Lijiang Holidays

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Day 1: Guilin

This morning make your own way to Nanjing Airport in time for your flight to Guilin. Welcome to Guilin, Guangxi Province! Airport arrival and friendly local team await to transfer you to your hotel.

Day 2: Guilin

This morning we drive to Longsheng. Here, we explore the rice terraces of the Dragon’s Backbone! Beginning at the base of Mt Longji the verdant green rice fields coil the steep mountain layer upon layer climbing to its summit. Where there is soil a terrace has been made! Taking a walk along the stone paths no more than a metre wide, we climb skyward to enjoy panoramic views of the ribbon like terraces with picturesque valleys and meandering streams below. Returning to Guilin in the evening.

Day 3: Guilin - Yangshuo

This morning we will take you to embark your cruise for the full day journey to Yangshuo - Sit back, relax and enjoy the journey.

Day 4: Yangshuo

Free time today you can choose to go boating along the Li or Yu Long rivers, cycling, hiking, rafting or rock climbing or simply spend the day exploring this charming village laden with quirky shops, tea shops, antiques, art t-shirt designers and souvenir curios. Maybe take a calligraphers or beginner's art class with a local painter or enjoy a morning class at the ‘Cloud 9’ cooking school.

Small golden temple

Day 5: Yangshuo - Kunming

Returning to Guilin we tour the enormous Reed Flute Caves. Take an afternoon stroll along the picturesque riverside foot bridges and paths before our overnight train journey to Kunming.

Day 6: Kunming

Arriving mid morning, transfer and hotel check in with our local guide. This afternoon enjoy a visit to the stunning Western Hills and the Dragon Gate Grotto.

Day 7: Kunming

Excursion to Stone Forest. Celebrated as a natural wonder, it’s Yunnan’s most visited sight. As you stroll along the winding paths and lookout points, you’ll be in awe of the bizarre, tightly packed formations of almost ‘petrified’ stone that forms this unusual attraction 120 km from Kunming.

Red dragons

Day 8: Kunming - Lijiang

This morning by flight you’ll travel north to UNESCO-listed Lijiang. Arrival and Enjoy an excursion to the stunning Jade Dragon Snow Mountain; its landscape includes one of the southernmost glaciers in the world. Access to the mountain is provided by a cable lift to Dragon Spruce Meadow, halfway to the glacier peak. Visit also Yufeng Si Monastery.

Day 9: Lijiang

Today we head to the thrillingly named Tiger leaping gorge on the Yangtze River, where there is time to walk and take in the scenery. Some 16km long and up to 3000m deep, it is the world's deepest canyon. The gorge is so narrow at various points that legend has it a tiger once escaped pursuit by leaping across. Visiting the gorge, you'll have a chance to walk a section and take in the dramatic, yet stark scenery. This evening enjoy a guided walking tour in the labyrinthine streets of Dayan Old Town. Evening Naxi music show.

Day 10: Lijiang

Today a transfer back to Lijiang airport for your flight to Nanjing - Arriving in Nanjing is the end of our arrangements.

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Tiger Leaping Gorge

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last updated - 26 Dec 2014 11:35 AM