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Colorful Yunnan

Yunnan, situated in Southwestern China, is filled with the gorgeous scenery of the rolling hills transforming into thehigh, hilly plateau of Yunnan. Yunnan is amazingly diverse, in one day you could pass through arid badlands, lush pine forests, barren hills and tropical rainforests. The highlights of this tour are Lijiang, Dali, Tibetan settlement at Zhongdian and Xishuangbanna. Lijiang’s ancient old city has preserved its charming antiquity despite the modern changes sweeping through China. 




Day 1 & 2 Los Angeles/Guangzhou

Day 3 Guangzhou - Kunming (D)
Arrive Guangzhou and connect flight to Kunming.

Day 4 Kunming - Zhongdian (B, L, D)
Visit Stone Forest and then take flight to Zhongdian. Upon arrival in Zhongdian, you will have entered the Tibetan cultural area.

Day 5 Zhongdian (B, L, D)
In the morning, visit the Ganden Sumtseling Gompa, the largest Tibetan monastery in Yunnan. Later visit the tranquil Bita Lake & Shudu Lake. These high mountain lakes are surrounded by alpine meadows and wildflowers on one side with a temperate rain forest on the other. Later visit the Old Town of Zhongdian and the Guishan Park.

Day 6 Zhongdian - Lijiang (B, L, D)
On the way you will have the breathtaking view of Tiger Leaping Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world and see the First Bend of Yangtze River.

Day 7 Lijiang (B, L, D)
Visit Black Dragon Pool, Dayan ancient Town. In the afternoon, visit Baisha Naxi village, Yufeng Lama Temple.

Day 8 Zhongdian - Dali (B, L, D)
Drive to Dali. On the way visit Bai Minority's Residence and their traditional architecture courtyard in Xizhou.

Day 9 Dali
A historically and culturally famous city of China, Dali is renowned for her historical past. During the Tang and Song Dynasties, it was an important gateway of cultural exchange and trading with southeastern Asian countries. Take the small boat ride to enjoy the Erhai Lake and visit Islet and Fishing villages. Then visit the Three Pagoda Temple and Dali Old Town.

Day 10 Dali - Jinghong (B, L, D)
Take the flight to Jinghong, Dai Minority's region. Visit Mengle Buddhist Temple, the TropicalFlower Garden and Ming Ting Park.

Day 11 Jinghong (B, L, D)
Drive about 2 hours to Menglun and visit the Tropical Botanical Garden which is famous in Asia with its various plants in tropical area. On the way back, visit the Olive Basin, where you will be impressed by the view of tropical scenery and the bamboo houses of Dai ethnic group, set each other off harmoniously. Visit The Tropical Flower Garden and Mang Ting Park.

Day 12 Jinghong - Kunming - Jianshui (B, L, D)
Drive to Sanchahe to explore the Wild Elephant valley, then take an afternoon flight to Kunming. Upon arrival in Kunming drive to Jianshui.

Day 13 Jianshui - Yuanyang (B, L, D)
Jianshui is an ancient town of the Ming dynasty period. Visit Chaoyang Tower, Zhu Family Garden, Confucius temple and Shuanglong Bridge. After lunch drive to Yuanyang.

Day 14 Yuanyang (B, L, D)
Early morning drive about 20 miles to enjoy a spectacular view of sunrise from the scenic mountain rice terraced fields at Duoyishu Village. Afterwards, climb up to the Tiger Mouth to enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the rice terraces.

Day 15 Yuanyuang - Kunming - Guangzhou /Los Angeles (B, L)
Early morning drive to Kunming and catch the flight to Guangzhou and then connect flight to Los Angeles.

Trip date:
October 15 - 29, 2016

Trip Price:
Including flights $ 4,590 per person
Excluding flights $ 3,290 per person

Flights, tour coordinator/guide,
accommodation on full meal basis
Monument admission fee
Ground transportation, internal flights

Insurance, visa, additional programs, gratuities

Los Angeles/Guangzhou/Los Angeles

First class hotels or best available