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Departure Dates
March 2016. Friday arrivals. Minimum 10 persons. 

Destinations include: Kunming, Dali, Lijiang

On this tour you will visit the Stone Forest with ancient limestone cliffs and peaks created by wind and water erosion over 200 million years ago. You will also fly to Dali, home of the Bai-Minority, and visit the Xizhou Village and the Three Pagodas and stroll in Dali Old Town.


Day 01 (Fri)                               Arrival at Kungming                

Take your own flight to Kunming. Arrive in Kunming and meet your guide at airport and transfer to hotel.

 

The capital of Yunnan Province, Kunming is one of China’s noted historical and cultural cities. The city is located in central Yunnan at the elevation of 1894 meters above sea level and is praised as the city of eternal spring.

 

Rest of day at leisure.

 

Day 02 (Sat)                              KUNMING (B/L)

Buffet breakfast at hotel. Drive along the new express way to the Stone Forest. Stone Forest is 75 kilometers from Kunming and is accessible by a bus ride of 70 minutes. The Stone forest belongs to the typical Karst geomorphology, it consists of innumerable bizarre-shaped ancient limestone cliffs and peaks created by wind and water erosion some 200 million years ago, and this area is praised as the “First Wonder Under Heaven”. It’s inscribed as Nature Heritage by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) of UNESCO in Christ City in New Zealand on June 27, 2007. Drive back to Kunming by the old road, visit a village en route. Visit the Flower & Bird Market. Flower and Bird Market, along with old houses that are well kept in its immediate neighborhood, are now under Kunming's protection plan as the Old Town Quarter. Besides flowers and birds, the market offers also state of art samples of traditional Chinese arts, wooden sculptures, bronzeware, China knots, and more.

Lunch at local restaurant, dinner at leisure.

 

Day 03 (Sun)                             KUNMING/DALI (B/L)

Buffet breakfast at hotel. Overland drive with seat in coach bus from Kunming to Dali, 360 kilometers, or about 4.5 hours. Standing against the Cangshan Mountains in the west and adjoining the Erhai Lake in the east, embraced by undulating hills around, Dali was the capital of Nanzhao and Dali Kingdom as early as 1,300 years ago. It is home to Bai minority.

 

Upon arrival in Dali, proceed to visit the Three Pagodas, followed by a guided stroll in Dali old town. Standing in a way of a tripod on the outskirts of old town, the Three Pagodas were constructed in about 850 and 1050 following the model of the Small Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi’an. For centuries, they are considered landmark of the region.

 

The old town of weathered gray granite stands at 2,100 meters on a long, narrow rice plain between the Cangshan Mountains and the Erhai Lake, a natural configuration that seems specially designed for a good, bountiful life. Format of the old town is like a chessboard with four gates guarding in the directions of east, south, west and north, a design that was adopted by most towns in ancient China. Lunch at local Chinese restaurant, dinner at leisure.

 

Day 04 (Mon)                            DALI – LIJIANG (B/L/-)

Buffet breakfast at hotel. In the morning, overland drive of 180 kilometers, or 3 hours, along the new highway to Lijiang.Visit the Bai minority village Xizhou. 23 kilometers north of Dali, Xizhou village has a more mixed population and cosmopolitan background. It grew and flourished in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) along with the fortunes of Dali’s renowned tea merchants that traded to Tibet. Family Yan’s courtyard is a good example of traditional Bai houses. And each morning, villagers in Bai dresses gather in a small market to buy and sell their produce and daily wares.

 

Continue driving to Shaping. Shaping Market is a local market on every Monday. The local people come to the market from surrounding villages to exchange their daily wares, farming products, traditional clothes, or simply foods and vegetables.

 

Upon arrival in Lijiang, check in at hotel. Afternoon will be free for your first visit of the old town. A gathering place of rugged mountain people with the Naxi forming the majority, Lijiang is a small mountain town of stone and tile, laced with swift canals, which was enlisted as an UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in 1999.

 

Old town of Lijiang is a big area with its center, or Si Fang Jie (Square Street) in the form of an official ink stone, hence its name Dayan (ink stone) Town. It enjoys a long history of over 800 years and unlike most of the old towns in China, there is no city walls due to a superstitious belief of the local ruler whose family name is Mu (tree), when encircled by walls, would be Kun (besieged). Wooden structures, mountains, small rivers and lanes integrate harmoniously in this mountain town.

 

Lunch at local Chinese restaurant, dinner at leisure.

 

Day 05 (Tue)                                                     LIJIANG (B/L/)

Buffet breakfast at hotel. In the morning visit the Black Dragon Pond with Dongba Museum. The Pond provides you the opportunity of taking great pictures of the crystal clear pond with backdrop of Snow Mountains in a distance. Then, drive out to the Naxi minority villages at the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountains. Visit the Yuhu Village, a simple village of Naxi minority with the former residence of Dr. Joseph Rock. Dr. Rock, an Austro-American botanist and explorer who lived here off and on from 1922-1949, is best remembered for the introduction of innumerable plant species to the West and his rigorous works on Naxi ethnology. Also visit the Baisha village with its frescos dating back to Ming and Qing Dynasties.

 

North of Lijiang Country finds the Liulidian Temple and Daobaoji Temple at Baisha Village, housing 558 mural paintings on 12 walls that date back to the Ming Dynasty in 1385. Buddhism, Taoism and Lamaism manifest in integration in styles of the Han Chinese, the Tibetan, the Bai and the Naxi people on the murals, a proof of exchange on politics, economy, culture and religion between the mainland and the frontiers of China. They are now rated as key cultural relics under national protection.

Lunch at local Chinese restaurant, dinner at leisure.

 

Day 06 (Wed)                                                    LIJIANG (B/L/)

Buffet breakfast at hotel. We take a day excursion to the First Bend of the Yangzi River and the Tiger Leaping Gorge. The village of Stone Drum stands at the First Bend of the Yangzi River, some 70 kilometers west of Lijiang. Approaching to Stone Drum offers a dramatic view of the Yangzi's near-180-degree turn, where the wide, swift waters perform a miraculous about-face. For nearly 20 kilometers the river, first flowing south, then north, runs parallel to itself. Locals say if it were not for their village standing guard at the bend, China would lose the water of the Yangzi to Southeast Asia, like that of the adjacent Mekong and Salween Rivers.

 

The Tiger Leaping Gorge, or Hutiaoxia in Chinese, is the Yangzi's best-known gorge after the Three Gorges in Sichuan and Hubei. Wedged tightly between titanic cliffs, the river is so narrow here, as legend tells us, that a hunted tiger made his escape to the other side in a single bound. Here, the Jade Dragon Snow Mountains and the Haba Snow Mountains lean close to each other and a large volume of torrent moving between them cutting deeper and deeper into the bottom of the gorge. In some places there is a drop of 3,000 meters to the water.

Lunch at local Chinese restaurant, dinner at leisure.

 

Day 07 (Thu)                                                     LIJIANG – HOME CITY (B)

Buffet breakfast at hotel. Balance of day at leisure before transfer to Lijiang Airport for your own departure flight 


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