Welcome to Kūnmíng

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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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.

$162.10 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.      

$367.23 Cultural & Theme Tours

3 Days Group Tour to Jianshui and Yuanyang

Day 1 Kunming – YuanyangAt 9:00AM, your guide will pick you up in Kunming downtown and transfer you to the first destination: Yuanyang Scenic Area which is one of the most famous UNESCO World Heritage sites in Yunnan province. A lunch will be provided en route. Once arrive in Yuanyang, you’ll visit the Bada Rice Terraces firstly. The stunning scenery of vast terraced fields and landscapes will give you an unforgettable memory of its unique natural beauty. Next is the Qingkou Village. In this ethnic village, you may get a glimpse of the local Hani people’s life. Later in the evening, we’ll proceed to Laohuzui for watching beautiful sunset on rice terraces. Don’t forget to bring your cameras to capture the stunning scenery which will surely take your breath away. Stay overnight in Yuanyang Yunti Hotel in Sheng Village or similar. Day 2 Yuanyang – JianshuiGet up very early today to catch the sunrise at Duoyishu Village. Afterwards, we’ll move to Sheng Village. After lunch, we will proceed to Jianshui. During the journey we will stop at Tuanshan Village which is listed one of the world heritage sites in 2006. Once you arrive in Jianshui, you’ll pay a visit to Zhu Family Garden before checking-into Jianshui Tongxin Hotel or similar. Zhu's Garden: Zhu's Garden is the largest construction of dwelling house in Jianshui County. It stands in Jianxin Street within Jianshui County. Constructed in late Qing Dynasty, Zhu's Garden has a history of more than 100 years. It covers an area of more than 20,000 square meters and has 42 courtyards. Zhu's Garden has the fame of "Southern Yunnan Grand View Garden" and now has been one of the major attractions in Jianshui County tourism. Day 3 Jianshui – KunmingAfter breakfast, we’ll attend a local tofu workshop. Tofu, also bean curd, is one of the most important food of the area. Then we’ll proceed to Jianshui Confucian Temple. Jianshui Confucian Temple: Jianshui Confucian Temple was built in 1285 during the Yuan Dynasty. It covers an area of 7.6 hectares and is the third largest Confucian temple in China. Jianshui Confucian Temple is featured in the style of Beijing Confucian Temple. It has great values in studying both the history of Confucius and ancient architectural art. After lunch, you’ll be transported back to Kunming downtown.

$1518 Cultural & Theme Tours

6-Day Kunming Small Group Tour

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.

$429 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3 Days Yuanyang Rice Terraces Photograph Tour

Day 1 Kunming-Stone Forest -Yuanyang (-/L/D) 08:30am pick up from your hotel in Kunming , then drive to the Stone Forest (85 km, 1.5-2 hrs). An extremely rare geological phenomenon dating back to 270 million years ago, the Stone Forest is 80 hectares of karst limestone pillars in fantastic shapes that resemble a forest viewed from a distance. It is also home to the Sani tribe, a branch of the diverse Yi minority renowned for their diligence, embroidery and dancing. After lunch , drive 300 kilometers, or 5.5-6 hours to Yuanyang. Populated 1.3 million in Yunnan, Hani minority single out themselves in their traditional costumes with silver accessories and mud brick house roofed with pine leaves that look like mushrooms from a distance, Yuanyang is now attracting more and more attention of overseas tourists for its unparalleled terraced paddies and diversified ethnic cultures of the Hani, Yi, Dai and Yao. Photographing time will be arranged when the sun sets. Day 2 Yuanyang (B/L/D)Pick up from hotel.  Get up every early in the morning,you'll drive 30KM to visit Doyishu Village and enjoy the sunrise of Duoyishu Rice Terrace Fields when the sun appears above the eastern horizon. The terraced fields are ring upon ring and cascade one by one. They go along the hillside up to the sky. You will see the scenery of the terraced fields from the top of the mountains to the bottom. They are all farms under the sunshine and cloud and mist. The landscape is spectacular. And then, you will visit Qingkou Village and rice terraces where Hani people for generations inhabit. Visit Bada Hani Rice Terrace, Shengcun Market as well. You will enjoy the sunset of Laohuzui Rice Terraces.Day 3 Yuanyang-Tonghai - Kunming (B/L/-) Departure early from your hotel in Yuanyang to Kunming ( 7hrs ) on the way , have a stop at Tonghai to visit Xiushan Moutain with an array of traditional Temples and Pavilions in various styles of Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism some of which are from the late Jin Dynasty (265-420). and Xinmeng Village which is the only Mongolian village which inhabited by a Mongol minority left behind by Khengis Khans army over 760 years ago. After arrival, drop off at your hotel in Kunming downtown.