our itinerary customized:
Day 1 Kunming-Stone Forest-Kunming
Sightseeing: the Stone Forest, Guandu Ancient Town,Jingang Pagoda,
You will drive 86 km to the Stone Forest. An old local saying says that 'If you have visited Kunming without seeing the Stone Forest, you have wasted your time.' Truly, the Stone Forest is one of the most important attractions of Yunnan. After lunch drive back Kunming to visit the Flowers and Birds Market in the downtown.The Stone Forest is in Shilin Yi Nationality Autonomous County, which is about 120 kilometers from Kunming and requires only a three-hour drive.It covers an area of 400 square kilometers (96,000 acres) and includes both large and small stone forests, as well as many other scenic spots. The Stone Forest has unique karst topography which is one of the best of its kind within China. There are six scenic spots in the Stone Forest: the Greater Stone Forest, the Lesser Stone Forest, the Naigu Stone Forest,the Zhiyun Cave,the Long Lake,the Da Dieshui Waterfall and the Qifeng Cave.
Day2. Airport pickup to Dali old town. Stay in Dali
Sightseeing: the Three-pagoda in Chongshen Temple,Erhai Lake Cruise the Ancient Dali Town
Dali is famous city with history and culture and Bai ethnic culture in China.After landing, you visit the Three Pagodas in Chongshen Monastery which has a history of over 1,800 years located at the foot of Cangshan Mountain facing to the Erhai Lake.Three Pagodas are made of three ancient independent pagodas forming asymmetrical triangle. After lunch, you’ll cruise in Erhai Lake by the small boat to the Jinsuo Islet in the east Erhai Lake. There are 200 Bai ethnic families around 1000 people in Jinsuo Island. In ErhaiLake cruise, you will enjoy the green Cangshan Mountain and the Three Pagodas from afar as well as lots of birds and seagulls flying over the lake. At last,you will visit the Ancient Dali Town,walk around the Foreigner Streetand enjoy the relax time with local people. After climbing up to the City Wall of Dali, you will have panoramic view of the Erhai Lake.
Day 3. Dali---Lijiang by private car.
Sightseeing: ,Xizhou Town,Zhoucheng Village DongbaMuseum, Lijiang Ancient Town
You will head for Xizhou Town to fully appreciate Bai-style traditional architectural courtyards, taste their fragrantThree-Course Tea and explore their distinctive culture. Visit Zhoucheng Village and the Baipeople's Tie-dying
Explore Dali Ancient Townin the early morning, visit the Shaping Balaar happened every Monday in Shangguan Town.
Drive about 180KM to Lijiang with the beautiful farmlands and ethnic villages on the way. After lunch you’ll head for the scenic Black Dragon Pool and the Dongba Museum to explore the rich Naxi minority culture.
In the late afternoon, explore Lijiang Old Town witch has a history more than 800 years; it was listed as the World Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO1997. Here you will see the wonderful wooden architecture of Naxi ethnic people. Lijiang Ancient Townis a largely Naxi settlement first built 800years ago.
Day 4 Lijiang—Snow Mountainand Baisha village.
Excursion to the wholeyear snow-covered Jade Dragon Snow Mountain with White Water River, takingchair lift ride to discover Spruce Meadow, enjoy one of the view of the much famed13 peaks on the Yulong Mt.Range.
In the afternoon,Descend and continue to visit Baisha Ancient Frescos in Baisha Naxi village,the frescos show a rich fusion of Han Buddhism,Daoism,Tibetan,Bai and Naxi Lamaism which was a tremendously powerful art of The murals done in early Ming Dynasty. Sightseeing of Yufeng Lama Temple, where there is the famous "King Camellia Tree" with thousands of blossom when blooming.
Finally, visit Black Dragon Pool and Dongba Ethnic Museum., From the Black Dragon Pool, you canenjoy the picturesque view of the Jade Snow Mt. Reflecting in this Jade Spring Water
Day 5 Lijiang-Tiger Leaping Gorge
Sightseeing: Shigu (Stone Drum) Town, the First Bendof the Yangtze River and Iron Chain Bridge,Tiger Leaping Gorge.
Depart Lijiang early in the morning to take a 3-hour drive(76KM)alone hillside road to Qiaotou village, on the way, you will visit the FirstBend of the Yangtze River and Iron Chain Bridge in the Shigu (Stone Drum) Town,After lunch, you will start your journey to the Tiger Leaping Gorge,one of the world’s deepest gorge tucked between Yulong Snow Mountain and theHaba Snow Mountains. The whole magnificent Grand Canyon is 28 KM. long and 190meters high drop on the Golden Sand Riverof the upper reach of Yangtze River.You will start your walking onthe trails in the gorge along a path from which you could see Yangtze River literally leaping through the narrow gorge.
Drive back to Lijiang in the afternoon.
Day 6. Free on our own.
Rating: [4 of 5 Stars!]
Date Added: 05/15/2013
—— review written by Eric ***