7 Days Sichuan Discovery Tour

Land of Abundance

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Important Notice: Currently there is only one flight to Jiuzhaigou from Chengdu. It departs at 06:05am on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport to Jiuzhai Huanglong Airport. While on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, it departs at 22:05. The return flight departs from Jiuzhai Huanglong Airport to Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport at 07:45 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and 23:50 on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Please contact your travel consultant to adjust your itinerary accordingly.

Stunning scenery, treasured culture, turbulent history - the land of Sichuan has the perfect set of ingredients such as Chengdu highlights, Jiuzhaigou splendors, Leshan Giant Buddha & Mount Emei and this cultural treasure tour is the recipe that brings them together with more than a dash of comfort.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Observe the cute giant pandas from a close distance and have leisure time as the locals do in the laid-back city;
  • Pay pilgrimage to the Kingdom of Buddha with Leshan Giant Buddha and Mount Emei;
  • Immerse yourselves in fairyland on earth - Jiuzhaigou Valley with most beautiful waterscape in China.

Basic Trip Information

Price:
from $1,311
  1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Travel Route:
Chengdu / Leshan / Emei / Chengdu / Jiuzhaigou
Travel Length:
7 Days & 6 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-CJLE-07
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
CultureHikingPhotograph
Departure:
Any day you want

Your tour - at a glance

Day 1~2 Arrival & Chengdu Tour

One full day to meet the cute Giant Panda, enjoy leisure time in Wenshu Temple, Renmin Park and Jinli Old Street.

Day 3~4 Leshan Giant Buddha & Mount Emei

Transfer to Leshan and Emei to visit the World Heritage Site – Leshan Giant Buddha and Mount Emei for two days.

Day 5~7 Chengdu & Jiuzhaigou Valley & Departure

Fly to Jiuzhaigou from Chengdu to enjoy two days in Huanglong Valley and Jiuzhaigou Valley. Depart from Jiuzhaigou and see you off.

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Chengdu Arrival

Ni Hao, welcome to Chengdu, hometown of Giant Panda. Upon arrival, you will be met by local tour guide at the arrival hall of airport or train station, and escorted to your hotel in a comfortable private car. The rest of today is at your leisure to explore the laid-back city.

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Day 2 Chengdu (B, L)

This morning you will make a memorable visit to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. This facility is not only the most important panda scientific research center in the world, but also the home for more than 100 Giant Pandas. You will walk at leisure through the bamboo-framed paths and closely observe giant pandas of different ages eating bamboos, playing with each other, tumbling, and climbing trees. Be sure to not miss the chance to watch female pandas nursing their cubs in the nursery rooms! There is also a very informative Panda Museum where you can learn more scientific facts about Giant Pandas. Next, you will be taken to a hidden spiritual Buddhist temple in hustling downtown Chengdu, Wenshu Temple, where you will marvel at the exquisite Buddhist architecture, soak in the reverent atmosphere, and wander on the temple’s peaceful paths.

Chengdu is famous throughout China for its relaxing and leisurely pace and lifestyle, which will be demonstrated by a visit to the City’s Renmin Park. Sit down, order a pot of Chinese tea, have a casual chat with your friends and watch locals indulging themselves in different kinds of folk entertainment - napping, playing mahjong, disco dancing, and giving neck massages! Next will be an impressive visit to the famous Jinli Old Street. Time will steal away as you quietly walk on the lively streets full of delicious local snacks, delicate artifacts, interesting folk shows, and other activities.

Optional Activity: In the evening, watch a wonderful performance of Sichuan Opera which includes folk opera, face changing, fire spitting, rolling lights, and other delightful entertainment (usually performs at 20:00~21:30).

  • Giant Panda Breeding Research Base Giant Panda Breeding Research Base in Chengdu
  • Sichuan Cuisine Museum Sichuan Cuisine Museum
  • Renmin Park in Chengdu Renmin Park in Chengdu
  • Jinlin Street Jinli Old Street

Day 3 Chengdu - Leshan - Emei (B, L)

In the morning, you will drive about 2 hours to Leshan City to see the famous World Heritage Site at Leshan Giant Buddha. The Giant Buddha was carved from the mountain rock, with its head reaching to the mountain top and its feet standing next to the river. The total height is 71 meters, while the head is 14.7meters high and 10 meters wide, and ears are 7meters high. Its insteps can hold over a hundred people. You will enjoy the spectacular view of the huge statue as you walking down through the narrow staircases to the foot of the Buddha.

Built during AD 713~803 and sitting in the open air, why the Giant Buddha has been preserved so well? The reason is its extraordinary design. There is a delicate and invisible drainage system which played an important role in protecting the Giant Buddha from corrosion. Among the 18 layers spiral coils on the Buddha head, the 4th layer, 9th layer and 18th layer have one cross drainage; the drainage from the left side in front of the chest is connecting to the back drainage of the right arm; there are caves on the back side (the side near the mountain) connecting the two ears. These caves and drainages have composed the scientific drainage, moisture proof and ventilation system. That's why the Buddha statue still keeps its original appearance and structure so well after more than 1,200 years erosion of water, wind, sunlight and other harmful natural factors. 

After visiting the Giant Buddha, drive 30 minutes to Mount Emei and visit Baoguo Temple, the biggest temple of the mountain. Stay overnight at the foot of Mount Emei.

  • Leshan Giant Stone Buddha Leshan Giant Stone Buddha

Day 4 Emei – Chengdu (B, L)

After breakfast, begin your Mount Emei adventure. You will firstly take an eco-bus in the Scenic Area to Leidongping where you will hike to Jieyin Hall to take a cable car up to the top of Mount Emei - Golden Summit (altitude: 3077 m). At the highest peak of the mountain, you will be amazed by the awe-inspiring view of Huazang Temple and witness the breathtaking sea of clouds if it’s sunny. Next, go down the Golden Summit and take eco-bus down the mountain to visit Wannian Temple. Appreciate the most beautiful landscape of Mount Emei in Qingyin Pavilion as you hike from Wannian Temple to Wuxiangang Parking Lot.

As one of the Four Great Buddhist Mountains in China and the ashram for Samantabhadra Bodhisattva, Mount Emei is reputed for its profound Buddhism culture and it’s the Buddhist sacred place in China. There are 28 temples in the mountain at present, many Buddhist ceremonies are held here. The mountain is also famous for its stunning natural scenery. Wild forests and flowers can be seen everywhere. The average temperature difference between the mountain top and mountain foot is 14℃, thus people always say there are four seasons in Mount Emei. There are many monkeys in the mountain, and they often flock together to ask for tourists’ food, and this has become one of the features of Mount Emei. (Note: since the monkeys are wild, and some times may loot foods from travelers, you'd better pack all your stuffs inside the bag, especially foods and fruits)

After the tour, you’ll be driven back to Chengdu.

  • Golden Summit Golden Summit of Mount Emei
  • Qingyin Pavilion Elegant beauty of the Double Flying Bridges on Qingying Pavilion

Day 5 Chengdu & Flight to Huanglong - Jiuzhaigou (B, L)

Today after breakfast, your tour guide will escort you to Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport to catch your flight to Jiuzhai Huanglong Airport. Upon your arrival the airport, the local guide will meet you at Jiuhuang Airport and escort you to visit Huanglong National Park.

Famous for incredible calcified scenery, Huanglong is a 7.5 kilometers long, 1.5 kilometers wide gentle-slope valley on the Xuebao Peak (Xuebao Snow Mountain). Vast yellow travertine landforms exist in the valley, and look like a yellow dragon. This is how the valley gained the name as Huanglong (Yellow Dragon). The travertine scenery was created by the thousands years of geological evolution, including glacial revolution, terrane movement, chemical reaction, climate changing, etc. It covers a total length of 3.6 kilometers. At the top(3990m) of the valley lies the best highlight - Five-Color Ponds consisting of 693 ponds of different sizes, shapes, colors, just looking like beautiful emeralds.

To save your energy and time, you will take a quick and convenient cable car directly to the top, and then walk down the valley to enjoy the scenery. After about 4-hour sightseeing in Huanglong National Park, you will drive about two hours to Jiuzhaigou. Stay overnight in Jiuzhaigou.

High Altitude Tips: since the attractions of Huanglong National Park are located more than 3,000 meters above the sea level, travelers should prepare well for the high altitude sickness. Keep a good healthy condition before your tour and rest well especially the first night of arrival. When walking in the valley, don’t go too rush. If you feel hard to breathe, you can stop in the tourist service center to rest and get oxygen supply.

  • Huanglong Five-Color Ponds Huanglong Five-Color Ponds
  • Huanglong National Park Landscape Huanglong National Park Landscape

Day 6 Jiuzhaigou (B, L)

Today, get up early, and throw yourself into the fairyland Jiuzhaigou Valley which is well-known not only as a national park, but also a UNESCO World Heritage. Having been hidden as a mysterious and never been bothered by outsider until been found in the middle of 20th century, all the forests, lakes, waterfalls, landforms in the national park still remains the wild original looks. It gets its name from having Nine Tibetan Fortified Villages in the region.

Jiuzhaigou is known for having the most beautiful waterscape in China which is hidden in three beautiful valleys - Rize ValleyShuzheng Valley and Zechawa Valley. It presents various color patterns of white, blue, green, turquoise and emerald in different season. According to the statistics, there are 114 lakes, 47 springs, 17 groups of waterfalls, 11 rapids and 5 tufa shoals within three valleys. Regular travel route is to visit the Shuzheng Valley after entering the park, next go to Zechawang Valley on the west, and last tour the Rize Valley.

Current Important Notices: 1) currently only Shuzheng Valley, Zechawa Valley and Mirror Lake in Rize Valley are open for visiting. The rest part is still under recovery from the earthquake in 2017; 2) only 2,000 travelers are allowed to enter the park each day, so you'd better plan and confirm your Jiuzhaigou tour as early as possible; 3) Jiuzhaigou is now only open for tourist groups operated by the licenced travel agency. We will help you make reservation to the park with your passport information, and collect tickets for you; 4) all travelers will be divided into groups, and be brought to visit with a tour guide and sightseeing bus arranged by the park.

  • Jiuzhaigou waterfall Nuorilang Waterfall is the most beautiful waterfall in Jiuzhaigou
  • Jiuzhaigou Green Lakes Jiuzhaigou Green Lakes

Day 7 Jiuzhaigou Valley Departure (B)

After breakfast, be escorted to Jiuhuang Airport to catch your flight to next destination. (Please note: there are daily flights from Jiuzhaigou to Chengdu, Chongqing, Beijing, Shanghai, etc. For more transfer information and service, feel free to contact your travel consultants.)

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