China: Touring Yunnan – From Xishuangbanna to Dali, Lijiang and Zhongdien


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.


Land Cost

Starting at



Based on 4-6 People
(excluding international air)

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ITINERARY at a Glance

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

AM visit to produce market and PM 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.