Yunnan highlights & Yuanyang riceterraces 13 days

This trip is suitable for people who have time and want an in depth trip into Yunnan. It’s a combination of our Yunnan highlights trip and the Yuanyang/ Jianshui trip. It will take you across the different climates of Yunnan, from the cool snow capped mountains in Shangrila to the  subtropical Yuanyang riceterraces. Meeting a large variety of different minorities will certainly leave a memorable impression.   

Trip in days

Day 1

Arrive at Kunming airport, travel overland by private car (5 hr ride)

Day 2

Choice between a guided daytrip to the Yi people or to the Bai people and Erhai lake

Day 3

Private car to (no guide) to the authentic Bai village Shaxi
Shaxi is a small Bai village surrounded by ricefields and you can easily walk to the other close by villages. The village has managed to preserve the authentic traditional Bai houses.
Before going to Shaxi: visit Shibaoshan, a temple where ancient Buddhist statues can be admired. It’s a true miracle that these statues have survived the cultural revolution.

Day 4

Private car to (no guide) to Zhongdian (Shangrila) with a stop in Tiger leaping gorge

Day 5

Free day in Zhongdian: you can visit the Songzanlin monastery and the old town by yourselves (no guide, no car)

Day 6

Private car (no guide) to Lijiang. Free afternoon in Lijiang

Day 7

Half a daytrip to enjoy the countryside with bikes and private car around a lake to unspoilt non touristy Naxi villages & have lunch at local Naxi farm (incl guide).
evening: transfer to railwaystation for nighttrain to kunming, overnight in train

Day 8

Arrive in kunming trainstation early morning around 7:00 a.m., transfer to Stone Forest, drive to Tonghai, visit a Mongolian village, drive on to Jianshui

Day 9

Visit ancient wells, tofu workshop, Confucius temple, Chaoyang Gate, Tuanshan Village, double dragon bridge

Day 10

Drive to Yuanyang, visit ethnic villages en route, after arrival visit rice terraces.

Day 11

Market (about 1,5 hrs ddrive one way) with Hani, Yi and Dai people, later visit other riceterraces.

Day 12

Market closeby Yuanyang with Yi and Hani people, see the view over the riceterraces closeby, then relaxing hiking across rice terraces and drive to Honghe

Day 13

Visit mountain top market of Hani near Honghe (one of the most original places of Hani people). drive to Kunming, on the road visit Dai minority villages, transfer to hotel in Kunming


2 people- on request
Included: private car for all transfers, daytrips with English speaking guide according to program, accomodation in small scale comfortable boutique hotels and traditional guesthouses incl breakfast.
Excluded: optional tours, meals, entrance fees, tips for guides and drivers

Optional extensions:
Trip to the Miao and Dong people in Guizhou
Trip to the karstmountains and riceterraces of Guilin/ Yangshuo and Pingan

Other trips

China highlight trip
Shanghai or Hangzhou, Chengdu
Yunnan 7 days
South China 14 days
Guizhou 5-12 days
West china/ Tibet