All, Outdoor Trails, Cultural Trails

Small group:The Yunnan Experience Trail

All, Outdoor Trails, Cultural Trails

Small group:The Yunnan Experience Trail

All, Outdoor Trails, Cultural Trails

Small group:The Yunnan Experience Trail

  • Destination

    Yunnan & Guizhou & Guangxi

  • Trip duration

    9 days, 8 nights

  • Price

    From 11500 cny

  • Availability period

    29 Sep. 2020 - 7 Oct. 2020

  • Min/Max travelers

    Min. 10

  • Transport

    Van

  • Accommodation

    Hotel

  • Explore the contemporary art district and enjoy modern Art in Dali;
  • Enjoy vegetarian food in a local temple;
  • Bike around Erhai Lake and indulge in the slow-paced lifestyle;
  • Visit 3 Old towns and learn about the history of ancient Tea-Horse Caravan Road;
  • Go to a local rose garden and learn to make Yunnan’s flower cake
  • Enjoy a comfortable stay in our hand-picked selection of boutique hotels;
  • Visit the so-called ‘hometown of batik’ and learn to make Batik Yourself
  • In-depth experience of Dongba culture by Listening to Naxi wise men explaining the long Dongba culture, learning Naxi handmade embroidery or ancient Dongba characters
  • Take a motorcycle ride around the area;
  • Hiking in the hidden valley near Shangri-La and Pursuing the golden age of the caravan;
  • Stay in a plateau tent in a Tibetan village and experience the original Tibetan life
  • Have a drink and a chat, or join the villagers singing and dancing at a campfire party

Yunnan, China

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Day 1

ARRIVAL IN DALI

Private transfer upon arrival from Dali airport or train station. In the afternoon, explore the old town. Dali attracts people from all parts of the world, it is an ideal place for chilling out and coming back to senses. You will also visit the art district this afternoon and discover local contemporary arts.

Food

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Accommodation

4 star hotel

Day 2

DALI

Today you will get to know more about the lifestyle of ethnic minorities. Walk into a Bai village, where you will have chance to discover the culture of local people. During the lunch time, you will visit a Bai family. The owner will host you with a traditional three course tea and you will taste the homemade cuisine. In the afternoon, you will go to a neighboring village that is regarded as the ‘hometown of Batik’ and can engage in a batik making workshop.

Food

B/L/-

Accommodation

4 star hotel

Day 3

DALI

Visit a temple that has become popular recently and enjoy a leisurely tea time including tasty vegetarian food. In the afternoon, follow us to a rose garden, where you will learn to make flower cakes. The day will end with a bike tour around beautiful Erhai Lake.

Food

B/L/-

Accommodation

4 star hotel

Day 4

DALI / SHAXI

In the morning, you will visit the marvelous grottos. Afterwards, you will reach a town that has such an idyllic old center that it is listed as UNESCO World Heritage. This town used to be an important trading post for the Tea-horse caravan road and has been kept away of mass tourism until now. The original culture and constructions are still intact. Visit the old town and discover the quaint architecture.

Food

B/L/-

Accommodation

4 star hotel

Day 5

SHAXI / LIJIANG

This morning, you will be invited to join a traditional fair held in the town center. Villagers will gather here and engage in barter trade. You can join the local people, barter with them or just experience the culture. Afterwards, you will be transferred to Lijiang. Spend the night at your pace. You are suggested to stroll through the Old City of Lijiang and feel the almost artistic atmosphere of small bridges, flowing water and narrow roads.

Food

B/L/-

Accommodation

5 star hotel

Day 6

LIJIANG

After breakfast, a visit to the old town of Baisha is scheduled. Baisha is the earliest settlement of the Naxi civilization in the Lijiang area. Visit Baisha Embroidery School and listen to Dongba culture; experience traditional handmade embroidery of the Naxi people; or learn to write ‘Hieroglyphs’ from these people. You will also visit the Baisha mural, which has been inherited since the Ming Dynasty and is a rare treasure in mural art.

In the afternoon, take a sidecar or motorcycle. This tour will take you to an ancient Naxi village where you can wander around – then you will move on to Yulong Snow Mountain where you can hike in the beauty of its vicinity. Finally, we will take you to the ancient town of Shuhe. Stroll along the center of this historical town of that was an important stop at the Tea Horse Road.

Food

B/L/-

Accommodation

5 star hotel

Day 7

LIJIANG / TENTED CAMP

Drive to the first bay of the Yangtze River in Shigu Town to observe the magnificent landscape of the Yangtze, Lancang River and Nu River. After that, proceed to Tiger Leaping Gorge and feel the majesty of this natural wonder. Lunch with special farm dishes.

Drive to an authentic ecological farm near Shangri-La. You will visit the farm and enjoy appetizers and a leisurely afternoon tea in the mountains. Enjoy a three-course Western dinner. After dinner, a campfire party will get started at which you will sing and dance with the local Tibetan population.

Food

B/L/D

Accommodation

tented camp

Day 8

TENTED CAMP / SHANGRI-LA

After breakfast, there will be a trek to the valley. Admire the unique and magnificent plateau scenery. Visit the Dabao Temple, a 600-year-old Buddhist temple. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the picturesque alpine grasslands. Drive to visit the magnificent Songzanlin Temple.

Evening, enjoy Buffet dinner at hotel.

Food

B/L/D

Accommodation

5 star hotel

Day 9

SHANGRI-LA DEPARTURE

At leisure until transfer to airport.

Food

B/-/-

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