From $4,980 - 17 Days, 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 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.
You will find our 2015 tour prices have also been listed for your convenience. While these departures are not included as part of our Early Bird Specials, we have a great range of tours available for travel in 2015! Take advantage of these great prices before 2016 increases.
Please note that itineraries are based on 2015 programmes. Variations to itineraries and durations may occur for travel in 2016 – please refer to our Early Bird brochure. 2016 Specials are valid when flying Cathay Pacific. Road to Samarkand utilises China Southern Airlines. 2016 Early Bird savings are based on the price reduction from the 2016 group tour prices published 26 May 2015
DAYS 1-2: AUSTRALIA TO KUNMING
Fly overnight with Cathay Pacific Airlines to Kunming for an overnight stay. Darwin passengers may depart one day earlier.
DAY 3: KUNMING TO DALI
Fly to the ancient city of Dali. Explore the fascinating Ancient Quarter and wander around the markets.
DAY 4: DALI
Visit the charming Song Dynasty’s Three Pagodas which dominate the skyline above Dali’s ancient city walls. Enjoy a cruise on Erhai Lake, visit Xizhou Village, the Yen family house and see a tie-dyeing demonstration.
DAY 5: DALI TO LIJIANG
Drive 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 Old Quarter markets filled with Naxi women wearing traditional costumes.
DAY 6: LIJIANG
Take 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 ZHONGDIAN
Drive to Zhongdian, visiting one of the most dramatic gorges in the world, Tiger Leaping Gorge, en route. Tiger Leaping Gorge is said to be the deepest gorge in the world. Legend has it that it is so narrow in places that a tiger escaped capture by leaping across. Upon arrival in Zhongdian, enjoy some free time to acclimatise to the higher altitude.
DAY 8: ZHONGDIAN
See the Baishui Terrace where spring water cascades over layers of white limestone pools, creating perfect photographic moments. Visit the Mu Family Embroidery School.
DAY 9: ZHONGDIAN
Visit the Songshanlin Monastery, which was built by the fifth Dalai Lama more than 300 years ago. The Tibetan name for this monastery is Ganden Sumtzeling. Later, explore Dafo Temple, the Old Town in Zhongdian and a Tibetan village.
DAY 10: ZHONGDIAN TO KUNMING
Fly back to Kunming. Visit Green Lake Park where you may see willow trees, lotuses and flocks of seagulls from Siberia.
DAY 11: KUNMING TO JIANSHUI
Travel to Tonghai. Visit Ximeng Mongolian Village, where the residents maintain traditional culture and costumes from Mongolia. Continue to Jianshui where you will see the largest Confucian temple in Yunnan Province. Next, visit a tofu workshop to see how the locals process one of the most famous local foods, Doufu, which is also known as ‘stinky tofu’.
DAY 12: JIANSHUI TO YUANYANG
This morning visit the Zhang Garden before driving to Yuanyang, a small town with world-renowned rice terraces. Wander through the local market, one of the most colourful markets in Yunnan Province.
DAY 13: YUANYANG
To appreciate the unique beauty of this area you will hike to the famous rice terraces of Yuanyang, the largest and most spectacular in the world. This self-sustaining ecosystem was developed by the Hani people 2,500 years ago. An emperor once gave them the title of the ‘Magic Mountain Sculptors’. Hike to Tiger’s Mouth Pass and also visit Qingkou Hani Ethnic Village.
DAY 14: YUANYANG TO STONE FOREST
Leave Yuanyang and travel to the Stone Forest region, stopping en route at Lendun Village Market.
DAY 15: STONE FOREST TO KUNMING
Visit 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 KUNMING
The morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Kunming airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.
DAY 17: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA
Arrive home today.
"We were delighted with the Wendy Wu Tours"Reviewed:
Jenny and Alan Tippet
My husband and I have just returned from an extended tour of Mainland China over the last 3 months. We were delighted with the Wendy Wu Tours that we went on and would like to thank your company for excellent service. We really appreciated the kind, caring and conscientious dedication of our 3 Xian based National escorts; Erin on The Silk Road: August 31st- September 26th, Wendy on The Grand Tour of China: 28th September- 21st October and Nick on The Yunnan Adventure: November 3rd- 17th. We also enjoyed 2 independent guided tours to the Nine Villages Valley with local guides Mary and Harry and Mt Huang short tour with Sunny.
The role of the National Escort catering for the needs and complaints of foreigner tourists is immense. Congratulations to these three dedicated and professional young guides for always doing their very best to skilfully make our holiday a fantastic and memorable experience in fascinating China. With English being their second language, we were very impressed with their communication skills to us as non Mandarin speaking tourists.
Erin was very helpful, Wendy was always a positive leader saying she was available 24/7 (even helping me obtain a haircut in Kunming) and Nick was outstanding. We were also very impressed by the wonderful local guides in each location (Lily in Lanzhou, Simon in Jiayuguan, Neisha in Urumqi, Rita and Grace in Beijing, Bill in Chongqing, Jessie in Kunming, James in Dali, Effie in Guilin, April in Shanghai, Aaron in Hangzhou, Daisy in Kunming, Cindy in Lijiang, Nema in Zhongdian and Lucy in Kunming) and the Wendy Wu network in place to collect us from transport locations as needed. We are very impressed by the organization of our selected tours and always felt safe and well cared for while we were in China with Wendy Wu Tours.
Travelled on: Yunnan Adventure
"As always the tour was well organised right from the time when I booked the tour"Reviewed:
Having travelled with Wendy Wu Tours four times previously, I knew what to expect and was not disappointed – as always the tour was well organised right from the time when I booked the tour. There was nothing I had to do but to participate in and enjoy the planned itinerary of the Yunnan Adventure tour.
It was a great experience: the hotels, the meals, the sites we visited – all were of a high quality and the tour was vary capably led by WW National Tour Guide (Tony), who was assisted by the local guides in the areas we visited – as they shared their knowledge of their country and culture with us.
Special mention must be made also to the excellent driving skills of the two tour bus drivers we had as we travelled up and through the mountain of the Yunnan Province.
Thanking you once again for another wonderful holiday experience, which I have been able to share.
Travelled on: Yunnan Adventure
Dates & Prices
Tour availability is updated each Monday. While every effort is made to ensure availability status is current, it is advisable to contact our reservations department on 1300 727 998 Limited seats denotes 4 seats or less available.
Cathay Pacific Airways - Above prices include fuel surcharges and tipping of $172. Please note the Tipping amount of USD80 (AUD87) 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.