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Venture into some of the less-visited,
ethnically diverse regions of China, focusing
on Yunnan province. Home to alluringly
named locations such as Jade Dragon Snow
Mountain and Tiger Leaping Gorge, the
scenery here is spellbinding.
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Arrive in 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.
This tour is best suited to the hardier traveller as it includes some basic accommodation and some rougher road journeys.
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