5 Days Kunming Lijiang Minority Tour (by Flight)

fully understand about Yi and Naxi culture

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This Kunming Lijiang tour is about ethnic minority and folk culture! You’ll visit Yunnan Minority Village, Sani people near Stone Forest, Yuhu Naxi Minority Village, Naxi Dongba Culture Museum and Lijiang Old Town etc. In 5 days, you’ll have basic understanding about 25 ethnic minority groups in Yunnan and get in-depth ideas about Yi and Naxi minorities.

Highlights of this tour

  • Have a basic understanding about Yunnan's ethnic groups, like Yi, Naxi, Hani, Bai, Tibetan...
  • Mavel at the awe-inspiring Stone Forest and listen to the legend of Ashima - a famous Yi girl in Shilin area;
  • Trace back in ancient time by wandering in the Lijiang Old Town and explore fully about Naxi culture.

Basic Trip Information

Price:
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  1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Travel Route:
Kunming / Lijiang
Travel Length:
5 Days & 4 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-KL-05
Group Size:
You, your family & friends
Experience:
ArchitectureCultureHiking
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day (Can Be Customized)

Day 1 Kunming Arrival

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Welcome to Kunming, the Spring City of China. Be greeted by your guide at the Arrival Hall and be escorted to your hotel in Kunming. You guide will help you check in. (Please note: if you want to do the afternoon itinerary, please make sure your flight will arrive in Kunming before 12:00.)

In the afternoon, transfer to Yunnan Minority Village, an epitome of ethnic of Yunnan. In the minority village, you can not only get to know ethnic architecture styles, costumes, customs, funny marriage, etiquette, but also interact with the ethnic people, sing folk songs, dance with them and even taste some ethnic snacks.

Later, you'll head to Western Hills, looking like a beautiful young lady lying beside Dianchi Lake. Stop by to see the magic Dragon Gate. There is a saying: If you do not visit Western Hill, you haven't visited Kunming; if you do not come to Dragon Gate, you haven't been to Western Hills. You’ll have a bird-eyes’ view of the vast Dianchi Lake.

After the tour, transfer back to your hotel. 

Yunnan Minority Village
Day 2 Kunming (B, L)

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After breakfast, drive 85 km to the typical Karst landform - Stone Forest. Walk into the Greater Stone Forest, marvel at groups of gray-black stone peaks and climb up a pavilion to have a panoramic view of the intricate stone forest. Visit the Lesser Stone Forest and listen to the legendary story of “Ashima”. It will be a real treat to visit the extraordinary natural stone forest. You feel like come into a "stone world".

Later, drive back to Kunming downtown area and pay a visit to the 1200-year-old Yuantong Buddhist Temple, the largest temple in Kunming City. Learn Buddhism’s three traditions and seek for some calmness and peacefulness by exploring this impressive temple. Later, walk a few minutes to the most picturesque park in Kunming urban area - the Green Lake Park. Here you can share the happiness of local people’s doing tai chi, performing local opera, and other vibrant activities. If you visit the park in November or December, you will see the grandeur of huge flocks of black-headed gulls that migrate there from Siberia.

After the tour, be transferred to your hotel in Kunming.

Green Lake Winter Scene Stone Forest
Day 3 Flight to Lijiang from Kunming (B, L)

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In the morning, be escorted to Kunming Changshui International Airport to catch the 1-hour flight to Lijiang. Welcome to Lijiang, a very impressive ancient city! Upon arrival at the airport or railway station, your guide is ready to pick you up at the arrival hall and transfer you to the hotel with a private car which is comfortable, air-conditioned and non-smoking.

After a short rest, you’ll start your memorable Lijiang tour from Lijiang Ancient Town (Dayan Ancient Town). Take a leisure walk up the Lion Hill and climb up the 33-meter-tall Wanggu Tower - the landmark building of Lijiang to enjoy a panoramic view of the whole old town and countryside scenery, as well as overlook the magnificent Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the distance. Later, be followed a trip to Ming-dynasty style Mufu Palace, the “Forbidden City” of Lijiang to know Tusi’s ruling history and appreciate Naxi people’s brilliant culture and fine arts. Then, walk through the old alleys, old bridges, featured shops and bars to Sifang Street Square, a meeting place of sorts and a mingling ground to enjoy lively atmosphere and unwind yourself. If time permits, join the Naxi people and tourists to dance happily in a round. (Optional Experience: Pay a visit to a local Naxi family and follow them to learn Dongba writing. Besides, the Naxi people will perform sacrificial dance for you. The whole experience usually takes about 1 hour.)

Wanggu TowerLijiang Ancient Town
Day 4 Lijiang (B, L)

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After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. First, you’ll be transferred out of Lijiang Old Town to Yuhu Village which is located at the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. When walking into this authentic Naxi Village, you’ll see unique stone houses, Naxi ladies dressing in traditional clothes, kids playing, a tranquil Yuhu Lake…explore leisurely around the village and then get to the Former Residence of Joseph Rock, who was an Austrian-American Botanist came to Lijiang and stayed in Yuhu Village for 27 years and made huge research work on Naxi minority.

Later, head to Baisha Village and appreciate the ancient Baisha Mural Paintings. Visit Dabaoji Palace and Liuli Temple to view murals painted over 1000 years ago which is a combination of Tibetan Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism. Then, it is followed by a trip to Shuhe Ancient Town - one of the earliest settlements of Naxi people as well as the well-preserved stop of the Ancient Tea Horse Route. 

After that, transfer to Dongba Culture Museum where more than 10,000 Dongba cultural relics show mysterious Dongba culture of the Naxi people. Take a gentle walk to Black Dragon Pool Park to enjoy gorgeous view and peaceful surroundings. If weather permits, get to the best spot to overlook the snow-capped Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and shoot some amazing pictures.

Black Dragon Pool ParkBaisha Mural Paintings
Day 5 Lijiang & Lijiang Departure (B)

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After breakfast, drive 45 km to view the First Bend of Yangtze River, an extraordinary turn nearly about 180 degrees with beautiful and marvelous views like a wonderful landscape painting unfolding before you. Visit Iron Chain Bridge in Shigu (Stone Drum) Town.

Later, transfer to visit the one of the deepest and most spectacular river canyons in the world - Tiger Leaping Gorge. It measures 16 km in length and is a giddy 3900m from the waters of Jinsha River to Haba Snow Mountain and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. You’ll walk about 1,000 stairs along the plank road from the entrance to the Tiger Leaping Rock. Take a moment to enjoy the magnificent gorge view and rolling waves. 

After the tour, drive back to Lijiang. Your guide and driver will escort you to airport or railway station to catch your flight or train to next destination.

Tiger Leaping Gorge

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