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14 Day Flora Safari from Sichuan to Shaanxi

14 Day Flora Safari from Sichuan to Shaanxi

Date: May to Oct

Price: Upon Request

Trip Focus: Nature+Flower

Status: Open to Booking

Route: Chengdu-Baoxing-Rilong-Ruoergai-Huanglong-Pingwu-Panda Habitat-Xian-Chengdu

Trip Code: N002

Overview

 

A fans of Meconopsis ?
If you come at the right season you can see many different type with vary color.

Meconopsis integrifolia全缘叶绿绒蒿;Meconopsis punicea红花绿绒蒿;Meconopsis racemosa总状绿绒蒿

 

A fans of Chinese Orchid?
If you come at the right season you can see many different type with vary size and color.



Calanthe delavayi 虾脊兰;Cypripedium tibeticum西藏杓兰;Cypripedium ludlowii 波密杓兰;Oreorchis erythrochrysea 短梗山兰

 

A fans of Iris?
If you come at the right season you can see and discover its marval of special shape.

Iris wilsonii黄花鸢尾;Iris chrysographes金脉鸢尾;Iris songarica 噶尔鸢尾;Iris leptophylla薄叶鸢尾

 

Follow our Plants Expert Guide Cory for a wonderful experience!

Cory is a super fan of nature especially for flowers. His passion about nature grows from the beauty of greens in the little boys' eyes. As a native of Sichuan Chengdu, he spent a lot of time exploring nature in the mountains nearby his hometown. During his study in Sichuan University, he began to take more outdoor activities like hiking and mountain climbing, and started to study knowledge about flora by himself. After graduation, he even dedicated more time in the wild exploring wild flowers in Sichuan and nearby provinces with other nature lovers and photographed above two thousand wild flowers species. He even found several new distribution/ new species of plants. He loves to share his findings and stories behind the photos with other nature lovers on internet and became a “flora idol” in southwest China. He never expected becoming famous out of this, he just enjoys sharing the beauty of those lovely flowers with others.  



Know more about Cory by video  Our Expert:Plant Lover Li Lun by LOOKING WEST TO CHENGDU

 

 
 
 

Dates and Prices

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Itinerary

Day 0. Arrive China
DAY 1.Chengdu
DAY 2.Chengdu-Baoxing
DAY 3.Baoxing-Rilong 
DAY 4. Rilong
DAY 5.Rilong-Maerkang
DAY 6: Maerkang-Ruoergai
DAY 7.Ruoergai toward Huanglong
DAY 8: Huanglong
DAY 9: Huanglong-QingXi Old Town
DAY 10.Panda habitat Nature Reserve
DAY 11.Panda habitat Nature Reserve
DAY 12. Panda habitat Nature Reserve -Xian
DAY 13. Xian-Chengdu
DAY 14. Chengdu
 
Day 0. Arrive China
Airport pick up and welcome to Chengdu.
Overnight in Chengdu.
 
DAY 1.Chengdu
Wangjiang Bamboo Park or Chengdu Botanical Garden. Visit people’s Park and find the comment plants of Chengdu. Broad and Narrow Alleys via Tianfu Square and experience the local leisure life.
Overnight in Chengdu.
 
DAY 2.Chengdu-Baoxing
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Drive to Baoxing where the giant panda was first discover and introduce to the western world by the French priest David.
Overnight in Baoxing. (1000m)
 
DAY 3.Baoxing-Rilong
In mountain (4114m) looking for plants grown at different elevations in the mountains. Also if you are interest you can have many chance for birdlife and animal life safari.
Overnight in Rilong Town. (3200m)
 
DAY 4. Rilong
In mountain (4484m) search for plants at wider range of places.
Overnight in Rilong Town. (3200m)
 
DAY 5.Rilong-Maerkang
Departing from Rilong Town to Mengbi Mountain (4100m) for wildflowers, birds and sceneries, we will drive past several Jiarong Tibetan villages and see the unique Jiarong Tibetan architectures, scattered along the gorge we are going to drive through. We will spend the whole afternoon searching for flowers such as Primula palmata,Dolomiaea souliei, Boschniakia himalaica,and birds such as laughingthrushes, rosefinches, grosbeaks and nuthatches on the mountain we pass. Then we drive to Maerkang County, the capital of Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture.
Overnight in Maerkang. (2700m)
 
 DAY 6: Maerkang-Ruoergai
Today we will move from Jiarong Tibetan area to Anduo Tibetan area and from the mountainous region to the famous Tibetan Plateau. We drive along an ascending gorge to the edge of Tibetan Plateau which has been covered by its green carpet decorated by the blooming flowers, nomad tents, their yak herds and chirping birds. Small river wind its way to the skyline in distance. Here we will search for flowers endemic to the Tibetan plateau. This part of the plateau is regarded as one of the most important wetlands in China. It is a paradise for flowers and birds. The summer breeders have arrived and made their home here. It is the best time to see some beautiful alpine birds including the valuable and rare black-necked crane, the colorful Ruddy Shelduck, the elegant raptors and noisy larks. 
Overnight in Ruoergai.(3450m)
 
DAY 7.Ruoergai toward Huanglong
Today we drive from Ruoergai toward Huanglong World Heritage Site. We will spend some time on the plateau searching for flowers and birds we may have missed in the previous day. Then we drive to Chuanzhusi town for lunch. Then we drive to search for alpine flowers such as Meconopsis henrici,Meconopsis punicea, Meconopsis integrifolia,Primula stenocalyx and so on. If weather is good, we can get a nice view of the highest mountain peak of Minshan Mountain range called Xuebaoding (5588 meters).
Overnight: Huanglong (3200m)
 
DAY 8: Huanglong
Today we will spend the whole day searching for flowers and enjoying the beautiful scenery and birds inside the park. We will prepare picnic lunch for everybody. Huanglong is a natural world heritage site since 1992 and is regarded as one of the most beautiful places in whole China. The park is especially famous for its calc-sinter terraced ponds and high altitude forests. Along a few kilometers of calc-sinter streams we can see a large number of Cypripedium orchids and many other orchids,such as Cypripedium flavum ,Cypripedium bardolphianum,Cypripedium tibeticum,Calanthe delavayi,Calypso bulbosa, Orchis chusua,Corallorhiza trifida,Oreorchis nana,Amitostigma monanthum.
Overnight Huanglong (3200m)
 
DAY 9: Huanglong-QingXi Old Town
Today will be our driving day. We leave Huanlong in the morning for Panda Nature Reserve. First we will drive through the beautiful Danyun gorge. We will have several stops along Danyun gorge to search for some special orchids such as Cypripedium sichuanense,Calanthe alpina,Oreorchis fargesii. After lunch, we will drive to visit Qingxi ancient Village, one of the few villages which has its city wall going around the village. We can walk through the paved street with traditional houses standing on both side. Now the houses are either used as shops for local agriculture produces such as dried wood ear mushroom, bamboo mushroom, local tea and honeys or used as restaurants and cloth shops. Here we will see a mosque built by Hui ethnic group by the side of old city wall.
Overnight: Qingxi or inside the nature reserve.(1400m)
 
DAY 10.Panda habitat Nature Reserve
We spend whole day to explore Panda Reserve which consists of several major valleys. As one of the best-protected reserve, it offer you the best chances for animal encounters such as Takin, Golden Pheasant, Tibetan Macaque, Reeve’s Muntjac Deer, Chinese Goral, Serow, Wild Boar, Asiatic Black Bear and Yellow-throated Martin, if you are lucky enough even giant panda. There have been several encounters of pandas by the visitors in the past years. People even took photos with their mobile phones of panda roaming on the main road. We will have a private bus driving us in different valleys to maximize our chances.
Overnight: Qingxi or inside the nature reserve.(1400m)
 
 DAY 11.Panda habitat Nature Reserve
We spend whole day to explore Panda Reserve.
Overnight: Qingxi or inside the nature reserve.(1400m)
 
DAY 12. Panda habitat Nature Reserve -Xian
Today we will drive to Train station to board bullet train to Xi’an, a city to understand the ancient Chinese history. In the evening, we can visit the Xi’an old city wall (very few cities in China have their old city walls). After dinner, we can also take a walk in the bustling Muslim Quarters to see the a great variety of Muslim food. The merchants here are mostly the descendents of the merchants from Silk Road. With the passage of time, they have lost their home language and speak Mandarin, but they still strictly follow the Muslim religion and stay with the Muslim food.
Overnight : Xi’an.
 
 DAY 13. Xian-Chengdu
In the early morning, we will drive you to the famous Terra-Cotta Warriors known as the 8th Wonder of the world. We will spend the whole morning enjoying the life-size terra cotta sculptures in battle formations built at the order of Emperor Qin to defend his tomb. It was discovered by accident in 1974 by a local farmer when he tried to dig a well into the ground. It became a world cultural heritage site in 1987 by UNSCO. After lunch at local popular restaurant, we will drive to the train station and take high speed train back to Chengdu. Farewell dinner in a popular restaurant in Chengdu.
Overnight in Chengdu.
 
DAY 14. Chengdu
Fly out from Chengdu.

Map

Chengdu-Baoxing-Rilong-Ruoergai-Huanglong-Pingwu-Panda Habitat-Xian-Chengdu

Accommodations

Chengdu
Baoxing
Rilong
Ruoergai
Huanglong
Pingwu
Panda Habitat
Xian
Chengdu

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1. How many colors do  Meconopsis have?

From the trip photo we took we can see at least  4 or more colors like yellow, red, blue, purple.

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Trip Photos


Anemone demissa 展毛银莲花



Cypripedium smithii褐花杓兰



Gentiana 龙胆



Orchis crenulata齿缘红门兰



Paeonia veitchii川赤芍



Primula stenocalyx狭萼报春
 


Aquilegia rockii直距耧斗菜



Cassiope selaginoides岩须



Ceratostigma willmottianum紫金莲



Clematis montana绣球藤



Corydalis dajingensis大金紫堇



Corydalis pachycentra浪穹紫堇

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