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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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Sichuan and Yunanan Culture ExplorerTour Name:         Sichuan and Yunanan Culture Explorer
Tour Code:          M13D205
Duration:            16 Days & 15 Nights
Destination:        Chengdu, Emeishan, Leshan, Jiuzhaigou, Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangrila
Features:            This culture expedition takes you to Sichuan and Yunnan, two of the most diverse and beautiful provinces in Southwestern China. You will first of all get intimate contact with Giant Panda in Chengdu, then explore the ancient water conservancy project Dujiangyan Irrigation System, and Taoist Qingcheng Mountain, additionally you will get Buddhist Holy Mountain Emeishan and world's biggest sitting Buddha in Leshan, finally you will admire the natural beauties in Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong Scenic Area before proceeding to colorful Yunnan, where to see the Stone Forest, Ancient Towns and ethnic minorities in Dali and Lijiang, as well as the natural wonders of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Tiger Leaping Gorge, at last you will get to Shangri-la, the real world dreamland to immerse yourself in exotic Tibetan culture and folkways. A tremendous odyssey awaits you in this part of China. 
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Arrive in Chengdu, be met and transferred to hotel.  N/A

Buddha Zen Hotel



Visit giant pandas at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Wenshu Monastery, local teahouse visit, Wuhou Temple and walking tour on the ancient Jinli Street. B, L

Buddha Zen Hotel


 Chengdu - Dujiangyang

Transferred to visit Dujiangyan Irrigation System, drive to hotel at the foot of Mt.Qingcheng (Qingchengshan). B, L

Flying Crane Hotel


Dujiangyan -  Mt.Emei

Visit Mt.Qingcheng including round way cable car and boat ride. Transfer to Mt.Emei to visit Buddhist Baoguo Temple.  B, L Hongzhushan Hotel



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


 Mt.Emei - Chengdu

Transferred to Leshan to visit Grand Buddha Statue including a river cruise. Drive to hotel in Chengdu. B, L Buddha Zen Hotel


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



Full day visit Jiuzhaigou National Forest Park. B, L, D

New Jiuzhai Hotel



Transferred to airport for flight to Chengdu, connect onwards flight to Kunming. Met with in Kunming and visit Yuantong Temple and local free market. B, L

kunming Jinjiang Hotel



Full day visit Stone Forest, Golden Gate and Huating Temple on West Hills. B, L

kunming Jinjiang Hotel


  Kunming / Dali

Take morning flight to Dali. Be met in Dali and visit Erhai Lake, Three Pagodas, and The Old Town of Dali. B, L Landscape Hotel

 Dali - Lijiang

 Drive to Lijiang. Arrive in Lijiang, visit Lijiang Ancient Town and Black Dragon Pool. B, L Lijiang Wangfu Hotel


Full day visit Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (including round trip cable car up to Spruce Terrace and overlook the Snow Mountain), Baisha Village  Yufeng Temple, Dongba Culture Museum. B, L Lijiang Wangfu Hotel

 Lijiang -  Shangri-la 

Drive to Shangri-la (Zhongdian). En route visit Tiger Leaping Gorge, First Bend of Yangtze River. Arrival Shangri-la walking in the ancient town B, L Gyalthang Dzong Hotel


One day tour to visit Songsamlin Monastery, Ringha Temple, Napa Lake and local Tibetan family. B, L Gyalthang Dzong Hotel



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, 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 - Dujiangyan (B, L)Dujiangyan Irrigation Project
Today you will explore the surroundings of Chengdu. You will take one hour drive from the city to Dujiangyan to explore ancient Dujiangyan Irrigation System that represents ancient China's superb science and technology and is a milestone in the world's water harnessing and irrigation history. Dujiangyan, the world's oldest diversion project without a dam, still feeds a grid of irrigation canals watering 670,000 hectares (1,675,000 acres of farmland in Sichuan, turning the province into the country's famous land of abundance since ancient times. Dujiangyan is the oldest and only surviving no-dam irrigation system in the world. You will visit the Great Dam, the Spillway, and the Water Inlet that form the water project. In the afternoon you will drive to your hotel at the foot of Mt.Qingcheng (Qingchengshan).

Day04 Dujiangyan - Mt.Emei (B, L)Mt.Qingcheng
You will have a half day tour on Mt.Qingcheng. Some 65 kilometers from Chengdu, the mountain is luxuriantly covered by green trees, hence its name meaning Green City Mountain since Tang Dynasty. Mt. Qingcheng is one of the birthplaces of Taoism, China's only indigenous religion. It is still a religious centre sprinkled with caves and shrines venerated by Taoists. Founded in AD 143 in Mount Qingcheng, Taoism has developed into an important religion in Southeast Asia, exerting tremendous influence there. Late in the afternoon you head out for Mt.Emei. Check in hotel and free.

Day05 Mt. Emei (B, L)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. Driven back your hotel after the tour.

Day06 Mt.Emei - Chengdu (B, L)Leshan Giant Buddha, Sichuan
Today you will make a trip to 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. Transferred back Chengdu after your Leshan trip.

Day07 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.

Day08 Jiuzhaigou (B, L, D)Jiuzhaigou National Park
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.

Day09 Jiuzhaigou / Chengdu / Kunming (B, L)
Check out your hotel in the morning and leave for Jiuzhaigou Airport. It is a 2hr drive from your hotel to the airport. Upon arrival your local guide will assist your check in your internal flight to Chengdu. Catch your onwards flight to Kunming. Arrival in Kunming, you will be met and transferred to your hotel by our local guide. The activity in Kunming includes a leisure trip to the Yuantong Temple and local free market. 

Day10 Kunming (B, L)Stone Forest Kunming
You will head out Kunming to explore the spectacular Stone Forest, a wonder of geology. About 200 million year ago the earth's crust shifted and forced the 200 acres of karst limestone stalagmites rise up from what was once a huge expanse of water. Paths wind through its spectacular valleys and around the weird rock formations and its reflecting pools. There are pavilions perched high on these pillars that offer sweeping views. Since the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Stone Forest has long been one of the most famous scenic spots in China. After that you will get back town for the Golden Temple, located on top of Mingfeng (Singing Phoenix) Hill. It is the largest copper temple in China and also known as the Tongwa Temple (Bronze Tile Temple).

Day11 Kunming / Dali (B, L)Three Pagodas
This morning you will take a flight to Dali. Your local guide and driver will transfer you from Dali Airport to the town to start your day trip in Dali. You will have a boat ride on the Erhai Lake, visit Three Pagodas in the Chongsheng Temple and stroll in the Dali Old Town. With an altitude of 1972 meters above sea level, Erhai Lake is a beautiful highland lake of Yunnan Province and one of the seven largest fresh water lakes in China. Three Pagodas is a symbol of the history of Dali City, and a record of the development of Buddhism in the area. As its name implies, Three Pagodas are made of three ancient independent pagodas forming a symmetrical triangle. Dali Old Town, also called Yeyu City, Forbidden City, Zhonghezhen, lies 3 kilometers north from Xiaguan, the capital of Dali Prefecture. Embracing Erhai Lake in the east and adjoining Cangshan Mountain in the west, Dali City was first established in the early period of the Ming Dynasty.

Day12  Dali - Lijiang (B, L)Lijiang Old Town,Yunnan
Today you will travel to Lijiang along the Erhai Lake. In the early afternoon you will reach Lijiang, which is perhaps China's most famous old town. Splendid landscapes, the exotic ways of the Naxi ethnic group and the precious Dongba Culture make up the unique city of Lijiang. Each year it attracts a great number of visitors from home and abroad. To find a fairyland far from the bustling metropolises, please do not hesitate to come to Lijiang. You will have a walking at the Sifang Jie and the Black Dragon Pool in the old town.

Day13 Lijiang (B, L)Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
You will have a wonderful day in Lijiang. First of all you will proceed to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (including round trip cable car up to Spruce Terrace and overlook the Snow Mountain), then you get to Baisha Village to see the ancient fresco painting and visit lama temple Yufeng Si where grows the 'king of camellia' . Located 15 km north of Lijiang old town, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain stretches 35 km from north to south with 960-square-kilometers of snow-capped area. Experts say that it has the southernmost glacier in the North Hemisphere. Of all the 13 peaks on the mountain, Shanzidou is the highest with an altitude of 5,596 meters above sea level. Looking from afar, you can see that the mountain just looks like a huge dragon lying in the cloud. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is the holy mountain - 'God of Sanduo' of Naxi people. Transferred back your hotel in the old town. On your way back to your hotel you will learn more about Lijiang and the Naxi people at the Dongba Culture Museum.

Day14 Lijiang - Shangri-la (B, L)Tiger Leaping Gorge,Yunnan
In the morning set off for Zhongdian (Shangri-la County). You will 220 kilometers along Jinsha Jiang River (Golden Sand River), the upper reaches of the Yangtze River (the longest river of China, 6380 km). The Tiger Leaping Gorge, itself is tucked neatly between the Yulong Snow Mountain and Haba Snow Mountain, which surround its two sides, as the turbulent water of the Jinsha River is forced by Hailuo Shan standing in its way to turn abruptly 100 degrees northeastwards and thus gives birth of the "First Bend of the Yangtze River". In the afternoon you will arrive in Zhongdian and have a walking in the Zhongdian Old Town.

Day15 Shangri-la (B, L)Shangri-la Yunnan
A full day guided tour in Zhongdian. You will visit Songzanlin Monastery, which was created in AD1679 by the Fifth Dalai lama. often called Ganden Sumtseling Monastery or Guihua Monastery, is located at the foot of Foping Mountain near Shangri-La County in Yunnan Province. The monastery was built on a hillside and looks like an ancient fort. The Songzanlin Monastery is often called as the little Potala Palace because of its traditional Tibetan architectural style. Then you will visit Napa Lake and have some time in the home of a local Tibetan family. Afterwards you will have some nice walking to the Ringha Temple, also been called as the "Temple of the Five Wisdom Buddha". The temple still remain the mysterious, it keeps an essential place in the Tibetan community that they consider there as the one of the five most important Tibetan monasteries among Yunnan. Date back for at least 700 years; the temple was visited by the 5th Dalai Lama. While the principal buildings were destroyed during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), the villagers raised the funds to rebuild the principal lobby, with a simple and modest structure. Today there are three small original statues in the temple. Driven back your hotel after the walking.

Day16 Depart Shangri-la (B)
Your guide and driver will transfer you to airport according to your flight schedule. End of your amazing Sichuan and Yunnan journey.

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:
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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