What to Do in Sichuan
During your travel, spectacular sightseeing is not enough. Taking part in different activities and exploring the beauty of you travel destinations make your travel more meaningful and memorable. In Sichuan, you can not only sightsee the most stunning views, but experience the different culture, different lifestyle and different ways to travel. No matter you are a hiker, photographer, nature lover, foodie, Buddhist follower, backpacker, etc., Sichuan's variety is to meet your needs.
You could have fun with cute pandas in a short distance at Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base, you could climb sacred Mount Emei for a sunrise you'll never forget, you could appreciate the extraordinary exhibits at Sanxingdui which is the most awe-inspiring museum in China's southwest, you could also lose your breath among the imposing peaks and beautiful alpine lakes in west Sichuan...
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No.1 Get Close to the Cute Panda
Chengdu, the hometown of Giant Pandas, is the best place to see the lovely creatures. While traveling in Chengdu, you will find there are lovely shops selling kinds of souvenirs about pandas around many tourist sites. And to see the real pandas, never miss the trip to the Giant Panda Breeding Research Center, which is the world's only museum that focuses on the critically endangered giant pandas. You can get close to see the cute pandas. And for those super panda-lovers, they can also choose to take a few-day volunteer job in Dujiangyan Panda Base.
No.2: Taste Sichuan Cuisine
Sichuan Cuisine, one of China's four major culinary schools, is famous for its diversity in appearance and taste. Once you visit Chengdu, you will have the chance to taste the authentic hot pot, Mapo Doufu and Gongbao Chicken. Since many local snacks from other cities in Sichuan are gathered together in Chengdu, as well as more and more international restaurants are opened, Chengdu became the real paradise for gourmands. Visiting Sichuan Cuisine Museum and having cooking class, you can experience Sichuan cuisine culture and partake in the cooking class to personally make three typical Sichuan dishes.
No.3: Explore the History and Culture
Sichuan is a multicultural province where you can explore most culture you are interested in. The cultivated relics displayed in Jinsha Site Museum and Sanxingdui Museum conformed that the long history of Sichuan and visiting the two museums you can enjoy the glorious but lost civilization. If you are a Three Kingdoms fun, Wuhou Temple, Langzhong Ancient City and Jianmen Pass are your best choices. Tea culture in Sichuan can’t be missed. Plucking fresh tea and experience the whole process about making in Mount Mengding or have a cup of tea in People's Park or Wangjianglou Park and experiencing local leisure living pace must be wonderful.
No.4: Explore Buddhist or Taoist Culture
Chinese Buddhism and Taoist tradition are the predominant religions in Sichuan. Here you will get a better understanding of Buddhism and Taoism. Mount Emei in Emeishan City is the Buddhist sacred place one of the four Great Buddhist mountains while Mount Qingcheng in Dujiangyan City is a holy mountain and one of the four famous Taoist mountains. There are many temples scattered in the mountains and you can traipse from one to another. To farther your Buddhism tour, you may visit Baoguang Temple and Wenshu Monastery. Visiting Qingyang Palace to feel Taoist atmosphere is also advisable.
No.5: Enjoy Sichuan Opera
Sichuan Opera (Chuan Ju) is one of China's oldest and most popular opera forms. It attracts a large number of spectators with its vivid and humorous narration, singing, and acrobatics. It also boasts a system of stylized movements and its acting is both exquisite and lively. Most operas are adapted from the Chinese classical novels, mythologies, legends, and folk tales. There are several places you can watch an opera show in Chengdu usually in the night, including Qintai Road, Jinli Street and Kuanzhai Alley, and Shu Feng Ya Yun - the most highly recommended place.
No.6: Start a Photographic Journey
Photography is a great art which can keep your travel as a long-lasting memory, and Sichuan can offer you the best places to finish perfect photography works. As well know, inspiration for photographer is important, but you totally don’t have to worry about finding no motivation or theme as inspiration – Buddhist cultural photography in Mount Emei and Leshan Giant Buddha, shooting the best waterscape in Jiuzhaigou Valley, immersing yourself into the land of Shangri-La Daocheng Yading, recording extensive views of prairies, pastures in Hongyuan, the most beautiful wetland in China – Ruoergai…
No.7: Walking or Hiking
Walking or hiking in Sichuan must leave you an unforgettable experience. It can not only benefit your health, but also gives you an opportunity to explore the breathtaking nature. Hiking to Mount Emei, you will immerse in the amazing sunrise and Cloud Sea. And walking in Jiuzhaigou Valley would be relaxing and enjoyable. Hiking in Daocheng Yading and Mount Siguniang is a little more difficult, but the off-the-beaten-track landscape makes it worthwhile.
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Top 3 Sichuan tours chosen by most customers to explore Sichuan in the best way. Check the detailed itinerary, or tailor your own trip now with us.
- 6 Days Leshan, Mount Emei & Panda Volunteer Tour
Chengdu / Leshan / Emei / Chengdu / Dujiangyan / Chengdu
- 7 Days Sichuan Discovery Tour
Chengdu / Leshan / Emei / Chengdu / Jiuzhaigou
- 6 Days Chengdu & Jiuzhaigou In-depth Tour (Round Trip Flights)
Chengdu / Huanglong / Jiuzhaigou / Chengdu