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 hotel.
|| 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: Also named Guihua Monastery, the temple
is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Shangri-La
of Yunnan province. It is one of the famous monasteries
in the region, nicknamed as "the little Potala Palace",
for the whole monastery is in the traditional style with
Lake: The lake is an intact natural attraction with various species of flora and fauna and, of course, picturesque landscapes. In Tibetan language, Bita means "a piece of land as soft as cattle hair felt". With an altitude of 3,539 meters (about 11,608 feet), the lake is the highest in Yunnan Province. Shaped like lively deer, it covers an area of 166 hectares.
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 People.
Dragon Snow Mountain: The 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
Baisha Murals: Lijiang's murals are
works of the Ming Dynasty (1368ĘC1644).
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: The Naxi ethnic minority has
a population of 277,800, most of whom live
in concentrated communities in the Lijiang
Naxi Autonomous County in Yunnan Province.
More than 1,000 years ago, the Naxi people
had already created pictographic characters
called the "Dongba" script and a syllabic
writing known as the "Geba" script. With
these scripts they recorded a lot of beautiful
folklore, legends, poems and religious classics.
|| Lijiang - Kunming
Explore Sifang Street in Lijiang Ancient Town. Take flight to Kunming.
Ancient Town: The old town is 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 - Stone Forest
- Kunming (Breakfast
After breakfast, drive
90 KM to Lunan county to visit the Stone Forest.
Back to Kunming in the afternoon.
Forest: Located 120 kilometers southeast
of Kunming, the Stone Forest is a typical
karst formation covering an area of more
than 350 square kilometers. In 2007, it
is listed as World Natural Heritage. Walking
inside the forest, you will find a wonderland
consists of innumerable huge rocks of fantastic
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: Located at the west bank of the
Lake, Western Hills is set in mountains
well covered by evergreen woods and filled
with sweet songs by lovely birds, perfect
for hiking. Dragon Gate consists of the Sanqing
Temple Complex and the Dragon Gate Grotto
Temple: A Daoist temple constructed in
1602 AD, the main building of which is cast
entirely in bronze weighing about 280 tons.
Monastery: A Buddhist temple which was
first built in the Yuan Dynasty. During its
history, spanning nearly 1,000 years, the
temple has been burnt to ashes several times
and then reconstructed. The present structure
mostly dates from the late Qing Dynasty. Bamboo
Monastery is famous for its 500 colored clay
sculptures of Arhats.
2. Hotels For The Above Trip
||Green Lake Hotel
||New Era Hotel
3. Tour Price
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the above tour.
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party. If there are children under 12 years, they can enjoy
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1. Hotel Accommodation
The hotel is based on two adults
sharing one twin or double standard room with private facilities.
Solo travelers or those who want to occupy one twin-bed
room of their own are required to pay additional charge
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
fee and fuel surcharge are included.
5. Entrance Tickets
The main entrance tickets for the
sightseeing spots mentioned.
6. Driver And Guiding Service
Driver and English-speaking guide
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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Insurance. We highly recommend that you purchase full coverage
travel insurance from you country of origin.
1. Visa Fees
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2. Charge Of Arrival And Departure
The international or domestic air
/ train charge of arrival and departure.
3. Single Room Supplement
Should a twin room is needed by a
single guest, supplement of the twin room will be charged.
What is single supplement?-
The hotel is based on double occupancy. If the visitor travels
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.
4. Personal Expenses
Expenses of a personal nature such
as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities
or sightseeing, overweight baggage charges or any meals
not specified in the itinerary, ect.
5. Optional Programs
Optional programs which are not specified
in the above itinerary.
Tips depending on the service of
your guide and driver, entirely voluntary.
7. Extra Cost
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weather, governmental and local authority orders, political
change, strikes, war, riots, quarantine, custom regulations,
damages or injury caused by accident beyond the control
of us and that has incurred due to the tourist action violating