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The village’s wooden houses, courtyards and narrow, winding streets make it a popular location for period Chinese movies and TV shows, and there are ever-increasing numbers of domestic day trippers. However, this is still a wonderfully relaxed place where you can spend the night sitting by the river under a canopy of stars and listening to the frogs croaking in the rice paddies.

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$128 Day Trips & Excursions

1 Day Dali-Shaxi Ancient Town Tour

After breakfast ,our guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel in Dali downtown,then drive from Dali to Shibaoshan mountain to enjoy the Karst scenery there .The most prominent sight at ShibaoShan is the Stone Bell Temple with its 139, well preserved stone carvings. These magnificent stone carvings date as far back as 1300 years to the once powerful Nanzhao Kingdom during the Tang Dynasty (618-907).Explore the ancient temple complex including Baoxiang Temple, Haiyun Temple, Shizhong Temple and the Ancient Grottoes. If you are lucky enough, you also can see a lot of wild monkey group around Baoxiang Temple.After lunch walk around Shaxi Old Town.Shaxi is the last remaining ancient market town of its kind on the Tea & Horse Caravan Trail. This trail is a trading route that connected Tibet, Sichuan, and Yunnan to countries in southeast Asia, also called the Southern Silk Road.The World Monuments Fund (WMF) has listed Shaxi as one of the 100 most endangered sites in the world in 2001.Drive back to Dali in the late afternoon. You will be dropped back to the original point you departure this morning.

$470 Cultural & Theme Tours

7 Days Yunnan Charming Old Town Tour

Day 1: Kunming - Dali In the morning, your driver will pick you up at your hotel in Kunming and drive you to Dali; you’ll meet your Dali tour guide upon your arrival. After resting for a while, you will proceed to explore the old history of this famous Dali Old Town. Optional today is a cruise on Erhai Lake from where you can enjoy the green Cangshan Mountain and the Three Pagodas from far as well as lots of birds flying over the lake. Then head to Jinsuo Island. In the evening, you can enjoy your free time in the Old Town.Day 2: Dali - ShaxiOn the next morning we take you to visit Zhoucheng. Visit Bai-style traditional architectural courtyards, taste their fragrant Three-Course Tea and discover their distinctive culture. After lunch, you will drive to Shaxi with the beautiful farmlands and ethnic villages on the way. First of all, you will take a visit to Shibao Mountain for a short hiking, Drive to Shaxi and check in your hotel.Then,enjoy your afternoon.Day 3: ShaxiToday, you will hike with your tour guide and experience the ancient Tea and Horse Trading Route. We will hike along the village of Maping Guan, an extraordinary holdover from the old Horse and Trade period.Then you will come back to Sideng Market, you can relax and take your leisure time in this quiet town.Day 4: Shaxi - Shangri-LaAfter a tasty local breakfast, say goodbye to your Dali tour guide. Your driver will take you to Tiger Leaping Gorge where your next tour guide will already await you. The guide will first take you to visit gorge; After that get driven to Shangri-La; take a visit to the Songzanlin Monastery, the largest Tibetan monastery in Yunnan. Day 5: Shangri-La - LijiangIn the morning, we visit Dukezong Tibetan Ancient Town and climb up to the top of Tortoise Hill (Gui Shan), After that, we visit a Tibetan family. After lunch, say goodbye to your Shangri-La tour guide and drive back south to Lijiang. On the way, we stop over at the First Bend of the Yangtze River with imposing gorge scenery. Meet your Lijiang tour guide at your Lijiang hotel.Day 6: LijiangIn the morning, visit the Black Dragon Pool and Dongba Museum to explore the rich Naxi minority culture. Then take a visit to the Jade Lake Village. It situated at the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. You'll stroll through this quiet village and experience the local people’s life. After lunch, we pay a visit to a local Naxi family in Baisha and visit the Baisha Mural afterwards. Day 7: DepartureThe last day of the tour has come. Enjoy your free time in Lijiang's Old Town during the morning. Your driver and tour guide will drop you off at the airport or train station from where you can approach your next destination

$468 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Dali, Shaxi & Lijiang Tour

Day 1: Dali (L)In the morning, you'll be picked up from your hotel in Dali Old Town and brought to Xizhou to visit the morning market, where locals dressed in minority clothing sell local fruits, freshly cut meat, piles of fragrant spices and so on. See Bai-style traditional architectural courtyards, before going to Zhoucheng to see how grandmothers handover their tie-dye tradition to mothers and daughters. And don’t be fooled by the tie-dye we know in the west; the Bai people knot together true pieces of art!Take a cruise on Erhai Lake to Jinsuo Island to see the cormorant-bird fishing village. Enjoy views of the green and clouded Cangshan Mountains looming over the Three Pagodas, while swarms of birds fly around you over the tranquil lake. Then your guide will take you to your hotel. Use your free-time in the evening to have a drink in one of Dali’s many cozy little bars or stroll around its lively main streets where local artists sell beautiful handicrafts.Day 2: Shaxi (B, L)After breakfast your driver will drive you to Shaxi, passing beautiful farmlands and villages along the way. Visit Shibao mountain, home to some of the most important stone carvings in China: depictions of the court of the Nanzhao Empire from the 8th century, and magnificent examples of early Buddhist art.Then you'll go back to Shaxi and check-in to your hotel. On your way to the Sidengjie and Xingjiao Temples, you can stroll through the streets and feel like you went a 1000 years back in time. Visit the Yunjin Bridge and Heihui River which was a key stop on the Old Tea-horse Road. Day 3: Lijiang (B, L)Enjoy people-watching at the Shaxi Friday market (on Fridays), before your driver will take you to Lijiang. Visit the Black Dragon Pool to see one of the most iconic views in China of the impressive Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the background of a traditional Chinese garden. Continue to the Dongba Museum to learn about the unique Dongba and matriarch Naxi minority culture. Then we'll go to Yuhu village, which is located in the southern valley with a full view of the majestic Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Visit the previous residence of Joseph Rock, who was a Victorian National Geographic explorer who spend over 20 years of his life in this area, recording Naxi culture and risking his life exploring the far corners of Yunnan. You then have the opportunity to feel like an explorer yourself on a guided horse trek leading you along the mountain slopes. Afterwards your driver will bring you back to Lijiang Ancient Town, with pretty streams winding through a maze of enchanting back alleys. This is where your tour will end.

$180 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Private 4-days Cycling Trip to from Dali to Lijiang in Yunnan Province

1. Dali - Eryuan,This cycling trip begins in Dali, you will ride about 45KM alongside the Erhai Lake, after that 8KM on asphalt road, and then 10KM uphill to Eryuan, overnight in Eryuan.2. Eryuan - Shaxiafter breakfast you will ride about 50KM to Diannan, then ride 25KM to Shaxi old town,the half of the road from Diannan to Shaxi is downhill.overnight in Shaxi3. Shaxi -JianchuanToday you will visit the Shibao Mountain, you will also visit the Shibao grottoes, the largest and best preserved grottoes existing in Yunnan, after that you will ride to Jianchuan. today you will ride about 32KM. overnight in Jianchuan.4. Jianchuan - LijiangToday you will ride about 80KM to Lijiang, on the way to Lijiang there is about 12KM uphill.After you have arrived in Lijiang, you will have free time.This Cycling Trip ends in Lijiang.

$468 Cultural & Theme Tours

Three-day Private Dali, Shaxi and Lijiang Tour

Please kindly notice that we can start Day 1 from Lijiang and reserve the entire itinerary.Day 1: DaliVisit Dali, Xizhou, Zhoucheng (L)In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel (within Dali Ancient Town) and go to our meeting point.(Sometimes Dali Ancient Town doesn't allow cars to go into small places, in that case, we will arrange a meeting point)Then your driver will bring you to Xizhou, visiting Xizhou morning market, Bai-style traditional architectural courtyards, and explore the Bai minority’s distinctive culture. Then you will visit the biggest Bai village ----- Zhoucheng Village, which is often called “Home of the Bai ethnic minority Tie- Dye culture” and experience the tie- dye culture first-hand.After Lunch, you will take a cruise on Erhai Lake to Jinsuo Island, a local cormorant fishing village. Enjoy the green Cangshan Mountain Range and the Three Pagodas from far as well as the many birds flying over the lake. After that, the guide will take you to check-in to your hotel and enjoy a free-time evening in the town.Day 2: ShaxiVisit Shibaoshan on the way and then Sidengjie (B, L), the center of Shaxi old townAfter breakfast your driver will drive you to Shaxi, passing beautiful farmlands and ethnic villages along the way. You’ll explore the Shibao mountain area, home to some of the most important stone carvings in ChinaThen, you will go back to Shaxi and check-in to your hotel.  Shaxi has thousands of years of history and while on your way to the Sidengjie and Xingjiao Temples, you can stroll through the streets and take in the feelings of that history. Later, you will visit the nearby Yunjin Bridge and Heihui River which was a key stop on the Ancient Tea-horse Road. It’ll be easy to imagine ancient life while standing on the stone bridges, streets, temples, and village gates.Day 3: Lijiang \Visit Black Dragon Pool, Dongba Naxi Museum,  Jade Lake Naxi Village and Lijiang Dayan Ancient Town (B, L)After breakfast stroll around the streets and perhaps shop at the morning markets where elders selling vegetables and fresh meat and other local products, then, your driver will take you to Lijiang. Your Lijiang tour guide will bring you to the Black Dragon Pool where you can enjoy a fantastic view of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain from afar then go to the Dongba Museum to explore Naxi minority culture. Afterwards you will drive to Yuhu village. You then have the opportunity to join a guided horse trek. Afterwards your driver will bring you back to Lijiang Ancient Town , where this tour will end. 


Best of Yunnan

China is developing faster than just about anywhere else, but after wandering the scenic highlands of Yunnan for a while, you can’t help but wonder, “What’s the rush?” This 10-day trip is ideal for travellers eager to dig into a side of China you won’t find in bustling Beijing. Hike the huge (and hugely gorgeous) Tiger Leaping Gorge, explore ancient villages, and stroll the streets of the Ming-influenced old city of Dali. This is China, unfiltered.