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9 Days Private Tour Chengdu – Dujiangyan – Panda in Wolong – Siguniang Shan Town – Danba – Bamei – Tagong – Xinduqiao – Yajiang – Litang – Yajiang – Kangding – Luding – Yaan – Shangli - Dayi - Chengdu
On this trip, we will enjoy the leisure life in Chengdu firstly. Then we will departure to Tibetan Area Kham in west Sichuan, visiting the irrigation project in Dujiangyan and pandas in Wolong - the first panda reserve in China. Cross over Balang Mountain, visit Siguniang Mountain, and enter the most beautiful village in China – the Jiaju Tibetan Village in Danba, where Jiarong Tibetans live. Afterwards go to Tagong, which is “the Buddha's favorite place” and is also reputed as “Little Lhasa”. Following Khampa Tibetan, we turn the prayer wheel of Tagong Monastery and listen to their sounds of reading in the Gyergo Nunnery. Walk onto the hillside by the Muya Golden Pagoda and wait for the sunrise and sunset of Holy Mountain Yala. Afterwards drive to Litang which is known as "world highland city" with an altitude of 4014 m above sea level. Litang is the homeland of 7th Dalai Lama, and it has always been the cultural center of Kham.

In late July or early August, a grand horse racing festival will be held in Litang. Khampa Tibetans from all over the Tibetan Plateau come to ride, trade, celebrate, dance and sing. Let us immerse ourselves in it too!

On the way back to Chengdu, we will visit Luding Iron Chain Bridge where the Chinese Red Army combated during the Long March.
Highlights
Discovery Travel of Litang Horse Racing Festival 2021
DAY
1

27.07.2021 Arrive in Chengdu

Enjoy Chengdu leisurely daily life, Kuanzai Xiangzi, drink tea in People’s Park

In the morning arrival in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, home town of giant panda. Picked up by the local guide at airport and transfer to hotel. In the afternoon stroll in the beautiful old block of Chengdu - Wide Alley and Narrow Alley (Kuan Xiangzi and Zhai Xiangzi), they are the relics of the Manchurian garrison since 1718 and consist of 3 parallel lanes with the old classical houses, which are unique in southern China just like the northern Chinese architectural style presented by Hutong. After a careful renovation in June 2008, the pubs, teahouses, restaurants and guesthouses concentrate here, and in no time at all, it becomes the "lobby of leisure capital Chengdu". A walk here gives you a first impression of the "city of loafers". Then visit the People’s Park in the city center, have a seat in an old teahouse, enjoy your covered-bowl tea in a comfortable environment with bamboo chair and bamboo table, the tea culture of Chengdu is well known throughout China.

Overnight at 4*Xinliang Hotel
Teahouse in Renmin Park
Teahouse in Renmin Park
Photo by Liu Bin
DAY
2

28.07.2021 Chengdu - Dujiangyang - Wolong - Siguniang Shan Town

Dujiangyan Irrigation System, Wolong National Nature Reserve, Shenshuping Panda Base, Sunset of Mt. Siguniangshan

In the morning drive to Dujiangyan to visit the Irrigation System, which was built around 250 BC by Li Bin, a governor of Shu Prefecture in Qin State. The great project still works well today after more than two thousand year’s function, which not only puts an end of the water disaster to the local people but also makes Chengdu Plain “the land of abundance”. While visiting the water conservation work, you may find that the methods of harnessing the river the ancient people used are so simple but useful. In 2000, Dujiangyan became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After that drive to Wolong National Nature Reserve. 52 km long from east to west and 62 km wide from south to north, the whole area is 200,000 hm². It is one of the China earliest natural reverses, which is rated the preservation zones network of “mankind and living beings” by the Organization of Education, Science and Culture of United Nations (UNESCO). The virgin forest, second bush forest and bamboo groves are very green. There are over 4,000 kinds of high-level plants, 24 kinds of them are valuable plants, such as Gongtong (Chinese dove tree), red China fir, Lianxiang and so on. There are more than 450 kinds of vertebras, 45 kinds of them are rated national focal preserved animals, such as giant panda, golden monkeys, antelopes, white-mouth deer etc. The natural beautiful scene is quiet and secluded. Visit Shenshuping Panda Base in Wolong, about 50 pandas live here, it is the largest breeding center for giant pandas, integrating scientific research, feeding, breeding, reproduction, wildness training, etc. Then drive to Siguniang Shan Town (former Rilong) through the Balang Tunnel, if the weather is good, enjoy the beautiful landscape of sunset of Siguniang Shan Mountain at the Maobiliang.

221 km
4 hours 10 minutes
Overnight at Yunshang Hotel
Breakfast
Panda in Wolong
Panda in Wolong
Photo by Liu Bin
DAY
3

29.07.2021 Siguniang Shan Town – Danba

Sunrise of Mt. Siguniang, Shuangqiao Valley, Wori Tusi Manor, Tibetan village Jiaju

If the weather is good, you’ll get early to enjoy the great panoramic view of Mt. Siguniang (Four Sisters Mountain) at Maobiliang at sunrise. And then visit and walking in the Shuangqiao Valley in the Siguniang Mountain. Afterwards drive to visit Wori Tusi Manor, the former official residence of the local Tusi, a kind of imperial kingship leader. After that drive to visit Tibetan village Jiaju, the most beautiful village of China. In Danba, the local people are called Jiarong (Gyarong) Tibetans. Walking and visit in the Jiaju village. More than one hundred buildings keep the same architectural style with a complete and unique character of Jiarong Tibetan residences. Under the blue sky, the Tibetan residences decorated in red, white and black are strewed at random but also in school from the bottom to the middle slope of the valley.

110 km
2 hours 26 minutes
Overnight at Mantuoluo Hotel
Breakfast
Jiaju Village near Danba
Jiaju Village near Danba
Photo by Min Ke
DAY
4

30.07.2021 Danba - Bamei – Tagong

Block towers in Suopo, Huiyuan Temple, Lhagang Monastery, Gyergo Nunnery and the grand mani wall of Hepingfahui, sunset of Yala Mountain

Danba has long been acclaimed as the Kingdom of Thousands of Ancient Blockhouses. In the morning visit the ancient block towers in Suopo. They were made of clay and block and look fine from outside with solid thick walls. Then drive to Bamei, on the way visit the Huiyuan Temple and the beautiful villages. Upon arrival at Tagong, visit the Lhagang Monastery (Tagong Si) of Sayka Sect, which is surrounded by three hills symbolizing three Bodhisattvas. Then visit the impressive Gyergo Nunnery and the grand mani wall of Hepingfahui. If the weather is good, enjoy the beautiful landscape of sunset of Yala Mountain.

117 km
2 hours 43 minutes
Overnight at Duwang Hotel
Breakfast
Gyergo Nunnery in Tagong
Gyergo Nunnery in Tagong
Photo by Liu Bin
DAY
5

31.07.2021 Tagong - Xinduqiao – Yajiang - Litang

Sunset of Yala Mountain, Litang Si monastery

If the weather is good, enjoy the beautiful landscape of sunset of Yala Mountain. You’ll drive on the zigzag road up to the mountain chain of Hengduanshan (Mt. Blocks), which extends from the north to the south. Short photo break at Xinduqiao, the “Paradise of Photographers”, a small town on the road juncture where the northern route of Sichuan-Tibet Highway (Chengdu - Lhasa) and the southern route of Sichuan-Tibet Highway (Chengdu - Lhasa) meet. When the weather is good, you can see the main peak of Gongga Mountain (7556 m, Minya Konka, “the King Peak of Sichuan”) from Xinduqiao. Keep driving southwards to Yajiang and enter the Yalong river ravine. In the afternoon arrival in the “world highland city" Litang (4014 m) which is the homeland 7th Dalai Lama. Upon arrival, visit Changqingchunke'er Monastery (also admits as Litang Si monastery) in the western suburb. The Litang Monastery, developed by the 3.th Dalai Lama in the year 1580, today, became the largest monastery of the Gelukpa Sect in south Kham.

225 km
4 hours 4 minutes
Overnight at Snow Land Love Song Hotel
Breakfast
Litang
Litang
Photo by Liu Bin
DAY
6

01.08.2021 Litang

Litang Horse Racing Festival (Nomads Festival)

The whole day take part in the Litang Horse Racing Festival, which will be held on the first of August and lasts about 7 days. Currently the traditional festival has further developed. Besides the traditional horseracing, other activities like horsemanship, singing, dancing, national costume show, etc. have become part of the grand festival. Large-scale material exchange also takes place during the festival.

Overnight at Snow Land Love Song Hotel
Breakfast
Litang Horse Racing Festival
Litang Horse Racing Festival
Photo by Liu Bin
DAY
7

02.08.2021 Litang – Yajiang

Litang Horse Racing Festival (Nomads Festival)

Take part in the Litang Horse Racing Festival. Late in the afternoon drive to Yajiang.

135km
2 hours 32 minutes
Overnight at 3*Yidu Hotel
Breakfast
Litang Horse Racing Festival
Litang Horse Racing Festival
Photo by Liu Bin
DAY
8

03.08.2021 Yajiang - Kangding - Luding – Yaan

Sunset of Yala Mountain, Zheduo Shan Pass (4298 m), Luding Bridge

Cross over Zheduo Shan Pass (4298 m) to Kangding, the capital of Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture and the important juncture of Tibetan and Han People in history. Keep driving to Luding and crossing through the 4.1 km long tunnel of Mt. Erlang Shan to Yaan, the famous rainy city. In Luding visit the Luding Chain Bridge (Iron Chain Bridge) on the Dadu River, which is a treasure of Chinese ancient architecture. The bridge was built in the 44th year of Kangxi in the Qing Dynasty (1705) in order to enhance the connection with Tibetan culture. On May 29th, 1935, the Chinese Red Army reached Luding Bridge during the Long March. Facing a hail of bullets, the Chinese Red Army, with 22 warriors as the pioneers of the commando, destroyed the bridge’s guards in one fell swoop, which is an important historical monument of the Communist Party of China.

298 km
5 hours 56 minutes
Overnight at 4*Holiday Inn Express Ya'an City Center
Breakfast
Luding Bridge
Luding Bridge
DAY
9

04.08.2021 Yaan – Dayi - Chengdu

Shangli Ancient Town. Travel to next destination

In the morning visit the Shangli Ancient Town. Old Town Shangli is called an “Ink and Wash Landscape” painting. Situated in the Western Sichuan Basin, the town was once the important post on the Silk Road of the South and the Ancient Tea-Horse Trail in history. In the afternoon drive via Dayi back to Chengdu, transfer to airport or railway station, leave Chengdu.

178 km
2 hours 59 minutes
Breakfast
Shangli Old Town
Shangli Old Town
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We must point out that you counter a basic tourism infrastructure in this region. You stay overnight mostly at simple hotel/guesthouse. Long journeys on bad roads and on high altitude and delays require good physical fitness, resilience and flexibility of the participants. Program and route changes due to unforeseen events are expressly reserved. If you desire the unknown and have an understanding of contingency, this is the right trip for you.
More Impressions
Panda in Wolong | Photo by Liu Bin
Siguniang Shan Mountain | Photo by Liu Bin
Siguniang Shan Mountain | Photo by Min Zhao
Jiaju Village near Danba | Photo by Liu Bin
Sunset of Yala Mountain | Photo by Liu Bin
Tagong Monastery | Photo by Liu Bin
Prayer Wheels of Tagong Monastery | Photo by Liu Bin
Grand Mani Wall Tagong | Photo by Liu Bin
Gyergo Nunnery Tagong | Photo by Liu Bin
Tagong Monastery | Photo by Liu Bin
View of Gongga Mountain from Xinduqiao | Photo by Liu Bin
Litang Monastery | Photo by Liu Bin
Litang Horse Racing Festival | Photo by Liu Bin
Litang Horse Racing Festival | Photo by Liu Bin
Litang Horse Racing Festival | Photo by Liu Bin
Litang Horse Racing Festival | Photo by Liu Bin
Litang Horse Racing Festival | Photo by Liu Bin
Litang Horse Racing Festival | Photo by Liu Bin
Litang Horse Racing Festival | Photo by Liu Bin
Litang Horse Racing Festival | Photo by Liu Bin
Litang Horse Racing Festival | Photo by Liu Bin
Litang Horse Racing Festival | Photo by Liu Bin
Litang Horse Racing Festival | Photo by Liu Bin
Litang Horse Racing Festival | Photo by Liu Bin