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[ GW-CA-012 ]Kunming-Lijiang-Trekking Tiger Leaping Gorge to Haba Snow Mountain
to White Water Terrace-Zhongdian-
Kunming (9 Days)Challenging Grade:
2 (mild to moderate, involves 4-5 hours trekking per day)

White Water TerraceYunnan is amazed the world by the mysterious culture of the minority and the beautiful natural
scenery. “The Lost Horizon” is the story of four Americans who survived a plane crash in the
Himalayas, only to discover the reclusive land. It was British writer James Hilton’s novel “The Lost
Horizon” that sparked a legend and brought fame to an unknown and almost untouched place called
Shangri-La. “Shangri-La” is a Tibetan word meaning “land of sacredness and peace”. Finally, in Sept.
1997, the government of Yunnan province declared that Shangri-La had been discovered in
Zhongdian, Diqing, a prefecture in Yunnan province. It now may be the last virgin land where one can
observe cultures whose layers go back for thousands of years into the past.

Lugu Lake, the ancient and mysterious “The Female’s Kingdom” composed of Mosuo People, is
situated at the junction of Southwest Sichuan and Northwest Yunnan, 2,685 meters in altitude. Up to
now, the Mosuo people retain the vestiges of matriarchal society. Visiting marriage represents the main marriage system of Mosuo people.

Day 1 Arrive

Arrive in Kunming, known as “The City of Eternal Spring”. Transfer to the hotel. The following time is free. (D)

Day 2 Kunming-
Stone Forest-

Today’s highlight is to visit the Stone Forest (Shilin). The Stone Forest is in Lunan Yi Nationality, which is about
120km from Kunming. This area offers visitors a unique landscape of stark limestone pillars twisted and sculpted
by wind and water erosion some 270 million year ago. From a distance, these stone pillars look indeed like a dense
forest; hence the name of Stone Forest. It covers an area of 350 square kilometers, yet only about 11.92 square
kilometers have been developed as scenic landscape open to the public. Then, drive back to Kunming. Walk around
the Flower and Bird Market at Jingming Street, where is an interesting places either for a leisurely stroll or to
purchase some lovely things. (D)

Day 3 Kunming-

Take a morning flight to Lijiang, an old city in beautiful surroundings in northwest Yunnan, and the only city where
the Naxi ethnic minority reside. Visit Baisha Village and a local Naxi family, view Baisha Murals in Baisha Naxi
village, an artistic Crystallization combining the Naxi, Tibetan, Bai and Han styles. Then, visit the Former Residence of
Joseph Rock
, an Austria-American botanist and explorer lived in Yuhu Village and other places in that region from
1922 to 1949. It opened to tourist as "Exhibition Hall for Former Residence of Dr. J.F. Rock", exhibiting the photos
taken by Rock, and many other things that Rock left in Lijiang. The following time is free to walk around Lijiang Old
, one of UNESCO’s protected world Heritage Sites. It is a well-preserved old city residing Naxi Nationality. With
Sifang Street at the core, the entire city spreads out in all directions, and is crisscrossed by a labyrinth of flagged
streets and alleyways. (B,L,D)

Day 4 Lijiang-
Bendiwan of Tiger
Leaping Gorge

After breakfast, take an overland drive of 100km (about 2 hours) along Yunnan-Tibet Road to Qiaotou Village (1850m),
or the Upper Tiger Leaping Gorge. From Qiaotou Village, drive 6km along the gorge road to a small village, where
driver and vehicle will leave and our guide will go with you to start the trekking up to Haba Snow Mountain (1 hour to
Zhong Luo Yu Village at 2250m, another 1.5 hours to “24 Bends” at 2650m, another 1.5 hours to “Two Families” at
2320m, and 2 hours to Bendiwan at 2410m. The total trekking distance is around 15 kilometers). (B,L,D)

Day 5 Bendiwan-

After breakfast, continue your trekking from Bendiwan to the Walnut Grove (1.5 hours from Bendiwan to Da Shen Gou
at 2060m, another 1 hour to the Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge at 1700m, and take another 1.5 hours back to Tina’s
Guesthouse. Note: the blue part is optional tour
. (B,L,D)

Day 6 Tina’s
Trekking to Haba

In the morning, drive 1 hour to a small village to start our trekking. Trek 5 hours to Haba Village, an interesting
township beneath the Haba Snow Mountain. The local minorities include Naxi, Hui (Muslim) and Yi peoples, as well
as the odd Tibetan. It is a beautiful hiking around the Haba Snow Mountain. (B,L,D)

Day 7 Haba

After breakfast, drive about 45 minutes to Wa Shua Ping Zi village. Then, start today’s 4-5 hours trekking to Sanba
Village. First visit the White Water Terrace (Baishuitai) where the Naxi Culture originated and it is now the holy place
for Naxi ceremonies. It is located 101km northwest of Zhongdian County, 140 meters in length and 160 meters in
width. After lunch, drive to Zhongdian, known as “Shangri-La” which was described as a heaven away from the
turbulent mundane world in James Hilton’s novel “The lost Horizon” in 1993. (B,L,D)

Day 8 Zhongdian

Zhongdian is the gateway to Tibet. Explore real Tibetan culture in this mountainous region. Visit a Tibetan village.
Then, visit Shudu Lake, a nature preserve with wonderful birdlife. Also visit Songzanlin Lamasery, the largest Tibetan
Buddhist Temple in Yunnan Province The temple was made after the Potala Palace in Lhasa, hence it has another
name “Second Potala Palace", living more than 800 monks and 3 living Buddha. (B,L,D)

Day 9 Zhongdian-

Take a morning flight to Kunming and connect with your homebound flight (no transfer service in Kunming). TOUR

B:Breakfast  L:Lunch  D:Dinner
Standard A ( for 4-star hotel )
Kunming: Camellia Hotel Kunming

Zhongdian: Pacific Rim hotel Zhongdian

Tina’s Guesthouse:Tina’s Guesthouse (private shower)
Haba Village:Haba Snow Sea Guesthouse (private shower)
Dali: Landscape Hotel Dali
Lijiang: San He Old Town Hotel Lijiang
Price: RMB --/ per person in 1/2 double room
≥10 person
Single Supplement
6-9 person
Single Supplement
2-5 person
Single Supplement
High Season
Shoulder Season
Low Season

High Season: Apr., May, Sep., Oct., 1st Nov.-15th Nov
Shoulder Season: Mar., July, June, Aug., 16th Nov.-30th Nov
Low Season: Dec., Jan., Feb


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