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Kunming – Dali – Yuhu – Shuhe – Lijiang – Shangri La - Kunming
North Yunnan Exploration 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.
North Yunnan Exploration 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.
North Yunnan Exploration 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.
North Yunnan Exploration 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.
North Yunnan Exploration 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).
North Yunnan Exploration tours Day 6: Lijiang - Shangri La
Today drive to Shangri La. On the way, stop at the First Bend of Yangtze River and its village Shigu. Then, continue to Tiger Leaping Gorge. Short walk down to the gorge. After lunch, continue North via Baishuitai. It constitutes a sacred sight for the Dongbas of Lijiang that come sometimes here in pilgrimage. Evening arrival in Shangri La. Check in at your hotel which is located next to the Tibetan monastery Gedan Songzanglin.
North Yunnan Exploration tours Day 7: 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?
North Yunnan Exploration tours Day 8: Shangri La - Kunming
Morning flight to 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.
Several possible extensions in the North of the Yunnan:
- Meili Snow Mountain, lost paradise (3 days)
- The Mosuo world of the Lugu Lake (3 days)
- The lost world of Weishan (2 days)
- Tiger Leaping Gorge Trekking (3 days)
- Forgotten Lake of Laishihai (1 day)
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