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Today you arrive in Lijiang where you will be transferred to your hotel on arrival. With a history spanning 1,300 years, Lijiang possesses rich architecture in what is coined its ‘Old Town’. An earthquake in 1996 caused considerable damage, but despite this, concerted efforts have been made to painstakingly rebuild it in the old style. The Old Town (Dayan) is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It possesses a network of ancient and narrow streets lined with small restaurants and eating houses in unique architectural styles, which are intersected by canals and a lively marketplace at Sifang, where one can buy locally produced handicrafts including embroidery, hand-beaten copper pots and wood carvings.
This morning we drive to Qiaotou where we start our trek of the Tiger leaping Gorge. About 100km northwest of Lijiang in Yunnan province is where the Yangtze River’s upper reaches, the Jingsha Jiang, channel with force through Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia). Some 30km long and with peaks either side reaching an average of 4,000m, 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 it at its narrowest point. Today we begin our trek and trek to Bendiwan. Overnight - Tea Horse Inn
Today we continue our trek to Walnut Grove- a small village between the upper and middle section of the Tiger Leaping Gorge.
Today we continue on to Daju- A sleepy concrete town which marks the end of our trek for the more adventurous. From here we catch a bus back to Lijiang where the evening is yours free to relax.
Today is free time to explore Lijiang and relax after your amazing trek.
Today our journey ends with a transfer to the airport.
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