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Lijiang Essence & Tiger Leaping Gorge Hiking

5-Day Lijiang

Code:YN04
Type:Private Tour
fr US$737based on 2 adults & 4-star hotels in low season
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Lijiang Essence & Tiger Leaping Gorge Hiking

Discover an adventurous and cultural Lijiang in five days by exploring the must-visit attractions including the majestic Jade Dragon Mountain, archaic Lijiang Old Town, mural relics of Baisha Village, time-weathered Shuhe Old Town and breathtaking Black Dragon Pool. Besides, you are also given a chance to embark on a 2 days in-depth hiking in Tiger Leaping Gorge to capture the spirit of Yangtze.

Overview
Tour Highlights
  • Take the cable car to conquer the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.
  • Embark on a lifetime hiking journey of Tiger Leaping Gorge.
  • Get close to Naxi people by a visit to Lijiang Old Town and Shuhe Old Town
  • Absorb the exquisite mural paintings at Baisha Village.

Lijiang Essence & Tiger Leaping Gorge Hiking

5-Day Lijiang

Code:YN04
Type:Private Tour
Departure:Flexible
from US$737
Tour Highlights
  • Take the cable car to conquer the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.
  • Embark on a lifetime hiking journey of Tiger Leaping Gorge.
  • Get close to Naxi people by a visit to Lijiang Old Town and Shuhe Old Town
  • Absorb the exquisite mural paintings at Baisha Village.
Day by Day Itinerary
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Day 1
Arrival in Lijiang
Airport pick-up and private vehicle transfer to hotel in Lijiang Old Town. En-route visit to the Black Dragon Pool Park and Museum of Naxi Dongba Culture.
Luxury: InterContinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort Superior: Hexi Hotel

When you arrive at the airport, our guide will pick you up, and then escort you to Lijiang Old Town.

En route you will have a stopover to visit the Black Dragon Pool Park, which is famous for the gurgling spring brooks dotted in the lush bamboo groves, towering old trees and beautiful view of Dragon Snow Mountain. Ramble along the winding path inside to delight yourself with the pleasant scenery.

Then continue your sightseeing to the Dongba Culture Museum that features on the architectural style of ancient Naxi folk residence. You could delve into the museum to learn more about the origin of the Naxi culture by a glimpse of the relics including sacrificial vessels, pictograph characters, traditional costumes and farming tools. 

Finally, check into your hotel in Lijiang Old Town, and explore the town freely on your own the rest of the day. Roam around the time-weathered town to discover the residential dwellings of Naxi People and indulge in the laid-back and romantic atmosphere at the bar street. 

Day 2
Lijiang
Take the cable car to wonder at the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Venture into Shuhe Old Town, and then admire the exquisite murals at Baisha Village.
Breakfast

In the morning, you will be chauffeured to marvel at the magnificent Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, the holy mountain among Naxi ethnic minority. Your adventure starts from a thrilling cableway ride to the Spruce Meadow with an elevation of 3,240 meters that is free of altitude sickness for hiking lovers. Spruce Meadow is blessed with verdant alpine steppe surrounded by primeval spruce forests. The grassland is dotted with wildflowers clusters, with flocks and herds roaming leisurely. From the meadow, you could capture unblocked view of the snow-capped peaks of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, and surely there you could also shoot some amazing photos. At the Blue Moon Valley, a magnificent outdoor stage show Impression of Lijiang is awaited to depict the lifestyle and culture of local minority groups including Naxi, Yi and Bai. 

Then you will be driven to the off-the-beaten-track Shuhe Old Town in the northwest of Lijiang. As the earliest dwelling place of Naxi people, Shuhe boasts well-preserved Naxi residential houses and brilliant folk customs. Quaint and tranquil, Shuhe Old Town could be a perfect getaway to refresh yourself with the bluestone-paved footpath, graceful arched bridges and old dyeing cloth workshops.

Next, head for Baisha Village, the home to the exquisite murals of Lijiang. A great number of mural paintings from Ming and Qing Dynasty could be found on the screen walls, doorways and roof eaves, most of which depict the Buddha images and nature views in fine workmanship and bright colors.


Day 3
Lijiang to Tiger Leaping Gorge
Transfer from Lijiang to Tiger Leaping Gorge. Hike the upper gorge and get lodged in Halfway Hotel.
Breakfast
Luxury: Half Way Hostel Superior: Half Way Hostel

Enjoy a big breakfast in the morning, and pack some easy-carry food for your lunch, as today you are going to launch an epic two-day Tiger Leaping Gorge hiking tour. Tiger Leaping Gorge, viewed as the deepest gorge with the largest drop of Yangtze, which is a world-level destination for adventure and hiking lovers. With a total length of 20 km (12m miles), Tiger Leaping Gorge could be divided into three sections, namely upper, middle and lower gorge. 

A 3-hour morning bus ride will take you to the starting point of the classic hiking route from upper gorge to middle George. Disembark at Qiaotou Village, then start your exploration by trekking along a small footpath for about 1.5 hours, during which you may see some rural villages nestled by the bank of Jinsha River.

Then you will reach the Naxi Family Hostel for a short break to enjoy your lunch.

Later, you would travel through a narrow bumpy trail along an upward slope, which is called 28 Bends by hiking addicts. The road condition is really dangerous clinging to bottomless cliffs, rugged with rocks and jungles. However, the scenery is also unbeatably spectacular, where you could not only overlook the Tiger Leaping Gorge, but also capture great views of the 13 peaks of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Haba Snow Mountain on both sides.

About three hours later, you will get to the Tea Horse Hostel, and continue the hiking for another two hours to reach the Halfway Hostel for tonight's accommodation. 

Day 4
Tiger Leaping Gorge to Lijiang
Continue your trekking to the Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge, and a transfer back to Lijiang City.
Breakfast
Luxury: InterContinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort Superior: Hexi Hotel

After breakfast, do not rush to hit the road. The Halfway Hostel itself is also a spot as it offers fabulous viewing deck for you to gaze into the dark chasm of the gorge. The trekking is approaching near to the middle part of Tiger Leaping Gorge by two hours walking to Tina's Hostel. This part of hiking is adventurous and full of fun, where you would trek across two waterfalls, Dragon Cave Waterfall and Guanyin Waterfall. Then keep hiking down to the middle and the essence part of the Tiger Leaping Gorge (aka Mantianxing), where you would be overwhelmed by the roaring rapids with thundering surges caused by the densely scattered reefs in the riverbed.

Your lifetime Tiger Leaping Gorge draws to a close here, and you will be transferred back to Lijiang for a good rest.  

Tiger Leaping Gorge
Day 5
Departure from Lijiang
Hotel-airport transfer. A nice journey home.
Breakfast

After breakfast, you will be escorted to the airport to catch your departure flight, and out guide will say goodbye to you there. Wish you a nice journey home.

Accommodations
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Lijiang
Luxury

InterContinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort

276 Xianghe Road, Ancient Town District, Lijiang, China
As the member of Intercontinental Group, the hotel has great facilities, location, service, featured buildings as well as breakfasts. Travelers will enjoy a breathtaking view of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain while sitting in the hotel lobby.
Superior

Hexi Hotel

Southern Gate Square, Old Town, Lijiang, China
Well-located inside the Ancient Town, the hotel is a complex of 24 local Naxi courtyards with minority featured buildings. A nice walk in the hotel is a pleasant and comfortable way to relax.
Tiger Leaping Gorge
Luxury

Half Way Hostel

Bendiwan Village, Shangri-la
The Halfway Hostel lies on the mid-way of the Tiger Leaping Gorge trekking route. It is a really nice inn with enchanting views and tranquil ambience.
Superior

Half Way Hostel

Bendiwan Village, Shangri-la
The Halfway Hostel lies on the mid-way of the Tiger Leaping Gorge trekking route. It is a really nice inn with enchanting views and tranquil ambience.
Lijiang
Luxury

InterContinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort

276 Xianghe Road, Ancient Town District, Lijiang, China
As the member of Intercontinental Group, the hotel has great facilities, location, service, featured buildings as well as breakfasts. Travelers will enjoy a breathtaking view of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain while sitting in the hotel lobby.
Superior

Hexi Hotel

Southern Gate Square, Old Town, Lijiang, China
Well-located inside the Ancient Town, the hotel is a complex of 24 local Naxi courtyards with minority featured buildings. A nice walk in the hotel is a pleasant and comfortable way to relax.
Luxury
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Lijiang

InterContinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort

276 Xianghe Road, Ancient Town District, Lijiang, China
As the member of Intercontinental Group, the hotel has great facilities, location, service, featured buildings as well as breakfasts. Travelers will enjoy a breathtaking view of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain while sitting in the hotel lobby.

Tiger Leaping Gorge

Half Way Hostel

Bendiwan Village, Shangri-la
The Halfway Hostel lies on the mid-way of the Tiger Leaping Gorge trekking route. It is a really nice inn with enchanting views and tranquil ambience.

Lijiang

InterContinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort

276 Xianghe Road, Ancient Town District, Lijiang, China
As the member of Intercontinental Group, the hotel has great facilities, location, service, featured buildings as well as breakfasts. Travelers will enjoy a breathtaking view of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain while sitting in the hotel lobby.
Superior
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Lijiang

Hexi Hotel

Southern Gate Square, Old Town, Lijiang, China
Well-located inside the Ancient Town, the hotel is a complex of 24 local Naxi courtyards with minority featured buildings. A nice walk in the hotel is a pleasant and comfortable way to relax.

Tiger Leaping Gorge

Half Way Hostel

Bendiwan Village, Shangri-la
The Halfway Hostel lies on the mid-way of the Tiger Leaping Gorge trekking route. It is a really nice inn with enchanting views and tranquil ambience.

Lijiang

Hexi Hotel

Southern Gate Square, Old Town, Lijiang, China
Well-located inside the Ancient Town, the hotel is a complex of 24 local Naxi courtyards with minority featured buildings. A nice walk in the hotel is a pleasant and comfortable way to relax.
Price (Per Person, Tax Included)
Type: Private Tour
Departure: Flexible 2019 / 2020
Tour Class Superior Luxury
Year Round US$737 US$908
  • Prices above are based on 2 persons sharing one room of Superior/Luxury Class Hotels. Please enquire to get a better rate if there are more than 2 travelers in your group.
  • Any parts of the itinerary could be customized based on your interests and budgets, e.g. tour length, activities, hotels, etc.
Inclusions
  • Entrance fees to sightseeings and attractions
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • Private English-speaking tour guides
  • Private drivers and air-conditioned vehicles
  • Domestic flights, trains and cruises as specified in the itinerary
This tour could be tailored to your own unique trip based on your travel needs, interests, preferred hotels and budget. We recommend you give us as detailed travel information as possible so we can reply with a more thorough tour proposal that better suits your travel needs.
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