Marc-Ciel-Yunnan-200x2044 days | Dali, Xizhou, Weishan, Nuodeng, Shaxi, and Lijiang

Tour Highlights:

  • A trip along with the Ancient Tea and Horse Road
  • Explore the minorities in North Yunnan deeply
  • Enjoy the peaceful life of villages
  • Visit the majestic Buddhist caves, Taoist temples, and architecture
  • Small and cozy hotels throughout the trip

  • Drive to Xizhou Village (30 minutes).
  • Visit the lively Xizhou market.
  • Drive to Weishan(2hrs), stopover at Donglianhua Village, which is a Hui minority settlement. You can visit the Tea and Horse Museum and a local mosque.
  • Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to wander through Weishan Old Town, explore the wooden houses, small stalls, and the museum with unique artifacts.

  • Explore Weibaoshan Mountain, which is one of the most sacred Taoist mountains in China.
  • Go down partly on foot for the magnificent view of the Weishan.
  • Drive to Yunlong Valley(4hrs).
  • A leisure stroll at Nuodeng Village, a well-preserved site of China where one can still observe the intact way of life of the Yunnan people and enjoy the quiet and peaceful scenery.
  • Eat dinner and stay overnight at a Bai family inn.

  • Drive to Shaxi (5hrs).
  • Stroll in the Shaxi Village at leisure, admiring its 14th-century Ming Dynasty buildings. You’ll see vignettes of daily life.

  • Stroll in the Shaxi morning market at leisure. (Only on Friday)
  • Explore the Shibaoshan Grottoes on foot.
  • Departure by road to Dali or Lijiang (1h30/2hrs).


Source: https://www.cielyunnan.com/circuits-courts-yunnan/weishan-nuodeng-et-shaxi-la-route-du-the-et-des-chevaux/

The rates below are indicative, and they may vary slightly depending on the season or hotel availability.
Price per person based on With driver With driver + An English-speaking guide
2 persons 502 $ 803 $
4 persons 354 $ 505 $
6 persons 305 $ 405 $

Price includes

  • The hotels are mentioned in the itinerary (includes breakfast).
  • Transfers by private vehicle with a driver during the whole journey. For the group without a guide, if necessary, the driver will also act as a guide.  
  • Accompaniment by an English-speaking guides from the 1st day (if this option has been chosen).
  • For the group without a guide, a smartphone will be given on your arrival. You will always be in contact with our 24-hour service. We are going to offer you restaurants with its locations, you can also try cashless payment anywhere in China (we are using less and less cash in China for payment).
  • Accommodation and meals for your guides and drivers.
  • One bottle of mineral water per day per person.

The price does not include

  • International and domestic flights.
  • Lunches and dinners.
  • Entrance tickets for tours and activities, to be paid directly on site.50% reductions sometimes for travelers over 60, free possible for those over 70.
  • Tips for guides and drivers (It is recommended of 160 RMB / day in total for the driver guide).
  • Accident, repatriation, and health insurance.
  • The visa fees.

Warm Tips:

  • You can also check out our organized small group tours here
  • To facilitate your stay, we suggest that you change your quotes on arrival and departure at the current exchange rate. The formalities to be completed in Chinese banks are particularly tedious

Recommended hotels

For each city, we have recommended two or three hotels for you to choose from below. The first hotel listed has been pre-selected by Ciel Yunnan.

Weishan Weishan Laoguan Inn Weishan Laoguan Inn Weishan Laoguan Inn
Nuodeng Nuodeng Fujia Liufang Inn Nuodeng Fujia Liufang Inn Nuodeng Fujia Liufang Inn
Shaxi Shaxi Aoding Courtyard Hotel Shaxi Aoding Courtyard Hotel Shaxi Wuliu Xinsu Inn
Supplement/per / / 15 $

If you have more days for your trip, it’s possible to add/choose the extensions/excursions associated with this trip.

  • Wumu and Baoshan (+2~3 days): Built at the beginning of the Mongolian 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, with an average depth of 40 m, is the second deepest lake in Yunnan. It stretches over an area of 48 km², and its crystal-clear deep blue waters combined with coniferous forests offer a sumptuous landscape. Travelers can ride a horse around Lugu Lake or drive the canoes to the three islands inside it.

When to go?

You can do this tour throughout the year. But the best seasons are in the spring and autumn when the temperatures are mild. The summers are pleasant, and the temperatures remain moderate. Although the monsoon sometimes brings abundant rains in July and early September, it doesn’t pose a problem for this cultural circuit.

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