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Sichuan to Yunnan Overland Adventure

Chengdu, Hailuogou, Kangding, Yajiang, Riwa, Diqing, Zhongdian, Lijiang, Dali, Kunming
Giant Panda Breeding Centre, Yading Nature Reserve, Meili Snow Mountain, Suntseling Monastery, Stone
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Day 1 Arrival in Chengdu 

Arrive in Chengdu, which is called “the Land of Abundance?You will meet your guide at airport. And then we will visit Wide and Narrow Folk Alley. It’s used to be home to officials in the Ming and Qing Dynasties and among the city’s cultural heritage sites still intact today.


Day 2 Chengdu Tour

Visit The Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Centre in the morning, which is one of the important centers in China for the captive conservation of giant pandas. After lunch, we drive 40km to visit Sanxindui Museum. It is situated in the northeastern part of the state-protected Sanxindui ruin by the bank of the Yazi Rive. Two large sacrificial pits were found in 1986 boast the most important archaeological finds on the Sanxindui Ruins for the past half century. The exposure of a large number of spectacular relics created a great sensation, making the Sanxindui site well known to the world.


Day 3 Chengdu - Hailuogou

After breakfast, we will drive to Hailuogou Valley, which lies at the foot of Gongga Mountain are world-famous for the modern glacier in low altitude (the glaciers in the world mostly lay in the region of high altitude).

The sparkling modern glacier rushes down from the high and steep valley, spraying millions of water blooms, changing the quite valley into a pure water palace. Ice holes and ice Bridge make people feel like entering into a Crystal Palace.


Day 4 Hailuogou - Kangding

Drive to No.3 Base Camp, walk through the virgin forest, and get to the Gongga Glacier. Then drive from Luding to Kangding, You will arrive at Kangding - the capital city of Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in the afternoon. Upon arrive visit Anjue Monastery, experience the mysterious Tibetan Buddhism.


Day 5 Kangding - Xinduqiao - Yajiang

Depart Kangding after breakfast, we will cross the Mt. Zheduo at an elevation of 4200m, visit the Xinduqiao which famed for the scenery, and pass the Mt. Gaoershi, arrive Yajiang in the afternoon. Approximately 6 hours drive with 150km tarred road, overnight in Yajiang.


Day 6 Yajiang - Litang - Daocheng - Riwa 

Drive to Daocheng after breakfast, cross the Mt. Jianziwan, Mt. Kaizila and Litang, Daocheng grassland, see the famous Mt. Haizi. In this route, we see the spectacular Sichuan-Tibet Highway, Snow Mountain, plateau glacier and grassland. There is approximately 6-7 hours drive for the Yajiang to Daocheng 300km road, besides the 40km gravel road of Litang - Daocheng, the rest is all tarred. Daocheng to Riwa (Shangrila) village, although 80km gravel road, however the roadbed is perfect, it drives approximately 1.5 hours. Overnight in local Tibetan style guesthouse, 2-4 people a room not air-conditioned and independent water closet equipped.


Day 7 Riwa

After breakfast, we will drive to the portal of Yading Nature Reserve, horse-riding to Chonggu Temple, see the scenery of Chonggu Temple and holy peak Xiannairi, and continued ride to Luorong Pasture, see the another holy peak Yangmaiyong, Xiannairi and Luorong Pasture, back the Yading village, then drive back to Riwa.


Day 8 Riwa - Xiangcheng - Derong

After a round tour through Riwa, the about 370 km long drive leads to Derong, passing Daocheng, Sangdui and Xiangcheng. In Sangdui, you will visit the Pengbo Monastery of the white religious group of the Tibetan Buddhism (Kagyupa), which is located at a lake amidst the treeless steppe. On the way to Xiangcheng, you will visit another Tibetan Village and get to know the lives there. Xiangcheng (2,836 m above sea level) is a small village with whitewashed Tibetan houses, which look like small fortresses and are spread between the fields in the valley.


Day 9 Derong - Deqing

Derong is a Tibetan word, which means kloof. This term refers to the deep canyon, which ranges in North-South direction, and in which a tributary stream of the Yangtze flows. This section of the Yangtze is called Jingsha (Golden Sand) River. On the further run, the road turns into the Valley of the Yangtze, which will leave at the border of the Yunnan province.

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. 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.

Visitors are treated to spectacular view from all vantage points. The continuous mountain ridges feature snowy peaks and the sun throws golden lights on the low-floating clouds which form various extraordinary shapes, affording yet another splendid view! But mostly, the mountain presents itself as mystery when dense fog and clouds made it a gleaming sight to see and you could hardly resist the temptation to unveil it. You can have a panoramical view of the thirteen towering peaks from the Feilai Temple.



Day 10 Deqing - Zhongdian

Today we will drive to Zhongdian. It is the capital of the autonomous Tibetan area Deqing, is the Shangri La County of the novel “Lost Horizon?Zhongdian, which is also called as Gyltang, with altitude of 3300m, once we arrive in this bright town of highland, we are going to visit the Suntseling Monastery - The largest Tibetan Buddhist complex in Zhongdian prefecture, and currently there are 700 monk, it has appearance of a small monastic town, and was originally constructed during the 17th century at advice of Dalai Lama V.


Day 11 Zhongdian - Lijiang

On the way to Lijiang, we are going to stop at the Tiger Leaping Gorge, and then onward to Lijiang, which is the center of the Naxi people, a relatively small minority group with a rich culture. Old Lijiang is an intimate mountain town of stone and tile, laced with swift canals and who has been put recently on the list of the world monument protected by UNESCO.


Day 12 Lijiang

In the morning we'll visit Shuhe Old Town, which is the relic of the Tea-Horse Trading Caravan from bank of Mekong River to India via Tibet. We will walk from Long Quan (Drangon Spring) in Shuhe Old Town to Baisha Village, we will visit the the Naxi family and Baisha Muralin Baisha village. After lunch drive back to Lijiang Old Town and visit the Wangu Pagoda on the top of the Lion Hill, here you will have a wonderful panoramic view of Lijiang Old Town. We will walk down from the Lion Hill to Mu Emperor’s Palace which is the local chieftain’s former residence.


Day 13 Lijiang - Dali

In the morning, we will drive to Dali. On the way, we will visit Xizhou Bai People’s Village. After check in, we will visit Dali Old Town.


Day 14 Dali

In the morning we will take cruise to visit Erhai Lake.

After lunch, we will visit Mt. Cangshan and Three Pogada.


Day 15 Dali - Kunming

After breakfast we will drive to Kunming and visit Stone Forest, which is known as “First Wonder of the World" Walking through it, you marvel at the natural stone masterpieces and are bewitched by the intricate formations.


Day 16 Departure

Transfer to airport for your next stop.