12 Days China Tour To Yunnan And Sichuan
Province: Chengdu, Yading, Daocheng, Shangri-la, Lijiang
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 National Park (including Shudu Lake, Bita
Lake resort and Xiaji Resort.).
Lama Temple: Construction of the lamasery was started in 1679 and was completed two years later. The Tibetan Buddhist monastery occupies an area of some 33 hectares. It looks like a group of ancient castles and is composed of two lamaseries, and currently accommodates 700 monks in 200 associated houses. The monastery has many treasures collected from the past dynasties.
Lake: Hidden in dense forest, the lake has excellent view and natural environment. Bitahai Lake is 3 kilometers in length and 1 kilometer in width. The lake is famous for picturesque landscape, limpid water, beautiful scenery, outstanding flora and fauna.
Lake: The lake is located 43km to the northeast of
Shangri-La City. Shudu Lake is 3705 meters above sea level
and is one of the biggest lakes in Diqing Prefecture.
Now it has been turned into a highland pasture resort.
The lake is shallow enough to be called interestingly
"a place where one can fish with a wooden stick". The
lake water is so clear that you can see the fish swimming
around. One special fish in the lake is called the cracked-stomach
fish for the crack line strangely running across its stomach.
||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.
Free day for you to
explore Lijiang Ancient Town.
Ancient Town: The county town of Lijiang is also
called Dayanzhen, famous for its scientific architectural
layout. Crisscrossed by crystal-clear rivers and meandering
cobbled streets, it has a high research value and is
a treasure in the field of urban construction in China.
- Kunming (Breakfast
Take flight to Kunming.
Drive 90 KM to Lunan county to visit the Stone
Forest. Back to Kunming in the afternoon.
Forest: A typical case of Karst landform which was formed around 270 million years ago when the area was underwater. The movements of the earth's plates caused the limestone formations to rise then rain gradually wore down the limestone to make the peaks. This bizarre natural wonder creates countless labyrinthine vistas. Stone Forest has been listed as a World Natural Heritage status by UNESCO.
from Kunming (Breakfast
We offer 5 options
for today's tour:
1. Tour to the Dragon Gate in Western Hills.
2. Tour to Haigeng Park by the Dianchi Lake,
where you will enjoy the nice view of the
lake and see many seagulls.
3. Tour to Golden Temple.
4. Tour to Bamboo Monastery.
5. Explore the Bird-Flower Market and Jinma
A transfer to the airport for flight departing
Kunming. Bon Voyage!
Hills: The mountains are located 15 kilometers
west of Kunming; they stretch along the west
bank of Dianchi Lake, creating a lovely view
of water, mountain, and sky. Cut out of the
side of a precipitous cliff, the Dragon Gate
is made up of a group of pavilions, grottoes
and sculptures that were hacked from the cliff
between 1781 and 1835.
Temple: As one of the largest bronze works
in China (at 250 tons), the Golden Temple
was first built in 1602 and recast 69 years
later. It is located 7 miles to the northeast
of Kunming. The Golden Temple Park takes up
over 133 hectares on the Mingfeng Mountains
which is commonly known as Parrot Hill, and
it is lofty and sheer, with tree-sheltered
ridges and peaks.
Monastery: The temple is located on Mt.
Yu'an which is located to the northwest of
Kunming. It was first built in the Tang Dynasty
(618-907) as the first temple dedicated to
Zen Buddhism in Yunnan. The present structure
mostly dates from the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1912).
The highlight of the temple is the 500 of
colored clay sculptures of Arhats.
2. Hotels For The Above Trip
||Green Lake Hotel
||New Era Hotel
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Solo travelers or those who want to occupy one twin-bed
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of single supplement rate. A single room is subject to availability
based on prior request at an additional cost; if the above
recommended hotel is not available, it will be substituted
by a similar one.
Daily American or Chinese breakfast
at the hotel, Chinese lunch or dinner in local Chinese restaurant
as specified in the itinerary.
3. Private Transport
Private transport between airport
/ railway station and hotel and all the sightseeing spots
by air-conditioned vehicle. Separate arrivals and departures
will incur extra charges.
4. Transportation Between Cities
The economic class air tickets of
the domestic flight or soft berth/seat train tickets between
cities as specified in the above itinerary. Airport construction
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sightseeing spots mentioned.
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service on normal sightseeing activities noted in the itinerary.
Our guide will not fly with you from one city to another.
Upon your arrival at each city, a new local guide and driver
will pick you up, be with you for local tour and see you
off after you finish the itinerary of each city.
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alone or the number of the travelers is odd (such as 3,
5, 7...), who stays in one single room has to pay the single
room supplement. As the hotel is on double occupancy.
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as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities
or sightseeing, overweight baggage charges or any meals
not specified in the itinerary, ect.
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in the above itinerary.
Tips depending on the service of
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