9 days in Yunnan & Putian Itinerary

9 days in Yunnan & Putian Itinerary

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9 days in Yunnan & Putian Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Kunming
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
2
Jinghong
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
3
Shangri-La County
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Lijiang
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
5
Putian
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Singapore

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): enjoy some diversion at Kunming Waterfall Park and then explore the activities along Green Lake (Cui Hu).

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kunming trip itinerary builder site .

Singapore, Singapore to Kunming is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Singapore in December: high temperatures in Kunming hover around 18°C and lows are around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Jinghong.

Things to do in Kunming

Parks Nature Fun & Games
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Green Lake (Cui Hu) ©
Green Lake (Cui Hu)

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Jinghong

Jinghong ©
Jinghong has become a popular stopover for backpackers and domestic holidaymakers drawn to the area's landscape and culture.
On the 9th (Mon), walk around Manting Park, identify plant and animal life at Xishuangbanna, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Peacock Garden, Sipsongpanna.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Jinghong trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Kunming to Jinghong in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Shangri-La County.

Things to do in Jinghong

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife
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Xishuangbanna ©
Xishuangbanna
Manting Park ©
Manting Park

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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): explore the stunning scenery at Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia). On your second day here, delve into the lush surroundings at Bitahai Nature Reserve and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Potatso National Park.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Shangri-La County trip itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Jinghong to Shangri-La County takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Lijiang.

Things to do in Shangri-La County

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia) ©
Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia)
Potatso National Park ©
Potatso National Park
Bitahai Nature Reserve ©
Bitahai Nature Reserve

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Shuhe Ancient Town, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain, and then take in the pleasant sights at Blue Moon Valley. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Ancient City Zhongyi Market, don't miss a visit to Yuhe Square, then admire the local landmark of Black Dragon Pond Park, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town of Lijiang - China.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Lijiang trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Shangri-La County to Lijiang by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. On the 14th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Putian.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain
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Old Town of Lijiang - China
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain ©
Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain
Blue Moon Valley ©
Blue Moon Valley

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Putian

Putian ©
Putian is a prefecture-level city in eastern Fujian province, China. On the 15th (Sun), step off the mainland to explore Meizhou Island and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mazu Temple of Meizhou.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Putian trip itinerary website .

Explore your travel options from Lijiang to Putian with the Route module. December in Putian sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Putian

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Meizhou Island ©
Meizhou Island