52 days in Yunnan Itinerary

52 days in Yunnan Itinerary

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1
Kunming
— 7 nights
2
Shilin County
— 3 nights
3
Jianshui County
— 3 nights
4
Yuanyang County
— 3 nights
5
Hekou County
— 2 nights
6
Jinghong
— 4 nights
7
Tengchong County
— 4 nights
8
Dali
— 5 nights
9
Shangri-La County
— 7 nights
10
Deqin County
— 3 nights
11
Lijiang
— 6 nights

7
nights
Kunming

Kunming ©
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kunming Golden Temple and Bamboo Temple (Qiongzhu Si). Appreciate the collections at Yunnan Nationalities Museum and Yunnan Railway Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kunming: Chengjiang County (Fuxian Lake & Maotianshan National Geopark). The adventure continues: get a taste of the local shopping with Nanping Business Street, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yuantong Temple, stroll around Jindian Park, and buy something for everyone on your list at Parkson Mall(new Southwest Plaza).

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kunming trip tool.

Manila, Philippines to Kunming is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Manila in February, things will get much colder in Kunming: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Shilin County.

Things to do in Kunming

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Chengjiang County, Jinsha River
Find places to stay Feb 9 — 16:
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Fuxian Lake ©
Fuxian Lake
Yuantong Temple ©
Yuantong Temple
Kunming Golden Temple ©
Kunming Golden Temple

3
nights
Shilin County

Shilin County ©
In the national park of autonomous Shilin County, World Heritage-listed karst stalagmites rise up in an imposing "stone forest." A small urban area primarily devotes itself to tourism these days, with buses of visitors arriving from Kunming each day.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Jiuxiang Scenic Region and Grand Stone Forest. Escape the urban bustle at Yunnan Stone Forest Geological Park and Jianfengchi (Sword Peak Pond). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Liziqing Stone Forest, make a trip to Stone Forest, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kunming Moon Lake.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Shilin County sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Kunming to Shilin County in 1.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Jianshui County.

Things to do in Shilin County

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Jiuxiang Scenic Region
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 19:
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Yunnan Stone Forest Geological Park ©
Yunnan Stone Forest Geological Park
Stone Forest ©
Stone Forest

3
nights
Jianshui County

Jianshui County ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jianshui Ancient City and Zhangjia Park. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Jianshui Confucius Temple and School Administration Test Shed. Take a break from Jianshui County with a short trip to Chenzi Village in Luxi County, about 36 minutes away.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Jianshui County online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Shilin County to Jianshui County by car takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Yuanyang County.

Things to do in Jianshui County

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Chenzi Village
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 22:
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Zhu's Family Garden (Zhu Jia Huayuan) ©
Zhu's Family Garden (Zhu Jia Huayuan)
Swallow Cave ©
Swallow Cave

3
nights
Yuanyang County

Yuanyang County ©
Get some cultural insight at Honghe Hani Rice Terraces and Hani Nationality Folk Village. Visiting Duoyishu and Mengpin Terrace will get you outdoors. Step out of Yuanyang County to go to Gejiu and see Yunsi Temple, Gejiu, which is approximately 1h 30 min away.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Yuanyang County trip maker website.

You can drive from Jianshui County to Yuanyang County in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hekou County.

Things to do in Yuanyang County

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yunsi Temple, Gejiu
Find places to stay Feb 22 — 25:
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Honghe Hani Rice Terraces ©
Honghe Hani Rice Terraces
Yuanyang Rice Terraces ©
Yuanyang Rice Terraces

2
nights
Hekou County

Hekou County
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): delve into the lush surroundings at Gehao Summer Resort, don't miss a visit to Yunnan Minimum Altitude Scenic Resort, and then hunt for treasures at Vietnam Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: snap pictures at Chinese-Vietnam Railway Bridge and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mt. Dawei Natural Reserve.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hekou County trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yuanyang County to Hekou County takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Jinghong.

Things to do in Hekou County

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Mt. Dawei Natural Reserve
Find places to stay Feb 25 — 27:

4
nights
Jinghong

Jinghong ©
Jinghong has become a popular stopover for backpackers and domestic holidaymakers drawn to the area's landscape and culture.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chieftain Department, Menglian and Mengle Dafo Temple. Get in touch with nature at Xishuangbanna Tropical Nature reserve and Monkey Mountain, Sipsongpanna. When in Jinghong, make a side trip to see Sipsongpanna Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences in Mengla County, approximately Mengla County away. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Gajah Liar Valley, take a peaceful walk through Peacock Garden, Sipsongpanna, browse the eclectic array of goods at Olives Dam, and find something for the whole family at Mengle Cultural Park.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Jinghong day trip website.

You can drive from Hekou County to Jinghong in 9 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tengchong County.

Things to do in Jinghong

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks

Side Trips

Chieftain Department, Menglian, Sipsongpanna Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 4:
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4
nights
Tengchong County

Tengchong County
Explore hidden gems such as Heshun Hometown and Guoshang Cemetery. Escape the urban bustle at Geothermal Scenic Area and Tengchong Volcano Group. Go for a jaunt from Tengchong County to Lianghe County to see Nandian Chieftain Government Office Site about 1h 50 min away.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tengchong County trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Jinghong to Tengchong County with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Dali.

Things to do in Tengchong County

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nandian Chieftain Government Office Site
Find places to stay Mar 4 — 8:

5
nights
Dali

Dali ©
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.
Get in touch with nature at Mt.Cangshan and Erhai Lake Scenic Resort and Erhai Lake. Visit Four Scenic Resorts of Dali and The shimenguan Geopark for their historical value. Explore Dali's surroundings by going to Jizu Mountain (in Binchuan County) and Weishan County (Weishan Ancient City & Weibaoshan Taoistes). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Dali Ancient, make a trip to Xizhou Town, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dali Erhai Tianjing Temple, and enjoy breathtaking views from Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple (Northwest Gate).

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Dali trip builder app.

You can drive from Tengchong County to Dali in 5.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Shangri-La County.

Things to do in Dali

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Weishan County, The shimenguan Geopark, Jizu Mountain
Find places to stay Mar 8 — 14:
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Weishan Ancient City ©
Weishan Ancient City
Mt.Cangshan and Erhai Lake Scenic Resort ©
Mt.Cangshan and Erhai Lake Scenic Resort
Four Scenic Resorts of Dali ©
Four Scenic Resorts of Dali

7
nights
Shangri-La County

Shangri-La County ©
Known previously as Zhongdian, Shangri-La County gained its current name in an attempt by city officials to promote tourism.
Get outdoors at Shangri-la Grand Canyon. Balagezong and Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia). Your inner history buff will appreciate Shangri-La Zhongxin Town Church and Dukezong Ancient Town. Change things up with a short trip to White Horse Snow Mountain National Nature Reserve in Weixi County (about 1h 40 min away). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at SongZan LinSi ZangBao ZhanLanGuan, take an in-depth tour of Diqing Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Shudu Lake, and identify plant and animal life at Napa Hai Nature Reserve.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Shangri-La County trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Dali to Shangri-La County in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Deqin County.

Things to do in Shangri-La County

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

White Horse Snow Mountain National Nature Reserve
Find places to stay Mar 14 — 21:
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Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia) ©
Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia)
Bitahai Nature Reserve ©
Bitahai Nature Reserve
SongZan LinSi ZangBao ZhanLanGuan ©
SongZan LinSi ZangBao ZhanLanGuan

3
nights
Deqin County

Deqin County ©
Take a break from the city and head to Meili Snow Mountain and Kawagebo Peak. Discover out-of-the-way places like Yubeng Village and Yubeng Waterfall.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Deqin County trip planner.

Drive from Shangri-La County to Deqin County in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lijiang.

Things to do in Deqin County

Nature Parks Trails
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Meili Snow Mountain ©
Meili Snow Mountain

6
nights
Lijiang

Lijiang
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Lijiang Guides - Day Tours and Thin Strip of Sky of Lijiang. Do some cultural sightseeing at Old Town of Lijiang - China and Beiyue Temple of Lijiang. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lijiang: Yulong County (Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain, Lijiang Spruce Plain, &more). Spend the 30th (Sat) exploring nature at Mt. Laojun Mountain National Geological Park ,Yulong Liming. The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Rhizome - Lijiang art center, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Yak Plain, steep yourself in history at Xuesong Village, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Sanyan Well.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Lijiang trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Deqin County to Lijiang in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yulong County
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Lijiang Spruce Plain ©
Lijiang Spruce Plain
Yufeng Temple of Lijiang ©
Yufeng Temple of Lijiang

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