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Welcome to Kunming and the beggining of your China adventure with us, today we collect you and transfer you to your hotel. Today we take you to visit the Western Hills in the surrounds of the city highlight of which is the Dragon Gate.
Today you visit the premier natural attraction of Kunming, Shilin, the Stone Forest, an exposed bed of limestone karst spires weathered and split into amazing clusters that take on the appearance of a petrified forest, on the way back to Kunming you will stop and visit Qi Cai Yunnan. Tonight you will travel by over night train to Dali.
Welcome to Dali upon arrival we collect you from the station and transfer you to your hotel after check-in, your days begins with a visit to Cangshan Hill by cable car. Then off to the famous Three Pagodas. Built when the region was a major Buddhist centre, Dali’s distinctively tall pagodas remain upright, despite wars and earthquakes. The largest of them - Qianxun tower dates back to 824 AD, some hundred years older than the two smaller octagonal pagodas behind, is 64m high, and is embellished with Buddhas made from local richly veined marble on each of its 16 levels. Back in Dali,enjoy some free time exploring the old section of the town.
leaving Dali, you’ll travel north by car to Lijiang. The seat of the Naxi minority peoples, Lijiang lies at 2,500 m in a fantasic mountain setting bordered to the north-west by Tibet. The Naxi are a matriarchal society descended from a race of Tibetan nomads who settled the region before the 10th century who bought with them what are considered the sturdiest horses in all of China and a shamanistic religion known as Dongba. Today you will visit the Dongba Museum and Black Dragon Pond.
Today enjoy an excursion to the stunning Jade Dragon Snow Mountain; its landscape includes one of the southernmost glaciers in the modern world. Shanzidou, the main peak of the mountain at 18,000 feet above sea level, looks like a gigantic dragon clad in white snow all year round. Access to the mountain is provided by a cable lift to Dragon Spruce Meadow, halfway to the glacier peak. Returning to Dali later this evening enjoy free time.
About 100km northwest of Lijiang in Yunnan province is where the Yangtze River’s upper reaches, the Jingsha Jiang, channel with ...