About the meals by Yunnan Adventure Travel
We Yunnan Adventure Travel will do our best to provide our clients with well-arranged dinners when traveling. We do hope you can enjoy Chinese delicacies during the tour.
If you have any specific dietary requirements (vegetarian, vegan, food allergies) please inform us on the inquiry form so that we can provide advance notice about any special accommodations that may be necessary for you. If you are a food lover, Yunnan Adventure can be your culinary guide and provide you the opportunity to savor tempting local food and world-famous dishes.
Most meals are included as specified in the itinerary. Meal codes are: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner.
Breakfast - Each breakfast will be served in your hotel. Breakfast selections include both Chinese and Western dishes to meet every diner's taste.
Lunch - Lunches are normally arranged at the Chinese restaurants near the scenic spots. Your tour guides will order food according to your appetite. Most are Chinese dishes, and some are modified to fit westerners' tastes. A complimentary glass of beer or soft drink is served with lunch.
Dinner - Same as lunch. If you prefer to not eat Chinese food, China Odyssey Tours suggests you have dinner on your own. Your local tour guide can recommend some good western restaurants in the area.
Some Question and Answers about Meals in China:
Are the meals shown in the itinerary pre-arranged or could we make our own orders when we sit down at the table?
Answer: To guarantee the hygiene and quality, most of the meals are pre-arranged in the government approved restaurants, which are all set-menu meals. You can not make your own orders at this point. We also arrange a la carte meals in some restaurants, which have been inspected by the management of our company. If you have special requirements for meals, please inform us before the tour starts so we can make relevant arrangements.
What kind of meals will be available on tour?
Answer: All breakfasts are served at your hotel with western style buffet including fruits, cold and hot cereals, Chinese dim sum etc. Lunch and dinner are usually Chinese food. Each lunch and dinner will be offered with two cups of soft drink free of charge.
Do you provide vegetarian (including no chicken or seafood) meals?
Answer: Yes, we do provide vegetarian meals if required. We always respect the clients' dietetic habits and try our best to cater to their needs. But we would like to explain that if you are not on a private tour, you will have to share the vegetarian dishes with other members of the group.
Do we share large tables with other people?
Answer: If you are on a private tour, you will have your own table, but if you join in a group tour you will have to share a large table with other members of your group.
Can I arrange my own meals rather than the pre-arranged restaurants in the tours?
Answer: Yes, you can but we do not suggest you do so.
Firstly the restaurants we arrange are all approved by the national tourism administration or local tourism bureau and therefore are reliable in terms of hygiene and quality. Secondly, we arrange good restaurants located the closest to the place you will visit, that is to say, we will save time spent in transit and allow you the maximum time to enjoy your sightseeing as well as your meal. If you prefer to find a restaurant yourselves, you might not be able to find a reliable one with good quality because you are not familiar with local area. You might also sacrifice valuable eating and sightseeing time searching for a restaurant.
What are the suggestions for dinners that are not included in the program?
Answer: Besides some unique meals, like roast duck, we leave almost all dinners to discover for yourselves. You do not need to worry, however, about where or what to have for dinner. In each city, there are good things to eat and you only need to ask for suggestions from your local guide. Please always remember to choose a restaurant respected for its hygiene and quality.
China is a country of good food and there are eight main cuisines. Make sure to try some of these typical dishes when you have time.
Can you give us an idea of how much Chinese Yuan we will need for meals during our tour? Do they accept credit cards?
Answer: The meal price depends on the grade of the restaurant you choose and the dishes you order. Credit cards are only accepted in large hotels. In most of the restaurants in China, Chinese Yuan is more popular. In order to avoid embarrassment, we advise you to ask whether credit card is accepted before making an order.
Our food and menu in Yunnan
We do arrange the featured Chinese food and local Yunnan food as well as the local ethnic food and snack. Please click the Yunnan Restaurant and Food to get the menu.
Day 1 Arrival Kunming
Golden Horse and Green Phoenix Archway, the Twin Pagodas including the West Pagoda and the East Pagoda; the Green Lake Park, Yuantong Temple
Take the morning flight to Kunming, meet your local tour guide, and transfer to the hotel.
After lunch, start your Kunming City cycling tour. You will visit Golden Horse and Green Phoenix Archway, the Twin Pagodas including the West Pagoda and the East Pagoda; the Green Lake Park, Yuantong Temple.
-- The West Pagoda and the East Pagoda:
Kunming's East and West pagodas were originally built during the 9th century (Nanzhao Kingdom in Yunnan, contemporaneous with the Tang Dynasty in China proper). Despite a long history of restoration, rebuilding, and even relocation, their form and decoration still reflects many of the buildings' original features. The main gate of Kunming, no longer extant, used to be located between the two towers.
The pagodas are 13 stories high, with statues set in the external niches of each level. Metal roosters, of uncertain date, are set on each of the four upper corners of the tower; it's explained locally that roosters are enemies of dragons, so they help protect the pagodas and the city against storms. This symbolism goes all the way back to India, where Vishnu's bird-mount Garuda is often depicted as holding snakes in his beak.
Originally, in India, the pagoda was a brick-walled earthen mound that held relics of the Buddha. In China, the pagoda form developed into a tall tower that was modeled on Han-dynasty watchtowers. The curved profile of the Kunming pagodas is like their contemporaries in Tang China. However, the typical imitation of wood and timber construction is less detailed in the decoration of the Kunming examples, marking them out as a provincial variant of the Tang pagoda type.
-- The Green Lake Park:
The Green Lake is on the west side of the Wuhua Mountain is extolled as a "Jade in Kunming". Two long dikes divide the lake into four parts .The entire Cuihu Park is a green world, with willow trees swaying gently on the dikes, and the surface of the lake covered all over with lotus plants. All the year round the park is the venue of one sort of exhibition or another, and with its snug seclusion it is frequented by local residents who come here for a few hours of leisure. In winter and spring, Kunming residents flock to the Cuihu Park to feed red-beaked gulls - there are tens of thousands of them, which descend upon the lake.
Yuantong Temple is at the foot of Yuantong Hill in the northern part of Kunming. With a history of more than 1,200 years, Yuantong Temple is the grandest as well as the most important Buddhist temple in Yunnan Province. King Yimouxun of the Nanzhao Kingdom built the temple during the late eighth century as a continuation of Putuoluo Temple, and the restorations to the temple performed from the Qing Dynasty onward had not changed Yuantong Temple's unique mixed architectural style of the Yuan and Ming Dynasties.
Day 2 Kunming-Shangrila by flight(B+L)
Western Hills,the Dragon Gate, Yunnan Ethnic Villages, the Golden Horse and Jade Rooster Archway, Dianchi Lake
Easy riding and flat road
Ride to Western Hills, take the chairlift from the Dragon Gate to Yunnan Ethnic Villages. Continue the riding back to visit The Golden Horse and Jade Rooster Archway in the downtown.
Take the night flight to Shangri la.
Day 3 Shangri La(B+L)
Songzanlin Monastery, Naphai Lake, Dukezong Ancient Town, Guishan Hill, Tibetan Family
Easy riding and flat road
Cycling to Songzanlin Monastery in the morning, after lunch, ride around Naphai Lake and the grassland. Visit Dukezong Ancient Town and the largest prayer whell on the top of Guishan Hill. Enjoy the Tibetan Family with Tibetan dance and music at night.
Overnight at Lefu Hotel***
Day 4 Shangrila-Qiaotou Town (B+L)
Yi Ethnic Village, the Little Zhongdian Grassland , Tiger Leaping Gorge Town
One day cycling to Qiaotou Town or Tiger Leaping Gorge Town. You will start the long riding to the Yi Ethnic Village where you will have a panoramic view of Haba Snow Mountain (5396M), it is about 60KM riding along the high plateau and you can visit the Little Zhongdian Grassland with Tibetan villages. After the Yi Village, ill you ride easily down to Tiger Leaping Gorge Town.
Overnight at Yi's Home Grand Hotel
Day 5 Qiaotou Town - Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge Trekking (B+L)
the upper and middle Tiger Leaping Gorge, Bendiwan Village, Guanyin Waterfalls
Today will be very relax day in middle Tiger Leaping Gorge. You will spend your half day trekking and half day free in the gorge. After breakfast, trek from Tina’s Guesthouse up to Bendiwan Village, you will visit Guanyin Waterfalls, Bamboo Forest, Guanyin Temple, Wuzhishan (Five Fingers) Mountain, Dashengou Waterfalls, Sheshen Cliffs, Qianyan Stone House.
You will have lunch in Halfway Guesthouse in Bendiwan Village. Halfway Guesthouse is the best position to enjoy the Tiger Leaping Gorge and the thirteen peaks of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. After lunch, trek about one hour down to the road and your driver will pick you up and transfer back to Tina’s Guesthouse. You will be free in the afternoon and explore the Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge by yourself.
--the middle Tiger Leaping Gorge
The most perilous section is the Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge, which features a huge drop in water level. Six km away from the upper gorge is a waterfall where the river crashes down over 100 meters hitting the rocks in the river bed and creating violent currents.
In one 100-meter section are numerous reefs, and the current is torrential. The gorge is rarely traversed by humans, but on the slope between the Middle and Lower Tiger Leaping Gorge there is a small village -- Hetaoyuan Village, which has little contact with the outside, and where villagers lead a simple and natural life, dwelling in stone-plate houses
Day 6 Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge-Daju (B+L)
the lower Tiger Leaping Gorge, Middle Rapids, Walnut Grove Garden Village, Xincun Village, Daju Town
In the morning, you rill trek down to the Middle Rapids of Jinsha River, you will witness the narrowest part of the Tiger Leaping Gorge. Trek through the Yixiantian(Tiny Sky ) which is considered a very dangerous section of a few dozen meters long. You will trek to the Walnut Grove Garden (Hetaoyuan in Chinese) and drive back to Tina’s for your lunch, after lunch, ride to the lower part of the Tiger Leaping Gorge. You will arrive at HaLong Meng Guesthouse and have a panoramic view of Daju Town in Xincun Village before cross the Daju Ferry. Take the bike down to Jinsha River and take the boat to Daju Town.
Daju town is a Naxi ancient town lying in the north of Yulong Autonomous County. In the southern part of the town, there is a square-shape Square, which leads you to the famous bazaar - Sifang Street. In the bazaar, you will have the chance to perceive the "Square Bazaar" characteristic of the Naxi minority for its unique styles of bazaar and architecture.
With a forest coverage rate of 51.8%, Daju town is bound to be the destination for those tourists who are fascinated with greenery, those who enjoy crisp air, and those in love with nature. For those who are fond of exploring, this out-of-the-way town can also be the right place. No wonder Daju town is the very place which will make domestic tourists enjoy at ease, and foreign guests feel like home.
--the lower Tiger Leaping Gorge
The most important sight in the lower gorge is the Feixing Rapids, from which people can look down on the unconstrained Jinshajiang River. A 32 km long road from the Haba Mountain to Jiangbian Village has been opened to traffic, but traveling on foot is much more interesting.
From Wlanut Grove to Haba, via Jiangbian, it is seven to eight hours. From here to the Yi village of Sanba is about the same, following trails. You could just follow the road and hitch with the occasional truck or tracker but this way is longer and less scenic. Some hardy mountain bikers have followed the trails but this is really only fun from north to south, elevations being what they are. The best way would be to hire a guide.
Walnut Garden is a small and tranquil village between the middle and lower reaches of Tiger Leaping Gorge. Previously there were lots of walnut trees in this area, thus getting its name Walnut Garden. At night, when staying in Walnut Garden, you could merely hear the beautiful and intangible sound of river surges. Along with the invisible snow-covered mountains and the stars in a line up above, you may dream of a stormy wonderland. When wake up in the morning, you open the door, in front of you stands the ultramarine mountains. What a mysterious world!
Day 7 Daju-Jade Dragon Snow Moutain-Lijiang (B+L)
Jade Dragon Snow Moutain, Yake Meadow, Baisha Village and Murals, Lijiang Old Town
In the morning, the driver will pick you to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, and take the chairlift up to Yak Meadow (3700m) which is the best location to enjoy the nice view of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. You will pay a visit the Lama monastery and walk around the Yak Meadow.
Take the chairlift back to the Bus Station and continue the cycling to Ganhaizi Meadow for your lunch in Dongbala Restaurant. In the afternoon, ride down to Baisha Village and visit Baisha Murals. Ride 10Km more to Lijiang Old Town, finish your cycling and visit the night view of Lijiang Old Town.
Yak Meadow, an important component of Yulong Snow Mountain Scenic Area, lies at the northern tip of Yulong Snow Mountain. Main residents in this scenic area are the Yi minority nationality and Tibetans.With customs of primitive simplicity, and strong minority nationality’s culture, the villagers mainly live on husbandry.
Major scenic spots in the Yak Meadow are as follows: the Yak Snowfields, the Yak Snow Valley, the Black-river Secluded Valley, the Ice Bridge of Black-river Waterfalls, the Lake of Snow-flakes, the Jasper Lake, the Yak Brook, the beautiful grassland, the romantic mountain flowers, Lijiang hemlock firs , Chinese larches, the yellow oaks, spotted ethnic villages and Tibetan folk customs.
--Jade Dragon Snow Mountain:
Yulong (Jade Dragon) Snow Mountain, located 15 kilometers north of the county seat of Lijiang, is a national-level scenic area. Yulong Mountain is the southern section of the Hengduan Mountains. It has 13 peaks, stretching 35 kilometers from north to south. Shanzidou, the main peak, is 5,596 meters above sea level.
Day 8 Lijiang (B+L)
Lijiang Old Town, Lashihai Lake, Zhiyun Monastery, Shuhe Old Town, Black Dragon Pool and Dongba Museum
Around 9 o’clock in the morning, you will drive 30 minutes to the entrance of the Lashihai Lake. Then start biking around the lake for 2~3 hours and visit some Naxi villages, Zhiyun Monastery, the different crops in the farmland. Lashi Lake is a Nature Reserve and is a haven for migratory birds. More than 70 species of birds come to nest in this area during the winter. At noon you will ride to have some delicious local food for your lunch at a friendly Naxi family.
After lunch, you will ride down to Shuhe Old Town which is the important town of the Tea Horse Trade Caravan from the upper Mekong River to Tibet and India. You will visit the Tea Horse Trade Caravan Museum in Shuhe Old Town.
After Shuhe, you will ride about 4Km to Black Dragon Pool which is the main headwater of the Yushui River which goes through the Old Town. It is just like the bright eyes of the town, shining with the wisdom. Pay a visit to the Dongba Ethnic Museum and learn the Naxi Dongba culture. Ride back to Lijiang Old Town and free by your own.
Lashi Lake is in the basin in Hengduan Mountain Range, 10 kilometers away from the Old Town of Lijiang. The grassy marshland on the bank often gathers lots of water. It is the best place for plants, fishes, shellfish and river snails.
The grassy marshland and swamp provide a nice home for wetland animals and plants. In early winter, lots of wild birds will come here from cold northern places. They rest in the grass and look for food in streams.
Zhiyun Monastery is situated in the west of Lashi Basin. It was built in 1727 and was made up of thirteen different structures. However during the Cultural Revolution many structures were badly destroyed with only six structures remaining intact.
In the courtyard of this temple, there are five different kinds of big trees. These are the Cherry tree, Plum tree, Ginkgo tree, Mulberry tree and the Chinese Scholar tree. All of which are more than 200 years old .This monastery is unique in design, it differs from the traditional Tibetan architecture as all the carvings and structural designs were taken from the Naxi, Han and Bai people. From this lamasery, all tourists can view the beautiful Lashi Lake which is just at the bottom of the temple.
Day 9 Departure from Lijiang(B)
Transfer to Lijiang International Airport for returning.
--Black Dragon Pool:
The Black Dragon Pool is like an ancient architecture museum. Some of the famous buildings were established suburbs have under protection actually collected from other places. People moved the traditional buildings that almost had been ruined here and let them be protected. Among them, the most famous buildings are the Villa Jietuolin of the King Mu and the Five Phoenixes Tower combines the typical Lamaism plane pattern and exquisite wooden structure of the Naxi architecture. Both the frame and the technology are unprecedented. The buildings can rarely be found even in the world of Chinese architecture.