Some of China’s most gorgeous natural landscapes are found quite far out from the busy cities and provinces. Lijiang is one of those quaint villages you should not miss. You can also spend a few hours admiring the Tiger Leaping Gorge that sits close to it.
Visit beautiful Lijiang Ancient City
Experience Yunnan's ethnic culture in the Mural of Baisha Village
Airport Transfer (Lijiang), Lijiang Ancient Town, Wangu Tower
Lijiang Ancient Town (120 hours): One of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites found in China, the town or village is home to some minorities. It is located no less than 2,000 meters from the sea level, thus, giving you an incredible view of the surrounding areas like the mountains of Golden Row and Lion. The Old Town, meanwhile, was built between the Song and Yuan dynasties and covered close to a thousand hectares of land. It is also considered as the birthplace of the Mu Clan. Unlike other ancient cities, there are no city walls built around ancient Lijiang. The town also displays a strategic method of building streets, as the major ones all go toward their main square. The inner parts have smaller lanes. Bluestones were used for their streets.
Wangu Tower (60 minutes): On top of Lion Hill is a majestic landmark called the Wangu Tower. It still forms part of the old Lijiang village. While most towers were built using bricks, this one was made of wood—all of 108 feet of it. It is composed of five levels. Many people climb the tower to get an amazing view of the village and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.
Baisha Murals at Baisha Village, The Jade Dragon Mountain (with Large Cable Car from Ganhaizi)
Baisha Village Murals (less than an hour): Baisha derived its name from the white sand that is found within the area. It’s one of the oldest but well-maintained regions in Lijiang and is said to be the origin of Tusi Dynasty. The Baisha Village is famous for its group of temples, collectively known as Mudu. In it, visitors can also find Wenchang Palace, Dabaoji Palace, and Liuli Temple.
But the must-see attractions in the village is the murals. There are more than 50 of them scattered all around the buildings. They give people a general idea of how the old minorities lived, especially during the reigns of several dynasties. They also reflect on their veneration to various religions or spiritual philosophies such as Buddhism and Taoism.
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (210 minutes): It is a mountain range that spans more than 30 kilometers in length. It is also over 5,000 meters from sea level. To get there, visitors travel using a cable car that originates from Ganhaizi. The snow-capped range is composed of more than 10 peaks, the highest of which called Shanzidou is around 18,000 feet from sea level. The many peaks also allow you to catch it in various vantage points like in the Black Dragon Pool, though it’s still best to explore the area as it is also populated with a lot of dense overgrowths and rivers. The peaks also look more marvelous when they, except the peaks, are covered with clouds. Some of the main attractions in the area are Glacier Park, Spruce Meadow, Blue Moon Valley, and Ganhaizi Meadow.
Tiger Leaping Gorge, View the first bent of Yangtze River at The Stone Drum Town(Shigu Town)
Tiger Leaping Gorge Restaurant: This restaurant is one of the best places to view the gore from afar. It currently sits more than 100 people, so there’s plenty of room, and you can choose the best seat in the area.
Tiger Leaping Gorge (90 minutes): A portion of the Tiger Leaping Gorge is found in the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. It is more famous among the hikers since there are many different types of trails they can follow, including those that pass by near the rivers.
Stone Drum Town (less than an hour): Catch a portion of the Yangtze River in Stone Drum Town. You can also see the drum monument made from marble, where the place got its name.
Hotel to airport Transfer (Lijiang)
What's Included & Excluded
Meals listed in the itinerary.
Private English-speaking guide and driver.
Hotels listed in the itinerary.
Service Charge & Taxes.
China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China.
China Entry Visa Fees.
Excess Baggage Charges.
Any meals that are not mentioned in the tour itinerary.
Single Room Supplement.
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