* Join a classic 2 days trek in one of the deepest gorges in the world – Tiger Leaping Gorge!
* Fun activities: cycling, horse riding, trekking
* Visit the biggest Tibetan monastery in Yunnan
* See diverse minority culture
* Be amazed by the beauty of nature in Shangri-la!
Itinerary at a glance:
D1 – Arrive to Dali
D2 – Dali: Erhai Lake cycling, Cangshan mountain, Dali Ancient Town
D3 – Dali: Xizhou Old Town, Zhoucheng Village, Bai Ethnic Tie-dying Cloth Workshop
D4- Shangri-la: Dukezong Old Town, Songzanlin Monastery, Pudacuo National Park, Tibetan Family visiting
D5 – Tiger leaping gorge trekking part 1
D6 – Tiger leaping gorge trekking part 2
D7 – Lijiang: Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Sprucemeadow, Impression Lijiang, Baisha village and mural
D8 – Lijiang: horse riding at Lashihai; departure from Lijiang
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Shanghai Airport|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Flight time|
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|WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING|
Suggested flights (please book your flight in advance at ctrip.com or qunar.com) – the flight is around 3000 rmb
D1 Shanghai – Dali 13:40-17:25 MU9726
D8 Lijiang – Shanghai 15:20-19:05 JD5665
PLEASE NOTE: if you sign up for the trip alone, we can try but cannot guarantee to find another participant to share room with, please be ready to add extra 1250 rmb for a single room. Thank you for understanding (you can check availability with us before booking)
Book ASAP, limited spots!
How to book:
1) Fill up the booking form on our website: www.wannatravelshanghai.com/book-now/
2) Secure YOUR SEAT by transferring 2000 RMB deposit
3) Send us the picture of the transaction and receive the confirmation
Please note: the full amount should be transferred 10 days before the trip
Cancelation policy: in case of cancelation, the deposit is not refundable and cannot be used for another trip unless the replacement has been provided.
Phone number: 13764884661
|Dates||Oct 1st – 7th|
Pickup and transfer to hotel in Dali ancient town.
Cycle from Dali old town to Erhailake.
The Cang Mountains (Cangshan) are amountain range west of Dali City. Their snow-capped peaks, flowing clouds,murmuring brooks, diverse flora, and historical temples make them one of themost famous attractions in Dali. Take cable car on Cangshan to enjoy thesecnery of the mountain.
Afterwards, visit Dali AncientTown which is 13 kilometers away from Xiaguan in Dali City. It can be datedback to the year 1382 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and has been amongthe top listed historical cities of China since 1982. With Erhai Lake to theeast, and Cangshan Mountain to the west, its grand city wall, traditional Baiethnic minority folk houses and marvelous scenery have been attracting manyvisitors. The tour in Dali Ancient Town will include the Forigners Street,theGate Towers and the Ancient City Wall.Walk along the ancient street and arrivethe south entrance to Dali Ancient Town,pay a visi to the Ancient City Wall ofDali which was built in the 15th year of Hongwu in the Ming dynasty (AD1382)after the Ming army occupied Dali. Backing on the Mt. Cangshan and facing theErhai, it is 7.5 meters high and 6 meters deep rounding an area of 36 squarekilometers. Nowadays, only some parts of the north and south ancient wall werestill standing.
In the morning,you will head forXizhou Town to fully appreciate Bai-style traditional architectural courtyards, taste their fragrant Three-Course Tea and explore their distinctiveculture. Xizhou is our home. This little village has been called ‘a living artmuseum’ due to its unusual concentration of nationally protected heritagesites, mostly including architecture that spans the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644)until the creation of New China in 1949, but also includes centuries old trees,parks, and wildlife preserves.
Strolling through the morning marketand main walking street will reveal a vibrant town with a healthy mix of traditional Bai culture and modern influence from Eastern China and abroad. Itis the balance of development and forward thinking that exists in Xizhou that makes it special.
After Xizhou,visit ZhouchengVillage which is the largest Bai ethnic village in China and the Bai EthnicTie-dying Cloth Workshop where you can take some special souvenir with the Baiethnic style. The tie-dyeing products in Zhoucheng Village are well soughtafter, both at home and abroad. Do drop by and witness for yourself the processof this historical craftsmanship. Who knows, you will return home with somecheap and beautiful crafted cloths.
In the afternoon, drive to Shangrila.
In the morning explore Dukezong Old Town by climbing up to the top of Guishan Hill (or Tortoise Hill) tohave a panoramic view of the old town and Shangri-La County and join in thetourists to turn the largest Prayer Wheel in the world. (Please note: InJan.2014, a huge fire broke out destroying most of the town. Now you couldvisit the area around Guishan Hill.)
Visit the Ganden Sumtseling Monastery, the largest Tibetanmonastery in Yunnan. Songzanlin Monastery has another alias – ‘thelittle Potala Palace ‘, so named because the whole monastery is in thetraditional style with mysterious atmosphere.
Later, drive to the first nationalpark in China – Pudacuo National Park. Throw yourselves into the lushgreen forest with diverse species of flora and fauna, walk along the plank roadto catch the gorgeous scenery of Shudu Lake (hike 3.3 km, about 1 hr) andBita Lake (hike 4.2 km, about 1.5hrs ) and seek for a real paradise in thisnatural wonderland. (Note: the altitude of Pudacuo is at 3500m-4150m and youshould avoid strong activities. There’s no problem to hike in the park.) Afterthe merry time in the park, pay a visit to a local Tibetan family and experiencethe highly-praised hospitality of Tibetan people.
In the morning, drive about 100 KM toQiaotou Town (Tiger Leaping gorge Town). You will start the trekking of TigerLeaping Gorge, as one of the world’s four great gorges, is honored as one ofthe deepest and most marvelous gorges with 3900 meters in depth.
Start the trekking form the QiaotouPrimary School, after half an hour, arrive in Changsheng Village, pay a visitto Changsheng Hope Primary School. Arrive in Zhong Nuoyu village at noon andhave lunch at Naxi Family Guesthouse. After lunch, you will start the most difficult part trekking to the 28 Zigzag Bends trail and reach the top peak atthe elevation of 2670m.
You will arrive at Tea&HorseGuesthouse to finish today’s trekking. This is basically the halfway point of the journey.
Get up in the early morning, you will trek to Tina’ Guesthouse. Then drive back to Lijiang.
(Another option: if you are in good physical condition, you can trek further. You will firstly trek from Tina’sGuesthouse down to Teacher Zhang’s Guesthouse, where you can have a nice viewof the middle gorge looks like a big gate.It is quite steep trail from TeacherZhang’s Guesthouse down to the Middle Rapids. Then you will trek from ThinStrip of Sky (Or:Ray of Sunshine, 一线天）to Walnut Grove Garden. Then drive back to Lijiang,service ends.
TIn this morning, your guide and driver will pickyou up at your hotel and escort you to the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain,the southernmost glacier in the Northern Hemisphere. The 13 peaks in thismountain area are the sacred mountains among Naxi people. Take the tramway tothe Spruce Meadow at 3000 meter high, and you can both see thefascinating sightseeing and appreciate the gorgeous look of the whole snowmountain at the best place.
After that, you can choose to enjoy theelectrifying Impression Lijiang Show (Optional) performed by 500 localpeople under the white snow and blue sky with the background of white JadeDragon Snow Mountain, which lasts for about 70 min. (Note: For the ticket ishard to book in peak season, if you are interested in the show, please tell usyour likes in advance.)
After that, head to Baisha Village andappreciate the ancient Baisha Mural Paintings. Visit Dabaoji Palace andLiuli Temple to view murals painted over 1000 years ago which is a combinationof Tibetan Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism.
In this morning, your guide anddriver will pick you up at your hotel and escort you to Lashi lake.
Riding to experience the Ancient Teaand Horse Road and boating in the Lashihai Lake is the must-try activities toget close to the local special culture.
Optional: horse riding 180 rmb for 2hours
Transfer to airport and see off.
Flight Lijiang – Shanghai 15:20-19:05 JD5665