7 Days Yunnan Journey to the Lost Horizon

Professional English Speaking Guide

Max Group size of 12 people

All accomodations included

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Price of tour: $690*

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Short tour summary

Embark on a magical 7-day journey through some of Yunnan’s most enchanting landscapes and experience vibrant ethnic minority cultures on the brink of vanishing. Starting in Ijiang, visit Black Dragon Pond and the Dongba Culture Museum. Journey to Baisha’s ancient villages and learn Naxi embroidery. Marvel at the surreal limestone peaks of Yuhu and Shigu before discovering the hidden oasis of Tacheng. See rare Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys and tour sacred Nixi. Experience the tranquility of Shangrila and the impeccable Songzanlin Monastery. Hike lush Napa Lake and the world’s deepest gorge, Tiger Leaping Gorge.

Tour highlights: Lijiang | Black Dragon Pond | Dongba Museum | Baisha | Naxi Embroidery | Yuhu | Shigu | Tacheng | Yunnan Wild Snub-nosed Monkey Park | Nixi | Shangrila | Songzanlin | Napa Lake | Tiger Leaping Gorge

Day by day schedule:


Day 1: Fly to Lijiang

Pick up at airport, transfer to reserved hotel in Shuhe, a previous stopover station on the Tea Horse Road 4km from Lijiang. It is known as the “Village Under the Peak”, the rest of the day is yours to explore the peaceful old town.


Day 2: Lijiang

After breakfast, visit Black Dragon Pond (Heilongtan) Park and Dongba Culture Museum where you can learn Naxi pictograph character and explore the rich Naxi minority culture. Continue visit Lijiang Ancient Town. Next, drive to Baisha, a small village with many ancient temples. Visit Baisha Mural, the unique art treasure stands for the peak of Chinese religious frescoes. Next, stop by Naxi Embroidery Institute, it teaches local women embroidery. Learn to make a small one by yourself. Afterwards, drive to Yuhu Village at the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, enjoy its unique architecture and culture seen nowhere else. The national geographic explorer-Joseph Rock stayed here over 20 years, visit the museum which was turned by his former residence.


Day 3: Drive to Tacheng 180km, 3hrs30min

Depart at 8am, 1hr’s drive take us to the ancient village of Shigu, it lies on a unique point: on the first bend of Yangtze river. Today you will meet locals coming from all around for the traditional wet market, that sells vegetables, fruits, farm produce. After that, drive to Tacheng.


Day 4: Drive to Shangrila 138km, 2hrs30min

This early morning drive to Yunnan Wild Snub-nosed Monkey National Park. Switch to the sightseeing bus, and with around half an hour’s hiking, arrive at the viewing spot. Those rare monkeys come very close to you when they get down to feed. Continue to Nixi village, it is famous for making black pottery, watch and learn to make a pottery item by yourself. Finally, arrive to Shangri-la, stay in the ancient city dukezong tonight, explore on your own for the rest of the day.


Day 5: Shangrila

In the morning, drive to Songzanlin Monastery to see the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan. The castle like complex is also known as Little Potala Palace, experience the mystery and traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Continue to Napa Lake Grassland, enjoy the beautiful highland meadow full of yaks, horses. Lastly, pay a visit to a local Tibetan family to experience the local daily life.


Day 6: Drive to Tiger Leaping Gorge and back to Lijiang 180km, 3hrs40min

After breakfast, drive to Tiger Leaping Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world, you can walk about 2.6km to Tiger Leaping Rock. It is a lovely walking along the Jinsha River and stone trail, enjoy the breath-taking view. Afterwards, drive back to Lijiang.


Day 7: Lijiang Departure

Transfer to Airport, tour ends.

Included in the price

  • Airport and train station pickup and drop services on arrival and departure dates
  • Experienced, knowledgeable English-speaking guide for scheduled tours and activities
  • Transportation via air-conditioned vehicle/coach for the duration of the tour
  • Accommodation in comfortable hotels, based on double occupancy room sharing
  • Daily breakfast at hotels
  • Entrance fees for attractions and activities listed in the itinerary
  • Experiences of embroidery, pottery making, and visiting a Tibetan family
  • 1 bottle of water per person per day
  • Basic travel insurance

Excluded from the price

  • International or domestic flights/train tickets
  • Meals not specified as included such as lunches and dinners
  • Single room supplements
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers

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