2013 - Shangri-La the last frontier day 4

Backpacking Adventure to ShangriLa China the Last Frontier
30 March to 23 April 2013 (25 days)
Standing in the middle span of this famous Luding Bridge





Day 04 (02.04.2013) Hailuogou (海螺沟) to Luding (泸定) (46km/1hr) to Kangding (康定) (55km/1hr 10min) to Xinduqiao (新都桥)

Breakfast at 7am and took a van at 8am for 1hr journey to Luding to visit the famous Luding Bridge and a temple beside. We then continued the journey 1hr 10min to Kanding (the cowboy town of China) arriving at 10.45am and at 11.15 we had to change vehicle to Xinduqiao (new capital bridge) or Tibetan name is Garze. Check in to Xinkangzhu hotel and had lunch there. We then walked around the one street town and later hike up the hill top. Came back and had dinner at 7pm. Today’s lowest temperature is -4c.

Luding Bridge is a bridge over the Dadu River in Luding County. The bridge dates from the Qing Dynasty built in 1701 and is considered a historical landmark. The bridge consisted of thirteen heavy iron chains with a span of some 100 yards. Thick wooden boards lashed over the chains provided the roadway across the bridge. In 1935, during the Long March, soldiers of the Fourth Regiment of the Chinese Workers and Peasants' Army secured the bridge as a river crossing vital to the Red Army.

Sleeping: Xinkangzhu hotel (鑫康珠客栈)
a very comfortable van ride to Luding - by the look at their faces

there are many such beautiful bridges along the way

the country side villages and towns along the river

the bridge entrance from the Guan Yin Gu temple side in Luding

Luding Bridge is a bridge over the Dadu River in Luding County. Thick wooden boards lashed over the chains provided the roadway across the bridge.

the bridge consisted of thirteen heavy iron chains with a span of some 100 yards

view of the two entrances taken on the bridge

a panoramic view of Luding city taken from Guan Yin temple

the bridge dates from the Qing Dynasty built in 1701 and is considered a historical landmark

in 1935, during the Long March, soldiers of the Fourth Regiment of the Chinese Workers and Peasants' Army secured the bridge as a river crossing vital to the Red Army

Luding Guan Yin Gu temple

another view of Luding city from the Guan Yin temple

the gigantic temple bell

Kanding (the cowboy town of China) arriving at 10.45am and at 11.15 we had to change vehicle to Xinduqiao (new capital bridge) or Tibetan name is Garze (note: commercial van or taxi cannot cross to another district or province)

breath taking view of the mountains along the road to Xinduqiao


breath taking view of the snow cap mountains along the road to Xinduqiao


we are surrounded by snow up in the mountain

Chinese soldiers putting chains on the tyres

snow everywhere up in the mountain


one of our Tibetan van drivers wearing his cowboy hat


a convoy of Chinese military vehicle that slow down the traffic

traffic jam at certain stretches of the mountain road

a Tibetan pagoda and shrine at the mountain top

traffic jam at the mountain top


Cheng Tee and Bernard using the public toilet

I am peeing by the road side melting the snow as I dare not walk into the snow covered ground

not so lucky for Mrs Ng, she dropped into the snow covered drain with her umbrella while looking for a suitable place; she was lucky to be rescued by Grace and Lily Yap

we met some local bikers at the mountain top


a stone marker beside the Tibetan stupa shrine tells us that we are at 4,298m high (13,754 feet)

more bikers along the road



another traffic jam

pasture scenery of rolling chain of mountains, river valleys dotted with grassland and Tibetan villages

a Tibetan shaggy black yak roaming freely on the road

a Tibetan shrine on the mountain slope with pasture scenery


the mountain top pasture scenery

the enchanting plateau pasture scenery

Sleeping: Xinkangzhu hotel (鑫康珠客栈) - room is equipped with electric blanket, television, hot water shower, free Internet access

a good lunch in the hotel as we were very hungry and very cold - Sichuan food and vegetables

Xinduqiao Tibetan-style houses is very characteristic, has a spacious white walls and red lacquer door courtyard, all the walls of each building open three or four windows, window eaves with red, black, white and other colors depict a flourishing population and the symbol of a bumper grain harvest moon or triangular pattern

an ancient Tibetan temple(居寺) in Xinduqiao town beside our hotel




a big fat Tibetan pig roaming around for food

four of us challenged each other to get to the top of that hill towards the flag field that we pointed





a right side view of Xinduqiao town from the hill

can you see the Xinkangzhu hotel (鑫康珠客栈) below?

a left side view of Xinduqiao town from the hill 

Can you see me in this photo?

Can you see me?  I am standing on the left side of flag field and the prayer writing.

Can you see me?  I am standing at an altitude of about 3400 meters just below the Tibetan prayer writing

the hill top flag field and the concrete Tibetan prayer writing
A view of the Xinduqiao town from the hill top flag field. A small town located 437km west to Chengdu and 83km west of Kangding, at the separating point of the North and South Sichuan-Tibet highway, with Ganze in the northwest and Litang in the west.

another view of the Xinduqiao town from the hill top flag field

another good dinner in the hotel - Bernard showing pictures on his new ipad to the hotel staff







Total Grand Per Pax
Day RMB RMB RMB












4 a. B'fast - noodle, soya bean & pau 107.50 10.75
b. 1 big van Moxi-Luding-Kangding @ rmb60 p.p. 600.00 60.00
c. 1 car (4 X 40) + 1 van (6 X 35) Kangding-Xinduqiao 370.00 37.00
d. Lunch 182.00 18.20
e. Dinner 190.00 19.00
f. Room @ Xin Kang Zhu Hotel @ rmb50 p.p. 500.00 50.00
1,949.50 194.95

























click below:
Day 01 (30.03.2013) AirAsia D7-320: K. Lumpur to Chengdu (成都), Sichuan (四川)
Day 02 (31.03.2013) Chengdu to Hailuogou (海螺沟) (296km/7.5hrs bus)
Day 03 (01.04.2013) Hailuogou (海螺沟) Red rocks @ Swallow Gully (燕子沟)
Day 04 (02.04.2013) Hailuogou (海螺沟) Luding (泸定) Kangding (康定) to Xinduqiao (新都桥)
Day 05 (03.04.2013) Xinduqiao (新都桥) to Danba (丹巴) Land of thousand watchtowers

Day 06 (04.04.2013) Danba – day trip to Jiaju Tibetan Village "the most beautiful ethnic town
Day 07 (05.04.2013) Danba (丹巴) – staying in Jiaju Village
Day 08 (06.04.2013) Jiaju Village (甲居藏寨) to Xiaojin (小金) to Rilong (日隆)
Day 09 (07.04.2013) trekking up Changpinggou (长砰沟) middle gully of Siguniang (四姑娘山)
Day 10 (08.04.2013) Rilong (日隆) to Chengdu (成都)

Day 11 (09.04.2013) Chengdu (成都) day trip to Huanglongxi (黄龙寺)
Day 12 (10.04.2013) Chengdu (成都) to Xichang (西昌)
Day 13 (11.04.2013) Xichang (西昌) to Lugu Lake (泸沽湖)
Day 14 (12.04.2013) Lugu Lake - cycling around Lugu Lake
Day 15 (13.04.2013) Lugu Lake (泸沽湖) to Lijiang (丽江)

Day 16 (14.04.2013) Lijiang (丽江)
Day 17 (15.04.2013) Lijiang (丽江) to Shangri-La (香格里拉) (Zhongdian (中甸)
Day 18 (16.04.2013) Shangri-La (Zhongdian) - day trip to Potatso National Park
Day 19 (17.04.2013) Tiger Leaping Gorge (虎跳峡) / Bai Shui Tai terrace waterfall(白水台)
Day 20 (18.04.2013) Tiger Leaping Gorge to Lijiang (丽江)

Day 21 (19.04.2013) Lijiang (丽江) to Lugu Lake (泸沽湖)
Day 22 (20.04.2013) Lugu Lake (泸沽湖) to Xichang (西昌) to Chengdu (成都)
Day 23 (21.04.2013) Chengdu
Day 24 (22.04.2013) D7-327 Chengdu to K. Lumpur (2355 – 0430)
Day 25 (23.04.2013) 25 23/04 Arrival K. Lumpur: 0430 hrs




      RMB        RM
Total Costs per person excluding Air fare    4,664.15      2,360.06


Return Airfare per pax incl. insurance, meals   1,632.41    826.00 


Total Cost Per Pax incl. of Airfare    6,296.56 3,186.06

1 comment:

  1. It's already June of 2013. Now the detailed pics are only out since you've conquered another dimension in China after N. Thailand. I'll read the short captions and browse through the enchanting pics Chung NB has posted. Thanks Ching and partners. You fellas are great travelers like Marco Polo. You guys never know when to call it a day! Anyway the earth is a big one! Somewhere out there awaits you. I'm having fun reading every detail of your travelogue. Have many exciting days ahead.

    Regards,
    Alan Kok
    KL

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