10 days in Yunnan Itinerary

10 days in Yunnan Itinerary

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Fly
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Dali
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Lijiang
— 4 nights
Fly
3
Shilin County
— 1 night
Train
4
Kunming
— 2 nights
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Dali

Combining a glorious past with modern conveniences and scenic natural surroundings, Dali stands out as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Yunnan, perched in a strategic location and boasting fertile fields for agriculture.
Dali is known for nature, classes, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stop by Dali Ancient, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cangshan Mountain, delve into the lush surroundings at Erhai Lake, and take in panoramic vistas at Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple (Northwest Gate).

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Dali online route maker.

Shanghai to Dali is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Lijiang.

Things to do in Dali

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

4
nights
Lijiang

Suzhou on the Plateau

The cultural capital of the Naxi people, one of the 55 minority ethnic groups in the country, Lijang traces its history back over 800 years, with the city developing from a trading post on the ancient Southern Silk Road.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lijiang: Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain (in Yulong County) and Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia) (in Shangri-La County). Spend the 31st (Thu) exploring nature at Three Parallel Rivers National Park. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town of Lijiang - China, savor a delicious cup with Fu Xing Chang Tea House, steep yourself in history at Mufu Palace, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Black Dragon Pond Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Lijiang, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Dali to Lijiang in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Shilin County.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

1
night
Shilin County

In the national park of autonomous Shilin County, World Heritage-listed karst stalagmites rise up in an imposing "stone forest." A small urban area primarily devotes itself to tourism these days, with buses of visitors arriving from Kunming each day.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Small Stone Forest, then take in the dramatic natural features at Yunnan Stone Forest Geological Park, and then go for a walk through Stone Forest.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Shilin County day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Lijiang to Shilin County in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can take a train to Kunming.

Things to do in Shilin County

Parks · Nature

2
nights
Kunming

City of Eternal Spring

With a temperate climate at 2,000 m (6,600 ft) and a variety of tourist attractions, Kunming makes a popular gateway for exploring Yunnan Province.
On the 2nd (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Green Lake (Cui Hu), then pick up some local products at Zhuanxin Wet Market, and then make a trip to Yunnan Nationalities Village. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Kunming West Hill (Xishan Forest Park) and then don't miss a visit to Kunming Dragon Gate.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kunming trip maker site.

Traveling by train from Shilin County to Kunming takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daily temperatures in Kunming can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kunming

Parks · Nature · Shopping

Yunnan travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Bodies of Water · Historic Sites
One of the most diverse provinces in China, Yunnan offers a wide range of attractions, ranging from UNESCO-protected stone forest formations to ancient Tibetan monasteries. Sightseeing in Yunnan includes visits to picturesque old town zones--some of the best-preserved in China--as well as seeing some of the country's most elaborate pagodas. Yunnan’s intact nature--which sits relatively close to urban areas--as well as year-round, spring-like climate provides excellent hiking opportunities. You can hike in beautiful nature along well-maintained trails and see spectacular rice terraces, swim in one of the deepest and cleanest lakes in China, or visit a diverse range of ethnic villages. Buy some delicious local tea and try some exquisite rice noodles.