Yunnan: Along the Tea Horse Road
14 days tour from £3265
Introduction - Yunnan: Along the Tea Horse Road
Yunnan boasts the most astounding mountain landscapes in China and you’ll experience the cream of them on this 14-day journey. Beginning in the Province’s modern capital, site of an extraordinary ‘stone forest’ of limestone pinnacles, you’ll follow the old Tea Horse trade route up to Dali on Lake Erhui. A feast of traditional architecture and minority cultures ensues in the bucolic Shaxi Valley, then the Naxi town of Lijiang, with its backdrop of shining snow peaks, and Shangri La, home to the region’s grandest Tibetan monastery. A short flight across the mountains takes you back to Chengdu in time to see the pandas before catching your return flight to the UK.
This tour includes some exceptionally lovely places to stay, where the accommodation is very much central to the overall experience. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to experience rural life, as well as bustling market towns and some impressive traditional architecture. The scenic highlight is provided by the astounding crags of Tiger Leaping Gorge. British Airways’ direct flight from Chengdu to London offers a speedy, hassle-free route home.
You travel independently on a departure date of your choice. Internal travel is by air-conditioned car and plane.