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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).
Shangri-la, located in the beautiful Northern Yunnan province of China, captures China's beautiful nature at its best. As we Travel to Lijiang from Shangri-la by bike over a period of 7 days we'll charter through high mountain passes, visit the famous Tiger Leaping Gorge, and bike around beautiful alpine lakes.
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)
DAY 01  Arrive Lijiang (LD)
Our local guide in Lijiang will pick you up from Lijiang Sanyi Airport, then directly transfer to Lijiang Old town, check in a nice hotel and have a short rest.
After lunch, go to visit Lijiang Old town. The lovely ancient Naxi town of Lijiang is located in a fertile valley 2'400 meters above sea level at the foot of the 5'596 meters high Jade Dragon Mountain. We take a first stroll through the apparently countless narrow lanes and canals crisscrossing the old town. We also learn more about the secrets of the mystic Naxi Dongba culture. An earthquake destroyed most of the city in 1996, and after its reconstruction, part of the old town of Lijiang was listed by the UNESCO as a World Heritage site. We will have walking tour in the old city market square and have a panorama view from Wanguolou pagoda.
Continue to the wonderful "Black Dragon Pool" Park from there, weather permitting, one has a spectacular view of the 5'596 Meters high "Jade Dragon Mountain" (Yu Long Shan). We also pay a visit to the Naxi Dongba Museum.

Overnight at a nice hotel in Lijiang

DAY 02  Lijiang (BLD)
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 nice hotel in Lijiang

DAY 03  Lijiang - Shangri-La (3400m) (BLD)
This morning, we will leave Lijiang to Shangri-La. On the way, transfer to visit The First Bend of the Yangtze River, Shigu town and Tiger Leaping Gorger.
"The First Bend of the Yangtze River" where the mighty Yangtze turns almost 180 degrees. This is the first of several abrupt turns it makes on its way eastward across all of China, before it finally empties into the East China Sea at Shanghai.
The mighty Yangtze, the third-longest river in the world (after the Nile and the Amazon), originates from a glacier in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, "the roof of the world", where it surges into Yunnan from the northwest, cutting through the high mountains and deep gorges of the Hengduan Mountains, and rushing southwards from the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Here, where we stand, the Yangtze is blocked by the Hailuo Cliff, which forces it to turn roughly to northeast, forming a great "U"-shaped bend, which is called the First Bend of the Yangtze.
At this first bend the river is wide, so the water seems to flow in a gentle, slow pace hiding the power beneath the surface. Large willow trees grow luxuriously alongside the river that is banked on both sides with lush, fertile deep green vegetation and immense, steep mountains that rise up from the river toward the sky above. On the fertile soil deposited as the river makes its turn lies the town of Shigu, linking Tibet with the outside world. Here is where we will stay for the night, in a local hostel. Shigu (Stone Drum) town is named after a white marble monument, carved in the 1500's in the shape of a drum, to commemorate victory by the Naxi ruler over an invading Tibetan army.
After that, continue to visit the world-famous Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the deepest most dramatic gorges in the world, and still quite wild despite enormous efforts to tame it. We'll bike another 10km after enter in the gorge until we finally arrive at the "middle" of Tiger Leaping Gorge. At the end of today's visit, drive to Zhongdian.
Zhongdian is the first Tibetan town in Yunnan with a sprinkling of Bai Muslim and Naxi cultural influences. It is a beautiful land characterized by snow-capped mountains, vast grasslands, idyllic lakes and religious culture. It is a "Utopia" free from stress, pollution and turmoil that plagues most of the cities where we live.
Before dinner, walk around Dukezong Ancient Town, an important town of the Ancient Tea-horse Trade Caravan from Yunnan to Tibet and India. Getting further adjusted to the high elevation.

Overnight at a nice hotel in Shangri-La

DAY 04  Shangri-La -Yesong (BLD)

Riding route: Shangri-la –Bulun village-Yesong pasture (4-4.5hrs)

We will start your horse-riding from Shangri-La this morning. We will ride over to a small hill to visit Napa Lake about 6km away. The Napa Lake Nature Reserve is the country's largest grassland and most scene area of the plateau. Then keep riding to Bulun village. After lunch, ride 2hrs to Yesong pasture follow a good road. Tonight, we will stay at a simple homestay in Yesong.

Overnight at local homestay in Yesong

DAY 05  Yesong- Lianhe (BLD)

Riding route: Yesong pasture –Lugu village –Tuili –Lianhe village(6-7hrs)

After breakfast, we will ride 50mins uphill from Yesong to top of the mount, then down to the grassland. Riding 1 hour along alpine meadow, then down to Lugu village where we will have lunch at local farmer's house. After lunch, continue ride to tonight lodging plan Lianhe village via Ruili.

Overnight at local homestay in Lianhe

DAY 06   Lianhe -Jisha (BLD)

Riding route: Lianhe village-Yangtangqu –Tuanjie- Jisha village (4-4.5hrs)

After breakfast, we will ride 2hrs to Yangtangqu along river, then down to Tuanjie village for lunch. After a short rest, riding 1 hour to the end point, then take a short drive to Jisha village, overnight at Jisha.

Overnight at local homestay in Jinsha

DAY 07  Jisha –Shangril-La (BLD)
After breakfast, go to visit the Pudacuo National park. Sightseeing in Bitahai Lake by bus arranged by the park. As the first national park on the Chinese mainland, Pudacuo was open to visitors in 2007. Pudacuo is the transliteration of "Mandala" or "Putuo" which refers to a sacred mountain of Avalokiteshvara (Goddess of Mercy). It is an unearthly world without pollution, far away from the bustle and hustle world.
The elevation there ranges from 3,500 meters to 4,000 meters above the sea level. As an inseparable part of the Three Parallel Rivers-a world natural heritage by UNESCO, Pudacuo Park also functions as a natural reserve.
The eco environment is well preserved with marsh, lakes, virgin forests, brooks, springs, and rare fauna and flora resources.
After lunch, transfer to visit Songzanlin Monestary, 5km north of the old town center. The Songzanlin Monestary (constructed in 1679) is the largest Tibetan Monestary in Yunnan and is nicknamed the "Lesser Potala" due to its resemblance to the magnificent structure in Lhasa.
Then drive back to Shangri-La, check the hotel and have a rest.

Overnight at a nice hotel in Zhongdian

DAY 08 Shangril-La - HOME (B)
Our guide will pick you up from the hotel, transfer to the airport and 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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