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13-day South China Train Tour

Tour code: ETC-Q06   

See the best scenery in southern China and save! Your train trip starts at the colorful Yunnan, riding through the Bai villages in Erhai, peaceful ancient town Lijiang as well as the snow-capped Mountains; Taking overnight train from Kunming to the Karst Paradise Guilin for other great outdoor activities like cruise, biking etc.

Tour DateCityTour Brief
Arrival in Kunming
2Kunming / Dali
Stone Forest, Golden Temple, Train to Dali
Dali Old Town, Er Lake, Fishing Village
4Dali / Lijiang
Cang Mountain, Xizhou Town, Train to Lijiang
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, White Water River, Shuhe Town
Free Day
7Lijiang / Kunming / GuilinTrain to Kunming, then transfer to Guilin
Arrival in Guilin
9Guilin / Yangshuo
Li River Cruise, Yangshuo Biking
Free Day
Yangshuo / Guilin / Guangzhou
Train to Guangzhou
Chen Family Temple, Xiguan Old Houses and Qingping Market.
Day 01 Arrival in Kunming
Arrival in Kunming by flight. Pick up and transfer to hotel.

Day 02 Kunming-Dali (B, L, D)
One day tour to the Stone Forest, it is about 120 km from Kunming City and requires only a 1.5-hour drive. It covers an area of 400 square kilometers and includes both large and small forest as well as many other scenic spots. A visit to a minority village on the way where you can enjoy precipitous hills, beautiful lakes and an integration of the customs, religious and architecture of the 26 nationalities. Then proceed to visit Golden Temple. Transfer to train station for overnight train to Dali.
Day 03 Dali (B, L)
Pick up at train station and transfer to hotel in Old Town Dali. Have a short rest. Then visit the Erhai Lake and surrounding fishing villages. With an altitude of 1972 meters above sea level, the Lake is a beautiful highland lake of Yunnan Province and one of the seven largest fresh water lakes in China. Later, explore Dali old Town. The town’s layout was uniform, with five main streets from south to north and eight main streets from east to west, while marketplaces were neatly arranged within the town, which has remained unchanged to this date.

Day 04 Dali - Lijiang (B, L)
Tour Cang Mountain by chairlift and do some hiking on the mountain, Visit Xizhou and traditional residential houses of Bai people--the houses with gray-green roof tiles, peculiar workshops, temples, schools and churches with antique flavor are scattered. Transfer to take train to Lijiang.

Day 05 Lijiang (B, L)
Drive to visit Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, the holy mountain - 'God of Sanduo' of Naxi people. Then go to White Water River, the water here is extremely clean as it is filtrated and purified by gravel and stones and hasn't been polluted at all. At last, pay a visit to Shuhe Town, with an altitude of 2440 meters above sea level, it is a tranquil town with a population of about 3000 people.

Day 06 Lijiang (B)
Free time for your own exploration.

Day 07 Lijiang –Kunming – Guilin (B)

Transfer to the train station and head for Kunming (8.5 hours), then connect the train to Guilin.

Day 08 Arrival in Guilin (no meal)
Arrive in Guilin in the afternoon. Pick up at the station and transfer to city center hotel. Free time for the rest of day.

Day 09 Guilin-Yangshuo (B, L)
In the morning, take a Li River cruise leisurely, Bamboo groves, jagged, sharp-edged hills like broken teeth, a wide placid river and peaceful farm and village terrain are along the tour. By the end disembark at the beautiful small town Yangshuo, 65 kilometers to the southeast of Guilin, which is an internationally acclaimed tourist destination. Afternoon time is free for your own exploration. Wandering around the town to appreciate its great natural sights is ideal choices. At night, a stroll on the West Street is a must to experience wonderful nightlife of both Chinese and Western styles.

Day 10 Yangshuo (B)

Free time for your own exploration in Yangshuo.

Day 11 Yangshuo-Guilin-Guangzhou (B)

Transfer to Guilin train station and board an overnight train to Guangzhou.

Day 12 Guangzhou (B, L)
Upon arrival, the guide will pick you up and transfer to the hotel. Visit Chen Family Temple-- the largest, best preserved, and best decorated ancient architecture existing in Guangdong province. Then pay a visit to Xiguan Old Houses. Xiguan refers to Guangzhou's Liwan district. Liwan, the old district of Guangzhou is filled with local architecture, Cantonese Opera, ancient foreign trade as well as traditional Cantonese delicacies and morning tea. At last, wander around Qingping Market which has over 2000 stall along 1-km-long Qingping Lu and Ti Yun Lu in the north of Shamian Island.

Day 13 Guangzhou exit (B)
Transfer to the airport and fly to your next destination.


As all of our holidays are tailor-made it isn’t possible to give anexact price on the web-site as the final cost is dependant on a number of factors. These include the number of people in your party, the season you travel, the standard of hotel (we offer a variety of standards from three-star to super-luxurious) and duration of your trip. However, as aguideline you should expect to pay from US$ for the opposite itinerary.

Included Services
Private transfers airport/hotel/airport;
Private tours escorted by an English-speaking guide;
Accommodations with daily breakfast;
Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner;
Domestic flights and trains listed;
Admission fees.

Non-included Services,
Visa arrangement;
Excess luggage charge(the luggage allowance at economy class is 20kg);
Personal expense;
Any meals not specified as "B, L or D";
Gratuities to guides and drivers.

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