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12-day Wild West Exploration

Tour code: ETC-Q38   

This adventurous trip provides great experience to the diversity and colorfulness of Wild West China: the green grassland with distinctive ethnic groups in Gansu, the gorgeous mountain landscape in Sichuan province, and numerous historic ruins and ancient sites….

Tour Date City Tour Brief
1 Xi'an
Arrival in Xi'an
2 Xi'an
Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum, Bell Tower
3 Xi'an / Lanzhou
Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian Museum, fly to Lanzhou
4 Lanzhou / Xiahe
Bingling temple, go to Xiahe
5 Xiahe
Labrang Monastery, Sanker Grassland
6 Xiahe / Langmusi
Drive to Langmusi
7 Lamasi / Jiuzhaigou
Drive to Jiuzhaigou
8 Jiuzhaigou
Jiuzhaigou Valley
9 Jiuzhaigou / Songpan
Huanglong Scenery Area, drive to Songpan
10 Songpan / Chengdu
Dujiangyan Irrigation system
Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, Jinsha Cultural Site Musuem, Jinli Old Street
12 Chengdu
Day 01 Arrival in Xian (no meal)
Arrive in Xian, you will be met at the airport or train station, and transferred to the hotel.

Day 02 Xian (B, L)

Drive to visit the most famous Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum, which is one of the top attractions in China and well-known for its historical significance and uniqueness. Then proceed to Bell Tower, which was originally built in Ming Dynasty and used to house the bells that were sounded every morning to announce the time to the ancient capital’s inhabitants. Later, enjoy a walk at the old quarters of the city.

Day 03 Xian – Lanzhou (B, L)
A visit to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda which is a less visited spot but with its own unique designs. Then pay a visit to Xian Museum, as many as 130, 000 fine cultural relics are preserved here, most of which were unearthed in the ancient tombs from different dynasties before Tang Dynasty (618-907). Later, transfer to fly to Lanzhou, check in the hotel. A tour of the riverside avenue to enjoy the majestic view of the Yellow River, and the Water-wheel Garden. Overnight at Lanzhou.

Day 04 Lanzhou/Xiahe (B, L, D)
The road from Lanzhou to Labrang (280km) heads west through Yongjing County, where the major attraction is the Binglingsi Cave complex. Here there are 183 Buddhist grottoes containing 694 statues and many terracotta sculptures and frescoes. The caves are situated in a 60m high ravine beside the Liujiaxia reservoir on the Yellow River, and are accessible by fast boat.

Lunch at Linxia, and visit a great mosque in the Islamic town. Linxia, is an extensive county town renowned for its hundreds of mosques and as a trading town throughout the centuries. Brick carving among the Hui community has a long history here, and the houses are well-decorated with flowers. Arrive at Xiahe in later afternoon and stay in Tibetan style hotel.

Day 05 Xiahe (B, L, D)

Enjoy half-day tour to the Labrang Monastery, one of the six main lamaseries of the Yellow Sect of Buddhism and the largest Lamaism institute in the world. And take a excursion to Sanker Grassland in the afternoon. The highlight is attending bonfire party in nomadic Tibetan’s private pasturage.

Day 06 Xiahe/Langmusi (B, L, D)
Travel by coach (240km) across the vast grassland and Amdo Tibet area driving southward to Langmusi. Located at the bonder of Gnasu and Sichuan, Langmusi was originally built as a crucial academic institute for lamas studying Tibetan Buddhism. The mountain cliffs that rear up to both the east and west of the small town are breathtaking, giving the whole area a kind of Swiss alpine charm. Stay at local guesthouse.

Day 07 Langmusi/Jiuzhaigou (B, L, D)

Take a full day hard travel by car (330km) to Jiuzhaigou via Ruoergai (Zoige). And arrive at Jiuzhaigou before dinner. Stay at the hotel.

Day 08 Jiuzhaigou (B, L, D)
Enjoy full day sightseeing in Jiuzhaigou Valley. Deep in the heart of the 4500-meter-high, perpetually snow-clad Min Shan Range, it encloses one of the most spectacular landscapes. It can be considered a natural botanical and zoological garden, a home of densely growing conifers and broadleaf trees, and of rare and endangered animal species such as the giant panda, golden-haired monkey, and white-lip deer.

Day 09 Jiuzhaigou/Songpan (B, L, D)
After sightseeing in Huanglong Scenery Area, which is studded with terraced, colored ponds (blue, yellow, white and green) and waterfalls. It wins its fame for its breathtaking beauty of lime formations, made up of 3400 multi-colored ponds, interlace along the valley. Besides, five waterfalls, four stalactite caves and three ancient temples, are all in the same valley, which looks like a dragon winding down from snowcapped peaks of Mt. Minshan. Later, leave for Songpan (120km). Overnight at the hotel in Songpan.

Day 10 Songpan/Chengdu (B, L, D)
Travel by coach southward to Chengdu via Maoxian (360km). On the way, a must stop is to visit the Dujiangyan Irrigation system. it is still in use for irrigation and flood-controlling with over 2200-year-old history. Arrive in Chengdu before dinner, stay overnight at the hotel in Chengdu.

Day 11 Chengdu (B, L)
Go to the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base to see the lovely creatures. This huge institution replicates the natural habitat of the giant panda and is dedicated to preserving and increasing their population so they will not become extinct. Then visit Jinsha Site Museum, which was regarded as the most significant archaeological discovery in the 21st century in China. Later, wander around Jinli Old street to have fun.

Day 12 Chengdu departure (B)

Transfer to the airport and fly to your next destination.

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As all of our holidays are tailor-made it isn’t possible to give anexact price on the web-site as the final cost is dependant on a number of factors. These include the number of people in your party, the season you travel, the standard of hotel (we offer a variety of standards from three-star to super-luxurious) and duration of your trip. However, as aguideline you should expect to pay from US$ for the opposite itinerary.

Included Services

Private transfers airport/hotel/airport;
Private tours escorted by an English-speaking guide;
Accommodations with daily breakfast;
Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner;
Domestic flights and trains listed;
Admission fees.

Non-included Services,
Visa arrangement;
Excess luggage charge(the luggage allowance at economy class is 20kg);
Personal expense;
Any meals not specified as "B, L or D";
Gratuities to guides and drivers.

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