China's Yunnan: From Xishuangbanna to Shangri-La
Yunnan is a beautiful place to visit in the spring, summer, fall and winter. The province has a myriad of ethnic groups and lush, tropical scenery. On this unique view of Yunnan, you begin in Xishuangbanna on the Myanmar border, visiting the Dai and Aini people, enjoying the tribal markets with their crafts and embroidery and some of the oldest pagodas in the area. From Xishuangbanna, you head to southeastern Yunnan, traveling the Burma Road to Ruili, the only open trading border town between China and Myanmar. Winding your way through Tengchong, famous for its geothermal activity and volcanoes, you eventually arrive in Dali, the historic town of the Bai people. After visiting some of the local villages and craftspeople and boating on beautiful Lake Erhai, you head to Lijang, the home of the Naxi. Here you will wander the old city, enjoy tea tasting ceremonies, search out migrant birds in the mountains and listen to a classical music concert. Your journey will end on the Tibetan Plateau with incredible scenery and totally different ethnic communities.
Dates and Land Cost
Starting at $7995.00 per person (based on 4-6 people)
Dates: Friday, February 13, 2015 - Sunday, March 1, 2015, Friday, June 5, 2015 - Sunday, June 21, 2015 and Friday, October 16, 2015 - Sunday, November 1, 2015
Please note: Custom dates and prices available
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|Day 1||Arrive in Kunming. Transfer for an evening flight to Jinhong.|
|Day 2||Head out past Menghai for full day to visit the Sunday Market.|
|Day 3||Explore Man Fei Long White Pagoda. Flight back to Kunming. Tour Yuanthong Temple and Bird and Flower Market.|
|Day 4||Fly to Mangshi. Drive to Ruili via Wanding stopping at Fengping Dafodian Pagoda and Golden Pagoda. Evening walk to Burma Street.|
|Day 5||Drive on the Burma Road to Tenchong, stopping in Lianghe.|
|Day 6||Visit Rerhai area and hot springs and volcanic crater in the village of Mazhan.|
|Day 7||Visit a wonderful old village with China's largest village library.|
|Day 8||Stop at Cemetery of Chinese National Heroes and then drive to Baoshan. Visit Wembi Ta and the Yuhang Ge.|
|Day 9||Drive to Dali. Explore the old city and market.|
|Day 10||Explore the village of Xizhou. Continue to Shaxi.|
|Day 11||Tour Shebaoshan and the Nanzhou area grottos and temples. Drive to Lijang.|
|Day 12||Explore Lijang and its surroundings.|
|Day 13||Morning visit to produce market and evening visit to Karma Kagyu Monastery.|
|Day 14||Drive to Zhongdian. Stop at Shigu before heading to Gyalthang.|
|Day 15||Visit Ganden Sumtsanling Monastery and Ringha Temple.|
|Day 16||Stop in Nishi and Gonjo Villages. Farewell dinner.|
|Day 17||Transfer to airport for your flight to Kunming or Beijing.|