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Hong Kong – Jade Dragon Snow Mountain – Tiger Leaping Gorge

Tiger Leaping Gorge

HIGHLIGHTS: Trek Tiger Leaping Gorge – Unique Ethnic Cultures  – Shangri La – Ancient Chinese Towns – Petrified Shilin Stone Forest

Trip duration: 18 Days Tour Code: CYT15 Date: 30 Aug – 13th Sep 2015
Cost: US$2860.00 Dble/Twin + Airfares Included Extras: All meals + Itinerary activities. Airfares: Syd-Hong Kong

The Journey:
ChinaExperience the best of Yunnan's mountainous north, encountering both majestic alpine beauty and the enduring charm and hospitality of this region's unique ethnic minorities. From the rugged splendor of Tiger Leaping Gorge (we will do a 3 day trek) and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain to the cozy lanes and wooden homes of the old towns of Dali, this tour has it all. See the old-growth forests of Shangri-La, the petrified Shilin Stone Forest near Kunming, the crystalline waters of Erhai Lake, the sacred Baisha Frescoes and much more, while meeting Tibetan, Bai, Naxi and Yi inhabitants of Yunnan's stunning mountains.

"Tiger Leaping Gorge" 15 days, 30th Aug to 13th Sep 2015

Day 1: Sydney – Hong Kong - Kunming
China MonasterySunday 30th August 2015
We catch flight 2125 to KUL 0400 - 0855

Day 2: Kunming arrival (D)
Arrive around Mid Day. Your guide will meet you at the airport and accompany you to your hotel.
Welcome to Kunming, Yunnan's capital city. Known as "the City of Eternal Spring," its high elevation and southern location keep temperatures moderate year 'round. Take a city tour and check out the Kunming Flower and Bird Market, which, along with old well-kept houses in its immediate neighborhood, is protected by Kunming's historical preservation zone known as the Kunming Old Town. Besides flowers and birds, the market offers also traditional local arts and crafts, wooden carvings, and other great souvenir items.
Overnight Kunming Jinjiang Hotel or similar.

Day 3 Kunming (B/L/D)
China1st Sep. Yunnan's Stone Forest (85 km, 1.5 h from Kunming) is an extremely rare geological phenomenon dating back 270 million years. The Stone Forest consists of 80 hectares of karst limestone pillars rising in fantastic shapes that, viewed from a distance, resemble a forest. It is also home to the Sani tribe, a branch of the diverse and scattered Yi minority known for their embroidery and dancing. On the way, you'll pay a visit to a Yi minority village.
Overnight Kunming Jinjiang Hotel or similar.

Day 4 Kunming-Dali (B/L/D)
You'll be driven to the airport for your morning flight (around 7:00 a.m. ) from kunming to Dali (approximately 35 minutes).
Upon arrival, you'll visit the Three Pagodas, followed by an hour-and-a-half cruise on beautiful Erhai Lake with a stop at Jinsuo Island, home to Luoyuan Temple. Next, explore Dali Ancient Town. With a history of 1,300 Chinayears, Dali is home to the Bai people, one of Yunnan's largest ethnic groups. Standing in the shadow of the stunning snow-capped peaks of Cang Shan on the shores of Erhai Lake, Dali's ancient architecture and charming lanes are perfect for hours of leisurely strolling.
Overnight Dali Landscape Hotel or similar.

Day 5 Dali-Lijiang (B/L/D)
Enjoy the 200 km three-hour drive to Lijiang through some of Yunnan's most beautiful countryside. En route, stop and visit a Bai minority village and market, where you'll take part in a formal Bai Three Course Tea Ceremony in which the full range of exquisite flavors inherent to local teas come through in subsequent "courses," from a pleasantly bitter first cup, a smooth and sweet second cup and a final mild finishing cup.
Next, you'll be off to Lijiang, the ancient capital of Yunnan's Naxi minority.
Lijiang Ancient Town is a picturesque mountain citadel laced with canals and lanes. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Lijiang's remote location and the religious beliefs of the traditional ruling clans make it unique among China's ancient towns in that it has never had a city Chinawall, lending it a
charming sense of openness and connection to the surrounding alpine splendor.
Overnight Lijiang Liwang Hotel in the heart of Lijiang's old town.

Day 6 Lijiang (B/L/D)
Head for Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Area and explore beautiful Yak Meadow via a round-trip cable ride that features spectacular mountain views.
Next, witness "Impression Lijiang," a song & dance extravaganza that includes some 400 people from 10 ethnic groups and 100 horses in an outdoor theater against the backdrop of the snow-capped peaks of Jade Dragon. Created and originally directed by Zhang Yimou, the famous film director who may be best known as the creator of the 2008 Olympics Opening & Closing Ceremonies.
ChinaThe amazing Baisha Frescoes grace the walls of Liulidian Temple and Daobaoji Temple. Overall, some 558 mural paintings on 12 walls date back to the Ming Dynasty and the late 14th century. The frescoes blend Buddhism, Taoism and Tibetan Lamaism and display characteristics of Han Chinese, Tibetan, Bai and Naxi aesthetic traditions. Finally, Shuhe Old Town is an ancient trade post on the old Tea Horse Road that connected China to the Red Sea and beyond. Once the most important
town in Lijiang, its history of more than 1,000 years is visible in its well preserved architecture and in the culture of its Naxi residents.
Overnight Lijiang Liwang Hotel or a similar hotel.

Day 7 Lijiang-Tiger Leaping Gorge-Tea Horse Guesthouse (B/L/D)
At 6:00, drive to Qiaotou Town (2 hours). Your hiking trip starts from Qiaotou. After about two hours trekking in the upper Tiger Leaping Gorge, you will arrive at Naxi Family Guesthouse for lunch. It is easy trekking from Qiaotou to Naxi Family Guesthouse, but beautiful scenery. After lunch, we trek from Naxi Family to the 28 zigzagging turns, which is challenging. From the top of "28 turns" on the high path we trek further uphill to a place above 3000m where you can have a view of the panorama of the entire Gorge.

Day 8 Tea Guesthouse - Tina’s Guesthouse (B/L/D)
In the morning, trek to Tina’s Guesthouse. Go pass waterfalls and halfway guesthouse .
When you arrive in Tina's Guest house, you will check in and take a break. We then walk down to the bank of the river for sightseeing of the  waterfalls, the most narrow part of the Tiger Leaping Gorge, Gate of Gorge(30M wide only), and the One Thread of Sky. When you walk to the river, you can choose the same way back, or you can climb the Sky Ladder up to the road. (The Sky Ladder is built along the cliff, it is vertical and dangerous. It is very challenging.

ChinaDay 9 Tina’s Guesthouse- Haba village Guesthouse (B/L/D)
We will leave the guest house after breakfast and walk to Walnut Grove for lunch. Afterwards, go on walking to Heika Village which is the end of Tiger Leaping Gorge. Next we transfer to Haba Village. sightseeing Naxi villages and Longwan Hui hamlets, overlooking the highest peak of Haba Snow Mountain Range.

Day 10 Shangrila-White water terrace-Haba Village Guesthouse-(B/L/D)
After breakfast, we drive to Shangrila. You will visit the White water terrace on the way. The Baishui Terrace was also one of the places where the Dongba was originated. In Baidi village near the terrace we can still experience the old Naxi ethnic life-style. Each year, on the eighth day of the second month of the lunar calendar, is the day for the Naxi people to celebrate the traditional Festival. People of various groups congregate around the terrace, singing and dancing and offering chickens to pay tribute.

Day 11 Shangri-La -(B/L/D)
ChinaToday, we start off with a visit to the Geden Songzanglin Monastery, home to 700 monks and one living Buddha and founded in the 17th century during the reign of the Fifth Dalai Lama.
In the afternoon, its off to Pudacuo National Park with its tranquil lakes, alpine meadows dotted with wild flowers, and virgin forests of spruce and pine. After returning to town, we'll pay a visit to a local Tibetan family.
Overnight Zhaxidele Hotel or similar.

Day 12 Shangri-La departure (B)
You'll be driven to Shangri-La airport for your flight to Hong Kong

Day 13 Hong Kong (B)
Today is free to explore Hong Kong.
You can take the Star ferry across the Victoria harbour (Star Ferry now has just two short routes across. It’s only about a ten minute journey with frequent sailings. There is a longer Star Ferry Harbour Tour and also a Star Ferry Symphony of Lights Cruise which lasts two hours;
ChinaHead to Stanley Markets, (Repulse Bay is on the way to Stanley and you can visit these places at the same time. Stanley has much more than the market, including the Maritime Museum, beaches, war graves cemetery and Ma Hang Park. Spend all day in Kowloon -- all the markets -- Ladies Market, Bird Market, Jade Market, Flower Market, wet market. Lunch at Aberdeen. Ice cream at Gelare - fabulous.
Take the chairlift to Victoria Peak  or shop till you drop.
Tonight will be our farewell dinner

Day 14 Hong Kong - Sydney
Today is departure day. We board flight at 1815 – KUL 2220  - 2340

Day 15 Sydney
Sun 13th Sep: Arrive Sydney in Morning 0945

COST INCLUDED:
Accommodation double/twin
Domestic flight tickets
Meals as per itinerary
All transfers and sightseeing stated
Private air-conditioned transportation
English speaking guide
COST NOT INCLUDED:
Visa fees (if required)
International Flight Tickets.
Meals & drink other than specified
Other personal expenses not mentioned
Tips
Personal Travel Insurance

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