Shigu town | First bend in Yangtze River | Tiger Leaping Gorge | Zhiyun Lamasery
9:00 a.m. Lijiang downtown hotel pickup
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.
12:30 p.m. Lunch at a local restaurant
1:00 p.m. Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hǔtiào Xiá, 虎跳峡) (about 2 hours)
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.
On the way back to your hotel, there will also be a stop at Zhiyun Lamasery (Zhìyún Sì, 指云寺).
5:30 p.m. Return to hotel
1) English-speaking tour guide
2) Admission fees, meals and transportation as listed in the details
1) Maintenance fee of Lijiang Ancient Town (CNY80/person, only charge once within a month)
2) Personal expenses, optional items and anything else not specifically mentioned
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