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7 days Shangrila Cultural Tour & Explore Mekong
A 7 days tour Shangrila and the Mekong area. Visit Shangrila old town, have dinner with locals, enjoy the Napha marshlands and make some shopping at Gonjo artisan village. Gaze at the upper Yangtze gorges, Baima Snow Mountain and the Mekong River. Lear about Yi and Lisu cultures in their traditional villages. Visit various old monasteries and Golden Monkey Park in Tacheng.
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Itinerary: 






















Highlights: 

•Shangrila Cultural Tour
•Sumtsenling monastery
•Trinyi village
•Tibetan Hot Pot with dances and traditional songs
•Napha marshlands 
•Gonjo artisan village
•Upper Yangtze gorges
•Kungzera
•Dhondupling Monastery
•Baima Snow Mountain 
•Dechen
•Mekong River 
•Cizhong church
•Weixi
•Yi and Lisu villages 
•Golden Monkey Park in Tacheng

included

•All the accommodations and meals during the tour

•English speaking Tibetan guide

•Deluxe transport


Not Included:
•Airfare
•Personal expenses
•Tips
•Other activities during the tour
•Medical and travel insurance
Prices

Price upon request

Day 1 Arrival in Shangrila 
Receive the clients from the airport and transfer to the hotel 

Day 2 Shangrila Cultural Tour 
Today we will begin the day with a tour of the sprawling Sumtsenling monastery built by instructions of the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th Century. Inspired by the Potala Palace and perched on a hill, the sprawling monastery with numerous chapels and cathedrals is one of the largest Tibetan monasteries in Eastern Tibet. Through the knowledge of our local guides, we will get an understanding of Buddhism as well as the lifestyle of the monks by visits to the chapels and the residential quarters of the monks there which number 700 presently. In its heyday, Sumtsenling monastery housed more than 1500 monks.

Late afternoon, we will 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 3 

Shangrila to Dechen  (180KM)  the driving itself takes 4 hours but to visit the highlights along the way, it will be around 5-6 hours. 


After driving out of town, we walk around in 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. And then we descend through some wild landscapes and pay a visit to Gonjo artisan village before we come hit the upper Yangtze gorges. After lunch at Kungzera, we drive up along the Yangtze and then gradually ascend to the Dhondupling Monastery. After visiting this monastery, we also visit the Kungzera School project funded by Venerable Choden. Then we will continue our driving to Baima Snow Mountain and gradually to Dechen.  Accommodation in Feilaisi.  

Day 4 Cizhong Church 
Drive from Dechen to Cizhong along the Mekong River for 2 hours and visit Cizhong church and meeting of an old man from the village to hear the background of the village. And talk with the priest and the church host about the history of the chuch. 
Overnight in Cizhong 

Day 5 Weixi 
Drive along the Mekong to Weixi. Weixi county town is the home for Yi, and Lisu people. Visit the Yi and Lisu villages on the way.

Day 6 Golden Monkey Park
Today we will visit the Golden Monkey Park in Tacheng in the morning and afternoon drive back to Shangrila.

Day 7 Fly out of Shangrila 
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