Yunnan Dali-Lijiang-Tiger Leaping Gorge-Shangrila 11 Days tour
Day 1 Arrive in Kunming
You will take a leisurely stroll along the Green Lake, a charming area of teahouses and small boutiques selling handicrafts and beautiful local paintings.Kunming is the capital of southwest China's Yunnan province, a primarily agricultural province of 45 million. Kunming has a population of five million and is located in one of the world's most geographically, ethnically, biologically and linguistically diverse regions.
Day 2 Kunming
You will drive 86 km to the Stone Forest. An old local saying says that 'If you have visited Kunming without seeing the Stone Forest, you have wasted your time.' Truly, the Stone Forest is one of the most important attractions of Yunnan. Visit the Green Lake, the Flowers and Birds Market in the afternoon.
Day 3 Kunming – Dali
Visit Yunnan Nationalities Museum; Yunnan is a multi-ethnic province and ranks first in China in this aspect, including 25 nationalities with the population accounting for over a third of its total population. Supported by Yunnan provincial government, Yunnan Nationalities Museum prepared its start in October, 1998 and was opened to the public in November 9th, 1995.Visit Yunnan Ethnic Villages which is a theme park reproducing the architectures and folklore of 25 minority ethnic groups living in Yunan Province, an epitome of ethnic groups of Yunnan.The most sumptuous and outstanding three are Bai Ethnic Village, Yi Ethnic Village and Dai Ethnic Village.
Day 4 Dali
In the morning, visit Dali Old Town, the Ancient City Wall and the Foreigner Street. Dali is predominantly inhabited by Bai people, one of the strongest ethnic minorities in Yunnan. The main attraction of Dali is probably the surrounding countryside. To the west lies the Cangshan Mountain Range with peaks well above 4,000 meters and a large number of most picturesque Buddhist temples.After lunch, visit Three Pagodas Temple. Three pagodas, about 1 kilometer northwest of the ancient city of Dali, occupying a scenic location at the foot of Mt. Cangshan facing Erhai Lake, has a history of over 1,800 years.
Day 5 Dali-Shaxi
After breakfast; transfer to Xizhou Old Town; visit the ancient architecture of Bai ethnic minority including Yan's Compound and Yang's Compound; you will taste the Three Course Tea and enjoy the tea art show of Bai ethnic minority as well in the compound; and then pay a visit to the Happy Embroidery Work Shop in Xizhou.After Xizhou, enjoy the Cormorant Fishing Show in Erhai Lake; On the surface of Erhai, you can still find a type of fishing that employs the speed and agility of the Great Cormorant to coral and obtain fish, rather than a net.Drive around 3 hours to Shaxi and visit Shaxi Old Town in the late afternoon.
Day 6 Shaxi-Tiger Leaping Gorge
Walk around Shaxi Old Town in the early morning; Shaxi once played an important role as a bustling trade station on the Tea and Horse Caravan Road, an important branch of the Silk Road. Just over one thousand years ago, this ancient trade route connected Tibet with Eastern China.Visit the Shizhong temple in the mountain. There are eight grottoes of Shizhong temple for 800 years old. You will trek in the forest from Shizhong Temple to Baoxiang Temple, you hike 3 hours to look around that area, in the mountains there are many small old temples.In this area about 3 hundred wild monkeys live with kulapatis around the Baoxiang temple. You shoud prepare some food for these monkeys f you want to paly with them. Drive 2hours to visit the upper Tiger Leaping Gorge.
Day 7 Tiger Leaping Gorge-Baishuitai-Shangrila
Get up earlier to enjoy the sunrise view of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain; trek around 3 hours up to Halfway Hostel and visit Bamboo Forest, Gunayin Temple, Guanyin Waterfalls and cliffs on the way; after a short break in Halfway Hostel, continue the trekking down to the road, meet the driver and transfer to Baishuitai.Visit Baishuitai Terrace, which is famous for the ortinal birth place of Dongba culture.Drive to Shangrila and you will be free around Dukezong Old Town.
Day 8 Shangrila
In the morning, visit the Ganden Sumtseling Monastery, the largest Tibetan monastery in Yunnan. Songzanlin Monastery has another alias - 'the little Potala Palace ', so named because the whole monastery is in the traditional style with mysterious atmosphere.
Visit Napahai Lake and Tibetan family around the lake;Visit Dukezong Tibetan Ancient Town in the late afternoon, climb up to the top of Guishan Hill or tortoise Hill, you will see the largest Prayer Wheel of the world and have a panoramic view of Shangrila County and Dukezong Ancient Town.
Day 9 Shangrila - Lijiang
the First Bend of Yangtze River, Shigu Old Town, Lijiang Old Town.From Shangrila, you'll drive about 130KM to the First Bend on the Yangtze River with imposing gorge scenery, and the Iron Chain Bridge in the Stone Drum town. The town of Stone Drum got its name from a large, cylindrical, marble tablet shaped like a drum. The scenery is magnificent as the road running through the Lijiang valley which is filled with wheat fields and drying haystacks.
Day 10 Lijiang
Enjoy the sunrise view of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain from Lijiang Old Town;Visit Black Dragon Pool and Dongba Culture Museum;
Black Dragon Pool, located at the foot of the Elephant Mountain, about 2 kilometers away from Lijiang Ancient Town is the main headwater of the Yushui River which goes through the Old Town.In Dongba Culture Museum, established as the main exhibition place for Dongba Culture, the museum has hosted exhibitions under a whole variety of themes over the years such as Lijiang Ancient Town Exhibition etc.In the afternoon, you'll stroll through Baisha Village, which is an enchanting traditional Yunnan village. Visit Yuhu Village and the Joseph Rock’s Residence. Yuhu Village is the last village in the Lijiang Basin at the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.
Day 11 Departure from Lijiang
Transfer to Lijiang Airport,end the tour.