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.

Price from on request

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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.

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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

Sasikomakula

5.0

We had our family reunion 2017 in China, visiting Beijing, Xi’an and Chendge. Sophie was excellent and instrumental in helping us with the planning, she spent months organising and arranging. Her response was always prompt, helpful, and detailed while responding to our enquiries. We had Mr. Li in Xi’an as our guide who was phenomenal, he is very proficient in his English and knowledgeable of the city of Xian and Chinese history. Even though lunch was not included in our itinerary, Mr Li accompanied us to restaurants. In Beijing, initially we had Mr Leo who was energetic & caring, but was unable to deliver. From the second day for Beijing & Chengde we had Mr Mike as our guide who was professional. We were travelling with senior citizens & kids and all guides were extremely accommodating. I highly recommend TCT to anyone planning a trip to China. Thank you Sophie, Li, Leo and Mark for the fantastic trip!!
bp1234_12

5.0

Very satisfied with my recent Beijing>XIAN> Shanghai tour with Top China Travel. I wanted to have the services of a tour to navigate China given the language and short visit. From the inception Joyce my tour coordinator was very helpful and responded promptly to my many questions and clarifications. All aspects of the tour and options were very well explained and communicated. Guides were very knowledgeable and communicated with no issues in English. They were prompt, informative, helpful and Jolly which made the experience more pleasant. All aspects of the trips including internal train and flights were well planned and orchestrated so there was never any concerns and confusion at the sites and going on to the next destination. Guides were also helpful in suggesting venues for Dinner and currency exchanges, souvenir shops etc. Special call out to Ocean in Beijing who really goes all out to ensure you have an enjoyable and positive experience. Being an avid traveller, I can certainly recommend Top China Travel.
Rick U-C

5.0

I did this tour with my wife and our adult son in early February - in fact it was Chinese New Year's eve day. We enjoyed it. We did the three star version and were impressed with how easy the guide on the tour bus made it for us. She was attentive and her English was great. The three star boats are remarkably comfortable. We were expecting wooden benches, but the cabin was carpeted, well appointed, and very comfortable. We spent much of the trip on the deck looking at the scenery of the Karst Mountain Formations, which was pretty incredible. At the end of the trip, our guide offered another smaller river cruise that included a cave, but we chose to go off on our own. We rented scooters and had fund going out to see the huge Banyan tree outside of town. Our guide had given us clear instructions on how to find the hotel where the bus picked us up on time for a drive of a couple of hours back to Guilin.
Fenilshah123

5.0

We selected TCT to help us with our China trip. They delivered what they promised. They were there at every step. We took their help in Beijing and then again in Guilin. In Guilin, they had a personal trip for us. They really provided value. We are vegetarians and the options they provided were great. Lauren, our guide in Guilin knew every aspect of information and was very honest and the kids enjoyed her candid remarks. We were a family of four with our sons 26 and 24. At times, the four days of trip with someone constantly with you got a little too much as we wanted to have private family time but they were always understanding and accommodated us.
jeanettey54

5.0

Both my husband and me booked a 8 Days tour self designed, no shopping China tour with TCT in Nov 2018. Yocky is the best consultant that I have worked with. She is so responsive and patient with all my request from the planning stage to the end of the tour. I was so impressed with Yocky answering my message even at 6am in the morning due to flight delay. We are so thankful that she had always tried her best to help and take action with some unhappiness with hotels and other issues. Without hesitation, I would strongly recommend TCT to everyone interested to tour China.
Kaltham G

5.0

we are a family from UAE who have hired Top China Travel in 2012 then hired them again in 2012 to arrange my brother's honeymoon trip in China. then hired them again in 2017 to go to Tibet. and now we are looking to hire them again for another trip my dad and sister are planning to do to discover some other parts of china. our agent is Janet, a sweet and a polite lady who wouldn't say no to any request and wouldn't mind revising the itinerary so many times just to meet your requirements. I have traveled to more than 70 countries and I was never this happy with my tour planner as much as I did wiith Top China travel.
IleanaA644

5.0

On boat on LI RIVER from Guili to Yangshuo. 83 Km throught mountains, green hills and clear waters, a scenery that takes you back to ancient Chinese paintings. You can see bamboo boats and fishermen with straw hats and cormorants, people in camping on the riverbanck, buffalo grazing. Above all, you understand that there is a China different from the one of the great metropolises and you thinK " Oh, what a wonderful landscape...what a wonderful litgh, what awonderful air !"
Justine G

5.0

Our family of four just completed a 8 day tour with TCT. Janet helped organize a fantastic itinerary that was flexible and accommodating for our 75 year old mother. We loved the cable car up to the Great wall and Xi'an City wall. Yuyuan Gardens, the trip up the Pearl Tower and all the temples were breathtaking sites. The Capital Hotel in Beijing and Ramada Hotel in Xi'an were very good and the breakfasts diverse and tasty. Every lunch was an taste adventure and we loved the Beijing peking Duck dinner. The guides were very knowledgeable and we enjoyed our guide, Summer, in Xi'an very much. Thank you for an extremely enjoyable and memorable tour! Outstanding!!!
Wilfred B

5.0

My wife and I planned our two-week tour of China with Maggie of TCT to include Shanghai, Hangzhou, Xi'an and Beijing. We found her to be incredibly prompt and helpful in responding to our emails and flexible in altering the preliminary itinerary to meet our needs. TCT's guides in each of the cities were competent, personable young professionals, well-informed and able to make every day an exciting and knowledge-quenching experience. Again, they were also flexible, caring and responsive to our needs. Overall, we had a fantastic vacation and compliment Maggie and TCT on their outstanding customer service and program quality.
andryvsutrisna

5.0

It's been a few months since I finished our 11 days (23 Dec-3Jan) private China tour arranged by Janet Chan from Top China Travel. The trip consists of the following cities: Beijing - Hangzhou - Suzhou - Shanghai - Guilin - Hongkong. I really need to thank Janet for her patience towards the schedule changes and all of my custom requests for driver transfer to dinner etc, and even for restaurants booking. In addition, I also found their price to be the best compared with the other competitor. All of our local guides (Sunny in Beijing, Summer in Hangzhou, Isaac in Suzhou, Ryan in Shanghai, and Jay in Guilin) were all helpful, flexible, and very accomodating. They even explained in both english and chinese since my parents can't understand english. They even add some objects here and there so that we can enjoy most of our time in China. They also recommend all of good restaurants in each city. All of them were really good, we even had the best porridge and liu sha bao while we were in Guilin.. Overall, we really enjoyed our time in China, and I didn't expect the trip would be so easy with TCT. Once again, thanks Janet Chan who enables us to make the most of our holiday. Can't wait to plan another trip to China with TCT.
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
Angus D

5.0

Thank you Top China Travel for a fabulous visit to your wonderful country.
I was apprehensive about visiting China, but thoroughly enjoyed our travels if this beautiful country.
What made the trip was having a guide in 4 of the 5 cities we visited.
Our guides meet us at the airport, took us to our accommodation, picked us up for our daily activities, returned us back to our accommodation and made invaluable recommendations for our evenings. Then made sure we not only got back to the airports, but ensured we had the right terminals, flights and saw is right through to customs.
Having a guide made sure we went to the best sights, at the best times to avoid the queues, getting tickets in advance, making sure we got the best photo opportunities in the best places. And all with informative information about sights and history. 
If we had tried to see what we saw on our own, we would have missed so much and spent a long time trying to find it all.
Thank you to Jeremy in Guilin. It was great to get out into the country side and see the hard working farmers tendering their crops, and witness up close the celebration of families remembering their departed families.
To Linda in Beijing. Your warm manner as you taught us about the history of your country, and accepting the challenges of walking the steepest section of the wall with us. Thank you.
Olivia in Xian, the Terra Cotta soldiers was awesome and your making sure we went to government stores so we we're not ripped off, when we brought a soldier and tea.
And Summer in Zhangjiajie, the glass bridge, the glass pathway on the side of the stairway to heaven and your lovely singing. Thank-you for a wonderful tour.
Our guides made our visit to China, a wonderful holiday, thank you all. We wish you well for your futures.
Kind regards from Leah, Angus, Cameron, Maree and Todd
yotour

5.0

Simon and His driver Mr Tian were our guides during our visit to beijing 4days in April 2019,Simply they were so professional persons that myself and my wife superised.We want deeply thank to them for their help to us and wish all the best in their life.Once again our friend thank you.We will never FORGET you.PANOS AND SIA
pao t

5.0

Top China Tour-Joyce Tang was our tour coordinator and I can only have praises for her professionalism,her attention to details, and accommodations to make our lifelong dream of visiting china a memorable experience. Joyce listened to our needs and made recommendations and tailored the tour to fit our schedule. We spent 9 days visiting Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong. The daily schedule was perfect which allowed us to see all the highlights as well as enough time to spend on our own to explore the local culture. I would not hesitate to contact Joyce for our next trip to China.
ladislavcervenka

5.0

Tom was an amazing tour guide during our stay in Beijing, he was helpful, thoughtful, always on time, very knowledgeable and very flexible when we wanted to make adjustments on our schedule... thanks to him we had an amazing experience in China :-) We never had a better guide than Tom We definitely recommend him and TCT to anybody coming to Beijing and to China Thank you Tom!!!!
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