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11 Days Colorful Yunnan Highlights Tour

11 Days Colorful Yunnan Highlights Tour

Tour Code:  VOC-20100921-S
Destination:  Dali, Diqing(Shangri-La), Kunming, Lijiang
Client's Information: Rhondda Hartley, Australia
Tour Starting Date:  Tuesday, 21, September, 2010
Group Numbers:  4
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Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1  Tuesday 21-September-10     Meal(s) ()   Hong Kong  /  Kunming

Transfer via: by air arranged by us    MU734   (12:15-14:20)
Program:  Arrive in Kunming, you will be met and transferred to hotel, free at the rest of the day.

Accommodations: Horizon Hotel*****


Day 2  Wednesday 22-September-10     Meal(s) (B)   Kunming

Program: Full day tour for Stone Forest, Flowers and Birds Market.

-Stone Forest: About 200 million years ago numerous stone peaks, pillars, and stalagmites rose abruptly from the ground and towered into the sky, looking like a vast forest of stone, hence the name "the Stone Forest".
-Flowers and Birds Market: Traditional wooden houses with grass growing from their roofs line the streets where a variety of products are sold, including of course a small alley devoted to flowers and cage birds.

Accommodations: Horizon Hotel*****




Day 3  Thursday 23-September-10     Meal(s) (B)   Kunming

Program: Full day tour for West Hill and Dragon Gate, Golden Temple.

-West Hill and Dragon Gate: known as "Sleeping Beauty," it is a natural forest park in Kunming with a series of winding steps, tunnels, and statue-filled grottoes.
-Golden Temple: It is the largest copper temple in China. It is also known as the Tongwa Temple (Bronze Tile Temple) and by its popular name, the Golden Temple.

Accommodations: Horizon Hotel*****



Day 4  Friday 24-September-10     Meal(s) (B)   Kunming  /  Dali

Transfer via: by air(arranged by us)   morning flight
Program: In the morning, you will be transferred to airport for Dali. Arrive in Dali, be transferred to hotel, then visit Three pagodas, Dali Museum, Ancient Dali town.

-Three Pagodas: built in the late Tang Dynasty therse three wonders of architecture are typical famous pagodas of Chinese style.
-Dali Ancient Town: It was built during the Ming Dynasty in 1382 and is one the 24 most famous historical and cultural cities in China.. Featuring stone walls, grey-tiled roofs, doors and windows carved with dragon and phoenix patterns, and gardens of varying sizes, the dwellings of Dali have an air of classic sanctity.

Accommodations: Linden Centre Hotel*****


Day 5  Saturday 25-September-10     Meal(s) (B)   Dali

Program: Full day tour for Houses of Bai People in Xizhou, Erhai Lake, Cangshan Mountain.

-Houses of Bai People in Xizhou: where the Bai minority people live. You will appreciate their traditional culture there.
-Erhai Lake: making it the second largest highland lake of China, after Dianchi Lake. Its circumference reaches 116 km, its average depth is of 11 m and the total storage
-Cangshan Mountain: Together with Erhai Lake, the imposing mountain range and beautiful landscape makes Dali a true vacation getaway.

Accommodations: Linden Centre Hotel*****


Day 6  Sunday 26-September-10     Meal(s) (B)   Dali  /  Lijiang

Transfer via: by private vehicle 
Program: In the morning, drive to Lijiang directly, arrive in Lijiang, be transferred to hotel, then visit Black Dragon Pool, Dongba Village, Lijiang Ancient Town.

-Black Dragon Pool: The park holds the Black Dragon Pool and got it's name because of it. The pool is listed in the Collections of Famous Pools in China because of its beauty.
-Dongba Village: sanctuary of the Naxi ancient culture.
-Lijiang Ancient Town: The town was built in the late Song dynasty and the early Yuan dynasty and was listed by the UNESCO on the list of the world's major cultural heritages in 1997.

Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Hotel LIJIANG ANCIENT TOWN *****


Day 7  Monday 27-September-10     Meal(s) (B)   Lijiang

Program: Full day tour for Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Spruce Plateau, Yufeng Temple, Lijiang Mural.

-Jade Dragon Snow Mountain: The mountain consists of 13 peaks. Among of them, the highest peak is 18000 feet above sea level. It is a treasure of wild plants and rare animals.
-Yufeng Temple: shows a distinctive  architectural style of Han Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, Taoism and the local Naxi Dongba Religion as a result of the cultural fusion between different minoritiesin the Qing Dynasty.
-Lijiang Mural: It is located in the Baisha Village on the plain north of Lijiang. It is a mixture of artists of Chinese Taoist, Tibetan and Naxi Buddhists and local dongba shamans. This rich fusion had resulted in a tremendously powerful art.

Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Hotel LIJIANG ANCIENT TOWN *****


Day 8  Tuesday 28-September-10     Meal(s) (B)   Lijiang  /  Diqing(Shangri-la)

Transfer via: by private vehicle 
Program: Drive to Diqing, on the way, visit Tiger Leaping Gorge, First Bend of the Yangtze River. Arrive in Diqing, be transferred to hotel.

-Tiger Leaping Gorge: It is a canyon on the Yangtze River  located 60 km north of Lijiang City, Yunnan in southwestern China. It is a contender for the world's deepest river canyon.
-First Bend of the Yangtze River: It is where the Yangtze River , following a northwest course , plunges head-on into a high and cragged cliff and takes a sharp U-turn.

Accommodations: Songtsam Retreat at Shangri-La*****


Day 9
  Wednesday 29-September-10     Meal(s) (B)   Diqing(Shangri-la)

Program: Full day tour for Bitahai Nature Reserve, Songzanlin Monastery, Tibet Family.

-Bitahai Nature Reserve: is a huge alpine lake, surrounded by forests, with a small tree-covered island in its middle.
-Songzanlin Monastery: Don't miss the most important Lamasery of Tibetan Buddhism in Yunnan province.
-Tibet Family: experience authentic tibet Kulture. Visit a local family and enjoy a Singing and dancig show.

Accommodations: Songtsam Retreat at Shangri-La*****


Day10  Thursday30-September-10  Meal(s)(B)   Diqing(Shangri-la)  /  Kunming

Transfer via: by air(arranged by us)   noon flight
Program: Visit Shangri-la Ancient Town, then be transferred to airport for Kunming. Arrive in Kunming, be met and transferred to hotel.

Accommodations: Horizon Hotel*****


Day 11  Friday 1-October-10     Meal(s) (B)   Kunming  /  Hong Kong

Transfer via: by air arranged by us    MU733   (09:10-11:15)
Program:  In the morning, you will be transferred to airport for flight back to Hong Kong.


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