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Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-La

ck49f (18 posts) • 0

Hi everybody,

I'am new to this forum, so i first one say a big HELLO.

Since we are traveling Yunann in October i've some questions.

What is the best way to travel between Kunming and Shangri-La if you wanna see as much as possible?

We have the following schedule:

2 days Kunming
2 days Dali
3 days Lijiang
1 day Shangri-La

Should we travel with train/bus and then start some tours with the citys as a base?

And/Or should we take a private driver in each city to go to the next one to have some nice stops at our way to the next city?

Haali (1178 posts) • 0


Best way to travel if you want to see stuff on the way is bus. Trains have the advantage of being available at night, however they only run as far as Lijiang. Personally I wouldn't recommend spending 3 days in Lijiang. 1 or 2 is plenty.

Question: are you travelling between the 1st and 7th of October? If so, it'll be very very busy on the trains buses and tourist spots. Lijiang old town will likely be hellishly busy.

Haali (1178 posts) • 0

The private driver thing could work if you have the right numbers: e.g. 3 or 4 of you. If you have more or less than that, its gonna get expensive per person.

ck49f (18 posts) • 0

Hi Haali, thank you for the answer. Yes we traveling at this days, but there is nothing we can do about it.

01.10.-03.10. Kunming
03.10.-05.10. Dali
05.10.-08.10. Lijiang
08.10.-09.10. Shangrila

What do you thing is a fair price for a private driver between the citys?

We are only two persons, so it is sure more expensive than a bus ride, but maybe it is worth the extra money?

Haali (1178 posts) • 0

Kunming to Dali - maybe 500. Dali to Lijiang, 400-500. Lijiang to Shangri La - 400-500. These are guesses though, if anyone has real experience of hiring a driver+car to go to these places, they should weigh in with their experience!

ck49f (18 posts) • 0

Thanks Haali.

@marto Do you have a website or an entry here at gokunming.com? What is you price tag for the following rides:
03.10. Kunming->Dali
05.10. Dali->Lijiang
08.10. Lijiang->Shangrila
english speaking driver - some stops on the way

+ 09.10. Daytrip to some scenic spots around Shangrila?

scally (127 posts) • 0

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