Colorful Yunnan 2

ASIA, Lijiang

Yunnan, which refers to ‘the place south of the colorful clouds’, or ‘the place south of Yunling (cloudy ridge) Mountain’, is the most southwest province of China. It is a land of various ethnic groups, landscapes, natural scenery, creatures, etc where one could taste the most aspects of our planet.

Duration: 05 Nights / 06 Days

DAY 1

KUNMING ARRIVAL DALI by overnight train  (B/D)
After airport formalities, meet your Kunming guide at airport and transfer to Haitang Htl *** for an guarantee early check in and take a rest until 12:00 at noon.Check out, then transfer to take a half day city tour of Golden Temple and Green Lake Park. Golden Temple is a Taoist temple got its name from a copper temple of 300 tons in weight and 6.5 meters in height that was cast in 1890.Green Lake Park, or Cui Hu Park is an urban park in Kunming,  it consists, in effect, of a group of 4 small sub-lakes linked by bridges in the traditional style. The lake was originally a water reservoir for the city. The park is just below the main gate to Yunnan University. The most famous building on the lake is Jiang Wu Tang, a tourist attraction.Indian dinner at restaurant and overnight stay on the train.After dinner, transfer to train station for the overnight train to Dali (hard-berth, from around 23:00 to 06:00 next morning).

DAY 2

DALI   (2100 meters)  (B/D) 
On arrival in Dali, meet your Dali guide and transfer to hotel for breakfast.After breakfast, transfer to Xizhou for its morning market, Bai people’s residential house, taste their Three-Course Tea and boating on the Erhai Lake to watch how locals catching fish with ospreys. Xizhou is located 18 kilometers north of Dali Old Town. It adjoins the Erhai Lake on the east and the Cangshan Mountain on the west. It's an important cultural center of the Bai people, with the largest number of the Bai-style residential houses. The visitors may find the Three Tea Courses (Sandaocha) performance of Bai people interesting while visiting this place. And morning market is an excellent place for you to learn the life of local people, especially the minorities in this area. Erhai Lake is the largest highland lake next to Dianchi and one of the seven biggest fresh water lakes in China. It means, 'sea shaped like an ear', in Chinese. Implying that the lake is ear shaped and as large as a sea, hence it was so named. Then explore in the Dali Ancient Town with a history of 1,300 years, which is the home to Bai minority. The town, whose format is like a chess board with four gates guarding in the directions of east , south, west and north stands between Cangshan Mountains and Erhai Lake, a natural configuration that seems specially designed for a good bountiful life.Dinner at Dicos and Overnight stay at Hotel in Dali.

DAY 3

DALI  LIJIANG  by coach (2500 meters)  (B/D)
After breakfast, then Drive 200 km, or 3.5 hours to Lijiang. A gathering place of the Naxi minority, Lijiang Ancient Town is a mountain town of stone and tile, laced with canals and lanes, which has been listed as an UNESCO world monument. Upon arrival, proceed to visit the Black Dragon Pond and  Dongba Culture Museum ancient town which is in the form of an official ink stone. Unlike most of the old towns in China, there is no city wall due to a superstitious belief of the local ruler whose family name is Mu (tree), when encircled by walls, would be Kun (besieged).Black Dragon Pool (Heilongtan) is its main water source and subdivides into many streams which can reach every family and every street there. Due to the reticular aqueducts, willow trees grow everywhere and there are almost 350 varied and inimitable bridges in the little town, some of which were built in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. At Dongba Culture Museum, you can have a deeper  understanding to the Dongba culture. The smart and unsophisticated Naxi people who have long inhabited Lijiang preserve the unique and profuse Dongba Culture. In fact, a great number of scholars and travelers are attracted to this mysterious place more for the culture than its charming sceneries. Dongba Culture is of a religious nature and make up the most important component of the ancient Naxi culture. The Dongba Culture is said to been passed on by the Dongbas who were sages that integrated song, dance, the classics, history, painting and medicine. They enjoyed a high social position within the Naxi group because they were considered as mediums between humans, gods and ghosts, as well as are able to remove disasters and guarantee good fortunes. At present, there are no more than 30 Dongbas living in Lijiang, so it is a memorable experience for travelers to visit them Chinese table dinner and overnight stay at Hotel in Lijiang.

DAY 4

LIJIANG KUNMING by overnight train  (B/D)
Proceed to Yak Meadow of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Then steeped in the show “Impression Lijiang” performed by 400 locals of 10 ethnic groups and 100 horses in an outdoor theatre against the backdrop of the snow mountain. It was directed by Zhang Yimou, director of the 2008 Olympics Opening & Closing Ceremonies and winner of dozens of world movie prizes.The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is a holy mountain in the heart of Naxi Minority. Morning after breakfast transfer to  ride a Yak Meadow cable car to Yak Meadow, where you will enjoy the snowscape, the beauty of Black Water River, and the serenity of the virgin forest. When you arrive, you will embark on an hour-long hike across Snowflake Lake, Yak Stream, a vast meadow and a hemlock forest. Then visit the White Water River, Yushui Village, and Baisha Frescos. It provides you an opportunity to appreciate the long standing Doba culture.25 kilometers (approx. 16 miles) in the north of Lijiang, about 5 kilometers (approx. 3 miles) north of the Dry Sea (Ganhai), lies the White Water River, formed by runoff from the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Surrounded by mountains, it runs towards the east. The first impression that the river leaves visitors with is the color of white. The best time to visit this place is from June to July and September to November. In the summer you can enjoy wild rhododendron flowers; while in the latter period, the beauty of autumn will add great pleasure to your visit. You can enjoy the scenery along the bank either by foot or by riding a horse. Baisha Frescos  is the most famous frescos of the Dabaoji (Great Treasure) Palace and the Colored Glaze Temple (Liuli Dian) in the town of Baisha.
Dinner at KFC and overnight stay on train.Overnight train back to Kunming (second-class berth, around 21:28 to 06:58next morning)

DAY 5

KUNMING (B/D)
On arrival in Kunming, meet your Kunming guide and transfer to hotel for breakfast.Full day easy tour of Western Hill with Dragon Gate, Grand View Pavilion and downtown area of Kunming city.The Western Hill, whose skyline resembles a sleeping beauty, lies by the western shore of the Dianchi Lake, offering the best scenery and the finest temple in the region: the Dragon Gate, a grotto complex of rooms, sculptures, archway and tunnel chiseled along sheer cliff by local stonemasons from 1781to 1853.Grand View Pavilion, like many other Chinese ancient buildings, also had been in disarray, destroyed and restored several times because of the dynastic changes and the civil wars. The present-day square, three-storied pavilion was established in 1883. Dinner at Indian restaurant and overnight stay at hotel in Kunming.

DAY 6

KUNMING–STONE FOREST–KUNMING DEPARTURE (B/D)
Breakfast at hotel.Drive to the Stone Forest (85 km, 1.5 h). An extremely rare geological phenomenon dating back to 270 million years ago, the Stone Forest is 80 hectares of  karst limestone pillars in fantastic shapes that resemble a forest viewed from a distance. The Stone Forest is also home to the Sani tribe, a branch of the diverse and scattered Yi minority renowned for their diligence, embroidery and dancing. After dinner, transfer to airport for departure flight. Dinner at Indian Restaurant.

Above is the Indicative Itinerary.

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS: -

  1. Hotel accommodation with breakfast based on twin sharing one standard twin-bed room 1night Dali, 1night Lijiang,1 night Kunming and Guaranteed early check in on the arrival day in Kunming.
  2. 6 dinners including 3Indian dinner in Kunming on Day 1, Day 5 & Day 6; 1 dinner at Dicos in Dali; 1 Chinese table Dinner in Lijiang; 1Dinner at KFC in Lijiang on day 4.
  3. Private transfers between airports/railway stations, hotels and all sightseeing spots as mentioned. Separated transfer will incur extra charges.
  4. All First-Gate entrance fees to scenic spots as shown in the itinerary. The final arrangement will be determined by local tour guides based on the local circumstances which are beyond the control of Minar Travels.
  5. One driver and one English-speaking guide on normal sightseeing activities in each destination.
  6. Hard-sleeper berth overnight train with breakfast at Hotel From Kunming to Dali & From Lijiang to Kunming.
  7. 1 bottle of 500cc Mineral water per pax per day.
  8. Economy class airfare on China Eastern Airlines with approximate airport taxes EX Kolkata. Single Entry China Visa.

PACKAGE EXCLUSIONS: -

  1. Meals other than specified in the itinerary.
  2. Porterages, tips, telephone calls, laundry expenses.
  3. Cost of foreign exchange for personal use.
  4. Any item of personal nature such as shopping, telephone bills etc.
  5. Any other item not mentioned in the Holiday Price Includes head.
  6. Govt. Service Tax on Total Package cost.
  7. TIPS : Mandatory in China : 2- 9 pax, usd6-8/pax/day.

HOTEL SUGGESTIONS:-

  • Kunming Golden Palace Hotel or Zhonghuang Hotel or similar
  • Dali Asia Star Hotel or similar http://www.asiastargroup.com/
  • Lijiang Guanguang Hotel http://www.lj-ggjd.com/index.php?Locale=en-us

TERMS & CONDITIONS: -

  • The above price is not valid for travel during trade fair period and special events.
  • The above price is based on minimum 4 adults travelling together.
  • To proceed with the booking a Booking deposit of Rs.50,000/- per person.
  • Should the period of travel, or the number of participants, or the type of accommodation, or the type of transport or the duration of the trip, change the quote will be adjusted accordingly.
  • Check in / check out timings is 14.00 hrs. and 12.00 noon.
  • Early check in and late check out will be subject to availability and at discretion of the hotel.
  • Above is just a quotation. Rooms and rates will be subject to availability at the time of doing confirmed booking.
  • We reserve the right to revise the costing in the event of increases in tax, service charges, fuel costs and other such events beyond our control. Prices are subject to change during large conferences and other major events.
  • The above price has been budgeted in USD1 = INR 67.00, the difference will be collected as per the rates of exchange applicable on the day of the full & final payments.

EX KOLKATA ENVISAGED AIRLINES (CHINA EASTERN)

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LT NO. FROM TO DEPARTS ARRIVAL FLIGHT TIME

MU556

Kolkata

Kunming

00:35

05:10

02HRS

MU555

Kunming

Kolkata

23:55

23:45

02HRS

HOLIDAY PRICE (PRICE PER PERSON ON TWIN SHARING BASIS)

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HOTEL CATEGORY

MINIMUM NO OF PASSENGERS(SLAB)

EX Kolkata

INR(Airfare + Visa)

USD(Land Package)

TOTAL(in Rs.)

4*

4 Pax

23,000

$840

76,000

 

6 Pax

23,000

$780

72,900

 

10 Pax

23,000

$720

68,000

 

R.O.E USD1=INR65.00

 

 

NOTE: GOVT. SERVICE TAX ON THE TOTAL PAYMENT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE ABOVE COSTING.

*Child rate on Land Package : child with bed 75% of adult, child without bed 50% of adult

*Optional Guaranteed Early check in is one full night room rate will apply.
Remarks: the rate above is not valid during Chinese summer holiday (July & August), Chinese Tsingming Festal,May 1st Holiday, Mid Autumn Festival, National Day etc., coz room rate will go up and transfer rate will double.