National Day·Yunnan | Lijiang·Meri Snow Mountain·Shangri-La
This is a mysterious land in Yunnan where it has not yet been commercialized; Where boasts the most primitive village scenery you are to appreciate; And the convergence of three rivers, the natural geographical wonders unique in the world;
Take a deep exploration into the multi-ethnic exotic customs and food; And directly access to the Sino-Burmese border for the remaining women sporting tattoos on their faces;
Hike on the Tea-Horse Road; Discover the sequestered Derung River Grand Canyon; And enjoy the magnificent view of sunshine shedding on the golden mountain peculiar to Meri Snow Mountain;
This is the itinerary that integrates the optimal route and has been taken for multiple times. A free visit to the Tibetan families is also provided Together we will reach Bingzhongluo, the fairyland on earth commonly shared by human and the gods;
Adult: 3380RMB per person
VIP Price：3180RMB (Click it o join CET VIP）
Children: 2180RMB per person
Note: (Children under 1.2 years old will not be taken into account for the number of beds，You need to pay for any potential tickets）
Participants: Min 6 persons
Car fare: care fare of 8 days, the whole package of regular tour bus costs, driver’s meal and accommodation cost, the toll, and oil fee etc.;
Accommodation: 7 nights of accommodation, refer to the schedule for details (inn+hotel, standard room);
Admission tickets: admission tickets of all scenic spots during the journey (Tiger Leaping Gorge, Jinsha River Great Crutches Bay, Meri Snow Mountain);
Insurance: professional outdoor insurance;
Others: travel gifts.
Expense not including
Journey expense to and from Lijiang and other places;
Personal horse riding;
Other personal consumption;
All the participants AA for the meals, RMB300 Yuan are enough for the whole journey.
For single register, there is no need to make up difference if no need to occupy a single room; it will cost RMB500 Yuan to make up difference if require to occupy a single room.
Cost standard of children: it will only cost RMB2,180 Yuan of fare and insurance for children less than 1.2 meters, other additional expenses incurred during the tour will be at their own expense.
For the children more than 1.2 meters, it will be at full price, and will return the discount of the scenic spot after they showed the certificates there.
Day0: Gathering at Lijiang Old Town (30th September)
Arrive in Lijiang and arrange accommodation by yourselves. If you arrive earlier, you may wander around in the beautiful Lijiang Old Town, which is quiet and ready to serve you with abundance of local foods.
Accommodation: By yourselves (the leader is ready to suggest)
Day1: Lijiang → Shangri-La (Lijiang → Lashihai → Tiger Leaping Gorge → Small Zhongdian Ranch → Shangri-La Old Town, free visits to the Tibetan families at night) (1st October )
All will gather and set off at the large waterwheel in Lijiang Old Town on 7:30 in the morning. Arriving at the Lashihai, we will enjoy the scenery by the side of Lashihai Lake and take pictures. Then for another one and a half hour we will reach Tiger Leaping Gorge;
After the lunch at the Tiger Leaping Gorge town, we will go to the viewing platform of the upper part of the Tiger Leaping Gorge and then follow the pathway from the house of Teacher Zhang to reach the middle part of the Tiger Leaping Gorge.
After enjoying the magnificent view at the middle part of the Tiger Leaping Gorge, we will return to the house of Teacher Zhang through climbing the 168-step bravery ladder after. Passing through the Small Zhongdian Ranch, we will arrive at the Dukezong Old Town in Shangri-La, where we will visit the Guishan Park and the world`s greatest prayer wheel.
After a rest in the hotel, we will take a free visit to the original Tibetan families at night.
Accommodation: standard room of business hotel
Day2: Shangri-La → Feilai Temple (Shangri-La → Yila Prairie Naba Lake → Jinsha River Grand Bend → Baima Snow Mountain Pass → Feilai Temple) (2nd October)
Set off from Shangri-La along the way to watch the Yila Prairie and Naba Lake and finally reach the Benzilan Town, an important town on the Tea-Horse Road.
After having lunch at Benzilan, we will head for the Jinsha River Grand Bend, then pass through the primeval forests of Baima Snow Mountain to the Baima Snow Mountain Pass (4294 meters), where we will enjoy the Zalaqueni Peak and the Crown Peak, the major peaks of Baima Snow Mountain.
As we move on, we will pass through the Thirteen White Pagoda Platform and arrive at the Feilai Temple at Meri Snow Mountain.
Accommodation: standard room of business hotel
Day3: Feilai Temple → Dimaluo (Watch the Meri Snow Mountain early in the morning at Feilai Temple→ Deqin → Peacock Hill Pass → Nu River Gongshan Dimaluo) (3rd October)
Get up early in the morning to watch the Meri Snow Mountain and we will enjoy the view of sunshine shedding on the golden mountain hopefully.
After the meal we will pass through Deqin Town, the Meri Snow Mountain and the Peacock Hill Pass of Biluo Snow Mountain to enjoy the scenery of primeval forests and snow-capped mountains before arriving at Dimaluo Village in Gongshan County in Nujiang.
Accommodation: Ordinary Room
Day4: Dimaluo → Bingzhongluo (Dimaluo→ Alulaka Mountain → Nu River First Bay → Bingzhongluo) (4th October)
Set off from Dimaluo at an altitude of 1870 meters and hike to the Alulaka Mountain Pass at an altitude of 2800 meters, which will take more than 2 hours up and 4 hours down to Bingzhongluo. The scenery is excellent all the way.
Standing on the Pass, we can see the snow-capped mountains surrounding, with the eastern Himalayas and the southern Gaoligong Mountain in the northwest and the Biluo Snow Mountain in the southeast which is the closest to the Meri Snow Mountain. Down the mountain we will take the bus heading for after the Nu River First Bay and the viewing platform of Bingzhongluo.
Accommodation: Standard room
Day5: Bingzhongluo → Gongshan (Bingzhongluo → Naqialuo Grand Canyon → Qiunatong → Tea-Horse Road → Wuli Village → Shimenguan → Gongshan) (5th October)
After breakfast, we will take the bus and start from Bingzhongluo to Naqialuo Grand Cnayon, the most beautiful and dangerous part of the Nu River Grand Canyon. We will stop along the route to enjoy the pastoral scenery on both sides of the Nu River.
At the end of the Naqialuo Grand Cnayon, there is the Yunnan-Tibet border. We will pass through Zhaohong Bridge, Tea-Horse Road, Wuli Village, Sijitong and Shimenguan and so on from Qiunatong to Bingzhongluo. We may get off the bus to take pictures at any beautiful spots along the way. Then we will leave Bingzhongluo for Gongshan.
Accommodation: Standard room
Day6: Gongshan → Derung River (Gongshan → Derung River) (6th October)
After breakfast we will set off for the Derung River Township, along the route of which we will enjoy the primeval forests, the plateau, hundreds of hills afar, bamboo of acres and the taiwania fousiana on Gongshan under first-grade national protection.
At the pass of the snow mountains (at an altitude of 3800 meters), it is able to look at the Biluo Snow Mountain and Dandanglika Mountain. The Derung River, as one of the areas well preserved for wild ecology, is identified as the natural museum for wild plants by experts, where the Derung people, the ancient and isolated group live. We will move forward along the Derung River canyon and is expected to reach the Kongdang Village where the Derung River township government is located.
After the lunch, we will head for the Maku Village at the downstream of the Derung River, passing through the primitive scenery and the troop drawbridge of the Derung River Cnayon. We will search for the face-tattooed women, visit the No.41 Sino-Myanmar Boundary Tablets and hike to the Moon Waterfall. Return to the Kongdang Village in the evening.
Accommodation: Standard room
Day7: Derung River → Fogong Laomudeng (Derung River → Gongshan → Fogong Laomudeng Village) (7th October)
After breakfast, we will leave the Derung River for Fugong Laomudeng Village. We will have the lunch at Gongshan. All the way on there is the Derung River Canyon and the pastoral scenery on both sides of the Nu River, and the Stone Moon at the Fugong Lishadi Village.
Then we will move forward to the Lamudeng Village, the People on the Cloud, where we can look out into the Derung River Canyon and visit the Lamudeng church, in which the Four-Voice concert of celestial beauty is served every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. The hand pilaf and the concentric wine of the Nu people will be served for dinner. We will stay at the standard rooms distinctive to the Nu People.
Accommodation: Standard room
Day8: Laomudeng→ Lijiang (Laomudeng Village → Liuku→ Dali → Lijiang, and call the pleasant trip an end!) (8th October)
After breakfast we will visit the ruined city Zhiziluo, the city of memory and appreciate the time past. Leaving the Laomudeng Village, we will travel along Liuku and Dali and return to Lijiang, calling the pleasant trip an end. You may leave the group in Dali if you will not return to Lijiang.
Hereby the trip plan is concluded. The leader of the group preserves the right to adjust according to the situation in the case of special circumstances. Your understanding is appreciated.
Fly from Beijing to Lijiang;／Fly from Shijiazhuang Zhengding International Airport to Lijiang (a little cheaper);
For the activities during the National Day, we suggest you to register as soon as possible, as the air tickets are quite tight during this period;
Please contact with the customer service if need help to purchase the air tickets.
Credentials: ID card (or passport), bank card and cash (RMB);
Clothes: interchange jackets, down jackets (winter) and other casual outdoor clothes; sports shoes, preferably waterproof climbing or hiking shoes.
Personal Items: backpacks, kettles, gloves (winter), raincoats (rainy season), sunscreen, sunglasses, sun hat, a set of personal toiletries, moisturizing cream, lip balm, dry and wet paper towels.
Medicine: prepare according to personal needs
Anti-altitude Stress Drugs:Rhodiola Rosea,Nuodikang;
Medicine for Cold:granules infusion for cold,Kangtaike;
Medicine for enterogastritis: Laba Zhenglu Pills, berberine, Norfloxacin Capsules, etc;
Contusion medicines: Band-Aid, Yunnanbaiyao, rheumatic plasters, relief rub;
Other Medicine: carsick plasters, etc.
You shall visit Bingzhongluo once you travel to Yunnan. Not as romantic as Lijiang, busy as Kunming, or beautiful as Dali, here you shall have something of an epiphany that humans live like tiny ants shuttling through daily moments while embracing free and beautiful souls.
It is the starting point of the Bingchacha Route, the eighth route to access to Tibet, where the villages are sequestered and have not been known and developed for tourism until recent years.
The countryside here maintains its original recipe and taste. Insofar, the piece of undeveloped virgin land marks the most primitive and secluded mysterious place in Yunnan. People are honest, kind and hospitable, and all the sceneries are pure and natural.
Here it will give you the unforgettable memories by touch of its mystery and reality. You are to enjoy and appreciate the glamour of the canyon and the snow mountain as well as the colorful ethic cultures.The countryside here maintains its original recipe and taste. Insofar, the piece of undeveloped virgin land marks the most primitive and secluded mysterious place in Yunnan. People are honest, kind and hospitable, and all the sceneries are pure and natural.
Remote Legacy – Derung River Township
Located in the back of the Nu River and on the northernmost part of Yunnan, the Derung River Township rests in the depths of Gaoligong Mountain, adjacent to Myanmar and Tibet. It is little known to the outside world, with the Derung, the ancient and isolated people living in there. The snow-capped mountains stretch away continuously, while the canyons grow with a steep posture. The Gaoligong Mountain on the east shields the gateway to the outside world, and the Dandanglika Mountain on the west, forms the natural barrier on the national border.
The Derung People • Face-tattooed Women
The vast Golgeong Mountain has been rearing the Derung people, the simple and honest ethnic group, with the abundance and freshness of the Derung River. In Derung language, this practice is called Baketu, which is an ancient custom remaining in the Derung group, an unsolved mystery insofar. The custom of face tattoo is originated from an ancient belief, which is commonly known as face painting and only women will follow this. It is obvious that the Derung face tattoo has been undergoing a long history when referring to the New Tang Annals on which they are called face-tattooed Pu people and the face-tattooed tribe on the Nanzhao Unofficial History.
Meri Snow Mountain
Meri Snow Mountain is one of the four great mountains of Tibetan Buddhism, and is also the only virgin peak insofar. With the first golden light of Buddha shedding on the peak in the morning, the abundance of golden lights prevail over the whole Meri Snow Mountain, making it magnificent and spectacular like the gods showing up. This may explain why such a view of sunshine shedding on the golden mountain peculiar to Meri Snow Mountain attracts countless backpackers.
It is a beautiful village on the hillside to the east of the Nu River, located where outside the Shimenguan and to the Qiunatong Bridge. In the eyes of architects, it is a magnificent architectural masterpiece. To this point, it is no exaggeration that it is named as the Swiss Pastoral Scenery in China.
It is the last village in the northern part of the Nu River Grand Canyon, the most important part of it known as the back garden for all gods to play around. All the way on there is the dense virgin forests and many waterfalls, exposing you into the spectacular scenery when walking along the canyon.
The Kantong Village is the most beautiful village in Bingzhongluo, which in the shape of a peninsula is surrounded by the U-shaped emerald-like Nu River in the white mist. Upon the coming of spring, all peach and rape flowers come into blossom, making it a paradise worthy the honor.
The Living Tea-Horse Road
In our times where the cities are well developed, the Tea-Horse Road in Yunnan is basically abandoned, leaving somehow the sound of horseshoe for people to recall the busy travelers and the horses carrying goods. Today, only on the route from Bingzhongluo to the southeastern area of Tibet come and go the horses. Started from Bingzhongluo, the route stretches northward along the canyon and the Nu River and reaches Zana where the Chawalong Township government of Chayu County in Linzhi Area in Tibet is located. It is both the ancient road connecting Yunnan and Tibet and the only unimpeded access of Chawarong to the outside world for years. Shimenguang and Naqialuo Canyon and other attractions are distributed along the route, where you will appreciate the ancient hoof mark and resonance lingering in the empty valley.
A great piece of marble on the peak of 3300 meters high in the middle of Gaoligong Mountain carries a huge hole resulted from erosion. It has a pleasant name, the Stone Moon, already existing on earth since the beginning of the world as referring to the ancient flood myth of Lisuzu.
Laomudeng Christian Church
You will be exposed to a place of churches when visiting the Nu River. People say that there will be a church where there is a village. In Laomudeng Village which is at the foot of the Biluo Snow Mountain, there is the Laomudeng Christian Church. It is nothing surprising but where it is located adjacent to the pure river and the towering snow-capped mountains makes one feel more pious.
30 kilometers away from the Derung RiverTownship there is the waterfall with a 120-meter drop and 40-meter width, carrying the strong water flow straightly into the Derung River. It is called Habayichen, which means the water dropping down from the moon.