Monday, November 11, 2019

China (Kunming, Dali, Chuxiong & Lijiang, Yunnan) Nov 2019

" My 8 days 7 nights package tour to Kunming, Dali, Chu Xiong & Lijiang, (Yunnan Province of Southern China) from 3 - 10/11/2019 - accompanying my wife to fulfil her dream of visiting the scenic area of Xinglin Grand View Garden (Stone Forest) in Shi Lin, Yulong Snow Mountain, Dali & Lijiang Ancient City, Yunnan " 

Total Expenses incurred (8 days): Rm3,164 + CNY959 = RM3,739 (US$895)
Package Tour Price: Rm2,999
Travel Insurance: Rm57
China Visa Fee (own application): Rm100
Optional Tour: CNY480 
Skybus: Rm6
Rapid KL train: Rm2.10
Food: CNY22
Groceries (for home): CNY260
Sundries: CNY80
Medicine: CNY117

Travel Itinerary: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia > Kunming, China > Shi Lin > JiuXiang > Kunming > Dali > Lijiang > Chuxiong > Kunming > Kuala Lumpur  (ground transport mileage by bus in southern China approx. 1,220km one way)

- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia > Kunming, China = 2,419km; 3.5hr by air
- Kunming > Stone Forest, Shi Lin = 84km
- Kunming > Dali = 334km 
- Dali > Lijiang = 192km
- Lijiang > Chu Xiong = 357km 
- Chu Xiong > Kunming = 169km 

Surface Elevation of Yunnan cities / touristy places (against Mt Kinabalu, Sabah of 4,095m) 
- Kunming = 1,892m above sea level
- Dali = 1,975m 
- Lijiang = 2,400m
- Jade Dragon Mountain = 3,356 > 4,506m
- Lugu Lake (Kingdom of Women) = 2,685m
- Shangrila = 3,160m
- Daocheng Yading = 3,753m

Image result for yunnan map
Yunnan Province Map, China

Tour Organizer: Airlink Travel & Tour Sdn Bhd, No 35, Jalan Puteri 2/1, Bandar Puteri, 47500 Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia (Tel No 603-80601199) 

A group photo taken at the Kunming International Airport (12 tour members) prior to our departure for home ! 

The sweetness of Re-union is the joy of Heaven ! 21 years ago, the Chong family members from Kuala Lumpur were on a 7 days package tour to Kunming & Guizhou in Southern China (Sept 1998) & we were travelling together (me & another colleague of mine; we do not know each other then). Guessed what ! On Sunday 3 Nov 2019, a big surprise awaiting to happen. Mr Chong's family (spouse Angie & lovely daughter) were on the same flight with me joining the same package tour to Kunming, Shi Lin, Dali & Lijiang - what a coincidence ! Both me & Chong family were re-united again this time (a very rare chance as we had not bumped on each other for 2 decades) & best still we were on a same package tour to southern China again - another big surprise when Mr Chong was able to recognize & greet me when I was seated on the adjacent row as soon as I boarded the Air Asia flight destined to Kunming ! How time has flown ! The joy of meeting again in this Yunnan package tour brighten up our 8 days vacation in southern China ! 

" Goodbye doesn't mean the end, it does not say forever. It just means that we will meet again " 

My Good Old Days travelling with the Chong family (Sept 1998) 

A  21 year rendezvous ? Was it fate ? Ask a fortune teller ! 

Yuantong Temple, Kunming (1998) 
Stone Forest, Shi Lin (1998)
Makan Makan (Eating) time in Kunming (1998)

Boat ride to Alu Cave, JiuXiang (1998) 

Travel Highlights (8 Days 7 Nights Package Tour to Kunming / Dali / Lijiang, Yunnan): 

1) Black Stone Forest, Shi Lin, Yunnan 

Black Stone Forest, Yunnan

2) JiuXiang Scenic Area, Yunnan

3) Dali, Yunnan

4) Lijiang Ancient Town (UNESCO), Yunnan 

5) Black Dragon Lagoon, Lijiang, Yunnan

6) Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Lijiang Yunnan

7) Yiren Ancient Town, ChuXiong, Yunnan

Yiren Anceint Town, Yunnan

8) Kunming, Yunnan

Yuantong Temple, Kunming 

Optional Tour Program (CNY480) per pax 

1) Yunnan Impression Performance, Kunming 

2) Lijiang Cableway to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Lijiang (replacing Yunshanping walking trail)

Special Cuisine for our Kunming/Dali/Lijiang tour group as specified in Airlink's tour brochure:

1) Bridge Crossing Noodle + Chicken, Kunming  

2) Yiliang Roasted Duck, Kunming  

3) Mushroom Steamboat, Kunming

4) Rainbow Trout Flavor Hot Pot

5) Dali Fish Clay Pot, Dali

My Good Old Days backpacking (solo travel) in southern China (Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-La, Daocheng Ya Ding, Tiger Leaping Gorge & Lugu Lake)

Kunming, Yunnan (1998, 2010 & 2019)

Stone Forest, Kunming (1998) 

Dali, Yunnan (2010)

Dali Ancient Town , Yunnan (2010) 

Lijiang, Yunnan (2010, 2014 & 2019)

Lijiang Ancient Town (2010 & 2014) 

Shangri-La (Zhongdian), Yunnan (2014)

Shangri-La (Zhongdian), Yunnan (2014) 

Daocheng Yading, Sichuan (2014)

Mt Jampayong, Daocheng Yading (2014) 

Tiger Leaping Gorge, Yunnan (2014)

Tiger Leaping Gorge, Yunnan (2014) 

Lugu Lake, Yunnan (2014)

Lugu Lake, Yunnan (2014) 

China (Kuala Lumpur, Kunming Yunnan) Nov 2019

Day 1  Sunday 3 Nov 2019 - Airlink's tour brochure's quote "Assemble at KLIA Airport for your pleasant flight to Kunming. Upon arrival, proceed to Shi Lin then transfer to hotel" 

1) Rapid KL LRT train ride (Rm2.10 Senior) from SS15 station (home place) > KL Sentral, Kuala Lumpur 

2) Air Asia airport shuttle bus ride (SkyBus Rm6 Senior) from KL Sentral, Kuala Lumpur > KLIA2, Sepang (1 hour)

3) Arrival at KLIA2, Sepang & International Departure Hall 

4) Hindu (Deepavali) festive decorations in KLIA2

5) Malaysian Customs - Immigration clearance at KLIA2 Airport

6) Air Asia flight AK101 departing Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 13.10 arriving Kunming, China 16.55

7) In flight meal (lunch) on board Air Asia

8) Vegetarian meal (lunch) specially catered for six of our tour members 

9) Arriving at Kunming International Airport, China 

10) Our Tour Bus driven by a professional driver throughout our 8 day visit in Yunnan