Sichuan Discovery

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Sichuan is known mostly to the West for its spicy cuisine, its shy, gentle pandas and its skillful and fascinating ‘mask-changing’ opera. However this, ‘the land of abundance’, is not only a rich agricultural region but also home to some of China’s precious ancient wonders as well. Only here it is possible to start from Chengdu, one of the most famous emerging metropolises of whole China and end up in the uncontaminated wild nature between sacred mountains and scenic areas of rare diversity and beauty. In these more remote places the ancient cultural heritage of this region is still preserved in charming villages and temples, making Sichuan one of the most colorful and rich provinces of China.

Itinerary:

  1. London, Chongqing.
  2. Chongqing, Leshan, Mt Emei.
  3. Mt Emei.
  4. Mt Emei, Chengdu.
  5. Chengdu.
  6. Chengdu.
  7. Chengdu, Maoxian.
  8. Maoxian, Huanglong
  9. Huanglong.
  10. Huanglong, Jiuzhaigou.
  11. Jiuzhaigou.
  12. Jiuzhaigou, Chengdu.
  13. Chengdu, London.

Overview:

  1. Domestic Flights and ground transfers are included within the package price.
  2. Twin-sharing accommodation is included within the package price.
  3. English Speaking local tour guides will be accommodated with the travellers with no additional price.
  4. International flights and Travel insurance are not included within the package price.
  5. Gratuities and Chinese visa are not included within the package price.
  6. Any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after the booking confirmation, have to be paid by travellers.
  7. British Airways upgrade on request.
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Day 1 – London, Chongqing:

Depart from London Heathrow to Chongqing. Overnight in Chongqing.

Note – Accommodation provided.

Day 2 – Chongqing, Leshan, Mt Emei:

Drive to Leshan and visit the 8th century 234ft high Buddha in the Lingyun Temple hewn from the mountainside that guards the boatmen on the treacherous rivers below. Take a boat journey for around 20 minutes along the river at the foot of the Buddha. Continue to Emeishan, 35km away and the 4-star Century Sunshine Hotel for two nights. (BL)

Note – Accommodation, Breakfast and Lunch provided.

 Day 3 – Mount Emei:

Early morning rise to take a cable car to visit the summit of Mt Emei. Towering in the Southwest of the Chengdu Plain, Mt Emei has been considered holy by both Daoists and Buddhists since the Eastern Han dynasty and it was here that Buddhism first gained ground and spread through China. Around 20 temples dot the slopes, sometimes hidden amongst an amazing variety of trees and shrubs. At the summit (3,079 m) is the opulent Golden Temple where sunrise, cloud seas and other atmospheric phenomena are admired. Return down the mountain to your hotel.

Note – Accommodation, Breakfast provided.

Day 4 – Mt Emei, Chengdu:

Return to Chengdu pausing en-route at the traditional village of Huanglonxi, a rustic riverside village where you can see half a dozen Qing Dynasty narrow flag-stoned streets with their rickety wooden shops. Once an important market town, it is now busy with visitors. Along the main street, you can visit the Gulong Temple before taking some tea in one of the many teahouses. Return to the Tibet Hotel for an overnight stay.

Note – Accommodation, Breakfast provided.

Day 5 – Chengdu:

Visit the People’s Park. This is a busy square popular for tea houses and is home to one of the last statues of Mao. Head further into the city and stop to explore the thriving areas of Wide Alley & Narrow Alley. These are two rows of traditional courtyard buildings that have been saved and turned into hotels, restaurants and shops. Stay at the Tibet Hotel for 2 nights.

Note – Accommodation provided.

Day 6 – Chengdu:

See the world’s beloved Giant Pandas at the Panda Research Centre. Afternoon visit to the beautifully carved and painted Wenshu Monastery founded in the 6th century during the Tang dynasty and renowned for its many precious works of art and hundreds of Buddhist statues. Nearby is China’s tallest cast iron pagoda with bells all the way up, a tranquil garden and atmospheric tea house. Continue to Jinli and the Tibetan Quarter before a visit to the Shu Brocade and Embroidery Museum.

Note – Accommodation provided.

Day 7 – Chengdu, Maoxian:

Depart for Mount Qingcheng, stopping en-route to visit the ingenious Dujiangyan irrigation system, built in 256 BC to bring water to an otherwise dry plain and control regular flooding. Nowadays it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and considered to be ‘Sichuan’s treasure’ by the Chinese. Continue east to the beautiful and evergreen Mount Qingcheng dubbed “the most peaceful and secluded mountain under the heavens”. Enjoy a shared cruise on the scenic Yuecheng Hu (Moon City Lake) and ascend by cable car to see the 4th-century Shangqing Gong Temple and Laojin Pavilion. Drive (approx. 2 hours) through the countryside to Maoxian and overnight at the 3-star Maoxian International Hotel or Guibinlou Hotel (best available).

Note – Accommodation, Breakfast and Lunch provided.

Day 8 – Maoxian, Huanglong:

Visit the Munigou Scenic Area, belonging to the western part of Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area and listed as a World Natural Heritage site. Drive to the Tibetan town of Songpan which stands at 2200m on the plateau. Once a Qing-era garrison town protecting a mountain pass with stone walls, gateways and a bridge across the Min River. Tibetan and Qiang villagers visit the town to buy supplies, shops are stocked with handmade woven blankets, jackets, ornate knives and jewellery – amber, silver and coral. You can climb the wall in some places for views over the town. Drive the final distance to Huanglong and stay for two nights at the Seercuo International Hotel (BLD).

Note – Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner provided.

Day 9 – Huanglong:

Today is dependent on the weather. If it is fine cross the 4000m Xuebaoding pass to reach an area of alpine habitat. The road parallels the flanks of the 5000m Xuebaoding massif and with good weather the views could be excellent. If the weather is not hospitable to this high country then instead travel east to visit the forest habitat of the Dan Yun Xia Valley.

Note – Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner provided.

Day 10 –  Huanglong, Jiuzhaigou:

Travel 2 hours to Jiuzhaigou. The name means ‘valley of the nine Tibetan villages’ which sit amidst colourful lakes, dozens of waterfalls, snow-capped mountains and forests. According to the legend, a Tibetan goddess shattered her mirror into a hundred pieces which were transformed into the lakes. Check-in to the Resort for 2 nights. Depart for the park entrance then switch to a shared sightseeing coach (private vehicles are not permitted in this scenic area), which stops at various ‘scenic spots’ within the park.

Note – Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner provided.

Day 11 – Jiuzhaigou:

Full day sightseeing at Jiuzhaigou Valley. Farewell dinner in the evening.

Note – Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner provided.

Day 12 – Jiuzhaigou, Chengdu:

In the morning take the bullet train to Chengdu and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Note – Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner provided.

Day 13 – Chengdu, London :

In the morning take the bullet train to Chongqing and at 15:05 take the flight back to London.

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Sichuan Discovery

From: £2,699.00

The homeland of civilisations where modern and ancient, nature and technology coexist in a unique country.

Tipping Payable locally 65£ per person.

Guaranteed to operate with minimum two passengers.

Price displayed above are for each individuals.

International flights are not included in the adventure price.

Domestic flights and ground transfers are included in the price and will be booked by us when your order has been processed.

Insurance is not included yet its mandatory for this excursion.

Prices are cheaper if you book in large group.

Single accommodations can be provided if requested in advance but could be bit expensive.

13 Days ( Chongqing - 1 Night, Leshan - 1 Night, Emeishan - 2 Nights, Chengdu - 3 Nights, Maoxian - 1 Night, Huanglong - 2 Nights, Jiuzhaigou - 2 Nights, Chengdu - 1 Night)

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