Day 01 Arrival in Chengdu
Arrival in Chengdu, capital of province Sichuan, the home town of Panda. Picked up by the local guide at airport and transferred to hotel. 1N at 4*Tianfu Sunshine Hotel
Day 02 Chengdu – Yaan BLD
In the morning drive along Chengdu-Yaan Express Way to Yaan, the famous Rainy City. On the way enjoy the rural scenery in western Sichuan Plain. Visit of the ancient town Shangli and the Pandas in Bifengxia near Yaan. 1N at 4*Beite Moon and Star Hotel
Day03 Yaan – Danba BLD
Drive to Danba (1900 m). On the way visit of the Dengchigou Catholic Church in the Baoxing Panda Reserve. It is the place where the French preacher and biologist David found the giant pandas and introduced them overseas in 1869 and thus it has become an important humanistic spot as well. Drive over the Jiajin Shan Mountain to Danba. The local people are called Jiarong (Gyarong) Tibetans. Visit of the 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 randomly but also in order from the bottom to the middle slope of the valley. 1N at 3*Dongnvguo Hotel1
Day04 Danba – Bamei – Tagong Si – Xinduqiao BLD
Danba is claimed to be the Kingdom of Thousands of Ancient Blockhouses. In the morning visit of the ancient block towers in Suopo. They were made of clay and block and look fine from outside with solid thick walls. Then drive via Bamei and Tagong to Xinduqiao. On the way visit of the Tagong Si (Tagong Monastery), where you can admire a beautiful panorama of the holy Yala Mountain (5820m) in a distance on clear days. Then transfer to Xinduqiao, a small but important town at the juncture of the North and South Sichuan-Tibet Highway. If weather allows, we can explore the main peak of Mt Gongga (7556m). 1N at simple Xintai Hotel
Day05 Xinduqiao - Yajiang – Litang BLD
Drive via Yajiang to Litang (4014 m). Drive along Hengduan Montain Ranges from north to south. Enjoy the beautiful glacier, ice-covered mountains, highland lakes. Arrival at Litang which is also known as "highland city". Arrival, visit of Litang monastery, built 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 during the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) by the third Dalai Lama. 1N at simple Gaocheng Hotel
Day06 Litang – Sangdui – Riwa BLD
In the morning we drive to Daocheng via Mt. Haizi Shan, a right place to study the structure of terrain and the formation of glacier. On the way visit of the Bangpu Si, the oldest temple in Daocheng, which has over 900 years history. Late in the afternoon we reach the highlight of this journey - Yading nature reserve, home of three sacred Tibetan mountains - Chenresig (Xiannairi, Avalokitesvara, 6032m), Jambeyang (Yangmaiyong, Manjusri, 5958m), and Chanadorje (Xianuoduoji, Vajrapani, 5958m). The scenery here easily rivals that of national replica orologi di lusso parks of the west such as Yellowstone and Yosemite in terms of spectacularity. 2N at 4*Suntime Hotel
Day07 Riwa – Yading – Riwa BLD
Full day exploration Yading natural beauty. Drive of 30km to Longlongba – the entrance of Yading Nature Reserve. Start trekking tour at Chonggu Monastery and next proceed to Xiannairi Mountain with mystery Dumu Lake at its mountain foot. Then trek to Luorong Cattle Farm, which is located among Yangmaiyong, Xianuoduoji and Xiannairi Mountains. Finally back to Longlongba and drive back to the hotel.
Day08 Riwa – Daocheng – Xiangcheng BLD
Drive via Daocheng to Xiangcheng, sightseeing of the landscape enroute, visit of Sangpi Monastery of the Gelugpa tradition in Xiangcheng. 1N at 3*Bamushan Hotel
Day09 Xiangcheng - Shangri-la BL
Today we travel to Shangri-La (former Zhongdian, 3300 m), a Tibetan region in Yunnan province, the historic southern gateway to Kham and Tibet. Upon arrival at Shangri-La walking through the old city. 2N at 4*Guanguang Hotel
Day10 Shangri-la BL
In the morning visit of the Sumzanlin Monastery, which was built in 1679 by the Fifth Dalai lama. Characterized by its Han-Chinese Tibetan construction style, the monastery is the most important of Gelugpa-sect in Yunnan province. Walk of 2 – 3 hours through villages, grasslands, fields, hills to Napahai Preserve. After visiting Napahai, drive back to the hotel.
Day11 Shangri-la – Tiger Leaping Gorge – Lijiang BL
Drive to the Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hu Tiao Xia) on the Jinsha Jiang (Golden Sand River), the upper reaches of the Yangtze River (the longest river of China, 6380 km). Sightseeing and short walking in the gorge. Drive to Lijiang (2600 m), the hometown of Naxi Minority. 2N at 4*Liwang Hotel
Day12 Lijiang BL
In the morning drive for an excursion to the Naxi minority Baisha village where about 350 Buddhist mural paintings made between 14th and 17th century are preserved. Next visit: Dongba Culture Museum and Hei Long Tan (Black Dragon Pool), which is located at the northern foot of Elephant Hill. The summits of the snowy mountain nearby are clearly reflected in this pond. In the afternoon, visit of Lijiang Old Town. The city of Lijiang has a 800-year-long history and is the only city where the Naxi ethnic minority resides. It is famous for its old wooden houses and the layout of the town’s streets. The cobblestones, clear brooks and bridges are visible here and there in the city as one walks. It has recently been listed as a World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.
Day13 Lijiang – Dali BL
Drive to Dali ancient town. The well preserved ancient city gates and the historic buildings show the city’s long history. On the way visit of Bai people Xizhou small old town. In the afternoon visit of San Ta Si (Three Pagoda Temple) in the northwest outskirts of Dali, and Dali Old Town. 1N in 4*Wing of Landscape Hotel
Day14 Dali – Kunming B
Drive by shuttle bus to Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province, also called “Spring City” due to its warm climate all year round. Yunnan in Chinese means "to the south of the clouds". In Kunming visit of the West Hill with the Longmen Caves. 2N in 4*Kunming Hotel
Day15 Kunming BL
After the breakfast drive to Shilin, a Sani minority county, to visit the Stone Forest. The bizarre karst stone rocks feature in various formation and some of them tower above to 30 m high. Drive back to Kunming, transfer to the airport. End of our services.