6-8 days

Tour Yunnan Province in Style: The luxury Yunnan journey

The ideal busines trip extension for the exhausted managers out there

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The serene Yunnan journey. The ideal extension to your business trip to China: Discover the authentic Yunnan in the south-west of China with a touch of luxury. Far away from the usual crowd of tourists you travel by private vehicle via remote country roads and in doing so get to know the charming Yunnan province from a completely different perspective. You will stay in tastefully decorated upscale boutique lodges or hotels which will make your Yunnan trip an even more relaxing and enjoyable experience!

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The stress-free journey through Yunnan with a touch of luxury

Journey to Lijiang, Yunnan Province, China

Far away from the beaten tourist track, you travel through the fantastic scenery of northern province of Yunnan, in the far south-west of China.

In addition to the "En Vogue" destinations Lijiang and Zhongdian, you will also visit places that are virtually untouched by tourism.

You will stay in tastefully decorated, tucked away Boutique Lodges or hotels that will add a touch of luxury to your Yunnan trip.

During this Yunnan journey, you will also quite deliberately be staying for two or more nights in the same hotel and while doing so, whenever possible, avoiding a daily hotel change. This allows you to get to know the Yunnan Province from of a different and unknown angle.

Travel and relax in Yunnan Province, China

Yunnan Travel in Style with selected hotels

The journey is designed in such a way that you have enough free time at each destination, to explore some places on your own, to do something spontaneous, or simply to enjoy a massage or a drink at the hotel bar in the selected hotels.

En route you experience Yunnan's impressive natural wonders, rugged mountain valleys, as well as the hospitality of the ethnic minorities.

You will stay in authentic, comfortable hotels, which give your journey an extra luxury touch.

This journey is the ideal extension to your business trip to China. Let us make all the arrangement before and during the tour. Completely hassle-free and uncomplicated.

A journey you can look forward to!

Travel along the Yangtze River in Yunnan

Travel the magnificent landscape in Yunnan China

You travel along at the upper reaches of the Yangtze River, which here still bears the name Jinsha Jiang (Golden Sand River).With 6400 km, the Yangtze River is the third longest river in the world and at the same time forms also an important lifeline for China.

In Shigu, where the Yangtze carries out its famous 180 degree turn, you learn more about the impact of the "Mountain of Fate” of China.

The small village of Tacheng is located in a side valley of the Yangtze River, where you will stay in a tastefully furnished small lodge.

The Tacheng Nature reserve, the home of the Golden Yunnan Stub nose monkeys, is located not far from the lodge in Tacheng. This rare monkey species exclusively lives in the remote forests of south-west China and northern Myanmar. Some of the monkeys have become accustomed to the presence of humans, so that these endangered animals can also be observed from relatively close by in the wilderness.

Walking tour around Old Town Lijiang

The view from your Lijiang hotel

During a journey through the province of Yunnan province, a visit to the Old Town of Lijiang should not be missing. Lijiang inspires by the maze of alleys and canals, which crosses the old town. Just outside of Lijiang, the snow-covered peaks of the Jade Dragon Mountain protrude into the dark blue sky. From the “Pond of the Black Dragon” one has a beautiful view of the Jade Dragon Mountain, which is only a few minutes' walk from the Old Town.

The best time to explore the Old Town of Lijiang is in the early morning, even before the invasion of the Chinese tourist groups. 

So that you somewhat can escape the nightly hustle and bustle in Lijiang, we have selected your accommodation in the 9 km distant Shuhe. Shuhe is a little more off the beaten tourist track and is very well suited as a base for excursions into the surrounding area.

From most of the major cities of China there are cheap, direct flights to Lijiang. There is also a high-speed train that connects Lijiang with Kunming, capital of Yunnan Province. The journey by high-speed train from Lijiang to Kunming takes a bit more than 3 hours.

The Tacheng Nature Reserve, Snub Nosed Monkeys

Snub nosed monkeys at the Tacheng Nature Reserve

The Tacheng village is located in a side valley of the Yangtze River about four driving hour's north-west of Lijiang.

The nearby Tacheng Nature Reserve is the home of the Yunnan snub nosed monkeys, which are threatened with extinction. This rare monkey species exclusively lives in the remote forests of south-west China and northern Myanmar. The Yunnan snub nosed monkeys obtained their name from the short stub noses, whose openings are directed to the front. The Yunnan snub nosed monkeys are herbivores, their diet consists of fruit, nuts, tree needles, leaves and seeds.

The Tacheng Nature Reserve is one of the few places where one can observe the Yunnan snub nosed monkeys in the wilderness.

From the village of Tacheng, you can reach the Tacheng Nature Reserve in approx. 30 minutes. The visit of the Tacheng reserve should be scheduled in the early morning, because the monkeys are particularly active then.

 

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"...thank you for a fantastic journey..."

   Peter from England


"...please extend our thanks to the hotel staff in Tacheng. They were lovely and took real good care of us..."

   Ulla from Germany

Tour Itinerary

Day 1:   WELCOME IN LIJIANG

Travel to Lijiang, home of the Naxi ethnic group

Arrival in Lijiang. Pick up at the airport and convenient transfer to your hotel, which is located just outside of Lijiang.

The picturesque Old Town of Lijiang is located in a fertile valley, at 2'400 meters above sea level and the foot of the 5'596 meters high Jade Dragon Mountain 

The area around Lijiang is the home of the ethnic group of the Naxi. The Naxi originate from the Qiang Tibetans and have settled in this area about an estimated 2'000 year ago.

The program on this day will be based upon your arrival time in Lijiang.

Your overnight accommodation is either at Lijiang or at Shuhe village

Day 2:  LIJIANG OLD TOWN LIGHT WALKING TOUR

Ancient street of Lijiang Old Town, Yunnan, China

Walking tour through the wonderful, with countless narrow alleys and canals crossed old town of Lijiang. During this occasion we also learn more about the peculiarities and the secrets of the mystical Naxi culture.

In 1996, Lijiang was almost destroyed by an earthquake, and was added after the reconstruction to the list of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites. Climb Lion’s Hill, from where you can enjoy an unforgettable view of the roofs of the Old Town of Lijiang.

Subsequently visit the "pond of the Black Dragon" with a nice view of the snow-covered Jade Dragon Mountain.

Then return to your hotel. Free time at your disposal for a tour through Lijiang or Shuhe on your own.

Day 3:  LIJIANG – LIMING – TACHENG

Laojun Shan National Park, China

Today's trip takes you along the magnificent landscape of the upper reaches of the Yangtze River. You follow the valley to Shigu, where the Yangtze River, coming from the north, makes a turn of 180 degrees and flows northwards again in virtually parallel direction.

You follow the Yangtze River valley in northern direction to Zhongxing, where you will pass through a side valley to Liming, the starting point to the Laojun National Park.

The magnificent Lao Jun Shan National Park is located in the north-west of the province of Yunnan and is part of the "Three Parallel Rivers" National Parks under the protection of UNESCO.

The main attraction of Lao Jun Shan is the big red Danxia sandstone rocks, which are among the most beautiful and spectacular sandstone formations of this kind in China. The height of Danxia sandstone rocks, which measure 4’200 meters at the highest point, is unusual.

The cable car takes you up to the peak of the Qian Gui Mountain. At the top, the erosion left behind a magnificent and fascinating landscape in millions of years,  which looks like an oversized Turtle shell. The view from the Qian Gui mountain is overwhelming. 

Day 4:  TACHENG AND THE YUNNAN SNUB-NOSED MONKEYS

Snub nosed monkey at the Tacheng Nature Reserve

In the morning you visit the Tacheng Nature Reserve, the home of the Golden Yunnan Snub nose monkeys. This rare monkey species exclusively lives in the remote forests of south-west China and northern Myanmar.

Some of the monkeys have become accustomed to the presence of humans, so that these endangered animals can also be observed from relatively close by in the wilderness.

In the afternoon you have the opportunity to take a tour through the nearby village or you can enjoy the beautiful view during drinking a cup of tea from the balcony of your room.

Overnight accommodation at a tastefully furnished boutique Hotel.

Day 5:  TACHENG – TIGER LEAPING GORGE – ZHONGDIAN (SHANGRI LA)

Travel to the Tiger Leaping Gorge

Wonderful journey along the upper reaches of the Yangtze River, which here is still called "Jin Sha Jiang" (Golden Sand River), to the Tiger Leaping Gorge. Here the water masses of the Yangtze River are pressed with deafening noise through a gorge, which in some places is only just 15 meters wide. 

According to the legend, here a long time ago a tiger jumped over the gorge to escape its hunters. The Tiger Leaping Gorge is reputedly one of the deepest river gorges in the world.

On foot you follow the small road up to a viewpoint with magnificent views of Tiger Leaping Gorge and the Yangtze River. The walk takes about 1 hour in total and is easy to manage.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. 

Then continuation of the journey to Zhongdian.

Check-in at the hotel in Zhongdian.

Day 6:  ZHONGDIAN

Journey to the Tibetan Songtsam Monastery in Zhongdian

The city of Zhongdian, recently also called Shangri-La, is located on 3200 m surrounded by a magnificent landscape. 

Visit the Ganden Sumtseling Gompa, a 300-year-old Tibetan monastery, which is important from a historical point of view, since it was in personally inaugurated in the 17th century by the fifth Dalai Lama. Destroyed during the Cultural Revolution it now belongs again to the largest and most influential monasteries in the area.

Return journey to Zhongdian and leisurely stroll through the well preserved, picturesque old town. In the course of this, you can also climb the “turtle hill" in the centre of Zhongdian. 

Overnight accommodation in Zhongdian

Day 7:  ZHONGDIAN DEPARTURE

Transfer to the airport or connecting program

 

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