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  • Songzanlin Monastery
  • Stone Forest
  • Bitahai Nature Reserve
  • Kunming Flowers and Birds Market
  • Napahai Lake

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5 Days Kunming and Shangri-la tour

Tour Code: CTKM05
Tour Duration: 5 Days
Attractions: Songzanlin Monastery, Stone Forest, Bitahai Nature Reserve, Kunming Flowers and Birds Market, Napahai Lake
Tour Overview: In Tibetan, Shangri- La means a place of good fortune and luck. Located in the midst of three rivers; the torrential Jinsha, Langcang and Nujiang, Shangri-La is a sacred scenic region with distinguishing features. Scores of years have witnessed the failure of numerous efforts to seek out and pinpoint the exact location of this dreamland. A few years ago...

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Tour Dates Destinations Services Provided Meals Included
Day 1 Kunming Arrive in Kunming, be met and transferred to hotel. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Howard Johnson Tropical Garden Plaza Kunming Kunming Jin Jiang Hotel Yunnan Jinhua International Hotel
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Day 2 Kunming Full day tour to Stone Forest Kunming Flowers and Birds Market Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Howard Johnson Tropical Garden Plaza Kunming Kunming Jin Jiang Hotel Yunnan Jinhua International Hotel
B,L
Day 3 Kunming/Diqing(Shangri-La) In the morning, be transferred to airport for flight to Shangri-la.
Arrive in Shangri-la, be met and visit Songzanlin Monastery Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Shangri-la Paradise Hotel Holy Palace Hotel Pacific Rim Hotel
B,L
Day 4 Diqing(Shangri-La) Full day tour to Bitahai Nature Reserve Napahai Lake Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Shangri-la Paradise Hotel Holy Palace Hotel Pacific Rim Hotel
B,L
Day 5 Diqing(Shangri-La) /Kunming In the morning, be transferred to airport for flight to Kunming first, then connect your own flight for departure. Details... B
1. Normally hotels allow a maximum of 3 adults per room with an extra bed, at extra charge. Some hotels will allow three adults and a small child.
2. Tour price is indicative only, please enquire for a detailed quotation.
3. More people more discounts. Please enquire for more details.

Price Inclusions and Exclusions

Price Include

A. Entrance fees:To scenic spots as listed above in the itinerary.
B. Meals: All meals as specified in the itinerary.
C. Private Transfers: Among airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in the above cities by the private air conditioned vehicle.
D. Guide and Driver: As outlined in the itinerary, a well selected English-speaking guide and driver will accompany you throughout the entire tour in that city. They do not fly with you from one city to another.
E. Hotels: Hotel Based on two persons sharing one room with twin beds. All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.
F. Luggage Transfers: Between airports and hotels.
G. Service Charge & Government Taxes.
H. Travel insurance in mainland China during the above travel period.
I. Arrangements: The tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

Price Exclude

A. Entry or Exit China International Airfare or train tickets.
B. Visa Fees.
C. Excess Baggage Charges.
D. Personal Expenses: Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the itinerary.
E. Meals: Any meals which are not specified with "B", "L" or "D".
F. Single Room Supplement.
G. Insurance coverage of personal loss, illness or damages incurred during your trip.
H. Gratuities, Tips to Guides and Drivers.

Day 1 Arrival Kunming

Transfer via: Flight on your own arrangement

Upon your arrival in Kunming, your local guide will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel. For the rest of the day you will enjoy some leisure time to relax or have a first look at the new surrounding.
 

Day 2 Kunming (B, L)

Kunming (B, L)

Sightseeing: Stone Forest, Kunming Flowers and Birds Market

Today we will go on a full day trip to Stone forest. Due to a process of weathering and erosion, nature has created an art gallery of stone sculpture here. This typical karst physiognomy seems like a forest of stone pillars and boulders. You will see fascination natural creations like Lion Arbor, Sword Peak Pond, Lotus Peak, Moon Lake, Jade Lake, and Dadie Waterfall.

Then we will visit Kunming Flowers and Birds Market, the city's biggest, most attractive shopping market where spring reigns all year. Since 1983, the Flowers and Birds Market has gradually been built into a comprehensive public spot for leisure, shopping, and trading. Strolling on the market street, you will see shops and stalls of all sorts, especially those featuring flowers, birds, and fish.
 

Day 3 Kunming / Shangri-La (B, L)

Kunming / Shangri-La (B, L)

Transfer via: Flight on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Song Zanling Monastery

In the morning you will be transferred to the airport where you will take your flight to Shangri-La.

Upon your arrival you will be met by your local guide who will directly show you Songzanlin Monastery, which is is a typical Lama monastery. Located at the foot of Mt. Foping, four kilometers north of Zhongdian County, a monastery was first built here in 1679 and has been rebuilt many times. The architectural style of the building is a faithful imitation of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet.
 

Day 4 Shangri-La (B, L)

Shangri-La (B, L)

Sightseeing: Bitahai Nature Reserve, Napahai Lake

This day will start with a visit of Bitahai Nature Reserve, an intact natural attraction with various species of flora and fauna and of course picturesque landscapes. In the reserve itself, century-old pines and cypresses are growing around Bitahai Lake, in which the water is crystal clear. In the middle of the lake there is an islet covered by cedars and azaleas.

Then we will head to Napahai Lake, both an ideal grazing field for herdsmen and a paradise for many species of birds. This is, in the true sense, a seasonal lake. When summer comes, snow on the adjacent mountains melts and flows down into about ten rivers forming a vast lake. In the dry season, Napahai becomes boundless green grassland--the best time for herding sheep or cattle. Nevertheless when you will come, the whole scenery will be kind of unique.
 

Day 5 Shangri-La / Kunming / Departure Kunming (B)

Transfer via: First Flight on our arrangement
                Second Flight on your own arrangement

Today will be free for your own purposes, until our guide will escort you to the airport to take the flight to Kunming. From there, you will take your next flight to the following destination.
 

Comment on our service from Thomas Anthony Lucker, USA

It was great and the guide was tremendous!

Hi Sandy,


It was great and the guide was tremendous.  I had a great time in Kaifeng. I think we have another tour coming up quickly on the 26th to Luoyang.  :)  


Tom

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Comment on our service from Robert William Miller, USA

It was a good trip.  The sites were very interesting and unique.

It was a good trip.  The sites were very interesting and unique.   The Dazu museum was very interesting since did not know there were so many of the grottoes in China and other countries as well. We didn’t take lunch but asked rather to see another grotto.  Would recommend going to the small grotto and then the larger one and then museum in that order.

Rob Miller

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Comment on our service from Wolfgang Ernst Kasper, Australia
I want to to thank you again for your good services. Everything worked out as expected ––or better! Getting the gaotie tickets was easy, and the two excursions were most enjoyable.

Dear Sandy,

now that we have returned home after a marvellous trip through China, I want to to thank you again for your good services.

Everything worked out as expected –– or better! Getting the gaotie tickets was easy, and the two excursions were most enjoyable. In particular, the guide at Huangshan – I called her ciao Xue (Little Snow) – was attentive and intelligent, great company!


After the hike up and down on Huangshan, we felt great: we can still do that at our age in the high seventies!


Hakka Country


Finally, it was a pleasant surprise to get your call. That was unexpected, but much appreciated.

Keep selling China to the world!

Best wishes

Wolfgang


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Comment on our service from Martin McMulkin, UK

You had the best price and you have provided us with a really good service in the past. I am sure to contact you in the future whenever we plan trips around China.

Hello Sandy,


Please find the answers below.


1. What do you think of our guide service?

The guide was really good. Gave us interesting information about the places but did not talk too much.


2. What do you think of our driver service?

The driver was very good, we felt safe. The only problem was that the seats in the van could not be adjusted and so I had to stay in the reclined position, this was OK because most of the journeys were quite short.


3. Which meal makes you memorable? Please name the reason why you like or dislike it?

The lunch buffet at the hotel on the mountain was the best. Breakfast was good everywhere. It was difficult to find food we all liked for dinner, in Huangshan City.


4. Could you please advise why you choose us to be your tour operator for your holiday?

You had the best price and you have provided us with a really good service in the past.


5. Which part of sightseeing was the most memorable for you?

Walking on the trails up Huangshan.


Thank you again Sandy. I will do the review for Trip Advisor.

I am sure to contact you in the future whenever we plan trips around China.

Best Regards

Martin


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Comment on our service from Bernadette Ernecq, France

It is not the price, basically because you offered a tour AT OUR PACE/COMFORT! Of course we'll contact you again ... btw we've shared to friends our tour program with your contact information!

Dear Sandy,


Good afternoon to you too!


Hereafter are my answers :  


1. What do you think of our guide service?  

Your guide services really helped us a lot! Even if neither my husband nor my grand daughter could understand English. At the beginning I translated but in the long run, I gave up! But for all other needs Holly was just wonderfully perfect, if I may say!


2. What do you think of our driver service?

He managed to get us where we were supposed to be, on time & in good shape!


3. Which meal makes you memorable? Please name the reason why you like or dislike it?

No meals were included in our tour, which was just perfect. With the heat and fatigue, there were times we just either drunk or ate ice cream for our lunch ... and the driver & Holly managed by themselves.


4. Could you please advise why you choose us to be your tour operator for your holiday?  

It is not the price, basically because you offered a tour AT OUR PACE/COMFORT!


5. Which part of sightseeing was the most memorable for you?

Really hard to choose as each site was unique. If we're obliged to choose, we choose SIMATAI GREAT WALL as this trip was planned just to see the GREAT WALL OF CHINA!


6. Your more tour experience to share with other travelers.

It was regretable to have done this tour in Aug, when it's terribly hot to the point of discomfort ... had to abandon some parts of the tour as it has become unbearable. We won't turn down another opportunity to come visit but at another season! And of course we'll contact you again ... btw we've shared to friends our tour program with your contact information!


Kindly say hello to Holly ... We wanted to call her on our return trip ( delayed 33 hours in MNL so we had to catch the next available flight for Paris. We were offered the night at a hotel, but outside the airport premises. By the time we got our papers by 19H30, our luggages being registered directly to Paris, and our take off was at 02H00), we decided not to bother her ... we were afraid to miss our flight!


Many thanks again


Best regards,


Bernadette, Philippe & Ilia


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Comment on our service from Sue O'Malley, Australia

I am so pleased we had a chance to stay in the other location as we were able to see and learn so much.


Dear Sandy,


Thank you so much for your help today.  We were very efficiently taken to the correct hotel.


I am so pleased we had a chance to stay in the other location as we were able to see and learn so much.


I cannot praise our guide Jason enough. He was so knowledgeable, kind and fun. He was still helping today when Lisa left money in the safe at the other hotel. It has been a fantastic trip.


Thank you so much,  


Sue O'Malley


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