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5 Days Brilliant Culture Tour through Ancient Shu Roads to Xian

Witness Stunning History from Chengdu to Xian

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There are many romance and stunning stories still living on the way between Chengdu and Xian - incredible ancient Shu Roads with more than 2000 years history echoing along the 770-kilometers journey. This brilliant culture tour is well linking with Chengdu and Xian by high speed train, with one day to step on the land full of Three Kingdom history.

In history, Shu Roads were the historical roads that were built through the mountainous East-West barrier formed by the Qinling, Micang and Daba mountain ranges. The Shu Roads linked the Wei river valley (or the Guanzhong) with its cluster of ancient capitals, such as Chang’an, near present day Xi’an in the north and the Sichuan Plain with its ancient capital at Shu (present day Chengdu) in the south. They pass through some of China’s roughest and most inhospitable terrain. Take a high speed train from Chengdu to Jianmen Pass, the first magnificent pass under heaven to personally witness the road to Shu is harder and even harder than climbing to heaven. As well, roam along the 2000-year historical corridor planted with over 12,000 ancient cypress to recall the Romance of Three Kingdom. A modern high speed train will take you travel through Hanzhong Plain to Xian - the capital of 13 ancient China dynasties. A short exploration to Terracotta Warriors, Ancient City Wall and Shaanxi Hisory Museum makes you a full savory of another 3000 years' stunning history!!!

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 a 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according to your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Travel Route:
Chengdu / Guangyuan / Xian
Travel Length:
5 Days and 4 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-CGXT-05
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
ArchitectureCultureHiking
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day (Can Be Customized)

Day 1 Chengdu Arrival

Welcome to Chengdu, the hometown of the Giant Panda. Your local guide will meet you at the airport/train station and then escort you to your hotel in a private vehicle. The rest of today is yours to relax in the panda city on your own.

Arrival Ideas: Chengdu is only about 2~3 hours flying from the majority of big cities in China, such as Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shanghai, etc. You can also get to Chengdu by high speed trains from Xian (4hrs), Chongqing (1hrs), Guilin (6hrs), Kunming (6hrs), etc.

Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport
Day 2 Chengdu (B, L)

This morning you will make a stirring visit to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding which is not only the most important panda scientific research center, but also dwelling home for more than 100 Giant Pandas. Walk at leisure through the bamboo framed paths, and closely observe giant pandas of different ages eating bamboos, playing with each other, tumbling, climbing trees, etc. Don’t miss the chance to watch female pandas nursing their cubs in the nursery rooms. There is also a very informative Panda Museum for you to learn more scientific facts about Giant Pandas.

Chengdu is famous for its relaxing and leisure pace throughout China, which will be proved after a stay in People's Park. Sit down, order a pot of Chinese tea, make a casual chat with your friends and watching locals indulging themselves in different kinds of folk entertainment - napping in a lively teahouse, playing mahjong, disco dancing, neck massage, ear cleaning…

Later, you will move on to Wuhou Temple. Built in 223 AD, Wuhou Temple is the unique Emperor’s tomb integrated with his prime minister’s shrine in one temple. It is referred as the most Far-reaching Museum of Three Kingdoms Period. Walk into this famous shrine to enjoy those excellent tablet script from Tang and found the figure statues of praisable civil and military officials along the corridor with a rich solemn atmosphere in the courtyard with cypress lining on both sides. You will step into the main hall to see the statue of Liu Bei and Zhuge Liang and hear their everlasting story of a monarch and his subjects. Walk inside to learn the famous history of the Peach Garden Oath between Liu Bei, Zhang Fei and Guanyu to supplement your knowledge about the Three Kingdom Period. Next is an impressive trip to the famous Jinli Old Street. Time steals away from you quietly while walking on the lively streets which are full of delicious local snacks, delicate artifacts, interesting folk shows, etc.

At the end, your guide will escort you to your hotel.

Jinli Old Street  (Foreigner)Chengdu Wuhou TempleGiant Pandas Enjoying Leisure Time Together
Day 3 High Speed Train to Jianmenguan & Guangyuan (B, L)

After breakfast, your guide will pick you up at your hotel and escort you to Chengdu East Railway Station for a high speed train (about 1.5 hours) to Jianmenguan Station in Guangyuan City. Drive about 20 minutes to reach the first pass under heaven - Jianmen Pass. Jianmen Pass was the strategic military in history which means conquering the dangerous pass will conquer the whole Sichuan. Enter from the North Gate and the first scene comes to your eyes is the Cliff Inscription “The Road to Shu is Hard” by Li Bai in Tang Dynasty. Learn from the poem and feel “the road to Shu is hard, harder than climbing to heaven” before you go along the ancient plank roads. Take the cableway up and begin your adventurous Bird Path hiking. Bird Path means roads only a bird can manage which means steep dangerous roads. Walk along the narrow winding path built along the steep cliff to personally experience the difficulty to overcome Jianmen Pass and catch expensively panoramic view of the vast mountains. Later, walk down through Tiantixia Path, a zigzag winding plank road built among the green trees leading from the peak to the bottom. Don’t miss the magnificent Guanlou in the style of Ming Dynasty to feel “Jianmen is lofty and magnificent, however, it is also hazardous and precipitous. If one man holds pass, then thousand men can not pass”. Listen to legendary Three Kingdom stories when standing in front of the statues of Liubei, Jiangwei and more historical figures.

After visiting Jianmen Pass, move to Cuiyun Corridor, a green historical corridor with over 12,000 ancient royal cypresses standing along the Shu Roads. With over 2000 years’ history, Cuiyun Corridor is the oldest and best-preserved ancient land transportation route and thus reputed as the No.1 Ancient Road in the world. Walk leisurely on the flagstone road among the huge cypresses taking you back to ancient times immediately. Take a good at the Zhangfei Cypress, Couple Cypress, Longzhong Dui Cypress, A Dou Cypress, Lychee Cypress...and enjoy the heart-racing stories.

After the tour, be transferred to your hotel in Jiange County of Guangyuan. Have a good rest tonight. 

JianmenguanJianmen Pass PanoramaCuiyun Corridor
Day 4 High Speed Train to Xian & Xian (B, L)

In this morning, take a high speed from Jianmenguan Station while pass through the rugged Qinling Mountains and Hanzhong Plain (ancient Shu Road - Tangluo Plank Road in history) to Xian (about 2.5 hours), the ancient capital of China. Upon arrival at Xian North Railway Station, the local guide and driver will meet you at the arrival hall and take you to your hotel located in downtown area for a short rest.

In this afternoon, enjoy an educational visiting to Shaanxi History Museum. Ramble in the modern exhibition halls to appreciate relics, such as porcelains, paintings, currencies from Zhou to the Tang periods (1100 BC to 907 AD). (Note: Shaanxi History Museum may be replaced with other activity or attraction because of crowding tourists during July ~ early September and China’s National Day during Oct.1-Oct.7. You may check details with your travel consultant.)

Later, head to Da Cien Temple, a famous Buddhist sutra translation site during the Tang Dynasty. Giant Wild Goose Pagoda is the most famous building in the temple. The pagoda, rising to a height of 64.5 meters, was built by the famous Buddhist master Xuanzang to preserve classic scriptures he bought back from India during the early Tang Dynasty. Xuanzang was the prototype character for Tang Seng in the famous Chinese novel “Journey to the West”. (Note: It costs an extra 30 RMB if you want to climb up the Big Wild Goose Pagoda) After (or before) visiting the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, you will be provided a free experience of trying on the Hanfu which is the solemn costume of the emperors and their families, the ministers and the noble in the ancient dynasties of China. Seize this rare opportunity to take some photos to record this unique memory!

The last activity today is a relaxing wander around bustling and lively Muslim Quarter, a place where you can try different local snacks and explore Muslim culture.

Big Wild Goose PagodaXian Shaanxi History MuseumVisit Muslim Quarter to Enjoy Some Snacks
Day 5 Xian & Xian Departure (B, L)

After breakfast, drive about 40km to discover one of the greatest man-made wonders in the world - the Terracotta Warriors and Horses, built by the first emperor of China Qin Shihuang to protect him in his afterlife. Over 8,000 life-size warriors, horses and chariots, buried in 3 pits for more than 2,000 years until uncovered by a local farmer in 1974, form an ancient military army with complete battle units of infantry, cavalry, etc. Standing in front of these figures, one can’t help being amazed not only by the ambition of Emperor Qin Shihuang but also by the fabulous artistic skills of ancient Chinese artisans.

Continue your visit to Xian to take a wonderful stroll on the Ancient City Wall, the largest and best-preserved ancient city wall in China. Enjoy panoramic views of modern Xian while you leisurely examine this well-maintained city wall which is 12 meters high and 18 meters wide with a total circuit of nearly 14 kilometers. (Optional activities: take a relaxing cycling on the Ancient City Wall.)

The rest of the day is free for you until be escorted to catch the flight/train to leave Xian.

Terracotta Warriors in XianVisit Xian Ancient City Wall

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