Yunnan is a province in southwestern China, known for its large number of ethnic minorities, beautiful landscapes and ancient towns. To the west, in the outliers of the Himalayas is the deep blue Erhai Lake; home to Yunnan’s greatest concentration of Bai architecture and culture. Dali village in the northwest has a unique cultural heritage created by 25 ethnic minorities. While the Old Town of Lijiang, dates back more than 800 years.
Yunnan, meaning ‘Beautiful Clouds in the South’ is the one of the most beautiful regions in China. It has a diverse topography that ranges from alpine mountains to tropical rainforests. This classic tour to Yunnan will visit heritage sites such as Lijang, a small town packed with beautiful canals and historical bridges. The Tiger Leaping Gorge one of the deepest gorges in the world. And Kunming, where you visit the Stone Forest, known since the Ming Dynasty as one of world's natural wonders.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 9-DAY YUNNAN ADVENTURE…
And, explore its most beautiful region known as Shangri-la.
Explore Yunnan, meaning ‘Beautiful Clouds in the South’. It is the most southwest region of China bordering the countries of Vietnam, Laos, and Burma. Yunnan is also one of the most beautiful with a diverse topography that ranges from alpine mountain ranges to tropical rainforests.
Begin in Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan Province. Its comfortable climate allows flowers to bloom all year round giving it the name of the “Eternal Spring City”. Its alluring highland scenery, bewitching karst landform, varied and exotic habitats and customs and places of historical interest can be found at major scenic spots.
From the capital, Kunming, we travel to the ancient lakeside town of Dali, driving through spectacular scenery past the upper reaches of the Yangtze to magical Lijiang and Zhongdian, known as ‘Shangri La’. Wander through peaceful monasteries, meet the friendly locals and discover a completely different side of China.
This is an incredible adventure to the most beautiful region known as Shangri-la with some the most dramatic landscapes in the world. You will witness isolated valleys, tribal villages and remote monasteries - an unforgettable and unique glimpse of a once hidden world.
We travel past Lijiang, a fairyland beneath the colourful clouds of southern China. A place blessed with fresh air, clear streams, breathtaking snow-capped mountains, and an undisturbed landscape inhabited by a friendly group of people. Visit Tiger Leaping Gorge, a deep canyon channelling the headwaters of the Yangtze River, en route to Zhongdian, a high mountain town on the Tibetan border.
Zhongdian is the centre of the mythical Shangri La, the promised land of everlasting bliss. This land of snow-capped peaks, virgin forests of spruce and pine, meadow ablaze with fragrant wild flowers and pristine lakes inhabited by Tibetans, offers an introduction to Tibetan culture. Explore the surrounding region of Shangri-la before flying back to Kunming.
This is an incredible adventure to the most beautiful region known as Shangri-la.
(9 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Zhongdian
Day 1 – Arrive
Kunming Private arrival transfer to hotel for overnight.
Afternoon private city tour.
Day 2 – Transfer & Tour
Dali Morning transfer and flight to Dali. Visit to hilltribe market and touring in and around Dali.
Day 3 – Transfer
Lijiang Private transfer to Lijiang for 3 nights.
Afternoon touring of Lijiang and surrounding villages and monastery.
Day 4 – Explore
Lijiang Morning touring to villages and attractions around Lijiang.
Afternoon at leisure. Evening Naxi music performance.
Day 5 – Explore
Lijiang Morning touring to villages. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 6 – Tiger Leaping Gorge
Zhongdian Private transfer to Zhongdian for 2 nights, visiting Tiger Leaping Gorge en route.
Day 7 – Explore
Zhongdian Private touring in and around Zhongdian also known as Shangri-La.
Day 8 – Transfer & Tour
Kunming Private transfer to flight to Kunming.
Afternoon private city tour or excursion to Western Hills.
Day 9 – Depart
Kunming Private airport transfer.
Check In: 14:00h
Check Out: 12:00h
Make this your holiday
Getting There Beijing Capital International Airport, about 12 miles (19 kilometres) northeast of the city centre, is served by numerous international carriers from the UK. Taxis at the airport are plentiful; the ride into town costs about $20 and can take anywhere from half an hour to an hour and a half, depending on traffic. For the adventuresome there's also a train that whisks you in 23 minutes to a fairly central station in Beijing from which you can cab it to your hotel.
When to go The best time to visit China is during autumn (September to early November) when the skies are clear and the weather is at its comfortable best. The days are warm, sunny and dry with clear skies and pleasantly cool evenings. Local Beijingers describe this short season as tiāngāo qìshuǎng (literally ‘the sky is high and the air is fresh’).
The second-best time is spring, late March to mid-May, when winds blow away the pollution but also sometimes bring clouds of scouring sand for a day or two, turning the sky a livid yellow (great for pictures). From May onwards the mercury begins to surge well over 30°C until the rains arrive. The months of July and August are sultry and humid.
Passport/Visa Visas are required to enter, exit or transit through Chinese territories. The most common is a single entry 30-day visa. Multiple entry, 60-day and 90-day visas are also available. Passports must have a minimum of six months validity. Enquiries should be directed to the nearest Chinese embassy or consulate.