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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.
Please note that Nine Villages Valley is temporarily closed. Until it reopens, you will visit the spectacular Three Natural Bridges National Park and Heishan (Black Mountain) Valley instead.
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 see 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.
View the Buddha from above
before climbing down the cliff for
a close up. A short boat trip will
give an even better perspective.
Continue to Mount Emei. You’ll
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. 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 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’ll be
shown the whole process of
producing tea, from plucking the
leaves to brewing the perfect
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 Jinji Suspended Rope
Bridge. Drive to Chengdu. (B,L,D)
Visit one of the world’s finest
panda conservation centres in
Dujiangyan where you’ll 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. 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’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
Enjoy the drive through
spectacular mountain scenery to
Nine Villages Valley, where you’ll
spend the next three
A national park of ragged peaks,
sapphire lakes, verdant forests
and rushing waterfalls, Nine
Villages Valley (Jiuzhaigou
National Park) is considered
one of China’s most beautiful
areas. Named after the nine
Tibetan settlements scattered
through the valley, the park is
a World Biosphere Reserve,
full of endemic flora and 140
species of birds. A trip up to the
top of the valley to Long Lake,
the highest, deepest and largest
in the area, offers spectacular
alpine views whilst a short
walk to Five-Coloured Lake and
Nuorilang Falls showcases some
of the valley’s most beautiful
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 appreciate
the local scenery. You’ll pass
an old watermill, many prayer
wheels and Tibetan prayer flags
en route. (B,L,D)
Travel to of Huanglong Valley,
home to hundreds of vivid pools
in striking colours, formed by
thousands of years of mineral
deposits, tumble gently down
through the bright green
forests. The whole area is full
of beautiful sights and as it is
relatively undiscovered, is a
pleasure to explore. There is
an option to take the chairlift
towards Huanglong Temple
at the head of the valley for
excellent panoramic views,
before we continue to Mao
County for an overnight
Today you will visit a Qiang
minority village where you’ll
be joined by a local elder, who
will talk through the history
and culture of his people,
before visiting a local family.
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. Later
in the afternoon, drive to
Spend the morning absorbing
the culture of People’s Park.
People-watching here is an
endless pleasure, from the
grizzled locals playing mahjong
to the lonely singles looking for
love in Matchmaker’s Corner. Join
the locals in an exciting square
dancing session. Stop at a local
teahouse and wander through
the Wide and Narrow Alleys. Visit
the Shu Brocade and Embroidery
Museum. 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)
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).
At Wendy Wu Tours we are all avid adventurers, constantly seeking out the best ways for you to experience Asia. That's why we are Asia experts and the UK's leading Asia tour operator - our customer reviews and numerous awards say it all. This website is all about showcasing both Asia's top sights and its magnificent hidden gems; about the plethora of different types of authentic and exciting experiences that we can offer you; and about giving you the very best holiday, whether it's your first visit or your 10th. Wendy Wu and the team look forward to welcoming you to Asia soon!
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