The Explore of Oriental Daughter Kingdom (11N/12D)
No. : 206 Price: USD
Day 1 Kunming Arrival (No Meal)
Known as the "Spring City," Kunming boasts some of the best weather in China. Upon arrival, a visit to the Yuantong Temple, followed by a stroll in the Green Lake Park area and a relaxing time in the Bird & Flower Market.
2 nights at Sofitel Hotel Kunming or similar one
Day 2 Kunming (B/L/D)
A day tour of the Stone Forest, with the typical karst topography (area of limestone terrain), according to the geologists, it has been considered to be the only Karst Landform scenic spot in the world; afterwards, a visit to the nearby Minority Village is arranged.
Day 3 Kunming-Dali (B/L/D)
Morning fly to Dali (appr. 1 hour), upon arrival, visit the Three Pagodas Temple, the three-pagoda is a world-renowned scene, serving as the symbol of Dali, and even the symbol of Yunnan; then continue your journey to enjoy a Cruise on the Erhai Lake, which is the largest high land lake next to Dianchi, one of the seven biggest fresh water lakes in China. Today's tour ends up with a stroll in the Old Town of Dali.
1 night at Dali Gurong Hotel or similar one
Day 4 Dali-Lijiang (B/L)
Transfer to Lijiang (appr.4 hours), en-route visit the Shibao Mountain, a fantastic nature reserve and religious site with numerous temples, grottoes and fantastic views surrounded; after that followed by a visit to the Shaxi Ancient Town, located in the southeastern part of a nature reserve where the Jin Sha, Lantsang and Nu Jiang rivers converge. It boasts agreeable climate, beautiful natural landscape and rich natural resources.
2 nights at LUX* Lijiang or similar one
Day 5 Lijiang (B/L)
Morning start the tour to the Yak Meadow of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, which is well known not only for its snowy peaks, but also famous for its forests, lower-altitude gentle hills and meadows with an abundance of streams; then visit the Yufeng Monastery and the Baisha Mural ,the vivid and well-defined paintings fully demonstrate the superb artistic skills, outstanding creativity and rich imaginations of excellent craftsmen.
Day 6 Lijiang-Lugu Lake (B/L)
Morning transfer to the Lugu Lake (appr. 5 hours), en-route pass by a Yi Minority Village, then visit the Mosuo Museum, apart from Yi ethnic, there are many other ethnic minorities living along the bank of the Lugu Lake, 45% of them are Mosuo people, who is an ancient minority and keeps the matriarchal society way of living and is regarded as the "living fossil of matriarchal society of human". Due to its tradition and unqiue way of living, the Lugu Lake used to be called "the Oriental Daughter Kingdom". Evening enjoy a Bonfire Party with the locals.
2 nights at Shilily Lugu Lake Trustay Mosuo Hotel or similar one
Day 7 Lugu Lake (B/L)
A day tour around the Lugu Lake, which is the highest lake in Yunnan and one of the deepest freshwater lakes in China. Tour begins with the Liwubi Island, where the Mosuo dwelled on in their earliest years. The Mosuo people has its own language and culture, the most special one is their "walking marriages". The concept for marriage, love, women, man and family is different from the traditional way of living in China; afternoon tour of the Luge Village and the Daluoshui Village.
Day 8 Lugu Lake-Lijiang (B/L)
Morning transfer back to Lijiang (appr. 5 hours), upon arrival, visit to the Black Dragon Pool, in the nice weahter, the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is clearly reflected in the pool; then followed by a visit to the Palace of Family Mu, the residence of ancient ruler of Lijiang. Evening enjoy a free time to explore the Ancient Town of Lijiang, the only old town without a city wall among all famous historical and cultural cities of China.
1 night at LUX* Lijiangor similar one
Day 9 Lijiang-Tiger Leaping Gorge-Benzilan (B/L)
Transfer to the Tiger Leaping Gorge, as the longest, deepest, and narrowest gorge in the world, flowing through Shigu Town known as the First Bend of the Yangtze River, the Jinshajiang River turns around up north in the crack between two Snow Mountains, from which the Tiger Leaping Gorge is formed, then One-hour Walking Tour around this area is arranged before continuing your trip to Benzilan.
1 night at LUX*Tea Horse Road Benzilan or similar one
Day 10 Benzilan-Shangri-La (B/L)
Transfer to the Balagezong Scient Spot and pay a visit to the Balagezong Grand Canyon, as part of the Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas, it is appointed as one of the national parks in Shangri-La area, and offers a splendid scenery of snow caped mountains, dense green forests and villages with Tibetan customs and distinguishing architectures. After this visit, continue your trip to Shangri-La (appr. 2 hours) by a private vehicle.
2 nights at Songtsam Retreat Shangri-La or similar one
Day 11 Shangri-La (B/L)
Tour of the Songzanglin Monastery, the largest Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in Yunnan honored as the Little Potala Palace, it is the place to experience the mystery and traditions of Tibetan Buddhism; afterwards, visit the Pudacuo National Park, the highlight of the park is Shudu Lake, a calm lake surrounded by pastures and forest flowers set at 3,700 metres above the sea level; on the way back to the town have a Local Tibetan Family Visit.
Day 12 Shangri-La-Kunming Departure (B)
Transfer to airport for a flight to your onward destination via Kuming.
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