Tailor-made Tour 15 days from £4900 per person
Places Visited: Shanghai, Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Qiatao, Zhongdian, Hong Kong
Beginning in Kunming, the 'City of Eternal Spring', this trip includes visits to two of China's most charming old towns on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau; Lijiang and Dali. Explore the cobblestone alleyways, bridges and courtyards of Lijiang and visit the majestic Jade Snow Mountain. Relax in Dali and explore the surrounding scenery.
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Fly from the UK to Shanghai.
Arrive in Shanghai and transfer to your hotel. Stay at the first class period Ruijin Hotel for two nights. (Upgrade to the Four Seasons for a supplement.) The remainder of your day is at leisure to rest and refresh after your long flight.
Fly from Shanghai to Kunming in the morning. Met on arrival and transferred to the first class Green Lake hotel for a two-night stay. Later visit West Hill and Dragon Gate.
Enjoy a full day excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage Shilin Stone Forest, Kunming. The limestone karst formations of Stone Forest date back to 270 million years.
Drive through the countryside to Dali this morning (4-5 hrs). Check in to the first class Regent Hotel for 2 nights. Rest of the day is at leisure.
Start off the day with a boat ride on Erhai Lake. Afterwards visit Cang Shan mountain and take a cable car ride to the top.
Morning drive to Lijiang (2-3 hrs). Stay at the first class boutique Zen Garden Hotel for 3 nights. (You could upgrade to the deluxe Banyan Tree for a supplement.) Take a guided tour of Lijiang today. Visit the Mu Family Mansion, Black Dragon Pool Park and any local markets open on the day.
Take in the beautiful surroundings of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain with your guide, before enjoying an Impressions show. Set at the foot of the Jade Snow Mountain this incredible song and dance performance includes a cast of over 400 performers from 10 ethnic minorities and 100 horses. Return to Lijiang for the remainder of your day at leisure.
This morning take a bicycle ride in the nearby town of Baisha. Afternoon is at leisure to explore the cobbled streets of downtown Lijiang.
Take an excursion to the spectacular Tiger Leaping Gorge at Qiatou. Continue on to Zhongdian and check in at the first class Songstam Hotel for 2 nights.
Enjoy sightseeing in this picturesque Tibetan town. Visit Bitahai and Shudu Lakes, followed by a visit to the Gedan Songzanlin Monastery.
Take a flight to Kunming today, changing planes for Hong Kong. You will be met on arrival and transferred to the first class Marco Polo Hotel for 2 nights.
The day is at leisure to explore the city on your own. (Sightseeing tours can be arranged at a supplement.)
Day is at leisure with checkout at 1200 noon. You will be transferred to the airport in the evening for your return flight to the UK.
Arrive in the UK in the morning.
Tailor-made Tour 15 days from £4900 per person
✓ International flights from London
✓ 13 nights accommodation
✓ All internal transportation and transfers
✓ English-speaking guides
✓ Breakfast daily
✓ Entrance fees to sites and monuments listed in tour itinerary
Places and Experiences in this tour
At the mouth of the Yangtze River, Shanghai became the hub of European imperial ambitions in mainland China after the Opium Wars, and today is the powerhouse of a dramatic economic…
Although of largely modern appearance, Yunnan’s relaxed capital is regarded by many travellers as among China’s most pleasant cities. Orderly and clean, it boasts a particularly mi…
Set amid breathtaking scenery on the shores of shimmering Erhai Lake, Dali is the China of the imagination – where pagoda towers nose above skylines of clay-tile roofs, and ancient…
The vision of the Jade Dragon Mountain’s eternal snowfields shining above the elegantly upcurved, pantiled rooftops of Lijiang is one of the most evocative in China. An important w…
Shilin Stone Forest
A recommended day trip from Kunming is the 74-mile (120-km) drive to the Shilin Stone Forest, where limestone laid down some 270 million years ago has been eroded into the shapes o…
In the far north of Yunnan, the town of Shangri-La (or ‘Zhongdian’ as it used to be known) occupies a high, mountainous plateau on the fringes of Tibet. Snow-encrusted peaks, exoti…
Hong Kong – ‘Fragrant Harbour’ – was Britain’s first toehold on the Chinese coast and, as one of the world’s leading financial centres, remains firmly at the interface of East and…
For Chinese people, ‘Yunnan’ represents everything that’s most exotic about their own country. Bordered by Tibet, Myanmar (Burma), Laos and Vietnam, the province encompasses extrao…
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