Qinghai Sichuan Overland Xining-Yushu Yellow River source 15 Days Tour
Day 1, Arrive in Xining
Arrive in Xining by train or air. Our guide will meet you, and pick you up at the airport or train station to transfer to your hotel. Stay overnight in Xining.
Day 2, Xining
After breakfast leave Xining in the early morning, visit Ta'er monastery, the Kumbum monastery to Gelupa founder: Tsongkaba; drive directly to Mardo from Huangzhong county after lunch; set up tripods to shoot pretty pictures at Mardo Yellow River Bridge; the first bridge over Yellow River.
Day 3, Mardo-Jyekundo (Yushu)
Drive around 7 hours to reach Jyekundo (Yushu); on the way, drive over the Bayanka-Lha mountain pass (5,249m) Yushu is the political and economic center to Yushu prefecture. Before going into Yushu town, visit Gyanha Mani Stone Piles.
Day 4, Sightseeing in Jyekundo (Yushu)
Sightseeing in and around Jyekundo. Visit Dangkha monastery and Litang monastery at Litang village.overnight in Yushu.
Day 5, Yushu Horse Racing Festival
Join the Yushu Horse Racing Festival celebration and participate in the local activities.overnight in Yushu.
Day 6, Join the Yushu Horse Racing Festival celebration and participate in the local activities.
Morning time spent at the festival and celebrating activities. In the afternoon, festival sightseeing and a visit of Princess Wencheng Temple.
Day 7, Jyekundo (Yushu)-Shiqu-Dzochen-Derge
Today,from Yushu to Shiqu,about 6 hours.overnight in Dzochen.Drive over Cholha mountains to reach Derge. Derge is said to be the home of Khambha people and the birth palce of King Gesar, the legendary hero of Kham people. At Manigange, we will visit Xinlu Lake (4,040m), close to the lake is the base camp for climbing Cholha mountain. Arrive at Derge to visit the famous Derge Scriptures Printing Hall, and only 5 mintues' walk we could see Gengqing monastery.
Day 8, Derge-Baiyu
Leave Derge early as the best time for photo taking on this highland is in the morning and in the late afternoon that you can avoid strong sunshine and hot weather. On the way to Baiyu, you go and visit Katoc monastery (Gatuo Si) at Hepo village and Barbang monastery (Ba Bang Si). In July, the road to the two monasteries will be very hard due to mosoon. If time allowed, you can go and visit Baiyu monastery for photo taking. Baiyu town is built along the river, the view is marvelous. On your way down to Baiyu from Derge, you will be driving along the famous Jinshajiang River, the upper reach of Yangtse River.
Day 9, Baiyu-Ganzi
Get up early to go out for photography, the driver could send you to the place where you like to take pictures. On your way to Ganzi, you will drive over grand rocky mountains and see beautiful small lakes scattered on the highland. Upon your arrival in Ganzi, you will be sent to pay a visit to Ganzi monastry and take photos at Ganzi monastery, which overlooks the city. Between your hotel and the monastery are huge stretched villages and house built by old style.
Day 10, Ganzi-Daofu-Tagong
On the way to Tagong, you pass by Luhuo and Daofu, there is a monastery at Luhuo town, but it will take about 1 hour to reach; at Daofu, you can see white pagodas in the countryside. Tagong is a very interesting and pretty place, where you can visit Tagong monastery (Sakya order) and watch snow capped mountains and shining Tajin temple.
Day 11, Tagong-Danba-Rilong
Drive to Rilong, on the way pay a visit to Local tower-style buildings at Danba. In the sunset time, we go to Guozhuangping for picture shooting; Guozhuangping is the best place to appreciate the four peaks of Mt. Siguniang.
Day 12, Rilong
Shuangqiao Valley is another valley lies in the high mountains, this valley is about 40km long, and you will visit this valley by shuttle bus. There is 10 mains scenic spots in this valley, most are rounded by snow peaks, you will have more spectacular views here than Champing Valley.
Day 13, Rilong-Wolong-Chengdu
Drive to Wolong to visit Giant Panda Breeding Center. Then, another 160 kilometers drive. Between Wolong and Chengdu downtown is Dujiangyan where a hydraulic and irrigation project is famous through the world for its history and its lasting function on irrigating farmland since its construction in 250 B.C. It's optional to visit it or not. In the late afternoon, we get to Chengdu, check into the booked hotel. Rest time is free.
Day 14, Chengdu Panda
Morning time: Set out at about 08:00a.m., drive about 30 minutes to Panda Breeding Base; visit the cute giant pandas,Afternoon: Visit Jinsha Museum. The Jinsha Cultural Relics Site is the ruins of the capital city of the ancient Shu Kingdom. It is o-ne of the ruins with the most unearthed ivories compared with others in the same period all over the world and with the most excavated gold and jade wares among all the same kinds of ruins all over China.
Day 15, Departure from Chengdu
Transfer to Chengdu International Airport,end the tour.