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3-Day Dali, Shaxi & Lijiang Tour

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    What to Expect
    Day 1: Dali (L)

    In the morning, you'll be picked up from your hotel in Dali Old Town and brought to Xizhou to visit the morning market, where locals dressed in minority clothing sell local fruits, freshly cut meat, piles of fragrant spices and so on. See Bai-style traditional architectural courtyards, before going to Zhoucheng to see how grandmothers handover their tie-dye tradition to mothers and daughters. And don’t be fooled by the tie-dye we know in the west; the Bai people knot together true pieces of art!

    Take a cruise on Erhai Lake to Jinsuo Island to see the cormorant-bird fishing village. Enjoy views of the green and clouded Cangshan Mountains looming over the Three Pagodas, while swarms of birds fly around you over the tranquil lake. Then your guide will take you to your hotel. Use your free-time in the evening to have a drink in one of Dali’s many cozy little bars or stroll around its lively main streets where local artists sell beautiful handicrafts.

    Day 2: Shaxi (B, L)

    After breakfast your driver will drive you to Shaxi, passing beautiful farmlands and villages along the way. Visit Shibao mountain, home to some of the most important stone carvings in China: depictions of the court of the Nanzhao Empire from the 8th century, and magnificent examples of early Buddhist art.

    Then you'll go back to Shaxi and check-in to your hotel. On your way to the Sidengjie and Xingjiao Temples, you can stroll through the streets and feel like you went a 1000 years back in time. Visit the Yunjin Bridge and Heihui River which was a key stop on the Old Tea-horse Road. 

    Day 3: Lijiang (B, L)

    Enjoy people-watching at the Shaxi Friday market (on Fridays), before your driver will take you to Lijiang. Visit the Black Dragon Pool to see one of the most iconic views in China of the impressive Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the background of a traditional Chinese garden. Continue to the Dongba Museum to learn about the unique Dongba and matriarch Naxi minority culture. Then we'll go to Yuhu village, which is located in the southern valley with a full view of the majestic Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Visit the previous residence of Joseph Rock, who was a Victorian National Geographic explorer who spend over 20 years of his life in this area, recording Naxi culture and risking his life exploring the far corners of Yunnan. You then have the opportunity to feel like an explorer yourself on a guided horse trek leading you along the mountain slopes. Afterwards your driver will bring you back to Lijiang Ancient Town, with pretty streams winding through a maze of enchanting back alleys. This is where your tour will end.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Your tour guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel in Dali old town
    Departure Time
    9:00 am

    gather 8:30-9:00 am
    Duration
    3 days
    Return Details
    Day 1: Dali Ancient Town

    Day 2: Shaxi Ancient Town
    Inclusions
    • 2 nights in a comfort hotel - twin sharing accommodation with breakfast (B)
    • 2 bottles of local drinking water per person per day
    • Local Chinese lunch (vegetarian please inform in advance)
    • Transportation with skilled driver during tour at designated period of time
    • Experienced private English-speaking tour guides
    • Supplement for driver and tour guide (accommodation and meals)
    • 24/7 English-speaking customer services
    • Government taxes
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Bottled water
    Exclusions
    • Dinners
    • Shopping
    • Chinese visa
    • Personal expenses;
    • Domestic and international flight
    • Tourist bus / minibus transportation between airport / train station
    • Single room supplement if clients request a private room in hotel
    • Personal Travel Accident Insurance.
    • Tips for drivers and guides, highly appreciated but not requested
    • Things not mentioned in this itinerary
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Infant seats available
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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