West Yunnan Border Tour

(11 nights/12 days)

Reclining Buddha, BaoshanReclining Buddha Temple, BaoshanHot Springs, TengchongSingle-Tree Forest, Ruili
Destinations included: Kunming, Dali, Baoshan, Mangshi, Ruili and Tengchong.
Attractions features: tropical scenery; border view; ethnic minority culture; thermal springs, etc.
Day 01: arrive in Kunming which is reputed as "Spring City" because of the pleasant climate all year round and big variety of flowers, city tour, visit the East and West Temple Pagodas which were built during the 9th century, Golden Horse and Jade Rooster Archways which are among the landmarks of Kunming city, Flower & Bird Market and Nanping Pedestrian Commercial Street. (O/N: 4-star hotel in Kunming)


Day 02: one day tour to Stone Forest (90 km, 1.5 hrs) which is a world natural heritage site and world geological park with amazing karst limestone landform, in the meantime, meet the local Yi ethnic minority people there. (O/N: 4-star hotel in Kunming)


Day 03: drive to Dali (4 hrs), visit Three-Pagoda Park which is made up of a large complex of Buddhist temples and it is famous for the 3 imposing pagodas, then visit local Bai ethnic minority people's traditional houses in Xizhou, finally go to the old town of Dali, feel the laidback atmosphere on the "Foreigners' Street". (O/N: 4-star hotel in Dali)


Day 04: drive to Mangshi (4 hrs) which is reputed as "city of Dawn" and it was said the day was dawning when Buddha came to the city, hence the name, en route, visit Reclining Buddha Temple in Baoshan, after arrival, city tour, visit Shubaota (Tree-Embraced Stupa) which is a stupa built over 200 years ago and there is a banyan tree growing from inside it and embracing it, hence the name. (O/N: 3-star hotel in Mangshi)


Day 05: drive to Ruili (2 hrs) which is reputed as "City of Jewelry" and it is a hub of transportation of jade coming into China from Burma and one of the jewelry trading centers in southeast Asia, en route, visit Moli Waterfall, primeval forest and the town of Wanding bordering Burma. (O/N: 4-star hotel in Ruili)


Day 06: visit local Dai ethnic minority villages and markets. (O/N: 4-star hotel in Ruili)


Day 07: drive to Tengchong (6 hrs), en route, visit Heshun Village which is known as "hometown of overseas Chinese", owing to the many villagers who went abroad to Burma and other countries. (O/N: 3-star hotel in Tengchong)


Day 08: visit Hot Springs, Volcano National Park and Beihai Wetland. (O/N: 3-star hotel in Tengchong)


Day 09: drive to Dali (5 hrs), on arrival, take a pleasure boat ride (2 hrs) on Erhai Lake which is 40 kilometers long with crystal clear waters and isles, the boat takes you from the western shore of the lake to the eastern, on the boat, you can see villages sited along the lake and the majestic 19 peaks of Cangshan mountain range. (O/N: 4-star hotel in Dali)


Day 10: drive back to Kunming (4 hrs), visit Western Hills which is a forest park and as the outline of the hills looks like a lady lying down and trailing her hair in Dianchi Lake, it is nicknamed "Sleeping Beauty", ascending the hills, you can pay pilgrimages to Taoist gods and Buddhas and enjoy a bird's eye view of Kunming city and the lake. (O/N: 4-star hotel in Kunming)


Day 11: visit Golden Temple which is a Taoist temple and it is famous for a 250-ton bronze temple (the heaviest in China) and a 14-ton bronze bell (the third heaviest in China), on the bell tower there, you can also overlook Kunming city and see "Sleeping Beauty" clearly in the distance, then it is your free time. (O/N: 4-star hotel in Kunming)


Day 12: depart
Quotation: US$1,314 per person (2 persons)
Tour Inclusions:
1. Entrance fees to scenic spots
2. Twin room based on double occupancy in hotels
3. Breakfasts, Chinese food for involved lunches and dinners
4. Air-conditioned vehicle
5. English-speaking guide
Tour Exclusions:
1. Visa fees
2. International or domestic air tickets for flights to and from Yunnan
3. Excess baggage charges
4. Tips and personal expenses
5. Single room supplement
6. Travel insurance
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