Discover the Best-Kept Secrets of Shangri-La
7-Day Shangri-La and Meili Snow Mountain Adventure Tour
Where is the mystical Shangri-La? The answer is hidden in the wrinkles of the Hengduan Mountains in the northwest of Yunnan Province.
Shangri-La can be found in the chanting of the monks and lamas of Songzanlin Monastery. It can also be seen at the top of the Meili Snow Mountains, which have never been summited. You may find it in the valley of the Three Parallel Rivers or in the forest where the Yunnan golden monkeys live. This 7-day Shangri-La adventure tour will take you off the beaten path and help you find a hidden door to paradise.
Tour 'Wow' Points
Make a Wish by the Sacred Meili Snow Mountain
Indulge in the incredible view of 13 snowcapped peaks. Let the icy mountain and white pagodas purify your heart.
Discover the Tibetan Lifestyle in the Wrinkles of the Mountains
Drive alongside the Lancang River (Mekong River) and Jinsha River (Yangtze River) to discover untouched natural beauty and Tibetan people.
Get closer to Tibetan's life and learn about their beliefs in Shangri-La.
Visit the only Gothic-style Catholic church with Tibetan features.
Taste a glass of wine made from rose honey grapes, which are an extinct species in Europe.
Encounter the Only Primates Living at an Elevation of 4000 Meters.
Meet an incredible protected animal - the Yunnan golden monkey - in an old-growth forest.
Paint Your Own Tangka
Learn how to paint a tangka and take the good luck and energy from Shangri-La back home with you.
Enjoy a Moderate-Level Hike in the Forest
Hike along the stream in the forest up to a small meadow. In spring and summer, lovely flowers blossom and birds sing in the forest.
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Our trip to Li Jiang and Shaxi Yunnan
We arrived at Lijiang on 9/8. We enjoyed the time in Lijiang a lot with good hotel selection and a well planned program. We went onto Shaxi for the local singing festival of the local minority groups. It was a fantastic experience. What makes the trip most memorable is our guide Alice. She took excellent care of us, anticipating our every need. She was personable, warm and very knowledgeable. We shared many laughters and traded stories. She brought smiles to us during the entire trip. We will specifically ask for her again when we come back to Yunnan. Five star service.more
Sep 2023, Consumer
Lijiang, Tiger Leaping Gorge and Shangri-la
We would like to thank China Highlights Travel for planning and organizing our China hiking trip. Roger Li (Trip Planner) was really prompt in all correspondences and helped us to fine tune our travel details. We are a party of 4 and had multiple hiking destinations in mind in the beginning. Roger gave us details of each option and we finally decided to go hiking in the famous Tiger Leaping Gorge. In addition, Roger helped us to add itinerary in Lijiang and Shangri-la after the hiking. Really looking forward to our China hiking trip in October!more
Sep 2023, Joyce Lee
We love China
From the beginning we had a trustfull knowlegeable base of communication, started with Lukas the tour advisor and guide around Guilin and continued with the other guides in the other locations. Shanghai FU, Zhangjiajie Emili, Xián Juanli, Kunmimg Nen ,Lijiang Luzhuoying, Chongqing ??, Yangtze, Haikou ?? and Beijing Chengang. We were totaly positivly impressed about the overall service during our time in China. We felt save and wellcomed at any time. We had every day our individual highlight. For example, breathless nature, extraordinary hotels, historical buildings and places, well tasting food and social contacts on the streets. All our tour guides and drivers made a professional customer orientated job and supported us in the best possible way. Even if we want to make changes on short notice they made it happen. We spent a remarkable and unforgetable time in China and been very thankful to China Highlights to create this moments in time for us.more
Jun 2023, Karlheinz Potuznik
Jack Li , our tour guide at LiJiang, took great care of us when we climbed Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and suffered high altitude issues. At Dali, our tour guide Nancy Li doubled up as our photographer and speaks excellent English and entertained us with her rich knowledge of Chinese history. We had a wonderful time.more
Apr 2023, April Lee
Thank you for such a wonderful traveling experience!
We have Jack Lee in our Lijiang trip he was such a considerate and kind tour guide. He is very knowledgeable and he accommodated all our requirement. We were fortunate to have such a nice local tour guide. I had altitude sickness and he really cared. Our private driver Mr Tang is very safe and patient. He is compliant and cares for our safety all the time. He is very humorous and gave us so much laughter. He was also very caring towards me.more
Apr 2023, Hazel T
Cultural and scenic beauty second to none!
I would highly recommend this tour to Lugu Lake to everyone and anyone! The tour guide Jack taught me more in two days about minority cultures, Chinese history, and the amazing natural history and geography of Yunnan and the Lijiang area. As well, the drive to Lugu Lake requires an expert - and Mr Wang is an expert! (From someone who has crossed the Rockies at least 20 times) As a single woman travel who still doesn’t have great Chinese it was a flawless experience - from the communications, accommodation and breathtaking scenery and cultural experiences. Please book and go!more
Feb 2023, Connie VH
We have been travelling around Yunnan…
We have been travelling around Yunnan Province for 8 days and it’s been amazing. The culture, the food, the people’s kindness, all these things made our trip unforgettable. Especially our guide Nancy! The most helpful and friendly guide we could have. We really appreciate her knowledge about the local history and the culture. She’s really amazing and we strongly recommend her services.more
Mar 2022, Danielle Toledo
Awesome Yunnan trip with Nancy
We had a 6-day tour with guide Nancy around Dali, Lijiang and Shangri-La in Yunnan. She’s very professional and experienced guide that made our tour far exceed expectations. It was a pleasure to have her as our tour guide. We strongly recommend her. Thank you!more
Mar 2022, Rodrigo
One of the best things I’ve done in China
One of the best things I’ve done in China. Being that I am pretty well traveled in China this Experience was so different from the others. Each city provided a different aspect of the culture, local traditions and beauty that China has to offer. Our Tour guide Nancy was amazing as she made our itinerary very well constructed and organized. She was there to make sure we were comfortable and happy. Her hyper energy and cheerfulness made us feel enthusiastic for the day. We are very satisfied with this trip and Nancy’s services that we will be sure to book again.more
Feb 2022, RoshR
Lijiang Trip July 2021
Kudos to Alisa Liu from the agency who I must say was on hand almost 24/7 for requests and queries. Even though our trip was marred with the onset of the Typhoon In Fa with various flight and train cancellations but Alisa was quick to arrange for alternative solutions under the circumstances and made the most effort to make our journey as comfortable as possible whilst we made our way back to Shanghai. As for the itinerary, Alisa understands her clientele’s different needs very well and for the most part my expectations were met. I love private tours with a very relaxed itinerary and comfortable accommodation and some of us prefer more exclusive accommodation vs a packed itinerary trying to go to a hundred location type of tour.more
Aug 2021, Ida Suriani
Summer holiday in Yunnan
After spending 5 nights in Dali visiting sights in our own time, Alice who was very friendly and helpful, accompanied us on our drive from Dali to Lijiang. She shared interesting facts about the local area and the things we had done. In Lijiang, we met our guide Peter. Peter did an amazing job taking care of us and showing us the beautiful sights for our 3 days. He was so kind, providing us with snacks each morning and always ensuring the food met my dietary requirements. He even picked up our last minute NAT results that we did before our departure late at night! His passion and dedication to his job was very impressive, and we would highly recommend him to our friends.more
Aug 2021, O6866ZGlaurag
Amazing experience in Yunnan
Please bear in mind that booking tickets and actually getting to the sightseeing point is very challenging, especially during peak season. But with the help of our guides everything went smooth and silky. Thank you, China Highlights, for making our first trip to Yunnan an unforgettable and carefree adventure. It was a true relaxation without any headache or stress. We had nothing to worry about, except enjoying breathtaking beauty of Yunnan.more
Jul 2021, olya84
Natural landscapes are everything
I visited Lijiang during the Spring Festival and I thought it was gonna be packed with people but my guide always knew were to take me to avoid crowds. I had a great time, my guide was very knowledgeable and answered all of my questions with gusto. I’m very happy with my trip. --lunarcicles，Buenos Aires, Argentinamore
Feb 2019, lunarcicles
Family of 6 travelling in Dali
I was part of a family of 6 traveling through Yunnan for 8 days. The trip organised by China Highlights was well planned and took into account our specific interests area which were photography, DIY classes and culture.Our guide in Dali, Daisy Shi, took care of us well with her knowledge of the local ways, sights and in particular her thoughtfulness to my aged parents who were part of the group. Thanks to her for our wonderful stay in Dali and we hope to make a longer stay in Dali.more
Nov 2023, Nay
What a fantastic and flawless job done
What a fantastic and flawless job done by China highlights to arrange our 18 days tour of Yunnan province and Tibet area. It was our second trip with China Highlights. Our guides and drivers were great and helpful in all aspects in all cities we visited.In Kunming our guide "Ms. May" and driver "Jack" were exceptional .They were very professional and also very compassionate and very willing to take care of our personal needs beyond their line of job. Same was our guide in Dali "Ms. Daisy"In general we really enjoyed our trip with China highlights .Maria & J. KhanOrlando, Floridamore
Oct 2023, Maria
Dali with Daisy
We had a great time in Dali together with our very caring and amazing guide Daisy. She accommodated to all our interest - especially in learning more about local crafts and took us to an interesting die tie house. And we learned a lot about the Bai culture from her. Daisy is also a great photographer and took the most beautiful memories of us during our visit.more
Sep 2023, Simone
Amazing Time in Dali & Sanxixi
我与家人非常开心的享受Daisy(China Highlights)在Dali 和 Sanxi 的导游服。她亲切又仔细的讲解给我们听并有问必答。She has made an extra effort to walk extra miles to give us wonderful experience. Daisy, thank you for everything. 有您在真好！more
Aug 2023, CK
Thank you 施小梅（shixiaomei)
My family and I had the pleasure of 施小梅（shixiaomei)‘s tour guide services in Dali and Shaxi. She was attentive, caring, knowledgeable about local history and constantly walking the extra mile to give us a wonderful experience. We have enjoyed our stay in Dali and Shaxi because of her.more
Aug 2023, Molly
Wonderful trip to Dali
Our trip to Dali was led by Daisy. It was such a beautiful city, rich in nature, culture, history, and of course good food. We were really lucky to be paired with Daisy - she was such a warm-hearted, thoughtful, and flexible guide. She was incredibly attentive to our energy levels throughout the day, knew so much about Yunnan’s history, and even led us tea tasting when it wasn’t originally on the itinerary. We are grateful for the chance to visit the beautiful Dali and to have Daisy guide us, and we would definitely use China Highlights for future tripsmore
Jul 2023, Amy Y
Nancy Lee - China Highlights , Professional Guide
I am impressed by Nancy Lee’s professionalism. She has high energy , thoughtful , eloquent and resourceful and execute well in all our requests . She is detailed and highly recommend her excellent service to all who visit Yunnan . To add on, Nancy has excellent skills in photo taking! Driver Tang is very helpful , thoughtful and has a great sense of humour . I enjoyed my Dali , Shaxi trip from 17-20April 23 and will definitely engaged Nancymore
Apr 2023, Beautifoo
Itinerary Quick Look
Here is a suggested itinerary. We are happy to customize a tour according to your interests.
Meet your guide at the airport. A private vehicle will transfer you directly to your hotel where your guide will help you to check-in. Relax for the rest of the day.
Visit the largest Tibetan Buddhist lamasery in Yunnan Province — Songzanlin Lamasery — which was built in the style of the Potala Palace in Lhasa.
Explore Shangri-La Old Town in the afternoon. Learn to paint a thangka('sacred tapestry') and bring the self-made souvenir and the good luck back home. Don't miss the Tibetan dancing on the central square in the evening.
Visit Pudacuo National Park in the morning. It retains the well-preserved ecosystem of the virgin forests. The must-see scenery in this park is Shudu Lake. Drive from Shangri-La to Tacheng in the afternoon. The beautiful countryside along the way is impressive.
Visit Yunnan Golden Monkey National Park after breakfast. This area is the hometown of the Yunnan golden monkeys. They are the only primates living at an altitude of 3,000–4,500 meters (10,000–15,000 feet) above sea level, apart from humans. The national park's staff feed the monkeys in the forest every morning. The monkeys appear suddenly when hearing the staff whistling.
You will drive alongside the Lancang River (the Mekong River) from Tacheng to Deqin. As the altitude gradually decreases, the landscape, vegetation, crops, and villages will change.
Stop at Cizhong Village. There, you will discover a Catholic church, which was built in 1921. It was built in a Gothic style, but combines features of Tibetan architecture.
Enjoy an incredible view of the Meili Snow Mountains at sunrise. When the sunlight shines on the snowy peaks and turns them sparkling golden, it is a magical moment when the chaos and routines of life can be forgotten.
Visit Mingyong Glacier to get close to Kawagebo, the main peak of the Meili Snow Mountains. As one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the Yunnan Tibetan area, Kawagebo is still a virgin peak, which none have conquered due to the complicated terrain and fickle weather (not to mention respect for Tibetan beliefs and a government climbing ban from 2001).
Depart Deqin and go up to Wunongding Viewing Platform for a last panoramic view of the Meili Snow Mountains before saying goodbye. Drive along the Jinsha River back to Shangri-La.
Stop at a platform for a great view of the big bend of the Jinsha River, which is the upper reaches of the Yangtze River.
Visit Niding Tibetan village to get close to the daily life of the local Tibetan people. Enjoy an authentic Tibetan meal in a local family's house and a moderate hike in the forest nearby to a meadow with a fantastic view.
Your guide and driver will escort you to the airport.
—the Icing on the Cake
Boutique hotels are recommended to enrich your travel experience.
- Private air-conditioned business car with big windows and ample space
- English speaking local guide
- Activities, hotels, and meals listed in the itinerary
- 24/7 helpline for while you are traveling
Tour code: zd-2