Welcome to Kunming

Of course, like other Chinese cities, the face of Kūnmíng is constantly changing and most old neighbourhoods have been torn down to make way for shopping malls. And the traffic jams that were unknown a few years ago, are now a regular occurrence. Yet, the essentially easy-going nature of Kūnmíng is, thankfully, still the same.

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$155 Private & Custom Tours

Full-Day Stone Forest and Jiuxiang Cave Tour from Kunming

At 8am, your guide will pick you up at your hotel. Drive 86km to reach the Stone Forest. There is an old saying, "it is a pity not to visit the Stone Forest while you’re in Kunming." After lunch, drive back to visit Jiuxiang Cave, which is known as the "museum of karst caves," Jiuxiang boasts more than 100 karst caves and is the largest cave group system in China. The cave formations are varied and the rivers, waterfalls, and natural rock bridges are very enchanting. At the end of the tour drive back to Kunming city and return to your hotel.

$1450 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Dynamic Yunnan Kunming Lijiang Dali Shangri-la Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Green Lake HotelPick up from the airport and transfer to the hotel ( Green Lake Hotel) Duration: 2 daysStop At: Yunnan Stone Forest Geological Park, Shilin County, YunnanIn the morning pick up from the hotel, drive 2.5 hours to the stone forest. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Jiuxiang Geological Park MuseumVisit the Karst Cave after the Stone Forest. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Flowers and Birds Market of Kunming, Kunming, YunnanIn the Morning Visit the Flowers and Birds Market then drive to Dali. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Dali Ancient, Dali, YunnanDrive about 4 hours to Dali, then visit the Old Town of DaliDuration: 1 hourStop At: Landscape HotelCheck in at the Landscape Hotel, have dinner nearby the hotel. Duration: 2 daysStop At: Cangshan Mountain, Dali, YunnanVisit the Cangshan MountainDuration: 1 hourStop At: Erhai Lake, Dali, YunnanVisit the Erhai Lake.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Shaxi Ancient Town, Taicang, JiangsuChecked out hotel. Drive to Shaxi Ancient Town. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Jinfu HotelCheck in the Jinfu Hotel( Golden Hospitality Hotel at old town of Lijiang)Duration: 2 daysStop At: Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain, Yulong County, YunnanVisit the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Visit the Yak Meadow. Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Lijiang Impressions Show, Lijiang, YunnanEnjoy the fantastic local cultural show directed by the most famous film director, YiMo Zhang. Duration: 1 hour 10 minutesStop At: Old Town of Lijiang - China, Lijiang, YunnanWalk at the Old Town of Lijiang. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia), Shangri-La County, YunnanCheck out the hotel of Lijiang. Drive to the Tiger leaping Gorge. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Yangtze River First Bend, Shangri-La County, YunnanVisit the First Bend of Yangtze River on the way to Shangrila. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Songtsam Retreat at Shangri-LaCheck in the Hotel in Shangri-La Duration: 2 daysStop At: SongZan LinSi ZangBao ZhanLanGuan, Shangri-La County, YunnanVisit the SongZan LinSi Temple in the Morning. Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Pudacuo National ParkVisit he National Park at Shangri-La, Pudacuo National ParkDuration: 3 hoursStop At: Dukezong Ancient Town, Shangri-La County, YunnanVisit the Dukezong Ancient Town, Shangri-La. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Green Lake (Cui Hu), Kunming, YunnanCheck in the Green Lake Hotel in Kunming. Duration: 1 dayStop At: Kunming AirportPick up from the hotel and transfer to the airport for the homeward flight. Duration: 45 minutes

$78 Private & Custom Tours

Beijing Private Tour to Temple of Heaven, Panda House and Summer Palace

Following a morning pickup from your accommodation in Beijing city center at 8:30am, meet your private guide and hop aboard your air-conditioned vehicle. Your exploration begins with a visit to the stunning Temple of Heaven visited by the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven. Watching local people doing morning exercises and you are welcome to join! The Temple of Heaven is one of several worship sites in the capital where the emperors offered sacrifices.The Temple of Heaven was constructed between 1406 and 1420 during the reign of Ming Emperor YongLe (reign: 1403-1424), who also oversaw the creation of the Forbidden City during the same period. Next, you will visit the Beijing Zoo. As the home for 14,500 animals, the zoo was founded in 1906 during the late Qing dynasty. Like many of Beijing's parks, the zoo's grounds resemble classical Chinese gardens, with flower beds amidst natural scenery. Here, you will visit the cute pandas, and feel free to discuss with your tour guide on what else you want to see in the zoo. Enjoy lunch at a local Chinese restaurant. Continue to a well-preserved royal garden: the Summer Palace. Renowned for its beautiful landscape and spectacular architecture, the Summer Palace has been listed in the World Heritage Sites and considered as one of the most classical gardens of the world. Accompanied by your tour guide, you will visit the Long corridor, marble boat, Hall of Happiness and Longevity and more. You will take the dragon boat on the Kunming lake to enjoy a different view of the palace. Afterwards, you will return to your hotel in Beijing city center around 5:30pm.

$50 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Day Tour: Custom Outdoor Experience in Kunming

Your driver will pick you up at 7:30am and have local breakfast. At 8:00am, drive or cycle to your destination at West Hill or Dian Lake.You will begin requested activities customized for you. Hike, climb, cycle, or venture into caves nearby for about 6 to 8 hours. Take time to also enjoy the view over Dian Lake and Kunming as well as Little Stone Forest. Towards the end of your adventure, you will enjoy a delicious traditional lunch of Yunnan food. After a short break at the end of your meal, you will then prepare to cycle or drive back to Kunming. Once you have returned to the city center, your driver will be awaiting to bring you back to your accommodation.

$530 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4-Day Private Yunnan Heritage Tour

Day 1 (L,D)At 8:00am, your guide will you pick up at your hotel lobby or specified location in Kunming and drive to an 260 years old temple mixed with Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism in Honghe. After an hour visit at the temple, you will go to Shiping Town which is a 1,900 years old town where you can taste the famous Shiping tofu (bean curds). After lunch, you will continue onto a French style train station near 100 years old and learn about glorious stories about its past.Day 2 (B,L,D)Start your day at 6:00 AM to visit a famous private tofu (bean curds) workshop. See how local people made tofu and learn why Shiping tofu is the best of Yunnan. After breakfast, you will visit Yi Long Lake, Tuan Shan Village ( a 600 years old village), a 176 years old ancient bridge, and an ancient great gate of Qing Dynasty architecture style. You will be introduced to the technology behind it's construction and stories behind it. In evening, you go to an exhibition about local history in earlier 19th century. Overnight accommodation is at a 100 years old private home of a rich local family. Day 3 (B,L,D)In the morning, you will visit the second largest Confucius Temple in China for a couple of hours and learn the history of the building and Confucius philosophy. After Confucius Temple, continue onto Jianshui Town (a 1,200 years old town), a train station designed and built by French 100 years ago, and taste some famous snacks of Yunnan. You will also drive to a Yi ethnic village after lunch. During your visit in the village, see how they build special mud house and work in the field. In evening, you will enjoy a nature hot spring bath and stay overnight in the hot spring town.Day 4 (B,L)Today you will visit Stone Forest which is both a famous World Heritage and Karst Geomorphic site in Kunming. Explore these amazing stone formations during your stay. After lunch, you will drive to Jiuxiang Cave (a karst Cave) which is like an underground world with different kind of amazing stone formation. Afterwards, drive back to your hotel in Kunming and concludes this tour.

$161.39 Cultural & Theme Tours

Day Tour to Kunming's Stone Forest and Jiuxiang Cave

Meet with your tour guide at 08:00 from your hotel lobby.  90 minute drive to the Stone Forest.The Stone Forrest is an UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy the spectacular view of the bizarre karst formations while listen to the folklore shared by your informative tour guide. In the afternoon, visit beautiful caves in Jiuxiang,  It is noted for its limestone caves, mountains, streams, deep valleys, minority customs and cultures. It consists of five major scenic spots: Diehong Bridge, Sanjiao Cave, Dasha Dam, Alulong, and Mingyue Lake. Wander freely to explore this wonder of nature.Coach transfer back to Kunming and arrive at your hotel at about 18:00.No tourist shop, no factory visitYou will not be asked to visit any gift shop opened for tourists, or visit any kind of factory.   Why?  In the early years when communist China opened its door to the outside world in 1980's, foreign visitors were asked to visit some state-owned factories and Friendship Shops, because Chinese authority wanted to tell you that communism is better than capitalism.  Later more and more factories and gift shops found out it was a good idea to sell products to tourists.  Eventually many tourists decide that they have the right to say NO.