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  • Lijiang Ancient Town
  • Stone Forest
  • The Ancient City of Dali
  • Songzanlin Monastery
  • Yulong Snow Mountain
  • Erhai Lake
  • The Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple
  • Mt. Cangshan (The Cangshan Mountain)
  • Tiger Leaping Gorge
  • Black Dragon Lake
  • Naxi Ancient Music
  • Baisha Old Town
  • House of Bai People in Xizhou
  • Baishui Terrace

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10 Days Cycling & Hiking Tour with Best Highlights in Yunnan

Tour Code: CHTT03
Tour Duration: 10 Days
Destination: Dali, Diqing(Shangri-La), Kunming, Lijiang
Tour overview: Located in the Southwest of China, Yunnan Province is a place where 25 Chinese ethnic groups live together, which provides it with good condition to form and maintain colorful and mysterious ethnic culture; on the other hand, endowed with pleasant climate and special landform, Yunnan has become a paradise of tourism...Spending your time with hiking among the nice landscapes and thick local minority atmosphere in Kunming, Dali, Lijiang and Diqing (Shangri-La), you will get captivated and expect for a second time to them!

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10 Days Cycling & Hiking Tour with Best Highlights in Yunnan 10 Days Cycling & Hiking Tour with Best Highlights in Yunnan 10 Days Cycling & Hiking Tour with Best Highlights in Yunnan 10 Days Cycling & Hiking Tour with Best Highlights in Yunnan

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Tour Dates Destinations Services Provided Meals Included
Day 1 Kunming Upon arriving at Kunming airport you will be met & transferred to your 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 This morning, drive to visit the Stone Forest . 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/Dali Take morning flight to Dali. Upon arrival, you will be met & transferred to your hotel for check in. Then start cycling from The Ancient City of Dali to Xizhou and visit the The Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple . Then continue a ride of 20km to Xizhou. Visit House of Bai People in Xizhou and try Three Cups of Bai Tea. Carry on biking 8 km to Zhoucheng, where Bai minority people live.Afternoon ride back to Dali. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Dali Regent Hotel Dali Asia Star Hotel Landscape Courtyard
B,L
Day 4 Dali/Lijiang In the morning, we take a cable car to the top of Mt. Cangshan (The Cangshan Mountain) for a bird's eye view of Erhai valley, then have a cruise on Erhai Lake . Take flight to Lijiang. Arrive at Lijiang, be met and transferred to hotel. Visit Lijiang Ancient Town . Details... B,L
Day 5 Lijiang After breakfast, we will first cycle 8km from Lijiang Ancient Town to Baisha Old Town . Then we will continue on another 3km to Shuhe Naxi Village. Visit the Visit the Museum of Naxi Culture (or Dongba Culture).This evening, we will enjoy Naxi Ancient Music . Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Dali Regent Hotel Dali Asia Star Hotel Landscape Courtyard
B,L
Day 6 Lijiang Today we will visit the Black Dragon Lake , Yulong Snow Mountain and the Yufengsi Lamasery. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Dali Regent Hotel Dali Asia Star Hotel Landscape Courtyard
B,L
Day 7 Lijiang/Tiger Leaping Gorge Drive 1.5 hours to Qiaotou Town, start hike to Half way.
Right from Qiaotou, we ascend up to the Haba Mountain which forms the Tiger Leaping Gorge with the Yulong Snow Mountain facing it. The trail uphill is very steep, particularly on the 28 benches, followed which we can take a glimpse of the River at the bottom of the gorge like a thin line. Then, we continue hike to Halfway, a hostel nestles on a small piece of land on the mountain slope. Details...
B,L
Day 8 Diqing(Shangri-La) From Half way hostel, we start our one hour of descending to Tina's guest house which is located by the road along the gorge. Then we continue ascending down into the middle gorge.
Then, we start ascending on a slowly going up trail to the road and walk another 2 hours to Xincun village where we meet our vehicle and drive to 3 hours to Zhongdian via Baishui Terrace . Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Shangri-la Paradise Hotel Holy Palace Hotel Pacific Rim Hotel
B,L
Day 9 Diqing(Shangri-La) Today we will drive to the see the Songzanlin Monastery and Lake Bita. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Shangri-la Paradise Hotel Holy Palace Hotel Pacific Rim Hotel
B,L
Day 10 Diqing(Shangri-La)/Kunming Take morning flight back to Kunming and then a connecting flight to next destination. 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 Kunming Arrival

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

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.

Following, we will drive for three hours to Jianshui. Jianshui, is a culturally significant city south of Kunming, historically it has served as the home of many important officials.

Day 3 Kunming to Dali (B, L)

Kunming to Dali (B, L)

Transfer via: Flight on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Dali Ancient City, Three Pagodas, Xizhou

After breakfast, you will be transferred to airport to take flight to Dali. Upon arrival in Dali, you will be met & transferred to your hotel for check in. The Ancient City of Dali, which is a magnificent ancient city with a perimeter of 6 kilometers. Its former city walll is 7.5 meters high and 6 meters thick. There used to be four city gates, each on one side. On the gates were the gate towers. While Xiaguan, the capital of the Autonomous Region of Dali, depicts you an scene of prosperity and bloom, the Ancient City of Dali will give you a simple, unsophisticated and quiet impression.

Then start today's cycling from Dali Ancient City to Xizhou. First biking 3km from ancient city to Three Pagodas, have a visit in there. The Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple. It is a symbol of the history of Dali City, and a record of the development of Buddhism in the area. As its name implies, Three Pagodas are made of three ancient independent pagodas forming a symmetrical triangle. This is unique in China.

Then we will continue the ride of 20km to Xizhou. Visit Houses of Bai People in Xizhou and try Three Cups of Bai Tea. Carry on biking 8 km to Zhoucheng, where Bai minority people live and are famous for their elaborate batik crafts.

Afternoon ride back to Dali.

Day 4 Dali to Lijiang (B, L)

Dali to Lijiang (B, L)

Transfer via: private vehicle on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Cangshan, Erhai Lake, Lijiang Ancient Town

In the morning, we take a cable car to the top of Mt.Cangshan for a bird's eye view of the Erhai valley.

Then take cable car down the moutain and have a cruise on Erhai Lake. Erhai Lake is the largest highland lake next to Dianchi and one of the seven biggest fresh water lakes in China. It means, 'sea shaped like an ear' in Chinese. Implying that the lake is ear shaped and as large as a sea, hence it was named so. The lake covers an area of 250 square kilometers and is located about two kilometers east of Dali.

In the afternoon, we will drive to Lijiang. Arrive in Lijiang; we will have a visit to Lijiang Ancient Town after check in hotel.

Day 5 Lijiang (B, L)

Lijiang (B, L)

Sightseeing: Baisha village, the Museum of Naxi Culture

After breakfast, we will first cycle 8km from Lijiang Ancient City to Baisha village. Baisha Old Town is one of the oldest towns in Lijiang. It is the earliest settlement of the Naxi people and is the birthplace of "Tusi".

Then we continue on another 3km to Shuhe Naxi Village. Visit the Museum of Naxi Culture (or Dongba Culture). Four kilometers (2 miles) to the northwest of the Old Town of Lijiang, at the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, lies a compact village hidden in the forest, the Old Town of Shuhe. UNESCO has listed it as an important component of Lijiang as it is a well-preserved example of a town along the ancient tea route and one of the earliest settlements of the ancestors of Naxi people. It is called 'the hometown of springs'.

This evening, we will enjoy Naxi Ancient Music.

Day 6 Lijiang (B, L)

Lijiang (B, L)

Sightseeing: Black Dragon Pool Park, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Yufengsi Lamasery.

This morning, we visit the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain along with a bridge and a peaceful lake. It is the southernmost marine glacier in the temperate zone of the northern hemisphere. Altogether there are 13 peaks along the range, stretching for over 35km from south to north. The summit, Shanzidou, is 5596 meters above sea level. Viewed from afar, the snow-capped range resembles a silver dragon with snow curling up its middle. Rich forest, herb and animal resources thrive on the mountain.

Also, we will have a visit to the Black Dargon Pool Park. At the foot of Longquan Hill, about 17 kilometers (10 miles) north of the center of Kunming, there is a beautiful place called Black Dragon Pool (Heilongtan), also known for the Dragon Fountain Temple(Longquanguan).

Day 7 Lijiang to Tiger Leaping Gorge (B, L)

Lijiang to Tiger Leaping Gorge (B, L)

Transfer via: private vehicle on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Tiger Leaping Gorge,

In the morning, we will drive around 1.5 hours to Qiaotou town, then start hike to Halfway. Right from Qiaotou, we ascend up to the Haba Mountain which forms the Tiger Leaping Gorge with the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain facing it. The trail uphill is very steep, particularly on the 28 benches, followed which we can take a glimpse of the River at the bottom of the gorge like a thin line.

Then, we continue hike to Halfway, a hostel nestles on a small piece of land on the mountain slope.

Day 8 Halfway to Zhongdian (B, L)

Halfway to Zhongdian (B, L)

Transfer via: Private vehicle on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Baishui Terrace

From Half way hostel, we start our one hour of descending to Tina's guest house which is located by the road along the gorge. Then we continue ascending down into the middle gorge.

Then, we start ascending on a slowly going up trail to the road and walk another 2 hours to Xincun village where we meet our vehicle and drive to 3 hours to Zhongdian via Baishuitai. the Baishui Terrace is one of the most important scenic spots of the Zhongdian county, Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. Snugly situated on a mountain slope 2,380 meters (about 7,806 feet) above sea level, Baishui Terrace, 140 meters (about 459 feet) in length and 160 meters (about 525 feet) in width, is one of the biggest such terraces in China. The spring water runs down from the top row by row to the bottom, like a white terraced field.

Day 9 Zhongdian (B, L)

Zhongdian (B, L)

Sightseeing: Song Zanling Monastery, Bitahai Nature Reserve

This morning, we drive to the Songzanling Monastery to photograph the tranquil morning scenery before visiting the monastery. Songzanlin Monastery, which 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.

In the afternoon, we drive to 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.

Day 10 Zhongdian to Kunming / Departure

Transfer via: Flight on your own arrangement

In the morning, you will be met and transferred to airport to take a flight back to Kunming and then a connecting flight to next destination.

Comment on our service from Fabiana Gesuato, Italy
Definitely a positive feedback for your agency, if I return to China I will definitely contact you.

Jiayuguan Fort

The tour you organized for us went very well, excellent timing and communication, even the restaurant where we stopped for lunch was very good. I want to give a special compliment to the guide Jenny, who was very well prepared, a vast vocabulary, very helpful (she also solved some small problems in our organization), nice and pleasant company. She also helped us book a show and get to the theater in Dunhuang.

Even the transport in the car was very pleasant, spacious car and comfortable driving, another compliment also to the driver.
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I'm sending you some photos we've done: at the Fort, at the Great Wall and on our way to Dunhuang.

The last but not least compliment is for you, for the patience, the availability, the kindness shown and the promptness in giving the answers.
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Definitely a positive feedback for your agency, if I return to China I will definitely contact you and I will recommend your name to those who ask me for info.


Thanks again,
Fabiana

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Comment on our service from Olga, Russia
We really enjoyed our trip. We want to say thank to the tour guide Benny.

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Hello from Russia, we really enjoyed our trip.

We want to say thank to Benny. In the attachment comments that he asked to fill, and we have filled them just now.

Best regards,
Olga
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The arrangement is great and the guide is friendly and excellent, thanks for the wonderful arrangement.

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The arrangement is great and the guide is friendly and excellent, thanks for the wonderful arrangement, even only one day travel, Nithia and his wife really enjoyed it.

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Comment on our service from Juliana & Joe, USA
We are back home and I just wanted to send you a note and let you know again how pleased we were with the tour package that you put together for us. It was last minute and I realize this made things more difficult for you. Everything worked out so very well!

We are back home and I just wanted to send you a note and let you know again how pleased we were with the tour package that you put together for us.  It was last minute and I realize this made things more difficult for you.  Everything worked out so very well!

All of our guides were wonderful.  We wanted to send a special letter to let you know that we were most impressed with our last guide, Mr. Yak (Tserang).  He was with us for the Tiger Leaping Gorge hike and then in Shangri La.  He was the high light of our trip!  Mr. Yak was so very helpful, knowledgable about the culture and the area and he was tremendously thoughtful and professional.  Joe and I have traveled the world quite extensively and can say that Mr. Yak was one of the best guides we have ever experienced. 

We certainly will reach out to you again when we are ready for our next trip to China.

Thank you,

Juliana Jamail

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Comment on our service from Charlie Kath, USA
I wish to THANK YOU for making our visit to China the very positive visit that it was. The itinerary was rich with what China is all about.

I wish to THANK YOU for making our visit to China the very positive visit that it was. The itinerary was rich with what China is all about. You kept us busy and I thank you for that. 
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All of the local guides were outstanding. They were always very timely, right where they needed to be each and every time. Besides being punctual I found each of them to be wonderful people who represent China in such a positive way. Thank you! Thank you!!

I'm so happy that we finally got to meet each other. We worked on this adventure for about 2 1/2 years and the itinerary needed to be revised several times. I appreciate your patience and I thank you for that.
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We're now friends and that will of course continue. I hope to visit both Mongolia via a tour and also, the Silk Road. Hopefully you can put together a 2 week tour itinerary for both of those places. When I visit Morocco I would like Beijing included in such a visit.

You are a delightful young woman and I'm so happy that we are friends.

My best to you Sandy.

From Saint Paul,

Your friend,
Charlie

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I really enjoyed my tour in Xian despite of the high temperature. The information provided by the guide was relevant from a historical point of view. She was kind and she tried to answer all my questions.

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Thank you very much for your letter, I really enjoyed my tour in Xian despite of the high temperature. In this context, it was helpful to have a transportation with air conditioning, thanks you also for the bottle of water, I suggest you to have the bottle of water cold and to keep them in an ice box.
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The information provided by the Guide (Aria) was relevant from a historical point of view. She was kind and she tried to answer all my questions.
I also would like to suggest to include a visit to the Bell and Drum Towers in the Two Days tour.
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I am attaching some pictures from the trip.

Best regards,
Gloria Rabanal

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