1 (Rendezvous Day): Group
members rendezvous at Hong Kong Airport and fly to Kunming, China. Tour the city
and fly to Jinghong in Xishuangbanna in late afternoon. Night in Jinghong.
2: Drive to Menghai. Walk to Aini
minority villages of Banpo or Zhulin. Visit Bulang people in Menghung Village and ancient tea plantation
on South Jinghuo Mountain. See Dai people and 18th Century pavilions in Jingzhen Village. Night in Jinghong.
Visit Dai bamboo village of Manyan and other Dai villages along the Mekong River. Walk in tropical
rain forest to visit Jinuo minority village of Bapiao. Night in Jinghong.
Fly to Dali via Kunming in the morning. Visit Three Pagodas and walk the Dali Old Town. Night in Dali.
Wase and Shuanglang Bai villages and Xizhou morning market. Ascend Cangshan
Mountain by cable car for panoramic views of Dali and its island temples in Erhai Lake.
Night in Dali.
Day 6: Drive to ancient Lijiang. Visit Shizhongshan and Shibaoshan Grottoes en route, and Baoxiang Temple.
Walk Lijang's old town and nearby hill for panoramic views. Night
Day 7: Drive to Qiatou and Tiger Leaping Gorge. Have lunchon the high-trail at "Tea-Horse Guesthouse"; walk through Yachajiao & Bandiwan Vilages to "Halfway
House" for dinner & the night. A 6-mile hiking day.
Day 8: Descend to the Yangtze River and Tiger Leaping Rock.
Hike to Walnut Garden Village and the roadhead to meet minivan. Drive to ethnically Tibetan Zhongdian (town name changed
to "Shangri-La" in 2002) for
the night. A 6-mile hiking day.
Day 9: Walk Zhongdian's old town, Guishan Park and local market. Visit Ganden Sumtseling Monastery. Night in Zhongdian.
Day 10: Day free to wander and explore Zhongdian. Fly to Chengdu early evening;
night in Chengdu.
11: Visit Chengdu panda base and drive to Leshan, home of the largest Buddha statue in the world. Sichuan dinner & night in Chengdu.
12: Shop Chengdu in the morning; fly to
Huanglong in the afternoon, one of China's most scenic areas. Night in Huanglong area.
13: Day free to explore UNESCO World Heritage Site Huanglong and its stunning natural sites. Night in Huanglong.
14: Return to Chengdu by air. Walk Jinli Old Street/Promenade. Dinner & night in Chengdu.
Day 15: Morning drive to Yaan and Giant Panda
Breeding & Research Center at Bifeng Gorge. Walk the Gorge in search of wild pandas. Drive to Shangli old town; continue to Kangding on the Tibetan Plateau for
16: Morning drive to Tagong on the Tibetan Plateau via the Zheduo Shan Pass. Visit the 13th Century Tagong Si (Lhagang) Tibetan Buddhist Monastery. Continue to Bamei and Danba;