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Tour to Daocheng and Yading

Trip Length
7 Days
Overland Aba, Ganzi, two Tibetan Prefectures, the altitude rises and Plateau landscape is beheld. The largest Panda Breeding Base, magnificent Mt Siguniang, stone watchtowers, alpine meadows and the tour destination: Mt kongarimsongongbo, the Trinity of Tibetan Buddhist Protectors.
Garze and Ngawa-Ngaba
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Tour of Daocheng Yading Nature ReserveSome tourists have called Daocheng Yading a Shangri-la in the shadow of three snow-capped mountains. The 3 peaks are seen as emanations of the three boddhisatvas Chenrezig, Jampayang and Chenadorje, with Chenrezig being the highest peak at 6,032 meters above sea level.

Daocheng Yading is an ethnic Tibetan area in Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. Around 95 percent of the population of 30,0000 is ethnic Tibetan. The place has become popular with newlyweds.

The tranquil scene has brilliant red, golden and orange foliage; there are forests, vast grasslands, rivers and rice paddies. Cattle and sheep graze and eagles fly overhead.

A famous spot is Red Grassland (Hong Cao Di) in Sangdui town, around 30 kilometers north of Daocheng. For 15 to 20 days a year, the place is filled with red bushes. Rubuchaka Hot Spring is just 4 kilometers outside Daocheng.

Tour Itinerary Day by Day

Day 1: Chengdu - Wolong - Rilong

Wolong Panda BaseToday's Highlights:

Drive to Rilong, Wolong Panda Base Visiting


We will depart in the morning and continue drive to Rilong which is about 220 km from Chengdu (about 5-6 hours driving). It is a small town, situated at an altitude of 10,000ft. En route, we will visit Wolong Panda Base, one of the earliest research bases established in the early 1980s.

Overnight in Rilong.

Day 2: Rilong-Xinduqiao

Overland Tour from Chengdu to Daocheng Yading Nature ReserveToday's Highlights:

Xinduqiao Sightseeing, Bamei and Tagong Grassland


After breakfast, driving to Xinduqiao which is always called as the platform of a photographer. the photography lover using the place could take numerous beautiful pictures of plateau pastureland. En route enjoys the beautiful natural scenery of Bamei and Tagong Grassland.

Overnight in Xinduqiao.

Day 3:Xinduqiao-Yajiang-Litang-Daocheng(3,400m)

Travel to Daocheng ChinaToday's Highlights:

Drive to Daocheng


357km ride over mountain passes over 4,000m in turn as Gao'ersi, Jianziwan, and Haizishan to Daocheng, which is full of discovery of primitive Tibetan villages, Buddhism monasteries and pastoral scenery brought by the rolling landscapes.

Overnight at Daocheng.

Day 4: Daocheng-Riwa-Chongu Monastery-Luorong Yak field-Yarding (3,700m)

Daocheng Yading Nature ReserveToday's Highlights:

Drive to Yading, Luorong Yak Field


110km ride to Yarding and free activities at your preference. Yading is a paradise for photographers and trekkers, which is one of China's most awe-inspiring nature reserves, Tibetan's holy land. Every stunning vista here is celebrated with a gompa, prayer flags or Mani Stones. You will take in relatively remote areas of Tibetan culture - small towns reminiscent of the wild west, rolling landscapes characterized by wheat and barley fields and Tibetan houses. Overnight at Yading town.

Daocheng Yading Travel Tips: 1. Since the reopening day on Aug. 01, 2013, vehicles cannot drive from Riwa to Yading scenic area, but change the eco-friendly bus at Shangri-la town to Yading. Round-trip bus fee costs 120RMB per person. Travelers don't want to take a bus can ride a horse from Riwa to Yading which is still available. 2. The weather can suddenly change from sunshine to drizzle on the plateau, and it can get very cold at night. Dress warmly.  

Day 5: Yarding-Mt Kongarimgongbo-Daocheng

Sacred Mountains in Yading Nature ReserveToday's Highlights:

Yading; Mt. Kongarimgongbo, Back to Daocheng


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. After the visit, drive back to Daocheng.

Overnight in Daocheng.

Day 6: Daocheng-Litang-Yajiang-Xinduqiao(3,200m)

Litang and Xinduqiao are a paradise in Autumn for photographyToday's Highlights:

Litang, Back to Xinduqiao


On the way back to Xinduqiao, we have a stop at Litang if time allows to visit Litang Monastery.

Overnight at Xinduqiao.

Day07: Back to Chengdu

Today's Highlights:

Back to Chengdu


Today we will drive back to Chengdu. From Chengdu, you can take flight or train to your next destination. Hope you had a great time in Sichuan.

Traveling Tips for Tour to Daocheng Yading

1. Cold in the night, bring enough clothes to keep warm;
2. Heavy sunshine in the daytime, bring sunglasses and sunblock;
3. Avoid catching a cold and bring some medicine;
4. Pass several mountains which are above 4,000 meters. For those who suffered from high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, and heart disease is not suitable;
5. No alcohol; More water, vegetable, and fruits;
6. The living condition and food supplies are compared not good. Prepare some food if necessary;
7. Protect the environment and respect the local culture. Prepare some candies or stationery as the gifts to the local people.

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"We have travelled the world and we have experienced many tours, but Henry's dedication and attention to detail was excellent and unmatched. Our driver was always alert and quick to respond to dangerous driving conditions. All the sceneries along the tour were wonderful especially the Yading National Park."

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