Trip Highlights

  • Explore Lijiang’s fascinating Tea Horse Road history and Dongba culture

  • Find your way around the maze that is UNESCO Lijiang Dayan Old Town
  • Bike or ride highland ponies along cobbled paths, through ancient villages, farmland and temples

  • Have lunch in a real Naxi farmhouse and pick fruits in the orchard
  • Try your hand at traditional Bai handicrafts like tie-dye and woodblock printing

  • Take a cable car or hike up pristine alpine rock forests framed by sheer sandstone cliffs, with sharp eyes and a little luck, you may spot figures of Buddha, tortoises and lovers in embrace

  • Observe the rare and adorable Yunnan golden monkeys in their natural environment
  • Paint a local tile cat emblem or try your hand at local pictograph calligraphy

Day 1: Arrival in Lijiang and Self-Guided Exploration of Shuhe Old Town

Day 2: Dayan Old Town Treasure Hunt – Our customized route takes adventurous young people through the winding streets of the heritage quarters. Key highlights are: Naxi traditional architecture, waypoints showcasing Lijiang history and culture, local craftsmen at work (paper making, copper smith, weaving). Cost includes treasure maps, gifts and certifcates of completion.

Day 3: 1-day Lashi Lake Cycling Tour & Farmhouse Visit; Paint-Your-Own-Wamao:  Visit one of the five most important Tibetan monasteries in Lijiang, Zhiyun Temple,  Ride our bicycles around the lake to a remote Naxi village, where we will have lunch cooked by a lovely Naxi grandma. After lunch, we will ride bicycles to the edge of the lake to enjoy the tranquil view of Lashi Lake. In the evening, make or paint your own wamao (lucky tile cat) or enjoy a Dongba Pictograph Painting Session.

Day 4-5: Dali 2D1N Trip: Three Pagodas Temple – Hike Cangshan Mountain – Visit Dali Ancient Town – Er’hai Lake – Xizhou Old Town Traditional Crafts

Day 6-7: 2-Day Laojunshan National Geological Park, Liming Red Sandstone (Danxia) Landforms and Tacheng Yunnan Snub-Nosed Monkeys – Stone Drum (Shigu) Town – First Bend of Yangtze River

Day 8: Depart Lijiang

Includes:

  • One Yunnan Farmhouse Dinner for two adults and one child (with 2 glasses of house wine and a soft drink or fruit juice)
  • 5 nights’ accommodation in a Farm Yard Farmily Suite at the Bivou, including breakfast for 3
  • 2-way Lijiang Sanyi Airport Transfer
  • All above tours including the tickets, transportation, English speaking guide, lunch and accommodation during the trip