Ambassador Program B
China Ethnic Minorities and Folklore Tour
Day 1 Chicago or San Francisco
Briefing: Program overview, cultural orientation
and survival Chinese lessons.
Depart Chicago or San Francisco
for Hong Kong
Day 2 Hong Kong
Upon arrival, our tour guide
will welcome you at the airport and accompany you to the
hotel. You will enjoy some free
time strolling along the busy Hong Kong
streets or doing whatever you feel like to adjust the time lag.
Day 3 Hong
Kong - Kunming
AM Morning flight to Kunming (approx. 1.5 hours)
Hotel check-in and lunch
PM Seminar on Chinese Ethnic Groups
Kunming is the capital of Yunnan Province where 25 different
ethnic minorities live together, making it the most culturally
diverse province in China. Professor
from Yunnan Nationality University will lecture on the multiplicity of
cultures that has endowed the province with a long history
and rich heritage. The
speaker will talk on the major ethnic groups such as Dai,
Hani, Bai, Yi, and Naxi nationalities,
their history, cultures, languages, customs, and various festivals: Dai’s
Water Splashing Festival, the Third Month Fair of Bai nationality, and
Torch Festival of Yi people. You will find Yunnan is a place that celebrates
Local specialty dinner
Day 4 Kunming
The Stone Forest
Full-day excursion to the Stone Forest, 32 acres of special
karst limestone formations which have eroded into cliffs
and peaks, including caves, arches
all connected by a labyrinth of trails. This typical karst physiognomy
takes the form of a forest of stone pillars and boulders.
Here is the home for
Sani people, a branch of the Yi Nationality.
Day 5 Kunming – Dali
AM Morning flight to Dali
PM After lunch, visit
the old town of Dali, featuring stone walls, grey-tilted
roofs, doors and windows carved with
dragon and phoenix patterns. It
also features beautiful gardens, and the entire town is covered by
a maze of
by runoffs from Cangshan Mountains. You will visit the Bai Minority
their special cuisine, and enjoy the dancing and singing show in
the evening. You may also want to explore the cobbled streets
architecture in the old town after dinner.
Day 6 Dali - Lijiang
AM Cangshan Mountain and Erhai Lake
Take a cable car up the Cangshan Mountain, with a panoramic
view overlooking Erhai Lake. Visit the Three Pagodas, the
in southwest China and the symbol of Dali, and then move on to
named because in the fourth lunar month each year, the trees put
out butterfly-shaped flowers, and swarms of butterflies descend
tree. This is the place
where young people date, sing and dance, and fall into love.
PM Coach Ride to Lijiang
A four-hour sightseeing ride on a comfortably seated coach,
you will enjoy different forms of landscape in the mountainous
AM Dayan Ancient Town, Jade
Summit Temple, and …
Lijiang, homeland of Naxi people, is one of the best preserved
ancient towns in China and was listed as one of the World Natural
by the United
Nations. Take a walk in the Dayan Ancient Town, which lies
beside a stream and is known
as Venice in the highland. The tour will also take you to the
Jade Summit Temple, Five Phoenix Tower, and Baisha Murals.
PM Black Dragon Pool and Dongba Cultural
After lunch, tour Black Dragon Pool, renowned for its flowers
and pavilions, and explore the winding lanes and picturesque
of this ancient
town while listening to the stories of local legend and folklore.
Institute and learn about the ancient music of Naxi. In the
evening, enjoy a wonderful Naxi classical music show.
AM Snow-capped Yulong Snow
Excursion to Yulong Mountain which is located 4000
meters above sea level and covered by snow all year round.
visit the Spruce
and grassland on the plateau below the snow line.
PM Baisha Mural and Temple, and Naxi Village
On the way back from Yulong Snow Mountain, tour the Baisha
Mural and Temple. Visit a native Naxi village and you have
everyday life of local minority people.
Day 9 Lijiang – Zhongdian
AM Coach Ride to Shangri-La
Take coach to Zhongdian after breakfast, on the way you
will tour the famous Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the
PM Arrival at Shangri-La.
After lunch, continue
your journey to Zhongdian, where the legend of Shangri-La
was originated. It is called
of it’s picturesque grassland
which is embellished with azalea. Zhongdian is
a principally Tibetan town situated at 3,200 meters
above sea level,
and very close to the Tibetan border. Late afternoon
arrive at Shangri-la.
Day 10 Zhongdian (Shangri-La)
AM Bita Lake
and Tibetan Monastery
Continue your exploration in Shangri-La. Tour the enchanting
Bita Lake Nature Reserve, which is about 16 miles
east of Zhongdian. You will
also visit a
300-year old Tibetan Monastery in the mountain.
PM Visit Tibetan family.
We have also arranged a visit to
local Tibetan families. You will be able to talk to local
their dishes, learn their
with them. This is a unique opportunity for you
to learn the
life of ordinary Tibetans living there.
Zhongdian – Kunming – Hong Kong
back to Kunming in the morning.
PM Take connecting flight to
Hong Kong in the afternoon. Transfer to hotel,
and enjoy the beautiful view
of the famous Hong Kong
skyline as you travel
Kong Island. Disembark in Central district, the
heart of Hong Kong's financial and commercial
Explore the market,
then ride the world's longest escalator up to
Hollywood Road. Here you will see
the contrast between old and new as you walk
the winding lanes filled with bustling
markets, antique & curioshops, cafes & restaurants,
with many pre-World War II buildings. Continue
to Victoria Peak with its magnificent views of
Territory, and ride the historic peak tram.
12 Hong Kong – Back Home
AM You can either
do some shopping on your own, or visit Aberdeen
Fishing Village where you'll
on dim sum
for brunch. Continue
Market and browse
the many shops for bargains.
PM In the afternoon,
you'll be transferred to the airport for your international