LJ05: 5 Days Private Tour to Lijiang, Shaxi & Dali
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide & experienced driver with air-conditioned vehicle
Meals: 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches
Tour Highlights:
  • Feel the unique minority folk customs of Lijiang, Shaxi and Dali
  • Explore Lijiang Old Town and overlook the most sacred Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
  • Learn the tie-dyeing art in Zhoucheng & visit the Bai Traditional House
  • Tour around the Erhai Lake with a boat ride & visit the famous Three Pagodas
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Day 1 Arrival in Lijiang
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Welcome to take this Lijiang and Dali trip. You will be picked up outside the arrival hall of Lijiang Airport by our guide, and transferred to a boutique hotel in Lijiang Old Town. Leave your pack and take a short break. Afterwards the guide will accompany you to explore the town. You are able to sight-see time-honored residential compounds, soak in the romantic culture in the famous bar street, and also hunt for local snacks at Sifang Street.

Meals: Lunch
Day 2 Lijiang
Baisha Mural
Today, we will head for a real natural stunner of Lijiang, the gorgeous Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. The ever snow-caped mountain is regarded as a holy place of Naxi people. A fascinating trekking starts from Ganhaizi Meadow to White Water River, and then you can take a cable car reaching the Spruce Plateau (Yun Shan Ping) while enjoying the splendid bird's-eye view. At the plateau you could capture the most stunning image of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain at a distance.

After a hearty lunch, continue your private Lijiang tour to Baisha Village, which used to be the earliest residential area for Nanxi people. It is famed for delicate Baisha Murals in temples, portraying religious figures of Buddhism, Taoism and Lamaism. A special family visit will be arranged for you to step into Naxi people's life. After that, you will be transferred back to Lijiang.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 Lijiang - Shaxi
Shaxi Ancient Town
After a hearty breakfast, you will take a private ride to Shaxi Ancient Town in about 2.5 hours. Located between Lijiang and Dali, Shaxi used to be a booming bazaar along the Ancient Tea-Horse Road. Most of the primitive dwelling complex is well preserved, including temples, opera stages, stone bridges, shops, inns and tea houses. However, though the town may convey a sense of vicissitudes, you can still trace its flourishing and prosperous past.

Your lunch will be served at a very popular local restaurant. At night, our guide will help you to check into Landscape Hotel Shaxi, which retains the residence style of Bai people.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 Shaxi - Dali
Two girls of Bai People doing Tie-dyeing
Before leaving for Dali, we will seize the morning to pay a visit to Shizhongshan Grottoes in Jianchuan. Being the earliest and largest-scale grottoes cluster in Yunnan, it boasts numerous exquisite engravings that depict historical stories of Nanzhao and Dali Kingdoms.

Afterwards, move on to Xizhou Town where the best preserved old residences of the Bai minority nestle. Roaming along narrow alleys helps you immerse into their featured architectural culture. Then continue your Dali tour to Zhoucheng, the hometown of Tie-dyeing (Zaran) art of Bai people. This dyeing is a technology of printing flower patterns on cloth, and you get a valuable chance to witness its making process.

Upon arrival in Dali Ancient City, we will check into the handpicked hotel. You can either make use of the rest of the day to explore the ancient city further, or just have a good rest at your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 Departure from Dali
Three Pagodas Scenic Area
Lying between Mt. Cangshan and Erhai Lake, the Three Pagodas Scenic Area is one of the most renowned essential landscapes of Dali, which is also viewed as one of China's best-kept ancient Buddhist structures. You will take a paced wander to totally refresh yourself there, in our guide's company. Taking a boat cruise is always the best way to enjoy the fascinating Erhai Lake. Soaked up in the gentle breeze, all the troubles seem to go away. If time permits, you may land on the islets on the lake for an in-depth exploration.

At last, our considerate driver and guide will escort you to Dali Airport for your onward flight. Hope you enjoy this Lijiang and Dali tour. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
LijiangInterContinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort Ivy Garden Hotel Resorts
ShaxiLandscape Hotel Shaxi Landscape Hotel Shaxi
DaliGurong Hotel Gurong Hotel
Tour Prices
With Luxury Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
With Standard Hotels
2-3 travelers4-5 travelers6-9 travelers
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • Any part of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Price Includes
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • Lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Private English-speaking guides
  • Private drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
Price Excludes
  • International airfares
  • Entry visa fees
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
  • Peak season surcharge (public holiday, July & August, etc.)
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