Day 1: Start the tour from Lijiang, visit First bend of the Yangtze River, Tiger Leaping Gorge then Dukezong Ancient Town in Shangri-La
You will be picked up from your hotel (within Lijiang ancient town) in the early morning, (if the car is not allowed to enter the small alleyess of Lijiang ancient town, we will set up a meeting point.)
You will be transferred to the First Bend of the Yangtze River, where you can see fatanstic landscapes as well as important historical stories. Then you will continue the journey further north to the Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the deepest gorges in the world, 16 km long with a sheer 3900 meters between the wild waters and the top of the snow-capped Haba Snow Mountains next to it.
After lunch, you will continue to Shangri-La, and on the way, you will notice that the landscapes and architecture gradually changes as you go further into the Tibetan cultural areas, with barley fields and yaks scattered across the valleys. On the way to Shangri-La, you will visit a local Yi Minority Village. Then you will arrive at your final destination: Dukezong Ancient town, a key stop on the old Tea-Horse road. You can enjoy your free time and relax in the ancient town.
Day 2: Songzanlin Monastery, Tibetan Family visit, Baiji Temple and Napa Lake
After breakfast, your driver and tour guide will pick you up from your hotel (within Dukezong Ancient town) then take you to Songzanlin Monastery, the largest and most beautiful Tibetan monastery in Yunnan, with a rich history and Tibetan culture. Afterwards, you will visit a local Tibetan family to experience the real Tibetan life.
After lunch, you will visit Baiji Temple, which means “Hundred Chicken Temple” in Chinese, and is very close to Dukezong Ancient Town. From there you can enjoy a magnificent view of the city and see many chicken, (if you want to know why all those chicken live in that monastery, you will have to go there to find the answer.) Then you will go to Napa Lake, a beautiful highland meadow full of yaks, horses and birds, which looks different in every season. At the end of the day you will head back to Dukezong ancient town and conclude the tour. Or we can take you to the airport if your flight departs before 7pm.