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Tour Overview

Embark on an enchanting 3-day journey through the cultural and natural wonders of Lijiang. Experience the rich and diverse Naxi culture, history, and art, as well as the stunning natural beauty of the region. Visit the ancient towns of Lijiang, Yuhu, Baisha, and Shuhe, where you can see the traditional architecture, the exquisite mural paintings, and the Dongba culture museum. Learn the Baisha embroidery, a unique Naxi handicraft, and interact with the local villagers. Enjoy the scenic views of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, the Black Dragon Pool Park, the First Bend of Yangtze River, and the Tiger Leaping Gorge, where you can hike along one of the deepest and most spectacular gorges in the world.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Historic Charm of Lijiang Ancient Town: Immerse yourself in the UNESCO-listed Lijiang Ancient Town, exploring the Mufu Palace and bustling Sifang Street Square, with an optional climb up Lion Hill for a panoramic view.
2. Cultural Exploration and Artistic Marvels: Unfold a deep dive into Naxi culture, visiting Yuhu and Baisha Villages, exploring the Dongba culture in Shuhe Ancient Town.
3. Natural Wonders and Adventure at Tiger Leaping Gorge: Unveil the spectacle of the First Bend of the Yangtze River before a thrilling 11-kilometer hike through the awe-inspiring Tiger Leaping Gorge, concluding your Lijiang adventure with unforgettable natural splendor.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Your adventure begins as you land at Lijiang Airport, where your friendly guide and driver will greet you and take you to your hotel in the heart of Lijiang Ancient Town. After checking in, you can relax and freshen up, or start exploring the charming town on your own.

    Lijiang Ancient Town
    Lijiang Ancient Town

    In the afternoon, your guide will show you around the town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a well-preserved example of a traditional Naxi settlement. You will visit the Mufu Palace, the former residence of the Naxi ruler, and admire its elegant architecture and exquisite gardens. You will also stroll along the Sifang Street Square, the bustling center of the town, where you can see local people and tourists mingling, shopping, and enjoying various performances.

    Yunnan Mufu Palace
    Mufu Palace

    Optional activity: If you are feeling energetic, you can opt for an additional activity: walking up to Lion Hill and climbing up the Wanggu Tower, a five-story wooden pagoda that offers a panoramic view of the town and the surrounding mountains.

    Accommodation: in Lijiang

  2. This morning, you will travel out of Lijiang Old Town, to visit Yuhu Village, a picturesque village at the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Here you will see the Former Residence of Joseph Rock, an Austrian-American explorer and botanist who lived in the village for 27 years and documented the Naxi culture and the flora and fauna of the region. You can learn more about his life and work, and see some of his photos and collections.

    Yunnan Lijiang Yuhu Village
    Yuhu Village

    Next, you will visit Baisha Village, another ancient Naxi village that is famous for its Baisha Mural Paintings, a unique art form that combines the styles and elements of Buddhism, Taoism, and Tibetan Buddhism. You will appreciate the vivid and colorful paintings that depict various religious stories and legends, and marvel at their artistic value and historical significance.

    Optional experience (at your own expense): If you are interested, you can also choose to experience the Baisha embroidery. You can learn to make your own embroidery with the guidance of a local master, and take home a souvenir of your trip.

    After lunch, you will continue to visit Shuhe Ancient Town, another UNESCO World Heritage Site and a well-preserved Naxi town. You will explore its narrow streets, stone bridges, and quaint houses, and visit the Dongba Culture Museum, where you can see a rich collection of Naxi artifacts, scriptures, and costumes, and learn more about the Dongba culture, the ancient religion and writing system of the Naxi people.

    Yunnan Shuhe Ancient Town
    Explore the Ancient Streets of Shuhe Ancient Town

    Your last stop of the day will be the Black Dragon Pool Park, a scenic park that features a crystal-clear pond, a white marble bridge, and a backdrop of the snow-capped Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. You will enjoy the serene and beautiful scenery, and take some stunning photos.

    Accommodation: in Lijiang

  3. After breakfast, your driver will pick you up at the hotel and drive to the First Bend of Yangtze River, a spectacular sight where the mighty river makes a sharp turn and forms a large V-shaped bend. You will admire the natural wonder and the contrast between the green river and the brown mountains.

    Lijiang The First Bend of Yangtze River Yunnan
    The First Bend of Yangtze River

    Then you will transfer to the Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the deepest and most spectacular gorges in the world. You will hike the Upper Tiger Leaping Gorge section, which is about 11 kilometers long and takes about 4 hours. You will enjoy the breathtaking views of the gorge, the river, and the mountains, and feel the thrill of walking along the narrow paths and steep cliffs.

    After the hiking, your guide and driver will escort you to the airport or train station for departure. You will bid farewell to Lijiang and take home unforgettable memories of your trip.

    Tiger Leaping Gorge Hiking
    Tiger Leaping Gorge Hiking

Tour Price Per Person

The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel. Please contact us for a specific price.

Price Includes

  • Private land transportation in air-conditioned vehicle with licensed driver;
  • Excellent English-speaking tour guide service as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Main entrance tickets as listed in the itinerary;
  • Accommodation, meals, and activities as listed in the itinerary;
  • One bottle of water per person per day;
  • China Travel Insurance;
  • Government taxes.

Price Excludes

  • Any optional golf car/battery car/shuttle bus/horse ride/boat cruise etc. inside the attractions;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • China visa;
  • Gratuities are highly appreciated if you think we did a great job;
  • Flights or Trains to/off Lijiang.
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