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Yunnan Signatures:
Dali to Shangrila

  • Destination

    Yunnan & Guizhou & Guangxi

  • Trip duration

    6 days, 5 nights

  • Availability period

    1 Jan. 2019 - 31 Dec. 2019

  • Min/Max travelers

    Max.2-6

  • Transport

    Private transportation

  • Accommodation

    Hotel

Lijiang surroundings are plenty of surprises: stroll the morning market of a quaint lakeside town., before heading into the Cangshan Mountains towards a hillside Bai village. Explore nearby Buddhist temples and Bai minority carvings, which survived the Cultural Revolution thanks to their remote location.

Pass by the dramatic Tiger Leaping Gorge, venture further into the valley and set out for a pleasant hike amidst sacred oaks and bushy rhododendrons. Visit a lesser‐known Yellow Hat Monastery, when the timing is right, you can witness the monks chanting their daily prayers or have a quick chat with them during one of their breaks.

Yunnan, China

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Day 1

arrive at Dali

Upon arrival in Dali, you are greeted by your personal guide and taken to your hotel. Have your first meal together while he will give you an introduction to the region and your upcoming trip.

Accommodation

Chen Bei Village, Xi Zhou Town , Dali

Day 2

Wander colourful markets & indulge in mountain delicacies

Stroll the morning market of a quaint lakeside town, boasting a collection of well preserved merchant houses and visit a hidden Catholic Church, commissioned by French missionaries nearly a 100 years ago. Head west into the Cangshan Mountains towards a hillside Bai village, only accessible by stairs. Once an important stop along the imperial salt route, the quiescent hamlet rose to national fame due to its artisan salted ham.

Accommodation

Bai Village

Day 3

Venture across ancient bridges along the old trading routes

Follow the curves of the Bi River, spanned by a multitude of bridges, which made trade possible in this remote corner and are still used by locals to get their livestock across. Get a feel of the olden days when today’s end destination awakes from hibernation, as the ethnic Yi and Bai come to sell their produce and stock up on supplies. Explore nearby Buddhist temples and Bai minority carvings, which survived the Cultural Revolution thanks to their remote location.

Accommodation

Bi River surrounding

Day 4

In the footsteps of foreign explorers & adventurers

Make your way north to Lijiang and cruise the small countryside road, which leads to the last village of the valley situated in the shadows of the 5,600m tall Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Visit the former residence of an eccentric American explorer who lived here in the first half of the 20th century and put the local Naxi literally on the map.

Accommodation

Lijiang

Day 5

hike the tiger leaping gorge & experience geographical tibet in style

Pass by the dramatic , carved out by the rushing waters of the mighty Yangtze River over the course of millennia. Leave the masses behind and hike one of the lesser known trails criss‐crossing the picturesque hillsides. Ascend curvy mountain roads to 3,300 meters and to. Part of geographical Tibet, the area provides the perfect backdrop for an insight into Tibetan culture.

Accommodation

Shangri-La

Day 6

get a taste of local specialities at the eastern himalayas

Watch the sun rise above the mountains while you indulge on a scrumptious breakfast. Visit a small Buddhist temple, frequented by local Tibetans who come to pray for their children’s well‐being. Have a traditional yak hotpot for lunch, followed by a beer tasting at a Tibetan brewery before you take the scenic route along the Yangtze River and make your way to a lush oasis, sheltered from its brutal surroundings.

Accommodation

Benzilan

Day 7

Local interactions with tibetan buddhism & customs

Venture further into the valley and set out for a pleasant hike amidst sacred oaks and bushy rhododendrons. Visit a lesser‐known Yellow Hat Monastery, founded in the late 1600s. When the timing is right, you can witness the monks chanting their daily prayers or have a quick chat with them during one of their breaks. Head back to Shangri‐La and fly home early evening or the following morning.

Chen Bei Village, Xi Zhou Town , Dali

DaLi Xizhou Ji Yi Si Guest House

Charming local guest house preserving a more modest style of architecture enriched with some modern twists.

Bai Village

Local guest house

Local home upgraded into a basic yet charming guest house, overlooking the valley below.

Bi River surrounding

historical site for accomodation

Originally built as a theatre temple, the wooden building was repurposed into a village school after 1949.

Lijiang

Blossom Hill Inn Lijiang Aromaland

Located near the market square, this wooden guest house combines modern convenience with a rural charm.

Shangri-La

Huksum House

Contemporary Tibetan guest house centrally located in the old town and managed by a local fashion designer.

Benzilan

Tulu Lodge

Renovated Tibetan eco lodge with themed rooms, preserving natural materials and traditional building methods.

Shangri-La

Huksum House

Contemporary Tibetan guest house centrally located in the old town and managed by a local fashion designer.

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