Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Kunming-Dali-Lijiang-Shangri-la Tour

8D7N Kunming-Dali-Lijiang-Shangri-la Tour from 9-16 March 2014 (with one way domestic flight return from Lijiang to Kunming). It is interesting to note that at each place, there is a different lady tour guide covering their areas. The tour guides are very professional and competent.

Do click here to view 186 photos courtesy of yours truly (KC Leong).

 Yunnan Stone Forest - a remarkable natural phenomena of China with bizarre-shaped  ancient limestone cliffs and peaks which is created by wind and water erosion.

Every meal comes with eight dishes and two soup plud two bottles of beer and a big bottle of soft drink; at time, we have 10 dishes (instead of 8).

 Jiuxiang Scenic Area - with over 10 karst caves of different sizes (karst is a landscape formed from the dissolution of soluble rocks, eg limestone.

 Another group photo

 Dali N° Hotel - a brand new hotel features traditional Chinese architecture and a charming garden for guests to relax complete with free Wi-Fi in all areas

 At Dali with flowers in full bloom

 Flowers in full bloom almost devoid of leaves

 Lijiang Ancient Town which is a UNESCO World Heritage in 1997.

 Tiger Leaping Gorge at Lijiang - deepest gorge in the world. In the olden days, villagers saw tigers leaped across the gorge; hence, the name.

 Another view of the gorge ... Siew Teng

 En route to Shangri-la area which is about 3,500 meters above sea level. Weather is sunny and cold.

 At an ancient temple of Shangri-la 

 Shangri-La Cares Health Hotel ... complete with conventional heater

 Pudacuo National Park of Shangri-la - ice-covered ground even in spring (14 March 2014)

 At Bitahai Lake of Shangri-la ... with the 4th tour guide (5th from right)

 First Bend of Yangtze River at Stone Drum Village.

 Lijiang Ancient Town - Sifang Street which is registered on the UNESCO World Heritage.

 The Impression of Lijiang with Jade Dragon Snow Mountain as back drop - directed by the renowned China director, Zhang Yimou.

This show is performed at the huge outdoor theatre starting at 2:00 p.m. under bright sun but cold.

Posted by KC Leong

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