The first station is Chengdu, the capital of province Sichuan, the home town of Panda. Here we’ll visit the Kuanzhai Xiangzi and drink tea in a typical old teahouse in the people’s park, which is a direct way to experience the leisurely daily life of Chengdu.
Then we take off and drive on “the roof of the world” from Chengdu, Sichuan to Lhasa, Tibet.
First, we visit the Panda Base in Wolong, about 100 pandas live here, it is the largest breeding center for giant pandas, integrating scientific research, feeding, breeding, reproduction, wildness training, etc. Then pass by the Siguniangshan (Four Sisters Mountain) - known as “the Oriental Alps” and “the Queen Peak in Sichuan”, and reach Danba, the most beautiful village of China.
In Tagong - at the Lhagang Monastery (Tagong Si) and the nunnery Gyergo of Hepingfahui, and in Litang, we can feel strong impression of Khampa-Tibetan.
We drive through the Hengduanshan Mountain Range, overcome several high mountain passes and the famous 72-turn of Yela Shan, cross the Three Parallel Rivers Regions, which is consisted of Jinsha Jiang River, Nu Jiang River and Lancang Jiang River (Mekong).
A highlight of this grand overland tour is 2 days walking and sightseeing in the beautiful Yading Nature Reserve, home of three sacred mountains - Chenresig (Xiannairi, Avalokitesvara, 6032m), Jambeyang (Yangmaiyong, Manjusri, 5958m), and Chanadorje (Xianuoduoji, Vajrapani, 5958m).
The next highlight is Meili Snow Mountain (6740 m, Kawakarpo), the highest peak in Yunnan Province.
In Linzhi (Nyingchi) Prefecture, “the Little Switzerland of Tibet”, amazing various sceneries accompany our driving: Ranwu Lake, Midui Glacier, Parlung Tsangpo, Lulang Village, Mount Namjabarwa, Niyang River, Basum Tso…
In Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet, we have two days for the attractions: Potala, Jokhang, Norbulinka and Sera. And from Parla Lupu Monastery we'll enjoy the magnificent view of Potala Palace. We could circle around the Tibetan holiest Monastery Jokhang with pilgrims, who come from all over Tibet and the Tibetan cultural areas of Kham-Amdo of the provinces of Sichuan, Qinghai, Gansu and Yunnan. Many pious Tibetans measure the way on the Barkhor market with their body length.