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Sichuan Yunnan Tibet Tour -12 Days

Destination: Sichuan Yunnan Tibet
Duration: Twelve Day
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This route covers the most beautiful scenery in Sichuan, Yunnan and Tibet. Starting from Chengdu, we will traverse the Erlang Mountain, Dadu River and Yalong River to Litang. And then enter into the Daocheng & Yading scenic spot which is usually called as ¡°the last Shangri-la¡±. After visiting Meili Snow Mountain, we drive back to highway 318 to continue our tour to Lhasa. Along the route, you shall have very close contact with snowy mountains, glaciers, forests, waterfalls, ghylls, grasslands and highland lakes, and additionally many animals like wild goat, roe, monkey, deer etc.
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Day 1: Chengdu-280km-Luding-49km-Kangding-80km-Xinduqiao (Overnight in Xinduqiao)
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: About 280 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: Xinduqiao-68km-Yajiang-137km-Litang-148km-Daocheng (Overnight in Daocheng)
Xinduqia A small town located 80km west of Kangding, at the separating point of the North and South Sichuan-Tibet highway, with Ganzi in the northwest and Litang in the west. The town itself is nothing more than a stopover but the area between Mt. Zheduo 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 Village (Overnight in Yading Village)
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: Yading-111km-Daocheng (Overnight in Daocheng)
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: Daocheng-112km-Xiangcheng-251km-Benzilan (Overnight in Benzilan)
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: Benzilan-113km-Feilaisi (Overnight in Feilaisi)
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. The Mingyong Village which is at the foot of Meili Snow Mountain is the main area to view "three river float together" which is an important place of interest in China. In the village, there is strong Tibetan folk and simple folkway.

Day 7: Feilaisi-212km-Mangkang-156km-Zuogong (Overnight in Zuogong)
Yanjin: It is a bright pearl on Ancient Tea-Horse Road. It is famous because it is rich of well salt, and it is famous especial for its unique ancient salt-making method, Tibetan Catholicism halls, Naxi nation and the many local beautiful legends. Since thousands of years ago, many literators praised it and loved it, which becomes a brighting point of east Tibet traveling. Yanjin includes up Yanjin and down Yanjin and only a channel separates them, but religious cultures between the both sides are very different. People in up Yanjin believes Catholicism and down Yanjin Tibetan Buddhism. There two live together peacefully in Yanjin, even family members believe different religions, the other life is the same.
Mangkang: the first county getting into Tibet and with an altitude of 3780 meters, is famous in the world for its plentiful folk songs, dances and Tibetan drama and it is rich of apples. It is originated from Jinshajiang River, Lanchangjiang River and Nujiang River of the Tanggula Cordillera in Qingzang Altiplano, these rivers float parallelly and form the so-called "two walls with three rivers", and there are many mountains and valleys, the terrain is very sophisticated.

Day 8: Zuogong-107km-Bangda-94km-Basu-90km-Ranwu (Overnight in Ranwu)
Staring from Zuogong, and drive to Bangda, the intersection of national highway 317 and 318, and across Mt. Nujiang, 4839 meters above the sea level and famous for its ¡°99 hairpin bends¡±. After passing Basu, we arrive at Ranwu.
Ranwu Lake: 3,800 meters above the sea level, has a water area of 22 square kilometers. It is surrounded by many scenic highlights, e.g. the Gangrigabu Snow Mountain in the southwest, the Azhagongla Glacier in the south and the Bosula Peak in the northeast. The melted snow and ice supply the lake with sufficient water and are also the source of many rivers such as Yaluzhangbu. The green grassland around the lake, the sky-blue lake water and the white snow mountains constitute a very pretty watercolor.

Day 9: Ranwu-130kn-Bomi-38km-Guxiang (Overnight in Guxiang)
Midui Glacier: It is formed from the convergence of two world class ice waterfalls, sandwiching a stretch of lush green virgin forest. It looks as if Nature's hand itself had taken up a brush to paint a splashed-ink landscape. Glistening, soul-stirring ice cliffs are everywhere at the head of the glacier; at its leading edge extends into sub-tropical evergreen broadleaf forests. The glacier descends through four distinctly different seasons of scenery. Here snowy mountains, glaciers, forests, lakes, villages and temples co-exist in harmony, creating a sequence of unique vistas: the worlds of atmosphere, of ice and snow, of rocks, of water, and of living creatures.
Zhamu town: a small town of Bomi county and surrounded by snowy mountains and virgin forests. It is only 1100 meters above the sea level and the scenery over there is as pretty as Switzerland.

Day 10: One-day tour in Guxiang (Overnight in Guxiang)
Bomi: A piece of fabulous land blessed with pretty landscape, abundant natural resources, long history and hospitable residents, is opening her arms to welcome guests from afar. Here is a paradise for all, to name just a few: tourists, holiday goers, photographers, artists and biologists.
Gangxiang Nature Reserve: The 4,600 hectare Bomi Gangxiang Nature Reserve is situated at the southern bank of the Palongzhangbu River, 22 km west of Bomi and 2,700 meters above the sea level. It boasts plenty of high mountains and primitive forests which are dominated by precious spruces and Hua Mountain Pines. The number of spruces in the Reserve is four to five times as many as that of the forest in northeast China and three to four times as that of North America and West Europe.

Day 11: Guxiang-60km-Tongmai-68km-Lulang-80km-Bayi (Overnight in Bayi)
Bomi-Tongmai-Linzhi is a particularly dangerous section of the Sichuan-Tibet Highway. Mud flows often happen at the section of 15km from Tongmai to Pailong in rainy season. It is a real natural barrier full of landslides, cave-in and other disasters. After passing Pailong and Lulang forests, we shall cross Mt. Sejila, which is famous for the endless azalea sea in spring and summer and also the best place to overlook the Nanjiabawa Peak. On the way to Linzhi, you shall enjoy the ¡°king of cypress tree¡± on both sides of the road.
Mt. Nanjiabawa: Mt. Nanjiabawa elevation 7,782 meters, ranked high in the ranks of the world highest peak of 15, but it's in front of all 14 mountains over 8,000 meters above sea level peaks, Nanjiabawa is 7,000 meters in the high-level summit. It is full of wonderful legends, because of its soaring peak, the local gods of the sky Legend has it often fell on their gatherings and Wei Sang, high-altitude winds caused the Qiyun is God who ignited the Sandinista tobacco, is said to There are Jingu Peak Road and Ten, living in the valley of the people of this region of steep mountains are dangerous in a very respected and revered. Nanjiabawa peak was elected the best of the most beautiful peaks of China by China National Geographic Magazine in year 2005.

Day 12: Bayi-119km-Gongbujiangda-274km-Lhasa (Overnight in Lhasa)
Niyang River: 307.5 km long, is the largest one of Yaluzhangbu among its five tributes, originates from the Cuomuliangla, west of the Mila Mountain. The river flows eastwards and joins Yaluzhangbu in Cemeng, Nyingchi. The river is the sad tear of the holy mountain as the legend says. Viewed as the mother river of the people in Gongbu, its water is crystal clean owing to the well-preserved vegetation in the river reaches.
Basongcuo Lake: 12,000 meters long and several hundred meters wide. Basongcuo (also called Cuogao Lake, which means ¡°green water¡± in Tibetan) shapes like a huge crescent set in the Grand Canyon. Birds like the yellow ducks and white cranes flock here for the numerous fish in the lake. The reflection of white snow mountain on the crystal like the flowers, butterflies on the bank and wide animals in the woods make it a real paradise for all creatures. Different from other holy lakes in Tibet, Basongcuo is surrounded by dense green primitive forest. As its name implies, the lake is as green and clear as pure jade in which the swimming fish can be easily seen. The green peaks around the lake are permanently frozen and their reflection on the lake surface constitutes a very pretty watercolor. What matters most is that here is still isolated and free from the disturbance of the outside world.
The Gandan Monastery: It is a Tibetan-style monastery in the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar that has been restored and revitalized since 1990. The Tibetan name translates to the "Great Place of Complete Joy." It currently has over 150 monks in residence. It features a 26.5-meter-high statue of Migjid Janraisig, a Buddhist bodhisattva also known as Avalokitesvara. It came under state protection in 1994.


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