Yunnan and Guizhou Getaway Tour
Escape to the Utopia of Shangrila on a 15-day China Yunnan and Guizhou tour starting from Kunming! The place continues to shape its mystery, be it through art, history, valleys, lakes, grassland, forests or the ancient monasteires. Departing Shangrila, you'll travel to romantic Lijiang Old Town. The city is home to Naxi people and Dongba culture. Next it's onto Dali with its unique civilization of Bai people. Finally, we explore different traditional ethnic villages in Guizhou to discover the dwellings, markets, traditions and local foods of Miao and Dong people.
Duration: 15 days & 14 nights
Destinations: Kunming - Shangrila - Lijiang - Dali - Kunming - Guiyang - Kaili
Starting Point: Kunming
Ending Point: Kaili
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After breakfast, you will be met at hotel lobby and transfer to explore Stone Forest which will takes 1.5 hours car riding. Situated 75 miles southeast of Kunming, the Stone Forest is a wonder of geology. The various shapes of limestone were formed due to the earth’s crust shifted 200 million year ago. 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 see their traditional lifestyle. In the afternoon, transfer back to Kunming and visit the Green Lake Park. Here you may take a leisure walk around lake and have an authentic feeling of local people’s life.
After the tour, your will be escorted to airport for flight to Shangri-La.
Meal: B, L
Make your own way to airport for flight to Shangri-la. Meet your guide and then drive to visit Pudacuo National Park, notable as the first national park in China to meet International Union for Conservation of Nature standards. It incorporates the Bita Lake Nature Reserve and the Duhu Scenic Area in the Hongshan region. Then pay a visit to Nixi Pottery Village, a small Tibetan village nestling along the popular adventure route from Shangri-la to Deqin in Northwest Yunnan. Later, pay a visit to Zhongdian Old Town which brims over with Tibetan cultural facts such as Buddhist paintings and Tibetan residences side by side. At last, go to the Songzanlin Monastery, covers an area of 33 hectares (82 acres), it is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan province.
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Today, your guide and driver will escort you from Shangri-La to Lijiang. Along the way, visit one of Xiao Zhongdian and Tiger Leaping Gorge. Xiao Zhongdian town is located at the south of Shangri-La, it is considered to be a treasure of scenic area. In the early summer, it is a sea of flowers, colorful azaleas, wolfberry flowers, Gesang flowers and a variety of unknown flowers and plants. In the fall, here would be a world of wolf drug. What a stunning view!
Then you'll move on to Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the deepest canyons in China, featuring breathtaking wildness. As long as 25 kilometers, the gorge divides into three parts. Today you will visit a best part of Tiger Leaping Gorge, see Jinsha River roaring down on the feet, and the majestic snow mountains standing in a distance. After tour visit, transfer to your hotel at Lijiang.
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This morning, you will escorted by your tour guide to explore Lijiang Old Town, the former cultural and political center of Lijiang Naxi Kingdom established in late 13th Century, with an area of 7.2 sq. km. Walk around to discover many historical streets, structures, sites, schools and secret corners. Afterwards, transfer to the pristine Yuhu Village. It was a place where Naxi King’s reindeer herder lived, and now you can still see people riding horses. Visit The Former Residence of Dr Joseph Rock, an adventurer and geographer from USA who traveled through Yunnan and lived in Lijiang for 27 years.
Then transfer to visit Baisha Old Town. Apart from the ancient architectures, you can also see many traditional handicraft wokshops here, e.g. Naxi embroidery workshop.
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This morning, leave Lijiang and drive for about 2hrs to Shaxi Ancient Town. It is a well-kept Bai Minority village, and it was one of the important trading centers on the Tea-Horse Ancient Road since several hundred years. Later, move on to visit Shibao Mountain which located in the northwest section of Shaxi Town. The Danxia landscape is the most unique view of all and the Shizhongshan Grottoes is another highlights, which were created by the ancient Bai People in the historical period of the Tang and Song dynasties ( 850 A.D -1179A.D.). Drive back to Shaxi Old Town and stay overnight here.
After breakfast, transfer to visit the morning Market at Xizhou Town where is a great place for you to know more about Bai ethnic culture and get close to their life style. After that, transfer to visit Bai people’s Residential House at Xizhou Town, the typical town with Bai's characters. The houses here are decorated with woodcarvings, colored patterns, marbles and wash drawings, which represents the masterpieces of Bai's architecture.
Later transfer to visit Dali Ancient 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. Our last spot today is the Three Pagodas. They are the oldest standing structures in Yunnan and have become the emblem of Dali.
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This morning is for your own exploration at Dali Old Town. Take high speed train to Anshun in the afternoon, the train ride from Dali to Anshun will takes around 4hours. Upon arrival, be met and transfer to your hotel check in.
After breakfast, transfer to visist Huangguoshu Waterfalls which is one of the biggest and famous waterfalls in China. It is 74 meters in height and 81 meters in width, forming majestic vigor and grand sight. There exist different sights in day and evening or four seasons. Then proceed to visit Stone Village of Buyi which considered as the Paradise of Buyi ethic group. The stone villages are surrounded by verdant landscapes, all the houses here are made of wood and stone. Later, drive to Guiyang for high speed train to Congjiang. Upon arrival, transfer to Zhaoxing Dong village.
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This morning, we will transfer to explore Basha Miao Village. Hidden in the dense bamboo forest, Basha is known as “the last gunman tribe under the sun”. Legend goes that the ancestors of Basha residents settled and built the village over 2,000 years ago. Today, Basha residents are still live like their ancestors.
Drive back and explore Zhaoxing Dong village. With a history of over 850 years, Zhaoxing is considered the most important Dong Village in China. In Zhangxing, there are 5 Drum Towers, each for one village. Enjoy yourself a nice walk through the village to admire the magnificent Dong drum tower complex and the traditional village layout. Right here you can also have a chance to enjoy the Dong Music and their folk songs. Later today, transfer to Tang'an Dong Village, with an excellent natural ecological environment, where you can discover traditional Dong dwellings, flower bridge, old water well, ancient tombs, terraced fields, etc. Overnight in Zhaoxing.
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After breakfast, transfer to visit Longli Old Town. The first thing you will probably notice about the town is its architecture, white walls and dark blue tiled roofs with turned-up eaves and ridges which are quite different from those found in Miao and Dong villages. Afterward, you will be transferred to Zhenyuan old town and check in your hotel.
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Zhenyuan old town is known as one of the top ten ancient towns in China endowed with both cultural relics and natural landscape. The whole old town is surrounded by mountains and river, beautiful natural scenery and antique buildings. Have a leisurely stroll at the old town in the morning and visit Qinglong Cave. The area of Qinglong Cave is the center of multi-culture, including Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism. After that, drive half an hour to Wuyang River. Enjoying 2 hours cruise tour on Wuyang River, you will see stunning natural view and unique minority buildings along the river side. Stay overnight at Zhenyuan Old Town.
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After enjoying a nice breakfast, you will start today’s trip by visiting Shidong Miao Village, which is famous for making silver ornaments. If you come at right time, you will have a chance to join their grand ethnic festivals and activities. Afterwards, transfer to Matang Gejia Village which is located on the bank of Chong’an River. Their garments, traditional handicrafts, ethnic activities are the distinctive features of Gejia People. Such as batik, stitch work, dancing with Reed-pipe instrument, etc. Walk along Chong’an River and step into their dwellings to see the particular architecture. Stay overnight at Kaili.
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Today your first stop is Langde Miao Village, which is known for their long skirts. Go through the wind-rain bridge at the gate that means you can go through ups and downs in life, and take about 3-hour walking in Langde Miao Village to see stilted buildings that are important historical relics, and experience local life here. In the afternoon, pay a visit to Datang Miao Village, well-known for the short skirts worn by the local ladies, therefore, the they are also called “Mini-skirt” Miao. Lusheng Festival is a grand local event when you can see hilarious singing and dancing with Reed-pipe instruments. Drive back to Kaili.
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After breakfast, transfer to visit Kaili Nationality Museum which has been classified as one of the “100 most distinctive Musums of China”. Visitors can get a glimpse into the culture and history of the Miao people with displays on bronze drum dances, Fengyu Bridge, Baoye Bridge, beauty cushions, wine songs and local festivals. Drive to Guiyang airport for your departure. End of your 15 days Yunnan and Guizhou tour.
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