Tour Highlights  Meet the Bai people\r\n \r\n  Meditate on Weibaoshan \r\n  Meet a Shaman master \r\n  Observe Tiger Leaping Gorge \r\n  Explore the past in Jianshui \r\n  Hike Yuanyang's Terraces \r\n
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YUNNAN EXPLORED

Fully Inclusive Group Tour

Duration : 17 DAYSPrice : FROM $5560Country : CHINA
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Stone Forest
Songzanlin Monaster

Yunnan reflects a rich diversity of people and landscapes, most notably the Tibetan and Hani people. Explore lush forests, dramatic mountains, archaeological sites and encounter indigenous cultures on a colourful and exciting adventure not to be missed.

Included in the price

• International return flights (Economy class ex-Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane)
• Departure taxes and airlines fuel surcharges (approx. $380). 
• Chinese Visa fee and services fee (AUS and NZ passport holders only) $120.
• China domestic flights and taxes.
• 5-star hotel accommodation with daily breakfast.
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary. 
• Entrance fees for all sightseeing as scheduled.
• English-speaking local guides and air-conditioned vehicles. 
• Australian national guide for group tours of 16 or more.

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

Discover the fascinating formations of the charming Stone Forest. Being crowned as \"the essence of karst landforms in the world\" and \"one of the eight natural wonders on earth\", the Stone Forest evolved 270 million years ago. It is widely distributed over 1100 square kilometers with numerous stone peaks, stone stele, stalagmites and etc. In particular, the Stone Forest displays a rare geological vestige that covers various kinds of karst landscapes worldwide. Taking photos of this natural wonder at sunset is truly spectacular. Return to Kunming where you will be treated to Crossing the Bridge noodles - a rice noodle soup that is one of the most well-known dishes in Yunnan province, for dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 4: Travel to Dali

Drive to Dali, located northwest of the Yunnan Province, 300 kilometers northwest of Kunming. The area is surrounded by mountains on the east, west, and south, and has the Erhai Lake in its centre. Here you will find 25 ethnic minorities that have created a unique cultural heritage amongst picturesque surroundings. Explore Xizhou village and peruse the local market. Discover Dali\'s Ancient Quarter and visit the incredible Three Pagodas, the symbol of Yunan\'s ancient history and culture, and one of the oldest and greatest architectural sites in southern China. (B,L)

Day 5: Meditation on a mountain

Journey to Mount Weibao or Weibao Shan, (‘shan’ means ‘mountain’ in Chinese), a sacred mountain of Yunnan province. It is located 15 minutes outside the ancient town of Weishan, which is south of Dali in Yunnan province. It is one of China’s fourteen sacred Taoist mountains and one of the Taoist religion’s holiest and most sacred mountains. Weibao Shan is also a national forest park peppered with 22 well-preserved Taoist temples and palaces that date back to the Ming and Qing dynasties. It is the ideal place to hike, admire ancient Chinese architecture and learn more about Taoism and its myriad of divine beings, among which Qingwei Temple, Doulao Pavilion, Peihe Tower and Changchun Cave are the largest. \r\nWalk up the forested hillside to see many of the intricately decorated temples. When you reach Qingxia temple you will be met by a Taoist priest who will introduce you to Taoist meditation techniques and offer you a spiritually inspiring meditation session. The evening affords you time to rest and relax or explore at your leisure. (B,L)\r\n

Day 6: Shaxi Ancient Town

Drive to Shaxi Ancient Town that is burrowed deep in the Himalayan foothills. Shaxi Ancient Town is situated in the south-west of Jianchuan County in Yunnan Province. It is 139 kilometers away from Dali and 107 kilometers away from Lijiang. It is an important trading hub on the Yunnan-Tibet Tea Horse Road, which was included in the protection list of 101 endangered sites by the World Monuments Fund (WMF). Shaxi is an ancient town incorporating business and Buddhist culture. The ancient stage, temples, shops, alleyways, houses, village gates, trees, wells, and bridges have all been preserved. Learn about the interesting minority people that live in the area and enjoy a local lunch. In the afternoon, journey to Lijiang, which is a fantastic combination of historical sites, snow-capped mountains, lakes, and ethnic minority cultures. Enjoy some free time where you can explore the Old Quarter, a muddle of cobbled streets, uncertain wooden buildings and rustic stone bridges. (B,L)

Day 7: Meet a Shaman Master

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (Yulong Mountain) is the southernmost glacier in the Northern Hemisphere. Consisting of 13 peaks, among which Shanzidou is the highest with an altitude of 5,600 meters, the mountain stretches a length of 35 kilometers and a width of 20 kilometers. Looking from Lijiang Old Town in the south which is 15 kilometers away, the snow-covered and fog-enlaced mountain resembles a jade dragon lying in the clouds, which is how it received the name. Take a chairlift and discover one of the stunning high meadows and enjoy the sublime panoramas. Continue to Baisha Naxi Village and meet a Dongba Shaman who will illustrate how to write ancient Dongba written characters. Make the most of this unique opportunity by attempting this unusual art form yourself. Taste traditional Naxi cuisine. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Tiger Leaping Gorge

About 100 kilometers northwest of Lijiang Old Town lying between Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (Yulong Xueshan) and Haba Snow Mountain (Haba Xueshan) is Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Gorge). It is one of the deepest gorges in the world. From the top of the gorge you look down the steeply angled (70-90 degrees) mountain sides to the rushing Golden Sands (Jingsha) River with its 18 frothing rapids more than 200 meters below. The gorge stretches approximately 15 kilometers and affords people the possibility of rafting and drifting peacefully in its large quiet sections. It is most definitely one of China’s most extraordinary sights. The entire area is spectacular, so prepare for awe-inspiring views before Continue on to the Tibetan monastery town of Zhongdian, also known as Shangri-La. (B,L,D)

Day 9: Rural Shangri-La

Discover Zhongdian, which is also known as Shangri-La and experience the incredible Songzanlin Monastery. Being the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan, Songzanlin Monastery, also known as Guihua Monastery, is one of the most famous monasteries in the Kang region. It is located near Shangri-La County, at the foot of Foping Mountain. \r\nEnjoy an easy 2-3 hour hike to Napa Hai, (\"Lake behind the forest\") a Nature Reserve that is a state-designated wetlands area located 8 kilometers north of Shangri-La County on the Yunnan-Guizou Plateau in northwestern Yunnan Province. You will be surrounded by soaring mountains and verdant grasslands brimming with flora and fauna. There are a number of small to medium-sized Tibetan villages in the vicinity of Lake Napa, which will provide you with a unique opportunity to see firsthand what life is like today in a Tibetan village. You will learn about the villagers\' way of life, farming and tantalise your taste buds with some home cooked dishes. Return to Zhongdian. (B,L,D)\r\n

Day 10: Explore Shangri-La

Spend the morning walking through the town, being riveted by its fascinating mix of Tibetan and Han Chinese culture. Visit Dafo Temple, (Giant Buddha Temple), a famous Buddhist temple in Zhejiang, whose history spans more than 1600 years. It faces west and the temple covers an area of approximately 23,000 square metres. The existing architectures in the temple are the Giant Buddha Hall, the Buddhist Classics Hall and the Clay Pagoda. Enjoy a free afternoon where you can choose your own adventure or enjoy a relaxing afternoon. (B,L)

Day 11: Kunming

Fly to Kunming. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Maybe you would like to enjoy a day of relaxation or maybe you would like to explore Kunming. Blessed with karst landscapes, snow-capped mountains and red lands, it would be wise to get your cameras ready, as Kunming is regarded as a heaven for photographers. (B)

Day 12: Travel to Jianshui

Travel to Tonghai (Tong hai) is located south-east of Yuxi on the southern shores of picturesque Qilu Lake. The main attraction is definitely the beautiful Xiushan Park located south of town within walking distance. Xiushan Park dates back to the Han Dynasty and during the Ming Dynasty, Xiushan Hill was revered as an important Buddhist site in southern Yunnan Province. Visit the distinctive Xingmeng Mongolian village on the way, where residents are dressed in traditional costumes and maintain the old traditions, therefore preserving them. After wandering through Tonghai market, continue to the ancient town of Jianshui, in Honghe Prefecture of Yunnan Province. With a history spanning approximately 1200 years and an abundant unique cultural heritage, this ancient town enjoys a great reputation as a \'Museum of Ancient Buildings and Residential Houses\'. It attracts many local and international visitors. Enjoy an overnight’s stay in Jianshui and visit the Confucian temple, which is one of the largest in China. (B,L,D)

Day 13: Yuanyang market

Visit the Zhu Family Garden, the \'Grand View Garden\' of South Yunnan Province that is representative of Chinese residential houses of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). When walking through the garden, it seems as though you are strolling through the Grand View Garden depicted in \'A Dream of the Red Mansions\' (a famous Chinese Classical novel by Cao Xueqin (1724-1764) in the Qing Dynasty). The garden was built in the year of the Emperor Guangxu (1871-1903) and has an area of more than 20,000 square meters. It boasts 218 pavilions and towers with steep ridges, painted crossbeams and intricate painted ceilings, as well as 42 Tianjing (the space between houses and walls or two separate houses in one courtyard). Every building in the courtyards enjoys an elegant and unique name, such as Hanyu Tower, Lan (Orchid) Pavilion and Xufang Pavilion. You will then travel further south to Yuanyang where you can explore the lively market that has an abundance of fresh produce and where you will find locals dressed in traditional, colourful costumes. (B,L,D)

Day 14: Yuanyang rice terraces

Yunnan Province has been a masterpiece of the ingenuity of the Hani people for generations. The Hani people\'s ancestors arrived at this arduous mountain area approximately 2,500 years ago. Due to their struggle against the difficult terrain, they successfully established the terraces, where they grew rice in order to sustain and provide for themselves. The creativity of the Hani people transformed this mountainous terrain into one of artistic beauty. \r\nKnown as \'land sculpture\' the terraced fields have been being officially acknowledged by UNESCO as a World Cultural and Natural Heritage site. Hani terraced fields are superb and on a large-scale and extend to many towns along the south bank of the Red River, such as Yuanyang, Lüchun and Jinping to name a few. See this spectacular watery expanse first hand, as you hike through the terraces visiting Hani villages such as Qingkou and Bada. (B,L,D)\r\n

Day 15: Lendun village market

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

Day 16: Depart Kunming

Spend this morning savouring the last day of your China Tour, before boarding the overnight flight to Australia. Revisit your favourite temple, architectural wonder, garden, street or monument and fondly remember all the incredible sites you’ve seen in this splendid country. (B)

Day 17: Arrive Australia

Arrive home today and begin planning your next wonderful adventure. We’re eager to help you make your next tour just as memorable as your Yunnan Explored tour.

LaCityTravel  - Traveller Tips for China
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Visa: 
Passports must be valid for 6 months beyond the length of stay, Visas are required for Australian travellers, the cost of which is already included in the fully inclusive price of all our goups of Australian passport holders. Extra copies of passport photos should be taken.
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Money / Currency: 
Chinese currency is Renmimbi (RMB), and the basic unit is Yuan or Kwai. Notes are issued in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 Yuan. International travellers can exchange Australian Banknotes, Travellers Cheques or US Dollars at any Bank of China or Hotels. Major foreign Credit Cards can be used at ATM’s, Shopping Centres etc.
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Clothing and Climate:
 China has contrasting seasonal and regional weather conditions. MARCH to MAY, and SEPTEMBER to NOVEMBER are generally the ideal months to tour in China. Casual clothes, for respective seasonal conditions, are acceptable, but clothes that are too revealing are frowned upon. Comfortable walking shoes are essential for sightseeing.

Shopping and Bargaining: 
Although Government Department store have fixed prices, privately operated local markets and stalls expect bargaining when purchasing – start from less than half the asking price and work your way up. Quality and/or authenticity for any such purchases cannot be guaranteed.
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Tipping: Tipping is now expected in all quarters of China and travellers should budget Aus $5 to 6 per person per day to be divided between Guide and Driver. Hotel porterage costs are approx. $1 per bag. Giveaways are useful in spreading goodwill.
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Water:
 It is recommended that you DO NOT drink local tap water. Bottled water is widely available and should be carried. Most hotels provide some complimentary water. Tea/coffee making facilities can be expected in hotel rooms. Do not accept water in bottles with broken seals.
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Time Difference:
 Despite the size, China has ONE time Zone and is 3 hours behind EST in Australia.
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Electricity: 
Electrical supply is 220 volts and Australian appliances will operate. Power points will vary in configuration, but universal power adaptors can be purchases to accommodate these variation s and solve the problem of recharging batteries etc.

Health:
 It is recommended that travellers should speak with their personal medicos well in advance of departure dates regarding vaccinations. Personal medication needs to be carried with you along with copies of prescriptions.

Luggage:
 Check in luggage should not exceed 20 Kg.- an airline surcharge can be made with overweight luggage. Restrictions for weight, volume and number of carry on luggage can be gained from specific airlines.

Travel Insurance: 
Travel Insurance is essential for cancellation, medical expenses, personal accident, personal baggage, money and public liability BEFORE your commencement of tour. La City Travel can provide insurance options for you. If you are using your credit card company to cover travel insurance you need to be fully aware of inclusions and exclusions. You should obtain a receipt number to contact them in an emergency and a copy of full conditions BEFORE departure.

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Price does not include 

1. Single supplement. 
2. Tips and personal expenses. 
3. Travel insurance. 
4. Items not mentioned above.     

Terms and Conditions 

1. Pricing is subject to airline seat availability at time of booking
2. Deposit of 50% of total tour is required within 5 days of confirmation, with final balance due at least 60 days prior to departure.     

Flights Options 

1.    Reputable airlines such as Air China, China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines are chosen to provide safe and high quality service to passengers: between Brisbane and China, flights are provided by China Southern Airlines with a connection flight in Guangzhou; between Sydney/Melbourne and China, flights are more frequently arranged with Air China and China Eastern Airlines. 
2.    You can request for Qantas, Cathay Pacific Airway, Thai International Airways, Singapore Airlines, Vietnam Airlines or Malaysian Airlines for your international flights. Please check with our consultant for seating availability. 
3.    On your international flights, you can choose to stopover in Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, Hanoi, Saigon or Kuala Lumpur. Check with our travel consultant for any stopover hotel and airport transfer packages.   


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