Pudacuo National park

Shangri-la, a mystical, harmonious paradise described by British author James Hilton has been dreamed for by world travellers since his novel Lost Horizon published. With modern transportations like high way, high speed train and flight, it is not a difficult thing to get there, but a moderate adventure tour can give your family a better access to the authentic life of this picturesque land.

Best for: Family, Hiking, Adventurers
Duration: 6 Days/5 Nights
Destinations: Lijiang – Shangri-la
Travel type: Private escorted tour - FlexibleFree to customize
• Biking adventure to Lijiang Naxi villages
• Hiking classic trail of Tiger Leaping Gorge
• Discover mysterious Shangri-la culture with kids

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Take high speed train or flight to Lijiang from Kunming, Chengdu, Guangzhou and many other cities in South and Southwest China. You will be met by your guide and take private car to hotel in the ancient town. In the afternoon, you will take a half day biking tour to Baisha Village and/or Yuhu Village at the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. The riding from Dayan Ancient Town to Baisha Naxi Village is around 12km and most are even road. For more adventurous family, you can ride 6km more from Baisha to Yuhu Village with challenging slopes. Riding with your family to the countryside, you will view the snow-capped mountains while riding, experience the lives of the Naxi People in the village, and enjoy grassland and farmland along the path.

Meal: N/A

Naxi Baisha Village

Today is a leisure day to explore the ancient town, you will climb up to the Lion Hill for a bird view of the town, visit the Mu’s Mansion and take part in local Naxi People’s dancing gathering at town square. A visit to local wet market might surprise your kid with all kinds of vegetables, fruits and unique food materials that only locally have. Afternoon take a walk in Black Dragon Pool Park and visit Naxi Dongba Museum, where you will learn Naxi Dongba pictographs. Rest of the time is free at leisure for your own exploration of the town – wander the small lanes or have a cup of coffee in an old house.

Meal: B, L

Early departure from hotel to Tiger Leaping Gorge with around two hours’ drive. You will take a half day walking on the highway, one of the most famous hiking routes in China. You can choose the easy route with 6km or difficult but most classic route (11km) with noted 28 Bends (formerly 24 bends on Ancient Tea Horse Road) challenge. Overnight in guesthouse on highway, which faces the snow mountain on the other side of the Tiger Leaping Gorge.

Meal: B, L

Hiking Tiger Leaping Gorge

Descend in late morning and then drive to Shangri-la via Lesser Zhongdian, which is famous for flowers and pasture. Visit Songzanlin Monastery (Ganden Sumtseling Monastery) and Shangri-la Ancient Town in the afternoon.

Meal: B, L

Full day excursion to Pudacuo National Park, the first national park in China. The park includes the Bita Lake Nature Reserve and the Duhu Scenic Area, which are part of the Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas World Heritage Site. Take a walk along the lakes to enjoy the tranquility of the nature. Have kid-friendly picnic lunch in Optional cruise on the lake can be taken for more family fun. Back to town in the afternoon, you will take a home visit to local Tibetan family. Learn traditional Yak Butter Tea making from host and taste this most important drink in Tibetan area. It’s a good chance for you to chat with local people to learn more of their life.

Meal: B, L

Pudacuo National Park

Free at leisure in Dukezong Ancient Town till the time to be transferred to airport or train station to next destination.

Meal: B, L

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What's included

  • 1-on-1 Travel Consultant

    Your China based expert listens to your wishes carefully, provides professional advice, ensures unlimited itinerary revisions before done and 24/7 helpline service while traveling.

  • Private Local Guide and Driver

    Your guides are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, and your drivers are professional, polite and patient. They are very flexible to accommodate your personal needs and happy to show you the local attractions, history, culture, foods and real life. 
    Private transfers from hotel to attractions, airport or train station are also included.

  • Accommodation to Suit Your Preference

    We hand pick hotels ranging from luxury 5 star, superior 4 star to comfortable 3 star. Luxury or cozy boutique hotels and budget guesthouses are also among your choices. You could decide where to stay to meet your taste and budget.

  • Gourmet Meals

    Most of the hotels we select offer both Western and Chinese buffet breakfast. Lunch and dinner included are arranged in selected restaurants to taste authentic Chinese cuisine and local specialties. Thus you may also have a unique food tour.
    Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner.

  • Attractions and Activities Listed on the Itinerary

    Our city tour packages have included the (first/main) entry to all attractions and the expenses of activities on the itinerary (except the optional activities).

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