Join us on an incredible adventure to Yúnnán (云南) the most diverse province in all of China, both in its extraordinary mix of peoples and in the richness of its landscapes. That combination of superb sights and many different ethnic groups has made Yúnnán one of the top destinations in China.
As an important border province of southwestern in China, Yunnan borders Burma, Vietnam, and Laos. It has long been reputed as ‘Colored Clouds in the South.’ It has an average altitude of 2,000 meters and a temperate tropical plateau monsoon climate. It boasts imposing natural scenery, such as snowcapped mountains, glaciers, lakes, hot springs, plateaus, virgin forests, and tropical rainforests. In addition, it abounds in biological resources and enjoys such good reputations as the Kingdoms of Plants and the Realm of Animals, which has greatly benefited in the development of ecological tourism.
Yunnan is known as one of the birthplaces of human beings, and the remains of the Yuanmu Man found in the province date back 1.7 million years. Furthermore, countless places of historic interest are scattered around the province. Yunnan is inhabited by such 26 ethnic groups as the Han, Dai, Bai, Yi, and Hani, making it the province with the most nationalities in China. Each ethnic minority has its unique, colorful customs. A famous tourist province in China, Yunnan has now two World Heritage sites, namely the Lijiang Ancient Town and the Three Parallel Rivers.
The Tiger Leaping Gorge, even though it sounds like a fictional place, it is very real and if you hike the 16km along it, you’ll find yourself amazed at this trail that passes through steep ridges and vertiginous cliffs.
THIS FIVE-DAY TRIP FEATURES:
Arrival to Lijiang, Yunnan, China. You may choose to arrive by train or plane.
Explore Lijiang Old Town, a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site that will transport you to ancient China when you walk its cobblestone streets.
Explore Shuhe Old Town, just as beautiful as Lijiang, but a bit less touristic.
Hike along one of the deepest gorges in the world, the Tiger Leaping Gorge.
But, first get closer to the Jinsha river (part of the Yangzi River) and hear it roar. It will blow your mind.
Then, walk on a trail on the edge of these vertiginous cliffs! Some up to 1 km high.
Distance: 15 kilometers
Duration: 7 hours
Ascent: 542 meters
Highest point: 2650 meters
Bike from Wenhai (over 3,000 meters above sea level) lake to Baisha Ancient Town (a picturesque and traditional Chinese village)
Visit a beautiful temple on your way down the mountain.
Walk around the cobblestone alleys of Baisha village.
Here you will get to learn the story of Dr. Ho, the most famous resident of Baisha. He was an expert in Chinese herbal medicine and has been featured in media as varied as National Geographic and the BBC. Sadly Dr. Ho passed away last year at the age of 96 years, however his son will be more than happy to share some stories of his renown father as well as some insight into herbal medicine.
Departure from Lijiang
PRICE: 2,899 RMB / 420 USD
*500 RMB deposit (included in the price) is required upon signing up. The full payment must be made by the 18th of September.
In case of a cancellation, the amount paid is not refundable after the 18th of September, unless a replacement is found.
A MINIMUM of 10 participants is required to organize this trip. Should the trip be cancelled due to a low number of participants, changing weather conditions or other unforeseeable factors, all guests receive a full refund.
MAXIMUM group size: 16 guests
- This allows us to give you a more pleasant and intimate experience.
Accepted payment methods:
Transfer/deposit to Bank of China
- Train Station –> Lijiang Old Town
*** if arrival in Lijiang at 21:52 on May 1st
- Lijiang Old Town –> Shuhe Old town
- Shuhe Old Town <—> Tiger Leaping Gorge
- Shuhe Old Town —> Train Station
*** If departure from Lijiang at 7:35 on October 6th
Local food on October 3/4/5th; both meat and vegetarian options. Let us know if you have any special dietary needs.
- Breakfasts x3
- Lunch x3
- Dinner x3
***NOTE – Drinks are not included
Four nights in a hotel in Shuhe
Single supplement additional 80 RMB per night.
- Accidental death and disability 100,000 RMB
- Accidental medical treatment 10,000 RMB
- Emergency Medical Evacuation 100,000 RMB
Important notice: If you do not work in China and do not have a Chinese bank account you are required to obtain your own insurance policy.
- We also speak Spanish, Polish and French.
- Certified in First Aid, CPR, and AED by the American Red Cross
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IMPORTANT: Please do not book your flight tickets until the organizers confirm the trip.
Please note: all participant should purchase their tickets to arrive in Lijiang no later than the evening of May 1st and departure on the 5th. The offcial start of the tour is May 2nd. If you need assistance with booking your flight/train, an additional fee of 100 RMB will apply.
Train is an alternative way to get to Lijiang. It’s time consuming, but you can save 50% comparing to the price of the flight.
It is up to you to go and explore there on your own during free time in Lijiang.
All guests should aim to arrive by the evening
08:30 – Breakfast
09:30 – Explore Shuhe Old Town
13:00 – Lunch in Shuhe
14:30 – Black Dragon Pool (optional)
15:00 – Explore Lijiang Old Town
19:00 – Dinner in Lijiang
20:00 – Drive back to hotel
06:00 – Breakfast
06:30 – Departing from Shuhe
09:30 – Reaching Tiger Leaping Gorge (Yangtze River Viewpoint)
11:00 – Drop off at the trailhead, start hiking
13:00 – Lunch
14:00 – Continue hiking
18:30 – Arriving at the end point / dinner
20:00 – Drive back to Shuhe
8:30 – Breakfast
10:00 – Drop off at Wenhai lake
11:00 – Begin the bike ride
13:00 – Arriving to Baisha, have lunch
14:00 – Meeting Dr Ho’s son then free time to explore
16:30 – Biking back to Shuhe
17:30 – Arriving in Shuhe
18:30 – Dinner
Departure from Lijiang