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Map of the tour: Landscapes and Minorities of Yunnan
Kunming - Dali - Yuhu - Shuhe - Lijiang - Tiger Leaping Gorge- Shangri La - Stone Forest- Jianshui - Yuanyang - Kunming
 
 
Yunnan Minorities Tours Day 1: Arrival in Kunming

Arrival in Kunming, then transfer to your hotel. According to the time available and your interests, visit Kunming Bamboo Temple, Western Hills or Golden Temple. In the evening, we strongly advice you to take part of the fantastic and colorful dancing and singing show "Yunnan Dynamic" (20:00-21:40), which is a perfect introduction to the Yunnan minorities.

 
Yunnan Minorities Tours Day 2: Kunming - Dali
Morning plane or night train to Dali. Transfer to your hotel located in Dali Old Town. Day at leisure in Dali. We advised you to have a scroll in Dali Old Town, take the cable car up to Cangshan Mountain and Zhonghe Temple, and visit the 3 pagodas temple.
 
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Yunnan Minorities Tours Day 3: Dali - Yuhu
According to Chinese lunar calendar, visit one of the colorful minority markets around Dali. Stop at the Bai village of Xizhou, then drive to Yuhu, a lovely Naxi minority village close to Lijiang. Stop at several minorities’ villages on the way. At leisure at Yuhu village. In the evening, enjoy a local meal prepared by “Naxi Mama”, the excellent chef of today’s Family Guest House.
 
Yunnan Minorities Tours Day 4: Yuhu - Shuhe
In the morning, have a scroll in Yuhu surroundings. You can discover the Jade Dragon Mountain by feet or horseback. Have lunch at the Naxi Family. In the afternoon, drive to Baisha, and pay a visit to the famous Doctor Ho. Hike for one hour to the Old Town of Shuhe (also called Longquan). Check in at your private villa in Shuhe Old Town, then at leisure in this lovely Naxi village.
 
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Yunnan Minorities Tours Day 5: Shuhe - Lijiang
Transfer to Lijiang and your hotel located in the Old Town, close to the market square. Day at leisure with your guide. We advise you to visit the Lion Hill, which offer stunning view over Lijiang Old Town; Mu’s Family Palace and the Black Dragon Pool. You can attend the local Naxi Music Traditional music show in the evening (20:00-21:30).
 
Yunnan Minorities Tours Day 6: Lijiang - Tiger Leaping Gorge
In the morning, transfer to Tiger Leaping Gorge. On the way, visit Tibetan ZhiYun Temple close to Lashihai Lake, the First Bend of the Yangtze River and its nearby Naxi village Shigu. Have a lunch at a local restaurant, then nice hiking up and down the Gorge for 3 to 4 hours. Overnight in a cozy local Guest House with fantastic view over the Gorges.
 
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Yunnan Minorities Tours Day 7: Tiger Leaping Gorge - Shangri La
Morning drive to Shangri La. On the way, visit Baishuitai white water terraces. It constitutes a sacred site for the Dongbas of Lijiang who often come here for pilgrimages. Stop again along the way for a walk Shudu Lake and Bita Lake. Evening arrival in Shangri La. Check in at your hotel which is located next to the Tibetan monastery Gedan Songzanglin.
 
Yunnan Minorities Tours Day 8: Shangri La
Morning visit of Gedan Songzanlin temple by foot from your hotel. Then, according to your request, discover the surrounding countryside of Zhongdian, visit a Tibetan family and taste the local specialty - Yak butter tea and Yak cheese. After that we should join the Napa Lake or visit the Zhongdian old town. In the evening, will you join the local Tibetans in the Old Town central square for a short Tibetan dance with them?
 
Yunnan Minorities Tours Day 9: Shangri La - Stone Forest - Jianshui
Morning flight to Kunming. Your guide will meet you in Kunming airport to go south to Jianshui. On the way you will stop at the Stone Forest. After visiting this extraordinary sight, you will continue driving towards Jianshui. Overnight in the Zhu Family Garden, a fantastic traditional Chinese residence.
 
Yunnan Minorities Tours Day 10: Jianshui - Yuanyang
In the morning, visit Jianshui old town and Confucius temple (the second biggest Confucius temple in China). Drive to Yuanyang in the afternoon. You can stop on the way to visit some minorities Yi and Hani villages. On arrival in Yuanyang, it time permits, we sunset at the fantastic Bada rice terraces.
 
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Yunnan Minorities Tours Day 11: Yuanyang
Enjoy the sunrise on DuoYiShu rice terraces. Visit and walk in the rice terraces and several traditional Hani and Yi villages, like Jingkou village. According to the day of your visit, attend a local Yi and Hani market. Sunset at Laohuzui rice terraces.
 
Yunnan Minorities Tours Day 12: Yuanyang - Kunming
Drive back to Kunming. You can stop on the way to some villages as you want (especially Xingmeng Mongolian village, Hexi Hui Muslim village and Liuyi village where the women kept the tradition of foot-binding). On arrival in Kunming, why don’t you relax in your hotel’s swimming pool, or get pleasure from a good soothing massage? Free evening in Kunming.
 
Yunnan Minorities Tours Day 13: Kunming
According to your interests, scroll around Green Lake and Birds and flowers market, or visit Bamboo temple or shopping around before transferring to the Kunming international airport.
 
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