Non touristy daytrips

Interesting daytrips in Dali, guided by Henriette Buist or Jim (Jim’s Tibetan Hotel). These experienced guides will take you to places you would otherwise not see. Through their wealth of knowledge and local contacts you will have a most interesting and enjoyable trip!

Dali daytrip: Yi minority, market and temple trip

Dali daytrip: Yi minority, market and temple trip

These bigger and smaller markets only run on certain days and are not touristy. In case there is no market we will take you to another nice, non-touristy village with old houses. The trip will be guided by Henriette Buist or Jim (Jim’s Tibetan Hotel). These experienced guides will take you to places you would otherwise not see. Through their wealth of knowledge you will have a most interesting and enjoyable trip! Yi market This full daytrip goes to the minority markets of the Yi-people. They are one of the biggest minority groups in Yunnan but one of the least known because they usually live in the mountains. They only come down for special occasions like markets or festivals.Through booking this trip you directly support the Yi village. Every month on certain days bigger and smaller markets take place. They sell everything from pigs, cows and waterbuffaloes to vegetables, medicine, farming tools, tobacco etc. Besides the Yi people you will meet the local people doing their shoppings and farmers walking their animals to the market. The Yi-women wear traditional clothes with beautiful, colourfully embroidered. The young unmarried girls wear self-made flower headdresses. During this trip we will also visit a small Yi village which lies off the road, walking past beautiful riceterraces. In the village are usually some women around who look after the children. A special custom in the village is the steaming of eucalyptus treeleaves in a big ton to make oil. If you’re lucky you’ll be there at the right time and have a chance to join a celebration with one of the families like the birth of a baby, a marriage or a local girl who has been admitted into a university. Muslim village & Buddhist temple After a visit to the market we share a tasty lunch in a small muslim village. We conclude our daytrip with a local Buddhist temple, hidden in the ricefields. It’s a peaceful place and inside the main temple are numerous statues who look surreal, one has very long legs, one an arm that reaches into the sky and another has eyebrows till the ground. After this colourful visit we’re heading back to Dali. Have a look at reviews of this trip. Price 1800 yuan total for 1-4 people, 5-6 people 2200 yuan total. Special rates for larger groups. Including: all private transport, guide, lunch, temple fees Other non-touristy daytrips Erhai lake and Bai villages, car to Shaxi/Shibaoshan, car around Erhai, car to Yi market, Lijiang bike trip South China 14 days China highlights Yunnan trekkings Family trips Dali: Jim’s Tibetan hotel City tours Tibet...

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Dali: Xihu Lake boat trip and Bai villages

Dali: Xihu Lake boat trip and Bai villages

We like Xihu (West lake) as it’s a beautiful lake and it sees a lot less tourists than Dali’s Erhai lake. These days the only boats on Erhai lake are big noisy tourist boats. On Xihu however local people will take you in their silent wooden rowing boats while you can help them peddling. The lake is surrounded by traditional houses and is a protected area for birds like egrets and ducks. In the lake grow lotus flowers, waterlilies and water hyacinths. Xihu is not too far from Dali and therefore an excellent alternative to Erhai lake. Besides going to Xihu Lake you will visit the Bai villages Xizhou, famous for its old houses and Zhoucheng, famous for its bluewhite tiedye fabrics. Xizhou is known as ‘small old Dali’ because it looks like Dali many years ago. Mainly inhabited by Bai people, Xizhou has an old part with houses more than a hundred years old. They are built in traditional style with Dali marble and black and white paintings on the walls. Some houses have beautifully decorated woodcarving above the doors. After lunch you will go to Zhoucheng, where the local Bai women make the blue white tie-dye fabrics. You can visit a home and see how they make the bluewhite fabric from the indigo plants. Besides that Zhoucheng has some streets with traditional Bai houses and every afternoon a market. Then it’s time to go back to Dali. Price: 850 yuan for 1-2 people, 3-4 people 950 yuan Including: car with (Chinese speaking) driver, lunch, boat fee for Xihu Excluding: guide, detours from above route An English speaking guide can be arranged upon request (extra costs). Time schedule: Dali to Xizhou- 30 minute drive, Xizhou to Xihu lake about 20 min drive, Xihu to Zhoucheng 20 min, Zhoucheng to Dali 35...

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Dali- Shaxi & Shibaoshan- Lijiang 1-2 days

Dali- Shaxi & Shibaoshan- Lijiang 1-2 days

To go to Lijiang we can arrange a private car with driver (no guide) directly to Lijiang (about 3 hours) or with stops on the way in the Bai village Shaxi and/or Shibaoshan temple (full day). Both routes are scenic and mountainous. If you want to have a more relaxed trip and you want to spend a quiet afternoon in a countryside village we recommend changing the trip into a 2 day trip and stay overnight in Shaxi. We can also pick you up in other places like Shuhe. Full daytrip: you’ll leave around 8 a.m. and arrive end of the afternoon. If you do the trip in one day it’s a long, intense day. We recommend to stay overnight in Shaxi, it’s a perfect place to unwind and enjoy the fresh air. Shaxi is a pleasant Bai village surrounded by ricefields and you can easily walk to the other close by villages. The village has managed to preserve the authentic traditional Bai houses. For a short stop during the transfer from Dali to Lijiang an hour is enough but if you want a relaxing day in your busy travelschedule then Shaxi is a perfect place to unwind and stay overnight.    Shibaoshan temple is a former monastery where ancient Buddhist statues can be admired. The sculptures represent so-called king-gods who used to have both political and religious power. It’s a true miracle that these statues have survived the cultural revolution and for people interested in Buddhist sculptures not to be missed. Shibaoshan is also an important place for Bai Buddhist pilgrims to get together on Buddhist and local festivals. The Tea Horse Road is an old caravan route through Yunnan. It got its name because Tibetan ponies were traded against Chinese tea, a practise that dates back to the times when horses were important for China to fight against the warring nomads in the north. On these southern silk roads, tea and salt were transported on high mountain roads and both horses and porters carried heavy loads. The tea porters sometimes carried over 60–90 kg, which was often more than their own body weight in tea. Places like Dali, Weishan and Shaxi used to be stepping stones on these traderoads. Tea went to Bengal and India via Burma, to Tibet and to central China via Sichuan. Full daytrip from Dali to Lijiang with stops in Shibaoshan temple and Shaxi Total about 6 hrs ride plus sightseeing 2,5 hrs: 1-4 people 1100 Chinese rmb total, 5-6 people 1300 Chinese rmb total. Prices excludes lunch, entrance fees, guide. From Dali 8 a.m. departure, arrival in Lijiang about 18:00 p.m. Time to spend in Shaxi: 1 hour, time to spend in Shibaoshan: 1,5 hrs. Directly to Lijiang takes about 3 hrs ride: 1-4 people 950 Chinese rmb, 5-6 people: 1150 Chinese rmb. Shaxi and Shibaoshan temple 2 days Shaxi is a perfect places to unwind and stay overnight on your way from Dali to Lijiang. On your way you visit Shibaoshan temple with old Buddhist statues. Day 1 drive from Dali to Shaxi, visit Shibaoshan temple, overnight in Shaxi in guesthouse Day 2 drive from Shaxi to Lijiang or Shuhe (to Shangrila, extra costs) Prices 1-2 people: 2200 Chinese rmb total Prices 3-4 people: 2500 Chinese rmb total (2 rooms in Shaxi) Incl: car and driver, room in Shaxi guesthouse incl BF Excl: guide, all meals, entrance fees Other non-touristy daytrips Yi trip, car to Yi village, market and temple, car around Erhai, Dali: Erhai lake and Bai villages, Lijiang bike trip South China 14 days China highlights Yunnan trekkings Family trips Dali: Jim’s Tibetan hotel City...

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Liming: red stone mountains between Dali and Lijiang

Liming: red stone mountains between Dali and Lijiang

Liming is a beautiful, mountainous area between Dali and Lijiang. It’s a colourful combination of red stone and green, lush evergreens high above the clouds. Liming makes a great daytrip out of busy Lijiang town. If you start early you’ll have the place almost to yourselves. Get above the clouds in the astonishingly steep cable car and walk down the wooden steps through the forest. Take your time to take in the magnificent view and enjoy the silence around you. Down under you can have a local lunch, prepared by Lisu people. From Lijiang it’s about 3,5 hours driving to Liming. From Dali is about 4,5 hours. You can also do the trip in 2 days, staying overnight in Liming or in Shigu, a small town in the bend of the Yangste river. Other (non-touristy) (day)trips: Dali trip to Yi market Dali – Lijiang – Shuhe car via Shaxi & Shibaoshan temple dali: car around Erhai Dali: car to Yi market Lijiang bike trip South China China highlights Yunnan trekkings Family trips Non touristy daytrips Dali: Jim’s Tibetan hotel City tours Tibet...

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Car to Yi village, market and Buddhist temple

Car to Yi village, market and Buddhist temple

The area you’re going to is definitely non-touristy. First you will visit a small Yi village which lies off the main road, walking past beautiful riceterraces. In the village are usually some women around who work in the fields and look after the children. A special custom in the village is the steaming of eucalyptus treeleaves in a big ton to make oil. Colourful market and hidden temple On certain days there are colourful local markets in the area. They sell everything from pigs, cows and waterbuffaloes to vegetables, traditional medicine, farming tools and tobacco. Besides the Yi people you will meet the local people doing their shoppings and farmers walking their animals to the market. After lunch in a muslim village you will go to a peaceful Buddhist temple tucked away behind a farmer’s village. It’s a peaceful place and inside the main temple are numerous statues which look surreal, one has very long legs, one an arm that reaches into the sky and another has eyebrows till the ground. After this colourful visit we’re heading back to Dali. Price 1-4 people total 650 Chinese rmb, 5-6 people 750 Chinese rmb (9 a.m.-17 p.m.) Incl: car and (Chinese speaking) driver, donation for temple and Yi village Excl: lunch, guide Other non-touristy daytrips Yi trip, car to Shaxi/Shibaoshan, car around Erhai, Dali: Erhai lake and Bai villages, Lijiang bike trip South China 14 days China highlights Yunnan trekkings Family trips Dali: Jim’s Tibetan hotel City tours Tibet...

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Lijiang Wumu Naxi village/ 2 days

Lijiang Wumu Naxi village/ 2 days

A wonderful new trip to a mountainous non touristy Naxi village where life is almost as it was many years ago. A perfect place to unwind and take in the majestic mountains. Life is simple and if you like hiking and great views this is the place to be. It’s a 3 hour ride from Lijiang so we recommend at least 2 days. You will stay in a newly opened guesthouse in a room with a view. Tip: from Wumu you can walk down to the Yangtse river and take the ferry across to Baoshan Stone city. To get to  either Wumu or Stone city you can also start in the Tiger Leaping...

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Yunnan golden snub-nosed monkeys

Yunnan golden snub-nosed monkeys

During this trip you have the fantastic opportunity to see the cute Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys, a highly endangered species which were almost extinct. Nowadays there are only about 2,500 snub-nosed monekeys left living in the wild. You’ll be guaranteed to see the golden snub-nosed monkeys as about 50 of them are being fed every morning while being monitored for both scientific and tourism purposes. This setup allows the rest of the population to live their wild life deeper in the forest on the steep, green hillslopes of Baimang Snow Mountain Nature Reserve. Not only do the the snub-nosed monkeys have intriguing human like faces with red lips but while running and swinging around they also make little, cute noises sometimes almost like cats do. All in all a fascinating experience. You can do this trip directly from Lijiang but while being there we highly recommend the sidetrip to Liming. After the visit to the snub-nosed monkeys you can either go to Lijiang, Dali, Shangrila or go up further towards the Tibetan border via Cizhong, the Tibetan village with the Catholic church and all the way up to Deqin which is about 200 km from the Tibet-Yunnan border. Day 1: Lijiang to Liming Day2: Liming to Tacheng Day 3: Tacheng to Lijiang or Dali or Shangrila or Deqin Other (non-touristy) (day)trips: Dali trip to Yi market Dali – Lijiang – Shuhe car via Shaxi & Shibaoshan temple dali: car around Erhai Dali: car to Yi market Lijiang bike trip South China China highlights Yunnan trekkings Family trips Non touristy daytrips Dali: Jim’s Tibetan hotel City tours Tibet...

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Lijiang countryside biketrip

Lijiang countryside biketrip

This half a daytrip will take you out of the busy old town of  Lijiang. With a private car and bikes you will cycle through unspoilt non touristy Naxi villages situated along a lake. On the way we will stop at a local Naxi temple with active monks and novices going around. The trip ends with a lunch at a local Naxi farm. After lunch you can continue the trip by car (extra costs) to the Naxi villages of Shuhe and Baisha to see the frescoes originally painted in the 15th and 16 century by Tibetan & Naxi artists. Price Half a daytrip- 1-2 people: 700 Chinese RMB per person, 3-4 people 500 RMB per person Full daytrip- 1-2 people: 800 Chinese RMB per person, 3-4 people 550 RMB per person Incl: car, bikes, local lunch, English speaking guide Excl: entrance fees, tips for guide and driver Other non-touristy daytrips Yi trip, car to Yi village, market and temple, car around Erhai, Dali: Erhai lake and Bai villages, car Dali-Lijiang via Shaxi/ Shibaoshan South China 14 days China highlights Yunnan trekkings Family trips Dali: Jim’s Tibetan hotel City tours Tibet...

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Dali: boattrip Erhai lake and Bai villages

Dali: boattrip Erhai lake and Bai villages

This daytrip shows you daily countryside life in the villages around Dali from a non-touristy side. The trip will be guided by Henriette Buist or Jim (Jim’s Tibetan Hotel). These experienced guides will take you to places you would otherwise not see. Through their wealth of knowledge you will have a most interesting and enjoyable trip! Xizhou This full daytrip first takes you to Xizhou, also known as ‘small old Dali’ because it looks like Dali many years before. Mainly inhabited by Bai people, Xizhou has an old part with houses more than a hundred years old. They are built in traditional style with Dali marble and black and white paintings on the walls and above the wooden doors. After visiting the Xizhou morning market we will have a look in one of the oldest houses with a beautiful courtyard. Erhai lake After this we take local transport, a horse cart, to get us back to the car. We drive to the boat pier, have lunch on a local boat and cross Erhai lake. After an hour’s boatride we land at Shuanglang at the other side. We will drive along the ricepaddies to an off the beaten track Bai village. We will visit a a local Bai farmers family and a Bai Buddhist temple. After all these impressions of village life we drive back by car along the lake through picturesque Bai villages. Pls have a look at reviews of this trip. Price: 2200 yuan total for 1-4 people, 5-6 people 2500 yuan total. Special rates for larger groups. Included: all transport incl local boat, lunch, guide Other (non-touristy) (day)trips: Dali trip to Yi market Dali – Lijiang – Shuhe car via Shaxi & Shibaoshan temple dali: car around Erhai Dali: car to Yi market Lijiang bike trip South China China highlights Yunnan trekkings Family trips Non touristy daytrips Dali: Jim’s Tibetan hotel City tours Tibet...

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Car around Erhai Lake, Bai villages and markets

Car around Erhai Lake, Bai villages and markets

Bai villages along Erhai Lake: we can arrange a car only with driver (no guide) around Erhai lake. Bai villages on the road are Xizhou with its daily morning market. Also you can wander around the old neighbourhood with the original Bai houses. Next stop is Zhoucheng where the local Bai women make the tie/dye tablecloths. An extra stop on Monday is the market in Shaping at the foot of the mountains. At the other side of Erhai lake you will find the fast developing Shuanglang, a former sleepy Bai fishing village but now turning into a hip place with restaurants, guesthouses and coffeeshops. Every other 5 days you can add Wase with its market on the lakeshore. After that it’s a scenic drive further along Erhai lake back to Dali old town. Price 1-4 people: 650 Chinese rmb, 5-6 people 750 Chinese rmb (9 -17 p.m., lunch and guide excluded) Other non-touristy daytrips Yi trip, car to Shaxi/Shibaoshan, car only around Erhai, Dali: Erhai lake and Bai villages, car only to Yi village, market and temple, Lijiang bike trip South China 14 days China highlights Yunnan trekkings Family trips Dali: Jim’s Tibetan hotel City tours Tibet...

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