Yunnan Province is located in the Southwest of China with 394,000 square km and a population of 40 million people. Respectively bordering Myanmar in the west and Laos and Viet Nam in the south, Yunnan shares a boundary line of 4060 km with them. It features long-standing history and culture. At the same time, Yunnan is also known home and abroad for its unique scenery. Yunnan is undoubtedly an ideal tourist destination.
With vibrant climatic resources, Yunnan belongs to the climatic type of subtropical plateau monsoon. “Four seasons can be found along the same mountain slope, and different weather conditions can be witnessed over a short distance of 10 li.” Is the vivid description of vertical and diversified climate in Yunnan? The average temperature in summer is 19-22 degrees centigrade.
Yunnan is well known for its magnificent landscapes and enchantingly natural scenes. At this the most southern end of the northern hemisphere, visitors could find sky-piercing snow mountains, thick primitive forests, mysterious deep valleys, torrential rivers, calm and limpid highland lakes, and many wonderful Karst mountains such as the Stone Forest and Alu old cave.
Yunnan is probably the most colorful and the most diverse Chinese province. The particular ethnic mix certainly contributes to this fact. There are 25 different ethnic minorities in Yunnan, making it the most culturally diverse province in China; this multiplicity of cultures has endowed the province with a rich heritage.
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As a Chinese saying goes, “Peoples are fostered by the very land they inhabit.” The fertile land of Yunnan helps foster the unique lifestyle and artistic spirit of its ethnic people. This beautiful and charming place has spectacular and picturesque scenery of high mountains, great rivers, vast grasslands, and plateau lakes. Beautiful examples include the surging Tiger Leaping Gorge of the Yangtze, the rippling waters of Lake Erhai in Dali, the Meili Snow Mountain, and the tropical rain forests in the south.
The special geological and climatic conditions, numerous ethnic groups and long history and splendid culture have created rich tourism resources in Yunnan. The whole province enjoys 11 state-level tour routes, 57 state and provincial scenic areas, 22 states and provincial forest parks, 5 nature reserves, 9 state and provincial famous cities of history and culture, and 187 relics units under key protection. A batch of tourism development zones has been preliminarily formed, which are featured with mountain gorges, modern glaciers, plateau lakes, stone forest, karst caves, volcanoes, and geothermal phenomena, primitive forest, tropical rain forest, flowers, relics, and historic sites, traditional gardening and ethnic folklores, etc.
As China’s important port leading to the Southeast Asian countries, Yunnan is attracting more and more tourists by its rich tourist resources, rationally deployed tour routes, and daily improving tourist facilities. The province is gradually establishing its image as a tourist rendezvous.
Friends from all over are welcome to visit Yunnan and explore the natural wonders, unique culture. Going through Yunnan, the southern Silk Road linked China with her Southeast and South Asian neighbors. This tour offers visitors a glimpse into China’s ancient culture by letting them witness it firsthand. These amazing Yunnan Tours will leave you spellbound.
Day 01 Beijing
Arrive in Beijing, the capital of China. You are greeted by your guide at the airport and transferred to the hotel.
Day 02 Beijing
Travel to the Great Wall, one of the eight ancient wonders of between 6000- 6500 km long built over several centuries to keep out the invading northern tribes. After a hike along a portion of the Wall, you visit the Ming Tombs, a secluded valley housing 14 imperial burial mounds.
Day 03 Beijing
Morning tour starts with the Gugong, also called the Forbidden City, in scripted as a UNESCO world cultural heritage site in 1987. Built between 1406-1420, it is the largest palace of the world complex covering 74 hectares. It has 9999 halls and rooms in which emperors lived for over 500 hundred years in Ming and Qing dynasties. Walk leisurely around Tian Men Square to admire the grandeur of the largest public squares in the world. After lunch, you will visit the biggest and most important imperial Temple of China, the Temple of Heaven, where emperors performed annual rituals of sacrifice to ensure future generations’ prosperity. Then you drive through the city for an overview of Beijing until you arrive for a leisure tour to the Summer Palace, which was built 800 years ago. It is the second-largest and best-preserved royal garden in China, with 294 hectares, including the beautiful and serene Kunming Lake.
Day 04 Beijing
In the morning, you will ride in three-wheeled rickshaws through Beijing’s Hutong, experiencing the Beijing locals’ lifestyle. Proceed to visit Lama Temple, the only Beijing City temple that survived the Cultural Revolution. It is the largest Lama Temple outside Tibet. It was built in 1694, and the architecture and ornamentation of the buildings show the influence of Han, Manchu, Mongolian, and Tibetan styles. This afternoon visit 798 factories. It is a new rising, avant-garde, and trendy space that hosts high-level cultural, artistic, and commercial activities.
Day 05 Beijing/Xian
Fly to Xian in the morning. You are greeted by your guide and transferred to the hotel. Continue to visit the majestic Big Wild Goose Pagoda. It is a well-preserved ancient building and a holy place for Buddhists. Then visit Ancient City Wall. It’s a complete city wall that has survived in China and is one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world.
Day 06 Xian
A full-day tour is a visit to Terracotta Warriors. It is the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century. UNESCO listed it in 1987 as one of the world’s cultural heritages. The museum covers 16,300 square meters, divided into three sections: No. 1 Pit, No. 2 Pit, and No. 3 Pit, respectively.
Day 07 Xian/Kunming
Fly to Kunming in the morning, the Spring City of China. Located on the east edge of the Tibet Plateau, Kunming is accompanied by warm weather year-round. Check into the hotel. In the afternoon, you will climb the Western Hill, where you will find both Taoist and Buddhism temples on the top. A breathtaking lake view of the Dianchi Lake comes into sight while you are on the top of the Dragon Gate. On the way down, you will visit the Huating Temple, containing 500 sculptures of the Buddha’s disciples.
Day 08 Kunming
A full-day excursion takes you to the Stone Forest, one of the area’s natural wonders, and a typical Karstic Landscape. On the way, you will enjoy a visit to a typical Chinese village and meet the local people.
Day 09 Kunming/Dali
You will take an early flight to Dali, an important stop on the Yunnan-Tibetan Highway. In the afternoon, tour the Erhai Lake and enjoy the Folk Songs and Dances of the Bai ethnic minority while the famous Three-Course Tea is presented. You will find the crystal blue lake and the green mountain range nearby looks like a Chinese painting. Then take a look at the symbol of Dali, the Three Pagodas built 1,300 years ago. You can have a stroll in Old Town Dali in the evening.
Day 10 Dali/Lijiang
Today, you will drive to Lijiang. Lijiang, bordering Tibet, is a small town with a spectacular mountain backdrop. After lunch, you will visit the Black Dragon Pool and the Dongba Culture Exhibition Museum, representing the Dongba Pictographic Characters and Naxi Minorities mysterious Culture, some of which still use the matriarchal social system up till today. Late afternoon, tour the ancient Town of Dayan, a World Heritage Site in China recognized by the United Nations in 1999. Check into the hotel.
Day 11 Lijiang
A whole day tour starts with a visit to Yufeng Si, a traditional Lamasery famous for its 1000-year-old Camellia Tree. Take cable car ascending Jade Dragon Snow Mountain to visit Yak grassland, and tour the Baisha Mural in Baisha Naxi minority village.
Day 12 Lijiang/Shanghai
Enjoy free time in the morning. Fly back to Shanghai in the afternoon. Shanghai is China’s financial and commercial center. You will be met by your guide and transferred to the hotel.
Day 13 Shanghai
Shanghai visit starts with a tour of the city’s premier attractions where you can immerse yourself in the culture and sophistication of this cosmopolitan. You can stroll along the lovely paths and pavilions of Yu Garden in Shanghai Old City, and at the same time experience, Shanghai recently gained modernity. This afternoon visits the Shanghai Museum, mainly the exhibitions of painting, bronze, sculpture, ceramics, calligraphy, jade, Ming & Qing Dynasty furniture, coins, seals, and ethnic artwork. In the evening, enjoy a leisure walk along the riverfront Bund and admire the night lights on both sides of the harbor.