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O: China Panda Yunnan Shangri La Adventure

Date: Thursday, October 8, 2015 to Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Presented by: Angeles Chapter, Crescenta Valley Group
Level: Moderate
Location: China

See seldom visited sights in Yunnan, see China’s ambassador, the Panda, Shangri La, several UNESCO world heritage sites & scenic areas and ethnic peoples of Southern China.

Visit the Great Stone Forest, a massive collection of gray limestone pillars, split by rainwater and eroded to their present fanciful shapes.

You will see the beautiful old town of Dali, subject of Chinese painting and home to the Bai minority people. Next, visit the ancient city of Lijiang with its 700 year old cobblestone streets, a UNESCO world heritage site.

We will visit some of the villages of the Naxi minority people and the beautiful Tiger Leap Gorge, then to Shangri La described in James Hilton’s Lost Horizon. This is home to many Tibetan people where we will visit some of the beautiful temples or monasteries. We will also see some of the beautiful high mountains and scenic areas of this region.

We’ll fly to Chengdu to visit the Pandas at the Panda Breeding center where you can literally see dozens of Pandas in this park-like setting. Last time we saw almost a dozen baby Pandas. You can have your photo taken with a Panda for an extra fee. See the Giant carved Buddha of Mt Leshan and the nearby temples.

We will also visit the Mt. E'mei scenic area and then Jiuzhaigou National Park, a World Heritage area, famed for its peculiar karsts landscape and multihued ponds that are set off picturesquely by snow-top mountains, vertical ravines, and vast forests.

Cost: $3,799 until February 28, 2015, (March 1, 2015 & later $3,899)

includes Round Trip air (LAX-Beijing), all transportation, 4 star hotels, nearly all meals, admissions, CTS guides. Taxes & Visa Fees extra.

Send H&W Phones, SC#, e-mail or 2 SASE, deposit check $400 (Sierra Club) to Leader Bruce Hale:

3025 Alabama St, La Crescenta, CA 91214

Co-Leader: Fred Dong