We will be arriving Lijiang on 8 November and flying out of Lijiang on 18 November. I think we could visit Shaxi and Dali using buses from Lijiang. Shangri-la and Tiger Leaping Gorge would require a driver so would it be best to do Lijiang to Dali and Shaxi and return to Lijiang. Then hire a driver in Lijiang to take us to TLG and Shangri-la? I've found some interesting places to stay on this site for Dali and Shaxi and would like to spend a few nights there.