Tiger Leaping Gorge

There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014. View later Tiger Leaping Gorge.

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  • 2013-01-01 - 2013-12-31

Visit China's Tiger Leaping Gorge on a trip from Kunming.

Be challenged by this active trip through Yunnan province and the spectacular Tiger Leaping Gorge. This is one of Asia's finest geological wonders and hiking high above the Yangzi River is the best way to experience its awe. Snow-capped peaks, narrow winding trails and sublime views await those who make it to this part of China. Time spent in the chilled-out towns of Dali, Shaxi and Lijiang provide a relaxing contrast to the strenuous hike and a fantastic chance to meet the local people.

  • Trek to the hillside monastery of Shibao Shan
  • Explore China's countryside in Zhongdian
  • Hike the stunning Tiger Leaping Gorge
  • Bag a bargain in Kunming
  • Relax in China's picturesque Dali
  • Soak up the village atmosphere of Shaxi
  • Stroll Lijiang's atmospheric old quarter

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Day 1 Kunming

A laidback city to visit, Kunming is the capital of Yunnan Province and is known as 'the city of eternal spring' due to its temperate climate.

Days 2-3 Dali

Dali has a relaxed atmosphere that is enhanced by its spectacular surroundings - snow-capped mountains on one side and the vast Erhai Lake on the other.

Days 4-5 Shaxi

A charming historical market town, Shaxi retains its old-world feel and has none of the mass-tourist feel that plagues many other places in China.

Days 6-7 Shangri-La (Zhongdian)

Renamed Shangri-La to promote tourism, Zhongdian is a lovely town with rugged scenery and a strong Tibetan culture evident.

Days 8-9 Tiger Leaping Gorge

Sixteen kilometres long and rising up to 3,900 m above the waters of the Yangzi River, Tiger Leaping Gorge is one of the deepest gorges in the world.

Days 10-11 Lijiang

Set among stunning mountain scenery, World Heritage-listed Lijiang is home to old-world China and the local Naxi people - a matrilineal society descended from Tibetan nomads.

Days 12-13 Kunming

Although Kunming is a large city, a relaxed vibe still exists and there is plenty of culture and traditional sites to be found among the increasingly modern landscape.