Lijiang - Shangri La
Lijiang (No meal included)
Lijiang (B, L)
Today you will visit the below attractions in Lijiang to appreciate the surrounding areas of this UNESCO site. Black Dragon Pool Park: As the water is as green and lucid as jade, the pond is also entitled "Yuquan" or Jade Fountain. One can see arbours and pavilions beside the pond, temples hidden in the trees and variegated flowers found everywhere. (1.5h)
Dongba Culture Museum: the best place to get a close look at Dongba culture. The museum has more than 10000 Dongba cultural relics and various other historical relics. (0.5h)
Shuhe Old Town: 6km northwest of Lijiang center. A staging post at ancient Tea & Horse Road. It is a tranquil town, as well as part of the UNESCO Heritage site. (2h)
Baisha Village: One of the oldest villages, also the earliest settlement of the Naxi people in Lijiang. It got its name “Baisha” meaning “white sand” from the natural white sand in the area. (0.5h)
Yuhu Village: is on the outskirts of Lijiang Basin at the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. The houses were made of a unique stone called monkey head by Naxi people. (1h)
Visit the Former Residence of Joseph Rock, an Austrian-American explorer, geographer, linguist and botanist, who came to Lijiang in 1922, and lived here for 27 years. (0.5h)
Lijiang (B, L)
We will pick up from hotel around 8 a.m. and start off. Drive to Tiger Leaping Gorge Town (Qiaotou Town/2h).
Tiger Leaping Gorge (HuTiaoXia): A contender for the world´s deepest river canyon. Around 15 km in length, the gorge is located where the river passes between 5,596m Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and 5,396m Haba Snow Mountain in a series of rapids under steep 2000 meter cliffs. Legend says that in order to escape from a hunter, a tiger jumped across the river at the narrowest point (still 25 meters wide), hence the name. Start hiking at the Upper Tiger Leaping Gorge, and then reach the Naxi Family Guesthouse where you’d have lunch. (2h)
Keep hiking up through the 28-Bend, which is the hardest part of this trail, and then reach the Tea Horse Guesthouse where you’d stay overnight. (3h)
Lijiang -> Shangri La (B, L)
Start off in the late morning. Hike through the flat trail, and then reach the Halfway Guesthouse (2,500m/2h).
Have lunch, relax at the terrace, touching the clouds and closely looking up at the majestic Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (5,596m). (1.5h)
Keep hiking, you will see Guanyin waterfall on the way. (1h) Finally reach the Tina’s Guesthouse, where you can take a break and enjoy the Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge. (2h)
Drive (1h) to Baishui Terrace, an area where spring water flows over a sinter terrace, leaving behind travertine. (1h)
Drive (3h) to Shangri-La County: a primarily Tibetan county, formerly called Zhongdian County, and was renamed in 2001 after the fictional land of Shangri-La in the 1933 James Hilton novel Lost Horizon.
Shangri La (B, L)
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