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5-Hour Private Tour in Kunming: Dragon Gate, Huating Temple and Grand View Tower

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USD 74.00
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    What to Expect
    Begin your 5-hour private tour with a pickup from your central Kunming hotel, and settle inside your private, climate-controlled vehicle with your guide.

    Then, soak in the views of the city streets and surroundings on route to your first stop: the Dragon Gate in the Western Hills, overlooking Dianchi Lake, also known as the ‘Pearl of the Plateau.’

    Take in the ornate Dragon Temple cut into the sheer rock face above the lake, and learn how it was hand-hewn from the cliffs by Taoist monks between 1781 and 1835.

    Next, continue to Huating Temple, one of the oldest and biggest of the Buddhist complexes in Kunming. This elaborate Western Hills temple has origins dating back to early medieval times, and sits in fragrant gardens awash with ponds, bamboo groves, flowers, and fruit trees.

    Step inside to view the hundreds of gilded Buddha statues and richly detailed stone carvings of animals and birds, and listen as your guide shares tales of the temple’s history.

    After your visit here, take a break over a Chinese lunch at a popular local restaurant, and then head to the shores of Dianchi Lake to visit the beautiful Grand View Tower.

    Admire the delightful gardens around this medieval, 3-story pavilion-style building, and explore inside to see the decorative interiors. While here, drink in the panoramic views over the lake to the Western Hills on the horizon. Capture photos of the forest-clad hills, and see why they’re sometimes known as the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ hills for resembling the outline of a sleeping woman.

    After five hours, your tour comes to a close with a drop-off back at your hotel.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    You'll be picked up from your hotel in central Kunming. Please enter your hotel name and address at the time of booking.
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Return Details
    Your downtown Kunming hotel
    • Friendly and experienced English-speaking tour guide.
    • Transfer by reliable driver and air-conditioned vehicle.
    • Lunch at a popular local restaurant
    • All entrance tickets as listed in the itinerary.
    • One-way chairlift and eco-car at the West Hill.
    • Entry/Admission - Kunming Dragon Gate
    • Entry/Admission - Huating Temple
    • Entry/Admission - Daguan Yuan Park
    • Gratuities (recommended).
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Airport transfer.
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • NOT recommended: if you have trouble with steps road or if you have to use a wheelchair, it might be a bit challenging for you to visit the Dragon Gate.
    • Most travelers can participate
    • 30-minute steps down from the West Hill.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 3 September 2018

    Wonderful tour - very good and knowledgeable guide, Richard Jr - and driver. Plenty to see and experience and much history to learn with the right guide to help. Some walking involved so be careful of the altitude and take at a reasonable pace. Experiment...More

    Date of experience: August 2018
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