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8 Days Best Northwest Yunnan Tour

This trip is the most classical tour route of Yunnan. During this tour you will explore the wonderful lime stones world- Stone Forest in Kunming, take a cruise tour in Erhai Lake and taste “3-Course Tea” of Bai people in Dali, pay a trip to the holy Jade Dragon Snow mountain of Naxi people in Lijiang, make a pilgrimage to “ little Potala” --Songzanlin Monastery in Shangri-La -the Tibetan region in Yunnan. 

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Day 1 Kunming Arrival (-/-/-)

Arrive at Kunming airport, our guide will pick up you at exit of the arrival Hall, then head drive to your hotel in downtown for check in.
Rest time of the day at your leisure or have a good rest after long flying.
Overnight at Kunming 

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Day 2 Kunming-Dali (B/L/-)

This morning,transfer 1.5-2hrs to discover Stone Forest which is the  most important attractions of Yunnan, about 90km away from Kunming. The difference types of limestone of here is isolated, exquisite and beautiful, showing its unique charm. It became the member in the list of World Nature Heritage in June,2007.
Afterward ,drive back to Kunming city, stroll around Kunming center-Flower and Bird Market  it is a popular daily market for trading difference flowers, plants, pets and antiques,Jade articles, jewelry, ink stones,potteries,stone carving, fan and handcrafts.Here is one of the most alluring attractions in Kunming.  and Green Lake Park ( which is one of the most picturesque park in downtown Kunming. The name of Green Lake is come from the green lake water and green bamboo of the park all year around )

In the evening, free at leisure. You can choose the optional tour tour to enjoy the "Dynamic Yunnan Show " (Show time: 20:00- 21:30) 

Finally transfer Kunming railway station for the overnight train to Dali

Overnight on the train ( soft berth )

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Day 3 Dali (B/L/-)

Morning arrive at Dali,  be welcomed by the local guide , transfer to Dali old town region.

Firstly have breakfast and drop off you luggage at hotel.   
Afterward star tour from  the morning market of Xizhou Town It’s  a classic Bai ethnic town. Followed by a walking around in the old street of Xizhou and to witness the Bai traditional architectures. Later,  enjoy the "Three-Course Tea "ceremony which is the traditional treating for Bai people to their honored guests. 

Then take the  cruise tour in Erhai Lake Erhai means, "sea shaped like an ear", in Chinese. Implying that the lake is ear shaped and as large as a sea, hence it was so named.It is like a crescent lying between Cangshan and Dali city as seen from Cangshan Mount. 

Later continue to discover the Dali Old Town. ( It  was set up in 1382 A.D during the Ming Dynasty as the capital of the Dali kingdom. There are well-preserved traditional houses of the Bai Ethnic Group people. 

Lunch at Chinese restaurant, dinner on your own account. 
Overnight at Dali 

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Day 4 Day 4 Dali-Shaxi-Lijiang (B/L/-)

After breakfast, further the tip to Lijiang via Shaxi.  On the way , stop to visit Shibao Mountain which is located at Jianchuan County. The scenery is woderful, and rather unique in being adorn with red rock geomorphology.  And Shaxi Old Town (which once an active trade stop on the ancient Tea horse road connected Tibet , China with southeast Asia. It has been listed by World Monuments Fund as one of the world's 100 most endangered sites).
After the tour,  contitue drive to Lijiang city (2hrs ) with the Chinese speaking driver.
Upon arrival,  meeting your guide from Lijiang and check in hotel in Lijiang Old Town.
Overnight at Lijiang 

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Day 5 Lijiang (B/L/-)

Morning pick up from hotel, drive to visit The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (it is the southernmost glacier in the Northern Hemisphere. Consisting of 13 peaks, among which Shanzidou is the highest one with an altitude of 5,600 meters (18,360 feet), Jade Dragon Snow Mountain stretches a length of 35 kilometers (22 miles) and a width of 20 kilometers (13 miles)with a chair lift ride to up and down to visit the Spruce Meadow (3400m) this place is a quiet grass field. The place is very peaceful.
Afterward, move to visit Black Dragon Pond (there are many distincitive and ravishing sites in the park. Hiding in the lush trees , standing alogn the liquid pool is the antique and exquisite architectural pieces, which are in the style of Naxi ) and know about the Dongba Culture of Naxi people at Dongba Culture Museum nearby.

Finally enjoy the leisure stroll at Lijiang Old Town ( a well-preserved old city of ethinc minorities with brilliant culture.The old town looks like a big jade slab, therefore got the alias the town of big Ink Slab. It was placed on the world cultural heritage list in 1997. )

Overnight at Lijiang

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Day 6 Lijiang- Tiger Leaping Gorge - Shangri-La(Zhongdian) (B/L/-)

After breakfast , departure and drive 2.5hrs to Qiaotou Town. Take a stop to view First Bend of Yangtze River on the way.
Meeting with your guide from Zhongdian at Qiaotou town, star the tour of Tiger Leaping Gorge (Shangri-La section) the deepest gorge in the world. With 34 rapids of the Yangtze River, it is called the Jinsha in this area because you can find gold in the river.
Afterward, you will further the driving to Zhongdian (Shangri-la) ( 2hrs). It is located in the north -west part of Yunnan which is the Tibetan region of Yunnnan with an average altitude is more than 3,000 meters (about 9,843 feet). Check in your hotel after arrival.
Overnight at Zhangdian 

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Day 7 Shangri-La (Zhongdian) (B/L/-)

In the morning, firstly go to visit Pudacuo National Park ( the park is largest forest park in China. It including Shudu Lake and Bita Lake lakes of there are known for their clear water, and the peaceful environment of the area around here.).
In the afternoon, climb up to visit Songzanlin Monastery, or 'Little Potala' as it is affectionately known, is a spiritual place that invites you to discover the mystery and traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Then make a visiting to a local Tibetan Family to charting with the local people to know about their local life and at try to drink a cup of Yak Butter Tea.  
Afterward, spend some time  in Dukezong Tibetan Old Town Dukezong comes from Tibetan language which means the moonlight city, on the summit of the Guishan Hill in the old town, you will see the largest Pray Wheel in the world. You can try to push the huge pray wheel around with local people together to show your blessing to your family and friends.
Overnight at Zhangdian 

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Day 8 Day 8 Shangri-La( Zhongdian) - Kunming Departure (B/-/-)

This morning, drive to Shangri-la airport ( 25m) for the flight back to Kunming. Arrive at Kunming airport, you will Own take your connection departure flight to next destination.  

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