Folk-custom Photography Tour in Western Sichuan

D1

Arrive Chengdu

D2

Chengdu-Danba

Today we head west and passing underneath Erlang Shan head north, at the point of town of Luding and up to Dadu River, to arrive at town of Danba. Night in Danba.

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D3

Danba

Today we will spend the whole day on visiting Zhonglu Tibetan Village, where you may have a personal talk with the local villagers. Night at Danba.

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D4

Danba-Bamei

We head southwest to town of Bamei, where Mt. Holy Yala is situated. Mt Holy Yala is one of the four Holy Mounts in the Tibetan world. We stay in guesthouse overnight.

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D5

Bamei-Ganzi

We head northwest to town of Ganzi along the road going through Great Snow Mountain. On the way we will pass Daofu, a town with feathered Tibetan houses. Night at town of Ganzi.

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D6

Ganzi

Today we visit Ganzi Monastery, which was built by one of the fifth Dalai Lama’s disciples in 1670’s. Night at Ganzi.

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D7

Ganzi-Mani Gange-Dege

Heading west again we arrive at Mani Gange, a tiny Tibetan town. This tiny town is reputed as Cowboy City in the west China for the men’s wild personalities in the town. Then we keep heading west to Dege after crossing Que’er Shan Pass at 5,055m above sea level. Night in Dege.

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D8

Dege

Today we will visit the scripture print house as well as Gengqing Monastery behind the print house. Night in Dege.

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D9

Dege-Baiyu

Down to Jinsha River, the upriver of Yangtze River, we head south to town of Baiyu. Night in Baiyu. Built in 1857, Baiyu Monastery is a Byingmapa Buddhism monastery with much influence around the border between Tibet and Sichuan.

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D10

Baiyu

Today we stay another day in Baiyu and this gives us another chance to explore this featured Tibetan town. Night in Baiyu.

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D11

Baiyu-Ganzi

Today we return to town of Ganzi and stay overnight there.

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D12

Ganzi-Litang

Along the valley of the upriver of Yalong River we head south to Litang. Night in Litang.

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D13

Litang-Kangding

Today we head east to Kangding. Night at Kangding.

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D14

Kangding-Chengdu

Heading east again we return to Chengdu and stay in a four-star hotel in the city.


D15

Depart Chengdu

Linguists and anthropoloists refer to Western Sichuan as the ‘Ethnic Corridor of China’, as its vast and sparsely populated territories are inhabited by over 14 culturally and linguistically distinct Tibetan ethic groups. There are significant differences in traditions and beliefs- even physical appearance –between the peoples of local and Lhasa. 1/3 of Kham residents speak Qiangic languages that are unrelated to the Tibetan language. In this journey we record the local Tibetans’ life with your camera.