Inhabited by 55 ethnic groups, Yunnan is ranked number one in China in terms of ethnic diversity. As early as clan society, Yunnan was inhabited by three clans. After long-term migration, separation, development and integration, the distribution of ethnic groups became relatively stable in Ming and Qing Dynasties. The population of ethnic people accounts for approximately 1/3 of the total in Yunnan. Fifteen ethnic groups are indigenous and unique to Yunnan. They are Bai, Hani, Dai, Lisu, Wa, etc.
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.
Three Pagodas has a history of over a thousand years. It is the royal temple of the Dali Kingdom and the first largest ancient temple in Dali. The Three Pagodas is famous for its symbolic three towers. The biggest one standing in the middle and the other two smaller towers standing by sides. Therefore, the Three Pagodas are also reputable as « Dali Three Towers », which is one of the famous buddha towers. The Three Pagodas is regarded as the landmark of Dali city. It is historical evidence left by the population and the spreading of Buddhism in Dali. It is also one of the remarkable sightseeings of Cangshan Mountain and Erhai Lake.
Erhai Lake is one of the famous landmarks of Dali. The lake water is transparent and in glowing blue colour in the sunlight. Like a Jade embedded among mountains, Erhai Lake is a good place to enjoy sunrise, sunset and cycling tours along the lakeshore. There are several islands scattering in the lake, which forming different sightseeing spots.
Tiger Leaping Gorge is the canyon with the largest drop in the world. It is divided into upper, middle and lower Tiger Leaping sections with a total length of about 20 kilometres. « Tiger Leaping Stone » dominates the Tiger Jumping. China Tiger Leap takes « a thin line of the sky » as a risk. Under Tiger Leap, « High Gorge out of Pinghu » is the beauty. The usual way to visit is to take a bus directly from Tiger Leaping Gorge to Tiger Leaping. Only after walking through the Tiger Leaping Gorge can you truly appreciate the magnificent momentum of the Tiger Leaping Gorge. In addition to the majestic natural scenery, it is also a world-renowned hiking resort. Outdoor enthusiasts are in an endless stream.
Jade Dragon Snow-capped Mountain is the sacred mountain in the hearts of the Naxi group people. The main peak Fanzi is at an altitude of 5596 meters and is surrounded by clouds and mist all year round. Jade Dragon Snow-capped Mountain is composed of 12 peaks and owns various landscapes. There are Jade Water Village, Blue Moon Valley, Glacier Park and other scenic spots in the Scenic Area; there is also a large-scale live performance « Impression of Lijiang » on the Blue Moon Valley Square.
Shuhe Ancient Town is located northwest of Lijiang Ancient Town. It is next to mountains and rivers, which makes it more tranquil than Dayan Ancient Town. The mountain sitting behind the town is the extension part of the Jade Dragon Snow-capped Mountain. The Great Stony Bridge and Dajue Palace are relatively well-preserved; you can see many Buddhist wall paintings here.
Songzanlin Lamasery is built along the hill of the mountain. Looking from distance, it has a similar appearance to the Potala Palace in Lhasa. Songzanlin Lamasery is on a large scale so it is also praised as the minor Potala Palace of Yunnan. There is an oval city wall around Songzanlin Temple. The two main halls of Dhacang and Jikang are located at the highest point in the centre of the temple. Not only is the architecture exquisite, but there are also many religious artifacts and precious cultural relics in the temple. Also known as the « Tibetan Art Museum ».
Pudacuo National Park is located in the heart of the Shangri-La touring district. It is an important part of the « Three Parallel Rivers » Natural heritage of China. It consists of Bitahai Lake, Shudu Lake and Militangya Mountain pastures. Pudacuo National Park owns diverse natural landscapes, lakes and wetlands, forests, rivers and streams, as well as rare wild animals and plants. Its natural environment is well-preserved. It is also a paradise for photography lovers. The sightseeing here in spring and fall are extremely pretty, which is considered the best time for taking pictures.
|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||--|
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.
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|2 persons||US $2,040||US $1,520||US $1,085||--|
|3 persons||US $2,226||US $1,539||US $955||--|
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|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)
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)