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The Fascinating Appeal of Asia at the Wheel of a True Legend.

What to expect: 7 exciting and varied days in the Chinese province of Yunnan, providing cultural highlights and a unique driving experience

Tour highlights:

  • Drive along winding mountain roads in a Porsche 911
  • Go on an afternoon walking tour around the ancient town of Lijiang
  • Explore Lugu lake on a traditional boat cruise
  • Experience the Mosuo minority’s culture and history
  • Visit Tiger Leaping Gorge and Pudazo national park
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the Tibetan temple in Shangri-La

In cooperation with the Porsche Travel Experience China, we would like to proudly present the Porsche Travel Experience Shangri-La in October 2019. Discover local delicacies, experience ethnic cultures, and appreciate nature and unique sights.

Please Note: The tour will cover altitudes between 1,800 and 4,150 meters. Anyone who books onto this travel experience must be confident that they have an adequate level of fitness. Participants must follow doctor’s recommendations regarding their participation in the trip with certain medical conditions.

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Your itinerary

Day 1
Lijiang

Welcome to Lijiang in the province of Yunnan! We will wait for you at the airport and shuttle you to the Jinmao Purelax Mountain Hotel Lijiang. Make yourself comfortable and relax. We will meet you for an early welcome dinner where you will get to know your travel companions for the next days.

Our recommendation: Schedule your flight with an arrival time in Lijiang around early afternoon. For those who would like to extend their trip, we would definitely recommend staying in Beijing before joining the group.

Day 2
Lijiang

We will use this day to explore the area and to get your local driver’s license ready. Besides this necessary procedure to obtain a temporary driver’s license, we will offer you the opportunity of an excursion to the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain to enjoy some beautiful views. We will bring you up to an altitude of over 4,000 meters – a good chance to test your body’s response to this high altitude. After dinner at one of the local restaurants, you will stay for another night at the Jinmao Purelax Mountain Hotel Lijiang.

Did you know…? The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is a small mountain range. Its highest peak is named Shanzidou and is 5,596 meters above sea level. You will clearly see the snow-covered summit – the only one in this area.

Day 3
Lijiang – Lugu Lake

Please start your engine. We will start early, heading toward Lugu lake. Get familiar with the local driving style, and explore the great mountain roads. Nice curves and bends will lead you down to the Yangtze riverbed. From there on, we will ascend the wide and smooth winding route in the direction of Lugu lake. After a short lunch, we will enjoy a short ride in traditional boats on the holy Lugu lake. Afterward, we will take a gondola up the sleeping beauty to discover a gorge at 3,500 meters. After an early dinner, we will visit a performance of the Mosuo minority to understand their culture and way of living. You will stay for the night at Silver Lake Island Hotel.

Did you know…? The Mosuo culture is too complex to be described in just a few sentences. However, some of the most outstanding facts are that women are often the head of the house and make business decisions. They also believe in and practice so-called walking marriages: each partner lives under the roof of their extended family during the day; however, at night it is common for the man to visit and stay at the woman’s house (if permission has been granted) until sunrise.

Day 4
Lugu Lake – Lijiang

After an impressive first day of driving, we will take the same road back again and give our Porsche another chance to enjoy the bends of the gorgeous mountain roads. Back in Lijiang, you will check in at the Hotel Indigo Lijiang Ancient Town. In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to experience the Naxi culture firsthand in the ancient town. We will have a relaxed evening at the Hotel Indigo Lijiang Ancient Town and enjoy dinner there.

Our tip: The Naxi is an ancient civilization in Yunnan. You will have a chance to experience a traditional wedding ceremony, learn how to write the oldest minority pictograph, make handmade soap, and pray for good luck by setting a goldfish free. Take this chance to immerse yourself in a different culture and Naxi traditions.

Day 5
Lijiang – Tiger Leaping Gorge – Shangri-La

Back in your Porsche, you will drive through the morning traffic of Lijiang, heading toward the Tiger Leaping Gorge. Climb down the stairs and enjoy the impressive gorge – the first grand canyon along the Yangtze river. After a short lunch, the most challenging driving part of the whole tour will await you. The only road leading to Shangri-La is busy, and countless trucks form a line up the mountain. After you reach the top, you will be rewarded with a nice drive leading you to Shangri-La. The Tibetan influence is more and more obvious here, and an impressive pagoda will greet you upon entering Shangri-La. Your hotel for the next two nights is the famous Songtsam Retreat at Shangri-La. Enjoy Shangri-La’s tranquil atmosphere before sitting down to a local Tibetan dinner.

Did you know…? Shangri-La is known as the city where you can touch the sky. At around 3,450 meters above sea level, this certainly feels possible. The clear air and the mystic atmosphere make this place one of a kind for sure. Take it easy, and don’t rush. At this altitude, you will need to catch your breath.

Day 6
Shangri-La – Pudazo National Park – Shangri-La

Your last driving day awaits you. In the morning, we will visit the Songzanlin lamasery, which is referred to as the “Little Potala Palace”. This Tibetan Buddhist monastery was built along the mountains with a castle architecture and is also known as a museum of Tibetan Art. After a short lunch stop in Shangri-La, a short drive of about an hour will bring you to the Pudazo national park. We will climb even higher and reach an altitude of 3,700 meters. If necessary, we will provide oxygen. Take your time and stroll around the beautiful lake. Enjoy the quietness and peacefulness of this place. On the way back, we will stop by at Napa lake. Back at the hotel, you will have some time to relax or use the spa before we meet you again for our farewell dinner.

Did you know…? Pudazo national park is located about one hour from Shangri-La. It is open for visitors since 2007 and meets international standards as the first national park in China. From the visitor center, a park bus will take you to a beautiful lake, around which you can stroll on raised wooden walkways. Enjoy the walk and the beauty of the place. For those experiencing problems with the altitude, oxygen will be provided.

Day 7
Shangri-La

It’s time to say goodbye. We will bring you to the local airport according to your departure time. It is up to you if you would like to extend your stay in China, or if your plans will take you directly home, leaving you full of impressions and fond memories.


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Contact Information

For more information, please call

+49 711 911-23360

or e-mail travel@porscheexperience.de.

Additional Information

Minimum no. of participants:

16 people

Please Note: The tour will cover altitudes between 1,800 and 4,150 meters. Anyone who books onto this travel experience must be confident that they have an adequate level of fitness. Participants must follow doctor’s recommendations regarding their participation in the trip with certain medical conditions.

Package includes:

  • 4 days’ driving experience in a provided Porsche 911 (2 people per vehicle)
  • The hired Porsche vehicles will be provided by Porsche China for the duration of the event with a deductible of RMB 35,000 per case of damage
  • The vehicles are registered in the name of Porsche China and provide third-party-liability insurance to a lump-sum amount of RMB 3,000,000 for each incident for injury to persons and damage to property. This corresponds to the local standard.
  • Support with visa preparation (visa letter, itinerary)
  • Support with application for a local temporary driver’s license (please follow the given requirements provided with your booking confirmation)
  • Airport transfers in Lijiang and Shangri-La
  • Visit of the old town of Lijiang
  • Visit of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (optional)
  • Boat ride on Lugu lake and visit to the cave at the Sleeping Beauty mountain (3,700 meters high)
  • Visit of the Tiger Leaping Gorge
  • Visit of the Pudazo national park
  • Guided tour of the Songzanlin lamasery in Shangri-La
  • 6 nights’ accommodation at selected four-star hotels or at hotels of a higher rating, according to local conditions:
    • 2 nights’ accommodation with breakfast at Hotel Indigo Lijiand Ancient Town
    • 1 night accommodation with breakfast at Silver Lake Island Hotel
    • 1 night accommodation with breakfast at Jinmao Purelax Hotel Lijiang
    • 2 nights’ accommodation with breakfast at Songtsam Retreat at Shangri-La
  • Lunch on 5 days, dinner on 6 evenings
  • Luggage transfer
  • A welcome gift