6 Days Yunnan Ethnic Minorities Tour

  • Xizhou village
    Xizhou village
  • Yuhu Village
    Yuhu Village
  • Tiger Leaping Gorge
    Tiger Leaping Gorge

Tour Code: ctyn-1

Tour Type: Private Tour with Exclusive Tour Guide and Driver

Departure Date: Flexible

Tour Highlights:

This tour includes three most important tourist cities of Yunnan, Kunming, Dali and Lijiang. You will enjoy the elegant scenery, discover the history of Yunnan and experience unique minority customs.


  • Day1

    Kunming Arrival

    • No Meals
    • Flight no Included
    • in Kunming

    Welcome to Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province in southwestern China, and enjoys a mild year-round climate and is often called the city of spring. Your private guide picks you up at the airport on time and takes you in a comfortable vehicle to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day to explore the city by yourself.

  • Day2

    Stone Forest, Kunming to Dali by High-Speed Train

    • Breakfast, Lunch
    • High-speed Train
    • in Dali

    Today, we will visit the Stone Forest, which is an essential site in Kunming. Stone Forest is a 350-square-km topographical turmoil wrought by a jungle of 100 or so groups of monoliths in shapes ranging from overhanging cliffs to grotesque boulders. "Number One Bizarre Spectacle Under Heaven," as the Stone Forest is nicknamed. The natural spectacle is made all the more alluring by its inhabitants, the Sani people, whose peculiar habits and customs never fail to keep the visitors mesmerized.
    Then transfer you to the train station for your high speed train to Dali.

  • Day3

    Dali: Xizhou village, Three Pagodas, Tie and Dye at Zhoucheng Town

    • Breakfast, Lunch
    • car
    • in Dali

    Visit to the houses of the Bai ethnic group in Xizhou village. Xizhou is not only a famous historical village, but also a typical commercial village of the Bai people. You will see traditions and typical dresses of Bai. Some buildings are old and typical old architectures, which are the 'local royal' houses. On the exterior walls of each house, there are numerous exquisite paintings, showing the importance of art in this area.
    Three pagodas are arranged in a triangle on the slope of Cangshan Mountain to the northwest of Dali. The largest of the three, Qianxun Pagoda, was built when the area was ruled by the State of Nanzhao during the Tang Dynasty(618-907). The two smaller pagodas on the north and 'south were built during the Five Dynasties(907-960). These are solid brick octagonal structures with ten levels, measuring forty-two metres high. These are solid brick octagonal structures with ten levels, measuring forty-two metres high.
    In Zhoucheng Town, where the Bai minorities live and is famous for its elaboration of batik, you can see the traditional way of making the exquisite handicrafts of the Bai minorities, their delicate skills and methods of elaboration will leave a deep impression. You can also select by buying some nice crafts.
    The ancient city of Dali, located between Er Hai to the east and the Cang Shan mountain range to the west, receives a multitude of visitors. The history of the city dates back to the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). Its old town, surrounded by the remains of a Ming wall, is characterized by cobbled streets and stone houses. Spend the night in the old city.

  • Day4

    Dali to Lijiang by Car, Old Town of Lijiang, Black Dragon Pool Park

    • Breakfast, Lunch
    • car
    • in Lijiang

    Your guide and private driver will drive you directly from Dali to Lijiang.
    The Old Town of Lijiang is a well-preserved city; it was inscribed on UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage List in 1997. It has beautiful wooden houses of the Naxi ethnic group, small streams flow into the city. Now the old city is also the commercial centre of Lijiang. It's a better place to walk and shop. You can also climb Lion Hill for a bird's eye view of the entire city.
    Then visit the Black Dragon Pool Park at the northern end of the city, which is a picturesque enclave where the elegant Deyue Lou rises in the middle of a pond full of tents, with the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the background.

  • Day5

    Lijiang: Baisha, Yuhu Village, Joseph Rock Old Residence and Shuhe

    • Breakfast, Lunch
    • car
    • in Lijiang

    Today, we will visit the villages around Lijiang. The village of Baisha was the cradle of the Naxi ethnic culture. Baisha's frescoes have a history of more than 500 years. They show us the local life and religious elements.
    Yuhu village is located at the foot of the snow-covered mountain, about ten kilometres north of Lijiang. There is an artificial lake in the village. The reflection of the mountain on the lake is one of the most famous landscapes in Lijiang. The village houses are built of stone. It's special. In the village, you can also visit the former residence of Joseph Rock, a famous American photographer.
    Ancient Town of Shuhe, a miniature of the old town of Lijiang, is a well-preserved village. You can see the water flow, old houses, small alleys and local ethnic groups.

  • Day6

    Tiger Leaping Gorge and First Bend of the Yangtze River, Lijiang Departure

    • Breakfast, Lunch
    • Flight no Included

    Day 6 Tiger Leaping Gorge and First Bend of the Yangtze River, Lijiang Departure
    Today you go by car 2 hours to see First Curve of the Yangtze River with the imposing landscape of the gorge and Bridge of iron chains in the village Shugu (stone drum). Surrounded by mountains and rivers, the First Curve of the Yangtze River has a picturesque landscape. Three rivers meet here and turn suddenly. After lunch, explore the Tiger Leaping Gorge which is one of the deepest canyons in the world. During the rainy season, we will be surprised by its stormy water.
    After the visit, you finish the visit of the essence of Yunnan. We will transfer you to the airport for your next destination.

Price Inclusion&Exclusion

Price Inclusion

•    Transportation within China: Domestic flight (economy class) or train on the Itinerary.
•    Tickets: Entrance fees of all attractions listed in the itinerary.
•    Meals: All meals are specified in the itinerary. Breakfast is usually a Western-style buffet at the hotel, or could be a Chinese breakfast in some remote areas. Chinese lunch will be arranged in a local restaurant.
•    Hotels: All rooms have air conditioning and private bathroom, unless specified.
•    Private Transfers: A private driver and a private tour guide will transfer you to airport/railway station, hotel and attractions in the cities in private air-conditioned vehicle.
•    Private Guide: We provide professional licensed tour guides who speaks English or other langauges  acorrding to your requirement. They are responsible, knowledgeable and have a sense of humor to accompany you throughout your journey.
•    Service Expenses (includes planning, handling, operating and communication expenses) and Government Taxes.
•    Insurance: China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance
•    Baggage Transfers: Between airports and hotels.
Price Inclusion

•    International air tickets to enter and leave China
•    Chinese visa fees.
•    Personal Expenses: For example cost of excess luggage, laundry, beverages, fax, telephone, optional activities etc.
•    Dietary expenses other than meals in price inclusion are not included in the itinerary.
•    The cost of the attraction not listed in the itinerary is not included.
•    Single Room Supplement
•    Tips to tour guides, drivers etc.

Trip Notes

Meals of Young's China Travel•     Meals
In your itinerary, it normally offers two meals each day: breakfast and lunch. You will have the freedom to choose your own dinner. If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, please let us know in advance. We will try our best to satisfy your special needs.
Normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, breakfast is Western style, Chinese style or a combination.
Lunch - A la Carte 
In order to have our customers to taste authentic Chinese food and avoid tourist menus, we take food quality, dining environment and travel convenience into consideration when planning your lunch. Therefore , we will arrange a la carte lunch at a local restaurant whenever possible. Lunch a la carte is varied with different recommended restaurants and different cities. You could order the dishes according to your taste under the instructions of your guide. However, in some remote regions where it is difficult to find a non-tourist restaurant, you could have lunch at a local tourist restaurant or in a local family.
Your Own Dinner Option
Dinner is not included in our China travel package, unless you have this requirement. Looking for food by yourself could also be one of your best experiences in China. Therefore we offer you this flexibility of food choice. You can ask for your private guide to gain good suggestions.

•   Private Guide & Transfer
You will have a private guide, private driver and an air-conditioned vehicle to accompany you at each destination of your trip, which will provide you with maximum personal care, security and flexibility.
All our guides are qualified and responsible professionals. All our vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, crewed with licensed drivers.
Private Tour Guide
In each city, we have a professional local guide. Our guide picks you up punctually at your arrival from the airport/railway station/spring of each destination. On your way out of that city, your guide will stay by your side until you have checked in and passed through security. All our travel guides in each destination are local and responsible, who know this area well. They accompany you visiting this city during 8 working hours of each day and they will tell background stories of the tourist places, and show you the secret places to take your best Vehicles of Young's China Travel pictures.
When it is necessary to change your itinerary for unexpected reasons, your private travel guide will suggest alternatives to ensure that you still have an excellent experience.

Private Transfer
With our comfortable and safe private transfer, your trip will be more relaxing and less tiring, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most of your experience in China. In all destinations visited, your vehicle is air-conditioned, clean and expertly maintained. Your private driver is licensed, insured and experienced.
Normally we will arrange vehicles with more space for you and your luggages. Depending on the number of passengers, we generally use sedans or minivans (7 seats) for 4 people or less, large vans or small buses (12-22 seats) for 5 to 12 people, medium cars (33-37 seats) for 13 - 25 people and large buses (more than 45 seats) for more than 25 people.

•     Remarks 
We reserve the right to modify the price due to exchange rate fluctuation
If you have special requirements, please tell us in advance.
We reserve the right of final explanation for any change due to the reasons beyond our control.