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.
Do your shopping at Nanping Business Street and Parkson Mall(new Southwest Plaza). Appreciate the collections at Yunnan Nationalities Museum and Yunnan Railway Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kunming: Chengjiang County (Fuxian Lake & Maotianshan National Geopark). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kunming Golden Temple, shop like a local with Guandu Ancient Town, browse the different shops at Brilliant Plaza, and walk around Dounan International Flowers Industrial Park.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Kunming fast, fun, and easy.

Manila, Philippines to Kunming is an approximately 13-hour flight. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Manila in February: high temperatures in Kunming hover around °C and lows are around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Shilin County.

Things to do in Kunming

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Chengjiang County
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Jiuxiang Scenic Region and Jianfengchi (Sword Peak Pond). Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Grand Stone Forest and Kunming Moon Lake. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Yunnan Stone Forest Geological Park, explore the striking landscape at Liziqing Stone Forest, and go for a walk through Stone Forest.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Shilin County itinerary builder app.

Getting from Kunming to Shilin County by train takes about 1.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Shilin County can reach °C, while at night they dip 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 Jianshui Confucius Temple. Step out of the city life by going to Tuan Hill, Honghe and Swallow Cave. Step out of Jianshui County with an excursion to Chenzi Village in Luxi County--about 36 minutes away.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Jianshui County trip maker site.

Drive from Shilin County to Jianshui County in 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 ©
Visiting Duoyishu and Mengpin Terrace will get you outdoors. Honghe Hani Rice Terraces and Yunsi Temple, Gejiu are good opportunities to explore the local culture.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Yuanyang County itinerary maker app.

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 Museums

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
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take a peaceful walk through Gehao Summer Resort, thenmake a trip to Yunnan Minimum Altitude Scenic Resort, and then shop like a local with Vietnam Street. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Chinese-Vietnam Railway Bridge and then identify plant and animal life at Mt. Dawei Natural Reserve.

Plan my day in Hekou County using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Yuanyang County to Hekou County in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough 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.
Chieftain Department, Menglian and Mengle Dafo Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Xishuangbanna Tropical Nature reserve and Gajah Liar Valley. Change things up with a short trip to Sipsongpanna Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences in Mengla County (about 1h 45 min away). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Mengyang Nature Reserve, find something for the whole family at National Customs Garden, Jinghong, don't miss a visit to Manjinglan Dai Tourist Village, and hunt for treasures at Olives Dam.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Jinghong day trip website.

Drive from Hekou County to Jinghong in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Tengchong County.

Things to do in Jinghong

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks

Side Trips

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

Tengchong County
Step out of the city life by going to Geothermal Scenic Area and Tengchong Volcano Group. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Heshun Hometown and Nandian Chieftain Government Office Site.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tengchong County trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Jinghong to Tengchong County with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mt.Cangshan and Erhai Lake Scenic Resort and Dali Cang Mountain. Take a break from the city and head to Cangshan Mountain and Erhai Lake. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dali: Weishan County (Weishan Ancient City & Weibaoshan Taoistes), Jizu Mountain (in Binchuan County) and The shimenguan Geopark (in Yangbi County). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Dali Ancient, contemplate the long history of Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple (Northwest Gate), take in the pleasant sights at Yunnan Shaxi Ancient Town, and take an in-depth tour of Dali Museum.

Before you visit Dali, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Tengchong County to Dali in 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Shangri-La County.

Things to do in Dali

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Weishan County, Jizu Mountain, The shimenguan Geopark
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.
Popular historic sites such as Shangri-La Zhongxin Town Church and Sumtsaling Monastery are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at SongZan LinSi ZangBao ZhanLanGuan and XiangGeLiLa ZangZu MinSuGuan. Go for a jaunt from Shangri-La County to Weixi County to see White Horse Snow Mountain National Nature Reserve about 1h 40 min away. Spend the 16th (Sat) exploring nature at Shangri-la Grand Canyon. Balagezong. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Bitahai Nature Reserve, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lanyue Mountain Valley, contemplate the long history of Dukezong Ancient Town, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Shangri-La Highland Craft Brewery.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Shangri-La County travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Dali to Shangri-La County takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive 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 ©
Step out of the city life by going to Meili Snow Mountain and Kawagebo Peak. Explore hidden gems such as Yubeng Village and Feilaisi National Forest Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Deqin County travel route tool.

Traveling by car from Shangri-La County to Deqin County takes 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Lijiang.

Things to do in Deqin County

Nature Parks Outdoors
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Town of Lijiang - China and Yufeng Temple of Lijiang. Visit Beiyue Temple of Lijiang and Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lijiang: Yulong County (Lijiang Spruce Plain, Zhiyun Temple, &more). Spend the 30th (Sat) exploring nature at Mt. Laojun Mountain National Geological Park ,Yulong Liming. There's much more to do: explore the galleries of Rhizome - Lijiang art center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Puji Temple, Lijiang, get in touch with nature with Lijiang Guides - Day Tours, and steep yourself in history at Shuhe Ancient Town.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Lijiang road trip app.

Traveling by car from Deqin County to Lijiang takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. On the 31st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yulong County
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 31:
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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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