10-day Yunnan tour to the Lost Horizon
Day 1 Arrive in Kunming
Arrive in Kunming and take a visit to the Stone Forest, created by ancient winds and water erosion over millions of years. After the tour, take a van from Kunming to Dali departing at 7:30 pm,you will arrive in Dali at about 12:00 pm.
Day 2 Dali,Lijiang
There are frequent trains running between Dali to Lijiang,which is faster and more comfortable than the van.You can take the train departing at 4:55 pm or 6:42 pm which takes one and half hours to Lijiang. When the night falls,it is the right time to wandering around the old town.You may enjoy the Naxi Classical Musical Show and explore traditional Naxi architecture in Lijiang Old Town.There are also a lot of distinctive bars in Lijiang Old Town.
Day 3 Lijiang
Take a van about half an hour to visit Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (cable car to the Yak Meadow and green vans available in the scenic area). After lunch, visit Yufeng Temple and Baisha Mural in the ancient capital of Naxi Kingdom in Baisha village.
Day 4 Lugu Lake
It takes as long as six hours from Lijiang to Lugu Lake,however,the breathtaking beauty of Lugu Lake will surely make your trek worthwhile.Prepare for carsickness medicine as the road winds along hillside.After arriving at Lugu Lake,visit the Mosuo Family and have a Campfire Party. Overnight in Lugu Lake.
-The Mosuos, a branch of the Naxi nationality with a population of about 15000, are the main ethnic group scattered in the lakeside villages.They are in the matriachal society.
Day 5 Lugu Lake,Lijiang
Cruise on the Lugu Lake. Then drive back to Lijiang and have a good rest.
Day 6 Lijiang,Tiger Leaping Gorge,Shangri-la
Take a van from Lijiang to Shangri-la which costs about 4 hours. You will pass by Tiger Leaping Gorge, a contender for the world's deepest river canyon.You can stop halfway and appreciate the spectacular scenery. Then the famous lost paradise —— Shangri-la is waiting for you, a place with stunning scenery, the azure sky and the hospitality of unsophisticated people.
Day 7 Shangri-la
Enjoy full day tour of Zhongdian Old Town and Songzanlin Monastery in Shangri-la.
Day 8 Meili Snow Mountain
You can charter a car and please do not forget to bargain for a preferential transfer fee. And in this way, you can stop sometimes to enjoy the pure and beautiful scenery of the Jingsha River, the crucial town of ancient Tea-Horse Road from Sichuan to Tibet, the White Horse Snow Mountain, the Moon Valley, the Dongzhulin Temple and the Feilai Temple.
Finally you will reach the Mingyong Glacier of the Meili Snow Mountain. Night in local guesthouse and have a good rest.
Meili Snow Mountain
Day 9 Meili Snow Mountain, Lijiang
Buying tickets which is about CNY60.00 at the park entrance. The tickets will be checked on the way up the mountain at the starting point of the circular path along the cliff. Explore the enchanting scenery of Meili Snow Mountain. Then return to Lijiang Old Town,which costs about 8 hours if you charter a car.Have a good rest in Lijiang.
Day 10 Kunming Departure
Take a van or train from Lijiang to Kunming and take a flight there to your next destination.Your 10-day Yunnan tour to the Lost Horizon comes to an end.