Temple and mountains | Lijiang | China
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Journey Down South - 10 days map

PRIVATE TOUR: 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.

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Trip Highlights

Guilin/Yangshuo - free time. Karst landscape, riverside villages, quirky street markets. Local fisherman and Commorants. Sailing, rafting, hiking and outdoor pursuits
Lijiang - UNESCO-listed Dayan Old Town, Tiger Leaping Gorge - trekking/walking
Lashishai District - Naxi indiginous community, Yi Village
Kunming - Stone Forest. Opt to visit Western Hills or Dragon Gate Grotto
Wenhai - Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Liming - Thousand Tortoise Mountain


Breakfast daily, 6 lunches, 3 dinners
1 night sleeper train (4-berth sort sleeper cabin) - Guilin to Kunming
Guided trekking and guiding at points of interest
English speaking specialist guides at local sights
Entrance fees to all included sites
5 nights superior hotels (deluxe upgrade available on request), 1 night simple Eco Lodge, 1 night Guesthouse and 1 night Homestay (with Naxi indiginous family)
Touring and excursions as per itinerary
Airport arrival and departure transfer day 1 and day 10
All relevant transfers and transportation

Not Included

International flights and visa
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture


Day 1


Welcome to Guilin, Guangxi Province! Airport arrival and transfer to your hotel.
Overnight: Guilin

Day 2


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 motorized long boat along the Yulonghe River, 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  |  Breakfast

Day 3


Choose to go boating along the Yulonghe 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  |  Breakfast

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  |  Breakfast, Lunch

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)  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2

Day 7

Trek to Wenhai

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  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10

Tiger Leaping Gorge

Liming – Tiger Leaping Gorge – Lijiang. After breakfast head to spectacular 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.

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Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The 'Single Room' price is applicable when a single room is required, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults.

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At a Glance

Trip Type
Most days of the year
Hotel Rating
Superior (deluxe available on request)
Tour Guide
Yes - for all included sightseeing
Breakfast: 9, Lunch: 6, Dinner: 3
Minimum Age
10 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
Yes, 1 transfer per booking
Dep. Transfer
Yes, 1 transfer per booking
Click to play videoAerial view of Guilin and the stunning karst landscape
Click to play videoBeautiful mountainous scenery in Yangshuo
Beautiful waterfall and scenery in Lijiang
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