Tiger Leaping Gorge Itinerary

Travel to China and visit the famous Tiger Leaping Gorge on a trip from Kunming, via Dali, Shaxi, Shangri-La and Lijiang, and see China's picturesque countryside

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Tiger Leaping Gorge

Corn farmer, Dali

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Local friends, Dali

Day 1 Kunming

Travel to China and indulge in Kunming's old-world charm by exploring its quaint backstreets or tracking down a bargain at the bustling local markets.
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Days 2-3 Dali

Bound by spectacular Erhai Lake on one side and snow-capped mountains on the other, visiting Dali is a real treat. Explore the cobblestone lanes and wooden houses of the old town or perhaps take a boat trip. Barter with the Bai people at the colourful lakeside markets - a bargain hunter's dream.
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Days 4-5 Shaxi

Step back in time and enjoy the village atmosphere of Shaxi. Learn about the unique cultures and heritage of this remote town which lies in the shadow of the Himalayas.
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Days 6-7 Shangri-La

Be immersed in the Tibetan way of life in Shangri-La County, joining local residents at night for singing and dancing.
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Days 8-9 Tiger Leaping Gorge

Legend has it that a tiger leapt across the Yangzi to escape a hunter, granting the gorge its name. Arduous but rewarding, this hike along the river traverses the spectacular terrain of one of the world's deepest gorges. Stay in simple guesthouses and eat at local cafes en route.
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Days 10-11 Lijiang

Peaceful and pretty, Lijiang is home to the Naxi people, descendants of Tibetan nomads. Explore the maze of stone streets in this World Heritage-listed town. Stay in the town's atmospheric old quarter and perhaps catch a traditional music performance.
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Days 12-13 Kunming

Discover ancient temples and mosques as the journey comes full circle in Kunming.
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