Yading Nature Reserve is situated in the southern reaches of Daocheng County in western Ganzi Tibet Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan Province. Traveling to Daocheng Yading Natural Reserve does cost a lot of money or time. There are a couple of ways for you to get to Daocheng Yading Natural Reserve from Chengdu.
There are 2 flights between Chengdu and Daocheng Yading every day. The flights depart from Chengdu Shangliu Airport to Daocheng Yading Airport at 06:20 and arrive at 07:35. It only takes one hour. This is the fastest but the most expensive way. Upon your arrival at Daocheng Yading Airport, you can take the taxi or minibus to the scenic area.
There is only one direct bus leaving for Daocheng Yading every day. The bus departs at 10:00 a.m. from Chengdu Xin Nan Men Bus Station(新南门汽车站). And it takes almost 2 days (22 hours) to take you to the destination. In the first day, it runs for 8 hours to get to Kingding first. It will stop at Kingding Bus Station, and you are supposed to spend the night at Kangding on your own. Then it will restart at around 6:30 a.m. in the morning in the second day from Kangding and then stop at Yajiang for you to have lunch. It will finally arrive at Daocheng Bus Station(稻城汽车站) at around 7:00 p.m.
If you can not catch direct bus leaving for Daocheng Yading Natural Reserve from Chengdu, you can also take the transfer way. You should catch a bus at Chengdu Xin Nan Men Bus Station to reach Kangding first. The buses to Kangding usually set off from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.. So you have to consults the bus schedule and buy the ticket one day in advance. It takes about 6 to 7 hours to take you to Kangding Bus Station. Upon your arrival in Kangding County, then transfer to the bus which leaves for Daocheng. Then you can take a taxi or minibus in Daocheng to reach Yading Natural Reserve.
Car Rental is a common way for traveling in Sichuan, for most of the road outside Chengdu is winding mountain roads. Traveling by chartering a car would be more comfortable than taking the public coach. And it will take directly to your destinations with transfer. So you do not have to worry about find the bus station or the language difficulties. The expensive is a more expensive than taking the public coach. It is better to invite someone to join you and share the expense. TopChinaTravel can offer this kind of car rental together with a tour guide and an experienced driver. If you need, you can send the details to firstname.lastname@example.org.