|Discover Northern Yunnan, one of China's most famous travel destinations|
|Travel from the "Spring City" Kunming to Tibetan Northern Yunnan|
|Visit must-sees such as Kunming, Dali, Shangri-La and Lijiang|
|Learn more about the matrilineal Naxi society and its Dongba Shamans|
|Enjoy a fauna and flora of one of the world's most diversified ecological areas, which boasts half of China's animal and plants species|
12-days Yunnan Discovery Tour
This trip is ideal for people who would like to get an overview of Yunnan and its scenery and cultures. Yunnan is not only famous for being one of the richest ecological systems world-wide; it also boasts many of China's minorities, such as Tibetans, Yi, Naxi and Mosuo.Please click here for a detailed travel itinerary (pdf format)
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Yunnan is probably one of the most visited destinations by Chinese travelers. Nevertheless, Chinese travelers mostly visit the obvious tourist attractions such as Lijiang and go on less adventurous journeys than most western travelers.
Yunnan boasts half of China's animal and plant species and is also China's most diversified province, offering more or less everything from rain forest to close to 7000 meter high peaks. With one third of China's ethnological minorities, it provides an insight into these cultures.
With its mild climate, Yunnan basically means "south of the clouds" and its capital Kunming is also known as "spring city". During this trip we take you from Kunming northwards to Dali, which is mostly inhabited by the Dai minority. From the shores of Dali's Erhai Lake, we travel further northwards to China's self-proclaimed Shangri-La (Zhongdian) named after the famous novel "Lost Horizon" by James Hilton, where we discover the local Tibetan area.
From Shangri-La we head southwards to the "Tiger Leaping Gorge", one of the earth's deepest gorges. Later in the afternoon we head to Lijiang where we spend the rest of the holidays and learn more about the fascinating matrilineal Naxi society and its Dongba Shamans. From Lijiang you will take the flight to Kunming for your flight back home.