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    Yunnan Adventure Tour

    Resort:Yunnan Adventure Tour
    Operator: Wendy Wu Tours
    Destination: China
    Price From: £3190.00

    Overview

    16 Day Yunnan Adventure Tour Tour Itinerary

    DAYS 1-2 FLY TO KUNMING

    Fly to the relaxed city of Kunming. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

    DAY 3 STONE FOREST

    This morning, meander through the formations of the UNESCO listed Stone Forest, where towering limestone pillars stand treelike in a fascinating illusion of woodland. Enjoy a local lunch. Return to Kunming and in the evening, sample the local delicacy, Across the Bridge Noodles. (B,L,D)

    DAY 4 TRAVEL TO DALI

    Drive to Dali, a charming town that offers a peek into bygone China. Wander the Ancient Quarter and see the magnificent Three Pagodas. (B,L)

    DAY 5 MEDITATION ON A MOUNTAIN

    Journey to Weibaoshan, one of the fourteen sacred Taoist mountains. Steeped in legend, the mountain features 20 Taoist temples nestled on its wooded slopes. Walk up the forested hillside to see a handful of these intricately decorated temples, stopping at Qingxia Temple where you will be met by a Taoist priest for a relaxing meditation session. The evening is at leisure. (B,L)

    DAY 6 SHAXI ANCIENT TOWN

    Drive to Shaxi Ancient Town, nestled deep in the Himalayan foothills. Learn about the fascinating minority people that reside in the area and enjoy a local lunch. In the afternoon, continue to Lijiang and have some free time to explore the old town, a jumble of cobbled streets, charming wooden buildings and rustic stone bridges. (B,L)

    DAY 7 MEET A SHAMAN MASTER

    Take a chairlift to one of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain’s gorgeous meadows and enjoy amazing vistas of this magnificent mountain. Continue to Baisha Naxi Village and meet a Dongba Shaman who will demonstrate how to write ancient Dongba characters, before you attempt this quirky artform yourself. Tonight, sample traditional Naxi cuisine. (B,L,D)

    DAY 8 TIGER LEAPING GORGE

    Visit the Black Dragon Pool Park for magnificent views of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and then travel to the 3,000 metre deep Tiger Leaping Gorge. With its backdrop of snowcapped mountains, it is one of China’s most extraordinary sights. The whole area is spectacular, so prepare yourself for some breathtaking views. Continue to the Tibetan monastery town of Zhongdian, also known as Shangri-La. (B,L,D)

    DAY 9 RURAL SHANGRI-LA

    Visit Songzanlin Monastery before embarking on a 2-3 hour walk to Napa Hai. Here, you will be surrounded by towering mountains and lush grasslands that are brimming with flora and fauna. Continue to a rural Tibetan-style village, where you will meet a local family and learn about the villagers’ way of life. Try your hand at making butter tea and taste homecooked dishes. Return to Shangri-La. (B,L,D)

    DAY 10 EXPLORE SHANGRI-LA

    Spend the morning wandering through the town, absorbing its fascinating mix of Tibetan and Han Chinese culture. Visit Dafo Temple and enjoy the afternoon at leisure. (B,L)

    DAY 11 KUNMING

    Fly to Kunming. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. (B)

    DAY 12 TRAVEL TO JIANSHUI

    Travel to Tonghai and visit the unique Xingmeng Mongolian village, where the residents wear traditional costumes and keep old customs alive. After a stroll around Tonghai market, continue to the antiquated town of Jianshui for an overnight stay and visit the Confucius Temple, one of the largest in China. (B,L,D)

    DAY 13 YUANYANG MARKET

    Visit the Zhang Garden before travelling south to Yuanyang. Explore the bustling market, full of fresh produce and locals in traditional, colourful costume. (B,L,D)

    DAY 14 YUANYANG RICE TERRACES

    Created by the Hani people over hundreds of years, this wide, watery expanse is a spectacular sight to behold. Described as ‘land sculpture’ in China, the elements turn the terraces into pools of colour that reflect their mood, whether it’s the reds and yellows of sunrise or the whites and greys of a mist settling over the valley. Hike through the terraces, visiting Hani ethnic villages such as Qingkou and Bada on your way. (B,L,D)

    DAY 15 LENDUN VILLAGE MARKET

    Travel back to Kunming via Lendun Village Market. (B,L,D)

    DAY 16 FLY KUNMING TO UK

    Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day. (B)