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Rural Ramblings - Chengdu to Lijiang

Travel days:  15 days
 /  14 nights

  • All flights mentioned in the program in economy class including tax and fuel surcharge
  • All transfers mentioned in the program with air-conditioned car
  • Accommodation in mentioned hotels or similar in double rooms with bath/shower and WC
  • All meals mentioned in the program (B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner)
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
  • Offroad vehicle mentioned in the programs
  • Experienced English- or German - speaking local guide
  • 24 hour hotline service (English-speaking)
  • Chinese short term driving license (2-3 months validity for specified route)
  • International flight to/from China and international airport tax.
  • Visa for China.
  • All costs not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All personal expenses.
  • Chengdu
    Yinhe Dynasty Hotel (****) or same category
  • Kangding
    Gesar Hotel (***) or same category
  • Danba
    Gubao Hotel (simple guest house) or same category
  •  Xinduqiao
    New Kangzhu Hotel (simple guest house) or same category
  •  Litang
    Gaoyuan Minzhu Hotel (simple) or same category
  •  Riwa
    Tianshi Hotel (simple) or same category
  • Daocheng
    Yading Hotel (simple)
  • Derong
    Sun Valley Hotel (simple)
  • Decheg
    Rainbow Hotel (simple)
  • Zhongdian
    Guanguang Hotel (***) or same category
  • Lijiang
    Wangfu Hotel (****) or same category
  • TUI China requires a copy of the passport, the foreign driving license and a health certificate 2 months before arrival in order to have enough time for processing the application for a Chinese driving license

Travel content

With the option of doing the driving yourself, take to the road and discover some of China's most sublime landscapes! Starting from Chengdu, we drive southwest through spectacular countryside with thoroughly traditional Tibetan villages, concluding in delightful Lijiang. For those who enjoy mild adventure, a bit of 'roughing it' and the real feel of their travel destinations, choose this great tour of rural China.

Travel Itinerary

  • Day 1:
    Beijing / Shanghai - Chengdu (L)

    Flight to Chengdu, transfer to the hotel

    Visit Panda Base,Qing Yang Gong and drink tea in the temple

    Overnight in Yinhe Dynasty Hotel (4 star)

  • Day 2:
    Chengdu - Ya'an - Kangding (B, L, D)

    Drive through the Chengdu Plain and friendly Ya'an City to Kangding (about 360 km; 6 hours); enjoy the lovely scenery on the way

    Overnight in Gesar Hotel (3 star)

  • Day 3:
    Kangding - Danba (B, L, D)

    Drive to Danba (about 150 km; 5-6 hours)

    Overnight in Gubao Hotel (simple)

  • Day 4:
    Danba - Tagong Si (temple) - Xinduqiao (B, L, D)

    Drive to Jiaju to visit Tibetan farmers' houses

    Drive to Bamei to visit Tagong monastery

    Drive to Xinduqiao (about 140 km, 3 hours)

    Overnight in Xintai Hotel (simple) or New Kangzhu Hotel (simple)

  • Day 5:
    Xinduqiao - Yajiang - Litang (B, L, D)

    Pass through Yajiang and drive to Litang (about 205 km; 5-6 hours)

    Visit the Litang monastery

    Overnight in Gaoyuan Mingzhu Hotel

  • Day 6:
    Litang - Sangdui - Daocheng - Riwa (B, L, D)

    Drive to Daocheng and Yading (about 225 km, 6 hours), visit Bangpu monastery at Sangdui village and Gongga Langjiling monastery

    Overnight in Tianshi Hotel (simple)

  • Day 7:
    Riwa - Luorong farmland - Riwa (B, L, D)

    Drive to Yading Nature Reserve in Long Tong Ba (60 km; 2 hours each way there and back), walk through the forest to small Chonggu monastery, holy lake - Zhoma Latso. Then walk back to the entrance Long Tong Ba and drive to hotel

    Overnight in Tianshi Hotel (simple)

  • Day 8:
    Riwa - Long Tong Ba - Five-color Lake - Milk Lake - Long Tong Ba - Riwa

    Drive to Yading Nature Reserve in Long Tong Ba (60 km; 2 hours drive, each way there and back). Walk to Luorong farmland, the holy lakes 'Five-color Lake' and 'Milk Lake' . Then walk back to entrance of the reserve and drive to Daocheng

    Overnight in Yading Hotel (simple)

  • Day 9:
    Daocheng - Xiangcheng - Derong (B, L, D)

    Drive to Xiangcheng (about 280 km, 6-7 hours), visit Sangpi monastery

    Drive to Derong

    Overnight in Sun Valley Hotel (simple)

  • Day 10:
    Derong - Dechen (B, L, D)

    Drive to Dechen (about 180 km; 5-6 hours), visit Dong Trubling monastery

    Overnight in Rainbow Hotel (simple)

  • Day 11:
    Dechen (B, L, D)

    Day trip to the Yong Ming glacier (60 km, 2 hours drive, each way there and back)

    Visit the Feilai monastery

    Overnight in Rainbow Hotel (simple)

  • Day 12:
    Dechen - Derong - Shangri-La (B, L, D)

    Drive to Shangri-La (about 185 km, 5 hours), visit the Songzanlin Monastery

    Overnight in Guanguang Hotel (3 star)

  • Day 13:
    Shangri-La - Tiger Leaping Gorge - Lijiang (B, L)

    Drive to Lijiang (about 200 km; 6 hours), visit the Tiger Leaping Gorge

    Overnight in Wangfu Hotel (4 star)

  • Day 14:
    Lijiang - Kunming (B, L)

    Visit the Lijiang Old Town, view the Baisha Frescoes

    Overnight in Kunming

  • Day 15:
    Kunming - Beijing / Shanghai

    Visit in the "City of Eternal Spring" will lead you to the Western Hills, also known as the "Sleeping Beauty Hills", located close to the Dianchi Lake. Up on the hills you visit the Daoist Dragon Gate with grottoes, stone carvings and pavillions.

    Transfer to the airport, fly to Beijing / Shanghai

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