7 Days Nujiang-Salween River and Nujiang Grand Canyon Rafting Tour

Salween river, called Nujiang river  in China. Originated from  Ando County of Tibet Autonomous Region and Tanggula mountains in the middle of Qinghai Tibet Plateau, it flows into Myanmar via Yunnan Province (Baoshan and Lincang) of China and flows into Madaban Bay. Nujiang River system is mainly composed of main stream, plenty of tributaries and branch ditches. There are 59 tributaries with drainage area greater than 100 square kilometers.

Nujiang Grand Canyon(怒江大峡谷) is located in the area of three parallel rivers(三江并流) in Hengduan Mountain(横断山脉). The Yunnan section is more than 300 kilometers with an average depth of 2000 meters. The deepest section is 3500 meters and  located in Bingzhongluo(丙中洛) area of Gaoligong mountain(高黎贡山), Yunnan Province, which is called “Oriental Grand Canyon”.


  • Wonders of Three Parallel Rivers
  •  Enjoy  precipitous mountain and turbulent River
  • Visit ancient town and feel traditional folk 
  • Experience stimulate and Thrilling rafting
  • Experience the women’s face with tattoo

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1: Dali-Laomudeng Village
  • Day 2: Laomudeng village-Bingzhongluo town
  • Day 3: Bingzhongluo town
  • Day 4: Bingzhongluo town-Dulongjiang river
  • Day 5: Dulongjiang river-Gongshan county
  • Day 6: Gongshan county-Liuku town
  • Day 7: Liuku town-Dali

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Dali-Laomudeng Village

Sightseeing and Activities: Tiger Leaping Canyon , Feilai Stone, Biluo snow mountain and Lisu village
Accommodation: Laomudeng village
Meals: Lunch 

In the morning, we set off for Nujiang River. We started to explore the paradise road – Nujiang Grand Canyon from Lujiang dam to the expressway. The itinerary is quite rich. Along the way, we can enjoy the unique scenery of subtropical mountain. we first stop at Nujiang tourist service center, visit panorama building and sand table of three parallel rivers. Then, we will drive to Liuku, the capital of Nujiang Prefecture, through the deep part of the Grand Canyon, we will see Gaoligong Mountain, Biluo snow mountain, bazaar, flowing spring and waterfall and Lisu village. We also can see long distant view of Laohutiao canyon and magic Feilai stone along the way.  Finally, enter Laomudeng village and stay in the characteristic Nu folk house here. Visit laomudeng Catholic Church freely, taste the special Nu food for dinner and feel the national enthusiasm.

Day 2  Laomudeng Village-Bingzhongluo Town

Sightseeing and Activities:   First bend of Nujiang river, Moon stone and Taohua island
Accommodation: Bingzhongluo Town
Meals: Lunch 

In  morning, You will get up in the place which surrounded by the original village . And then drive to see the morning view of Rizhao Jinshan in crown peak and Nujiang Grand Canyon. The view here is well-organized and rich in artistic conception of Chinese painting. Go ahead and enjoy the stone moon. Listen to the legend of Lisu’s origin and feel the anger of Nujiang River in here. Enjoy the rural scenery of the first bend of Nujiang River and Taohua island .

Day 3 Bingzhongluo town

Sightseeing and Activities: Rural scenery of Bingzhongluo, Puhua temple and Tea horse road
Accommodation: Bingzhongluo Town
Meals: Lunch 

After breakfast, we will drive to Gongdangshen mountain. Today, we will change view to overlook the first bend of Nujiang River. Then go down and stop on my way to overlook the panorama of Bingzhongluo. In a sunny day, we could also enjoy the  Gawa Gapu snow mountain (5128m) of the highest point of Gaoligong mountain. Then we took a leisurely look at the shooting of Puhua temple.

At the right time, we will cross the ancient road Shimen checkpoint  to visit autumn bucket and see the Pearl of Nujiang River with our own eyes.  And then we could go to the nujiang river to experience the Nujiang Grand Canyon Rafting with yours equipment. 

Day 4 Bingzhongluo  town-Dulongjiang river

Sightseeing and Activities: Dulongjiang river and Dulongjiang river grand canyon, Dulong nationality,  women with tattoo on her face.
Accommodation: Dulongjiang river township
Meals: Lunch 

Depart for the mysterious “Dulongjiang River” after breakfast. Appreciation along the way: primitive forest, hundreds of mountains, bamboo forest, you can overlook Biluo snow mountain and Dangdanlika mountain, Nanmowang mountain, etc. Dulongjiang River is recognized as the “Natural Museum of wild plants” by experts. It is one of the most complete areas of primitive ecological preservation in China, where there lived the ancient and closes ancient ethnic–Dulong Nationality . We will go deep along the Dulongjiang River Grand Canyon until the north end Longyuan village, trying to cross the rattan bridge all the way, exploring the original villages, exploring the oldest Dulong ethnic group and looking for the mysterious “tattoo on women’s face” of Dulong ethnic group. The custom of tattoo has disappeared for a long time. At present, there are less than 25 women living in different villages in Dulongjiang River, Nujiang and The youngest one is over 70 years old. That will be our luck  to see them  and we should be calmness if can’t see them.

Day 5 Dulongjiang river-Gongshan county

Sightseeing and Activities: Maku, Boundary marker of number 41, Haba waterfall
Accommodation: Gongshan county
Meals: Lunch 

Lamaku Alpine Pasture in Lushui City, Nujiang

We live in Dulongjiang River Township and go to the lower reaches of Dulongjiang River [Maku] after breakfast. The township government at that time was located here after liberation. Burmese whose living on the border often come market here. Dulongjiang River also enters Myanmar from here. Along the way to see the original scenery of Dulongjiang River Canyon, there are no specific scenic spots here, all are beautiful scenery along the way, so you can’t miss it.

We will also go to the border to look for [No.41 border monument]. If the weather is good, we will walk to Haba waterfall which is called the most beautiful waterfall in Nujiang River. Leave Dulongjiang River in time and go to Gongshan county to check in.

Day 6  Gongshan county-Liuku town

Sightseeing and Activities:  Natural hot spring, Rope skating , Xiangyang bridge
Accommodation: Liuku town
Meals: Lunch 

In the morning,  left Gongshan county and go south along the river to experience the Lisu People’s rope skating (the rope skating is a very representative and primitive transportation in Nujiang, which is still widely used up to now).

Later, we will  arrive at the Zaotanghui site where there are many attractive natural hot springs. Every year, from the second to the sixth day of the Spring Festival, Lisu People who live nearby will bring their children to the hot spring for a dip.  we will  arrange you to enjoy the real natural hot spring bath here. Remember to bring your swimsuit!

In the evening, we will arrive at Liuku, the capital of Nujiang Autonomous Prefecture. You can freely walk around the city (Xiangyang bridge, gudukou) after you check in the hotel.

Day 7 Liuku town-Dali

Sightseeing and Activities:   
Accommodation: none
Meals: none

Back to Dali and service ends.

Service Included:

  • Admission fees for all of the sightseeing spots listed in the itinerary;
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary;
  • Hotels as listed in the itinerary;
  • Private English-speaking tour guide;
  • Private vehicle for transfers & sightseeing with skilled driver;
  • Service charge & government taxes;
  • Luggage transfers between airports and hotels.

Service Excluded:

  • Any arrival and departure international airfares or train tickets;
  • Chinese visa fees;
  • Excess baggage charged by Airlines;
  • Single room supplement;
  • Tips to guides and drivers;
  • Personal expenses and gratuities to service staff;
  • Personal travel accident insurance;
  • All optional programs.

Matters Need Attention

Don’t Go Beyond Your Physical Limitation

Even if you are a good swimmer, understand about your physical limitation and never go beyond it while in rafting activity. Take basic swimming lessons before undergoing this water sport. Even upper body exercises are very much beneficial.

Avoid Going Rafting Alone

Never go alone on a rafting trip alone. Always hire a guide or an instructor. You can fully enjoy your rafting trip under professional and supervised guidance.

No Alcohol

Never ever consume alcohol before starting on a river rafting trip, as drinking alcohol before rafting will not only put your life at risk but of the entire group who is on the trip with you.

Wear a Life Jacket Always

Always select a lifejacket you feel quite comfortable in. Do not act in haste while selecting the lifejacket. Do not wear vests which are oversized.

Raft in Daylight

Never prefer to go rafting in the dark. Make sure that you reach the end point before it starts getting dark.

Avoid Carrying Valuables

Carry a few dry bags to safely store some personal items. However, it is advisable that you avoid carrying things like wallet, car keys etc.