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9 Days Western Sichuan Photo Tour

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Chengdu-Garze(Hailuogou-Kangding-Xinduqiao-Danba-Rilong)-Chengdu

Tour Type: Private Tour
Tour Code: TCT-Sichuan-05
Tour Ratings: Comfort    Culture    Natural Scenery
Best Travel Time: Best time for photography tour is limited from May to Mid-Oct. Rest time of the year is also suitable for traveling but not the most beautiful time.
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2-5 persons: on request P/P
6-9 persons: on request P/P
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Western Sichuan Photo Tour

  • Western Sichuan Photo Tour

    Western Sichuan Photo Tour

  • Moxi Town

    Moxi Town

  • Mount Gongga

    Mount Gongga

  • Kangding

    Kangding

  • Mugecuo Lake

    Mugecuo Lake

  • Danba

    Danba

  • Mount Siguniang

    Mount Siguniang

  • Chengdu Panda Base

    Chengdu Panda Base

  • Thatched Cottage of Du Fu

    Thatched Cottage of Du Fu

  • Jinli Old Street

    Jinli Old Street

Summary: If you are a traveler interested in scenic China, western Sichuan tour will be one of our recommendations for you. The traditional western Sichuan sceneries – the glacier park, the famous Kangding Mugecuo Lake, the most beautiful town Danba, and the holy Mt. Siguniang – can all be picked in your cameras in our 9 Days Western Sichuan Photo Tour. The tired route, the uncomfortable road condition, the discomfort of the high altitude, will all be replaced by exciting feeling when you finally get to the breathtaking destinations in the Western Sichuan!

Tour Overview

Day Destination Highlights
01 Arrival Chengdu Be transferred to the hotel
02 Chengdu - Moxi Town Coach to Moxi Town (a town which Hailuogou is located)
03 Hailuogou Hailuogou Scenic Area
04 Moxi Town - Kangding - Xinduqiao Coach to Kangding, Mugecuo Lake Scenic Area, Xinduqiao
05 Xinduqiao - Danba Coach to Tagong Grassland, Danba
06 Danba - Rilong - Mt. Siguniang Coach to Rilong, Mt. Siguniang
07 Mt. Siguniang - Chengdu Mt. Siguniang sightseeing, Coach Back to Chengdu
08 Chengdu Chengdu Panda Base, Thatched Cottage of Du Fu, Jinli Street
09 Departure Chengdu Be transferred to the airport

Day-by-day Itinerary

Note: the rainy season in Hailuogou is between July and August, better to avoid taking this tour in this period.

Day 1

Arrival Chengdu
Arrive in Chengdu, the destination of your trip, you will be met at the airport then transferred to the hotel for check-in. Enjoy your own free time for the rest of the day.
Meals: No meal
Accommodation: In Chengdu

Chengdu is the capital city of Sichuan Province. With a population of 11 million, it is an important commercial transportation, and communications hub of south-western China. The locals have a reputation for a laid back attitude and knowing how to enjoy life. Historically, Chengdu has a special place in the annals of finance. The world’s first paper money, the 'Jiao Zi' was minted in Chengdu in the year 1023.
 

Day 2

Chengdu Moxi Town (8 hours driving via Ya'an-Xichang Expressway)
After breakfast, drive from Chengdu to Moxi Town which is situated at the entrance of Hailuogou Glacier Valley. It will be a 8 hours driving day (348km) on the Ya'an-Xichang new expressway. Till the late afternoon, you will arrive in Moxi Old Town, a town which Hailuogou Scenic Area is located.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: In Moxi Town (1600m)

Moxi Town
Moxi Old Town is located at the entrance of Hailuogou Scenic Area. It is a quiet place nestled peaceful mountains. The residents there are Han, Yi, Tibetan, Tujia and so on. Traditional and custom are of this old town is still well-kept. Rolling around this town and relax yourself by finding some relics and the life of the local people, go to bars, restaurants or souvenir shops at night.
 

Day 3

Hailuogou Scenic Area
Today you can have a day trip in Hailuogou. After breakfast, begin your Hailuogou tour by taking the scenic area shuttle busto viewing the amazing ancient glaciers. Go ahead by cable way and you will have chance to catch a photo of the Mount Gongga – the King of Mountains in Sichuan. After a tired day trip, have a good rest in your hotel or stroll in Moxi Town by yourself at night.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: In Moxie Town (1600m)

Mt. GonggaLocated at the lowest altitude spot around in Asia, Hailuogou Glacier Forest Park is an integrative scenic area consisting of modern oceanic glacier, complete virgin forest, as well as boiling, hot, and cold springs.

Recommended route in Hailuogou Area: visited by taking the shuttle bus to the No. 1 Camp (1940m), No. 2 Camp (2660m) , and finally to get to No. 3 Camp (2980m). Large virgin forests and magnificent glacier cascade will cover your eyes on the road. There are more than dozens of rare wild animals in Hailuogou. So if you are a lucky person, you may see them in the virgin forest area. Go ahead by cable way to the No. 4 Camp (3400m), and you will have chance to catch a photo of the Mount Gongga – the King of Mountains in Sichuan.

Mt. Gongga, the mother of Hailuogou glacier, is the "King of Mountains in Sichuan", and the highest in Daxue (snow) Mountain Range, Hengduan Mountain System. In Mt. Gongga, the highest peak and the surrounding peaks are capped with snow around the year. In fine days, the golden sunlight is glowing; and in cloudy days, the clouds are everywhere, changing inconceivably as a real wonder in the world.

Note: Besides cable way, you can also choose to hike from No. 3 Camp to No. 4 Camp. Better to consider about your health situation in the high altitude. Duration for hiking between the above part is around 2 hours for well-healthy person.
 

Day 4

Moxi Town   Kangding    Xinduqiao
Today will firstly to visit the Mugecuo Lake Scenic Area – the largest highland lake in Western Sichuan. After lunch, drive to Xinduqiao (71km from Kangding) – the paradise for photographers.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: In Xinduqiao

Mugecuo LakeLocated at Yala Town at north of Kangding City, it is 20km from the city and covers an area of 500sq km. the Mugecuo Scenic Area consists of 6 parts as Azalea Valley, Horse Racing Lawn, Seven-color Sea, Medicine Pool Hot Spring, Nugecuo and Red Sea Grassland. Mugecuo is the largest alphine lake in regions of 2000m above sea level in Sichuan. There are nearly one hundred hot springs nearby which have different curative effects. Among them, there are wonders as Sight-regaining spring, Good-for-stomach spring, Goot-washing spring, etc.. Seven-color Sea is a highland lake intergrating lake and hot spring. the sight of the lake changes everyday.it is as calm as a mirror in the morning reflecting the snow peak and mountain. in the afternoon, the lake is rolling which shakes the valley. At dusk, surgace of the lake became glittering.

Xinduqiao is a paradise for photographers. It is a picturesque land with boundless grassland, clean streams golden trees, misty mountains. A typical Western Sichuan plain scenery is represented here. Reputed as “a world of lights and shadows”, many people would like to called Eastern Russia. No specified scenic area for photographing, but the 10km breathtaking scenery along the road is titled as the photographing passage.
 

Day 5

Xinduqiao    Danba
Be transferred from Xinduqiao to Danba (182km). On the road, you will have the chance to visit Tagong grassland and temple (lots of similar sceneries en route, and you can ask our guide & driver to take you to the places nearby where you are interested). After about 5 hours driving, you will get to Danba and visit the beauty valley: Jiaju Village and Suopo Ancient towers, view from across the river Danba Tibetan village & valleys.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: In Danba

Danba VillageTagong Grassland
, one of the famous attractions in Tagong with an average altitude about 3500m, is a vast expanse of green meadow with fantastic scenery. Surrounded by snow mountains, Tibetan tents can be found here and there. Another representative site of Tagong will be the famous Tagong Monastery. It is a famous Nyingmapa monastery built in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). This monastery is also well-known as "the small Lhasa Jokhang Monastery". In history, Tagong Monastery is one of the 108 temples which were built during the reign of Songtsen Gampo period.

Danba Village sits in a valley between towering mountains on which are dotted picturesque traditional Tibetan villages amongst fields of barley and other crops. The town provides satisfactory and clean hostel accommodation in various hostels. You can base yourself in the town in a hostel and rent a car and driver for the day to take you to 3 scenic areas - Jiaju Village, Suopo Ancient Towers (view from across the river)
 

Day 6

Danba    Rilong    Changping Valley (Mt. Siguniang)
Drive from Danba to Rilong (100km), a town on the foot of Mt. Siguniang. After check-in hotel, ahead to Changping Valley during this day. You can choose either horse riding trip (riding expense at your own) or hiking trip (consider about your health condition to hiking in about 4 hours) in this site. When finish the visit, drive back to Rilong Town. You can stroll in this town in the night to get touch with the local lifestyle.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: In Rilong

Mt. SiguniangChangping Valley, with length of 29km and an area of 100sq km, the sightseeing ways in this valley is either horsing or hiking. In this place, Tibetan villages can be saw here and there. The old forest road, ancient Lama monasteries, quiet lakes, and magnificent waterfalls, all of these scenes can be found in Changping Valley. 
 

Day 7

Shuangqiao Valley (Mt. Siguniang)    Chengdu
Today you will have a day trip in Mt. Siguniang Scenic Area. You can visit Shuangqiao Valley during this day (also can be called yin and yang concept Valley). Horse riding is also available as an optional activity. After the lunch, drive back to Chengdu and free of leisure in the rest day.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Chengdu

Shuangqiao Valley is another valley lies in the high mountains, this valley is about 40km long, and you will visit this valley by shuttle bus. There is 10 mains scenic spots in this valley, most are rounded by snow peaks, you will have more spectacular views here than Changping Valley.
 

Day 8

Chengdu
Today, you will start your one day tour with a visit to the famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding (about 40min driving), where you may have chance to see cute pandas. Drive back to Chengdu City, continue to visit Thatched Cottage of Du Fu and Jinli Street . After the tour, be transferred back to your hotel. Famous Sichuan Opera is available after the tour for your optional activity.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Chengdu

Chengdu Panda BaseChengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is the world-famous Panda breeding research located about 10km out of the city. This institution replicates the natural habitat of the giant panda and is dedicated to preserving and increasing their population. Visitors are able to hold lovely pandas and be photographed with them.

Thatched Cottage of Du Fu is the former residence of the famous Tang Dynasty poet, Du Fu. Compelled by poverty and social upheaval in the year of 759 A.D., Du Fu moved from Gansu Province to the outskirts of Chengdu and built a thatched hut.

Chengdu Jinli Old Street was set up and opened for public in 2004. Walking in this street, historic lanes, old official residences, vernacular dwelling, inns and shops will bring you back to the ancient China.

Sichuan Opera is staged in a local tea house, so during the show you may enjoy tea and snacks. There are folk music, opera, solo music, some comedy, amazing acrobatics, shadow puppets, intriguing face changing and spectacular fire eating. You’ll be enthused by colorful costumes, sounds of traditional music and charmed by the shadow play.
 

Day 9

Depature Chengdu
Say goodbye to Chengdu and continue your tour to next city.
Meals: Breakfast

Service Ends

Note:
About the comfort:
Because of the not very good road condition in western Sichuan. This route is comparative tired and hard one. And also, please consult with us whether this tour is offered or not because the route may be influenced by the weather such as foggy, heavy rainy, and so on.
About the meals: we could not list lunches in the tour itinerary because it is hard to ensure specified restaurants in this route. It is better to consult with us if you have meal requirement.

Full price of this tour (per person in US$):

  • JAN, FEB, DEC
  • MAR, JUN, JUL, AUG
  • APR, MAY, SEP, OCT, NOV
Group Size Using Economy Hotel
★★★
Using Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
Using Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
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Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
1 person   -   -   -
2-5 persons - - - - - -
6-9 persons - - - - - -
10 persons & above - - - - - -
Group Size Using Economy Hotel
★★★
Using Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
Using Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
1 person   -   -   -
2-5 persons - - - - - -
6-9 persons - - - - - -
10 persons & above - - - - - -
Group Size Using Economy Hotel
★★★
Using Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
Using Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
1 person   -   -   -
2-5 persons - - - - - -
6-9 persons - - - - - -
10 persons & above - - - - - -

Full price of this tour (per person in US$):

  • JAN, FEB, DEC
  • MAR, JUN, JUL, AUG
  • APR, MAY, SEP, OCT, NOV
Group Size Using Economy Hotel
★★★
Using Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
Using Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
1 person   -   -   -
2-5 persons - - - - - -
6-9 persons - - - - - -
10 persons & above - - - - - -
Group Size Using Economy Hotel
★★★
Using Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
Using Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
1 person   -   -   -
2-5 persons - - - - - -
6-9 persons - - - - - -
10 persons & above - - - - - -
Group Size Using Economy Hotel
★★★
Using Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
Using Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
1 person   -   -   -
2-5 persons - - - - - -
6-9 persons - - - - - -
10 persons & above - - - - - -

Recommended Hotels:

City Economy Hotel ★★★ Comfortable Hotel ★★★★ Deluxe Hotel ★★★★★
ChengduChengdu Leeden HotelTianfu Sunshine HotelSofitel Wanda Chengdu

Optional Local Specialties & Night Shows:

City Local Specialties Nights Shows
Chengdu Chengdu Hot PotChuan Opera

Notice:
Due to the uncertainties of this tour, such as special conditions locally, the changes of accommodation rate and etc, the tour should be tailor-made and its price is on request. Please tell us in advance your group information inclusive of departure date, number of pax, and other individual needs, which will be helpful to work out a fit program and the right price.

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