Tours and Tickets by Yunnan Exploration
1-Day Private Tour of Kunming Highlights including Dian Lake
Save hours of time—and energy—compared to grappling with Chinese-language public transport on this convenient private tour. Enjoy the flexibility of independent travel with a private driver/guide as you visit the cliffside Kunming Dragon Gate temple, learn about China’s minorities at the Yunnan Nationalities Village, savor a Chinese lunch, and stroll along Dian Lake dam. Naturally, your tour includes door-to-door round-trip transportation
Private Full-Day Stone Forest and Jiuxiang Cave Tour from Kunming
The Kunming Stone Forest and Jiuxiang Cave are two of the most impressive natural wonders in Yunnan province, and visiting on a private tour means you can explore at your own pace. On this full-day tour from Kunming, walk beneath the towering karst cliffs of the Stone Forest, then venture underground to discover the karst caves, river valleys, and waterfalls of the Jiuxiang Caves.
One day Stone Forest and Nuohei Yi Village Tour
Discover Kunming’s two most celebrated charms—its diversity and its karst landscapes—on this combo door-to-door tour that reaches parts public transport cannot reach. Start at the Yunnan Stone Forest Geological Park, capturing timeless shots of peaks, pillars, and pinnacles. After a restaurant lunch, head to Nuohei, a village where the Sani people, a branch of the Yi minority, live among mountains and lakes.
3 Days Yuanyang Rice Terraces Photograph Tour
Yunyuan is located in Honghe Prefecture in southeastern Yunnan province, China, along the Red River. It is well known for its spectacular rice-paddy terracing. In the tour you will not only enjoy the wonders of Hani people's Terraces fields but also visit of the culture old town --Tonghai as well as the world heritage Stone Forest. The tour is including the transfers and tours with local English speaking guides in private air-conditioned vehicles. Entrance and meals as mentioned in the programme.
One day Kunming city classic Tour
Discover Kunming’s three most beautiful temples without worrying about the language barrier on this cultural door-to-door tour. Start at the Buddhist Bamboo Temple, set in a bamboo forest outside the city, then proceed to the Taoist Golden Temple, crafted from hundreds of tons of bronze. After a Chinese restaurant lunch, visit the Buddhist Yuantong Temple. Throughout, enjoy the tailor-made insights and personal service you’d expect from a private guide.
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PolarBearOslo wrote a review Jan 2020
Beijing, China34 contributions6 helpful votes
After hiking Tiger Leaping Gorge for two days with Evan from Yunnan Exploration in December 2019 I can truly say it is one of my favourite hikes ever. It is near impossible not to describe the hike with words like spectacular and breathtaking and Yunnan Explorations and my guide Evans tidy organizing meant I could forget all the practical details and just walk and enjoy. Rachel and Lydia took care of the planning and official stuff beforehand and Evan met me at my hotel in Lijiang on the morning of departure. YA had booked our seats on a bus full of hikers for Tiger Leaping Gorge and the trip from Lijiang to our departure point near the village of Qiaotou took around two hours. Our start point lies at around 1900 meters above sea level and after a one hour climb up through farms and orchards dotting the hillside we reached a small guesthouse in Nuoyu Village at 2200 meters. After a light meal here we continued our climb. This takes you up through the famous 28 bends and if the climb doesn’t take your breath away the views when you reach the top of the bends at 2600 meters certainly will. At this point you’ve actually reached the highest point of the upper hiking route through the gorge. From here on and in its relatively flat or slightly down hill for the next 3-4 hours to Halfway Guesthouse or one of the other guesthouses where you can spend the night between a two day hike. The scenery along the way is absolutely magnificent and all though the Yangtze River is some 600 meters below you in the gorge you can always hear the distant roar. After a good nights sleep in a room with THE view at Halfway Guesthouse the second part of the hike takes you through more high altitude scenery before you make your descent down to the road again near Tinas Guesthouse. This part of the hike took a couple of hours. I had also booked a hike of the lower trail along the river almost at the bottom of the gorge so after a short break we descended around 200 meters down to the river. This part of the trail is ‘private’ and the steps paths and ladders have a distinctly homely look and feel. Easy does it though and when you reach the river and the lower hiking trail it is equally spectacular compared to the upper trails you’ve left behind. In places the trail has been carved in to the rocks looming over the wild river right below. The final couple of hours hike is an easy stroll though to a village called Walnut Grove where you can have a nice lunch before catching the bus back to Lijiang. All in all my watch told me we walked 15+12 km over the two days. Apart from the tough climb from the road and up through the 28 bends at the start of the hike, and the descent from the road to the river which is not for the faint hearted the rest is pure beauty. Can you do this hike on your own? If you read and speak Mandarin I’d say definitely. If you don’t but have time to bumble about you’ll probably still be fine. But you’ll need plenty of time. The bus drivers don’t speak any English so understanding where and when to get off in order to buy tickets to the gorge, or where to start your hike - there are several options none of which are marked properly - is anyones guess. If it wasn’t for my guide Evan who took responsibility when other guests on the bus obviously didn’t know what to do they’d probably still be wandering around near Qiaotou😂 On the bus ride from Walnut Grove out of the gorge we arrived at an accident scene. On understanding the road would be blocked for hours Evan got us a ride in a car in order to catch another bus back to Lijiang. Apart from all the practical help Evan offered first and foremost he is really good company. A warm pleasant person to spend time with. As a Tibetan he brings with him a wealth of mountain experience that comes in really handy when you are hiking the mountains of Yunnan. I hope to come back to TLG some day and if I do I’ll definitely let Yunnan Exploration take care of my trip and hopefully have Evan do the guiding again.…
Date of experience: December 2019
ANNA P wrote a review Sep 2019
I am from Italy and I really like Puer Tea and Dianhong Black Tea from Yunnan. It was a dream for me arrange tea culture trip to Southwest Yunnan where I can enjoy the real tea culture life with local ethnic people. I found Yunnan Exploration Travel from Google, a nice Yunnan tea culture tour was arranged by my travel consultant whose name is Cindy Cao. I traveled from Kunming to Dali by high speed train, visit Xiaguan Tuocha Factory. I really appreciate Charlie Lee who is the boss of Yunnan Exploration as well as our driver and guide this time. He traveled with us in the whole trip. From Dali ,we drove to Xiaowan Town of Fengqing County, we paid a visit to Jinxiu Ancient Tea which is more than 3200 years old and it is praised as the Ancestor of Tea in the world. We visited Dianhong Black Tea factory and Xiashan organic tea mountain in Fengqing County. From Fengqing County, we drove to lincang, visited most famous Dongbanshan and Xibanshan tea moutnains in Mengku Town of Shuangjiang County. Here we tasted the aged Puer tea and learnt how to make the Puer tea cake. It was a long day driving from Lincang to Puer city via Jinggu County, but we really enjoyed the fantastic tropical scenery in Southwest Yunnan. We finished our trip in Puer City and came back to Italy. Yunnan Exploration Travel arrange Yunnan tea culture travel very professionally, they are so familiar with local tea and ethnic culture. Meals - the food was good and the the variety of dishes very wide. There was more food than we could finish every time :) We liked the chance to try the local dishes, and every meal that you catered for gave us this opportunity. This has been my second trip with your company with positive experience in China. Would definitely do another Yunnan tour with your company in future.…
Date of experience: July 2019
Sean wrote a review Sep 2019
Singapore, Singapore5 contributions
I love Yunnan, because there are mountains here. It is wonderful when I walk in the mountains and mountains. There is always a mountain in my heart, I want to climb... I always have a dream to climb a snow mountain, and then I started to travel. Haba Snow Mountain! The entry-level snow mountain is also a snow-capped mountain that cannot be underestimated! The equipment that needs to be prepared includes jackets, trousers, fleece, down jackets, fleece pants, thermal underwear, hiking shoes, high-cuts, must be medium and high, and must be waterproof, must be waterproof! ! ! ! ! I am very grateful to Yunnan Exploration for giving me a lot of help on this trip. I love Yunnan Exploration!!!…
Date of experience: May 2019
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MES001 wrote a review Jul 2019
New York City, New York4 contributions2 helpful votes
Lydia helped us plan a 10 day tour, starting in Kunming with the Stone Forest and Jiuxiang Caves, transitioning to Dali, then to Lijiang, Lake Lugu and Shangri-La. We saw beautiful landscapes, the amazing Yangtze and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, interesting pagodas and monasteries. It was also interesting to see how the Chinese government had systematically built infrastructure, repaired damaged sites, and encouraged tourism to the area, helping to alleviate poverty throughout the region via job creation--very intelligent strategy! Our drivers and guides were always professional, and very knowledgeable and friendly, adding to our good feeling. Back in the main office, Lydia was always there whenever a little glitch (not due to the agency) occurred, and on such rare occasions, she resolved matters immediatelyl I would highly recommend Yunnan Exploration. I might also mention that we compared options and pricing among a number of other tour operators prior to selecting Yunnan Exploration, and we found their offering to be highly competitive.…
Date of experience: June 2019
discovery204 wrote a review May 2019
Hong Kong, China72 contributions81 helpful votes
We were really pleased with our private tour to Yunnan. We visited Dali, Lijiang, JDS Mountain, ShangriLa and Leaping Tiger Gorge. The activities in each place were very well planned and interesting. Rachel was my consultant and she was very diligent in helping me to plan and organise the trip, even when things went wrong, like 2 trains I booked were cancelled. Rachel was very responsive on email and wechat. She gave me advice but also I was able to arrange the hotels, flight and one train on my own. The company provided us with 4 wonderful days out and a driver between Dali, Lijiang and ShangriLa. We would recommend going up to ShangriLa. The LTG was the highlight and hiking along the gorge for 2.5 hrs was amazing. I thoroughly recommend this tour company. Although their prices are not cheap it was very well-organised and with such good reviews it would be foolish to go with a cheaper and less professional outfit.…
Date of experience: April 2019