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Spend an exciting week amongst the incredible landscapes and enticing culture of Sichuan province. Enjoy some time in the charming capital of Chengdu, you’ll meet iconic giant pandas, visit tranquil sacred sites, experience ancient innovation and find yourself amongst some of China’s most beautiful natural scenery.
Our Sizzling Sichuan 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. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading guides whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Your weekend begins with an overnight flight to Chengdu. On arrival you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel where you can settle in and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
This morning it’s time to meet Chengdu’s most famous residents, the beautiful giant pandas. Heading to the famous Panda Base, a centre at the forefront of the panda conservation fight, spend some time observing the bears in their spacious enclosures eating bamboo, playing or lazing about. You can also see another native species, the red panda, and learn more about the conservation work at the informative museum. This afternoon, wander down atmospheric Jinli Street and spend some time admiring the intricate artistry at the Shu Brocade and Embroidery Museum. (B,L,D)
Travel south of Chengdu to visit the magnificent Grand Buddha of Leshan, the world’s largest stone-carved Buddhist monument. Hewn right out of the cliff face, this 71-metre tall Buddha is best viewed from the river it watches over, though you will also view him from by his head and by his feet. Travel on to Mount Emei, one of China’s four sacred Buddhist mountains and spend the night at its foot. (B,L,D)
Mount Emei was the location of China’s first Buddhist temple – today it’s home to many old temples, sheltered on its pristine forest covered slopes. Pilgrims and tourists mix amongst the lush vegetation and temples, all admiring the striking and diverse natural beauty of the mountain. Pay a visit to the wonderfully unspoilt Fuhu Temple and soak up the peaceful ambiance. Return to Chengdu.(B,L,D)
Travel from Chengdu to Dujiangyan via the fascinating 3rd century BC irrigation system, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. First built in 256BC, during the Qin dynasty, it is still used today to water an area of over 5,000 square kilometres, to drain flood water and provide water for 50 cities. An incredible ancient feet of engineering. Transfer to your hotel and check in. (B,L,D)
Meet the pandas again this morning at this field research centre that is dedicated to training captive breed bears to survive in the wild. Spend some time observing their behaviours, be it at rest or at play. This afternoon visit Mount Qingcheng, the birthplace of Taoism in China. Stroll amongst the series of beautiful old temples of this UNESCO World Heritage site and feel at peace with the world. (B,L,D)
Return to Chengdu and spend the rest of the day at leisure, even farther exploring this relaxed city. (B)
This wonderful week ends with any time before your flight as time to relax. You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport for your return flight to the UK. (B)
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