Best of Yunnan

China is developing faster than just about anywhere else, but after wandering the scenic highlands of Yunnan for a while, you cant help but wonder, Whats the rush? This 10-day trip is ideal for travellers eager to dig into a side of China you wont find in bustling Beijing. Hike the huge (and hugely gorgeous) Tiger Leaping Gorge, explore ancient villages, and stroll the streets of the Ming-influenced old city of Dali. This is China, unfiltered.

  • Duration: 10 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: History, Local Culture & Cuisine
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Tour code: 141548
  • Starts: Kunming, China
  • Finishes: Kunming, China
You will Visit
  • Kunming
  • Kunming



Day 1: Kunming

Arrive at any time.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting


Day 2: Kunming/Dali (1B)

Enjoy free time in Dali with optional activities like visiting the old town, taking a boat around Lake Erhai, and riding a bike to Xizhou. Choose to spend some time wandering the local markets.

Included Activities:
Bird and Flower Market Visit

Local bus (4.50-5.00 hours, 344km)


Day 3: Dali (1B)

Enjoy a free day to continuing exploring this scenic town.


Day 4: Dali/Shaxi (1B)

Travel by local bus to Shaxi, a valley that whispers of times past, nestled away in the foothills of the Himalayas.

If time allows, visit the Shibaoshan rock carvings, which are over 1300-years-old and evidence of the spread of Mahayana Buddhism into Yunnan from Tibet.

Included Activities:
Shaxi Walking Tour

Local bus (3.50-4.00 hours, 148km)


Day 5: Shaxi (1B)

Enjoy a free day in Shaxi to continue exploring.


Day 6: Shaxi/Lijiang (1B)

Make the most of time in Lijiang before heading out for the famous hike along Tiger Leaping Gorge.

Included Activities:
Lijiang Old Town Visit

Local bus (3.00-3.50 hours, 103km)


Day 7: Lijiang/Hetaoyuan (1B)

Take a bus to Tiger Leaping Gorge and start on the famous hike. The route follows the stunning scenery of the Yangtze as it cuts through the gorge.

Included Activities:
Tiger Leaping Gorge Trek Day 1

Private Vehicle (2.50-3.00 hours, 90km)


Day 8: Hetaoyuan/Lijiang (1B)

The hike ends in the morning, followed by an express bus back to Lijiang. Relax and enjoy your accomplishment.

Included Activities:
Tiger Leaping Gorge Trek Day 2

Private Vehicle (2.50-3.00 hours, 90km)


Day 9: Lijiang/Kunming (1B)

Finish up any sightseeing still on your list and fly back to Kunming. Enjoy an optional final meal with the group.

Flight (1.00 hour(s))


Day 10: Kunming (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

    • Bird and Flower Market visit (Kunming)
    • Old Town Lijiang visit
    • City walk (Shanxi)
    • Tiger Leaping Gorge hike
    • Internal flight
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Hotels/guesthouses (9 nts)
    • 9 breakfasts
    • Train, private van, walking, plane, public bus
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore the old town of Lijiang
  • Hike Tiger Leaping Gorge
  • Wander cobblestoned streets in Shaxi
  • Indulge in the spicy cuisine of Yunnan