Things to Do in Sichuan

Sichuan is a wonderful province with a mind-whirring number of places to explore and part of which makes travel to Sichuan so addictive. Nature, culture, adventure, or a mix of all the three—no matter what your passion is, you will be able to indulge in somewhere in Sichuan.

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 get ogle the extraordinarily 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...

Sichuan Attraction Map

Jiuzhaigou Valley

Jiuzhaigou valley

Type:World Heritage Site, Natural Park

Recommended Length of Visit: Two days

Jiuzhaigou Valley, a famed world heritage site and national park, is regarded as a beautiful fairyland. Getting its name from having Nine Tibetan Fortified Villages, Jiuzhaigou features the awesome sceneries of multi-level waterfalls, crystal waters and colorful lakes. Traveling in different season, you can enjoy the various color pattern of white, blue, green, turquoise and emerald.

Leshan Giant Buddha

No.2: Leshan Giant Buddha

Type: World Heritage Site, Monuments & Statues

Recommended Length of Visit: Half day

Located at the joint of Minjiang River, Dadu River and Qingyi River, the 71 meters high Leshan Giant Buddha is the largest Maitreya Buddha statue carved out of a cliff. It was listed as the World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996 together with Mount Emei. Here you can appreciate and admire the great embodiment of ancient people’s wisdom and perseverance.

 

Xindu Baoguang Temple

No.3: Mount Emei

Type: Sights & Landmarks Mountains

Recommended Length of Visit: 1-3 days

As one of the few World Heritage Sites for both cultural and natural heritages, Mount Emei is an enchanted combination of lush forest and monasteries. It’s the one of the Four Great Buddhist Mountains in China and vegetable kingdom, animal paradise and geological museum. Here you can make a pilgrimage to Samantabhadra Bodhisattva as well as the breathe-taking landscape.

Chengdu Panda Base

No.4: Giant Panda Breeding Research Base

Type: Wildlife Areas

Recommended Length of Visit: Half Day

Giant Panda Breeding Research Base s the TOP ONE attraction to see in a Chengdu tour for all most every traveler. Located just 10 km away from downtown Chengdu city, the Panda Base is the world's only museum that focuses entirely on the critically endangered giant pandas. Here you can view many giant pandas at all stages.

Mount Qingcheng

No.5: Mount Qingcheng

Type: Mountains, World Heritage Sites, Religious Sites, Nature & Parks

Recommended Length of Visit: Half Day

 Located at 68 km east of Chengdu city, Mount Qingcheng is one of the four famous Taoist mountains in China. It is a good place to explore Taoist culture for it’s one of the cradles of Chinese Taoism. Since ancient times, Mount Qingcheng enjoyed a reputation of Serenest Mountain under the Heave, and you will enjoy its tranquil and stunning scenery.

Wenshu Temple

No.6: Dujiangyan Irrigation System

Type: National Parks, Bodies of Water, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks

Recommended Length of Visit: Half day

Listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000, Dujiangyan Irrigation System is the only reserved no control irrigation system which is still in use. Being the oldest existing large-scale water project in the world and regarded as the forerunner of the world conservancy culture, Dujiangyan Irrigation System makes Chengdu productive in agriculture and worldwide known as “the land of abundance”

Wenshu Monastery

No.7: Wenshu Monastery

Type: Religious Sites

Recommended Length of Visit: 2-3 hour

Wenshu Monastery is an authentic and active Buddhist temple where you can see many locals worshiping and burning incense. Besides, there is lovely garden in the temple, and local people often stroll in the temple. The most interesting part for you is seeing old men carrying their bird cages with them so that the birds can get some fresh air.

Jinli Old Street

No.8: Jinli Ancient Street

Type: Points of Interest & Landmarks

Recommended Length of Visit: 2-3 hours

Jinli Ancient Street is “The First Street of Shu Kingdom” and a famous snack street in Chengdu. The ambiance was like stepping back into the past, well presented and historically brilliant. Strolling at one night, you will be attracted deeply by its picturesque scene with the lanterns lit out and the wonderful street performances.

Jinsha Site Museum

No.9: Jinsha Site Museum

Type: Museums

Recommended Length of Visit: 2-3 hours

Jinsha Ruins was found in 2001 with numerous relics of 3000-year-old Shu Kingdom in the western Chengdu. Over the actual archaeological dig site, built the Relic Hall of Jinsha Site Museum. In the Exhibition Hall of the museum, the objects that excavated from the site are displayed. The highlight of Jinsha Site Museum is the Gold Band with Sun and Magic Birds, which is the new symbol if Chengdu.

Sanxingdui Museum

No.10: Sanxingdui Museum

Type: Museums

Recommended Length of Visit: Half Day

Displayed in Sanxingdui Museum, there are numerous exquisite objects of bronze ware, jade ware, stone ware, gold ware and so on, which are so diverse in shape and unique not only in China but throughout the whole world. These unearthed relics well reflect a glittering chapter in ancient Shu history, as well as the primitive faiths.

Shunan Bamboo Forest

No.11: Shunan Bamboo Forest

Type: National Park

Recommended Length of Visit: 1~2 days

Shunan Bamboo Forest is the oldest and largest bamboo forest in China which covers 120 square kilometers. Scenes of famed Chinese movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and the first scene shown at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games were shot here. Visiting Shunan Bamboo Forest, the beauty of natural bamboo, limpid lake, winding path as well as numerous streams and waterfalls will leave you a sweet memory.

Jianmen Pass

No.12: Jianmen Pass

Type: Geological Park, Historic Site

Recommended Length of Visit: 1 day

Jianmen Passis a geopark integrating various cultures. Its magnificence, quietness, historic story make it No.1 Impregnable Pass in the world and National Natural & Cultural Heritage. Visitors from different countries and nations come to Jianmen Pass to explore its beautiful scenery and Three Kingdom culture as well as seek for excitement and adventure.

Langzhong Ancient City

No.13: Langzhong Ancient City

Type: Historical sites, Museums

Recommended Length of Visit: Half Day

Langzhong Ancient City is a geomantic ancient site with mountains and water embracing. Keeping the primitive features and enjoys typical well-preserved building groups and multiple places of interests, it is one best place to experience the culture and history of Sichuan. As a historic town rich in folk culture and maintaining traditional local activities, Langzhong will never disappoint you.

Anren Ancient Town

No.14: Anren Ancient Town

Type: Rermer Residence of Du Fu, Traditional Chinese Garden

Recommended Length of Visit: 1 hour

Anren Ancient Town is a famed town with 27 mansions built during the period of the Republic of China. There are well-preserved historical streets lined with diverse architectures in eastern and western style involving solemnity, elegance and appropriateness which make Anren Ancient Town the Cultural Essence of Architecture in Western Sichuan

Daocheng Yading

No.15: Daocheng Yading

Type: Nature & Landscape, Sightseeing & Photography

Recommended Length of Visit: 1-2 hours

Located in southwestern Sichuan where the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau and the Hengduan Mountains joint together, Daocheng Yading is one of the “top four Buddhist temples in west China” is about 860 km away from Chengdu. It is reputed as the Soul of Shangri-la and the Last Shangri-la for its distinctive landform and primitive natural landscape. Many international friends came to this mysterious land for expedition and photograph.

Qingyang Palace

No.16: Siguniang Mountain

Type: Museum, Shoping Center

Recommended Length of Visit: 1 hour

Siguniang Mountain a is lying at Xiaojin County in northwestern Sichuan. After the discovery of this sacred mountain in 1980s, Mount Siguniang shined visitors’ eyes for its steep peaks, breathtaking natural scenery, and abundant species that are similar to those in the “Alps” in Europe. The whole scenic area is composed with Mount Siguniang, Shuangqiao Valley, Changping Valley and Haizi Valley.

Larung Gar Buddhist Academy

No.17: Larung Gar Buddhist Academy

Type: Buddhist Institute, Religious sites

Recommended Length of Visit: 1 day

Situated in Sichuan Province, Larung Gar Buddhist Academy is the largest Tibetan Buddhist institute in the world with more than 20 thousand monks and nuns. Thousands of red wood houses built on the hill, spectacularly converged like a red river for several miles. Till now, there are more than 20 thousand Buddhist apprentices here learning the sacred Buddhist courses and purifying the soul.

Dege Parkhang Sutra-Printing House

No.18:Dege Parkhang Sutra-Printing House

Type: Pedestian Street, Shopping Center

Recommended Length of Visit: 2-3 hours

Dege Parkhang Sutra-Printing House is a star attraction where you can have a sight of an ongoing printing process with a method of traditional woodblock printing. Being praised as the Encyclopedia of Tibetan Culture, the Dazzling Cultural Pearl in Tibetan Area and the Treasury under the Snowy Mountain, Dege Parkhang Sutra-Printing House truly lives up to its reputation.

Xiling Snow Mountain

No.19: Xiling Snow Mountain

Type:Mountains, Ski Resort

Recommended Length of Visit: 1-2 days

Xiling Snow Mountain is a great place both to get close to the purest natural beauty and to experience the excitement of skiing sports. Due to the altitude of 5364m, highest in Chengdu area, Xiling Snow Mountain is abundant in resources. So you can see red maple leaves and appreciate the amazing natural scenery like light of Buddha, sunrise, sea of clouds, etc.

Taoping Qiang Village

No.20: Taoping Qiang Village

Type:Ethnic Minority Village

Recommended Length of Visit: 1 day

Taoping Qiang Village is a hot tourist spot with the most well-preserved building group of authentic watchtowers and folk houses all over the world. Visiting Taoping Qiang Village, you can experience its more than 2000-year history, see the original and pure life of Qiang people, and enjoy the fantastic songs and dance of Qiang minority.

Recommended Sichuan Tours

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.

Dujiangyan Panda Volunteer Experience
6 Days Leshan, Mount Emei & Panda Volunteer Tour

Chengdu / Leshan / Emei / Chengdu / Dujiangyan / Chengdu

Shuzheng Water Fall
6 Days Chengdu & Jiuzhaigou In-depth Tour

Chengdu / Huanglong / Jiuzhaigou / Chengdu

Leshan Giant Stone Buddha
7 Days Sichuan Discovery Tour

Chengdu / Leshan / Emei / Chengdu / Jiuzhaigou

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