A Trip with Memorable Family Moments
9-Day Yunnan Family Tour
What are your expectations for a family trip? Relaxation, learning, adventure, experiencing, or simply having fun? There is a destination in China that offers all the above… Journey to Yunnan!
In this 9-day Yunnan family tour including Kunming, Dali, Lijiang and Shangri-La, you can have fun when biking in the idyllic countryside, learn about distinctive minority culture when interacting with local people, walk into an authentic ethnic village and experience its beauties and warm hospitality, go on an adventure to discover a best-kept secret of the snow-capped mountain, and relax and enjoy your stay on a Tibetan plateau pasture.
Kunming Dali Lijiang Shangri-La Tour Map
Tour 'Wow' Points
Have an interesting maze adventure game with your children.
Walk through the labyrinthine Naigu Stone Forest, and engage your imagination with your guide's black stone stories.
Explore an ancient town, find the tallest building, and see if you can find the big wooden waterwheel.
Have a leisurely outdoor family time in the sunshine and fresh air.
Bike along Erhai Lake accompanied by its refreshing breezes. Enjoy the flowery meadows and rice fields, and see the clouds floating above the majestic Cangshan mountains.
Take a cable car up Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. You may be lucky enough to meet a cute animal like a squirrel before you enter the high snow-capped world.
Leave the car and take in the magnificent scenery by foot.
Have a short hike on Haba Snow Mountain's hidden route. Run around or lie down on the alpine meadow and enjoy breathtaking views that take in both Haba Snow Mountain and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain at the same time!
For a longer hiking challenge you could descend into the deep and marvelous Tiger Leaping Gorge (our private transport is ready to help get you there). You will be awed be the roaring water resounding through the gorge.
Have a happy family time by making delicious local cakes together.
Learn to make Yunnan's famous flower cake at a flower farm.
Learn to make Naxi pancake in a local restaurant.
China Highlights' Special Discovery Experiences
Discover the secrets of Bai minority tie-dye and learn to make your own ethnic handkerchief at a family workshop.
Taste home-cooked cuisine in a Bai lady's home, and experience the amazing beverage that Bai people treat important guests to.
Visit a Naxi shaman and start to understand their unique minority culture. Learn some Naxi characters and enjoy a piece of old Naxi music.
Stay in a Tibetan tent on a highland pasture and experience the Tibetan lifestyle. Work with the locals to experience ploughing or seeding in spring, harvesting highland barley in summer, picking matsutake mushrooms in autumn, or collecting firewood in winter.
Discover Tibetan Buddhism. Tie your prayer flag to a pagoda and pray toward Songzanlin Monastery. Learn stories about the beautiful Thangka (huge religious paintings) and try to paint one by following a master.
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We love China
From the beginning we had a trustfull knowlegeable base of communication, started with Lukas the tour advisor and guide around Guilin and continued with the other guides in the other locations. Shanghai FU, Zhangjiajie Emili, Xián Juanli, Kunmimg Nen ,Lijiang Luzhuoying, Chongqing ??, Yangtze, Haikou ?? and Beijing Chengang. We were totaly positivly impressed about the overall service during our time in China. We felt save and wellcomed at any time. We had every day our individual highlight. For example, breathless nature, extraordinary hotels, historical buildings and places, well tasting food and social contacts on the streets. All our tour guides and drivers made a professional customer orientated job and supported us in the best possible way. Even if we want to make changes on short notice they made it happen. We spent a remarkable and unforgetable time in China and been very thankful to China Highlights to create this moments in time for us.more
Jun 2023, Karlheinz Potuznik
Jack Li , our tour guide at LiJiang, took great care of us when we climbed Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and suffered high altitude issues. At Dali, our tour guide Nancy Li doubled up as our photographer and speaks excellent English and entertained us with her rich knowledge of Chinese history. We had a wonderful time.more
Apr 2023, April Lee
Thank you for such a wonderful traveling experience!
We have Jack Lee in our Lijiang trip he was such a considerate and kind tour guide. He is very knowledgeable and he accommodated all our requirement. We were fortunate to have such a nice local tour guide. I had altitude sickness and he really cared. Our private driver Mr Tang is very safe and patient. He is compliant and cares for our safety all the time. He is very humorous and gave us so much laughter. He was also very caring towards me.more
Apr 2023, Hazel T
Cultural and scenic beauty second to none!
I would highly recommend this tour to Lugu Lake to everyone and anyone! The tour guide Jack taught me more in two days about minority cultures, Chinese history, and the amazing natural history and geography of Yunnan and the Lijiang area. As well, the drive to Lugu Lake requires an expert - and Mr Wang is an expert! (From someone who has crossed the Rockies at least 20 times) As a single woman travel who still doesn’t have great Chinese it was a flawless experience - from the communications, accommodation and breathtaking scenery and cultural experiences. Please book and go!more
Feb 2023, Connie VH
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
Mar 2022, Danielle Toledo
Awesome Yunnan trip with Nancy
We had a 6-day tour with guide Nancy around Dali, Lijiang and Shangri-La in Yunnan. She’s very professional and experienced guide that made our tour far exceed expectations. It was a pleasure to have her as our tour guide. We strongly recommend her. Thank you!more
Mar 2022, Rodrigo
One of the best things I’ve done in China
One of the best things I’ve done in China. Being that I am pretty well traveled in China this Experience was so different from the others. Each city provided a different aspect of the culture, local traditions and beauty that China has to offer. Our Tour guide Nancy was amazing as she made our itinerary very well constructed and organized. She was there to make sure we were comfortable and happy. Her hyper energy and cheerfulness made us feel enthusiastic for the day. We are very satisfied with this trip and Nancy’s services that we will be sure to book again.more
Feb 2022, RoshR
Lijiang Trip July 2021
Kudos to Alisa Liu from the agency who I must say was on hand almost 24/7 for requests and queries. Even though our trip was marred with the onset of the Typhoon In Fa with various flight and train cancellations but Alisa was quick to arrange for alternative solutions under the circumstances and made the most effort to make our journey as comfortable as possible whilst we made our way back to Shanghai. As for the itinerary, Alisa understands her clientele’s different needs very well and for the most part my expectations were met. I love private tours with a very relaxed itinerary and comfortable accommodation and some of us prefer more exclusive accommodation vs a packed itinerary trying to go to a hundred location type of tour.more
Aug 2021, Ida Suriani
Summer holiday in Yunnan
After spending 5 nights in Dali visiting sights in our own time, Alice who was very friendly and helpful, accompanied us on our drive from Dali to Lijiang. She shared interesting facts about the local area and the things we had done. In Lijiang, we met our guide Peter. Peter did an amazing job taking care of us and showing us the beautiful sights for our 3 days. He was so kind, providing us with snacks each morning and always ensuring the food met my dietary requirements. He even picked up our last minute NAT results that we did before our departure late at night! His passion and dedication to his job was very impressive, and we would highly recommend him to our friends.more
Aug 2021, O6866ZGlaurag
Amazing experience in Yunnan
Please bear in mind that booking tickets and actually getting to the sightseeing point is very challenging, especially during peak season. But with the help of our guides everything went smooth and silky. Thank you, China Highlights, for making our first trip to Yunnan an unforgettable and carefree adventure. It was a true relaxation without any headache or stress. We had nothing to worry about, except enjoying breathtaking beauty of Yunnan.more
Jul 2021, olya84
Natural landscapes are everything
I visited Lijiang during the Spring Festival and I thought it was gonna be packed with people but my guide always knew were to take me to avoid crowds. I had a great time, my guide was very knowledgeable and answered all of my questions with gusto. I’m very happy with my trip. --lunarcicles，Buenos Aires, Argentinamore
Feb 2019, lunarcicles
Can't wait for my Kunming Trip!
I've been working with Roger Li on my Kunming, China trip for the past month. Roger has been very knowledgeable and responsive to all my questions. Furthermore, he has been very helpful in making sure our itinerary makes sense and is able to make changes per our needs. I am looking forward to the upcoming trip!more
Aug 2023, T. Lee
This is the second time that I engage China Highlights to plan for my vacation to China.The Travel Advisor, Roger Li, attended to my enquiry and followed through my questions diligently. He was responsive to making recommendations regarding the itinerary and assisting with my application for the China visa.more
Jul 2023, Sal
7 day Yunnan tour including Kunming, Dali, Shaxi, Lijiang old town, Yulong Sniw mountain, Tiger leap canyon
Rapid response from the travel advisor, flexible and personalized travel itinerary based on your needs,super friendly and Knowledgeable tour guides(Doyle at Kunming, Daisy at Laliand ShaXi, Alice at Lijiang region,comfortable and worry free ride by SUV from pick up fromAirport to send to Airport. Authentic local food and dishes for lunch. No forced shopping. I would highly recommend China Heighlights to all my friends, especially for overseas visitors.more
Jul 2023, Connie Sun
The trip is pretty smooth and the tour…
The trip is pretty smooth and the tour guides are all pretty flexible and knowledgeable about the area. I really like Daisy during the trip. She is our tour guide at Dali. I made a comment that we would like to go to three tower and the temple and she arranged it right away. I think that is a good experience for foreigners and young kids as the site is unique and is historically important.more
Jun 2023, bin
Yunnan 5 days tour awesome !
Since the moment I have requested a quotation till the very last minute of our trip, everything was amazing: guides, that were always available and so responsive to our questions/requests, cars for transportation,hotels,visits to different places. Besides Yunnan is a beautiful Chinese province that offers lots of amazing places to visit:Stone forest, Jade Dragon mountain, Snow Mountain and blue moon valley, etc My husband and I, we have had a great tour in Yunnan visiting Kunming Dali and LiJiang. So trustable and outstanding services to enjoy your holiday. We would like to specially thank you CHIN in Kunming that was at the beginning and ending of our amazing trip sharing with us a lot of information DAISY in Dalí. We had such a great time with her. She is so passionate for sharing her knowledge. We had a lot of fun with her ALICE in Lijiang so nice lady and opened to our requestsmore
Great customer service
The best part of this experience was Roger Li. He answered all of my questions and kept in contact with me while planning my outing. I made several changes and he was able to accommodate all of them. I would recommend the company and ask for Roger Li. He was great!more
Jun 2023, David Rumsey
Best Decision Engaging China Highlights - Yunnan
Local guide from Kunming @ 程靖淇 is calm , well mannered and accommodated all the ladies whims and fancies ??as we were very overwhelmed with the harsh afternoon.more
May 2023, Sherwee
Excellent Tour of Yunnan
China Highlights prepared an excellent trip for us in Yunnan. Murphy, Frank, Lily and Daniel were amazing! They were kind, knowledgeable and went above and beyond to make our trip enjoyable! We had the same driver for our time in Dali to Shangri-La and he was fantastic. He was kind, respectful and focused on the safety of his passengers! I would absolutely book another trip with these guides and driver. Thank you for a wonderful trip!more
Aug 2021, Ashley Meadows
What a memorable and smooth trip with China Highlights! I will most definitely be choosing China Highlights for my next adventure. My friend and I organized two private trips with them back to back, one through Qinghai/Gansu and this one through Yunnan. I give both experiences five stars. As for our Yunnan tour specifically, I believe that this trip is well-worth its value. How awesome is it to just “show up” and have everything organized for you, with friendly guides and drivers to take you where you need to go, explaining all you need to know along the way. The trip was seamless and well-organized, and accommodations were comfortable even when choosing the more economical options. We opted for the 8 day trip (the first and last day of which were arrival and departure, so 6 true days of sightseeing). This included Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, and Shangri-la. If you are okay with a high-paced trip, this is a great option to see the main highlights in a short time.more
Aug 2021, ruth_charity
Itinerary Quick Look
Here is a suggested itinerary. We are happy to customize a tour according to your interests.
Meet your private local guide in the arrival hall and transfer to your hotel. Your guide will help you check in and make sure everything at the hotel is satisfactory.
Skip the touristy spots loved by Chinese people. Visit a less crowded area — the Naigu Stone Forest. You will feel that you are walking in a national geological park, but not a tourist attraction. Play at science fiction or "name the rock" with your children in this amazing landscape.
Take a bullet train to Dali in the late afternoon.
Have a bike ride along Erhai Lake in the morning. Feel the wind, enjoy the flowery meadows and rice fields, and see the clouds floating above the majestic Cangshan mountians.
Stop at a small square and take pictures of the landmark of Dali — The Three Pagodas.
Have a baking class in a flower farm. Learn to make the famous Yunnan snack — flower cakes. Enjoy the cake you have made with a cup of flower tea and play on a swing in the garden, while facing the great Cangshan ('Deep Green Mountains').
Visit Zhoucheng Village, located at the foot of Cangshan, in the morning to catch the daily life of Bai people at the market. Discover the beauties created by Bai people in their architecture, traditional dress, and a family tie-dyeing workshop. Dye a handkerchief for yourself in the traditional way.
Be entertained by a local Bai family. Taste the hostess's cooking in her beautiful courtyard and feel her warm hospitality through the home-cooked cuisine.
Head to Lijiang in the afternoon in your private car. Explore the charming kingdom of the Naxi people in Lijiang Ancient Town.
Pilgrimage to holy Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the morning. The mountain massif is believed to guard and bless the Naxi, and so they in turn protect it.
Take a cable car to Spruce Meadow at an altitude of 3,240 meters (10,630 feet). Besides appreciating the awesome natural landscape and views of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, you will unlock its romantic legends with the help of your guide.
Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant run by a Naxi family. You will also have the chance to learn to make Naxi pancakes (Naxi baba) as a dish of your lunch.
Understand more about the mysterious Naxi culture by visiting a shaman's house in the village. Learn some Naxi characters and enjoy a piece of old Naxi music. You will be impressed by the local people's passion for their culture and homeland.
You will drive from Lijiang to Shangri-La in the morning. On the way, you will stop at the magnificent Tiger Leaping Gorge. Listen to the roar of the Jinsha River (upper Yangtze River).
After lunch, discover a best-kept secret of Haba Snow Mountain. Have an easy 2-hour hike on an alpine meadow as you enjoy exclusive views of Haba Snow Mountain and share this meadow with no-one but the yaks.
Continue to Shangri-La by a brand-new highway. Be impressed by the amazing scenery along the way and yet another super project of China. Check in to your hotel on the Tibetan plateau pasture.
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.
Experience a Tibetan ceremony of blessing behind the Songzanlin Monastery, which is not seen by ordinary tourists. Tie your own prayer flag to the pagoda and pray toward the sacred Songzanlin.
Explore Shangri-La Old Town in the afternoon. Learn to paint a thangka ('sacred tapestry') and bring the self-made souvenir and the good luck back home.
Note: If you would rather not take part in religious activities, you could always just watch, and there are many other Tibetan cultural experiences that you and your family could enjoy in Shangri-La.
Enjoy a beautiful sunrise while having breakfast
Visit a local Tibetan family in a nearby village. Take part in their work on the day to experience ploughing or seeding, harvesting highland barley, picking matsutake mushrooms, or collecting firewood. The farmwork experience will be according to the season. It will not be arranged in advance. We will just follow the real working schedule of the local family on the day, because we don't want to disturb their daily life, and we would love for you to see and experience their authentic lifestyle.
In your free time in the afternoon, you could try on traditional Tibetan dress and have a family picture in the Tibetan manor. Or Walk to the quiet Dabao Lamasery near the hotel
Enjoy a starry night with a bonfire on the grassland.
Private transfer to Deqen 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
- 24/7 helpline for while you are traveling
Tour code: km-3a