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Yunnan Foto - Tour (1)

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Tour Dates from 16.02.2019  to 09.03.2019  -  6 places left

+++Alle Teilnehmer der Wanderreise zum Fuße des Mt.Everest sind wieder nach Deutschland zurückgekehrt ! +++

+++ Peking Extra / Programm HIER +++ vor der Yunnan (1) Reise: erleben Sie 2018 S i l v e s t e r sowie das N e u j a h r - und
F r ü h l i n g s f e s t !
der Chinesen in der Hauptstadt des Reiches der Mitte auf individuellen Wegen. Das sorgsam recherchierte Programm bringt Sie zu den Highlights der Stadt sowie zu einem äußerst ruhigen und authentischen Teilstückes der berühmten "Grossen Mauer" abseits der Touristenströme. Ihr Reiseleiter Team Frau Haiqi Liao und Thomas Böhm freuen sich darauf Ihnen Peking mit all seinen verschiedenen Facetten zu zeigen.

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Haiqi ermöglichte es, dank ihrer chinesischen Herkunft, viele Einblicke und Eindrücke von den verschiedenen Bevölkerungsgruppen mit nach Hause zu nehmen. Hervorzuheben ist natürlich auch die kleine Gruppe (maximum 10 Personen), die einen sehr privaten Charakter hat....
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Yunnan, Chinas most diverse and colourful province

Tour Description Yunnan Foto - Tour (1)

  • Yunnan,"the province of eternal spring" because of its mild climate 
  • Yunnan is also the most ethnically diverse province of China
  • Old Town of Lijiang (UNESCO World Heritage)
  • Rice Terraces of Ying Yang (UNESCO World Heritage)
  • Tiger Leaping Gorge  (UNESCO World Heritage) one of  the deepest gorges in the world
  • Dali with its 3 pagodas and its huge Buddhist temple
  • Biggest Happy Buddha statue in Mile
  • Yellow fields of blooming rapeseed-flowers
  • The opportunity to experience an authentic Chinese tea ceremony
  • World famous Chinese cuisine and much more    

This is a Tour designed from Photographers for Photographers.Yunnan is the most beautiful and scenic province in China. It hosts the most ethnic groups and has the most cultural diversity. This multiplicity of cultures has endowed the province with a rich heritage that it shares with all who come to visit. There is always something wonderful to see and do here. The tour is well balanced in order to give you an insightful view to all the important and most famous sites of this province, as well as the hidden unknown places along the way. Yunnan Province has pleasant weather all year round and is endlessly fascinating. It will be a tour of a lifetime. We are a German / Chinese couple who have worked as Photographers and Tour Guides for many years. Liao Yan, "Haiqi" is a Yunnan born Photographer and Journalist. Thomas Boehm is a freelance Photographer and Tour Guide.

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Yunnan is a province in southwestern China with a varied landscape encompassing snow-capped mountains, rice terraces, lakes and deep gorges. The region is known for its large number of ethnic minorities. Modern Kunming, known as the “Spring City,” has many museums and temples, including colorful Yuantong Temple. To the southeast, Shilin Stone Forest contains limestone karst peaks formed 270 million years ago.This and many other facts make this a prime destination for photographers in China.

Tour Itinarary Yunnan Foto - Tour (1)


International Flight to Kunming / Yunnan Province, China.


First group meeting in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province. Yunnan province has the nickname as “the province of eternal spring” since the climate is very moderate throughout the year. The elevation of Kunming is about 2000 m / 6560 ft. above sea level. The air is dry and it is never too cold or too hot. Depending on the time of arrival, first we will have a relaxing walk in Kunming and then a tasty dinner together. Night in 4**** star Hotel (-/-/D)
PS: if you have booked the Bejing Extra Tour with us you will be flying from Bejing to Kunming today.


After a typical Chinese breakfast we will go to the Green Lake Park, a scenic, beautiful spot inside the city. By the end of the Yuan Dynasty, it was still a swampy field for growing vegetables, lotuses and rice, that's why it's called "Vegetable (Green) Lake". Every winter, thousands of red-beaked seagulls from as far away as Siberia migrate to the Park. These seagulls swoop over the water and scramble over the crumbs of food offered by the locals. Here we will also have a chance to watch the people of Kunming doing what most Chinese like to do in their spare time. Play cards, sing and dance, play music, doing Thai Chi or just gossip and drink tea. The photo opportunities here are endless. After that we will drive to the Stone Forest in Shilin (UNESCO Heritage Site)The magnificent, strange and steep landscape of the Stone Forest creates countless labyrinthine vistas, all of which feature stones in various formations. Some are elegant, some are rugged, and each is lifelike with its own distinguishing characteristics. (B/L/D) Night in Hotel


After breakfast we will drive to Luoping. About 200 km / 125 mi. east of Shilin we will see another highlight of our tour. There are yellow rapeseed fields everywhere, and so are black volcanic, hump-like hills. The contrast between these and the yellow flowers is breathtaking. (B/L/D) Night in Hotel


Just as the sun begins to get stronger we will be on top of a hill, above a small Buddhist monastery, which will give us a great view above the yellow fields. At this time there will also be many honeybee hunters with their bees. The natural homemade organic fresh honey here is delicious and a great gift to bring home. You can even get right into the swirling bees with a professional head net. A unique experience! Here we will also have time for a walk near the local village and if we are lucky maybe there will also be a local market open. (B/L/D) Night in Hotel.


After a local breakfast we will drive from Luoping to Lucy (100 km / 65 mi.) In Lucy we will visit (depending on today’s weather) a old village or a very impressive, huge limestone cave. Divided into 3 big parts the cave is well worth exploring. If the weather is pleasant we might consider going first to more than a 600 years old authentic village of the Yi minority. The houses are made of mud and straw. We have enough time to stroll with ease through the small stone alleys of that cute village. We know a few local families that we will visit where you can take pictures and chat with the locals. (B/L/D) Night in Hotel


Depending on what we did the day before we either go to the cave or visit the village. After lunch we will drive to Mile. The lake in the middle of the town attracts many local people. Famous for couples shooting wedding pictures, fisherman try to catch a fish, joggers and bikers do their exercise, women might dance and so on.(B/L/D) Night in 3***Hotel


After breakfast we will see a other attraction of that tour. Set up on a scenic hill, sits the huge, impressive golden Buddha. It is  the biggest statue of its kind in the world. It is called laughing or happy / smiling Buddha with the big round belly. To get there we have to hike up huge stone stairs and have to pass big arched temple gates. The higher we get the more impressive the view of the Mile area gets. After lunch we have the chance to relax at a inspiring outdoor - pool "spa" oasis. The nature outdoor hot-pools (104°F) are enriched with either, aloe Vera, coconut milk, green tea, red wine or ginseng essence. All set in a lush, dense and green environment with fountains and waterfalls. This is also the place to enjoy a massage or swim in the big fresh-water pool.(B/L/D) Night in 3***Hotel


After breakfast we will drive to Tien Shui. The long history of Tien shui has produced its splendid culture. Due to its early development, Tien shui produced thousands of scholars. Moreover, with the influence of the grand Tien shui Confucius Temple, it has rightfully been called "the Cultural City" since the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Here we will watch a park concert held by locals in their traditional dresses playing old ancient chinese music. After that we will visit the private Garden of the well-known Zhu Family. With a total area of 20.000 m² (215300ft²) the grand complex is a typical local residence with distinctive features. It was built by the Zhu brothers in the late Qing Dynasty. The atmosphere and surroundings are incomparable to any other family garden in Yunnan. Many movies were filmed there! If possible we will stay here overnight !(B/L/D) Night in Lodge

10 Day

Today we will drive to the picturesque city of Tuan Shan (1h) On the way we will stop for some Photos at the Double Dragon Bridge. The bridge was constructed with only three arches during the Qing Dynasty in the 1800 century and took many years to complete. Even today the Double Dragon  Bridge is considered a masterpiece of traditional Chinese bridge-making and incorporates all the classic components of ancient bridge construction. It is evidence of what the technological development in ancient China was like, and the fact that it still stands today is a testament to its durability. Back in Jianshui we will walk Chaoyang Gateway Arch. Built in 1389 AD, it stands in the center of the city as the symbol of this ancient military town.Today, it is a public cultural center and meeting point for the locals. They come here to meet, sing, dance, trade and gossip. As the sun fades there will be endless photo opportunities of aged people full of charisma, charm and character! (B/L/D) Night in Lodge


After breakfast we will head to the countless rice terraces of Yuang Yang. One of China's most outstanding agriculture sites. The Hani people were already cultivating those steep slopes in the mountains with rice fields more than 500 years ago. The somewhat 12 500 ha of land are at about 2000 m above sea level. Days are warm and pleasant and nights are cool and that creates in the morning a lot of moisture and fog. Moving up from the canyon-like valleys to the rice fields creates a mystical and ever-changing scene of clouds, rice fields and fog. The light and colors are changing all the time until around midday when the sun wins the battle and burns them all off. Tonight we will watch our first spectacular sunset.(B/L/D) Night in Hotel ***


At around 5 am we will leave our hotel for one of the most famous spots in the area to watch the sunrise above the rice fields. The rest of the day we will drive around the rice terraces of Yuan yang. Many times we will get out of the car and walk into the fields. The photo opportunities are endless and we will have all the time in the world! If there is a farmers market in that area we will definatly  go there to visit.(B/L/D) Night in Hotel ***


We drive from Ying Yang all the way to Kunming (7h). After a walk through the old and new part of town we will take a night train to Dali. Night in train 1st class 4 persons compartment. (B/L/D)


Dali - Home of the Bai Minority. After walking the streets of Dali we will drive to the three famous pagodas, which is about 3 kilometers northwest of the ancient city of Dali, occupying a scenic location at the foot of Mt. Changshan. It is a symbol of the history of Dali City, and a record of the development of Buddhism in the area. As its name implies, Three Pagodas are made of three ancient independent pagodas forming a symmetrical triangle. This is unique in China. Back to Dali old town; the rest of this day is free for you. The old town roads are forbidden for traffic so you can just walk along those ancient roads with its shops and people. At night we will cook together with our Chinese friends a delicious dinner ! (B/L/D) Night in Hotel.


After a relaxed, tasty breakfast we will ride on rented bicycles to the shore of Dali’s big lake (3h) Here we will see a lot of agriculture and many old houses. There is plenty of time to stop and take pictures. In the afternoon we will take a taxi to a tea plantation with a little restaurant.Here we enjoy the great view of Dali and its lake while sipping some delicious local tea.With a size of more than 250 km² it is China's second largest highland lake. During the afternoon back in Dali we will have one more chance to walk around this town before we will meet at our guesthouse.(B/L/D) Night in Guesthouse


After breakfast we will take the local bus to Lijiang.(250 km) Lijiang is a UNESCO World – Heritage Site and a must to visit when you are in Yunnan province. We have the rest of the day for Lijiang.The cobble stone roads and the wooden buildings of the old town are inspiring and are often photographed. The history of Lijiang goes back to the year 476 before Christ and developed into one of the most important places at that time. The ancient tea trading route from Beijing to India went through here. We can also visit a traditional paper made by hand workshop of the Dongba minority and visit a traditional Chinese tea ceremony.(B/L/D) Night in Guesthouse.

17. Day

Today we start the hike at the Tiger Leaping Gorge. An early morning bus brings us to the trail head of this famous trek.(3h) First walking through small villages as they increase on the heights, we get to see the river far down below. Continuing the climb we will also recognize that the scenery and surrounding nature is changing too. We are walking on the higher way through the gorge. After about 5 hours we will arrive at our guesthouse and can enjoy the spectacular view from the nice terrace and try some local pancakes with delicious Yunnan coffee. (B/L/D)
PS: Who doesn't feel like hiking can easily take a local taxi and meet us later at our guesthouse. Luggage we don´t need on that trip will be left in Lijiang


After a typical Naxi breakfast we will start an easy day mostly walking level ground, with some up and downs.(5h) Later we will slowly descend through a nice pine forest pass, a waterfall and a beautiful Buddhist temple where we will stop for pictures. Later at the end of the Gorge we will check in to our Guesthouse. (B/L/D) Night In Guesthouse
PS: Those who wont hike can take a local taxi to the end of the gorge and meet us there at our guesthouse.


Today is another exciting day where we will hike down to the bottom of the gorge (1720m /5650ft.) and we will see, feel and hear a spectacular scene, the noise and sound of the roaring water. An estimated mass of 9000 m ³ of water passes this spot every second! A truly unforgettable experience that you will never forget! Climbing back up we will use at some parts small ladders to get to our guesthouse at 2210m/7250ft.(5 h round trip)  After we will take a short rest and refreshment and drive back to Lijiang. (B/Snack/D) Night in Guesthouse.


The local, colorful and diverse farmer's market of Lijiang is a feast for your senses. The variety of fruits, vegetables, fish & meat, spices, herbs, rice and tea is unbelievable. The sounds, smells, colors are just overwhelming. Of course we will see different ethnic minority groups do their shopping here or selling their home products. After lunch we will ride rented bikes to Baisha (1h), a small village that looks like what Lijiang was thirty years ago. It used to be the capital of the independent kingdom of the Naxi people. Here we will visit a Batik workshop and an incredible silk embroidery school. Once we return to Lijiang, since you are already familiar with this place, the rest of the day is for you. (B/L/D) Nighttrain Lijiang-Kunming (1st class sleeper)


Back in Kunming. Check into our hotel. The rest of the day is free.Ask your guides what they suggest !Maybe a massage and some shopping...!? (B/L/D) Night in Hotel.


Take a flight back to your home country. End of tht amazing trip of a lifetime!

Yunnan Foto - Tour (1) Service includes:

  • All transport 
  • All food (´a la carte ) + tea and water free
  • All entrance tickets / permits
  • Private tea ceremony
  • All acommodation included
  • 04 Nights in 4 **** Hotel
  • 03 Nights in 3 ***   Hotel
  • 03 Nights Hotel
  • 08 Nights in Guesthouse/Lodge
  • 02 Nights overnight train sleeper 1st class (a`4 pers./comp.)
  • min.  05 persons
  • max. 10 persons
  • Price: 3390 € 
  • Guide's: Haiqi Liao (chinese/english speaking) 
  • Thomas Böhm (german/english speaking)

Yunnan Foto - Tour (1) Service excludes:

  • International airfare to and from Kunming
  • Single room : 590 € extra
  • Alcohol
  • international travel health insurance
  • personal expenses (spa, massages etc.)
  • Visa for China
  • Tipp for driver

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