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12 Days China Tour To Yunnan And Sichuan Province: Chengdu, Yading, Daocheng, Shangri-la, Lijiang And Kunming

Tour Code: YNT_16
Deatinations: Xinduqiao, Litang, Yading, Daocheng, Kunming, Lijiang, Shangri-la

1. Tour Itinerary

Day 01 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.
Day 02 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 - Xinduqiao.
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 you.

Xinduqiao: 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.
Day 03 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.

Litang: 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.
Day 04 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 sea level.
Day 05 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.

Daocheng: Though 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.
Day 06 Daocheng - Zhongdian (Shangri-la)
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 about Shangri-la in Zhongdian.
Day 07 Shangri-la (Breakfast + Lunch)
Visit the Songzanlin Lama Temple, the Pudacuo Scenic region (including Shudu Lake, Bita Lake resort and Xiaji Resort.).

Songzanlin 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.
Bitahai 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.
Shudu 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.
Day 08 Shangri-La - Lijiang (Breakfast + Lunch)
Drive 180Km to Lijiang. On the way, visit the Tiger Leaping Gorge and the First bend of the Yangtze River.

Tiger Leaping Gorge: One of the longest, deepest and narrowest gorges in the world.
First 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.
Day 09 Lijiang (Breakfast + Lunch)
Visit the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, the Baisha Murals and the Ancient Shuhe Village of Naxi People.

Jade 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.
Naxi people: Naxi literature is rich in form and content. Besides works by Naxi scholars and writers, there is a repository of oral folk literature.

Day 10 Lijiang - Kunming (Breakfast + Lunch)
Visit Sifang Street in Dayan Ancient Town Take flight to Kunming.

Lijiang 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.

Day 11 Kunming - Stone Forest - Kunming (Breakfast + Lunch)
After breakfast, drive 90 KM to Lunan county to visit the Stone Forest. Back to Kunming in the afternoon.

Stone 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.

Day 12 Departure from Kunming (Breakfast + Lunch)
Tour to the Dragon Gate in Western Hills, then visit Bird & Flower market. Transfer to the airport for your departure, end of service.
Western Hills: The forest reserve on the west bank of the Dianchi 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.


2. Hotels For This Tour

Destination Luxury Standard
Kunming Green Lake Hotel New Era Hotel
Lijiang Guan Fang Hotel Wang Fu Hotel
Shangri-la Holy Palace Hotel Holy Palace Hotel

Tour Price

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1. Hotel accommodation
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2. Meals
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3. Private Transport
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