Best of Yunnan
China is developing faster than just about anywhere else, but after wandering the scenic highlands of Yunnan for a while, you can't help but wonder, What's the rush? This 10-day trip is ideal for travellers eager to dig into a side of China you won't find in bustling Beijing. Hike the huge (and hugely gorgeous) Tiger Leaping Gorge, explore ancient villages, and stroll the streets of the Ming-influenced old city of Dali. This is China, unfiltered.
Hotels/guesthouses (9 nts).
Train, private van, walking, plane, public bus
Bird and Flower Market visit (Kunming). Old Town Lijiang visit. City walk (Shanxi). Tiger Leaping Gorge hike. Internal flight. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Explore the old town of Lijiang, hike Tiger Leaping Gorge, wander cobblestoned streets in Shaxi, indulge in the spicy cuisine of Yunnan
Day 1 Kunming
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Kunming/Dali (1B)
Enjoy a walk around the Bird and Flower Market in Kunming before boarding an express bus to Dali. With free time, opt to visit the old town, take a boat around Lake Erhai, or ride a bike to Xizhou.
Day 3 Dali (1B)
Enjoy a free day to continuing exploring this scenic town.
Day 6 Shaxi/Lijiang (1B)
Travel to Lijiang and explore the UNESCO Heritage-listed Old Town. Opt to visit the Black Dragon Pool Park.
Day 7 Lijiang/Hetaoyuan (1B)
Take a bus to Tiger Leaping Gorge and start on the famous hike. The route follows the stunning scenery of the Yangtze as it cuts through the gorge.
Day 8 Hetaoyuan/Lijiang (1B)
Hike in the morning before taking a bus back to Lijiang.
Day 4 Dali/Shaxi (1B)
Travel by bus to Shaxi with free time to explore. Enjoy an included walk around the quiet cobblestoned streets, viewing the fabulous ancient architecture of this hidden traditional village.
Day 5 Shaxi (1B)
Enjoy a free day in Shaxi to continue exploring.
Day 9 Lijiang/Kunming (1B)
Enjoy a free day in Lijiang before flying back to Kunming.
Day 10 Kunming (1B)
Depart at any time.