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Hani Tribe, Dali


Black Dragon Pool, Lijiang


Banyan Tree Ringha


SOUTH WEST CHINA & YUNNAN


China’s south west provinces reveal a quite spectacular wealth of treasures, from the remarkable Stone Forest of Kunming to the lush tropical plains of Xishuangbanna and the snow-capped mountains of Zhongdian.


LIJIANG Home to the matriarchal Naxi tribe, Lijiang occupies a plateau in the shadow of the snow-capped peaks of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain on the northern border with Tibet. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this ancient town is a stunning collection of colourful tradition, cobbled streets and wooden houses.


DALI Home to indigenous tribes of Hani and Bai, Dali is a fascinating mix of tribal lore, traditional stone architecture and historical monuments. A walk around the cobbled back streets is a particularly nice way to enjoy this pleasant town.


ZHONGDIAN Lying on a high plateau with a picturesque setting amidst lakes, villages and prayer flags, the town of Zhongdian is located 100 km south of the spectacular Tiger Leaping Gorge. The town is also home to the most important Tibetan monastery in south western China, where some 600 monks still worship.


THE BANYAN TREE AT LIJIANG & RINGHA The Banyan Tree resorts in Lijiang and Ringha provide exceptional standards and the excellent facilities of their Banyan Tree spas. The Lijiang resort is located within private grounds close to the old town, whilst Ringha provides a spectacular mountain setting and exquisite Tibetan touches.


JOURNEY THROUGH YUNNAN


13 DAYS from £3095 (per person twin share with flights)


itinerary Incredible variety in China’s South West


DAYS 1 to 3 – Fly to Kunming Thai Airways flight from Heathrow via Bangkok. Visit the Shilin Stone Forest with 2 nights at Grand Park Hotel.


DAYS 4/5 – Dali Fly to Dali for 2 nights at the Regent Hotel. Boat trip on Er Hai Lake, visit Bai villages and the Three Pagodas.


DAYS 6/7 – Lijiang Drive to Lijiang for 2 nights at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Visit to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and the Old Town.


DAYS 8/9 – Zhongdian Travel via the magnificent Tiger Leaping Gorge to Zhongdian. 2 nights at Gyalthang Dzong Hotel. Visit Tibetan monasteries, Bita Lake and the Old Town.


DAYS 10/11 – Jinghong Fly to the ‘Dawn Capital’ of Jinghong with its South East Asian culture and climate. 2 nights at the New Tai Garden Hotel. Visit local markets and Menglun Botanical Gardens.


DAYS 12/13 – Fly to the UK Fly to Kunming for the Thai Airways flight to the UK.


DEPARTURES WEEKLY MAR-NOV 108 It’s our experience that makes yours Bales Suggested


CHINA


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