Yunnan Ethentic Minority Tour

16 Days Yunnan Group Tour, Kunming, Yuanyang, Jianshui, Xishuangbanna, Dali, Lijiang

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2363 $

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A tour of southern China’s most famous and iconic sites, including the city of Kunming, the rice paddies, and Tiger Leaping Gorge

Its hikes allow you to enjoy the unique scenery of Yunnan, such as Lijiang’s view of the distant Himalayas and Lake Erhai

You will also experience the local culture, especially that of the Dai ethnic minority, and meet some tropical wildlife.

Day 1: Kunming
You arrive in Kunming, where you will be greeted at the airport and accompanied to your hotel. The rest of the day is free time, so that if needed you can rest after your long flight, or you can explore or do some leisurely shopping on your own. Your guide will give you advice about this.
Day 2: Kunming          B,L

Attraction: Dian lake, Flower market, Kunming old town

After breakfast, drive out to the Western Hills on the scenic Lake Dian. Enjoy the beautiful scenery, the old trees and the many small pagodas and temples full of Buddhist sculptures.

From the highest point of the Western Hills, you will have a wonderful view over the steep limestone cliffs, the surrounding countryside and Lake Dian.

After lunch, return to Kunming and visit the bustling flower markets and the old town.

Day 3: Kunming-Yuanyang          B,L

Attraction: Yuanyang old town

After breakfast your journey continues on to Yuanyang, which is your starting point for the hike in the rice terraces tomorrow. The area around Yuanyang is renowned for its artistic use of this technique of growing rice in rugged terrain.

In the afternoon, you explore the old town. You will stay in a hotel in Yuanyang.

Day 4: Yuanyang          B,L

Attraction: Rice terraces, Hani villages

Before sunrise, we will head for the rice terraces to enjoy a fantastic sunrise: the pools of water reflect the golden light of dawn to present a breathtaking sight.
After a subsequent breakfast your hike begins along the picturesque rice terraces. On the way visit some Hani villages. The Hani are one of the 50 ethnic minorities in China.

In the afternoon you will reach the highest observation deck, the Tiger Mouth. From here, we bookend the day by watching the sun set over the terraces before heading back to the hotel.

Day 5: Yuanyang          B,L

Attraction: Longshuba rice terraces,Baisheng village, Old town market

After breakfast, go for another walk along the rice terraces in the Longshuba area. Here you will visit the old village of Baisheng where the Yi and Hani minorities live.
Afterwards, we head back to the hotel. After lunch, visit the lively market in the old town, and then have the rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 6: Yuanyang-Jianshui          B,L

Attraction: Jianshui ancient town, Hutong courtyard

After breakfast we drive to Jianshui, an ancient town on the Tea Road, which is a section of the famous Silk Road.
Visit the old hutong courtyard of the Zhu family, including the impressive Temple of Confucius. Stay overnight in one of Jianshui’s hotels.

Day 7: Jianshui - Kunming          B,L

Attraction: Tuanshan village, Double Dragon Bridge

After breakfast your journey continues today on to Tuanshan, a historical village where you visit another residential courtyard in order to gain insight into the everyday local customs. After a visit to the Double Dragon Bridge, we return to Kunming.

Day 8: Kunming-Xishuangbanna          B,L

Attraction: Tropical Nature Reserve

Today we relocate by plane to the autonomous prefecture of Xishuangbanna in Yunnan Province, the traditional home of the Dai Minority.

Here, visit the Tropical Nature Reserve, where you take a hike and have the opportunity to learn about the rainforest.

Day 9: Xishuangbanna          B,L

Attraction: Tropical Botanical Garden, Octagonal Temple

After breakfast, you will visit the Tropical Botanical Garden, which features magnificently colorful flora and wild species of fauna. For lunch we take you to a local restaurant.
Then visit the beautiful Octagonal Temple in Jingzhen, with its more than 300-year history.

Day 10: Xishuangbanna          B,L

Attraction: Valley of the Wild Elephants, Peacock Garden, Butterfly Hall, Garden of a Thousand Birds

Today you will visit the Valley of the Wild Elephants and Peacock Garden, as well as the Butterfly Hall and the Garden of a Thousand Birds, all of which do not fail to fascinate with their plethora of natural wonders.

Day 11: Xishuangbanna-Dali          B,L

Attraction: Chong Sheng monastery, Dali old town

In the morning you fly to Dali. Upon arrival in Dali, you will first visit the Chong Sheng monastery with its three beautiful slim white pagodas, then visit a small village on the bay.
Later, enjoy a walk through the well-preserved old town with its imposing walls and watchtowers.

Day 12: Dali-Lijiang          B,L

Attraction: Cangshan Mountains, Erhai Lake

Today’s main activity is a walk in the Cangshan Mountains. During the walk you will enjoy a magnificent view of the countryside, including the stunning Erhai Lake.

In the afternoon, we drive to Lijiang and your hotel there.

Day 13: Lijiang          B,L

Attraction: Lijiang old town

Lijiang is a city where old meets new: its old town, a UNESCO world heritage site, is juxtaposed next to newer architecture. Despite this, the old town stands alone as a fascinating maze of narrow cobbled streets and beautifully restored houses. It’s a perfect opportunity for us all to glimpse a China that existed centuries ago.

In addition, you can visit the old pavilion surrounded by the poetically-named Pond of the Black Dragon.

Day 14: Tiger Leaping Gorge          B,L

After breakfast, we continue on to Hutiaoxia Town, formerly known as Qiaotou. This is a popular stopping place before hiking up to the Upper Tiger Leaping Gorge. Following this tradition, today we will hike up as far as the Halfway Hostel, your accommodation for the night, from which we may enjoy the picturesque scenery and magnificent views.

Day 15: Tiger Leaping Gorge          B,L

After breakfast we continue our hike up to the middle of the gorge. Once there, we head back to Lijiang.

Day 16: Lijiang-Kunming          B,L

Attraction: Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

Lijiang is located at the foot of the 5,600m-high Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, so today we take a cable car to enjoy the fantastic panoramic view of the mountains of the eastern Himalayas. You can expect an easy walk.

In the afternoon you will return to the Old Town of Lijiang, where you still have some free time until you will be escorted to the airport in the evening, from where you fly to Kunming. Your China trip ends there.

Per Person: 2363 $

Single Supplement: 220 $

What's Included:

Accommodation in shared twin room at sepcified hotels with daily breakfast
Sightseeing tour with local English-speaking gui
All entrance fees + sightseeing as mentioned in the program
Transportation in a minibus (5-10 persons) or bus (15 & above) depending on the number of participant

What's Excluded:

Chinese visa fee
International flights and airport tax
Tips to the guides and drivers
Any program other than mentioned in our program



Kunming Jinjiang Hotel


Yunti Hotel


Jianshui Hotel


Tai Garden Hotel


Landscape Hotel


Ancient Road Tea-horse Inn


Tiger Leaping Gorge

Jinhong Villa

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Yunnan is such lovely and we hope can be back soon!

By Arjen Hendrix - Netherlands

My wife and I planed to travel to China for the first time and we are both vegetarians. We were going to be in China for over two weeks and were deeply concerned before our trip get started. It turned out to be one of our best vacations. We had a wonderful trip and the tour guides took great care of us. We enjoyed our stay in Yunnan, it was such a nice experience. The local people were really friendly and always try to talk to us even if we don’t really understand a lot.
Yunnan is such a lovely place and we hope we can be back soon!

We must say congratulations on the most amazing holiday!

By Colson Johnson - America

We must say congratulations on the most amazing holiday we enjoyed with your company in China.
The hotel accommodation and breakfast were of top quality.
Guides were very friendly. Punctual and very informative making our trip so exciting and memorable.
Internal flights were well organized and made travel from one city to the other very easy.
Our lunches supplied by your company along with drinks were far beyond expectations.

Our trip to Yunnan was fantastic.

By Louis De Rostolan - France

Our trip to Yunnan was fantastic. In the first day the driver was very hostile, then a new driver (who ride with us all the long trip) and the guides, made the journey very lovely. All places I have seen are places which make you to come back again in one day.
Marc, our Chinese tour guide, was a very nice guy, we had great talk and we got to know a lot about this country.
We managed to visit a lot of interesting places which are rarely visited by foreign travelers, like some old villages and national parks. This is the real China we were always dreaming to see!

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Asked by Chiara Bruni - Italy -

Hi, my friends and I intend join your Yunnan group tours on December, How about the weather there at that time ?Will it be very cold?

Answered by CHINA GROUP TOURS Team:

Hello, Chiara:

Temperature is not the same in every city, oh, Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, these cities are more than 10 degrees Celsius, I suggest you bring fall clothes, such as a sweater, jeans. The temperature of Xishuangbanna will be slightly higher, During the day, you can wear less, but it is still a bit cold at night, so it is appropriate to wear more clothes in the night. In addition, take one or two pieces of thick coat, because we will go to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, and the temperature of Tiger Leaping Gorge at night is very low.

I also suggest that you pay more attention to the weather in Yunnan by the mobile phone software, So you can more accurately grasp the weather.

Thank you,have a good day!

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