22 days in Yunnan Itinerary

22 days in Yunnan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Yunnan journey planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Lijiang
— 3 nights
Fly to Kunming Changshui International Airport, Drive to Jiangchuan County
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Jiangchuan County
— 3 nights
Drive to Kunming Changshui International Airport, Fly to Dali
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Dali
— 4 nights
Fly
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Jinghong
— 7 nights
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Lijiang
— 4 nights
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Lijiang

— 3 nights

Suzhou on the Plateau

The cultural capital of the Naxi people, one of the 55 minority ethnic groups in the country, Lijang traces its history back over 800 years, with the city developing from a trading post on the ancient Southern Silk Road.
Spend the 5th (Mon) exploring nature at Lashi Lake. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Baisha Ancient Town, take some stellar pictures from Wangu Pavilion, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lijiang Lion Rock, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of Naxi Dongba Culture.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Lijiang trip maker tool.

Beijing to Lijiang is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in July, expect nights in Lijiang to be slightly colder, around 68°F, while days are colder, around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Jiangchuan County.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 4 — 8:

Jiangchuan County

— 3 nights
Jiangchuan County is known for nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Gushan Island.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Jiangchuan County online vacation planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lijiang to Jiangchuan County. On the 11th (Sun), you're off to Dali.

Things to do in Jiangchuan County

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 11:

Dali

— 4 nights
Combining a glorious past with modern conveniences and scenic natural surroundings, Dali stands out as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Yunnan, perched in a strategic location and boasting fertile fields for agriculture.
Dali is known for nature, historic sites, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cangshan Mountain, get to know the fascinating history of Four Scenic Resorts of Dali, pause for some photo ops at Monument of Shih-tsu Taking over Yunnan, and explore the ancient world of Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple (Northwest Gate).

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Dali travel planner.

Traveling by car from Jiangchuan County to Dali takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Jinghong.

Things to do in Dali

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 15:

Jinghong

— 7 nights
Jinghong has become a popular stopover for backpackers and domestic holidaymakers drawn to the area's landscape and culture.
When in Jinghong, make a side trip to see Sipsongpanna Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences in Mengla County, approximately Mengla County away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Rubber Plantation, Sipsongpanna, walk around Xishuangbanna Primitive Forest Park, contemplate the long history of Xishuangbanna Dai Nationality Garden, and delve into the lush surroundings at Xishuangbanna Rainforest.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Jinghong vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Dali to Jinghong by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can fly to Lijiang.

Things to do in Jinghong

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 15 — 22:

Lijiang

— 4 nights

Suzhou on the Plateau

Explore Lijiang's surroundings by going to Yulong County (Lijiang Spruce Plain, Yulong Snow Mountain Ski Area, &more). Enjoy Lijiang some more: don't miss a visit to Old Town of Lijiang - China, ponder the design of Black Dragon Pond Park, steep yourself in history at Shuhe Ancient Town, and take a stroll through Ancient City Zhongyi Market.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Lijiang road trip planning tool.

Fly from Jinghong to Lijiang in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 22 — 26:

Yunnan travel guide

4.2
Historic Walking Areas · Historic Sites · Bodies of Water
One of the most diverse provinces in China, Yunnan offers a wide range of attractions, ranging from UNESCO-protected stone forest formations to ancient Tibetan monasteries. Sightseeing in Yunnan includes visits to picturesque old town zones--some of the best-preserved in China--as well as seeing some of the country's most elaborate pagodas. Yunnan’s intact nature--which sits relatively close to urban areas--as well as year-round, spring-like climate provides excellent hiking opportunities. You can hike in beautiful nature along well-maintained trails and see spectacular rice terraces, swim in one of the deepest and cleanest lakes in China, or visit a diverse range of ethnic villages. Buy some delicious local tea and try some exquisite rice noodles.

Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture travel guide

2.6
Parks · Gardens · Nature & Parks
Xishuangbanna, Sibsongbanna, or Sipsong Panna, shortened to Banna is a Tai Lü autonomous prefecture in the extreme south of Yunnan, China. The prefectural seat is Jinghong, the largest settlement in the area and one that straddles the Mekong, called the "Lancang River" in Chinese.This region of China is noted for its distinct culture, unlike that of the Han Chinese. The people, architecture, language, and culture more similarly resembles that of the Tai peoples, which includes the Thai and Lao.EtymologySipsongpanna is a Tai Lü compound consisting of sipsong "twelve", pan "township" and na "rice paddy". The name refers to the traditional division of the mueang into twelve districts that were called panna (literally "township rice-fields") The etymology is parallel to the autonomous Tai-speaking region in French Indochina from 1890 to 1945 called Sip Song Chau Tai meaning "twelve Tai cantons".

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