|Tour Provider||Bunnik Tours|
|Number of Days||
6 to 20
Rail, Slow paced
|10 Nov 2019||24 Nov 2019||Available||AUD $6,860|
Ni hao! Welcome to one of China’s most liveable cities, Kunming. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group welcome dinner. [D]
Enjoy a slower start to the day with breakfast and some time at leisure. Our first stop later this morning is the Stone Forest, a vast area of spectacular and intricate limestone formations representative of Southern China’s karst landscape. After lunch in a local restaurant we’ll visit the Jingxing Bird and Flower Market, offering a unique glimpse into the daily life of the locals. [B,L]
This morning we’ll take a bullet train to Dali, known for its relaxed atmosphere and stunning aesthetics. We’ll start our sightseeing in Xizhou Bai, an ethnic minority village full of beautifully preserved ancient architecture. Later we’ll step back in time to visit Dali Ancient Town, where the local Bai population have helped shape its distinctive look and feel. [B,L]
Special Experience: Visit the Three Pagodas of the Chongshen Monastery at the base of Cang Mountain, dating all the way back to the 9th century.
Today we depart for Lijiang, stopping on the way to visit Shaxi Ancient Town, once a stop on the Southern Silk Road. [B,L]
Special Experience: Discover Lijiang Ancient Town, which is embraced by the beautiful Lion Mountain in the east, Elephant and Golden Row mountains in the North and vast fertile fields in the Southeast.
We head out to explore the picturesque Lashihai wetland area. We’ll travel across Lashi Lake and stop at the famous Zhiyun Temple - the first of Lijiang’s five famous lamasery temples. Later we’ll visit Yufeng Temple and meet with some of the minority groups living in the Lashihai Lake area, and also visit UNESCO World Heritage-listed Shuhe Ancient Town. [B,L]
Special Experience: Gaze out over Tiger Leaping Gorge - one of the most scenic and spectacular river canyons in the world, situated on the Jinsha River, a primary tributary of the upper Yangtze Ruver.
This afternoon arrive in Shangri-La City, the capital of Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. We’ll also visit the Yi Village - the Yi are an ethnic minority. [B,L]
We start the day exploring the Pudacuo National Park and one of its two lakes, Shudu Lake. Pudacao National Park is notably home to the vulnerable black-necked cranes, many rare and beautiful orchids, and a Himalayan Yew, extracts of which are a source of an anti-cancer drug. Later we’ll visit the Gedan Songzanlin Monastery, established during the Ming Dynasty. [B,L]
Special Experience: Visit a local Tibetan family in their home to learn about their daily life, culture and traditions.
Enjoy a relaxed morning at leisure until our flight to Zhangjiajie, where we’ll have a free afternoon to explore at our own pace before our group dinner this evening. [B,D]
Special Experience: Discover the breathtaking Zhangjiajie National Forest, which provided inspiration for James Cameron's epic blockbuster Avatar, on a full-day tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wulinyuan Scenic Area. [B,L]
Today we test our mettle on Tianmen Mountain’s formidable Glass Skywalk. Situated some 1,400 metres up the mountain, we’ll need to take the cable car to experience this feat of modern engineering. Tianmen Mountain, also known ‘Heavenly Gate Mountain’, offers spectacular views of the areas natural beauty. With our feet firmly back on solid ground, we continue our journey on to Changsha. [B,L]
We fly to Hong Kong this morning, where we’ll enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Hong Kong has many titles, but it is perhaps best known as one of the world’s primary financial, shopping, culinary and cultural hubs. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore this vibrant and densely populated urban centre. [B]
Explore Hong Kong with a morning tour that includes the relaxed and resort-like Repulse Bay, Aberdeen and Victoria Peak. The afternoon is free for you to shop, explore or simply relax ahead of tonight’s group farewell dinner cruise in Victoria Harbour. [B,D]
Today we begin our journey home. [B]
Level of fitness: This tour features 2+ hours of walking, often across uneven ground and in areas of high altitude or heat and humidity on 1 or more days.