7 Days SIC tour to northwestern Yunnan with fixed departure date

Travel around the best northwestern Yunnan with the 7 days SIC tour. To discover the wonderful landscapes and know about not only the friendly local peoplebut also other travelers is a good choice for the solo travelers.

 


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Day 1 17Nov./ Kunming-Dali (B/L/-)

Morning pick up from your hotel in Kunming city, then transfer to discover Stone Forest (1.5-2hrs ) The difference types of limestone of here is isolated, exquisite and beautiful, showing its unique charm. It became the member in the list of World Nature Heritage in June , 2007.) 
After lunch, drive back to Kunming city (1.5-2hrs )and drop off at  railway station for taking the high speed train to Dali (2hrs 'running time).

Be picked up at exit , and drive to Dali Old Town to check in your hotel.
Overnight at Dali

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Day 2 18Nov./Dali (B/L/-)

Today firstly visit the morning market of Xizhou Town It’s known as a historical town, a classic Bai ethnic town. Followed by a walking around in the old street of Xizhou and to witness the Bai traditional architectures. 
Later, have a cruise tour in Erhai Lake by the small boat Erhai means, "sea shaped like an ear", in Chinese. Implying that the lake is ear shaped and as large as a sea, hence it was so named.It is like a crescent lying between Cangshan and Dali city as seen from Cangshan Mount. Finally stroll in the Dali Old Town. (It was set up in 1382 A.D during the Ming Dynasty as the capital of the Dali kingdom. At present, only the south and north gate towers remain standing. There are well-preserved traditional houses of the Bai Ethnic Group people )

Overnight at Dali

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Day 3 19Nov./ Dali-Shaxi-Shangri-La  (B/L/-)  

In the morning, transfer to Shaxi (2hrs) for the visting to Shaxi Old Town (The remains of an ancient market town and once an active trade stop on the Southern Silk Road that connected Tibet and China with Southeast Asia and on to Europe. This Road is actually older than the more famous Silk Road (in the North), predating it by at least 300 years. Shaxi has been listed by the World Monuments Fund as one of the world's 100 most endangered sites).

After the tour, further transfer to Shangri-La (4-4.5hrs ) with your Chinese speaking driver on the way . Upon arrival, meet with your local guide. Check in your hotel.
Lunch en route and dinner on your own account.

Overnight at Shangri-La

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Day 4 20Nov./Shangri-La (B/L/-)  

After breakfast, visit Napahai Lake is both an ideal grazing field for herdsmen and a paradise for many species of birds. This is, in the true sense, a seasonal lake. When summer comes, snow on the adjacent mountains melts and flows down into about ten rivers forming a vast lake. In the dry season, Napahai becomes a boundless green grassland--the best time for herding sheep or cattle;

In the afternoon, visit the famous Tibetan Temple-Songzanglin Monastery (Founded in the 17th century during the reign of the Great Fifth Dalai Lama and nicknamed as Lesser Potala Palace by the locals, is one of the thirteen Tibetan monasteries in the Kangba Region, where Tibet, Yunnan and Sichuan join.).

After that,walk around at Dukezong Tibetan Old Town , Dukezong comes from Tibetan language which means the moonlight city, on the summit of the Guishan Hill in the old town, you will see the largest Pray Wheel in the world. You can try to push the huge pray wheel around with local people together to show your blessing to your family or friends.

Lunch at Chinese restaurant, dinner on your own account.

Overnight at Shangri-La

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Day 5 21Nov./Shangri-La-Lijiang (B/L/-)

Today drive south to Lijiang via Qiaotou along the Yunnan-Tibetan road. After around 2hrs’driving, you will take a stop to visit the Tiger Leaping Gorge (Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Gorge), which is believed to be the deepest gorge in the world. From the top of the gorge you look down the steeply angled (70-90 degrees) mountain sides to the rushing Golden Sands (Jingsha) River with its 18 frothing rapids more than 200 meters (about 700 feet) below.

After the tour, continue drive to Lijiang (2.5hrs) which is a important trade city in the ancient Tea horse road.Check in your hotel located in Lijiang Old Town after arrival.  

Overnight at Lijiang

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Day 6 22Nov./ Lijiang (B/L/-)

Today transfer to take a boat tour on Lashihai Wetland. It is the best place for plants, fishes, shellfish and river snails. The grassy marshland and swamp provide a nice home for wetland animals and plants. And Zhiyun Temple situated by Lashihai Lake is regarded as one of the five temples in the city of Lijiang. It is a famous tourism spot of Tibetan Lamaism.

Then drive back to Yuhu village, where a group of Naxi Minority has lived for hundreds of years. Then transfer to the former residence of Rock, where the old China home for Joseph Rock--the Austria-American botanist and anthropologist, is a less crowded but worth seeing place in Lijiang city.

Afterward, visit Black Dragon Pond (Located at the foot of the Xiangshan Mountain (Elephant Hill) north of the city of Lijiang. As the water here is a lucid green color, it gained another name Jade Spring Park (Yuquan Park). Later stroll in Lijiang Dayan Old Town (a well-preserved old city of ethnic minorities with brilliant culture.The old town looks like a big jade ink slab, therefore got the alias the Town of Big Ink Slab. Lijiang was placed on the world cultural heritage list in 1997.). Lunch at restaurant, dinner on your own account.

Overnight at Lijiang

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Day 7 23Nov./ Lijiang-Kunming Departure (B/-/-)

In the morning, GROUP transfer to airportfor the departure flight via Kunming (OWN TICKETS ) to go back home.