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Private Lijiang Day Trip to Upper Tiger Leaping Gorge and Black Dragon Pool

Lijiang, China
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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
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See some of China’s most beautiful areas on this private day trip from Lijiang. Together with a guide who specializes in the region, you'll start at the Yangtze River. Enjoy an authentic Chinese lunch at a restaurant, and head to Tiger Leaping Gorge. Then, make your way to Black Dragon Pool in Jade Spring Park before capping your tour with a visit to the Museum of Naxi Dongba Culture.
  • Tiger Leaping Gorge, Black Dragon Pool, and Museum of Naxi Dongba Culture day trip from Lijiang
  • Stop for lunch at an authentic Chinese restaurant
  • Visit Tiger Leaping Gorge, a scenic canyon on the Jinsha River
  • See the stunning Black Dragon Pool in Jade Spring Park
  • Private tour itinerary can be altered beforehand by request
  • Choose a group size between one to 10 people for this private tour
  • Lijiang hotel pickup and drop-off included
Be ready to get picked from your Lijiang hotel a little before 8am. Your tour lasts about nine hours, so an early start is necessary. This is a private tour, so please list any special interests you have at the time of booking to alert your guide, so that they can better prepare for your private tour.

Once you’re in your vehicle and on your way, it’s about 37 miles (60 km) to the first bend in the Yangtze River. Enjoy the eye-catching scenery as you pass Iron Chain Bridge in the town of Stone Drum. It gets its name from the Iron Chains that it’s built of. Also notice the golden-brown wheat fields and haystacks in the area before you stop to eat an authentic Chinese lunch at a local restaurant.

Back on the road, travel about another 24 miles (40 km) until you reach Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the world’s deepest gorges. Have the chance to walk about 1.5 miles (2.6 km) to the Tiger Leaping Rock.

Next up, go to Jade Spring Park, and catch some amazing views of the Black Dragon Pool. Then, hit up the Museum of Naxi Dongba Culture where you can get more acquainted with the Naxi way of life.

Your private tour ends with a drop-off at your hotel in Lijiang.
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Museum of Naxi Dongba Culture
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Black Dragon Pond Park
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Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia)
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Yangtze River First Bend
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Yunnan Adventure Travel
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Highly Recommend
, Jul 2018
Enjoyable, breathtaking, and informative tour that maximizes the day. Guide and driver highly skilled. One of our trip highlights!
I recommend this tour for everyone...
Joseph M
, Jan 2017
I recommend this tour for everyone, even older tourists who sometimes have trouble keeping up. We visited a typical roadside village, saw some of the important historical sites in the area, including a monument to the Long March, a very old engraved stone reciting Important events of the early Naxi people, a broad bend in the upper Yangtze where the forces of both Kubla Khan and the early Red Army chose to cross to further their campaigns, and the Gorge of the Leaping Tiger. Unfortunately the Long March monument area was closed and strong, cold winds precluded any time spent in the Gorge more than for a few pictures. We also made the mistake of including the Black Dragon Pool in our itinerary the day before so we did not go to the Pool again. The lunch for the day was served in a restaurant on the Shangrila side of the Yangtze in the Tibetan style and was delicious.

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Our trip into the rural, mountainous Yunnan province on the border of Tibet was transporting and transformative. Tibetan cuture, ethnic group, temples abound in this region, along with four other ethnic groups. Very rural and largely unspoiled although the Unesco heritage site of Lijan is quite commercialized, it's still worth seeing. The tour is terrific -- personable, local guides with great English attend to you well. The hiking and climbing can be taxing, given the high altitude. Advise taking altitude sickness medication in advance. But well worth it! This is a trip I will remember for years to come. VERY different from the rest of China, filled with history, nature and religious tradition.
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Very good tour and the guide, Sophie, was excellent. Museum of Naxi culture most interesting. Views from the top of the Old town wonderful and you must experiment for lunch! Fair walk and need to remember the elevation so pace yourself. Thoroughly recommend this tour.

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Excellent guide and driver. Guide very...

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Excellent guide and driver. Guide very knowledgeable and dedicated. Knew museum very well.

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