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Kunming Lijiang Shangri-La Sightseeing Tour -9 Days

Destination: Kunming Lijiang Shangri-La
Duration: Nine Day
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This tour is from Yunnan to Lijiang, Shangri-La and Meili Snow Mountain is very classic in Yunnan Province. The most magnificent scenery and ancient cultures of Yunnan are waiting for you to explore. In the tour, you will visit Kunming Stone Forest, Lijiang Old Town, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Shangri-La Songzanlin Monastery; and personally experience the cultures of the Yi, Naxi, Bai, Lisu, Mosuo and Tibetan minorities.


[Kunming] Visit ¡°the city of Eternal Spring¡± and marvel at its natural stone peaks;
[Lijiang] Stroll leisurely at the Lijiang ancient town and have a cafe in the bar; visit to the famous Jade Dragon Snow Mountain; hike in the Tiger Leaping Gorge.
[Shangri-La] See the famous ¡°little Potala Palace¡± - Sonzanlin Lamasery and discover the Ancient Tea-horse Trade Caravan;
[Meili Snow Mountain] With 13 peaks at over 6,000m, it is an UNESCO natural site located in Deqin county, dividing Yunnan from Tibet.

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Day 1: Kunming Arrival
Welcome to Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan province, is dubbed as "the city of Eternal Spring" due to its warm weather with an average of 20 degrees for the whole year. Our tour guide and chauffeur will escort you to your hotel in Kunming downtown.
Spend the rest of the day at your leisure. If time is enough, ask your guide for some advices about Kunming city visiting and local featured food and restaurants.


Day 2: Kunming - Stone Forest - Kunming (170km)

Today after breakfast, we will head to visit the Stone Forest which is known as "the first wonder of the world". Marvel at its natural stone masterpieces and be bewitched by the stone peaks, pillars and stalagmites rising abruptly from the ground and extending as far as the eye can see.
After the tour in the afternoon, return back to Kunming city. En route, we will stop by the Golden Temple Park, a large Taoist temple in Yunnan, located on the Mingfeng Mountains, 7KM to the east of Kunming city. There is a fine building made of bronze, commonly known as Jindian (the "Golden Temple"). After the tour, be accompanied to your hotel in Kunming.


Day 3: Kunmng flight to Lijiang, Visit Lijiang Ancient Town
After breakfast, our tour guide will escort you to the airport for the morning flight to Lijiang. Upon arrival in Lijiang, meet our tour guide and be transferred by private car and driver to your hotel. Check in and have a short rest before exploring the ancient town.
In the afternoon, overlook and get a panoramic view of Lijiang Ancient Town from Wangwu Tower, the landmark building of Lijiang. This pure wood building is built at 33 meters tall on the top of Lion Hill. Afterwards, explore the city at your leisure. In the recent years, Lijiang ancient town has been commercialized, very touristy, and things are expensive targeting on tourists. So make sure to ask some advices from our tour guide even for a cup of coffee.
Lijiang Ancient Town, also called Da Yan ancient town, is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and one of China's four best preserved ancient cities with Sichuan Langzhong, Shanxi Pingyao and Anhui She County, known for its unique ethnic culture, water system and architectural style.


Day 4: Lijiang - Jade Dragon Snow Mountain - Baisha Village - Lijiang (45km)

Today, you will pay a visit to the famous Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. It is the largest snow mountain in the southernmost of the Northern Hemisphere with a height of 5,596m. You can take the cable car to the top of this mountain and enjoy the happiness of the height.
Then head to Baisha Village to observe closely at the murals combining the cultures of Han, Tibetan and Naxi people. After that, head for Black Dragon Pool Park and Naxi Dongba Culture Museum where you can learn Naxi pictograph character and explore the rich Naxi minority culture.


Day 5: Lijiang - Tiger Leaping Gorge - Shangri-La (174km)
After breakfast, we will drive to Shangri-La. On the way, you will visit the First Bend of the Yangtze River with the breathtaking sight of the gorge. Then head to visit the Tiger Leaping Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world. With 34 rapids of the Yangtze River, it is called Jiasha River in this area because you can find gold in the river if lucky enough.
After that, we head for Shangri-La, the former Zhongdian, which is well known as the paradise destination for every tourist, where you have entered the Tibetan cultural area and a landscape of barley fields and yaks scattered in the valleys.


Day 6: Visit Sonzanlin Lamasery, Dukezong Ancient Town

After breakfast, you will head for Sonzanlin Lamasery, famous for its alias - "the little Potala Palace", and so named because the whole monastery is in the traditional style with mysterious atmosphere. After that, pay a visit to a local Tibetan family and have a nice chat with local people and get some understanding about local lifestyle.
In the afternoon, visit Dukezong Ancient Town, an important town of the Ancient Tea-horse Trade Caravan from Yunnan to Tibet and India.


Day 7: Shangri-La - Deqin - Feilaisi (188m)
Today after breakfast, drive 8 to 9 hours to Deqin County, which is 178km away from Shangri-La by way of Baima Snow Mountain ( also Baimang Xueshan ) Nature Reserve. You will be able to view Baima Snow Mountain if the weather is clear. After traversing 4292m mountain ranges, you will make a short stop and take some shots on the first blend of Jinsha River. The view along the way is fantastic with different kinds of trees, streams down the valley, prayer flags and stupas, and Tibetan villages. Drive 10km to enter Feilaisi Scenic Area.


Day 8: Feilaisi - Mingyong Village - Meili Snow Mountain - Lancang River Grand Canyon -  - Feilaisi (194km)
Today try to get up early in the morning to enjoy the magic sunrise of Meili Snow Mountain. Meili Snow Mountain (Meili Xueshan ), also called Kawakarpo, is an UNESCO natural site located in Deqin county, dividing Yunnan from Tibet. It is a wonderful place to hike and explore both nature and Tibetan culture. Then drive to Mingyong Village, where you will walk on the trails for about 4km to Mingyong Glaciers of Meili Snow Mountain, and walk to Tibetan Taizi Monastery which is a good spot to view the magnificent Mingyong Glaciers.
Afterwards, we will do some easy trekking along the Lancang River Grand Canyon as well as Tibet villages. Then drive back to Feilaisi for overnight.


Day 9: Feilaisi - Shangri-La, Shangri-La Departure

After breakfast, drive back to Shangri-La airport to take your flight for your next destination.

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