Yunnan, Shangri La & Traditional Fishing, 10 days School Trip | The Dragon Trip

Yunnan, Shangri La & Traditional Fishing, 10 days School Trip

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11 days / 10 nights - POA

Experience the spectacular scenery and incredible culture of Yunnan province on this 10-day China school trip. Bike ride around the Erhai Lake, take a cable car to the peak of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, gaze upon Tiger Leaping Gorge, and study the ways of Tibetan Buddhism.



Learning Outcomes

  • Action
  • Creativity & Culture
  • Sustainability

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Day 1: Arrive in Kunming

Arrive at Kunming Changshui Airport and meet your adventure leader for your welcome banquet and trip briefing.


Day 2: Yunnan Nationalities Village

Explore Kunming and visit the Yunnan Nationalities Village where you will learn about the ethnic minorities that live in the region. Then, travel to the wonderful Dali.


Day 3: Bike Ride

Begin your day with a bike ride around the Erhai Lake, then get the ferry to Jinsuo Island. In the evening wander through Dali Old Town.


Day 4: Calligraphy Lesson

Travel to Shaxi – a Tang dynasty tea and horse trading post. In the afternoon learn about the Chinese culture of tea and try your hand at calligraphy!


Day 5: Black Dragon Pool

Explore the ancient cobbled streets of Lijiang before visiting the Black Dragon Pool for the most incredible views of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.


Day 6: Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

Make your way to the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and take a cable car to the peak to enjoy the spectacular views. In the afternoon, visit the waterfall terraces of Blue Moon Valley. Then, experience traditional Chinese story telling at the Lijiang Impressions show.


Day 7: Tiger Leaping Gorge

Leave Lijiang and travel to Shangri-La. On the way you will see the conflux of two rivers at Sangushui, and the jaw-dropping Tiger Leaping Gorge.


Day 8: Tibetan Buddhism

Today you will visit the Tibetan Sumstaling Monastry to learn about Tibetan Buddhism. In the afternoon visit Potatso National Park and hike around the beautiful lakes and meadows.


Day 9: Fly Home

In the morning transfer from Shangri-La to Lijiang and in the afternoon Lijiang to Beijing. You will then transfer to accommodation near Beijing.


Day 10: Fly Home

Transfer from Beijing for flight home.



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Learning Outcomes:

  • Action: Students will participate in two hikes, a bike hike as well as a yoga retreat enjoying both relaxing and thrilling physical activities. We aim to provide students with amazing active experiences, instilling a positive attitude towards active travelling.
  • Creativity & Culture: Through learning the Bai tribe’s fishing designs, assisting a women & children’s NGO, and practicing new meditation skills, students will grow in their depth of understanding about Yunnan’s cultures and society.
  • Sustainability: The sites visited in this itinerary are some of the most incredible natural wonders of the world. We invite students to compare the legends of Shangri La to its reality as well as consider the environmental policy changes that may irrevocably change these destinations.


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  • All transportation within China, including all inner-city transfers. City transportation in private and fully insured coaches or occasionally public transport.
  • Transfers to other cities will either be through internal flights, fast trains and day trains, or overnight sleeper trains.
  • The class of each transport is indicated in the itinerary.


  • All meals during your stay according to the itinerary.
  • Most meals will be local Chinese food and we try to choose a variety of different food in each city, as well as local specialties. We are flexible on the trip and have experience in ordering food for students. For trips longer than 7 days we will typically have at least 1 western fast food meal or similar alternative for lunch or dinner.
  • Breakfasts are typically have both western style and local options.
  • Bottled drinking water is provided on the coach.


  • Groups of 15 students or more will have a leader throughout the trip and local guide in each location. Groups of less than 15 students will have local guides in each location and trains and flight transfers will be unguided.
  • If a large group would prefer just 1 local guide price reductions are available.


  • All tickets to attractions listed on the itinerary.
  • All tips and charges are included in the costs.
  • Due to the nature of the times international flights depart China, the last day of the itinerary does not include activities.
  • If the departing flight leaves in the afternoon or evening, we can provide activities and meals during the day for a small additional charge.
  • Free places include all costs in China (food, accommodation, tickets etc.) but exclude international flights and visas.

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