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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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Colourful SichuanTour Name:         Colourful Sichuan
Tour Code:          M90D258
Duration:            12 Days & 11 Nights
Destination:        Chengdu, Jiuzhaigou, Huanglong, Leshan, Mt.Emei, Kangding, Tagong, Danba
Features:            Colourful Sichuan shows you the "real and complete Sichuan". Due to its natural richness, Sichuan is called as the "land of milk and honey". Thanks to its vast territory, this province has some of the most diverse cultures and eye-catching natural beauties that every photo hunter could not miss out. This holiday takes you to enjoy the fairyland Sichuan to explore the world famous Jiuzhaigou Valley, Huanglong National Park and Mt.Emei. A side track to the Tibetan Khampa areas around Kangding, Tagong pristine land and Danba villages will enrich your photo holiday.
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Day01

 Chengdu

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

Buddha Zen Hotel

Day02

 Chengdu

Full day visit Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Base, Buddhist Wenshu Temple, local teahouse visit, Wuhou Temple and walking tour on the ancient Jinli Street. B, L

Buddha Zen Hotel

 Day03

 Chengdu / Jiuzhaigou

Transferred to airport to fly in Jiuzhaigou. Arrival, met with and drive to visit Huanglong Scenic Area including one-way cable car up the park, transfer to hotel outside Jiuzhaigou Park.  B, L, D

New Jiuzhai Hotel

 Day04

 Jiuzhaigou

Full day guided tour inside Jiuzhaigou National Park including buffet lunch and green car in park. B, L, D

New Jiuzhai Hotel

 Day05

Jiuzhaigou - Mt.Emei

Take flight out to Chengdu, transferred to visit Leshan Grand Buddha Statue including a river cruise. Visit Buddhist Baoguo Temple at the foot of Mt.Emei B, L

Hongzhushan Hotel

 Day06

Mt.Emei

Full day tour on Mt.Emei to visit Golden Summit and Wannian Temple (Temple of Longevity), walking through scenic spots of Qingyin Pavilion and One-Thread-Sky etc. B, L Hongzhushan Hotel
   Day07

Mt.Emei - Kangding

Leave in the morning for Kangding, photo shoot at mountain gully and pass of Mt.Erlang. Walk through the ancient Iron Chain Bridge at Luding County. B, L Gesar Hotel
   Day08

Kangding - Tagong

Pass through the zigzagging road up to Tseudo mountain pass, photo stop at Xinduqiao, travel onwards to Tagong. B, L Local Hotel
   Day09

 Tagong - Danba

Transferred along the Yak River and viewing holy Yala Mountain, take photos at Blocked Towers at Suopo Village. B, L, D  318 Motel
   Day10

 Danba -  Pingle 

Visit Jiaju Village and photo shot at sunrise, leave for Ya'an, visit Giant Pandas at Ya'an Breeding Center, transferred to ancient town Pingle. B, L, D  Local Hotel

Day11

Pingle - Chengdu

Photo shot in Pingle Town, drive back Chengdu and enjoy leisure time at Kuanzhai Alleys. B, L

Buddha Zen Hotel

Day12

Chengdu

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




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 (B, L)Giant Panda at Chengdu Breeding Base
A full day guided tour in Chengdu. You will first of all head outside for the Giant Pandas at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, and then you will drive back the city to visit Buddhist Wenshu Temple, have a nice local teahouse experience, visit Wuhou Temple and have a leisure walk at the Jinli Ancient Street.


Day03 Chengdu / Jiuzhaigou (B, L, D)Huanglong National Park,Sichuan
In the morning you will be transferred to airport and take flight to Jiuzhaigou in Sichuan Province. Arrive in Jiuzhaigou you will be received by your local guide who will escort you to visit Huanglong Scenic Area. Huanglong Scenic Area is located in Northwest of Sichuan Province, China, which neighbors the Jiuzhaigou National Park. Huanglong is a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site since 1992. If you are keen on the beauty of nature with primitive taste, Huanglong is the ideal place to go. Here in Huanglong one can see a variety of mountain structures, lush woods, colorful flowers, and crystal waters, just like scrolls of classical paintings. You will take a cable car up and walk down to visit the scenic spots inside of Huanglong Scenic Area. Later in the afternoon you will be transferred to your hotel outside of Jiuzhaigou.


Day04 Jiuzhaigou (B, L, D)Jiuzhaigou National Park,Sichuan
Enjoy your buffet breakfast at your hotel. Today you will visit Jiuzhaigou National Park, a natural wonder under the sky. More than just spectacular scenery, Jiuzhaigou National Park is home to nine Tibetan villages, over 220 bird species as well as a number of endangered plants and animal species, including the giant panda, Sichuan golden monkey, the Sichuan takin and numerous orchids and rhododendrons. Jiuzhai Valley is locally known as Jiuzhaigou (Chinese for "Nine Village Valley"). It is a national park located in the Min Shan mountain range, Northern Sichuan in Southwestern China. It is best known for its fabled blue and green lakes, spectacular waterfalls, narrow conic karst land forms and its unique wildlife. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992.

 
Day05 Jiuzhaigou / Chengdu - Leshan - Mt.Emei (B, L)Leshan Grand Buddha,Sichuan
Transfer to airport and take flight to Chengdu. On arrival, met with and leave for Mt.Emei. On the way you will visit famous Leshan Giant Buddha Statue. Leshan Giant Buddha is the largest Buddha in the world, about 71 meters high. It is a statue of Maitreya (a Bodhisattva usually represented as a very stout monk with a broad smile on his face and with his naked breast and paunch exposed to view) in sitting posture. It started to be carved in 713 A.D and finished 90 years later. Facing the river, the Buddha has symmetrical posture and looks which have been beautifully captured in its solemn stillness. It has three-meter-long (about 11 feet) fingers. The eight-meter-long (about 27 feet) instep is big enough for one hundred people to sit on and the 28-meter-wide (about 92 feet) shoulder is large enough to be a basketball playground. You will be astonished by its grace. You will visit Buddhist Linyun Temple which was created in the Chinese Tang Dynasty locates on the hilltop nearby the Giant Buddha Statue. Afterwards take a boat cruise on the Min River (Minjiang) to observe the Giant Buddha from a floating perspective. Transfer to Mt.Emei and visit Baoguo Temple, the largest Buddhist temple at the foot of Mt.Emei.


Day06 Mt.Emei (B, L)Golden Summit of Mt.Emei,Sichuan
A full day guided tour on Mt.Emei. Table green car and cable ride up to the Golden Summit of Mt.Emei, see monkeys en route, admire gilded statue of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva on the mountain top. Mount Emei (Emeishan) lies 170km southwest of Chengdu is one of the four mountain ranges in China that Buddhists consider sacred. Together with Leshan Giant Buddha, Mt. Emei was included in the UNESCO world heritage list in 1996. The mountain stretches more than 200 kilometers from south to north. Its main peak, Wanfo Summit, is 3,099 meters above sea level. Since ancient times Emei Mountain has been described as "Beauty Under Heaven". Temples were built as early as the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220) and Buddhism was introduced to the mountain during the Jin Dynasty. In the Ming and Qing dynasties there were more than 150 temples on it. Mt. Emei draws the most attention for its 154-kilometer spread, attracting tourists since ancient times with phenomenal views all the year round. You will take cable car to Wannian Temple (Temple of Longevity), walking through scenic spots of Qingyin Pavilion and One-Thread-Sky etc. The Wannian Temple (Temple of Longevity) which sits 1,043 meters above sea level, was built in the 4th century. It was burned several times in the following centuries. The present brick building was reconstructed in the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). The Brick Hall, a domed building with small stupas on it, was built of bricks. In the hall is a statue of the Bodhisattva. Puxian on a white elephant, 8.5 meters high, cast in copper and bronze. Transferred back your hotel.


Day07 Mt. Emei - Kangding (B, L)Kangding,Sichuan
Check out after breakfast and leave for Kangding. You will drive to mountain areas and altitude will gradually rise up. There are photo opportunities at the mountain valley along the road zigzagging up the Erling Mountain Pass. The river valley is deep. You will walk through the ancient Iron Chain Bridge over the Dadu River. Later of the day you will reach Kangding. Kangding, the capital of Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, as a former outpost on the trade route to Tibet, is a fairly large town tucked within a river valley.


Day08 Kangding - Tagong (B, L)Lhagong Monastery,Sichuan
Today you drive from Kangding to Tagong. Right out of Kangding, we start ascending up to Tsedo Mountain which is over 4,000 meters above sea level. The scenery at the top of the mountain is fantastic, and if weather is fine you could clearly see the mighty peaks of Minya Konka, the highest mountain of Hengduan Range and claimed as the 'King of Sichuan Mountains'. It offers stunning scenery, abundant vegetations, full-bodied Tibetan culture and adventurous trekking routes. From the mountain pass of Tsedo we go to Tagong, a grassland by Yala holy mountain. We also come to visit Tagong Monastery. Tagong Monastery is a famous Nyingmapa monastery built in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) to commemorate the Han Princess Wencheng and Phags-pa, the Grand State Tutor of Tibetan Buddhism with Buddhism Institute inside, also named as "the small Lhasa Jokhang Monastery", is one of the 108 temples built during the reign of Songtsen Gampo in ancient Tibetan times. There is a sacred statue of 12-year old sakyamuni (Buddha) in the monastery, which have been brought by Princess Wenchen on her way to Lhasa.



Day09 Tagong - Danba (B, L)Danba at the East Edge of Tibet Plateau
In the morning you will take photos to the Yala Mountain from a higher terrace at Tagong. Leave for Danba and on the way you have photo stop to have a better view to holy Yala Mountain. Drive along the Yak River and get to Danba in the early afternoon. 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.


Day10 Danba - Pingle (B, L)Jiaju Village,Danba,Sichuan
In the morning take sunrise at Jiaju Village. Jiaju, 10 kilometers away from the county city, is one of the rare places in China that has preserved complete Tibetan style residences. More than one hundred buildings keep the same architectural style with a complete and unique character of Jiarong (Gyarong) 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. Leave Danba and drive along the Dadu River. This 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. Then you will have some good walk at ancient Town Shangli where ancient Ming and Qing Buildings, streets, and ancient stone arch bridges exist. Later of the day you will reach your hotel at Pingle Ancient Town.


Day11 Pingle - Chengdu (B, L)Scenery Roadside West Sichuan
Enjoy the tranquility at Pingle. You can have some walks to the local temple and tea garden etc. to seek good photos. Before noon you will leave for Chengdu. This afternoon in Chengdu is at your own leisure at Kuan Zhai Alleys in Chengdu's old area.


Day12 Depart Chengdu (B)
Free till transferred to airport for your departure flight. End of your Sichuan photo tour.




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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