8 Days Dali Lijiang Tour A

Stone Forest

Stone Forest

Day 1 Arrive in Kunming
Airport/train station pickup by our guide and transfer to hotel. The guide will wait at the exit, holding a paper sign with your name on for you to recognize.
Visit the Grand View Pavilion, a beautiful garden greatly located near the Dianchi Lake and famous for its longest couplet inscribed on the doorposts.

Day 2 Kunming (B, L)
Take an excursion to the Stone Forest scenic area, 78 km away from Kunming. The attraction is a natural wonder in the world with its typical karst landscapes. It is also hometown of Yi/Sani people and you will be impressed by the local minority culture.

Day 3 Kunming-Dali (B, L)
Morning visit to Yuantong Temple and Western Hill. Yuantong Temple, with a history of more than 1200 years, is the grandest as well as the most important Buddhist temple in Yunnan. The Western Hill is the best observation for the famous Dianchi Lake.
After lunch, pay a visit to Yunnan Ethnic Villages where showcases the culture and customs of all the ethnic groups in Yunnan Province.
Be transferred to airport and fly to Dali.

Day 4 Dali (B, L)
Today’s activities include a boat cruise on the beautiful Erhai Lake, enjoying the 3 Courses of Tea show, visit to the historic landmark of Dali-Three Pagodas, the picturesque Cangshan Mountain known for its snow, clouds, springs and marble, and the well-preserved Dali Old Town with traditional architecture and minority culture.

Day 5 Dali-Lijiang (B, L)
Drive to Lijiang by our car (4 hours). Have lunch and then visit the Lijiang Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is famous for the brilliant minority culture as well as beautiful water town landscape. Come to the beautiful Black Dragon Pool, which is considered the water source of Lijiang old town.

Day 6 Lijiang (B, L)
In the morning, ascend to the majestic Jade Dragon Snow Mountain by cable car. The mountain is snow-capped year round and is also home to rare animals and wild plants.
In the afternoon, enjoy the fantastic show-Impression Lijiang, a grand open-air performance with the mountain as backdrop, vividly displaying the local minority life and culture.

Day 7 Lijiang-Kunming (B, L)
Continue to explore more in the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain area. The Jade Summit Lamasery, built in the Qing Dynasty is famous for a 500-year old camellia tree planted in the temple. The Jade Water Village near is home to the Naxi tribal people. Yuzhuqingtian (Jade Pillar Supporting the Sky) is a state 2A-level scenic spot located in Yuhu Naxi Village. Major sights include inscriptions on the cliff, Taizi (Prince) Cave and Guanyin (God of Mercy) cliff. Dongba Kingdom, Dongba Park, and Dongba Valley reappear the great Dongba culture with well-designed exhibits and shows.
After lunch be escorted to the airport and fly back to Kunming.

Day 8 Depart Kunming (B)
Pay a visit to the Flowers and Birds Market before being transferred to the airport for departure.

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