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8 days Kunming – Dali – Lijiang – Shangri-la Tour

Tour Code:YN-SH-04
Duration:8days
Destinations: Kunming - Dali - Lijiang - Shangri-La 
Departure date: Depends on your preferable schedule
Hightlights: Stone Forest;Three Pagoda Temple;Dali Old Town;Lijiang Old Town;Black Dragon Pool;Jade Dragon Snow Mountain;Songzanlin Monastery

Day and day itinerary

Day01:Arrive in Kunming
Place & Transport: Kunming & Flight
Today's Activities:Upon arrival, welcome at airport and transfer to your hotel. Visit the vibrant Flower & Bird Market, the Central Square of old town quarter and Kunming's symbol building–Golden Horse & Green Phoenix Archway.
 
Birds & Flowers Market:  Kunming is a paradise for flowers and birds. The market there is full of exotic species of both, making it an excellent place to leisurely stroll around and take in the sights. 

Day02:Kunming (B+L+D)
Place & Transport: Kunming & Auto
Today's Activities:A rare experience today is excursion to the World Geopark - Stone Forest. Then visit Sani Ethnic Village. 
Stone Forest:  Believed to have formed 270 million years ago, this enchanting limestone landscape is a natural wonder filled with countless puzzle-like labyrinths and intricate stone formations.

Day03:Kunming to Dali by car (B+L)
Place & Transport: Dali & Car
Today's Activities:After breakfast, drive to Dali, the home to Bai minority. En route view the beautiful landscape of Yunnan plateau. After lunch, begin your sightseeing of Dali by visiting the famous Three Pagodas. Finally explore Dali Ancient Town with its lyrical"Foreigner Street". At night, have fun on the Foreigner Street.
 
Three Pagodas: Yet another representative of ancient Chinese architecture, the pagodas at Dali are stately and well-preserved. Each pagoda is home to Buddhist scriptures and significant cultural relics.
 
Dali Old Town: The magnificent towers, elegant streets, exquisite courtyards, colorful flowers, and rippling water take visitors back in time to a more simple time filled with quiet charm.

Day04:Activities in Dali (B+L)
Place & Transport: Dali & cruise
Today's Activities:Morning cruise the Lake Erhai. Disembark and drive to Xizhou Village to explore Bai people's historic architecture. Taste also"Three courses of Tea" while enjoying folk dance performance. After lunch, traveling northwards to Lijiang. Free tiem in the Old Town of Lijiang.
 
Bai Traditional House: Most of the houses are made of marble and feature a unique style that expresses the Bai people's deep wisdom and culture.
 
Zhoucheng Village:
As an ancient handicraft industry center, Zhoucheng village is well known for its craftsmanship. A plethora of handmade crafts make great choices as souvenirs to remind you of China.
 
Day05:Dali to Lijiang by car (B+L)
Place & Transport: Lijiang & Car
Today's Activities:Walking tour focusing on Lijiang Old Town and Mu Mansion. Afternoon visit Black Dragon Pool and learn about the Dongba religion & its distinctive pictographic characters at Dongba Cultural Research Institute. When dusk beckons, ascent Wangu Tower on Small Lion Hill for bird's eye views of the town in sunset. At night, have fun on the bar street nearby Sifang Square of the town. 

Lijiang Old Town: As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the town enjoys a long history of over 800 years and is probably the best-preserved old town in China with a deep background of multi-culture.

Mu's Residence: It is the palace of Naxi's King & is an architectural splendor of Naxi people that locals tout as bearing a close resemblance to Beijing's Forbidden City albeit on a smaller scale.

Black Dragon Pool : Inside this picturesque park, you will have an opportunity to learn about the Dongba religion & its distinctive pictographic characters at the Dongba Cultural Research Institute. 

Lion Hill : On the Lion Hill in Lijiang, you could have a bird-view of the Lijiang Old Town. 

Day06:Lijiang to Shangri-La by car (B+L+D)
Place & Transport: Shangri-La & Car
Today's Activities:On the road to Shangri-La, view the First Bend of Yangtze River at Stone Drum Village, explore the Tiger Leaping Gorge, and admire the fascinating meadow scenery around lesser Zhongdian Tibetan area.
 
First Bend of the Yangtze River:
  Unusual geological phenomenon force the Yangtze to make a sudden V-shaped bend. This has created a spectacular view and one of the most photographed spots on the river.
 
Tiger Leaping Gorge : As the deepest gorge in the world, the stunning view depicts raw power that inspires a sense of adventure. The magnificent scenery there will among the best of your whole trip.

Day07:Shangri-La (B+L)
Place & Transport: Shangri-La & Car
Today's Activities:Greeted by the rays of sunrise, we're on the way to Songzanglin Monastery, then we head for Gyalthang Ancient Town. Afternoon enjoy an excursion to the wonderland Pudaco National Park. Visits including Plateau Lake Shuodu, Alpine Meadow Vegetation Nature Reserve, Rare Birds' Wetland Protected Area and the fabulous Lake Bita. On the way back, explore a local village and be a guest in a Tibetan family with a taste of Tibetan specialities such as yak butter tea, yogurt & Tibetan barley.
 
Songzanlin Monastery: As one of the largest lamaseries in the Kangzang (tri-province area of Tibet, Sichuan, and Yunnan) region, they are both Tibetan-style watchtowers and are surrounded by eight sub-lamaseries and the dormitories or the lamas. 
Gyalthang Ancient Town :As an interesting contrast to Potala Palace & Barkhor Bazaar in Lhasa, at Shangri-la city, you can witness the authentic Tibetan culture in this remote area bordering the eastern part of Tibet Plateau.
 
Bita Lake: It is an emerald color all year round. The local Tibetans believe that it appeared when a fairy lady dropped her miracle mirror. In the novel "The Lost Horizon" James Hills depicts it as a "Blue Lake", an essential part of "Shangri-La".
Shudu Lake:  Around the lake, there are dense forests of fir spruce and birch. These are filled with wild animals such as musk deer, bears, leopards, golden cats, and pheasants etc.

Day08:Depart Shangri-La (B)
Place & Transport: Shangri-La & Flight
Today's Activities:You will be free today until the tour guide escort you to the Shangri-La airport.

Tour Price                                                                         All price listed are in USD.

 Group Size

 1 person

 2--5 persons

 6--9 persons

 single room
supplement

 Deluxe Class

 2193

 1191

 868

 365

 Superior Class

 1726

 968

 645

 172

 Tourist Class

 1602

 927

 604

 136

Includes
-Accommodation in Kunming, Dali, Lijiang and Shangri-La for 7 nights. Deluxe hotels are 5 star, superior hotels are 4 star and tourist hotels are 3 star.
-Meals as mentioned in the itinerary "B" stands for American breakfast, "L" for Chinese Lunch in local restaurant. "D" for Chinese dinner     in local restaurant.
 15 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 2 dinner.
-Round-trip transfers between airports, hotels, and scenic spots in each city by private air-conditioned vehicles with     experienced  licensed  drivers
-A local English-speaking guide in each city
-Entrance fees to all scenic spots listed in the itinerary
-Government taxes and service charges

Excludes
-Other optional tours / meals / flights not mentioned in itinerary
-Tips for tour guides and drivers

How to book this tour?
Please email us and let us know the information below:

1. Your arrival date and flight number.
2. The name you used to book your hotel.
3. The date that you would like to take this tour.
4. The number of persons in your group that take this tour.