4 Days of Ancient Tea-Horse Road Tour in Lijiang

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Tour Code: CTG-YN05

Tour Description

This tour is to show you the splendid scenery and brilliant culture of Lijiang for you. You can cruise around the Lashihai Lake, watching a variety of protected migratory bird species. Also you will take a horse-riding on ancient tea-horse road to experience the lifestyle of bussiness men in ancient time. Besides the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is a must-see on your schedule.

Exciting horse-riding on Ancient Tea-Horse Road

Thrilling excursion to the soul of Lijiang - Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

Boating cruise on fabulous Lashi Lake

Day 1 Arrive in Lijiang - Free time
Today's Activities

Upon arrival you will be welcomed by our guide at the Airport and then transfer to the hotel in Lijiang Old Town. Relax during the remainder of the afternoon and evening to explore Lijiang Old Town. If you have enough free time, recommend you to visit the Mu Mansion which is famed as Forbidden City of Naxi people. Then ascent Wangu Tower on Small Lion Hill enjoy vistas of breathtaking scenery over the rooftops of Lijiang and the great Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the distance. Tonight you will stay at the featured hotel in Lijiang.

mu mansion  lion hill dongba language          
Mu Mansion Lion Hill Mysterious Dongba Language          
Day 2 Lijiang (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities

After breakfast you will have a half-day tour to visit Lashihai Lake which has been approved as a plateau wetland nature reserve in Yunnan in 1998. You will experience the traditional, rural Naxi lifestyle in a beautiful and peaceful setting. You also will cruise around the lake, watching a variety of protected migratory bird species such as the black-necked crane, whooper swan and black stork. After paying a visit to Naxi Minority houses of local residents; you will pass through the virgin forest. Along the trip, you will enjoy the sightseeing including the fantastic waterfalls, Seven Immortals Lake, Thousand-year old Trees, etc.


After lunch, rent horse from local villagers and ride it along the Ancient Tea-Horse Road. The ancient Tea-Horse Road plays a similar role as the Silk Road does, and is a vital part of the international trade in the history (between China, India and Middle Asia). What's more, it was a road linking culturally Tibetans and other Chinese in the history, and promoting the spread of Buddhism. In late afternoon transfer back to Lijiang, and overnight at the hotel in Lijiang.

lashi lake  boat cruise on lashi lake ancient tea-horse road          
Fabulous Lashi Lake Boat cruise on Lashi Lake Ancient Tea-Horse Road          
Day 3 Lijiang (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities

After breakfast, we will drive you to the spectacular Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, which is the largest snow mountain in the Northern Hemisphere. You will first enjoy the beautiful landscape at the Baishui River (White Water River). It flows at the foot of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. The riverbed is made up of white marble and lime stones and the river looks white, hence the name of White River (Baishui).


Then proceed to Jade Water Village - a sacred palce of Dongba people. where you will visit a local Naxi family to get a close touch to the daily life of Naxi Minority.


Then visit the Jade Summit Lamasery, a famous Tibetan Temple with ancient forests clustering around . In its northern countyard you can enjoy the treasure of the temple - the giant Camellia Tree, which is more than 500 years old. Because its blossoming period lasts more than 100 days a year, and produces more than 20,000 flowers in 20 groups, it is renowned as "Ten-thousand-flower Camellia".


Afterwards catch a cable car to the summit of the Yak Meadow, one of 13 peaks of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. The landscape rises and falls on the meadow. In spring and summer, you can find yaks with black and white skin wandering in grass and all kinds of flowers. In autumn and winter, you will wonder at the sharp contrast between the mild edge of the meadow and the peaks of the snow mountain. The view is unforgettable. Looking down at Ganhaizi and continuous mountains, you will find that the snow mountain is so close to you. Cool wind gently blows on your face. All the things here are so beautiful and peaceful.


At late afternoon you will enjoy the famous movie director Zhang Yimou's musical show "Impression Lijiang". Tonight you will stay at the hotel in Lijiang.

jade dragon snow mountain  yak meadow jade summit lamasery          
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Yak Meadow Jade Summit Lamasery          
Day 4 Depart Lijiang (Breakfast)
Today's Activities Bid a fond farewell to Yunnan and be transferred to the airport for the flight to your next stop.
Package Details
Tour Package Includes:
Tour Guide: a local experienced English-speaking guide Hotel: 3 nights in Lijiang downtown hotel
Meals: 3 breakfasts provided by the hotel and 2 lunches. Admissions: Entrance fee to all scenic spots listed in itinerary
Vehicle: a private air-conditioned car, offering Round-trip transfers Car Driver: an experienced licensed driver;
Water & Tissues: free purified water and tissues offered per day Luggage Transfers: a hand for your heavy luggage;
Insurance: Travel Agencies Liability Insurance; Government taxes & Service charges
Tour Package Excludes:
- Other optional tours / meals / flights not mentioned in itinerary; - Tips for tour guides and drivers.
Hotels in Lijiang
Guanfang Hotel Lijiang
The Guanfang Hotel serves both tourists and business travelers with comprehensive modern service. The hotel is 3kms to the old town of Lijiang, and 35kms to the airport. THere are 292 rooms including standard, handicapped, connecting-room and suites.
Aviation Sightseeing Hotel Lijiang
Built in traditional Chinese courtyard style, Sightseeing Hotel is located on Lijiang Shangri-La Road. The hotel offers first-class service to each and every one of our guests. It is located just five minutes away from the Dayan old city and 28kms from the airport, an ideal place for travel, business and relaxation.
Sanhe Hotel Lijiang
Opened in 1995 and renovated completely in 2004, Sanhe Hotel is designed according to Naxi courtyard style and owns the characteristics of Ethnic customs. The hotel located in the golden area has convenient transportation and it is just 50 meters from the entrance of the ancient town. It has 47 various rooms with elegant decoration, which are equipped with modern sanitary facilities and broadband internet access.

Meals in the Package

Meals as mentioned in the itinerary include 3 breakfasts provided by the hotel and 2 lunches.
You can just feel free to make dinner arrangements as per your personal taste.

We promise worry-free dining quality, plus flexible choices regarding your preference. Any special requestment please tell our trip advisors directly. Other recommendations are as follow:


Because of the proximity to so many food styles, the cuisine of Lijiang is diverse. Great attention is paid to bringing out the natural flavors and there are a number of local delicacies worth trying. Square Street in the center of Old Town is an ideal place to find some of the best local dishes.

Yak Chafing Dish Cici Bean Jelly
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