7 Days Dreamland of Shangri-la Expedition

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Tour Code: CTG-YN10

Tour Description

In this dreamy tour, we present you a whole mix of Shangri-la's vivid and colorful image. The holy snowcapped mountains, mystirous monasteries, fabulous highland lake, ancient Tibetan village, and the great canyon will feast your eyes.

Explore the holy Meili Snow Mountain by a discovering expedition

Know more about the mystirous Tibetan Buddhism in ancient Songzanlin Monastery

Appreciate the enchanting views in the fabulous Napahai Seasonal Lake

Day 1 Arrive in Kunming - Free time
Today's Activities

Upon arrival, your tour guide will welcome you at airport and transfer to your hotel. Then leisure time is free for you. You can visit the vibrant Flower and Bird Market, the Central Square of old town quarter and Kunming's symbol building - Golden Horse and Green Phoenix Archway. Overnight at the hotel in Kunming.

Day 2 Kunming (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today's Activities

A rare experience today is excursion to the World Geopark - Stone Forest, which is believed to have formed 270 million years ago, this enchanting limestone landscape is a natural wonder filled with countless puzzle-like labyrinths and intricate stone formations.


After lunch you will proceed to visit the Guandu Old Town, which is one of the historic and cultural towns in Kunming area. The ancient Shaolin Temple and Vajra Pagoda are the must-see of this old town. You will spend a lazy afternoon without the hassle of leaving the city. You can sit down for a cup of tea and chat with local people. A designated food street on the old town's east side offers a wide selection of local eats. Tonight you will stay at the hotel in Kunming.

 yunnan stone forest  minority performance vajra pagoda          
Yunnan Stone Forest Minority performance in Stone Forest Vajra Pagoda at Guandu Old Town          
Day 3 Kunming - Shangri-La (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities

In the morning your tour guide will escort you to the airport for the flight to Shangri-la. Upon arrival transfer to the featured hotel to check in. After lunch visit the ancient Songzanlin Monastery, which is the largest and most important Tibetan Buddhist monastery in southwest China. In the main hall you will appreciate a series of precious Buddhism-related objects like scriptures written on palm leaves, the Shakyamuni statues, etc. Standing on the roof of the temple, you will amaze at the magnificent landscape of front meadow and the town. The blue sky is so close to you as if you can reach it with your hand. Downhill along the hill slop, you will find smaller temples and monk's residences where about 700 monks live. If you want to deeply experience the Buddhists' life, you can join in the morning class or evening class. You will have a peacefull mind and remain in deep thought.


On the way back, explore a local village and be a guest in a Tibetan family with a taste of Tibetan specialities such as yak butter tea, yogurt & Tibetan barley. Then you head for the ancient Gyalthang Town, which was established in Tang Dynasty. Though it is small, the old town is quite different form others in Yunnan. You can find many Tibetan cultural facts such as Buddhist paintings and Tibetan residences side by side. A peaceful cobble path guide you to the Daguishan Hill where you can turn the biggest praying wheel in the world and take a birds-eye view of Shangri-la.  Tonight you will stay at the hotel in Zhongdian.

songzanlin monastery  gyalthang town gyalthang town          
Songzanlin Monastery Gyalthang Town Minority woman in Gyalthang Town          
Day 4 Shangri-La - Deqin (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today's Activities

After breakfast at hotel, drive through Baimang Snow Mountain along the Yangtze River Canyon to Deqin, which is peppered with views of majestic "Snow Mountains" in all directions. En the route, you can stop and appreciate the enchanting views of the Napa Seasonal Lake; explore Tibetan village Nixi; overlook the splendid Great Bend of Yangtze River from the steep slope of the canyon, and visit the Dongzhulin Monaster. Then stay in the hotel besides Feilai Monastery, which is the holy monastery under the Meili Snow Mountain and also the best place to see the stunning Meili Snow Mountain.

baimang snow mountain  napa seasonal lake feilai temple          
Baimang Snow Mountain Napa Seasonal Lake Feilai Temple          
Day 5 Meili Snow Mountain (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today's Activities

Appreciate the Meili Snow Mountain in the early morning. After breakfast, drive to the great canyon of Lancang, get across the river Lancang and proceed to the eastern piedmont of Meili Snow Mountain. From the small village Mingyong at the foot of Meili, start hiking (8Km) up to the mountain (or you can take horse/mule riding, on your own account, cost around RMB150 per person for round-trip ride). After about 3 hours trekking, you get at Prince Temple by the Mingyong Glaciers. When the discovering expedition on the holy mountain is over, descend and retrace your way back to hotel for dinner.

meili snow mountain  hiking on meili snow mountain mingyong glaciers          
Meili Snow Mountain Hiking on Meili Snow Mountain Mingyong Glaciers          
Day 6 Deqin - Shangri-La (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities

Drive back to Shangri-La. On the way, you can review the splendors of landscapes of towering snowcapped mountains, dense virgin forests, vast verdant meadows, onrushing river and the great canyon. Overnight at the hotel in Shangri-la.

 tranquil village  Biaoju splendid snowcapped mountains          
Tranquil Village Mirror-like lake surface Splendid snowcapped mountains          
Day 7 Depart Shangri-La (Zhongdian) (Breakfast)
Today's Activities After breakfast, transfer to airport for your departure flight. Say goodbye to Shangri-la and fly to next destination.
Package Details
Tour Package Includes:
Dining: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 3 dinners; Admissions: Entrance fee to all scenic spots listed in itinerary;
Flight Tickets: Beijing to Xian, Xian to Shanghai; Hotels: accommodation in Kunming, Shangrila and Deqin;
Vehicle: a private air-conditioned car, offering Round-trip transfers; Tour Guide: a local experienced English-speaking guide;
Car Driver: an experienced licensed driver; Luggage Transfers: a hand for your heavy luggage;
Insurance: Travel Agencies Liability Insurance; Government taxes & Service charges.
Tour Package Excludes:
- Other optional attractions / tours / meals and international flights; - Tips for tour guides and drivers.
Hotels in Kunming
Green Lake Hotel
Situated in the heart of Kunming's business, finance and culture district, perfectly located for business and leisure traveller, Green Lake Hotel is just a minute's walk to Green Lake Park, the eye of Kunming. The Green Lake Hotel is centrally located just minutes from the city's cultural spots, government offices, convention centers, 15 minutes from Kunming International Airport.
Kunming Hotel
Kunming Hotel is located in the commercial and shopping district. With many famous department stores nearby, the hotel is one of Kunming's most cosmopolitan areas. The location makes it very convenient to get to and from the railway station and the airport (only 5 and 7 kilometers respectively). The hotel has 400 guest rooms, including standard single room, executive room, standard room, business room, and so on.
Fairyland Hotel Dongfeng Square
Fairyland Hotel Dongfeng Square Kunming is a boutique business hotel located in downtown Kunming. The hotel boasts easy access to the main transportation hubs and attractions of Kunming. The hotel was newly open in 2011 featuring 108 rooms in 7 storeys. Room facilities are comprehensive to fit business needs and good rest.
Hotels in Shangrila
Tian Jie Shen Chuan Hotel Shangrila
Located on the only way of Tiger Leaping Gorge hiking, Halfway is a hostel on Haba Snow Mountain at the height of 3500-3600 meters (2.17-2.24miles). It has more than 50 beds, 8 double Rooms but more Tripe Rooms and Quad Rooms.
Sightseeing Hotel Shangrila
Situated in the heart of beautiful Shangrila, perfectly located for business and leisure traveller, Green Lake Hotel is just 10 minutes from the airport. It is an integrated luxury hotel with a collection of travel, business, meeting, eating and shopping.
Pacific Rim Hotel Shangrila
Located in the center of the famous mysterious scenic area known as Shangrila, Pacific Rim Hotel is a Sino-America Joint venture hotel. It is 10 minutes drive from the airport and just 2 kilometers to the passenger bus station, so the hotel enjoys both scenic view and convenient traffic.
Hotel in Deqin
Sacred Mountain Hotel Deqin
Located in the opposite of Meili Snow Mountain, the Sacred Mt. Hotel Deqin is the appointed reception of foreign tourists. It is 10 km from the Deqin County.

Meals in the Package

Meals as mentioned in the itinerary include 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 3 dinners.
You can just feel free to make dinner arrangements as per your personal taste.

We promise worry-free dining quality, plus flexible choices regarding your preference. Any special requestment please tell our trip advisors directly. Other recommendations are as follow:


The variety of Kunming cuisine never fails to satisfy hungry travelers. It really is a "crossroads" featuring dishes from all over Yunnan. The feature of Kunming cuisine is a perfect blend of sour and spicy flavors, made from the minority 's century-old traditional recipes.

Kunming Rice Cake Kunming Mushroom Cuisine

Shangrila (Zhongdian)

The scenic area provides a peaceful backdrop for tasting various local food and drinks. Tibetan Cake, Zanba, Pipa Meat, Saimi Lamb, Guoben Hot Pot, butter tea, yogurt, and barley wine are amongst the most popular.

Featured cuisine in Shangri-la Buttered Tea
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