6 Days Daocheng-Yading Pure Land Tour

Kangding, Xinduqiao, Litang, Daocheng-Yading Nature Reserve

Traveler Reviews

Tour Code: TCT-Sichuan-06

Tour Type: Private Tour

Tour Highlights:

You will be astonished by the amazing natural scenery, like the virgin forests, snow mountains, plateau lakes.

Get into the Tibetan villages and have chance to experience the culture and local custom.

This is a great choice for photographers or photography fans.

Ensure you the most comfortable and flexible tour experience with the private service for the whole trip.
 

Best Travel Time: The best time to Daocheng and Yading is from April to October, while Autumn (September & October) is more suitable for photography with more stable weather condition.

From $ 1069

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Day 1Chengdu - Yaan - Kangding (270Km & 4hrs)
Drive to Kangding via Yaan, Mt. Erlangshan Tunnel, Mugecuo Scenic Area

Meals: Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Kangding Gesanghua Hotel ★★★★ or similar

Please get up early and check out from the hotel. At around 07:00am, our local tour guide and driver will meet you at the hotel lobby, and begin the tour to the pure land.

Leave Chengdu for Kangding. Today, we head westward, passing Ya'an city, through Mt. Erlangshan where we will drive through the longest tunnel in China, and arrive at Kangding city, known as the hometown of love song, the capital of Garze Tibetan Autonomous Region.

After lunch at a local restaurant, you will take a tour to Mugecuo Scenic Area, which is also called Kangding Love Song Resort. Here you could see the one of largest plateau lakes in Sichuan. Walking beside the lake, listening to the sound of wind, you may know how the romantic name is from.

Get used to the altitude about 2,500 meters and get ready for the next day's driving on the high mountains. Stay overnight in Kangding.

Mugecuo Scenic Area
Mugecuo Scenic Area

Day 2Kangding - Xinduqiao - Litang - Daocheng (420Km & 8.5hrs)
Drive to Daocheng via Xinduqiao & Litang, Enjoy the natural view on the way

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Snow Area Hot Spring Garden Hotel★★★★ or similar

Today, we will head to Daocheng via Xinduqiao, Yajiang and Litang. With the altitude climbing higher and higher, we will conquer several mountains over 4000 meters, Mt. Gaoersi, Mt. Jianziwan, Mt. Kazila, etc.

The lunch would be served at a local restaurant on the way.

Arrive at Litang, the world high city, located at the plateau at around 4000 meters. Litang is the town with strong nomadic features and strong atmosphere of traditional Tibetan life; strolling in the streets, enjoy enough time to experience the local life. After a short refreshment, we will continue driving to Daocheng and arrive at the county at night. Check in hotel and have a good rest for tomorrow's tour.

Xinduqiao
Xinduqiao

Day 3Daocheng - Yading (80Km & 1.5hrs)
Drive to Yading, Daocheng-Yading Natural Reserve, Chonggu Temple, Pearl Lake

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Mofan Themed Hotel or similar

After breakfast, meet our guide and driver. Begin the pure land exploration to Daocheng- Yading Natural Reserve. When arriving at the scenic area, we will take the shuttle bus to Yading Village for check in.

Firstly, we will visit the Chonggu Temple (3900m) at the foot of Mt. Xiannairi (6032m). Solemn temple, chanting lamas and burning incense brings you with peace. There is a grassland around the temple where the scenery is beautiful. After that, walk along the plank road to the Pearl Lake (4080m), the best point to enjoy the magnificent view of Mt. Xiannairi. After the tour, walk to Yading Village for hotel check-in and stay overnight there.

Details in the itinerary:
Drive from Daocheng to Yading Natural Reserve (80km & 1.5hrs) - Take shuttle bus to Yading Village (3800m) - Take shuttle bus to Zhaguanbeng (6.5km & 20mins) - Walk to Chonggu Temple (0.5km & 20mins) - Walk to Pearl Lake (1.5km & 1.5hrs)

Dacheng Yading Natural Reserve
Dacheng Yading Natural Reserve

Day 4Yading - Daocheng
Luorong Cattle Ranch, Niunai Lake (Milk Lake), Color Sea Scenic Area, Drive back to Daocheng

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Snow Area Hot Spring Garden Hotel★★★★ or similar

Get up early if you would like to enjoy the sunrise in the morning. Today, you will try the second route to enjoy the beauty of Yading.

Take the shuttle bus to Zhaguanbeng and walk to Chonggu Temple, then take the golf cart to Luorong Cattle Ranch (4180m), surrounded by three snow-capped mountains, where is the best place to take pictures of the three holy mountains. The Gongga River runs through the pastures, and the tall and low trees are in harmony with a wooden house.

Optional: Hiking from Chonggu Temple to Luorong Cattle Ranch is an option with 1.5hrs & 6.5km .

From the ranch, you could choose hiking through the small path or horse riding (extra cost on your own expense) to Milk Lake (4600m) and Color Sea Scenic Area (4700m). The lakes hide in the valley, just like the blue diamonds sparkling under the sunlight and reflecting the holy mountains.

In the late afternoon, we will say goodbye to the valley and take the shuttle bus out of the reserve. The driver is waiting and we will drive back to Daocheng for overnight-stay.

Details in the itinerary:
Take shuttle bus from Yading Village to Zhaguanbeng (6.5km & 20mins) - Walk to Chonggu Temple (0.5km & 20mins) - Change gulf car to Luorong Cattle Ranch (6.7km &30mins) or choose hiking (1.5hrs) - Hiking to Milk Lake (5km & 3hrs) - Hiking to Color Sea (1km & 30mins).

Milk Lake
Milk Lake

Day 5Dacheng - Xinduqiao (340Km & 6.5hrs)
Drive to Xinduqiao

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Xinduqiao Gonggazong Manor Hotel ★★★★ or similar

Say goodbye to Daocheng. It is a long journey back to Chengdu, so we will have overnight at Xinduqiao where is recognized as the paradise for photography.

Xinduqiao
Xinduqiao

Day 6Xinduqiao - Chengdu (340Km & 5.5hrs)
Drive back to Chengdu

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Enjoy the grassland view in the morning. Check out from hotel at noon time and drive back to Chengdu. On the way, we will visit the Luding Bridge above Dadu River which is famous for the history about Red Army and Long March.

Arrive at Chengdu in late afternoon.

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Tour Price (US$ per person)

Hotel Class Group Size Dec. ~ Feb. Mar. ~ Nov.
Economy Hotel
★★★
2 ~ 5 pax

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6 ~ 9 pax

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Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
2 ~ 5 pax

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From on request

6 ~ 9 pax

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Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
2 ~ 5 pax

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From on request

6 ~ 9 pax

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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

PunkNelson

5.0

Great Hotel stay Very Nice Tour guides Convenient planned daily trips Average selection of restaurant for food though
Kiwimac53

5.0

We were looking for a tour in SW China while in the area for work and found this one. While we wouldn't normally get a private tour but surprisingly it was actually cheaper than most of the group tours in the area and was great value. While I would usually rather keep one guide for the whole tour, as you get to know each other and they get to know what you are interested in, we changed guides 5 times during this trip (fortunately we had the same guide in Kunming at the start and end of the tour which was a real bonus as Murphy, our Kunming based guide, was excellent.) In this case changing guides had the advantage of local knowledge at each site so compensated for the change. Of the 4 guides we had 3 excellent and 1 very good with each of them working hard to look after us and make sure we enjoyed our trip. Vicky, our Dali based guide was also extremely good making our time there a highlight. The tour gives you 2 days at each base ie travel in the morning, have the afternoon and the next day touring the area then drive to the next base. We chose the driving tour as we feel it gives you a better experience of the area and you get to see the locals in action. All the drivers we had were great - they went out of their way to look after us and were very safe, which is saying something for driving in China. While all of the guides were very fluent in English none of the drivers could speak English which was a slight disadvantage as you didn't have the guides with you when traveling between bases but the friendliness and helpfulness of the drivers more than made up for this. The tour was very well organised and we knew what we were doing from the time we met our guide on arrival at the Kunming railway station to when we walked through security at the airport on our way out. The tour comes with 4,5 and 6 star accommodation choices and we went for the cheapest 4 star option. While the English at the hotels was limited the guides made sure we were checked in and out and took care of any issues (which were minimal). The 4 star option is largely "Chinese style" hotels ie designed for Chinese visitors with breakfast consisting of what many westeners would consider dinner style food but there was always eggs and toast for the less adventurous. The hotels were all clean and comfortable and generally very well located. The Hotel in Kunming (Jin Jang Inn) was a bonus as it seemed higher than 4 star and we stayed there both on our way in and out. As well as breakfast, lunch came with the tour which was enjoyable as the guides choose the restaurants so we got a variety. I got the feeling that most of the restaurants were owned by friends or family or there was some arrangement with the guide, but as you get to formally review each guide and the meals at the end of each stop they work hard to make sure you enjoy the meal and there was always an abundance of food. We tried a range of local cuisine and there was only one meal we didn't think was up to par. You get your own dinner which also suited us as there is invariably a range of restaurants or for the more adventurous there is the street vendors and you can choose what you want. The vehicles we were driven in were all very good- plenty of space and very comfortable. Being a private tour, while there was a set itinerary, which was diverse and very interesting with something for most people, the guides could tweak it to suit individual interests eg more time at one site and less at another. It is easy to get a bit templed out but overall the itinerary was a good mic of nature and culture. I would thoroughly recommend the tour and the company and we will be looking to the company if/when we go back - Guilin is next on the list as the guides were very happy to discus what they thought we would and wouldn't enjoy based on working with us on this tour,
N2265ZIinfo

5.0

Excellent guides, flexible and knowledgeable travel agent. They speak good English. Our trip was very well organized. We are 100% happy and I can recommend Top China Travel to everybody.
Wesley O

5.0

I contacted Top China travel for a 13 day China vacation (Beijing/Xian/Yangtze River cruise/Shanghai) and right from the start Bonnie provided me with great choices and package options. Throughout the entire planning and even during the trip Bonnie was there for us following up and making sure everything was perfect. Thank you Bonnie for making our China vacation unforgettable.
Johnf8958

5.0

From the minute I contacted Vicky at Top China Travel to book our holiday, to the time we were taken to Pudong airport for our flight home, the experience was perfect. My wife and I visited Beijing, Xian and Shanghai and all of our tour guides were fluent in English, very knowledgeable and very friendly. Thank you Vicky and all at TCT and I will definitely be in contact when I return to China.
lakazdi

5.0

I went on a Top China Travel group tour. Everything was so well organised that I never had to worry about anything. I really liked that the group was small and it felt like we were a big group of old-friends all travelling together, not just a passenger on the bus. Every hotel, guide, driver and restaurant was very well picked. I was very happy with how well-informed each guide was, how flexible they were to ensure we all had a great time, and their English was all very good. At every step of the way, guides had us fill in a Top China Travel feedback form which I am certain the company take very seriously since their service was so good. I will be passing on their details to all my friends and family who want to travel in China.
DEBORAH O

5.0

Thanks to Ms Raylene He we had a wonderful and well organised trip to 5 destinations which all went off without a hitch including being met by guides and drivers in each city and looked after very well. This all included several domestic flights a train trip and permits. I have no qualms in recommending this company to other travellers.
EBTraveler

5.0

With forty years of travel to the far corners of our world we have encountered many guides. Like most travelers some have not been very good, some decent and the rare few that are outstanding. During our three weeks in China last month we encountered just such a rare individual. Our guide in Guilin was a young women named Ping (I'll provide her email later). Ping demonstrated knowledge and command of the history, stories and culture all along the way. Beyond that, Ping exuded infectious enthusiasm not only for our touring, but for us personally as well. We had a serious medical issue occur suddenly, in fact one of us went into diabetic shock. It was four in the morning but no matter, after calling Ping she took command and arranged for the hotel to send us, with a car, driver, and assistant to a hospital. Upon our arrival there was Ping who obviously thru on some clothes, got on her motorbike and rushed to meet us. There she not only served as translator but as though a family member, she became invested in our proper care and recovery. Truly remarkable to have such a person supporting you. In small ways she flavored her guiding with a sense of our interests and preferences, like the day we mentioned our love of pomegranates and the next morning there she is smiling and with samples for us as a treat. When we left a jacket behind, once again was on it as Ping arranged for its shipment to out next stop and tracked it until it was in our hands. Beyond that, Ping was in frequent contact to make certain of our full medical recovery and to offer her help where or whenever it might be needed while in China. Amazing! Ping can be contacted at bellakanas@163.com Sheila Hertz, Howard Entin
ourview_11

5.0

From the first email to Top China Travel with Joyce to our wonderful Tour Guide Linda and our driver I can not say more happily what a wonderful trip we have had. Linda was very Kind and very informative with all your tours. The vehicle used was at very high standard and the Driver very safe. We had a private Tour for myself and my Husband we would totally recommend this company.
Geonannie

5.0

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Allessandr0

5.0

I am a tour leader from Italy and this was my first cooperation with Janet and how lucky we met her!! We followed the trip with her to remote areas in China including some ethnic group area in Guizhou province and Sanjiang, Longsheng and Guilin, we enjoyed completely throughout the whole trip and some arrangement even out of our surprise, like we went to Janet’s home to learn how to pack Chinese Ravioli, she invited a Taichi teacher and we had a 1 hour Taichi class inside her home community. Everything was fine and our group members are all like her very much. We strongly recommend Janet Chan (janet@topchinatravel.com) as your China trip consultant! She is so considerate and carefully planned each detail of our trip. Guizhou is a very interesting and primitive place for visiting, you should include in your China trip as well! Thank you Janet! You are very professional!!
Salim A

5.0

When I planning our private trip to china I have read many trip adviser reviews and I have noticed Janet Chan’s name came up a number of times so i sent her an e-mail asked for the best two weeks private tour in China for 6 persons , whiten two days she replied me recommending 5 cities ( Zhangjiajie, hangzhuo , shanghai, Beijing , Guilin ) we went through the program which she sent to us it was excellent so we asked her to go ahead to arrange our journey . it was a great choice we made, The tour guides were knowledgeable and helpful. The hotels which reserved for us by TCT were excellent We can only say thanks for TCT and especially Janet Chan
Karan J

5.0

From the 1st point of contact till the end Joyce was great and helped plan a perfect trip which I was for a short time in Beijing. I was traveling alone and was recommended to join a small group of fellow travelers which was perfect. Great tour guide with a clean bus. Pick up on time and overall a great experience.
Ms Masha B

5.0

My husband and I booked a two week private tour of China with Top China Travel. It was an excellent experience. Vicky, a tour consultant, offered us a very good program visiting Beijing, Xian, Zhangjiajie, Shanghai and Nanjing. We really enjoyed every location. The tour guides were knowledgeable and helpful. In Beijing, Shanghai and Nanjing me made our own hotel reservation and in Xian an Zhangjiajie TCT made the reservations for us. Lunch was included in the tour and the selection of the restaurants was excellent in most locations (except Xian). Overall great tour!
Chris W

5.0

When planning our China trip we read many trip advisor reviews and noticed Janet Chan’s name came up a number of times so we asked for her to arrange our journey across this fascinating land. What a great choice we made, she listened and responded to our questions and arranged all our trip that went off without any problems. We didn’t want shopping nor group travel and she responded brilliantly. Two days hiking on the wall with fabulous guide Miko, in fact all our guides and drivers were just excellent. High speed train meant we saw lots of China’s varied countryside and went to some out of the way places. We can only say great things about TCT and especially Janet Chan if you are planning a trip. Thank you Janet for an exciting and memorable trip! Chris n Jools Winstanley
Raghavan A

5.0

We signed up with TCT after reading reviews of Tibet tour agencies. Our trip included 4 days in Lhasa, two in Shigatse and one at the base camp. TCT made all the arrangements including the Tibet permit, hotels, tour guide, car and the driver for the entire trip. The arrangements were superb. The guide and the driver were very accommodating to our needs and made the entire trip very convenient. At the base camp, the guide even arranged for extra oxygen in case we need it. She was also very helpful in advising us as how to get acclimated to the altitude. The entire trip was smooth and enjoyable and we would highly recommend TCT for travel to Tibet.
karenilena

5.0

wonderful visit and wonderful guide Li. Li showed us all the charms of this great city together with our Li river tour. We fell in love with this place and Yangshou. Great place to visit and it was a favourite city in all the cities we visited. great guide
Natasha J

5.0

I can't recommend this company enough!! I started talking to Yocky via the chat system on their website, as we wanted to do a 2.5 week trip around China. Our itinerary was: Shenzhen-Beijing-Xian-Kunming-Dongchuan-Chengdu-Guilin-Sanya Here's how things went: 1) She was instant in her replies and responded to subsequent emails within the hour (and trust me, I sent A LOT of emails). She was always so thorough and efficient. 2) She made us a tailor made trip that covered everything we wanted, including some slightly more off the beaten track attractions. 3) She helped us keep to our budget and suggested reasonable things we could cut out when things were too expensive (not something many companies would do as they are trying to make a quick buck). 4) She listened to all of our requests for things such as early morning flights, vegetarian food, and readjusting itineraries. 5) All our drivers and guides were EXCELLENT; they were prompt, kind, spoke excellent English and had a wealth of knowledge about all the sites we saw. All the cars on our private tours were nice and comfortable and had water. 6) Despite asking for 3* hotels, all 7 hotels we stayed in seemed like 4* to us and all included breakfast. 7) With such a large and complicated trip there were bound to be a few hiccups (e.g. there was a marathon in Xian one day which meant a lot of roads were closed, so we couldn't access sites). Yocky was in touch with us the entire time and helped us rearrange our plans quickly and ordered complimentary tickets to a show to make up for the inconvenience. We were so nervous about our first trip to China as we speak no mandarin and are strict vegetarian but honestly this was one of the best trips of our life; this company made it so easy for us and I really can't imagine having been able to do it myself any better!
JrnyJunkie

5.0

The views are stunning and the boat that we were on had VIP seating for just our group with a private balcony to view the river.
Candi S

5.0

Raylene did a wonderful job organizing our tour to meet our time constraints. She answered all questions very efficiently. Our tour guide Rocco met us at the airport and the Driver was waiting near by. I have specific dietary restrictions and the guide was extremely helpful communicating that with the restaurants. The trip was so easy and we always felt safe. My husband and I are looking forward to booking a more extended trip in the future. There is so much to see and the food is wonderful!
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