Journey Down South - 10 days

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Get off the beaten track and see the highlights of China’s scenic south. Discover dramatic landscapes, trek in the beautiful Yunnan Province and meet the locals at eco lodges and homestays.

Day 1: Guilin
Welcome to Guilin, Guangxi Province! Airport arrival and transfer to your hotel. Overnight - Guilin
Day 2: Yangshuo
Guilin - Yangshou. This morning drive onwards (approx 1.5hrs) to Yangshuo. Renowned for its striking, if bizarre scenery, vast areas of karst limestone outcrops which rise up from flat rice paddy fields. From Yangshuo it is possible to take a relaxing cruise by simple bamboo raft or motorised long boat along the River Li passing an endless procession of peaks and remote villages. The local fishermen use trained cormorants to catch fish and local village boys paddle out to the river boats with all manner of curios. Overnight - Yangshuo (B)
The karst limsetone outcrops of Yangshuo as seen on a holiday to China
Day 3: Yangshuo
Choose to go boating along the Li or Yu Long rivers, cycling, hiking, rafting or rock climbing or simply spend the day exploring this charming village laden with quirky shops, tea shops, antiques, art t-shirt designers and souvenir curios. Maybe take a calligraphers or beginners art class with a local painter or enjoy a morning class at the ‘Cloud 9’ cooking school. Overnight - Yangshuo (B)
Day 4: Reed Flute Caves
Yangshou - Guilin - Kunming. Returning to Guilin we tour the enormous Reed Flute Caves. Take an afternoon stroll along the picturesque riverside foot bridges and paths before our overnight train journey to Kunming. Overnight - Sleeper Train (B, L)
Black Dragon Lake in Lijiang
Days 5 - 6: Kunming & Lijiang
Kunming - Lijiang. Capital of Yunnan Province, Kunming lies 2000m above sea level. Its gentle weather and abundance of flowers have earned it the name ‘City of Eternal Spring’. Arriving mid morning, hotel check in and free time. Visit the stunning Western Hills or the Dragon Gate Grotto if you choose. On day 6 visit the petrified Stone Forest, before flying onward to Lijiang. Overnight - Kunming (1), Lijiang (1) (B:2, L:2)
Lijiang – Wenhai. Seeing the reflection of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain on the surface of a picturesque lake, is the highlight of the 3 - 4 hour hike toward Wenhai Eco lodge. Upon arrival explore the village and drink tea with a local family. Overnight - Wenhai Eco Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 8: Lashishai Homestay
Wenhai - Lashishai home stay. This morning you visit Yi Village before embarking on a 4 hour hike to visit the Lashishai community. Here, you’ll meet and stay overnight with a traditional Naxi indigenous family. Overnight - Lashishai homestay (B, L, D)
Tiger Leaping Gorge in Kunming
Day 9: Thousand Tortoise Mountain
Lashishai - Liming. En route to Liming (approx 3 hour drive) visit the town of Shigu, located on the first bend of the Yangtze River. Here you undertake a 3 hour hike (or pony ride if you choose) to the 3000m summit of the Thousand Tortoise Mountain. After enjoying the spectacular panoramic views continue your walk (downhill) to Liming. Overnight - Liming Guesthouse (B, L, D)
Liming – Tiger Leaping Gorge – Lijiang. After breakfast head to the excitingly named Tiger leaping gorge on the Yangtze River. Some 16km long and up to 3000m deep, it is the world’s deepest canyon. The gorge is so narrow at various points that legend has it a tiger once escaped pursuit by leaping across. Visiting the gorge, you’ll have a chance to walk a section and take in the dramatic, yet stark scenery. After lunch return to Lijiang for your onward flight or onward journey to Dali, should you choose. (B)

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Tour Details
  • Starts in: Guilin / Ends in: Lijiang
  • Departs: Any day of the year
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:9, Lunch: 6, Dinner: 3
  • Hotel Rating: 3 - 4 star, eco lodge & homestay
  • Tour Guide: Yes - for all scheduled sightseeing
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