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Nujiang River Zhongdian Lijiang Dali Kunming Dongchuan Tour - 15 Days

Destination: Northwest Yunnan
Duration: Fifteen Day
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Transportation: Vehicle
Best Travel Time:April - June, Sept - Oct
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Nu Jiang which means "Angry River" in Chinese  is a river, about 2,815 kilometres  long, that flows from the Tibetan Plateau into the Andaman Sea in Southeast Asia. It drains a narrow and mountainous watershed of 324,000 square kilometres that extends into the countries of China, Burma and Thailand. Steep canyon walls line the swift, powerful and undammed Salween, one of the longest free-flowing rivers in the world.Its extensive drainage basin supports a biodiversity comparable with the Mekong and is home to about 7 million people. In 2003, key parts of the mid-region watershed of the river were included within the Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Indigenous people that lived on the river include Karen, Nu, Lisu, Shan, Karenni, Wa, Tai, Mon, and Yintailai. The river has served as the only connection between villages in the region for thousands of years
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Day 1 Kunming
Arrive in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan, located in China's far
southwest. She has mild climate and can be visited at any time of year. Meet at airport and Transfer to hotel. Enjoy Dynamic Yunnan in
the evening.
Meal: Chinese Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in Kunming
Activity: Evening performance of Dynamic Yunnan.

Day 2 Kunming to Zhongdian
Take morning flight from Kunming to Zhongdian, the home of the Tibetan. Transfer to your hotel for a short rest. Drive to visit Baishuitai Water Terrace which lies 101 kilometers southeast of Zhongdian Old Town, with altitude of 2,380 meters. The Baishuitai Water Terraces is one of the biggest limestone terraces among China. It is composed by the sediments of high Calcium Carbonate in the spring waters. Spring waters flows downwards from the mountain to every semicircular-shaped limestone steps. It is also the birthplace of the Dongba culture for the Naxi minority people. You have chance to visit Naxi and Tibetan village. Return journey to Zhongdian on the same day.
Meal: Breakfast / Chinese lunch / Chinese Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in Songtasm Shangri-la
Transport: Flight from Kunming to Zhongdian

Day 3 Zhongdian
Transfer to view Napahai Lake Natural Reserve Area+Tibet village, which lies 8 kilometers northwest of Zhongdian Old Town and is a seasonal lake. Wander through a Tibetan village and visit family house. Then depart to visit Songzanlin Monastery, or known as ¡°Little Potala¡± according to its appearance, is a traditional Lama monastery. It was built in 1679 and has been reconstructed several times as it is considered to be one of the most significant monasteries in Yunnan. Linger in Old Town in the evening.
Meal: Breakfast / Chinese lunch / Chinese Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in Songtasm Shangri-la

Day 4 Zhongdian -Lijiang
Drive from Zhongdian to Lijiang, the home of the Naxi minority people. Stop to visit Shigu Village to see the sweeping First Bend of the Yangtze River. The reason for the name of the town is that there is a drum-shaped tombstone in the town with the inscription recording the story that Mu Gao, the Naxi chieftain, beat the Tibetan. And that is the reason why the town was named as ¡°Shi-gu¡± (Literally translated from Chinese as ¡°Stone Drum¡±). Then transfer to visit the tremendous Tiger Leaping Gorge, where the river forces its way between Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Haba Snow Mountain.
Meal: Breakfast / Chinese lunch / Chinese Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in Lijiang Zen Garden Hotel

Day 5 Lijiang
Transfer to Yak Meadow in Jade Dragon Snow Mountain scenic attraction, some 60km from Lijiang. Take chairlift up to an altitude of 3500 meters. The main sight of the Yak Meadow is a representative pastureland. The scenery of snowfield in the high mountain accompanies the brook of the Black Water River. Taking the natural and quiet primitive forests as the center, scenic spots in Yak Meadow are colorful and manifold. Drive to visit Yuhu village, located about 15 kilometers North of Lijiang Old Town, the Yuhu village, belonging to the Naxi minority, is the last village of the valley; and is situated at the foot of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in Lijiang. The houses, built with unique rocks called "monkey head", sort of mix of the rocks and dried earth, makes the village looks the same as it was in the beginning of the 20th century when Joseph Rock chose this place as his residence place. Then drive to Yufeng Monastery, a lama temple, which is famous for a 500-year-old camellia and is said to produce 10,000 blossoms in spring each year.
Meal: Breakfast / Chinese lunch / Chinese Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in Lijiang Zen Garden Hotel

Day 6 Lijiang
Then drive to visit Baisha Village and Wall Painting, the old capital of the Naxi, where you can admire the frescoes on one of its ancient temples. Then Visit Jade Spring Park, with its splendid view of 18,000-foot Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, and stop at the small Naxi Culture Museum to learn about their distinctive Dongba pictographic characters and religion. Finally sightsee in and around Lijiang Old Town which was named a World Heritage Site by the United Nations.
Meal: Breakfast / Chinese lunch / Chinese Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in Lijiang Zen Garden Hotel


Day 7 Lijaing to Dali
Drive from Lijiang to Dali, the home of the Bai minority people. Stop to visit Grotto of Shibao Mountain where many stone statues carved during the Tan and Song dynasties can be seen and Shaxi Old Town which is regarded as the most preserved town on the tea and horse trail on the way. Sightseeing in and around Ancient Dali Town, an ancient walled town set between sparkling Lake Erhai and the 12,000-foot Cangshan Mountains in the late afternoon
Meal: Breakfast / Chinese lunch / Chinese Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in Dali Landscape Hotel

Day 8 Dali to Fugong
Transfer from Dali to Fugong via Liuku. It takes 8 hours driving to cover 400km. Stop to view Nujiang Tiger ¨CLeaping Gorge, Stone that Flew Here, Rope Bridge (or glide cable) which is the means of transport for local people crossing the river. Nujiang Valley is a 320km-long river gorge. The Nujiang River (known as the Salween River) is the second longest river in Southeast Asia. Sandwiched between the Gaoligong Shan and Myanmar to the west, Tibet to the north and imposing Biluo snow mountain to the east, the gorge holds nearly a quarter of China's flora and fauna species. The valley also holds a mix of Han, Nu, Lisu, Drung and Tibetan minorities.
Meal: Breakfast / Chinese lunch / Special Lishu food for Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in Fugong

Day9 Fugong to Bingzhongluo
Transfer from Fugong (trading centre for the upper Nujiang Valley) to Bingzhongluo via Gongshan. It takes 4.5 hours driving to cover 170km. Stop to view Stone Moon(moon-shaped rocky peak), Pine tree in the river and the First Bend of Nujiang River. Bingzhongluo is a township on the border of Gongshan Autonomous County and Tibet. It is spoken of as the Shangrila of Nujiang Prefecture. Nu, Tibetan and Dulong ethnic minorities live there. Primitive religions, Lamaism and Christianity coexist among those minorities.
Meal: Breakfast / Chinese lunch / Chinese Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in Bingzhongluo

Day10 Bingzhongluo to Gongshan
Visit idyllic village in Bingzhongluo, stone house of Nu people, Catholic church in Chongding village and Puhua lama temple. Transfer from Bingzhongluo to Gongshan (50km).
Meal: Breakfast / Chinese lunch / Chinese Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in Gongshan

Day11 Gongshan to Liuku
Transfer from Gongshan to Liuku which is the capital of the prefecture and an important transport hub. It takes 6 hours driving to cover 250km. Stop to visit Laomudeng Christian Church in Pihe village and site of former capital of Liuku.
Meal: Breakfast / Chinese lunch / Chinese Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in Bingzhongluo
Evening performance: the four part singing show of Lisu people

Day12 Liuku to Kunming
Transfer from Liuku to Dali. It takes 5 hours driving to cover 260km. Collect evening flight from Dali to Kunming.
Meal: Breakfast / Chinese lunch / Chinese Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in Kunming

Day13 Kunming to Dongchuan
Drive from Kunming to Dongchuan Red Land. It takes 4hours driving to cover 210km. The Dongchuan red land seats in the north of Kunming. The soil is so red, for it contains such components as oxidized iron, etc kind of metallic minerals, after a long period of oxidation, gradually added and mixed in the soil that produced this extra-ordinary reddish brown soil. In fact, only red land is a bit tedious, it is crops on the red land such as potatoes, oats, corn and rape, that add the colour. Different color crops so arranged, when looking from afar it seems like God painted them on a cloth so full of gorgeous color. What a picturesque view! The main scenic attractions center in Damakan, the dawn and sunrise are spectacular here; Qicaipo, Jinxiuyuan, Yuepuao(music scope concave). In fact, you can enjoy beautiful scenery on both side of the road along the way.
Meal: Breakfast / Chinese lunch / Chinese Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in Dongchuan

Day14 Dongchuan to Kunming
Continuingly visit red land. Today's highlights center in Lexiagou ( meaning--- the place where beautiful colors set), Dushu(single tree) and Yueliangtian. Then drive to Kunming.
Meal: Breakfast / Chinese lunch / Chinese Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in Kunming

Day15 Kunming
You have a free leisure time in the morning. Transfer to take flight to leave Kunming, where this tour ends.
Meal: Breakfast

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