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August - September 2017
China Family Holiday (Beijing - Chengdu - Chongqing - Yangtze Three Gorges - Shanghai - Suzhou)

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To the South of the Clouds - YunnanTour Name:         To the South of the Clouds - Yunnan
Tour Code:          M60D214
Duration:            8 Days & 7 Nights
Destination:        Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Lugu Lake, Shangri-la
Features:            To the South of the Clouds, Yunnan. If one could only choose one province in China to visit, no doubt it is Yunnan. This tour is designed for these who want to explore this exotic lands, its sparkling blue skies, red earth, green forests and ethic minorities. As what people say, Yunnan is a microcosm of China at its very best.
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Trip Summary

Detailed Itinerary

Dates & Prices

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Day01

 Kunming 

Arrive in Kunming, be met and transferred to hotel.  N/A

Kunming Jinjiang Hotel

Day02

 Kunming 

Full day visit Stone Forest, Golden Gate and Huating Temple on West Hills. B, L

Kunming Jinjiang Hotel

 Day03

Kunming / Dali

Take morning flight to Dali. Be met in Dali and visit Erhai Lake, Three Pagodas, and The Old Town of Dali.  B, L

Landscape Hotel

 Day04

 Dali - Lijiang

Drive to Lijiang. Arrive in Lijiang, visit Lijiang Ancient Town and Black Dragon Pool.  B, L Lijiang Wangfu Hotel

 Day05

Lijiang

Full day visit Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (including round trip cable car up to Spruce Terrace and overlook the Snow Mountain), Baisha Village  Yufeng Temple, Dongba Culture Museum. B, L

Lijiang Wangfu Hotel

 Day06

Lijiang - Lugu Lake

Transfer to Lugu Lake. On arrival visit Mosuo People in the village, in the evening enjoy bonfire party. B, L

Silver Lake Island Hotel

 Day07

Lugu Lake - Lijiang

Take a boat tour on the Lugu Lake, visit Heiwawudao Isle in the middle of the lake, transfer back Lijiang later of the day. B, L Lijiang Wangfu Hotel

 Day08

Lijiang -  Shangrila

Drive to Shangri-la (Zhongdian). En route visit Tiger Leaping Gorge, First Bend of Yangtze River. Arrival Shangri-la walking in the ancient town. B, L

Gyalthang Dzong Hotel

 Day09

Shangri-la

One day tour to visit Songsamlin Monastery, Ringha Temple, Napa Lake and local Tibetan family. B, L

Gyalthang Dzong Hotel

 Day10

Shangri-la

Transferred to airport for your departure flight. Trip ends. B

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Day01 Arrival Kunming
Today you arrive in Kunming, the Eternal Spring City and capital of Yunnan Province. Greeted and received by your local guide who will escort you to your hotel. The rest of day is at your own disposal.


Day02 Kunming (B, L)stone forest kunming
You will head out Kunming to explore the spectacular Stone Forest, a wonder of geology. About 200 million year ago the earth's crust shifted and forced the 200 acres of karst limestone stalagmites rise up from what was once a huge expanse of water. Paths wind through its spectacular valleys and around the weird rock formations and its reflecting pools. There are pavilions perched high on these pillars that offer sweeping views. Since the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Stone Forest has long been one of the most famous scenic spots in China. After that you will get back town for the Golden Temple, located on top of Mingfeng (Singing Phoenix) Hill. It is the largest copper temple in China and also known as the Tongwa Temple (Bronze Tile Temple).


Day03 Kunming / Dali (B, L)Erhai Lake Dali
This morning you will take a flight to Dali. Your local guide and driver will transfer you from Dali Airport to the town to start your day trip in Dali. You will have a boat ride on the Erhai Lake, visit Three Pagodas in the Chongsheng Temple and stroll in the Dali Old Town. With an altitude of 1972 meters above sea level, Erhai Lake is a beautiful highland lake of Yunnan Province and one of the seven largest fresh water lakes in China. Three Pagodas is a symbol of the history of Dali City, and a record of the development of Buddhism in the area. As its name implies, Three Pagodas are made of three ancient independent pagodas forming a symmetrical triangle. Dali Old Town, also called Yeyu City, Forbidden City, Zhonghezhen, lies 3 kilometers north from Xiaguan, the capital of Dali Prefecture. Embracing Erhai Lake in the east and adjoining Cangshan Mountain in the west, Dali City was first established in the early period of the Ming Dynasty.


Day04 Dali - Lijiang (B, L)Lijiang Old Town
Today you will travel to Lijiang along the Erhai Lake. In the early afternoon you will reach Lijiang, which is perhaps China's most famous old town. Splendid landscapes, the exotic ways of the Naxi ethnic group and the precious Dongba Culture make up the unique city of Lijiang. Each year it attracts a great number of visitors from home and abroad. To find a fairyland far from the bustling metropolises, please do not hesitate to come to Lijiang. You will have a walking at the Sifang Jie and the Black Dragon Pool in the old town.

 
Day05 Lijiang (B, L)Far View Lijiang Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
You will have a wonderful day in Lijiang. First of all you will proceed to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (including round trip cable car up to Spruce Terrace and overlook the Snow Mountain), then you get to Baisha Village to see the ancient fresco painting and visit lama temple Yufeng Si where grows the "king of camellia" . Located 15 km north of Lijiang old town, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain stretches 35 km from north to south with 960-square-kilometers of snow-capped area. Experts say that it has the southernmost glacier in the North Hemisphere. Of all the 13 peaks on the mountain, Shanzidou is the highest with an altitude of 5,596 meters above sea level. Looking from afar, you can see that the mountain just looks like a huge dragon lying in the cloud. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is the holy mountain - 'God of Sanduo' of Naxi people. Transferred back your hotel in the old town. On your way back to your hotel you will learn more about Lijiang and the Naxi people at the Dongba Culture Museum.


Day06 Lijiang - Lugu Lake (B, L)Lugu Lake
Today you will head for the beautiful Lugu Lake by bus in the morning. You will meet the Mosuo people and feel their unique custom. Dinner will be followed by a bonfire evening party. Lugu Lake is a high mountain plateau lake, 2685 meters above sea level, located 202km northeast of Lijiang on the border of Sichuan and Yunnan. The lake is 48.5 square kilometers and is quite deep, being about 93.5m at its deepest point. It is surrounded by mountains and has eight islands and many bays and beaches. The inhabitants around the lake are the Mosuo people, a small tribe that is considered a sub clan of Naxi people. The Mosuo culture is most frequently described as a matriarchal one. 


Day07 Lugu Lake - Lijiang (B, L)Lugu Lake Yunnan
Today you will have a boat trip to enjoy the charming sights of Lugu Lake. Lugu Lake lies 200 kilometers / or 124 miles from the center of Lijiang City, on the border between Ninglang County in Yunnan Province and Yanyuan County in Sichuan Province. The lake is known for its peculiar natural scenery and the unique matriarchal culture of the Mosuo people, that it sill upholds today. Women are the leaders of the community's extensive families. There are neither husbands nor fathers, lovers meet at night but by day they live separately with their own mother's families. Women also operate production and management, and hold the principal position in the society. This 'woman's kingdom' adds mystique to the place. It is like a beautiful pearl shining among the hills of the northwest plateau in Yunnan. You will visit Island Heiwawudao, Ligedao are metaphorically called 'Three Islands of Ponglai' (Islands of the Immortalsin Chinese mythology). Later of the day you will be transferred back Lijiang.


Day08 Lijiang - Shangri-la (B, L)tiger leaping gorge
In the morning set off for Zhongdian (Shangri-la County). You will drive 220 kilometers along Jinsha Jiang River (Golden Sand River), the upper reaches of the Yangtze River (the longest river of China, 6380 km). The Tiger Leaping Gorge, itself is tucked neatly between the Yulong Snow Mountain and Haba Snow Mountain, which surround its two sides, as the turbulent water of the Jinsha River is orced by Hailuo Shan standing in its way to turn abruptly 100 degrees northeastwards and thus gives birth of the "First Bend of the Yangtze River". In the afternoon you will arrive in Zhongdian and have a walking in the Zhongdian Old Town.


Day09 Zhongdian (Shangri-la) (B, L)Shangri-la Yunnan
A full day guided tour in Zhongdian. You will visit Songzanlin Monastery, which was created in AD1679 by the Fifth Dalai lama. often called Ganden Sumtseling Monastery or Guihua Monastery, is located at the foot of Foping Mountain near Shangri-La County in Yunnan Province. The monastery was built on a hillside and looks like an ancient fort. The Songzanlin Monastery is often called as the little Potala Palace because of its traditional Tibetan architectural style. Then you will visit Napa Lake and have some time in the home of a local Tibetan family. Afterwards you will have some nice walking to the Ringha Temple, also been called as the "Temple of the Five Wisdom Buddha". The temple still remain the mysterious, it keeps an essential place in the Tibetan community that they consider there as the one of the five most important Tibetan monasteries among Yunnan. Date back for at least 700 years; the temple was visited by the 5th Dalai Lama. While the principal buildings were destroyed during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), the villagers raised the funds to rebuild the principal lobby, with a simple and modest structure. Today there are three small original statues in the temple. Driven back your hotel after the walking. 


Day10 Depart Shangri-la (B)
Your guide and driver will transfer you to airport according to your flight schedule. End of your amazing Yunnan journey.




Tour costing varies upon group size, travel season and hotel accommodation levels etc. For price details please email us at info@splendidchinatours.com.

Price inclusions:
01).
All accommodations based on two persons sharing one room (single occupancy is subject to supplement);
02). China internal flights with airport tax or train as stated in the program;
03). Round-trip transfers between airports or railway stations, hotels, and scenic spots in each city by private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced licensed drivers;
04). All admission fees and activity expenses as listed in the itinerary;
05). Daily meals as specified in the itinerary: B denotes breakfast, L denotes lunch, and D denotes dinner (SD signifies special dinner);
06). Services of a local English speaking guide in each city (other languages can be arranged upon request, supplement may apply);
07). Travel Agency Liability Insurance during the tour;
08). Governmental taxes and fees.

Price excluded:
01). International airfare to/from China;
02). Chinese Visa fees;
03). Expenses of personal natural such as laundry, telephone, drinks, mini bar etc;
04). Personal shopping, optional activities and excess baggage charges;
05). Gratuities for local tour guides, drivers and hotel bellboy etc;
06). International travel insurance;
07). Services and activities that are not mentioned in the itinerary.

 

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