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We had a wonderful time in Tibet. We have learned a lot about this unique destination because of the wonderful guide Degyi who is so knowledge and always available towards our tours. We stayed at the Shangri-La Hotel Lhasa, and we would never imagine a Tibet travel could be so nice and amazing without the help of Degyi.

Also, thanks a lot to our Tibetan driver Mr.Wongdun for his safe driving and a good sense of service along the way.

We shall return Tibet in the near future!

P.B. and A. A - Europe
Tibet Travel

June 2018 (Private Tibet Journey from Kathmandu)

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Torch Festival of the Yis in Sichuan 2019Tour Name:         Torch Festival of the Yis in Sichuan 2019
Tour Code:          M82D292
Duration:            6 Days & 5 Nights
Destination:        Chengdu, Xichang, Butuo, Puge
Features:            The Yi ethnic group, with a population of 7.8 million, is mainly resided in China's southwestern provinces of Sichuan, Guizhou and Yunnan. The Yis has lots of traditional festivals however the Torch Festival is the most important traditional holiday featuring the richest contents, the most magnificent scenes, the most participants and the strongest ethnic flavor. On the 24th of the sixth lunar month, when the handle of the Big Dipper turns upward, Torch Festival starts. Torches are lit at night to expel evil and pray for prosperity. Many activities are held, including wrestling, bull fighting and horse racing etc.
Departure Date:
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Tour Price:          From US$980 P.P

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

Buddha Zen Hotel


Chengdu - Butuo

Transferred to airport for flight to Xichang, upon arrival met with and driven to Butuo to attend the Torch Festival celebrations.  B, L

Local Hotel


Butuo -  Puge

In the morning revisit the festival at Butuo, then leave for Puge. B, L

Hotspring Hotel



Full day at the Torch Festival in Puge, you will see the bull fight etc. in the village. B, L

Hotspring Hotel


Puge - Xichang

This morning you will spend some good time at Puge to discover the Yis, then drive to Xichang and visit Lushan Mountain. B, L

Xichang Minshan Hotel



Full day at the Torch Festival in Xichang and observe the beauty contest in town, watch the big bonfire carnival at night. B, L Xichang Minshan Hotel



Transferred to airport for flight out to Chengdu, end of tour. B


Day01 Arrival Chengdu
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 - Butuo (B, L)Torch Festival of the Yis in Sichuan
This morning you will be transferred to Chengdu airport and take flight to Xichang, the capital of Liangshan Yis Prefecture. Met with your local guide and driver and transferred to Butuo to attend the Torch Festival. Girls will show their nice dress, we can also see some activities like horse racing, sheep fighting. At night, people will gather around bonfires, singing, dancing and playing musical instruments. The Yis live in Butuo area have a cloak which has the shape of eagle wing.

Day03 Butuo - Puge (B, L)Torch Festival in Liangshan,Sichuan
In the morning revisit the festival at Butuo. On the way you can see the local market which gather the villagers with their nice dress. Visit a village if there are any activities. Later of the day you arrive in Puge and check in your hotel to enjoy hot spring.

Day04 Puge (B, L)Torch Festival celebration event at local village in Puge,Sichuan
Drive to villages to join the various programs on the Torch Festival, the wrestling, horse racing, bull fighting etc. One more charm of the festival is the costumes of the Yi people, particularly the dress of the ladies. Return Puge later of the day, after dinner you will join the bonfire party in town.

Day05 Puge - Xichang (B, L)evening bonfire carnival during Torch Festival in Liangshan,Sichuan
Leave for Xichang. Visit Lushan Mountain, covered by green trees. The main peak of Lushan Mountain is Shamao Peak, which is 2317 meters above the sea level. Walking along the winding path in the mountain, you will see the green and thrifty pines. More than 10 ancient temples and pavilions are hiding in the forest. Some of them are Buddhist and some are Taoist. However, it is rare that these temples can coexist with each other for more than one thousand years.

Day06 Xichang (B, L)Horse Racing during Torch Festival near Xichang,Sichuan
A full day tour in Xichang to attend and watch several festival activities such as the ignition ceremony of the torch festival, wrestling, horse racing, goats fighting, singing, dancing and beauty contest. At night you will take part in the bonfire carnival and check out the spectacular big fireworks.

Day07 Depart Xichang (B)Torch Festival Gala in Xichuang,Sichuan
Free in the morning until check out and transferred to airport for flight back Chengdu where you can catch your connecting flight to your next destination. End of the Torch Festival in Sichuan.

Tour costing starts from US$980 per person based on 8-10 persons per group. Tour costing varies upon group size,  and hotel accommodation levels etc. For price details please email us at info@splendidchinatours.com.

Price inclusions:
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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