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18-Day Guiyang, Anshun, Libo, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la and Kunming Tour

Classic Guizhou and Yunnan Natural Beauty Tour

Explore the vibrant city of Guiyang, known for its rich culture and stunning scenery, before venturing to the dramatic waterfalls of Anshun and the karst landscapes of Libo. Immerse yourself in the ancient charm of Dali and Lijiang, where traditional architecture and picturesque landscapes await. Experience the mystical allure of Shangri-la, with its picturesque valleys and Tibetan culture. Finally, discover the vibrant city of Kunming, known as the "City of Eternal Spring," with its pleasant weather and diverse attractions.

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Tour 'Wow' Points

Experience the Charm of a Xijiang Miao Village

Xijiang Miao Village

Explore the Largest Waterfall Groups: Huangguoshu Waterfall in China

Huangguoshu Waterfall

Embark on a Scenic Cruise on the Tranquil Erhai Lake

Erhai Lake

Witness the Famous Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in Lijiang

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

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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 Guiyang Arrival

Your private guide will be ready to meet and greet you at the arrival hall in Guiyang. 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 Guiyang to Anshun| The Huangguoshu Waterfall

Explore Huangguoshu Waterfall and Tianxing Qiao Scenic Area: Located 43 km southwest of Anshun City in Guizhou Province, Huangguoshu Waterfalls are some of the largest waterfall groups in China. With 18 impressive waterfalls on the ground and 4 underground falls, this area offers a magnificent display of natural beauty. Adjacent to the waterfalls, the Tianxing Qiao Scenic Area presents a picturesque blend of stones, trees, and water. Here, you can witness a natural miniascape with stone forests emerging from the water, creating a truly enchanting sight.

DAY 3 Anshun to Libo| The Stone Village

Stone Village: Discover the captivating Stone Village nestled in the Biandan Mountain of Zhenning County in southwest Guizhou. As one of the 48 Buyi mountain villages, this village stands out for its unique architectural charm. The stone houses, built in perfect harmony with the mountain, showcase the craftsmanship of local people. Made without bricks or tiles and using wood and stones, these sturdy dwellings provide warmth in winter and cooling relief in summer. Moreover, the Stone Village is renowned for its wax-dyed fabrics. Here, you can immerse yourself in the traditional folk craft, witnessing up to 80 percent of the village's women mastering this art form. Engage with locals, design and create your own piece, and experience the authentic life and joy of traditional craftsmanship.

DAY 4 Libo | The Xiaoqikong/The Seven Small Arches

Xiaoqikong/The Seven Small Arches: Step into the charm of history as you explore the Xiaoqikong, also known as the Seven Small Arches. This picturesque bridge, built in 1835 during the reign of Emperor Daoguang, resembles a beautiful antique art piece. Enjoy the tranquil and emerald-green waters surrounding the bridge, providing a serene backdrop for your visit. Admire the charming views of the surrounding area from this iconic bridge, offering a glimpse into the beauty of nature.

DAY 5 Libo to Xijiang | Xijiang Miao Village

Xijiang Miao Village: Experience the rich cultural heritage of the Xijiang Miao Village, renowned as the largest Miao village in China with over 1000 family households. Nestled on a picturesque mountain slope, this village offers a captivating glimpse into the traditional way of life of the Miao ethnic group. Immerse yourself in their vibrant culture as you witness a captivating folk performance, showcasing their unique traditions, music, and dances.

DAY 6 Xijiang | Zhenyuan Old Town

Zhenyuan Old Town: Step back in time as you explore the enchanting Zhenyuan Old Town. This ancient town is steeped in history and offers a glimpse into China's rich cultural heritage. Wander through its well-preserved streets, adorned with traditional architecture, intricate carvings, and stone bridges that span the winding rivers. Immerse yourself in the charm of this historic town and experience the local customs and traditions that have endured for centuries.

DAY 7 Xijiang to Dali | Wuyang River Cruise

Wuyang River Cruise: Embark on a leisurely cruise along the scenic Wuyang River. Relax and soak in the breathtaking landscapes as you meander through tranquil waters flanked by verdant mountains and lush forests. Marvel at the dramatic karst formations that jut out of the water, creating a postcard-perfect scene at every turn. This river cruise offers the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the region and capture stunning photographs along the way.

DAY 8 Dali| The Ancient City of Dali

Ancient City of Dali: Explore the captivating Ancient City of Dali, located at the foot of Cangshan Mountain, just 13 kilometers away from Xiaguan in Dali. Built during the Ming Dynasty in 1382 AD, this city is steeped in history and has been recognized as one of China's Famous Historic and Cultural Cities. Immerse yourself in the tranquil ambiance as you wander through its ancient streets and encounter the simple and authentic Bai people. Admire the traditional houses adorned with flowers and the clear streams flowing through the city, making it a true gem worth visiting.

Three Pagodas: Marvel at the iconic Three Pagodas, situated between the majestic Cangshan Mountain and the breathtaking Erhai Lake. These pagodas, standing tall in a triangular formation, date back more than 1,000 years and hold valuable Buddhist scripts and scriptures. The Three Pagodas are a true landmark of Dali, showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the region in an awe-inspiring architectural display.

The Scenic Area of Erhai Lake: Discover the beauty of Erhai Lake, a renowned plateau lake that is cherished by the locals. Alongside the majestic Cangshan Mountain, the lake forms a picturesque landscape that changes with the seasons. In spring and summer, vibrant flowers adorn the lake's banks, while autumn paints the trees with golden hues. The breathtaking views of the blue sky, colorful trees, and the serene lake create a scene worthy of an oil painting. Additionally, in winter, visitors can enjoy the charming presence of black-headed gulls, creating a unique experience by the lakeside.

Shuang Lang: Journey to Shuanglang Ancient Village, located on the eastern shore of Erhai Lake, approximately a 2-hour drive from Dali Airport. Nestled amidst green mountains and facing the tranquil Erhai Lake, this village has been the home of Bai minority people for over a thousand years, primarily engaged in fishing. However, in recent years, Shuanglang has become a haven for those seeking tranquility and a slower pace of life. Enjoy the serene atmosphere of this charming village and unwind as you soak up the beauty of the surroundings.

DAY 9 Dali | The Butterfly Spring

The Butterfly Spring: Discover the enchanting Butterfly Spring nestled at the foot of Yunnong Peak in Cangshan Mountain. Located 24 kilometers away from the Ancient City of Dali, this spring transforms into a mesmerizing "Kingdom of Butterflies" in spring. Fragrant flowers bloom, attracting thousands of butterflies that flutter among the branches and over the spring water. Immerse yourself in this magical spectacle, where the three wonders of the spring - the water, butterflies, and trees - create a breathtaking experience.

Houses of Bai People in Xizhou: Explore the charming Houses of Bai people in Xizhou, a historic town situated 16 kilometers away from the Ancient City of Dali. Known as a cradle of National capitalism for the Bai people, Xizhou offers a glimpse into their unique traditions and customs. Marvel at the old and distinctive ancient architectures, which serve as real examples of local houses. Admire the exquisite paintings adorning the outer walls of each house, adding an artistic ambience to the surroundings.

Cangshan Mountain including Roundtrip Gantong Cable Car: Embark on an adventure to Cangshan Mountain, the majestic range with 19 peaks forming the southern edge of the Yun Cordillera. This scenic complex is a treasure trove of natural wonders and cultural surprises. Marvel at the clouds, snow, forests, springs, rocks, and flowers that adorn the landscape. Highlights include Yundai Cloud, Eighteen Peaks, Eighteen Streams, Butterfly Spring, and Horse-washing Pond. Take a panoramic cable car ride to witness stunning views of Erhai Lake, the Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple, and Dali Ancient Town.

DAY 10 Dali to Lijiang | Lijiang Ancient Town

Lijiang Ancient Town: Experience the enchantment of Lijiang Ancient Town, nestled in the middle area of the county at an elevation of over 2400 meters above sea level. This ancient town is a true gem, boasting breathtaking scenery, a rich history, and a splendid culture. It is a rare treasure in China, as one of the best-preserved minority ancient cities still in existence. Explore the vibrant streets and immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere, illuminated by the lights and bustling crowds. For a more serene experience, consider an early morning visit to avoid the crowds and enjoy a peaceful exploration of the town.

The Black Dragon Pool: Discover the captivating beauty of the Black Dragon Pool, a focal point of the park that shares its name. This picturesque pool has earned its place in the Collections of Famous Pools of China due to its stunning beauty. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the park, surrounded by lush greenery and the reflection of the majestic mountains in the pool's crystal-clear waters. Take a leisurely stroll through the park, appreciating the harmony of nature and architecture.

DAY 11 Lijiang | The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain: Experience a thrilling adventure to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain as you take a cable car journey up to the majestic Shanzidou Peak, the highest peak of the mountain. Ascend 1,100 meters (3,600 feet) to Glacier Park, located at an impressive altitude of 4,680 meters (15,350 feet). After disembarking the cable car, enjoy a scenic walk of approximately 40 minutes to get close to the glacier. Marvel at the snow and ice formations and be mesmerized by the breathtaking views of the cloud sea below. This exhilarating visit promises a truly unforgettable experience amidst the natural wonders of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.

DAY 12 Lijiang | Shuhe Ancient Town

Shuhe Ancient Town: Step back in time and explore the enchanting Shuhe Ancient Town, also known as Longquan Village. This village, nestled in Lijiang County, is like a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered. Home to one of the ethnic groups, Shuhe Ancient Town offers a glimpse into their unique culture and traditions. Stroll through the well-preserved streets and be captivated by the peaceful atmosphere. Visit the impressive temple complex and appreciate the historical significance of this town as an important stop along the ancient tea and horse route.

Lashi Lake Wetlands Conservation Project: Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the Lashi Lake Wetlands Conservation Project, located at an elevation of 2500 meters. As the largest highland lake in Lijiang County, Lashi Lake provides a vital habitat for over 70 species of migratory birds, boasting the highest waterbird species diversity in Northwest Yunnan. Explore the serene wetlands and witness the harmonious coexistence of wildlife and nature. Take in the picturesque views and appreciate the conservation efforts that protect this pristine ecosystem.

DAY 13 Lijiang to Shangri-la | The Tiger Leaping Gorge

Baishuitai: Explore the captivating White Water Terrace, also known as Baishuitai, which translates to 'growing flower' in the local Naxi language. This stunning natural wonder is not only renowned for its picturesque scenery but also holds significant cultural importance as one of the birthplaces of Dongba Naxi culture, renowned worldwide. Occupying an expansive area of approximately 3 square kilometers, the terrace boasts a mesmerizing landscape of lush greenery and crystalline springs, forming beautiful cliff-side pools. Immerse yourself in the beauty of this natural gem and discover the harmony between nature and culture.

Tiger Leaping Gorge: Embark on an adventure to Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the most magnificent and deepest gorges in the world. Located in Hutiaoxia Town, approximately 105 kilometers away from Zhongdian/Shangri-La County, this awe-inspiring natural wonder will leave you breathless. Spring is the optimal season to visit, as the melting snow from the mountains intensifies the river's turbulence, creating a powerful display of nature's force. Capture the beauty of the roaring river and towering cliffs as you witness the sheer magnitude of this remarkable gorge.

DAY 14 Shangri-la | The Songzanlin Lamasery

Songzanlin Lamasery: Explore the grandeur of Songzanlin Lamasery, the largest Tibetan Buddhist lamasery in Yunnan Province. Spanning an impressive area of 33.3 hectares, this sacred site is a testament to Tibetan culture, resembling the iconic Potala Palace in Lhasa. Marvel at the intricate architectural details and immerse yourself in the serene atmosphere while discovering the Buddhist statues and precious cultural treasures housed within. Experience the rich spiritual heritage of the Tibetan people as you explore this remarkable lamasery.

Pudacuo National Park: Venture into the breathtaking Pudacuo National Park, a natural wonder located near Shangri-La in China's Yunnan Province. Encompassing an expansive area of nearly 2,000 square kilometers, this park boasts an average altitude of 3,500 meters and preserves an untouched ecosystem within its virgin forests. Marvel at the captivating beauty of Lake Shudu, one of the largest freshwater lakes on the Diqing plateau.

DAY 15 Shangri-la | The Shangri-La Old Town

Lake Napa: Discover the tranquil beauty of Lake Napa, nestled within the enchanting Yila Grassland. This mirror-like lake peacefully reflects the vast expanse of the grassland, creating a stunning natural spectacle. Located just 8 kilometers from the county seat of Zhongdian, Lake Napa offers a serene escape into the embrace of nature.

Shangri-La Old Town: Immerse yourself in the charm of Shangri-La Old Town, also known as Dukezong Old Town. This ancient Tibetan-style town, situated to the south of Shangri-La, showcases traditional Tibetan architecture through its old houses and narrow winding streets. While undergoing renovation to preserve its historical character, the town still has an abundance of small, charming streets waiting to be explored. Embark on a cultural journey as you navigate through the rich tapestry of this ancient town.

DAY 16 Shangri-la to Kunming | The Guandu Old Town

Discover Guandu Old Town, a historic and culturally rich destination located in the southeast suburb of Kunming. Originally a fishing village near Lake Dian, it became a popular spot for sightseeing during the Tang Dynasty. Today, explore its six temples, seven pavilions, and eight shrines, including the iconic Tuzhu and Fading Temples. Immerse yourself in the captivating history and cultural heritage of Guandu Old Town on this unforgettable journey.

DAY 17 Kunming | The Stone Forest

The Stone Forest: Witness a breathtaking natural wonder at The Stone Forest, located 90 kilometers southeast of Kunming. This extraordinary destination showcases a magnificent karst landscape, shaped over millions of years by the Earth's movements. As you explore the stone formations, you'll also encounter the vibrant culture of the Sani people, who call this area home. Experience their captivating folk customs, adorned with colorful embroidery and traditional dances that beautifully complement the natural scenery. Prepare to be mesmerized and create lasting memories of this unique and awe-inspiring destination.

DAY 18 Kunming Departure

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

Tour Price

FromUS4,500 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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