5 Days Kunming Lijiang High Speed Train Tour

inspiring budget way to explore highlights of Kunming & Lijiang

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There are some reasons for you to take this Kunming Lijiang High Speed Train Tour. In 5 days, it covers all the essences of Kunming and Lijiang, both natural and cultural. You won’t miss the first wonder of the world – Stone Forest and its surrounding Sani ethnic village; dig deep into the UNESCO World Heritage Site – Old Towns of Lijiang (Dayan Old Town, Shuhe Old Town, Basha Old Town) and its major minority – Naxi ethic group...

Transferring from Kunming to Lijiang by the new opening high speed train is a leading cool way and also to save some expense on transportation which means you’ll visit Kunming and Lijiang at a cheaper price! Why not go now!

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-KLTT-05
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
ArchitectureCultureHikingPhotograph
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Kunming Arrival

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Ni Hao! Welcome to Kunming, the Spring City of China! Upon arrival at the Kunming airport / train station, the local tour guide and driver will meet you in the arrival hall and escort you to your hotel. (Please note: to take the afternoon itinerary, you'd better arrange flight or train landing in Kunming before 12:00.)

After a short rest, you’ll start the tour to Western Hills which is called “Sleeping Beauty Hills”, looking like a beautiful young lady lying beside Dian Lake (the largest freshwater in Yunnan and famed as the “Pearl on the Plateau”). It will be a perfectly lovely trip to walk in this long wedge of parkland and explore the famous temples (Huating Temple and Taihua Temple included) and other cultural relics. 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. Make some effort to climb up to magic Dragon Gate where you’ll appreciate the panoramic view of Dian Lake as well as see a group of grottoes and sculptures.

After the tour, be followed a trip to visit the Flowers & Birds Market to witness Kunming is a city of "flower".

Dianchi Lake
Day 2 Kunming - Stone Forest - Bullet Train to Lijiang (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".

If time permits, drive about 40 minutes to visit Nuohei Village which is a typical Yi minority village with more than 600 years history in Shilin County and reputed as “the most famous stony village with Karst landscape”. You’ll totally indulge in this featured village of stone - stone houses, stone walls, stone paved roads, stone squares and stone mills…and have a wonderful time to explore local customs by visiting Nuohei Yi Ethnic Cultural Museum and local houses.

After the tour, transfer back to Kunming downtown. You are free until be escorted to Kunming railway station to take the high speed train from Kunming to Lijiang (about 3.5 hrs). After your arrival at Lijiang Railway Station, your local guide and drive will meet you there and escort you to your hotel. Have a nice sleep!

Stone ForestKunming Nuohei Village
Day 3 Lijiang (B, L)

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In this morning, you’ll start your memorable Lijiang tour from 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 4 Lijiang (B, L)

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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. It is divided into three parts: Upper, Middle and Lower Tiger Leaping Gorge. You’ll hike the upper part (the narrowest section of the gorge) and 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. 

First Bend of Yangtze River
Day 5 Lijiang & Lijiang Departure (B)

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After breakfast, your guide will pick you up at your hotel. Today, you are going to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site - 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.

After the tour, be escorted to airport or railway station to catch your flight / train to next destination.

Old Naxi Woman in Lijiang Ancient Town

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