Raosanlin & Tibetan Horse Festival

Raosanlin & Tibetan Horse Festival
This tour takes you to northwest Yunnan to see the Yangtze and Mekong rivers, the highest mountain in Yunnan - Meili Snow Mountain (6740m), and to walk over its glaciers. We travel amongst the Bai, Naxi, Lisu and Tibetan peoples. We will attend the following festivals during the tour:

Raosanlin Festival in Dali, Yunnan
Pilgrimage tour to three temples is a festival for the Bai ethnic people to worship their patron gods in Dali. The Bai people believe the local gods are in charge of their good fortune, so they worship the gods piously and attend the festival in large numbers.

More importantly, this is the Valentine Day for Bai People. In the past, people had the freedom to love but parents had the last words for marriage, for some reasons, most people couldn’t marry the one they loved but the one their parents or families liked, so that created some pities for people, to solves the problems, Raosanlin Festival developed into the Valentine Day for Bai People, during these three days, people have the freedom to meet up with their lover to enjoy the time being together. At the festival, aged people are going to meet up with their lovers and young people are going to look for lovers

The festival falls on the 23rd of the 4th lunar month and lasts three days. Each village forms a pilgrimage team, led by two master dancing singers, the villagers take part in a long parade, beating equiangular drums, singing and dancing to the festival places. Upon arrival, people are going to date with their lovers, the whole festival place is flowing with love song and dances…

Tibetan Horse Festival in Shangri-La, Yunnan
The Tibetans in Shangri-La host the festival on the 5th of the 5th lunar month which lasts three days. Men show off their horseback skills, women dance in their best festival clothes, and Buddhist lamas perform a religious opera. Thousands of locals gather around the site to camp for the festival's duration.

Itinerary:

Day 1, Arrive in Dali and transfer to Hotel

Day2, Attend Raosanlin Festival
Half an hour drive to attend the Raosanlin Festival in Qingdong village at the foot of Mt. Cangshan where you can see all kinds of activities take place such as singing, dancing and praying throughout day and night.

Day 3, Tour of Dali
Visit Xizhou Morning Market where local Bai people sell food, vegetables and agricultural products, visit traditional Bai architecture, and attend the Festival again in Xizhou where festival goers sing and dance through the village. Travel around the Lake Erhai to visit the Bai villages on the other side of it and view the area.

Day 4, Tour of Dali
Visit the thousand year old Three Pagodas and Chongsheng Temple, this is the biggest Buddhist Temple in Yunnan with hundreds of Buddhist images. Hike up to Cangshan Mountain at 2550m where you can visit Zhonghe Temple with mixed religions, take a walk on the Clouds Road for a couple of hours, you can have a bird’s eye view of Dali and the Lake from here.

Day 5, Drive to Lijiang
Three hours drive to Lijiang and visit the old town of Lijiang, Lijiang is the home of the matriarchal Naxi culture, which is protected as a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site. Lijiang was at the end of the Tibetan tea caravan route that gave rise to the Naxi women’s strong commercial bent as successful shopkeepers and traders. Visit the old town and Black Pool.

Day 6, Tour of Lijiang
Visit Yuhu and Baisha villages in front of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain to observe the daily life of Naxi people look into the Museum of Dr. Rock. Drive to visit 300 year old Puji Monastery with copper roofs, one of the five big monasteries in the area, with some walk in the pine forest before arriving the Monastery.

Day 7, Visit the Tiger Leaping Gorge and drive to Liming
Two and half hours drive to visit the Tiger Leaping Gorge with 3900m drop from the top of mountain to the Yangtze. Four hours drive to Liming along the Yangtze via the First Bend, with the great views of the of the Yangtze and the area.

Day 8, Tour of Liming
One hour climb up to the Tortoise Mountain where you can find out the mountain just look like thousands of tortoises and enjoy the beautiful colours of the stones, walk further into the valley to see more mountain and visit the Lisu people there.

Day 9, Drive to Weixi
Drive back to Yangtze and follow up to Qizhong with stops along the river sightseeing and walks, and then turn right into mountains to Weixi via Tacheng with visits to Lisu and Tibetan villages along the way.

Day 10, Drive to Cizhong
Drive to Cizhong along the Mekong River with visits to Lisu village, Fuguo Temple built in 13th century and churches built by French missionaries. Cizhong village where there is a Catholic Church built by French missionaries in 1880s and still used by various minorities such as Lisu, Naxi and Tibetan.

Day 11, Drive to Feilaishi
Spend half a day to visit the village of Cizhong and relax in this little village Along the Mekong, Drive to Feilaishi in the late afternoon.

Day 12, Drive to Shangri-La
Get up early to see the sunrise of Meili Snow Mountain just in your hotel room, drive to Shangri-La via Baima Mouintain pass at 4290m, with a visit Tibetan Dongzhulin Monastery, and passing through the Yangtze. Visit Nixi village where people specialized in making pottery.

Day 13 & 14, Attend Horse Festival
Attend the Tibetan Horse Festival in Shangri-La, people from all over will gather here for the horse festival, Tibetan is a nation on the horse back, so they will show off the skills on the horse back in different ways. At the same time we can also see some of the Tibetan dances during the festival as well.Visit the old town of Shangri-La, Tibetan temples and village. Hotel and tour ends on Day 14.

Departure: May 28th to Jun.11th, 2016

Price: US$ 1,980.00 Per person
US$ 360.00 Single Supplement

Group Size: 6 – 8 Persons

The price includes:
Hotels
All meals
Sightseeing Programs & entry fees
English Speaking Guides
Transfers and transportation by private vehicles

You may prefer a different date and time frame for this tour, or wish to adjust the itinerary to suit your interests.  We will do all we can to meet your preferences.  Please note that tours of less than six persons may cost more per person, and other expenses may increase as a result of customization of your tour.   In all cases, however, we are committed to providing the best value for your experience.