Tibetan Buddhism & Daocheng Yading Tour

Tour Route: Chengdu - Kangding - Xinduqiao - Litang - Daocheng - Riwa - Xiangcheng - Shangri-la

This is an Amazing Sichuan photography tour package combining with beautiful scenery, mysterious Tibetan monasteries and colorful Tibetan folk customs. It will take you on a photo adventure like no other, seeking the most photogenic locations.

8-day Tibetan Buddhism & Daocheng Yading Tour
Tour Code: JZG-S-06
Departure:Any day you want
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Our Advantages & Promise

  • One-on-one Travel Consultant Service.
  • Flexible time schedule to suit your pace.
  • Selected and trained guides.
  • Meals are in quality local restaurants.
  • Western style service standard
  • DAY 1 Chengdu Arrival

    Activities for today: Airport to hotel transfer (Chengdu)

    Upon arrival at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, your guide and driver will greet you and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure.

  • DAY 2 Chengdu/Kangding

    Transfer via: private vehicle

    Activities for today: Drive to Kangding, Luding Bridge

    Today's schedule is towards west Sichuan via the beautiful West Sichuan Plain and Ya'an. After lunch in Tianquan County, we will drive through the longest tunnel in China - Mount Erlangshan Tunnel (4176m) and then short stop about 15 minutes for photographing the unique scenic contrast of the mountain. Continue drive to Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture along the picturesque Dadu River Valley. On arrival in Luding, go on a visit to the Luding Bridge, which dates from the Qing Dynasty and is considered a historical landmark. In 1935, during the Long March, soldiers of the Fourth Regiment of the Chinese Workers and Peasants' Army secured the bridge as a river crossing vital to the Red Army. After that, drive along the Dadu River to Kangding.

    Luding Bridge
    Luding Bridge
    Luding Bridge
  • DAY 3 Kangding/Xinduqiao/Litang

    Transfer via: private vehicle

    Activities for today: Drive to Litang, take photos in Xinduqiao

    After breakfest, we will enjoy a picturesque 8-hour driving journey. En route, it will across 4 beautiful high mountain passes, which are over 4,500 meters in height. If you travel in summer, you can see the Tibetan nomads put their yaks out the high mountain meadows and live in the black Yak-hair tents on the way. In Xinduqiao, there is a short stay for photographing. After that, we proceed to Litang, the birthplace of the 7th and 10th Dalai Lama.

  • DAY 4 Litang/Daocheng/Riwa

    Activities for today: Gandan Tubchen Chokhorling Monastery, Benpo Monastery

    In the morning we will explore the Ganden Thubchen Choekhorling Monastery (Litang Temple), a yellow sect monastery originally built in 1580 by the 3rd Dalai Lama, Sonam Gyamtso. Next transfer to Daocheng County. En route, you will see the grandiose view of the high plateau with many beautiful alpine lakes and the moraines that were created in the anceint glacial movements. Along the route we will visit the old Benpo Monastery (Bangpu Temple) of the Kagypa built in the 11th century near Samdui. Hereafter, pick you up to Riwa Township (Shangri-la Township) through the Chitu River Valley.

    Litang Temple
    Litang Sister Lakes
    Bangpu Temple
  • DAY 5 Riwa/Yading/Riwa

    Transfer via: private vehicle

    Activities for today: Yading Nature Reserve

    Today is a amazing journey to Yading Nature Reserve. It situated in southern Daocheng County, covers an area of 1,344 square kilometers and has an average elevation of well over 4,000 meters. Inside the Yading Nature Reserve, there are 3 holy mountains of Chenresig, rising to 6,032 meters, Chana Dorje rising to 6,000 meters, and Jampelyang rising to 5,958 meters. These 3 snow-capped peaks sit in a triangle formation with forested valleys, clear rivers, glacier-fed lakes and abundant wildlife between them. The Tibetan name for Yading is "Nyiden", which means "facing the sun". The local Tibetan name for the area around the 3 holy mountains is "Rigsum Gonpo". In Tibetan, the names of the mountains mean "Wisdom" (Jampelyang), "Power" (Chana Dorje) and "Compassion" (Chenresig). This region was designated as a nature reserve in the late 1990's. We will take some trekking inside the Park. (Longlongba - Chonggu Monastery 3,770m -4,000m, 3km; Chonggu Monastery - Luorongba,4,000m-4,180m,6km). Afterthat we drive back to Riwa.

    Yading Nature Reserve
    Yading Milk Lake
    Yading Horse Riding
  • DAY 6 Riwa/Xiangcheng

    Activities for today: Drive to Xiangcheng, Gongalangjiling Temple

    This morning we will pay a visit to the Gongalangjiling Temple, which was built in 1642 and has more than 300 lamas today. It houses a golden Maitreya statue bestowed by the 5th Dalai Lama. Proceed to cross over a 4,500 m high mountain pass and then we will arrive in Xiangcheng (Chaktsen) in the afternoon.

    Gongalangjiling Temple
    Gongalangjiling Temple
    Gongalangjiling Temple
  • DAY 7 Xiangcheng/Shangri-la

    Activities for today: Drive to Shangri-la

    Today we will drive along the Suoqu River, where you can enjoy the beautiful natural scenery. Then, we'll cross over two mountains (over-3,900-meter-high) to reach Shangri-la (Zhongdian) County of Yunnan Province. Accommodation is arranged in Shangri-la.

  • DAY 8 Shangri-la/Exit

    Transfer via: flight - your arrangement

    Activities for today: Hotel to airport transfer

    After breakfast, you will be escorted to the airport for the flight to your next destination or continue your trip in Shangri-la.

Price Details & Inclusions of this Trip

Price Includes

Private Transfers:
Between airports / railway station, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in the cities specified in the itinerary by the private air conditioned vehicle with driver and English-speaking guide. Separate arrivals and departures will incur extra charges.
Entrance fees:
All entrance fees to scenic spots as listed above in the itinerary. The final arrangement will be determined by local tour guides based on the local circumstances which are beyond the control of TourJiuZhaiGou. TourJiuZhaigou will adhere to the original itinerary as accurately as possible.
All meals as specified in the itinerary. “B” stands for western breakfast “L” for Chinese Lunch in local Chinese restaurant. “D” for Chinese dinner in local Chinese restaurant. The quotation is basic on the above normal meals. If you have any special request about meals, like vegetarian, or Indian food etc, please inform us in advance.
Private tour escort for Sightseeing:
Normal sightseeing activities as outlined in the Itinerary will be escorted with English-speaking guide.
The English-speaking guide and driver of each city accompany you throughout the entire tour in that city. They do not fly with you from one city to another.
Accommodation (if include Yangtze Cruiser):
Service based on two adults sharing on one standard twin/double-bed room (cabin); solo travelers or those who want to occupy one twin/double-bed room/cabin of their own are required to pay additional charge of single supplement rate. A single room (cabin) is subject to availability based on prior request at an additional cost; if the recommended hotel is not available, it will be substituted by a similar class one.
All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.
All the domestic airfare of economy class with airport tax/ or train ticket(s) as specified in the itinerary.
Service Charge & Government Taxes
The tour cost includes the planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

Price Excludes

Entry or Exit China International Airfare or train tickets, unless other wise noted.
Visa Fees, passport application or renewal fee.
Excess Baggage Charges.
Personal Expenses:
Expenses of a purely personal nature such as excess luggage fees, laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities (shows) and meals, beverages...
Any meals which are not specified in the itinerary with “B”, “L” or “D”.
Any extra cost caused by changes of natural disasters, fires, weather, governmental and local authority orders, political change, strikes, war, riots, quarantine, custom regulations, damages or injury caused by accident beyond the control of TourJiuZhaiGou and that has incurred due to the tourist action violating the laws.
Tips to guides, escort, drivers bellman, etc.



Chengdu is the provincial capital of Sichuan Province in Southwest China. It is located on the edge of the Chengdu Plain which is known as the “Country of Heaven” (Tian Fu Zhi Guo). The agriculture in Chengdu really develop well, as a result, it is also called the “Land of Milk and Honey” due to this. One thing you must do in Chengdu is visiting the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. 

Chengdu is famed as “the home Town of Giant Panda” which attracts millions of tourists from inland and abroad. Moreover, Chengdu has a history of more than 2,000 years with numerous historical places of interests and relics. 

You can experience the history of Chengdu can go to the Jinsha Site Museum, Sanxingdui Museum, Wuhou Memorial Temple and Wenshu Temple, or you can stroll in the Jinli Ancient Street and the Wide and Narrow Alley to relax yourself. Additionally, you’d better not miss the Sichuan Cuisine.


Kangding is an important historic county in western China. 

It has been the political, economic, cultural, trade, information center and transportation hub since Kham region. 

Also, it served as the trade center of tea-horse between Han and Tibetan. Today, it belongs to Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan Province. 

It has many famous tourist places, such as Mugecuo (Love Song of Kangding Scenic Area), Xinduqiao, Moxi Gully, Mount Gongga, Nawu Monastery, Tagong Monastery, Gongga Temple and so on. 


Xinduqiao is a small town of Kangding county, located at an altitude of about 3,300 meters on 318 State Roadside. 

In this piece of land, the beautiful scenery of western Sichuan Plains is blooming quietly. 

Here is a paradise, with magical light, vast grasslands, crooked creek, golden cypress poplar, rolling hills, Tibetan villages scattered across the meantime, cattle and sheep graze peacefully. Veritable, it is a fascinating "photographic paradise”. 


Litang is a county of the traditional Kham Region of Eastern Tibet, located in the southwest of Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan province. It is a holy place, several famous Buddhist figures were born here, including the Kelzang Gyatso, the 7th Dalai Lama, Tsultrim Gyatso, the 10th Dalai Lama, the 11th Tai Situpa and so on. Litang Town itself is located at an altitude of 4,014 meters. It is on open grassland and surrounded by snow-capped mountains and is about 400 meters higher than Lhasa, making it one of the highest towns in the world. 


Daocheng County is located in the southwestern Sichuan Province, China,which is the eastern Hengduan Mountains. 

It is under the administration of the Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture with an overwhelmingly Tibetan population. 

Daocheng is a beautiful place; there is the famous Daocheng Yading Shangri - La Eco-tourism Area, known as "China Shangri - La Soul," "the last piece of pure land on the blue planet". 

Daocheng's main attractions are: Yading (Aden) Nature Reserve, Xingyicuo Lake, Mengzi Grand Canyon, Colored Sea, etc.


Riwa Town, also known as Shangari-La now, belongs to Daocheng County; it is the site where the world-wide known “the Last Shangari-La Yading Nature Reserve” is located. Riwa is on the way from Daocheng County to Yading Nature Reserve. It is the nearest township to Yading Nature Reserve with beautiful nature.  


Xiangcheng County, named after its topography, meaning prayer beads in the hands in Tibetan. 

It is under the administration of the Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan. Bam Mountain is a sign of Xiangcheng. Every summer, Xiangcheng will hold a grand Bam Kamiyama Festival. Meanwhile, Bam Seven Lake Scenic Spot is very beautiful. 

There are lakes, waterfalls, streams, springs, forests, meadows, mountains, pastures, Tea-Horse Road, Temple, Tibetan villages and other landscape. 


Shangri-la County is a primarily Tibetan county in Yunnan Province. 

A heaven just in the dream, or a mythical utopia that isolates from the outside, that is Shangri-la. In 1939, it first appeared in British novelist James Hilton's Lost Horizon, Shangri-la then has been associated with the mystique of a place which could not possibly exist here on Earth. 

Visitors are all impressed by the endless grasslands, steep and grand gorges, azure lakes, and the bucolic villages always leave a deep impression on visitors in Shangri-la. 

Besides the Old Town, the Songzanlin Monastery, Meili Snow Mountain and Baishui Tableland (White Water Terraces) are all worth your visiting.


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