Day 01 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. Overnight at 4*Holiday Inn Express Wuhou
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. Highlights of Yaan are Bifengxia Panda Base and Shangli Ancient Town. Bifengxia Panda Base has been long famous for the forest coverage, waterfalls, river and breathtaking landscapes. After the violent earthquake in Sichuan, the panda base in Ya'an became the largest panda reserve in the world, with over 80 giant pandas. There are over 20 research laboratories and feeding centers including Panda Breeding Spots, Panda Kindergarten, Panda Hospital and the Research Centers. Then we drive to Shangli Ancient Town. Old Town of Shangli is called an “ink and Wash Landscape” painting. Situated in the Western Sichuan Basin, the town was once an important post on the South Silk Road and the Ancient Tea-Horse Trail in history. Overnight 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 first giant panda and then introduced them overseas from here in 1869. Thus it has become an important humanistic spot as well. Keep driving over the Jiajin Shan Mountain to 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. Overnight at 3*318 Hotel
Day04 Danba BLD Danba is claimed to be the Kingdom of Thousands of Ancient Blockhouses. Today, hiking from Zhonglu village to Suopo village, visit of the ancient block towers in Suopo. They were made of clay and block and look fine from outside with solid thick walls. Overnight at 3*318 Hotel
Day05 Danba – Tagong – Xinduqiao – Kangding BLD Drive via Bamei to Tagong, visit of Lhagang Monastery (Tagong Si) of Sayka Sect, which is surrounded by three hills symbolizing three Bodhisattvas. Then drive to Xinduqiao, a small town on the road juncture where the northern route of Sichuan-Tibet Highway (Chengdu - Lhasa) and the southern route of Sichuan-Tibet Highway (Chengdu - Lhasa) meet. Cross over Zheduo Shan Pass (4298 m) to Kangding, the capital of Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture and an important juncture of Tibetan and Han People in history. Overnight at 3*Kalakal Hotel
Day06 Kangding – Luding – Yaan – Chengdu BL Drive to Luding and crossing of the 4.1 km long tunnel of Mt. Erlang Shan to Yaan. Keep driving along Chengdu-Yaan Express Way back to Chengdu. Overnight at 4*Holiday Inn Express Wuhou
Day07 Leave Chengdu B Transfer to airport and see off.
This journey is an adventure and only succeeds if you show understanding, patience and flexibility for the possible delays and program changes or imponderable situations. It requires the participants to have the sense of community and a cooperative spirit, and be ready to face very simple living conditions. Despite the careful planning, the program might change, sometimes in a short term, which may result in possible program modifications and the cancellation of some visits. Of course, the best for both our team and you is to respect the intented program. Besides we would like to point out that you are responsible for your own for all the possible dangers during the journey.