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3 Days Chengdu & Langzhong Ancient City Tour

Explore One of China’s Four Ancient Cities

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Langzhong Ancient City is listed as four great ancient cities in China, together with Pingyao, Lijiang and Shexian, to enjoy a historical seeking of ancient architectures.

This 3-day itinerary is specially designed for you to have a classic exploration of the famous Langzhong with inspiring admiration of its typical layout from Tang and Song era and appearance in Ming and Qing times. You will not only visit the top museums and ancient halls to learn legendary stories of Zhang Fei in the Three Kingdoms Period, learn more about the influential Imperial Examination system in the past, but also enter the interesting museum about geomantic omen to learn the unbelievable but reasonable theory in Chinese tradition and stroll along those antique paved streets and alleys to see abundant traditional Western Sichuan styled wooden dwelling houses with exquisite decorations. You will also get up to the best locations to have a bird’s eye view of the quiet old city and have fun with a classic Chengdu day trip with an exciting close-up with giant pandas and leisure savory of Chengdu life before leaving!

Highlights of this tour

  • Have a classic historical and cultural discovery of Langzhong Ancient City with great admiration of its top museums, old halls, ancient streets, antique towers, etc.;
  • tired dwelling houses embraced with emerald water and hills from the best angle;
  • Make your must-do visit of the adorable giant pandas and red pandas and see their funny daily playing at Chengdu Panda Base;
  • Get fully laid back with an essential Chengdu day trip to feel its symbolic leisure life pace with memorable visits to Wenshu Monastery, People’s Park, etc.

Basic Trip Information

Price:
from request
  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 / Langzhong / Chengdu
Travel Length:
3 days and 2 nights
Tour Code:
CD-CLACT-03
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or groups
Experience:
CultureFestival
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Chengdu - Langzhong (L)

This morning, your guide and driver will meet at your hotel and then escort you to the railway station to catch your bullet train to Langzhong (about 2.5 hours) and start your cultural and historical discovery of Langzhong Ancient City which is one of the “Four Ancient Cities in China” of more than 2300 years old.

Take your leisure stroll along the ancient paved roads and paths to admire those antique wooden houses with black tires and white and dark red walls. You will pay the must visit to Zhangfei Temple that keeps the tomb and other cultural relics of Zhang Fei for your respect for that great famous general in Three Kingdoms period. After a glimpse at Zhongtian Tower as the coordinate of typical geomantic omen in Langzhong, walk a little to visit the Examination Compound which is the largest examination hall from Qing Dynasty in whole China to learn the imperial examination system in the past old era and the real outstanding record of Langzhong as hometown of many first and successful scholars. Then, visit Langzhong Museum across with more than 5,000 pieces of relics to tell you the historical development and folk culture of Langzhong Ancient City, from Bronze wares from Spring and Autumn Period, potteries in Han, to ceramics in Ming and Qing dynasties, etc. Of course, you will not miss the worthy three-color glazed pottery figurine from Song Dynasty.

After the visiting, your guide will send you to your hotel in Langzhong! Have a good rest!

Zhangfei Temple Examination Compound
Day 2 Langzhong - Chengdu (B, L)

After breakfast, continue your exploration of Langzhong.

First, go to Huaguang Tower praised as the “No.1 tower of Langzhong” to see the old gate tower kept from Qing Dynasty with beautiful green tires and flying eaves. Climb up to the top and appreciate a large spread of black-tired dwelling houses rolling out near and far.

Next, go to Langzhong Geomantic Omen Museum to appreciate the interesting old construction layout with covering trees and rich kinds of pictures and decorates placed in strict concept of Geomantic Omen to know why Geomantic Omen is so important for Chinese people from old times to nowadays. Also, you will be surprised by the rare records of 2 pairs of brother scholar winners in Langzhong elected from the Imperial Examination to believe Langzhong is a Geomantic treasure land.

Then, take the ferry to the south bank of Jialing River and visit Jinping Mountain. Enjoy your refreshing walking in the emerald forest mountain with clean air with brief savory of those old-styled pavilion, corridor, halls, etc. Kuixing Tower commemorating famous ancient astronomer Luo Xiahong and some stone tablet with inscriptions of Wu Daozi and Zhang Fei are worth to make a stop. Continue walk up to the best location to have the amazing panorama of Langzhong Ancient City embosomed in emerald hills and clear green water.

After the visiting, you will take the high speed train back to Chengdu and your guide will escorted you back to your hotel. Have a good sleep!

Huanguang Tower Langzhong Geomantic Omen Museum Langzhong Ancient City Panorama from Jinping Mountain
Day 3 Chengdu & Chengdu Departure (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. Following the pandas, you will be taken to a hidden spiritual Buddhist temple in the hustling downtown of Chengdu - Wenshu Temple. Marvel at the exquisite Buddhist architecture, soak in the reverent atmosphere, and wander on the peaceful paths.

In the afternoon, you will move on to Wuhou Memorial 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 scripts 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 not 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, Zhuge Liang, Zhang Fei and Guanyu to supplement your knowledge about the Three Kingdom Period. Next, go to People’s Park to feel Chengdu’s leisure further. 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…

After the visiting, our guide and driver will escort you to the airport/train station to catch your flight or train to your next destination or home. Service ends!

Chubby Giant Panda at Chengdu Panda Base Wenshu Monastery Monk Chengdu Wuhou Temple

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Generally speaking, you only need 2 days to visit both Leshan Giant Buddha and Mount Emei together, usually traveling from Chengdu to visit the Giant Buddha first for a day, then visit the mountain and return to Chengdu in another day.

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You will take a 45-minute flight from Chengdu directly to Jiuzhai Huanglong Airport in the early morning. In the afternoon, you’ll go to Huanglong National Park, where densely scatters thousands of travertine color-ponds and flow streams. You’ll marvel at Huanglong Temple and fabulous Five-Color Ponds. In the second day, you will visit three beautiful valleys in Jiuzhaigou National Park. The third day is for you to depart from Jiuzhaigou to Chengdu or other destinations.

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