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$ 3401

Sichuan Explorer

min $ 3401
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Destinations: Chengdu, Leshan, Emei Mountain
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 3401
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Sichuan Province is the natural habitat of one of the world's endangered species – the Giant Panda. We observe these magnificent creatures at the Panda Conservation Centre in Dujiangyan as well as admire the Grand Buddha in Leshan. We also visit Mt Emei and beautiful Nine Villages Valley. Please note that Nine Villages Valley is temporarily closed. Until it reopens, you will visit the spectacular Three Natural Bridges National Park and Heishan (Black Mountain) Valley instead.
Visit spiritual Mount Emeishan and the Grand Buddha Leshan Come face to face with these adorable creatures at Dujiangyan Giant Pandas Wander the spectacular forests and lakes of Nine Villages Valleys Nine Villages Valleys Admire the colourful calcite pools of Huanglong Huanglong

What's Included?

all international airfares all domestic transportation, departure taxes and current fuel surcharges all accommodation most meals entrance fees, guides and daily tours visa fees for UK passport holders

15 Day Sichuan Explorer Tour Itinerary

Our Sichuan Explorer itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.

Days 1-2 Fly to Chengdu

Fly overnight to Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

Day 3 Leshan Grand Buddha

Travel to Leshan to see the Grand Buddha. The 71-metre Buddha, the world’s largest and UNESCO World Heritage-listed, is carved into a hillside overlooking the confluence of the Dadu and Min Rivers. Completed in the year 803, it is said that the Buddha’s presence has calmed the turbulent waters of the river. View the Buddha from above before climbing down the cliff for a close up. A short boat trip will give an even better perspective. Continue to Mount Emei. You’ll spend the evening at the foot of the mountain. (B,L,D)

Day 4 Explore Mount Emei

Mount Emei is the cradle of the Buddhist religion in China with the first temple built on its peak in the 1st century. Pilgrims and tourists mix amongst the lush vegetation and inconspicuous old temples, all admiring the striking and diverse natural beauty of the mountain and its setting. Spend the day soaking up the ambience and exploring. (B,L,D)

Day 5 Mengsingshan Tea Plantation

Journey to Mengdingshan. Explore the vast stretch of tea bushes and take a tour of a plantation, where you’ll be shown the whole process of producing tea, from plucking the leaves to brewing the perfect cup. (B,L,D)

Day 6 Pingle Ancient Town

Dating back to the Han Dynasty, Pingle was a stopping point on the Tea Horse Road. Take time to walk through its maze of teahouse-lined streets before seeing the bamboo forest from above on Jinji Suspended Rope Bridge. Drive to Chengdu. (B,L,D)

Day 7 Dujiangyan Panda Base

Visit one of the world’s finest panda conservation centres in Dujiangyan where you’ll gain a real insight into the hard work that goes into caring for and boosting the population of this endangered species. The pandas here are kept in conditions very close to their natural habitat. Later, visit the Dujiangyan Irrigation System, an infrastructure constructed in 256BC and still used today to irrigate 5,300 square kilometres of land. (B,L,D)

Day 8 Taoist Mt Qingcheng

Mt Qingcheng is the most important Taoist Holy mountain in China. It is also a truly beautiful spot with numerous peaks covered with lush greenery and secluded temples. You’ll be welcomed by a Taoist priest at the Old Master Pavilion on the summit of Mt Qingcheng. Take the opportunity to speak to him and learn about his religion. You’ll also be shown the art of Chinese painting and calligraphy. (B,L,D)

Days 9 Nine Villages Valley

Enjoy the drive through spectacular mountain scenery to Nine Villages Valley, where you’ll spend the next three nights. (B,L,D)


A national park of ragged peaks, sapphire lakes, verdant forests and rushing waterfalls, Nine Villages Valley (Jiuzhaigou National Park) is considered one of China’s most beautiful areas. Named after the nine Tibetan settlements scattered through the valley, the park is a World Biosphere Reserve, full of endemic flora and 140 species of birds. A trip up to the top of the valley to Long Lake, the highest, deepest and largest in the area, offers spectacular alpine views whilst a short walk to Five-Coloured Lake and Nuorilang Falls showcases some of the valley’s most beautiful sights. (B,L,D)


Visit Shuzheng Village, the largest settlement in the park. Spend some time with a local Tibetan family who will give you an insight into daily life in Nine Villages Valley. A lovely afternoon walk takes you from Rhinoceros Lake, passing Tiger Lake ending at Reed Lake – an excellent way to really appreciate the local scenery. You’ll pass an old watermill, many prayer wheels and Tibetan prayer flags en route. (B,L,D)


Travel to of Huanglong Valley, home to hundreds of vivid pools in striking colours, formed by thousands of years of mineral deposits, tumble gently down through the bright green forests. The whole area is full of beautiful sights and as it is relatively undiscovered, is a pleasure to explore. There is an option to take the chairlift towards Huanglong Temple at the head of the valley for excellent panoramic views, before we continue to Mao County for an overnight stay. (B,L,D)


Today you will visit a Qiang minority village where you’ll be joined by a local elder, who will talk through the history and culture of his people, before visiting a local family. The Qiang people are an ethnic minority group in China with a population of about 326,500. Qiang is actually a Chinese word that translates in English as 'shepherds'. Their customs, architectural style, clothing and religious beliefs are far removed from the western world. Later in the afternoon, drive to Chengdu. (B,L)


Spend the morning absorbing the culture of People’s Park. People-watching here is an endless pleasure, from the grizzled locals playing mahjong to the lonely singles looking for love in Matchmaker’s Corner. Join the locals in an exciting square dancing session. Stop at a local teahouse and wander through the Wide and Narrow Alleys. Visit the Shu Brocade and Embroidery Museum. In the evening, enjoy a delicious Sichuanese hot pot dinner and an optional ‘face changing’ show. (B,L,D)


Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day. (B)

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Wendy Wu Tours inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. We pick the right hotel for the specific destination, meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. If the hotels listed below for your tour are not available on your chosen departure date, hotels of a similar standard will be used.

Chengdu Tianfu Sunshine Hotel

The Chengdu Tianfu Sunshine Hotel is located a ten minute walk from the centre of Chengdu. All of its air conditioned, en-suite rooms have a safety deposit box, tea making facilities and a flat screen satellite television. There are also complimentary toiletries. The hotel also boasts a swimming pool, a fitness centre and an onsite restaurant featuring Chinese and Korean cuisine. ...Read more

Emeishan Grand Hotel

The Emeishan Grand Hotel guarantees guests a peaceful stay, close to the city's biggest attractions. Home to 458 modern, en-suite bedrooms, all provide Wifi, air conditioning, a minibar, tea making facilities and satellite television. The hotel also boasts a fitness centre and sauna....Read more

Elegance Hotel

The Elegance Hotel is located in the Zhangzha Town of Jiuzhaigou and it enjoys stunning landscapes.

Maoxian International Hotel

Located in Maoxian county, the Maoxian International Hotel offers modern rooms equipped with satellite television, a minibar, a safety deposit box and an en-suite. The hotel also boasts a fitness centre and a tea room. Guests can enjoy Chinese and Tibetan cuisines in the onsite restaurant. ...Read more

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