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bus times from Lijiang to Leaping Tiger gorge hike

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bus times from Lijiang to Leaping Tiger gorge hike

Hi

Planning on hiking the high trail of Leaping Tiger gorge. Staying in Shuhe Lijiang. Planning on taking a bus from the main bus terminal to Qiaotao and read that there is an 8:30 bus. does anyone know if there are buses at other times in the day ?

Any help is greatly appreciated.

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1. Re: bus times from Lijiang to Leaping Tiger gorge hike

I thought the Lijiang-Qiaotou bus left earlier than that, more like 07:00-07:30 so check when you get to Lijiang/Shuhe. You'll have more choice of times if you take a public Lijiang-Zhongdian (Shangri-La) bus which are more plentiful, and just pay for/have them drop you at QIaotou as they pass through. Alternatively, Tina's Hostel runs a bus from Lijiang to the Middle Gorge with drop service at Qiaotou by Jane's GH. It normally leaves about 08:00 from just adjacent to Lijiang Old Town. Last year I think one-way cost Lijiang-Qiaotou was RMB 35. You can get a ticket day before at many of the hostels around the Old Town, even if not staying there. Not sure if you can get in Shuhe.

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2. Re: bus times from Lijiang to Leaping Tiger gorge hike

There are 3 options to TLG by public bus from Lijiang. All buses departure at ‘Lijiang Qiche Keyun Zhan’

Opt#1: Lijiang- Middle TLG

By Lijiang- Baishuitai buses: 08:30 and 09:00, drop at Tina’s Hostel.

Opt#2: Lijiang- TLG bus station

By Lijiang- Baishuitai buses: 08:00 and 08:30.

Opt#3: Lijiang- Qiaotou

By Lijiang- Zhongdian (Shangri-La) buses: 07:30, 08:00, 08:30, 09:00, 10:30, 12:00, 12:30,13:30, 14:30, 15:00 & 16:00. By local van to the TLG bus station (approx 4KM) or the Middle TLG (approx 23KM)

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3. Re: bus times from Lijiang to Leaping Tiger gorge hike

Thanks for the quick replies! I love the tripadvisor community.

Really looking forward to this hike!

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4. Re: bus times from Lijiang to Leaping Tiger gorge hike

Thanks for the quick replies! I love the tripadvisor community.

Just to clarify:

If I choose option 3, does that mean I have to transfer using a van? Extra cost? Or does it drop off right in Qiaotou where the ticket office to the gorge is?

Do all the options cost the same?

Really looking forward to this hike!

Edited: 08 April 2013, 01:11
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5. Re: bus times from Lijiang to Leaping Tiger gorge hike

Re post#4, extra cost is required.

Bus fare on;

Lijiang- Baishuitai: RMB25~38pp or less. (no extra and dropped off at Tina)

Lijiang- TLG bus station: RMB20.50~23pp+ van/taxi (if need to Middle TLG)

Lijiang- Qiaotou: don't know the bus fare, anyway van/taxi cost is required if you don't walk for 4~23KM

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6. Re: bus times from Lijiang to Leaping Tiger gorge hike

Thanks again.

Since I am planning on hiking the gorge, it looks like option 2 would be easiest for me since it would take me to the beginning of the hikng trail and no need to transfer with a van or taxi (as with option 3).

I guess option 3 is nice since I can sleep in and catch a later bus.

Option 1 sounds most useful if I wanted to go straight to the middle gorge.

Thanks

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7. Re: bus times from Lijiang to Leaping Tiger gorge hike

If you plan to have a leisure hike (say one day), I'll suggest pick opt#1.

Take a 2~3hrs trek down to the Middle TLG and back.

By van/taxi or hitchhiking to the Upper TLG through the lower trail.

Walk down to the river bank and back to the parking lot.

By bus back to Lijiang.

M...., opt#2 seems take a look.

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8. Re: bus times from Lijiang to Leaping Tiger gorge hike

I am planning on hiking 2 days. Start at upper gorge, do 28 bends, stay overnight at tea horse guest house, next day to Tina's, down to water and back up, then bus back to Lijiang.

Would option 2 be good for this plan?

Thanks

Edited: 08 April 2013, 02:24
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9. Re: bus times from Lijiang to Leaping Tiger gorge hike

Re post#8, it is a good plan

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10. Re: bus times from Lijiang to Leaping Tiger gorge hike

Buy your tickets ahead of time. Your hotel in Lijiang can help. Our bus was full, we were glad we did.