Spend 4 days with us to enjoy an in-depth exploration of Lijiang Old Town – bluestones-paved streets, typical local houses, unique culture of Naxi People and breathtaking scenery of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and the Tiger Leaping Gorge.
Upon arrival in Lijiang, our guide will expect you outside the Arrival Hall at the airport and transfer you to the hotel.
After a short rest, you will be escorted to explore Lijiang Old Town. The exploration will start with a visit to the Square Street in the center of the ancient town. Occupying an area of 6-Mu (about 1 acre), the Square Street is the center square where four main streets radiate to four directions. The streets are paved by the local bluestones, with numerous souvenir shops, unique bars and delicate restaurants scattered around. Wandering around the town, you will feel the antiquity and peace of the old town at the sight of small bridges, swift streams, cobbled streets and grey tiled roofs of the local houses.
In the morning, the guide will pick you up at the hotel and then transfer to the Baishui River (White Water River), 25 kilometers (approx. 16 miles) in the north of Lijiang. The water that runs in the White Water River is melted ice that flows down from Snow Mountain, filtered by the stones and cliffs. Its riverbed is full of white marble and lime stones. As the river flows above them, the water seems to sparkle even brighter, resulting in the name "White Water River"(Baishui).
Then, drive about 5 kilometers to arrive at the Dry Sea (Ganhaizi) located on the foot of the east hillside of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. With an altitude of 3,100 meters, it is currently a vast meadow. It was a highland lake before 1940s, but later the water gradually dried up and turned into a huge meadow, therefore it was named “Dry Sea”. It is the closest and also the best outlook venue to get a panorama of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. From here, you will take a cable car to the Spruce Plateau where you will enjoy a different view of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.
Afterwards, our private transfer will take you to Baisha Village, a charming Naxi town some 8 km (5 mi) north of Lijiang. You will be specially arranged to visit a local Naxi family to know more about Naxi people’s daily life. After exploring the Baisha Embroidery Store, make a trip to the Baisha Murals which are the combination of Naxi, Tibetan, Bai and Han artistic designs.
Last, pay a visit to the Former Residence of Joseph Rock in Yuhu Village, where you will learn about the extraordinary life of this Austria-American explorer.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Today, you will head to enjoy the marvelous scenery at the Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Gorge). Situated about 100 kilometers (62 miles) northwest of Lijiang Old Town lying between Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Haba Snow Mountain, Tiger Leaping Gorge is believed to be the deepest gorge in the world.
After that, proceed to visit the First Bend of the Yangtze River at an altitude of 1,850 meters. The Yangtze River runs from the roof of the world, the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, and surges into Yunnan Province where converges with the Lancang River and the Nu River. Then, they go together through the Hengduan Mountain Range and suddenly turn to the northeast when meeting a cliff in the Stone Drum Town, forming a large U-shape bend.
Next, go to visit the Iron Chain Bridge in the Stone Drum Town which derives its name from a white marble carved monument in the shape of a drum.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
We will see you off at the airport for your return flight. We hope our service gives you a pleasant Lijiang Tour!