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Walk through the golden route of Kunming, Dali, Lijiang and Shangri-La for 8 days in Yunnan, which will take you through the uniqueness of one of china’s biggest provinces. This tour will surely pass by in a fantastic colorful blur from ancient well-preserved towns, impressive stone theme parks, scenic landscapes, picturesque locations to the authentic lifestyle of ethnic groups that have called Yunnan their home.


About This Trip

Price: From 1,475 USD  / per person
Best time to visit: Spring, Summer and Autumn
Experience: Hiking, Natural, Culture, Family, Couple


Tour Highlights
  • Kunming City Tour
  • Dali City Tour 
  • Erhai Cruise Tour
  • Hike Tiger Leaping Gorge



Private car: All transfers mention in the itinerary.
Entrance fees: All admission fees and activity expenses as noted in the itinerary.
English Speaking guide: Professional guide will accompany you along your trip.
Hotel with breakfast: All accommodations are based on double-occupancy and including breakfast.



Gratuities: Tips for guides and drivers are not included.
Personal expenses: Meals, travel insurance or activities not mention in the itinerary.
Airplane Transport: International or domestic flights and excess baggage charge.


The private tour could be fully customizable based on your preference. Please feel free to chat with our travel constants, they are here to support you!


Day 1: Hello Kunming

The first day welcomes you from the airport, where you will be accompanied to your first and only tour destination of the day, the historical Kunming City museum. Then, later will be escorted to the hotel to relax in preparation for the next day.

  • Pick up from airport and drive straight to Kunming City Museum.
  • Discover the representations of the city's history as well as dinosaur exhibits including the rotating space for art and historical exhibitions.
  • Transfer to hotel for rest and relaxation.

Day 2: Yunnan's Gem

The second day devotes to the exploration and appreciation of the wonders of Stone Forest and also sightseeing Kunming city too.

  • Pick up from hotel and drive to Stone Forest.
  • Discover the beautiful natural stone masterpieces to be marveled at its intricacies, the nature has shaped for years into these great structures.
  • Transfer to Kunming train station.
  • Enjoy free time before leaving for Dali
  • Check in for overnight trip to Dali.

Day 3: Charming Dali

The third day dedicates to one of China's national treasures - the Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Monastery, which are elegantly built with its unique fixture in China's Buddhist architecture. A visit to Dali old town for the architecture and a view of ethnic Chinese minority are also in the agenda for the day.

  • Pick up from the Dali train station/hotel in the morning.
  • Ride to the exquisite three pagodas of Chong sheng monastery and marvel at their uniqueness.
  • Transfer to hotel for rest and lunch.
  • Stroll around the Dali old town.
  • Visit the shops of handicrafts, cafes etc.
  • Leisurely discover the minority group who has made their life in Dali and also some amazing old architectures that have withstood the test of time.
  • Back to hotel for some rest and free time.
  • Transfer back to hotel.

Day 4: Bai Life

The fourth day surrenders to the beauty around Erhai Lake and visit the charming town of Xizhou to explore the Bai ethnic minority group and culture.

  • Pick up from the hotel and drive to Xizhou town.
  • Enjoy Bai influenced architecture and handicrafts of Bai people and much more in this old town.
  • Take a scenic cruise from Erhai Lake to Jinsou Island for day’s adventure.
  • Transfer to Lijiang.
  • Transfer to hotel for rest and relaxation.

Day 5: Lijiang Exploration

The fifth day covers traditional villages, scenic landscapes and horse treks that will take you to some of Lijiang's interesting spots and beautiful locations, which have made a tourist stop worth visiting.

  • Pick up from the hotel and drive to the national park.
  • Visit Black Dragon Pool, one of the famous pools aside from being a charming landmark in China.
  • Learn about the history of Dongba culture of the Naxi people at Dongba Museum.
  • Head to the Jade Lake Village (Yuhu Village), a man-made lake in the village built by the Mu family.
  • Enjoy horse trekking for 2 hours riding through King Ranch of the Naxi people, stone inscriptions, Naxi deer farms, Jujian temple ruins, ancient trees, and other interesting spots.
  • Transfer back to hotel for rest and relaxation.

Day 6: More of Lijiang

This sixth day begins with discovering the impressive beauty of one of the deepest gorges in the world and just taking time to hike through gorgeous gorge for some breathtaking scenery along the way.

  • Pick up from hotel and drive to Tiger Leaping Gorge.
  • Hike the thrilling Tiger Leaping Gorge exploring its one-of-a-kind sceneries.
  • Transfer to Shangri-La.
  • Transfer to hotel for rest and relaxation.

Day 7: Ethereal Shangri-La

The seventh day embarks on the historic monastery - Ganden Sumtseling Monastery, the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery and one of the famous in Yunnan. A leisurely visit to Pudacuo National Park for some lush greenery and clear lakes marks end of the 7th day in Yunnan.

  • Pick up from hotel and drive to Ganden Sumtseling Monastery.
  • Stroll through the Ganden Sumtseling Monastery.
  • Head to Pudacuo National Park.
  • Leisurely explore the lush foliage and animal life in the Pudacuo National Park and amazing clean lakes in it.
  • Transfer to hotel for rest and relaxation.

Day 8: Goodbye Yunnan

The eight day bids farewell to the beautiful Yunnan, you had a blast exploring with us before checking out in the early morning. Our guide will escort you safely to the airport for your flight back home.

Tour Location

Hotel Indigo Dali Erhai

Hotel Indigo Dali Erhai is a boutique hotel gather with the multi-functions of business, leisure, vacation, entertainment, gastronomy and neighbourhood hotel. The hotel is ideally situated in the heart of the scenic tourism area of Dali City by the Erhai Lake with the stunning location in the cross corner among of Cangshan Mountain, Erhai Lake and Tuanshan Mountain, the city is consider with both business and leisure. Sightseeing and entertainment district are all easily accessible.
  • 5-star
  • Offer certain units with lake views
  • 34-minute car ride from Dali Ancient City and Cangshan Scenic Area
  • Bike hire and car hire are available
  • Meeting facilities and business center
Traffic Instructions
  • Dali Airport 8.7 km

Mengjing Wangyue Boutique Hotel

Featuring a garden, Mengjing Wangyue Boutique Hotel is located in Kunming. The property is around 1,800 feet from Golden Horse and Jade Rooster, 1.6 miles from Kunming Hall and 2.2 miles from Kunming Zoo.
  • 4-star
  • Offer an American or Asian breakfast
  • 24-hour front desk
Traffic Instructions
  • Kunming Changshui International Airport 23.1 km

Banyan Tree Lijiang

Located in Shuhe Old Town, Lijiang, Banyan Tree offers a relaxing retreat away from the city. Surrounded by fresh mountain air and green landscapes, the property features luxurious accommodations with traditional Naxi-style décor.
  • 5-star
  • Spacious rooms and villas offer upscale amenities, plush beddings and upholstered seating
  • Recreational options on site include spa, a fitness center and a tennis court
  • Serve Cantonese, Shanghai, local Yunnan cuisine, international and local dishes
Traffic Instructions
  • Lijiang Sanyi Airport 27.6 km
  • Ninglang Luguhu Airport 87.4 km

The Bivou Lijiang

Only a short 1-minute stroll from Shuhe Ancient Town, The Bivou features accommodations in local and modern styles combined together. Blending in by making use of the barbecue facilities, lazing in soothing massage, going horse riding or enjoying a fun time with your children at kids’ club seems like a nice getaway.
  • 4-star
  • Rooms with a heater, insulation, sound proofing, and electric blankets
  • A garden and a terrace, a shared lounge, meeting facilities
  • Ticketing services, horse riding, cycling and hiking
  • 20-minute drive from Lijiang Old Town
Traffic Instructions
  • Lijiang Sanyi Airport 27.5 km
  • Ninglang Luguhu Airport 87.9 km
Terms & Conditions
  • Should you cancel at outside 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, the cost of tour package is refundable.
  • Should you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
  • Should you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
  • Should you cancel after the trip has started, we are unable to refund any amount for cancelled services due to late arrival, early departure, missed days during the tours and non-participation.
Please Note
  1. Should you wish to book this tour, please send your holiday request to us in the website or contact info@expatsholidays.com for reservations. We also customize itineraries according to your schedule and liking.
  2. The above tour package includes the listed itinerary and excludes flight tickets, train tickets and hotel booking.
  3. We can also book your flights and hotel accommodation.
  4. We can definitely help you find great deals for International and Local Flights and Hotels within and outside China.
  5. Please note that the cancellation and booking policy of flight tickets and hotel bookings are to be sent to you separately.
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  8. To take advantage of the best rates and the best travel options, we highly recommend to secure the booking at least 60 days from the first date of travel.