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[3-Day Tour] Lijiang, Tiger Leaping Gorge & Impression Lijiang (Private, 4-star)


With Accommodation | Private Tour



Lijiang ancient town | Baisha Village | First Bend in the Yangtze River | Tiger Leaping Gorge | Yulong Xue Shan | Impression Lijiang | Baishui River
Overnight at: Lijiang Wangfu hotel

This tour includes an unforgettable experience of one the most pristine provinces in China, Yunnan. Embrace Naxi-style architecture and remnants of ancient Chinese history in Lijiang Old Town, hike one of China's most stunning feats of nature at Tiger Leaping Gorge, and stand in awe of beauty while watching the sun rise over Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.


Day 1 Lijiang airport pickup

Lijiang ancient town (Dàyán Gǔchéng, 大研古城) (about 1.5 hours)

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 (Báishā bìhuà, 白沙壁画) (about 40 minutes)

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.

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 (Cháng Jiāng Dìyī Wān, 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 (Shígǔ, 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.

10:30 a.m. Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hǔtiào Xiá, 虎跳峡)

A thin, winding trail hugs the side of the Haba Xue Shan (Hābāxuě Shān, 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 (Qiáotóu, 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 (Zhōng Hǔtiào Shí, 中虎跳石). Hiking the trail will tire any traveler, especially sections like the upward-climbing 24 Bends (24 Dàoguǎi, 24道拐) and takes about two days from one far end to the other.

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 (Yùlóngxuě Shān, 玉龙雪山) (about 3.5 hours)

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.

Hiking trails exist and are highly recommended, but the majority of visitors avail themselves of three chairlift lines that provide access to the retreating glacier (see it while it lasts, nature lover) and three designated scenic spots: Dry Sea Meadow (Gān Hǎizi, 甘海子), a large meadow which is now home to the world's highest golf course; Spruce Meadow (Yúnshān Píng, 云杉坪) where you can get a great view of the glacier and go horseback riding at 4,506 m (14,783 ft) above sea level; and Yak Meadow (Máoniú Píng, 牦牛坪), which features breathtaking views and access to a number of trails. In each area, various manifestations of local minority culture, Chinese takes on ecological conscientiousness and excessive trinket shopping can be found.

Impression Lijiang (Yìnxiàng Lìjiāng, 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.

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 (Báishuǐ Jiāng, 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.

3:00 p.m. After the tour ends, you'll be transferred to the airport/station for departure.

* Please note: We recommend you book a flight leaving Lijiang after 6:00 p.m.

Price Includes and Excludes

What is included?

1) Accommodation

2) English-speaking tour guide

3) Admission fees, meals and transportation as listed in the details

What is excluded?

1) Personal expenses, optional items and anything else not specifically mentioned

Important Notes

1.Please call or email Ctrip if you need to cancel your booking. If you cancel at least 7 days prior to the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 4 and 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.

2.On departure date we will pick you up from the airport. Free pickup/drop-off available for downtown hotels and flight arriving between 9AM-10PM, otherwise an additional charge applies. You will be contacted before 11:00 p.m. the day before your scheduled activity to confirm pickup information regarding your driver and/or tour guide.

3.Currently payment is only accepted by credit card. Once payment clears, Ctrip will send you a confirmation email with your booking details. If payment fails, your booking will automatically be canceled. To ensure a smooth payment process, we recommend you contact your credit card provider in advance.

4.Time arrangements described in itineraries are subject to change. Guides reserve the right to change arrangements according to weather, transportation and other variable conditions.

5.If you opt to join only part of this activity, you forfeit the right to join subsequent parts, as well as the right to receive a refund for any part of the activity that you miss.

6.All listed meals are Chinese food unless otherwise noted. Please notify us ahead of time for any dietary restrictions (allergies, vegetarian, kosher, etc.).

7.By default 2 people will share a room. For groups of odd numbers, 3 people will be required to share a room unless single supplement is paid. To request a single room, please make a note in the "additional request" section while booking online or inform us by email at thingstodo@ctrip.com.

8.Please ensure personal and travel information is entered correctly. Ctrip will not refund any losses that result from incorrect and missing information.


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- 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.