- Dates: 10/28/2012 ~ 11/10/2012. Springs or falls (we welcome inquiry from small groups for customized outings)
- Duration: 14 days
- Price: $2650.00
- Activity: hiking, biking, cultural events, qigong
Yunnan, literally means “south of the clouds,” is located in the southwestern corner of China. The climate of Yunnan is usually mild and pleasant. Its capital city, Kunming, is well known by the nickname “spring city.” Yunnan is situated in a mountainous area and has exceptional geographical features: karsts topography, deep mountain gorges, and distinctive canyons. In addition, Yunnan contains extraordinary cultural diversity as it is home to 25 different minority groups, and is home to one of the last matriarchal societies at LuGu Lake. Friendly people living a simple life, surrounded by amazing scenery of high mountains and countless lakes, makes Yunnan a unique paradise. Many believe that the utopia described in a best-selling book, The Lost Horizon, was inspired by Yunnan.
Our journey starts at Kunming, follows the railroad to Dali, and arrives in Lijiang to further explore some signature northwestern areas, including the stunning Tiger Leaping Gorge and Laojunshan National Park. In addition to exploring the mystical limestone formations, scenery and featured hikes of Kunming, we will also take in its local culture, culinary style, and history. Our tour will focus on the traveling through and staying in the historic sections of towns of the region, where you can re-live the era of Dali kingdom among real residents. Trekking along the Tiger Leaping Gorge, one cannot help but be awed by the sheer cliffs and mountain peaks overhead. The unknown Laojunshan National Park is like an unrefined diamond – its pristine natural beauty is enticing and waiting to be explored. Qigong instruction and daily practice will be offered throughout this mystical, exciting and delicious adventure.