5 Days Shangri-La Tour

With ancient monasteries, stunning natural sites, time-honored architectures, and magnificent snow-capped mountains coexist, Shangri-la looks like it was plucked from the pages of a mysterious storybook.

If you are drawn to the surreal setting of sunrise, then put Meili Snow Mountain on your list of places to visit in Yunnan. And if you want an ultimate glacier hiking experience, head to Mingyong Glacier with the lowest latitude and elevation of all glaciers in China.

If you want to cover all the above in one trip, this 5-day itinerary should be your ideal choice. Beyond Shangri-la and Meili Snow Mountain, more attractions and sightseeing are included to enhance your tour experience.

Highlights of this tour:
*Enjoy a full-day trip in Shangri-la and immerse yourself in the holy land with the grand monastery, verdant forests, meadows, wetlands, rare flora and fauna, and ancient Tibetan dwellings.
*Head to Meili Snow Mountain to capture the surreal view of sunrise when the snow-covered peaks are colored in reddish and orange.
*Marvel at the Moon Bay where the Yangtze River bends in a magical “Ω” shape. 
*Enjoy an ultimate glacier hiking experience at Mingyong Glacier.

  • English speaking tour guide + Driver + Vehicle + Entrance fee
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5 Days Shangri-La Tour
 
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  1. Day 1: Shangrila arrival

    Please make your own way to Shangri-la. When you arrive at Shangri-la Diqing Airport, the local driver will pick you up from the airport by holding a welcome board with your name, and transfer you to a local hotel.

    Free and easy on your own for rest of the day.

    Note: No tour activities or English tour guide service for today.

    Hotel: Overnight in Shangrila

  2. Day 2: Shangri-la Tour
    Songzanlin Monastery, Pudacuo National Park, Dukezong Ancient Town & Guishan Park

    After breakfast, head to Songzanlin Monastery. This largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan rises from a hill at over 3300 meters. Being built by imitating the layout of the Potala Palace in Tibet, Songzanlin Monastery is in the traditional Tibetan style with a magnificent atmosphere, so it is also called the Little Potala Palace. The halls and inner walls are filled with spectacular murals, Buddha josses, golden lamps, silver censers, etc. narrating Buddhist history, legends, and former glory.

    Next, move to Pudacuo National Park. The first national park in China, it features primitive landscapes with verdant forests, meadows, streams, wetlands, rare flora and fauna, plus minority villages. The main scenic spots here include Shudu Lake, Bita Lake, and Militang Grassland. It is a paradise for photographers and outdoor enthusiasts, and the miles of wooden trails are perfect for strolling and taking in the scenic beauty.

    Then, take a leisure stroll around Dukezong Ancient Town. This 1,300-year-old town was once a key stop on the Ancient Tea-horse Road. The traditional Tibetan dwellings, ancient temples, and alleyways with authentic shops and restaurants make a dreamland for those who want to experience the authentic Tibetan culture and customs.

    Besides the beautiful souvenirs like jewelry, thangka paintings, incense, you will also meet the Guishan Park where you can have a bird view of the ancient town and see the world’s largest prayer wheel.

    Hotel: Overnight in Shangrila

  3. Day 3: Shangrila- Deqin-Feilaisi
    Nixi Pottery, Benzilan, First Bend of Jinsha River & Dongzhulin Monastery

    After breakfast, drive around 5 hours to Deqin County (3400m altitude). You won’t be bored since there are many amazing views on the way!

    You will pass by Nixi Pottery Village which is famous for its long history of pottery-making techniques and well-made black potteries.

    Continue driving along G214, you will visit Benzilan, the First Bend of Jinsha (Yangtze) River, and Dongzhulin Monastery.

    Benzilan: You will take a break from the hectic driving at Benzilan Town, a beautiful town on the riverbank of Jinsha River. Once an important station on the Ancient Tea Horse Road, Benzilan will catch your eyes with many charming traditional houses and lodges, orchards, and cultivated fields.

    The First Bend of Jinsha River (aka Moon Bay): Is is about 20 minutes' driving from Benzilan. Here a viewing platform was built for visitors to enjoy an incredible view of the Jinsha River in a Ω-shaped bend.

    Dongzhulin Monastery: On the mid-journey from Shangri-la to Deqin, Dongzhulin Monastery can be dated back to 1667. It’s a treasure house of Buddhist culture with numerous Buddhist statues, Tangkar scroll paintings, Buddhist stupas, and religious instruments.

    In the late afternoon, you will finally arrive at Feilai Temple in Meili Snow Mountain. Check in the hotel and have a good rest. A gorgeous sunrise view will be waiting for you the next day.

    Hotel: Overnight in Feilaisi

  4. Day 4: Feilaisi-Mingyong-Shangrila
    Meili Snow Mountain, Mingyong Village, Taizi Temple & Mingyong Glacier

    Get up early in the morning to catch the best highlight of Meili Snow Mountain - the marvelous sunrise view. The amazing moment of sunrise offers nothing short of golden and dramatic views at Meili Snow Mountain. The snow-covered peaks are so vivacious when colored in reddish and orange.

    After breakfast, drive about 1 hour to Mingyong Village for hiking and visiting Mingyong Glacier. From Mingyong Village, you will walk about 2 hours to reach Taizi Temple, and what comes with it is a stunning view of the Mingyong Glacier.

    Among many glaciers in China, Mingyong Glacier is the one with the lowest latitude and elevation which stretches out like a silver dragon rush to  Lantsang River. It contributes to one of the most popular hiking routes in Yunnan.

    After the hiking, drive around 4.5 hours back to Shangrila.

    Friendly tip: You will hike for around 2-2.5 hours to visit Mingyong Glacier.

    Hotel: Overnight in Shangri-la

  5. Day 5: Shangrila departure

    The 5 days tour will end by today. At 12 pm, the driver will pick you up from the hotel lobby and see you off at the airport ( please departs Lijiang airport after 3 pm).

    Note: no English tour guide or tour activity for today

    Hotel: N/A

Price Includes

  • Private land transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with licensed driver;
  • Professional English speaking tour guide service as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Entrance tickets as mentioned in itinerary;
  • Government taxes and service charges;
  • 1 bottle of mineral waters per person per day;
  • 4 nights’ accommodation in 4-star hotels with daily breakfasts (twin-sharing room;

Price Excludes

  • Any optional golf car/battery car/shuttle bus/camel ride/boat cruise etc. inside attractions;
  • Any meal (the tour guide will help to order and purchase at local restaurants for you to pay in cash );
  • Gratuities are highly appreciated if you think we did a great job; Flights;
  • Any item not mentioned in itinerary.

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