9 Day China Yunnan Cycling Tour: Tiger-Leaping
Gorge & Shangri-la (Zhongdian)
Tour Code: YNT_13
Best Season: Mar.
Apr. May. Jun. Sep. Oct. Nov.
||Arrival in Kunming
Upon your arrival, our English
speaking guide will pick you up at the airport and transfer
to your hotel. Visit the Bamboo Monastery.
Monastery: The first temple dedicated to Zen Buddhism in Yunnan. It dates back to the Song Dynasty (960-1279). The present structure mostly dates from the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The temple's most outstanding artistic feature is the statues of the life-sized clay figures of 500 Arhats.
||Kunming - Lijiang
Take morning flight to Lijiang.
Visit the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, the Baisha Murals,
the Ancient Shuhe Village of Naxi people. In the afternoon,
visit Lijiang Ancient Town.
Dragon Snow Mountain: The much famed mountain is
situated some 15 km. north of Lijiang County, with thirteen
peaks resembling jade pillars holding the sky, it stands
majestically on the east side of the Jinshajiang River.
The main peak, Mount Fan (Shanzifeng), is 5,596 m. above
sea level, and is annually snowcapped.
Baisha Murals: Lijiang's murals are works of the
Ming Dynasty, chiefly created from the Hongwu to the
Wanli eras. They were originally distributed among the
Juexiansi Temple and twelve others, nine of which fell
to ruins. The remaining four temples have altogether
55 murals, with a total area of 139.22 sq. m.
people: Naxi literature is rich in form and content.
Besides works by Naxi scholars and writers, there is
a repository of oral folk literature.
Ancient Town: As one of UNESCO's World Heritage sites in China, Lijiang Ancient Town has attracted many tourists from home and abroad. Different with other old towns, it has no city wall. Lijiang features with cobbled streets, crisscrossing canals flowing with water, swaying willow trees and gaily-hued blossoms and many buildings and structures are in styles of Ming and Qing dynasties. The people here are mainly from the Naxi ethnic group and you can still see many older women dressed in their traditional attire. They have an obvious passion for flowers, as almost every courtyard is a garden.
|| Lijiang - Tiger-leaping
Gorge - Walnut Grove
Drive to Qiaotou Town, which is
the entrance to the Tiger-leaping Gorge. Start cycling
into the gorge, the road is not paved, the altitude is
about 2000 m above see level, you will bike about 12 km
to Walnut Grove which is a tranquil village in the middle
part of the gorge, overnight in Woody's House.
Gorge: One of the longest, deepest and narrowest gorges
in the world.
||Walnut Grove - Haba village
Cycle about 20 km to Haba village,
out of the gorge, the road start going up. Stay at Snow
||Haba village - Sanba
village - Shangri-la
Cycle about 18 km to Sanba village,
visit the White
Water Terrace, the sacred land of Naxi Dongba Culture.
Your driver will pick you up and drive to Shangri-la (Zhongdian),
the gateway to Tibet. Shangri-la has only been opened
to tourists since 1992. Experience authentic Tibetan culture
in this mountainous region. Overnight in Shangri-la (3300
m above sea level).
||Shangri-la - Wongshui
Today is a tough day, you will
ride about 105 km to Wongshui village which is 3700 m
above sea level, on the way, the road will go through
a mountain pass which is 4300 m high. But the scenery
is very beautiful. Now you know why this Tibetan area
is called Shangri-la. Stay with a Tibetan family.
||Wongshui village - Shangri-la
Birang Canyon - Shangri-la
Trek about 6 km into the Shangri-la
Birang Canyon, sightseeing in the canyon, the scenery
here is very close to the Moon Canyan described in the
famous book "The Lost Horison". After having lunch in
a Tibetan family, trek out the canyon and drive back to
Cycle about 8 km to a beautiful
alpine lake, Napa
Lake, in the morning, the lake is a nature reserve
for birds, especially the black-necked crane. After lunch,
Monastery, where the Yellow Hat School of Tibetan
Buddhism is practiced. This large center, base for 1200
monks before the destruction of Tibet in the 1950s, is
experiencing a significant rebirth. Overnight in Zhongdian.
Shangri-la - Kunming (Breakfast
Take morning flight to Kunming.
Tour to the Dragon Gate in Western Hills, then visit
Bird & Flower market. Transfer to the airport for
your departure, end of service.
Hills: The forest reserve on the west bank of the
Lake consists of the Huating and Taihan mountains.
This is a colossal natural forest reserve in the midst
of a lofty mountain range crisscrossed by babbling brooks
and gurgling streams. Ancient trees are adorned with
thick, lush foliage and birds chirp and flutter in the
green treetops. Near the top of the mountain, is the
Dragon Gate. Hacked from the cliff between 1781 and
1835 by a Taoist monk and co-workers, the Dragon Gate
is a group of grottoes, sculptures, corridors and pavilions.
Hotels For This Tour
||New Era Hotel
||Guan Fang Hotel
||Wang Fu Hotel
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