This overland trip starts in Kunming and travels through Yunnan and Sichuan provinces in southwest China, visit Bai people in Dali, Naxi people in Lijiang and Tibetans in Kham. Enjoy the beauty of lakes, grasslands and snow mountains, discover “Shangri-La”  as described in the novel The Lost Horizons by James Hilton.


Highlights of the tour:

1.       Stone Forest and Yuantong Temple in Kunming

2.       Cangshan Mountain and Erhai Lake in Dali

3.       UNESCO heritage site of Lijiang and Naxi people

4.       Tiger Leaping Gorge with the drops of 3900m

5.       Shangri-La and Tibetan people

6.       Haizhishan Mountain dotted with lakes

7.       Nomads on Litang Grassland

8.       Tagong Buddhist Collage and landscape

9.       Giant Pandas in Chengdu



Day 1, Arrival in Kunming

Day 2, Visit the Stone Forest

Day 3, Drive to Dali

Day 4, Visit Three Pagodas and Canshan

Day 5, Drive to visit Lijiang Old Town

Day 6, Explore Naxi villages and temple

Day 7, Visit Tiger Leaping Gorge and drive to Shangri-la

Day 8, Visit Ringsha Temple and Tibetan village

Day 9, Drive to Xiacheng

Day 10, Drive to Litang via Haizhishan Mountain

Day 11, Visit Tibetan Nomads on Grassland

Day 12, Drive to visit Tagong Buddhist Collage

Day 13, Drive to Luding via Xinduqiao

Day 14, Drive to Chengdu

Day 15, Visit Giant Pandas and Wenshu Temple


Joining city:

Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province, city of ever Spring.


How to get there:

There are domestic flights from all big cities in China and international flight from Southeast Asia, IATA code: KMG.


Finish city:

Chengdu, the capital of Sichaun province. You can fly to all big cities in China and international flights to southeast Asia and Europe, IATA code: CTU.