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12-Day Shangri-la of Sichuan & Yunnan Tour
--Chengdu / Bifengxia Panda Club / Xinduqiao Village / Kangding / Daocheng / Yading / Zhongdian / Lijiang / Stone Forest / Kunming
Besides Jiuzhaigou, there's another stunner in Sichuan Prov., the last Shangri-la, Daocheng & Yading; The best travel time is in April, May, September and October, especially in October when she's at her best. Meanwhile in Yunnan Prov., there's another different Shangri-la, the former Zhongdian, on the way from Sichuan to Yunnan.
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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 -- Ya'an city / Shangli old town / Bifengxia Panda Club

Set out in the morning to Ya'an city, first visit Shangli old town, here you can see the local people's leisure lifestyle;.
Then go gahead to Bifengxia scenic area, see the cute pandas; Pandas here are moved from the Wo Long Nature Reserve due to the 2008.5.12 earthquake.

Then transfer to Ya'an city downtown, the famous rain city, and you can taste the famous delicious Ya'an fish if you like.
Accommodation:Ya'an city

Ya'an -- Kangding -- Xinduqiao Village

Leaving for Ya'an city to Kangding, the capital city of Gan zi Autonomous Prefecture, the gateway to Kham and Tibet. It is famous for the Kangding Love Song; Your guide can sing it for you!

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,
lucky enough, you'll see the amazing scenery of sunset; make photographing of this pretty small village.

Accommodation: Xinduqiao Village

Xinduqiao - 69km –Yajiang -145km –Litang ḿkm –Daocheng (360km)

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 of life.
After breakfast, set out 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; Explore this paradise yourself.
Overnight in a guesthouse or wooden house camp in Yading Village.
Accommodation: Yading village

Yading -40km –Riwa -78km –Daocheng --Xiangcheng

Do not miss the scenery in the morning, so get up very early. Ride a horse ahead to Luorong Pasture, en route get a brand new view of the amazing nature: snow mountains, wild animals, flowers and meadow in the highland, forests, glaciers, lakes and rivers, melting together in an fantastic picture.
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 county

Xiangcheng -- Derong -- Zhongdian <Shangri-la in Yunnan Province>

Today we'll enter Yunnan Province from Derong county, you can see many rivers and canyons in Derong area; Driving toward Shangri-la in Yunnan, the former Zhongdian, here you enter the Tibetan cultural area and a landscape of barley fields and yaks scattered in the valleys.
Accommodation: Zhongdian

Shangri La < Zhongdian>

In the morning, you'll visit the Ganden Sumtseling Monastery, the largest Tibetan monastery in Yunnan. Afterwards you'll go and visit the tranquil Bita Lake & Shudu Lake. After having finished touring the Bita Lake & Shudu Lake, you'll visit the Old Town of Shangri La and the Guishan Park.
Optional: At night visit a Tibetan family and taste the butter oil tea and Tibetan food. Cost excluded
Accommodation: Zhongdian

Shangri-la -- Tiger Leaping Gorge -- Lijiang

Leaving Shangri-la for Lijiang, en route visit Tiger Leaping Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world. With 34 rapids of the Yangtze River, it is called the Jinsha <Gold Sand> in this area because you can find gold in the river.
Drive toward you'll visit the First Bend on the Yangtze River with imposing gorge scenery, and the Iron Chain Bridge in the Stone Drum town. The town of Stone Drum got its name from a large, cylindrical, marble tablet shaped like a drum. Upon arrival in Lijiang old town, enjoy the leisure nice town.
Lijiang Old Town has a history more than 800 years; it was listed as the World Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO in 1997.Here you will see the wonderful wooden architecture of Naxi ethnic people.
Accommodation: Lijiang old town

Lijiang old town / Black Dragon Pool / Dongba Museum

Enjoy a leisure day in Lijiang old town;
Visit Black Dradon Pool, visit the Dongba culture museum;
In the evening, if you take interest, you can go to appreciate the Naxi Music Show held in Lijiang old town.
Accommodation: Lijiang old town

Lijiang -- Kunming by plane

Take a morning flight to Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan province. A beautiful city with a warm climate all over the year, and is called Spring City. Kunming local guide meets you at the airport.

Take a leisure stroll along the Green Lake, a charming area of teahouses and small boutiques selling handicrafts and beautiful local paintings. Visit the Flower and Bird Market in the downtown.
Accommodation: Kunming

Kunming -- Stone Forest -- Farewell

You will drive 86 km to the Stone Forest. There is a local saying: 'It is a waste of time not to visit the Stone Forest while visiting Kunming, which vividly expresses the deep love of the local people toward this world wonder. The quintessential karst landscape makes every tourist lost in wonder.

In the afternoon, fly to the next destination;
Tour ends;

 

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