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8 Days China Shangri-la Coach Tour
Tour Code: TPLOLB-B-13
Destinations: Kunming, Dali, Lijinag, Zhongdian
Starting from: $888 per person
Tour Features:

Guaranteed departure on every Friday, with minimum of 2 adults.


Day 01:   Arrive Kunming (1894 meters) (no meal)

Arrival in Kunming. Our representative will meet you at airport and transfer you to hotel.

The capital of Yunnan Province, Kunming is one of China’s noted historical and cultural cities. The city is located in central Yunnan at the elevation of 1894 meters above sea level and is praised as the city of eternal spring.

Remainder of the day is at leisure.


Day 02: Kunming (B, L)

Drive along the new express way to the Stone Forest, which is 75 kilometers from Kunming and is accessible by a bus ride of 70 minutes. The Stone forest belongs to the typical Karst geomorphology, and consists of innumerable bizarre-shaped ancient limestone cliffs and peaks created by wind and water erosion some 200 million years ago. It’s inscribed as Nature Heritage by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) of UNESCO in 2007.

Afternoon drive back to Kunming by the old road, visit a village en route.

Then visit the Flower & Bird Market. Besides flowers and birds, the market also offers samples of traditional Chinese arts, wooden sculptures, bronze wares, China knots, and more.

Lunch at local restaurant, dinner at leisure.


Day 03: Kunming-Dali (B, L)

Overland drive by seat in coach bus from Kunming to Dali, 360 kilometers, or about 4.5 hours (driver only, no guide).

Standing against the Cangshan Mountains in the west and adjoining the Erhai Lake in the east, embraced by undulating hills around, Dali was the capital of Nanzhao and Dali Kingdom as early as 1,300 years ago. It is home to Bai minority.

Upon arrival in Dali, proceed to visit the Three Pagodas, followed by a guided stroll in Dali old town.

Standing in a way of a tripod on the outskirts of the old town, the Three Pagodas were constructed following the model of the Small Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi’an. For centuries, they are considered to be the landmark of Dali.

The old town of weathered gray granite stands at 2,100 meters on a long, narrow rice plain between the Cangshan Mountains and the Erhai Lake. Format of the old town is like a chessboard with four gates guarding in the directions of east, south, west and north.

Lunch at local Chinese restaurant, dinner at leisure.


Day 04: Dali-Lijiang (2500 meters) (B, L)

In the morning, overland drive of 180 kilometers, or 3 hours, along the new highway to Lijiang (driver only, no guide).

Upon arrival, guided visit the Bai minority village—Xizhou.

23 kilometers north of Dali, Xizhou village has a more mixed population and cosmopolitan background. It grew and flourished in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) along with the fortunes of Dali’s renowned tea merchants that traded to Tibet. Family Yan’s courtyard is a good example of traditional Bai houses.

Then continue driving to visit Shaping Market, which is a local market on every Monday. The local people come to the market from surrounding villages to exchange their daily wares, farming products, traditional clothes, or simply foods and vegetables.

Afternoon will be free for your first visit of the old town.

Old town of Lijiang is a big area with its center, or Si Fang Jie (Square Street) in the form of an official ink stone, hence its name Dayan (ink stone) Town. Wooden structures, mountains, small rivers and lanes integrate harmoniously in this mountain town.

Lunch at local Chinese restaurant, dinner at leisure.


Day 05: Lijiang (B, L)

In the morning visit the Black Dragon Pond with Dongba Museum. The Pond provides you the opportunity of taking great pictures of the crystal clear water with backdrop of snow mountains in a distance.

Then, drive out to the Naxi minority villages at the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountains. 

Visit the Yuhu Village, a simple village of Naxi minority with the former residence of Dr. Joseph Rock, who lived here off and on from 1922-1949. He is best remembered for the introduction of innumerable plant species to the West and his rigorous works on Naxi ethnology.

Also visit the Baisha village with its frescos dating back to Ming and Qing Dynasties.

Lunch at local Chinese restaurant, dinner at leisure.


Day 06: Lijiang-Zhongdian (Shangri-la) (B, L)

Today, we’ll drive to Zhongdian, also named Shangri-La with stops and visits to the First Bend of the Yangzi River and the Tiger Leaping Gorge on the way.

The village of Stone Drum stands at the First Bend of the Yangzi River, some 70 kilometers west of Lijiang. Approaching to Stone Drum offers a dramatic view of the Yangzi's near-180-degree turn, where the wide, swift waters perform a miraculous about-face. For nearly 20 kilometers along the river, first flowing south, then north, runs parallel to itself. Locals say if it were not for their village standing guard at the bend, China would lose the water of the Yangzi to Southeast Asia, like that of the adjacent Mekong and Salween Rivers.

The Tiger Leaping Gorge is the Yangzi's best-known gorge after the Three Gorges in Sichuan and Hubei. Wedged tightly between titanic cliffs, the river is so narrow here, as legend tells us, a hunted tiger made his escape to the other side in a single bound. Here, the Jade Dragon Snow Mountains and the Haba Snow Mountains lean close to each other and a large volume of torrent moving between them cutting deeper and deeper into the bottom of the gorge. In some places there is a drop of 3,000 meters to the water.

Arrive Zhongdian, which lies in a landscape of rolling hills, snow-capped peaks, virgin forests of spruce, pine and meadow dotted with wild flowers and tranquil lakes.

Lunch at local Chinese restaurant, dinner at leisure.


Day 07: Zhongdian (Shangri-la) (B, L)

Visit Ganden Songzanlin Monastery in the morning.

The Ganden Songzanlin Monastery was founded in the 17th century during the reign of the Great Fifth Dalai Lama only 2 kilometers to the north of county proper. Being one of the thirteen Tibetan monasteries in the Kangba Region, where Tibet, Yunnan and Sichuan join, Ganden Songzanglin Monastery is nicknamed by local the Lesser Potala Palace. Holding about 700 monks and one living Buddha, the monastery is a must-go in the region.

Then take an excursion to Nixi Village of Tibetan to observe the traditional way of making special black pottery by hand. Visit also a Tibetan family. The Tibetan builds their houses by wood with big sitting room and Buddhism hall. With a population of 112 thousand people, the Tibetan minority takes up one third of the total in Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. They believe in Lamaism, a major branch of Buddhism.

Late afternoon at leisure for your own visit of the old town and local market in Zhongdian.

Lunch at local Chinese restaurant, dinner at leisure.


Day 08: Zhongdian-Kunming-Departure (B)

Transfer to airport for flight back to Kunming and you’ll transmit to departure flight in Kunming on your own.

End of your Shangri-la Coach Tour.



Hotels (standard class 4*):

-          Kunming: Jinjiang Hotel Building B

-          Dali: Landscape Hote

-          Lijiang: Grand Lijiang Hotel

-          Zhongdian: Shili Hotel


Terms & Conditions


- Child Fare
* Children under 2 years of age traveling with their parents pay 10% of tour cost.
* Children aged between 2-6 years pay 50% of full fare, children aged between 7-11 years   pay 75% of full fare, entitled to an extra bed in parent’s room

* Children at 12 years of age and over pay full fare.

- Please be noted
* Tour price does not include excess baggage and any personal expenses.
* All tours are conducted in English.
* Extra USD33 would be charged for one passenger's one way airport transfer.

* Extra USD20 p.p. would be charged for arrival/departure before/after the scheduled date.

* Entrance fees and domestic airfares are based on current rate. Should there be major increases, we shall reserve our right to adjust them.

* All costs are in US dollars.


- Reservation
* Following information would require upon reservation:

  - Full names of all passengers with passport details

  - Name of tour that passengers are to take

  - Arrival & departure flight details.

  - Room type requirements (Due to limited double-bed rooms at hotels in China, double-bed rooms are always subject to availability upon hotel check in)

* Reservation will be confirmed within 48 working hours unless under special circumstances


- Deposit
* Under any special circumstances and a deposit is required, a deposit will apply accordingly.


- Cancellation
* 15 days before scheduled date of departure - no cancellation charge.
* Between 8-15 days -  5% of total tour cost.
* Between 2-7 days -  30% of total tour cost.
* Within 24hours -  50% of total tour cost plus tour expense of the first day.
* If a participant cancels while a tour is in progress, no refunds would be made for un-used portion of the tour.



-          7 nights accommodation in sharing twin room at specified hotels or similar, with daily breakfast

-          Meals as per indicated in the itinerary

-          Tours & transfers on join-in basis

-          Flight Zhongdian/Kunming on economy class include taxes

-          All admission fees

-          Transport Kunming-Dali with public bus “Yunnan Express” (no guide)

-          English speaking local guide service


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