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Explore Yunnan Province

Explore Yunnan Province

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Explore Yunnan Province

Explore Yunnan Province

Picturesque landscapes and traditional cultures

Discover China’s Yunnan Province, located in the south-west of the country, it is home to a varied landscape encompassing snow-capped mountains, rice terraces, lakes and deep gorges. The province borders Tibet, Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar and comprises a diverse mix of cultures and customs. There are many ethnic minority groups in Yunnan, still adhering to ancient traditions and ways of life. This itinerary explores all the highlights that Yunnan has to offer, including breath-taking scenery, local people and a visit to the renowned Songzanlin Monastery, the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan.

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Locations you will be visiting

  • Kunming, China

    Known in China as the "City of Eternal Spring", Kunming lies at an almost-tropical latitude but its ...

    2 Days

  • Old lady Dali town market Yunnan China

    Dali, China

    An ancient city on the shores of Lake Erhai, and home to the Bai minority people

    2 Days

  • buildings river dusk shaxi yunnan china

    Shaxi, China

    A traditional town in the foothills of the Himalayas, on the road to Lijiang

    2 Days

  • lijiang town view china 2

    Lijiang, China

    A city with a history dating back at least 800 years and possibly as far back as the Song Dynasty.

    2 Days

  • Shangri-La, China

    A delightful town, living up to it's name - Shangri-la

    2 Days

  • panda eating chengdu china

    Chengdu, China

    Chengdu, home to the Giant Panda, is the capital of Sichuan province

    2 Days


Explore Yunnan Province

15 day Tour Itinerary

An overview of your trip

DAY 1 UK to Kunming

You will take a scheduled flight from the UK to Kunming.

  • Transport: Airplane
DAY 2 Arrive Kunming

Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your accommodation.

DAY 3 Stone Forest

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Stone Forest with its limestone formations covering an area of around 500sq km. Enjoy an afternoon visit to Green Lake Park.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 4 Fly to Dali

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Dali. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your accommodation. Dali has played an important role in the history of south China and was once a post on the old Burma Road. Start your tour by exploring the old quarter, followed by the Three Pagodas. In the evening discover Foreigners’ Street.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Airplane
DAY 5 Erhai Lake

This morning will include a visit to Erhai Lake to enjoy a cruise on its crystal clear waters with the spectacular Cangshan Mountains in the background. The afternoon is at leisure with the option to take the cable car up the
Cangshan Mountains.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Cruise
DAY 6 Xizhou

Spend the morning on a half-day excursion to Xihou, a lively market town half an hour’s drive north of Dali on Lake Erhai. Remainder of the day is at leisure.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 7 Shaxi

Visit the region’s most picturesque and interesting fresh produce market at Shaping Village in the morning. Later, drive north with your guide to the beautiful Shaxi Valley, an important way stage on the old Tea-Horse Toad that served as a strategically important source of salt.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 8 Shaxi

A full day to explore the valley at your leisure today, with the help of your local guide. Perhaps hire a bike for a cycle along the Heihui River and out across the surrounding rice fields to discover Shaxi’s satellite villages.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 9 Lijiang

Travel to the ancient town of Lijiang, at the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Rest of the day at leisure.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 10 Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

Today you will visit Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and take a cable car half way up the mountain. Afterwards visit Baisha Naxi minority village to learn about its ancient wall paintings. The afternoon is free for you to explore Lijiang Old Town.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 11 Shangri La

One of China’s most dramatic road journeys awaits you today, as you ascend the formidable mountain ranges of the Three Parallel Gorges region to reach Shangri-La, pausing at Tiger Leaping Gorge on the way.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 12 Shangri La

After breakfast, climb the great flight of stone steps leading to the Songzanlin Monastery, then complete a circuit of the adjacent lake, before heading out of town to explore some of the wonderful mountain scenery that dominates this enclave in the far north of Yunnan.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 13 Fly to Chengdu

Rise early to visit the Buddhist temple overlooking Shangri-La’s old town, where local people go en masse to leave offerings of juniper incense. Transfer to the airport, for your flight to Chengdu.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Airplane
DAY 14 Giant Pandas

In the morning arrive at the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Centre, located just 6 miles from downtown Chengdu. Here naturalistic habitats have been created to provide the best possible environment for rearing and
breeding pandas. Also visit Kuangzhai, Wide Alley. One of the three ancient city alleys, the Wide Alley (and Narrow alley) is now a popular entertainment and nightlife area, brimming with restaurants, teahouses, pubs and souvenir shops.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 15 Fly to UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Airplane
Optional Extras - Cultural Experiences

There is some free time in your itinerary for you to explore on your own, or treat yourself to an excursion. Use the links below to create a to-do list, or, if you’d prefer us to book you onto one of these or any other excursions, please let us know when booking your tour.

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    China: Tai Chi Lesson

    Practise this ancient martial art with a Tai Chi lesson

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  • tea performer china

    China: Tea Tasting

    Appreciate the varying blends of Chinese tea at a tasting

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Sample Accommodation

New Era Hotel, Kunming

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Landscape Boutique Hotel, Dali

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Wangfu Hotel, Lijiang

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Old Town Hotel, Shangri-La

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Tianfu Sunshine Hotel, Chengdu

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What's included:
  • International and domestic flights in economy class
  • 4★ accommodation based on twin share
  • Transfers
  • Transportation
  • Tours
  • Meals as stated
  • Tips
  • Personal Spending
  • Travel Insurance
  • China visa

Single supplement from £499

Land only (excludes international flights and visa fees) from £2,399

The deposit for these arrangements is £300 per person. Balance is due 10 weeks before departure.

Please call 020 8543 8133 for more information or to make a booking.

When making an enquiry or reservation we will request your contact details, however no payment will be required at this stage. We will contact you for payment details and to confirm your booking, your details and the details of those travelling with you along with any extras you’d like to add.


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