Yunnan Adventure
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Yunnan Adventure

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The most wonderfully complex of all China’s provinces, Yunnan boasts a rich diversity of people and landscapes. Explore verdant forest and dramatic mountains, archaeological sites and indigenous cultures on this varied adventure.

tour duration 16 Days from
tour price 2,745pp
tour type Group Tour

Places Visited

UK - Kunming (2N) - Dali (2N) - Lijiang (2N) - Zhongdian (3N) - Kunming (1N) - Jianshui (1N) - Yuanyang (2N) - Kunming (1N) - UK

Tour Highlights

Meditate with a Taoist Master at Weibaoshan
Take in stunning vistas of and from Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Admire the glistening architecture of Songzanlin Monastery
Gaze upon Dali's ancient Three Pagodas
Trek through hypnotic Rice Terraces in Yuanyang
Get lost in the mystical Stone Forest

Days 1-2 Fly to Kunming
Fly to the relaxed city of Kunming. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Days 1-2 Fly to Kunming
Day 3 UNESCO-listed Stone Forest
Meander through the formation of the UNESCO-listed Stone Forest, where towering limestone pillars stand treelike in a fascinating illusion of woodland. Return to Kunming where you can sample the local delicacy Across the Bridge Noodles, for dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 3 UNESCO-listed Stone Forest
Day 4 Delve into Dali
Drive to Dali, a charming town that offers a peek of bygone China, to explore Old Quarter and symmetrical Three Pagodas. (B, L)
Day 4 Delve into Dali
Day 5 Meditation on Weibaoshan
Journey to Weibaoshan, one of the fourteen sacred Taoist mountains. Steeped in legend, the mountain features 20 Taoist temples nestled on its forested slopes. Stop at a Qingxia Temple where you will be met by a Taoist priest for a relaxing meditation session. (B,L)
Day 5 Meditation on Weibaoshan
Day 6 Shaxi Ancient Town
Drive to Lijiang via Shaxi Ancient Town. This afternoon visit Lijiang’s Old Quarter, where you will have time to explore the many street food stalls selling delicious food. (B,L)
Day 6 Shaxi Ancient Town
Day 7 Meet a Shaman Master
Take a chairlift to one of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain's gorgeous meadows and enjoy amazing vistas of this magnificent mountain massif. Continue to Baisha Naxi Village and meet a Shaman Dongba who you will demonstrate how to write ancient Dongba written characters, before attempting this quirky artform yourself. Sample traditional Naxi cuisine. (B,L,D)
Day 7 Meet a Shaman Master
Day 8 Tiger Leaping Gorge
Visit Lijiang’s iconic Black Dragon Pool before the incredible Tiger Leaping Gorge with its backdrop of snow-capped mountains, it is one of China’s most extraordinary sights. The whole area is spectacular – prepare for breathtaking views. Continue on to the Tibetan monastery town of Zhongdian, also known as Shangri-La. (B,L,D)
Day 8 Tiger Leaping Gorge
Day 9 Songzanlin Monastery
Visit the Songzanlin Monastery before an easy hike at Na Pa Hai. Make your way to a rural Tibetan-style village where you will learn about the villagers; way of life and taste home-cooked dishes. Return to Zhongdian. (B,L,D)
Day 9 Songzanlin Monastery
Day 10 Zhongdian Old Town
Visit Zhongdian's atmospheric Old Town and Dafo Temple before an afternoon at leisure. (B,L)
Day 10 Zhongdian Old Town
Day 11 Fly to Kunming
Fly back to Kunming, known as China’s 'spring city' for a day at leisure. (B)
Day 11 Fly to Kunming
Day 12 Travel to Jianshui
Travel to Tonghai and visit the unique Xingmeng Mongolian village on the way, where the residents wear traditional costumes and keep old traditions alive. After a stroll around Tonghai market, continue to the antiquated town of Jianshui for an overnight stay and visit the Confucian temple, one of the largest in China. (B,L,D)
Day 12 Travel to Jianshui
Day 13 Travel to Yuanyang
This morning visit the Zhang Garden before travelling further south to Yuanyang where you can explore the bustling market, full of fresh produce and locals in traditional, colourful costume. (B,L,D)
Day 13 Travel to Yuanyang
Day 14 Rice Terraces of Yuanyang
Hike around the rice terraces, admiring the spectacular natural beauty. This evening dine on a mix of Han and hani cuisine. (B,L,D)
Day 14 Rice Terraces of Yuanyang
Day 15 Journey to Kunming
Journey back to Kunming, stopping en route at Lendun Village Market. (B,L,D)
Day 15 Journey to Kunming
Day 16 Fly Kunming to UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home the following day. (B)
Day 16 Fly Kunming to UK

Also Available

Private Departures for this tour

If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Departure would be more ideal. Based on exactly the same itinerary as the group tour, our Private Departures give you the freedom to choose your own departure date and simply enjoy your holiday with your family, your partner, or your friends. On Private Departures your tour will be led by an English speaking local guides in each destination

Tailor Your Tour

If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 9884 888 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

29-Oct > 13-Nov - £3,045 £2,845 BOOK NOW
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Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £2,390pp (Kunming-Kunming)
Single supplement from £420 (none if willing to share)
Tipping payable locally RMB800pp

08-Apr > 23-Apr - £2,890 BOOK NOW
06-May > 21-May - £2,890 BOOK NOW
02-Sep > 17-Sep - £2,990 BOOK NOW
07-Oct > 22-Oct - £2,990 BOOK NOW
28-Oct > 12-Nov - £2,990 BOOK NOW

Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £2,390pp (Kunming-Kunming)
Single supplement from £420 (none if willing to share)
Tipping payable locally RMB800pp

07-Apr > 22-Apr - £2,990 BOOK NOW
05-May > 20-May - £2,990 BOOK NOW
08-Sep > 23-Sep - £3,190 BOOK NOW
06-Oct > 21-Oct - £3,190 BOOK NOW
27-Oct > 11-Nov - £3,190 BOOK NOW

Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £2,390pp (Kunming-Kunming)
Single supplement from £420 (none if willing to share)
Tipping payable locally RMB800pp

Wendy Wu Tours, inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. If the hotels details below for your tour are not available, hotels of a similar standard will be used.

Jinjiang Hotel
Jinjiang Hotel - Kunming (3 Nights)
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Jin Jiang Hotel is located close to Kunming’s main sttractions. Each of its air conditioned, modern en-suite rooms include satellite television, a minibar, complimentary toiletries and tea making facilities. The hotel includes the Shanghai and the Lily restaurant, which serve local Huaiyan and Yunnan specialties. The onsite fitness centre and spa is a highlight.



Asia Hotel
Asia Hotel - Dali, Yunnan (2 Nights)
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Backed by the snow-capped Cangshan Mountain range and facing Erhai Lake, the four-star Asian Star Hotel offers a unique opportunity to appreciate the natural scenery of this area. The hotel offers an onsite restaurant, fitness room and currency exchange facilities. All of the rooms feature air conditioning, a telephone and a view of the mountain or lake.



Adange Hotel
Adange Hotel - Lijiang, Yunnan (2 Nights)
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Located in the city centre of Lijiang, the Adange 4 star hotel offers 283 elegantly furnished en-suite rooms equipped with air conditioning, satellite television, safety deposit box and refrigerator. The onsite restaurant offers local Chinese and Western dishes. A swimming pool and gym are also available.



Zhaxidele Hotel
Zhaxidele Hotel - No. 65 Kangzhu Avenue, Shangri-la County, Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Region, China (3 Nights)
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Situated 1.0 Km away from the city centre, The Shangri-la Zhaxidele Hotel offers comfortable en-suite rooms with modern amenities, including air conditioning and satellite television. Other amenities include a salon, shops and Wi-Fi in public areas. The hotel also features a superb restaurant and bar.



Jianshui Hotel
Jianshui Hotel - Jianshui County (1 Nights)
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Located a short distance from local attractions, the Jianshui Hotel offers spacious en-suite rooms to ensure guests a comfortable stay in Jianshui County. The hotels on-site restaurant serves tasty Chinese cuisine, with the option of European on request.



Yunti Hotel
Yunti Hotel - Yuanyang (2 Nights)
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Yunti Hotel, located close to the local market and Central Square in the old city of Yuan Yang, has comfortable en-suite rooms with amenities, including a water dispenser and television. The hotel also features a restaurant, lobby bar, and bike renting service.



A Shi Ma Hotel
A Shi Ma Hotel - Stone Forest (1 Nights)
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Hong Kong & Macau Discovery

Hong Kong & Macau Discovery

tour duration 5 Days from tour price 410pp
Taste of Macau

Taste of Macau

tour duration 3 Days from tour price 320pp
Hong Kong Glimpses

Hong Kong Glimpses

tour duration 3 Days from tour price 240pp
Hong Kong in Focus

Hong Kong in Focus

tour duration 4 Days from tour price 420pp

A visa is required by all nationalities. A visa should be arranged in advance of travel.
Unlike many other tour operators, we include your entry visas in the price of our tour. We handle the entire visa process – all you need to do is fill out the form and send your passport to us. We are always on hand to help you with any questions or queries you might have when completing the form. 

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. Calls may cost £1 per minute to the UK, plus a 10% service charge, but will vary by location. To call the UK the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 44, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are quite popular in China and you will find high quality coverage. China has active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however SMS and call rates can be expensive. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have wifi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. Many websites, including most Google Products, Facebook and Twitter are banned in China and therefore inaccessible. If you need to access your email via Gmail whilst in China, please use an alternative email account whilst in the country.

Tipping while on holiday is common in most parts of the world and China is no exception. However, it is not always clear who it is appropriate to tip and how much. Furthermore, travellers may not have the right amounts of cash available at the right time. In order to avoid any inconvenience Wendy Wu Tours operates a tipping policy where a stated amount is given to your national escort at the beginning of your tour and tips are distributed to local guides and drivers throughout your tour. The amount is designed to be at a reasonable level for travellers while being fair to the local people and includes a gratuity for the national escort. If you are travelling in a smaller group with local guides only, then tipping is paid in each destination.  To be fair to the guides we ask for slightly higher amounts per traveller with small groups. Yangtze cruise companies operate a service charge policy and this is paid separately when boarding the vessel.
 
For independent passengers, or group passengers with pre or post tour arrangements, you should allow 65 RMB per person per day for the guides and 35 RMB per person per day for the drivers.
 
We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure, and China has a vast array of shopping opportunities for those who love to seek out a bargain. From hand carved jade to local silk products or pearls from the South China Sea – the variety and choice can seem endless.
 
In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
 
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost.
 
Breakfast is served in the hotel and usually includes western dishes. As is traditional in China, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on a ‘Lazy Susan’ so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. In China all the dishes are served in various styles and brought out to the table for everyone to share. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
 
Each individual place setting will consist of a bowl of fan (rice), a pair of chopsticks (you may request western cutlery if you prefer), a flat bottomed soup spoon and a saucer. Chinese food is usually served in courses where a typical meal will consist of rice, one to four meat or fish dishes, two vegetable dishes, and one soup dish. Almost all food is cut into bite sized pieces. The centre of the meal is the fan or rice. The meats and vegetables that we think of as the focus of the meal are known as ts’ai, which roughly translates as ‘side dishes’. Fish is not always available, particularly outside of the bigger cities.
 
The Chinese are also not big on desserts with meals normally complemented with fruit to clean and refresh the palate.
 
Sichuan cuisine is distinguished by its use of ginger, chilli and the ‘Sichuan peppercorn’ called the fagara. Each meal will usually have some mild dishes but many of the local speciality dishes will be hot. If your group find there are not enough mild dishes served, please inform your National Escort/Local Guide so that they may resolve the problem for the next meal.
 
If you would like to drink beer, soft drink or bottled water with your meals, payment is to be made directly to the restaurant staff. Beer is traditionally consumed in small glasses; not the larger pints glasses that you may be used to.
 
Green tea is sometimes provided complimentary. All other drinks will be at your own expense.
If you have booked a tour that does not include all meals, your local guides will be able to recommend a variety of restaurants to meet your taste and budget.
 
It is possible to buy snacks in supermarkets within major towns or cities. Alternatively, you may also like to bring comforts like cereal, biscuits, muesli bars, and tea/coffee from home.
 
Any food/diet requests MUST be specified at the time of booking and you should mention it again to the National Escort/ Local Guides when you meet them – they will do their utmost to cater for any special requests, such as vegetarian meals or food to be avoided in case of allergies.

Hotels in China are bound by Government laws which mean that air conditioning is switched on nationally in May and the central heating in November (this may vary slightly depending on the region).

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What's Included

International flights and current taxes
Domestic transportation
Accommodation
Meals as stated
Touring with guides and entrance fees
Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders

Why Book This Tour?

This tour is ideal for those with a reasonable amount of time and who have an interest in learning about a specific region of the country. We have designed this tour to take in key historical, religious and naturally stunning areas of Yunnan. This tour is active and involves walking for long periods which allows you to get the most out of the natural beauty of Yunnan.

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