Yunnan Ethnic Culture TourKunming, Dali, Shaxi, Lijiang, Shangri-La

Days 6
Destinations 5
Experiences 37

Trip Summary

Family Vacation, Chinese Culture, Adventure, Gourmet, Romantic, Nature

Covering five incredible destinations, the Yunnan Ethnic Culture Tour includes all of the best this province has to offer, from the rich ethnic diversity of its charming ancient towns to its breathtaking natural landscapes.

This tour starts in Kunming, the capital and largest city of Yunnan. Here, you will have a chance to visit the Stone Forest Geological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site made up of out-of-this-world rock formations, before taking the high-speed train to the ancient town of Dali.

While in Dali, you will explore the town’s well-preserved Bai-style houses, and you will have the opportunity to visit a local Bai family's home for lunch to learn more about local culture. You’ll also get to see Dali’s famed Chongsheng Three Pagodas, remnants of an ancient kingdom dating back to the 9th century. From there, your tour will take you to the smaller Shaxi Ancient Town, which will seduce you with its authentic and peaceful atmosphere.

Next, you’ll head to Lijiang Old Town for two nights, giving you time to soak up the town’s stunning mountain scenery and vibrant nightlife, Of course, we will also take you outside the old town to visit such unmissable attractions as Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Baisha Ancient Village.

The final leg of your tour will take you to Shangri-La, considered heaven on earth by many. During the scenic drive to Shangri-La, you will have time to stop and admire the amazing landscape of the Tibetan Plateau, including such unique sights as Tiger Leaping Gorge and Haba Snow Mountain. Once in Shangri-la, you will visit the magnificent Tibetan Buddhist sanctuary of Ganden Sumtseling Monastery, as well as the charming old town of Dukezong.

As always, we can customize your tour to suit your individual preferences. Simply ask your agent if you’d like to make any changes!

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Recommended Itinerary

Yunnan Ethnic Culture Tour Map
  • Stone Forest Geological Park – a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site that features an impressive collection of uniquely shaped rock formations
  • Lunch – local cuisine
  • Transfer to Kunming Train Station – bullet train to Dali, around 2 hours
  • Dali Old Town – stroll along the ancient streets lined with typical Bai-style houses and get a glimpse of local life
  • Wuhua Tower – climb up this tower for a bird's-eye view of Dali Old Town as well as Cangshan Mountain and the Chongsheng Three Pagodas in the distance
  • City Wall of Dali – take in the iconic city gate of Dali and enjoy a peaceful walk along the city wall
  • Overnight – Dali Old Town

What's Included

  • One-on-one trip consulting and planning service from one of our experienced travel specialists
  • Domestic transportation as detailed on your itinerary
  • Private English-speaking guide (selected/trained by our Western staff)
  • Experienced Chinese-speaking driver and quality, air-conditioned vehicle (unlimited bottled water supplied in your vehicle)
  • Entry to all attractions on your itinerary – no hidden costs or commission-based shopping stops
  • Meals as specified on your itinerary (at quality local restaurants)
  • 24/7 support from your guide and travel specialist while you are on tour

What's Not Included

  • International flights to and from China
  • International travel insurance (you should purchase your own policy in your home country)
  • Accommodation – if you want us to book hotels for you, please let your agent know
  • Tips for your guide and driver
  • Other personal expenses (laundry, extra hotel services, etc.)


  • We offer our itineraries as suggestions only; all of our tours can be tailored to your schedule and interests. If there is anything you do or don't want to include, simply let your agent know
  • Prices vary according to your date of travel and any special requests you might have. Please ask for a free, bespoke quotation
  • Meals may change based on the time and location. You can also ask your guide to change your meals. We will try our best to help you enjoy a variety of Chinese food
  • For tour booking terms and conditions, please read our Terms of Service

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