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Yunnan, a land of natural beauty and mystery, located in the most southwest of China, has a vast territory, magnificent mountains and rivers, abundant natural resources and diverse cultures. It is known for its colorful and intriguing diversity of ethnic minority groups. With population of about 700 people, Nixi is a part of the Ancient Tea Horse Road. It has a long history of potting. Their potting skills have been carried on for nearly one thousand years. The black pottery of Nixi Village is not just traditional handicraft, it has high academic value. It enjoys great prestige in northwestern Yunnan Province and the whole Tibet area, for its unique appearance and special function for cooking (it makes the food more delicious).
Note: All the time and distance etc shown below are approximate and indicative only, if there is inconsistency, it will depend on the weather, local road conditions and other actual situations. Besides, the duration might be revised according to your physical level.
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(B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
Welcome to Lijiang. You will meet your tour guide and driver at Lijiang airport and then transfer to hotel. Relax yourself in the hotel.

Overnight at a 4 star hotel in Lijiang Old Town

Pick you up from the hotel. Drive to Lashihai Lake. You will start your horse-riding from Lashihai Lake. With an area of 5,330 hectares, Lashihai Lake is about 9.3 km long from south to north and 8.2 km wide from east to west. It is the largest lake in Lijiang County. Surrounded by the mountains, the catchment of Lashihai is about 256.6 square meters.The Rivers of Meiquan and Keluokang are merged together into Lashihai. With good quality of water, which meets water quality requirement of Grade II. It is one of the reserved drinking water sources for the city of Lijiang.
Ride to Shuhe Old Town. Shuhe Ancient Town is the best-preserved ancient town along the tea-horse road, a famous tea-trading route in ancient China. Tea-horse Road starts from Xishuangbanna City, cross Dali, Lijiang and Diqing Town, and stretches to Tibet, It spans from subtropics, temperate zone to cool temperature zone, and scrambles from the altitude of hundreds of meters to 8000-plus meters, which has become a colorful tourist line with rich cultural resources. Along with this ancient road, Shuhe Town is a sparkling pearl embed onto it. Shuhe Town was regarded as an essential component of Lijiang Old Town, the world cultural heritage subscribed in the year of 1997.
Then go on your riding to Baisha Old Town. The Baisha Ancient Village is one of the oldest towns in Lijiang City. It got its name "Baisha" meaning "white sand" from the natural white sand in the area. It was the cradle-land of the Tusi Dynasty evolved from the Mu Clan. It was also the earliest settlement of the Naxi people. There are many ancient constructions built in the Ming Dynasty: the Dabaoji Palace, the Liuli Temple and the Wenchang Palace. The well-known Baisha Frescoes are situated in the Dabaoji Palace.

Overnight at a 4 star hotel in Lijiang Old Town

Our car will pick you up from the hotel, and drive about 30KM to Ganhaizi Meadow(3100M), you will take the sightseeing bus for a short visiting through the Baishuihe River, take the chairlift up to visit Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. The cableway will be arranged according to the condition of the mountain. You will hike around 1 hours in the original forest in Spruce Meadow (3200M). Then visit Blue Moon Valley.
After lunch, you will enjoy the Impression Lijang Ethnic Show directed in Ganhaizi Meadow(3100M). A cultural show demonstrating the traditions and lifestyles of the Naxi, Yi and Bai peoples of the area. The show takes place inside Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Park at 3500m in an outdoor theater specifically designed to showcase the mountain which is used as a backdrop. The production itself was designed by Zhang Yimou, Fan Yue and Wang Chaoge, a cast of over 500 people, and a number of horses.
After that, drive to visit Black Dragon Pool and Dongba Culture Museum. Then drive back to hotel.

Overnight at a 4 star hotel in Lijiang Old Town

This morning, you will drive about 2 hours from Lijiang to Qiaotou Town. Start your horse-riding from Qiaotou Primary school until reached the Naxi Family Guesthouse where you'd have lunch and take a short break there. Go on your riding. On the way, you will go through the 28-Bend, which is the hardest part of this trail. Take a rest when you reached the Tea & Horse Guesthouse where you'd stay overnight.
Tiger Leaping Gorge is on the Jinsha River of the upper reaches of the Yangtze, located 105 kilometers south of Shangrila County. The gorge is 17 kilometers long with a drop of 213 meters. Tiger Leaping Gorge is divided into three sections: Upper, Middle and Lower Hutiao. At the narrowest spot the river is only 30 meters wide. The mouth of the gorge is 1,800 meters above sea level. The river is flanked by Yulong and Haba snow mountains, with a height difference of 3,900 meters. It is one of the deepest gorges in the world.

Overnight at Tea & Horse Guesthouse

Today, you will trek through the flat trail, till reach the Halfway Guesthouse (about 2,500m/3hrs)
Keep trekking, you will see Guanyin Waterfall on the way. (1h) Finally reach the Tina's Guesthouse, where you can have lunch and enjoy the Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge. (1h). You could take a hour walking down the steep cliff to the bank of Jinsha River to the Middle Gorge (Middle Hutiao or Middle Rapids), worship the dangerous shoal of "Starriness", it is the most narrow part of the gorge, where a tiger can easily jump over the Jinsha River. Then climb up the gorge to Walnut Grove (Woody's Guesthouse) using either the Tianti or Yixiantian route. Depending on how tired, choose the one to suit on the day. So from Middle Hutiao to Walnut Grove will take 2 or 3 hours and hence the total. Then our car will pick you up and drive to Shaxi Old Town and stay overnight there.

Overnight at guesthouse in Shaxi

You will start your horse-riding from Shaxi Old Town to Mapingguan Village(3.5 hours). After lunch in Mapingguan Village, go on your riding to Yanjing Village(3.5 hours)-A old village which produces salt. You will finish today's horse-riding. Then our car will pick you up to Shaxi Old Town.

Overnight at guesthouse in Shaxi

This morning, drive to Shibaoshan mountain .The most prominent sight at ShibaoShan is the Stone Bell Temple with its 139, well preserved stone carvings. These magnificent stone carvings date as far back as 1300 years to the once powerful Nanzhao Kingdom during the Tang Dynasty (618-907).Explore the ancient temple complex including Baoxiang Temple, Haiyun Temple, Shizhong Temple and the Ancient Grottoes. If you are lucky enough, you also can see a lot of wild monkey group around Baoxiang Temple.
Then drive to Dali. Visit the Dali Old Town, walk around the Foreigner Street and enjoy the relax time with local people. After climbing up to the City Wall of Dali, you will have panoramic view of the Erhai Lake.

Overnight at 4 star hotel in Dali

This morning, you will head for Xizhou Town to fully appreciate Bai-style traditional architectural courtyards, taste their fragrant Three-Course Tea and explore their distinctive culture. Visit Zhoucheng Village and the Bai people's Tie-dying cloth workshop where you can take some special souvenir with the Bai ethnic style. After lunch, visit the Three Pagodas in Chongshen Monastery which has a history of over 1,800 years located at the foot of Cangshan Mountain facing to the Erhai Lake. Three Pagodas are made of three ancient independent pagodas forming a symmetrical triangle.
After visit, directly transfer to the airport or train station, see off.
-End of the tour-

PS: The part of the area we will visit has not been well developed like Beijing and Shanghai. While it is good to enjoy the well-protected nature view and experience unique primitive fork customs and the food is not so delicate and various.

Please Note: While we plan to follow the itinerary as much as possible, weather, trail conditions, river crossings, and other circumstances may force us to alter the itinerary in this remote and relatively untraveled region.

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