3 Days Luxury Lijiang Tour with Helicopter & Golf Experience

Route: Lijiang  Helicopter Tour of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain  Tiger Leaping Gorge  Shuhe Ancient Town  Golf Club
This is an absolutely different trip to Lijiang. You can refer to the following itinerary for the ultimate convenience of accommodation, food and travel, and experience the joy of exploration and luxury enjoyment.

Tour Features:  
1. Sightseeing: Exclusive helicopter tour, overlooking the panorama of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
2. Challenge: Hike the Tiger Leaping Gorge to feel the extraordinary natural wonder
3. Experience: Asia's only snow mountain golf course
4. Accommodation: Luxury resort hotel, integrating modern facilities with natural landscape of snow mountain
5. Food: Authentic local food, including yak hot pot and wild mushroom hot pot

Day 1 Lijiang Helicopter Tour
You are recommended to start your Lijiang tour with an exceptional helicopter tour. Book at least 3 days in advance and confirm the departure time a day before, and there will be a private car picking you up from your hotel. The helicopter tour is based at the Baisha Airport which is near the Baisha Ancient Town of Lijiang.

The base has several air routes allowing tourists to discover Lijiang from God’s point of view. There are 5 to 10 minutes experience tours and 60 to 90 minutes panoramic tours. You can choose according to your interest. During the voyage, you can overlook the ancient towns, idyllic countryside, majestic Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, thousand-year-old untrodden glaciers, deep canyons, winding rivers, verdant alpine meadows, and sapphire alpine lakes.

Helicopter Profile:
The sightseeing flight uses a new AC311 helicopter developed by the Aviation Industry of China, with a maximum cruising speed of 236 km (147 mi) per hour. The droplet shape of the fuselage effectively reduces drag and maintains stable flight performance even at high altitudes and in extremely cold environments. The large side windscreen maximizes the view of the passengers while traveling in the air. All of the pilots hold the commercial licenses issued by the Civil Aviation Administration of China, with solid skills and rich experience. During the flight, if you wish, you can experience the low-altitude turns, weightlessness, diving, and other aerobatic experience.

Hours: 9:00 – 18:00; you can confirm the exact time of your flight with your service provider one day in advance.
Flight Duration: 5 to 90 minutes, according to different routes
Price: CNY 499 to 10800 per person, according to different routes. Each helicopter can carry six passengers. You can share with other tourists or you can book a charter flight.

Recommended Route 1:

Baisha Airport  Snow Mountain Road  Dongba Valley  Pearl Lake  Impression Lijiang  Snow Mountain Golf Course  Blue Moon Valley Spruce Meadow – Yak Meadow – Jade Dragon Snow Mountain – Glacier Park – No Man's Land – Liusha River – Yushui Village – Dongba Kingdom – Garden of All Gods – return to Baisha Airport
Flight Distance: 46 km (29 mi)
Duration: 20 minutes
Price: CNY 1980 per person

Recommended Route 2:

Baisha Airport – Snow Mountain Road – Dongba Valley – Pearl Lake – Impression Lijiang – Snow Mountain Golf Course – Blue Moon Valley – Glacier Park – No Man's Land – Spruce Meadow – Yak Meadow – Panoramic View of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain – Tiger Leaping Gorge – Haba Snow Mountain – First Bend of Yangtze River – Lashi Lake – Lijiang Old Town – Shuhe Ancient Town – Baisha Ancient Town – Garden of All Gods – return to Baisha Airport
Flight Distance: 148 km (92 mi)
Duration: 60 to 90 minutes
Price: CNY 6880 per person

After the helicopter tour, you can visit the nearby Baisha Murals if time allows.
Opening Hours: Baisha Town opens all day long, while the Baisha Murals is open from 8:00 to 17:30.
Recommended Time for a Visit: 1 to 2 hours
Ticket Price: Free to enter the town; CNY 30 for Baisha Murals.

Before dark, take a taxi to the hotel. We recommend you the 5-star luxury hotel – Jinmao Purelax Mountain Hotel Lijiang. Its unique location at the Ganhaizi Meadow in the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain offers beautiful scenery, nice ecological environment and fresh air. For dinner, you can enjoy the local specialties such as yak hot pot or pork ribs hot pot at the hotel restaurant.

Day 2 Hike the Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge
Today, it is recommended to hire a car to complete a round trip to the Tiger Leaping Gorge. A SUV costs about CNY 500 for a day. You need to wear hiking shoes and clothes, and prepare basic hiking equipment in advance. In the morning, your chartered car driver will pick you up from your hotel at the time you agreed on the previous day. It takes about 2 hours to arrive at the Tiger Leaping Gorge, where you could start the hiking challenge.

The Tiger Leaping Gorge is one of the top 10 classic hiking routes all around China. The total length of the gorge is about 20 km (12 mi), with a water drop of more than 200 m (656 ft). it is divided into upper, middle and lower sections, among which the Middle Gorge is the most popular and the recommended destination for today. Along the deep valley, the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and the Haba Snow Mountain stand tall on the two sides and face each other, and the river roaring at the bottom of the valley is extremely spectacular. You can hire a local guide to take you to hike the best route. Although a bit hard, you can enjoy the charm of the Tiger Leaping Gorge to the full, and get an absolutely unforgettable experience.

Opening Hours: 8:00 – 18:00
Recommended Hiking Time: 3 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Ticket Price: CNY 65 for entry from Lijiang; CNY 45 for entry from Shangri-La

●  Want to avoid the troubles in trip planning? You can book our Guided Tiger Leaping Gorge Day Tour.

Restaurants around the Tiger Leaping Gorge are limited, so you can have simple local food in a nearby town, or bring some snacks and fruits for a picnic lunch.

In the afternoon, you can ask the local guide to take you to pick wild mushrooms. Yunnan's complex landform, diverse forest and soil types and unique climate breed a variety of rare and nutritious edible mushrooms. However, many wild mushrooms are toxic and need to be picked under the guidance of experienced locals. July and August are the best picking seasons. If you're not in the right season, or if you're not interested, you can ask the driver to take you back to downtown Lijiang and visit the Shuhe Ancient Town in the afternoon.

Top Attractions: Qinglong Bridge, Sifang Street, Dragon Pool, Ancient Tea-Horse Road Museum…
Opening Hours: All day long
Recommended Time for a Visit: 2 to 3 hours
Ticket Price: Free

In the evening, you can find a restaurant in the Shuhe Ancient Town where the chef can cook your harvest into a wild mushroom hotpot. After a good meal, let the driver to escort you back to the hotel.

Day 3 Play Golf in the Snow Mountain
After breakfast, you can walk to the golf course just on the west side of the hotel and start playing. The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Golf Club boasts the only snow mountain golf course in the northern hemisphere, located at the Ganhaizi Meadow 3,100 m (10,171 ft) above sea level. Due to the high altitude, thin air and low gravity, this 18-hole and 72-bar course was specially designed by the renowned designer Neil Haworth, with fairways totaling 8,415 yards, which has been confirmed as a world record. It would be an ultimate pleasure to swing your club and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in this unique course.

Opening Hours: 7:00 – 18:00
Recommended Time for a Play: 10:00 – 14:00
Ticket Price: CNY 1018 to 1208 per person, including 18-hole green fee, caddy fee, and golf cart

After lunch, you can ask take a taxi to the Lijiang Airport for your return flight.

If your flight is in the evening and you have plenty of time, walking around the Lijiang Old Town is a good choice. You can visit the Mu’s Residence and Sifang Street, explore various craft shops, or try some local snacks.

We hope you have a good time on this luxury Lijiang tour!