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Vicky Wen
Tour designer

Breaking away from Shanghai, Kunming, Dali, Lijiang and Shangri-la can make it a real-time paradise for you. This tour is designed for travelers interested in exotic lifestyles and amazing landscape in Yunnan.

Highlights

  • City highlights in Shanghai and Beijing
  • All-inclusive domestic flights
  • Yunan's wonderful landscape such as the Stone Forest and Erhai Lake
  • Minority lifestyles
  • Tibetan family visit in Shangri-la

Tour Itinerary

DAY
1
Shanghai Arrival
  • Activities: Airport Transfer (Shanghai)
  • Meals: No Meals
  • Hotels: Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel  5-star hotel  |  The Bund Hotel Shanghai 4-star hotel  |  Kingtown Hotel Plaza Shanghai 3-star hotel

Upon your arrival at Shanghai airport, you will meet up your Shanghai tour guide, who will introduce this charmning city on the way to hotel. Check in upon arrival and take some time for adjusting yourself from jet-lag.

 

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  • DAY
    2
    Shanghai
    • Activities: Oriental Pearl TV Tower(INCL Shanghai History Museum), Yuyuan Garden, French concession region, Xintiandi, Tianzi Fang, Jiangnan Silk Shop and Workshop
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Seagull Palace
    • Hotels: Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel  5-star hotel  |  The Bund Hotel Shanghai 4-star hotel  |  Kingtown Hotel Plaza Shanghai 3-star hotel

    Overlooking the Huangpu River and the Bund, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower is absolutely Shanghai's pride and icon. Today you will be on the top of it, taking in a panoramic. Visit Shanghai History Museum, which is located inside the tower, with a great collection of wax work detailing the history of Shanghai. Take a walk along the Bund and go to have lunch at a local restaurant.

    After a stop at a local silk factory, visit Yuyuan Garden. Later,your Shanghai tour guide will take you on a romantic stroll at the Former French Concession and get to Tianzifang.

    - Smart Tips:

  • Enjoy the nightscape by the Bund at the jazz bar of the Peace Hotel.
  • After a walk at the Former French Concession, you can go to dinner at the famous dim sum restaurant Din Tai Fung Restaurant. Find its info on our tag or ask your Shanghai tour guide for direction.
  • Xintiandi

    DAY
    3
    Shanghai to Kunming by China Eastern Airline MU5806 (Shanghai Hongqiao Airport T2 - Kunming Changshui Airport) Dep 14:25 - Arr 17:50
    • Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Shanghai),
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Hotels: Green Lake Hotel 5-star hotel  |  Kunming Hotel 4-star hotel  |  King World Hotel 3-star hotel

    Destinations & activities: Free time in Shanghai and transfer to the airport

    Have a free morning to explore Shanghai. Later, you will fly to Kunming. Check in upon arrival.

    - Smart Tips:

  • To get around in Shanghai at a low price, you can choose tourist bus. Find the info on our tag.
  • If you are having a Sunday, why not go to worship at Shanghai Community Church?
  • DAY
    4
    Kunming to Dali by Flight No. 8L9903 Dep 21:00 - Arr 21:40
    • Activities: The Stone Forest, Green Lake Park, Yuantong Temple, , Hotel to airport Transfer (Kunming), Airport Transfer (Dali)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    • Hotels: Regent Hotel 5-star hotel  |  Dali Landscape Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Dali Landscape Hotel 4-star hotel

    In the morning, we will drive to Stone Forest. Countless limestones spring up from the earth and form the land of over 4,000 Km2 a forst of stone. Have lunch and be back to the city.

    After a relaxing walk in the Green Lake Park, we will get to one of the oldest Buddhism temples in Yunnan: Yuantong Temple.

    The flight to Dali is late at night (2100 - 2140). Your Kunming tour guide will escort you to the airport.

    Check in upon arrival.

    - Smart Tips:

  • If you have some free time in Kunming, why not visit the bustling tea wholesale market at Kangle Tea Culture Market? You can find more information on the right tag.
  • DAY
    5
    Dali
    • Activities: Houses of Bai People in Xizhou, Ancient City of Dali, Cruise on the Erhai Lake
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Kaiyi's Kitchen
    • Hotels: Regent Hotel 5-star hotel  |  Dali Landscape Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Dali Landscape Hotel 4-star hotel

    The vast Erhai Lake is home to several minority groups in Dali. Today you will take a pleasant boat trip on the lake. Later, drive to Xizhou Bai Village, where Bai people live. Have lunch and then we will be back to Dali.

     

    Afternoon, you will take a free walk in Dali Ancient Town and experience the exotic lifestyle and culture.

    - Smart Tips:

  • Cycling around Erhai Lake is an adventureous challenge that can amp up your China holiday. Ortherwise, get around the nearby countryside on wheels. Ask your Dali tour guide for advice and help if you're interested. (* Note: We wouldn't recommend elderly people go for this trip.)
  • Er Lake

    DAY
    6
    Lijiang
    • Activities: Our guide and driver will escort you from Dali to Lijiang, Lijiang Ancient Town, Wangu Tower, The Mufu (Wood Mansion)
    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Hotels: Intercontinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort 5-star hotel  |  Hexi Hotel 3-star hotel  |  Sanhe Hotel Lijiang 3-star hotel

    This morning, you will enjoy a scenic drive to Lijiang.

    Arrive in the afternoon. Check in upon arrival.

    A free walk in Lijiang Ancient Town is neccessary for you to learn about its Badong and Naxi cultures that are different from what you've seen in Dali. Later, visit Wood Mansion and get on the Wangu Tower on the Lion Hill to view the whole lovely town.

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  • The distance from Dali to Lijiang is about 4 hours.
  • Please note: No lunch arrangement for today but we will make a stop in the middle of the road for simple food (your expense). You can take some snacks and water.
  • Lijiang Ancient Town

    DAY
    7
    Lijiang
    • Activities: The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain(Yak Meadow), Shuhe ancient town
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Misi Restaurant
    • Hotels: Intercontinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort 5-star hotel  |  Hexi Hotel 3-star hotel  |  Sanhe Hotel Lijiang 3-star hotel

    After breakfast, we will visit the beautiful Jade Dragon Snow Mountain at its Yak Meadow.

    Drive to Shuhe Ancient Town for a quieter moment.

    - Smart Tips:

  • The distance from Lijiang to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is about 1.5 hours.
  • Please note: Yak Meadow is 3,800 meter from sea level and there might come an altitude change while the cable car goes up the mountain, however, most people won't feel any physical uncomfort. Please let your tour guide know if some phyiscal problems occur.
  • DAY
    8
    Shangri la
    • Activities: Our guide and driver will escort you from Lijiang to Shangri la, View the first bent of Yangtze River at The Stone Drum Town(Shigu Town), Tiger Leaping Gorge
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    • Hotels: Songtsam Retreat At Shangri la  5-star hotel  |  Holy Palace 4-star hotel  |  Holy Palace 4-star hotel

    Today your driver will drive you to Shangri-la. On the way, you will stop at Tiger Leaping Gorge. The gorge is 18 kilometers long situating along the upriver of the Jinsha River, or the Golden Sand River. Have lunch en route.

    Your driver will take you to Shangri-la, where your Shangri-la tour guide will escort you to hotel. Check in upon arrival.

    DAY
    9
    Shangri la
    • Activities: Pudacuo National Park, Songzanlin Lamasery
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Arro Khampa
    • Hotels: Songtsam Retreat At Shangri la  5-star hotel  |  Holy Palace 4-star hotel  |  Holy Palace 4-star hotel

    Like a paradise on earth, Shangri-la is world-known for its intoxicating lanscape. Today you will visit Songzanlin Lamasery, one of the 13 famous monasteries of Tibetan Kham. Have lunch in a local restaurant.

    Pudacuo National Park will take up your whole afternoon and reward an amazing experience. Visit Bitahai Lake before visiting a humble village.

    DAY
    10
    Shangri La to Beijing by China Southern Airlines CZ8130 Dep 17:50 - Arr 23:05
    • Activities: Visit Tibetan Family, Zhongdian Old Town, Hotel to airport Transfer (Shangri la), Airport Transfer (Beijing)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Kailash
    • Hotels: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town 5-star hotel  |  Sunworld Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Dongfang Hotel Beijing 3-star hotel

    Today you will visit a local Tibetan family and Shangri-la Ancient Town. Later today you will fly to Beijing. Check in upon arrival.

    DAY
    11
    Beijing
    • Activities: Hutong Tour by Rickshaw in Xicheng District, The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling, Pearl Store
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Bai Shi Da Restaurant
    • Hotels: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town 5-star hotel  |  Sunworld Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Dongfang Hotel Beijing 3-star hotel

    A fresh coffee kicks a good start for your morning.

    Pack up your gear and today you will firstly visit Tian'anmen Square and then the Forbidden City.

    Have lunch in a traditional noolde house and we will get to the Former Residence of Soong Chin Ling, more widely known as the birthplace of China's last emperor Puyi. Get on a rickshaw and the rider will take you into Beijing's beating heart: Hutong. Following up is some quality time with a local family in the Hutong.

    Today you will also have a chance to learn how to spot fake pearls at a time-honored pearl store.

    - Smart Tips:

  • The Corner Tower of the Forbidden City is always a favorite spot for photographers. Spend some time there if the time allows.
  • Today's tour ends up at the Hutong area near Houhai, where you can find a decent place to kick back and enjoy a brisk Beijing night.
  • It takes some nerve to dance in public. But moves don't matter if you got the passion - at least it's so for Chinese dance devotees. Go check out China's national hobby: Square Dance in Beijing!
  • Hutong

    DAY
    12
    Beijing
    • Activities: Temple of Heaven, The Mutianyu Great Wall, Shahe Cloisonne Factory
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Xin Shuang Quan Restaurant
    • Hotels: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town 5-star hotel  |  Sunworld Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Dongfang Hotel Beijing 3-star hotel

    In morning, we will first visit the holy site of Temple of Heaven, where Chinese emperors used to worship God with their sacrifices. Later, drive up to the Great Wall at Mutianyu Section, where you will hike up the mountain ridge. Visit a local cloisonné store before lunch.

    In the afternoon, we will be back to the city. Free night for you to thrill.

    - Smart Tips:

  • Don't leave Beijing without a bite of the legendary Peking Duck. Dine like a royalcourt member at Hua's Restaurant.
  • Tired of today's walking and photo-taking? Let's rub it away with a traditional Chinese massage. Your Beijing tour guide sure knows some decent place.
  • If you want to carry on with excitment, a Kungfu Show will be the best bet. Ask your guide for ticket and direction or you can check on our "Solo Adventure!" tag.
  • DAY
    13
    Beijing
    • Activities: Exterior visit of Beijing Olympic Stadiums(Bird's Nest and Water Cube), Summer Palace with boat ride and the Garden of Virtue and Harmony, Lama Temple
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Beijing Ba Guo Bu Yi Restaurant
    • Hotels: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town 5-star hotel  |  Sunworld Hotel 4-star hotel  |  Dongfang Hotel Beijing 3-star hotel

    In the morning, you will take a relaxing tour at the Summer Palace. Enjoy the boat ride on Kunming Lake. Later, visit the less-visted yet much interesting Yonghe Lama Temple. Have lunch in a traditional Sichuan Restaurant.

    Bird's Nest and Water Cube were made known in the world for the grand Olympics 2008. This afternoon you will take an exterior visit at this great site. Free time to explore the city afterwards.

    - Smart Tips:

  • You can visit the Drum Tower for a drumming show at sunset. Your Beijing tour guide will point the direction.
  • Book a night show? Golden Mask Dynasty will surely blow your mind!
  • DAY
    14
    Beijing Departure
    • Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Beijing)
    • Meals: Breakfast

    Today is the last day of your China tour. Your Shanghai tour guide will escort you to the airport for departure flight. Thanks for traveling with us. Hope to see you guys again soon!

    Prices (Go Solo Private Tour)

    $ USD
    Apr.1- Nov.31 Superior Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class Single Room Supplement
    1 person -
    2-5 persons / /
    6-9 persons / /

    * The price may change during some festivals including the Spring Festival, Tomb Sweeping Day, Labor Day (1st May), Mid Autumn Day and National Day (1st Oct.).

    * The price is subject to change based on exchange rate.

    What's Included & Excluded

    Price Inclusion

    • Entrance fees.
    • Meals listed in the itinerary.
    • Private transfers.
    • Private English-speaking guide and driver.
    • Hotels listed in the itinerary.
    • Service Charge & Taxes.
    • China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
    • Luggage Transfers.

    Price Exclusion

    • International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China.
    • China Entry Visa Fees.
    • Excess Baggage Charges.
    • Personal Expenses.
    • Any meals that are not mentioned in the tour itinerary.
    • Single Room Supplement.
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