A Memorable Winter Trip in Yunnan
7-Day Kunming, Dali, and Lijiang Winter Tour
If you want to have a China trip in winter, Yunnan is a destination that's very visitable in this season. The warm sub-tropical sunshine, clear dry-season skies, and moderate climate mean this region can be even more comfortable in "winter". It is definitely recommended if you are planning a tour for Christmas or new year holiday.
We have selected must-visits Kunming, Dali, and Lijiang for a fulfilling Yunnan winter tour. Enjoy the landscapes, history, and minority cultures of amazing Southwest China, and meet local people who love this land and have created a beautiful life there. In this 7-day Kunming, Dali, and Lijiang tour, let the bright sunshine of the plateau warm your body and shine into your heart.
Tour 'Wow' Points
Feed Black-Headed Gulls from Siberia
Visit Dianchi Lake to meet thousands of black-headed gulls, which have traveled all the way from northern Russia to spend their winter. Take some pictures when feeding them. Every picture could be a magnificent poster.
Find the Lost Tea-Horse Road in Hidden Ancient Towns
Make a typical handicraft of the Bai ethnicity in Jianchuan town, which is the cultural center of the Bai. Listen to stories of old, told by the shining wall, the Square Street, the ancient stage, and the old stone bridge in Shaxi town.
Enjoy a Moderate Hike along the Ancient Tea Horse Road
Walk to explore the village near Shaxi Town. Enjoy the peaceful countryside. Local people might be working in the fields. A lady carrying a big basket full of plants might be on her way home.
Talk with a Shaman of the Naxi People
Understand more about the mysterious Naxi culture by visiting a shaman's house. Learn some Naxi characters and enjoy a piece of old Naxi music. Be impressed by the local people's passion for their culture and homeland.
Learn to Make Yunnan's Famous Flower Cake as a Christmas or New Year Desert.
Visit a flower farm, and learn to make the famous Yunnan snack — flower cakes. Enjoy the cake you have made with a cup of flower tea and see the clouds floating above Cangshan.
Warm Your Heart with the Sunny Scenery of Erhai Lake
Laze in a quite village on the shore of Erhai, and stay in a hotel with a lake view. Let the watery serenity of Erhai Lake purify your soul, and have a peaceful moment as the sun descends behind the Cangshan mountains.
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About China Highlights
Since 1998 we've guided everyone ranging from US presidents, Australian Geographic and retired backpackers. Our goal is to create unique trips that take you off-the-beaten path, helping you discover China in a more authentic way. Our motto: "Discovery Your Way!"
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
Here is a suggested itinerary. We are happy to customize a tour according to your interests.
Airport pick up and relaxation for the rest of the day.
Visit the less-visited Naigu Stone Forest. Enjoy sunshine and interacting with black-headed gulls at Dianchi Lake. Bullet train to Dali.
Explore Dali Old Town. Visit the longevous landmark — the Three Pagodas. Experience flower cake making, and enjoy a fine sunset from your hotel on the shore of Erhai Lake.
Visit an ancient town hidden between Dali and Lijiang, which was an important stop on the Tea-Horse Road. Visit Xingjiao Temple, Square Street, the ancient stage, and the Yujing bridge. Listen to the stories of horse caravans in a private museum devoted to Tea Horse Road trade caravan paraphernalia. Enjoy a walk along the ancient Tea Horse Road from Shaxi to a Neighbor village (2.5 miles)
Private transfer to Lijiang. Explore the old town of Lijiang and Black Dragon Pool Park.
Visit Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, the Baisha Murals, and a shaman's home.
Airport or station transfer
—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
- 24/7 helpline for while you are traveling
Tour code: km-4a