Northern Sichuan and Southern Gansu Chengdu-Jiuzhaigou-Xiahe-Lanzhou 8 Days tour
Day 1: Chengdu Arrival
Upon your arrival at the Chengdu Shuangliu international airport, our tour guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel in Chengdu downtown. The rest of the day is yours to relax and have a good rest.
Day 2: Chengdu - Songpan
Today after breakfast, we will drive from Chengdu about 6 hours to Songpan, passing through Dujiangyan, Wenchuan, Mao County. Upon your arrival at Songpan, check in a local hotel there. The rest of day is your time to explore Songpan Ancient Town.
Day 3: Songpan - Huanglong - Jiuzhaigou
Today, we will drive to visit Huanglong National Park, where densely scatters thousands of travertine color-ponds and flow streams. You will marvel at Huanglong Temple and fabulous Five-color Ponds. After sightseeing in Huanglong, transfer you to your hotel in Jiuzhaigou, near the gate of the scenic spot.
Day 4: Jiuzhaigou
Today, you will have a full day to explore the Jiuzhai Valley. There are 9 Tibetan villages in the valley, so called the name. Its best-known feature is its dozen of blue, green and turquoise-colored lakes. Jiuzhai Valley consists of three valleys – Rize Valley, Shuzheng Valley and Zechawa Valley. It is said that there is no other place as peaceful as in Jiuzhaigou all over the world.
Day 5: Jiuzhaigou - Tangke - Ruoergai - Huahu Lake - Langmusi
After breakfast, we drive from Jiuzhaigou to Tangke to visit the First Band of Yellow River in Tangke, which is a great S-shape before moving north into the great Ordos Loop.In the afternoon, we will explore the Huahu Lake (Flower Lake), the best highlight of Ruoergai Grand Prairie. The lake area is also the natural reserve for migratory birds. Hike around and enjoy the landscape for about two hours, and then drive northward to the Langmusi Temple, which is located on the border of Sichuan and Gansu. Check in your hotel in Langmusi town.
Day 6: Langmusi - Xiahe
Langmusi town is only composed of one main street with a stream known as “White Dragon River” passing by the street. After breakfast, you will go to visit Kirti Gompa, on the southern hill of Sichuan side, and another temple - Sertri Gompa on northern hill of Gansu side.After lunch, we will drive along the G213 back to Xiahe. Upon your arrival in Xiahe, check in your hotel. And then drive to visit Sangke Grassland, about 18km southwest of Xiahe County. Surrounded by the mountains and cut through by a river in the middle, Sangke Grassland is a natural prairie, which looks like a green carpet rife with numerous colorful flowers. Then drive back to your hotel in Xiahe.
Day 7: Xiahe - Labrang Monastery - Lanzhou
Today, we will drive to visit the Labrang Monastery, one of the "six great monasteries of the Geluk sect of Tibetan Buddhism". The monastery is the most important Buddhism monastery outside the Tibetan Autonomous Region. Here, you will see the monks studying and debating about Buddhism. After that, drive from Xiahe to Lanzhou, via Linxia which is famed as the "small Mecca".
Day 8: Visit in Lanzhou
Yellow River Mother Statues Yellow River Mother Statues
After breakfast, we will explore the most popular itinerary along the Yellow River. Visit the First Bridge on Yellow River which has more than one hundred year history. Then head for the grand Yellow River Mother Statues, which stand for the beauty of oriental women. Finally, enjoy an interesting time in the Yellow River Ancient Waterwheels Park.In the afternoon, be escorted to airport/ train station,end the tour.