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7 days Lijiang & Shangri-La Cultural Tour
This is a very special journey to one of most culturally diverse regions of Yunnan Province, starting with rich cultural encounters in the non-Tibetan Himalayas, driving through the breathtaking eastern region of Tibet and finally ending the trip with the ultimate Tibetan experience in Shangri-La. 
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Itinerary: 





















Highlights: 
•Lijiang
•Baisha village
•Suhe old town
•Yuhu village
•Tiger leaping Gorge
•Shangri-la old town
•Songzanlin Monastery
•Shangrila Association of Culture Preservation
•Trinyi village
•Pudatso National park
•Shudu Lake
•Gonjo Village
•Yangze River
•Tangtoe village

What’s included
Included:

•All the hotel stays with breakfast (sharing basis)

•Transportations 

•English speaking local Tibetan Guide

•All the entrance fees

•Guide and driver 's expenses

Mineral Water along the way


Not Included:
•Personal expenses
•Tips
•Meals
•Flight 
•Horse riding
•Medical and travel insurance
Prices

Price upon request (Click) 

Day 1. Arrive Lijiang from Kunming. 
Receive in the airport and drive an hour to Hotel. To adjust the altitude of Yunnan, the remainder of the time to wander the walk in old town of Dayan. Dinner in old town.
 
Day 2. Visit Baisha village (ancient capital of Lijiang), and Baisha Buddhist moral paintings. Lunch in Suhe old town. 
Afternoon visit Yuhu village the former residence of Joseph Rock, an Austrian-American who spent over two decades in the early 20th century researching and Naxi history heritage and documenting the flora and cultures of southwestern China. Dinner at Dayan old town. Evening enjoy with Naxi orchestra, the one of oldest Naxi orchestra. 
 
Lijiang is famed for being a main portion of the Ancient Tea and Horse Caravan Trail, a trade route that began in the Tang Dynasty (618 AD-907 AD) with the main goods being hardy Tibetan horses and tea from Sichuan and Yunnan provinces to Burma, Tibet and India. Pu’er tea from Yunnan, in particular, was prized by traders, as Tibetans used it to make butter tea, providing invaluable daily nutrients for life on the Tibetan Plateau. This leaf’s taste is described as being bitter at first with a sweet finish. 
 
Day 3. Lijiang – Shangri-La 
Morning check out of the hotel. And drive to Shangri-La along the Yangtze then visit to Tiger leaping Gorge, lunch at Tiger leaving Gorge, During the drive will discover different ethnic group like Naxi, Lisu, Yi , you will have fantastic view of Mt Jade Dragon and Mt Haba. Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the world's deepest gorges, tucked between the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and the Haba Mountains. Legend has it that a tiger once leaped across in flight from a hunter, hence the name. With more than 3048 meters (10,000 feet) of vertical relief between the mountain summits and the river, Tiger Leaping Gorge is one of the most spectacular gorges on earth.
 
After check out the hotel. We take a walk in heritage of Shangri-la old town where recently fire disaster and rebuilding now. Dinner and over night in Shangri-La old town.                .                            

Day 4. Shangri-La    
After breakfast we will visit Songzanlin Monastery, which is one of the 13 largest Gelukpa monasteries in Kham; built by the Fifth Dalai Lama in the 17th century. The monastery currently has about 500 monks who follow the predominant Gelukpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. We visit the Grand Assembly Hall (Dratsang), one of the colleges (Khamtsen) where we will meet monks from all over Gyalthang County. You will tour the monastery and confirm this with the guide and see if any of the religious ceremonies taking place at this time. We will specially meet a Lama in his chamber to talk about his monastic life. 
Later drive back to the old town. Visit Shangrila Association of Culture Preservation. We will take the afternoon to learn the basic Thangka Paintings here. www.thangkacenter.com 

Late afternoon drive down to Trinyi village where people still lead their traditional lives based on agriculture and pastoralism. In the evening you'll enjoy a traditional hotpot dinner, made from delicious local ingredients, followed by traditional dancing and singings by the villagers(19:30). 

Transfer back to the hotel in the evening. 

Day 5. Shangrila 
Morning we will visit pudatso national park : the first National Park in China and it’s beautiful. Located 30 minutes outside of town off of Road 214, the 660 square mile park has a visitor center, two lakes, a number of interesting minority villages, lush forests and pasture views. At the visitor center you take a park bus to the first stop 8 miles away from where you can walk for a mile to several miles on a raised wooden walkway, pass by Shudu Lake 300 acres in size and then catch the bus again to your next destination. Bita Hai Lake is 11,482 feet above sea level and is usually the next lake you will encounter. It is surrounded by dense forests that are spectacular to see in their late October autumn colors. The bus lets you off a few feet from the wharf where you can catch a boat ride around the lake and the island in the center. Later drive back to Shangrila old  town.
 
Day 6. Nixi Pottery village and Gonjo Artisian Village
After driving out of town, we will have an overview of the Napha marshlands (The wintering grounds of the black neck crane) and then cross over the Tsebula pass before we get to the district of Nishar whose villages are rich in folklore and arts. We will visit Tangtoe village where Tibetans are making pottery.We will specially visit a local family who is making the pottery and see the process of how a pot is made. 
Then we will descend through some wild landscapes before we come hit the upper Yangtze gorges. This drive will take you through beautiful gorges and valleys with the breathtaking sight of Yangze River. The drive to Gonjo village is simply the best way to view the great variety of landscape in the Great Rivers region. Gonjo village which is also making wooden bowls and arts which we can visit of.  Later drive back to the oldtown.
Day 7. Fly out of Shangrila
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