Essence of Ancient Lijiang Tour

LJ-1: 3-Day Lijiang Ancient Town and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Tour
From: $352
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Tour experiences are diverse through this 3-day tour, from ancient towns to minority cultures, from snowcapped mountains to mysterious murals. Discover the best of Lijiang in our time-smart Essence Tour.


  • Capture a postcard-perfect photo at the Black Dragon Pool Park
  • Look into the former residence of a Naxi chieftain — Mufu Mansion
  • Stroll through the Lijiang ancient town and bargain for trinkets
  • Visit the legendary Dr. Ho in Baisha Village
  • Take a cable car up to the holy Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
  • Admire the power of water throught Chinese mountains at the sensational Tiger-Leaping Gorge

What's Included

  • Entrance to the attractions listed in the itinerary
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • Private transfers between the airport, attractions, and hotels
  • Private local English-speaking tour guide and driver service (except for voluntary tips)
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfast and service fee
  • Specified round-trip cable car at the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

Price Per Person in US Dollars

Nov.1 - Mar.31 5-star 4-star
2-5 People $507 $352
6-9 People $440 $275
Apr.1 - Oct.31    
2-5 People $527 $371
6-9 People $450 $285

The price for children is about 60–70% of the adult price, depending on the number of people in the group and the room arrangements.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1Lijiang Arrival and Ancient Town Sightseeing

Your private tour guide, driver, and car will be waiting at the arrival hall. Transfer to your hotel in the ancient town and start the tour.

As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lijiang Ancient Town’s history dates back to over 800 years ago. Besides its unique architecture and local ethnic culture, it is also known for its orderly arrangement of bridges and waterways. Walk along the winding cobbled paths — it is said that you won’t get lost as long as you follow the water.

Appreciate the Naxi people’s brilliant skills in architecture and fine arts at Mufu Mansion, the ‘Forbidden City’ of Lijiang. You can also climb up to Lion Hill to have a bird’s-eye view of the whole town.

Then pay a visit to Black Dragon Pool Park, where the view of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is one the most famous postcard-perfect sceneries in southwest China. Stay overnight in Lijiang Ancient Town.

Lijiang Wangfu Hotel (4-star)/Intercontinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort (5-star).

Day 2Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Baisha Murals Tour

Find yourself in a real paradise far away from the hustle and bustle of cities, as you take a cable car up to the Spruce Meadow at over 3,000 meters altitude on the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, the holy mountain for the Naxi people.

Enjoy lunch at a popular local restaurant in Baisha Village, which is the original settlement and earliest political center of the Naxi people. Painted over 1,000 years ago, the murals combine the cultures of the Han, Tibetan, and Naxi people, and display stories of Tibetan Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. Drop by a clinic to see how Dr. Ho and his apprentices diagnose and treat patients using traditional Chinese medicine, and learn about the local clinic and herb culture.

After the tour, transfer back to Lijiang for another peaceful night.

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Baisha
Day 3Lijiang Departure

Enjoy breakfast in the hotel. Your private tour guide, car, and driver will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your departure flight.

Trip Notes

1. Tour Map (click to enlarge)

Map of Lijiang

2. Tailoring Your Tour

This tour is very flexible. You can alter the itinerary, and extend or shorten it to suit your price, interest, and schedule. Feel free to tell us your requirements, and we will be happy to help you arrange a tour using our professional knowledge and experience. We promise a "No Shopping Policy".

Lijiang Ancient Town attracts more tourists than the Forbidden City in Beijing during peak season. Here are some tips to escape the hordes of tourists:
1. Stay overnight in Lijiang Ancient Town and start early: 80% of the tourists will be in 20% of the places. Get up early and find the best spots with the help of your guide.
2. Stay overnight in Shuhe Ancient Town: 20-minutes away from Lijiang by car, Shuhe ancient town is less touristic and quieter.

3. Optional Extension:

Tiger Leaping Gorge
As one of the deepest and most marvelous gorges, Tiger Leaping Gorge is about two hours away from Lijiang by car. It is a paradise for hiking enthusiasts. You can extend the tour by one day to visit the upper gorge, or extend it by 2–3 days to hike through the whole gorge.

Lugu Lake
The lake area is best known as home to the unique Mosuo culture. The Mosuo, a subgroup of the Naxi, is a matrilineal society whose members engage in traditional "walking marriages", in which the husband and wife remain in their respective maternal homes and often have more than one partner. The picturesque scenery there is also impressive. The drive from Lijiang takes over six hours and 3–5 days are required to extend the tour.

4. Getting There and Traveling Away

There are over 20 flights between Lijiang and Kunming every day. There are also flights connecting Lijiang with Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Chengdu, Chongqing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou,and Hong Kong, with a stopover in Kunming.

5. Hotel

Standard hotels with a convenient location and good reviews are recommended in the itinerary. If you prefer other hotel options (boutique hotels, economical choices, or Chinese-style hotels) or would like to book the hotels on your own, please feel free to inform us and we will be happy to adjust the details. Here are some alternatives for your reference:

City Luxury & Special Boutique Economical
Lijiang Indigo® Lijiang Ancient Town Blossom Hill Inn Lijiang Manxin Hotels & Resorts
Shuhe Banyan Tree Lijiang The Bivou Hotel

Note: The boutique hostels in Yunnan offer good value for money: a decent environment, local-style decoration, and a convenient location, but most of them only have 10–20 rooms and there may not be any English-speaking staff. Early booking is highly recommended.

6. Booking Procedure:

Step 1: Submit your name, email address and traveling dates for the tour. The price may vary according to the location of your hotel.
Step 2: Choose to make payment via PayPal and your request will be listed as our top priority. We guarantee a 100% refund if you are not satisfied.
Step 3: Receive a reply within 24 hours. The tour will be tailor-made to meet your requirements and the booking confirmed.
Step 4: Enjoy the tour!

7. Payment Methods:

We now offer three payment methods: PayPal, credit card authorization via fax, and wire transfer. PayPal is recommended for its safety and efficiency. You can pay with USA dollars, Australian dollars, European dollars, and British pounds directly with your credit card or debit card if you do not have a PayPal account.

8. Cancellation Policy:

In the event of cancellation, we will refund any payment made to China Highlights (unless any cancellation fee is applicable) within 14 days of our receipt of your written cancellation request. Visit here for more details.

9. Travel Insurance:

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