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Potatso National Park is the first national park in mainland China, the national AAAAA level tourist attraction. It is located in the center of the Three Parallel Rivers in the northwest of Yunnan, the total area is 601.1 square kilometers. The park consists of two parts: the internationally important wetland Bita Sea nature reserve and The Three Parallel Rivers Haba Area Shudu lake Scenic Area. The word "Potatso" originates from the Sanskrit classics in Tibetan Buddhism, means hlep all beings to reach the shore of the bitter sea.

Local Cuisine

Nissi Clay Pot Chicken

Shigu Bean Jelly

Selected Accommodation

The Dynast’s Hotel(4 stars)

The hotel is located at the entrance of Lijiang Ancient Town - White Horse Longtan Square. It takes 3-4 minutes to walk to the core scenic spots of Mufu and Square Street. The side gate is connected to the Three-eye Well, and the backyard is the White Horse Longtan Temple and the Lion Mountain Wanggu Building. The hotel is built in accordance with the Naxi "Wangfu" style, the room is cozy, the bathroom has a sauna, and the hotel also delivers milk and snacks every night before going to bed.

The Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey Expert Cottage (4 stars)

The Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey Expert Cottage is located in the expert reception center of the Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey National Park in Shangri-La. The cottage is a villa-style hotel built between the mountains, you can fully feel the air of nature coming upon your face-quiet at night, listen to the whispers of birds in the warm room (The room is furnished with floor heating.), wake in the morning by the cheerful conversation of the Snub-nosed monkeys.

Songtsam Cizhong Lodge (5 stars)

Shangri-La's French style, the soul is able to walk through the clouds here. Cizhong, a place where Chinese and Western cultures gather here, Tibetan Buddhism Religion and Catholicism are at peace. The Songtsam Cizhong Lodge was built in the small Tibetan village of Cizhong, surrounded by waterfall and vineyards. When living in the hotel, you can see the stars all over the sky, listen to the river surging, look far into the Catholic Church.

Flying Temple Pearl Hotel  (4 stars)

The hotel is located directly opposite the "world's most beautiful snow-capped mountain - Meri Snow Mountain", flying temple scenic spot. The hotel is in an excellent location, and has 6 180-degree viewing rooms, the room is furnished with floor heating, and you can enjoy the unique experience of "lying in bed and watching golden hill under sunshine".

The Fifth Meteorite · Light Year Hotel  (5 stars)

The Fifth Meteorite · Light Year Hotel is located in the Dukezong Flower Lane of Shangri-La and has been designated as one of the official reception hotels for the “10th Khampa Art Festival”. The hotel adopts an all-weather diffuse oxygen supply system, which can produce oxygen with a purity of more than 90% through a large central oxygen generator, so that each room can maintain all-weather humanized oxygen supply, and you can enjoy the oxygen luxury at 3 km above sea level. 


Hotel legend: According to legend, hundreds of years ago, there were five extraterrestrial meteorites that landed in Shangri-La. Four of them represented courage, wisdom, love and health, and were preserved by local famous families. The fifth meteorite representing "lucky" was unknown whereabouts. The elders of Grila say that anyone who has seen this meteorite and prays in front of it will receive the blessing of the gods. One day, the lucky meteorite reappeared in the world, then the Dukezong Flower Lane formed from the ground where the "Lucky Meteorite" fell, and the Fifth Meteorite · Light Year Hotel came into being...

Lanting Livable Vacation Villa

Lanting Livable Vacation Villa located adjacent to the Shuhe Ancient Town, quiet and comfortable environment. It retains mystery with the rare snow mountains resources, and has a panoramic view of the continuous Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, becoming a spiritual residence for a few people.

Travel arrangements

Day1: Arriving in Lijiang

The hotel is located at the entrance of Lijiang Ancient Town - White Horse Longtan Square. It takes 3-4 minutes to walk to the core scenic spots of Mufu and Square Street. The side gate is connected to the Three-eye Well, and the backyard is the White Horse Longtan Temple and the Lion Mountain Wanggu Building. The hotel is built in accordance with the Naxi "Wangfu" style, the room is cozy, the bathroom has a sauna, and the hotel also delivers milk and snacks every night before going to bed.

Meal : Self-care

Accommodation : The Dynast’s Hotel

 

Day2: Lijiang - Shigu (First Bay) - Tower City - Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey National Park

Meal : Lunch - Shigu Bean Jelly

Accommodation : Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey Expert Cottage

 

1. Attractions: Shigu First Bay
The famous “Wanli Yangtze River First Bay” is located between Shigu Town in Lijiang City and Shasongbi Village in the south of Shangri-La County, and Shigu Town is the best place to see it. According to legend, during the Three Kingdoms period, Zhuge Liang settled in the South, and then “May in the May”; in 1253, Kublai was also here to “cross the river”; when He Long led the Red Army’s second army, it’s against the Japanese, and the Long March is here. I chose this place and crossed the Jinsha River. So far, a red army crossing the river is still standing on the hillside of the town. After lunch, visit [Nasi Genesis] (about 120 minutes).

2. Attractions: Tower Town

Tower Town is a township in the Jade Dragon Naxi Autonomous County of Lijiang City. The famous general of the Sui Dynasty, Su Rong, had a expedition to Yunnan, where he set up the government of Shenchuan. There are also Tibetan Buddhist holy land-Dharma Patriarch Cave, Gordon Neolithic Cultural Site, Tang Dynasty Tubo Iron Bridge Site...

Day3: Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey National Park - Tongle Village - Cizhong

Meal : Dinner (Songzan Cizhong)

Accommodation : Songtsam Cizhong Lodge

 

1. Attractions: Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey National Park
The Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkeys live in the untraversed high altitudes region of Shangri-La. They have scarlet "sexy" lips and a most human-like face. The Black-white-grey fluff reveals a halo-like yellow in the sun, making it one of the most beautiful animals in the world. According to the 2017 statistics, there are more than 60 Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkeys that can be observed in the park, divided into 11 families.

2. Attractions: Tongle Village

Tongle Village, a little-known village hidden between Lijiang and Shangri-la. As the most ancient and characteristic Lisu village in the Lancang River Basin, There are only about 100 households in the entire village, and almost all of them are Lisu people. It is the most representative and oldest Lisu village in Weixi County.
The wooden house is one of the major feature here. The houses are made of wood, no paint, no nails, and they are embedded in each other with wood. Village dwellings are built according to the mountain, and you'll find the layers of buildings are beautiful from a distance. In the autumn and winter, the entire village is covered with a layer of frost on the roof, as white as snow.

Day4: Cizhong Church - Cizhong Village - Flying Temple

Meal : Breakfast (Hotel available)   Lunch (Flying Temple)             Accommodation : Flying Temple Pearl Hotel

 

1.Attractions: Cizhong Catholic Church

The church, was first founded in 1867 of Qing Dynasty, and was rebuilt in 1909. It is a perfect combination of western architectural style and Tibetan, Han, Bai and other national architectural styles. In 2006, the Cizhong church was announced by the State Council as a national key cultural relics  protection unit. The priests of the church have mass every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, so there is an interesting phenomenon here: in every church day in Zizhong, villagers from Lisu, Tibetan, Han, Naxi and other nationalities would gather in the church for mass.

2.Attractions: Cizhong Village

There are a lot of beautiful things you can't imagine, and there's a lot of tranquility you haven't experienced. How long haven’t you heard the sound of the spring playing? How long haven’t you saw the curling smoke rising? How long haven’t you felt the joy of tasting the newly picked grapes and taking a deep breath of nature? If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the world, why not take a walk in the Cizhong village? Listen, the Lancang River and the snow-capped mountains in the distance are calling you, calling your soul to experience the beauty there.

Day5: Flying Temple - White Horse Snow Mountain - First Bay of Jinshajiang - Nixi Pottery - Shangri-La

Meal : Lunch (Nixi Chicken Hot Pot)

Accommodation : The Fifth Meteorite · Light Year Hotel

 

1.Attractions: Flying Temple

Watching Meri Snow Mountain in Flying Temple: Flying Temple is a temple along the Yunnan-Tibet Highway. Flying Temple is opposite to Kawagebo Peak (Meili Snow Mountain), so it is a perfect place to watch the snow mountains. There is a monument for the "Sino-Japan Meri Snow Mountain Mountaineering Warriors" and a pagoda to commemorate the 10th Panchen Lama when he visit Deqin county.

2.Attractions: White Horse Snow Mountain

The White Horse Snow Mountain is located in Deqin, Yunnan Province, with an area of about 190,000 hectares. The main protected objects are alpine coniferous forest, mountain vegetation vertical zone natural landscape and Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey. This is a high altitude place, so it is necessary to prepare oxygen cylinders, Rhodiola and other drugs in advance. In addition, bring enough warm clothes~

3. Attractions: First Bay of Jinsha River

Dingqu River, which runs through the whole territory from north to south, has accepted the Mayi River and the Shuoqu River successively, and put the water of these three rivers into the embrace of the Jinsha River. At the confluence of the rivers, it forms the wonder of "three walls with two rivers".

4. Attractions: Nixi Clay Pottery

Nixi clay pottery technology has been exist nearly a thousand years, the pottery is hard and bright. It can present purple, indigo, silver and other colors under different light, and has the reputation of "black as  lacquer, bright as mirror". Here you can experience the process of making pottery by yourself~

Day6: Shangri-La - Dukezong Ancient City - Napa Sea - Little Myanmar - Lijiang

Meal : Dinner (Tibet Tusi Banquet)

Accommodation : Lanting Livable Vacation Villa

 

1. Attractions: Dukezong Ancient City

The Dukezong Ancient City is the best preserved and largest Tibetan dwelling in China. It has a history of more than 1,300 years. It was the window of cultural exchanges between Tibetan and Yunnan regions and the hub of the tea-horse ancient road.

2. Attractions: Napa Sea

The Napa Sea is the largest grassland in Zhongdian County and one of the most plateau-specific scenic spots. In the autumn and winter, there will be black-necked cranes, alpine pelicans, cattle egrets, black pelicans and heron, flying over the grasslands, so bird-watching is an indispensable project in the winter of the Napa Sea.

3. Attractions: Xiaozhongdian Flower Sea

Xiaozhongdian is located in the alpine dam area, the Shuoduogang River runs through the whole territory, farmlands and cottages are distributed on both sides of the river. Best of all, every summer, it turns out to be a beautiful sea of flowers: rhododendron, wolf poison, and mulberry blossoms.

Day7: Lijiang free activities, complimentary travel car

Meal: Canghaiji Afternoon Tea

Accommodation : Lanting Livable Vacation Villa

 

Attractions: None

Lijiang free activities, complimentary travel car
Lijiang is a multi-ethnic place, there are 22 ethnic minorities besides Han nationality. There are three World Heritage: The World Cultural Heritage Lijiang Ancient City, The World Natural Heritage Three Parallel Rivers and The World Memory Heritage Naxi Dongba Ancient Books. It is an important passage for the ancient "Southern Silk Road" and "Tea and Horse Road".
Lijiang is a famous tourist city, the scenic spot include Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Lijiang Ancient Town, Shuhe Ancient Town, Guanyin Bodhisattva Gorge. All of them exude the unique charm of Lijiang’s land...

Day8: End of the trip, self-return

Attractions: None

The trip is end, return to the warm home!

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Go and listen to the story of this place
Go and enjoy the place that brought you
Different life experiences
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Special instructions

Special note: This is a customized trip for 4 people in groups for families, guarantee one person one seat. Hotel room type is standard room

Cost includes:

1. Hotel: Arrange for 7 nights;
2. Meal: The local special foods like Shigu Bean Jelly, Tibet Tusi Banquet, etc.;
3. Car: Full GL8 commercial vehicle (150 km/day car service is complimentary during Lijiang free time);
4. Tour guide: Driver-guide for 12 or less, full-time tour guide for 12 or more;
5. Insurance: ¥500,000 travel personal accident insurance, including diseases and accidents caused by altitude sickness.

Cost does not include:

1. Single room difference: The product is a price for two people, and the room difference is required for single-person check-in.
2. Price difference for the car: the GL8 business vehicle is adopted during the whole process, four people are defined for each vehicle, and if the number of the tourists is not a multiple of 4, the price difference (¥1200/ person) will be charged; if one vehicle is one person, the price difference of ¥3600/ person is charged; if one vehicle is used for two persons, the price difference of ¥1200/ person is charged; if one vehicle is used for three persons, the price difference of ¥400/ person is charged.
3. Additional costs incurred as a result of force majeure such as traffic delays, wars, coups, strikes, strong winds, heavy fog, aircraft failures, flight cancellations or changing times.
4. All personal consumption and any fees not mentioned in the “Cost Includes”.

Booking instructions:

1. Special note: the GL8 business vehicle is adopted during the whole process, four people are defined for each vehicle, and if the number of the tourists is not a multiple of 4, the price difference (¥1200/ person) will be charged; if one vehicle is one person, the price difference of ¥3600/ person is charged; if one vehicle is used for two persons, the price difference of ¥1200/ person is charged; if one vehicle is used for three persons, the price difference of ¥400/ person is charged.
2. Altitude: Lijiang's elevation is more than 2,400 meters; Cizhong village is located in the valley of Lancang River, only 1900 meters above sea level; Nixi is 3,160 meters above sea level; Shangri-La County is about 3,200 meters, and the light-year hotel staying at night adopts an all-weather diffuse oxygen supply system. The highest place on Flying Temple is about 3,400 meters. The viewing rooms of the Pearl Hotel is furnished with floor heating in winter. The altitude of the whole journey is from low to high, with an average altitude of 3000 meters or less. You don't have to worry about altitude sickness. However, the temperature difference between morning and evening is large in winter, so you need to be careful not to catch cold. The local climate is relatively dry, you need to drink more water and eat more fruits.

Insurance description:

Travel Portfolio Insurance: “Yunnan Tourism Safety Portfolio Insurance” includes “Travel Service Liability Insurance”, “Vehicle Carrier Liability Insurance” and “Motor Vehicle Traffic Accident Liability Insurance” and other commercial motor vehicle insurance.
Among the Travel Service Liability Insurance, 1 million personal injury and death sub-limits, the non-traffic accident personal injury compensation for the travel was 1 million yuan and 600,000 yuan respectively. The compensation for personal injury and death in traffic accidents was 600,000 yuan and 400,000 yuan respectively. The travel agency liability insurance has a compensation limit of 100,000 yuan for property damages. The compensation for accidents, acute illnesses and salvage expenses is 100,000 yuan (100,000 for death and disability, and 50,000 for medical expenses). The passenger carrier liability insurance includes two compensations for personal injury and compensation for property accidents and property damages, with a maximum limit of 600,000 yuan.
"Combination insurance" "is responsible for paying, no liability to pay."