On this Yunnan family tour, you experience firsthand the country life of Tibetan families and feel the magic of offbeat locales in this unique escapade to Yunnan. We’ll team up to cook traditional Yunnan dishes, stop by a monkey colony, and adventure into the ancient tea trade route while exploring the cultural milieu of Yunnan, a stronghold of southern China’s cultural wealth. A fascinating hike takes us through the depths of Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the deepest canyons in the world, after which we are warmly welcomed by a Tibetan family and taken for a visit to the legendary Shangri-La.
|Highlights / Route:||Dali – Shaxi – Shi Bao Shan – Shuhe (Lijiang) – Shigu (Yangtze river bend) – Tiger Leaping Gorge – Shangri-la – Jiabe Tibetan Homestay – Shangri-la|
|Character / Style:||Kinderfreundliche Erlebnisreise mit den Schwerpunkten Wandern / Radfahren / Kultur / Tempel / Minoritäten von Yunnan und Tibet/ Familienfreundlich|
|Media:||Celebrating Tibetan New Year in Jiabe Homestay Video|
|Vehicles:||4×4, SUV, Van, Bus|
Daily itinerary: Yunnan Family Holiday Tour: Experience The Very Best Of Yunnan, Family And Kids Friendly
Arrival in Dali:
Pick up from the train station or airport, and transfer to the hotel, is done. The first night is spent in a child-friendly hotel near the old town. Depending on the time of arrival, a short orientation walk is arranged in the old town.
Dali visiting day:
In the morning, a visit to the Zongsheng Si 3 pagodas is made. Breathtaking views of the lake can be witnessed from the peak of the temple complex. It was during the era of the Nanzhao Kingdom—1200 years back—that the pagodas were built. Come late morning, children are invited to take part in a child-friendly cooking course, which begins by escorting the children by foot to an open-air meat and vegetable market to buy fresh ingredients. Afterward, a variety of dishes are explained, prepared, and then eaten together.
Dali – Shaxi:
A drive to Shaxi via Shi Bao Shan is undertaken. Stone chisel work from the time of the Nanzhao Kingdom (dating back 1200 years) adorns the mountain and is considered to be amongst the most stunning in the entire Southwest China area. Many tiny temples, partly constructed into the cliff, can be seen on the mountain.
Shaxi – Lijiang (Shuhe):
Transfer to Shuhe 10 kilometers north of Lijiang. The walking tour of the UNESCO world heritage site of Lijiang begins with a visit to the White Horse Dragon Pool, where market vegetables are still washed by the local Naxi minority. Many of the women are still wearing their traditional costumes. The next stop is the Zhongyi Market where locally manufactured metal products are sold. The old market square is also paid a visit. In between, we have enough time for photo stops in the fantastic cobblestone old town with its many little alleys and traditional houses.
A bike ride is scheduled in the morning. The old town of Baisha (6 km north of Shuhe) is visited. Baisha, a genuine old town situated amongst vast cornfields, is the non-tourist equivalent of the old town of Lijiang. The recently established weaving institute is visited, where many masters of the craft—a craft nearly destroyed during the Cultural Revolution—display the nuances of this almost vanished art that carries themes relating to the world of Naxi gods. After this, a trip is made to the Tibetan Jade Mountain Monastery (established in 1756), which houses the Tree of Camellia that has 1,000 flowers. From there, the journey proceeds on to the little village of Yuhu, situated right below the 5,500 meters high Jade Dragon Snow Mountain chain. Yuhu is a tiny and un-touristy Naxi village, where a local Naxi family welcomes us and invites us to have lunch with them.
Lijiang – Shigu – Tiger Leaping Gorge:
Drive to Shigu after breakfast. This is the place where the Yangtze River turns an amazing 170 degrees as it snakes its way from the Tibetan plateau to the East China Sea. Shigu is considered to be significant because it is where we have crossed the Yangtze, the Mongols, and the People’s Liberation Army. A narrow path on a bordering hill is selected to walk further to a place from where the vast vista can be admired.
Tiger Leaping Gorge – Shangri-la:
We proceed to Shangri-La by car, stopping to visit the biggest prayer wheel in the world, which is 21-meter-high, as well as Turtles mountain. After visiting the old town, we travel by car to Napa Lake where small excursions on horseback can be undertaken. We also stop to visit Songtsenling Monastery, the largest monastery in Southern China. Nowadays, 700 monks live and pray inside the vast compounds.
Shangri-la – Deqin Jiabe Homestay:
During the descent on the way to the homestay near the Tibetan border, we stop for lunch in Benzilan at a height of 1,900 meters. This route leads us to the Yangtze River, from where the road ascends to Deqin. After crossing the Baima Pass (4300 M), we stop for a short respite at Feilai Si, the flying temple. At a height of 3,300 meters above sea level, the viewing platform affords a spectacular view of the Kawa Karpo.
Deqin Jiabe Homestay – Shangri-la:
The first activity of the morning is to drive up cattle with a family member to a hill close by, where kids can observe goats and also watch how cows are milked. After climbing a short distance up the mountain, panoramic views of the region are visible.
End of the journey to Shangri la:
Transfer to the airport is completed.
Overnight stays in mid range hotels and guest houses, one overnight stay in a Tibetan homestay (without attached bathroom)
Meals, snacks, mineral water
Help for applying a Chinese visa
Flight booking service