9 Days Western Sichuan Photo Tour

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

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Tour Code: TCT-Sichuan-04

Tour Type: Private Tour

Tour Highlights:

Includes one of the best scenic destinations. That is the western Sichuan.

You will be astonished by the amazing sightseeing in this region, like the glacier park, the famous Kangding Mugecuo Lake, the most beautiful town Danba, and the holy Mt. Siguniang.

This is a great choice for Photographers or photography fans.

 

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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Day 1Arrival Chengdu
Transfer service to hotel

Meals: No meal
Accommodation: In 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.

Day 2Chengdu - Moxi Town
Drive to Moxi Town (348km, 8 hours), Moxi Old Town

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: In Moxi Town (1600m)

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.

Hailuogou Glacier
Hailuogou Glacier

Day 3Hailuogou Scenic Area
Hailuogou Glacier Valley

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: In Moxie Town (1600m)

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.


Hailuogou Glacier Valley

Day 4Moxi - Kangding - Xinduqiao
Mugecuo Lake, Drive to Xinduqiao

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: In 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.

Mugecuo Lake
Mugecuo Scenic Area

Day 5Xinduqiao - Danba
Drive to Danba, Tagong Grassland and temple, Jiaju Village, Suopo Ancient Towers

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 Village
Danba Village

Day 6 Danba - Rilong - Changping Valley
Drive to Rilong, Mt. Siguniang, Changping Valley

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: In Rilong

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.

Mt. Siguniang
Mt. Siguniang

Day 7Shuangqiao Valley - Chengdu
Mt. Siguniang Scenic Area, Shuangqiao Valley, Drive to Chengdu

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In 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.

Mt. Siguniang
Mt. Siguniang Scenic Area

Day 8Chengdu
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Renmin Park, Jinli Old Street


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Chengdu

Enjoy your interesting tour to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding which is a huge institution replicates the natural habitat of the giant panda. Sightseeing shuttle bus is included. You will learn the habits and characteristics of Giant and baby pandas, observe them eating bamboos and playing around. Lunch will be arranged as local food at restaurant nearby. After lunch, visit Renmin Park and it is the paradise for local people who addict to dancing, playing mahjong, drinking teas. We will arrange tea break in the park and mahjong lesson if you are interested in. After that enjoy shopping time at Jinli Old Street which is the elegant style of the architectures tells you what Sichuan looks like during the Qing Dynasty.

Chengdu giant panda center
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

Day 9Departure Chengdu
Transfer service to airport

Meals: Breakfast

Say goodbye to Chengdu and continue your tour to next city.

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.

Tour Price (US$ per person)

Notice:
Due to the uncertainties of this tour, such as special local conditions , the changes of accommodation rate, etc, the tour has to 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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5.0

andyanne2017

5.0

We recently returned from a 16 day tour of China. Our holiday was organised by Rebecca Wei who was a pleasure to deal with. We arrived in Beijing and departed from Shanghai. There was lots to organise as we had two internal flights and three train journeys as well as three nights on a boat cruising the Yangtze river. All the arrangments fell into place like clockwork, our guides were excellent, spoke very good english and had a good knowledge of the places we visited. We saw some fantastic sights but some of the highlights for us were The Great Wall, The Yungang Grottoes, The Hanging Temple Datong, The terrracotta warriors and the muslim quarter in Xiang and the cruise on the Yangtze. We travelled in September so the temperatures were around 28C [ fine for us as we live in Durban] it is also a good time as the lines to get enterance to some places were very short. There was a lot of walking involved so comfortable walking shoes are a must as well as a sun hat. We stayed in a couple of "traditional" hotels which we loved and then some very upmarket hotels. The exception was the hotel in Xiang which scored 100% on location but had some very unfriendly staff a poor restaurant as well as putting us in an unrenovated room for the first night. We moved to the renovated floors for the other night which was much better. I should add here that this was a mistake by the hotel not TCT] My one regret is that we should have stayed a night in Wuzhen Water Town but that really was not practical as we had to leave our hotel in Shanghai at 4 in the morning to catch the flight home. We have some wondefull memories so thank you Rebecca and TCT for organizing a really interesting holiday Andrew and Anne B, DurbanSouth Africa
World_lover4

5.0

TCT was very helpful in our Guilin trip. We are vegetarians and they made sure we were well fed. We had a private tour with TCT and my only regret was that I wish it had included a Li river cruise to Ghanshou. Make sure you ask for one instead of going by road.
josiane2015

5.0

We were 10 friends and we took a 13 day trip to Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Cruise on Yangtze River and Shanghai. Everything was so perfectly and professionally organized by Bonnie. She was so helpful and responded very promptly to all our questions and requests. The tour was perfect to our taste and we have seen and done all that we wanted. All the guides were very professional, specially Kathy in Beijing. Thanks to all TCT group. Josiane
dp0k0rny

5.0

We prepared for our stay in MAY 13 nights Tour in China. All local services have been arranged by TOP CHINA TRAVEL in direct cooperation with Janet Chan. We rcvd. all recommendations for program items and its arrangement, all needs were solved immediately, all replies also in the evening and very fast. Seen places: Peking, Xian, Guilin, Yangshuo, Huangshan and Shanghai. All services booked perfectly, local guides with great assistance and service. Janet checked out the situation with our group all the time during stay in China. Great work, thank you.
BrooklynSally

5.0

My daughter and I had a terrific 6 day adventure hiking the Great Wall of China, made extra special by our wonderful,caring, attentive, informative, experienced guide, Jack Chen, and our kind and thoughtful driver, Mr. Zhou. We hiked the Gubeikou, Jinshanling, Wohushan, Jiankou, and Mutianyu sections of the Great Wall,.5-6 hours a day, with our guide, Jack Chen offering information about Chinese history, culture, politics, life, food, and what's it's like to live in China. Jack even gave us tai chi and kung fu lessons in the evening. The hikes offered spectacular views of the mountain ranges and valleys with views of the winding wall in the distance. You can just imagine the enemy armies trying to attack from the north. We took hundreds of pictures! I even got to celebrate my birthday on the second day of the hiking tour and asked other hikers we met to sing happy birthday to me in their own language. Jack and Mr Zhou surprised me with a delicious birthday cake which we all devoured after dinner. Our accommodations were suitable. We ate delicious food, carefully chosen by Jack, being attentive to my daughter's gluten-free needs...no bread, dumplings or wheat noodles. Hiking the "wild wall" on the 3rd day was really challenging! We hiked on very rough, broken, steep, overgrown, and narrow sections of the wall, but it was well worth it! We did welcome the cable car ride down. By the end of the 3rd day, we were tired and our legs felt it! Make sure you wear comfortable and sturdy hiking or trail shoes, carry a small day pack with snacks and water, light layers and a rain jacket. The weather changes a lot. This was a truly marvelous experience, not to be missed even if you hike only one day. If you are lucky to get Jack Chen as your guide, you will be very fortunate and extremely pleased and satisfied. He is a special person! Our trip was indeed, memorable!
johnhagnas

5.0

In september 2016 we (2 couples from Finland) started to plan for a real encounter with Asia. Quite soon the project grew and we decided to ask for help. Top China Travel made it easy for us in China. We gave rough guidelines and Janet made a proposal based on that. After some iteration (we did not want everything) we ended up in a plan. The plan was good, if not excellent, and the price within our budget. Deal! In april we spent three incredible weeks in China. Now we are back home and have digested the whole thing. We are very happy. Janet and her guides made it so easy for us and everything worked perfect. This is incredble, because we traveled around a lot. By train, car, air...tickets, time schedules, hotels...perfect! Thank you. In really recommend. John
Richard B

5.0

A wonderful experience travelling down the river Li in the mist - fairyland paradise all rolled into one. Our guide Arther was excellent and was able to point out places of interest on the trip. Top China Travel who organised the whole trip were extremely efficient. A must place to visit even if time is limited.
Vacationer787754

5.0

Enjoyable busy day!7 am start covering Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City early on amidst tight crowds followed by an unexpected stop at Pharmacy institute where we were able for a small “tip” enjoy a short foot massage and consultation with a Chinese medicine expert. Unfortunately this turned into an embarrassing pressure sell of his prescribed medicines which left us underwhelmed!Lunch was acceptable followed by a wiz around the Temple of Heaven. On the way to our final destination the Summer Palace we had another unexpected stop and “selling” opportunity at a pearl factory (store actually). Guide had his own sense of humour and opinions which were often unintelligible or off the wall and his English Weaker than other “English” speaking guides that we have experienced in China.All that said, we had a good day out in some very worthwhile places to visit and felt it value for money. Our favorite was the relative peace of the Summer Palace surroundings and in particular watching the old guys flying kites at heights I could not imagine possible.
markingq

5.0

We took a private tour to Zhangjiajie and Fenghuang with TCT and here's my rating: Tour Advisor Lily - Excellent Tour Guide Summer - Excellent Driver - Excellent Sights, Hotel and Restaurants - Excellent It's value for money. Great service. Lily, Summer and the Driver went out of their way to provide an EXCELLENT service. We just booked another tour with TCT...
AgencyVanGogh

5.0

We have spent two days in Guilin and surroundings with a special interest group of geographers, visited the rice fields/terraces and local vilages, had a nice river cruise. The Tour Operator TCT organized several trips for us in the past all over China and all the service received from them were impeccable thanks to the meticulous work of Janet, our partner. A highly recommended and reliable partner in China for you!
drphani

5.0

professional people to handle everything. Rebecca the star of our trip to china answered my unending emails with lot of patience and smile. gave a perfect tour to see china in a memorable way. the guides Helen at shanghai and windy at Hongkong are very kind people and lot of patience to organise the trip to your liking. curt very bad guide in Beijing, doesn't have patience and smokes continuously, very rough in speaking. but china is beautiful country to visit.see it through these guys.
fweinhappl

5.0

The professional service and arrangements exceeded our expectations. Although we travelled during Chinese autumn holiday and places were crowded, the tour was very pleasant and very well organized. As a Swiss living and working in China, I am very impressed by the diversity and beauty of this country. We have booked several tours with Top China Travel Guilin Tracy (Xi'an, Chengdu, Jiuzhaigou, Huanlong, Zhangjiejie, Guilin) and everything went very smooth from the beginning to the end of our journey. The places we have visited were all super nice and people super friendly.
Leandri P

5.0

We did a private tour of Beijing and the Mutianyu portion of the Great Wall in October. The company seamlessly put together the tour for us (graciously making changes to accommodate our preferences) without any problems. All the staff I dealt with (Joyce as the organizer and Sisi as the tour guide) was absolutely fantastic. Very kind and knowledgeable people who goes out of their way to make suggestions to ensure the most amazing experience you could possibly have. I wholeheartedly recommend this company for anyone wanting to travel to China. Truly an amazing company!
P F

5.0

Top China Travel Guide Jim in Beijing was an excellent guide for a solo tourist. He was attentive, passionate about Chinese history and very service oriented. He set the bar high for the following travel guides in Xian, Guilin and Shanghai. Overall the itinerary for my solo tour was amazing and I have so many awesome photos of my trip in China. Ask for Jim if you go to Beijing with TCT.
574george

5.0

In April we had the pleasure of having Juli Liu as a tour guide for three days in Guilin China and the sourronding area. She speaks very good English. Is very friendly, knowledeable,and has a good sense of humor. She asked what we wanted to do and see and made suggestions of things she felt we might enjoy. She took us on a Li River day trip is not to be missed. She advised us on shopping and other things to do on our own. She did not rush us or try to push us to go to certain sights or stores. She stayed with us each day from early morning to what ever time we wanted. She even took us to an evening event after spending a full day showing us around. She also advised us on places to eat. We enjoyed her so much we wished we had allowed more time in Guilian. We plan on return to Guilian and will use Juli again.
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