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  Traverse Mountains Tour
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 Highlights
The area of Traverse Mountains in West Sichuan possesses bristly snowy peaks and onrushing huge rivers, and thus turns on the most beautiful vision in the world.
There are six high mountain ranges roughly from north to south isolating the area from the outside world. The diversity of both natural resources and natural landscape has been reserved completely ever since. As early as 19th century the rich propagation and rare species there were attracted Western explorers. Today, there is no botanic garden in the whole North Temperate Zone that has no plants from Traverse Mountains. Dreams Travel take their great clients to cross mountains and rivers into the depth of the exotic life of minorities there.
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 Day by day itinerary
Day 1: Chengdu-150km-Wolong
The Wolong Giant Panda Reserve Centre was one of the earliest research bases established in the early 1980s by the Government of the People's Republic of China (PRC). Until 1989, the Ministry of Forestry of PRC and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) formulated the long-term Giant Panda Management Plan.
Today, the Wolong Giant Panda Reserve Centre has been turned into the Giant Panda Breeding Centre focusing on research works on breeding and bamboo ecology. Much other research works are being carried out at other Reserves such as the one in Qinling Mountains of Shaanxi Province.
Overnight at Hotel
Day 2: Wolong-100km- Mt Siguniang (3200m)
Siguniang (Four Girls) Mountains Scenic Area is situated in Xiaojin County of the Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China. It was listed as the National Scenic Resort in 1994 and as the National Nature Reserve in 1996. The area consists of Mt. Siguniang, Mt.Balang and Changping, Haizi, Shuangqiao gulleys, covering an area of 2,000 sq km. Featuring primitive ecological condition and exquisite scenery, the area is reputed to be the Queen of Sichuan's Mountains and the Oriental Alps Mountain. It is also a center of attention for scientists.
Mt. Siguniang encompassing 4 peaks perennially covered with snow soars high with maximun 6,2500 m above sea level in the northwest of Western Sichuan Plain. There exist the remains of glaciers formed in the remote antiquity and vertical distribution of vegetation and rare wildlife. Additionally, there are Mt. Wuse (Five colors), Lieren (Hunter) Peak, Laoying (Eagle) Cliff, Mt.Niuxin(Ox's Heart), which are shrouded in clouds and mists the year round, presenting an atmosphere of a fairyland.
Overnight at Hotel
Day 3: Mt Siguniang-280km-Daofu
Danba
Lies in a valley 350km west of Chengdu along the east border of Ganzi, halfway between Kangding and Maerkang from south to north. Danba's landscape varies vertically from the high-altitude snow-capped mountains to the low-altitude grasslands and valleys. The population is principally composed of ethnic Tibetans.
Recognized as "the Kingdom of Watchtowers" and "Beauty Valley", Danba is well-known for the spectacular watchtower groups, the representative Tibetan villages and the pretty Tibetan ladies. It's also a very popular tourism site for Chinese.
Lies in a valley 350km west of Chengdu along the east border of Ganzi, halfway between Kangding and Maerkang from south to north. Danba's landscape varies vertically from the high-altitude snow-capped mountains to the low-altitude grasslands and valleys. The population is principally composed of ethnic Tibetans.
Recognized as "the Kingdom of Watchtowers" and "Beauty Valley", Danba is well-known for the spectacular watchtower groups, the representative Tibetan villages and the pretty Tibetan ladies. It's also a very popular tourism site for Chinese.
Overnight at Hotel
Daofu
Daofu means foal in Tibetan. Tibetans in Daofu say themselves the descendents of West Xia people, they reside in unique, white, flat-roofed houses, lined with red timbers. And houses in Daofu are called "perfection of Tibetan building" because it takes colorfulness and magnificence as its appearance, log pillars and carvening girders as its inner features.
The buildings of Daofu (with an altitude of 3000m) are the most characteristic in north Kangding. It is of the typical Tibetan building style, in which stone, wood and mud are the key building materials. It is warm in winter and cold in summer. Those buildings are good at resisting shaking and moisture. The outside color of most of them is white, and inside those buildings, it is well decorated. The best place to overlook Daofu is the peak of Shengli Tower.
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Overnight at Hotel
Day 4: Daofu-230km-Litang (4000m)
Litang, (└Ý╠┴, Gaochengxiang) is a town in Litang Couty, in Sichuan Province, south-west China. It is also part of the ancient Tibetan province of Kham. The town has a population of about 50,000 and is a major center of Tibetan culture in Kham and at an elevation of 4000m is one of the highest in the world. Several Dalai Lamas where born here and lived in the local monastery. Litang is a bustling little town with colorful street life thanks to the nomadic shepherds and Tibetan people coming to sell and buy their products. The older parts are situated on the hill slopes to the east, while busy construction works are extending the place into the surrounding grassy plains.
Overnight at Hotel
Day 5: Litang-200-km-Daocheng
In the far southeast of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, under the administration of Sichuan Province, Daocheng is a Kham county blessed with a varied and beautiful landscape. From the northern glacial-erosion highland where thousands of lakes and ponds are scattered and crowds of wild animals are inhabited, the topography descends through the rolling hills of Daoba River Valleys where there is a lot of farming, pasturing and pilgrimaging, across the comparatively flat heartland, up to the soaring heights of the mountainous south where stands a vast mountain consisting of three isolated peaks known as Khongga(snow-capped) Reesum(3 moutains) Gombo(religious protector).
Overnight at Hotel
Day 6: Daocheng-230km-Xiangcheng(2920m)
Xiangcheng, (Chaktreng in Tibetan), is in Sichuan Province in south-west China. It also belongs to the ancient Tibetan province of Kham. Being a necessary overnight-stop on the 'Backdoor'-route to Yunnan, the town is a pleasant place to linger or to serve as starting point for excursions into the surrounding mountain areas. Coming over the mountain passes from either direction, you will at once spot the beautiful villages scattered amongst wheat-field-paddies in the valley ground. The large, cubicle houses look like little castles and with their white-chalked exterior walls give the whole valley a north-african air. Xiangcheng itself consists of an old village paired with a modern Chinese downtown.
Overnight at Hote
Day 7:Xaingcheng-160km-Derong(2400m)
Derong, the lucky sunny river valley, is characteristic of everything from sub-tropical to frigid zone. The First Bend Of Jinsha River attracts tourists all over the world.
Overnight at Hotel
Day 8: Derong-150km-Shangrila(3270m)
Formerly called Zhongdian( Gyelthang in Tibetan), Shangrila is the name indicating the fantastic scenery and worry-free tranquility The prefecture touches Tibet in the northwest , Ganzi and Muli in Sichuan to the north , Lijiang to the south and Nu Jiang (Salween River ) Lisu Autonomous prefecture to the west . It has a population of more than 300,000 and is at the heart of the Hengduan Mountain Range thatembraces the gorge system of great rivers which rush down from Tibet . The region has a huge range in elevation , from a 6740-metre mountain on the border with Tibet to 1480 metres in river valley to the south . Plant hunters and naturalist during the first half of this century prized the area . Now Many of the forests have been ruined, but still large traces of virgin forest remain . Domesticated animals of the region include yak , Dzo , sheep , goats , pigs and chickens , wild animals are the Dian golden haired monkey , wild donkey , black-necked crane , lesser panda , leopard , muskdeer , pangolin , and many small mammals and birds . Hunting is universally loved here and guns are common ; most of these rare treasures will not survive .
Overnight at Hotel
Day 9: Shangrila-160km-Lijiang(2400m)
Lijiang is an old town in beautiful surroundings in northwest Yunnan. It is situated on a plateau at an elevation of 2,600m and is impressive because of its scenery and lush vegetation.
The people of Naxi, while developing their land of snow-clad mountains and turbulent rivers since ancient times, have to their credit the "Dong Ba Culture" seen as one of the world wonders, a culture all-embracing while unique.
Lijiang Town is officially called "Dayan Town"-- "Dayan" literally means a "great inkstab", a graphic description of the town's location on a piece of rich flatland fed by a river and surrounded by green mountains. There is no other town in China like Dayan which incorporates the folkways of so many people and the architectural styles of both north and south China. Some say that Lijiang is not unique just because it is unique in too many ways-- how true this is.
Overnight at Hotel
Day 10: Lijiang-200km-Lugouhu Lake
Luguhu Lake lies 200 kilometers (approximately 124 miles) from the center of Lijiang City, on the border between Ninglang County in Yunnan Province and Yanyuan County in Sichuan Province. The lake is like a beautiful pearl shining among the hills of the northwest plateau in Yunnan.
The lake is in the shape of a horse's hoof - long from north to south, and narrower from east to west. The vista of the lake changes constantly throughout the day. The morning mist mixed with the light of the rising sun gives the lake an orange glow covered by mist. When the light of sun causes the hills to throw their shadows onto the water, the lake has a jade green color. The lake is calm and dark green in the evening when the sun sinks, and is peaceful when night comes. Gentle wind blows and water ripples.
On the lake there are five islands. They are different sizes and are like green boats floating on the water. Heiwawu Island, Liwubi Island, and Lige Island are most notable. Heiwawu Island is in the center of the lake and has a variety of birds living on it. The smallest island on the lake is Nixi Island - an oblong rock covered with shrubs and moss. Besides the five islands, there are also three peninsulas and an island which is linked to a seawall on the shore by a path paved with small stones.
Mystery and charm surround the lake, partly because it was once an unspoiled place and still retains much of its totally natural beauty, but mostly because the Mosuo people who live there form a matriarchal society. There is no marriage. Men stay in the women's home as mates called 'Axia' and the intimate relationship lasts as long as they like. Children are brought up by women, and use the surname of their mothers. Families are composed of the members of the matrilineal kin. Women operate production and management, and hold the principal position in the society, forming a modern day 'woman's kingdom', which adds mystique to this place.
The lake is encircled with hills. The water is clean and inviting, with fish swimming in it. The forest around is dense and the air is fresh. This is a place that is little tainted by modern industry - the natural beauty is retained. The weather is pleasant - it is cool in summer and warm in winter. All the seasons are as comfortable as spring, but the best seasons to come here are spring and summer when the hills are emerald green, the flowers are in bloom and the birds are singing happily.
Overnight at Hotel
Day 11: Lugouhu-320km-Xichang
Located in the southwest of Sichuan Province, the capital of the Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Xichang, is more than 400 kilometers from Chengdu. Featuring little rainfall all year round, the area has attracted the Chinese aerospace industry to position a launch center here, which is now open to visitors. Travelers to the area can also visit Qionghai Lake, Mount Lushan, Mount Luoji, Huangliantulin, Lugo Lake, Mahn Lake, and Yihai Lake. The Yi Torch Festival is also a traditional attraction for visitors.
The largest hydroelectric power station in China is located at Ertan in Panzhihua. The giant dam is the highest in Asia and the reservoir covers 108 square kilometers. Surrounding scenic areas include the Hongge Hot Springs, the Longtan Karst Cavern, and Sutie Garden.
Situated only 5 kilometers from Xichang, Qionghai is teeming with fish and shrimp. The calm waters and shallow beaches provide good conditions for swimming, boating, and fishing. A training base has also been established for water skiing, sampan sailing, and steam-boating.
The Luge Lake Scenic Resort lies along the border between Sichuan and Yunnan provinces. The Mosuo people have maintained their traditional culture in the region. Some of the unique features are a matriarchal society and a different marriage custom.
Overnight at Hotel
Day 12: Xichang-360km-Hailuogou
Hailuogou (Conch Gully) National Glacier Forest Park is located on the eastern side of Gonggar Mountain in Luding County of Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze, Sichuan Province. It is 319 km from Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan Province and 105 km from Kangding, where administrative organs of the Garze Autonomous Prefecture are located. Glaciers in Hailuogou are typical modern marine glaciers, which are rarely found either in low-latitude places or at low altitude. Its lowest point is only 2,850 meters above sea level.
The park boasts many geographic attractions, including ancient glaciers, grand glacier cascade, virgin forests, wild animals and hot springs, etc.
Glaciers
Glaciers cover 31 square kilometers of the Conch Gully. Classified as Modern Glacier, they came into being 16 million years ago. The Grand Glacier Cascade -- 1,000 meters in height and 1,000 meters in width -- is the only one in the world. Its 6 km glacier tongue penetrates into the virgin forest, forming a rare natural landscape with the blend of glacier and forest.
Grand Glacier Cascade
The Grand Glacier Cascade, with a drop of 1,080 meters, is made up of numerous ice cubes. Looking like the milk way descending from heaven, it sends out brilliant rays in the sunshine.
Beyond the cascade there is a snow basin -- the source of the glacier. When the frozen water accumulates to a certain amount and the surplus ice and snow need to find a way out, there will be an avalanche. So, for safetyí»s case, the snow basin can only be seen from afar, which is a pity for such a unique attraction. Moreover, the glacier fall may collapse at any time, too. During spring and summer, the dynamic seasons for glaciers, over 1,000 avalanches may happen in a day. In one such collapse, the falling ice can reach 1 million cubic meters. As electricity is produced during the hit and friction, blue sparks are sent out together with earth-shaking roaring.  
Since the vista is several kilometers from the Grand Glacier Cascade, tourists do not need to worry about harms from even the biggest avalanche.
Hot Springs
Another special attraction of the Conch Gully is its hot springs hidden either in virgin forests or under the cover of snow and ice. The most noted ones are at No.1 and No. 2 campsites.
In No.2 Campsite, hot springs gush out from rock cracks year round, with a daily flow of 8,900 tons. Water temperature at the mouth can reach as high as 90 íŃC. The hot springs gush into a small pond, from where they drop down along a cliff to form a waterfall of eight meters wide and 10 meters high. The spring water is believed to be effective in curing diabetes, neuralgia, arthritis and gastroenteritis. Nearby, a swimming pool has been built in the open air for touristsí» convenience.
There are also a big swimming pool and small-scale bathrooms in No.1 Campsite. The famous Gonggar Miraculous Fount is located at 1,600 meters above sea level, where travelers doní»t need to worry about altitude sickness. Still, most of the visitors favor hot springs in No.2 Campsite because they are rustic, with more natural taste.
Forests
Hailuogou was originally the valley of an ice-melted river on the eastern side of the Gonggar Mountain. With an elevation of 6,000 meters, it has seven climate zones and its vegetation varies at different levels of height, making it a rare natural botanic garden.
Virgin forests can be seen not far from the No.2 Campsite. Covering an area of 70 square km, the forests boast 4,800 species of plant, including fir, wild sweet-scented osmanthu, wild rhododendron, ginkgo, algum, magnolia, single-leafed grass, and such medicinal herbs as Chinese caterpillar fungus, caladium, pseudo-ginseng and tuber of elevated gastrodis.  
Lake
Going up from the hot springs, tourists can find an ice lake, called Shuihaizi, or Water Sea. It looks like a gem imbedded in a wood of Chinese yew (Taxus chinensis), katsura tree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum), Kangding magnolia and big-leafed azalea. In sunny days, the snow mountain, green trees and blue sky all have their reflections in the lake, creating a dreamland.  
The legendary place is also home to over 400 kinds of wild animals, including 28 endangered species under state protection. While roaming through the area, tourists may luckily encounter animals such as blue sheep, macaques, or even pandas and sunbirds.
Overnight at Hotel
Day 13: Hailuogou-360km-Chengdu

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* private tour with a private car.
* Entrance fee .
* local Spring hotel with free spring.
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