Get excited as spring adds some colours to your travel life. Look no further than Sichuan and Tibet as your next wanderlust destinations. Both places offer a unique experience to visitors looking for a trip with a variety of options!
Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan, is named the “Heavenly State” of China for its breathtaking scenery. You will witness blue-green lakes and alpine valleys in the north, glacial mountains and high-plateau grasslands in the south. This haven is popular for travellers who want to experience paradise.
A giant panda hug is an experience of a lifetime. Who can resist the cutest creatures in the world? You can get up close and personal with a panda when you visit the Giant Panda Breeding Research Center in Chengdu. Over a million visitors stop by the Research Center for its scenic spots, museums and pavilions.
The Jiuzhaigou National Park comprises of three valleys which naturally form into a Y-shape. It has one of the world’s most captivating landscapes. Take a day or two to explore the 47 springs, 17 waterfall groups and 114 lakes in the park. Jiuzhaigou is home to many Tibetan and Qing people, giving you an opportunity to experience their unique lives and cultures. Do get a taste of the Yak meat to make the most out of your memorable visit.
Huanglong National Scenic Reserve is a perfect quick stop in case you’ve already got a well-planned itinerary. The site is well known for its outstanding travertine formations amongst a rich virgin forest, colourful ponds, beaches, lakes, springs, waterfalls and caves. Blooming flowers, lush trees, chirping birds and butterflies enhance the scenery in springtime. It is definitely worth your while to visit this renowned site.
Travellers from around the world have long to witness and experience Tibet's natural scenery backed up by centuries-old traditions and intriguing religious culture. For years, Tibet has been known as a forbidden paradise protected by tall mountains. However, tourism began to flourish in the 1980s. Check out these thrilling activities that would definitely get you off your couch and head out for some fun.
Lake Nam, more popularly known as Namtso, is one of the most sacred destinations for Tibetan pilgrims. The lake is located 70 kilometers northeast of Lhasa and apart from the calming turquoise blue waters, it is also home to cave hermitages and a Tibetan monastery.Lake Nam is now accessible through a paved road from Lhasa, although guest accommodations are still limited. You may opt to check in at a guesthouse located in Dobjoi, Donggar, or Cha’gyungoinba for an overnight stay, or return to hotel at the end of your day trip.
A visit to Lake Nam is usually offered in various Tibet tour packages, particularly those that stretch for 5 days. Apart from the scenic views of the lake, you may also enjoy taking pictures of flora and fauna or camp by the lakeside. The best times to visit Lake Nam is during autumn and summer, between April to June and September to December, as these are the times when you can get clear and exquisite views of the lake and its surrounding landscapes.
The Potala Palace has been the residence of a line of the Dalai Lamas, as well as a World Heritage Site. It is a massive building measuring 400 x 350 metres with a 3 metre thick stone walls housing cultural artifacts from Tibet’s rich ancient history. Pilgrims and tourists come from around the globe to see its impressive chapels and prayer halls, among a thousand rooms, 10,000 shrines and 200,000 statues within the perimeters of thirteen floors. Every tour ticket limits you to a strict one hour visit. Tourists should be mindful of restroom locations. No bottled waters or packed drinks, oxygen bags, hats and sunglasses are allowed inside the premises. Picture taking is also prohibited.
Before packing your bags and happily jumping on the next plane, a very important tip to keep in mind is to secure an entry permit. It usually takes 10 - 15 days for the Tibet Tourism Bureau to issue the permit. Travellers need to allot ample time to prepare the necessary documents. Moreover, the only way to enter Tibet is by travelling in groups since no individual traveller is permitted to travel alone.
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