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11-Day Yunnan Discovery: Lijiang, Shaxi, Dali, and Kunming Tour - Tracing the Path of TV Series Meet Yourself

Yunnan Tours to Trace the Path of TV Series "Meet Yourself"

11-Day Private China Tour: Lijiang– Shaxi– Dali–Kunming

Explore the timeless beauty of Lijiang's ancient streets, discover the cultural treasures of Shaxi, and immerse yourself in the historic charm of Dali. Follow the footsteps of the characters through picturesque landscapes and vibrant markets, capturing the essence of the TV Series' narrative. Conclude your adventure in Kunming, a city blending modernity with traditional allure. This thoughtfully curated itinerary offers the perfect blend of cultural immersion and scenic exploration, ideal for travelers seeking to experience the captivating locations that inspired "Meet Yourself." Book now for a transformative journey through Yunnan's cultural heart.

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Tour 'Wow' Points

Take a cable car to the snow-capped zone of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (4,500+ m, 14,700+ ft).

Take a cable car to the snow-capped zone of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Take a cable car to the snow-capped zone of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

Visit a shaman, a local wise man of Baisha Village, and learn some mysterious Dongba characters.

Visit a shaman, a local wise man of Baisha Village, and learn some mysterious Dongba characters

Check out the power of water below the towering mountains in nerve-tingling Tiger Leaping Gorge.

Check out the power of water below the towering mountains in nerve-tingling Tiger Leaping Gorge

Have a happy family time by making delicious local cakes together.

making delicious local cakes together
making delicious local cakes together

Discover the secrets of Bai minority tie-dye and learn to make your own ethnic handkerchief at a family workshop.

Bai minority tie-dye

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Itinerary Quick Look

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

DAY 1Lijiang Arrival

Your private guide will be ready to meet and greet you at the arrival hall in Lijiang. 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 Lijiang| Lijiang Ancient Town

Lijiang Ancient Town: Explore China's Living History. Discover the enchanting Lijiang Ancient Town, an extraordinary destination renowned for its preserved minority heritage. Situated over 2400 meters above sea level, this captivating town offers breathtaking scenery, a rich culture, and a vibrant atmosphere. Stroll through its historic streets and immerse yourself in the atmosphere as lights illuminate the town in the afternoon and evening. For a quieter experience, consider exploring in the early morning hours.

Step into a world frozen in time as you wander through the well-preserved ancient buildings and streets. Lijiang Ancient Town is a rare gem, providing travelers with a unique opportunity to witness China's rich history and indulge in its splendid culture. Embrace the beauty and charm of this remarkable destination.

DAY 3 Chengdu| Baisha Village and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

Baisha Murals at Baisha Village: An Inspiring Cultural Journey. Immerse yourself in the marvels of the Baisha Murals, ancient artworks blending the cultures of Han, Tibetan, and Naxi people. Admire the mesmerizing depictions of Tibetan Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism while strolling through Baisha Village, where you can experience the local life and vibrant culture.

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (Visiting Glacier Park by Cable Car): A Majestic Snowy Adventure. Ascend to the awe-inspiring Glacier Park atop Jade Dragon Snow Mountain by cable car. Traverse 1,100 meters and marvel at the breathtaking snow and ice. Capture the enchanting views of the cloud sea below as you walk toward the glacier.

Shuhe Ancient Town: Step into Timelessness. Explore the enchanting Shuhe Ancient Town, also known as Longquan Village. Discover the untouched charm of this historic town and delight in its captivating temple complex, offering a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of the region.

Blue Moon Valley: Nature's Aquatic Masterpiece. Venture to Blue Moon Valley, a picturesque destination near Lijiang. Be awed by the stunning white water terraces, created by the melting snow of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Immerse yourself in the beauty of this natural wonder.

DAY 4 Lijiang | The Black Dragon Pool and Tiger Leaping Gorge

The Black Dragon Pool: A Serene Oasis. Discover the tranquility of the Black Dragon Pool, a pristine park that takes its name from the picturesque pool it houses. Revered for its beauty, the pool has earned its place among the renowned Collections of Famous Pools of China. Bask in the peaceful ambiance as you explore this enchanting destination.

Tiger Leaping Gorge: Nature's Majestic Wonder. Embark on an unforgettable adventure to Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the world's deepest and most awe-inspiring gorges. Located in Hutiaoxia Town, approximately 105 kilometers away from Zhongdian/Shangri-La County, this natural marvel promises breathtaking views. Spring is the ideal time to visit, as melting snow from the surrounding mountains causes the river to surge with magnificent turbulence.

DAY 5 Lijiang to Shaxi | The Trace of Meet Yourself

Follow the Trace of Meet Yourself: Walk from Shaxi to a Neighbor Village. Embark on a captivating hike from Sideng Street to a neighboring village, tracing the footsteps of Meet Yourself. Begin your journey by crossing the charming Yujin Bridge, meandering alongside the serene Heihui River. Immerse yourself in the idyllic countryside, where you may catch glimpses of locals tending to their fields and encounter a lady gracefully carrying a basket of freshly harvested plants. Make a stop at Beilong village and be pleasantly surprised by a hidden gem—a beautiful bookstore housed in a former crop processing factory. The entire walk spans approximately 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) and culminates in Duanjiaden village. Along the way, take a moment to relax and indulge in a book at the bookstore or savor a cup of local coffee at a charming café.

Windy Courtyard in Fengyang Yi Village: Discover the Locale of "Meet Yourself". Explore the enchanting Windy Courtyard in Fengyang Yi Village, the picturesque setting featured in the drama "Meet Yourself." Immerse yourself in the allure of local folk ethnic culture, delving into the rich tapestry of history, delectable cuisine, traditional attire, customs, traditions, and architectural splendors.

DAY 6 Shaxi to Dali | The Ancient City of Dali

Located 13 kilometers away from Xiaguan in Dali city, the Ancient City of Dali rests peacefully at the base of Cangshan Mountain. Built in the 15th year of the Ming Dynasty (1382 AD), this city holds a prominent place on the list of Famous Historic and Cultural Cities of China.

As you explore its vibrant streets, you'll encounter crystal-clear springs and experience the warm hospitality of the local Bai people. Be charmed by the tradition of cultivating gardens adorned with colorful flowers, enhancing the allure of the traditional houses and adding to the city's unique atmosphere. Discover the serenity and cultural richness of this captivating destination, making your visit to the Ancient City of Dali an unforgettable experience.

DAY 7 Dali | The Houses of Bai People and Tie-dyeing DIY

Explore the Unique Houses of Bai People in Xizhou: Just 16 kilometers away from the Ancient City of Dali lies the enchanting Xizhou Town, renowned for its historic significance and its standing as a commercial hub for the Bai people. Experience the authentic traditions and attire of the Bai culture as you admire the old, time-honored architecture of the local houses. Each building is adorned with exquisite paintings that exude an artistic ambiance, offering a glimpse into the rich heritage of the Bai people. Immerse yourself in the charm of Xizhou Town and witness the vibrant cultural tapestry of this remarkable destination.

Bai Minority Tie-dyeing DIY: A Creative Journey. Embark on a journey into the peaceful life of the Bai people in a quaint village nestled at the foot of Cang Mountain. Delve into the local spirit as you stroll through a bustling market between the village gate and the colorful village stage. Observe the two majestic banyan trees, a testament to the village's age-old history. Discover the Bai people's pursuit of beauty through their intricately adorned houses, temples, and the art of tie-dyeing. Uncover the secret behind Bai dyeing, and learn about the plants that produce stunning colors. Witness the master tie intricate patterns on cloth using organic materials that create a mesmerizing effect. Channel your creativity and craftsmanship as you choose a pattern and work alongside the tie-dye master to create your very own hand-made tie-dye handkerchief.

Embark on a journey that captures the essence of cultural heritage and adventure as you follow the trace of Meet Yourself. From the captivating Bai Minority Tie-dyeing DIY to cherishing picturesque scenes in Haishe Ecological Park, exploring the vibrant Xizhou Town, and venturing into the cultural wonders of Wase Village and Shuanglang Village on the east bank of Erhai Lake, each step unveils a new facet of China's rich heritage and natural beauty.

DAY 8 Dali to Kunming | Making Yunnan Flower Cakes

Delight in the Art of Making Yunnan Flower Cakes: Immerse yourself in Yunnan's culinary delights by learning how to make flower cakes, a beloved local snack. In a tranquil Bai village garden, discover the secrets of crafting these delightful treats. With expert guidance, you'll learn to roll, pinch, wrap, and cut the dough, petals, peanuts, and eggs into intricate flower-like designs. After baking for 20 minutes, savor your creations alongside a cup of fragrant flower tea, all while relishing the breathtaking views of the floating clouds above Cang Mountain. This hands-on experience is your gateway to the authentic flavors and traditions of Yunnan.

DAY 9 Kunming | The Stone Forest

Experience the Wonders of the Stone Forest: Located 90 km southeast of Kunming, the Stone Forest is a breathtaking natural phenomenon. Over millions of years, the Earth's movements have sculpted the karst landscape into fascinating shapes. As you explore this mesmerizing area, you'll also encounter the Sani people, whose vibrant folk customs have become an integral part of the scenery. Admire the colorful embroidery and be enchanted by their captivating minority dances, creating a lasting impression of this unique destination.

Walk Through History on Kunming Old Street and Savor Local Delights: Take a leisurely stroll along Kunming Old Street and immerse yourself in the city's rich history. Admire the architectural splendors in the style of the Qing Dynasty and the Republic of China, as your guide shares intriguing stories behind these iconic buildings. Along the way, tantalize your taste buds with a variety of local snacks, including rice noodle salad, deep-fried mushrooms, big sweet dumplings, and delightful milk tea in the traditional Lao style. Uncover the flavors of Kunming while uncovering its fascinating past on this delightful culinary and cultural exploration.

DAY 10 Kunming | The Dragon Gate on Xishan

Explore the Enchanting Dragon Gate on Xishan: Situated just 37km west of downtown Kunming, the Dragon Gate on Xishan offers a captivating experience near the picturesque Dianchi Lake. Carved into the cliff between 1781 and 1835 by a Taoist monk and his team, this remarkable site comprises grottoes, sculptures, corridors, and pavilions. Immerse yourself in the mystique of this ancient Taoist masterpiece as you wander through its intricately crafted surroundings.

Discover the Sparkling Beauty of Dian Lake: Renowned as the largest lake in Yunnan Province and the eighth largest in China, Dian Lake is affectionately referred to as "the sparkling pearl embedded in the highland." Its ethereal charm has even inspired its portrayal in the famous Summer Palace's Kunming Lake in Beijing. Prepare to be mesmerized by the tranquil waters, scenic surroundings, and serene ambiance as you embark on an exploration of this natural gem.

Ascend with Ease on the Xishan Longmen Chairlift: To maximize your time and conserve your energy, the Xishan Chairlift is your ideal mode of transportation between Xvguang Pavilion and Yingxi Pavilion. Embark on a thrilling ride as you soar above the stunning landscape, providing breathtaking views of Xishan's magnificent scenery. Ascend to the Dragon Gate to admire the Taoist grottoes and then descend effortlessly on the chairlift, allowing you to make the most of your visit.

DAY 11 Kunming Departure

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

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Hotel Selection

—the Icing on the Cake

Boutique hotels are recommended to enrich your travel experience.

the courtyard of the hotel
the hotel in the village

Tour Price

FromUS2,750 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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