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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 Annette Esselborn, Germany

We had a wonderful day. The tour was well organized. We would also book it again with you. The tour guide was awesome! A big praise. She patiently answered all the questions, was funny, responded to the group. That was really great.

Hello Sandy,

 

Thank you for your request. We had a wonderful day, even though we experienced exactly the snow on the Chinese wall. The tour was well organized. We would also book it again with you.

 

The Ming Tombs were interesting, but of course the Great Wall of China was the highlight for us. And despite the snow, it was an experience. Somewhat hectic was the climb from lunch (by the way very, very delicious!) But I know that this was only due to the weather that day.

 

The tour guide was awesome! A big praise. She patiently answered all the questions, was funny, responded to the group. That was really great.

If I come back in 2 years with a group, we would like to book again the same tour (maybe without snow ....) with the same tour guide.

 

Our heartfelt thanks!

Viele Grüße

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Comment on our service from Nancy Tuksaudom,USA

Each and every city was thoroughly explored with the wonderful guides and drivers that you arranged for us.  We also enjoyed every hotel that you reserved for us. We especially enjoyed each guide, their knowledge, courtesy, and personality! We had a thoroughly wonderful time in China and thank you for all the work you did to plan it for us.  Should we ever visit China again, we will contact you to assist us!

 

Hi Sandie!

Thanks for your email! We are both doing fine and have happy memories of the time we spent touring China, thanks to you! 

We are home now (since early February) and planning our next trip in Mexico for April.

  

We totally enjoyed our time in China, despite the fact that it was cooler than we had planned for/expected. Each and every city was thoroughly explored with the wonderful guides and drivers that you arranged for us.  We also enjoyed every hotel that you reserved for us, as we did the flights, as well. The only semi-negative comment was that the Guilin hotel heat situation was sub-par. 

We especially enjoyed each guide, their knowledge, courtesy, and personality! They often showed us much more than we expected and worked very hard to make all connections efficiently, etc. 

  

I did complete feedback forms for each guide in each city. I hope that they forwarded them to you. They were likely to be more thorough than what I just wrote to you. 

The bottom line, though, was that we had a thoroughly wonderful time in China and thank you for all the work you did to plan it for us.  Should we ever visit China again, we will contact you to assist us! 

If you ever visit Seattle, Washington, please let me know and I/we will show you around our beautiful city and environs. 

Thanks again!  

Nancy and Pricha (Tuksaudom)

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Comment on our service from Gracie Chan, USA

We had a wonderful trip! You planned and coordinated everything really well. We especially appreciated all your help on the first day when we missed our train and got stranded in Beijing~THANK YOU! Everything went smoothly and our guides were most accommodating. Most of them were quite fluent and we don't have any problem understanding them. I will definitely recommend you to my friends and seek you out if I visit China the future.

 

Hello Sandy,

Hope you had a nice weekend. Thanks for being patient. Here's what we thought of the trip.

Overall, we had a wonderful trip! You planned and coordinated everything really well. We especially appreciated all your help on the first day when we missed our train and got stranded in Beijing~THANK YOU!

Everything went smoothly and our guides were most accommodating. Most of them were quite fluent and we don't have any problem understanding them. It was great to have their help dealing with hotel checking-ins and transportation details. It was very convenient and helpful. Having to move in and out of hotels daily and trying to catch all those train on time are very stressful ~ A big "Thanks" for all their help.  

I want you to know that we consider Jackie Zhang (our guide for Zhangye & Dunhuang) to be the BEST of all the guides we encountered on this trip. She is enthusiastic, meticulous and extremely knowledgeable. You can tell that she enjoys her job tremendously!

         

My observation ~ Most "Foreign Visitors" don't always have a base knowledge of the history of the places they are visiting. A SHORT & CONCISE explanation is better than a long and winding narrative. It should not be assumed that one formula works for everyone. Some visitors are more knowledgeable than others and vice versa.

We enjoyed all the sights we visited on this trip tremendously. That said, there are some room for improvements.

The one disappointment for me was the visit to Qinghai Lake. It was too commercialized. It would have been so much better if we were able to stop by the lake area BEFORE the visitor center where it was much more pristine and unspoiled. After all, we are there to take it the natural beauty of the area after all.

Our guide and driver was most accommodating when we asked them to stop by the side of the road in order for us to photograph herds of YAK and sheep. It was the highlight of the trip for me! I am sure other visitors will feel the same way.

My suggestion ~ Maybe some sort of arrangements can be made with local farmers that owned land along the Qinghai lake for a short stop over in your future tours? This way, your visitors can have wonderful opportunities to photograph and experience the scenery and lifestyle of the local people.

My observation ~ In Turpan, the Turpan Museum would have been a BETTER choice than the visit to the Karez well system (Kan'erjing Museum). There is really nothing much to see here.  

The International Grand Bazaar was also a bit of a disappointment, it was too touristy. I think we would find it much more interesting if we have the opportunity to visit a local street market instead.

We rode a donkey cart at the Flaming Mountains. It was great fun! I think this should be included in the future and its a great way to help the local make some extra money too. You agree?

Hotels ~ We still prefer staying at International Brand hotels. We really liked the Sofitel Hotels (in Xian & Xining) and the Sheraton in Urumqi.  

We find the service and breakfast food selection available at the local brand hotels are still somewhat lacking compared to the International Brand hotels.

Food ~ We had some amazing and some mediocre food on this trip. The quality of the meal is inconsistent. I guess it depended a lot on your local tour coordinators?    

I hope our observations and honest suggestions are helpful to you. Please do not consider this is as criticism of our trip but as suggestions for improvements. We had lots of fun and we hope you'll be able to attract more visitors to your tour. I will definitely recommend you to my friends and seek you out if I visit China the future.

I have attached the "corrected" photo and an extra one taken at the Flaming Mountains. You have our permission to include all three of the photos along with the following review to your website. I will write a review for TripAdvisor.com later.

Regards,

Gracie.


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Comment on our service from Sergey Shunailov, Russia

It is impossible to find any imperfection in the service. Nice guide with good English and nice driver. Thanks a lot. If I'll have free time in my next trip to China I'll use again only your company.

Dear Sandy,

Nice to hear from you. The one day Beijing tour was fine. It is impossible to find any imperfection in the service. Nice guide with good English and nice driver. Thanks a lot.

If I'll have free time in my next trip to China I'll use again only your company.

Best regards,

Sergey


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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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