Day 1: Arrival Kunming. Arrive in Kunming which has a nick name if “spring city” and meet with experienced English-speaking guide in the airport. And transfer by private bus to hotel. Then active freely. You can walk to Green Lake Park in the centre of Kunming by yourself. Kunming is the capital of southwest China's Yunnan province, a primarily agricultural province of 45 million.
Kunming has a population of five million and is located in one of the world's most geographically, ethnically, biologically and linguistically diverse regions. Situated at 1,900 meters (6,233 ft) above sea level and 25° north of the Equator it has a rather unique and pleasant climate for a Chinese city.
Day 2: Kunming - Stone Forest – Kunming. Sightseeing: the Stone Forest, the Green Lake, the Golden Horse and Phoenix Archway. Special Experience: Taste the typical Yunnan food named Bridge crossing Noodles. We will drive 86 km to the Stone Forest. There is a local saying: 'It is a waste of time not to visit the Stone Forest while visiting Kunming', which vividly expresses the deep love of the local people toward this world wonder.
The quintessential karst landscape makes every tourist lost in wonder. After lunch drive back Kunming to visit the landmark of Kunming-the Golden Horse and Phoenix Archway, which is located at the corner of Sanshi Road and Jinbi Road. And then, we will take a leisurely stroll along the Green Lake, a charming area of tea houses and small boutiques selling handicrafts and beautiful local paintings. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Kunming - Shangri La. Flight information: MU5933 Dep 07:00/Arr 07:45. Sightseeing: the Ganden Sumtseling Monastery, the Bita Lake & Shudu Lake and the Guishan Park. Special Experience: Tibetan family Home-Made, Butter Oil Tea. In the morning, take the flight from Kunming to Shangri La. After checking the hotel, we’ll visit the Ganden Sumtseling Monastery, the largest Tibetan monastery in Yunnan.
And afterwards we'll go and visit the tranquil Bita Lake & Shudu Lake. After having finished touring the Bita Lake & Shudu Lake, we'll visit the Old Town of Shangri La and the Guishan Park. Towards evening we'll take yak butter tea and participate in Tibetan dances in the home of a local Tibetan family. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Shangri La - Tiger Leaping Gorge - Lijiang. Sightseeing: the First Bend of the Yangtze River, Shigu Town, Tiger Leaping Gorge. Special Experience: Take dinner of local flavor with Naxi dance at a Naxi family. From Shangri La, we'll drive about 100km to Tiger Leaping Gorge of Yangtze River, the deepest gorge in the world. With 34 rapids of the Yangtze River, it is called the Jinsha in this area because we can find gold in the river.
After lunch we will drive 40 km more to visit the First Bend on the Yangtze River with imposing gorge scenery, and the Iron Chain Bridge in the Stone Drum 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. Late afternoon drive to Lijiang. At last, we'll head for where traditional Naxi Village at the bank of Black Dragon Pool and take our dinner of local flavor at a Naxi family. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Lijiang. Sightseeing: Black Dragon Pool, the Dongba Museum, Lion Hill and Wangulou Tower, Mu’s Palace. Special Experience: Naxi Orchestral and Show in Dongba Palace in Lijiang Old Town. In the morning we'll head for the scenic Black Dragon Pool and the Dongba Museum to explore the rich Naxi minority culture. Afternoon you will drive to the top of Lion Hill behind the Lijiang Old Town. Climb up to the fifth floor of Wangulou Tower where you can see the whole old town.
Walk down along the Lion Hill to visit Mu’s Palace which is the local chieftain’s former residence hundreds years ago. Rest day relax in Lijiang Old Town. After dinner, we will attend the Naxi Orchestral and Show in Dongba Palace. Optional: The whole day trip to the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, the second highest peak in Yunnan about 5,596 meters above sea level, take the chairlift to visit the Yak Meadow. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Lijiang - Dali. Sightseeing: the Erhai Lake Cruise, Xizhou Town, the Three-pagoda in Chongshen Temple. Special Experience: Taste the Bai Three Course Tea with ethnic dance and music. After breakfast, travel (200 km - 4 hrs) south on the old road to the ancient city of Dali. If this day happens to fall on a Monday we will call in at Shaping for a visit to the colorful Bai market. After lunch, we'll travel in the Erhai Lake by boat and visit Jinsuo Island.
After landing, we will head for Xizhou Town to fully appreciate Bai-style architecture, taste their fragrant three-course tea and explore their distinctive culture. And then, we will visit the Three-pagoda in Chongshen Temple, which is a typical historical symbol of Yunnan. It is also one of the oldest sublime architecture in South China. At last, we will visit the Old Dali Town, which is located at the foot of Cangshan Mountain. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Dali - Liuku (200 km). Today we will drive to Liuku which is the capital city of the Nujiang Lisu and Pumi Nationalities Autonomous Prefecture. The Nujiang River is China's important river flowing from north to south. It has its source on the southern slope of the Tanggula Mountain Range in Tibet Autonomous Region, flowing across the Tibet Autonomous Region and Yunnan Province, with a total length of 2,816 kilometers and a drainage area of 324,000 square kilometers.
The name of the river is changed into the Salween River after flowing into Burma from China, and it finally empties into the Andaman Sea of Indian Ocean at the Moulmein. The upper reaches of the river are known as the Naqu River in Tibetan. The river is called Anurimei by the Nu ethic minority, Anu is the name of the Nu people called by themselves, the Rimei means the river, so Anurimei means the river dwelled by the Nu people.
Day 8: Liuku - Pianma - Liuku (200 km). After the breakfast you will drive to Pianma in Lushui County. On the way you can visit the Yaojiaping virgin forest and the Green Canyon. After lunch in Pianma, you will visit the Pianma Museum and the Four Part Singing show of Lishu nationality. Overnight in Liuku.
Day 9: Liuku - Gongshan (248 km). Drive from Liuku to Gongshan. On the way you can enjoy the beautiful landscapes of the Nujiang Grand Canyon. The 316-kilometer-long Nujiang River Gorge is flanked by two 4,000-meter-high mountains. The mountain peaks on the two sides have an average altitude of over 3,000 kilometers. The gorge is located in Yunnan Province in southwestern China, an area rich in ethnic minority culture. It is now a first choice for many domestic and foreign travelers. Overnight in Gongshan.
Day 10: Gongshan - Bingzhongluo - Gongshan (88 km). One full day excursion to Bingzhongluo, sightseeing includes the first bend of Nujiang River (Salween River), the stone house of the Nu Nationality, Peach Island, the Tibetan Puhua Temple. You will then have the chance to visit a minority household and experience the life of the local people. Overnight in Gongshan.
Day 11: Gongshan - Fugong (110 km). Leave Gongshan and drive 110 km through the fascinating mountain areas to Fugong. Sightseeing includes a visit to a suspension bridge and a glide cable. Special Lishu food will be served during dinner. In the evening you will take part in a party with the local people. Overnight in Fugong.
Day 12: Fugong - Liuku (135 km). Return to Liuku. Enjoy your last day at Nujiang Grand canyon and visit Laomudeng Village and the bathhouse of Lishu Nationality. It is a tradition to welcome new year that all people take a bath together in the open hot springs by the banks of the river. Overnight in Liuku.
Day 13: Liuku - Tengchong. In the morning you will drive about (255 km) to Tengchong which is the most fantestic part in Baoshan City, on the way, you will enjoy Nujiang River scenery. When you arrive at Tengchong, drive 12 km more to the Hot Sea and Hot Fields, and you can shower in the hot spring pool, relax here about 3 hours. Overnight at Tengchong.
Day 14: Tengchong. After breakfast drive 23 km to visit the Cluster of Volcanoes in Tengchong, Heshun Township-Homeplace of Overseas Chinese and the local market in the border. Visit the Heshun Old Town in the afternoon. Overnight in Tengchong.
Day 15: Tengchong - Yingjiang (230 km). Sightseeing: Nandian Xuanfu Chieftain Office in Lianghe County, Longwo Hot Spring, Dai ethnic villages, Yinghu Lake, Dayingjiang River(the upper Irawady River).
Day 16: Yingjiang - Longchuan - Ruili. Sightseeing: Husa River, Husa Achang Autonomous Town, Husa Knife Factory, Guangshan Jingpo Ethnic park, Nunaozongge Square in Longchuan, Zhangfeng Border.
Day 17: Ruili. Sightseeing: Dai village, Jingpo village, the King Banyan Tree, Jiegao Border, Burmese Temple, Jiele Pagoda, Nongdao Town.
Day 18: Ruili - Mangshi - Kunming. Sightseeing: the Pagoda wrapped inside tree, the One Single Tree Forest, Wanding Town, Mangshi Plaza, Mengbalaxi Rare Park, Menghuan Golden Pagoda.
Day 19: Departure from Kunming. Service ends.
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