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13 Days China Photography Tour: Kunming, Yuanyang, Jianshui, Lijiang, Shangri-la And Meili Snow Mountain

Tour Code: FTO_03
Deatinations: Kunming, Yuanyang, Jianshui, Lijiang, Shangri-la, Meili Snow Mountain

1. Tour Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival in Kunming
Your Yunnan photography holiday starts when you fly in to Kunming. Upon your arrival, our guide will pick you up at the airport and transfer to your hotel.
Day 02 Kunming - Jianshui (Breakfast + Lunch)
Drive to Jianshui, explore the charming town that is full of Chinese ancient architecture. Visit city gate - Chaoyang Tower. Our best chances for photo opportunities will be at the Zhu's Family Garden, the Confucian Temple and the Shuanglong Bridge. In the evening, explore the old residential area and its unique ancient wells. Stay overnight at Zhu Family's Garden, the best hotel in Jianshui.
Day 03 Jianshui - Yuanyang (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
Take an early morning trip to the Tuanshan Village and the Garden of Zhang Family. Drive to Yuanyang where you will have tons of great shooting opportunities. On the way, visit the Swallow Cave. Capture the fabulously sunset view of Laohuzui terraced fields. Stay overnight at Mengnong Chieftain Palace.
Day 04 Yuanyang (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
We have a dawn visit to the stunning terraced fields at Duoyishu Village. In the afternoon, visit Qingkou Ethnic Hani Village and rice terraces, then capture the beautiful scenery at Bada terraced fields and bustling Shengcun Market. Enjoy the sunset of terrace fields in Longshuba in the late afternoon.
Day 05 Yuanyang - Kunming (Breakfast + Lunch)
We are up again for another dawn photo shoot at Yuanyang, do a bit more landscape photography and portraiture, seizing on the opportunities all around us in these hills, then return to Kunming. Visit the Stone Forest on the way.

Stone Forest: Situated in Lunan County, it is an area of typical karst landform with numerous groups of strange gray-black stone peaks and stone pillars. The Stone Forest covers an area of 400 square kilometers, is about 85 kilometers away from Kunming and requires 1.5 hours' driving.
Day 06 Kunming - Lijiang (Breakfast + Lunch)
Take flight to Lijiang. Explore Sifang Street in Lijiang Ancient Town.

Lijiang Ancient Town: As one of UNESCO's World Heritage sites in China, Lijiang Ancient Town has attracted many tourists from home and abroad. Different with other old towns, it has no city wall. Lijiang features with cobbled streets, crisscrossing canals flowing with water, swaying willow trees and gaily-hued blossoms and many buildings and structures are in styles of Ming and Qing dynasties. The people here are mainly from the Naxi ethnic group and you can still see many older women dressed in their traditional attire. They have an obvious passion for flowers, as almost every courtyard is a garden.
Day 07 Lijiang (Breakfast + Lunch)
Visit the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, the Baisha Murals and the Ancient Shuhe Village of Naxi People.

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain: The mountain is located 15 kilometers north of Lijiang, it has 13 peaks, stretching 35 kilometers from north to south. Shanzidou, the main peak, is 5,596 meters above sea level. Access to the mountain is provided by a cable lift to Yunshanping Meadow, halfway to the glacier peak. Every season, different kinds of flowers bloom and almost throughout the entire year visitors can see flowers in bloom.
Baisha Murals: Lijiang's murals are works of the Ming Dynasty, chiefly created from the Hongwu to the Wanli eras. They were originally distributed among the Juexiansi Temple and twelve others, nine of which fell to ruins. The remaining four temples have altogether 55 murals, with a total area of 139.22 sq. m.
Naxi people: Naxi literature is rich in form and content. Besides works by Naxi scholars and writers, there is a repository of oral folk literature.

Day 08 Lijiang - Shangri-La (Breakfast + Lunch)
Drive 180Km to Shangri-la. On the way, visit the Tiger Leaping Gorge and the First bend of the Yangtze River.

Tiger Leaping Gorge: It was named after a legend where a tiger jumped across the narrowest part of the gorge. It has a total length of 25 kilometers and with a depth of 3,790 meters, so it is believed to be one of the world's deepest gorges. The gorge is east to the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and west to the Haba Snow Mountain.
First bend of the Yangtze River: The upper reaches of the Yangtze River is named the Jinsha River, which originates from the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. The Jinsha River flowed southward along the Hengduan Mountain ranges and was forced to the turn to north because of the Alpine movements which caused changes in the earth's physiognomy. When the river reaches Shigu Township, it makes an abrupt turn and flows further northward, forming the rare V-shape bend.
Day 09 Shangri-la (Breakfast + Lunch)
Visit the Songzanlin Lama Temple, the Pudacuo Scenic region (including Shudu Lake, Bita Lake resort and Xiaji Resort.).

Songzanlin Lama Temple: Covering an area of 33 hectares, it is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan. The monastery was originally built in 1679, and the construction took two years. The monastery houses many treasured works of art: golden figures of Buddha josses, Tibetan lections, golden lamps, silver censers and many more. All of these arts are wonderful collections from dynasties.
Bitahai Lake: It is located 35 kilometers east of Shangri-La. The lake covers an area of about 160 hectares with an average depth of 20 meters. Hidden in a dense forest, the Bitahai Lake is noted for its limpid water and its beautiful scenery which is set against the mountains.
Shudu Lake: One of the two beautiful lakes in Pudacuo National Park. The lake water is crystal clear. Around the lake, there are dense forests of fir spruce and birch. These are filled with wild animals such as musk deer, birds, wild cats, bears, pheasants and leopards, etc. Visitors can trek along the planked path by the lake to enjoy the picturesque scenery.
Day 10 Shangri-la - Deqen (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
Drive from Shangri-la to Deqen, 110km, visit the Flying temple on the way.
Day 11 Deqen (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
Visit the Mingyong Glacier at Meili Snow Mountain.

Meili Snow Mountain: The most popular attraction in Dingqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture is Meili Snow Mountain, which is located about 10 km northeast of Deqin County. Meili Snow Mountain boasts numerous snow-clad ridges and peaks, thirteen of which exceed 6,000 meters above the sea level. Tibetans believe that Mount Meili represents the mind emanation of the Lord Buddha, whereas Mount Khailash in Western Tibet represents the body and Ne Tsari in Central Tibet represents the speech.
Day 12 Deqen - Shangri-la - Kunming (Breakfast + Lunch)
Drive from Deqen to Shangri-la. Take flight to Kunming.
Day 13 Kunming - Departure (Breakfast + Lunch)
Tour to the Dragon Gate in Western Hills, then visit Bamboo Monastery. Transfer to the airport for your departure, end of service.

Bamboo Monastery: The first temple dedicated to Zen Buddhism in Yunnan. It dates back to the Song Dynasty (960-1279). The present structure mostly dates from the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The temple's most outstanding artistic feature is the statues of the life-sized clay figures of 500 Arhats.
Western Hills: The forest reserve on the west bank of the Dianchi Lake consists of the Huating and Taihan mountains. This is a colossal natural forest reserve in the midst of a lofty mountain range crisscrossed by babbling brooks and gurgling streams. Ancient trees are adorned with thick, lush foliage and birds chirp and flutter in the green treetops. Near the top of the mountain, is the Dragon Gate. Hacked from the cliff between 1781 and 1835 by a Taoist monk and co-workers, the Dragon Gate is a group of grottoes, sculptures, corridors and pavilions.


2. Hotels For The Above Trip

City Luxury Standard
Kunming Kaihwa Plaza New Era Hotel
Jianshui Zhu Family's Garden Zhu Family's Garden
Yuanyang Mengnong Chieftain Palace Mengnong Chieftain Palace
Lijiang Guan Fang Hotel Wang Fu Hotel
Shangri-la Holy Palace Hotel Holy Palace Hotel
Deqen Rainbow Hotel Rainbow Hotel

Tour Price

Please send us an email and provide the information below so that we can quote precisely for the above tour.
1. The number of adults and the number of children in your party. If there are children under 12 years, they can enjoy the preferential price.
2. Your approximate travel date.
3. The code of the tour that you are interested in. Each tour has a code, you can find it above - at the top of the page where the tour is.
4. Hotel choice for your tour (luxury or standard or comfortable hotels).
5. If you would like us to tailor make a new tour for you that is different from the above tour, please let us know your requests.


Quotation Inclusions For For The Above Tour:

1. Hotel accommodation
The hotel is based on two persons sharing one twin or double standard room with private facilities.
2. Meals
Daily American or Chinese breakfast at the hotel, Chinese lunch or dinner in local Chinese restaurant as specified in the itinerary.
3. Private Transport
Private transport between airport or railway station and hotel and all the sights by air-conditioned vehicle.
4. Transportation between Cities
The economic class air tickets of the domestic flight or soft berth/seat train tickets between cities as specified in the itinerary.
5. Entrance tickets
The main entrance tickets for the sights mentioned.
6. Guiding service
Excellent tour Guiding. All normal sightseeing tours in each city with English-speaking guide and admission fees where applicable. Our guide will not fly with you from one city to another. Upon your arrival at each city, a new local guide and driver will pick you up, be with you for local tour and see you off after you finish the itinerary of each city.
7. Insurance
China Life Tourist Accident / Casualty Insurance. We highly recommend that you purchase full coverage travel insurance from you country of origin.


Quotation Exclusions For The Above Tour:

1. Visa Fees
Charge of obtaining your visa to enter China.
2. Charge of arrival and departure
The international or domestic air / train charge of arrival and departure.
3. Single Room Supplement
Should a twin room is needed by a single guest, supplement of the twin room will be charged.
What is single supplement? - The hotel is based on double occupancy. If the visitor travels alone or the number of the travelers is odd (such as 3, 5, 7...), who stays in one single room has to pay the single room supplement. As the hotel is on double occupancy.
4. Personal Expenses
Expenses of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities or sightseeing, overweight baggage charges or meals not indicated, ect.
5. Optional Programs
Optional programs which are not specified in the above itinerary.
6. Tips to guides and drivers
Tips depending on the service of your guide and driver, entirely voluntary.


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