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7 days Overland Trip Kunming,Dali,Shaxi,Lijiang


     

   Day by Day Itinerary
Duration: 7    

TENTATIVE PROGRAM

7 days/6 nights Kunming-Dali-Shaxi-Lijiang

 

Day01 KUNMING arrival (1896 meters) (L/-)

Arrival in Kunming by air from Hong Kong by UO 273 at 1145 AM (your own tickets).

Serving as the capital of Yunnan, Kunming is historically and culturally renowned throughout the country. It is the center of politics, economy, culture, science and technology in Yunnan. With an annual average temperature of 15 degrees Celsius, it is well known as the City of Eternal Spring without bitter cold in winter and intense heat in summer.

After airport formalities, meet your guide and proceed to visit the Western Hills.

In the morning, visit the Western Hill including the Dragon Gate and the Hua Ting Temple.

The Western Hill is a range of 4 mountains stretching over 40 kilometers by the western shore of the Dianchi Lake. Its skyline resembles a Sleeping Beauty. It offers the best scenery and some of the finest temples in the entire region: the Dragon Gate, a grotto complex of rooms, sculptures, archway and tunnel chiseled along sheer cliff by local stonemasons from 1781 to 1853; and the Hua Ting Temple and the Tai Hua Temple.

Lunch en tour at local restaurant. Dinner at leisure – on your own account

Overnight at Grand Park Hotel ***** in the immediate neighborhood of the Green Lake Park, superior room, 02 nights

 

Day02 KUNMING (B/L/-)

Buffet breakfast at hotel.

Today, we take an excursion to visit the Stone Forest.

An extremely rare geological phenomenon dating back to 270 million years ago, the Stone Forest is 80 hectares of karst limestone pillars in fantastic shapes that resemble a forest viewed from a distance some 85 kilometers, or 2 hour ride, southeast of Kunming. The Stone Forest is also home to the Sani tribe, a branch of the diverse and scattered Yi minority renowned for their diligence, embroidery and dancing.

Back to Kunming to visit the Grand View Pavilion.

Built in 1690, the three-storeyed Grand View Pavilion resides by the Dianchi Lake and thus provides a grand view across sparkling lake to the distant Western Hill. Literally known all over China, the pavilion houses a great couplet of 180 characters composed one century ago, the first half of which praises beautiful scenery in and around Kunming, while the second, traces 2000 years of Yunnan's history, commemorating its rulers and warriors, battles and victories. The couplet is regarded the "longest couplet in China" as well as one of the province's most valued cultural treasures.

Lunch en tour at local restaurant. Dinner at leisure – on your own account

 

Day03 KUNMING-DALI (2100 meters) (B/L/-)

Buffet breakfast at hotel.

Today, overland drive of 360 kilometers, or 4.5 hours, along Kunming-Chuxiong and Chuxiong-Dali Highways to Dali.

En route, we will take stops to visit the Dinosaur Valley and Yunnanyi.

The Dinosaur Valley is newly introduced this April 18. This theme park features dinosaur fossils unearthed in and around Lufeng county since 1960’s.

15 kilometers to the east of Xiangyun County, Yunnanyi was set as county seat of Yunnan County back in 109 BC in the Han Dynasty. It has functioned as a very important gateway between central China and southwest China ever since. During the Anti-Japanese War from 1937 to 1945, it served as an aircraft base for the US Flying Tigers. Today, we may still see a portion of the much-famed cobble-stoned Yunnan-Burma Road, a cluster of aircraft shelters, and old post office dating back to Qing Dynasty.

Standing against the Cangshan Mountains in the west and adjoining the Erhai Lake in the east, embraced by undulating hills around, Dali was the capital of Nanzhao and Dali Kingdom as early as 1,300 years ago. It is home to Bai minority.

Lunch en tour at local restaurant. Dinner at leisure – on your own account

Overnight at Hilton Resort & Spa ***** some 6 kilometers away from the old town, deluxe room, 02 nights

 

Day04 DALI (B/L/-)

Buffet breakfast at hotel.

In the morning, visit the Three Pagodas and Dali Film Studio.

Standing in a way of a tripod on the outskirts of old town, the Three Pagodas were constructed in about 850 and 1050 following the model of the Small Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi’an. For centuries, they are considered landmark of the region.

In the afternoon, proceed to the Gan Tong Chairlift Station for a chairlift ride up midway the Shengying Peak of the Cangshan Mountains. Visit of the Buddhist temple by the chairlift station followed by a leisure walk (about 2 hours) along the Jade Belt Path to inhale pine-scented fresh air of the mountains and to cast a bird-eye-view of Dali and the Erhai Lake.

Then, take a guided stroll in the old town of Dali including the South City Gate, a local Catholic Church, and the Foreigners’ Street.

The old town of weathered gray granite stands at 2,100 meters on a long, narrow rice plain between the Cangshan Mountains and the Erhai Lake, a natural configuration that seems specially designed for a good, bountiful life. Format of the old town is like a chessboard with four gates guarding in the directions of east, south, west and north, a design that was adopted by most towns in ancient China.

Lunch en tour at local restaurant. Dinner at leisure – on your own account

 

Day05 DALI-SHAXI-LIJIANG (2500 meters) (B/L/-)

Buffet breakfast at hotel.

In the morning, visit the Bai minority village Xizhou.

23 kilometers north of Dali, Xizhou village has a more mixed population and cosmopolitan background. It grew and flourished in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) along with the fortunes of Dali’s renowned tea merchants that traded to Tibet. Family Yang’s courtyard is a good example of traditional Bai houses. Here, we will also enjoy Three-coursed Tea accompanied with folk song and dance performance, a ceremony of the Bai people to greet guests.

Proceed to an overland drive of 120 kilometers, or 2.5 hours, to the Sideng village of the Shaxi Township.

Sideng village, residing in the immediate neighborhood of Shibaoshan and under the jurisdiction of Shaxi Township, was a prosperous town on the old South China Silk Road that connects China with South Asia, Southeast Asia and West Asia. Traditional Bai houses line up to form the village a chessboard. The century-old Xingjiao Buddhist Temple, the wooden theater stage, and residence of caravan household are worth a visit. Sideng village was enlisted as one of the 101 World Monumental Constructions in late 2001 by World Monumental Construction Fund.

Then, continue to an overland drive of about 2 hours to Lijiang.

A gathering place of rugged mountain people with the Naxi forming the majority, Lijiang is a small mountain town of stone and tile, laced with swift canals, which has been recently listed as an UNESCO world monument.

In the evening, take a guided stroll in the Dayan old town of Lijiang.

Old town of Lijiang is a big area with its center, or Si Fang Jie (Square Street) in the form of an official ink stone, hence its name Dayan (ink stone) Town. It enjoys a long history of over 800 years and unlike most of the old towns in China, there is no city walls due to a superstitious belief of the local ruler whose family name is Mu (tree), when encircled by walls, would be Kun (besieged). Wooden structures, mountains, small rivers and lanes integrate harmoniously in this mountain town.

Lunch en tour at local restaurant. Dinner at leisure – on your own account

Overnight at InterContinental Resort Lijiang Ancient Town ***** in the Dayan old town, superior room, 02 nights

 

Day06 LIJIANG (B/L/-)

Buffet breakfast at hotel.

In the morning, visit to the Black Dragon Pond with the Wufeng Temple (Five Phoenix Pavilion) and Dongba Cultural Museum. The Pond provides you opportunity of taking great pictures of the crystal clear pond with backdrop of snow mountains in a distance.

Then, we will take an excursion to visit the First Bend of the Yangzi River and the Tiger Leaping Gorge.

The village of Stone Drum stands at the First Bend of the Yangzi River, some 70 kilometers west of Lijiang. Approaching to Stone Drum offers a dramatic view of the Yangzi's near-180-degree turn, where the wide, swift waters perform a miraculous about-face. For nearly 20 kilometers the river, first flowing south, then north, runs parallel to itself. Locals say if it were not for their village standing guard at the bend, China would lose the water of the Yangzi to Southeast Asia, like that of the adjacent Mekong and Salween Rivers.

The Tiger Leaping Gorge, or Hutiaoxia in Chinese, is the Yangzi's best-known gorge after the Three Gorges in Sichuan and Hubei. Wedged tightly between titanic cliffs, the river is so narrow here, as legend tells us, that a hunted tiger made his escape to the other side in a single bound. Here, the Jade Dragon Snow Mountains and the Haba Snow Mountains lean close to each other and a large volume of torrent moving between them cutting deeper and deeper into the bottom of the gorge. In some places there is a drop of 3,000 meters to the water.

Lunch en tour at local restaurant. Dinner at leisure – on your own account

 

Day07 LIJIANG-KUNMING departure (B/L/-)

Buffet breakfast at hotel.

Today, overland drive of about 500 kilometers, or 6.5 hours, along Lijiang-Dali, Dali-Chuxiong, and Chuxiong-Kunming Highways back to Kunming.

En route, we will take two or three stops for you to stretch your bodies or take photos.

Upon arrival in Kunming, transfer to Kunming Airport for your departure to Hong Kong (120 minutes, flight details to be advised) or to Guangzhou (120 minutes, flight details to be advised).

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