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How to Plan a Trip to Daocheng Yading

Daocheng Yading is a pure land full of beautiful sceneries, and a less-trodden place with great magic. Daocheng Yading as one of the most beautiful places in China has made itself well known to the world through the camera of photographers. Here we have made this article about Daocheng Yading tour in purpose to help tourists travel to Daocheng Yading on their own.

How to Get to Daocheng Yading

Daocheng Yading Facts

Daocheng Yading Highlights

Daocheng Yading Tour Itinerary


How to Get to Daocheng Yading

Location. Yading National Nature Reserve is located in Shangri-la Town, Daocheng County, Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province. It is a bout 80 km from Daocheng County, and takes 1.5 hours of driving.

Get to Daocheng Yading from Chengdu

how to get to Daocheng Yading from Chengdu

By plane.

Chengdu Airport-Daocheng Airport. Tourists could take flight at Chengdu Shuangliu Airport to Daocheng Yading Airport, and everyday, there is one flight from Chengdu to Daocheng.

  • Departure time and arrival time: 7: 20 AM-8:35 AM.
  • Air ticket: 1600 yuan for economy class.

Daocheng Airport- Daocheng county center. After arriving Daocheng Airport, take airport shuttle bus to Daocheng county center (1 hour/35 yuan).

Daocheng Airport-Shangrila town. Take bus at Daochen Airport to Shangrila town, and the terminal is very close to Yading Nature Reserve (2.5 hours/85 yuan).

Get to Daocheng Yading from Shangrila, Yunnan

By car rental. From Shangrila, Yunnan to Daocheng Yading, the distance is about 300 km, and it takes about 7 hours.

By air. Fly to Chengdu, then fly to Daocheng.


Daocheng Yading Facts

how to plan a trip to Daocheng Yading

Yading National Nature Reserve is the southwest of Sichuan Province, adjacent to Shangri-la in Yunnan. Yading National Nature Reserve covers a forest area of 560 square kilometers, rich in plants and animal resources and there are more than 10 mountains with an altitude of more than 5000 meters, and 62 lakes. It is mainly composed of three sacred mountains, namely Xianairi, Yangmaiyong, Xianuoduoji, surrounding rivers, lakes and meadows.

You could see the purity in its natural views, unique landscape, and ecological natural scenery, which you could see in nowhere, and this purity gives Daocheng Yading the praise as the last pure land on this water blue planet. In Daocheng Yading, you could have a great day while visiting grassland full of flowers, brooks with clean water, crystal lakes, forest and mountains covered with white snow.

Daocheng Yading altitude: over 3, 000 meters. Daocheng has an average altitude of 3,750 meters, and the altitude of Yading is from 2, 900 meters to 6, 032 meters. The highest peak is Xianairi Peak, 6,032 meters high. When travelling in Daocheng Yading, tourists may prepare some medicine for altitude stress.

Daocheng Yading weather. Due to its high altitude, Daocheng Yading has an average temperature of 20 ℃ in July and August, and the lowest temperature in January could be lower than  -20 ℃.

Best time to visit Daocheng Yading: September, October, April, and May.

how to plan a trip to Daocheng Yading

Ticketing time: 6:20 AM-4:40 PM.


  • Entrance ticket: 150 yuan, available for 2 days.
  • Ticket for sightseeing bus: 120 yuan.


Daocheng Yading Highlights

► Three Sacred Mountains. Xiannairi, Yangmaiyong and Xianaduoji stand close to each other, and the highest one has an elevation of 6,032 meters. The three sacred mountains have peaks in various shapes, with the top covered with snow, which shines brilliantly and beautifully. You could see lush forests, and waterfalls on the hillside, valleys, lakes and streams at the mountain foot.

how to plan a trip to Daocheng Yading

(Xianuoduoji Mountain)

Pearl Lake. Pearl Lake is formed by snow melting in Xiannairi Mountain, covering an area of 0.1 square kilometers. The crystal Pearl Lake is like an emerald inlaid in the dense forest and white mountains. It takes about half an hour’s walk to the Pearl Lake from Chonggu Monastery located at the foot of Xiannairi Mountain.

Milk Lake is located in the low land of Yangmaiyong Mountain, in a shape of a scallop, and it is named after the out-ring of the lake surrounded by a circle of milky water, while the middle of the lake is azure. Milk Lake is an ancient glacial lake, surrounded by snow mountains.

how to plan a trip to Daocheng Yading

Luorong Cattle Ranch. It is surrounded by the three sacred mountains, and Gongga River flows through the grassland. The Ranch, grassland, lake and wooden house form a primitive and charming scenery, and make people feel purity and simplicity. Luorong Cattle Ranch is one of the most famous accommodation places in Yading scenic area, and travelers can choose to camp here.

Except the above scenic spots, there are others such as Chonggu Monastery, Yading Village and Colored Lake.


Daocheng Yading Tour Itinerary

how to plan a trip to Daocheng Yading

Days for Daocheng Yading tour: 2 days. Daocheng Yading tour takes 2 days, from your arrival to your leaving.

Sightseeing ways: sightseeing bus+walking.

Sightseeing bus has 4 stops: entrance gate of Yading Scenic Area-Zhaguanbeng (6:30 AM-6:30 PM), Yading Village-Zhaguanbeng (7:00 AM-6:30 PM), Chonggu Monastery- Luorong Cattel Ranch (7:30 AM-6:00 PM).

►  Daocheng Yading Sightseeing routes:

  • The short route: Zhaguanbeng-Chonggu Monastery-Pearl Lake-Xiannairi Mountain.
  • The long route: Zhaguanbeng-Luorong Cattle Ranch-Yangmaiyong Mountain- Milk Lake-Colored Lake.

The long route takes many hours of walking, and mountainous roads are rough with small stones, but travelers will be greatly satisfied when seeing the marvelous sceneries. The walking of this route is popular to hikers.

Where to stay: Yading Village.

daocheng yading tourist map

Day 1 (Zhaguanbeng-Chonggu Monastery-Pearl Lake-Xiannairi Mountain):

  • Arrive at Daocheng Yading Airport at 8:35 AM, and take bus to Shangrila town (about 11: 00 AM).
  • Take sightseeing bus from the entrance gate of Daocheng Yading Scenic Area to Zhaguanbeng (40 km and 1 hour).
  • Walk to Chonggu Monastery (0.5 km, 20 min) and Chonggu Monastery sightseeing.
  • Walk to Pearl Lake (1.5 km, 1-1.5 hours), Chonggu Meadow and Pearl Lake and Xiannairi Mountain sightseeing.
  • Back to Zhaguanbeng, and take bus to Yading Village (sightseeing & accommodation).

Day 2 (Zhaguanbeng-Luorong Cattle Ranch-Yangmaiyong Mountain- Milk Lake-Colored Lake):

  • Get up early and start your tour before 8:00 AM.
  • Take sightseeing bus to Zhaguangbeng, and then to Luorong Cattle Ranch (7 km, and 1 hour).
  • Luorong Cattle Ranch and Yangmaiyong Mountain sightseeing.
  • Walk to Milk Lake from Yangmaiyong Mountain (5 km, 3 hours).
  • Walk to Colored Lake from Milk Lake (300 meters, 1 hour).
  • Walk from Colored Lake to Luorong Cattle Ranch (3-4 hours), arrive at Luorong Cattle Ranch before 5:00 PM.
  • Take sightseeing bus to Shangrila town for leaving.

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