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Lijiang to Zhongdian Tour - 5 Days

Destination: Lijiang,Tiger Leaping Gorge,Zhongdian
Duration: Five Day
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This Lijiang to Zhongdian Tour allows you to experience the quintessences of the ¡°Lost Paradise¡± - Shangri-La (also called Zhongdian). Relaxing in the peaceful town of Lijiang with a spectacular view of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, you will be offered the opportunity to explore the vibrant and diverse ethnic minority cultures. The First Bend of the Yangtze River is waiting for you on the way to Shangri-La, as well as a short trekking along the world-famous Tiger Leaping, one of the deepest canyons in the world. And how about some meditation by the sacred Napa Lake where your memory with this wonderland may last ever since?
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Day 1 Arrive in Lijiang 
Lijiang is a gathering place of rugged mountain people with the Naxi forming the majority. Lijiang is a small mountain town of stone and tile, laced with swift canals, which has been recently listed as an UNESCO world monument.

Upon arrival in Lijiang, check in, and then take a guided stroll in the Old Town. Old town of Lijiang is a big area with its center, or Si Fang Jie (Square Street) in the form of an official inks stone, hence its name Dayan (ink stone) Town. It enjoys a long history of over 800 years and unlike most of the old towns in China, there is no city wall due to a superstitious belief of the local ruler whose family name is Mu (tree), when encircled by walls, would be Kun (besieged). Wooden structures, mountains, small rivers and lanes integrate harmoniously in this mountain town.


Day 2 Lijiang
Your own leisure or optional Lijiang exploration:

Drive to the Yak Meadow of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountains. Take chairlift (roundtrip) ride up with superb views over the mountains and valleys. Good weather permitting, you will be able to see the much-famed snow-clad thirteen peaks.

On the way back to Lijiang, visit Naxi village Baisha. North of Lijiang Country finds the Liulidian Temple and Daobaoji Temple at Baisha village, housing 558 mural paintings on 12 walls that date back to the Ming Dynasty in 1385. Buddhism, Taoism and Lamaism manifest in integration in styles of the Han Chinese, the Tibetan, the Bai and the Naxi people on the murals, a proof of exchange on politics, economy, culture and religion between the mainland and the frontiers of China.

Visit the Jade Peak Monastery (also called Yufeng Monastery). 11 kilometers northwest of Lijiang, this monastery's centerpiece is a 500-year-old camellia tree that boasts ten thousand blossoms from December until March of the following year. Visit also to the Black Dragon Pond with the Wufeng Temple (Five Phoenix Pavilion) and Dongba Culture Museum.


Day 3 Lijiang to Zhongdian
You will drive180 kilometers (approx. 5 hours) along the Yunnan-Tibet road to Zhongdian. En route, you will visit of the First Bend of the Yangtze River and the Tiger Leaping Gorge.

The village of Stone Drum stands at the First Bend of the Yangtze River, some 70 kilometers west of Lijiang. Approaching to Stone Drum offers a dramatic view of the Yangtze's near-180-degree turn, where the wide, swift waters perform a miraculous about-face. For nearly 20 kilometers the river, first flowing south, then north, runs parallel to itself.

The Tiger Leaping Gorge, or Hutiaoxia in Chinese, is wedged tightly between titanic cliffs; the river is so narrow here, as legend tells us, that a hunted tiger made his escape to the other side in a single bound. Here, the Jade Dragon Snow Mountains and the Haba Snow Mountains lean close to each other and a large volume of torrent moving between them cutting deeper and deeper into the bottom of the gorge. In some places there is a drop of 3,000 meters to the water. You will take 2-hour soft trekking in the Tiger Leaping Gorge.

At 3,160 meters above sea level, Zhongdian (or Gyalthang in Tibetan, and approved by State Council to be renamed Shangri-La County as of late December 2001) lies in a landscape of rolling hills, snow-capped peaks, virgin forests of spruce, pine and meadow dotted with wild flowers and tranquil lakes. The old town, still entirely in local Tibetan style, is to the south of Zhongdian.


Day 4 Zhongdian
Free time at leisure or have an optional Zhongdian exploration

Visit Ganden Songzanglin Monastery, the Napa Lake, and a local Tibetan village.

Founded in the 17th century during the reign of the Great Fifth Dalai Lama and nicknamed as Lesser Potala Palace by the locals, Ganden Songzanglin Monastery is one of the thirteen Tibetan monasteries in the Kangba Region, where Tibet, Yunnan and Sichuan join. Holding about 700 monks and one living Buddha, the monastery is a must-go in the region.

Napa is a seasonal lake just a few kilometers away from Zhongdian. In dry season, the lake area turns to be a swamp that provides open ground for horse riding and an ideal location for migrant birds. In rainy season, with a backdrop of green mountains in a distance and blue sky, offers quite a few photogenic opportunities.

Visit also the Vegetable Market in the new town. In the evening, take a guided stroll in the Old Town where you may attend the local dancing in the market square from 20:00.


Day 5 Zhongdian Departure
Transfers to Zhongdian Airport. End of services

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