Dali- Shaxi & Shibaoshan- Lijiang 1-2 days

Shaxi Bai womenTo 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 1200 Chinese rmb total, 5-6 people 1400 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

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