2009 Yunnan Explorer:8 day China Tour

2009 Yunnan Explorer - 8 days

Yunnan at dawn will reveal to you the beauty of Shangri-La.

In the mountains of Yunnan you will find ancient towns of cobbled streets, colourful minority people wearing traditional dress, snowcapped peaks and clear mountain lakes. Experience it all on our 8-day ‘Yunnan Explorer’. From the capital, Kunming, we fly to the ancient lakeside town of Dali, driving through spectacular scenery past the upper reaches of the Yangtze to magical Lijang and Zhongdian, known as ‘Shangri La’. Wander through peaceful monasteries, meet the friendly locals and discover a completely different side of China.

Kunming, Dali, Lijang, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Zhongdian, Songzanlin Monastery.

Trip grading: MODERATE Suitable for travellers with an average level of fitness and independent mobility. Expect a fair amount of walking and you may need to carry your bags from time to time. Prepare for some long road journeys and high altitude in Zhongdian.

What's included: 7 nights hotel accommodation, flights as specified, all road transport by air-conditioned vehicles, all sightseeing as specified (excluding entrance fees), Western tour leader (7 or more travellers) and local English-speaking guides throughout, arrival and departure transfers and breakfast daily.

Tour Leader: Travel Indochina tour leader based on a minimum of 7 people.

Maximum group size: 15


Not Ready to go Home Yet?: From Kunming you can easily add a Yangtze River cruise or a jaunt to Indochina to your journey – both are just a short flight away. Experience the awesome Three Gorges Dam, or the cultural treasure-troves of Vietnam, Cambodia or Laos before heading home.

Ask our Travellers: "We added your 'Yunnan Explorer' onto another trip of ours that brought us to China - can I just say that the differences between you and your 'competition' are astounding? From the hotels we stayed at to the calibre and professionalism of our leader and local guide, we were impressed every step of the way and wish we had done our entire trip with Travel Indochina."  Z. Templeton - UK

Tip's for your Holiday: In Lijiang you can stop at one of the canal-side local cafés to try a ‘Naxi Sandwich’  – a regional specialty.

Responsible Travel: In Zhongdian your visit with a local Tibetan family allows first-hand insight into the daily life and issues faced by the people who call these picturesque villages home.

Did you know: Travel Indochina can organise your flights and any additional accommodation. Call us on 1300 138 755 to speak to one of our experts or click here to request a quote.

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Departure dates

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  • 26/02/2009 | Available
  • 12/03/2009 | Available
  • 26/03/2009 | Available
  • 02/04/2009 | Available
  • 16/04/2009 | Available
  • 30/04/2009 | Available
  • 14/05/2009 | Available
  • 04/06/2009 | Available


  • Days 1 to 2   - Kunming & Dali 
  • Days 3 to 4   - Lijiang 
  • Days 5 to 6   - Zhongdian
  • Days 7 to 8   - Kunming