General

This is Shangri-la cycling tour around Lijiang and Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, you will mainly visit the Songzanlin Monastery, Napahai Lake, Tibetan life, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Lijiang Ancient Town, Black Dragon Pool, Lashihai Lake and Shuhe Ancient Town. We arrange the trip from Shangri la to Lijiang because of the elevation from Shangrila(3400M) to Tiger Leaping Gorge(1800M) and Lijiang (2400M). So this is very nice for riding. You also experience Tibetan culture in Shangrila and Naxi ethnic culture in Lijiang.

Day 1 Arrive at Shangri-La ( )
Sightseeing and Activities:Arrive at Shangri-La
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Arrive at Shangri-La, be picked up from airport and transferred to hotel. Have a good rest.

Day 2 Shangri-La ( B , L , D )
Sightseeing and Activities:Songzanlin Monastery, Naphai Lake, Dukezong Ancient Town, Guishan Hill, Tibetan Family
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Cycling to Songzanlin Monastery in the morning, after lunch, ride around Naphai Lake and the grassland. Visit Dukezong Ancient Town and the largest prayer wheel on the top of Guishan Hill. Enjoy the Tibetan Family with Tibetan dance and music at night.

Day 3 Shangrila-Baishuitai( B , L )
Sightseeing and Activities:Baishuitai
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We begin with a short transfer out of town, passing through arid plateau on towards Pudacuo National Park where to start the day’s cycling. We set off on the bikes with a downhill stretch on good road and continue during the day to cycle a series of valleys and mountains through a changing rural scenery gradually descending to the village of Baishuitai. Our final stretch of the route brings us through conifer forest. Located below the Haba Snow Mountain (the other side of Tiger Leaping Gorge), Baishuitai is famed for its natural mineral terraced White Water Tables created by calcium carbonate deposits from the melting mountain spring water.

Day 4 Baishuitai-Haba Village-Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge( B , L , D )
Sightseeing and Activities:Haba village, Yangtze River Valley
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We set off today with a few gentle hills before challenging a more serious climb. Once we reach the top of the pass we will have views of the magnificent Haba Mountain peaks. The highest point is at a dizzying 5,396m. With alpine moraine lake, endless clusters of azalea and waterfalls cascading down snow-covered cliffs, the glacier on the Haba Snow Mountain is the southmost glacier in China. We make a short descent into Haba village, whose resident minorities include Naxi, Hui (Muslim) and Yi peoples, as well as a few Tibetans. 

This afternoon we climb to our next pass then cycle down into the Yangtze River Valley. At the village of Yonke we turn into the legendary Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the world’s deepest ravines. Cutting its path between Haba Mountain and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain your surroundings will be as dramatic as the place names suggest.

Day 5 Tina's Hostel-Bendiwan Village-Tina's Hostel( B , L , D )
Sightseeing and Activities:the upper and middle Tiger Leaping Gorge, Bendiwan Village, Guanyin Waterfalls
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Today will be very relax day in middle Tiger Leaping Gorge. You will spend your half day trekking and half day free in the gorge. After breakfast, trek from Tina’s Guesthouse up to Bendiwan Village, you will visit Guanyin Waterfalls, Bamboo Forest, Guanyin Temple, Wuzhishan (Five Fingers) Mountain, Dashengou Waterfalls, Sheshen Cliffs, Qianyan Stone House.
 
You will have lunch in Halfway Guesthouse in Bendiwan Village. Halfway Guesthouse is the best position to enjoy the Tiger Leaping Gorge and the thirteen peaks of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. After lunch, trek about one hour down to the road and your driver will pick you up and transfer back to Tina’s Guesthouse. You will be free in the afternoon and explore the Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge by yourself.
 
--the middle Tiger Leaping Gorge
The most perilous section is the Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge, which features a huge drop in water level. Six km away from the upper gorge is a waterfall where the river crashes down over 100 meters hitting the rocks in the river bed and creating violent currents.

In one 100-meter section are numerous reefs, and the current is torrential. The gorge is rarely traversed by humans, but on the slope between the Middle and Lower Tiger Leaping Gorge there is a small village -- Hetaoyuan Village, which has little contact with the outside, and where villagers lead a simple and natural life, dwelling in stone-plate houses.

Day 6 Tina's Hostel-Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge-Daju ( B , L , D )
Sightseeing and Activities:the lower Tiger Leaping Gorge, Middle Rapids, Walnut Grove Garden Village, Xincun Village, Daju Town
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In the morning, you will trek down to the Middle Rapids of Jinsha River, you will witness the narrowest part of the Tiger Leaping Gorge. Trek through the Yixiantian(Tiny Sky) which is considered a very dangerous section of a few dozen meters long. You will trek to the Walnut Grove Garden(Hetaoyuan in Chinese) and drive back to Tina’s for your lunch, after lunch, ride to the lower part of the Tiger Leaping Gorge. You will arrive at HaLong Meng Guesthouse and have a panoramic view of Daju Town in Xincun Village before cross the Daju Ferry. Take the bike down to Jinsha River and take the boat to Daju Town.

--the lower Tiger Leaping Gorge
The most important sight in the lower gorge is the Feixing Rapids, from which people can look down on the unconstrained Jinshajiang River. A 32 km long road from the Haba Mountain to Jiangbian Village has been opened to traffic, but traveling on foot is much more interesting.

Day 7 Daju-Jade Dragon Snow Moutain-Lijiang ( B , L )
Sightseeing and Activities:Jade Dragon Snow Moutain, Yake Meadow, Ganhaizi Meadow, Baisha Old Town and Murals, Lijiang Old Town
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In the morning, the driver will pick you to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, and take the chairlift up to Yak Meadow(3700m) which is the best location to enjoy the nice view of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. You will pay a visit to the Lama monastery and walk around the Yak Meadow.

Take the chairlift back to the Bus Station and continue the cycling to Ganhaizi Meadow for your lunch in Dongbala Restaurant. In the afternoon, ride down to Baisha Old Town and visit Baisha Murals. Ride 10Km more to Lijiang Old Town, finish your cycling and visit the night view of Lijiang Old Town.
 
--Yak Meadow:
Yak Meadow, an important component of Yulong Snow Mountain Scenic Area, lies at the northern tip of Yulong Snow Mountain. Main residents in this scenic area are the Yi minority nationality and Tibetans.With customs of primitive simplicity, and strong minority nationality’s culture, the villagers mainly live on husbandry.
 
Major scenic spots in the Yak Meadow are as follows: the Yak Snowfields, the Yak Snow Valley, the Black-river Secluded Valley, the Ice Bridge of Black-river Waterfalls, the Lake of Snow-flakes, the Jasper Lake, the Yak Brook, the beautiful grassland, the romantic mountain flowers, Lijiang hemlock firs , Chinese larches, the yellow oaks, spotted ethnic villages and Tibetan folk customs.
 
--Jade Dragon Snow Mountain:
Yulong (Jade Dragon) Snow Mountain, located 15 kilometers north of the county seat of Lijiang, is a national-level scenic area. Yulong Mountain is the southern section of the Hengduan Mountains. It has 13 peaks, stretching 35 kilometers from north to south. Shanzidou, the main peak, is 5,596 meters above sea level.

Day 8 Lijiang( B , L )
Sightseeing and Activities:Lijiang Old Town, Lashihai Lake, Shuhe Old Town, Black Dragon Pool and Dongba Museum
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Around 9 o’clock in the morning, you will drive 30 minutes to the entrance of the Lashihai Lake. Then start biking around the lake for 23 hours and visit some Naxi villages, Zhiyun Monastery, the different crops in the farmland. Lashi Lake is a Nature Reserve and is a haven for migratory birds. More than 70 species of birds come to nest in this area during the winter. At noon you will ride to have some delicious local food for your lunch at a friendly Naxi family.

After lunch, you will ride down to Shuhe Old Town which is the important town of the Tea Horse Trade Caravan from the upper Mekong River to Tibet and India. You will visit the Tea Horse Trade Caravan Museum in Shuhe Old Town.

After Shuhe, you will ride about 4Km to Black Dragon Pool which is the main headwater of the Yushui River which goes through the Old Town. It is just like the bright eyes of the town, shining with the wisdom. Pay a visit to the Dongba Ethnic Museum and learn the Naxi Dongba culture. Ride back to Lijiang Old Town and free by your own.
 
--Lashihai Lake:
Lashi Lake is in the basin in Hengduan Mountain Range, 10 kilometers away from the Old Town of Lijiang. The grassy marshland on the bank often gathers lots of water. It is the best place for plants, fishes, shellfish and river snails.
 
The grassy marshland and swamp provide a nice home for wetland animals and plants. In early winter, lots of wild birds will come here from cold northern places. They rest in the grass and look for food in streams.

Day 9 Departure from Lijiang( B )
Sightseeing and Activities:Departure from Lijiang
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Free at leisure before be transferred Lijiang airport for the departure flight. Service ends.

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What's Include

- Pick up/Drop off;
- All land transfer and transportation;
- Breakfast/Lunch as specified;
- Accommodation;
- Entrance fees as listed in the program;
- Skilled driver & Experienced English-speaking guide;
- Travel Agency's Responsibility Insurance;
- Luggage car (for bicycles); 
 

 

What's Exclude

- Train Tickets/Flight Tickets;
- Dinner;
- Personal Travel Accident Insurance;
- Any optional programs;
- Chinese visa fees;
- Personal Consumption;
- Tips (150CNY/day to Guide; 100CNY/day to Driver);
- Bicycle Rental (50CNY/PAX/Day); 
 

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