Tracing the Course of the Yangtze River

Tracing the Course of the Yangtze River

The unique feature of this itinerary is the opportunity to travel through the high plateau of ‘Shangrila’ in Western Sichuan, where the people and culture are principally Tibetan. The driving is not easy, accommodation is basic and the altitude is often around 5000m, there is little choice or variety as far as food is concerned – which is mostly Tibetan style.

Our clients made their own way to Dali, but there are flights from Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong via Kunming.

Another option would be to visit Lugu Lake – which is famous for its matriarchal community, before continuing to Zhongdian.

Day 1

Travel by road from Dali to Lijiang (about 4 hours). Stay for two nights at Grand Hotel (3 star). Visit the old town of Lijiang. Lunch en route. Dinner – own arrangement. L

Day 2

Visit the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain including cable car ride to the Yak Meadow view point and the Jade Summit Temple. Visit Baisha Fresco and Longquan Village. Lunch en route and dinner – own arrangement. BLD

Day 3

Visit the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain including cable car ride to the Yak Meadow view point and the Jade Summit Temple. Visit Baisha Fresco and Longquan Village. Lunch en route and dinner – own arrangement. BLD

Day 4

Depart Zhongdian for Xiangcheng (about 6-7 hours’ drive). View the Snowy Mountains and Xiangbala Valley on the way. Stay overnight at Bamushan Hotel ( 3 star) at Xiangcheng. BLD

Day 5

Travel from Xiangcheng to Daocheng – Shangrila (about 4 hrs). Visit and enjoy the unique mountain and lake scenery. Continue the drive to Yading (about 2-3 hrs). Overnight in local 2-star hotel. BLD

Day 6

Travel from Xiangcheng to Daocheng – Shangrila (about 4 hrs). Visit and enjoy the unique mountain and lake scenery. Continue the drive to Yading (about 2-3 hrs). Overnight in local 2-star hotel. BLD

Day 7

Travel from Yading to Daocheng, visiting Gongling Temple, waterfalls and Hot Springs on the way. Overnight in Yading Hotel (3 star). BLD

Day 8

Depart Daocheng for Litang (4-5 hrs’ drive), passing the unique icecap of the Daocheng Glacier at 5035m. Visit Tibetan temples and the grassy plateau. Overnight in Gaocheng Hotel (2-3 star). BLD

Day 9

Travel to Danba (460 km, about 8-9 hours), viewing the amazing mountainous landscape and visiting Tagong Monastery on the way. This area is home to the Gyarong Tibetans, the altitude is around 5000m. Overnight at Danba hotel (2 star basic facilities). BLD

Day 10

Visit the many watch towers in Danba. Drive to Wolong Nature Reserve (about 5 hrs). Overnight at Panda Villa Hotel (3 star). BLD
(Note – this area was badly affected during the May 2008 earthquake and accessibility is limited at present)

Day 11

Visit Research Base of Giant Panda. Drive to Dujiangyan for a visit (about 3 hours’ drive, may take longer subject to local condition as the road is being renovated ). Continue to Chengdu (about 1 hr). Stay overnight at Jinjiang Hotel (5 star). BLD

Day 12

Visit Sanxingdui Museum with its unique artefacts. Lunch en route. Dinner on own arrangements. BL

Day 13

City tour of Chengdu. Lunch in local restaurant. Afternoon flight to Hong Kong. BL