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As two of the most fascinating, diverse and colourful provinces in China, Yunnan and Sichuan are a cornucopia of wonders, from the lofty peaks of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain to the colourful calcite pools of Huanglong, to the lovable nature of the Giant Panda.
Admire panoramic views around Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
See the awe inspiring Leshan Buddha, the largest pre-modern sculpture in the world
Walk through the colourful forests of this picturesque national park
Come face to face with these lovable creatures at Chengdu's famous Panda Conservation Centre
Our Yunnan & 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, 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 to the relaxed city of Kunming. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Meander through the formations
of the UNESCO-listed Stone
Forest, where towering limestone
pillars stand treelike in a
fascinating illusion of woodland.
Return to Kunming where you
can sample the local delicacy,
Crossing the Bridge Noodles,
for dinner. Tonight there is also
the option to see a colourful
showcase of Yunnan’s
Transfer to Dali, a charming town
that offers a peek at the China of
times-gone-by. Begin your touring
in the local atmosphere of the
fascinating old quarter and lively
market. Next, visit the age-old
Three Pagodas and later this
evening, take a stroll down
Spend the morning cruising the
mirror-like waters of Erhai Lake,
admiring the spectacular scenery
provided by the Cang Mountains.
The rest of the afternoon is at
leisure, with the option of riding
up into the Cang Mountains, an
area noted for its diverse flora
and fauna, by cable car
Pop over to Xizhou village to
browse in the local market. Drive
to Lijiang, set in the foothills
of the Jade Dragon Snow
Mountain. Visit the Black Dragon
Pool, where there are wonderful
views of the mountains, before
mingling with traditionally
dressed Naxi women in the
bustling backstreet markets.
A magnificent mountain massif,
the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
incorporates several peaks, the
tallest of which soars 5,500
metres. Taking a cable car, explore
one of the gorgeous high meadows
and enjoy the amazing vistas. On
the way back to Lijiang, admire the
fascinating Ming Dynasty frescoes
at Baisha and visit the Mu Family
Over 3,000 metres deep,
Tiger Leaping Gorge, with its
backdrop of snow-capped
mountains, is one of China’s most
extraordinary sights. The whole
area is spectacular – prepare for
breathtaking views. Return to
Lijiang and explore the old quarter
– the quintessential Chinese
‘old town’, wander the jumble
of cobbled streets, precarious
wooden buildings and rustic
Fly to Chengdu, the capital of
Sichuan Province and home of
the Giant Panda. In Chengdu,
take a stroll through People's
Park to see Matchmaker's
Corner and choose to take tea
in a traditional tea house. This
evening there is the option to be
amazed by a dramatic Sichuan
Opera, featuring the famous
Travel to Leshan to visit the Grand Buddha. The 71 metre Buddha is carved into the hillside overlooking the confluence of the Dadu and Min rivers. Completed in 803, it is said that the Buddha's presence has calmed the turbulent waters of the river. A short boat trip will give you an even better perspective. Continue to 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 ambience and exploring. If the weather is right the summit offers extraordinary views over the river below.
Travel to Chengdu for your flight to Nine Villages Valley (Jiuzhaigou National Park).
A national park of ragged peaks, sapphire lakes, abundant forests and rushing waterfalls, Nine Villages Valley 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, revelling in your arresting surroundings.
Hundreds of vivid pools in striking colours, formed by thousands of years of mineral deposit, tumble gently down through the bright green forests of the Huanglong Valley. The whole area is studded with waterfalls and, as it is relatively undiscovered, is a pleasure to explore. Visit Huanglong Temple before your flight to Chengdu.
A visit to Chengdu's famous Panda Conservation Centre allows you to see and learn about China's celebrated icons. See them up close in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat as they chomp through piles of bamboo. A look around the informative museum gives an overview of the reserve's breeding programme. This afternoon visit Wuhou Temple, dedicated to Zhuge Liang, and Jinli Street, a lively road lined with antique shops and restaurants. This evening dine on mouth-watering Sichuan cuisine.
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.
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.
Jin Jiang Hotel is located close to Kunming’s main sttractions. Each of its air conditioned, modern en-suite rooms include satellite television, a minibar, complimentary toiletries and tea making facilities. The hotel includes the Shanghai and the Lily restaurant, which serve local Huaiyan and Yunnan specialties. The onsite fitness centre and spa is a highlight. ...Read more
Backed by the snow-capped Cangshan Mountain range and facing Erhai Lake, the four-star Asian Star Hotel offers a unique opportunity to appreciate the natural scenery of this area. The hotel offers an onsite restaurant, fitness room and currency exchange facilities. All of the rooms feature air conditioning, a telephone and a view of the mountain or lake....Read more
Located in the city centre of Lijiang, the Adange 4 star hotel offers 283 elegantly furnished en-suite rooms equipped with air conditioning, satellite television, safety deposit box and refrigerator. The onsite restaurant offers local Chinese and Western dishes. A swimming pool and gym are also available. ...Read more
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.
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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