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Tour Overview

This 3-day Shangri-La tour will take you to explore the earthly paradise, discovering Tibetan and ethnic minority cultures. Visit the magnificent Songzanlin Monastery, turn the largest Prayer Wheel in the world, and witness panoramic views at Lamuyangcuo Lake. Engage in the art of black pottery making and immerse yourself in the ancient streets of Dukezong Old Town. Delight in the natural wonders of Pudacuo National Park and savor Tibetan snacks with a local family. Experience the essence of Shangri-La’s beauty, spirituality, and warm hospitality.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Visit the magnificent Songzanlin Monastery, marvel at its intricate architecture, and capture stunning panoramic views of the reflection in Lamuyangcuo Lake.
2. Experience the traditional art of black pottery making in Nixi Pottery Village, where you can witness skilled craftsmen and even try it yourself.
3. Turn the largest Prayer Wheel in the world at Guishan Hill in Dukezong Old Town, embracing the spiritual ambiance and breathtaking views.
4. Journey through the natural wonders of Pudacuo National Park, walk along the plank road, and be mesmerized by the beauty of Shudu Lake and Bita Lake.
5. Indulge in the flavors of Tibetan cuisine by tasting special snacks and butter tea with a local Tibetan family, gaining insights into their customs and hospitality.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Arrive in Shangri-La and check into your accommodation. Shangri-La is a picturesque town nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas. Take a moment to settle in and admire the stunning surroundings.

    The rest of the day is free for you to explore and discover the beauty of this earthly paradise.

  2. Start your day by visiting the Songzanlin Monastery. Marvel at the intricate architecture, vibrant prayer flags, and peaceful courtyards as you explore the various halls and temples within the complex. If you have extra time, take a peaceful walk around Lamuyangcuo Lake, located nearby, and capture the panoramic view of the monastery with its reflection in the clear water.

    Yunnan Shangri-La Songzanlin Monastery
    Explore the Monastery Complex

    Next, head to Nixi Pottery Village, renowned for its unique black pottery. Visit a Tibetan family's workshop and witness the skilled craftsmen in action, shaping and molding clay into exquisite pottery items. You'll have the opportunity to observe their techniques and learn about the cultural significance of this traditional craft. If you're interested, you can even try your hand at pottery making under the guidance of a local master, creating your personalized piece (approximately 30-40 minutes).

    Return to Dukezong Old Town, the ancient heart of Shangri-La. Here, visit Guishan Hill, located in the center of the town. Join other tourists in turning the largest Prayer Wheel in the world, a spiritual practice believed to accumulate merits. As you spin the wheel clockwise, absorb the peaceful energy and breathtaking views of the town and surrounding mountains.

    Shangri-la Guishan Hill
    Turning the Prayer Wheel

    In the evening, take the opportunity to freely explore Dukezong Old Town. This ancient Tibetan town is rich in history and culture. Stroll through its narrow cobblestone streets, lined with traditional Tibetan buildings adorned with prayer flags. A recommended spot to visit is the main square of Dukezong Old Town, where you can witness a lively dancing performance by the local Tibetans between 19:30 and 21:00. Watch as the performers showcase traditional Tibetan dances accompanied by melodic music, providing a captivating glimpse into the local culture.

    Optional activity:

    If you're interested in learning the traditional Tibetan art of Thangka painting, consider a visit to the Shangri-la Thangka Institute. Located in Shangri-La, the institute offers programs in Thangka painting, Tibetan language, and calligraphy.

  3. Embark on a trip to Pudacuo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most beautiful nature reserves in China. The park is renowned for its stunning landscapes, pristine lakes, and diverse ecosystems.

    You will walk along the plank road, which offers a scenic route through the park. As you meander through lush forests and meadows, be captivated by the breathtaking beauty of Shudu Lake. Photography enthusiasts will find the perfect setting at the lake, as its transparent waters beautifully mirror the nearby mountains, resulting in a picturesque scene.

    Continue your exploration by visiting Bita Lake, another jewel within the park. This alpine lake is known for its mesmerizing colors and tranquil atmosphere. Take a leisurely stroll along the wooden boardwalk that encircles the lake, allowing you to fully appreciate its serene ambiance and breathtaking views.

    Pudacuo National Park Bita Lake
    Bita Lake

    After immersing yourself in the natural wonders of Pudacuo National Park, visit a local Tibetan family to taste some special Tibetan snacks and butter tea. Engage with the family, learn about their customs and traditions, and gain insights into the daily life of the Tibetan people.

    Finally, you will be escorted to the airport for your onward flight. It is advisable to book a flight departing after 17:00 to allow ample time for the day's activities and ensure a smooth departure from Shangri-La.

Tour Price ($=USD)

From $349 P.P, which is based on a private tour for 2 people. The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel.

 

Price Includes

  • 2 nights' accommodation in well-selected hotels;
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary (B=breakfast & L=lunch);
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with licensed drivers;
  • Excellent local English-speaking tour guides services as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Entrance tickets as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day;
  • China Travel Insurance.

Price Excludes

  • Flight tickets to/off Shangri-La;
  • Any optional activities inside the attractions;
  • Any item not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • All kinds of gratuities for guides, drivers & others.
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