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Discover Three Parallel Rivers (13 days)

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Discover Three Parallel Rivers (13 days)

During this tour, you will see the three big rivers: Yangtze, Mekong and Salween, at the same time, you can also visit the colourful ethic people who live in the area such as Naxi, Tibetan, Yi, Lisu, Nu and Dai.

DAY 1

Arrival in Lijiang

Pick up at Lijiang Airport and transfer to Lijiang. Lijiang is the home of the matriarchal Naxi culture, which is protected as a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site. Lijiang was at the end of the Tibetan tea caravan route that gave rise to the Naxi women’s strong commercial bent as successful shopkeepers and traders. Read more

Lijiang 2 nights
DAY 2

Lijiang

In and around Lijiang; walk from the old town, follow up the river to Black Dragon Pool where the water of the old town comes from. You can have a good view of the Jade Dragon Mountain when the weather is fine. Drive out to Yuhu village to visit the old home of the botanist Dr Joseph Rock and the village. Visit Baisha village. Read more

Lijiang 2 nights
DAY 3

Tiger Leaping Gorge

Drive to Shangri-La, with a visit to the Tiger Leaping Gorge with the drops of 3900m from hill top to the Yangtze River. The whole gorge is 19km long with three very narrow parts, only 30m between the banks. It’s said someone saw a tiger jumped over the River and so called Tiger Leaping Gorge, visit Yi village on the way and carry on to Shangri-La. Read more

Shangri-La 2 night
DAY 4

Visit Shangri-La

In and around Shangri-La visiting the Tibetan monastery, local villages and the old town. Although the town has undergone enormous and not particularly sensitive development in the past few years due to its new designation by the Chinese as the original Shangri-la, the surrounding countryside is very attractive with lakes and scattered villages of alpine-style houses which we will visit to sample yak butter tea and tsampa. Read more

Shangri-la 2 nights
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DAY 5

Meili Snow Mountain

Drive over a mountain pass into the upper Yangtze gorge, following the old caravan route to Lhasa. On the way we will stop at Nixi village where pottery is made traditionally from clay. We will visit some expert and see how it’s made. Continuing along the path of the Yangtze to Benzhilan on zagzigs, a small Tibetan town near Yangtze River. Drive uphill to Mt. Baima at 4290m with visits to Dongzhuling Monastery and Tibetan villages on the way. We drop down into the Mekong gorge below the great wall of snow, which forms the Meili mountain range on the border with Tibet. Read more

Feilaisi 1 nihgt
DAY 6

Drive along Mekong to Cizhon

Get up early to see the sunrise of the Meili Snow Mountain just from your hotel room with a cup of coffee, many photos chances with good weather. Drive south along the Mekong gorge to the village of Cizhong with visits to Tibatan villages en route, here you can see the different hoses from Zhongdian. Visit the Tibetan Catholic Church built by French missionaries in 1867, the church is used by Tibetan, Naxi and Lisu people. They still have the grapes planted by missionaries and old the traditional way of making wine. Read more

Cizhong 1 night
DAY 7

Drive to Biaocun

Drive further south along the Mekong gorge to Baijixun. Enjoy the landscape of the Mekong with mountains, terraces, villages on the both sides of the valley, and we will make stops to visit Naxi and Lisu villages and a church en route, people here live in the traditional houses built with wooden walls and tile roofs. Drive further south along the Mekong to Biaocun with great views of the Mekong gorge. Biaocun is a small town of Bai people. Read more

Biaocun 1 night
DAY 8

Drive to Salween

Drive south along the Mekong for a while and turn to the west direction. Drive over a mountain, heading for the Salween River to the Salween gorge at Liuku and then drive north along the Salween to Fugong, visiting Laohutiao where you can walk through the huge rocks in the Salween and feel the water of the Salween. We will enjoy the dramatic landscape of the gorges along the way with visits to villages as carrying on. Read more

Fugong 1 night
DAY 9

Drive to Bingzhongluo

Drive north along the Salween to see the changes of the Salween Gorge and visit villages, hopefully you will see the locals cross the Salween by a rope, that’s the way people crossing the Salween for hundreds of years and still do the same today. The further we drive the better of the landscape we see, we can walk cross a bridge and visit a Lisu village with wooden houses. Visit the First Bend of the Salween before arriving Bingzhongluo. Read more

Bingzhongluo 2 nights
DAY 10

Bingzhongluo

Today we take our time to the villages and the churches around Bingzhongluo. The villages here are nicely located near the Salween on a slope with terraces and high mountains around them. It’s only 30km to Tibet, before the road to Tibet was built, many Tibetans would come to the market here to shop with their horses. Today, Tibetans still come but use trucks instead of horses. We also drive a few kilometres further into the Gorge to visit Shimeng Guang, and walk up to visit a village of Nu people living in the wooden houses. Read more

Bingzhongluo 2 nights
DAY 11

Drive to Liuku

Drive to Liuku along the Salween via Gongshan and Fugong. The same road as we came in along the Salween with stops to visit the Lisu villages along the way.

Liuku 1 night
DAY 12

Drive to Baoshan

Drive south along the Salween. As it’s hot and humid in the gorge here, Dai people who live here use big banyan trees to surround the villages, Tropical plants are grown here such as papaya, pineapple, banana and coffee. The famous Yunnan Coffee is grown in this area near the Salween. See goodbye to the Salween and drive to Baoshan. Read more

Baoshan
DAY 13

Tour ends

Transfer to Baoshan Airport for your departure flight

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Lijiang
Hotel Village Green Inn
Day 3
Location Shangri-La
Hotel Shangri-La Boutique Hotel
Day 5
Location Feilaisi
Hotel Yujing Hotel
Day 6
Location Cizhong
Hotel Teacher Zhang's Guesthouse
Day 7
Location Biaocun
Hotel Biaocun Guestion
Day 8
Location Fugong
Hotel Fuyuan Hotel
Day 9
Location Bingzhongluo
Hotel Gudao Hotel
Day 11
Location Liuku
Hotel Junding Huayue Hotel
Day 12
Location Baoshan
Hotel Guangfang Hotel

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation
  • Local guides
  • Information services
  • Entrance fee

Package excludes

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa, consular 76fees or any other formalities.
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers

More information

  • The price is based on twin share, if you want to have a single room for the trip, single supplement is US$320.00

REVIEWS

3 Reviews

Amy, United States

Our customized tour of Yunnan province for 16 days far exceeded our expectations. It was a fascinating journey through some of the most spectacular scenery I have ever seen. There is a lot of unique geography and interesting ethnic groups throughout the region. We traveled through many areas of relatively remote mountains and river gorges. Really off the beaten track! But even on somewhat treacherous roads, we were comfortable and felt secure. One reason we chose Edward Adventures was because they were able to provide us with one guide and driver that would be responsible for us the whole trip. The high level of service and consistency of this approach was really exceptional and very tailored to our preferences. We felt like a family friend was showing us around his home territory. The meals were really something special! Our guide knew all the local specialties in each place we visited and we tried them all. It seemed he handpicked our food for us and made sure of the best quality everywhere we went. Our hotels were very comfortable. The most impressive thing about our tour was probably the way our guide seemed to always know where to go to get away from the crowds, to see the most amazing scenery and interesting sites in a very personalized way. And the many Chinese people he introduced to us everywhere were so friendly and warm. We didn’t even feel much like tourists travelling with him! It was really a fabulous trip that we will always remember! Read more

Joan & Pat, Australia

Edward helped the two of us plan a two week trip to fascinating places and people in China. Edward took us on a cultural and scenic adventure. The scenery was wonderful. The people were so very hospitable, and the food great. We never felt that we were on a typical touristy tour but rather that we were with an old friend learning all about his country and having a trip of a lifetime. We still keep in contact with Edward and cherish our new friendship. Read more

Ian Noakes, United Kingdom

We did a 3 week tour from Lijiang to Chengdu ( 3 of us ) with Edward as our guide and driver. It was a most memorable experience with Edward intimate knowledge of the best scenery , the best cultural experience and local customs and events. Wherever we went we got an insight into the local way of life and tried all the local food specialties. We also did some trekking and were taken to some really special places such as Thousand Tortoise Mountain, Tiger Leaping Gorge and Yading Nature Reserve. The scenery is really spectacular and for us fortunately also were the wildflowers. We have previously toured in Western China and had a fantastic time but Edward Adventures provided us with a far superior experience from start to finish. Read more

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