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17-Day Discover Shangri-La by Hiking & Metropolis Exploration
Starts: Beijing;                                                                             Ends: Shanghai
Tour Itinerary: Beijing / Lijiang / Tacheng / Benzilan / Meili / Shangri-La / Shanghai
Duration: 17 Days & 16 Nights
In this 17-Day Discover Shangri-La by Hiking Metropolis Exploration Tour, you’ll start your journey with a visiting to relax city, you will then discover the colorful Yunnan, where you will never fail to offer you endless and amazing destinations within its area. Besides Lijiang, Tacheng, Benzilan, Meili and Shangri-La should be the next surprise waiting for you. End up your China tour with a short trip to Shanghai, a traditional metropolis of south China.


  • Tian An Men Square
  • Forbidden City
  • Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling
  • Great Wall (Mutianyu Section)
  • Ding Tomb
  • Sacred Way
  • Temple of Heaven
  •  Summer Palace
  • Longevity Hill
  •  Lijiang Ancient Town
  • Mansion of Mu Clan
  •  Naxi Ancient Music
  • Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
  •  Impression Show Lijiang
  •  Baisha Fresco
  • Naxi Minority village
  • Tiger Leaping Gorge
  • Golden Monkey National Park
  • Bazhou Village
  • Tibetan villages
  • Dongzhulin Monastery
  • Black Pottery Making
  • Songzanlin Monastery
  • Little Shangri-La
  • Yuyuan Garden
  •  French concession – lilong
  • Jinmao Tower
  • Boat trip on the Huang Pu River
  • Ancient water town Tongli
Starts: Beijing;                                                                             Ends: Shanghai
Tour Itinerary: Beijing / Lijiang / Tacheng / Benzilan / Meili / Shangri-La / Shanghai
Duration: 17 Days & 16 Nights

Day 1: Beijing Arrival

  • Arrival in Beijing Airport, you’ll be warmly welcomed by your private guide and transferred to your hotel adjusting the jet lag.
  • Overnight in Beijing

Day 2: Beijing (B, L)

  • Depart from your hotel to visit Tian An Men Square, one of the largest public square. Then enter the Forbidden City. You will also see the treasure house inside.
  • Afterwards, take a pedi-cab tour of Beijing’s Hutong (traditional alleyways), visit siheyuan (traditional courtyard homes) and learn traditional Chinese activities (paper cutting, dumplings cooking, etc.). Your last stop will be the Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling
  • Overnight in Beijing

Day 3: Beijing (B, L)

  • Enjoy your tour starting with the Great Wall (Mutianyu Section), one of the world's architectural marvels. You will also take a cable car to view the beautiful landscape.
  • Afterwards, transfer to visit one of the thirteen Ming Tombs – Ding Tomb. You’ll also enjoy a 20 minutes walking at the Sacred Way, which means the road leading to heaven.
  • Overnight in Beijing

Day 4: Beijing (B, L)

  • Enjoy your sightseeing tour starts with a visit to the Temple of Heaven - the imperial construction for Emperors' praying to the Heaven for good harvest.
  • Continue the trip to visit the magnificent Summer Palace, the largest and the best preserved of all imperial palace gardens. Other attractions include the Longevity Hill and take a boat trip on the beautiful Kunming Lake
  • Overnight in Beijing

Day 5: Beijing – Lijiang (B, L)

  • Flight: TBA
  • Departure transfer for the flight to Lijiang. Be met and transferred to have lunch.
  • Visit Lijiang Ancient Town, walk down the cobblestone streets over 700 years and see the Naxi way of life which changed little over time.
  • Then, proceed to the Mansion of Mu Clan, which provide a fascinating insight into the local culture and traditions of Lijiang.
  • In the evening, enjoy Naxi Ancient Music.
  • Overnight in Lijiang  

Day 6: Lijiang (B, L)

  • Morning depart for Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, round trip by cable car.
  • Then transfer to see the Impression Show Lijiang, Baisha Fresco and visit the Naxi Minority village to experience the everyday life of the farmers.
  • Overnight in Lijiang

Day 7: Lijiang – Tacheng (B, L, D)

  • Breakfast served at hotel
  • Morning pick up to visit Tiger Leaping Gorge. You will spend about 2 or 3 hours’ walking there.
  • After sightseeing, depart for Tacheng. (around 4.5hrs driving)
  • Overnight in Tacheng

Day 8: Tacheng (B, L, D)

  • Morning visit Yunnan Golden Monkey National Park.
  • Lunch served at local restaurant.
  • In the afternoon, hike to Bazhou Village
  • Overnight in Tacheng 

Day 9: Tacheng – Benzilan (B, L, D)

  • Morning drive to Benzilan (around 2hrs’ driving)
  • Take an easy hike to original forests and hunt for mushrooms.
  • Lunch will be served at local restaurant.
  • Visit pristine Tibetan villages, where the lodge is located, see the traditional water mills and yak bell workshop.
  • Overnight in Benzilan

Day 10: Benzilan – Meili (B, L, D)

  • Early morning climb up a little hill to hang up your prayer flags and burn incense for a great journey ahead.
  • Drive to Meili (around 3.5hrs driving) and visit Dongzhulin Monastery on the way.
  • Arrival at Meili Lodge, relax or visit Tibetan village around the lodge.
  • Overnight in Meili

Day 11: Meili (B, L, D)

  • Morning start the day hiking, about 8hrs with a 3hrs up hill.
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch and scenic location.
  • *The hike could be difficult given the high altitude.* 
  • Overnight in Meili

Day 12: Meili – Shangri-La (B, L, D)

  • Enjoy the view of Meili, then drive to Shangri-La.(around 5-6hrs driving)
  • Lunch served at Songtsam Benzilan.
  • On the way, join a handicraft workshop at Gonjo village for lacquer bowl painting and visit the traditional handicraft village of Nixi for Black Pottery Making.
  • Experience Horse riding at Napa Lake.
  • Overnight in Shangri-La

Day 13: Shangri-La (B, L, D)

  • Morning pick up to visit Songzanlin Monastery
  • Afternoon, visit Little Shangri-la and have a cup of tea with local family. Then, continue to visit old town of Shangri-La and local NGOs.
  • Evening, have a farewell dinner in the old town or at hotel
  • Overnight in Shangri-La

Day 14: Shangri-La – Shanghai (B)

  • Flight: Shangri-La / Kunming
  • Connecting
  • Flight: Kunming / Shanghai
  • Time at leisure until transfer to the Airport for the flight to Shanghai via Kunming. 
  • Overnight in Shanghai

Day 15: Shanghai (B, L)

  • Start your tour with Yuyuan Garden, a beautifully preserved example of a Ming dynasty garden; then visit the French concession – lilong and get a bird eye view of Shanghai at the top of Jinmao Tower.
  • This evening take a Boat trip on the Huang Pu River about 40 minutes. Strolling along the Shanghai waterfront – the European styled Bund.
  • Overnight in Shanghai 

Day 16: Shanghai – Tongli – Shanghai (B, L)

  • Morning transfer to visit the ancient water town Tongli. It is an age-old, but very well preserved water township with a history of more than 1,000 years.
  • *it's only one hour by vehicle between Shanghai & Tongli*
  • Overnight in Shanghai

Day 17: Shanghai Departure (B)

  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • Time at leisure until transfer for your flight back home.
  • End of service

Price Information:

Tour Duration: 17 Days / 16 Nights
Tour Operates: Year Round / On Demand
Tour Price: Available upon Request
Tour package price per person in cash
Room Type
Package Price
Standard Room
Standard Room
Standard Room
Standard Room
Standard Room
Standard Room
Standard Room

Included Service:

  • All domestic flights in economy class incl. airport tax and fuel surcharge.
  • All soft-sleeper train tickets mentioned in the trip. (4 persons sharing 1 cabin)
  • All private transfers with air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Private, English speaking guide service.
  • Accommodation with breakfast (2 persons sharing 1 room).
  • All entrance fee for all sights.
  • All meals mentioned in the program 
  • (B: breakfast, L: lunch)

Excluded Service:

  • Dinner
  • Tips for tour guide, driver and hotel porter.
  • All expenses not mentioned above.

Passport & Visa:

The passengers are responsible for all visas, entry documents, health and other requirements and any documents required by laws, regulations, orders and/or requirements of countries visited. All passengers traveling in China and other Asian countries require a Passport, valid for at least 6 months beyond the conclusion of their trip, and with appropriate visas. Multiple-entry visas are required if the passengers need to reenter the country. It is the responsibility of each passenger to have a valid Passport and necessary visas, as well as to comply with entry, health or other requirements of the countries visited. The Operators and agents are not responsible for passport, visa requirements, entry, health or other requirements of the countries visited or for any loss sustained by you for failing to comply with laws, regulations, orders and/or requirements of countries visited.
China tourist visa is L visa issued for a stay of short duration, usually 30 days, but not more than 90 days, and can not be extended upon expiration.

Climate & Clothing: 

Unless you have a need for formal or dressy clothes, jeans, slacks, shorts, shirts, blouses and T-shirts will do fine.
A comfortable pair of walking shoes is a must. You will be doing a great deal of walking both in the rural and urban areas of China.
Bring a swimming suit if you wish to swim. Many hotels have a swimming pool. Sun block, sunglasses and a light hat are also suggested items.
In spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) you will need a lined jacket, woolen sweater or light coat. In summer (June to August) cool cotton garments are recommended. In winter (December to February) a fleece jacket, sweatshirt, or heavy sweater will probably keep you warm enough in the south, but in the north a heavy woolen coat or down parka is a must.
It is often rainy in late spring and late summer, especially in the southern part of China, so bring some rainwear with you, or you can buy it at your destination.

Beat Jetlag on China Tours: 

Get plenty of rest before your trip. Starting out sleep-deprived makes jet lag worse. If you're traveling east, try going to bed one hour earlier each night for a few days before your departure. Go to bed one hour later for several nights if you're flying west.
Drink plenty of water before, during and after your flight to counteract the dehydrating effects of bone-dry cabin air. It's not clear whether dehydration actually causes jet lag, as some experts maintain, but there's no doubt it makes symptoms worse. For the same reason, avoid alcohol and caffeine, both of which dehydrate you further.
Move around during the flight, walk up and down, do some stretching exercises, to keep the blood circulating, and keep the joints from stiffening. While seated, swirl your ankles around from time to time.
Try to sleep on the plane if it is nighttime at your destination. Earplugs, headphones and eye masks can help block out noise and light. If it's day where you're going, resist the urge to sleep.
Set your watch to the new time before you leave. Once you reach your destination, try not to sleep until nighttime, no matter how tired you are.
Finally, if you just cannot resist and your eyelids are drooping and you feel more and more tired, then set you alarm for four hours, have a hot bath, and jump into bed.

Luggage Allowance for China Tours

Free Baggage Allowance in Weigh
On international and regional flights, the free baggage allowance for each published adult-fare or half-fare passenger is as follows:
First class ticket: 40 kilogram (88 pounds)
Business class ticket: 30 kilogram (66 pounds)
Economy class fare ticket: 20 kilogram (44 pounds)
No free baggage allowance is granted to infants paying 10% of the adult fare.

Free Baggage Allowance by pieces
The free baggage allowance by pieces is applicable only on China-USA and China-Canada international flights. According to the class of tickets, the free baggage allowance for each full-fare of half-fare first-class and business-class passenger is two pieces, and the sum of the length, width and height of each piece must not exceed 62 in. (158cm). The free baggage allowance for each economy-class and discounted tourist-class passenger is two pieces, and the sum of the length, width and height of each piece must not exceed 62 in. (158cm). The sum of the length, width and height of the two pieces of baggage must not exceed 107 in. (273cm); the weight of each piece must not exceed 32 kg. An infant paying 10% of the adult fare is allowed one piece of free baggage, and the sum of its length, width and height must not exceed 45 in. (115cm). In addition, a collapsible infant carriage or stroller is allowed to be carried free. If baggage exceeds the free baggage allowance in pieces, or the sum of the length, width and height of each piece exceeds the prescribed limits, an excess baggage charge must be paid.

Carry on Baggage
In addition to the free baggage allowance in weight, each passenger holding a full-fare or half-fare ticket may carry the following articles: a lady's handbag, an overcoat, a raincoat or a traveling blanket, a walking stick or an umbrella, a small amount of reading material for the trip, a small camera, a pair of small binoculars, infant's food for consumption in flight, an infant's carrying basket, a fully collapsible wheelchair, a pair of braces or artificial limbs. In addition to the free baggage allowance in pieces, regardless of the fare class of the ticket, the passenger may also carry hand baggage that can be placed under the passenger seat, and the sum of the length, width and height of all the pieces must not exceed 45 in. (115cm).