8 Days Beauty Tour to Jiuzhaigou & Yangtze River

Leisure Life plus Natural Beauty

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Chengdu, the hometown of Giant Panda, enjoy its unique characters where you can taste Sichuan cuisine to feel the authentic spicy flavor, or sit in a traditional tea house to experience the leisure pace of life. If you want to see the stunning natural view, just go to Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area and Huanglong National Park where the amazing scenery will feast your eyes. Visiting nearby Chongqing to take your Yangtze River Cruise is just perfect for this 8-day tour!

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;
  • Immerse yourselves in fairyland on earth - Jiuzhaigou Valley and Huanglong National Park with most beautiful waterscape in China;
  • Take a 4-day downstream Yangtze River cruise from Chongqing to Yichang to enjoy Three Gorges scenery, interesting activities onboard and fantastic shore excursions.

Basic Trip Information

Price:
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  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 / Huanglong / Jiuzhaigou / Chongqing / Yangtze Cruise / Yichang
Travel Length:
8 Days & 7 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-CTCJ-08
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
CultureHikingMountaineeringPhotographReligious
Departure:
Any day you want

Your tour - at a glance

Day 1~2 Arrival & Chengdu Panda Tour

One full day sightseeing in Chengdu covers Chengdu Panda Base, Wenshu Monastery, Renmin Park and Jinli Old Street.

Day 3~5 Fly to Jiuzhaigou, Jiuzhaigou Valley & Fly to Chongqing

Fly to Jiuzhaigou from Chengdu to enjoy two days in Huanglong Valley and Jiuzhaigou Valley. Depart from Jiuzhaigou and take a flight to Chongqing.

Day 6~8 Yangtze River Cruise & Yichang Departure

Explore the stunning scenery along Yangtze River, such as Three Gorges, Three Gorges Dam and interesting excurtions to Shibaozhai Pagoda, Shennv Stream, etc. Also relax yourself with rich activities on board. Disembark your ship in Yichang.

Full Itinerary Day by Day

Day 1 Chengdu Arrival

Ni Hao! Welcome to Chengdu, the hometown of Giant Pandas. Upon arrival, your guide will meet and escort you to your hotel in Chengdu downtown in a private vehicle. The rest of today is free to explore the leisure city on your own.

Optional Activity: In the evening, you can enjoy a delicious dinner of Sichuan cuisine at a local restaurant.

  • Chengdu Hotpot The Typical Sichuan Cuisine - Chengdu Hotpot

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 & Flight to Jiuzhaigou (B)

Today after breakfast, your personal guide will escort you to Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport for your onward flight to Jiuzhaigou. Upon your arrival, your 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. The best featured landscapes in the valley are travertine banks and waterfalls, colorful ponds, caves, etc. At the top(3990m) of the valley lies the best highlights of Huanglonggou Valley Five-Color Ponds consisiting of 693 ponds of different sizes, shapes, colors, just looking like beautiful emeralds.

To save your engergy and time, there are quick and convenient cableways for you to transfer directly to the top. The most recommended way is to take cableway to the top, and 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.

Please Note:

Since the attractions of Huanglong Naitonal 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 4 Jiuzhaigou (B, L)

Today, you’ll visit Jiuzhaigou National Park. It is well-known not only as a national park, but also a UNESCO World Heritage since 1992. Home to nine Tibetan Villages scattered in its 720 sq., it consists of three valleys - Rize Valley, Shuzheng Valley and Zechawa Valley formed a shape of “Y”. There are 114 lakes, 47 springs, 17 groups of waterfalls, 11 rapids and 5 tufa shoals within the reserve. It is said that there is no other place as peaceful as in Jiuzhaigou all over the world. This fairy land will take you to a wondrous world.

Stay overnight in Jiuzhaigou.

  • Jiuzhaigou Green Lakes Jiuzhaigou Green Lakes

Day 5 Jiuzhaigou & Flight to Chongqing (B)

After breakfast, your local guide will escort you to Huanglong Airport to catch a flight to Chongqing, the Mountain City of China. Upon your arrival in Chongqing Jiangbei Airport, your guide will meet you at the arrival hall and escort you to visit the Three Gorges Museum of China - a large monographic museum presenting the history and culture of the Three Gorges Dam Project and its place in Chinese history. Next, pay a visit to Eling Park for a bird's eye view of the whole city before the night falls.

After the tour, you’ll be transferred to Chongqing Chaotianmen Port to board your cruise ship between 18:00-20:00 that evening. Your once-in-a-lifetime Yangtze River cruise sails at 21:00! (Please note: the boarding time and departure piers change based on the ship line, water level, season, weather, and other factors. Your travel consultants will ensure you have the actual departure time and boarding pier before your boarding.)  

  • Chongqing Chaotianmen Port Chongqing Chaotianmen Port
  • Three Gorges Museum Three Gorges Museum

Day 6 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)

In the morning, wake up leisurely and enjoy the gentle sunshine shining over the tranquil and beautiful Yangtze River. It will be colorful and interesting whether you decide to stay onboard or go ashore at river stops. 

Onboard you will enjoy different kinds of activities, like practicing Tai Chi on the boat’s sundeck, drinking a relaxing morning coffee, attending a Yangtze River history and culture lecture, or taking part in the Captain’s Welcome Party and evening shows. 

Next follow a local guide and make a shore excursion to Shibaozhai Pagoda, one of the “Pearls” of the Yangtze River. A gem of Chinese architecture, this 12-story, 18th century red wooden temple on the northern bank of Yangtze River is an architectural delight full of legends and beautiful stories. (Note: Comfortable shoes are highly recommended since there will be lots of stairs to climb up!)

Optional Excursion: Take a shore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City for an extra fee. Called the “City of Ghosts”, it is endowed with mysterious stories about underworld and cruel tortures and different kinds of devils and Chinese demons. Entering this ghost city, you will find many statues of demons and vivid scenes of their perfidious activities. (Note: Once again, the visit to Fengdu Ghost City requires much walking and comfortable shoes are again highly recommended!)

  • Relaxing Yangtze River Cruise A Lifetime Relaxing Yangtze River Cruise
  • Shibaozhai Pagoda Shibaozhai Pagoda

Day 7 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)

Today you will sail through the spectacular Three Gorges while relaxing on the sun deck and soak up the breathtaking gorge scenery passing by as you drift through Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge respectively. 

In Wu Gorge you will take an enjoyable adventure to primitive Shennv Stream (Goddess Stream). Switch to a smaller boat to sail down this beautiful stream running in a narrow side gorge where you will have close-up views of high mountain peaks and hanging coffins on the steep cliff faces. After watching an entertaining music and dance show of local Tujia ethnic minority, sail back to your ship.

In the evening, you will enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Party as well as dancing show with all your mates onboard to spend a wonderful night.

Optional Excursion: Take a shore excursion to White Emperor City for an extra fee. Located at the entrance of Qutang Gorge, this excursion offers the best viewing spot to appreciate the magnificent Kuimen Gate. 

  • Yangtze River Cruise Yangtze River Cruise
  • Shennv Stream Shennv Stream

Day 8 Yangtze River Cruise & Yichang Disembarkation (B)

After breakfast, you’ll begin to check out and disembark at Maoping Port. Today’s highlight is a morning excursion to Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydropower project, located at the middle of Xiling Gorge near Yichang. You will marvel at this gigantic dam from different angles, learn more of the background history of the Three Gorges Dam Project and enjoy the surrounding beautiful landscape and scenery. If you like, you can take an optional experience to sail through Three Gorges Dam Ship Lift, the largest and the most sophisticated ship lift in the world, which takes only 40 minutes with fresh insight into the dam project.

After the dam visiting, you’ll take the bus arranged by the cruise company heading to Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal for leave. Here you will be pick up by our local guide and escorted to visit Yichang Museum if time permits. Then, be transferred to the airport or train station to catch your flight or train to next destination. Service ends!

Disembarkation Tips: No matter you take Ship Lift or not, you’ll check out and take your luggage away in this early morning. (1) Only dam visiting: you’ll take bus from Maoping Port to Three Gorges Dam for sightseeing, and then arrive at Yichang downtown around 12:30. (2) Dam & Ship Lift Experience: travelers who are interested in Ship Lift will first switch to a sightseeing boat to sail through the Ship Lift and then visit Three Gorges Dam Site. You’ll arrive at Yichang downtown around 13:30.

Departure Ideas: You can take a flight from Yichang Sanxia Airport to Shanghai, Xian, Beijing, Guangzhou and Hangzhou, etc. Or you can take a high speed train from Yichang East Railway Station to Wuhan (about 2hrs), Shanghai (about 8hrs), Beijing (about 7.5hrs), Hangzhou (about 7.5hrs), Chengdu (about 7hrs), Guangzhou (about 7hrs) and more cities.

  • Three Gorges Dam Three Gorges Dam
  • Three Gorges Dam Ship Lift Three Gorges Dam Ship Lift
  • Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal
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