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18-Day Sichuan-Tibet South Road & Shangri-la (Daocheng & Yading) Tour
Daocheng & Yading, the paradise for landscape photographers;You will feel as traveling in a magnificent painting.
Sichuan - Tibet Road -- South Route:
Chengdu 147km - Ya'an 168km -Luding 49km -Kangding 75km - Xinduqiao 74km –Yajiang 143km -Litang 165km -Batang 107km -Markang 158km -Zuogong 107km -Bangda 94km -Baxio 219km -Bome 216km –Nyingchi 19km -Bayi 127km -Gongbujiangda 274km -Lhasa --Tsedang -- Samye -- Lhasa
Best travel time: April and May in Spring, Sept. Oct. and early Nov. in autumn, especially in autumn.
 
Itinerary:
Arrival in Chengdu

Arrive in Chengdu, a nice leisure city; Your guide meets you at Chengdu shuangliu airport, about 30 minutes drive to the downtown, check in your hotel and relax.

The rest of the day, you can experience this leisure city, taste the famous delicious Sichuan food, in the evening, you can appreciate Sichuan Opera, with wonderful performances such as face changing, fire spitting, etc. ( Shu Feng Ya Yun; Show time 8:00p.m. - 9:30p.m.)
Accommodation: Chengdu city downtown

Chengdu / Bifengxia (Panda Club) / Shangli old town

Set out in the morning to Ya'an city, first visit Shangli old town, with a style of Ming and Qind Dynasties. Then go ahead to Bifengxia scenic area, see the cute pandas; Most pandas are moved here from Wo Long Nature Reserve due to the 5.12 earthquake.

Transfer to Ya'an city, the famous rain city, and you can taste the famous Ya'an fish if you like.
Accommodation:Ya'an city

Ya'an -- Hailuogou National Park

Drive to Hailuogou National Park which locates at Moxi town, transfer to the tourist bus and take the cable car to No. 3 camp glacier area, visit the rare low latitude glacier; Then go down to No.2 camp to enjoy the hot spring.
Accommodation:No.2 Camp Hot Spring Resort

Hailuogou -- Muge-tso -- Kangding -- Xinduqiao
Leave Hailuogou for Muge-tso scenic area, with lakes, hot springs, snow mountains, grasslands and Tibetan folkway. Drive across the 4.1km long tunnel of Mt. Erlang, heading for Luding. If you take interest, stop for a short visit to the Luding Iron Chain Bridge over the Dadu River. Arrive in Kangding, the gateway to Kham and Tibet.

Drive upwards, en route, the snow mountains, glaciers and high land lakes form a splendid picture in your eyes. After crossing Mt. Zheduo(4298m), arrive at the paradise for photographers—Xinduqiao,
if lucky, you'll see the amazing scenery of sunset; make photographing of this pretty small village.
Accommodation:Xinduqiao village
Xin du qiao -- Daocheng 353km

Get up early in the morning, see sunrise, shoot the morning view of Xin du qiao village, here you can feel a strong atmosphere of Tibetan-style life.
After breakfast, drive to Daocheng, pass Mt. Gaoersi (4412m), Mt. Jianziwan(4659m), Mt. Kazila(4718m), Litang county(4000m), Haizishan Nature Reserve, arrive at the last Shangri-la –Daocheng.
Accommodation: Daocheng

Daocheng -78km - Riwa Village - 40km-Yading Village

Drive ahead to the dreaming Yading Nature Reserve, full day sightseeing. Grasp your camera all the way! When arrive, you can ride a horse directly to Chonggusi Temple
Overnight in a guesthouse or wooden house camp in Yading Village.
Accommodation: Yading village

Yading

Full day in the Last Shangri-la, discover its beauty with your own eyes.
You can ride a horse and do some hiking today.
Accommodation: Yading village

Yading -- Daocheng -- Xiangcheng

Leaving Shang-ri la, stop at Xiangcheng county, another interesting town; There are 3 uniqueness of the culture of Xiangcheng, the white tibetan houses, the"crazy costume" and Gandan Sang pi ling Temple.

Accommodation: Xiangcheng

Xiangcheng -- Derong -- De qin -- Feilai Temple (flying temple) <10- hour - drive>

Today you'll have a long way to drive, because there's a huge moutain to come over. En route, you can see the dramatic Turn of Yangtze River. Then you'll enter Yun nan province, stop at De qin, Feilai Temple.
Accommodation: Feilai Temple Hotel

Fei lai temple -- Markang -- Zuogong 368km

Today you'll enter Tibet, Markam county, where the Sichuan-Tibet Road and Yunnan Tibet Road meet, also the first county of Tibet on the way.
Head for Zuogong. Drive across the Lancang River(Mekong River), overcome 3 passes: Joba, Lawu(4358m) and Dongda(5008m). Stay in a simple guest house.
Accommodation: Zuogong

Zuogong - Baxio -- Ranwu

Drive upstream to Bangba, a town junction where Lhasa connects to the Chamdo-Kunming Highway. Cross Gama la Pass(4618m), pass Baxio, we'll meet a stunner—Ranwu Lake.
Accommodation: Ranwu

Ranwu –Midui Glacier -- Bome

Ranwu Lake, the pristine waters, spectacularly crystal blue lake cupped by snow peaks. Wander along the Poto chu Valley at Tramog(2743m), located deep in the thickly forested gorge of Parlung Tsangpo with glacier waterfalls streaming from the mountainsides. En route visit Midui Glacier and Midui village. This part is with the most beautiful scenery along Sichuan-Tibet south road.
Accommodation: Bome

 

Bome –Nyingchi -- Bayi (235km)

Go down several hundred meter when we reach the lowland jungle settlement of Tongmai. When crossing Serkhyem la Pass(4515m), we will have spectacular views of Mt. Gyala Pelri(7151m) and Mt. Namcho Barwa(7782m). Late in the afternoon arrive in Nyingchi, Bayi town.
Accommodation: Bayi town

Bayi -- Bamsum-tso Lake -- Lhasa

Sightseeing of Nyingchi. Visit the Giant Cypress Forest; On the way back to Lhasa, visit Bamsum-Tso, the lake and its surrounding views are so beautiful! Drive ahead to reach Lhasa.
In the evening, have a walk at the Polata Plaza, see the night view of the Palace.

Accommodation: Lhasa downtown

 

 

Lhasa city sightseeing & experience

Potala Palace—the highest palace in the world, on the way climb to the entrance gate, you can take an overlook of the whole Lhasa city in sunshine, wonderful! Get the knowledge of Tibet history and religion. Visit for about 2 hours.
Enjoy lunch and have a rest.

Norbulinka Park, is called as the Summer Palace in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.

Take a stroll around Barkhor street at your own leisure.

Sera Monastery ᾿at 2:30p.m., arrive at Sera temple to watch the young lamas debating Buddhism scripture in their special way. They get together in the yard and communicate about what they learn from the scripture.

In the evening, if you wish, you can join in the Tibetan Banquet with Song & Dance Performance, a good chance to taste the local food and drinks. Back to hotel.
Accommodation: Lhasa downtown

Lhasa -- Tsedang -- Samye Temple

Drive about 3.5 hours to Shan’nan area, Tsedang is the capital; the origin of Tibet history and culture; Take a ferry to Samye Temple, visit Samye temple which is the first temple built in Tibet.
Then visit the first palace in Tibet ᾿Yongbulakang;

Accommodation: Tsedang

 

 

Tsedang -- Lhasa ( Changzhu Palace / Yongbulakang)

Visit the first worshipping hall in Tibet ᾿Changzhu Temple;
In the afternoon, back to Lhasa.
Enjoy leisure time on your own.

Accommodation: Lhasa downtown

Farewell

Airport or train station transfer according to your flight or train schedule.
Lhasa city—Gongga airport 100km, 1.5 hour-drive
Lhasa city—Train station, 40km, half an hour drive
Tour ends.

 

 

 

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