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Peregrine Travel is pleased to offer Yunnan, China


8 Days / 7 Nights
(Tour Code: PGYN)

This packaged tour is designed as an extension to your existing tour to China. For example, if you have a tour to visit Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai, you can add this Eco Tour to your current itinerary. We will also gladly design a customized tour that will suit your needs. Please contact us or your travel agent.

Brief Introduction: There are few provinces in China that have a diversity of natural scenery and culture as expansive as those found in Yunnan. Yunnan has a unique array of fascinating eco resources, including year-round snow-capped mountains and glaciers, lakes and hot springs, highland landscapes, primitive forests, and tropical rain forests where elephants and monkeys roam. The Lunan Karst topography covers an area of 350 square kilometers and forms “the first wonder in the world” -the Stone Forest. More than 40 highland lakes are scattered like beautiful pearls amidst the mountains. Cut off from the outside world by precipitous mountains, and close to Yunnan is Shangri-la. Shangri-la is the setting of James Hilton’s acclaimed novel Lost Horizon. Indeed, Shangri-La may be the last horizon where one can observe cultural layers going back thousands of years. Picturesque Lijiang, listed as a “World-class Cultural Legacy” by UNESCO, is home to gorges, lakes and active horse breeding in which the Naxi people still use hieroglyphic writing and wear sheepskin capes.

Yunnan is an area rich in subculture. There are 26 ethnic minority groups that live in Yunnan. They offer a vivid diversity of culture with their colorful ethnic costumes, traditional songs and dances, fairs and festivals. All these ethnic groups still maintain their vibrant cultural customs thus they provide visitors a glimpse into the past and an understanding of how life was once defined.

There is no end to the wonders of Yunnan. Stone drums, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, religious worship of not gods but the sky, the earth, the mountains, languages whose origins are lost in the mists of antiquity. Welcome to Yunnan.

The Tour Schedule includes:

Day1 Arrive at Kunming. Transfer to Bank Hotel Kunming for a 2 nights stay.
Day2 Visit Stone Forest (B, L, D)
Day3 Morning flight to Lijiang. Visit Lijiang Old Town, Black Dragon Pool. Transfer to Treasure Harbor International Hotel for 2 nights stay. (B, L, D)
Day4 Visit Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (reach an altitude of 4,200 meters by cable car), Baisha Mural (B, L, D)
Day5 Drive from Lijiang to Shangri-La. On the way visit Tiger Leaping Gorge, then transfer to Shangri-La Paradise Hotel (5 Stars) for 3 nights stay. (B, L, D)
Day6 Visit Pudacuo National Park, Shudu Lake, Militangya Alpine Pastures and Bitahai Lake for a hike. Optional volunteer work teaching at an institute in Shangri-La. (B, L, D)
Day7 Visit Songzanlin Monastery, Shangri-La Old Town, and then to Tangdui village to make Pottery. (B, L, D)
Day8 Depart from Shangri-La to Kunming. Tour ends in Kunming airport to allow clients make their tarnsfers to other cities. (B)

 

Stone Forest (Shi Lin)
 
The world-famous Stone Forest lies within Lunan County. Thanks to a millennium-long weathering process, there finally came into being a most enchanting sight of fantastic stone pillars reputed as the “Number One Grand Spectacle on Earth.” Many beautiful legends originate in this magical place, passed along by the native people known as Sani, a branch of the Yi ethnic group. One particular story about the faithful love of Ashima, a beautiful, clever and warm-hearted Sani girl, is the most popular tale and has been told for thousands of years. The Sani people celebrate their national Torch Festival every lunar year on June 24. They take part in traditional activities such as wrestling, bull fighting, pole-climbing, dragon-playing, lion-dancing, and the dancing the Axi Moon Dance. During this time, the Stone Forest is alive with a particularly joyful, festive atmosphere, making the area even more attractive than usual. The Stone Forest with sculptures carved by nature herself, is always a true miracle for visitors to behold.

Old Town of Lijiang
 
The Old Town of Lijiang, an old but well-preserved city of ethnic minorities with brilliant cultures, is a central town of the Lijiang Autonomous County of the Naxi Ethnic Minority in Yunnan Province. Located on a plateau 2,400m (7,874ft) above sea level and embraced by the tree-covered Lion Mountain in the west, Elephant and Golden Row Mountains in the north, vast fertile fields in the southeast and crystal clear water running through, the old town looks like a big jade ink slab. Lijiang is sometimes referred to as the Town of Big Ink Slab or Dayanzhen due to its unique appearance.

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (Yulong Mountains)
 
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, also known as Yulong Mountain, boasts the southernmost glacier in the Northern Hemisphere. Of its thirteen peaks, the highest is Shanzidou with an altitude of 5,600 meters (18,360 feet), Jade Dragon Snow Mountain stretches a length of 35 kilometers (22 miles) and a width of 20 kilometers (13 miles). Looking from Lijiang Old Town in the south, which is 15 kilometers (nine miles) away, the snow-covered and fog-laced mountain resembles a jade dragon lying in the clouds.

Bai Sha Mural
 
The Baisha Murals are a combination of Naxi, Tibetan, Bai and Han artistic designs, and most vividly display the religious stories of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. They are kept and displayed in ancient buildings around Baisha Village. The village itself is an ancient and beautiful town located about 10 km north of the Old Town of Lijiang, and was the earliest political and spiritual center of the Naxi ethnic minority group.

Heilongtan (Black Dragon Pool)
 
Heilongtan (Black Dragon Pool) is a famous Taoist center in the Wulao Peaks of the Longquan Mountains located to the north of Kunming. It received its name from a legend claiming there was a black dragon dwelling in the pool. Black Dragon Palace has three courtyards that once served as the place where local officials came to pay tribute to the Black Dragon and ask for rain. Other famous relics are the ancestral hall of the Han Dynasty, the plum tree of the Tang Dynasty, the cypress of the Song Dynasty, and the camellia of the Ming Dynasty. Heilongtan is composed of two pools, one deep and clear, the other shallow and muddy. The water in the clear pool comes from underground, and appears dark since the pool is very deep. Where the two pools join is a bridge. Although the water of both pools meets here, fish never move between the ponds.

Tiger Leaping Gorge
 
Tiger Leaping Gorge is the first choice for intrepid hikers. This magnificent gorge holds several peaks at both sides that reach up to 6,000 meters. Around 15 kilometers in length, the gorge is located where the river passes under steep cliffs between Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Haba Xueshan. Legend asserts that in order to escape from a hunter, a tiger jumped the 25-meter gap across the river at its narrowest point.

Pudacuo National Park
 
The Nature Conservancy has helped China preserve a unique landmark in establishing the country’s first national park. Pudacuo National Park in Southwest Yunnan Province is located in one of the most diverse regions in the world. While the region measures only 0.7% of China’s land area, it contains more than 20% of the country’s plant species, about one-third of its mammal and bird species, and almost a hundred endangered species. Among these includes species of fish found nowhere else in the world, rare and beautiful orchids, black-necked cranes and a yew tree with an extract that is indispensable to the creation of many cancer-treating drugs. While there are more than 2,300 nature reserves in China, only a fraction are in areas of critical biological importance, and an even smaller number are well-managed. Pudacuo meets the standards for national parks established by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) and has advanced both protection and sustainable development of this ecologically significant section of Yunnan Province.

Shudu Lake
 
Shudu Lake lies 35 kilometers east of Shangri-La County. Its average temperature is 35 degrees and receives an average precipitation of 5,800 millimeters a year with a rainy season lasting from June to October. It is the biggest lake in the county and the water is crystal clear.

Bitahai Lake
 
Bitahai Lake is 3,000 meters long and 700 meters wide at an altitude of 3,504 meters. The water is 40 meters deep. There are thousands of azaleas around the lake, creating a beautiful and picturesque scene. Bitahai National Park is included in the nature reserve in the province.

Militangya Alpine Pastures
 
The Militangya Alpine Pastures contains many kinds of unique animals and plants. Enjoy the freedom of the pastures and appreciate the openness of the environment.

Songzanlin Monastery
 
Songzanlin Monastery, also known as Guihua Monastery, is situated at the foot of Foping Mountain at an elevation of over 3,300 meters (about 10,827 feet) and is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan. Construction began in 1679 and was completed in 1681. It is said that the Fifth Dalai Lama chose the site of the monastery through divination and named it “Gedan Songzanlin Monastery.”

During the peak of its prosperity, there were more than 3,000 monks in the temple. Built along the mountains with a magnificent facade, the present monastery is a faithful imitation of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. Two main lamaseries, Zhacang and Jikang, command the highest position in the architectural complex. They are both Tibetan-style watchtowers and are surrounded by eight sub-lamaseries and dormitories of the lamas.

A five-story Tibetan-style building serves as the main hall. Seen from a distance, the gilded copper stupa at the top of the structure and the gilded copper tiles seem to shine eternally in the plateau sunlight. Brightened with numerous butter-oil lamps, the hall can hold 1,600 lamas sitting in meditation or chanting the Buddhist scriptures. The monastery has many treasures. The most famous are the eight gold-plated sculptures of Sakyamuni, fashioned between the time of the fifth and seventh Dalai Lamas.

Shangri-La Old Town
 
The Old Town of Shangri-La is made up of traditional wooden Tibetan homes, religious buildings, alleys, and squares. It is distinct from the newly developed town growing alongside it. You will be able to see the old versus the new architecture and appreciate the difference in age and style.

Women’s Handicraft Center
 
Shangri-La’s Women’s Handicraft Center is located in the heart of the old town and is supported by Yunnan Mountain Heritage Foundation, a non-profit community-based organization. With the harvest of mushrooms in full swing, yaks out to pasture, and fields in need of tending, summer is the busiest time for women in rural areas around Shangri-La. At the Women’s Handicraft Center, visitors can see weaving demonstrations of carpets and other handicrafts done on looms.

Tangdui Village
 
This village is 30 kilometers away from Shangri-La City. It is famous for black pottery made by its local villagers. There are 148 families here, totaling about 800 people. Over 50% of the village families are black pottery makers. The history of pottery making in this village dates back over 3,000 years. The traditional way of making pottery is handed down from generation to generation. In ancient times, villagers used pottery to trade for rice, salt, tea, oil and everything else they needed for their livelihood. They used clay to make hot pots, tea pots, fire pots, vases, incense burners and butter lamps. In this village, tourists not only can learn how to make pottery, but can also enjoy the beautiful scenery and learn about Tibetan daily life.

 

 

Bank Hotel Kunming


Description: It is one of the best hotels in Kunming with the best location in downtown. Guests may also enjoy the company of the Red-beak seagulls from Siberia by the beautiful Pan Long River just a step outside of Bank Hotel.
 
Amenities: Western Restaurant Music Lounge Bank Banquet Hall Clinic 24-Hours Security Service Tennis Court Bowling Stadium Sauna & Massage Karaoke Drug Store Fitness Center Business Center Baby Room Beauty Saloon

Restaurant:
Restaurants: Besides the luxurious grand ballroom style banquet hall, the hotel also has superior international and local restaurants ready to meet your culinary desires. The hotel provides the best menu, acclaimed for its harmonious blend of traditional and modern styles.

Guest Rooms: Hotel guest rooms are large sized, fully appointed to present a luxurious atmosphere. All guest rooms are in exceptional condition. Broadband internet connection is available in each room.

Location: No. 399Youth Road, Kunming, China

Location Description: Bank hotel is located in downtown Kunming, about 15 minutes drive from Kunming International Airport.

Treasure Harbour International Hotel Lijiang


Description: The Treasure Harbour International Hotel Lijiang was designed and constructed in line with the standards of the platinum 5-star hotel. It is located in the main trunk highway of Lijiang -Shangri-La Road, where there is an auspicious Elephant Mountain and the Qing Xi reservoir in the east, the Shangri-La Road in the west and to the south overlooking”the world cultural heritage” is Dayan Old-Aged City. The hotel has 435 rooms.
 
Amenities: Baby sitting Beauty parlor Boutique Business center Car rental facilities Disabled facilities Early check-in Gymnasium Laundry facilities Lifts Lobby Outdoor pool Porterage Room Service Sauna Shop Travel agency facilities

Restaurant: Chinese Restaurant serves several kinds of cuisine including Cantonese, Huangyang, Hunan cuisine and local snacks. International food and daily buffets are served as well.

Guest Rooms: The hotel is the masterpiece of the distinguished designer, MO & Associates which is enjoying the greatest prestige all over the world. The hotel has 435 spacious and comfortable rooms and suites with elegant interior design and floor area of over 45 square meters. You can enjoy the poetic charm of nature through having access to spectacular views of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.

Location: Shangri-La Road, Lijiang, Yunnan, P. R. China

Location Description: Located in the Shangri-La road, which is the main street of the city. The Airport is 30 minutes driving distance away and 10 minutes driving distance to Dayan ancient town which was called The World Cultural Heritage.

Paradise Hotel Shangri-la


Description: The Five-Star Paradise Hotel, completed in 2004, is, at the time of this writing, the biggest hotel in town. An amalgamation of about six or seven different interior design styles, it features rooms overlooking a courtyard with a (cold) pool, a sauna, and greenery. The beauty of nature is, literally, right in front of you. The rooms are spacious and bright and are decorated with a soothing palette of colors and warm lighting. There is also an oxygen tank at the hotel’s nurse station. The hotel has 200 rooms.
 
Amenities: Business Center Laundry Beauty Salon Restaurants in hotel Parking Health Club Chess Room Karaoke Billiards ClubMassage Tennis Sauna

Restaurant: The hotel has Chinese Restaurants, Western Restaurants, Tea Restaurants, Tibet-Style Wine Bar, Tibet-Style Flavor Restaurant and 12 private rooms with different minority features.

Guest Rooms: These 200 superbly endowed guest rooms and suites offer fine quality furnishings and a contemporary feel. Generously proportioned glass windows allow natural light. Hotel is located in the downtown area, with a beautiful environment and comfortable rooms.

Location: Changzheng Middle Road, Shangri-La County, Zhongdian, Yunnan, China

Location Description: Minutes from the Zhongdian Airport.

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