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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.
Visit spiritual Mount Emeishan and the Grand Buddha
Come face to face with these adorable creatures at Dujiangyan
Wander the spectacular forests and lakes of Nine Villages Valleys
Admire the colourful calcite pools of Huanglong
Our Sichuan Explorer itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
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 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)
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)
Take a tour of Mengdingshan Tea Plantation to learn about the entire tea making process and its fascinating history. (B,L,D)
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)
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)
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)
Enjoy the drive through spectacular mountain scenery to Nine Villages Valley, where you'll spend three nights. (B,L,D)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Fly to the UK arriving home the same or following day. (B)
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. If the hotels listed below for your tour are not available on your chosen departure date, hotels of a similar standard will be used.
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. ...Read more
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....Read more
The Elegance Hotel is located in the Zhangzha Town of Jiuzhaigou and it enjoys stunning landscapes.
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. ...Read more
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. 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 Tour would be more ideal.
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.
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).
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