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Tea Horse Road for Cultural Purists

9 nights
3 retreats
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If you love culture, you'll love Yunnan. With so many of the country's minorities concentrated in one place, you won't even know where to look! The vibrant, eyecatching dresses and headwear, the fragrant cuisines, the places of worship, the dialects... It's dizzying to say the least. If you're a cultural purist, this journey is for you. The 10 days give you just enough time to get more than just a glimpse of one of the world's most fascinating places.

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Day 1
Dali, between lake and mountain
Arrival at Dali airport. Explore the bohemian old town with its many cafés and sightings. Sleep at LUX* Dali, our chic hotel.
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Day 2
Dali's must-sees
Pay a visit to the famous Three Pagodas and the peaceful Erhai Lake. You can even ride a bike around it. Sleep at LUX* Dali.
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Day 3
Sangushui
3h-drive to Sangushui for a hike and to meet artisans. Night at LUX* Sangushui.
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Day 4
Slow-life in Peach Valley
Short 1h-drive to Peach Valley. Tea ceremony amidst the peach orchard. Sleep at LUX* Peach Valley.
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Day 5
Gateway to Tibetan Culture
3h30-road trip to Benzilan, the centre of Tibetan culture. Stay in our gorgeous lodge-style retreat, LUX* Benzilan.
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Day 6
Hikes and hotpots
Trek in Niding forest, and gather with the locals around a Naxi hotpot. Sleep at LUX* Benzilan.
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Day 7
Shangri-La, a Tibetan town
1h30-drive to Shangri-La. See Napa Lake and tour the Songzanlin monastery. Sleep at LUX* Shangri-La.
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Day 8
Lijiang Ancient Town
Scenic 3h30-drive to Lijiang Ancient Town. Night out in town. Sleep at LUX* Lijiang.
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Day 9
Birthplace of the Naxi
Trip to Baisha, the original Naxi capital, and Yulong Snow Mountain. Sleep at LUX* Lijiang.
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Day 10
Lijiang
There's so much to see in Lijiang's cobblestone streets. Explore it before you depart from Lijiang airport.

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