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10 Days Tiger Leaping Gorge, Shangri-la Tour

  • Trip highlights:

    Enjoy the natural beauty of Shangri-La, her gorgeous snow mountains, valleys and sky.

    Enjoy hiking through the Tiger Leaping Gorge and across the lofty upsteam of Yangtze River.

    Enjoy exploration at the old towns: Dali & Lijiang, know about Bai Ethnic, Naxi Ethnic and Tibetan custom and culture.

  • Tour price: From $ 1,350.00 Price including hotels, tours, meals...
  • Destinations: Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Zhongdian
  • Tour code: SWYN009      Private tour for a van with tour guide and driver, available every day
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Day 1  Kunming
Today's Activities:
Upon your arrival at the Kunming airport, you'll be picked up by our English speaking tour guide and drive to hotel. Free time for the rest of the day. You can visit Kunming's landscape - Green Lake Park, the vibrant Flowers and Birds Market, and Kunming's symbol building - Golden Horse & Green Phoenix Archway.
[ Today's Optional ]
Cross-bridge rice noodle soup: a typical Yunnan local flavor, The general ingredients are: monosodium glutamate, pepper powder, boiling chicken broth, raw quail eggs, ham slices, chicken slices, vegetables.

Day 2  Kunming (B,L)
Today's Activities:

In the early morning we take you to visit the World Geopark - Stone Forest, which is one of most remarkable natural phenomena of China. You will wonder at the innumerable bizarre-shaped ancient limestone cliffs and peaks, which is created by wind and water erosion some 270 million years ago.

After lunch you will proceed to visit the Sani Ethnic Village. You can sit down for a cup of tea and chat with local people, learning about their custom, garment and lifestyle. Tonight you will stay at the downtown hotel in Kunming.

[ Today's Optional ]
Bai Ethnic House: Xizhou House is the typical traditional house of Bai Ethnic, here you can enjoy a presentation of SanDaoCha Tea Ceremony and colorful Costume of Bais.

Day 3  Dali (B,L)
Today's Activities:

After breakfast, transfer to Dali. The 5-hour driving is also a sightseeing trip that fill your eyes with the marvelous plateau scenery.

Riding a boat and sipping the traditional Bai Ethnic featured tea, you’ll find the Erhai Lake trip so enjoyable. The lake covers an area of about 250 square kilometers. Lining its banks in the valley are fishing villages, Bai Ethnic farming villages, ancient temples, historic towns and the ancient city of Dali. Look up and you can see the majestic Cangshan Mountain that made up of 17 peaks.

Overnight at the hotel in Dali. You can go strolling in the Dali Ancient Town, which boasts many many temples and other buildings of more than 1000 years old, buy beautiful souvenirs and objects of art. You can also enjoy the night life at the "Foreigners' Street" with Western-style restaurants and bars.

Morning market in XizhouThe Bai minority are much in evidence at Xizhou, 18 kilometres north of Dali. Green mountains, winding creeks and fertile land make for a lyrical and carefree life.
Bai Ethnic HouseXizhou House is the typical traditional house of Bai Ethnic, here you can enjoy a presentation of SanDaoCha Tea Ceremony and colorful Costume of Bais.
[ Today's Optional ]
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain: The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain has 13 peaks of which the highest is 18000 feet above sea level. It is a treasure of wild plants and rare animals. Take cable car to the summit at Yunshanping Meadow or Yak Meadow. Trek for one hour around the summit.

Day 4  Lijiang (B,L)
Today's Activities:

proceed to Xizhou Village which is located about 18 kilometers north of Dali. Xizhou Village is one of the Bai ethnic minority villages around the Erhai Lake with a cluster of over 100 protected buildings. You will be escorted to visit the house of local residents characterized by a traditional Chinese rectangular courtyard with a screen wall facing the gate. In addition, You'll be greeted with the show of Three Courses of Tea, the genuine tea ceremony of the Bai minority.

In the late afternoon transferred to Lijiang Old Town, which is listed as the World Cultural Heritage Sites in 1997. You can visit the Mu Mansion which is famed as the Forbidden City of Naxi people. Afterwards you will ascent Wangu Tower on Small Lion Hill to enjoy vistas of breathtaking scenery over the rooftops of Lijiang and the great Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the distance. Tonight you will stay at the featured hotel in Lijiang

Yuhu villageYuhu Village, a village at the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, where Mr. Joseph Rock, a famous Russian Scientist lived for 27 years from 1922 to 1949, enjoy hundreds of photos and articles of the culture in this area.
Yak MeadowYak Meadow got its name because the local people like to pasture their Yak here. The landscape rises and falls on the meadow. In spring and summer, Yaks with black and white skin wander in grass and all kinds of flowers. In autumn and winter, the……
Jade Dragon Snow MountainThe Jade Dragon Snow Mountain has 13 peaks of which the highest is 18000 feet above sea level. It is a treasure of wild plants and rare animals. Take cable car to the summit at Yunshanping Meadow or Yak Meadow. Trek for one hour around the summit.
[ Today's Optional ]
KeGongFang: originally known as an interesting Dongba Paper Shop, locals and passengers gathering here at night, drink teas in cold winter. There is a workshop on Xinyi Street, a presentation of the traditional procedure of Dongba Paper making is available.

Day 5  Lijiang (B,L)
Today's Activities:

Drive to the holy Jade Dragon Snow Mountain after breakfast. Take a cable car to the summit of the Yak Meadow, one of 13 peaks of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. The landscape rises and falls on the meadow. In spring and summer, you can find yaks with black and white skin wandering in grass and all kinds of flowers. In autumn and winter, you will wonder at the sharp contrast between the mild edge of the meadow and the peaks of the snow mountain.

After lunch, steer to Yuhu Village that lies at the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. The typical houses were made of a unique stone (called monkey head by Naxi people) and look even more natural and beautiful. Then you will enjoy beautiful scenery in Black Dragon Pool Park. It was built in 1737 during the Qing Dynasty and offers a spectacular view on the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Tonight you will stay at the featured featured hotel in Lijiang</

Tiger Leaping GorgeThe Tiger Leaping Gorge is one of the world's four great gorges - The Tiger Leaping Gorge is 17 kilometers long with a drop of 213 meters. The gorge is divided into three sections: Upper, Middle and Lower Hutiao. At the narrowest spot the river is on……
[ Today's Optional ]
Horse back riding in Tiger Leaping Gorge: If you need the big luggage to go with you all the trekking time, a muel or a horse might help you, the extra cost from Qiaotou to Halfway Guest House is about RMB 200.

Day 6  Zhongdian (B,L)
Today's Activities:

Thrilling Tiger Leaping Gorge hiking starts today! On this day you will hike from Qiaotou Town to Halfway Guesthouse (19km, about 7 hours).

First hike 2 hours to Naxi Family Guest house where you will have lunch break and get close touch with local people. Then continue hiking another 2 hours up the steep 28 Bends before the next break, which is a real challenge. The amazing landscapes will feast your eyes. After another 2 hours' hiking, you will arrive at Halfway Guesthouse which boasts a great view of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and overlooks the Jinsha River Valley. Sitting out on a deck, you will wonder at the magnificent scenery in front of you. Tonight you will stay at Halfway Guesthouse.

StarrinessThe most narrow part of the Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge. It is a big rock and an area of dangerours shoal. The old people say this is the place where a tiger can easily jump over the Jinsha River. It is the reason why the Tiger Leaping Gorge was orr……
[ Today's Optional ]
Haba Snow Mountain: The Haba Snow Mountain, its main peak 5,396 metres in height, stands 120 kilometres to the southeast of the seat of Zhongdian County. The attraction of the Sanba Tourist Area is attributed to the towering peaks of the Haba Mountain and its alpine morainal lake, endless tracks of azalea flowers, and cluster of waterfalls cascading down snow-covered cliffs.

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