7 Days Dali-Shaxi-Lijiang Cycling Tour along The Ancient Tea Horse Caravan

This 7 days Dali-Eryuan-Shaxi-Lijiang cycling tour, It will take you to experience the Tea Horse Trade Caravan including the Erhai LakeShaxi Old Town, Eryuan,  and Lijiang Old Town.


  • Experience the Tea Horse Trade Caravan including Shaxi Old Town, Dali Old Town, Lijiang Old Town, etc
  • Enjoy hot spring in Eryuan;
  • Step into ethnic villages to meet colorful and mysterious ethnic cultures.

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive in Dali
  • Day 2:Dali-Haidong-Shuanglang
  • Day 3: Shuanglang-Eryuan (About 60km and 5h cycling)
  • Day 4: Eryuan-Shaxi (About 52km and 4.5h cycling)
  • Day 5: Shaxi-Lijiang (About 105km and 9h cycling)
  • Day 6: Lijiang
  • Day 7: Departure from Lijiang

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Dali

Sightseeing and Activities: Dali Old Town
Accommodation: None
Meals: None
Arrive in Dali, you will be free by your own. You can have an option to visit Dali Old Town, Ancient City Wall, and City Gate.

Day 2 Dali-Haidong-Shuanglang(80KM)

Sightseeing and Activities: Jinsuo Islet, Xiaoputuo Islet, Tianjing Pagoda
Accommodation: Daoyigang Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,Dinner

In the early morning, you will start the cycling from Dali Old Town to Shuanglang Town in Eryuan County. You will ride to Xiaguan, and ride along the Huanhai Road to Jinsuo Islet in Haidong Town. After lunch with local flavor in Hiadong, you will continue the cycling to Tianjing Pagoda (Heaven Mirror), Little Putuo Island in Wase Town. Arrive in Shuanglang Town in the late afternoon and visit Changyu Village and Patron Saint Temple.

Day 3 Shuanglang-Eryuan-Liantie (90KM)

Sightseeing and Activities: Nanzhao Island and Erhai Lake, Bai ethnic villages, Shuanglang Town, Little West Lake
Accommodation: Lanxiang Orchid Hostel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,Dinner

After breakfast, you will enjoy the sunrise of the Nanzhao Love Island and Erhai Lake, and take the boat to visit Nanzhao Island including Shayimu(a fisher girl in the legend) Statues, Acuoye Goddess of Mercy (Guanyin) Statue, Nanzhao Palace, the Square of Patron Saint Culture, Taihu Lake Stones and the Big Banyan Trees.

Start the riding to Eryuan County, We firstly ride to Jiangwei Village of Shangguan Town, Dengchuan Town, Visit Little West lake in Yousuo Town, Jiuqitai Town, 

Start the cycling tour to Eryuan County. Visit Bai ethnic villages in Shuanglang Town, ride to Jiangwei Town, if you are lucky to meet the market day, you will have the chance to visit Shaping Bazaar. You will have lunch in Jiangwei Town with fresh fish from Erhai Lake, ride to Eryuan in the afternoon. You will see the wonderful farmland in Xiashankou, a beautiful basin of Eryuan County. You will take a boat to visit the Little West Lake (Xiaoxihu in Chinese). Xiashankou is featured by the thousands of hot springs, it is very easy to find a clean hotel with hot spring swimming pool in Xiashankou.

You will continue the 10KM cycling to Eryuan and visit the Cibihu Lake. Ride up a small mountain from Fengyu Town to Liantie Town. 

Day 4 Liantie-Shaxi (70KM)

Sightseeing and Activities:Minsha River, Bai ethnic villages, Shibaoshan Mountain, Shizhongsi Grottoes, Shaxi Old Town,
Accommodation: Xiaolazhe Inn
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,Dinner

After breakfast, you will ride to Qiaohou Town for a break;
Ride to Misha River;
Ride to Shibaoshan Mountain,
Visit Shibaoshan Mountain, Shizhong Grottoes, climb steps up to visit Wild Monkeys behind the Baoxiang Temple. After the mountain, you will ride down to Shaxi Old Town for overnight.

Day 5 Shaxi-Lijiang (100KM)

Sightseeing and Activities:Jianhu Lake,Zhiyun Monastery, Lashihai Lake
Accommodation: Baisha Holiday Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,Dinner

After breakfast, you will cycle around Shaxi Old Town and visit local courtyard of the ethnic Bai. Continue the riding to Jianchuan County and visit the local market.
Visit the local brick and tile plants and then cycle around the famous Jianhu Lake (sword lake) and continue the cycling to Jiuhe Town. 
Finish the cycling in Jiuhe Town and drive to Lijiang.
Visit Tai’an Town and the panoramic view of Lashihai Lake.
Visit Lijiang Old Town in the late afternoon.

Day 6 Lijiang Cycling Tour(30KM)

Sightseeing and Activities:Shuhe Old Town, Baisha Old Town, Yuhu Village, Josheph’s Former Residence and Museum, Dongba Valley
Accommodation: Baisha Holiday Resort Lijiang
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,Dinner

You will ride bike to visit Shuhe Old Town, Baisha Old Town, Yuhu Village, Josheph’s Former Residence and Museum, Dongba Valley which are located at the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.

Day 7 Departure from Lijiang

Sightseeing and Activities:
Accommodation: None
Meals: Breakfast

See off.
Finish your Yunnan cycling tour.

Service Included:

  • Round-trip transportation mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Bicycle Rental (including the helmet);
  • Water, fruits and other energy supplements;
  • The whole-course following of the logistics support vehicle;
  • Travel Agency’s Responsibility Insurance.
  • Experienced English-speaking guide, skilled driver and Professional maintenance personnel.

Service Excluded:

  • Dinner;
  • Train Tickets or Flight Tickets;
  • Excess baggage charged by Airlines;
  • Personal Travel Accident Insurance;
  • Any optional programs;
  • Chinese visa fees;
  • Personal Consumption;
  • Tips to guide and driver.