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Yunnan Highlight Tour
Arrive in Kunming, known as Spring City in China, is the capital city of Yunnan Province. Upon arrival, you would be met by your guide and transferred to the four-star New Era Hotel.
A full day excursion takes you to the Stone Forest, one of the natural wonders of the area, and a typical Karstic Landscape. On the way, you will enjoy a visit to a typical Yi minority village and meet the local people.
You will take an early flight to Dali, an important stop on the Yunnan-Tibetan Highway. In the afternoon, tour the Erhai Lake and enjoy the Folk Songs and Dances of the Bai ethnic minority while the famous Three Course Tea presented. You will find the crystal blue lake and the green mountain range nearby look alike a Chinese painting. Then take a look at the symbol of Dali, the Three Pagodas built 1,300 years ago. You can have a leisure stroll in Old Town Dali in the evening. You will spend overnight at four-star Landscape Hotel.
After breakfast, drive about 3 hours to Shaxi Ancient Town. It is the only one survival ancient bazaar on the tea-horse ancient road which was a main channel linking China and India for merchants carrying commodities including tea on horseback. Nestled in a beautiful green valley, Shaxi is a good place for traveling. You will take a leisure stroll in Sidengjie Village. In 2002, Sidengjie village in Shaxi was listed as a protected world architectural heritage site by the World Architecture Foundation. Continue to visit Shibaoshan Caves. With a history of 1300 years, there is a rich collection of Buddhist statues to admire. Drive to Lijiang and check into Grand Hotel.
Following breakfast today is the visit to Dr. Lock Residence in Yuhu Naxi Minority Village. In the afternoon visit to Baisha Village, where you can find many murals painted in some houses with the history of 300 years. Late afternoon, tour the Ancient Town of Dayan, a World Heritage Site in China recognized by the United Nations in 1999.
Today you will visit the Black Dragon Pool, and the Dongba Culture Exhibition Museum. You can admire the Dongba Pictographic Characters and Naxi Minorities mysterious culture, some of which still use the matriarchal social system up till today. Continue to visit Lashihai Lake which has been approved as a plateau wetland nature reserve in Yunnan in 1998. Surrounded by the mountains, Lashihai Lake has become the paradise of thousands of birds. You will take the horse-ride and experience local custom.
Transfer to the airport and service concludes.
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