Wild China: Yunnan, South of the Clouds (private tour)
Discover China's rich ethnic diversity as you travel the Ancient Tea and Horse Road between Dali, Shaxi and Lijiang. En route you'll encounter Naxi and Bai people, bike beside pristine lakes, sample country cooking, and succumb to the charms of this unique corner of China.
What we love
Experiencing a traditional Bai tea ceremony, which uses three flavors of tea to symbolize the three stages of life
Follow in the footsteps of traders long gone by traveling along part of the Ancient Tea & Horse Road
DAY1: Dali Learn the process of making China's most famous drink in a tea plantation at the foot of the soaring Cang Mountain • Travel back in time by walking around Dali's picturesque old town, a mixture of pagodas, red lanterns and mountains • Attend a traditional Bai minority "Three Cup Tea" ceremony and dinner
DAY2: Dali (Cont.) Immerse yourself in the traditional Bai architecture of Xizhou, characterized by ornate gateways and honeycomb patterns • Learn the secrets of making rushan, a local cheese • Bike through Erhai Lake's verdant surroundings • Hone your cooking skills in a cooking lesson in a local home
DAY3: Dali (Cont.) Hike up Taoist Weibao ("Magnificent Treasure") Mountain, where you will learn to meditate with a Taoist master • Travel along part of the Ancient Tea and Horse Road to a Hui Muslim village
DAY4: Lijiang Continue along the Ancient Tea and Horse Road to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lijiang, taking a break in the historical market town of Shaxi
DAY5|6: Lijiang (Cont.) Explore the small paths and canals that weave through Lijiang Old Town • Head over to the Dongba Culture Museum for a closer look at local minority culture and history • Travel to Yuhu village, located in the Lijiang basin • Visit the former residence of Austrian-American botanist Joseph Rock • Enjoy a leisurely hike around the scenic surrounding countryside
DAY7|8: Shangri-la (Optional Extenstion) Pass by Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the world's deepest river canyons, on the way to the fabled Shangri-La • Wander through the gilded pillars and incense-filled rooms of Songzanlin Monastery, the largest Tibetan lamasery in Yunnan • Spend the afternoon hiking through pristine grasslands of Napahai Valley, with seasonal birds soaring overhead
About This Trip
Yunnan, which literally means "South of the Clouds," is home to some of the most diverse cultures, ecology, and landscape in China. With verdant low-lying valleys, spectacular white-capped mountains, rustic towns and villages and vibrant ethnic minority communities, Yunnan has long inspired both poets and travelers. As a very distinct part of China, Yunnan is home to the "Eighteen Oddities," eighteen aspects of life that distinguish it from other provinces. On this journey south of the clouds, you'll explore Yunnan's stunning landscapes, experience minority culture, and travel along part of the Ancient Tea and Horse Road.
For this 6-day, private tour, fares start at $2,844 per person.
All overland transfers with private chauffeur and in-transport refreshments
All admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary
All meals as noted in the itinerary with complimentary drinking water
All services of WildChina English-speaking guide(s) and expert
All accommodations, based on double-occupancy and including breakfast, service charge, and government tax
Private chauffeur service to and from airport at start and end of your trip
What's Not Included:
International & domestic flights and relevant taxes
Chinese tourist visa, which is required for most foreign passport holders
Travel, health and trip cancellation insurance
Meals apart from those included in the itinerary and alcohol
Expenses of a personal nature
Excursions and activities not included in the itinerary
Discretionary gratuities for guides and chauffeurs
This is only one of many tours that WildChina offers, and they can custom build an itinerary just for you and your traveling companions. Talk to us about a WildChina itinerary today!
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