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Kunming City Tour: Dragon Gate, Huating Temple and Daguan Pavilion

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Kunming, China
Kunming City Tour: Dragon Gate, Huating Temple and Daguan Pavilion

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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

If you’re short on time in Kunming but keen to give its top attractions the attention they deserve, this 5-hour private tour is ideal. Take in the rock-face Dragon Gate and Huating Temple in the Western Hills, and visit the Grand View Tower overlooking Lake Dianchi, all with a private guide to share their stories and significance. Your tour includes a Chinese restaurant lunch, entrance fees, and private transport with hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Private 5-hour Kunming and Western Hills highlights tour
  • View the rock-face Dragon Gate carved into the Western Hills above Lake Dianchi
  • Visit the ornate Huating Temple, one of the oldest Buddhist temples in the region
  • Explore the lakeside Grand View Tower and admire the views over the Western Hills
  • Entrance fees and Chinese lunch at a local restaurant included
  • Air-conditioned transport including central hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Undivided attention of a private guide, with a separate driver
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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.
Gratuities (recommended).
Food and drinks, unless specified
Airport transfer.

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9:00 AM

After booking, the operator will contact you about pickup time.

You'll be picked up from your hotel in central Kunming. Please enter your hotel name and address at the time of booking.
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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Kunming Dragon Gate
At around 9am, your private English-speaking tour guide and vehicle will pick you up from the lobby of your downtown Kunming hotel and drive to Dragon Gate at West Hill. Located 37km west of the down town Kunming, the Dragon Gate in Western Hill is close to the Dianchi Lake. This group of grottoes, sculptures, corridors and pavilions were hacked from the cliff between 1781 and 1835 by a Taoist monk and his co-workers.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Huating Temple
Next, your will visit Huating Temple, which is one of the oldest and largest Buddhist complexes in Kunming with 572 painted sculptures and more than 260 stone carvings of animals and birds, which are of marvelous shape and some romantic feel. Still remained in the temple are 17 stone stele of Ming and Qing Dynasty, along with 7 tower tombs from Qing Dynasty.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Daguan Yuan Park
After lunch, you will visit Grand View Tower (Daguan Park), which is located at the terminus of Daguan Road and is 6 km from the city center, near Dianchi Lake and facing Taihua Mountain which is on the other side of Dianchi Lake. Completed in 1690 during the Qing Dynasty, the park consists of hills, ponds, pavilions and rockeries in a style similar to that of the gardens of the Yangtze River Delta. Its lovely gardens and buildings have won the name of "West Lake Junior" commanding a panoramic view of Dianchi Lake with the charming Sleeping Beauty Hill in the background. After that, you will transfer be transferred back to your downtown Kunming hotel.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • 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 is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Trippest Mini Group Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Kunming City Tour: Dragon Gate, Huating Temple and Daguan Pavilion?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Kunming City Tour: Dragon Gate, Huating Temple and Daguan Pavilion.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Kunming City Tour: Dragon Gate, Huating Temple and Daguan Pavilion?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Kunming City Tour: Dragon Gate, Huating Temple and Daguan Pavilion.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Kunming City Tour: Dragon Gate, Huating Temple and Daguan Pavilion?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Kunming City Tour: Dragon Gate, Huating Temple and Daguan Pavilion.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Kunming City Tour: Dragon Gate, Huating Temple and Daguan Pavilion?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Kunming City Tour: Dragon Gate, Huating Temple and Daguan Pavilion.

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My tour guide Murphy was excellent...
Susan K
, Nov 2016
My tour guide Murphy was excellent! Her English was very good and she was very considerate of any need I had, I highly recommend her.

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