Western China and Tibet

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                      Western China and Tibet
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                      Western China and Tibet
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                      Western China and Tibet

The Concept

Experience the ancient kingdom that is leading the modern world in technology and change. From the ancient capital of Xian, to the marvels of Beijing and infamous Tiananmen Square, to the modern wonders of Shanghai, this 10-day tour immerses students in contemporary and historical China. Highlights include the stunning terracotta Warriors of Xian, the glorious palaces and gardens of the Forbidden City, and walking on the Great Wall of China. Students will also attend shows and exhibitions featuring popular Chinese culture such as Kung Fu.

Itinerary Day By Day

Day 1 AUSTRALIA - CHENGDU (D)

Today we arrival at Chengdu airport, meet with our host and transfer to hotel. Free the balance of day. Dinner tonight is arranged at a fine local restaurant, an introduction of Chinese cuisine (with the assistance of your local tour leader).

Day 2 CHENGDU (B, L, D)

You will have some leisure time in the morning until you meet your guide and driver. You will be transferred to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding that is situated in the north suburbs of Chengdu. About 50 pandas live in the semi-natural environment in this base. Then get back town to enjoy a leisure tea time at a lovely local teahouse at the Wenshu Temple. Don’t miss the night ritual ceremony by the Buddhist monks at the Temple. Enjoy a nice vegetarian dinner near the temple.

Day 3 CHENGDU – LESHAN – EMEI SHAN (B, L)

Depart in the morning for Leshan. On the way we shall take a countryside walking in a tranquil village in south Chengdu. The walking is leisure and enjoyable. We will walk on a small path through a valley and mountain ridge, passing farmland, an orchard, brushwood and meet with local people. On arrival, visit a local farmhouse and learn how to play Chinese Mah-jong, then enjoy a local home cooked lunch. In the afternoon transfer to Leshan for its famous Leshan Giant Buddha Statue. Leshan Giant Buddha is the largest Buddha in the world, about 71 meters high. It is a statue of Maitreya in sitting posture. It started to be carved in 713 A.D and finished 90 years later. Take a boat cruise on the Min River to view the mighty Grand Buddha from a floating perspective. Drive to the foot of Mount. Emei and visit Bao Guo Temple, the largest Buddhist temple at the mountain foot.

Day 4 EMEI SHAN (B, L)

Being one of China’s Four Buddhist Holy Mountains, Emei Shan is noted for its profound history, secluded Buddhist Temples, dense forests and amazing landscape on the Golden Summit. Since ancient times Emei Mountain has been described as "Beauty Under Heaven". Temples were built as early as the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220AD) and Buddhism was introduced to the mountain during the Jin Dynasty. In the morning we wake up and transfer by shuttle bus and cable car up to the Summit. Hike on zigzagging mountain trails descending to Jieying Hall and further onwards to Leidong. The view is spectacular. Later in the afternoon proceed to the Crouching Tiger Monastery to explore the mighty 500 Arhats Hall.

Day 5 EMEI SHAN - KANGDING (B, L)

Leave in the morning for Kangding. On the way we shall stop at Liujiang, a lovely and peaceful Old Town in Western Sichuan Province. The 800-year-old town today is a showcase for the typical old-town wooden structures in Sichuan. Enjoy a leisure stroll in the old town by the river. The drive from Liujiang onwards to Kangding is extremly scenic as we pass through Erlang Shan and leaves the plain areas to Tibetan highland. Kangding is the traditional gateway to Tibet from Sichuan. Enjoy some free leisure time upon arrival Kangding.

Day 6 KANGDING – TAGONG (B, L)

In the morning we set off for Tagong. Take photo break at Xinduqiao. Afterwards drive to Tagong Grasslands and visit Lhagang Monastery of Sayka Sect. When weather is good, we can view holy mountain Yala from a distance. Take a leisurely walk through the gilded Golden Stupa in Tagong. A local village visit can be arranged when time permits.

Day 7 TAGONG - DANBA (B, L, D)

The Yak River leads us to Danba. On the way we can view the snowy peak Yala. We will visit Huiyuan Monastery near Bamei and stop at DingGuo Hill near a Tibetan Bön Temple. The local people in Danba are called Jiarong (Gyarong) Tibetans. It is said that they are the descendants of the people of the ancient Xixia Kingdom, who merged with the local people after they fled from Gansu and settled here. Danba has long been acclaimed as the Kingdom of Thousands of Ancient Blockhouses. Upon arrival Danba you will take photos at Suopo Village. They were made of clay and block and look fine from outside with solid thick walls. Overnight home stay in Tibetan village (standard room).

Day 8 DANBA (B, L)

The morning time offers us a great opportunity to capture the true colours of the Tibetan Village Jiaju. Take a walk to the higher viewing terrace from where we can view the holy mountain Morduo just opposite the village. After breakfast we shall leave for Zhonglu Tibetan Village from where we shall go on a small trail walking cross a higher pass through bushes, farmlands, peach and pear treeks, and most impressively these Stone Watching Towers standing at the mountain slopes, by the roadsides in the backdrop of the mountain ridge in NW Sichuan. The hiking lasts approx. 4-5 hours. Enjoy a picnic lunch during the walk. Later of the day we get to Suopo and drive back to the town.

Day 9 DANBA – YA’AN (B, L)

Today we leave in the morning for Ya’an. Drive along Dadu River before getting to Luding. Take a break at Luding to explore the Ancient Luding Bridge once the Chinese Red Army went through this part of the province in the 1930s during their expedition on the Long March. Check in hotel and enjoy some free leisure time in Ya’an.

Day 10 YA’AN – CHENGDU (B, L, D)

This morning you shall visit these lovely Giant Pandas at Ya’an Breeding Institute. Take a hiking in the green valley of Bifeng Gorge. Later in the afternoon transfer back Chengdu to enjoy a savory Sichuan Hotpot Dinner.

Day 11 CHENGDU (B)

Check out in the morning and transfer to airport for flight homewards. End of the amazing Western China Journey.

Inclusions
  • Return international economy airfares, including pre-paid taxes and charges
  • 9 nights’ accommodation at 3 and 4 star accommodation twin share
  • Overnight accommodation in a Tibetan village (dormitory style)
  • Daily meals as specified in the itinerary
  • All ground transfers by private coach as required
  • All guided tours, excursions, guided walking, overland trips, and sightseeing tickets/ admission fess when applicable as stated in the above programme
  • Services of an informed English speaking local tour leader throughout
  • Airport pick up and drop off services by private coach along with English speaking guide
  • All government taxes and ground operation fees.