In this inspiring tour, you can discover the inner secrets of Lijiang's culture and heritage by visiting Black Dragon Pool Park, Baisha Village, Shuhe Old Town and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. And you will get a close look at Naxi language which is by now the only living hieroglyph in the world and is regarded as a precious cultural relic of mankind. All of it will inspire you to learn more about Lijiang's culture and history. In addition, the famous show of Impression Lijiang will impress you deeply.
Explore the mysterious Naxi culture at Baisha Village
Tour the magnificent Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, the soul of Lijiang
Stroll along the old stone pavement around Lijiang Old Town and Shuhe Old Town
Upon arrival you will be welcomed by our guide at the Airport and then transfer to the hotel in Lijiang Old Town. After short rest, you are free to explore around Lijiang Old Town. We recommend you to visit the Mu Mansion which is famed as Forbidden City of Naxi people. Then you can ascent Wangu Tower on Small Lion Hill to 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.
After breakfast at hotel, start your visit to Black Dragon Pool Park located at the foot of Elephant Hill. It was built in 1737 during the Qing Dynasty and offers a spectacular view on the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.
Proceed to Baisha Village which was the original settlement of the Naxi people over a thousand years ago. There are old temples with famous Baisha Mural Paintings originally made from 1385AD to 1619 AD. They employ the artist energies of Chinese Taoists, Tibetan and Naxi Buddhists and local Dongba shamans.
Afterwards continue to Shuhe Old Town. UNESCO has listed it as an important component of Lijiang as it is a well-preserved example of a town along the ancient tea route and one of the earliest settlements of the ancestors of Naxi people. Wandering around the smooth flagstone road, you will feel time slowly flowing backwards. remind you of their flourishing past. Listen carefully, you can even hear the light ringing sound of busy horses' hooves from far away places.
In the late afternoon you will enjoy the Naxi Ancient Orchestra in a Naxi Concert Hall, which definitely a highlight of the day. Overnight at your 3-star hotel near the old town of Lijiang.
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".
Afterward 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 enjoy the famous movie director Zhang Yimou's musical show "Impression Lijiang". Tonight you will stay at the hotel in Lijiang.
|Today's Activities||Free at leisure until transfer to the airport for next destination. Wish you a happy journey!|
|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.|
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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Destinations: Xi'an - Shangri-la - Lijiang - Dali- Guilin
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