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Explore the Yunnan region on this fascinating rail journey from Kunming to Lijiang.
Destinations > China > Ancient Cities of Yunnan
Five nights accommodation, meals as indicated, sightseeing as specified, services of a private car and driver and local English speaking guides.
With an alluring, mountainous backdrop, Yunnan Province is home to 29 of China’s 56 ethnic groups. Discover the spectacular scenery and rich cultural diversity of Yunnan on this journey to Dali and Lijiang by train.
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Cobbled streets of Lijiang.
Discover Yunnan Province by rail.
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On arrival transfer to your hotel.
Transfer to Dali, the home of the Bai ethnic minorities. On arrival you can bike around the area with its beautiful lakeside vistas and see the local Bai fisherman. (B)
Spend the day exploring the city. Visit one of the weekly markets, see the Three Pagodas at the Chongsheng Temple and then stroll through the old town of Dali. You will then transfer by road to Shaxi. (B)(L)
Enjoy a free morning in Shazi to explore the maze of paved avenues of the old town. Or alternatively head into the surrounding countryside which is notable for the traditional earthen brick houses. After lunch, continue to Shibaoshan, an impressive collection of temples, caves and stone sculptures. Finish the day with a valley and village walk. (B)
Travel by road to Lijiang, famous for its labyrinth of houses, canals and cobbled streets. Also visit Lion Hill, Mu Palace and Black Dragon Pond. (B)
Visit Jade Dragon Mountain, which stands majestically to the north of the city. On the way back to Lijiang, pass by Lashi Lake and take a horse ride along the historic Horse Tea Trail. Return to Kunming Airport where your tour ends. (B)(L)
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