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Depart: daily | Book in advance: 7 days
Lijiang ancient town | Baisha Village | First Bend in the Yangtze River | Tiger Leaping Gorge | Yulong Xue Shan | Impression Lijiang | Baishui River
Lijiang ancient town (大研古城)
When people talk about Lijiang old town, they're usually referring to Dayan. The UNESCO World Heritage Site Lijiang old town, also includes the nearby villages of Baisha and Shuhe as well as Dayan. This area survived a 1996 earthquake that leveled most of the modern buildings in town. In the wake of the disaster, Dayan gained fame as a quaint and authentic outpost of Yunnan culture and architecture and went from backpacker secret to tour package feature.
Baisha Frescoes (白沙壁画)
Baisha, a charming Naxi town some 8 km (5 mi) north of Lijiang, is home to the best remaining frescoes, and the town is worth a visit on its other merits. Baisha, which was actually the capital of a Naxi kingdom prior to absorption into China, makes for a great day trip from Lijiang; most visitors arrive by bicycle after a pleasant ride that takes about an hour. It's also part of the Lijiang Old Town UNESCO World Heritage site along with Dayan and Shuhe.
First Bend in the Yangtze River (长江第一湾)
At the First Bend in the Yangtze River, the south-running waters suddenly turn back north because of a massive V-shape in the nearby mountain range. The fertile soil deposited by the river drew people to the area and the village of Shigu (石鼓) came into being. This town has been an important stop on the trade route between Yunnan and Tibet and a meeting point for local peoples for centuries. Tibetans bring their quality fell, hide and herbal medicine to market and take back necessities like salt, tea and cloth. Several times a month, the still active market makes little Shigu into a lively place as traders come into town.
Tiger Leaping Gorge (虎跳峡)
A thin, winding trail hugs the side of the Haba Xue Shan (哈巴雪山) range as the white-capped waters of the Jinsha River (Jīnshā Jiāng, 金沙江; part of the Yangtze River) swirl far below and the steep mountain slope and craggy peaks of the Yulong Xue Shan range rise on the other side. The trek along the high trail (essentially the only trail since the lower trail was paved) starts near Qiaotou (桥头) and goes up and down the side of the mountains until it descends again at the far side near Middle Tiger Leaping Stone (中虎跳石). Hiking the trail will tire any traveler, especially sections like the upward-climbing 24 Bends (24道拐) and takes about two days from one far end to the other.
Yulong Xue Shan (玉龙雪山)
An impressive sight, especially with Black Dragon Pool in the foreground, Yulong Xue Shan, or "Jade Dragon Snow Mountain," is actually a 13-peak massif that forms one wall of Tiger Leaping Gorge and whose tallest peak, Shanzidou, rises 5,596 m (18,359 ft) above sea level. The range is home to one of the Northern Hemisphere's southernmost glaciers as well as a wide range of flora and fauna, much of it unique to the region.
Impression Lijiang (印象丽江)
Another spectacular by Hero (200－director Zhang Yimou (like his Impression: Liu Sanjie in Yangshuo, and the more recent Impression, West Lake in Hangzhou), Impression Lijiang is an all-singing, all-dancing celebration of local culture. Featuring more than 500 actors, 100 horses, and put on at a reputed cost of US$31m, the show takes place inside the spectacular Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Park, some 3,500 m (11,500 ft) above sea level.
Baishui River (白水江)
The name Baishui means "white water" and the White Water River gets its name not from rapids, but from its clear and sometimes milky blue glacial water that comes filtered and pure from the mountains into the riverbed. The water is icy cold year round (in other times local women would test their beaus' love by seeing how long they could tolerate the biting cold water), and the surroundings are always impressive. The mountains form the backdrop and foliage lines the banks—lush and green in spring (early summer's rhododendrons are not to be missed) and vibrant and bronzed with fall's colors. You can hike along the river's edge or ride on a horse or yak. There are lovely views from the nearby foothills.
Day 1 Lijiang arrival
Your driver and/or tour guide will pick you up from the airport and then transfer to downtown.
• Please note: Free pickup/drop-off available for downtown hotels and flight arriving between 9AM-10PM, otherwise additional charge applies.
Lijiang ancient town (about 1.5 hours)
Baisha Frescoes (about 40 minutes)
Stay overnight at the Lijiang Wangfu Hotel or similar.
Day 2 Lijiang-Tiger Leaping Gorge-Lijiang (includes breakfast & lunch)
9:30 a.m. First Bend in the Yangtze River
10:30 a.m. Tiger Leaping Gorge Trekking
12:30 p.m. Lunch at Tina's guesthouse
1:30 p.m. Hike the Tiger Leaping Gorge
5:00 p.m. Arrive at your hotel in Lijiang
Stay overnight at the Lijiang Wangfu Hotel or similar.
Day 3 Lijiang-Jade Dragon Snow Mountain-Lijiang departure (includes breakfast & lunch)
Yulong Xue Shan (about 3.5 hours)
12:30 p.m. Enjoy a buffet meal of local cuisine at Snow Kitchen, including a yak meat option, with amazing views of the snow mountain.
1:40 p.m. Baishui River
3:00 p.m. After the tour ends, you'll be transferred to the airport or station for departure.
• Please note: We recommend you book a flight leaving Lijiang after 6:00 p.m.
1) English-speaking guide service
2) Accommodation, admission fees, meals and transportation as listed in details
1) Single room supplement
2) Personal expenses, optional items or anything else not specifically mentioned
Please call or email Ctrip if you need to cancel your booking. Modification is not accepted, please cancel your booking first and rebook the product. Free cancellation for bookings canceled at least 7 days in advance. If you cancel 4-6 days prior, there is a 50% cancellation fee. If you cancel within 3 days prior, there is a 100% cancellation fee. Room rate non-refundable.
On departure date you will be picked up from airport (please check the pickup range as specified in details). You will be contacted the day before your scheduled activity to confirm pickup information regarding your driver and/or tour guide. We may contact you via phone (if provided), hotel reception, or email. If we cannot reach you before this time, please call the emergency contact number which you will find listed on the confirmation email.
Please call Lydia @13668720322 for any urgent matters.
- Children: 2-12 years old and shorter than 1.2m (3 ft 11 in)
- Each child must be accompanied by at least 1 adult.
- Prices for group products are fixed. For private products, the bigger the group the lower the price per person.