Yunnan is a province of the People’s Republic of China, located in the far southwest of the country. The capital of the province is Kunming, formerly also known as Yunnan. The province borders the Chinese provinces Guangxi, Guizhou, Sichuan, and the Tibet Autonomous Region, and the countries Vietnam, Laos, and Myanmar.
Yunnan is a varied landscape encompassing snow-capped mountains, rice terraces, lakes and deep gorges. The region is known for its large number of ethnic minorities. Modern Kunming, known as the “Spring City,” has many museums and temples, including the colourful Yuantong Temple. To the southeast, Shilin Stone Forest contains limestone karst peaks formed 270 million years ago.
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Today we’ll assemble at Changi Airport for our flight to Kunming, the capital city of Southwest China’s Yunnan Province. On arrival, greeted by your local guide and transfer to have lunch. After that, enjoy a tour to visit 【Dragon Gate on West Hill】. Located 15kms away from downtown, Dragon Gate is a series of Taoist grottos and tunnels on a sheer cliff chiseled by ancient artisans, providing an awesome view of the vast Dianchi Lake. Then take a walk on the newly developed 【Tea & Horse Street】.
This morning, we’ll proceed to visit 【Jiuxiang Cave】. It is one of the grandest Karst caves in Yunnan, featuring numerous stalagmites and stalactites in various forms and colors as well as deep gorges, in-cave waterfalls. Continue our journey to Shilin County where the world-famous Stone Forest locates. Sample Roast Duck at dinner.
Morning visit to 【Stone Forest】, It is a massive collection of gray limestone pillars, spilt by rain water and eroded to their present fanciful forms, the tallest standing 30 meters high. Marine fossils found in the area suggest that it was once under the sea. The strange shapes, some in solitary loftiness, while others in clusters, create a unique “fairyland” feel. After that, return to Kunming . Check into your hotel and the rest of the day is free for your own exploration in the city center.
Today we’ll leave Kunming for Dali, the seat ancient Nanzhao and Dali Kingdoms as well as the hometown of the Bai nationality. Greeted by your local Bai tour guide. After lunch, proceed to visit the landmark【Three-Pagoda Monastery】(incl. electric buggy). First built in the Tang Dynasty, Three-pagoda Monastery was the largest royal temple in Dali, representing a brilliant culture and wisdom of the ancient labouring people. Then have an afternoon tea at 【Pasture of Floral Speeches】. Characterized by a vast area of flowers of various colours, we may feel the popular saying: Flowers Bloom All Year Round in Yunnan. We also get a chance of make a Flower Package of our own.
This morning, we’ll visit 【Dali Ancient Town】which has a history of over 800 years and features traditional Bai-style architecture as well as numerous souvenir shops. Have a break at 【Foreigners’ Street】before we leave for lunch and proceed to Lijiang in the afternoon. Take a relaxing walk after check into your hotel inside Shuhe Town, an important post on the ancient Tea & Horse Route.
(Note: Today’s dinner is not included so that you may sample different local delicacies in the old town.)
The highlight for today is the 【Jade Dragon Snow Mt.】, the holy mountain in the minds of the local Naxi people. Ascend the mountain by cable car to an altitude of 4506m above sea level where you will find the 【Glacier Park】. It provides a breath-taking view of the modern oceanic glaciers and the 13 snow-capped peaks of the Jade Dragon Snow Mt. Then enjoy the grand 【Impression of Lijiang Show】, one of the masterpieces of director Zhang Yimou. Thereafter, continue to visit 【Jade Water Village】，【Baisha Murals】of Baisha Town.
This morning, we’ll visit 【Black Dragon Pool】, a nice park with crystal-clear ponds and various bridges. Then visit the 【Old Town of Lijiang】, a world cultural heritage featuring red wooden buildings and clear canals, hence also known as Oriental Venice. Late in the afternoon, we’ll fly back to Kunming.
Free and easy in the morning until transfer to the airport for your homebound flight to Singapore. Completion of the tour with sweet memories.