26 days in Yunnan Itinerary

26 days in Yunnan Itinerary

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Drive to Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport, Fly to Tengchong County
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Tengchong County
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kunming
— 6 nights
Drive
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Yuanmou County
— 1 night
Drive
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Kunming
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jianshui County
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yuanyang County
— 1 night
Drive
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Kunming
— 1 night
Fly
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Shangri-La County
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lijiang
— 2 nights
Drive
10
Dali
— 2 nights
Train
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Kunming
— 3 nights
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Tengchong County

— 2 nights
You've added Geothermal Scenic Area, Tengchong Volcano Group, Volcano National Geological Park, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): immerse yourself in nature at Volcano National Geological Park, get impressive views of Tengchong Volcano Group, witness a stunning natural landmark at Geothermal Scenic Area, explore the striking landscape at Volcano Park, Tengchong, then get impressive views of Dakong Mountain, and finally admire the sheer force of Dieshuihe Waterfall.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tengchong County online trip itinerary planner.

Hong Kong to Tengchong County is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, subway, bus, and taxi; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Kunming.

Things to do in Tengchong County

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 2:

Kunming

— 6 nights

City of Eternal Spring

With a temperate climate at 2,000 m (6,600 ft) and a variety of tourist attractions, Kunming makes a popular gateway for exploring Yunnan Province.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Green Lake (Cui Hu) as well as Yunnan Provincial Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to An Ning Spring and Yuantong shan. Take a break from the city and head to Kunming Country Park and Jindian Park. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Huating Temple, take in panoramic vistas at Dongxi Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Taihua Temple, and make a trip to Kunming EXPO Center.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kunming trip planning website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tengchong County to Kunming. September in Kunming sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Yuanmou County.

Things to do in Kunming

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 2 — 8:

Yuanmou County

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Yuanmou Man Exhibition Hall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Yuanmou Earth and Forest Scenic Resort.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Yuanmou County trip website.

You can drive from Kunming to Yuanmou County in 2.5 hours. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kunming.

Things to do in Yuanmou County

Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 9:

Kunming

— 3 nights

City of Eternal Spring

On the 10th (Fri), stop by Yunnan Normal University and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zhenqingguan Ancient Building. Here are some ideas for day two: take advantage of the amenities at Haigeng Park and then take a peaceful walk through Mt. Zhongling Forest Park.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kunming trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Yuanmou County to Kunming takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Jianshui County.

Things to do in Kunming

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 9 — 12:
Highlights from your trip

Jianshui County

— 2 nights
On the 12th (Sun), explore the fascinating underground world of Swallow Cave. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Tuan Hill, Honghe and then stroll around Zhangjia Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Jianshui County sightseeing planner.

Getting from Kunming to Jianshui County by car takes about 3 hours. You'll set off for Yuanyang County on the 14th (Tue).

Things to do in Jianshui County

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 14:
Highlights from your trip

Yuanyang County

— 1 night
Before you visit Yuanyang County, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Jianshui County to Yuanyang County takes 3.5 hours. On the 15th (Wed), you'll travel to Kunming.

Things to do in Yuanyang County

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:

Kunming

— 1 night

City of Eternal Spring

On the 15th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Zhenqingguan Ancient Building.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kunming trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yuanyang County to Kunming takes 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Shangri-La County.

Things to do in Kunming

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 16:

Shangri-La County

— 2 nights
Known previously as Zhongdian, Shangri-La County gained its current name in an attempt by city officials to promote tourism.
You've added Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia), Dukezong Ancient Town, Guishan Park, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 16th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sumtsaling Monastery, stroll through Napa Hai Nature Reserve, then get a taste of life in the country at Yila Grassland, then stroll around Guishan Park, and finally contemplate the long history of Dukezong Ancient Town. Here are some ideas for day two: take in breathtaking views at Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia).

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Shangri-La County trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Kunming to Shangri-La County in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Sat) before leaving for Lijiang.

Things to do in Shangri-La County

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 18:

Lijiang

— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Blue Moon Valley, Lijiang Impressions Show, Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Old Town of Lijiang - China, make a trip to Yuhe Square, then appreciate the history behind Sanyan Well, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museum of Naxi Dongba Culture. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Mufu Palace, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lijiang Lion Rock, get great views at Wangu Pavilion, then don't miss a visit to Lijiang Mural in Baisha Village, then ponder the design of Black Dragon Pond Park, and finally admire the striking features of Beiyue Temple of Lijiang.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Lijiang road trip planning tool.

Drive from Shangri-La County to Lijiang in 3 hours. In September, daytime highs in Lijiang are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Dali.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 18 — 20:

Dali

— 2 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Dali Ancient, Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple (Northwest Gate), Xizhou Town, and other attractions. On the 20th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Xingjiao Temple, Shaxi and then take in the pleasant sights at Yunnan Shaxi Ancient Town.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Dali trip builder website.

Drive from Lijiang to Dali in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Kunming.

Things to do in Dali

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 20 — 22:

Kunming

— 3 nights

City of Eternal Spring

Your day by day itinerary now includes Jiuxiang Scenic Region as well as Yunnan Stone Forest Geological Park.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Kunming trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Dali to Kunming takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. On the 25th (Sat), you're off to home.

Things to do in Kunming

Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 22 — 25:

Yunnan travel guide

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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.