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Lion HillLion Hill in Lijiang Price: Duration: Dates: Tour code: Overview: Ask for a free quotation 6 Days As you request TCG-1218 This Yunnan tour includes the best of Kunming and Lijiang, as well as a day trip to Shaxi village. The route is great for those who want a taste of Yunnan with a bit of comfort. Friendly, interesting guides, reliable drivers, and quality meals are all part of the experience.

Often overlooked by tourists, Kunming has its fair share of interesting sights which are easily covered in two days. No matter what time of year you visit, it is guaranteed that Kunming will have spring-like weather.

Lijiang is a magical place where time passes by without notice. This tour includes the area's major sights as well as plenty of free time to explore the Lijiang Old Town and simply relax in this town surrounded by mountains.
Itinerary
day 1
  • Meals: lunch
Green Lake Park
Green Lake Park
Bamboo Temple
Bamboo Temple
day 2
  • Meals: lunch
Stone Forest
Stone Forest
Yunnan Nationalities Museum
Yunnan Nationalities Museum
day 3
  • Drop-off at the Kunming Airport
  • Fly to Lijiang
  • Pick up from the Lijiang Airport
  • Lijiang old town Read more about Lijiang old town stroll the pedestrian area of this ancient village
  • Lion Hill Read more about Lion Hill a panoramic view of Lijiang old town
  • Mu's Residence Read more about Mu's Residence home of a famous Naxi ruler
  • Free time on your own Read more about Free time on your own browse the shops and cafes in the old town of Lijiang
  • Lijiang night life Read more about Lijiang night life a major attraction for young Chinese, music pounds from singing and dancing shows
Lijiang old town
Lijiang old town
Lion Hill
Lion Hill
Pick up from the Lijiang Airport
Pick up from the Lijiang Airport
Free time on your own
Free time on your own
Lijiang night life
Lijiang night life
day 4
  • Meals: lunch
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain cable car
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain cable car
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Impression Lijiang Show
Impression Lijiang Show
Baisha old town
Baisha old town
Baisha Murals
Baisha Murals
Naxi Traditional Music Performance
Naxi Traditional Music Performance
day 5
  • Meals: lunch
Shibaoshan (Stone Treasure Mountain)
Shibaoshan (Stone Treasure Mountain)
day 6
Free time on your own
Free time on your own
Drop-off at the Lijiang Airport
Drop-off at the Lijiang Airport
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Tour code: TCG-1218
  • » Your tour day starts and ends at a hotel in the city, which may or may not be included. If a hotel is included it is listed by name on the itinerary for each night.

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  • » Meals are in quality local restaurants. We order according to your tastes and diet.
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  • Included in the tour price
  • » Private English speaking guide (selected/trained by our western staff), experienced Chinese speaking driver and quality, air-conditioned vehicle
  • » Admission tickets to all sights listed on the itinerary - no hidden costs
  • » Free bottled water supplied in your vehicle
  • » Meals as specified in quality local restaurants with unlimited standard drinks (Coke, Sprite, bottled water, Chinese tea)


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Green Lake Park   翠湖公园

This is a great place to enjoy the relaxed pace of Kunming. Situated in the northwest park of the city near Yunnan University, Green Lake Park is a quite oasis where the city goes to relax and enjoy themselves. In the early morning, people do Taichi on the lakeside, old men play their instruments under shaded trees, and couples stroll over the lake's many bridges before heading to work.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1.5
Opening hours:
6:00am - 11:00pm

Flower and Bird Market   花鸟市场

Located in downtown Kunming, the flower and bird market is an excellent place to experience an authentic Kunming market which has been around for years and years. Kunming is known as ‘the city of eternal spring’ (春城) and as such has climate that is ideal for growing flowers. Visitors can browse the beautiful bouquets, while listening to the continual twittering of hundreds of different types of birds. In addition to the eponymous birds and flowers, shoppers can also browse for souvenirs at stalls selling arts and crafts native to Yunnan province.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1

Bamboo Temple   筇竹寺

This Buddhist temple known for its 500 Buddha statues was originally built during the Song dynasty. Nestled up on Yu'an Mountain, the Bamboo Temple is one of the most pleasant places in Kunming.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1.5
Opening hours:
7:00am - 6:00pm

Grand View Park   大观楼

This park on the shores of Dianchi Lake is popular for the small pavilion from which the park gets its name and for its views of Kunming's Western Mountains across the lake.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
7:00am - 7:30pm

Stone Forest   石林

The Stone Forest (石林) is located approximately 120km east of Kunming. The limestone spires that make up the Stone Forest spring from the earth like stalagmites. May of them resemble great trunks of petrified trees, thus creating the illusion of a forest made of stone. Since 2007 the Stone Forest has been a UNESCO world heritage site. Visitors can wander through the site and marvel at the sheer variety of rock formations some of which have been named after the animal, plant or person that they resemble. It is recommended to spend at least 2 hours here to make the most of your visit.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
3
Opening hours:
8:30am - 6:00pm

Yunnan Nationalities Museum   云南民族博物馆

Located a short drive outside the city center, this pristine museum showcases artifacts and cultural items of Yunnan's many ethnic minorities. There is also a lovely central courtyard and a few spaces where local minority artists set up displays of their work.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1.5
Opening hours:
9:30am - 5:00pm

Dynamic Yunnan   云南印象

Produced, directed, and choreographed by the famous Chinese dancer, Yang Liping, Dynamic Yunnan is a folk dance and song performance which showcases the richness of Yunnan's cultural diversity. This show fuses traditional and modern techniques with spectacular results, exhibiting the artistic beauty of this province.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
2
Opening hours:
8:00pm - 12:00am

Lijiang old town   丽江古城

Stroll the pedestrian area of this ancient village to take in its shops, cafes and restaurants. Destroyed by an earthquake in 1996 it has been rebuilt in traditional style. With a history going back over 800 years, Lijiang was a stop on the old tea horse road. It is famous for its scenic waterways and bridges.

Lijiang is home to the Naxi minority people, and there is an excellent musical show in the evening which highlights this tradition. Lijiang was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.

Lion Hill   狮子山

Lion Hill provides a panoramic view of Lijiang old town. Wangu Tower is a five-story structure atop the hill and is surrounded by cyprus trees.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
8:00am - 6:00pm

Mu's Residence   木府

Mu's Residence is the home of a famous Naxi ruler. It was destroyed during the Qing Dynasty and was rebuilt in 1999. It houses fine gardens and highlights classical architecture from the Naxi minority.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
8:00am - 6:00pm

Free time on your own   自由活动

Lijiang night life  

Once an old, quiet village, Lijiang is now a party town after dark. A major attraction for young Chinese, music pounds from singing and dancing shows. Its a safe and fun environment, and gives you a chance to see where modern China is headed. Most of the bars charge for a bucket of beers or drinks by the bottle, so the price to get in can be a bit high. Make sure you understand when you go in what you are commiting yourself to pay. It's equally entertaining just to walk the streets and peer in the open windows and doors of the clubs.

Lijiang's night life is one reason why many foreign tourists now opt to stay in more remote places, such as hotels at the outskirts of Lijiang, or else the nearby town of Shuhe. Nonetheless, it's worth checking out this spectacle if you want to see or meet young Chinese people having fun.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain cable car  

The only practical way to get up and down the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is on the Swiss made cable car which takes 12 minutes. Walking is not even an option, the path is usually covered with ice and snow, not to mention the altitude makes hiking up difficult. Enjoy the views as you are whisked quickly up the mountain.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
0.5

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain   玉龙雪山

Located in a national park 9 miles (15 km) outside Lijiang, the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is a symbol of the town and can be seen on clear days. A trip up the mountain is best done in the Swiss made cable car in 12 minutes. You arrive at 4506 meters, where is is substantially colder, so be sure to bring warm clothes and a hat. You can climb higher once you are there, or relax inside the lodges, escaping the wind and enjoy a coffee.

Oxygen cans are sold to tourists but for most people in normal health this is not necessary, as you can simply go back down again if you don't feel well, and there is very little exertion required. If you don't have a warm jacket you can rent one, and must pay a deposit.

A trip up the mountain can be combined with the Lijiang Impression show which is at the base of the mountain, or a round of golf in the world's highest golf course.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
2

Impression Lijiang Show   印象丽江

Another epic Zhang Yimou production (Olympic opening and closing ceremonies) with 500 actors, 100 horse in an open air theater at 10,170 feet (3500 meters). With the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the background, the show highlights dancing and song of the Naxi minority people. Note the show has no plot, it is more of an exhibition of culture. Show times vary in and out of season.

While in the area you can conveniently combine the show with a trip up the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain or a round of golf at the nearby Jade Dragon Snow Mountain golf course, which is the highest and longest course in the world.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1.5

Baisha old town   白沙村

A rural village, Baisha has developed into a minor tourist attraction. In ancient times, Baisha was a center of silk embroidery in southwest China and an important place on the Ancient Southern Silk Road, also called the Ancient Tea and Horse Road or Ancient tea route. Baisha has sprouted shops, cafes and restaurants in recent years and has a nice simple main street. Plenty of genuine local activity to be seen. You can drive to Baisha, its also possible to come bybicycle, on horse back or horse cart. Some people even walk.

Besides the main street, you can also see the Baisha Murals and there are a couple of Embroidery Schools in town which allow you to try your hand at the craft and also sell lots of high quality embroidery.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1

Baisha Murals   白沙壁画

Based in the Naxi Dongba religion, the murals are the remains of over 200 historic paintings. Located in the village of Baisha about 6 miles (10 km) north of Lijiang, it is a pleasant retreat from the busy streets of Lijiang. Some foreign tourists really appreciate the historic and artistic aspect of the murals, others have said they are not that well preserved and poorly lit. The grounds are pleasant to stroll and it is a good activity if you are looking for something a bit off the beaten track.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1

Naxi Traditional Music Performance   纳西古乐

Naxi ancient music is a type of folk music unique to the Naxi people in Lijiang area of Yunnan Province. The orchestra in Lijiang has 26 performers aged from 40 upwards, including a few octogenarians. They play ancient instruments and songs of the Naxi minority people which date back many centuries, transcending the language barrier. Each song is introduced by the the host who speaks in both Chinese and English.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1.5
Opening hours:
8:00pm - 9:30pm

Shibaoshan (Stone Treasure Mountain)   石宝山

If you are looking for a place where you can hike in the hills and see relatively few other tourists, this is a good place to visit. From the parking lot to the temple in the hills the walk is a pleasant 500 meters (1/3 of a mile). You can keep hiking beyond the temple into the hills if you have time.

Located 7 miles (12km) north of Shaxi, this nature reserve and religious site was one of the first to be officially protected by China in 1982. There are numerous temples and grottoes as well as some fantastic views and walks amongst the old forests. Shibaoshan covers a big mountain area with its main points of interest some times distant kilometers away. Going up to the temple there are some families of monkeys that are wild and its best not to get too close.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
2

Shaxi Old Town   沙溪

The village of Shaxi is mainly a pedestrian old town, with some new parts which have been built on the outside. It is nice that no cars or electric bikes make their way into the cobblestone streets. You can pleasantly walk down the street without watching your back, and if you have children you don't have to hold their hand constantly. The old town is not huge, such as in Lijiang, it is just one main street and square.

The shops have a nice assortment of ethnic wares and you can bargain easily. A number of cafes offer coffee, snacks and meals. Lots of opportunities for photographers to get great landscape and people photographs. Generally a nice place to unwind and take in the scenery.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
2

Kunming 昆明

In times gone by, Kunming was considered a southern gateway to the Silk Road, nowadays it is the perfect starting point for tourists who wish to travel throughout Yunnan province. Yunnan is far less developed than China’s coastal provinces; nonetheless it is one of the most enjoyable to travel in. The diversity of the landscape- from the jungle of Xishuangbanna to the Himalayan mountains- mirrors the ethnic diversity of the people. 25 of China’s 56 ethnic minorities can be found in Yunnan, they make up around 40% of the population.

Situated on a plateau, and surrounded by mountains and lakes Kunming has a temperate climate all year round, earning it its nickname ‘ 春城 city of eternal spring’. Along with Kunming’s pleasant climate, it is also one of the least polluted cities in China. You can get to Kunming by plane from Beijing or Shanghai.

Kunming has plenty to offer tourists planning to...   Read more

Lijiang 丽江

Lijiang is a village in Yunnan province which has become increasingly popular with travelers. With is recently opened airport and a new system of highways surrounding it, Lijiang has become much easier to get to. It now has direct daily flights to Beijing and many other cities around China. Lijiang was destroyed by an earthquake in 1996 and was rebuilt in old style. In recent years there have been many quality hotels opened up in the area.

While Lijiang is a village, it is also a base for further exploration and day trips. You don't have to stay in the busy and touristy village of Lijiang, there are alternative bases nearby, such as Shuhe, which is a smaller version of Lijiang. While the old town is well worth visiting, you may like to retire to a more quiet area to get a good nights rest, as Lijiang's central area has an active Read more

Shaxi 沙溪

Shaxi is a historic market town in located halfway between Dali and Lijiang. Not yet developed as a tourist destination, this town retains its standing as a true old town in China, not one which has been rebuilt and manufactured. With the new highway being built not far away, access will be easier in the future, and also more tourists are likely to come. But for now it is still a hidden gem.

The market square of Shaxi was added to the World Monuments Watch List of 100 Most Endangered Sites in 2001. Shaxi started as a trading point for tea and horses during the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907). The prosperity of the town was at its height during the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368–1912). It is probably the most intact horse caravan town on the Ancient tea route leading from Yunnan in to Burma and Tibet and is now being preserved...   Read more

Breakfast

Most hotels come with breakfast, or if not it can be added at a cost. Four and five star hotels will generally offer a good western and Chinese buffet breakfast. Three star hotels may only have a Chinese breakfast, or a Chinese interpretation of a western breakfast. Anyway a Chinese breakfast is not bad - rice porridge, eggs, Chinese style breads and vegetables.
Drinking Water
Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Grab a couple bottles to take to your room for the night. Tap water in big cities in China is not going to make you sick, it is chlorinated. Fine for brushing your teeth but best to stick to bottled water as you don't want to upset your system on your big trip.
Children and Special Diets
Our guides are accustomed to handling special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and we can plan for you. Children often find they like certain Chinese dishes, such as noodles, fried rice or sweet and sour pork. If a stop at McDonalds or KFC is required your guide can do this on the go.

Lunch on Tour

We consider experiencing good Chinese cuisine to be an important part of the tour experience. When on a tour, lunch is generally Chinese style and normally included in the price. Our guides will help you order according to your taste. Mild, spicy, meat, vegetables, rice and/or noodles. Dishes are served family style and shared by the guests. The driver may eat on his own but the guide will join you if you like.

Food in Beijing is quite good quality and we take our guests to genuine local restaurants, not tourist traps. We consider it distasteful to ask you for small amounts of money during the tour, so we offer unlimited standard drinks including Coke, Sprite, local bottled water and Chinese tea. You also won't leave the table hungry, if you need more to eat just let your guide know.

We don't have fixed restaurants we must use, it depends on where you are at the time you are hungry. When traveling around China we normally have the same arrangements outside Beijing but this may vary depending on your exact itinerary.
Drinking Water
Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Grab a couple bottles to take to your room for the night. Tap water in big cities in China is not going to make you sick, it is chlorinated. Fine for brushing your teeth but best to stick to bottled water as you don't want to upset your system on your big trip.
Children and Special Diets
Our guides are accustomed to handling special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and we can plan for you. Children often find they like certain Chinese dishes, such as noodles, fried rice or sweet and sour pork. If a stop at McDonalds or KFC is required your guide can do this on the go.

Dinner on Tour

Unless there is a special activity planned or you prefer to have all your meals catered, guests often prefer to relax after a day tour and arrange their own dinner. This gives you flexibility in time and cuisine. Having all your meals catered every day can be tiresome. Handling your own dinner allows you to have some control and also strike out on you own. Your guide can give you restaurant suggestions and in big cities you can find lots of options for fine dining, fast food, both western or Chinese. Hotel staff can often make restaurant recommendations within walking distance.

If you get the taste for a burger or pizza after a lot of Chinese food, this is easily found in Beijing, Shanghai and many other cities around China. Many hotel restaurants offer nice food. China also has its share of McDonald's, KFC and Subway sandwich chains if you need a fix.
Drinking Water
Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Grab a couple bottles to take to your room for the night. Tap water in big cities in China is not going to make you sick, it is chlorinated. Fine for brushing your teeth but best to stick to bottled water as you don't want to upset your system on your big trip.
Children and Special Diets
Our guides are accustomed to handling special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and we can plan for you. Children often find they like certain Chinese dishes, such as noodles, fried rice or sweet and sour pork. If a stop at McDonalds or KFC is required your guide can do this on the go.


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