From $4,258 - 17 Days, Fully Inclusive from selected Australian cities
The south western province of Yunnan is not only home to most of China’s fascinating ethnic minorities, but also mighty rivers, deep gorges and lofty mountains. Join us on this fantastic journey to villages where ethnic groups maintain their traditional crafts and methods of farming that are centuries old.
Visit Dali and explore the ancient streets and markets. Lijiang is known as the ‘living museum’ and sits at the base of the breathtaking Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Zhongdian is also famously known as ‘Shangri-La’ and is truly a place of magic. Your visit to this region would not be complete without seeing the rice terraces of Yuanyang, which are famous across the world.
Yunnan is a unique province in China that will provide you with memories to last a lifetime.
DAYS 1-2: AUSTRALIA TO KUNMINGFly overnight with Cathay Pacific Airways to Kunming for an overnight stay.
DAY 3: KUNMING TO DALIFly to the ancient city of Dali. Explore the fascinating Ancient Quarter, absorbing the local atmosphere and meeting the local people as you wander around the market stalls.
DAY 4: DALIVisit the charming Song Dynasty’s Three Pagodas which dominate the skyline above Dali’s ancient city walls. Enjoy a cruise on Erhai Lake where you may be lucky enough to see traditional junks still plying their trade. Later, visit Xizhou Village.
DAY 5: DALI TO LIJIANGDrive to the ‘living museum’ city of Lijiang, which sits at the foothills of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Visit the picturesque Black Dragon Pool and wander the backstreet markets filled with Naxi women wearing traditional costumes.
DAY 6: LIJIANGTake a gondola to one of the meadows on Jade Dragon Snow Mountain where you can enjoy spectacular views. Later, visit the famous Baisha Frescoes that illustrate ancient stories of religions and minorities. Finish the day with a visit to a local village.
DAY 7: LIJIANG TO ZHONGDIANDrive to Zhongdian, visiting one of the most dramatic gorges in the world, Tiger Leaping Gorge, along the way. Tiger Leaping Gorge is said to be the deepest gorge in the world. Legend has it that the gorge is so narrow in places that a tiger escaped capture by leaping across. Arrive into Zhongdian later this afternoon for a three night stay. Enjoy some free time to acclimatise to the higher altitude.
DAY 8: ZHONGDIANSee the Baishui Terrace where spring water cascades over layers of white limestone pools creating a perfect photographic moment.
DAY 9: ZHONGDIANVisit the Songshanlin Monastery, which was built by the 5th Dalai Lama more than 300 years ago. The Tibetan name for this monastery is Ganden Sumtzeling. Later, explore the Old Town in Zhongdian and a Tibetan village.
DAY 10: ZHONGDIAN TO KUNMINGFly back to Kunming for an overnight stay. Visit Green Lake Park and see willow trees, lotuses and flocks of seagulls from Siberia.
DAY 11: KUNMING TO JIANSHUITravel to Tonghai. Visit Ximeng Mongolian Village, where the residents maintain traditional culture and costumes from Mongolia. Continue to Jianshui where you will see a Confucian temple which is the largest in Yunnan Province. Next, visit a tofu workshop to see how the locals process one of the most famous local foods, Doufu, also known as ‘stinky tofu’.
DAY 12: JIANSHUI TO YUANYANGThis morning visit the Zhang Garden and continue to Yuanyang, a small town whose rice terraces are world-renowned. Wander through the local market, one of the most colourful markets in Yunnan Province. Stay two nights in Yuanyang to explore this region.
DAY 13: YUANYANGTo fully appreciate the beauty of this area you will hike to see the famous rice terraces of Yuanyang, regarded by some as the largest and most spectacular in the world. The selfsustaining ecosystem was developed by the Hani people 2,500 years ago. An Emperor of the Ming Dynasty gave them the title of ‘Magic Mountain Sculptors’. Be sure to have your camera with you as the unique colours and scenery are a photographer’s dream.
DAY 14: YUANYANG TO STONE FORESTLeave Yuanyang and travel to the Stone Forest region for an overnight stay, stopping en route at Malipo Mian Village, home to one of Yunnan’s many minority groups.
DAY 15: STONE FOREST TO KUNMINGVisit the picturesque Stone Forest where massive limestone columns form a vast forest of surreal shapes and images. Later this afternoon return to Kunming. This evening sample the local delicacy, Across the Bridge Noodles, as your farewell dinner.
DAY 16: DEPART KUNMINGThe morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Kunming airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.
DAY 17: ARRIVE AUSTRALIAArrive home today.
Important Note: CX - Above prices include Fuel surcharges and tipping of $414 (correct as at Sep 2013 and subject to change). Please note the Tipping amount of USD75 (AUD82) is payable on arrival in China.
SQ - Above prices include Fuel surcharges and tipping of $638 (correct as at Sep 2013 and subject to change). Please note the Tipping amount of USD75 (AUD82) is payable on arrival in China.
Though status is regularly updated, availability above is indicative only, not live and hence does not guarantee that space is available on your selected tour when you or your agent calls Wendy Wu Tours to book. Booking early is the only way to ensure availability of your selected departure date.
Wish to explore more of China’s natural beauty and rice terraces? Why not visit Guilin, Yangshuo and Longji? See our Guilin, Yangshuo and Longji short stay package.
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