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Chengdu Yading Shangrila Lijiang Tour - 9 Days

Destination: Yunnan Sichuan
Duration: Nine Day
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Day1 : Chengdu-280km-Luding-49km-Kangding
Luding Bridge: Luding Bridge is a bridge over the Dadu River in Luding County, Garz¨º Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan, China, located about 80 kilometers west of the city of Ya'an. The bridge dates from the Qing Dynasty and is considered a historical landmark. In 1935, during the Long March, soldiers of the Fourth Regiment of the Chinese Workers and Peasants' Army secured the bridge as a river crossing vital to the Red Army.
Kangding: It is located about 250 km west of Chengdu and is both an ethnically Tibetan and Han Chinese township located in the historical Tibetan region of Kham. A raging river splits the city, thus the constant sound of water emanates throughout much of the city. The city features a sizable city square where young and old alike gather in the early hours of the morning to do Tai Chi, play badminton, etc. A monastery sits on the mountains overlooking the city, and is accessible by cable car. As of October 2006 a stone amphitheatre is under construction at the upper monastery. The famous folk song "Kangding Qingge" enjoys popularity throughout China. Kangding contains some Buddhist monasteries of note, including Nanwu Si Monastery, Anque Monastery and Jinggang Monastery.

Day 2: Kangding-75km-Xinduqiao-217km-Litang-148km-Daocheng
Xinduqia A small town located 437km west to Chengdu and 83km west of Kangding, at the separating point of the North and South Sichuan-Tibet highway, with Ganze in the northwest and Litang in the west. The town itself is nothing more than a stopover but the area between Zheduoshan and Xinduqiao features plateau pasture scenery of rolling chain of mountains, river valleys dotted with poplars, grassland, and Tibetan villages. It's renowned as "the paradise of photographers", offering seasonal stunning views, especially in the autumn.
Changqingchun Keer Monastery:  Changqingchun Keer monastery, founded in 1580 at the behest of the Third Dalai Lama and one of the largest Gelugpa monasteries in China, is today somewhat dilapidated but still populated by over a thousand monks. From the Gesar statue, walk uphill to the intersection, turn left, and follow the road. At the entrance is a large stupa and pile of brightly-painted mani stones left by pilgrims for good luck, whose inscriptions have been carved to resemble yaks. The upper of Changqingchun Keer monastery is the more interesting and older of the two, its portico flanked by aggressively postured statues of guardians of the four directions, along with a typical, finely executed mural of a three-eyed demon wearing tiger skins and skulls, holding the wheel of transmigration. Inside are statues of Tsongkhapa and the Third Dalai Lama, along with photos of the current Dalai Lama and tenth Panchen Lama. Side gates in the wall allow you to hike up onto the hills behind the monastery, sharing the flower-filled pasture with yaks, or join pilgrims circuiting the walls to the sky burial ground to the right of the main gates.

Day 3: Daocheng-77km-Riwa- 34km-Yading
Yading is renowned for the 3 holy peaks, which were blessed in the 8th century by Buddha Padmasambhava of projecting his divine light onto the range and naming the 3 elevations after 3 bodhisattvas. The south peak Jambeyang (or Jampelyang, Yangmaiyong) of 5,958m is the avatar of Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Wisdom. The east peak Chanadorje (or Xianuoduoji) of the same height represents Vajrapani , the Bodhisattva of Wrath. The north peak, Chenresig (or Chenrezig, Xiannairi) of 6,032m, the highest of the trio, symbolizes Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Mercy.
Chonggu Monastery: 3880M. A small monastery built in Yuan Dynasty, more than 700 years ago, offers a spectacular view of Chenresig's north face. The Chonggu Lodge is operated by the monks from the monastery.
Pearl Lake: 4000M. It is hidden in the beautiful upper valley of Chenresig's north face, accessed by an easy 45-minute walk from Chonggu Lodge.

Day 4: One-day tour in Yading
Luorong Pasture: 4180M. A paved trail leads to Luorong Pasture, 12 km from the entrance, an easy three-hour trek. The difference in height is less than 300 meters. Luorong Pasture is situated in an enchanting valley between the east face of Chenresig and the west face of Chanadorje. Jampelyang, 'a truncated pyramid' claimed by Joseph Rock, rises almost 2000 meters at the upper end of the valley. It is the first place in the reserve where three sacred peaks can be seen.
Milk Lake: 4400M. A glacier-fed lake. Glacier running off from Jampelyang gives the water its striking bright green color. The best view can be gained if you follow the main trail along the north shore of the lake and climb up to the col in the west.
Five-color Lake: 4800M. It lies beneath the sheer precipice walls of Chenresig's stunning south face. The lake changes its color amazingly from green, bright blue to deep ocean blue upon light conditions. 

Day 5: Riwa-77km-Daocheng-112km-Xiangcheng
Xiangcheng: It is in Sichuan province in south-west China and also belongs to the ancient Tibetan province of Kham. Being a necessary overnight-stop on the 'Backdoor'-route to Yunnan, the town is a pleasant place to linger or to serve as starting point for excursions into the surrounding mountain areas. Coming over the mountain passes from either direction, you will at once spot the beautiful villages scattered amongst wheat-field-paddies in the valley ground. The large, cubicle houses look like little castles and their white-chalked exterior walls give the whole valley a north-African air. Xiangcheng itself consists of an old village paired with a modern Chinese downtown. 

Day 6: Xiangcheng-162km-Derong-192km-Deqin
Meili Snow Mountain:  Meili Snow Mountain, also known as Prince Snow Mountain, is located 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) northeast of Deqin County of Yunnan Province. The mountain sits on the border of Yunnan Province and Tibet, where the three famous rivers, namely the Jinsha, Mekong (Nu) and Salwen (Lancang) flow. Known for the grandest view in Yunnan Province, Meili Snow Mountain boasts numerous snow-clad ridges and peaks, thirteen of which exceed 6,000 meters (19.685 feet) above the sea level. The most splendid view is of the Kawagebo Peak, the highest in Yunnan Province rising about 6,740 meters (22,112.86 feet). It is still a 'virgin peak' for no one has ever reached the top. Thus, Meili Snow Mountain is a challenge for all mountain explorers from home and abroad. 

Day 7: Deqin-189km-Shangri La
Lake Napa: Lake Napa Wetlands, or Lake Napa Nature Reserve, lying in the valley of a high mountain plateau situated about 3270 m above sea level and covering 660 sq km, is located about 400 km northwest, as the crow flies, of the capital, Kunming, and about 100 km northwest, also as the crow flies, of the city of Lijiang, near the village of Zhongdian (aka Shangri La), in Yunnan Province's northwestern corner. Lake Napa is a so-called Ramsar site under the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Lake Napa is surrounded to the east, west and north by tall mountains which, during winter and spring, are covered in snow.
Gedan Songzanlin Monastery: also called Guihua Monastery, is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan province, as well as one of the 13 large lamaseries in the Kangzang region (the joint area of Tibet, Sichuan and Yunnan). The monastery is 5km from the seat of Zhongdian County. Construction began in 1679 and was completed in 1681. It is said that the Fifth Dalai Lama chose the site of the monastery through divination and named it "Gedan Songzanlin Monastery". In 1724, during the reign of Emperor Yongzheng in the Qing Dynasty, the monastery was renamed the "Guihua Monastery". During its time of greatest prosperity, there were more than 3,000 monks in the temple. Built along the mountains with a magnificent facade, the present monastery is a faithful imitation of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. Covering an area of 33.35 hectares, the monastery has solid walls and five gates. Two main lamaseries, Zhacang and Jikang, command the highest position in the architectural complex. Also listed among the 13 large lamaseries in Kangzang region, they are both Tibetan-style watchtowers and are surrounded by eight sub-lamaseries and the dormitories or the lamas.

Day 8: Shangri-La -90km-Hutiaoxia-85km-Lijiang
Hutiaoxia: Hutiaoxia (Tiger Leaping Gorge) is a canyon on the upper reach of the Yangtze River, which part is usually called Jinsha River (Golden Sand River). The gorge is located where the river passes between 5,596-meter-high Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and 5,396-meter-high Haba Snow Mountain in a series of rapids under lofty 2000-metee-deep cliffs. Legend says a tiger could jump across the river at the narrowest point (still 25 meters wide), hence the name. Tiger Leaping Gorge offers a pleasant walk through spectacular scenery, easily accessible from Lijiang. The gorge stretches 18 km, consists of 3 sections: upper, middle and lower. The hiking trail extends 25 km in total

Day 9: Lijiang
Lijiang Old Town: Lijiang, in south China's Yunnan Province, is the only Chinese city listed on UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage list. With a history of 1,300 years, it is generally referred to as the Old Town of Lijiang, home to the ancient Dongba culture and a major scenic area in China. Lijiang is heavily populated by people of Naxi nationality. It is the county seat of the Naxi Autonomous County. It is situated on a plateau at an elevation of 2,600m and is impressive because of its scenery and lush vegetation. With the Jade Dragon Mountain as backdrop, the old town has adapted itself harmoniously to the natural scenery. The architecture is especially noteworthy for the blending of elements from several cultures that have come together over many centuries. Lijiang maintains an ancient water-supply system of great complexity and ingenuity that is still functioning effectively.
Sifang Street: It is the heart of the town which once served as the most important hub on the Ancient Tea Caravan. Since the Ming Dynasty, merchants have come over from all over the places, bringing with them the different cultures at same time. The street has also been the centre of cultural an economic exchanges in Lijiang for several hundred years. Sifang Street lies at the core of Lijiang, with the entire city spreading out in all directions from that point. Most of the dwellings are structures made of brick and wood with carved doors and painted windows. In order to conserve the structures and maintain the integrity of the buildings, no motorized transport is allowed inside the city and the only wheeled vehicles permitted within the old town are bicycles and carts.
Shuhe Ancient Town: Shuhe is in the protected list as "the world culture heritage site" in the Old Town of Lijiang. Shuhe is also one of the first settlements of Naxi ancestors. Suhe is not only a very important town in the Tea-horse Road that leads to Tibet, but also a famous cobbler town. The cobblers here are as skillful as those in Italy. The leather products that they make are the best seller in Tea-horse Road. Because of trading activities along this road, the Naxi people gradually gave up the nomadic life and settled for farming and later started to do business. Shuhe was built along the mountainside and faces the river. There are two rivers on each side of it that go through the whole, village. Channels were dug so that the water would pass by each house. Rivers, channels and roads make a dense web and link the town in a tight structure just like a honeycomb.

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