Day 1: Los Angeles - Guangzhou. Depart for China at 11:40 PM on China Southern Airlines. Get onboard your International flight this evening to begin your Shangri-La and Tibet Tour.
Day 2: Enroute. Cross the International Dateline.
Day 3:Arrive in Guangzhou early this morning and catch your connecting flight to Kunming (Spring City). Your English-speaking guide and driver will transfer you to the hotel upon your arrival. Visit the World Horticultural Expo after a delicious Chinese lunch. Since Kunming has a spring-like climate all year round, the gardens are constantly in bloom with camellias, orchids, azaleas and primroses. Includes:(L).
Day 4: Guangzhou - Kunming. After breakfast, embark on a full-day tour at the Stone Forest (Shilin). The shape and imagery of the forest was formed by millions of years of weathering; the spectacular sceneries there will certainly amaze you. Return to Kunming this afternoon and get onboard an overnight express train to Dali in the late evening. Includes:(B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Dali. Arrive in Dali early this morning. Your English-speaking tour guide and driver will transfer you to the hotel upon your arrival. After breakfast, visit the Bai minority people's town—Xizhou, a few kilometers away from Dali where many Bai homes still retain their traditional architectures, paintings and layout intact. Browse the crowded market town prior to lunch. Explore Dali's Three Pagodas (San Tsai) this afternoon. Surviving through storms and earthquakes over ten centuries, the Three Pagodas are still the significant symbols of exceptional architectural technology and the brilliant culture of Dali. Your tour continues at the beautiful Butterfly Spring (Hudie Quan) and the Butterfly Museum, where thousands of butterflies gather in spring. Then attend a special performance of the Bai Nationality Three Course Tea, Singing and Dancing Show. Enjoy the Three Course Tea along with the performance of traditional Bai Nationality folk songs and dance. Includes:(B), (L).
Day 6: Dali. Visit Erhai Lake this morning. The lake is one of the seven largest freshwater lakes in China where boats and fishing vessels usually sail by; be sure to enjoy the spectacular sceneries of Mt. Cangshan and several small islands nearby. Move on to the top of Mt. Cangshan to view colorful blossoms of azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons. After lunch, visit Dali's ancient city, which contains stonewalls, gray tiled roofs, phoenix and dragon carved windows and doors and streams that crisscrossed the city.
Includes: (B), (L).
Day 7: Dali - Lijiang. Enjoy a scenic drive from the Yunnan countryside to Lijiang, a UNESCO world heritage site and center of the Naxi minority culture. After lunch, visit Lijiang's Ancient City—Dayanzhen, a town that is carefully laid out around a central square with small cobblestone streets and lanes radiating out in all directions. With the neat brick houses and fabulous views, Dayanzhen is the perfect place to stay away from the bustling activities at metropolitan cities. Move on to the Black Dragon Pool (Yu Quan), also known as the Jade fountain to view its green deep waters and magnificent sceneries of the