SHOT # 36 SIDE TOUR

June 30 – July 7
RM1800.00/person (double occupancy)

 

See at the below, for how-to-pay.

A surcharge of RM630 will be applied for Single Occupancy. Preference will be given to Double Occupancy bookings.

The Side Tour is meant to be leisurely, with a predilection for natural and cultural wonders along the routes, so there’ll be less stops than the usual tourist packages and definitely no shopping entrapments. You will decide if you should elect to pay and enter attractions that charges entry fees, or cable card rides, as these are not included in the fee. Food and drinks are also excluded, so you have the freedom to opt for cuisines and beverages suitable for your palates. There will be, however, an extraordinary menu not to be missed at this time of the year, which we have worked into the tour package for just one group dinner – of which the famous Yunnan wild mushrooms will be the centrepiece, and which are in season only for a limited, mid-year period coinciding with our sojourn! You will get to savour and enjoy a scrumptious aromatic soup consisting of 15 types of wild mushrooms, a rare delight that few have had the chance to indulge in.

Yunnan being the province with the most number of minority tribes in China, it is no wonder that all 4 major destinations we are heading to have a distinct, local tribal group predominating the landscape. For the sake of brevity, only one or two local attractions per destinations will be mentioned here; the rest you could easily consult with Mr. Google. 


June 30 – Lijiang

Depart mid-afternoon for Lijiang, an ancient city situated on the northwest of the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau, and on the southeastern edge of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. An internationally recognized ancient walled city, Dayan was a conduit of the ancient Southern Silk Road and ‘Tea Horse Ancient Road’. If time permits, we will make a stopover at Erhai Lake for a break before reaching Lijiang.


July 1 – Lijiang/Tiger Leaping Gorge

After breakfast, depart for the nearby Yulong (Jade Dragon) Snow Mountain, where you are advised to purchase a cable-car ride to the top to view some magnificent alpine scenery. Upon descending, we will head to Tiger Leaping Gorge. If we should arrive early, we can go for a late afternoon hike along the banks of the gorge.


July 2 – Tiger Leaping Gorge

Tiger Leaping Gorge has great scenery all round, and some views are almost an extraction of Chinese brush paintings, and is known to be one of China’s best hiking area. For the energetic and adventurous type, you can opt for the High Trail Hike, a 22km hike starting from Qiaotou to Tina’s Guesthouse. This hike is strictly for the very fit hashers, as we will attempt to complete the hike within a fully stretched day instead of the recommended 2 days. Others can opt for less strenuous trails, of which there are a few.


July 3 – Lijiang

Upon leaving Tiger Leaping Gorge, we will visit Baishuitai at the foot of the Haba Snow Mountain, southeast of Shangri-La, a very unique series of natural water terraces that some speculates was the inspiration for terraced rice farming in ancient times. After that, we return to Lijiang to convalesce from the exertions of the previous day, and take time to explore the newer and ancient parts of Lijiang.


July 4 & July 5 – Lugu Lake

Lugu Lake is an alpine lake at an elevation of around 9000’ situated on the borders of Yunnan and Sichuan provinces. This area is inhabited by the Yi, Pumi, other Mongolian tribes, and most famously by the Mosuo ethnic people, a matriarchal society where marital arrangements are very unique to themselves, and oftentimes women have multiple partners/lovers, a practice completely acceptable to their ways. It is known in China as the ‘Kingdom of Women’ or the land of the Amazons, highlighting the dominant roles that women play in their society. You may rent a bike to ride around, and/or take a boat to visit some of the islands on the lake.


July 6, Dali

Travel back south from Lugu Lake to Dali is quite a journey, so we’ll start in the very early morning, and make a few stops along the way. Dali again is an ancient town which was a crossroad of trades, dating way back to neolithic times, and is one of the must-see places when visiting Yunnan. The main ethnic group here are the Dai people, who first settled here some 3000 years ago, and are mostly found in and around Dali. Some of the attractions are the old city gates, the 3 Pagodas, and Dali museum.


July 7, Kunming

For those flying out of Kunming on the evening of July 7, you could hop onto a high speed train to ensure a speedy ride back to Kunming and thence to the airport. The rest could take time to visit other places of interest in Dali before we bid farewell to the place and leave after lunch. 

Payment by bank transfer to Kathy Lee (Katlee).

  • Hong Leong Bank, Account#: 3825 0152 834
  • Account Name: Lee Kim Keet
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