Eternal Classic Lijiang & Shangri-la 3-Day Tour

Lijiang to Shangri-la, the most classic tour route in Yunnan Province that shows unique plateau landform including snow mountains, meadows, forests,is extremely beautiful and magnificent. Many visitors travel to Shangri-la, mostly from Lijiang. If you go to Yunnan for the first time, this tour package is highly recommended. You'll have a leisure time in Lijiang Ancient City, and then pass through the first bend of the Yangtze River. Jinsha River, the upper section of Yangtze, coming from the north and suddenly turns back to the northeast in a V shape, forming a spectacular "turn under the heaven". Drive further fifty kilometers north from it, you will reach the famous Tiger Leaping Gorge. En route from Lijiang to Shangri-la you can also have a view of Haba Snow Mountain, rice terraces, and idyllic pasture of Samll Zhongdian. Finally arrive in Shangri-la, the ancient city of Dukezong, also known as the moonlight city, which is said to be built according to the buddhist scriptures of shambhala republic. According to Tibetan buddhist scriptures, shambhala is a mysterious kingdom hidden in the snowy mountains, which can only be reached by practitioners who have reached a certain level.Come and find your own shambhala on the road!

HIGHLIGHTS

*Relax time in World Cultural Heritage - Lijiang Ancient City
*Appreciate the magnificence and beauty of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
*Feel the verve of Tiger Leaping Gorge and tenderness of Small Zhongdian
*Worship the little Potala - Songzanlin Monastery 

TRIP INFORMATION

- Tour code: CPT-YT-03

- Price: from $516 p/p

- Tour type: private tour

- Departure date: flexible

- Travel route: Lijiang - Shangri-la

- Trip length: 3 Days 2 nights

 Detailed itinerary:

Today in the morning the local tour guide and driver will pick you up at your Lijiang hotel. Take off Lijiang highlights voyage! Firstly visit Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, which is known as the snow mountain with the lowest latitude in the Northern Hemisphere. Since Lijiang is in the subtropical zone, it is amazing that Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, as tall as 5,596 meters above the sea level, can stand proudly here definitely! Exchange to the attraction shuttle bus and cable car to Glacier Park, have fun in this ice and snow world, and walk along the wooden plank road to challenge 4,680 meters above the sea level to get to the platform with best view of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.

 

Later take the cable car to descend the mountain, get to Ganhaizi for lunch. After that, ride the shuttle bus to the foot of the snow mountain where a place symbolized holy love called Blue Moon Valley, also known as the White River. Snow mountains, valleys, forests, lakes, you'll feel as if all the pure elements are gathered here.

Lijiang Sightseeing

In the afternoon, transfer to Baisha Old Town and visit Baisha Village where the famous Baisha Murals are. Baisha village was once the political, economic and cultural center of Lijiang. The existing 55 white sand murals are preserved here. The Baisha Murals have become the treasure of mural art because they have absorbed the essence and refined brushwork of Han nationality painting, combined with the smooth and gorgeous style of Tibetan Buddhism painting and the roughness of Naxi characters. 

Have a leisure stroll in Shuhe Old Town to the late afternoon, and then be sent back to hotel for rest.

Lijiang - Shangri-la

In the morning, leave Lijiang for Shangri-la. En route, have a view of the First Bend of Yangtze River from afar. Later have a stop at Tiger Leaping Gorge that you cannot miss. Actually the Tiger Leaping Gorge is a canyon on the Yangtze River that is locally called Jinsha River (Golden Sands River). It is also part of the Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas World Heritage Site. Around 15 kilometers in length, the gorge is sited in-between two mountains like once there’s a sword to split Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Haba Snow Mountain. Local legend here says that in order to escape from a hunter, a tiger jumped across the river at the narrowest point (only 25 meters in width), hence the name of the gorge. You can also see the old tea horse road on the cliff. Continue driving north, pass Small Zhongdian which is a lovely town with beautiful pasture, grassland and flower blossom. Get off to take some photos.

 

Arrive in Shangri-la in the afternoon. Check into the hotel first. Then freely stroll around Dukezong Ancient Town. The ambiance of the town is distinctly Tibetan style with prayer flags fluttering, mountains known by holy names, lamaseries and rocks inscribed in Tibetan language with Buddhist sutras. Walk up to the top of Guishan Hill to see the Grand Prayer Wheel and have a panoramic view of Shangri-la city.

After breakfast, go for a pilgrimage to Songzanlin Monastery, which is called Ganden Sumtseling Monastery in Tibetan. Built in 1679, the monastery is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan Province and is sometimes referred to as the Little Potala Palace. The traditional Tibetan architectural style of this monastery perfectly expressed Tibetan’s respect to their belief. After that, pay a visit to a local Tibetan village called Xiaojiezi Village close to the monastery. You can chat with local Tibetans when visiting their houses. Later transfer to Yila Grassland and drive to circle the Napa Lake. The interesting minority villages, lush forests and pasture views are what impressed most at first sight.

 

After sightseeing, you will be sent to Shangri-la Airport or your hotel in Shangri-la/Lijiang according to your arrangements. 

Shangri-la Departure or back to Lijiang

 China Panda Tour's experienced travel consultant 1 on 1 service 24hours/7days from inquiry to back home;

  Entrance tickets to listed viewpoints in the itinerary & necessary shuttle bus/cable car/sightseeing bus tickets;  

√  Escorted by experienced English-speaking tour guide;

  Meals mentioned in the itinerary;

  Private transfers with professional driver between hotel/attraction/airport/railway station/restaurant as listed in the itinerary;

√  Booking of flight/train/cruise tickets per your preferences;

  Accommodation in each city, hotel level/feature is decided by your choice;

√  Traveler's accidental insurance.

OUR SERVICE INCLUDES:

-- This itinerary can be flexibly adjusted according  to your requests. You can change the order, or extend the tour with more cities or days, or even shorten it with deleting any cities or days. Our professional travel consultant will help you revise the itinerary until suiting your schedule.

-- China Panda Tour also provides French/German/Spanish/Cantonese/Mandarin-speaking tour guide service.

-- There are night show/program in Guilin and Yangshuo. Contact our trip advisor or your local tour guide to book that in advance.

-- If you only want to rent a car for your trip, please kindly inform us. China Panda Tour's professional drivers would provide you with satisfying service.

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