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8 Days Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la Tour

  • Trip highlights: Spring city of Kunming, Stone Forest in Lunan, traditional architecture complex of Bai minority in Daili, tranquil Lijiang old town, mysterious remote land of Shangri-La (Zhongdian).
  • Tour price: From $ 896.00 Price including hotels, tours, meals...
  • Destinations: Xian, Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Zhongdian, Kunming
  • Tour code: SWYN008      Private tour for a van with tour guide and driver, available every day
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Day 1  Xian,Kunming
Today's Activities:
Our English speaking tour guide will hold a welcome sign to meet you at Kunming Airport, then help you checking in the hotel. Free time for the rest of the day.
KunmingKunming is a city to be shared -- its sunshine, blue skies, fragrant flowers, leisure pursuits, relaxed ambience. The night market is the liveliest spot in Kunming, and is where the city's more artistic and eccentric elements gather.
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Market of birds and flowers: A part of a series of streets and markets in central Kunming where an attempt has been made to preserve some of the typical architecture of the region. Traditional wooden houses with grass growing from their roofs line the streets where a variety of products are sold, including of course a small alley devoted to flowers and cage birds.

Day 2  Dali (B,L)
Today's Activities:
Drive 3 hours to Dali. Visit the famous Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple, the old town of Dali and Ancient Wall Gate.
Pagodas of Chongsheng TempleThree Pagodas: are located northwest of Dali at the foot Cangshan Mountains. With Qianxun Pagoda, completed in 876 during the Tang dynasty (618-907AD).
Dali Ancient TownThe ancient Dali town: built in 1382 and is one the 24 most famous historical and cultural cities in China. Dali was once a vital communications hub where the population was dense. Many trade caravans gathered here and the markets were prosperous.
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Catholic Church in Dali: The exterior of the small catholic church is in the style of traditional Chinese architecture, less than 60 believers attend the service on Sunday. The church is located near the free market, a place where locals sell their home-made products.

Day 3  Dali,Lijiang (B,L)
Today's Activities:
During the tour, you could enjoy the tea ceremony of Bai Ethnic, take as more pictures of the colorful costumes of Bai Ethics, listening to their stories... Drive to Lijiang after your lunch. Visit the Old town of Lijiang, escorted tour to Square Street. Afterwards, drive to visit the Lion Hill, standing on the wooden structure (called Wangulou), you may enjoy the beautiful sunset (if the weather is fine), overlooking the old town and the great Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is in the distance.
Morning market in XizhouThe Bai minority are much in evidence at Xizhou, 18 kilometres north of Dali. Green mountains, winding creeks and fertile land make for a lyrical and carefree life.
Bai Ethnic HouseXizhou House is the typical traditional house of Bai Ethnic, here you can enjoy a presentation of SanDaoCha Tea Ceremony and colorful Costume of Bais.
Lion HillLion Hill Park is overlooking the old town of Lijiang. There is a tower (Wanggu Tower) at the top of the hill where you can enjoy vistas of breathtaking scenery over the rooftops of Lijiang and the great Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the distance.
Square MarketIn Lijiang, the Square Market was built before the construction of the whole town. It might be the only square that had an automatic street-wash system in ancient times.
Danyan TownLijiang Old Town, or Dayan Town has a history of over 800 years. It is one of the few places in China with well-preserved old style folk buildings. An important feature of Dayan are the numerous streams and brooks crisscrossing the houses. The people……
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Naxi Ethnic Music: The Naxi ethnic group has a long history and splendid culture. More than 1,000 years ago they created the Naxi music. Naxi music is also known as Dongba Music. the Naxi people have merged their ethnic musical elements and feelings into this classic tradition.

Day 4  Lijiang (B,L)
Today's Activities:
Today's highlight is the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. 2 hours drive to the foot of the mountain, take cable car at Yak Meadow, walk around the summit, visit the villages at the mountain foot.
Yuhu villageYuhu Village, a village at the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, where Mr. Joseph Rock, a famous Russian Scientist lived for 27 years from 1922 to 1949, enjoy hundreds of photos and articles of the culture in this area.
Yak MeadowYak Meadow got its name because the local people like to pasture their Yak here. The landscape rises and falls on the meadow. In spring and summer, Yaks with black and white skin wander in grass and all kinds of flowers. In autumn and winter, the……
Jade Dragon Snow MountainThe Jade Dragon Snow Mountain has 13 peaks of which the highest is 18000 feet above sea level. It is a treasure of wild plants and rare animals. Take cable car to the summit at Yunshanping Meadow or Yak Meadow. Trek for one hour around the summit.
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KeGongFang: originally known as an interesting Dongba Paper Shop, locals and passengers gathering here at night, drink teas in cold winter. There is a workshop on Xinyi Street, a presentation of the traditional procedure of Dongba Paper making is available.

Day 5  Lijiang,Zhongdian (B,L)
Today's Activities:
We will drive to Zhongdian (also called Shangri-la) today. Drive 1 hour to visit Shigu (stone drum) first, Shigu is the first Bend of the Yangtze River. Then stop at Qiaotou to visit to Upper Tiger Leaping Gorge, We will stop at the Upper Leaping Gorge for about 1 hour. Continue our drive for 2 more hours to Zhongdian, free time at your leisure in Zhongdian.
Shigu TownThe Jinsha River does a U-turn at Shigu Town and flows northward, Then it changes the direction and goes to the northeast.
Tiger Leaping GorgeThe Tiger Leaping Gorge is one of the world's four great gorges - The Tiger Leaping Gorge is 17 kilometers long with a drop of 213 meters. The gorge is divided into three sections: Upper, Middle and Lower Hutiao. At the narrowest spot the river is on……
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Yak Meat Hot Pot Dinner: Better than any dishes in your hotel. Easily be found in local district of Zhongdian. Fresh meat and vegetable, local entertainment of Tibetan Music. An expreience can not be missed in Zhongdian.

Day 6  Zhongdian (B,L)
Today's Activities:
Today we will drive to visit the Puda Tso National Park, including Shudu Lake & Bita Lake. Later drive back to Zhongdian, pay a Tibetan Family visiting on the way. After arrival, transferred to visit the Songzanlin Monastery.
Bitahai LakeBitahai Nature Reserve, located 35 kilometers east of the county seat of Zhongdian, it is an intact natural attraction with outstanding flora and fauna and picturesque landscapes.In the reserve itself, century-old pines and cypresses grow around Bita……
Songzanlin MonasterySongzanlin Monastery, or 'Little Potala' as it is affectionately known, is a spiritual place that invites you to discover the mystery and traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. It is the largest Tibetan Buddhism monastery in Yunnan Province. Such a sacred p……
[ Today's Optional ]
Night class in Songzanlin Monastery: Wait till tourists have left the Monastery. Find a quiet corner to sit down, enjoy the buddhism music and the pray ceremonies for this coming evening, a tradition that has never changed for centuries.

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