6 Day Private Tour to Dali, Lijiang and Shangri-La from Kunming


Tour Type:
Private Tour
Location Visited:
Dali Ancient Town, Three Pagodas, Xizhou Village, Bai Architecture, Zhoucheng Village, Bai Dyed Cloth Work Shop, Lijiang Old Town, Black Pool Park, Dongba Research Institute, Baisha Mural, Visit Dr. Ho, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, First Bend of Yangtze River, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Stone Drum Village, Bitahai Lake, Shudu Lake, Songzanlin Monastery, Shangri-la Ancient City
Tour Feature:
Nature & Culture & Minority
5 Nights 6 Days
Physical Rating:
Pick-up Point:
Your Kunming Hotel
Finishing Point:
Your Kunming Hote
Payment Methods:
Credit Card/Wire Transfer
Best Time to Go:
Summer, Autumn


Day 1
Heading to Dali

Our English-speaking guide and skilled driver will pick you up at your Kunming hotel and transfer you to Dali Ancient Town and your hotel inside the quiet town.

The first lag of our Dali tour is the Three Pagodas where we can see how the pagodas arising without any foundation could magically still survive and recover themselves from the past earthquakes. Return to your Dali hotel and the rest time is left free for you to explore the surroundings.

Day 2
Dali Day Tour

Make an early transfer to Xizhou village with your guide and driver. Fresh veg picks and caughts and other goods are hawked by the nearby farmers and fishers along the street which lined with the well-preserved Bai architecture. Mingle in the minority-dressed locals to bargain for some local specials. Shut out the market bustle in the local residences where the layout and decoration details can well display the Bai minority's architecture talent and art originality.

Continue our tour way to Zhoucheng Village that is known for its traditional skill craft--tie dye. Every local family masters this craftsmanship--the cotton is skillfully dyed and sewed in thousands of ways with the pure plant as the dyeing material.

Farewell to this Bai-minority Dali and drive to Naxi-minority-dominated Lijiang and enjoy your own free time in this old town.

Day 3
Heading to Lijiang, Day Tour of Lijiang

Make a morning transfer from your hotel and start the town tour. Black Pool Park, on the northern edge of the old town, is advised for you to take in and snap shots of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain view. The Dongba Research Institute on the hillside features the culture artifacts and pictograph scripts of Naxi minority.

Then head to Baisha village search the Naxi root in the rural Baisha village. Read the life stories of different religions in the Baisha mural paintings if you are interested. Visit the most-admired man in the Baisha--Dr. Ho in his herb medicine clinic and know more about the magic medical use of pure plant roots or leaves.

Next let's drive to and ascend the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain via the cable car to view the breathtaking glacier. You can also tread through cliff path to reach the peak of the mountain to take in more grand snow scene.

Descend the mountain and call it a day by driving back to Lijiang Old Town.

Day 4
Day Tour to Tiger Leaping Gorge

Meet the guide and driver at your hotel as previous days before the wild tour.

Drive to marvel at the First Bend of Yangtze River dotted with the lush forest and cloud-shrouded mounts nearby. Feel your draw hit your chest at the awe-inspiring Tiger Leaping Gorge following the ancient Stone Drum Village. Then proceed to tour Shangri-La county, formerly known as Zhongdian, and transfer to your hotel.

Day 5
Day Tour to Shangri-La

Make a morning excursion to Bitahai Lake, about 25 km east from Shangri-La County. Here optional pony trip can be taken to go through a pretty forest and down to the lake. Your eyes will be feasted with a pagoda-like hill and the surrounding trees with their reflection on the tranquil lake.

The next stop is clear Shudu Lake embraced by the dense forests. The lakeshore is a pasture for herds of cows and sheep. Tibetan farm touch can be experienced here.

Continue the tour to Songzanlin Monastery which has a 300-year-old history and ranks as the most important in southwest China. Here you will get to know the culture characteristic of monastic architecture and the mural (Thangka) as well as the Buddhist scripture. Meanwhile, you can also get chance to chat and sip Tibetan butter tea with living Buddha in the monastery.

Heavy Tibet touch can be found in the Square Street of 1,300-year old town with the Tibetan medicines, yak goods, the Tibetan dance in the square, the giant wheel prayer, etc. White stupas can be seen everywhere and Scripture Chamber hidden within the old town originally was constructed for commemorating the Red Army. And a commanding view of the town district is available on the nearby Guishan Park.

Call it a day and return to your hotel with your guide and driver.

Day 6
Fly back to Kunming

Transfer to airport for your Kunming flight and then have an accompanied drive to your Kunming hotel. Or you can also conclude the tour in Lijiang.

Package Details


  • Intercity transportation
  • Private English-speaking guide in land tour
  • Private driver and air-conditioned vehicle in land tour
  • All admissions to spots and activities listed in the above itinerary
  • Color-specified accommodation
  • Color-specified meals


  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Excess baggage charges in intercity transportation
  • Gratuities
  • Insurance
  • Extra personal expenses in accommodation (like room service, telephone charges, laundry, etc.)


Tour Class 1 Adult 2-5 Adult 6-9 Adult Single Supplement
Deluxe 2490 1510 1295 + 461
Standard 1922 1226 1011 + 177
Budget 1867 1198 983 + 150
  • Prices are per person in U.S. dollars, based on double occupancy.
  • Child (3-11 years): 40% off adult price.
  • Infant (0-2 years): free (Infants are not entitled to their own seat and hotel bed).
  • Tour classification is based on accommodation standard.
  • See payment guide

Accommodations for Relevant Tour Classes:

Destinations Deluxe Standard Budget
Dali Gurong Hotel Dali Landscape Hotel Dali Landscape Hotel
Lijiang InterContinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort Lijiang Manxin Hotels & Resorts Lijiang Sanhe Hotel
Shangri-La Tian Jie Shen Chuan Hotel (Paradise Hotel) Shangri-La Old Town Hotel Bodhi Inn

Tour Class:
Service Start: days
Group Members: Adults (12+)        Children (2-12 yrs)          Infants (0-2 yrs)
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Notes or Special Request

Friendly Tips

  • 1. March Street Festival (三月街民族节) grandly takes place from the 15th to 21st day of the lunar March (usually April) at Dali Cangshan Mountain foot. The Bai minority and other minorities flock to Dali to have cultural activities (like horse race and singing race) and trading bazaar.
  • 2. A local bonfire party is held on the Sifang Jie of Lijiang Old Town at the night of Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday or local festivals.
  • 3. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is situated in the high elevation area. Some basic medicines, oxygen bottles and high calorie snacks can also be prepared to better adapt to the mountain high altitude.
  • 4. The better Tiger Leaping Gorge hiking time falls in May and the early July when there is more plant and flower life and sufficient gorge water. The dense rainy period is from July to mid August when rockslides easily occur and block the path.
  • 5. The handy hike information like hand-drawn detailed trekking maps, hiking advice can be found in many cafés and accommodations in Lijiang or Qiaotou.
  • 6. Photo-shooting is usually forbidden in the Shangri-La temples. Please ask for permission before you take picture of the elders in the temples.
  • 7. Clockwise tour the Songzanlin Monastery and don't point your fingers at the Buddha statues and ask for permission first before you enter the living Buddha's house.

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Reliable Partner:

We only select the local experienced tour company to assure you a safe and easy tour.

Formal Travel contract:

On reservation, we will send you a travel confirmation with the local operator's contact information.

Complaint Solution:

We are under the supervision of National Tourism Administration of the People's Republic of China and Guilin Municipal Tourism Bureau. If you receive unsatisfying service and not satisfied with our settlement, you can issue a complaint to both of these two official travel organizations.



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