Sichuan Explorer
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Sichuan Explorer

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Sichuan Province is the natural habitat of one of the world's endangered species – the Giant Panda. We observe these magnificent creatures at the Panda Conservation Centre in Dujiangyan as well as admire the Grand Buddha in Leshan. We also visit Mt Emei and beautiful Nine Villages Valley.

tour duration 15 Days from
tour price 2,490pp
tour type Group Tour

Places Visited

UK - Chengdu (1N) - Emeishan (2N) - Mengdingshan (1N) - Chengdu (1N) - Dujiangyan (2N) - Nine Villages Valley (3N) - Mao County (1N) - Chengdu (2N) - UK

Tour Highlights

Visit spiritual Mount Emeishan and the Leshan Grand Buddha
Come face to face with adorable Pandas at Dujiangyan
Meet a Taoist Shaman at lush Mt Qingcheng
Wander the spectacular forests and lakes of Nine Villages Valleys
Admire the colourful calcite pools of Huanglong
Meet the Qiang Minority Group and learn about their local customers and cultures

Days 1-2 Fly to Chengdu
Fly overnight to Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Days 1-2 Fly to Chengdu
Day 3 Leshan Grand Buddha
Travel to Leshan to visit the Grand Buddha. The 71-metre Buddha, the world’s largest and UNESCO World Heritage-listed, is carved into a hillside overlooking the confluence of the Dadu and Min Rivers. Completed in the year 803, it is said that the Buddha’s presence has calmed the turbulent waters of the river. A short boat trip will give an even better perspective. Continue to Mount Emei. You'll spend that evening at the foot of the mountain. (B,L,D)
Day 3 Leshan Grand Buddha
Day 4 Explore Mount Emei
Mount Emei is the cradle of the Buddhist religion in China with the first temple built here, on its peak, in the 1st century. Pilgrims and tourists mix amongst the lush vegetation and inconspicuous old temples, all admiring the striking and diverse natural beauty of the mountain and its setting. Spend the day soaking up the ambiance and exploring. If the weather is right the summit offers extraordinary views over the river below. (B,L,D)
Day 4 Explore Mount Emei
Day 5 Mengsingshan Tea Plantation
Take a tour of Mengdingshan Tea Plantation to learn about the entire tea making process and its fascinating history. (B,L,D)
Day 5 Mengsingshan Tea Plantation
Day 6 Pingle Ancient Town
Drive to Pingle Ancient Town. Dating back to the Han Dynasty, Pingle was a stopping point on the Tea Horse Road. Take time to walk through its maze of teahouse-lined streets before seeing the bamboo forest from above on Jinjigu Suspended Rope Bridge. Drive back to Chengdu. (B,L,D)
Day 6 Pingle Ancient Town
Day 7 Dujiangyan Panda Base
Located in the forested Sichuanese countryside north of Chengdu, Dujiangyan offers refuge to Giant Pandas with the ultimate aim to reintroduce them into the wild. The panda centre's rural location is similar to Bifengxia and also offers one of the most authentic, spacious and natural settings in the country. In the afternoon visit the Dujiangyan Irrigation Project, perhaps the most iconic of Dujiangyan's sites. (B,L,D)
Day 7 Dujiangyan Panda Base
Day 8 Taoist Mt Qingcheng
Mt Qingcheng is the most important Taoist Holy mountain in China. It is also a truly beautiful spot with numerous peaks covered with lush greenery and secluded temples. You'll be welcomed by a Taoist priest at the Old Master Pavilion on the summit of Mt. Qingcheng. Take the opportunity to speak to him and learn about his religion. You'll also be shown the art of Chinese painting and calligraphy. Return to Dujiangyan. (B,L,D)
Day 8 Taoist Mt Qingcheng
Days 9 Nine Villages Valley
Enjoy the drive through spectacular mountain scenery to Nine Villages Valley, where you'll spend three nights. (B,L,D)
Days 9 Nine Villages Valley
Day 10 Nine Villages Valley
A national park of ragged peaks, sapphire lakes, abundant forests and rushing waterfalls, the Nine Villages Valley(Jiuzhaigou National Park) is considered one of China’s most beautiful areas. Named after the nine typical Tibetan settlements scattered through the valley, the park is a World Biosphere Reserve, full of endemic flora and 140 species of birds. Whilst the scenery transforms with the seasons it is always spectacular and you will spend time in the depths of it, reveling in your arresting surroundings. (B,L,D)
Day 10 Nine Villages Valley
Day 11 Shuzheng Village
Visit Shuzheng village, the largest settlement in the park. Spend some time with a local Tibetan family who will give you an insight into daily life in Nine Villages Valley. A lovely afternoon walk takes you from Rhinoceros Lake, passing Tiger Lake ending at Reed Lake - an excellent way to really relish the local scenery. You'll pass an old watermill, many prayer wheels and Tibetan prayer flags en route. (B,L,D)
Day 11 Shuzheng Village
Days 12 Huanglong Pools
Hundreds of vivid pools in striking colours, formed by thousands of years of mineral deposits, tumble gently down through the bright green forests of the Huanglong Valley. The whole area is studded with waterfalls and hot springs and, as it is relatively undiscovered, is a pleasure to explore. There is an option to take the chair lift up to Huanglong Temple at the head of the valley for excellent views over the whole valley, before we continue on to the delightful Mao County. (B,L,D)
Days 12 Huanglong Pools
Day 13 Qiang Minority Village
The Qiang people are an ethnic minority group in China with a population of about 326,500. Qiang is actually a Chinese word that translates in English as 'shepherds'. Their customs, architectural style, clothing and religious beliefs are far removed from the western world. You will visit a minority village where you'll be joined by a local elder, who will talk through the history and culture of his people, you will also meet a local family. Later in the afternoon, drive to Chengdu. (B,L)
Day 13 Qiang Minority Village
Day 14 Local Chengdu
Spend the morning absorbing the local cultures at Peoples' Park and even join in the Square dancing. People watching here is an endless pleasure, from the grizzled locals playing Mah-jong to the lonely singles looking for love in Matchmakers' Corner - there is always something going on. Stop at a local tea house then wander the wide and narrow alleys. This evening enjoy a traditional hot pot dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 14 Local Chengdu
Day 15 Fly Chengdu to UK
Fly to the UK arriving home the same or following day. (B)
Day 15 Fly Chengdu to UK

Also Available

Private Departures for this tour

If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Departure would be more ideal. Based on exactly the same itinerary as the group tour, our Private Departures give you the freedom to choose your own departure date and simply enjoy your holiday with your family, your partner, or your friends. On Private Departures your tour will be led by an English speaking local guides in each destination

Tailor Your Tour

If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 9884 888 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

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Additional Price Information:

Prices are fully inclusive from the UK and based on London Heathrow departures
Regional departures available
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £1,990pp (Chengdu - Chengdu)
Single supplement from £460 (none if willing to share)
Tipping payable locally RMB750pp

15-Apr > 29-Apr - £2,690 BOOK NOW
06-May > 20-May - £2,690 BOOK NOW
02-Sep > 16-Sep - £2,890 BOOK NOW
07-Oct > 21-Oct - £2,890 BOOK NOW

Additional Price Information:

Prices are fully inclusive from the UK and based on London Heathrow departures
Regional departures available
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £1,990pp (Chengdu - Chengdu)
Single supplement from £460 (none if willing to share)
Tipping payable locally RMB750pp

Wendy Wu Tours, inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. If the hotels details below for your tour are not available, hotels of a similar standard will be used.

Chengdu Tianfu Sunshine Hotel
Chengdu Tianfu Sunshine Hotel - Chengdu (4 Nights)
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The Chengdu Tianfu Sunshine Hotel is located a ten minute walk from the centre of Chengdu. All of its air conditioned, en-suite rooms have a safety deposit box, tea making facilities and a flat screen satellite television. There are also complimentary toiletries. The hotel also boasts a swimming pool, a fitness centre and an onsite restaurant featuring Chinese and Korean cuisine.

Emeishan Grand Hotel
Emeishan Grand Hotel - Leshan (2 Nights)
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The Emeishan Grand Hotel guarantees guests a peaceful stay, close to the city's biggest attractions. Home to 458 modern, en-suite bedrooms, all provide Wifi, air conditioning, a minibar, tea making facilities and satellite television. The hotel also boasts a fitness centre and sauna.

Elegance Hotel
Elegance Hotel - Jiuzhaigou Valley, Sichuan (3 Nights)
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The Elegance Hotel is located in the Zhangzha Town of Jiuzhaigou and it enjoys stunning landscapes.

Maoxian International Hotel
Maoxian International Hotel - Miao County (1 Nights)
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Located in Maoxian county, the Maoxian International Hotel offers modern rooms equipped with satellite television, a minibar, a safety deposit box and an en-suite. The hotel also boasts a fitness centre and a tea room. Guests can enjoy Chinese and Tibetan cuisines in the onsite restaurant.

Hainan Island - 5D/4N

Hainan Island - 5D/4N

tour duration 5 Days from tour price 340pp

A visa is required by all nationalities. A visa should be arranged in advance of travel.
Unlike many other tour operators, we include your entry visas in the price of our tour. We handle the entire visa process – all you need to do is fill out the form and send your passport to us. We are always on hand to help you with any questions or queries you might have when completing the form. 

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. Calls may cost £1 per minute to the UK, plus a 10% service charge, but will vary by location. To call the UK the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 44, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625.
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are quite popular in China and you will find high quality coverage. China has active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however SMS and call rates can be expensive. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have wifi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. Many websites, including most Google Products, Facebook and Twitter are banned in China and therefore inaccessible. If you need to access your email via Gmail whilst in China, please use an alternative email account whilst in the country.

Tipping while on holiday is common in most parts of the world and China is no exception. However, it is not always clear who it is appropriate to tip and how much. Furthermore, travellers may not have the right amounts of cash available at the right time. In order to avoid any inconvenience Wendy Wu Tours operates a tipping policy where a stated amount is given to your national escort at the beginning of your tour and tips are distributed to local guides and drivers throughout your tour. The amount is designed to be at a reasonable level for travellers while being fair to the local people and includes a gratuity for the national escort. If you are travelling in a smaller group with local guides only, then tipping is paid in each destination.  To be fair to the guides we ask for slightly higher amounts per traveller with small groups. Yangtze cruise companies operate a service charge policy and this is paid separately when boarding the vessel.
For independent passengers, or group passengers with pre or post tour arrangements, you should allow 65 RMB per person per day for the guides and 35 RMB per person per day for the drivers.
We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure, and China has a vast array of shopping opportunities for those who love to seek out a bargain. From hand carved jade to local silk products or pearls from the South China Sea – the variety and choice can seem endless.
In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost.
Breakfast is served in the hotel and usually includes western dishes. As is traditional in China, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on a ‘Lazy Susan’ so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. In China all the dishes are served in various styles and brought out to the table for everyone to share. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
Each individual place setting will consist of a bowl of fan (rice), a pair of chopsticks (you may request western cutlery if you prefer), a flat bottomed soup spoon and a saucer. Chinese food is usually served in courses where a typical meal will consist of rice, one to four meat or fish dishes, two vegetable dishes, and one soup dish. Almost all food is cut into bite sized pieces. The centre of the meal is the fan or rice. The meats and vegetables that we think of as the focus of the meal are known as ts’ai, which roughly translates as ‘side dishes’. Fish is not always available, particularly outside of the bigger cities.
The Chinese are also not big on desserts with meals normally complemented with fruit to clean and refresh the palate.
Sichuan cuisine is distinguished by its use of ginger, chilli and the ‘Sichuan peppercorn’ called the fagara. Each meal will usually have some mild dishes but many of the local speciality dishes will be hot. If your group find there are not enough mild dishes served, please inform your National Escort/Local Guide so that they may resolve the problem for the next meal.
If you would like to drink beer, soft drink or bottled water with your meals, payment is to be made directly to the restaurant staff. Beer is traditionally consumed in small glasses; not the larger pints glasses that you may be used to.
Green tea is sometimes provided complimentary. All other drinks will be at your own expense.
If you have booked a tour that does not include all meals, your local guides will be able to recommend a variety of restaurants to meet your taste and budget.
It is possible to buy snacks in supermarkets within major towns or cities. Alternatively, you may also like to bring comforts like cereal, biscuits, muesli bars, and tea/coffee from home.
Any food/diet requests MUST be specified at the time of booking and you should mention it again to the National Escort/ Local Guides when you meet them – they will do their utmost to cater for any special requests, such as vegetarian meals or food to be avoided in case of allergies.

Hotels in China are bound by Government laws which mean that air conditioning is switched on nationally in May and the central heating in November (this may vary slightly depending on the region).

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What's Included

all international airfares
all domestic transportation, departure taxes and current fuel surcharges
all accommodation
all meals
entrance fees, guides and daily tours
visa fees for UK passport holders

Why Book This Tour?

This tour is ideal for those with a reasonable amount of time and who have an interest in learning about a specific region of the country. We have designed this tour to take in key historical, religious and naturally stunning areas of Sichuan. This tour is active and involves walking for long periods which allows you to get the most out of the natural beauty of Sichuan. This tour reaches a maximum altitude of 3,600m at Huanglong Temple

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