This tour ventures into some of the less-visited, ethnically diverse regions of China, focusing on Yunnan province. Home of evocatively-named locations such as Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Tiger Leaping Gorge, the scenery is simply spellbinding, but the real attraction is off-the-beaten track travelling through tribal China.
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Arrive Chengdu, and connect with a domestic
flight to Lijiang. Arrive and transfer to the LUX*
Hotel Lijiang for 3 nights. (N)
Morning at leisure. Afternoon to discover Lijiang’s
Naxi heritage at Shuhe Ancient Town, then visit
the Mu Family Mansion. (B)
Full-day tour to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain,
including the Baisha frescoes and the Lijiang
Impression cultural show. Optional evening Naxi
music performance. (B, L)
Drive to Zhongdian. En route, visit Tiger Leaping
Gorge and the first bend of the Yangtze river at
Shigu. Stay 2 nights at the Songtsam Retreat
Hotel. (B, L)
Visit the Songzanlin Tibetan monastery, which is
modelled on the Potala Palace in Lhasa and has a
delightful setting against a backdrop of dramatic
mountain scenery. Continue to the Pudacuo
National Park, home to a diverse array of karst
features and beautiful landscapes. (B, L)
Drive north to Benzilan in the foothills of the
Meili mountains. Stay 2 nights at the LUX* Tea
Horse Road Hotel. Benzilan, set on the ancient
Tea Horse Road trade route, has preserved its
authenticity and opens an extraordinary window
onto Tibetan culture. Spend the following day
walking scenic mountain trails overlooking the
Yangtze river, trying local produce or visiting the
lamasery of Dongzhulin. (B)
Drive to Diqing Shangri-La airport near
Zhongdian and fly to Chengdu. Overnight at the
Buddha Zen Hotel. (B)
Optional morning visit to the Giant Panda
Research Base. Fly home. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
The Buddha Zen Hotel is located in central Chengdu on Wenshufang Street, adjacent to famous Wenshuyuan Buddhist temple. In keeping with the hotel name, the property incorporates ancient temple paintings and antiques, including the oldest man-made embroidery of Qing Dynasty in Sichuan. Guestrooms are bright and spacious, and furnished with traditional embroideries and antiques. Features: 35 rooms, vegetarian restaurant, spa, tea house, Wi-Fi.Room amenities: Television, tea & coffee facilities, hairdryer,...
The LUX* Tea Horse Road Benzilan is a luxury boutique hotel located at the entrance of Benzilan town. The areas local culture is reflected in the main building's architecture, combined with the signature LUX* service inspired by local Tibetan hospitality. Rooms and suites are located on two levels across the two main buildings, all with views of the riverside and adorned with distinctive Tibetan touches, light interiors and airy living spaces. Local story-tellers and musicians sometimes gather at the hotel bar for impromptu cultural evenings.
Features: 30 rooms, restaurant, tea lounge, library, café, infinity pool.Room amenities: Minibar, television, hairdyrer, air...
In the heart of the Unesco-protected old town, the LUX* Tea Horse Road Lijiang is tucked away in a typical courtyard-shaped house and features traditional Naxi architecture. Taking inspiration from the Tea Horse Road, one of China's most spectacular routes, the hotel offers traditional cookery and calligraphy lessons as well as cycling and walking trails through the surrounding countryside.
Features: 30 rooms; restaurant; bar; tea lounge; library; courtyard.Room amenities: Minibar, television, hairdyrer, air...
Songtsam Retreat, a member of Accor Hotels MGallery collection, offers charming boutique accommodation in a distinctly Tibetan style. Located in the Shangri-la Hills, the retreat is set amid the breathtaking scenery of this remote corner of China. The retreat comprises 75 rooms and suites which feature intricate oriental design that combines dark wood carvings with rich, warm colours. Two restaurants serve Western cuisine and Tibetan specialities. Leisure facilities include a sauna, hammam, Turkish steambath and massage...
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YUP2017: 8 Nights
With a population of 10 million, Chengdu, meaning ‘Perfect Metropolis’, is Sichuan’s...
The whole of Lijiang old town has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is a...
Zhongdian is claimed to be the location of the fabled...