In history, the woman’s kingdom area is huge, is between Tang and Tibet, and they fled to west of Sichuan by war, Nowadays, in the place called Danba, west of Sichuan there is the relics of the queen's castle, very tall, you can imagine how prosper it was, and the beautiful saint mountain surround. And the entire women they are pretty with elegant dressing. There are also Tibetan people,
Bon is the indigenous pre-Buddhist faith of Tibet, Bon blends the shamanistic sprit worship of rivers, mountains, and trees with a veneer of Tibetan Buddhism, flowers of Bon are most easily recognized by the fact that they walk anticlockwise. The saint mountain: Moerduo is the symbolize of Bon, in Tibetan language means lady god.
In nowadays, along the Xianshui river area: Daofu, and Luhuo, Danba, there still exists the matriarchal system, which are the relics from the ancient Woman’s Kingdom. This is the only place in China that still abides by this system. Women are the top leaders of the community's extensive families, and all family members are descendants of the same woman. There are no husbands and fathers here - lovers meet at night but live separately with their own mother's families by day. Children are under the care of and supported by their maternal families and adopt the surname of the mothers.
All families are composed of the members of the matrilineal kin. Women operate production and management, and hold the principal position in the society, forming a modern day 'woman's kingdom', which adds mystique to this place. Also in Northeast of Yunnan, a romantic place called Lugu Lake; Lugu Lake houses the Mosuo ethnic and the last practicing matriarchal society in the world; is known for its peculiar natural scenery and the Matriarchal saint mountain: Gemu, and dating centre for lovers.
Day 1: Arrive Kunming. Free and easy. Watch the” Impression Yunnan” the famous and gorgeous Yunnan Minority dancing performance, which excellent explains Yunnan different minority culture. Overnight in Kunming (hotel).
Day 2: Kunming - Lijiang - Lugu Lake. Take flight to Lijiang, arrive Lijiang town, drive to Lugu lake, on the way you will enjoy some amazing landscape will pass through traditional Yi village, we will arrive a beautiful iland in Lugulake, we will stay the nice guesthouse owned by a Mosuo family.
Day 3: Visit Lugu Lake. We will leave in the early morning take a trip around Lugu Lake, enjoy the beautiful and tranquil village, and listen to the legendary story of the Gemu god lady, spend one night in local Mosuo lake view guesthouse or home stay. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Lugu Lake to Riwa to Daocheng. We take a long trip to Daocheng, to a small country side village, enjoy the hot spring there, and the Tibetan home stay. In the morning we trek to the small mountain nearby. Enjoy the peaceful scenery and the high grass land of Tibetan village, the Tibetan dancing and horse riding.
Day 5: Yading. Yading is the highlight of this journey because of the Yading nature reserve, home of three sacred Tibetan mountains - Chenresig (Avalokitesvara, 6,032m), Jambeyang (Manjusri, 5,958m), and Chanadorje (Vajrapani, 5,958m). Tibetan Buddhists believe that making a Kora (pilgrimage) around these mountains brings great merit and that the three mountains represent compassion, wisdom and energy - attributes that one must cultivate on the path to enlightenment.
Today, we start our exploration in the Yading area and then traverse about three hours through a beautiful wooded pathway leading to a valley set at the foot of the spectacular Mount Chanadorje. We'll also visit Tshonggo Gonpa - a small Tibetan temple, which Joseph Rock nicknamed 'Bandit Monastery'. We will continue our hike to the foot of Mount Chenresig, where we'll ascend a small but steep hill to view a beautiful mountaintop emerald green lake. Local lore has it that this magical lake can reveal your future. If time and energy permits, we could take a short hike to explore around the rest of the area. In the afternoon, we ride back to Yading village and then drive to Riwa where we can take a hot shower after our day of horse riding. Overnight Hostel in Yading Village. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Yading to Lithang. We drive southward to Daocheng after our breakfast. The 180kms drive is just fabulous. Daocheng is a small town and it is our point of access to the Yading Nature Reserve and the three holy mountains of Chenresig, Jambeyang, and Chanadorje, which are another highlight of our trip. We can hike or horse-ride around and photograph the peculiar scenery. Once we get out of the Lithang grassland, we wind our way up to the top of the Haizi Mountain.
We take a stop in Sangdui, which is a small village home to gorgeous scenery of blue skies, green grassland, clear streams and colorful Tibetan villages with yaks, sheep and dogs running around. After lunch in Daocheng, the small booming town with tourism, we take another 2hr/60km drive to Yading. Upon arriving in Yading, we begin exploring the surroundings. If possible, we can admire Chanadorjie, one of the three holy mountains of Yading. Altitude of Yading: 4,010m ASL. Overnight Hostel in Yading Village. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Litang. We go to Litang, Litang is claimed to be the highest city of the world, sitting at an altitude of 4,050m (13,285ft). It is also the home town of 7thDalai Lama and several other living Buddhas. Much of this afternoon will be spent casually exploring the town and acclimatising to the high altitude. Today, we enjoy a whole day in Lithang. In the morning, we visit the Chang-Qing-Chun-Ke'er-Si monastery, the largest monastery in Western Sichuanand now home to 1,400 Gelukpa monks; try the typical Tibetan food.
Day 8: Tagong. We will visit Tagong, the small Tibetan highland, it is beautiful and we stay nearby the monastery, the Tagong monastery looks the same as the Johang temple in Lhasa, there is a 12 years old Buddha Sakyameny statue there, the legend tells that in Tang dynasty (7centry AD) when the Princess Wencheng went to the Tibetan to marry with King Songzanganbu had been there, the Buddha status became huge heavy, and didn’t want to move, so the people built a replica instead.
Day 9: Daofu. Daofu is the home to the 450 year old Gelugpa school Myitso Monastery, the largest monastery in the region, and also Daofu is the place where still well preserved Matriarchal society.
Day 10: Luhuo. The Tibetan name of Luhuo means’ head of the rock” and derives from Luhuo’s strategic position at the confluence of two rivers. 70km further has Drango Gompa,which once had over 1000 monks, the monastery sits on the hillside in the Tibetan style southern part of town and has a large newly carved wooden stature of Jampa (Maîtreya Buddha).
Day 11: Danba. Danba is well-known for the spectacular watchtower groups where the queen’s of woman’s kingdom palace set up... After arrived Danba, we stay in the pretty Tibetan village Jiaju where we will enjoy beautiful home stay.
Day 12: Zhonglu Danba relax. Visit Zhonglu Tibetan village, stay the Tibetan home stay,from where we did hike up the mountain. Visit the relics of woman's kingdom, mysterious ancient stone Qiang watchtowers, and the mystical story about the old eastern woman’s kingdoms, and we will still see the relics of palace there. Visit the Moerduo monastery, the one is worshiped as the symbolize of lady god.
Day 13: Kangding. Kangding is well-known throughout China for a popular Kangding Love Song. While travelers are more allured by the stunning scenery in the vicinity consisting of snowy mountains, sweeping grasslands, glaciers and monasteries, as well as it’s unique Khampa charm hailing from mixed cultures. For centuries, the town has been the trade center of the Han and Tibetan cultures. The central streets bustle with trading activity. It's also the traffic hub of west Sichuan and the gateway to Tibet. We will visit the Monastery and lake there.
Day 14: Drive to Chengdu. On the way we will see mountain: Minya konka. Minya konka straddling in the rugged western part of Sichuan and towering to a height of 7,556 m, Mt. Minya Konka ("Gongga Shan"in Chinese) is the highest mountain of Hengduan Range and claimed as the 'King of Sichuan Mountains”. It offers stunning scenery, abundant vegetations, full-bodied Tibetan culture and adventurous trekking routes. Mt. Gongga is a sacred mountain to the Tibetans. We will arrive Chengdu at night, stay in a comfortable hotel.
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