In This 9-day tour to the northern Yunnan, the old town of Lijiang, the amazing Lugu Lake and the ancient Tea and Horse route….all of these are ripe for exploration. a stop at the Tiger Leaping Gorge for a couple of hours' trekking is highly recommended before venturing into the little Tibet Shangri-la.

 

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9-day tour to Shangri-la,Lijiang and Lugu Lake

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In This 9-day tour to the northern Yunnan, the old town of Lijiang, the amazing Lugu Lake and the ancient Tea and Horse route….all of these are ripe for exploration. a stop at the Tiger Leaping Gorge for a couple of hours' trekking is highly recommended before venturing into the little Tibet Shangri-la.

 

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Arrive in Shangri-la

Upon arrival at Shangri-la in the afternoon, your local English-speaking guide welcomes you at the arrival hall and then you will be driven to a charming inn located near a large forest park.

 

Meals/Accommodation

Outfitting Hostel

Mysterious Shangri-la

A few kilometers away from Shangri-La, visit the Songzanlin monastery, the largest lamasery of Yunnan. In this small Potala Palace, admire the sumptuous frescoes of the life of the Buddha and golden sculptures of Sakyamuni. Stroll in the middle of the temples of this active monastery and soak up the sacred atmosphere of the scene.
Then, wander in the maze of narrow alleys of the old town of Zhongdian. You will discover Tibetans continuing traditions and the quiet course of their lives. The finely carved wooden houses and traditional outfits are reminders that you are on the border of Tibet and Yunnan.
Finally, climb up the small slope to reach the Ringha Temple(Da Bao Temple), also named temple of the five wisdom Buddhas. Considered one of the most important Tibetan temples of Yunnan, you will be seized by the simplicity of a place so popular with the local. On your way back to the hotel, stop in some traditional Tibetan villages. Nothing is better to learn more about the authentic culture of Tibetans by visiting a local family!

 

Meals/Accommodation

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

Outfitting Hostel

Tiger Leaping Gorge and Lijiang Ancient Town

After 2-3 hours of driving, you will arrive at the famous Tiger Leaping Gorge. a multitude of steps or a peaceful path are available to reach the Tiger Leaping Gorge, in the heart of the turbulent Jinsha River. Here, the tiger's roar resounds in your ears. Then enjoy the magnificent views of the entrance to the gorge and the water of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain flowing into the river. After the excursion, you will continue to drive to Lijiang. 
Upon arrival, an eye-opening tour in a local market of Lijiang will be arranged. Foods here will sometimes surprise you by their colors or shapes. 
After then, wander through the maze of alleyways of the old town of Lijiang. Amidst this unique picturesque site, you will plunge several centuries back. The traditional architectures blend beautifully with the splendid landscape, which consists of cobbled alleys interspersed by small channels, all with the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the background. In Lijiang, approach the Residence of the Mu family. See its reflection of how Naxi culture opens its doors to other peoples, such as the way that its new buildings are a mixture of Naxi architecture, Han, Tibetan and even Bai influences. Then ride to the Lion Hill where a superb view over the rooftops of Lijiang old town is offered.

 

Meals/Accommodation

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

Outfitting Hostel


Head to Lugu Lake

Today you will take a somewhat bumpy mountain road to go to visit Lugu Lake. You won't complain the 5-6 hour drive once you see the lake and the surrounding landscapes upon arrival. After check in at a traditional lodge, you can walk all around to have the first glance of the lake and other areas in the North West of Yunnan plateau. If you are fit tonight, you can attend the campfire of the Mosuo people to dance with them in a circle. But, be careful not to stroke the palm of your neighbor lightly because it means that you are interested in her/him among Mosuo folk customs! During the campfire, you will also hear local songs, performed by a group of boys and girls.
Tip: You can attend the campfire tonight or tomorrow evening.

 

Meals/Accommodation

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

Lige Inn


Lugu Lake Cruise and Mosuo Ethnic Group

Today, we gonna explore some traditional villages and the discovery of its unique custom, a cultural feast for you. Discover the daily life of the Mosuo ethnic group. First of all, take a traditional boat (not a private boat, might be share with other travellers) to browse the Lugu Lake and visit some islands where the Mosuo people have settled down there. In the afternoon, stroll around to explore the Mosuo villages on the shores of Lugu Lake. After visiting a traditional dwelling of ethnic group, your guide takes you to the Mosuo Museum where you can learn a lot about this mysterious ethnic group!

 

Meals/Accommodation

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

Lige Inn


Return to Lijiang

Get up early this morning to enjoy the sunrise from one of the best vantage points of Lugu Lake. Admire the beautiful scenery here before heading back to Lijiang with your guide. Upon arrival, you will free for the rest of the day.

 

Meals/Accommodation

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

Outfitting Hostel

Traditional Village of Naxi Ethnic Group

This morning, explore the surrounding countryside of Lijiang and some traditional villages of the Naxi people. One of the typical sites is the Shuhe Ancient Town. The trail which plunges into a valley that appears untouched by human is a beauty. Once there, stroll freely on the streets of this ancient town that is vaguely reminiscent of the Naxi influence on Lijiang Old Town and visit the museum to learn about the history of the Tea Horse Road. Not far away, a stroll in the park of Black Dragon Pool is a relaxing activity, along with admiring one of the most beautiful views of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain as it reflects on the clear water of the lake. Hike a bit further, explore the Yuhu Naxi Minority Village. There, the local people continue their peaceful life. Nestled in a unique setting, you can admire the culture and traditions of the Naxi. Enjoy time to share a traditional meal with a Naxi family. If you wish, you can hike on foot or on horseback from Yuhu. The trail takes you to the far countryside on the slopes of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.
Then, discover the beautiful frescoes of the Baisha village. This village was the capital of the Naxi kingdom before the conquest of Kublai. Even today, it remains original that you may feel it’s a town frozen in time, where the Naxi architecture is visible everywhere. Be sure to pass by the pavilion of Liuli and Dabaoji palace to admire the incomparable frescoes by the Naxi, Tibetan and Han painters. These murals are quite unique.
Above all, visit the Liuli Temple and Dabaoji palace to admire the incomparable frescoes by painters of Naxi, Tibetan and Han. These murals are quite unique. What’s more fascination is that a visit to Baisha embroidery craft center is included.
was it attractive enough? If not, let’s move to Shaxi, a village on the ancient Tea and Horse route. After 3 hours' drive, you arrive in this old village of Yunnan, nestled in a beautiful valley. Then, walk along the cobbled streets of old town of Shaxi, the former commercial hub on Tea and Horse Road has no more secret for you. 
You will overnight here in a traditional inn.

 

Meals/Accommodation

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

Caravan Trail Inn

Bai minority and Lake Erhai

This morning, you will leave the Shaxi old town for Dali. Before reaching Dali, you will stop to visit the small town of Xizhou. In this old town of the Nanzhao kingdom, you will discover the well-preserved remnants of the Bai ethnic group. The homes of this minority group were built beautifully with rich decorations. From one rooftop of these houses, you will have a magnificent view of the colorful Xizhou.
Upon arrival Dali, go take a cruise on the Erhai Lake. Once on its shores, you would like to fix your eyes on the vast stretch of crystal water, which reflects the snowy mountains of Cangshan. The cruise will take you to Jinsuo Island where you will discover the home of manufacture of shuttles for weaving. On the island, you will enjoy to visit a small village of Bai fisherman and a local school. 
Last,Stroll through the Dali old town. Although it’s a rather small area, one can get lost in the maze of streets of Dali. Still surrounded by ramparts, the ancient town continues to maintain and showcase an atmosphere of the Nanzhao kingdom. 
Tonight, you will be transferred to the Dali Railway Station to take the overnight train to Kunming.(Soft Sleeper,first calss).

 

Meals/Accommodation

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

Soft Sleeper


Stone Forest

You will arrive at the Kunming Railway Station in early mornning. Your guide will pick you up at the exit and then you will go taste the local breakfast. Then, head to the immense Kunming Stone Forest, which is approximately 1.5 hours' drive to southeast of Kunming. This sea of rocks offers an ageless, magical landscape where karst peaks intermingle. Explore this labyrinth of stones and mount this ocean of limestone to look out and admire the strange forms that are present at this site.

After wrapping up the day trip to Stone Forest, you will be transferred to the airport for the flight to your next destination or return home.
 

Meals/Accommodation

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

Accommodation
  • Economy
  • Superior
  • Deluxe

4 destinations

Travel 1100km

13 attractions and activities

Include

  • Natural and cultural heritage ( 12 )
  • The Constructions ( 11 )
  • Chinese Lifestyle ( 11 )
  • Chinese Art ( 4 )
  • Culture of Ethnic Minority ( 11 )

Arrive in Shangri-la

 

 

 

Accommodation

Outfitting Hostel

Mysterious Shangri-la

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

 

Sights:Songzanlin Monastery,Old Town of Zhongdian

Accommodation

Outfitting Hostel

Tiger Leaping Gorge and Lijiang Ancient Town

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

 

Sights:Tiger Leaping Gorge,Lijiang Old town

Accommodation

Outfitting Hostel


Head to Lugu Lake

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

 

Sights:Lugu Lake in Lijiang

Accommodation

Lige Inn


Lugu Lake Cruise and Mosuo Ethnic Group

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

 

Sights:Lugu Lake in Lijiang

Accommodation

Lige Inn


Return to Lijiang

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

 

Sights:Lugu Lake in Lijiang

Accommodation

Outfitting Hostel

Traditional Village of Naxi Ethnic Group

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

 

Sights:Yuhu Village,Shuhe Ancient Town,Baisha Village,Shaxi Ancient Town

Accommodation

Caravan Trail Inn

Bai minority and Lake Erhai

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

 

Sights:Xizhou,Erhai Lake,Dali Old Town

Accommodation

Soft Sleeper


Stone Forest

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

 

Sights:Stone Forest

Accommodation

  • Lijiang Old town

  • Stone Forest

  • Tiger Leaping Gorge

  • Shuhe Ancient Town

  • Erhai Lake

  • Songzanlin Monastery

  • Old Town of Zhongdian

  • Yuhu Village

  • Lugu Lake in Lijiang

  • Baisha Village

  • Dali Old Town

  • Shaxi Ancient Town

  • Xizhou

Prices

Prices: Price may vary depending on the season, the price of transport and other external reasons. (Quoted in U.S. dollars and based on per person)

Classes 2 persons 3-5 persons 6-9 persons
Economy 000
Superior 1,7741,3551,000
Deluxe 000

General Price Inclusion of Private Tours

1. The entrance fees as stated in the itinerary.(Including any cruise). 
2. Professional and private english-speaking guide for airport transfer (train station transfer) and sightseeing. 
3. Private and well-conditioned vehicle with a professional driver for airport transfer (train staion transfer) and sightseeing. 
4. Meals as stated in the itinerary. Chinese meal in a tourist restaurant or a local restaurant. The number of dishes varies according to the number of persons in the group. The meal also includes a glass of softdrink or beer.
5. Accommodations usually with breakfasts as state in the itinerary. Prices given are calculated on the basis of a double room or a twin-bed room for one night. When requesting a single room, a supplement will be required. Usually,the room is available from 11 am and must be vacated by noon the next day. 
6. Overnight train ticket between Dali and Kunming on the basis of soft sleeper lower.
7. Unlimited potable water supply
8. Service Charge and government taxes. 
9. Travel Agency Liability Insurance. 
Your entire tour is covered by the travel agency's liability insurance, the insurance is directly regulated by the National Tourism Administration of China. This insurance covers accidents that transpire as a result of any services caused by a travel agency. It doesn't cover any incidents or physical problems occurring outside of the tour period caused by clients themselves. We, therefore, recommend you purchase additional travel insurance in your home country before departure. 


Excluded from the General Price of Private Tours

1. Chinese visa application fee. 
2. Internationaland domestic flights fee 
3. Overload luggage fee. 
4. Tips for guides and drivers. 
5. Personal expenses. (such as room service, laundry, telephone bill...). The settlement of these expenses will be done when you check out. The deposit, which will be requested when you check in, will be returned on departure.

 


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