15 Days Grand Yunnan Tour to pilgrimage Meil Snow Mountain

15 Days Grand Yunnan Tour which mainly  included the highligts attractions in Yunnan. You will see the spectacular Stone forest in Kunming, the world’s largest terrace in Yuanyang, taste the delicious local Yunnan food in Jianshui, discover the mysterious Bai and Naxi culture in Dali and Lijiang. The magnificent Jade snow mountain and Tiger Leaping Gorge will makes you wonder how amazing the nature is. At last, you will go to Diqing to discover the Tibetan culture : Meili Snow mountain, Pudacuo National Park and exquisite Nixi Pottery technic.

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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 to your hotel 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-Stone Forest - Yuanyang (B/L/D)

After the breakfast , you will firstly transfer 2hrs to discover Stone Forest is most important attractions of Yunnan.  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.)
After the tour, further the driving about 300km (5hrs) to Yuanyang. It is located at 2000 meters above sea level and the entire mountains here are sculpted with terrace-field commonly called the ladder of the sky.
After that you will transfer to check in your hotel.
Lunch and dinner at local Chinese restaurant.
Overnight at Yuanyang

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Day 3 Yuanyang (B/L/D)

Yuanyang is located at 2000 meters above sea level and the entire mountains here are sculpted with terrace-field commonly called the ladder of the sky.
Morning,  transfer to Duoyi village to see the Terrance field.Spend your day outside in the villages giving you a unique opportunity to approach the villagers and see their special techniques of agriculture. Later stroll in the Shencun Market Have a stop at Qingkou Hani Village for 1hour; Later we will transfer to Tiger Mouth area to take picture of terrace fields under the Sunset.  
Lunch en route / Dinner at local restaurant.
Overnight at Yuanyang

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Day 4 Yuanyang -Jianshui (B/L/-)

Today, further driving about 3hrs to Jianshui enjoys the fame of being an ancient cultural city and important gateway.
Take the tour of Jianshui Confucius Temple (This old Confucius temple with a history over 730 year.This complex including a main hall, two side-halls, three pavilions, four gates, five clan halls and eight memorial archways, all of which are kept in well. Based on its scale, construction standard and excellence in preservation, Jianshui Confucius Temple stands second  largest in China.) Continue to visit Family Zhus Garden( The complex has a total area of 20, 000 square meters. With the well - arranged yards and well-furnished rooms and halls, the structure of the architecture can be described as ''streamlined'' it enjoys the fame ''the Daguan Garden at a Border Town''.)
Stroll in the Old area of Jianshui to see the difference types of Old Wells in Jianshui and the Doufu workshop how to use the water for well to make the famous snack --Doufu.
Lunch at Chinese restaurant, dinner on your own account.
Overnight at Jianshui

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Day 5 Jianshui -Kunming-Dali (B/L/-)

This morning, you will transfer 20m to visit Tuanshan Village (.The village has preserved a great number of ancient and traditional architectures. Most of the houses are made of clay walls and tile roofs.)  Afterward, have a stop at Twin Dragon Bridge (This stone bridge is well combination of science and art, and endowed as the first in Yunnan in terms of size and artistic value.)
Then will drive backto Kunming ( 4.5hrs )  have a stop at Xinmeng Mongolian Village still inhabited by the descendants of Kubilai Khan.
In the evening, transfer Kunming railway station for the high speed train to Dali (2hrs running time) Upon arrival, be picked up at exit , then transfer to check in your hotel.
Overnight on the train (soft berth) 

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Day 5 Dali (B/L/-)

Arrive at Dali Railway station, after meeting with your local guide at exit of railway station.
Visit Xizhou Town It’s known as a historical town, a classic Bai ethnic town. Followed by a walking around in the old street of Xizhou and to witness the Bai traditional architectures. Then go to a Bai court-yard to enjoy the “Three-Course Tea  ceremony which is the traditional treating for Bai people to their honored guests. 
Afterward, you’ll cruise in Erhai Lake by the small boat. on the boat , you will enjoy the green Cangshan Mountain and the Three Pagodas from a far as well as lots of birds and seagulls flying over the lake.
Finally discover the Dali Old Town. (Located at the foot of the Cangshan Mountain and the west side of the Erhai Lake, Dali old town was set up in 1382 A.D during the Ming Dynasty as the capital of the Dali kingdom.)
Overnight at Dali 

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Day 7 Dali-Shaxi (B/L/-)

In the morning, transfer to Jianchuan County, (2-2.5hrs). Firstly you pay a visit of Shibaoshan Mountain. (Stone Treasure Mountain) which the famous writer Jinyong extolled as “The Treasure of South China” is located at Jianchuan County, Dali. The scenery is wonderful, and rather unique in being adorn with red rock geomorphology.Later go ahead to check in your hotel in Shaxi Old Town. Make a leisure stroll around Shaxi Old Town (Shaxi has been listed by the World Monuments Fund as one of the world's 100 most endangered sites. The Shaxi Market is the only surviving example of such an entrepot, complete with an intact theater, guesthouses, a temple precinct, and protective gates.).
Lunch en route and dinner on your own account.
Overnight at Shaxi


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Day 8 Shaxi- Lijiang (B/L/-)

This morning departure to Lijiang ( 2-2.5hrs ) with your Chinese speaking driver.
Upon arrival, make the tour of Black Dragon Pond (. There are many distinctive and ravishing sites in the park. Hiding in the lush trees or standing along the liquid pool is the antique and exquisite architectural pieces, which are in the style of Naxi.) and Dongba Culture Museum to know about the Dongba Culture of Naxi people.
Finally Stroll in Lijiang Dayan Old Town  ( Located on the plateau which is 2,400 meters above the sea level and embraced by the tree-covered Lion Mountain in the west, Elephant and Golden Row Mountains in the north, vast fertile fields in the southeast and crystal clear water running through.Lijiang was placed on the world cultural heritage list in 1997.)
Lunch at Chinese restaurant, dinner on your own account.
Overnight at Lijiang

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Day 9 Lijiang (B/L/-)

Morning pick up from hotel, drive to visit The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain ( which 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 )with a chair lift ride to up and down to visit the Yak Meadow (3700m ) this place is a quiet grass field. The place is very peaceful and devoid of crowd. Most people say that this place is comparable to Switzerland and Sweden when it comes to its mountainous beauty.
In the afternoon,move to visit Jade Peak Temple (Located in the south side of the Yulong (Jade Dragon) Snow Mountain. The lamasery was built in 1721  and is one of the Scarlet Sect lamaseries of Lijiang.),
Then  visit Baisha Fresco (The greatest feature of the frescos is the syncretism. Figures of Buddism, Taoism and Lamaism are painted together, which is peculiar in the world)
Lunch at Chinese restaurant, dinner on your own account.
Overnight at Lijiang

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Day 10 Lijiang- Shangri-la (B/L/-)

Morning departure and drive 2.5hrs to Qiaotou Town (only Chinese driver accompany with this transfer). Meeting with your guide from Zhongdian after arrival, 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  Shangri-la ( 2hrs). It is located in the north -west part of Yunnan. It is the Tibetan region of Yunnnan with an average altitude is more than 3,000 meters (about 9,843 feet). 
Then Visit 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 , friends
Overnight at Shangri-La

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Day 11 Shangri-La (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 ).
Afterward, you will clime 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 you will make a visiting 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.  
Overnight at Shangri-La

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Day 12 Zhongdian - Deqin (B/L/-)

In the morning, drive 4 to 5 hours to Deqin County (3400m altitude) which is located in the Hengduan mountain at the northwest of Diqing prefecture. 
On the way , take photos stop at the Great Jingsha River Corner it is the famous Great Jingsha River Corner. After turning for 180 degrees here, the Jingsha River flows slowly to Bengzilan. Landscape enjoyment terraces is set up beside the highway.
Then visit Dongzhulin monastery  It was built in 1667, the sixth year of the Kang Xi Period. Its original name was “Chongchongcuogang temple", meaning “the temple by the crane lake”.) Go up along the road and passing  the point 4292m altitude in the pass of Baiman Snow Mountain
Upon arrival,  check in your hotel nearby Feilaisi Temple.
Overnight at hotel nearby Feilaisi 

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Day 13 Deqin ( B/L/D)

If the weather is permits, gets up early to enjoy the sunrise of Meili Snow Mountain. (which is be called the holy Mountain by the local people. It is considers by 13 peaks. Kangwaboge Peak is the main peak of the mountain with height of 6740m which is the highest point of Yunnan Province. Pilgrims from Kangba Region come here at the beginning of each winter to worship.  Afterward, stroll in Feilaisi Temple ( it was first built in 1614A.D. The temple is right face the peaks of Meili Snow Mountain. Hence it become the best place to enjoy the amazing sunrise view of Meili Mt. Moreover, you can see the the fresco of ancient Tibetan Buddhism kept well in the temple )  Continue to visit  Mingyong Glacier ( located on the foot of the Kagebo, the main peak of the well-known MeiLi Snow Mountains.MingYong Glacier is a modern glacier with lowest altitude and lowest latitudes in nowadays' land which is about 11.7km long and over 500m wide. The glacier is composed of 3 parts, repectively in shapes of fan, platform and tongue. It extends to forest district with an altitude of some 2,660m above sea level.
Take a nice stroll in the Tibetan Village nearby before transfer back to your hotel.
Overnight at hotel nearby Feilaisi

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Day 14 Deqin - Zhongdian (Shangri-La ) (B/L/-)

Morning transfer back to Zhongidan (4-5hrs ). Have a stop to visit a local workshop of black pottery at Nixi Pottery Village which is a small Tibetan Village right along in the old Tea & Horse Road. The black pottery of Nixi is well known in the North western Yunnan and the Whole Tibetan region with long history.  
Upon arrival, at your leisure for the rest of day after arrive at Zhongdian.


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Day 15 Shangri-La-Kunming Departure (B/-/-)

After the breakfast, you will transfer to Shangri-La airport for the morning flight back 
to Kunming.  Upon arrival, you own take the connection your departure flight

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