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Sichuan Explorer | 15 days | Go Beyond Group Tour | Please Call for Prices
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 Wulong National Park.
Group Tour includes:
Visit spiritual Mount Emeishan and the Grand Buddha
Come face to face with these adorable creatures at Dujiangyan
Stand in awe amongst the towering limestone karsts and deep gorges of Wulong
Admire the striking natural beauty of Mt Emai
Private itineraries can run on any day of the week. To book this tour, please call us on 0808 274 8594
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.
Travel to Leshan to see the 71-metre high UNESCO listed Grand Buddha. Completed in the year 803, it is said that the Buddha's presence has calmed the turbulent waters of the river. View the Buddha from above before climbing down the cliff for a closer view. A short boat trip will give an even better perspective. Continue to Mount Emei and spend the evening at the foot of the mountain. (B,L,D)
Mount Emei is the cradle of the Buddhist religion in China with the first temple built on its peak in the 1st Century. Admire the striking and diverse natural beauty of the mountain and spend the day soaking up the ambience and exploring. (B,L,D)
Journey to Mengdingshan. Explore the vast stretch of tea bushes and take a tour of a plantation, where you will be shown the whole process of producing tea, from plucking the leaves to brewing the perfect cup. (B,L,D)
Dating back to the Han Dynasty, Pingle was a stopping point on the Tea Horse Road. Take time to walk through its maze of teahouselined streets before seeing the bamboo forest from above on Jinji Suspended Rope Bridge. Return to Chengdu. (B,L,D)
Visit one of the world's finest panda conservation centres in Dujiangyan where you will gain a real insight into the hard work that goes into caring for and boosting the population of this endangered species. The pandas here are kept in conditions very close to their natural habitat. Spend some time watching the pandas play and chomp on bamboo. Later, visit the Dujiangyan Irrigation System, an infrastructure constructed in 256BC and still used today to irrigate 5,300 square kilometres of land. (B,L,D)
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 will 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 will also be shown the art of Chinese painting and calligraphy. (B,L,D)
Return to Chengdu and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. (B,L,D)
Travel by bullet train to Chongqing then continue by road to Wulong – an area of stunning natural scenery with towering limestone karsts, deep gorges, caves and natural bridges. Its remote location has ensured that the park is relatively un-spoilt. It comes as no surprise that Wulong is a UNESCO World Heritage site! (B,L,D)
Today, visit Three Bridges National Park, a rare geological wonder consisting of three natural karst bridges: Tianlong Bridge, Qinglong Bridge and Heilong Bridge. Continue to Longshuixia Fissure, a narrow fault line that has been carved out by the river. (B,L,D)
Before returning to Chongqing, spend time at Heishan (Black Mountain) Valley, a scenic area enveloped by mysterious fog. (B,L,D)
Today, visit charming Ciqikou which is lined with small shops selling delicious snacks, trinkets and curious and then take a stroll through Erline Gardens followed by a visit to the General Stilwell Museum. Later, board the bullet train to Chengdu. (B,L)
Spend the morning absorbing the culture of People's Park. People-watching here is an endless pleasure and visit Matchmaker's Corner where parents search for suitors for their children. Also stop at a local teahouse and wander through the Wide and Narrow Alleys. In the evening, enjoy a delicious Sichuanese hot pot dinner and an optional 'face changing' show. (B,L,D)
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day. (B)
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Everyone needs a visa to travel to China, and this visa should be arranged before you travel. Your visa is included in the price of your holiday, and when it comes to organising it, our visa team will be on hand to help you with any questions or queries. Our step-by-step guide on completing your visa form is available on our website and we will comprehensively check your visa application form to make sure it meets the embassy guidelines. For those passengers travelling to the London visa centre, you will be met and assisted by a member of the Wendy Wu Tours team.
To call the UK the international access code is 0044. Out of hours is 0044 1888 288 288. Mobile phones are quite popular in China and you will find high quality coverage. SMS and call rates can be expensive: we recommend that you contact your mobile supplier for more details. Some of our hotels have WIFI in the rooms and some will only have it in the lobby. There may be additional charges. Many websites, including Google, Facebook and Twitter are banned and inaccessible in China. 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. 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. Yangtze cruise companies operate a service charge policy and this is paid separately when boarding the vessel. We indicate 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. 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.
The cost of meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is served in the hotel and includes western dishes. As is traditional in China, lunch and dinner consist of small dishes of local cuisine which are placed on a ‘Lazy Susan’ for everyone to share. 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. If you have booked a tour that does not include all meals, your local guides will be able to recommend where to eat. Any food/diet requests MUST be specified at the time of booking.
Wendy Wu Tours inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. We pick the right hotel for the specific destination, meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. 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).
We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.
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.
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.
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