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Ethnic Minorities Tour in Yunnan

7 Days Classic adventures in Dali, Lijiang & Shangri-La

This tour will take you to walk along with the important ancient station in Tea and Horse Caravan Road. You can view the most remote minority cultures from this road.

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ITINERARY

Day1 Dali

Dali is located at the junction of the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau and the Hengduan Mountains. The ridges of the Mountain Cangshan and the vast and clear Erhai Lake form a magnificent picture of the lake and the mountains. The scenery of Dali is a picture combing of “wind, flowers, snow and moon”. Boating on the Erhai Lake, you could insight the boundlessness of the world; visiting the holy land of Jizu Mountain, you could listen to the murmur of Sanskrit and being bathed in the light of Buddha; touching the tenderness deep inside of your heart while immersing in the romance of the ancient city. Wandering in the sunset light, you would feel the elegance of Dali.

In Dali, there are 25 ethnic minorities, including Bai, Yi, Hui, Tibetan, Lisu, and Naxi, living scattered in ancient villages and towns such as Dali, Xizhou, and Shuanglang. Traditional local snacks, tie-dyeing and other folk techniques display the enchantment of ethnic features.

  • Private tour car service
  • Boutique/Comfortable hotel
  • Breakfast provided by booked hotels; Lunch and Dinner are excluded but recommendation of local cuisine would be made
Day2 Lijiang

Lijiang, located at the junction of the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau and the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in northwestern Yunnan Province, has been a transit point for the southern Silk Road/the Old Tea-Horse Road since ancient times. The old town of Lijiang was built in the Southern Song Dynasty. It is a rare and well-preserved ancient city in China. It not only contains the essence of Naxi culture but also fully retains the historical features formed since Song and Yuan. This city has so many beautiful symbols and was approved to be included in the World Cultural Heritage List by UNESCO. It owns both of the feature of a water-bound town and a mountain city. It is praised as “the Gusu on the plateau and the Venice in the East”.

  • Private tour car service
  • Comfortable/Boutique Hotels
  • Breakfast provided by booked hotels; Lunch and Dinner are excluded but recommendation of local cuisine would be made
Day3 Shangri-La

“The first place where the sun shines is Jiantang in the east, and the most extraordinary place on earth is Shangri-La on the banks of the Milky River.” James Hilton wrote so in his book. The white snow-capped mountains, the vast expanse of grassland, the bright red datura metel and the mysterious lamasery all constitute the most beautiful scenery here. The Tibetan transliteration of Shangri-La is “Shamballa”, which means “the bright moon in the heart”, which also refers to an ideal lifestyle. In English, it is Shangri-La, which means paradise. It is indeed a paradise, a paradise on earth. The city of Shangri La is situated in the centre of the sacred region of the three rivers: the Yangtze, the Mekong and the Salween. It used to be named as Zhongdian or Gyalthang in Tibetan until 2001.

  • Private tour car service
  • Comfortable/Boutique Hotels
  • Breakfast provided by booked hotels; Lunch and Dinner are excluded but recommendation of local cuisine would be made

TOUR MAP

Prices per person for the months of July and August (Chinese Summer Holiday):旺季
Participants Luxury Comfort Plus Comfort Economy
1 person US $4,822 US $3,728 US $2,420 --
2 persons US $2,597 US $1,948 US $1,326 --
3 persons US $2,838 US $2,040 US $1,215 --
4 persons US $2,282 US $1,669 US $1,048 --
5 persons US $2,503 US $1,743 US $1,030 --
6 persons US $2,189 US $1,539 US $955 --
7 persons US $2,374 US $1,669 US $992 --
8 persons US $2,151 US $1,539 US $936 --
9 persons US $2,300 US $1,632 US $918 --
10 persons US $2,133 US $1,483 US $899 --
11 persons US $2,226 US $1,539 US $890 --
12 persons US $2,040 US $1,447 US $806 --
13 persons US $2,226 US $1,483 US $798 --
14 persons US $2,040 US $1,410 US $788 --
15 persons US $2,040 US $1,465 US $779 --
16 persons US $2,040 US $1,391 US $769 --

Note

1:The price above is only applicable for the twin-beds room (One room for two persons to share, with two separate beds or a king bed alternatively). The extra expense would be charged if the extra room is required.

2:Luxury hotels include 5 Star international luxury hotel, such as Banyan Tree, Aman Resorts; Comfort plus hotels include local top-scale 4 Star hotels, such as Hilton, Shangri-La;  Comfort hotels include local general hotels and Inns.

3:The list of recommended hotels will be presented to the clients for their references before the order is placed, and the standard prices are made based on the average level of the boutique comfortable hotel.  In this itinerary, we will select and recommend hotels according to their locations, facilities, service and previous customer feedback. Besides,  there are also chances that these hotels are all fully booked or have limited quantities of rooms that cannot match up with your demands. But we will rearrange other hotels that in the equal standard for you if these recommended hotels are fully booked. If you have any accommodation preference in the equal standard, please feel free to contact us to adjust the arrangement.

4: Sometimes, the service fee for a tour group with participants in an odd number will be higher than a tour group with participants in an even number. It’s mainly because that based on different numbers of participants, the arrangement for transportation and accommodation will be different too. A tour group with an odd number of participants will have to afford more fees for a single room or more space on transportation.

Prices per person for the months of March, April, May, June, September, October and November (excluding public holidays*):淡季
Participants Luxury Comfort Plus Comfort Economy
1 person US $3,802 US $2,875 US $1,957 --
2 persons US $2,040 US $1,520 US $1,085 --
3 persons US $2,226 US $1,539 US $955 --
4 persons US $1,762 US $1,243 US $807 --
5 persons US $1,947 US $1,298 US $788 --
6 persons US $1,669 US $1,243 US $733 --
7 persons US $1,818 US $1,243 US $751 --
8 persons US $1,669 US $1,168 US $695 --
9 persons US $1,780 US $1,224 US $686 --
10 persons US $1,632 US $1,113 US $658 --
11 persons US $1,724 US $1,168 US $649 --
12 persons US $1,595 US $1,094 US $639 --
13 persons US $1,688 US $1,132 US $649 --
14 persons US $1,576 US $1,075 US $621 --
15 persons US $1,650 US $1,113 US $612 --
16 persons US $1,483 US $1,057 US $603 --

* Chinese public holidays: Spring Festival (according to Lunar calendar of the specific year), Golden Week (1st – 7th Oct.) and Labor Day (1st – 3rd May)

DEPARTURE DATES
  • April 3, 10, 17, 24
  • July 10,17, 24, 31
  • October 10, 17, 24, 31
  • May 10, 17, 24, 31
  • August 10,17, 24, 31
  • November 3, 10, 17, 24
  • June 3, 10, 24
  • September 3, 10, 17
  • December 3, 10, 17, 24

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  • 【Personalized Consultant Service】: To meet your very personal demands, we provide 1 to 1 professional consultant service to all travellers.
  • 【Accommodations】:We pick suitable and tasteful hotels bases on your requirements.
  • 【Transfer】:We provide a private and comfortable vehicle during your journey.
  • 【Tickets】:Entrance ticket for the sightseeing places that listed in this program.
  • 【Activities】:All the activities listed in this program.
  • 【Tour Guide/Driving service】:Professional driver and English speaking guide
  • 【Insurance】:Travel accident insurance and Travel Agency’s Responsibility insurance.
  • Other personal expense during the journey
  • Meals (lunch and dinner).
  • Train Station pick-up and drop-off service.
  • The extra expense due to transportation delay, cancellation, wars, natural accident and strike.

HERE IS WHAT OUR HAPPY CLIENTS SAY

We travelled with Ancient Yunnan. They provide everything. We visited three of the big cities. Dali, Lijiang and Shangri-La. And also a lot of little villages. These villages we saw, they are all parts of the Tea and Horse Caravan Road. I personally think I travelled a lot in China and Yunnan is actually my favourite area. It’s the best destination for the geographical location is perfect. It’s never too cold or too hot. When you’re going to visit Shangri-La, it’s very interesting. The beautiful fact is that you can enjoy the Tibetan view without going to Tibet. It was a very beautiful experience. Ancient Yunnan booked the awesome boutique hotels for us. Both accommodation and food are amazing.

Yunnan is the best area to visit in China.  But China is too vast to easily travel. So you can just rely on a professional guide who can take you around and help you with the language, which is very important.

Matteo | Italy - Classic Ethnic Minorities Tour of Yunnan (2 Days in Lijiang)

We had 6 days of travelling time through Yunnan. We went to Shilin, the Stone Forest, Yuanyang, Jianshui and Fuxian Lake. Yuanyang counts half of the trip and also the most beautiful part you will ever see in Yunnan. You need to wake up very early, to see the sunrise, which is really worth it. And I really like Jianshui for two reasons. The first one is tofu. I love tofu. You can see how it’s done in the local workshop. The second one is the old town of Jianshui. You have a good feeling when you go there because it’s kind of like an open area of a museum.  You can see real people’s daily life, not just tea shops. It’s pretty interesting. I think this trip is pretty good. You can practice your Chinese a lot, which is what we always need to do as a Chinese language learner.

You really need to come over to Yunnan!

Joe | France - Photography Tour of Yunnan (7-Day in Stone Forest, Yuanyang, Jianshui and Fuxian Lake)

I have been visiting the region of Xishuangbanna for five days. I visited the Wildelephant valley where I could see elephant performance. We also visit a small village on the same day, where Dai group is living here. We went to see the tropical rain forest too, which presents you with a very tropical climate. You would sweat a lot if you can’t get used to it. We visited Jinghong city, the capital city of Xishuangbanna the other night. There was a huge night market. I’m not used to seeing such a big market in Spain. There are some special dishes. I tried the insect dishes for the first time in my life in this market. I also recommend it because it’s some kind of new experience. What I love most about this journey, is the facility of the hotel and the multiple categories of hotels for my choice. Ancient Yunnan provided me with the best hotel in this region. Ancient Yunnan also provided me with a personal driver and a tour guide. They helped a lot during the journey.I really enjoy this trip and strongly recommend this trip to the region of Xishuangbanna in Yunnan!

John | Spain - Tropical Adventure in South of Yunnan (5 Days in Xishuangbanna)

Haven’t visited many places in China. I was looking for a place that combines both traditional Chinese culture and some unique features.  After visiting ancient Yunnan, I decided that Yunnan is the best choice that I could make . Due to the location and historical background, Yunnan is the most diverse province in China. There are 26 minorities, 15 of which are unique to this area. Ancient Yunnan helped me to organize the trip, to explore the whole Yunnan province .

So, if you want to combine both historical experiences and enjoy the natural scenic spots, you should definitely go to Yunnan!

Oksana | Ukraine - Ethnic Minorities Tour (7-Day Classic Adventures in Dali, Lijiang & Shangri-La)