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Shangri-La and the Three Parallel Rivers – Discover Mysterious Yunnan

Summer Trails, Outdoor Trails, All

Shangri-La and the Three Parallel Rivers – Discover Mysterious Yunnan

Summer Trails, Outdoor Trails, All

Shangri-La and the Three Parallel Rivers – Discover Mysterious Yunnan

  • Destination

    Yunnan

  • Trip duration

    8 days, 7 nights

  • Price

    From 7790 cny

  • Availability period

    1 Apr. 2021 - 30 Nov. 2021

  • Min/Max travelers

    Min. 8 | Max. 16

  • Transport

    Bus

  • Accommodation

    Hotel

  • “Lost Horizon”: This is the place of Shangri-La that mentioned in the book, visit the French mission church built here about a century ago and, if available, join the mass.
  • Naxi blessing: Naxi is an ethnic minority with its own traditions; you receive a unique blessing ceremony, learn to write Naxi characters and learn about their customs;
  • Tibetan family visit: visit a local family, indulge in their cuisine and learn about authentic Tibetan lifestyle;
  • World Gene bank: The “Three Parallel Rivers” area contains the one of the highest numbers of biological species and is therefore also known as the world gene pool. Walk into nature and feel the rich flora and fauna here;
  • Meet the Yunnan golden monkey: Face-off with the endangered monkey in the specially designated natural reserve;
  • Delicious Yunnan Cuisine: Yunnan’s delicious food is well-known in China and you will have chance to experience the authentic food that local people are proud of;

Yunnan, China

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Day 1

Arrive Lijiang

You will be met by your local guide in the Lijiang Airport. Upon arrival, transfer to Baisha Old town. The highlight in the afternoon is to pay a visit to local distinguished Dongba, the religious leader of local village, who will give you a local blessing ritual and teach you how to write traditional Dongba character. Dinner will be arranged in a local famous restaurant to taste the authentic Naxi flavor.

Food

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Accommodation

4 star hotel

Day 2

Lijiang - Tacheng

After breakfast, depart for Tacheng passing the First Bend of the Yangtze River and visiting Shi Gu Village on the way.Stop off for lunch at a local restaurant or opt for a lunch box.

Afterwards, continue the drive along the Yangtze River valley until arriving in Tacheng later in the afternoon. Once checked in, relax and explore the beautiful rice and flower fields surrounding the ancient village (2-hour drive). Dinner at the lodge.

Food

B/L/D

Accommodation

Boutique hotel

Day 3

TACHENG

After breakfast, you will visit Yunnan Golden Monkey National Park and wander around the nature reserve for about two hours. In the afternoon you will visit Hada Village, where you willl learn how to make soy milk and tofu with a local family in their courtyard. Dinner will be used at the lodge.

Food

B/L/D

Accommodation

Boutique hotel

Day 4

Tacheng - Cizhong - Meili

After breakfast, you will be four-hour drive to Cizhong along the scenic upper Mekong River (4-hour drive) explore the nearby Catholic Church.. Lunch will be at a local restaurant or with a lunch box.

Then you will be spent on the way to Meili with a short stop at Qudengge, where local people get the “key” to worship Mt. Kawagebo (1.5-hour drive). Check in upon arrival and enjoy Dinner at the lodge.

Food

B/L/D

Accommodation

Boutique hotel

Day 5

Meili - Benzilan

Today, you get up early to visit a local temple and enjoy the sunrise, locally known as the Sunrise over the golden mountain. After breakfast, a full day hike is arranged in the valley of snow mountain natural reserve. This area is also called as the world gene bank, and you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the pasture, the snow mountains, untouched villages and beautiful landscape. This hiking route will pass three pastures, however if desired you can shorten the hike according to your condition. Lunch is arranged at the reserve station.

Food

B/L/D

Accommodation

Boutique hotel

Day 6

Benzilan - Shangri-la

After breakfast, head to Benzilan, where you will pay a visit to a Nixi Village. During the drive of about 2.5 hours, you might notice the dry air weather caused by altitude differences. Afterwards, the ride continues to Shangri-La, with a break at a wetland, where can observe the wetland, together with villages, farmlands, cattle and horses far away, making for a splendid view. After reaching Shangri-La, you will pay a visit to a Tibetan family, go into their house, try their homemade dishes, and dress in their traditional ethnic costumes and immerse in the Tibetan life.

Food

B/L/D

Accommodation

4 star hotel

Day 7

Shangri-la

After breakfast, you will visit Pudacuo National Park. The Park is the World Natural Heritage Center that belongs to this area of the Three Parallel Rivers". During the afternoon enjoy your time at Napa Lake, a wetland that attracts many migrant birds to spend the winter. Kicking-off your bike tour at the flat ride around the lake.

Food

B/L/D

Accommodation

4 star hotel

Day 8

Depart Shangri-la

After breakfast, you will visit Ganden Sumtseling Monastery. It is the biggest temple that belongs to the buddhist tradition of the Yellow Lama. Lunch will be used here and then we will transfer you to the airport of Shangri-La. Our service ends here but if you would be up for staying a bit longer, you can add an extension of one of our other great Yunnan itineraries!

Food

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The Three Parallel Rivers area of Yunnan encompass a majestic land hemmed in by the mighty Yangtze, the free-flowing Mekong, and the wild Salween.

The Three Parallel Rivers area of Yunnan encompass a majestic land hemmed in by the mighty Yangtze, the free-flowing Mekong, and the wild Salween.

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