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16-Day Beijing, Yunnan and Jiuzhaigou Tour

Classic Yunnan and Jiuzhaigou Tour

Venture to the vibrant city of Kunming. Immerse yourself in the picturesque beauty of Dongchuan's red soil terraces and discover the ancient charm of Dali and Lijiang. Experience the mystical allure of Shangri-la, with its breathtaking landscapes and Tibetan culture. Finally, marvel at the pristine natural beauty of Jiuzhaigou, where turquoise-colored lakes and cascading waterfalls adorn the national park.

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Tour 'Wow' Points

Witness the Breathtaking Beauty of the Dongchuan Red Land

Dongchuan Red Land

Explore the Remarkable Yuanyang Terrace Field

Yuanyang Terrace Field

Embark on a Scenic Cruise on the Tranquil Erhai Lake

Erhai Lake

Experience the Charm of a Naxi Minority Village

Naxi Minority village

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Itinerary Quick Look

Here is a suggested itinerary. We are happy to customize a tour according to your interests.

DAY 1 Beijing to Kunming

Your private guide will be ready to meet and greet you at the arrival hall in Kunming. A comfortable private car with an experienced driver will transfer you directly to your hotel. Your guide will help you to check-in.

DAY 2 Kunming | The Stone Forest

The Stone Forest: Discover the breathtaking natural wonder of the Stone Forest, located 90 km southeast of Kunming. This stunning karst landscape, formed over millions of years, showcases a variety of unique rock formations. As you explore, you'll be immersed in the rich culture of the Sani people who call this area home. Experience their captivating folk customs, adorned with vibrant embroidery and mesmerizing minority dances. The combination of these cultural elements with the breathtaking natural scenery is sure to leave a lasting impression.

Yuantong Temple: Immerse yourself in the history and spirituality of Kunming as you visit the magnificent Yuantong Temple. With a proud history of over 1,200 years, this temple stands as the largest in Kunming. In 1956, the temple hosted a grand ceremony to welcome and consecrate the Buddha's tooth, highlighting its significance in the Buddhist community. Recognized as one of the key Buddhist temples in China by the State Council, Yuantong Temple offers a serene and awe-inspiring experience.

DAY 3 Kunming to Dongchuan | The Red Land-Sunset Valley

Dongchuan Red Land-Sunset Valley: Embark on a scenic journey from Kunming to Dongchuan, where you'll witness the breathtaking beauty of the Dongchuan Red Land and explore the captivating Sunset Valley. Marvel at the vibrant hues of the red soil, creating a mesmerizing landscape. Capture stunning photographs against this picturesque backdrop that showcases nature's artistry.

River Snail Bay: Discover the enchanting River Snail Bay, known for its tranquil waters and serene surroundings. Take a leisurely walk along the bay, enjoying the peaceful atmosphere and absorbing the natural beauty. Immerse yourself in the stunning landscape and find moments of relaxation away from the bustling city.

The Tiled House Bridge Sunset: Conclude the day with a visit to the Tiled House Bridge at sunset. Experience the magical colors of the sky reflecting on the serene waters around the bridge. Capture the captivating scenery and enjoy the peaceful ambiance of this beautiful location.

DAY 4 Dongchuan to Yuanyang | The Hit Horse Hole Sunrise

Hit Horse Hole Sunrise: Begin your day by witnessing the mesmerizing sunrise at Hit Horse Hole. Experience the breathtaking views as the morning light illuminates the landscape, creating a captivating sight and a memorable start to your day.

Dongchuan Red Land-Embroidery Garden: Explore the vibrant beauty of the Dongchuan Red Land and immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes of the Embroidery Garden. Marvel at the colorful patchwork patterns created by the fertile soil, capturing nature's artistry.

Seven-Color Slope or North River Village: Continue your journey through Dongchuan and discover either the remarkable Seven-Color Slope or the charming North River Village. The Seven-Color Slope showcases a striking array of colors caused by the unique mineral deposits in the soil, while the North River Village offers an authentic rural experience with its traditional houses and picturesque surroundings.

DAY 5 Yuanyang | The Duoyishu Rice Terrace

Duoyishu Rice Terrace (Sunrise): Begin your day with a memorable sunrise experience at Duoyishu Rice Terrace. Witness the breathtaking beauty of the picturesque terraced fields as the sun paints the sky with vibrant colors. Capture stunning photographs of this captivating landscape and immerse yourself in the tranquil atmosphere.

Yuanyang Terrace Field: Explore the remarkable Yuanyang Terrace Field, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its awe-inspiring terraced landscapes carved into the hillsides. Marvel at the intricate craftsmanship of the Hani people, who have shaped these terraces over centuries, creating a mesmerizing blend of natural beauty and cultural heritage.

Laohuzui (Tiger Mouth) Rice Terrace (Sunset): Conclude your day with a spectacular view of the sunset at Laohuzui Rice Terrace, aptly named for its shape resembling a tiger's mouth. As the sun sets over the terraced fields, enjoy the magical ambiance and capture the golden hues reflected on the rippling water surfaces.

Hani Village: Explore the charming Hani Village, where you can experience the rich cultural traditions and warm hospitality of the Hani ethnic group. Immerse yourself in the local customs, witness traditional performances, and interact with the friendly villagers to gain insights into their way of life.

DAY 6 Kunming to Dali | Ancient City of Dali

Ancient City of Dali: Immerse yourself in history as you explore the Ancient City of Dali. Wander through its charming streets, lined with traditional architecture and ancient city walls. Discover the rich cultural heritage of the Bai ethnic minority and visit historic landmarks that reflect the city's storied past.

Cruise on Erhai Lake: Embark on a scenic cruise on the tranquil Erhai Lake. Marvel at the stunning natural beauty surrounding this pristine body of water, with its crystal-clear waters and picturesque landscapes. Enjoy the fresh breeze as you soak in the serene atmosphere and capture unforgettable views.

Houses of Bai People in Xizhou: Journey to Xizhou, a Bai ethnic minority village renowned for its well-preserved traditional houses. Immerse yourself in the local culture as you explore these ancient dwellings, each showcasing exquisite Bai architectural styles and intricate designs. Engage with the friendly villagers and gain insights into their daily lives and unique customs.

DAY 7 Dali to Lijiang | Li Shui Jin Sha Show

Li Shui Jin Sha Show: Experience the captivating Li Shui Jin Sha Show, where the art forms of dance, painting, and hand writing come together to depict the magnificent geography of the Lijiang area. Delve into the rich ethnic customs of northwest Yunnan and the ancient cultural heritage of the NaXi people. This mesmerizing show embraces the essence of diverse ethnic groups and showcases their cultural images through various artistic expressions. Witness the fusion of tradition and innovation as the performance brings to life the vibrant costumes and the spirit of the nation.

DAY 8 Lijiang | The Tiger Leaping Gorge

Tiger Leaping Gorge: Explore one of the deepest and most breathtaking gorges, Tiger Leaping Gorge, located in Hutiaoxia Town. Just 105 kilometers away from Zhongdian/Shangri-La County, this natural wonder offers spectacular views. The best time to visit is during spring when melting snow causes the river to flow vigorously, creating a turbulent and awe-inspiring sight.

First Bend of the Yangtze River: Experience the picturesque beauty of the First Bend of the Yangtze River, surrounded by majestic mountains and intersecting rivers. This magnificent site, situated at an altitude of 1850 meters above sea level, serves as an important ferry connecting inland regions with the old trade route for tea and horses in Tibet. Marvel at the stunning scenery as you learn about the historical significance of this vibrant trade route.

DAY 9 Lijiang to Shangri La| The Baisha Village and Naxi Village

Baisha Murals at Baisha Village: Step back in time as you explore the mesmerizing Baisha Murals, a collection of ancient artworks painted over a thousand years ago. These murals beautifully portray the fusion of Han, Tibetan, and Naxi cultures, illustrating the life stories of Tibetan Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. Take a leisurely walk through Baisha Village, immersing yourself in the local life and culture that has been preserved for generations.

The Black Dragon Pool: Discover the enchanting beauty of The Black Dragon Pool, a park named after the stunning pool it houses. Renowned for its picturesque scenery, the pool has earned its place among the Collections of Famous Pools of China. Immerse yourself in the tranquil ambiance of the park, surrounded by lush greenery and breathtaking views.

Naxi Village: Experience the charm of a Naxi Minority village as you visit Baisha Village, located approximately 16 kilometers north of Lijiang City. This village holds significant historical importance as the birthplace of the "Tusi" (chieftain) of the Mu clan. Get a glimpse into the vibrant local culture by witnessing traditional song performances, unique to the Naxi community. The village proudly maintains its authenticity, revealing a glimpse of the past through its well-preserved old houses still occupied by locals. Arrange for an immersive family visit in advance to truly immerse yourself in the local traditions and hospitality.

DAY 10 Shangri La | The Songzanlin Lamasery

Discover the Life of a Tibetan Lama: Embark on a fascinating journey to uncover the intriguing world of Tibetan lamas. Immerse yourself in their daily lives, traditions, and spiritual practices. Gain deeper insights into their philosophy and experience the unique Tibetan culture firsthand.

Songzanlin Lamasery: Visit the magnificent Songzanlin Lamasery, often referred to as the Little Potala Palace. Marvel at its grandeur, intricate Tibetan architecture, and vibrant prayer halls. Explore the monastery's sacred grounds, immerse yourself in Tibetan Buddhist rituals, and discover the profound cultural significance of this revered religious site.

DAY 11 Shangri La to Lhasa | The Pudacuo National Park

Pudacuo National Park: Venture into the natural wonders of Pudacuo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Traverse its lush forests, pristine lakes, and stunning alpine landscapes. Observe a diverse array of flora and fauna, including rare and endemic species. Experience the tranquility of this protected area and be captivated by its breathtaking beauty.

DAY 12 Lhasa | The Drepung Monastery

Drepung Monastery: Explore the ancient halls and sacred grounds of Drepung Monastery, one of Tibet's most renowned monastic institutions. Discover its rich history and immerse yourself in the spiritual ambiance as you witness the daily routines of the resident monks. Marvel at the stunning architecture and intricate artwork that adorn this important religious site.

Norbulingka: Step into the stunning splendor of Norbulingka, the former summer residence of the Dalai Lamas. Meander through beautifully landscaped gardens, adorned with vibrant flowers and serene water features. Admire the architectural marvels of the various palaces and pavilions, each reflecting Tibetan artistic traditions. Experience the tranquility and peaceful ambiance in this revered UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Sera Monastery: Visit the renowned Sera Monastery, known for its lively debates among Buddhist monks. Witness the intellectual rigor and spiritual devotion as the monks engage in passionate debates on Buddhist philosophy. Explore the monastery's magnificent courtyards and ornate prayer halls, gaining insights into Tibetan Buddhism and its practices.

DAY 13 Lhasa to Jiuzhaigou | The Potala Palace

Potala Palace: Prepare to be awe-struck by the magnificent Potala Palace, an iconic symbol of Tibetan culture and spirituality. Explore the grand halls, magnificent chapels, and sacred chambers of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at the intricate Tibetan architecture and immerse yourself in the rich history and religious significance that surrounds this majestic palace.

Old Barkhor Street Walking Tour: Embark on a captivating walking tour through the vibrant lanes of Old Barkhor Street. Immerse yourself in the bustling atmosphere as you stroll past traditional Tibetan shops, local eateries, and colorful market stalls. Discover hidden gems, witness traditional crafts being practiced, and engage with friendly locals to gain insights into their daily lives and customs.

DAY 14 Jiuzhaigou | The Shuzheng Valley

Shuzheng Valley: Begin your adventure in the enchanting Shuzheng Valley, one of the main highlights of the Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve. Immerse yourself in its natural splendor as you wander through crystal-clear lakes, shimmering waterfalls, and lush forests. Capture stunning photographs and bask in the tranquility of this picturesque valley.

Rize Valley: Explore the breathtaking beauty of Rize Valley, a hidden gem within the Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve. Marvel at its emerald-colored lakes, towering snow-capped peaks, and dramatic landscapes. Experience the harmony between nature and serenity as you immerse yourself in the untouched wilderness.

Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve (Sight-seeing Shuttle Bus Included): Discover the wonders of the Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its scenic beauty and diverse ecosystems. Hop on the sight-seeing shuttle bus, specially designed to traverse this vast reserve, and enjoy panoramic views as you venture deep into the heart of nature's masterpiece.

Zechawa Valley: End your journey in the captivating Zechawa Valley, known for its awe-inspiring vistas and pristine landscapes. Marvel at the incredible mirror-like reflections in the tranquil lakes, framed by towering peaks. Immerse yourself in the boundless beauty of this untamed valley, abundant with biodiversity and natural wonders.

DAY 15 Jiuzhaigou | Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area

Huanglong Chair Lift (Up): Begin your adventure with a thrilling chairlift ride, ascending the breathtaking landscapes of Huanglong. Marvel at the panoramic views as you glide above lush forests and pristine alpine scenery. This scenic lift will provide you with a bird's-eye perspective and a memorable start to your exploration.

Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area: Immerse yourself in the natural wonders of Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the mesmerizing travertine terraces, where mineral-rich spring water creates a series of stunning pools and cascades of various colors. Traverse the wooden walkways and immerse yourself in this otherworldly landscape, surrounded by rugged mountains and lush greenery.

DAY 16 Jiuzhaigou to Chengdu Departure

Our guide will help you transfer from your hotel to Chengdu Airport for departure with independentcar/van and guide.

Tour Price

FromUS4,000 p/p Based on a private tour for 2 people. Price varies depending on program, travel date, number of people and chosen hotel

Price includes:

  • Private air-conditioned business car with big windows and ample space
  • English speaking local guide
  • Activities, hotels, and meals listed in the itinerary
  • 24/7 helpline for while you are traveling

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