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

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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 Chew Huay Huay, Singapore
Would like to commend on the tour guides, drivers and accommodation that VOC has arranged for us. The guides and drivers are very professional,very helpful, thoughtful, caring and experienced. They practised good ethics as well. We definitely have a wonderful touring experience and I will definitely recommend your company to my friends.

Dear Molly,

Hope you have been well.

We will be returning to Singapore in a couple of hours.

Would like to commend on the tour guides, drivers and accommodation that VOC has arranged for us. The guides and drivers are very professional,very helpful, thoughtful, caring and experienced. They practised good ethics as well.

We definitely have a wonderful touring experience and I will definitely recommend your company to my friends.

Regards,

Mrs Wee

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Comment on our service from Jayne Ellen Wilgus, USA
You put together a wonderful itinerary for our two-week vacation in China. We enjoyed our guides, the food, and the hotels.

Van and I thought you put together a wonderful itinerary for our two-week vacation in China. Even though we missed a day in Beijing due to bad weather, our guide was very accommodating and helped us see as much as possible in the two remaining days.  

We enjoyed our guides, the food, and the hotels.

Thank you for all of your help in putting together this trip.

Best,

Jayne


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Comment on our service from Arnold Demeyere, Belgium

“By accident” we get contact with visitourchina. It has been one of the best trips we ever had, we’ve learned very much of this part of China, enjoying the people we’ve met and with who we’ve got contact. It give us a real view of Chinese people and community and for us, a new world opened. A very good society, well organised, Nanning very good organised concerning environment and climate.

Dear friends of visitourchina,


We went to visit Nanning between April 28th and May 3rd 2019 with my wife and my daughter.

For us, it would be the first visit to China and we needed some support to organise this as I wanted to organise it all by myself (hotel, plane, visa, …). But as I was organising everything I felt the need of some extra support and help from people of China (for instance English talking guide, English talking organiser in China to take us around in a personal tour).

“By accident” we get contact with visitourchina. And they “give” us Molly Mo as contact person. It was a winning number from the lottery !

Molly took care of us like “a real mother” ! No question I’ve asked her, she answered them immediately with her advice and experience. Always in a very friendly and positive way, adding a human sense so we were even more longing to visit Nanning and it’s people. Molly organised our guide in Nanning, Wendy, who was TOP for us. Wendy took care of us, from early morning till evening with a very professional view on guiding adding a good human sense to her work. We were so good prepared we had one day on our own and we could fill in without problems.

It has been one of the best trips we ever had, we’ve learned very much of this part of China, enjoying the people we’ve met and with who we’ve got contact. It give us a real view of Chinese people and community and for us, a new world opened. A very good society, well organised, Nanning very good organised concerning environment and climate.

So, we came back from Nanning after a too short stay with very positive feelings, hoping once more to visit China again.

We’re very grateful to Molly in the first place. She is the ideal person to represent Visitourchina. She take care of my many, many questions with a great heart, she had many patience with us and she never disappointed us, her answers give us the extra love for China and it’s people. Visitourchina must be happy with her.

It's a pity we couldn’t see her to transform our personal gratitude to her. Many, many, many thanks !


I hope this is not my least mail to you, I would miss our contacts,


Arnold en Rattana Demeyere




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Comment on our service from Brandon Michael Driggs,USA

The tour was great. Both guide and driver are very friendly and helpful. For the meals on the trip, so much food and delicious dishes. We loved the trip. Thanks for all your help.

Hi Molly,

The tour was great. Both guide and driver are very friendly and helpful. For the meals on the trip, so much food and delicious dishes.

We loved the trip. Thanks for all your help.

Best wishes,

Brandon


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Comment on our service from Serene Zhou,Philippines

I must extend our thanks to you and the Tour Guide for this trip Peter. The trip was fun and informative.

Hi Stella,

I must extend our thanks to you and the Tour Guide for this trip Peter (Hope i didn't get his name wrong) .

The trip was fun and informative. Peter is extremely caring and helpful to all the guests who participated in this group trip to Mutianyu great wall & Ming Tombs tour. He made sure nobody was left out of left behind. He is very polite and attentive to our needs.

Peter also made sure we are safe, he was concerned about the distance if the guests could find their hotel or find their way back to their hotel. I must thank Peter for insisting to drop us near our hotel where we CAN see our hotel building at least.

I hope you can let Peter know that he's an awesome guide and the Americans and the rest of us had so much fun.

Best Regards,

Serene Zhou & Ernest


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Comment on our service from Qiao Wenshu, Australia

This is a tour agency in China that provides private English tours. If I needed another private tour, would I use them again? Definitely!! I would recommend them for the service too.



This is a tour agency in China that provides private English tours. I booked a 1 person private tour with these people for 4 days trip in Harbin for the Winter festival and I think it was really worth it.

I booked a 4 day tour in Harbin with them at the last minute and the person I contacted was Molly, who did all the arrangements for me. They pulled it off at the last minute, and around Chinese new year too! I contacted them just before Chinese New year and they responded really quick (yes, China time is 3 hours behind Sydney, so my responses came after 12pm local time each day). She even told me they will be on public holiday from Chinese New Year until Monday the 11th of Feb and then on Monday the 11th of Feb, I got a message from her back with a quote from the local partners first thing, so I was able to make other arrangements quickly, like getting my plane tickets, and visa.

Molly provided me with an itinerary and a quote and I was happy with it, costed $1560 AUD including single non-shared accommodation (I chose 3 star accommodation because I am not fussy about the hotel), breakfast, private transport, pick up and drop off from airport, driver, and an English speaking guide all for myself, so I had 2 people helping me out during my time there, plus entry tickets to all the attractions, for 4 days. I saw a local Australian tour company that had a 5 day Harbin group tour for $1525 AUD with a maximum of 12 people, but it’s really a 3 day tour because that tour lets people arrive in Beijing, then everyone catches the train overnight to Harbin, and days 2-4 are spent sightseeing before catching the train back to Beijing on the 5th day, plus there was another tour company that offered private tours that quoted over $2000 AUD for a similar itinerary, so I believe it was money well spent. My itinerary included the Ice and Snow world, Snow Sculptures and skiing.

Molly gave me the name and contact details of my guide (Allison) as soon as one was allocated to me, and I contacted her on Wechat (a Chinese messenger phone app). Allison is pleasant and speaks English well. The driver helped put my luggage in the car. Allison was knowledgeable and I was impressed that she was flexible and had the sense to check with the local contacts immediately upon picking me up from the airport and getting into the car, to see if the attractions I wanted to see were still open.

Allison took photos for me, and was pretty good at it, and told me lots of relevant history and behind the scenes stories, for example, how the ice blocks are harvested from the river with people standing on the frozen river, drilling holes along the perimeter of the block as deep as it is thick, and connecting them with a saw and lifting them out with a crane; how the Dao in Laodaowai refers to the railway the Russians built when they came to Harbin, and forced the locals out of the railway/developed area, hence the name Lao “Old” Dao “Railway” Wai “outside” refers to outside the railway area.

As a local, she also helped me haggle a better price for the candied fruit sticks (Bing Tang Hu Lu) and I learnt that the Modern (Ma Die Er) Ice cream block is so named because it used to be sold from the Modern Hotel/shop and they were never individually packaged, rather, sold in tubs, so technically it’s only authentic if you buy it from the Modern shop on Central Street. (There is a shop with an oval red neon sign with 1906 on it.), and the original flavours are Original and Coffee (maybe something else, I forgot), the fruit flavours are new, so I recommend the original one. I saw reviews saying it's not that good - last time I was there in the summer I had one and didn't think it lived up to it's reputation because I ate a different branded one, so go for the authentic one at ¥10 each for the original flavour. (same price as the shop in the domestic airport in Harbin). They come on a stick, I haven't see the scoop ones.

Allison also took great care of me as a friend, and helped me walk around on slippery snow/ice and gave me some bandaids and heat packs when I got some grazes from the snow shoe walking around, and warned me not to go onto the frozen lake.

The car I used was a private car, in China, cars are allowed on road according to the numbers on the license plate, to limit the maximum number of cars on the road each day. Thankfully my itinerary was relaxed so there was some space to move around to get everything done, while still being within the permitted days for the car (if it’s outside, you can still have the car on the roads I was told, but just further from the attraction than if it was on a permitted day, which means a little more walking. I got door to door service every day!). It was clean and comfortable inside. Larger groups get coaches.

If I needed another private tour, would I use them again? Definitely!! I would recommend them for the service too. The driver was very professional and like another reviewer said, did not talk all the time, and didn't ask random personal info like local taxi drivers might. Wasn't too much 'awkward silence' either cause I talked with the guide in the back seat.

I got dropped off at the airport and Allison took me directly to the check in counter and they knew exactly which counter and flight I was taking (gave them the info before arriving, was surprised they kept it) so the driver drove me right up to the correct entry. Best service!

Best wishes,

Qiao Wenshu  


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