Yunnan, which refers to the ‘place south of the colorful clouds’, or ‘the place south of Yunling (cloudy ridge) Mountain, is the most southwest province of China. It is a land of various ethnic groups, landscapes, natural scenery, creatures etc where one can get a taste of every aspect, our magnificent planet possess. From the poetic and picturesque old town of Lijiang to the paradise that is Shangri-la, you will enjoy the awe-inspiring scenery, which will urge you to linger on and never forget this trip! Enjoy the famous Tiger Leaping Gorge along the way.

Destinations: Lijiang, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Shangri-La

Brief itinerary
Day 1 Lijiang arrival (no meal)
Day 2 Free or Lijiang option cycling tour (Breakfast)
Day 3 Drive to Shangri-La, visit Tiger Leaping Gorge (Breakfast)
Day 4 Free or Shangri-La option tour (Breakfast)
Day 5 Shangri-La departure (Breakfast)

Tour details
Day 1 Arrive in Lijiang (no meal)

Lijiang is a gathering place of rugged mountain people with the Naxi forming the majority. This small mountain town of stone and tile, laced with swift canals has recently been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Upon arrival in Lijiang, it will be a 40min drive approximately to the Old Town. Check in to your hotel, then take a guided stroll through the Old Town. Old Town of Lijiang is a big area with its center, or Si Fang Jie (Sqaure Street) in the form of an official inks stone, hence its name Dayan (Ink stone) Town. This town has a long history of over 800 years and unlike most of the old towns in China, there are no city walls. This is because the local ruler Mu (tree) superstitiously believed that when encircled by walls, he would be Kun (besieged). Wooden structures, mountains, small rivers and lanes integrate harmoniously in this mountain town.

Day 2 Free or Lijiang option cycling tour (Breakfast)

Your own leisure or optional Lijiang cycling tour exploration:
In the morning around 9:00-10:00 English-speaking guide will take you visit the Zhongyi free market, and then take a biking tour of Shu He, Baisha Village, Black Dragon Pond Park and Dongba Museum. Total around 4.5 hours (18km).
Shuhe is the earliest habitation of the Naxi ancestors. It is also an important and well-preserved post of the Ancient Tea Horse Route part of the Silk Route. Another village is Baisha village, where you can experience the Naxi people’s peaceful daily life. The Baisha murals are a must-see; their completion took about 300 years! Taoism and Lamaism manifest in i/ntegration in styles of the Han Chinese, the Tibetan, the Bai and the Naxi people on the murals, a proof of exchange on politics, economy, culture and religion between the mainland and the frontiers of China.
You will also visit the Black Dragon Pond Park, famous for its magnificent view of the region’s tallest mountain,Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, and the Dongba Culture Museum.

Day 3 Drive to Shangri-La, visit Tiger Leaping Gorge (Breakfast)

In the morning will drive 186 kilometers (approx. 4 hours) to Shangri-La.
En route, you will see ZhiYun (Cloud) monastery and the Tiger Leaping Gorge.
The Tiger Leaping Gorge, or Hutiaoxia in Chinese, is wedged tightly between titanic cliffs; the river is so narrow here, as legend tells us, that a hunted tiger made his escape to the other side in a single bound. Here, the Jade Dragon Snow Mountains and the Haba Snow Mountains lean close to each other and a large volume of torrent moving between them, cutting deeper and deeper into the bottom of the gorge. In some places there is a drop of 3,700 meters from mountain top to the water.
At 3,297 meters above sea level, Shangri-La (or Gyalthang in Tibetan, and approved by State Council to be renamed Shangri-La County as of late December 2001) lies in a landscape of rolling hills, snow-capped peaks, virgin forests of spruce, pine and meadow dotted with wild flowers and tranquil lakes. The old town, still entirely in local Tibetan style, is to the south of Shangri-La. In the evening, take a guided stroll in the Old Town where you may attend the local dancing in the market square.

Day 4 Free or Shangri-La option tour (Breakfast)

Your own leisure or optional Shangri-La tour exploration:
Today, you can either have a free day at leisure or take an optional Shangri-La exploration tour, such as visiting Shangri-La’s most prominent sights: the Ganden Songzanglin Monastery, Pudacuo National Forest Park and local Tibetan villages. Founded in the 17th century during the reign of the Great Fifth Dalai Lama and nicknamed as Lesser Potala Palace by the locals, Ganden Songzanglin Monastery is one of the thirteen Tibetan monasteries in the Kangba Region, where Tibet, Yunnan and Sichuan join. Holding about 700 monks and one living Buddha, the monastery is a must-go in the region. You can also visit the Vegetable Market in the new town.

Day 5 Shangri-La departure (Breakfast)

Transfers to Shangri-La Airport. End of services

Cost
Superior hotels CNY 2750 p. person double occupancy
Deluxe hotels CNY 4250 p. person double occupancy
based on a minimum of 4 pax

What’s included
-4 nights’ hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis
-Daily breakfast
-Day 1 and day 5 Airport round transfers with local speaking guide
-Day 1 and day 3 Sightseeing tours
-Entrance fees
-Private English speaking local guide with air-conditioned van

What’s not included
-In & out air tickets
-Travel Insurances
-Meals & program that are not listed in itinerary
-Personal expense, beverages and meals, and highlights or sightseeing’s which are not indicated in the itinerary
-Tips to guides, porterage’s & drivers if service is satisfied
Optional tours
Day 2 Lijiang cycling tour CNY 320 per person
Incl. Bike, entrance fees, private English speaking local guide
Day 4 Zhongdian day tour CNY 900 p. person
Incl. Ganden Songzanglin Monastery, Pudacuo National Forest Park, Napa Lake, visit a local Tibetan family

Hotels
Superior Hotels
City: Lijiang
Hotel Name: Lijiang Zen Garden Hotel
Information:Zen Garden Hotel is a courtyard-style hotel, carefully designed as traditional timber construction with natural stonewalls and pavements. All the rooms have a little balcony with seats oriented towards a great view. The view is especially nice at night when you can appreciate the view over the illuminated Old Town.
Location: Very well situated in the center of the old town of Lijiang

City: Shangri-La
Hotel Name: E-Outfitting Boutique Hotel
Information:Tibetan ethnic-style hotel, rooms are tastefully decorated. Your stay will be authentic in these surrounding areas. Provide exclusive travel consultations and activities. Grandstand view of the golden prayer wheel, neon-lit temple and the mountains.
Location: In the heart of Old Town Shangri-La

Deluxe hotels
City: Lijiang
Hotel Name: Intercontinental Hotel Lijiang Ancient Town Resort (Crowne Plaza)
Information: Intercontinental Hotel Lijiang is a 5-star resort with Business services, a Health and Fitness Center, spa facilities, indoors pool, barbeque grills and laundry service.
Location: Lijiang old town

City: Shangri-La
Hotel Name: Songtsam Shangri-La Hotel
Information:Songtsam Shangri-La is situated right next to the Songzanlin Monastery, the largest Tibetan monastery in the Yunnan province. The lodge is housed in a traditional Tibetan dwelling within this typical, self-sufficient Tibetan farming village where the founder of Songtsam, Baima Dorjie, spent his childhood.
Location:Right next to the imposing Songzanlin Monastery.

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