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13 days Yunnan Photography Tour

Tour Code: KMGP003   Shangri-la, Yunnan Photo Tour
Trip Duration: 13 Days & 12 Nights  
Departure Day: daily    
Visiting: Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la, Jianshui, Yuanyang  
Summary: Yunnan is home to 25 of China's 56 minorities. This tour gives you a surprising array of ethnic cultures, paradisiacal scenery of Shangri-la, Yulong Snow Mountain, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Yuanyang rice terraces ... and takes you far away from China you are more familiar with.  
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Day 1 Arrive at Kunming (-/-/-)

Transfer via: International/Internal Flight arranged by you

Welcome to Kunming, where the political, economic, communications and cultural center of Yunnan lies. Because of its year-round temperate climate, Kunming is often called the "Spring City". We meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.

Dali Ancient TownIn the afternoon we will have a city tour with stops at Qiongzhu Temple, the flower and bird markets.

Day 2 Kunming / Dali (B/L/-)

Transfer via: Coach arranged by us

We travel by coach to Dali, on arrival, we transfer to hotel. Visit Zhonghe Temple, Take a cable car to a Cangshan Mountain, we will visit the famous and photogenic Three Pagodas, one of the major attractions in Dali and tour Dali ancient town.

Day 3 Dali (B/L/-)

Today we will go to Bai Village and Wei Shan stopping along the way to see Yi people. On our return to Dali we will visit the charismatic Foreign Street and pay a visit to Diangzhong Market.

Day 4 Dali / Lijiang (B/L/-)

Lijiang Dongba PeopleTransfer via: Van arranged by us

Travel by van to Lijiang, which borders Tibet and is set in a beautiful valley. We will walk through the Lijiang Ancient Town and at noon we will be at the Market Square which at that time will be full of Naxi women in traditional dress. Parrots and plants adorn the front porches, women sell griddle cakes at teahouses, and almoners walk past with hunting birds proudly perched on their gloved fist. Cards are played with the players energetically slamming down trumps on a card table in the middle of the street. Embroidery and lengths of cloth are sold in shops around the market. Visits will be made to the Ancient Town, Black Dragon pool and Lion Hill Park where we can have a bird view of the ancient town.

Day 5 Lijiang (B/L/-)

Tiger Leaping GorgeThe Ancient charismatic town of Lijiang dates back to the Song Dynasty (960- 1279) and it has been included in the World Cultural Heritage. It is surrounded by tree covered mountains with crystal clear water running through its centre; a charming location. You have a full-day visit to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Yufeng Lamasery, and a worthwhile and interesting stop at the Naxi Minority Folk Museum.

Day 6 Lijiang / Shangri-la (B/L/-)

Transfer via: Van arranged by us

Drive for about 4 hours from Lijiang to Shangri-la. Shangri-la has become a symbol for Oriental exoticism, the myth of Shangri-la was born in 1921 with the novel by James Hilton "Lost Horizon". In his book, Hilton describes a paradisiacal place in the foothills of the Himalayas. Drive to Shangri-la, a haven for mountaineers with stunning landscapes. On the way you will visit Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the deepest Gorges in the world.

Day 7 Shangri-la (B/L/-)

We complete our tour based in Shangri-la with visits to Songzanlin Monastery, a 300-year-old Tibetan monastery complex with several hundred monks where the Yellow Hat School of Tibetan Buddhism is practiced. Next we visit Dabao Temple with its sea of Tibetan prayer flags and finally returns to the picturesque Old Town districts for Shangri-la, Stay overnight in Shangri-la.

Day 8 Shangri-la / Kunming/ Jianshui (B/L/-)

Zhu's GardenTransfer via: Internal Flight/Coach/Van arranged by us

Fly to Kunming after breakfast and then transfer to Jianshui, a small country town in southern Yunnan. It is a cultural city. We will visit Confucius' Temple and Zhu' s Garden. This grand complex with its labyrinth of 42 courtyards and magnificent Chinese architecture is something now rarely seen in China. Then a stop at Chaoyang Gate Arch, its significance to Jianshui is the same as that of Tiananmen to Beijing; thus it has enjoyed the reputation of "the Miniature Tiananmen" .

Day 9 Jiangshui / Yuanyang (B/L/-)

Transfer via: Van arranged by us

Today's highlight is Jingkou Hani People's Village. Many ethnic groups, The Dai, The Yao and the The Miao, live in the Ailao mountains. Women who are expert at tie-dying and embroidery. The Hani and Yi ethnic groups live on the mountain sides amidst tea plantations. Their terraced fields are one of the most inspiring scenes in southern Yunnan resembling silver ladders, stretching from the foot of the mountains to the summit. Stay in local hotel.

Day 10 Yuanyang / Jianshui (B/L/-)

Yuanyang Tiger Mouth Terrace FieldVisit the Sheng Village Terrace Fields with spectacular views and see Tiger Mouth Terrace Field. Yuanyang rice terraces are without doubt the most beautiful and spectacular paddy fields in China! Those rice fields have been carved on the mountains by the Hani people for centuries. Catching a sunrise or sunset on those terraces full of water is one of the greatest highlights to any trip in China. Return to Jianshui.

Day 11 Jianshui / Shilin (B/L/-)

Transfer via: Van arranged by us

Drive to Shilin and visit Stone Forest, the geological Karst wonder with the colorful Sani people living around. Stone Forest is one of the natural wonders of Yunnan, a World Heritage site. It consists of gray karst limestone rocks, covering an area of 400km2 (96,000 acres) and includes both large and small stone forests, as well as many other scenic spots.

Day 12 Shilin / Kunming (B/L/-)

Stone Forest of KunmingTransfer via: Van arranged by us

After breakfast, take coach back to Kunming. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the sites of and beauty of “Spring City” Kunming..

Day 13 Kunming / Departure (B/-/-)

International/Internal Flight arranged by you

After breakfast, you will be escorted to the airport for your flight to your next destination.


* You should consider bringing the following items:

  • Long trousers
  • Shorts
  • Shirts
  • Hat (sun & woolly)
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Sandals/Light Shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Light Rain Coat
  • Toiletries
  • Small Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • First Aid Kit
  • Mosquito Repellent
  • Alarm Clock
  • Passport (with 6 months validity and spare pages)
  • Passport photo
  • Travel Insurance details
  • Money - Cash/ATM-Card/Credit Card


City 3 Star Hotel 4 Star Hotel 5 Star Hotel
Kunming Camellia Hotel Golden Dragon Hotel Green Lake Hotel
Dali Landscape hotel Landscape hotel Dali Regent Hotel
Lijiang Sanhe Inn Lijiang Yinxianggucheng Wenyuan Hotel Treasure Harbour International Hotel
Shangri-la Gyalthang Dzong Hotel Songtsam Hotel Tian Jie Shen Chuan Hotel
Jianshui Zhu Family Garden Hotel N/A N/A
Yuanyang Yunti Hotel N/A N/A
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