D01 LIJIANG ARRIVAL (Dinner)
After airport formalities, meet your guide and transfer to hotel.
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 Dongba Culture Museum and the 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).
D02 LIJIANG (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
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.
Then visit the Baisha Frescos and the Former Residence of Joseph Rock, the Austro-American botanist and explorer who lived here from 1922 to 1949, introducing innumerable plant species to the West and completing rigorous works on Naxi ethnology.
D03 LIJIANG — KUNMING (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
Morning flight back to Kunming.
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. On the way, visit a Yi minority village.
D04 KUNMING DEPARTURE (Breakfast )
Transfer to airport for departure flight.
Private tour price per person -- CNY 3707 per person
Conditions: Minimum 2 persons to travel together and 2 persons to a room