China Guilin & Yunnan
Tiger Leaping Gorge, in China’s southwestern corner of Yunnan, is a scenic canyon. Located on the Jinsha River, a tributary of the upper Yangtze River, it can be easily reached from Lijiang City. There is a good path running above the Yangtze River that is used by trekkers offering great vistas. The inhabitants of the Tiger Leaping Gorge are primarily the indigenous Naxi people, who live in a handful of small hamlets.
In Beijing, visit its fabulous ancient buildings; the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace and lesser-known temples. Spend one day hiking along the Great Wall of China. Guilin, is China's most picturesque region known for karst mountain landscapes. Kunming, Yunnan’s capital city, is known as the “Eternal Spring City”. Visit its ancient lakeside town of Dali, the magical Lijiang and Zhongdian, known as ‘Shangri La’. Conclude in Shanghai, located on a delta formed by the Yangtze River.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 13-DAY CHINA TOUR…
And, explore China’s cultural towns of Guilin, Dali & Lijiang.
China Guilin & Yunnan Explore the most beautiful spots of the Yunnan Province in Southwest China.
(13 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Beijing, Guilin, Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shanghai
Begin in Beijing, world-renowned for historical and cultural magnificence. With your private guide, visit the fabulous ancient buildings, religious temples and imperial masterpieces such as the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace and lesser-known temples. Spend one day hiking along a less-touristy section of the Great Wall of China. Stay at China’s top luxury properties and dine on traditional specialties at favourite family-run restaurants.
Next, fly to Guilin, China's most picturesque region. Famed for the "the finest scenery under heaven", cruise the Li River to Yangshuo, to view the Karst scenery called the “hundred-mile art gallery”. Continue to Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan Province, known as the “Eternal Spring City”. Its alluring highland scenery, bewitching karst landform, varied and exotic habitats and customs and places of historical interest can be found at major scenic spots.
With your private guide, travel to the ancient lakeside town of Dali, driving through spectacular scenery past the upper reaches of the Yangtze to magical Lijiang and Zhongdian, known as ‘Shangri La’. Wander through peaceful monasteries, meet the friendly locals and discover a completely different side of China. Conclude your tour in Shanghai, located on the Yangtze River Delta.
During private touring see the famous Three Temples, learn about Shanghai’s history through the architecture of the Bund and cruise on the Huangpu River. Visit Shanghai’s old town and stop for tea and dumplings at the city’s oldest teahouse. Also visit up-and-coming neighbourhoods filled with art galleries, design shops and stylish new restaurants. One day, visit the classic Ming Dynasty gardens that is our favourite or take an excursion to Suzhou or another nearby water town to cruise canals lined with Ming Dynasty homes.
Day 1 – Arrive
Beijing Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights.
Day 2 – Tour
Beijing Full-day private city touring.
Day 3 – Tour
Beijing Private excursion to the Great Wall or continue Beijing touring.
Day 4 – Transfer
Guilin Private transfer to flight to Guilin for 2 nights.
Afternoon private touring.
Day 5 – Explore
Guilin & Yangshuo Li River cruise to Yangshuo.
Afternoon private tour of villages.
Day 6 – Explore
Kunming Optional visit to Longsheng.
Flight to Kunming for overnight.
Day 7 – Transfer
Dali Morning transfer and flight to Dali.
Full-day private touring in region.
Day 8 – Explore
Lijiang Private transfer to Lijiang for 3 nights.
Afternoon touring of local villages.
Day 9 – Explore
Lijiang Full-day touring around Lijiang.
Evening Naxi music performance.
Day 10 – Explore
Lijiang Morning touring around Lijiang.
Day 11 – Transfer
Shanghai Private transfer to airport for flight to Shanghai for 2 nights.
Afternoon private city tour.
Day 12 – Tour
Shanghai Full-day private city touring.
Day 13 – Depart
Shanghai Private airport transfer
Make this your holiday
Getting There Beijing Capital International Airport, about 12 miles (19 kilometres) northeast of the city centre, is served by numerous international carriers from the UK. Taxis at the airport are plentiful; the ride into town costs about $20 and can take anywhere from half an hour to an hour and a half, depending on traffic. For the adventuresome there's also a train that whisks you in 23 minutes to a fairly central station in Beijing from which you can cab it to your hotel.
When to go The best time to visit China is during autumn (September to early November) when the skies are clear and the weather is at its comfortable best. The days are warm, sunny and dry with clear skies and pleasantly cool evenings. Local Beijingers describe this short season as tiāngāo qìshuǎng (literally ‘the sky is high and the air is fresh’).
The second-best time is spring, late March to mid-May, when winds blow away the pollution but also sometimes bring clouds of scouring sand for a day or two, turning the sky a livid yellow (great for pictures). From May onwards the mercury begins to surge well over 30°C until the rains arrive. The months of July and August are sultry and humid.