If you have more days for your trip, it’s possible to add/choose the extensions/excursions associated with this trip.
Luoping, the sea of canola (+ 1~2 days): 228 kilometers east of Kunming, Luoping is located on the border of Yunnan and Guizhou. Luoping’s immense expanse of flowering rapeseed fields is arguably the most extraordinary artificial “sea” in the world. During the rapeseed flowering, which always takes place in February and March, the “sea of rapeseed flowers” in Luoping offers a superb panorama.
The authentic Nuodeng Village in Yunlong (+ 1 day): Located 180 km from Dali, on the old tea and horse road leading to Tibet and Burma, Nuodeng is a small village perched on the hillside and accessible only on foot. On-site, you have the opportunity to visit one of the oldest salt wells in the region. The steep streets of this village lead to the imposing temple of Confucius and his monastery located at the top of the village, which enjoy a superb view of the valley.
Wumu and Baoshan (+ 2~3 days): Built at the beginning of the Mongol Dynasty, Baoshan and Wumu are the two most beautiful villages in Yunnan. Perched on a natural promontory, these fortified Naxi villages overlook the Yangtze. The scenery on the river and the terraced fields are breathtakingly beautiful.
Lugu Lake(+ 1~2 days): Located north of Lijiang on the border with Sichuan, Lugu Lake is the second deepest body of water in Yunnan with its average depth of 40 m. It stretches over an area of 48 km², and its crystal clear deep blue waters bordered by coniferous forests offer a sumptuous landscape. Travelers can take a horseback ride around the lake or take advantage of the canoes for a ride along the water providing access to the three islands of the lake.
You can travel to Yunnanthroughout the year. But the best seasons to do this tour are in spring (between April and early June) and autumn (between September and early November) when temperatures are mild. Summers are pleasant with moderate temperatures, but the monsoon brings its share of rain from July to early September and can always hold some surprises. However, this will not pose a problem for this cultural circuit.
It is cold in Shangri-La in winter between December and March. Temperatures rise to 10 degrees during the day, then drop to below zero at night. Warm clothes are therefore essential.
Yuanyang: The best season to visit the rice fields of Yuanyang is spring (between mid-February and April). At that time, the rice terraces of Yuanyang were waterlogged for rice cultivation and formed thousands of mirrors that reflected light from the sky.
15 days | Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, and Shangri-La Deeply explore northern Yunnan and enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Himalayan range dotted with extraordinary encounters with minorities living on the borders of Tibet.
24 days | Combine the highlights of Yunnan’s north and south A 24-day travel plan includes the classics of Yunnan and destinations off the beaten track. Explore the colorful minority culture and varied scenery of Yunnan during the trip.
YUNNAN TRAVEL WITH LOCAL AGENCY
Ciel Yunnan is a local travel agency of Yunnan and specializes in tailor-made tours for travelers seeking authentic experiences in Yunnan.