Day 1. Chengdu-Leshan Giant Buddha .
pick up from hotel at 8:30am, drive 2.5h to Leshan Giant Buddha
visit the largest sitting Buddha in the world ( two ways : by climbing to the Giant Buddha’s head or by boat to the foot of the Buddha in the river.
drive to Ya’an for the night ( 2h )
Day 2. Ya’an Bifengxia
quite a few to do :
1. hike in Bifengxia Gorge.
2.visit Bifengxia Panda base ( here are pandas of different ages )
Shangli Ancient town
drive to Kangding (2.5h ) for the night
Kangding is a main gateway to Tibet from Sichuan, for many travelers it is the first taste of the Tibetan world. Kangding is famous throughout China for a popular love song inspired by the town’s surrounding scenery. Kangding is beautiful with river-view in the night .
Day 3. Kangding-Mugecuo -Kangding -Xinduqiao （3300m)
visit Mugecuo (40 minutes drive from Kangding )
mountains, lake, valleys ,red stones etc.
drive 2.5 hours to Xinduqiao in the afternoon
night stay in Xinduqiao town, if weather is good , shoot the starry sky in the night .
Day 4. Xinduqiao-Daocheng County ( 6.5h )
Day 5. Daocheng county-Daocheng Yading .
visit Daocheng Yading’s short villey .entrance-Zhuomalacuo (pearl Lake ) altitude 4080m , full day in the park .
night stay in RIwa Town(2900m) or Yading village (inside the park 4060m)
Day 6 Daocheng Yading ( the long valley ) .
entrance ( or Yading Village) to Milk Lake(4600m) – Five-color Lake (4700m)
drive 2h to Daocheng County for the night
Day 7.Daocheng county-Xinduqiao (7 hours drive)
Day 8. Xinduqiao-Tagong Grassland-Bamei-Danba
visit Jiaju or Zhonglu Tibetan village
night stay in local Tibetan’s home-style guesthouse.
pick the fruit or vegetables in the village. take photos of Danba tibetan houses and bunkers .
Day 9 . Danba-Rilong Town( 3 hours drive)
Mt.Siguniang (Shuangqiao valley ). Rilong town
Day 10. Mt.Siguniang ( Changping Valley ) . Rilong town
Day 11 .Rilong –Barkam (Maerkang ). ( 4h )
Zhuokeji Tibetan Headman ‘s Manor
Barkam (Maerkang) city
Day 12. Maerkang- Chengdu