4 Days Best Shangri-La Tour

"SOUL" of Shangri-La

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How do you think of “Shangri-La” in colorful Yunnan? Here, all you can imagine can be true!!!

This 4-day Real Shangri-La trip takes you to step into the Garden of Eden, just as James Hilton’s novel “Lost Horizon” described! You’ll be surrounded by snow-capped peaks, forested mountain slopes, impressive Tibetan monasteries, mirror-like lakes, rustic farms and green pastures where shaggy yaks and fleecy sheep graze… all are fascinating and exotic!

Highlights of this tour

  • Visit the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan Province - Ganden Sumtseling Monastery;
  • Breathe in a primitive national park as well as the first national park in China - Pudacuo National Park;
  • Experience the hospitality of Tibetan people at their home and deeply know about their unique lifestyle;
  • Enjoy a 360 degree view of old town of Shangri-La from the top Guishan Hill.

Basic Trip Information

Price:
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  1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Travel Route:
Shangri-La
Travel Length:
4 Days and 3 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-SLT-04
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
ArchitectureCulturePhotographReligious
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Shangri-La/Zhongdian Arrival

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Welcome to Shangri-La (Zhongdian, altitude: 3459meters), the Garden of Eden! Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by our local guide at the arrival hall of the airport who is holding a sign on which says your name. A comfortable vehicle (non-smoking) with an experienced driver will transfer you directly to your hotel. Your guide will help you check in. The rest of the day is on your own to discover this earthly paradise.

Arrival Ideas: At present, there’re some direct flights from/to Kunming, Chengdu, Lhasa, Chongqing to Diqing Shangri-La Airport. It is about 5.4 kilometers (15mins’ transfer) to old town of Shangri-La.

Autumn Scenery of Shangri-La
Day 2 Shangri-La (B, L)

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After breakfast, you’ll be driven about 5 km to visit Songzanlin Monastery (Ganden Sumtseling Gompa), reputed as the “Little Potala Palace”. Established by the Fifth Dalai Lama in 1679, the monastery belongs to Gelug sect of Buddhism, and it is also the largest Buddhist monastery in Yunnan Province with around 600 monks.

Walk 143 steps to get atop of the monastery and pay clockwise visit to the three main lamasery buildings where you can not only see the Buddhism treasures, but also enjoy large number of monks of all ages going about their daily routines, praying, chanting, cooking and resting. It should a nice trip to get in-depth understanding about Tibetan Buddhism. If time permits, take some quiet time to walk around the peaceful Lamuyangcuo Lake and take photo of the breathtaking scenery of this pure land.

Later, drive about 40 kilometers to Nixi Pottery Village, the most “Shangri-La” of Shangri-La. Nixi Village is a Tibetan village well known for the one-thousand-year-old art - black pottery (also listed as National Intangible Cultural Heritage). Around 70 out of the 100 families in the village are engaged in this traditional art. Pay a visit to a Tibetan family and watch how they make different items of black pottery.

After the tour, drive back to Dukezong Old Town with 1300-year-old history. Climb up to the top of Guishan Hill (or Tortoise Hill) to have a panoramic view of the old town and Shangri-La County and join in the tourists to turn the largest Prayer Wheel in the world. (Please note: In Jan. 2014, a huge fire broke out destroying most of the town. After several years’ restoration, you can visit the area around Guishan Hill and most part of the town.)

Evening Time Suggestion: The main square of the Duzekong Old Town has dancing from the locals at nights between 7:30pm and 9:00pm which is nice to watch and listen to or even to try and join in. 

Nixi Pottery VillageSongzanlin MonasteryDukezong Old Town
Day 3 Shangri-La (B, L)

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Today is full day to explore the earthly paradise described in the famous novel Lost Horizon by James Hilton.

In the morning, drive to the first national park in China - Pudacuo National Park which is mainly comprised of Shudu Lake, Militang Grassland, Bita Lake. Shudu Lake is a famous pasture, herds of yak and goat grazing beside the lake. Militang Grassland is located between Shudu Lake and Bita Lake with lush grass in meadow. Bitahai Lake, regarded as a pearl of the Plateau, is an intact natural attraction with outstanding landscapes.

Visit the spots by clockwise and throw yourselves into the lush green forest with diverse species of flora and fauna, walk along the plank road to catch the gorgeous scenery of Shudu Lake (hike 3.3 km, about 1 hr) and Bita Lake (hike 4.2 km, about 1.5hrs), stand at the viewing spot to enjoy Militang Grassland stretching to the horizon and seek for a real paradise in this natural wonderland. (Note: the altitude of Pudacuo is at 3500m-4150m and you should avoid strong activities. There’s no problem to hike in the park.)

After the merry time in the park, pay a visit to a local Tibetan family to experience the highly-praised hospitality of Tibetan people and taste some special Tibetan snacks and butter tea. (Optional Experience: If you are interested in the Tibetan people’s daily drinks, you can follow the locals to involve in the process of making butter tea.)

Important Notice: Militang Pasture (弥里塘草场) and Bita Lake (碧塔海) in Pudacuo National Park are closed for tourists due to maintenance from 3th September, 2017. The administrative office of Pudacuo National Park hasn't confirmed when they will be open exactly. Shudu Lake Scenic Area (属都湖) is still open for tourists. Please contact your travel consultant to adjust your itinerary.

Tibetan People in Shangri-LaPudacuo National Park
Day 4 Shangri-La/Zhongdian Departure (B)

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On this day, you will be free until your tour guide escorts you to the airport for your flight to your next destination. Service ends!

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