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Ethnic Minority Experience of Yunnan Family Photo Tour

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 12 - 16 day(s)
Group Size: 3 - 8 people
Destination(s): China  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey  
Season: February - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 849 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1860 US Dollar (USD)

The legend story about Avastilosvara became a local woman to rescue village people from a war in Ming dynasty. One day lots of robber and enemy come to the village try to start a war, a old lady carry a huge stone and the robber ask her why you carry so much, she answered: in the village, every young guy carries three times as mine, the robber scared about it, then run away. Actually, in local village, you will see woman do lots of hard work in farmland; carry a lot of heavy things, you have to respect and admire woman there.

Shibao Mountain located in the northwestof Dali, contains Buddist rock carvings and temples of over 1300 years old with, amongst others, images of the Bodisattva Guanyin, and lady's produced organ. Local people often worship for pray for giving birth no pain delivery. They are art treasures of the Nanzhan Kingdom and the Dali Kingdom.

Wenhai is located on the southern slope of Yulong (Jade Dragon) snow mountain and it is a part of the Lashihai provincial level Alpine Wetlands Nature Reserve. There are also unique wild flowers that bloom all four seasons. Wenhai is also home to a variety of economically viable mushrooms and precious medicinal herbs. Every year between November and January of the next year,birds from as far as Siberia and Qinghai come to Wenhai to rest, creating a great opportunity for bird watching in the area.

Keep taking your steps, reach the formal residence of Rock the American scholar, you will understand why Rock said: I prefer dying amidst the flowers which at the foot of Jade dragon mountain rather than lying on the bed of Hospitals...

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Kunming. Arrival in Kunming, then transfer to your hotel. visit Stone forest, the famous marvel karst rock formation landscape. In the evening, watch the wonderful performance the fantastic dancing and singing show "Yunnan Dynamic" (20:00-21:40), which is a introduction to the Yunnan colorful minorities.

Day 2: Kunming-Dali. Departure from Kunming to Dali, visit the old historical town and the museum and the legend story about the local Bai village, take a cable car or trekking to Cangshan mountain, visit the mountain view. Spent one night over in traditional Bai Ethnic style hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 3: Dali. Every 5/10/15/20/25/30th there is the local market and spent the day in 1000+year old ancient town, learning about the local religion. Go fishing at sunset. Have dinner and spent one night with local family. Or visit a fishing island, with 4000+ year old fishing village. Spend one night in a lakeside lodge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 4: Dali-Shaxi. Take a bus to Shaxi, the ancient tea horse caravan trail, stroll around ancient town and local village, visit the traditional theater and temple, and most prosperity tea horse family in history garden, listening to the historical stories about the tea horse caravan trail. Stay one night in the local traditional tea horse caravan hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Shaxi in the historic Market Square of the old village of Sideng, a once vibrant staging post along the Tea and Horse Caravan Trail, which primarily channeled trade in tea, horses and other valuables between diverse ethnic groups residing along the eastern Himalayan riff beginning in the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907). Sideng flourished over five centuries throughout the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368 – 1911) haven't been before stalled under the changing economic, political and industrial landscape of the mid-20th century.

Day 5: Visit Shibao mountain - woman's kingdom-the indian buddhism carving and fresco. Shibao mountain located in the northwest of Dali, contains Buddhist rock carvings and temples of over 1300 years old with, amongst others, images of the Bodisattva Guanyin, and lady's produced organ. Local people often worship for pray for giving birth no pain delivery. They are art treasures of the Nanzhan Kingdom and the Dali Kingdom. Stay one night over in Shaxi village. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 6: Take bus to Lijiang, stroll around Lijiang old town, black dragon pool, Mu masion and Naxi museum. At night enjoy the traditional Naxi musical performance. Stay one night in Lijiang hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 7: Walk around the Baisha the old village which is the dubition the incredible frescoes telling you the history. Then you keep taking your steps, reach the formal residence of Rock the American scorlar, you will understand why Rock said: "I prefer dying amidst the flowers which at the foot of Jade dragon mountain rather than lying on the bed of Hospitals". Pilgrimage from Shuhe to Yuhu village, to understand more deep culture of the Naxi and Yi ethnic culture. Where is at the foot of Jade dragon snow mountains, on the way visit the frescoes and the Tibentan style monastery, and the formal residence of American scholar. Spent one night in Shuhe town. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 8: We will drive to Wenhai Village. There are two clans in Wenhai lower village,whose bloodlines are from the Tibetans and the Bais, but are also being regarded as Naxi people now. North of the Wenhai villages is the Xuehua village where there lives a group of Yis, who still maintain their very simple and traditional lifestyle of the Yi people. It is a Xanadu where the strangers are seldom reached. You can enjoy the marvelous landscape of the lake and the pasture near the village. Stay overnight at Eco-Lodge which is joint operated by the local 56 families.

Day 9: Wenhai to Lashihai Lake. Drive from Wenhai Village to the Meiquan Village which locates on the west side of Lashi Lake. Lashi Lake is the first wetland natural reserve in Yunnan Province. You can ride horse to visit the Old Forest, the Headstream of the Holy Spring and the headstream of Lashi Lake (the Seven Fairies Lake). Ride across the Tea-horse Road and the alp pasture, then return to Lashi Lake. Stay overnight in the camp.

Day 10: Tiger Leaping Gorge. On the third day, drive to visit the Stone Drum Town and the First Bend of the Yangtze River. Continue to drive to Qiaotou and start hiking. Walk on the high way, this tour is not intended to be a trekking adventure, so a modest walk is scheduled to climb 2 hours up the hill and stay in a quiet Naxi guesthouse. The owners are lovely and the views are surreal. The next day we walk back down the hill and visit the Tiger Leaping Gorge.

Day 11: Shangri-la. Go to Shangri-la,visit Baishuitai white water terraces. It constitutes a sacred site for the Dongbas of Lijiang who often come here for pilgrimages. Stop again along the way for a walk Shudu Lake and Bita Lake. Evening arrival in Shangri La. Check in at your hotel which is located next to the Tibetan monastery Gedan Songzanglin. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 12: Shangri-la. Morning visit of Gedan Songzanlin temple by foot from your hotel. Then, according to your request, discover the surrounding countryside of Zhongdian, visit a Tibetan family and taste the local specialty - Yak butter tea and Yak cheese. After that we should join the Napa Lake or visit the Zhongdian old town. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 13: Kunmingt - Jianshui. Morning flight to Kunming. Your guide will meet you in Kunming airport to go south to Jianshui. You will continue driving towards Jianshui. Overnight in the Zhu Family Garden, a fantastic traditional Chinese residence.

Day 14: Jianshui - Yuanyang. In the morning, visit Jianshui old town and Confucius temple (the second biggest Confucius temple in China). Drive to Yuanyang in the afternoon. You can stop on the way to visit some minorities Yi and Hani villages. On arrival in Yuanyang, it time permits, we sunset at the fantastic Bada rice terraces.

Day 15: Yuanyang. Enjoy the sunrise on DuoYiShu rice terraces. Visit and walk in the rice terraces and several traditional Hani and Yi villages, like Jingkou village. According to the day of your visit, attend a local Yi and Hani market. Sunset at Laohuzui rice terraces.

Day 16: Yuanyang – Kunming. Drive back to Kunming. You can stop on the way to some villages as you want (Especially Xingmeng Mongolian village, Hexi Hui Muslim village and Liuyi village on arrival in Kunming, Free evening in Kunming).

Day 17: Departure from Kunming.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Domestic airfare from Shangri-la to Kunming
- All the accommodation of at least 3* standard
- Meals as specified
- Professional English speaking guide
- Government tax
- All entrance fee for sightseeing as indicated in the program.

Price Excludes:
- Visa stamping fee
- Travel assurance
- Mineral water beyond that supplied
- Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
- Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
- Tips and gratuities
- Personal expenses and other services which are not mentioned in the program
- International air tickets and airport departure taxes
- Meals and drinks not mentioned in the program.