Day 1: Arrival in Lijiang & Self-Guided Exploration of Dayan
In your own time, do a self-guided exploration of Lijiang’s 800-year-old Dayan Old Town using our unique Bivou hand-drawn Explorer map. Stay one night at The Bivou.
Day 2: 1-day Wenhai Naxi Village, Snowflake Yi Village, Fuguo Monastery and Baisha Naxi Village Eco-Tour
The day begins with a visit to Fuguo Temple, a majestic and important Tibetan Buddhist Monastery which is also home and school to a group of Tibetan orphans displaced from Tibetan Sichuan. After driving up for another 40 minutes, we arrive firstly at the picturesque Naxi village of Wenhai, nestled in a sub-alpine valley at an elevation of over 3000 metres and then a little further on, an even more remote Yi village of Snowflake. Here we have a rare chance to experience up close and personal the most traditional cultures and natural attractions of this area. A further drive of 30 minutes will take us back down to Baisha Village where we will visit a Naxi family for a local lunch. Where time permits, we will do an easy hike for about 2-3 hours to Yulong village, where we will have a chance to see many highland flowers blooming, especially between April and September. We will then drive back to The Bivou where our trip will end.
Day 3: 1-day Thousand Tortoise Mountain (Liming Laojunshan) Tour
Today we visit historic Stone Drum (Shigu) Town along the way, taking in the important Long March Monument which commemorates the crucial role of the town in China’s political history, and viewing the remarkable First Bend of Yangtze River where you can see a dramatic ‘V’ shaped bend of the Yangtze as it passes by. Next we come to Liming, where we will have lunch at Red Rock Street before taking a cable car or hiking up to the unusual Thousand Tortoise Mountain, enjoying the Red Sandstone Land-forms of this Geological Park along the way. We will also have a chance to visit a remote Lisu minority village before finally driving back to Lijiang.
Day 4: 1-day Trip to Shaxi Old Town and Shibaoshan Buddhist Grottoes
This trip includes two main sights, Shibaoshan, which is a stunning and important complex of old temples and ancient Buddhist grottoes set in a rocky landscape. In Shibaoshan, we visit Baoxiang Temple, a Yuan dynasty Buddhist temple built directly onto the rocky hillside, where there are more than 200 mischievous monkeys living around the temple. From here, we will go on to visit the other important site, Shizhong Temple, before heading to Shaxi Old Town where we will have lunch with a local Bai minority family and visit the local markets, the old bridge, the surrounding farmlands, and also Shaxi’s Main Town Square which seems to be trapped in time.
Day 5：Depart Lijiang
1. 4 nights’ accommodation in a Farm/Garden Yard Twin/Double Room at the Bivou, including daily breakfast for 2.
2. All above tours including the tickets, transportation, English speaking guide, breakfasts and accommodation.
4. 2-way Lijiang Sanyi Airport Transfer
5. One session of Oriental massage for 2