Day 1 Arrival in Lijiang (L, D)
Our guide will meet you at Lijiang airport and transfer you to the hotel in the morning. We'll then head for the scenic Black Dragon Pool and the Dongba Museum to explore the rich Naxi minority culture. After the Black Dragon Pool, our driver will take you to the top of the Lion Hill which is behind Lijiang Old Town, and when you climb to the top of the Wangulou Tower, you will see the whole old town and Naxi typical wood houses. Walking down to visit the Mu Emperor's Palace, which was built during Ming Dynasty by the local Emperor Mu. Damaged in the earthquake in 1996, it was later rebuilt under the support of the World Bank.
Once passing the Waterwheel at the entrance of the Old Lijiang Town, we will find ourselves transported into a world of narrow cobblestone streets bordering canals of crystal clear freshly melted snow. It has kept unchanged since the Ming Dynasty (A.D.1368-1644) when the town was founded. Lijiang, possibly the best-preserved old town in China, is one of the last places in this country where we can witness and experience a historical, traditional, ancient urban culture.
Remarkably, the old houses with stone foundations, plastered whitewashed brick walls, red wooden doors, shutters and balconies, and sloping tiled roofs, survived a recent earthquake without much damage, while the new concrete buildings were flattened. The canals are lined with weeping willows and decorative arched bridges linking one alley to the next. After dinner, we will attend the concert of the ancient Naxi music in the evening.
Day 2 Lijiang (B, L, D)
We'll visit Ganhaizi Meadow, Baishui River; visit the Yak Meadow in the Yulong Snow Mountain by cablecar. The much famed mountain is situated some 15km north of Lijiang County, located in the southern section of the Hengduan (transversely faulted) Mountain ranges. With thirteen peaks resembling jade pillars holding the sky, it stands majestically on the east side of the Jinshajiang River. The main peak, Mount Fan (Shanzidou), is 5,596 m. above sea level, and is annually snowcapped. The summit's semblance to a crystalline jade dragon gives the mountain its name. Access to the top of the mountain is provided by a cableway from the foot of the mountain to the Yak Meadow.
In the afternoon, we'll stroll through Baisha Village, which is an enchanting traditional Yunnan village, And then, we'll go to Yuhu Village and visit the former residence of Joseph Rock, famous botanist and expert on Naxi culture. At last, we'll head for Huangshan Village where traditional Naxi people inhabit and we'll take our dinner of local flavor with Naxi dance at a Naxi home there.
Day 3 Lijiang - Tiger Leaping Gorge - Lijiang (B, L, D)
From Lijiang, we'll drive about 60KM to the First Bend of the Yangtze River with imposing gorge scenery, and the Iron Chain Bridge in the Stone Drum town, which got its name from a large, cylindrical, marble tablet shaped like a drum. The scenery is magnificent as the road running through the Lijiang valley filled with wheat fields and drying haystacks. Then we will drive 40Km more to visit the Tiger Leaping Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world. With 34 rapids of the Yangtze River, it is called the Jinsha (gold sand) in this area. And the magnificent Tiger Leaping Gorge looks like that the mighty Yangtze has carved the world's deepest chasm. Afternoon drive back to Lijiang.
Day 4 Lijiang - Departure (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning transfer to airport for your next destination.
USD480 per person based on a group 6 or more persons.
Accommodation with daily breakfast as indicated in the hotel list as below;
Chinese lunches and dinners as listed in the itinerary;
All land transfers & transportation with private air-conditioned coach;
All transfers and sightseeing with skilled English-speaking tour guide;
All entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary;
Service charge and all government taxes;
Luggage transfers between airport and hotels;
Travel Agency's Responsibility Insurance coverage.
Any arrival and departure international airfares or train tickets;
Any meals which are not specified in the tour itinerary.
Chinese visa fees;
Domestic air tickets;
Excess baggage charged by Airlines;
Single room supplement;
Tips to guides and drivers;
Personal expenses and gratuities to service staff;
Personal travel accident insurance;
All optional programs.