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realTour of Lijiang and Shangri-La (Yunnan, China) - We will show the romantic and ancient town of Lijiang (also called the Paris of China) over 2600 years old - start of the ancient Tea Route. With breath-taking beauty and Majestic Snow capped mountains only 2 hours drive. All included is a 2 day trip to Shangri-La (mythical place as described by James Hilton in his novel 'Lost Horizon') also called Heaven on Earth for its sheer natural beauty - also labeled as 'Most Beautiful place on Earth'. We will also take you for a day trip to the most dangerous and narrow gorge in China, called the 'Tiger Leaping Gorge', witnessed from the safe passage ways developed for its viewing.

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Tour itinerary: Starts Every Wednesday and Saturday*
Day 1 Meet at the Chengdu airport at 9:30am. Our tour guides will be waiting with your tickets to take a short flight to Lijiang (also called the most romantic city of China). Once you arrive in Lijiang, our tour guide will receive you at the airport and will take you to our hotel in the Lijiang Old Town. Check into the hotel; Welcome Lunch for the tour group. After lunch go for a short walk to visit the Old Town Square (town center).
Day 2


In the morning, explore the Big and Small Water Wheels in the city Gates marking the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the limpid and crystal clear waters of the Black Dragon Pool.

After lunch, we will take you to the viewing station overlooking the Old Town. Witness the old style architecture of Ancient China and criss-crossings of distinctive terraces of the 800year to 2600year homes in the Old Town.
Day 3 Day-long visit to the quaint town of Shuhe. Walk around Shuhe.

Biking excursion to Baisha Village past the beautiful and color sunflower fields, with a distinct mix of lush green mountains and snow peaks in the background.

Return to Lijiang in the evening. Free time to spend as you like or maybe visit the famous bar-street of Lijiang, dozens of them are cascading back-to-back offering everything from fire show, traditional dance performances, unplugged singing, Karaoke to techno, raves, rock n roll with a mesmerizing lights, LEDs and laser displays on the dance floors.
Day 4 Early morning we will begin our journey to Shangri-la. Our tour guides will brief you about the detailed plan.

Stop at the Tiger Leaping Gorge to allow you to see up-close and personal, the raging Jinsha river in its furious motion. Great photo opportunity.

Arrive at Shangrila Old Town for a visit to the Dalai Lama Temple.

Stop for equipment rental needed for the next day enroute to the hot spring resort.

Check into the hot spring resort carved in a beautiful mountain valley surrounded by high peaks often covered with fog. The evening is free for you to spend as you like, whether relaxing in the hot-springs or relaxing in your room.
Day 5 Leave early morning to go to the Potatso National Park (one of the most beautiful Natural Parks in China with 4-star rating by UNESCO). Take an expedition around the park to see its diverse breathtaking sceneries including crystal-clear lakes, undulating mountains and gurgling streams. Visit the Shudu and Bita Lakes. Get a chance to see local wildlife such as Yaks and squirrels as well as the local indigenous Tibetan minority people.

Visit the Songzanlin Lamasery, the largest Tibetan Buddhist lamasery in Yunnan Province. See the precious cultural treasures in this lamasery, which is actually a replica of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, (Tibet)

In the evening, treat yourself to a soak in the hot spring, relaxing your tired bodies.
Day 6 In the morning, return to Lijiang.

Spend a relaxing evening soaking up the unique feel of the Old Town and enjoy a traditional Naxi dinner or at one of the many eateries open in town. In all honesty out of the hundreds of restaurants Lijiang has atleast a dozen or two, restaurants that will serve anything you are looking for or what your mood desires.
Day 7 In the morning, leave for Lijiang airport. Take the flight to Chengdu.
Arrive at Chengdu Airport.
Per Person Cost: $1650
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* Tour also available on all days other than scheduled days - an extra charge will apply.

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