Nestled in a tranquil village inhabited by a Tibetan and Naxi community, Tacheng enjoys a comfortable climate boasting one of the region’s most fertile valleys.
The journey down the Mekong River from Meili to Cizhong, and finally to Tacheng, is simply incredible.
Within 250km the road winds through vastly different landscapes descending from high to low altitudes resulting in cooler to warmer climates.
First constructed in 1771 during China's Qing Dynasty, Puji Temple is the nearest Tibetan Buddhist temple to Lijiang's Dayan Old Town. Starting at Puji Village at the foot of Puji Mountain and we will cross the pine forest, admiring the view of the Lijiang Dam, before arriving at the tranquil Puji Temple. There are two ancient cherry blossoms with a history of more than 200 years, known as the “crown of Yunnan cherry blossoms”, which stand in front of the main hall. The most beautiful time to visit is when the Malus spectabilis bloom in April. There are also many pear trees that can be found outside the temple and every spring and autumn the scenery is at its most spectacular.
Outdoor Rock Climbing
Hidden in the valley of Daxin Village in Shigu Town lies a climber’s paradise. The scenery here is beautiful and the mountains are made from limestone.
This hard sedimentary rock, composed mainly of calcium carbonate or dolomite, provides rock climbers with a unique and unparalleled natural rock climbing experience. The mountains here are very characteristic, similar to Yangshuo County in Guangxi province. As a result, it attracts the attention of many outdoor sports enthusiasts and guests can choose activities according to their physical strengths and preferences. First, zip line over the river, then walk through the tobacco fields and orchards where you will reach the rock climbing site.
Most people’s imagination of life in Lijiang is inseparable from the sunshine, traditional courtyards, flora, and handicrafts. At the foot of Wenbi Mountain in a Naxi village lies a small courtyard, where a Taiwanese couple have been living the quintessential Lijiang lifestyle for many years. They love planting unique flowers and vegetables within the courtyard of their century-old home, and organize handicraft and fragrance making workshops in the sun.
Together with the teacher, sit down, drink a cup of herbal tea, and listen to his story of life in Lijiang so far. Understand the basics of plant ecology and take part in his workshop where you will make your own natural lipstick or handmade soap. Experience Lijiang life like a local and take a part of Lijiang life home with you.
Tofu Making Experience
Hada Village, where Songtsam Lodge Tacheng is located, has a warm climate, which is perfect for growing crops. The Tibetan, Lisu, Naxi, and Han minorities have lived here together for generations and through traditional farming they have been able to cultivate sustainably. Influenced by the region’s long-term farming culture, Hada Village is unique and offers a variety of locally grown hand-made commodities.
Yunnan Golden Monkey National Park
The Xianggujing Forest located near Songtsam Lodge Tacheng is a natural paradise for the protection of rare animals and golden monkeys. The Yunnan snub-nosed monkey, also known as the Black snub-nosed monkey, lives in one of the most extreme environments of any non-human primate totaling less than 3000 animals.
Bazhu village is a charming Tibetan village that grows roses, sour papaya, and grapes aplenty. The village is rich in birds, mammals, and plants and the local community has a specific culture and faith, which focuses on creating harmony with nature. Located deep in the mountains of Tacheng, the village has an average altitude of 3,000m and a forest coverage rate of 98%. The flowering period of roses begin in May and the best time to visit is up until the end of June.
Hada Village Tour
Hada Village is located at the foot of Baima Snow Mountain hidden in between mountains, valleys, dense forests, and streams making it seemingly removed from outside world. Tibetan, Lisu, and Naxi people inhabit the village but other ethnic minorities can be found living in the nearby towns and villages. The four seasons in this region feel like spring all year round, which the villagers have utilised by plating ice grapes amongst many other things. Close to the lodge is a winery that makes ice wine, which has become somewhat of a local specialty and is served in the restaurant.
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