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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 Wildflower HolidayTour Name:         Sichuan Wildflower Holiday
Tour Code:          M71D346
Duration:            15 Days & 14 Nights
Destination:        Chengdu, Leshan, Mt.Emei, Baoxing, Mt.Four Sisters, Danba, Tagong, Xinduqiao, Kangding, Hailuogou, Tiantai Shan
Features:            China is no doubt the global center of diversity for many plant groups including more than 650 endemic species of rhododendron, 300 Primula malacoides, and 250 species of Gentians. Most of them grow in the Hengduan Mountain Range in Sichuan. Every Spring and Summer, many wildflowers are in full bloom from altitude 1,000m river valleys and 5,000m alpine meadows. Come along with us to search this wonderful land of flowers. 
Departure Date:
 From May to July
Tour Price:          From $ P.P

Trip Summary

Detailed Itinerary

Dates & Prices

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 Accommodation

Day01

 Chengdu  

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

Day02

  Mt.Emei

Morning visit Giant Panda at Chengdu Base, transferred to visit Leshan Grand Buddha Statue including a river cruise. B, L, D Hongzhushan Hotel

 Day03

Mt.Emei 

Full day flower tour on Mt.Emei to discover Primula Malacoides, Orchid and rhododendron, driven back hotel in the evening. B, L, D Hongzhushan Hotel

 Day04

 Baoxing

Morning visit Emeishan Rare Botanical Garden and Baoguo Temple complex, then drive on backroad to Baoxing, panda's natural habitat. B, L, D Local Hotel

 Day05

 Rilong

Morning excursion to Puji Valley for flower hunting, drive via Fengtong Zhai Nature Reserve to Rilong below the Mt.Four Sisters. B, L, D Local Hotel
    Day06

 Rilong

One day flower tour at the Double Bridge Valley (Shuangqiao Gou). B, L, D Local Hotel
    Day07

 Danba

Drive to Danba, viewing Tibetan Towers at Suopo Village and homestay at Jiaju Tibetan village, peachblossom, pear flowers and wild flowers can be viewed in the villages. B, L, D Village Homestay
    Day08

Xinduqiao

Head out along the Yak River and Sha Chong Valley for flowers, driven to Xinduqiao, visit Lhagong Monastery on the way. B, L, D Local Hotel
    Day09

 Kangding

Drive across Zhedo Pass and explore alpine plants during the course, head for alpine lake Muge Tso Lake for botanic observation. Drive to Kangding for the night. B, L, D Kangding Gesar Hotel
    Day10

Moxi 

Head out up straight the river to Hailuogou, en route explore alpine lakes and primitive forests and meadows at Yajiageng. B, L, D Local Hotel
    Day11

 Moxi

Drive 16km to Yanzi Valley at the East Slope of Minya Konka for wildflowers. B, L, D Local Hotel
    Day12

 Hailuogou

One day leisure tour at Hailuogou Glacier Park. B, L, D Local Hotel
    Day13

 Tiantai Shan

Get over Erlang Shan and traverse along Qingyi River to Tiantai Shan, short stop at Shangli Old Town. B, L, D Local Hotel
    Day14

 Chengdu

Seeing the wild camellia in full blossom on the mountain, driven back Chengdu in the late afternoon. B, L, D Buddha Zen Hotel
    Day15

 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 - Leshan - Mt.Emei (B, L, D)Leshan Grand Buddha,Sichuan,China
You will first of all be transferred to visit Giant Pandas at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Then you will leave for Mt.Emei (Emeishan). 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 check in hotel.


Day03 Mt.Emei (B, L, D)Emei Davidia involucrata,Sichuan
AYou will have a full day botanical tour on Mt.Emei. Mt.Emei boasts over 5,000 known plant species and among which are vascular plants. The number of plant species on Mt.Emei equals the number in entire Europe, 1/10 of China's total and 1/3 of Sichuan Province. There are 31 species plants on Mt.Emei are on the list of state protection and Alsophila spinulosa and Davidia involucrata Baill are under the first-grade state protection. On this mountain 103 endemic plant species are titled "Emei". Emei Mountain preserves the world's most typical subtropical plant species, the most comprehensive subtropical forests, which has great significances on world's plant conservation and thus it is truly a "Kingdom of Plants". You will firstly observe the Highland Rhododendron at Leidong Ping area at an altitude of 2400m. You might also find the Kingdonia uniflora at the roadside. Then you will take a drive to Wannian Temple (Temple of Longevity) area to discover Emei Machilus and probably Camellia omeiensis Chang. You will walk across Money's Eco Zone towards Rare Plants Corridor at Hongchuping and Jiulaodong. The Rare Plants Corridor is a protective area with a length of 22km and the best preserved and most typical primitive wild plant sanctuary on Mt.Emei. Here at the Corridor you can see a large quality of rare plants including Davidia involucrata Baill and Michelia wilsonii Finet & Gagnep. Later of the day you will take a drive back to your hotel.


Day04 Mt.Emei - Baoxing (B, L, D)Emei Michelia wilsonii Finetet Gagnep
This morning you will visit Emeishan Rare Botanical Garden and its nearby Baoguo Temple complex. Then you will drive to mountain areas and altitude will gradually rise up. There are photo opportunities at the mountain valley along the green Qing Yi River. Later of the day you will reach Baoxing, a mountainous town in Giant Panda's natural habitat.

 
Day05 Baoxing - Rilong (B, L, D)Cypripedium tibeticum,Baoxing,Sichuan
This morning you take a drive on a dirt road northwestwards to Puji Valley that is approx.60km away. Upon arrival you will enjoy by the clean streams, winding gorges and beautiful forests with wildflowers and other endemic plants. Flowers here can found such as Cypripedium tibeticum and Primula Dryadifolia etc. In the afternoon you will drive via Fengtong Zhai Nature Reserve to Rilong below the Mt.Four Sisters. Fengtong Zhai is the natural habitat for the Giant Pandas.

 
Day06 Rilong (B, L, D)Lilium davidii Duchartre ex Elwes,Rilong,Sichuan
Standing on the borderline of Xiaojin and Wenchuan in Western China's Sichuan Province, Mt.Four Sisters (Siguniang Shan) offers some of China's most pristine and less visited mountain sceneries. The highest peak of Four Sisters Mountain is the 6,250 meters Yaomei Feng (peak of the youngest sister). Today you will take eco-friendly green bus into the Double Bridge Valley (ShuangQiaoGou) for a day botanic trip. You may find flowers such as Gentiana pseudosquarrosa H. Smith, Lilium davidii Duchartre ex Elwes, Pedicularis streptorhyncha and Pedicularis davidii etc. Highland Rhododendron can also be found today. You will have a picnic lunch today. Later of the day you will be transferred back your hotel.

 
Day07 Rilong - Danba (B, L, D)Flowers in Tibetan Village,Danba,Sichuan
This day is a leisure day. You drive along the Dadu River to Danba, which 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. Peach blossom, pear flowers and a few of other wild flowers such as Potentilla fruticosa Linn can also be viewed in the village.


 
Day08 Danba - Xinduqiao (B, L, D)Primulaceae,Danba,Sichuan
Head out along the Yak River and Sha Chong Valley for flowers. Not a long road out of Danba town you will get to Donggu, make a right on a small trail up to a tiny valley named Sha Chong where you can find a wind range of flowers including Philadelphus, Hydrangea and Syringa sweginzowii Koehne et Lingelsh. After that you will return the main road and head for Xinduqiao. On the way you will visit Lhagang Monastery, 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 Xinduqiao - Kangding (B, L, D)Rhododendra,Mege Tso,Kangding,Sichuan
Xinduqiao is a small town at the junction of the Sichuan - Tibet Highway North Route and South Route. The area from Xinduqiao to Tsedo Mountain is considered to be the "Paradise of Photography" by many Chinese photographers due to its amazing pristine scenery. From Xinduqiao you could view the snowy peak of Minya Konka if weather is fine. You drive on paved road that zigzagging up to Zheduo Pass and as altitude changed, you can see the different alpine plants. Drive to Muge Tso Lake. Muge Tso Lake is also called as the "wild man lake", which is approx. 35km away from Kangding. The lake is noted for its amazing fusion of snowy peaks, alpine lake, hotspring, forests and meadows. The principal interest at Muge Tso Lake will be different species of Rhododendra. Drive to Kangding for the night.


 
Day10 Kangding - Moxi (B, L, D)Iris Linn,Kangding,Sichuan
This morning we drive to explore the east of Minya Konka (Gongga Shan). You will drive straight north through the new town of Kangding up to a paved road leading to the east of the snow mountain Gongga. In the valley we may find Iris Linn and Gentiana rubicunda etc. Going farther we will reach an open valley filled with red rocks scattering around. The altitude in the valley is from 3,500m-4,000m where we can find different Rhododendron and Gentiana primuliflora. Drive to Moxi town and check in hotel outside of Hailuogou Glacier Park.


 
Day11 Moxi (B, L, D)Magnolia wilsonii,Kangding,Sichuan
We will have a day tour to another valley in the east of Minya Konka. The valley is less visited in comparison with the Glacier Park. You can find primitive forests and wired red stone formation in the valley. There are over 200 species of flowers such as Kangding Magnolia, Crotalaria sessiliflora and Campanula etc. Have a picnic lunch that allows us more time for the botanical observations. Driven back hotel in the afternoon.

 
Day12 Hailuogou (B, L, D)Wild Flower,Hailuogou,Sichuan
One day leisure tour at Hailuogou Glacier Park. Located on the eastern side of Gonggar Mountain, 319km southwest of Chengdu and 105km south of Kangding, Hailuogou (Conch Gully) National Glacier Forest Park is the biggest glacier park in China, famous for its low altitude modern glaciers, which are rarely found either in low-latitude places or at low altitude. You will take a tour bus to Camp2 and from where you can take a walking through dense woods to Camp3 to admire the glaciers, ice caves and ice waterfalls etc.

 
Day13 Moxi - Tiantai Shan (B, L, D) Flower in West Sichuan,China
We carry on up to Erlang Shan and enjoy spectacular views in the Dadu River Basin. After crossing the Pass we descend into lush green valley beneath the mountain where offers some botanical observation opportunities. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Tianquan County and keep moving on to Shangli Old Town for a light walking. Later of the day we reach our hotel at Tiantai Shan (mountain).

 
Day14 Tiantai Shan - Chengdu (B, L, D)wild camellia trees,Tiantai Shan,Sichuan
This morning we will study the wild camellia on the mountain. Tiantai Shan offers tens of thousands wild camellia trees some of which are as old as 100 years. Later of the day you will be transferred back Chengdu, and on arrival you can enjoy a hotpot dinner in Chengdu.

 
Day15 Depart Chengdu (B)
Transferred to airport for your departure flight. Trip ends.


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). Botanical trips as stated in the itinerary
06). Daily meals as specified in the itinerary: B denotes breakfast, L denotes lunch, and D denotes dinner (SD signifies special dinner);
07). Services of a local English speaking guide throughout (other languages can be arranged upon request, supplement may apply);
08). Travel Agency Liability Insurance during the tour;
09). 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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