1 Day Lijiang to Shangri-la Tour with The First Bend of Yangtze River and Tiger Leaping Gorge

A scenic and hiking area near Lijiang  and Shangrila are the First Bend of the Yangtze River and Tiger Leaping Gorge. The First Bend of the Yangtze River was important militarily because big armies crossed the river at that point, and it was a place where Tibetans came down to trade with the people living in the area. The High Trail of Tiger Leaping Gorge is a good hiking trail with comfortable inns all along it and spectacular views of one of the deepest gorges on earth.

Highlights

  • Enjoy the spectacular views along the road: First Bend of Yangtze River, Shigu Old Town and Tiger Leaping Gorge.
  • Visit the top attractions in Shangri-La: Dukezong Old Town, Guishan Park, and Xiaozhongdian Pasture.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Lijiang-Shigu-Qiaotou-Shangrila

Sightseeing and Activities: The First Bend of Yangtze River, Shigu Old Town, Iron Chain Bridge, The Memorial Hall of The Red Army’s Long March, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Middle Rapids, Xiaozhongdian Pasture, Dukezong Old Town
Accommodation: Shangrila
Meals: Lunch

From Lijiang, you’ll drive about 60KM to the First Bend on the Yangtze River with imposing gorge scenery, visit the Iron Chain Bridge ,the Red Army’s Long March Memorial Monument in the Shigu Old Town. The town of Stone Drum got its name from a large, cylindrical, marble tablet shaped like a drum. The scenery is magnificent as the road running through the Lijiang valley which is filled with wheat fields and drying haystacks. 

Visit the Tiger Leaping Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world. With 34 rapids of the Yangtze River, it is called the Jinsha in this area because you can find gold in the river.

Then have a stop at Xiaozhongdian Pasture on the way to Shangri-la. Walk around Dukezong Ancient Town, an important town of the Ancient Tea-horse Trade Caravan from Yunnan to Tibet and India. Walk up to the top of Guishan Hill or tortoise Hill, you will see the largest Prayer Wheel of the world and have a panoramic view of shangrila county and Dukezong Ancient Town. 

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Service Included:

  • Entrance fees and activities listed in the tour;
  • Land transfer by private vehicle;
  • Chinese lunch;
  • Skilled driver and experienced English-speaking guide;
  • Two bottles of water for each person.

Service Excluded:

  • Accommodation with breakfast;
  • Dinner;
  • Any personal consuption;
  • Optional program.