12 Days China Tour To Yunnan And
Sichuan Province: Chengdu, Yading, Daocheng, Shangri-la,
Lijiang And Kunming
Tour Code: YNT_16
||Arrival in Chengdu
Arrive in Chengdu, the capital
of Sichuan province, meet at airport and transfer to a
4 star hotel. Dinner is the famous hot pot.
|| Chengdu - Xinduqiao
Drive 320 km from Chengdu to Xinduqiao,
overnight in Tibetan dwelling.
Features of this day: we start from the west plain in
Sichuan to enter into Weilin Region through the expressway
at first, passing by the "Rainy City"-Yan'an, then to
get into the mountainous areas, here, you can enjoy the
grand landscape of Mt. Erlang, which has been connected
with the largest channel road in China covered with cement;
also, you can clearly watch the powerful and majestic
scenery of Mt. Gongga through Daduhe River Canyon, along
the canyon,we'll get to the new city in this plateau--Kangding
at noon; after lunch, we'll continue to come through Mt.
Zhedu with the elevation 4,200 meters high above sea level,
then we'll arrive at the first town in this Tibetan area
On this day, you'll completely experience the great changes
of terrain and natural sceneries to feel the quite differences
from metropolis to Tibetan areas with changeable climate.
Due to the development of transportation in recent years,
the journey reduced to just one day from 3-day before,
the clean and fresh air, the special Tibetan ethnic dwelling-houses
and wonderful sunset glow will be greatly impressive on
A small town located 437km west to chengdu and 83km west
of Kangding, at the separating point of the North and
South Sichuan-Tibet highway, with Ganze in the northwest
and Litang in the west. The town itself is nothing more
than a stopover but the area between Zheduoshan and Xinduqiao
features plateau pasture scenery of rolling chain of mountains,
river valleys dotted with poplars, grassland, Tibetan
villages. It's renowned as "the paradise of photographers",
offering seasonal stunning views, especially in the autumn.
|| Xinduqiao - Litang
Drive 250 km from Xinduqiao to
Litang, Stay in Litang Hotel.
Features of this day: both the fresh air in the morning
and pure nationality customs will be un forgettable for
you, winding along the mountainous roads with brilliant
sunshine, you'll feel so close to the sky because of the
Mt. Gao'ersi gets an elevation of 4,400 meters high above
sea level of Huiyuan. You'll find all landscapes are full
in your sight of Mt. Dapao, Mt. Gongga, Mt. Daxue, and
as if you've seen the horizon of Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau.
The bus begin to go down after winding on the plateau,
and along the river valley, we'll get to Yajiang City
soon; being suffered from an heavy earthquake in the late
Feb., you can see the city's still under lively and busy
construction. In a short time, the bus begin to wind along
Mt. Scissors Bend, this's a long cross from the primitive
forests to the broad prairie, we'll get to anther city
of this plateau-Litang by dusk. Now, the Litang Prairie
turn to golden-rimmed at sunset, with light smokes from
the nomadic tents.
Lying in the surroundings of vast grasslands at an elevation
of 4100m, 286km west of Kangding, Litang, an oasis between
Chengdu and Tibet, used to be an important stage on the
Tea-Horse Caravans Route, now is a stop on south Sichuan-Tibet
highway, a simple pasturing area with bustling bazaar
where the nomads and Tibetans gather to trade their products.
|| Litang - Ya'ding
Drive 260 km from Litang to Ya'ding,
Overnight in Chonggu Temple Camp.
Features of this part: in the morning, the sun shines
the Litang Prairie, you'll see the nomads squeezing milk;
soon, the bus's ahead for the stone-covered Mt. Haitsi,
here's the most largest old glacier cap in the world,
stones and lakes here scattered all over like stars in
the sky are very special.
To experience and to enjoy the charming and quietness
of Shangri-la in the snow-covered mountains surrounded
by deep forests, Mt. Xiaan'nairi, Mt. Yangmaiyong and
Mt. Xiaonuo Duji, these three snow-covered mountains are
the fairy-land we dream of, and here, you can ride on
a horse to enjoy all of these sceneries in the accompaniment
of local Tibetan people.
Yading: A national
level reserve in Daocheng County, in the southwest of
Sichuan Province, China. Unknown to the outside world
until the late 1990s, it is a mountain sanctuary and major
Tibetan pilgrimage site comprising three peaks sanctified
by the 5th Dalai Lama. The peaks are seen as emanations
of the three boddhisatvas Chenrezig, Jampayang and Chenadorje,
with Chenrezig being the highest peak at 6032 meters above
|| Ya'ding - Daocheng
Drive 110 km from Yading to Daocheng.
Overnight in Daocheng Guesthouse. After you leave Yading
with deep affections to go back to Daocheng, take a "bath"
in the spring, now, from the "dream" you always dream
of back to reality.
popularly known as stopover on route to Yading, Daocheng
itself is still worth a visit for the sights around. Located
in the southwest border of Sichuan at an average elevation
of 3800m, Daochang is full of discovery of primitive Tibetan
villages, Buddhism monasteries and pastoral scenery brought
by the rolling landscapes.
|| Daocheng - Zhongdian
Drive 280 km from Daocheng to
Zhongdian, Stay in a 4 star hotel. Running in woods and
mountains, you'll feel as if you are still in the world
of Shangri-la, so, after running across the Mt. Daxue,
to continue to enjoy the interesting and beautiful stories
|| Shangri-la (Breakfast
Visit the Songzanlin Lama Temple,
the Pudacuo Scenic region (including Shudu Lake, Bita
Lake resort and Xiaji Resort.).
Lama Temple: Covering an area of 33 hectares, it is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan. The monastery was originally built in 1679, and the construction took two years. The monastery houses many treasured works of art: golden figures of Buddha josses, Tibetan lections, golden lamps, silver censers and many more. All of these arts are wonderful collections from dynasties.
Lake: It is located 35 kilometers east of Shangri-La. The lake covers an area of about 160 hectares with an average depth of 20 meters. Hidden in a dense forest, the Bitahai Lake is noted for its limpid water and its beautiful scenery which is set against the mountains.
Lake: One of the two beautiful lakes in Pudacuo National Park. The lake water is crystal clear. Around the lake, there are dense forests of fir spruce and birch. These are filled with wild animals such as musk deer, birds, wild cats, bears, pheasants and leopards, etc. Visitors can trek along the planked path by the lake to enjoy the picturesque scenery.
||Shangri-La - Lijiang
Drive 180Km to Lijiang. On the
way, visit the Tiger Leaping Gorge and the First bend
of the Yangtze River.
Gorge: One of the longest, deepest and narrowest gorges
in the world.
bend of the Yangtze River: The upper reaches of the
Yangtze River is named the Jinsha River, which originates
from the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. The Jinsha River flowed
southward along the Hengduan Mountain ranges and was forced
to the turn to north because of the Alpine movements which
caused changes in the earth's physiognomy. When the river
reaches Shigu Township, it makes an abrupt turn and flows
further northward, forming the rare V-shape bend.
|| Lijiang (Breakfast
Visit the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain,
the Baisha Murals and the Ancient Shuhe Village of Naxi
Dragon Snow Mountain: The much famed mountain is
situated some 15 km. north of Lijiang County, with thirteen
peaks resembling jade pillars holding the sky, it stands
majestically on the east side of the Jinshajiang River.
The main peak, Mount Fan (Shanzifeng), is 5,596 m. above
sea level, and is annually snowcapped.
Baisha Murals: Lijiang's murals are works of the
Ming Dynasty, chiefly created from the Hongwu to the
Wanli eras. They were originally distributed among the
Juexiansi Temple and twelve others, nine of which fell
to ruins. The remaining four temples have altogether
55 murals, with a total area of 139.22 sq. m.
people: Naxi literature is rich in form and content.
Besides works by Naxi scholars and writers, there is
a repository of oral folk literature.
|| Lijiang - Kunming
Visit Sifang Street in Dayan Ancient Town Take flight to Kunming.
Ancient Town: As one of UNESCO's World Heritage sites in China, Lijiang Ancient Town has attracted many tourists from home and abroad. Different with other old towns, it has no city wall. Lijiang features with cobbled streets, crisscrossing canals flowing with water, swaying willow trees and gaily-hued blossoms and many buildings and structures are in styles of Ming and Qing dynasties. The people here are mainly from the Naxi ethnic group and you can still see many older women dressed in their traditional attire. They have an obvious passion for flowers, as almost every courtyard is a garden.
||Kunming - Stone Forest
- Kunming (Breakfast
After breakfast, drive 90 KM to
Lunan county to visit the Stone Forest. Back to Kunming
in the afternoon.
Forest: Situated in Lunan County, it is an area of typical karst landform with numerous groups of strange gray-black stone peaks and stone pillars. The Stone Forest covers an area of 400 square kilometers, is about 85 kilometers away from Kunming and requires 1.5 hours' driving.
from Kunming (Breakfast
Tour to the Dragon Gate in Western
Hills, then visit Bird & Flower market. Transfer to
the airport for your departure, end of service.
Hills: The forest reserve on the west bank of the
Lake consists of the Huating and Taihan mountains.
This is a colossal natural forest reserve in the midst
of a lofty mountain range crisscrossed by babbling brooks
and gurgling streams. Ancient trees are adorned with
thick, lush foliage and birds chirp and flutter in the
green treetops. Near the top of the mountain, is the
Dragon Gate. Hacked from the cliff between 1781 and
1835 by a Taoist monk and co-workers, the Dragon Gate
is a group of grottoes, sculptures, corridors and pavilions.
Hotels For This Tour
||Green Lake Hotel
||New Era Hotel
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