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9 Days Southwest Highlight of China

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Tour Code: CTG-41

Tour Description

Explore the southwest of China by means of this 9-day tour, highlighted by nature sightseeing, history exploration, city cruise, mountain climbing, gorge hiking, vivid show, ethnic village experience, with a wide coverage of prosperous Guangzhou, warm Kunming, exotic Dali and Lijiang old towns and adventurous Tiger Leaping Gorge. It will give you a memorable China tour.

Enjoy an interesting Guangzhou city tour and a wonderful Pearl River Night Cruise.

Marvel at natural wanders such as Stone Forest, Snow Mountain, Tiger Leaping Gorge, etc.

Immerse yourself into exotic atmosphere of historic relics, old towns and ethnic minority.

Day 1 Arrive in Guangzhou : Pick-up and Check-in
Today's Activities May you have a good journey to China. Guangzhou is your first stop of this China tour, adorned with historic relics, bustling streets and colorful nightlife. Upon arrival, you are greeted by our local tour guide and transferred to the hotel for check-in and relax. Free time is at your leisure in the rest of the time.
Day 2 Guangzhou ( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner )
Today's Activities This day enjoy a memorable city excursion in Guangzhou. Morning roam around Yuexiu Pak, which is a landmark of Guangzhou as well as an ecological park, visit Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, built for the memory of the Founding Father of China - Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, and explore Museum of Nanyue King, the oldest and largest tomb of Han Dynasty with the most funerary objects in South China.

After lunch, tour Lichy Bay, where you can trace the history of Guangzhou by observing the traditional architectures of ancient style, and then wander along the prosperous Beijing Pedestrian Street. At night enjoy a wonderful Pearl River Cruise to appreciate the beautiful night view of Guangzhou, plus a delicious dinner.
Yuexiu Park Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall Lichy Bay          
Five Goats Statue at Yuexiu Park Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall Unique Architecture at Lichy Bay          
Day 3 Guangzhou - Kunming ( Breakfast ) Transfer by air

Today's Activities

After breakfast, take the flight to Kunming. Upon arrival, you are picked up at airport and escorted to hotel. After a break, if you would like, enjoy an excursion around Flowers and Birds Market, featuring various kinds of flowers and birds and distinctive crafts. You can even have a taste of local famous dish - Guoqiao Rice Noodles. Stay overnight in Kunming.
Kunming Night Market          
Flowers and Birds Market Guoqiao Rice Noodles Kunming Night Market          
Day 4 Kunming ( Breakfast, Lunch )
Today's Activities Morning drive to Stone Forest about 1.5 hours, which is a natural wonder with a history of over 270 million years, full of countless puzzle-like labyrinths and intricate stone formations. Enjoy a 2.5-hour sightseeing through this enchanting limestone maze with lots of mysteries. Afterwards, drive back to Kunming. En route, visit the Mountain Village of Ethnic Sani to catch a glimpse of the exotic architecture and unique customs of Sani minority. Spend your nightlife freely in Kunming.
Stone Forest Stone Forest Kunming Ethnic Village          
Stone Forest Inside Stone Forest Kunming Ethnic Village          
Day 5 Kunming - Dali ( Breakfast, Lunch ) Transfer by vehicle
Today's Activities Set out from Kunming to Dali by vehicle about 5 hours. On the way, feast your eyes on the awe-inspiring natural landscape, decorated by waving mountains, extensive plateau, blue sky, crystal lakes etc.

On arrival, check in the hotel. After lunch, head to Erhai Lake to enjoy a leisure cruise, where you can appreciate the spectacular natural landscape of Cangshan Mountian. At night, freely take a stroll around Dali Old Town, where the magnificent towers, elegant streets, exquisite courtyards, colorful flowers, and rippling water take you back in time to a more simple world filled with quiet charm. Stay overnight in Dali.
Erhai Lake Cruise Dali Erhai Dali Old Town          
Erhai Lake Cruise Spetacular View along Erhai Lake Bar Street in Dali Old Town          
Day 6 Dali - Lijiang ( Breakfast, Lunch ) Transfer by vehicle
Today's Activities Spend your morning of this day in Xizhou Village, a country marketplace used by the local Bai minority, to experience a different way of life. In this one-hour excursion, you can have a look at Xizhou Morning Market, explore Bai people’s historic architecture and taste Three Courses of Tea, the tea ceremony of Bai Ethnic.

Afternoon drive to Lijiang about 3.5 hours, and then tour Lijiang Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a long history of over 800 years and a deep background of multi-culture. By climbing upon the Wangu Tower on Lion Hill, you can enjoy the beautiful sunset and a bird’s-eye view of the whole town, as well as appreciate the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain from afar. Spend your nightlife in Lijiang.
Dali Bai Minority Lijiang Old Town          
Tea Store in Xizhou Village Bai Minority Panoramic View on Lion Hill          
Day 7 Lijiang ( Breakfast, Lunch )
Today's Activities Drive to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, which looks like a gigantic dragon clad in white snow all year round and is a sanctuary for rare animals and wild plants, to enjoy a 3-hour leisure excursion. You can catch a glimpse of Jade Water Village and Jade Summit Lamasery, and take the cable car to the 3700-meter-high Yak Meadow, a part of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, which is the paradise for the yak and a perfect spot to appreciate the photograph Thirteen Peaks of Jake Dragon Snow Mountain.

In the afternoon, enjoy Impression of Lijiang, a grand open-air show directed by Zhang Yimou with the natural background of the snow mountain. Take a free stroll in the old town to enjoy your nightlife.
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Yak Meadow Impression of Lijiang          
Scenery along the Road Yak Meadow and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Impression of Lijiang          
Day 8 Tiger Leading Gorge ( Breakfast, Lunch )
Today's Activities After breakfast, head to Qiaotou Town by vehicle about 2.5 hours. From afar admire the spectacular Chin-sha River, the upstream part of Yangtze River. Explore one of world’s deepest and most adventurous gorges - Tiger Leaping Gorge, which inspires a sense of adventure and satisfies the deepest yearnings for magnificent scenery. Later, drive back to Lijiang.
Tiger Leaping Gorge Tiger Leaping Gorge Tiger Leaping Gorge          
Trekkers of Tiger Leaping Gorge Stunning River Valley Tiger Leaping Gorge          
Day 9 Lijiang Departure ( Breakfast )

Today's Activities

This is the last day of your tour. After breakfast, you are escorted to the airport to take the flight to your next destination. Say goodbye to China.
Package Details
Tour Package Includes:
Dining: 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 1 dinner. Admissions: Entrance fee to all scenic spots listed in itinerary
Train, Flight Tickets: all listed in itineraries; Hotels: accommodation in mentioned cities;
Tour Guide: a local experienced English-speaking guide Car Driver: an experienced licensed driver
Vehicle: a private air-conditioned car, offering Round-trip transfers 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 Guangzhou
Ramada Plaza Guangzhou
Ramada Plaza Guangzhou is a 5-star hotel in Guangzhou and a favorite choice among travelers worldwide. The Ramada Plaza Hotel is known for its superior accommodations, spectacular views, spacious rooms and unparalleled service. The hotel consists of 326 beautifully appointed guestrooms and parlor suites with wireless Internet access, plasma TV, mini-bar, in-house broadband Internet access, Satellite TV and safe deposit box.
President Hotel Guangzhou
Newly renovated, President Hotel is a comfortable downtown hotel with super location with easy access to Pazhou Complex, airport and shopping centers: about 15 minutes by car to the Canton Fair Pazhou Complex and 10 minutes to Guangzhou East Railway Station (Guangzhou-Kowloon Railway Station). And 40 minutes to Baiyun International Airport with the airport express having a stop at the hotel.The hotel has 230 rooms, all of which are cozy, comfortable, and elegantly decorated.
Colorful Days Hotel Guangzhou
Colorful Days Hotel Guangzhou enjoys a prime location. It is only 5 minutes walking distance to metro station, and takes only 15 minutes by car to Canton Fair Pazhou Complex, 6 minutes to East railway station, 40 minutes to Baiyun international airport. Nearby bar street and exotic restaurants are there for your relaxation and enjoyment during your stay.
Hotels in Kuming
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.
Kunming Fairyland Hotel (Dongfeng Square)
Fairyland Dongfeng Square Hotel is located on Beijing Road in the Panlong district of Kunming. It is close to Nanping Pedestrian Street, Jinma Biji Archway and the Thailand Consulate, and about 6 kilometers from Wujiaba International Airport. Opened in 2011, the 7-story hotel features 108 guest rooms and suites, equipped with LCD cable televisions, internet access and climate control.
Hotels in Dali
Regent Hotel Dali
The Regent Hotel began its construction on 2003. Located in Yuer Road, lying against ChangShan Mountain, facing Erhai Lake, the Regent Hotel can easily keep the wonderful scenery of "Wind, Flower, Snow, Moon" in views. The hotel is 20kms to the railway station, and 35kms to the airport.
Landscape Hotel Dali 
Opened in 2002, the Landscape Hotel Dali is located in the famous Old Town of Dali. This hotel is built in traditional Bai Nationality style. It is 13km away from the City Center, 15km away from the Railway Station and 25km away from the Dali Airport.
Asia Star Hotel Dali
Asia Star Hotel
Located in Dali ancient town, Asia Star Hotel is a business-and-travel style hotel, equipped with 310 clean rooms and superior facilities to meet different needs of customers, highlighted by high quality service, etc. Free shuttle and free wifi are also provided. With convenient position, the spacious hotel offers easy access to Dali’s must-see attractions, about 40-minute drive to the airport.
Hotels in Lijiang
Guanfang Hotel Lijiang
The Guanfang Hotel serves both tourists and business travelers with comprehensive modern service. The hotel is 3kms to the old town of Lijiang, and 35kms to the airport. THere are 292 rooms including standard, handicapped, connecting-room and suites.
Wangfu Hotel Lijiang
Lijiang WangFu Hotel is located in the old site of the orignal Mu Palace Inn,inheriting the brilliant history of the Inn that year and reproducing the reception demeanour those years. The hotel covers an area of more than 8000 square meters now, there are 98 various luxurious guest rooms, 76 standard rooms, 12 single rooms, 4 suites (2 deluxe suites, 2 ordinary suites) and 6 independent villa-style family suites.
Grand Hotel Lijiang
Set 1 km from the excitement of the city, this 4-star hotel commands an excellent location and provides access to the city's biggest attractions. A haven of rest and relaxation, the hotel will offer total renewal just steps away from the city's numerous attractions such as Lashi Lake, Old Market Sq, Square Street.

Meals in the Package

Meals as mentioned in the itinerary include 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 1 dinner.

-- Breakfasts are offered by the hotels
-- Lunches are arranged according to different classes of tour
-- Dinners are for your own arrangement

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:


Guangzhou is honored as "the paradise of food" in China. Cantonese food is served everywhere in the city. It is one of the eight cuisines in China. Other cuisines like Sichuan Cuisine, Hunan cuisine, Shandong Cuisine can also easily be found in Guangzhou.
-- Cantonese Cuisine:Comparing with other Chinese cuisines, Guangzhou dishes use few thick spicy dressings in order to keep from masking the original taste of the food.
-- Some representative dishes are Roast Suckling Pig, Wenchang Braised Chicken, Salt roasted chicken, and Kylin Weever.

Steamed Pork Dumplings Kylin Weever


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.

Steaming-Pot Chicken Kunming Bittern Duck


Dali is famous for its snack food. After dusk falls, many old lanes are lined with food stalls open until midnight. There are a great variety of delicious snacks in Dali. You can wander along until you see one you like.

Roasted Bean Curd Dali Rice Cake


Because of the proximity to so many food styles, the cuisine of Lijiang is diverse. Great attention is paid to bringing out the natural flavors and there are a number of local delicacies worth trying. Square Street in the center of Old Town is an ideal place to find some of the best local dishes.

Shanghai M on The Bund Restaurant Brandboard of M on the Bund
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Dear Sara,

Thank you for your mails. Today we start to Shanghai in the evening and we are exiting to see your great country, its towns, people, arts, history and hopefully many wonderful Chinese gardens and landscapes. It will be a very interesting experience to get to know the arising new world.

You had a lot of work with planning and organisation AND conversations/discussions with us during the last months. Therefore I thank you very much for your great support!!! I think your boss should be very satisfied with your work. We are thankful to you.

Now we see forward how everything will work. You get a chinese telephone nnumber from us as soon as we bought a prepaid card. Our son Tilman will be contact with us anyhow and via him you can be in contact even with us.

Kind regards

Customer: Mr. Cristof

Destinations: Xi'an - Shangri-la - Lijiang - Dali- Guilin

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Dear Sara,

Just a quick note, now that I am back at work, to thank you for all your help in arranging our transfers and our days outing in Guangzhou – it was truly a memorable visit [although I, personally, do not miss the heat or the humidity!]

You were an excellent guide and helped in our enjoyment of the day both with your lovely personality, your knowledge and your command of English – which made this all so much easier for Sari and I.

Very best regards,

Customer: Ms. Collins

Destinations: Guangzhou

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