PRIVATE TOUR: Uncover the beauty of Tiger Leaping Gorge, spend a night with a local family in a Naxi village, visit mountainous Yi Village to learn about their local culture and traditions, and enjoy some free time in Lijiang on this short and unique 5 day tour.
Upon arrival at Lijiang Sanyi airport you'll be met and transferred to your hotel in the city. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the enchanting city of Lijiang with its maze of cobbled streets, canals and spectacular mountain scenery. Lijiang sits at an altitude of 2,500m and is home to the Naxi people.
Lijiang - Tiger Leaping Gorge - Naxi village. This morning you'll drive to Tiger Leaping Gorge, stopping en route at Shigu Stone Drum Town, on the first bed of the Yangtze River. Spectacular Tiger Leaping Gorge is one of the world’s deepest canyons, stretching 18km in length and reaching 4000m in height above the waters of the Yangtze River. 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, hence the name.
In the afternoon continue on to a Naxi village where you'll spend the night with a local family and gain a fascinating insight into their way of life. The Naxi are a matriarchal society descended from a race of Tibetan nomads who settled in the region before the 10th century.
Overnight: Naxi Homestay | Breakfast, Dinner
Hike to Yi Village
Naxi village - Yi Village - Lijiang. Enjoy a home cooked breakfast at your homestay this morning before embarking on a scenic round trip hike to Yi Village (approx 3 - 4 hours). Here you’ll learn about the Yi people, their culture, traditions and lifestyle in the mountains. Return to Lijiang this afternoon.
Overnight: Lijiang | Breakfast, Lunch
Today is free for you to independently explore Lijiang. The UNESCO listed Old Town dis over 1300 years old and is rich in history and architecture. An earthquake in 1996 caused considerable damage, but despite this, concerted efforts have been made to painstakingly rebuild it in the old style. It has a network of ancient streets lined with small restaurants and eating houses in unique architectural styles, which are intersected by canals and a lively marketplace at Sifang, where you can buy locally produced handicrafts including embroidery, hand-beaten copper pots and wood carvings.
Overnight: Lijiang | Breakfast
Your stay comes to an end today. Tour arrangements conclude after onward
transfer to the airport.
Prices & Dates
Prices shown are ‘per person’, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. The single supplement price needs to be added to the per person price if single rooms are required. If travelling solo, an additional ‘1-person’ supplement will apply.Read More
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.
Zen Garden Hotel (Wuyi Yard), Lijiang
Set in a beautiful and tranquil courtyard of flowers with a water feature, the Zen Garden Hotel Wuyi Yard is a traditional Naxi style property. The authentically designed guest rooms are equipped with modern bathrooms and many of the rooms have marvellous panoramic views over Lijiang and the surrounding mountains. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout and breakfast and snacks can be purchase at the on site Tea House. Perfectly located in the centre of Lijiang and great for exploring the city.