After lunch, you’ll cruise in Erhai Lake by the small boat to the Jinsuo Islet in the east Erhai Lake. There are 200 Bai ethnic families around 1000 people in Jinsuo Island.In Erhai Lake cruise, you will enjoy the green Cangshan Mountain and the Three Pagodas from a far as well as lots of birds and seagulls flying over the lake. After landing off the Cruise, you will head for Xizhou Town to visit local traditional houses.  You will be dropped back to your centrally located hotel in Dali downtown.

$470 Cultural & Theme Tours

7 Days Yunnan Charming Old Town Tour

Day 1: Kunming - Dali In the morning, your driver will pick you up at your hotel in Kunming and drive you to Dali; you’ll meet your Dali tour guide upon your arrival. After resting for a while, you will proceed to explore the old history of this famous Dali Old Town. Optional today is a cruise on Erhai Lake from where you can enjoy the green Cangshan Mountain and the Three Pagodas from far as well as lots of birds flying over the lake. Then head to Jinsuo Island. In the evening, you can enjoy your free time in the Old Town.Day 2: Dali - ShaxiOn the next morning we take you to visit Zhoucheng. Visit Bai-style traditional architectural courtyards, taste their fragrant Three-Course Tea and discover their distinctive culture. After lunch, you will drive to Shaxi with the beautiful farmlands and ethnic villages on the way. First of all, you will take a visit to Shibao Mountain for a short hiking, Drive to Shaxi and check in your hotel.Then,enjoy your afternoon.Day 3: ShaxiToday, you will hike with your tour guide and experience the ancient Tea and Horse Trading Route. We will hike along the village of Maping Guan, an extraordinary holdover from the old Horse and Trade period.Then you will come back to Sideng Market, you can relax and take your leisure time in this quiet town.Day 4: Shaxi - Shangri-LaAfter a tasty local breakfast, say goodbye to your Dali tour guide. Your driver will take you to Tiger Leaping Gorge where your next tour guide will already await you. The guide will first take you to visit gorge; After that get driven to Shangri-La; take a visit to the Songzanlin Monastery, the largest Tibetan monastery in Yunnan. Day 5: Shangri-La - LijiangIn the morning, we visit Dukezong Tibetan Ancient Town and climb up to the top of Tortoise Hill (Gui Shan), After that, we visit a Tibetan family. After lunch, say goodbye to your Shangri-La tour guide and drive back south to Lijiang. On the way, we stop over at the First Bend of the Yangtze River with imposing gorge scenery. Meet your Lijiang tour guide at your Lijiang hotel.Day 6: LijiangIn the morning, visit the Black Dragon Pool and Dongba Museum to explore the rich Naxi minority culture. Then take a visit to the Jade Lake Village. It situated at the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. You'll stroll through this quiet village and experience the local people’s life. After lunch, we pay a visit to a local Naxi family in Baisha and visit the Baisha Mural afterwards. Day 7: DepartureThe last day of the tour has come. Enjoy your free time in Lijiang's Old Town during the morning. Your driver and tour guide will drop you off at the airport or train station from where you can approach your next destination

$116 Cultural & Theme Tours

Mountain and Cuisine Tour in Dali

Welcome to Dali, Yunnan!In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel (within Dali Ancient Town) and taken to the meeting point. (Sometimes Dali Ancient Town doesn't allow cars to go into small places, in that case, we will meet at meeting point.)We will take the cable car to Cangshan and walk on the high-altitude Yudai road. This road got its name from the clouds that float around the mountain like a ribbon. Cangshan is famous for its snow which never melts, even in the summer. It has nineteen peaks above 3500 meters, with Malong Peak being the tallest, with a towering 4122 meters altitude. From up the mountain a huge view of Erhai lake its surroundings will stretch out in from of your eyes.After lunch, we will drive to Xizhou and see Bai-style traditional architecture. Xizhou is famous for its Bai ethnic and folk culture and its old and well-preserved traditional courtyards. It is not only a historically famous city but also an ancient economic hub along the tea-horse road.Xizhou Baba is a local delicacy which in normal times you only can buy. But on this trip we will take you into a local folk house to make your own Baba. Xizhou baba is a baked pancake with a crispy crust and filled with two flavors: sweet or salty. The sweet one has rose sugar and brown sugar in it, the salty one is filled with meat. Afterwards we will take you back to Dali ancient town.We wish you a fine trip to wherever you are off to next!

$248 Shows, Concerts & Sports

2-Day Dali & Lijiang Classical Tour

Day1: Dali Xizhou and Zhoucheng, Earhai Cruise (L) In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel (within Dali Ancient Town) and be taken to our meeting point.(Sometimes Dali Ancient Town doesn't allow cars to go into small places, in that case, we will arrange a meeting point)Then drive to Xizhou to visit Bai-style traditional architectural courtyards and explore the local Bai minorities distinctive culture. Then go to Zhoucheng Village, which is often called “Home of the Bai ethnic minority Tie- Dye culture” and experience the tie- dye culture first-hand.After Lunch, you will take a cruise on Erhai Lake to Jinsuo Island, a local cormorant fishing village. Enjoy the green Cangshan Mountain Range and the Three Pagodas from afar as well as the many birds flying over the lake. After that, the guide will take you to check-in to your hotel (If you don’t use our hotel then your driver will drop you off at the south gate of Dali Ancient Town) and enjoy a free-time evening in the town. Day 2: Lijiang Black Dragon Pool, Dongba Museum Yuhu Village, and Lijiang Ancient Town (B, L)After breakfast, your driver will take you to Lijiang where you will visit the Black Dragon Pool. Here, you can enjoy a fantastic view of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain from afar then go to the Dongba Museum to explore Naxi minority culture. Afterwards You will be driven to Yuhu village, which is located in the southern valley with a full view of the majestic Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Visit the museum dedicated to the life of Joseph Rock, an explorer and biologist who lived in the area in the early 20th century. You then have the opportunity to join a guided  trek leading you along the mountain slopes. Afterwards your driver will bring you back to Lijiang Ancient Town, where this tour will end. We wish you a fine trip to wherever you are off to next!

$176 Cultural & Theme Tours

1-Day Dali Cuisine and Cruise Tour

In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel in Dali Ancient Town and taken to the meeting point.Then we will go to the Dali Morning Market, where you will find a lively and maybe tidbit chaotic but charming little market, where locals dressed in traditional minority clothing sell their wares. There are all kind of food to choose from, strange vegetables, freshly cut meats, fresh fish from Erhai lake, wild mushrooms and herbs from the Cangshan mountains and piles of fragrant spices. You can pick the food you’re interested in and then learn to cook it during the cooking class.After lunch we visit the Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Monastery, which are the most iconic symbols of Dali. This is a great place to stroll around and feel the ancient architecture from the past. Afterwards, we will take a relaxing cruise on Erhai Lake towards Jinsuo Island – a small cormorant-bird fishing village. From there you can enjoy the majestic view of the green and clouded Cangshan Mountain Range looming over the Three Pagodas, as swarms of birds fly peacefully around you over the tranquil lake. At the end of the day the guide will take you back to Dali Ancient Town. Spend your time in the old town having a drink in one of Dali’s many cozy little bars or warmly decorated coffee shops or strolling around its lively main streets where local young artists sell all kinds of beautiful handicrafts. Your journey will end here and we wish you a great trip to wherever you are off to next!