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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 hotel.
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 National Park (including Shudu Lake, Bita Lake resort and Xiaji Resort.).

Songzanlin 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 mysterious atmosphere.
Bitahai 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.
Shudu 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.
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 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 (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.
Naxi 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.

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

Lijiang 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.

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: 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 shapes.

Day 12 Departure from Kunming (Breakfast + Lunch)
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 Biji Archway.
A transfer to the airport for flight departing Kunming. Bon Voyage!

Western Hills: Located at the west bank of the Dianchi 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 Complex.
Golden Temple: A Daoist temple constructed in 1602 AD, the main building of which is cast entirely in bronze weighing about 280 tons.
Bamboo 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

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

3. Tour Price

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4. Quotation Inclusions:

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.
2. Meals
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.
7. Insurance
China Life Tourist Accident / Casualty Insurance. We highly recommend that you purchase full coverage travel insurance from you country of origin.

5. Quotation Exclusions:

1. Visa Fees
Charge of obtaining your visa to enter China.
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.
6. Tips
Tips depending on the service of your guide and driver, entirely voluntary.
7. Extra Cost
Any extra cost caused by changes of natural disasters, fires, 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 the laws.


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