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Yunnan Highlights (11 days)


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Yunnan Highlights (11 days)

In the remote far south west of China lies Yunnan province. Scenically one of the most dramatic areas of Asia with vast snow-capped mountains and steep terraced valleys, it is also culturally one of the most diverse. The ethnic groups such the Naxi, Bai and Yi made their home here, and our fascinating journey will totally absorb aspects of this special area.

Arrival in Kunming

Kunming, also known as the Spring City, is the capital of Yunnan province, with mild weather throughout the year. It is nice to walk around the birds and flowers market in the old part of the downtown of Kunming. 100m away from the market is the commercial center of Kunming, which is full of the modern buildings. Here you can see the different faces of Kunming. Read more

Kunming 1 night

Temple and Stone Forest

Morning visit to the Bamboo Temple which famous for 500 life size arhats, where you possibly someone looks like you in some ways. Drive to visit the Stone Forest in the later afternoon when most tourists left.

Stone Forest 1 night
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Drive to Dali

Seven hours drive to Dali via Kunming and Chuxiong with a visit to Dinosaur Valley in Lufeng

Dali 2 nights

Three Pagodas and Cangshan

Visit the thousand-year-old Three Pagodas and the Chongsheng Temple behind them. This is the big Buddhist Temple in the are with hundreds of Buddhist images, it takes two more hours to visit it on foot. Take a chairlift up to the Cangshan Mountain at 2550m where you can visit waterfalls and take a walk on the Clouds Road having a bird’s eye view of Dali and Lake Erhai. Read more

Dali 2 nights

Xizhou and Shaxi

Visit Xizhou morning market where people sell food, vegetables and daily uses, walking into the village to visit some traditional old houses of the Bai people and meet up with locals. Visit Haise Wetland on Erhai Lake with some easy walks. Drive to visit Shaxi, a small village on the Tea and Horse Trail in the past. Time has gone but we can still see the remains of the history, visit the village and countryside. Read more

Shaxi 1 night
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Shibaoshan and Lijiang

Drive to Shibaoshan, with visits to the thousand-year-old grottoes which dates back to Nanzhao and Dali Kingdoms, and take some easy walks in the pine forest of the mountain. Drive to Lijiang, and visit the old town which was built in the traditional style, with some streams running through it. The houses are earth-wood structure with tiles on the top. We will walk through the old town to see the Naxi houses, following up the river to Black Dragon Pool where the water of the old town comes from, and from here you can see the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain if the weather is fine. Read more

Lijiang 2 nights

Naxi Village and Temple

One-day trip in Lijiang to explore some Naxi villages and monasteries. Drive to Puji village where we start to walk. Enter the villages and climb up the hill through the pine forest for an hour before we arrive at Puji Monastery, which is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery built three hundred years ago, with copper roofs. Not many people come here, but we can meet a few lamas and locals who take care of the Monastery. After visiting the Monastery, we drive to visit the Naxi villages of Baisha and Yuhu where the explorer Dr. Rock used to live for his research. They are very beautiful Naxi villages in front of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, and it’s possible to visit the villages and meet up with the locals. Read more

Lijiang 2 nights
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The Yangtze and Tiger Leapin

Drive to visit the First Bend of the Yangtze where the Yangtze made the first turn, carry on to visit the Tiger Leaping Gorge which is 19 km long and with three very narrow parts, only 30ms wide from one side to another. It’s said that someone saw a tiger jumped over the river and it has been named Tiger leaping Gorge since then. The Gorge has the drops of 3900m from the top of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain to the Yangtze. Read more

Tiger Leaping Gorge 1 night
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Drive to Shangri-La

Drive to Shangri-La with a stop to visit Baishuitai White Water Terrace in Sanba, carry on to Shangri-La with visits to Yi and Tibetan villages along the road, visit Ringsha Temple, which is the first temple built in the area. It’s small and quiet. The tourists seldom visit it but it’s very popular among the local Tibetans. At the Chinese New Year, thousands of people will come here. In the temple, we can see how Tibetans make the praying flags. You can also buy some praying flags and hang them over the mountain behind the temple to get your good luck. And visit the old part of Shangri-La where you can see the biggest pray wheel in the world. Read more

Shangri-La 2 nights

Songtzeling Monastery

Visit Sungtzeling Monastery, a yellow hat sect Tibetan Buddhist Monastery named Small Potala. It was built by the Fifth Dalai Lama on a hillside, and it looks like the Potala Palace in Lhasa. It’s the home of 500 lamas from the Kham region and there are eight monasteries for lamas from different areas. The lamas supported by their families study and practice here. Visit Napa Lake and some Tibetan villages near the Lake. Here you have the chance to look into the traditional Tibetan houses. Read more

Shangri-La 2 night

Tour Ends

Tour ends and transfer to Shangri-La Airport


Day in trip
Day 1
Location Kunming
Hotel Green Land Hotel
Day 2
Location Stone Forest
Hotel Xinya Hotel
Day 3
Location Dali
Hotel Landscape Hotel
Day 5
Location Shaxi
Hotel Aoxiu Zege Hotel
Day 6
Location Lijiang
Hotel Village Green Inn
Day 8
Location Tiger Leaping Gorge
Hotel Tina's Guesthouse
Day 9
Location Shangri-La
Hotel Shangri-La Boutique Hotel


Package includes

  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation
  • Local guides
  • Information services
  • Entrance fee

Package excludes

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa, consular 76fees or any other formalities.
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers

More information

  • Single supplement: US$260.00


3 Reviews

Amy, United States

Our customized tour of Yunnan province for 16 days far exceeded our expectations. It was a fascinating journey through some of the most spectacular scenery I have ever seen. There is a lot of unique geography and interesting ethnic groups throughout the region. We traveled through many areas of relatively remote mountains and river gorges. Really off the beaten track! But even on somewhat treacherous roads, we were comfortable and felt secure. One reason we chose Edward Adventures was because they were able to provide us with one guide and driver that would be responsible for us the whole trip. The high level of service and consistency of this approach was really exceptional and very tailored to our preferences. We felt like a family friend was showing us around his home territory. The meals were really something special! Our guide knew all the local specialties in each place we visited and we tried them all. It seemed he handpicked our food for us and made sure of the best quality everywhere we went. Our hotels were very comfortable. The most impressive thing about our tour was probably the way our guide seemed to always know where to go to get away from the crowds, to see the most amazing scenery and interesting sites in a very personalized way. And the many Chinese people he introduced to us everywhere were so friendly and warm. We didn’t even feel much like tourists travelling with him! It was really a fabulous trip that we will always remember! Read more

Joan & Pat, Australia

Edward helped the two of us plan a two week trip to fascinating places and people in China. Edward took us on a cultural and scenic adventure. The scenery was wonderful. The people were so very hospitable, and the food great. We never felt that we were on a typical touristy tour but rather that we were with an old friend learning all about his country and having a trip of a lifetime. We still keep in contact with Edward and cherish our new friendship. Read more

Ian Noakes, United Kingdom

We did a 3 week tour from Lijiang to Chengdu ( 3 of us ) with Edward as our guide and driver. It was a most memorable experience with Edward intimate knowledge of the best scenery , the best cultural experience and local customs and events. Wherever we went we got an insight into the local way of life and tried all the local food specialties. We also did some trekking and were taken to some really special places such as Thousand Tortoise Mountain, Tiger Leaping Gorge and Yading Nature Reserve. The scenery is really spectacular and for us fortunately also were the wildflowers. We have previously toured in Western China and had a fantastic time but Edward Adventures provided us with a far superior experience from start to finish. Read more

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