Start your day in Lijiang by exploring the city at your own pace. On the next day, you’ll head north to visit First Bend of the Yangtze River and the magnificent Tiger Leaping Gorge. On your way back to Lijiang, you’ll visit Black Dragon Pool and Dongba Culture Museum. On the following day, you’ll be delivered to visit Jade Dragon Snow Mountain incluidng Ganhaizi Meadow, White Water River and Yak Meadow. On your way back to Lijiang, you’ll visit Baisha Village and explore the beauty of Baisha Mural.
Upon arrival at Lijiang’s airport (or Railway Station or Bus Terminal), you’ll be picked up by the local guide and chauffeured to a local hotel in a private car. You are free to explore the city later today to get your bearing.
You’re recommended to visit flower and bird market as well as the Golden Horse and Jade Phoenix Archway, depending on your interest and schedule.
Flower and bird market
Golden Horse and Jade Phoenix Archway
After breakfast, we’ll depart from Lijiang and head north to visit the stunning view of the First Bend of the Yangtze River. It is named as such because a sudden V-shaped bend has been formed when the Yangtze River flowing by, which creates views of wonder. Get prepared to snap a photo of the meandering water embraced in lush valleys.
As a primary tributary of the upper Yangtze River, the Tiger Leaping Gorge is one of the deepest river canyons in the world. The gorge has a series of rapids surging under its steep cliffs and a maximum depth of approximately 3,790 meters from the base to the mountain peak, and it holds a dramatic allure for adventures and trekkers all over the world. Despite its odd danger, it’s gorgeous almost every single step along the way.
On our way back to Lijiang, we’ll visit the picturesque Black Dragon Pool with the towering Jade Dragon Mountain as its backdrop, then pay a visit to Dongba Culture Museum to explore the rich Naxi minority culture.
First Bend of Yangtze River
Tiger Leaping Gorge
We’ll head north for about 15 kilometers to visit the magnificent Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. It features a variety of landscapes given its souring height and vast range, and Ganhaizi Meadow located at the east foot of the mountain is the starting point to experience its distinctive beauty. The meadow is blanketed with sweeping grasslands lavishly adored with flowers, shrubs and pine trees. Sitting on an altitude of 2900 meters, it makes an ideal place to take in the full view of the snow-crowned peaks of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Next up, you’ll visit the gorgeous White Water River, which is a foaming white glacial river flowing down from the valley.
Going west for about 5 kilometers from the Ganhaizi Meadow, you will reach the bottom station of the snow mountain, where the comfortable passenger cable will lift you to Yak Meadow. Situated at an elevation of 3600 meters, Yak Meadow is a perfect spot to gaze at the 13 magnificent peaks of the mountain. In summer, the meadow is carpeted with blooming flowers and lush grass dotted with grazing yaks. In winter, it is blanketed with snow with a tranquil allure. The ethereal and dewy quality of its frequent misty weather often adds the landscape with a mysterious and serene charm.
After returning from the journey to the snow mountain, you’ll be delivered to Baisha Village to have a taste of its ancient charm. Baisha Village is named after the signature white sands abound in the area and is located 16 km to the northwest of Lijiang Ancient Town. It’s the earliest settlement of the Naxi people and houses a myriad of cultural relics and ancient buildings. One site that is well worth seeking out there is the exquisite Baisha Mural created 600 years ago, which consists of paintings representing the first-class craftsmanship at that time and reflecting the spiritual pursuit and mundane life of Naxi people in ancient times. Not only does it stand out as a rare treasure of art, but it also serves as an important source of information for research on national religions, arts and history.
White Water River
We’ll escort you back to Lijiang’s airport. We will see you off at the airport and wish you a pleasant journey home.