Yunnan Tours - Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la and more!

Yunnan Tours - Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la and more!

Yunnan, an ideal holiday destination in China, enjoys a perfect combination of amazing natural scenery, diverse ethnic customs, and a pleasant climate all year round. From the snow mountains to the tropical rainforests, from the highland lakes to the canyons, from the historic cities to the fascinating minority villages. It is the most complicated and colorful area in China.

No matter whether you would like to include the main sites — Kunming, Lijiang, Dali, and the legendary Shangri-La — for your first visit, or if you would like to discover Yunnan's hidden beauty in your second trip, we will tailor make your private Yunnan tour according to your interests. We'll help you enjoy charming Yunnan!

The Best Yunnan Tours

These are the top Yunnan tours to visit the highlights of the area. Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, and Shangri-La are the must-visit cities for first-time visitors in Yunnan. Sightseeing is just a basic way to experience the beauty of Yunnan — in our best Yunnan tours, you will get an in-depth experience by reliving the history, immersing in the culture, and interacting with locals.

Dali Ancient Town
Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, and Shangri-La Tour
  • Explore the less touristy Stone Forest.
  • Have a carriage ride along the lakeshore of Erhai.
  • Visit the magnificent Tiger Leaping Gorge.
  • Talk with a lama in Songzanlin Lamasery.
Shaxi Ancient Town
Kunming, Dali, Shaxi, and Lijiang Tour
  • Feed the black-headed gulls at the beautiful Dianchi Lake.
  • Find the lost Tea Horse Road in Shaxi.
  • Enjoy the snowy world of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.
  • Visit a shaman of the Naxi nationality.
Bai people
Kunming, Dali, and Lijiang Tour
  • Experience the lifestyle of the Bai people in Xizhou.
  • Learn how to make the famous Yunnan flower cakes.
  • Visit the holy mountain of the Naxi nationality.
  • Discover the Naxi culture in Baisha Village.

Hot Destination Tours in Yunnan

If you have limited time or are just passing through Yunnan, here are some hot destinations you might want to explore. We have combined the highlights of each place with some special experiences to help you fully enjoy the history, culture, and the local people's lifestyle in each destination.

the Stone Forest
Essence of Kunming
  • Explore the less touristy Stone Forest.
  • Discover the local people's lifestyle in Kunming at a local market.
Black Dragon Pool
Essence of Ancient Lijiang
  • Visit the snow mountain that is located closest to the equator in China.
  • Discover the mysterious Naxi civilization.
Tibetan lamasery, Songzanlin Lamasery
Essence of Shangri-La
  • Enjoy the landscape on the plateau.
  • Immerse yourself in the Tibetan culture and meet Tibetan people.

Yunnan Adventure Tours

There is a saying in a folk song about Yunnan: "The beauties of Yunnan are as many as the flowers on the slopes of the mountains." What Yunnan has is definitely more than you would expect. Here are some tours to help you find the roads less traveled and discover the hidden beauties of Yunnan.

Tiger Leaping Gorge
Lijiang and Tiger Leaping Gorge Hiking Tour

Experience one of the greatest gorges in China. Lijiang's must-see scenery awaits you.

Yuanyang Terrced Fields
Jianshui and Yuanyang Tour

Walk into history among Jianshui's ancient architectures and fall in love with the heavenly palette of colors at the Yuanyang Rice Terraces.

Meili Snow Mountain
Shangri-La, Deqin, and Tachang Tour

Be impressed by the sacred Meili Snow Mountains, the amazing gorges, and the untouched natural beauty in the Tibetan area of Yunnan.

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Spotlight Experiences to Enrich Your Yunnan Tour

Besides sightseeing, we would like to help you have a more in-depth experience in Yunnan, no matter whether you are interested in the history of the Tea Horse Road, the old and mysterious minority cultures, or the legend of Shangri-La. Our spotlight experiences connect you with the local people. They will show you the splendid cultures they have created and the hometowns they love.

Relive the history of economic and cultural exchanges
Find the Lost Tea Horse Road Relive the history of economic and cultural exchanges. Learn more
Understand the lifestyle and the philosophy of the Naxi people
Discover the Colorful Culture of the Naxi Nationality Understand the lifestyle and the philosophy of the Naxi people. Learn more
Visit the Songzanlin Lamasery and a lama's dormitory
Discover the Life of a Tibetan Lama Visit the Songzanlin Lamasery and a lama's dormitory Learn more

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  • Offer you the best options when last-minute changes occur.
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Rita had help plan a once in a lifetime tour for us last spring that we cancelled due to Covid. CH refunded our deposit in one day and wished us luck and good health. She then offered to send us masks since they were impossible to find in the US in April. 2 weeks later we received ~200 masks from CH with no charge! What a great, ethical and knowledgeable travel agent. Would rebook in a mi Ute if we knew it was safe. More...

- Greg K. from US

Had a wonderful time with our tour guides Cactus and Jin. In the time of COVID it was a great relief to have help sorting through protocols for entering tourist sights. Excellent lunch options. The juggling and sugar candy art in the hutong was a real treat. Great thing about touring now - no crowds. Highly recommended tour operator for anyone traveling to Beijing. More...

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