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Tiger Leaping Gorge and Shangrila

Tour code: YN009
Duration: 9 Days
Route: Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Zhongdian
Attractions: Baishui Terrace, Songzanlin Monastery,Tiger Leaping Gorge, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Mu Prince Mansion-Lashi Lake, Lijiang



Day 1 (D)
Arrive / Kunming
Transfer via: air
Upon arrival, be met & transferred to your hotel in Stone Forest, about 90 km from Downtown Kunming, enjoy the beautiful surroundings while the crowd of visitors do not disturb you.

Stone Forest is located in Shilin County, 89 kilometers from Kunming. The area, covering 350 square kilometers, is the highest karst terrain in the world and a national scenic area in China.


Day 2 (B, L)
Kunming / Dali
Transfer via: air
Transfer to Dali by air. Visit Dali Ancient Town , enjoy the Erhai Lake cruise, take cable car to Cangshan Mountain for our visiting.

Cangshan's 19 peaks extend 50 kilometers north to south in their column formation like a screen. The peaks, straight and magnificent, are overgrown with primeval forests, and 18 springs and streams filled with crystal-clear waters serpentine among them. Waterfalls and surging rivers emit thunderous roars. Malongfeng, the main peak, shoots up into the sky with it's top clogged with dazzling snow all the year round. "Clouds, Snow, Peaks and Streams" are four spectacular views of Cangshan Mountain.


Day 3 (B, L)
Dali / Lijiang
Transfer via: coach
Morning, we drive to visit Xizhou House of Bai Ethnic. Then drive to Lijiang, visit Dayan Ancient Town and Lion Hill.

Xizhou House: live Bai minority people. You will see the their typical traditions, dresses there.

Lijiang Dayan Ancient Town has a history of over 800 years. It is one of the few places in China with well-preserved old style folk buildings.

Lion Hill: Both the hill and the wooden structure called Wangulou provide good views of the Old Town and the surrounding countryside.


Day 4 (B, L)
Lijiang / Jade Dragon Snow Mountain / Lijiang
Transfer via: coach
Visit the old house of Joseph Rock, Taking cable car up to the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain through Yak Meadow.

Joseph Rock lived in a village at the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain for 27 years from 1922 to 1949, left us thousands of photoes and articles of the culture in this area.

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain: The mountain has 13 peaks of which the highest is 18000 feet above sea level. It is a treasure of wild plants and rare animals.

While you are walking in the gorge, because you only need to stay for one night in the simple hostel in the gorge, so please leave most of your luggages in the coach. Our driver will leave Qiaotou town when we start to trek.

What you need to carry:
2 days change clothes, two bottles of water, chocalate and camera are all you need to carry on the trip. If you need someone else to carry your extra luggage, a muel is the only available tool, the extra cost will be paid by yourself.


Day 5 (B, L)
Lijiang / Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge / Half Way Inn
Transfer via: coach
Drive to Qiaotou, and start the Tiger leaping Gorge's hiking. It takes around 5 hours by feet on the mountain road to Half Way Inn. Stay in Half Way Inn tonight.

On the way you will see the Upper Tiger Leaping Gorge and Yulong Mountain and Haba Mountain on the both sides of the river. Note: do not forget to enjoy the breathtaking sight when you are trekking.

The Tiger Leaping Gorge: one of the world's four great gorges - is located in Hutiaoxia Town in Zhongdian County,is honored as one of the deepest and most marvelous gorges on the globe.
Start your hikking trip from Daju Town, and your hiking tour starts here. Visit the famous Middle and Lower Tiger Leaping Gorge, the toal hiking journey today is 16 km.


Day 6 (B, L)
Tiger Leaping Gorge  / Zhongdian
Transfer via: coach
Today's hiking starts at 8:30. It takes about 2-3 hours to go to the Middle Tiger leaping Gorge, then 2 more hours walking down steep cliff to the bank of Jinsha River, worship the dangerours shoal of "Starriness", it is the most narrow part of the gorge, where a tiger can easily jump over the Jinsha River. Afterwards, drive to Zhongdian.


Day 7 (B, L)
Transfer via: coach
Today, we will drive to visit the Puda tso national park, which including Shudu Lake and Bita Lake.

Shudu Lake: located 35 kilometers east of the county seat of Zhongdian, it is an intact natural attraction with outstanding flora and fauna and picturesque landscapes.

Bitahai Lake: located 35 kilometers east of the county seat of Zhongdian, it is an intact natural attraction with outstanding flora and fauna and picturesque landscapes.


Day 8 (B, L)
Zhongdian / Kunming
Transfer via: by air
Visit the Songtseling Lamasery Temple and Tibetan Family visit. Transfer to airport for your flight to next destination. Upon arrival at the airport, pickup by our English speaking tour guide and drive to hotel.

Songzanlin Monastery, or 'Little Potala' as it is affectionately known, is a spiritual place that invites you to discover the mystery and traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Since the 5th Dalai Lama chose the site through divination in 1679, the monastery has grown into the most important community of its kind in Yunnan.


Day 9 (B)
Kunming / Depart
Transfer via: by air-own arrangement
Transfer to ariport for return flight to next destination.

Service end.


Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
"B" stands for American breakfast, "L" for Chinese Lunch in local restaurant. "D" for Chinese dinner in local restaurant. "D" for Chinese dinner in local restaurant.

Remarks: In some remote areas, only Chinese breakfast is best availble.


Need to know the price for 1 person, 2 persons and more?   We have a 10 day Tiger Leaping Gorge and Shangri-La package, you might check the quotation.