Shangri-La is located in Diqing State of Yunnan province, which is adjacent to Tibet in its north and Sichuan Ganzi Tibetan area in east, it also bordering to the Ni and Lisu minorities. As a consequence, the culture here is in an integrated condition. This tour will lead you to unearth the mystery of the poetic city, and visit those religious base.
Songzanlin Temple, Nixi Pottery Village, Potatso National Park, Old Town of Dukezong
Hotel + Private tour guide + Driver + Vehicle + Entrance fee + Lunch
The guide will greet you at the airport holding a welcome sign with your name. Boarding a private, air-conditioned car and then you will be transferred directly to your hotel to check in. If you arrive early, the guide will accompany you to explore the city, also you can freely enjoy the day on your own.
AM: After breakfast, meet your guide at hotel lobby and then move to Songzanlin Temple. It is a large Tibetan Buddhist temple in Yunnan, quite similar to the Potala Palace in Lhasa looking from afar. The temple also collects lots of religious artifacts and precious cultural relics.
Noon: Lunch at local restaurant.
PM: In the afternoon, you will head to Nixi Pottery Village to explore the folk culture of pottery making. With the explication from your guide and trying it on your own, you will grab the essence of this hand-made skill handed down for thousands years. After the whole day tour, you will be sent back to your hotel.
AM: Today’s tour begins with Potatso National Park, which is seen as a natural botanical garden. The climate in the park is wet and pleasant, thus you can often see it wreathed in mist, or shrouded in the sea of clouds. The Mirror-like alpine lakes, meadows with beautiful water and grass, wetlands with blooming flowers, primeval forest frequented by birds and beasts, all make this place totally a paradise.
Noon: Lunch at local restaurant.
PM: After lunch, you will proceed to Old Town of Dukezong that was built in the Tang dynasty. Dukezong is a Tibetan pronunciation meaning “moonlight city” and “castle built on stone”. The layout of the town is like eight petals of lotus, and the center is the moonlight square. Turning the huge prayer tube, you can feel the Tibetan piety in the sound of chanting.
You will check out the hotel today, and then visit the last station of this tour – Baiji Temple. Nestled on a hilltop in Old Town of Dukezong, it provides visitors with the best bird’s eye view of the town and its surroundings. Afterwards, the guide will see you off at the airport for your departure. Our service ends here.
The core of our service is excellent travel guides. Over 20 years, we have built up a considerable professional guide team that is knowledgeable, attentive and flexible. The most experienced and reliable guides will be arranged for your unique China tour. Our passionate guide team is full of contagious enthusiasm and keen interest to share culture and history in a pleasant manner. We are always glad at your service to lead you to explore a real China and experience authentic local life in China.
Our Driver and Vehicle
The first mission of our service is to ensure you feel safe and comfortable during your travel. The vehicles we use are air-conditioned, clean and well-maintained. Our drivers are all licensed drivers with many years of driving experience. Moreover, we offer free baby seats for families with little kids.
Food is a very important part of Chinese culture. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to taste the real local Chinese food!
Buffet breakfast will be included in the hotel if you would like accommodation to be arranged by us. Having lunch at local restaurants close and convenient to the attractions you will visit, you would enjoy the local dishes in each city. Chinese style, Vegetarian or Muslim meals are all available. If you have any other diet requirements or allergies, please feel free to let us know, we will try our best to organize it.
For daily dinner, you are suggested to have it on your own when you are exploring each city in your own time, this way would be more flexible for you to choose food as per your interest and preference.