Yunnan Cycling Escape
7 Days Kunming, Dali and Lijiang Tour
The Ancient Towns of Dali and Lijiang wait for you to explore them and the surrounding smaller Bai and Naxi minority people's villages of Baisha, Xizhou and Shuhe.Escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Discover the peace and tranquillity of Xizhou and Shuhe Ancient Towns.
Important note: Air tickets from Kunming to Dali and from Lijiang to Kunming are included. The tour price is affected by air ticket price. Please confirm early and we will check the best possible price for you.
- Immerse yourself at the magnificent Stone Forest
- Cylce along the best area of Erhai Lake
- Discovery local minority culture of Yunnan
- Take a bike to Shuhe Ancient Town
- Visit Lijiang' highlights like Lijiang Ancient Town and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
We love China
From the beginning we had a trustfull knowlegeable base of communication, started with Lukas the tour advisor and guide around Guilin and continued with the other guides in the other locations. Shanghai FU, Zhangjiajie Emili, Xián Juanli, Kunmimg Nen ,Lijiang Luzhuoying, Chongqing ??, Yangtze, Haikou ?? and Beijing Chengang. We were totaly positivly impressed about the overall service during our time in China. We felt save and wellcomed at any time. We had every day our individual highlight. For example, breathless nature, extraordinary hotels, historical buildings and places, well tasting food and social contacts on the streets. All our tour guides and drivers made a professional customer orientated job and supported us in the best possible way. Even if we want to make changes on short notice they made it happen. We spent a remarkable and unforgetable time in China and been very thankful to China Highlights to create this moments in time for us.more
Jun 2023, Karlheinz Potuznik
Jack Li , our tour guide at LiJiang, took great care of us when we climbed Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and suffered high altitude issues. At Dali, our tour guide Nancy Li doubled up as our photographer and speaks excellent English and entertained us with her rich knowledge of Chinese history. We had a wonderful time.more
Apr 2023, April Lee
Thank you for such a wonderful traveling experience!
We have Jack Lee in our Lijiang trip he was such a considerate and kind tour guide. He is very knowledgeable and he accommodated all our requirement. We were fortunate to have such a nice local tour guide. I had altitude sickness and he really cared. Our private driver Mr Tang is very safe and patient. He is compliant and cares for our safety all the time. He is very humorous and gave us so much laughter. He was also very caring towards me.more
Apr 2023, Hazel T
Cultural and scenic beauty second to none!
I would highly recommend this tour to Lugu Lake to everyone and anyone! The tour guide Jack taught me more in two days about minority cultures, Chinese history, and the amazing natural history and geography of Yunnan and the Lijiang area. As well, the drive to Lugu Lake requires an expert - and Mr Wang is an expert! (From someone who has crossed the Rockies at least 20 times) As a single woman travel who still doesn’t have great Chinese it was a flawless experience - from the communications, accommodation and breathtaking scenery and cultural experiences. Please book and go!more
Feb 2023, Connie VH
We have been travelling around Yunnan…
We have been travelling around Yunnan Province for 8 days and it’s been amazing. The culture, the food, the people’s kindness, all these things made our trip unforgettable. Especially our guide Nancy! The most helpful and friendly guide we could have. We really appreciate her knowledge about the local history and the culture. She’s really amazing and we strongly recommend her services.more
Mar 2022, Danielle Toledo
Awesome Yunnan trip with Nancy
We had a 6-day tour with guide Nancy around Dali, Lijiang and Shangri-La in Yunnan. She’s very professional and experienced guide that made our tour far exceed expectations. It was a pleasure to have her as our tour guide. We strongly recommend her. Thank you!more
Mar 2022, Rodrigo
One of the best things I’ve done in China
One of the best things I’ve done in China. Being that I am pretty well traveled in China this Experience was so different from the others. Each city provided a different aspect of the culture, local traditions and beauty that China has to offer. Our Tour guide Nancy was amazing as she made our itinerary very well constructed and organized. She was there to make sure we were comfortable and happy. Her hyper energy and cheerfulness made us feel enthusiastic for the day. We are very satisfied with this trip and Nancy’s services that we will be sure to book again.more
Feb 2022, RoshR
Lijiang Trip July 2021
Kudos to Alisa Liu from the agency who I must say was on hand almost 24/7 for requests and queries. Even though our trip was marred with the onset of the Typhoon In Fa with various flight and train cancellations but Alisa was quick to arrange for alternative solutions under the circumstances and made the most effort to make our journey as comfortable as possible whilst we made our way back to Shanghai. As for the itinerary, Alisa understands her clientele’s different needs very well and for the most part my expectations were met. I love private tours with a very relaxed itinerary and comfortable accommodation and some of us prefer more exclusive accommodation vs a packed itinerary trying to go to a hundred location type of tour.more
Aug 2021, Ida Suriani
Summer holiday in Yunnan
After spending 5 nights in Dali visiting sights in our own time, Alice who was very friendly and helpful, accompanied us on our drive from Dali to Lijiang. She shared interesting facts about the local area and the things we had done. In Lijiang, we met our guide Peter. Peter did an amazing job taking care of us and showing us the beautiful sights for our 3 days. He was so kind, providing us with snacks each morning and always ensuring the food met my dietary requirements. He even picked up our last minute NAT results that we did before our departure late at night! His passion and dedication to his job was very impressive, and we would highly recommend him to our friends.more
Aug 2021, O6866ZGlaurag
Amazing experience in Yunnan
Please bear in mind that booking tickets and actually getting to the sightseeing point is very challenging, especially during peak season. But with the help of our guides everything went smooth and silky. Thank you, China Highlights, for making our first trip to Yunnan an unforgettable and carefree adventure. It was a true relaxation without any headache or stress. We had nothing to worry about, except enjoying breathtaking beauty of Yunnan.more
Jul 2021, olya84
Natural landscapes are everything
I visited Lijiang during the Spring Festival and I thought it was gonna be packed with people but my guide always knew were to take me to avoid crowds. I had a great time, my guide was very knowledgeable and answered all of my questions with gusto. I’m very happy with my trip. --lunarcicles，Buenos Aires, Argentinamore
Feb 2019, lunarcicles
Your guide and driver will be waiting for you at the arrivals, ready for your adventure in the Spring City and beyond. A free day for you to arrange if you are still energetic.
The Stone Forest is an art gallery of nature, full of fantastical karst formations. The Sani people have a rich culture, and perform some of their dances for the visitors. Roast duck is a filling lunch after all the exploring.
In the evening, we recommend a walk round the Green Lake, and a dinner in the many restaurants surrounding this lovely park in the center of Kunming.
Dali has had its fair share of modernization, but head out of town and the feeling will soon disappear.
Xizhou Town is known for the exquisite colorful houses of the Bai people. The locals still dress in their ancient attire, adding to the authentic feel. Zhoucheng Town is similar, but is the biggest community, over 1,500 Bai people live there.
The Three Pagodas between the Cangshan Mountain and Erhai Lake are the landmark of Dali, forming a pleasing triangular shape.
On the way to experience the Cruise on the Erhai Lake, and a visit to a local fishing village, you will stop at a farmers market, where people wear their traditional dress to sell their wares.
After the cruise, your guide and driver will take you to the Lijiang Ancient Town, second only in people’s minds to Shangri-La as a romantic, far-flung destination in Yunnan. It is very well preserved and quite charming, but very busy towards the afternoon. An early morning stroll will reveal a completely different side of it and is warmly recommended.
Naxi people who live in the area have delicious choice of specialties, for lunch your guide introduces you to a few.
Baisha Village is well known for the 1,000-year old colorful murals combining Naxi culture with Han and Tibetan influence. Shuhe Ancient Town, also known as Longguan Village is not quite as forgotten by time as it used to be, but still very charming and peaceful.
Jade Dragon Mountain is the backdrop for Lijiang, and today you get to explore the main peak called Shanzidou. A cable car, incidentally the highest in China, takes you above the cloud base. Other areas you can explore from here include Ganhanzi, Baishuihe (White Water River) and Glacier Park.
The Yufengsi Lamasery is also called the Jade Summit Lamasery, and is well known for the beautiful magnolias in the temple.
Today your guide will escort you to your flight to Kunming, where you can catch your next flight. Head to the airport 2 hours earlier depending on your flight time. Enjoy a hassle free transfer to the airport. Your guide will accompany you to the security checking gate in the airport
1. Bicycles checking
Your guide will always help you check your bikes before you start the biking journey and will accompany you on his/her bike.
2. Best time to cycle
SYunnan: Yunnan is a cool place to stay in summer and a warm destination in winter. The capital city-Kunming is famous as a “Spring City”in China because its weather and climate. But the most popular time for hiking is March to October.
3. Road conditions
Some parts of the route are city streets which have a busy traffic. Not every section has the good view during the city biking tours. Once you are out of the cities, numerous beautiful scenery comes into your sights.
4. What to pack
Wear walking shoes and clothes suitable for outdoor activities, sunglasses, sun block and hat are necessary.
5. Tailoring Your Tour
This tour is very flexible. You can alter the itinerary, extend or shorten it to suit your price, interest, and schedule. If you would like to book the hotels on your own, we can remove the hotel cost from quotation. Please inform your travel advisor about your preference.