9 Days Yunnan Classic Tour

  • Stone Forest
    Stone Forest
  • Black Dragon Pool Park
    Black Dragon Pool Park
  • First Bend of the Yangtze River
    First Bend of the Yangtze River
  • Potatso National Park
    Potatso National Park

Tour Code: ctyn-2

Tour Type: Private Tour with Exclusive Tour Guide and Driver

Departure Date: Flexible

Tour Highlights:

This tour will take you to experience minority cultures and visit legendary Shangri-la. The magnificent landscapes and rich culture of Yunnan are waiting to be explored, from ancient towns to snow-capped mountains, from the world's deepest canyon to remarkable limestone formations...


  • Day1

    Arrival in Kunming

    • No Meals
    • Flight no Included
    • in Kunming

    Your private guide will pick you up at the airport on time and transfer you in a comfortable vehicle to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day to explore the city by yourself.

  • Day2

    Kunming: Stone Forest, Kunming to Dali on High-Speed Train

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

    After 1 hour and a half driving, you will visit an authentic wonder of nature located 90km southeast of Kunming - Stone Forest. These strange and crowded rock formations, some of 30 meters, have been baptized with names as original as Rhinoceros looking at the moon and Mushroom always alive. This species of petrified forest is crossed by paths and dotted with ponds and viewpoints.
    After the tour you will return to the city and be transferred to the train station for the high-speed train to Dali.

  • Day3

    Dali: Weishan Ancient Town, Mountain Weibaoshan, Donglianhua Hui Village and Dali Ancient City

    • Breakfast, Lunch
    • Vehicle
    • in Dali

    Weishan Ancient Town is located 60km from the town of Dali. The current town was built in 1389 and therefore has a history of more than 600 years. It is less touristy, more calm and authentic.
    Mountain Weibaoshan is 10km southeast of Weishan Ancient Town. Currently, there are about twenty Taoist temples on the mountain. Wenchang Palace is the main subject of the visits.
    Donglianhua Hui Village located 25km south of Dali, halfway to the Weishan Ancient Town. It is a quiet and classic Muslim village. It dates from the Ming Dynasty, and the houses and ancient architecture are well preserved.
    Back to the ancient city of Dali, that 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: Xizhou Town, Three Pagodas, Dali to Shaxi Town

    • Breakfast, Lunch
    • Vehicle
    • in Shaxi

    We will visit the morning market and the houses of the Bai nationality in Xizhou. Xizhou is not only a famous historical township, but also a typical commercial township 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.
    With a history of more than 1000 years, 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 has six levels and is 69 meters high, which is built during the Tang Dynasty (618-907). The two smaller pagodas built during the Five Dynasties (904-960) are solid brick octagonal structures with 10 levels, measuring 42 meteres high.
    Then we will go to Shaxi Town, which is halfway from Dali to Lijiang. Being an old village, its history dates back to the Spring and Autumn period (771 to 481/453 BC). Tea Horse Road (also known as the Southwest Silk Road) has made Shaxi a shopping centre. We're going to spend a night in this quiet town.

  • Day5

    Shaxi to Lijiang, Mountain Shibaoshan, Lijiang Ancient Town

    • Breakfast, Lunch
    • Vehicle
    • in Lijiang

    In the morning, we will visit Mountain Shibaoshan which is near Shaxi. Mountain Shibaoshan is characterized by its Danxia relief and Buddhist temples, caves and temples.
    Then we will head to the Old Town of Lijiang, which is a better preserved ancient ethnic minority village. Wooden buildings overlooking cobble-stoned streets lead up and over a hill to Lijiang’s river. The old town’s main thoroughfare divides into two here, running along both banks of the river until it joins the central market square. . You can also climb Lion Hill for a bird's eye view of the entire town.

  • Day6

    Lijiang: Yuhu Village, Joseph Rock Old Residence, Mural in Baisha and Shuhe Ancient Town

    • Breakfast, Lunch
    • Vehicle
    • 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.

  • Day7

    Tiger Leaping Gorge, First Bend of the Yangtze River, Lijiang to Shangri-La

    • Breakfast, Lunch
    • Vehicle
    • in Shangri-La

    Today he drives from Lijiang to Shangri-La. Along the way, visit two legendary sights.
    First you can see the First Bend of the Yangtze River with the imposing landscape of the gorge and iron chains bridge in the Shugu village (stone drum). Surrounded by mountains and rivers, the First Bend of the Yangtze River has a picturesque landscape. Three rivers meet here and turn suddenly.
    After lunch, explore the Tiger Leaping Gorge to see one of China's deepest canyons and enjoy steep cliffs. The gorge gets its name from the tiger that supposedly fled from hunters saving the canyon from a jump at its narrowest point. Touring the canyon, with peaks of up to 4,000 meters, is quite an adventure. The route, 30 kilometers long and along the cliff, is well marked, has a complicated stretch and passes through villages where you can rest.
    Continue to Shangri-La and spend the night.

  • Day8

    Shangri-La: Sumtseling Monastery and Potatso National Park

    • Breakfast, Lunch
    • Vehicle
    • in Shangri-La

    When you arrive in Shangri-la, you are in the Tibetan region; the Tibetan is also one of the ethnic groups that live in Yunnan. We will experience Tibetan culture and religion in Shangri-la.
    Potatso National Park is the first national park in China, covering an area of 601.1 square kilometers and its maximum altitude is 4159 meters. We will visit Shudu Lake, Bita Lake and a Tibetan village.
    Being the largest and most famous Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan, Sumtseling Monastery is also known as the "Little Potala Palace" because of its architectural similarity. We're going to have knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism.

  • Day9

    Departure from Shangri-La

    • Breakfast
    • Flight no Included
    Your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the airport for your flight to 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.