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8-Day Kunming-Dali-Lijiang-Shangri-la-Lijiang Essence Tour(Join-in)

8-Day Kunming-Dali-Lijiang-Shangri-la-Lijiang Essence Tour(Join-in)

Tour Code:YN-01

Price: 880USD

Departure Date:Twice per month


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Detailed itinerary
Day 1  Arrival in Kunming
Arrive in Kunming: the capital and largest city of Yunnan Province, known as the City of Eternal Spring.
Go to the hotel by yourself and check in with your name.
(Remark: the airport pick-up is not incluided in the package tour,no guide and driver service will be offered today)
Warm Tips:Please take the shutter bus No.919C from Kunming airport to Kunming Railway station, after taking off at the terminal station , just walking 5m to arrive at Kunming Enjoying International Hotel (address: Yongsheng Road (Nanyao Railway Station), Guandu District, Guandu, Kunming)
Day 2  Kunming-85km-Stone Forest-Kunming-Overnight Train-Dali   B 
Drive for (1.5h) to visit Stone Forest, a notable set of Karst formations with many looking like trees made of stone, creating the illusion of a forest made of ston(2.5h)
After lunch, drive back to Kunming downtown (1.5hrs). Stroll near Green Lake  and Flower and Bird Market.
Transfer to railway station and take overnight train to Dali.(Reference train number K9626 23:30-06:42+1
Day 3  Dali   B
Dali, a county-level city in and the seat of the Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture, northwestern Yunnan province of Southwest China.
Visit the Three Pagodas after meeting your local guide. It is an ensemble of three independent pagodas arranged on the corners of a equilateral triangle, near the town of Dali, dating from the time of the Nanzhao kingdom. (1h)
Afterward, you'll cruise in Erhai Lake by the small boat in the east Erhai Lake. You will enjoy the green Cangshan Mountain and the Three Pagodas from a far as well as lots of birds and seagulls flying over the lake.(2h)
Later, you will head for Xizhou Town to fully appreciate Bai-style traditional architectural courtyards, taste their fragrant Three-Course Tea and explore their distinctive culture. Visit Zhoucheng Village and the Bai people's Tie-dying cloth workshop where you can take some special souvenir with the Bai ethnic style.
Stroll in the Dali Old Town, built during Ming Dynasty emperor Hongwu's reign (1368-1398). (1.5h)
Day 4  Dali-180km-Lijiang   B
After breakfast, transfer 2-2.5 hours to Lijiang. (only Chinese speaking driver with this transfer ) with the beautiful farmlands and ethnic villages on the way.
Upon arrival, you'll head for the scenic Black Dragon Pool and the Dongba Museum to explore the rich Naxi minority culture. Then explore Lijiang Old Town. Lijiang Old Town has a history more than 800 years; it was listed as the World Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO 1997. Here you will see the wonderful wooden architecture of Naxi ethnic people. You will explore the Mu's Residence, Lion Hill and Wangu Tower in the old town. 
Day 5  Lijiang   B
Today you will continue to have a relax tour in Lijang.
Firstly stop at Joseph Rock's former Residence in Yuhu Village, Joseph is an Austria-American botanist and explorer, lived in Yuhu village and other places of the region from 1922 to 1949. He was both a naturalist and a photographer, and the first foreign scholar to introduce Lijiang ethnic culture to the western world.
Then enjoy your relax time in Shuhe Old Town UNESCO has listed it as an important component of Lijiang as it is a well-preserved example of a town along the ancient tea route and one of the earliest settlements of the ancestors of Naxi people. It is called 'the hometown of springs'
Day 6  Lijiang-100km-Tiger Leaping Gorge-100km-Shangrila   B
At 07:30am, pick up from your hotel, then you'll drive about 60KM to the First Bend on the Yangtze River with imposing gorge scenery, visit the Iron Chain Bridge, the Red Army's Long March Memorial Monument in the Shigu town. The town of Stone Drum got its name from a large, cylindrical, marble tablet shaped like a drum. The scenery is magnificent as the road running through the Lijiang valley which is filled with wheat fields and drying haystacks.
Continue to Visit the Tiger Leaping Gorge, upon arrival, star your trekking from Tina's G.H ---- Half way G.H. ( 1.5hrs ) ---14km point ( 2hrs )
After the trekking, continue drive to Shangri-La (2hrs ) Check in hotel.
Then stroll around Dukezong Ancient Town, an important town of the Ancient Tea-horse Trade Caravan from Yunnan to Tibet and India. Walk up to the top of Guishan Hill or tortoise Hill, you will see the largest Prayer Wheel of the world and have a panoramic view of shangrila county and Dukezong Ancient Town.
Day 7  Shangrila   B
Morning star your tour from Napahai Lake, eight kilometers northwest of the county town of Shangri-La. Many rare birds inhabit here among which is the well-known black-necked cranes, the first-class animal protected by the state and a lot of birds circle over the water from September to March of next year. It is also the largest grassland of Shangri-La covered with green grass.
Continue to visit the Ganden Sumtseling Monastery, the largest Tibetan monastery in Yunnan. Sumtseling (or Songzanlin) Monastery has another alias - 'the little Potala Palace ', so named because the whole monastery is in the traditional style with mysterious atmosphere. Then have a stop at a local Tibetan Family to know about their local life.
After the tour, about 15:00 you will transfer 4 hrs with your Chinese speaking driver to Lijiang.
In the evening, Check in Baisha Holiday Resort Lijiang after arrival
Day 8  Departure from  Lijiang B
After breakfast , you will choose:
1) check out the hotel before 12:00 at noon , then transfer to Lijiang airport or railway station to departure Lijiang on your own arrangement.
2) continue to prolong you stay in Lijiang (the extra cost of accommodation is on request)
( Remark : no any guide or driver service be offered by travel agent today )
Cost description
Group number
(Join-in group)
1 person 2 persons 3 persons 4 persons 5 persons 6 and above
Sept. - Jun.    880USD p.p.  880USD p.p.  880USD p.p.  880USD p.p.  880USD p.p.
Jul. - Aug.    975USD p.p  975USD p.p   975USD p.p  975USD p.p  975USD P.P

Kunming Enjoying International Hotel or similar 3*

Dali Cental Wall Well Hotel or similar 3*

Lijiang Baisha Holiday Resort or similar 3*

Shangrila Moon City Hotel or similar 3*

If you want a tailored private group your, please contact us and ask for the quotation.
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Price Include

1. All land transfer and transportation
2. Hotel Pick-up/Drop-off from D2-D7
3. Kunming-Dali overnight train ticket
4. Guide service (English-speaking guide)
5. Accommodation with breakfasta as listed
6. Entrance fees as listed in the program
7. Two bottles of mineral water everyday
8. Service Charge & Government Taxes

Price exclude

1. Tips (Suggested:8$/pax perday to guide,5$/pax per day to driver)
2. Lunch and Dinner
3. Your own expense (the optional programs,show/performance/concert etc.)
4. Any Flight tickets
5. Personal Travel Accident Insurance

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