Capture the cultural, natural and spiritual essence of Dali with immersion into diverse attractions – from the markets, buildings and historical residences of Bai minority culture, the peaceful beauty of a vast glacial lake central to the Bai people and spiritual significance of Buddhist temples, architecture and artefacts.
|Vehicle||Air-conditioned vehicle with licensed driver|
|Guide Service & Language||Professional English-speaking guides|
In the morning, your guide and driver will meet you at your hotel lobby at the time confirmed (our guide will contact you in advance to confirm the pickup time). An air-conditioned vehicle will take you to Xizhou Town, home of the ethnic Bai minority. Soak up the bustling atmosphere of the clamorous Xizhou morning market where a wide range of commodities, including fresh marine products, diversified daily necessities, and interesting local specialties are for sale. You are likely to see women dressed in traditional Bai Minority costumes amongst the sellers. A visit to a typical Bai minority residential complex in Xizhou Town constructed by successful local businessmen in different historical periods gives a deeper insight into the minority culture. The classical layout of the Yan Family Mansion reflects Xizhou’s prosperous past.
On a cruise on Erhai Lake cradled below Cangshan Mountain, embrace the beautiful natural scenery and cultural significance of the lake to local Bai minority people. Step onto scenic Jinsuo Island where you can explore exquisite historic buildings and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.
Afterwards, transfer to Chongsheng Temple to visit the landmark Three Pagodas: one tall pagoda with a height of 69.13 meters in the middle, protected by two smaller ones on each side, in a perfect triangle. The Buddhist pagodas were erected in the Nanzhao period (738 – 902 AD). Many significant cultural relics and Buddha statues of great value in Buddhism gathered over the eras are now on display.
Last stop of the tour is Dali Ancient Town, the heart of trade, politics, and culture of Yunnan province during Tang Dynasty (618 – 907 AD) and Song Dynasty (960 – 1279 AD). Now it is a bustling tourist center where you can roam the streets to experience both historical cultural ambiance of the ancient town and vigorous vibe of modern life.
The tour concludes when you are returned to your hotel.
Inclusions / Exclusions
- Admission fees: to sightseeing spots & activities specified.
- Activities specified in the itinerary.
- Excellent professional English-speaking guide.
- Ground transport in an air-conditioned vehicle with licensed driver as specified.
- Pick up and return to hotel.
- Boat trip on Erhai Lake.
- Travel Agency Liability Insurance during the tour.
- Government taxes & fees.
- International/domestic flights and trains to/from Dali.
- China visa.
- Gratuities to guides and drivers and any expense of personal nature.
- Hotel accommodation.
- Meals: Lunch is excluded allowing you flexibility around meal choices. Your guide will make recommendations and order for you, if required. Dinner is left to your own arrangement.
- Our tour package does not include travel insurance. Please purchase travel insurance before your trip to provide for any unforeseen circumstances.
- This is a private tour for your group of family or friends. No other travelers will join you. It’s always available for your schedule!
- Smart casual dress and comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
- Prices based on twin occupancy.
- The prices shown above are not valid during China’s Official Holidays (such as National Day and Chinese Spring Festival etc.).