9 Days Standard Summer Camp to Secular Paradise

Tour Route: Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la, Kunming

A Harmonious Example Between Man and Nature- Dali Old Town,"Stone Forest Museum"-Stone Forest with Unique Karst Landform,One of the Deepest Canyon in China-Tiger Leaping Gorge,Legal Comfortable Tour Vehicles with Normal Insurance

Private Tour
Day 1 Arrive in Kunming

After you arrive in Yunnan, our local guide will pick you up and then drive to Yunnan Kingworld International Hotel. Then you can have a good rest.

Meals: No meal
Day 2 Kunming to Dali

Your local guide will pick you up from the hotel in the morning. Enjoy the sightseeing of Stone Forest, which has the typical karst topography (area of limestone terrain) according to geologists, and several surrounding Sani minority villages(2 hours);

Next proceeed to Yi Minority Village. The ancestors of the Yi ethnic group can be traced back to the Qiang people living in northwest China. They later migrated south and joined the local southwest aboriginal and created a new group, the Yi ethnic group. After that take soft-sleeper train to Dali.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 Dali

You'll travel to Dali by air and be brought to your hotel.

After check-in, you will visit the Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Monastery, which are by far the most well-known and magnificent pagodas. Originally, the Chongsheng Monastery was built to be near the Dali Three Pagodas, so people call them "Chongsheng Monastery & Three Pagodas"(1.5 hours).

After lunch, you'll take a cruise on Erhai Lake and enjoy a three-course tea in the style of the Bai people (2 hours). You'll also have the opportunity to stroll around Dali Old Town(1 hour).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 Dali to Lijiang

Visit Black Dragon Pool, which lies in the Wulao Hills, is a famous sight on the northern outskirts of Kunming.

Then visit Dongba Culture Exhibition Museum, which represents the Dongba Pictographic Characters and Naxi Minorities mysterious Culture, some of which still use the matriarchal social system up till today.

Stroll around Dayan Old Town, which is a World Heritage Site in China recognized by the United Nations in 1999.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 Lijiang

First visit Yufeng Si, which is one of the Scarlet Sect lamaseries of Lijiang and shows a conjunct architectural style of Han Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, Taoism and the local Naxi Dongba Religion.

Then enjoy the sightseeing of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, which is a nice vacationing spot with great potential for snow sightseeing, mountaineering, explorations and scientific investigation.

Afterwards, visit Baisha Mural, which has its unique aspect that there are many Mural Paintings in temples.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 Lijiang to Shangrila

Have a day tour of the Tiger Leaping Gorge, a canyon of the Yangtze River. Legend says that in order to escape from a hunter, a tiger jumped across the river at the narrowest point (still 25 metres wide), hence the name.

Next you'll visit the First Bend of the Yangtze River. It is the location where the Yangtze River makes its first major turn and changes the direction from the north-south to south-northeast. The last stop is the Stone Drum Town. It got its name from a large, cylindrical, marble tablet shaped like a drum. Since ancient times, this town has been important, linking Tibet with the outside world.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 Shangrila

Begin the tour with a visit to the Songzanlin Temple, it is a miniature version of the Tibetan Lhasa Potala temple with its own statues and paintings of deities and lamas. Then travel to the Bitahai Lake. Suited in the east of the Shangri-La County Diqing, it's the highest lake in Yunnan.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 Shangrila to Kunming

Driven to the airport for flight to Kunming.

Travel to West Hill, which is also called 'Sleeping Buddha Hillsand'

Then visit Dragon Gate, which is close to the west shore of the Dianchi Lake.

Explore to the Huating Temple, which is one of the largest Buddhist temples in Yunnan Province.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 9 Depart Kunming

Driven to the airport for your departure flight.
Your China Southwest travel ends.

Meals: Breakfast
Travel Period 2-5 travelers 6-9 travelers
Dec.1- Feb.28 US$1626 US$1257
Mar.1- Nov.30 US$1798 US$1290

1. The price is based on stay in China four star hotels. If you want to deduct, upgrade or downgrade the hotel, please indicate this while sending the inquiry.
2. You will enjoy more discounts if there is more people join the tour.
3. Prices may vary according to your travel time and are higher in the high season, e.g. Qingming Festival Holiday (Apr. 4 - 6, 2020 ), Labor's Day Holiday (May 1 - 3, 2020) ,Dragon Boat Festival Holiday (Jun. 25 - 27, 2020) and National Day Holiday (Oct 1- Oct 8, 2020).

1. All arrangements and first admission/entrance fees of scenic spots specified in the itinerary.
2. Buffet breakfast, Chinese lunch or dinner as listed in the itinerary.
3. Well-equipped commercial vehicle with excellent private guide and driver accompanied on your tour between airports, train stations, scenic spots and hotels.
4. Three-Star Hotel based on two persons sharing one room with twin beds. All hotels as listed in the itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast unless specified.
5. Transportation of Kunming, Daili, Lijiang and Shangrila.
6. Travel Agency’s Liability Insurance with your tour inside China.
7. Chinese government taxes and the city construction fees on your travel tour.

1. China entry visa fees.
2. International or domestic airfare or train tickets not included in the itinerary.
3. Meals not specified in the itinerary and extra and alcoholic or beverages during meals.
4. Tips for guides and drivers.
5. Personal expense: e.g. mini bar, personal telecommunications, laundry, excess baggage charges etc.)
6. Excursions and activities not included in itinerary.
7. Single room supplement.

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It is flexible to change the duration, attractions, starting and ending cities according to your interests. Also the tour can be extended or shorten as your preference, just let your trip consultant know.
All of the tour packages exclude the international airfares. We suggest you can book it one your own. You can compare the price between OTAs (Expedia, Priceline, Sky scanner...) and the airlines. When you have a confirmed date, set alarm and compare it always.
As the China Visa, we cannot apply for you as we are an China inbound travel company. However, we can send you our invitation letter with our company's official seal to you after you booked the tour from us, which could assist you to get China Visa from China embassy easily. Usually, we suggest you to apply the visa about one month or one month and a half before your travel date.
For the breakfast, it is offered by the hotel you stay, usually Chinese and Western buffet breakfast. As for the lunch, we offer 80RMB per person for a standard Chinese meal at a nice tourist restaurant. If you want to order other kind of meals, such as vegetarian, Muslim meals, Indian Meals, please let your trip consultant know. Dinner usually will be left for you to choose the food you prefer. Our guide will help you to balance each meal such as your taboo, your preference and avoid repeated food. You have to pay for the extra cost if you want to take better or more. The meals on Yangtze Cruise are fixed Chinese and Western Buffet.
All the hotels can be replaced by your favorite ones or you can book your own hotels. And the hotel room we offered here usually is standard with twin beds. If you want to have king-size bed room or suite, please let your trip advisor know. Besides, all the accommodation are quoted on two persons sharing one room. The room supplement must be paid if you want to have a single room.
* Most hotels we offered in our tour package have WIFI in the lobby, and some of which have WIFI in hotel rooms. If you need the WIFI in your room, please make sure with your trip advisor.
We have non-shopping private tour and tour with carefully selected shops. For tour with shops, the price will be lower, and you will enter one or two shops in every tourist city. The shops could be jade, silk, pearl, Chinese tea etc., all of which have strong China's character and is worthy to buy. Each shop will take you around 45 minutes. We promise there is no compulsory consumption at all. You get the situation in your hands.
* Department stores, supermarkets, boutiques, hotel and restaurants in most cities of China do accept the credit card with the sigh of MasterCard, VISA and JCB. However, it does generate commission charge. Please check the regulations with your bank manager.
All domestic flight we offered is the economic class, which you can carry one hand-on luggage no more than 5 kg for free. The total of free registered luggage is no more than 20kg. Excess luggage will charge you some extra fees, be aware of that. The free registered luggage allowance in China domestic train is 20kg.
The insurance provided by us is called Travel Agencies' Liability Insurance, which covers accidents occurring during the activities arranged by travel agency. It does not cover mishaps or physical problems occurring outside the guided tour period or caused by clients themsevles, so we highly suggest you purchase the full coverage travel insurance from your country of origin.
For group of 1-4 passengers, recommend US$ 4-8 per tourist per day for guide, and US$ 2-5 per tourist per day for guide; for group of 5 and above, recommend US$ 2-5 per tourist per day for guide, and US$2-4 per tourist per day for driver. Besides, we highly recommend you to tip every day to encourage better service from them in the next coming days. However, if you have genuine reason not to tip, don't.
Usually, the deposit of tour package accounts for 30% of the total quotation, and the balance should be paid 30 days before your tour date. Payment methods we accept include Bank Transfer and PayPal, Credit Card and so on. More details you can check the Payment Guide page. Moreover, Children who are less than 12 y/o have their own discounts, please contact with your trip advisor.

I once heard: Yunnan is a multinational border province of China. Can I experience the exotic, gourmet eating characteristics?
Asked by Eudora (Aug.26, 2012)

Lead To China Trip Advisor (Aug.26, 2012) replied:
No special route for minority may be a downside to the itinerary. You can pick up some typical scenes of minority duiring the trip. You can also join the minority festival with luck. You can do DIY trip at http://www.leadtochina.com/index.php?option=com_diy&template=customize1&view=customize. Or you can consider tourism at http://www.leadtochina.com/tour/md-11.html.

We want to go to some place which is not too hot and child friendly, our kids are 4 year and 10months old. Is this tour suitable for us? Plz suggest. Thanks..
Asked by Harsha (Aug.07, 2012)

Lead To China Trip Advisor (Aug.07, 2012) replied:
Hi Harsha, thanks for your inquiry. To be honest, Shangri-la with high-elevation is not suitable for your tour, I’m afraid that your children may be suffering the altitude adverse reactions. Considering your group, Shangri-la is not the good choice. Hope your understanding. You can choose this tour on our website http://www.leadtochina.com/tour/bct-01.html , which will be better.

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