Tour Itinerary of The World Heritage Sites' Trail in South China

15-Day Hong Kong, Guilin, Yangshuo, Kunming, Lijiang, Dali, Liuku, Bingzhongluo and Gongshan Tour (CHT-WH-06)

The World Heritage listed sites of Southern China provide a window to some of the most beautiful and/or cultural or historically significant sites in China. This tour offers the opportunity to see them all in just 15 days.

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Day 1


Place & Transport: Hong Kong to Guilin, Flight No. TBA
Today's Activities: Airport Transfer (Guilin), A Free CH cell phone package (one cell phone for one group)

- A Free CH cell phone package (one cell phone for one group):

A Free CH cell phone package (one cell phone for one group) includes free rental for the cell phone and SIM card (Includes prepaid value of CNY 50), delivery and collection in China. Return the phone to your guide when you depart. For more about the cell phone rental service, please click cell phone rental information.

China Highlights can also provide a Wi-Fi package so that you can stay connected in China anytime and anywhere without relying on hotel for other hotspots. Our 3G service provides speeds of up to 21Mbps on your smart phone, pad or laptop, so you can stay in contact. For more detail please visit Wi-Fi rental information.


Accommodations: Guilin Osmanthus Hotel (Economy) 


Day 2


Place & Transport: Guilin
Today's Activities: Minority village and Longsheng Terraced Field
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Longji Ping'an Restaurant

- Minority village and Longsheng Terraced Field: The Longji Terraces are built into the steep mountain range named "The Dragon's Backbone" about 2.5 hours from Guilin. The terraces look like ribbons as they wind from the foot to the top of the mountain. This ingenious construction makes best use of the scarce arable land and water resources in the mountainous area. There are about 66 square kilometers of terraced fields in the district. The Terraces were first built in the Yuan dynasty and completed in the Qing dynasty by the Zhuang people. Zhuang and Yao minority villages dot the area and feature traditional unique architecture where no nails are used in construction. The different minority customs and dressing styles are especially interesting. Sedan chairs are available from the parking lot to the top of the mountain for customers who would like to see the great views but do not wish to climb all the way up to the top; it takes about CNY350 per person for the round trip.
- Longji Ping'an Restaurant: Ping'an restaurant is one of the popular restaurants in Longji terrace, which is located half way up of the terrace field and will take some steps to get there. The restaurant mainly serves Guilin local dishes and is especially famous for roasted Bamboo Rice and fresh vegetables.

Accommodations: Guilin Osmanthus Hotel (Economy) 


Day 3

Place & Transport: Guilin
Today's Activities: Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave, Jiangtou Village in Jiuwu Town
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at McFound Restaurant

- Elephant Trunk Hill (40 minutes): Elephant Trunk Hill is located at the junction of Li River and Peach Blossom River. It is the symbol of Guilin with 55 meters high and got its name because its shape resembles an elephant with its trunk drinking from the Li River. The hill is pierced with many caves and topped with a small pagoda.
- Reed Flute Cave (1 hour): Located 5 kilometers northwest of Guilin city, the Reed Flute Cave gets the name from the reeds used for making flutes and pipes that grow at its entrance. The cave is regarded as the largest and most impressive cave in Guilin. It is 240 meters long, and the length of the tour is about 550 meters offering a magic land of stalactites, stalagmites, stone pillars, stone curtains, birds, plants and animals in fantastic shapes and colors. The visit lasts for 40 minutes and there are a lot of steps. Watch your step as the lights are dim. You guide will show you by electric torch.
- Jiangtou Village in Jiuwu Town: Located at north, 32 km far from Guilin city, Jiangtou Village is reputed as one of seven the most valuable ancient villages in China. It has more than 620 residents’ houses built in Ming and Qing Dynasties with 800 years history. What is interesting is that 90 percent of residents there share the same family name—Zhou. According to history, most of them are descendants of Zhou Dunyi, a famous scholar of Neo-Confucianism and writer in Northern Song Dynasty. People there show the highest respect for education, and there were over 160 successful candidates in imperial exams of different levels during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Ancient well, long alleys, stone arch bridge, exquisite wooden carvings bring you back to ancient time.
- McFound Restaurant: A restaurant which decorated in traditional northern style, with wheaten food of full aroma and household atmosphere of authentic culture, is warmly welcome for customers.

Accommodations: Guilin Osmanthus Hotel (Economy) 


Day 4


Place & Transport: Guilin to Yangshuo (Watch the Video )
Today's Activities: Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

- Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo. (4 hours): A cruise along the Li River between Guilin and Yangshuo is an unforgettable experience. As you take in the stunning scenery, there's something interesting to see at almost every bend in the river. Between spectacular limestone peaks you'll see graceful bamboo groves, farmers tending rice paddies, and lumbering water buffaloes pulling carts or cooling off in the river. You may see fishermen gliding along on their narrow bamboo rafts, and if you're very lucky you might see one of the famous fishing cormorants. Boats depart from various wharves, according to the height of the river at different times of the year.The Li river cruise is by a medium size boat which can accommodate about 140 passengers.

Accommodations: Yangshuo Aiyuan Hotel (Economy) 


Day 5


Place & Transport: Yangshuo to Guilin to Kunming, Flight No. TBA
Today's Activities: Yangshuo Countryside Cycling, Our guide and driver will escort you from Yangshuo to Guilin, Airport Transfer (Guilin), Airport Transfer (Kunming)
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Yuanshiren Restaurant

- Yangshuo Countryside Cycling: Experience the hustle & bustle of the Yangshuo traffic for 10 minutes before you escape onto the country roads, lanes and tracks of the distinctive and beautiful Yangshuo countryside. Biking alongside the paddy field and orchards that surround the famous mountains will give a fascinating insight into life in rural China. You will have a family visit on the half way. It is an opportunity to see a real country life and talk to the local farmers.
- Yuanshiren Restaurant: Yuanshiren restaurant located in the middle of West Street, which is runing for more than 10 years, it is famous for the western food and traditional Yangshuo food!

Accommodations: King World Hotel (Economy) 


Day 6

Place & Transport: Kunming
Today's Activities: The Stone Forest, Green Lake Park
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Chinese Restaurant of Stone Forest Ashima Hotel

- The Stone Forest (2 hours): A fantastic natural phenomena located 90 km southeast of Kunming. The various shapes of karst landscape was formed due to millions of years' movement of Earth. The Stone Forest area is the home of the Sani people, their folk customs has become one spectacular scene, the colorful embroidery and minority dances combine with the natural sceneries, which will surely leave you a deep impression.
- Green Lake Park (1 hour): Located just opposite Yunnan University, it is one of the most picturesque parks in downtown Kunming. There are nine spring outlets at north of the lake, so it was also named "Nine Dragon Pond" in ancient times. Here you may take a leisure walk or enjoy the performance (playing Taiji, Mahjong and local operal) by local people. In November and December every winter, huge flocks of red-beaked gulls migrate there from Siberia, constructing a nice scene.
- Chinese Restaurant of Stone Forest Ashima Hotel : Situated by the entrance to Stone Forest landscaped area, the restaurant is famous for its roast duck.
- Kunming Hand Workshop: Located near Yangzong Lake, Kunming Hand Workshop sell the embroidery clothes, wall carpet and some ethnic style embroidery hand crafts.

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Accommodations: King World Hotel (Economy) 


Day 7


Place & Transport: Kunming to Lijiang (Watch the Video ), Flight No. TBA
Today's Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Kunming), Airport Transfer (Lijiang), Lijiang Ancient Town, Lion Hill
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at No.8 Lv Xue Zhai Restaurant

- Lijiang Ancient Town (2 hours): It is situated in the middle area of the county, which is more than 2400 meters high above sea level. It enjoys beautiful scenes, an indeed famous city with long history and splendid culture, it is very rare in China that such well-preserved minority ancient city still exists. The old town is quite busy in the afternoon and evening with an active atmosphere of the lights and crowd. An early morning visit will be less crowded.
- Lion Hill (1 hour): Both the hill and the wooden structure called Wangulou provide good views of the Old Town and the surrounding countryside.
- No.8 Lv Xue Zhai Restaurant: The restaurant is decorated in courtyard style of Naxi region and mainly provides Naxi cuisine as well some Chinese dishes.

Accommodations: Sanhe Hotel Lijiang (Economy) 


Day 8


Place & Transport: Lijiang (Watch the Video )
Today's Activities: Spruce Meadow on Jade Snow Mountain, Baisha Murals at Baisha Village
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Baisha Shiguang Restaurant

- Spruce Meadow on Jade Snow Mountain (2.5 hours): Half way up Shanzidou, in the spruce jungle, is hidden a vast meadow called Spruce Meadow. Its altitude is 3,240m. Every spring and summer, the Spruce Meadow stands out on the mountain ridge like a carpet of greenery. The legend of a couple of lovers who died for love certainly dyes the area with a romantic hint. It is also a popular spot for photography and local ethnic dancing performances.
- Baisha Murals at Baisha Village (30 minutes): Painted over a thousand years ago, the murals combine the cultures of Han, Tibetan and Naxi people displaying the life stories of the Tibet Buddhism, Confucian and Taoism.
- Baisha Shiguang Restaurant: The restaurant is located in Baisha Village and provides mainly Naxi cuisine along with some Chinese dishes.

Accommodations: Sanhe Hotel Lijiang (Economy) 


Day 9

Place & Transport: Lijiang to Dali (Watch the Video )
Today's Activities: Our guide and driver will escort you from Lijiang to Dali, Cruise on the Erhai Lake, Ancient City of Dali, Houses of Bai People in Xizhou
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Kaiyi's Kitchen

- Cruise on the Erhai Lake (2 hours): The area around Lake Erhai is blessed with a mild climate and fertile land with forests containing valuable stocks of timber, medicinal herbs and rare animals. A cruise around the lake and its islands is an excellent way to explore the area and visit a working fishing village. Fifteen minutes' wait is sometimes required if there are less than five people to take the boat.
- Ancient City of Dali (1 hour): The ancient city of Dali is 13 kilometers away from Xiaguan, Dali city, and is located at the foot of Cangshan Mountain. It was built in the year Hongwu 15 of Ming Dynasty (1382 AD). It ranks in the first list of Famous Historic and Cultural Cities of China. There runs clear springs, and lives simple and unsophisticated local Bai people. The local people have a habit of growing flowers in their gardens, with the clear streams of water, finely decorated the traditional houses, a city well worth visiting.
- Houses of Bai People in Xizhou (30 minutes): The Houses of Bai people in Xizhou are located in the Xizhou Town which is 16 kilometers away from the Ancient City of Dali. Xizhou is not only a famous historic city, but also a typical commercial town of Bai people. It is one of the cradles of National capitalism of Bai people, and a famous hometown to overseas Chinese in Yunnan. You will see typical Bai traditions and dresses there. Some buildings are old and typical ancient architectures, which are the real local house. On the outside walls of each house, there are numerous exquisite paintings showing the art atmosphere.
- Kaiyi's Kitchen: Kaiyi’s Kitchen is one of the most popular coffee shops on the foreigner’s street. There are more than 200 options on the menu which include the western- style and the Asian food.

Accommodations: Dali Landscape Hotel (Economy) 


Day 10


Place & Transport: Dali to Liuku
Today's Activities: Our guide and driver will escort you from Dali to Liuku,
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at The Jin Meng hotel

- The Jin Meng hotel: The restaurant in the Jin Meng hotel caters mainly to foreign tourists.

Accommodations: Jinmeng Hotel 


Day 11


Place & Transport: Liuku to Bingzhongluo
Today's Activities: Our guide and driver will escort you from Liuku to Bingzhongluo, Nujiang Grand Canyon
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Sanjiangyuan Restaurant

- Nujiang Grand Canyon: Nujiang Grand Canyon is originated from Yarlung Zangbu Grand Canyon, stretching for more than 300 kilometers within Yunnan Province. The average depth of Nujiang Grand Canyon is 2000 meters, while the deepest point is located at Bingzhongluo, at 3500 meters deep.
- Sanjiangyuan Restaurant: Sanjiangyuan is popular among the locals. The host enjoys introducing local folk –customs to his quests.

Accommodations: Bingzhongluo Yudong Hotel 


Day 12


Place & Transport: Bingzhongluo to Gongshan
Today's Activities: Our guide and driver will escort you from Bingzhongluo to Gongshan, Puhua Tibetan Buddhism Temple
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Pinweiyuan Restaurant

- Puhua Tibetan Buddhism Temple: Puhua Tibetan Buddhism temple was established during the Qing Dynasty. This temple presents Chinese culture and excellent architecture.
- Pinweiyuan Restaurant: A very good restaurant which serves local food.
- Pinweiyuan Restaurant: A very good restaurant which serves local food.

Accommodations: Gongshan Valley Hotel 


Day 13


Place & Transport: Gongshan to Liuku
Today's Activities: Laomudeng Church, Lisu Ethnic Bathhouse, Performance of Lisu chorus, Our guide and driver will escort you from Gongshan to Liuku
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Local Restaurant

- Laomudeng Church: Laomudeng village in Fugong in home to 180 families. Laomudng is from the Nu ethnic language and means "a place people like to visit". The church here is the biggest in the area and has a capacity of 500 people.
- Lisu Ethnic Bathhouse: When spring comes every year, the Lisu ethnic people use this bathhouse to bath. This tradition has been kept for hundreds of years. People of all ages and both sexes will come here for a bath where the holy spring water is reputed to wash away all the unlucky things.
- Performance of Lisu chorus: An example of heterophony the art originated in their daily life and work of the Lisu people who are skilled singers.
- Local Restaurant: The limited restaurant options mean that there is no choice available however our guide will organize the best available based on the season and the surroundings.

Accommodations: Jinmeng Hotel 


Day 14


Place & Transport: Liuku to Dali (Watch the Video )
Today's Activities: Our guide and driver will escort you from Liuku to Dali
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch


Accommodations: Dali Landscape Hotel (Economy) 


Day 15


Place & Transport: Dali to Kunming to Hong Kong, China Eastern Airline MU5982 Dep 08:35 - Arr 09:10, connect Flight No. TBA
Today's Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Dali)
Meals: Breakfast


Price Per Person in US Dollars
Excellent Local Guide

Excellent Local Guides

We selected the most experienced tour guides in each city. They are all very professional and flexible during the tour with oustanding knowledge of all the sites and history.

Our Luxury Car for  Families

Our Luxury Car for Families

We use the modern air-conditioned luxury cars for families or 2-3 persons. The comfort and safety of our customers is of utmost importance, so we ensure that all of the vehicles that we use are well-maintained and always very clean.

Comfortable People Carrier for Small Groups

Comfortable People Carrier for Small Groups

We use only air-conditioned small buses for small groups of 4-7 persons. Our drivers are very nice and careful with over 5-year drive experience.


Price Inclusions and Exclusions

Price Inclusions:

  • Entrance Fees:
    To scenic spots as listed in the itinerary.
  • Phone Rental Package:
    Rental cost for the cell phone and SIM card for use in mainland China, and at least 30 mins of FREE international calls.
  • Meals:
    All meals as specified in the itinerary.
    If the restaurant indicated is not available on the day, your guide will arrange another restaurant from our list of approved restaurants. Breakfast is usually a western style buffet. We endeavor to ensure that a choice of western and Chinese breakfasts is supplied, however there may be occasions when only a Chinese breakfast is available in some remote locations.
  • Private Transfers:
    Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in Hong Kong, Guilin, Yangshuo, Kunming, Lijiang, Dali, Liuku, Bingzhongluo, Gongshan by private air conditioned vehicle with a driver and English-speaking guide (as listed above).
    Your comfort is our priority! Click here to get a description of the vehicles that we use for our tours.
  • Guide:
    As outlined in the itinerary an English-speaking guide and driver will be provided in each city, who will remain with you throughout your time in that city. A new guide and a new driver will meet you at each city on your tour, to provide you with the best local knowledge available.
  • Hotels:
    Hotel fees are based on two people sharing one room with twin beds.
    All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.
  • Transportation:
    Hong Kong To Guilin Transfer via: Flight, TBA (Our arrangements)
    Guilin To Kunming Transfer via: Flight, TBA (Our arrangements)
    Kunming To Lijiang Transfer via: Flight, TBA (Our arrangements)
    DALI To KUNMING Transfer via: Flight, MU5982 (Our arrangements)
    Kunming To Hong Kong Transfer via: Flight, TBA (Our arrangements)
  • Airport Tax for Domestic Flights
    Airport Tax and Fuel Fee for Flights if applicable
  • Service Charge & Government Taxes:
  • Insurance
    The insurance is China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
    Click here to learn more about the insurance coverage and the sum insured.
  • Luggage Transfers:
    Between airports and hotels.
  • Arrangements:
    The tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

Price Exclusions:

  • International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China.
    USA-CHINA/CHINA-USA: China Highlights has negotiated special discount fares (restrictions apply) for selected flights operated by Air China from major US and China gateways. We are able to offer these special deals to confirmed customers. Discount US to China Flights
  • China Entry Visa Fees.
  • Excess Baggage Charges.
    Passengers holding an adult fare or half fare ticket are entitled to a free baggage allowance of 20kg, for economy class. Total weight of carryon baggage for each passenger may not exceed 5kg. The size may not exceed 20x40x 55cm. More
  • Personal Expenses:
    Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone calls, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the tour itinerary.
  • Meals:
    Any meals which are not specified in the tour itinerary.
  • Single Room Supplement.
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