The Highlights of Kunming-Dali-Lijiang-Shangrila
Day 1 Arrive in Kunming, can visit Green Lake and Bird and Flower Market if time allows. O/N Kunming
Day 2 Drive 1.5-2 hrs to visit Stone Forest, about 1-2 hrs there, then lunch in a local tasty restaurant, then drive 1.5 hrs further to visit Jiuxiang Caves. Then drive 2.5 hrs back to Kunming. O/N Kunming
Day 3 Drive 5 hrs or take day train (12:10-17:16) from Kunming to Dali. Visit the Erhai Park for very nice lake view, Dali Museam to get an idea about this antient cultural land, then Dali Old Town in the evening. O/N Dali
Day 4 Drive 20 minutes to the tea plantation on the Cangshan Mt., where has got beautiful view of Dali area, and nice to walk around. Then we drive 10 minutes further to Xizhou, visit the daily morning market there, then walk around the local Bai People's residence, and take a horse carriage through the fileds to the lake area and some local hidden temple, for Bai people are very religious people and their worshipping to female gods are quite unique. Take a fishing boat to the lake to enjoy birds fishing show on the lake, then visit some local bamboo weaving family. Then drive 2 hrs to Shaxi. Visit Shibaoshan with the Baoxiangsi Temple built up on a big roack, with wild monkeys as residence, and very beautiful stone carvings from antient times. O/N in Shaxi.
Day 5 From Shaxi drive 2.5 hrs to the premitive Laojunshan Mountain Jianchuan, where is very little developed and very few people would make it there. But it has got such beautfil nature, from premitive forest, mountain streams and lakes, azealea bushes, wild birds and flowers, as well as grssland for animals. The altitude varies from 2200 meters up to 4000 meters high. We can take walks on the wooden paved path into deep forest, along with the sound of streams and lots of wild berries and mushrooms. About 3-4 hrs up there, tHen we drive2.5-3 hrs to Lijiang. O/N Lijiang
Day 6 Exlpore the Lijiang Old Town, Local Vege Market, Black Dragon Pool, Sanduoge Village for nice walk, Baisha, Shuhe, and Lashi Lake for horse riding and boating. O/N Lijiang
Day 7 Visit Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, enjoy the amazing Impression show, Blue Moon Valley where the glacier water is naturally blue and green, and then cable car up to Spruece Meadow, or Yak Meadow or Glacier Park. O/N Lijiang
Day 8 Drive 1.5 hrs to Tiger Leaping Gorge, visit the tourist site of the gorge, then hire a local minivan up to the Halfway Guesthouse along the hiking trail, where has breathtaking view of the gorge. We can do one hour walk futher to Fairy Waterfall on the flat path, and walk back another one hour. This is often the highlight for many people, but can be done only if people don't have hight sickness. Then drive down to meet our driver again, and drive another 2.5 hrs up to Shangrila, along with stops for amazing mountain views.
Day 9 Visit Songzanlinsi Lama Temple, and Napa Lake for a walk through Tibetan villages. One choice for today is the Putacuo National Park, the first national park in China, where has got beautiful lakes, vast grassland with yaks and horses around, and primitive forest. Another choice is to visit the Dabaoji Temple area for beautiful country walks for 1-2 hrs, and enjoy swimming and sauna from the natural Tianshengqiao Hotspring. Night in Shangrila.
Day 10 Fly from Qiqing Airport to your next destination.
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Attractions Visited in This Tour
- Shilin (Stone Forest)
- Erhai Lake
- Dali - CangShan National Geopark
- The Old Town of Lijiang
- Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
- Impression Lijiang
- Tiger Leaping Gorge
- SongZanLin Temple
- pudacuo national park