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We had a safe trip back home and, once jet-lag was gone, everything is back to normal.

The travel has been a fantastic, unique experience I will never forget. Thanks for setting everything so well, so precisely, so perfectly! Everything was really great, from the hotels to the guides. So...thank you! The only thing you couldn't really do anything on was the weather.  Maybe next time you can "book" also some sunny weather for us, ok? ^_^

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Here Autumn has come, it's quite cold and i miss pandas very much...

 

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August - September 2017
China Family Holiday (Beijing - Chengdu - Chongqing - Yangtze Three Gorges - Shanghai - Suzhou)

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Litang Horse Racing Festival in KhamTour Name:         Litang Horse Racing Festival in Kham
Tour Code:          M82D290
Duration:            10 Days & 9 Nights
Destination:        Chengdu, Kangding, Litang, Tagong, Danba, Rilong, Wolong
Features:            The Litang Horse Racing Festival is a traditional celebration that takes place in Litang in the Kham area. Starting from August 1st, Tibetans from all corner of Kham will come to Litang, setting up tents on the Bayuk Grassland that makes the entire highland a city of tents. This festival draws Tibetan equestrians, folk dancers and wrestlers to show off their skills and women dressing their traditional costumes to attend this carnival in Kham. This tour is specially presented to these who are interested in wild Khampa cultures and social events of this highland area.
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 Accommodation

Day01

 Chengdu

Arrive in Chengdu, be met and transferred to hotel.  N/A

Buddha Zen Hotel

Day02

 Chengdu - Kangding

Leave in the morning for Kangding, visit Giant Pandas at Ya'an Breeding Base, have a break in Luding to see the ancient Iron Chain Bridge, drive to Kangding and check in hotel. B, L

Gesar Hotel

 Day03

Kangding - Litang

Drive to Litang on the national highway 318, photo stops at several high mountain pass. B, L

Highland Hotel

 Day04

 Litang

Enjoy the Litang Horse Racing Festival on the Bayuk Grassland. B, L

Highland Hotel

 Day05

Litang

Enjoy the Litang Horse Racing Festival on the Bayuk Grassland. B, L

Highland Hotel

 Day06

Litang - Bamei

Drive cross high mountain passes and get to Tagong to visit Tagong Monastery. Stay overnight in Bamei.  B, L Local Hotel
   Day07

Bamei - Danba

Transferred to Danba, on the way enjoy views of holy Yala Mountain, on arrival Danba, take photos at Blocked Towers at Suopo Village, homestay at Jiaju Tibetan village.  B, L Homestay
   Day08

Danba - Rilong

In the morning you will visit Jiaju Village, drive to Rilong and take an eco tour to the Changping Valley of the Four Sisters Mountain. Stay overnight at hotel in Rilong. B, L 318 Motel
   Day09

 Rilong - Chengdu

Drive back Chengdu today, have a short break at Wolong to observe the natural habitat of the Giant Pandas, in the afternoon arrive Chengdu and free at own leisure. B, L

Buddha Zen Hotel

Day10

Chengdu

Transferred to airport for your departure flight. Trip ends.  B  N/A




Day01 Arrival ChengduChengdu Cityscape,Sichuan,China
Today you arrive in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province. Greeted and received by your local guide and escorted to your hotel in downtown Chengdu. The rest of day is at your own disposal.


Day02 Chengdu (B, L)Giant Panda at Chengdu Breeding Base
Leave in the morning for Ya'an. It's a leisure drive through rustic landscapes. In the afternoon you will visit Giant Pandas at Ya'an Giant Panda Breeding Centre. Most of the pandas at Ya'an Base were moved from Wolong Preserve after the earthquake in May 2008. In the afternoon you will drive to Kangding and have a short break at Luding to see the ancient Iron Chain Bridge over the Dadu River. Later of the day you arrive in Kangding (Dartsedo in Tibetan). Kangding is a lovely town made all the more magical by the Tsedo River running through it. It has been a hub of transportation, culture and commerce between Tibetans and Han Chinese for many years.


Day03 Kangding - Litang (B, L)Mt.Minya Konka in distance from Kangding,Sichuan
Drive 285km on paved road; enjoy the beautiful nature view and touring the white Ming yak Chorten, and when drive onto Mt. Gaoershi, if weather permits, the stunning view of the peak of Mt. Minya Konka will be visible. Enjoy nice views of the highland in the course of driving, have lunch at little town Yajiang. Later of the day you arrive in Litang.


Day04 Litang Horse Racing Festival (B, L)Horse Race Festival Lithang,Kham
The opening ceremony of the Horse Race Festival will be held today. You will listen to the traditional songs, watch dancing performances, visit the nomads' tents and enjoy their unmatched hospitality. The Litang Horse Racing Festival is a traditional celebration that takes place in Litang in the Kham area. Starting from August 1st, Tibetans from all corner of Kham will come to Litang, setting up tents on the Bayuk Grassland that makes the entire highland a city of tents. This festival draws Tibetan equestrians, folk dancers and wrestlers to show off their skills and women dressing their traditional costumes to attend this carnival in Kham.

 
Day05 Litang Horse Racing Festival (B, L)Tented City during Horse Racing Festival in Lithang,Kham
Today you will attend the festival and experience local Tibetan's life. The most exciting event is the horse race. The riders will take their beautifully adorned horses to participate in the races and show off their excellent horse riding skills, such as shooting at targets while galloping, etc. The event will be held in two stages: after the preliminary contest you can start to bet on a rider participating in the finals. If your rider wins, he will meet you after the race and according to the Tibetan tradition he will let you sit next to him on his horse.


Day06 Litang - Bamei (B, L)Lithang Monastery in Central of Kham
In the morning you will visit Litang monastery, which is just on the northern edge of town and belongs to the Gelukpa sect of Tibetan Buddhists. The monastery was founded in 1580 by the third Dalai Lama Sonam Gyatso on the site. There are three main temples in the compound, of which the oldest seems to be the one on top of the hill, still featuring the wooden construction of the upper rim of the buildings. Inside, you can view several chambers and a bedroom in which the 7th Dalai Lama is said to have resided. Many more famous and influential personal figures were born here, including the 7th Dalai Lama and the 10th Dalai Lama. Then you will drive to Bamei and over couple of high mountain passes. On your way at Tagong you will visit the Lamasery Lhagong Monastery. If weather is good you could have chance to take a good photo to the holy mountain Yala from a higher terrace at Tagong. Stay overnight at Bamei.


Day07 Bamei - Danba (B, L)Tibetan village and towers in Danba,Sichuan
Drive along the Yak River for Danba. On the way you could have a good view to the snowy Yala Mountain. Danba is 1900 m locates at the east end of the Tibet Plateau. The local people are called Jiarong (Gyarong) Tibetans. It is said that they are the descendants of the people of the ancient Xixia Kingdom, who merged with the local people after they fled from Gansu and settled here. Danba has long been acclaimed as the Kingdom of Thousands of Ancient Blockhouses. Upon arrival Danba you will take photos at Suopo Village. They were made of clay and block and look fine from outside with solid thick walls. This night you will stay at a local Tibetan's home at Jiaju Village.


Day08 Danba - Rilong (B, L)Danba Tibetan Village,Sichuan
Enjoy sunrise and take some good photos in the village before leaving for Rilong. You will drive on good paved road alongside vineyard and fruit gardens. Upon arrival Rilong Town, you will take a tour bus for an eco tour to the Changping Valley of the Four Sisters Mountain. Four Sisters Mountain or Siguniangshan features a quartet of snow-capped peaks and three major valleys, that is often referred to as "Oriental Alps". Changpin Valley is home to a large Tibetan Lama Temple and a gorgeous waterfall in dense forests. Later of the day you will back Rilong and check in your hotel.



Day09 Rilong - Wolong - Chengdu (B, L)Siguniang Shan,Mt.Four Sisters,Sichuan
This morning you will pass Balang Mountain before getting to Wolong, the natural habitat and sanctuary of Giant Pandas. Later of the day you reach Chengdu and enjoy yourself at free leisure. A farewell dinner will be arranged at a very good restaurant.


Day10 Depart Chengdu (B)
Free until transferred to Chengdu airport for your departure flight. End of the festival tour to Kham, in Sichuan.




Tour costing varies upon group size, travel season and hotel accommodation levels etc. For price details please email us at info@splendidchinatours.com.

Price inclusions:
01).
All accommodations based on two persons sharing one room (single occupancy is subject to supplement);
02). China internal flights with airport tax or train as stated in the program;
03). Round-trip transfers between airports or railway stations, hotels, and scenic spots in each city by private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced licensed drivers;
04). All admission fees and activity expenses as listed in the itinerary;
05). Daily meals as specified in the itinerary: B denotes breakfast, L denotes lunch, and D denotes dinner (SD signifies special dinner);
06). Services of a local English speaking guide in each city (other languages can be arranged upon request, supplement may apply);
07). Travel Agency Liability Insurance during the tour;
08). Governmental taxes and fees.

Price excluded:
01). International airfare to/from China;
02). Chinese Visa fees;
03). Expenses of personal natural such as laundry, telephone, drinks, mini bar etc;
04). Personal shopping, optional activities and excess baggage charges;
05). Gratuities for local tour guides, drivers and hotel bellboy etc;
06). International travel insurance;
07). Services and activities that are not mentioned in the itinerary.

 

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