A Feast of Landscapes and Ethnic Minority Culture
7-Day Dali, Lijiang, and Shangri-La Tour
This is a tour for people who would like to skip the big city (Kunming), and visit the most-recommended destinations in Yunnan at a comfortable pace. Not only enjoy awesome plateau scenery, but also discover the colorful cultures that Chinese minority people have created, and have some exclusive experiences that will help you get to know the real Dali, Lijiang, and Shangri-La.
Tour 'Wow' Points
Dive into the Daily Life of Bai People
Walk into a traditional Bai village virtually untouched by tourism. See the villagers shopping in the market and chatting in front of the temple. Experience their traditional tie-dyeing and enjoy home cuisine in a Bai family's courtyard. Discover the beauty they create in their daily life.
Soar on the Wind of the Erhai Lake
Have a bike ride alongside Erhai Lake. Feel the wind, enjoy the flowery meadows and rice fields, and see the clouds floating above the majestic Cangshan mountians.
Listen to a Naxi Shaman's Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Stories
Pilgrimage to the holy Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and stop at a quite Naxi village to visit a Shaman's home. Learn some mysterious Naxi characters, and enjoy a piece of Naxi music. Be impressed by the Naxi people's passion for their lifestyle, homeland, and love.
Visit a Nonpublic Dormitory of Songzanlin Monastery
Discover the beating heart of local Tibetan belief. Talk with a local Tibetan lama in his dormitory's study room, which is not normally open to tourists. If you are lucky, you might meet a living Buddha!
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Nancy Lee - China Highlights , Professional Guide
I am impressed by Nancy Lee’s professionalism. She has high energy , thoughtful , eloquent and resourceful and execute well in all our requests . She is detailed and highly recommend her excellent service to all who visit Yunnan . To add on, Nancy has excellent skills in photo taking! Driver Tang is very helpful , thoughtful and has a great sense of humour . I enjoyed my Dali , Shaxi trip from 17-20April 23 and will definitely engaged Nancymore
Apr 2023, Beautifoo
Enjoyable and memorable trip
Personally, we are very happy and fortunate to have Nancy been appointed as our dedicated local guide to both, Shaxi and Dali. Nancy is very professional, helpful, resourceful and thoughtful guide which made our ladies’ trip a very enjoyable and memorable. We love ? her.more
Apr 2023, Jane Foo
Unforgettable Yunan trip
We have a wonderful tour guide Ms Nancy Lee who make our trip so memorable. She is so knowledgeable with China History, a great facilitator.and very professional. Nancy is very accommodative and goes all way out to make our trip a fun and interesting. We will also want to express our gratitude to Mr Tang, our driver who is so attentive, makes us laugh and entertain us with great songs and jokes. They looked after us on a five days trip to Shaxi and Dali. We will definitely engage their services again when we are back. Fantastic experience! Highly recommend to use China Highlights.more
Apr 2023, Patricia T
Thanks for the memorable experience! I love Dali!
With Nancy as our tour guide, we really get to see a lot of authentic local attractions and taste local cuisine in Shaxi and Dali. She is knowledgeable and provided good advice. We really appreciate her as our tour guide. The driver Mr Tang is a very safe and patient driver. He has also given us a lot of laughter along the way. Very humorous.more
Apr 2023, Hazel Tan
A great tour of Dali, a beautiful city!
Our China Highlights tour guide, Grace, was very knowledgeable about the local sites, culture, history, and mythology. She was also very helpful in providing information about transportation between the airport and the hotel, and communicating with the hotel staff in Mandarin when we needed help with that. The activities China Highlights arranged were really fun and worthwhile and the car that took us around made it possible to see the key sites but not waste time trying to figure out how to get to the sites by ourselves. A great tour of a beautiful city! We were highly satisfied.more
Jan 2023, Nadav Katz
Stunning nature and beautiful culture
We had a fantastic time traveling with China Highlights to Lijiang, Shaxi and Dali. The dry winter season was perfect without the crowds and with beautiful blue skies most of the time. The first part of the tour we enjoyed with our great guide Lee and for the second part the amazing Daisy took over.more
Dec 2022, Elizabeth H
Dali is Delightful with Nancy
A most delightful 3-day trip to Dali was had this past Golden Week thanks to #ChinaHighlights and our most amazing tour guide Nancy! Nancy was able to navigate and keep our travel group of 16 persons on task with a full itinerary including: Shaxi SiDeng Street, Xinjiao Temple, Erhai Lake cruise, a tour of Xizhou (Bai tie-dying and silk art), a cable car ride to Cangshan Mountain, Three Pagodas, and the Ancient City of Dali. Despite several pre-trip COVID-related challenges that included itinerary changes, we were AGAIN in the best of hands with CH, our driver, Mr. He, and Nancy. Dali was absolutely breathtaking and we were so fortunate to have Nancy leading us on a most memorable journey where we met the people of Dali, enjoyed the local fresh foods, along with the most perfect weather - we couldn’t imagine anyone taking a trip to Dali without Nancy!more
Oct 2022, Erin
Bai-curious in Dali
We had a fantastic time in Dali, our host Alice was very knowledgeable and flexible. She enhanced the good times with her positive and laid back attitude. We learned much about the Bai culture and took part in the torch festival celebration. We had an amazing bike ride round the lake and a memorable trip up the mountain in a cable car. China Highlights and Alice made every part of the tour straightforward and gave us great peace of mind when navigating the COVID rules. We can't wait to visit again in future with family and friends.more
Jul 2022, Michael H
Outstanding days in Dali
We have asked China Highlights to organize our Yunnan vacations. Our experience in Dali was outstanding: the program was good, and our guide Carrie Li was wonderful! She made us feel part of the culture, of the history.more
Jul 2021, Bruno Duarte Alves
A Day in Dali
We only had one day in Dali. Alice with China Highlights made Dali come alive for us. She explained the clothes, houses and history by taking us to the local market and walking us through the streets of Dali. We visited Dali houses, saw an Embroidery School, an Old Antique Market and the fishing village near the lake. She did a great job showing us Dali and yet keeping us away from crowds and tourist attractions.more
Jul 2021, 244pattm
Thank you China Highlights
to the wonderful guides including Peter (Lijiang), Baima (Shangrila) and the all-knowledgeable and effervescent Nancy in Dali. It has been a holiday we will remember forever. Thank you China Highlights- we already look forward to booking our next holiday with you. Best wishes, Jo, Brett, Mia (16 years) and Tom (14 years)more
Jul 2021, joannasQ1065GL
Lovely Time in Dali
Nancy really went above and beyond to let us try delicious foods, experience local culture, teach us about history and art, and adapt the trip to what we wanted! Everywhere we went was worth going to (local market, silk artisans, horse carriage ride, local lunch with a family, etc). I would highly recommend the experience!more
Jul 2021, Amy Vernon
Tour Guide Nancy - amazing!!!
We are finishing our 1.5 day tour with Nancy today, and we are sad to leave her as we head to a new city! She has shown us around her hometown of Dali and it has been such a beautiful experience. Nancy is so friendly, her English is great, and she has been very helpful and flexible. Super sweet woman and we feel so grateful to have had her as our guide, even for just a short time. Nancy did a great job giving us authentic (non-touristy) experiences.more
Jul 2021, acd1520
In my recent visit to China, I had the chance to explore Dali and its surroundings. The city of Dali in the South West of China in Yunnan province is a beautiful place. There is nature in abundance and the interesting culture of the Bai and Yi minority people to discover. The highlights for me were the “Three Pagodas”, and walking on the Cangshan mountain after taking the chair lift. After a long day of sightseeing, the delectable flower pastries of the old town added the sweet finish to my day. While the sights were lovely, what made my visit truly special was my guide Daisy in Dali. She was not only knowledgeable, funny and an absolute pleasure to be with but what really set her apart was her very caring nature. For instance as the weather was pretty cold, she advised to visit the mountain in the afternoon which turned out to be a wise decision; to make for a comfortable drive to Shaaxi which is a longish drive, she bought snacks and by many such acts of caring made the trip a wonderful experience for me. I cannot praise her enough and hope that other travelers to Dali are lucky enough to have Daisy as their guide! I am looking forward to going back to Dali one day and hopefully discover more of it with Daisy again! ---36debimmore
Itinerary Quick Look
Here is a suggested itinerary. We are happy to customize a tour according to your interests.
Meet your private guide at the airport and transfer to your hotel.
Explore Dali Old Town after checking in. Read the splendid history of Dali recorded on the ancient gates, the old temples, the stone-paved streets and the Chinese-style church.
Visit Zhoucheng village, at the foot of the Cangshan Mountains, in the morning when it is full of life. Enjoy the beautiful architectures of the Bai ethnic minority. Say hello to the ladies wearing their traditional dresses. Experience tie-dyeing, and make your own souvenir from Dali.
Be hosted by a local Bai family. Taste the hostess's cooking in her beautiful courtyard.
Have a bike ride along Erhai Lake in the afternoon. Enjoy the wind, the flowers, the blue lake, and the gorgeous Cangshan Mountain view.
Your personal guide and driver will transfer you directly from Dali to Lijiang. Enjoy lunch and start the tour in Lijiang. Lijiang Ancient Town is the best-preserved minority ancient city. Climb up to Lion Hill to have a bird's-eye view of the whole town.
Then pay a visit to the Black Dragon Pool Park, where the view of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is one of the most famous postcard-perfect sceneries in southwest China.
Welcome to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, the holy mountain of the Naxi people. Ascend by cable car and find yourself in a real paradise as you overlook stunning and varied natural beauty, including spruces, meadows, yaks, and brooks.
Enjoy lunch in a restaurant run by a local Naxi family in Baisha village. You can try to make your own Naxi pancake (Naxi baba) as the main dish for your lunch.
Visit a shaman (called dongba, which means ‘wise man' in the Naxi language) of the Naxi ethnicity at his home. Learn some Dongba characters and enjoy a piece of Naxi music. You will be impressed by the Naxi people's passion for their lifestyle, homeland, and love.
Visit one of the world's deepest and most marvelous gorges — Tiger Leaping Gorge. The dashing water of the magnificent Jinsha River (Yangtze) roars through a narrow valley with a rock in the center.
Walk around Shangri-La Old Town in the afternoon. Don't miss the Tibetan dancing in Sifang Jie ('Square Street', the town's center square) in the evening.
Visit the largest Tibetan Buddhist Lamasery in Yunnan Province — Songzanlin Lamasery. Be impressed by the splendid architecture as you ascend to the entrance. Then be embraced by the holy atmosphere of Tibetan Buddhism as you enter the hall with huge Buddhas and colorful murals. Feel the piety of Tibetan people who are praying and listen to the chants of the lamas.
Visit the dormitory of a lama, which is not normally open to tourists. If you are curious about their lifestyle, religious beliefs, practices, and discipline, this is a great chance to get ask a lama face to face.
In the afternoon, visit Pudacuo National Park, which retains a well-preserved ecosystem in its virgin forests.
Transfer to Shangri-La Airport.
—the Icing on the Cake
Boutique hotels are recommended to enrich your travel experience.
- Private air-conditioned business car with big windows and ample space
- English speaking local guide
- Activities, hotels, and meals listed in the itinerary
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Tour code: dal-3
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