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1. Posted by Fluterd (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Dear forummembers,

In september we will visit China and visit Yunnan from 10-20 september (approximately).

I was thinking about this trip:
day 1 : Kunming --> Yuanyang (bus? train?)
day 2 (sunday): visit Laomeng market
day 3: visit rice terraces in/around Yuanyang
day 4: go to Jianshui (bus/minibus?)
day 5: Jianshui
day 6: Jianshui --> Kunming (bus?) --> Lijiang (bus/train?)
day 7: Lijiang
day 8: Lijiang --> Tiger Leaping Gorge
day 9: Tiger Leaping Gorge
day 10: Tiger Leaping Gorge --> Lijiang --> Kunming

Is this possible (we will use public transportation) and not too busy? Can you help me with time tables of bus/train?
About Lijiang and the tiger leaping gorge, I found enough information, but more information about Yuanyang/Jianshui is very welcome!!!

Thanks for your help!

2. Posted by vijayalakshmi20 (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for your tips and really useful tips

3. Posted by kichikacha (Respected Member 328 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!


It will be a tight schedule, however I think totally feasible and you will still have enough time to look around.

For train schedule between Kunming and Lijiang, see:
You can even take sleeper-night train on the way back.
On this route, train is relatively slow, so you can also consider taking bus instead.
Dali could be a nice stopover on the route between Kunming and Lijiang.
As I remember: it takes app 5 hours from Kunming to Dali and from Dali to Lijiang another 3hrs by bus. Buses leave regularly.

From Lijiang to Tiger Leaping Gorge: you can take minivan, app 1.5-2hrs. If you leave in the morning, it is possible to finish the trek and return to Lijiang next day early afternoon. Although, it is a beautiful place to rest and spend time. You can organize minivan ride at "Mama's place" in Lijiang, but despite its popularity i wouldn't recommend to stay and eat there, as you can find much nicer courtyard houses around and better restaurants.

For bus schedules: Jianshui / Yuanyang.

Cloudland hostel in Kunming is an excellent place to pick up leaflets with all bus schedules and with even a map for tiger leaping gorge. Also, a very nice place to stay. You have to book it in advance.

4. Posted by Fluterd (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Thank you kichikacha!

This is exact the information I needed! To avoid passing Kunming 3 times, we decided to do the trip the other way round (start in Lijiang, TLG, LIjiang, Kunming, Jianshui, Yuanyang, Kunming). We are then later in Yuanyang, so I hope not all the rice is harvested by then... Anyway, I still think it will be a nice trip!

Thanks for your help!

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