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Suggestion for flight itinerary to Lijiang and Kunming

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Suggestion for flight itinerary to Lijiang and Kunming

Planning to attend Shanghai Expo in October 2010, then onto Lijiang and Kunming Yunnan with final stop in Hong Kong before retuning to Canada.

As there are no non-stop flights bewteen Lijiang and Shanghai or Hong Kong, and we try to minimize hotel changes, is it advisable to plan for flight itinerary as follows?

Vancouver- Shanghai for the Expo.

Shanghai- Lijiang with connecting flight to Kunming but not stopping over. 2 nights in Lijiang.

Lijiang-Kunming. 2 Nights in Kunming

Kunming- Hong Kong for a few days

Hong Kong- Vancouver

Please also offer comments on the ease of connecting flight at the Kunming Airport to Lijiang.

Thank you.

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1. Re: Suggestion for flight itinerary to Lijiang and Kunming

Hey JLInternational,

You are quite a planner, 16 months in advance. Just be sure to not buy your international or internal flights or prepay for any hotels yet. That comes much later. See my advice at: tripadvisor.com/Travel-g294211-c115805/China…

I think you might want to spend three nights in Lijiang and one night in Kunming, if at all. You can make same-day connections through Kunming if need be. Plenty to see and do in Lijiang compared with Kunming.

Lots of people connect through Kunming, the provincial capital. It is like having to go to Toronto to go to other cities in Ontario. Your connection time will be about two hours to transfer luggage by hand and check in again and get seat assignments for the next flight.

You can find the current flight connections at www.travelzen.com and other Chinese websites. Ignore western sites (Travelocity, Expedia, etc.) for inaccurate fares and schedules. You will not know the actual schedules and rates until around 30-60 days ahead of departure. But about the same frequency will be there.

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2. Re: Suggestion for flight itinerary to Lijiang and Kunming

There is direct flight to Shanghai to Lijiang. Schedule as follow:

FM9451 08:40-13:30

MU5806 14:25-19;20

MU5810 17:45-22:35

Kunming is a morden city, one night is enough.

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3. Re: Suggestion for flight itinerary to Lijiang and Kunming

Thank you all for the information. I see that flight changes in Kunming is inevitable. Hiowever, with the direct flights, I hope that they can check our luggusage throught to Lijiang.

While in Kuuming, how much time shoud I budget to cover the Stone Forest?

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5. Re: Suggestion for flight itinerary to Lijiang and Kunming

you can do research about the flights from here:

www.travelzen.com.cn/index.php?type=flightInt

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7. Re: Suggestion for flight itinerary to Lijiang and Kunming

I also agree with SBS you will find it better to spend as much time as you can in Lijiang rather than Kunming.

I have done the connecting flight at Kunming airport for Lijiang and it was fine. Kunming is a big airport as it services a lot of places.

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8. Re: Suggestion for flight itinerary to Lijiang and Kunming

I guess I was not explicit enough. The exact flight schedules are not firmed up until about 60-90 days before departure. Until then they are conjecture. (There will be connnections in Kunming. Whether or not there are one-stop direct flights is anyone's guess.)

Itinerary planning is great, but hotel and flights this far in advance are meaningless if price and convenience mean anything. Everything will change.

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