Daocheng Yading Travel Guide and Tour Packages
Yading used to be a small village, but now it is more famous as a tourist site which is also honored as “the last pure land on this blue star”. Its elevations rise from 2900m (Gongga River) to 6032m (Mount Chenrezig). Mount Chenrezig, with Jampayang (5958m) and Xianuoduoji (5958m), are three snow mountains in Yading, are the best landscape in Yading. They are legendarily seen as the Buddha Avalokiteshvara, Buddha Manjusri and Buddha Vajrapani. Furthermore, you can also explore the Echushan, Niunaihai Lake, Wusehai Lake and Yingou Valley. All these sites together form the spectacular landform and stunning scenery in Yading. So far, Yading is the most complete and best-preserved natural ecological system. Daocheng and Yading are two different places. But tourists usually put them together in their travel plan. Administratively Daocheng is a county-level town in Garze, while Yading actually is just a village in Riwa Town of Daocheng County.
Milk Lake (Niunai Lake)
The holy mountains and the turquoise lakes compose the splendid landscape of Yading. It is called the Shambala, the Tibetan fairyland on earth, the unexplored world and the mythtical kingdom on earth.
Chenrezig, Jampayang and Chenadorje are the three holy mountains in Yading Nature Reserve. Chenrezig separate the two valleys and Jampayang and Chenadorje are in the southern valley. Three mountains are holy valley to the local Tibetan people. Three mountains are very beautiful and each is considered a Buddha.
Milk Lake, Wuse Lake, Pearl Lake are the three beautiful lakes in Yading. In Yading Nature Reserve, there are two valleys open for visitors. One goes from north to south and then west, this one is the longer valley where Milk Lake and Wuse Lake (5-color Lake) lie by the end of the valley at the elevation of 4000 meters. The other valley split with this at Chonggu Temple and goes west. In this valley lies Pearl Lake, a small but with turquoise water.
Recommended length of visiting: 1-2 days to 1-2 weeks;
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Explore Yading Nature Reserve
ading Nature Reserve is a big nature park located in Daocheng near the border to Yunnan Province. It is considered to be the heartland of the former Shangri-La, the mythical land on earth. A visit to Daocheng Yading involves days of driving and difficult walking at high altitude but it is worth as it has the very beautiful lakes Milk Lake, Pearl Lake and Wuse Lake as well as the three holy mountains named Chenrezig, Jampayang and Chenadorje.
A middle-Kora Circuit Trek is to retrace the foot trails of Joseph Rock. It is a hard trek from east of Yading Reserve to the center land of Yading with breath-taking views and landscape. It is a multiday trekking with overnight in the tents. This is one of the most difficulty treks and also a less-known trip to all.
The best photo season is autumn yet in other seasons such as summer, Yading is also good for photographers. The best locations to take good photos of its lakes and mountains are by the Pearl Lake and by the Milk Lake.
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Useful Daocheng Yading Travel Tips
Gathered below is the most useful travel guide to Daocheng Yading. Important travel information of Daocheng Yading includes travel season and climate, detailed and useful Daocheng Yading travelers’ maps, tips for hiking at Daocheng Yading, accommodation and food issues about traveling to Daocheng Yading.
April to November is the best time to visit Daocheng Yading. From April to June, you can see a flourish view of colorful flowers. And the snow cover remains unmelted, which gives you a chance to see the grandiose and bright three peaks. July to August is the rainy season when the roads have risks of getting blocked. more>>
Normally the visit will require multiple days of driving, minimum of 4 days, but it can be replaced by a flight now. The visit to Yading itself usually takes 2 days. The drive from airport to Yading Reserve takes about 2 hours. Usually travelers combine the other visits along the way going to Yading from Chengdu, via Kangding, Xinduqiao, Litang, and see more.
Useful Travel Maps
Find useful travel maps of Daocheng Yading for your tour planning including the visitor map, hiking map and satellite map.
Accommodation and Food
Daocheng Yading has become a popular tourist route in China now. The amenities and facilities on the way are getting better. Luxury hotels are available in Daocheng County and also in Yading. Food is usually Chinese food, basically Sichuan Food.