22 days in Yunnan Itinerary

22 days in Yunnan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Yunnan trip planner

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Lijiang
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jianchuan County
— 3 nights
Drive
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Dali
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lijiang
— 1 night
Fly
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Jinghong
— 8 nights
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Lijiang
— 2 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Lijiang side-trips: Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain (in Yulong County) and Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia) (in Shangri-La County). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Mufu Palace, admire the striking features of Wangu Pavilion, take advantage of the amenities at Baisha Ancient Town, and don't miss a visit to Lijiang Mural in Baisha Village.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Lijiang trip builder tool.

Beijing to Lijiang is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Expect colder weather when traveling from Beijing in July: highs in Lijiang hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Jianchuan County.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 5 — 8:

Jianchuan County

— 3 nights
Venture out of the city with trips to Biluo Snow Mountain (in Lanping County) and Shuanglang (in Eryuan County).

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Jianchuan County travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Lijiang to Jianchuan County takes 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Dali.

Things to do in Jianchuan County

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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, contemplate the waterfront views at Mt.Cangshan and Erhai Lake Scenic Resort, see the interesting displays at Da Li Shi Kong Guo Shi Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of Four Scenic Resorts of Dali.

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Drive from Jianchuan County to Dali in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Lijiang.

Things to do in Dali

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

Lijiang

— 1 night

Suzhou on the Plateau

On the 16th (Fri), make a trip to Square Street (Sifangjie), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Blue Moon Valley, and then steep yourself in history at Mufu Palace.

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Traveling by car from Dali to Lijiang takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to fly to Jinghong.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 16:

Jinghong

— 8 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 much more to do: make a trip to Rubber Plantation, Sipsongpanna, browse the eclectic array of goods at Olives Dam, walk around Tropical Flower Garden, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Xishuangbanna Tropical Nature reserve.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Jinghong travel planner.

Getting from Lijiang to Jinghong by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Lijiang.

Things to do in Jinghong

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 16 — 24:

Lijiang

— 2 nights

Suzhou on the Plateau

Change things up with these side-trips from Lijiang: Haba Mountain (in Yulong County) and Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia) (in Shangri-La County). Enjoy Lijiang some more: don't miss a visit to Old Town of Lijiang - China, contemplate the long history of Shuhe Ancient Town, admire the local landmark of Black Dragon Pond Park, and stop by Ancient City Zhongyi Market.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Lijiang trip planning app.

You can fly from Jinghong to Lijiang in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 24 — 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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