Day01 Arrival in Chengdu|
Arrival in Chengdu, capital of province Sichuan, the home town of Panda. Picked up by the local guide at the airport and transfer to the hotel. 1N at 4*Holiday Inn Express Wuhou
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Day02 Chengdu – Yinxiu – Taoping – Ma’erkang BLD
After breakfast, drive to visit Yinxiu County – epicenter of Wenchuan earthquake in 2008.Then drive through the Chengdu plain to Taoping, a Qiang People’s stocked village. The ancient Taoping village has a great appeal for the numerous experts and tourists with its old and wonderful fortress buildings. Late in the afternoon reach Ma’erkang. 1N at 4*Jiarong International Hotel
Day03 Ma’erkang – Rangtang BLD
Today we will drive to Rangtang. En route visit of the Stone Sculpture at Songgang. And visit of Zengke Monsatery. Arrival in Rangtang, check in your hotel. 1N at 2*Rangtang Hotel
Day04 Rangtang BLD
Today we visit Rangtang (Dzamthang) Monastery, the chief institution of the Jonangpa order. Then drive to the nearby Nyingmapa lamasery Bangtuo. Bangtuo Si is famous for the throngs of choerten built from the 17th century up to 1910. The oldest of the Bangtuo choerten was built in 1618 and shelters a small number of 17th century murals. 1N at 2*Rangtang Hotel
Day05 Rangtang – Sethar – Garze BLD
Drive via Sethar (Seda) to Garze (Ganzi), the real cultural and religious center for the Tibetans living in Sichuan. At Sethar, we will drive to visit the Wara Monastery and Wu Ming Buddhist College. Located in the valley about 20km away from Sethar downtown, the Buddhist College is the biggest Vajrayana Buddhist College in the world. In Tibetan "Garze" means "white and beauty", named after the famous temple in the county. 1N at simple Golden Yak Hotel
Day06 Garze –Yilhun Lhatso – Chola Pass – Dege BLD
In the morning, visit of Garze monastery of yellow sect (Gelug). The temple was built in 1552. Then pass by Manigango to visit Xinlu Hai Lake (Yilhun Lhatso), located at the foot of Chola Mountain (Que’er Shan). It is 4040 meters over the sea level, with an average depth of 10 meters and a maximum depth of 15 meters. There are plateau spruces, firs, Chinese weeping cypresses, azalea trees and meadows around the lake. It is also a preserve for wild animals like white-lipped deers. Short walking by the lake Yilhun Lhatso. Then we drive over the Chola Pass (5,050 m) to Dege. 2N at 2*Chola Hotel
Day07 Dege BLD
In the morning visit of Dege Printing House which has always been reputed as the “Cultural Treasury at the Foot of the Snow Mountain.” It is the biggest printing house in the Tibetan area. Another program is the visit of Dege Gonchen, meaning “big temple”, a monastery of Sakya sect. It was built in 1448, today about 300 monks live there. We’ll visit the hospital of Tibetan Traditional Medicine.
Day08 Dege – Pelyul BLD
Today drive along the Golden Sand River (Jinsha Jiang) the upper reaches of Yangtze to Pelyul (Baiyu). Pelyul is a small beautiful city by the river Ding Chu. Upon arrival visit of Pelyul Monastery (Baiyu Si) nearby the county seat. This famous Nyingma Sect monastery had played a great role in history and held many subsidiary temples. 1N at simple Shaluli Hotel
Day09 Pelyul – Garze BLD
Leave for Garze via Haizi Shan Pass (4237 m). On arrival at Garze, check in your hotel and have a rest. 1N at simple Golden Yak Hotel
Day10 Garze – Xinlong – Litang BLD
Drive to Litang via Xinlong along Yalong River. Litang is also known as "highland city". Arrival, visit of Litang monastery lying in the western suburbs of the city. The monastery was originally under the control of the Bon religion but converted into a Gelug Sect monastery in 1580 in the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) by the third Dalai Lama. During the first week of August (01.08. - 07.08.) every year, a grand horse-racing festival takes place on the vast Maoya Grassland there. 2N at simple guesthouse
Day11 Litang BLD
Among all the traditional Tibetan festivals, horseracing is almost a must. It is common to select the group leader by means of horseracing and martial arts competition in ancient times when fights were frequent. The Litang Horseracing Festival is held on the first of August and lasts about 7 days. Currently the traditional festival has further developed. Besides the traditional horseracing, other activities like horsemanship, singing, dancing, national costume show, etc. have become part of the grand festival. Large-scale material exchange also takes place during the festival. During the two days we will take part in the festival.
Day12 Litang – Yajiang – Xinduqiao – Tagong Si – Bamei – Danba BLD
Today we will go to Danba via Xinduqiao, Tagong Si, and Bamei. Drive along Hengduan Montain Ranges from south to north. Enjoy the beautiful glacier, ice-covered mountains, highland lakes. Xinduqiao is a small but important town at the juncture of the North and South Sichuan-Tibet Highway. If the weather allows, we can explore the main peak of Mt Gongga (7556m). Then transfer to visit Tagong Si (Tagong Monastery), where you can admire the beauty of holy Yala Mountain (5820m) in a distance on fine days. In the late afternoon, we arrive in Danba. 1N at 3*318 Hotel
Day13 Danba – Luding – Ya’an
In the morning, stroll around the Suopo Blocakhouse. Danba is claimed to be the Kingdom of Thousands of Ancient Blockhouses. They were made of clay and block and look fine from outside with solid thick walls. In Danba, the local people are called Jiarong (Gyarong) Tibetans. Visit of Jiaju village. More than one hundred buildings keep the same architectural style with a complete and unique character of Jiarong Tibetan residences. Under the blue sky, the Tibetan residences decorated in red, white and black are strewed at random but also in order from the bottom to the middle slope of the valley. Then drive to Ya’an via Luding. 1N at 4*Beite Moon and Star Hotel
Day14 Ya’an – Chengdu BLD
After breakfast, drive to visit Shangli ancient town, an ink and wash painting in the countryside. Then transfer to visit the Panda base in Bifengxia Gorges. In the afternoon, drive back to Chengdu along Chengdu-Ya’an Highway. 1N at 4*Holiday Inn Express Wuhou
Day15 Leave Chengdu B
Spare time without guide and driver. Check out before 12:00a.m. and drive to the airport and catch your flight homeward. End of our services.