11 days Chengdu Kangding and Daocheng Yading tour
- Itinerary Details
Arrive in Chengdu. Met at the airport. Visit Wuhou temple, the memorial shrine to Zhugeliang- the Prime Minister and Liubei the King of Shu kingdom.
Drive to Kangding via Ya'an. The ride is comfortable in the morning but will getting tougher in the afternoon. You'll pass 'Erlang mountain'-the first pass of the countless high mountains on the Sichuan-Tibet highway. Nowadays, it is very easy to go through this mountain thanks to the project of Er'lang Mountain tunnel. You will arrive at Kangding-the capital city of Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. After dinner, enjoy the hot spring at Erdaoqiao.
In the early morning, visit Anjue monastery-the very first Tibetan monastery on this trip, an rare chance to see their morning ceremony per day! Today you'll pass the 4218m Zheduo mountain to Xinduqiao-the 'photographer's paradise'. Our driver has taken countless professional cameramen to this place in the past decade, knows many unknown places to make good pictures. After lunch, another 75km ride to Yajiang County (2600m). Overnight: Yajiang Hotel.
Today we drive to Daocheng via Litang. In the morning we'll pass two 4,300m high mountains-the Jianziwan & Kazila mountain. Lunch at Litang . With its 4010m altitude, the county is with no doubt the highest one in the world. In addition to its beautiful scenery & spectacular local Tibetan customs, another tourist attraction is the 'Hose-racing Festival 'in every August. Therefore, if you are here at the very right time, you'll never miss the chance for the 'hose-racing & dressing' show. How can you refuse the attraction? Another 146km ride to Daocheng will be continued after the visit to a Tibetan monastery. Daocheng is a county that you will enjoy because of its rich soil & Tibetan culture. And a good place for 'recharging yourself' before Yading. You may relax yourself by bathing at the hot spring & the Tibetan local dancing show. This is why you stay at the local family. No need to worry about the condition of the 'Tibetan traditional houses'-they are even much better than the hotels or guest houses in town. Daocheng county is of mountain plateau, including the Bowa Mountain and the Chitu River. On both banks of the river are broad pastures and stretches of forest. Mt. Bowa, grand and scenic,is sharply distinct during the four seasons: in spring and summer, azalea bloom to vie each other for beauty, in autumn, leaves as red as flame cover the trees, while in winter, snow clothes all and gleams white.
You'll get up early for a 110km ride to Yading as the road condition from Riwa to Yading is bad, and what is more important is you still will tour the Yading Valley. One more thing will amaze you in spite of the view is the young kids. Whenever you pass by, they will stop by the road & solute to you!!! This must be their way to greet our tourists. So please prepare some small gifts for them. After reach Yading, you'll enjoy the 2-hour-horse ride to Luorong pasture and anther 2-hour-ride back to Chonggu monastery. We would like you enjoy the ride but please walk for a while sometime during the horse-riding as you may mot able to walk!
Today you start driving back to Daocheng for some other visits the monasteries, the white birch forest, etc. Then keep on driving to Yajiang.
Today you'll drive on the Northern Route of Sichuan-Tibet High way. You first drive to Tagong grass land via Xinduqiao. The scenery is absolutely fabulous! You may have a 'yak ride' on the grass land after the visit of a monastery. And may be a picnic? After a 113km drive, you will arrive at Danba---a county where you may see different Tibetan people. Because the local Tibetans here are called 'Jiarong Tibetan'. This is what you come here for. Furthermore, you may have the very good chance to enjoy the 'Jiarong Tibetan's customs & stock house's' slides show by the 'researchers'.
oday's tour might be the highlight of your trip. You will have a 'half-day-tour' at the local 'Jiarong Tibetan' family. People here are most friendly & hospitable. We arrange the visit at Jiaju Village because of its scenery & architecture charm the visitors at home and abroad. The sky towering thousand-years old Diaos(stock-house) are the unique landscape on your way. Arrive Rilong County via Xiaojin County at the foot of Siguniang Mountain.
Siguniang Mountain is reputed as the Oriental Alps. We will visit Changping Gully and Double Bridge Gully on foot or by horse.
Cross over Balang Mt. (4230 m elevation), to Wolong Gaint Panda Natural Reserve, visit Gaint Panda Museum, pass Minjiang Valley and Dujiangyan Irrigation System, back to Chengdu.
Transfer to airport for flight to next destination.
- Service Included
Hotel Accomodation-the hotel accommodation is based on two persons sharing one twin room with private facilities.
All transportation, transfers and tours with private guide and car or van in each destination.
All the admission tickets, English speaking guide service.
Daily breakfast at the hotel, Chinese lunch and dinner with one cup of soft drink are offered outside the hotel or as specified in the itinerary.
The government tax.
Travel Agencies' Liability Insurance with the tour inside China. (Include China Life Tourist Accident Insurance/Casualty Insurance. We highly recommend that you purchase full coverage travel insurance from you country of origin.)
Charge of obtaining your visa to enter China.
In/out flight, domestic airport fee and departure tax is not included. (We can help you book the cheap tickets!)
Gratitude to guide and driver is not included.
Expenses of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, telex, optional activities or sightseeing, telephone calls or overweight baggage charges or meals not indicated etc.
The airport construction tax.
- Trip Notes
Tickets: 150 RMB for admission and 120 RMB for sightseeing vehicle are needed.
Altitude Sickness: Because of the high altitude, some people easily get a high altitude sickness. Drinking enough water and taking enough replenishment is important, but never be crapulent.
Clothing: It is necessary to take enough warm clothes and water-repellent shoes in spring, autumn and winter because of the low temperature.
UV Protection: The ultraviolet ray is rather strong, so sunglasses, sun scream and rain gears are helpful to protect you from sunburn in summer.
We recommend that travelers with serious hypertension and/or heart disease do not join this group tour. Due to the higher altitudes, you will also not want to enter Western Sichuan if you have a serious cold.
The altitude of Yading is about 4000 meters above sea level, so many travelers may experience minor altitude sickness. We recommend that you rest as much as possible and drink plenty of water to stay well hydrated. Do not eat too much as the extra burden on your stomach can increase your high altitude sickness. You may want to try some local medicines such as hongjingtian, gaoyuanan etc. to help minimize your symptoms.
Remember to keep yourself warm and don’t take a shower the first day after arriving in high altitude areas.
Skin care is very important on this trip, so remember to bring plenty of sunscreen, lotion, lip balms, etc. as well as sunglasses and hats to protect yourself from the sun.
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