Colorful Yunnan

Tour Description: This exploration of Yunnan Province, Beijing, and Shanghai introduces you to some of China's most stunning scenery, fascinating minority groups, exciting regional cuisine, and breath-taking sights. Following your sighting in Beijing you will travel into the heart of Yunnan, where you will meet many different minority ethnic groups including the Bai and Naxi people. Explore ancient and historically important towns while enjoying panoramic views over areas of spectacular scenery. Then you will visit Shanghai, the economic center of China, which is also famous for its assemblage of different styles of architecture, ancient and modern, Chinese and foreign, eastern and western.
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Day 1 Entry Beijing
Upon your arrival in Beijing, the local guide will meet you at the Beijing International Airport and escort you to the hotel. The rest time is at your leisure to explore the beauty of Beijing.
Day 2 Beijing
Visit Tiananmen Square, the biggest public city square in the world and the must place to visit in Beijing. Cross the gate of Tiananmen into the Forbidden City, the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties, it is the world’s largest palace complex and covers 74 hectares. After lunch, drive to visit the Great Wall, the most magnificent man-made defense works in the world. Enjoy the Beijing roast duck dinner in the evening.
Day 3 Beijing/Kunming
Fly to Kunming in the morning and transfer to the hotel. Then visit the Western Hills, a range of four mountains whose silhouette is said to resemble "Sleeping Beauty," stretching over 40 kilometers along the shore of Dianchi Lake. The area offers some of the most beautiful scenery and finest temples in the region. Afterward, tour the 400 year old Golden Palace Temple at the top of Mingfeng Hill, home of the Taoist Taihe Palace (Hall of Supreme Harmony) and the largest copper temple in China.
Day 4 Kunming/Stone Forest/Kunming
A rare experience today as you take a full day excursion to the legendary Stone Forest, where you will marvel at the enthralling labyrinth of jagged limestone crags. This area is home to the Sani Minority, known for their fine embroidery and dancing skills.
Day 5 Kunming/Dali
Take a morning flight to Dali, capital of ancient Nanzhao and Dali Kingdoms, and transfer to the hotel. Take a boat on scenic Erhai Lake and enjoy its alpine setting. Visit Jin Suo Isle which is a Bai minority fishing village and market, and the Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple.
Day 6 Dali/Lijiang
This morning board a coach to Lijiang. Lijiang is the cultural center of the Naxi Minority and has been designated by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site. Visit the Black Dragon Pond, where you can take a leisurely stroll around the pristine surroundings, and the ancient town of Lijiang. The town, screened by a mountain and facing a river, has no high walls. It is crisscrossed with ancient streets and lanes paved with colored stones and lined with residential houses of wood-stone-mud structure characterized by pretty, simple and practical styles. Small streams run parallel with Sifang Street in the center of the town and many other lanes. Enjoy the Classical Naxi music in the evening.
Day 7 Lijiang
The highlight of today must be Jade Dragon Mountain, the mythical mountain worshipped by the Naxi people. The bus drops us off at the base where we board chair lifts to access higher regions that afford a beautiful view of the famed Thirteen Peaks. Our rest stop on the way to Jade Dragon Mountain is Baisha Village, the ancient capital of the Naxi Kingdom.
Day 8 Lijiang/Shangrila
Travel by road 200 Km to the famed Shangrila, a mysterious, auspicious land, also the hometown of Tibetan people. Tour the Tiger-Leaping Gorge on the way. Then visit Songzanlin Monastery, the largest monastery existing outside of Tibet and one of the 13 famous Yellow Hat Tibetan Monasteries in the Tibet area.
Day 9 Shangrila
Visit the Pudacuo National Park. Snow–capped mountains, virgin forest, limpid lake, vast pastureland and Tibetan make a beautiful scenic spot that exemplifies how Shangrila blends harmoniously with Nature. It will delight your senses. Try some home made Yak Butter Tea and Tibetan food in a local Tibetan family.
Days 10 Shangrila/Shanghai
Take a morning flight to Shanghai via Kunming and check in a hotel. Visit Yu Garden, a 400 year old classical Chinese garden in the Old Town of Shanghai, and the neighboring old Shanghai bazaar. Stroll along the famous “the Bund” to enjoy the beautiful night view of Shanghai.
Day 11 Shanghai
Visit the Zhujiajiao Water Town – a famous historical town south of the Yangtze River, and take a wood boat to experience the old town. The rest day is at your leisure in Shanghai. Fell free to explore Shanghai such as visiting the themed museum, mounting the Oriental Pearl Tower to view the up-to-date Shanghai fashion etc.
Days 12 Departure
Transfer to the Shanghai Pudong International Airport and take a flight to your next destination. Your tour and service is ended.
Price: from US$1790/per person
1. All domestic airfare (Beijing/Kunming, Kunming/Dali, Shangrila/Shanghai) airport taxes and charges.
2. All ground transportation and airport transfers with private van/bus
3. 5-star luxury hotel accommodation with double occupancy
4. Western style breakfast in the hotels and Chinese lunch & dinner at fine local restaurant specializing in regional cuisines.
5. Round-trip cable car up & down the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
6. All sightseeing, entertainment, and cultural activities listed in the itinerary
7. Professional English speaking national guide fully escorted for the whole trip and experienced local guides in each attraction to show you.

1. Expenses of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, and phone calls etc.
2. Gratuities for guides and drivers
Note: Prices and programs are subject to change without notice. All prices quoted in US dollars.
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