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Huan ying, welcome to China and the start of your holiday! Upon arrival you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Renowned for its striking, if bizarre scenery, with vast areas of karst limestone outcrops that rise up from flat rice paddy fields, Guilin and the River Li are often the subject of Chinese paintings.
Today enjoy a visit to Elephant Trunk Hill and Reed Flute Cave, which offers the chance to walk inside a gargantuan and deep limestone cave that features innumerable stalactites, stalagmites and rocky outcrops.
This morning you take a river cruise along the River Li including a delicious lunch. The cruise is a true pleasure that offers an endless procession of peaks and simple villages. Cruising at a sedate pace along the often misty river, local village boys paddle out to the river boats with all manner of souvenirs, whilst local fishermen use trained cormorants to catch fish. In the afternoon take a visit to West Street, the oldest street in Yangshuo and home to a vast array of craft and calligraphy shops, cafes, restaurants and Kung Fu academies.
Today is at your leisure.
This morning you are transferred back to Guilin, with the rest of the day at your leisure.
Today you will be transferred to the train station for your overnight train to Kunming (4 berth sleeper cabin)
Upon arrival into Kunming station you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
The capital of Yunnan Province, Kunming rests at 2000m above sea level. Its gentle weather and floral wealth have earned it the nickname ‘City of Eternal Spring’. Today, you’ll visit the picturesque Western Hills, which rise to 2,500m and the Dragon Gate Grotto a series of winding steps, tunnels and statue-filled grottoes leading up to a lookout point, which is also served by a chair-lift. The views from the top extend over Lake Dianchi. Dianchi, also known as Kunming Lake, covers 130 square miles and was formed by a geological fault in the central Yunnan Plateau.
Enjoy an excursion to the Stone Forest, celebrated as a natural wonder, it’s Yunnan’s most visited sight. As you stroll along the winding paths and lookout points, you’ll be in awe of the bizarre, tightly packed formations of almost ‘petrified’ stone that forms this unusual attraction 120 km from Kunming. Tonight catch the overnight sleeper train to Dali (4 berth sleeper cabin)
Picturesquely situated on Lake Erhai with a backdrop formed by the peaks of the 50km long Cang Shang range, Dali is a great place for some gentle-paced exploration and a little relaxation. Covering only about 4sq km, much of Dali is contained by the remains of its Mingdynasty walls. Sightseeing in Dali and surrounds includes a cruise on Lake Erhai, some orientation stops at some ancient temples and villages, a visit to Butterfly Spring - a popular spot surrounded by a marble balustrade and overhung by an ancient tree that produces butterfly-like flowers and the famous Three Pagodas, best seen from a distance to take in their sheer size. Back in Dali, enjoy some free time exploring the old section of the town.
Leaving Dali today, you’ll travel north to UNESCO-listed Lijiang - a Naxi stronghold, enjoy free time in the labyrinthine streets of Dayan Old Town. Tonight enjoy a Naxi music show.
Today we head to the thrillingly named Tiger leaping gorge on the Yangtze River, where there is time to walk and take in the scenery. 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.
Enjoy an excursion to the stunning Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, its landscape includes one of the southernmost glaciers in the world. Access to the mountain is provided by a cable lift to Dragon Spruce Meadow, halfway to the glacier peak. Visit also Yufeng Si Monastery. This evening we take the overnight train to Kunming (4 berth sleeper cabin)
Today enjoy an excursion to Kunming Flower and Bird market. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure, maybe buy some last minute souvenirs and gifts.
Today is at your leisure.
Sadly your tour with us comes to an end today. You will be transferred to the airport in time for your departure flight.
About 100km northwest of Lijiang in Yunnan province is where the Yangtze River’s upper reaches, the Jingsha Jiang, channel with ...