Welcome to Dali, the Kingdom of Bai ethnic group! Upon arrival, your private tour guide and
driver will meet you at airport / train station in Dali New City (Xiaguan in Chinese) and escort
you to your hotel which is usually located in Dali Old Town, a stunning place sandwiched
between Cang Mountain and Erhai Lake! After check-in, you are free to explore this old city
which is famous in Chinese literature
Attractions: Erhai Lake, Jinsuo Island, Chongsheng Monastery, Dali Ancient City
Your private guide and personal driver will meet you in your hotel lobby and then drive to the
Erhai Lake to take a boat. Our tour of Dali begins with a cruise on Er Hai Lake, visit Jinsuo
Island and local market. Erhai Lake is the largest highland lake next to Dianchi and one of the
seven biggest fresh water lakes in China.The surrounding islands, temples and villages are
worth visiting too. Golden Shuttle Island (Jinsuo Dao), and the nearby fishing community of
Bai Minority do really deserve a visit with its attractive Bai culture and lifestyle, and because of
the rare beauty of the lake and its surrounding scenery.
Then explore the Three dazzling pagodas in Chongsheng Monastery, which faces Erhai
Lake and has a history of over 1,800 years. A visit to the pagodas should not be missed by
any visitor to Dali City. Enjoy the authentic food in a local restaurant.
After lunch and a short rest, we will wander around in Dali Ancient City, which is one of the
'Three Ancients' (Ancient Cities, Ancient Pagodas and Ancient Steles) of the Dali Scenic
Spot. The city layout was uniform, with five main streets from south to north and eight main
streets from east to west, while marketplaces were neatly arranged within the city, which has
remained unchanged to this date. The traditional Bai ethnic minority folk houses give the city
distinctive feel, unlike any other Chinese city. The delicacy, freshness and elegance of their
construction may be called first-class among folk residences in Southwest China. When
people walk along the cobble-paved streets in the ancient city, a sense of primitive simplicity
and elegance will be invoked. After enjoying the feeling of walking through the tranquil town,
the driver will take you back to your hotel.
Attractions: Xizhou Ancient Town, Zhoucheng Village, Old Town of Lijiang
Hotel: Overnight in Lijiang
Today a 3-hour drive will take you to Lijiang. On the way, you will pay a visit to the Bai Minority
Traditional Houses in Xizhou. The layout of these houses is distinctive with the features of
wood and stone carvings and paintings on lime powdered walls. Xizhou is the place where the
best and most of Bai Minority Traditional Houses are preserved. Over there, you will also get a
chance to learn cooking a special local delicacy, call Baba, a scone-like baked bread mainly
Then you will continue to the nearby Zhoucheng Village, where you will visit the traditional
hand-made Tie Dyeing, in the local people's home.
Upon arrival at Lijiang, you will first check in at your hotel in the old town. After a short rest,
your tour guide will take you to visit the Square Street of Lijiang Old Town. The street is paved
by the local bluestones, with numerous souvenir shops, unique bars, and delicate restaurants
scattered around. The most charming part of the street is at night. When red lanterns along
the street are all lit up, all people here including tourists will enjoy relaxing but exciting
Attractions: Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Baisha Village, Yufeng Monastery
Hotel: Overnight in Lijiang
Your private guide and personal driver will meet you in your hotel lobby and then visit the Jade
Dragon Snow Mountain(Yak Meadow section). You will take cable car up and down the
mountain. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain now is a famous scenic spot for sightseeing,mountaineering, skiing, exploration, scientific research and taking holiday. Besides,
widespread legends and myths of the Naxi ethnic minority and the unclimbed Shanzidou are
all important attractive spots for those who come here. Besides, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
is a sanctuary for rare animals and wild plants.
After Lunch, the guide will take you to Baisha Village to see the ancient Fresco and visit
Yufeng Monastery. Baisha Village is much quieter because it is not commercialized. If you
want to witness the authentic life of the Naxi People and appreciate their culture, but are tired
of overcrowded Lijiang, here, at Baisha Village, you can experience the Naxi people’s
peaceful daily life. Heading for this village, the Baisha Murals cannot be missed.The paintings
were finished by Han, Tibetan and Naxi painters as well as painters from other nationalities.
At about 4pm, the driver will take you back to your hotel.
Attractions: First Bend of the Yangtze River, Tiger Leaping Gorge
Hotel: Overnight in Shangrila
You will be picked up from your hotel in the early morning, and be transferred to the First
Bend of the Yangtze River, where you can see fatanstic landscapes as well as
important historical stories. Then you will continue the journey further north to the Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the deepest gorges in the world, 23 kilometers long with a sheer 3900 meters between the wild waters and the top of the snow capped Haba Snow Mountains next to it.
After lunch, you will continue to Shangri-La, and on the way, you will notice that the
landscapes and architecture gradually changes as you go further into the Tibetan cultural
areas, with barley fields and yaks scattered across the valleys.
On the way to Shangri-La,you will visit a local Yi Minority Village. Then you will arrive at your
final destination: Dukezong Ancient town, a key stop on the old Tea-Horse road. You can
enjoy your free time and relax in the ancient town.
Songzanlin Monastery-Putatso National PARK
Overnight in Shangrila
Duration: 6 hours roughly
Songzanlin Lama Temple: Also named Guihua Monastery, the temple is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Shangri-La of Yunnan province. It is one of the famous monasteries in the region, nicknamed as "the little Potala Palace", for the whole monastery is in the traditional style with mysterious atmosphere.
Potatso National Park consists of Baitahai, Shudu Lake and Militang Pasture. It is an inseparable part of the world natural heritage Three Parallel Rivers by UNESCO, it also serves as a natural reserve. Potatso Park has a well-preserved eco-environment, which has marsh, brooks, lakes, and springs. virgin forests, flora and rare fauna.
Napa lake -Tibentan family- Back to Lijiang
Duration: 6 hours roughly
Napa Lake(Napahai Natural Reserve) is 3,270m above sea level and covers 660 square kilometers.It is both an ideal field for herdsmen and a paradise for many species of birds. We will hike for a while on the side of the lake and then visit a local Tibetan family to learn about their life and then drive another 2 hours to Lijiang and finish our 7 days tour.