From $3,945 - 13 Days, fully inclusive from selected Australian cities
Join us on this incredible tour through the province of Sichuan. Located in southwest China, Sichuan is bordered by the Tibetan Plateau in the west, the Three Gorges and the Yangtze River in the east and Yunnan Province in the south.
Sichuan is known as the ‘land of abundance’ and has three regions on the UNESCO World Cultural and World Heritage lists: Mt. Emei, Nine Villages Valley (Jiuzhaigou) and Huanglong Valley. Mt. Emei is regarded as one of Buddhism’s most sacred, and China’s most remarkable, mountains. The name Jiuzhaigou refers to the nine Tibetan villages that are situated within the valley. Huanglong Valley has some of the most stunning scenery in the world.
Known for its landscape and legendary Buddhist sites, this mountain kingdom will certainly delight all who visit.
Sichuan Explorer group tour videos
DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO CHENGDU
Fly with Cathay Pacific Airways to Chengdu for an overnight stay. Perth and Darwin passengers may depart one day earlier.
DAY 2: CHENGDU TO DAZU
Travel to the small town of Dazu, home to numerous ancient rock carvings and 50,000 stone statues. View some of the most remarkable frescoes at Beishan, where many are over 1,000 years old. Carved into the limestone hills, they illustrate Buddhist deities and centuries-old stories.
DAY 3: DAZU TO ZIGONG
View the UNESCO World Heritage listed Baoding Stone Carvings, dating from the Tang Dynasty to the Song Dynasty. These carvings show tenets of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. This afternoon drive to Zigong for an overnight stay. Visit the Zigong Dinosaur Museum and Salt History Museum.
DAY 4: ZIGONG – LESHAN TO MT. EMEI
Journey to Mt. Emei, one of Buddhism’s most sacred mountains. En route you will explore Leshan’s Grand Buddha, an enormous statue carved into the side of the Lingyun Mountain. The Buddha is over 71m tall and is wide enough for more than 100 people to sit between its feet. Take a short boat trip to view the statue from the river. From here, continue to Mt. Emei, arriving this evening.
DAY 5: MT. EMEI
Mt. Emei is the tallest mountain suitable for sightseeing in China. Local legend has it that the mountain’s name is derived from two peaks that face each other, resembling eyebrows. Most of the monasteries and temples on Mt. Emei were built during the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220AD), while others were added later. As a well-known Buddhist sanctuary, Mt. Emei once had more than 100 monasteries. Explore the magnificent mountain and interact with the many pilgrims that pay homage to this holy site.
DAY 6: MT. EMEI TO CHENGDU
Travel back to Chengdu. This evening enjoy delicious Sichuan cuisine.
DAY 7: CHENGDU TO MIANYANG
Visit the famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see these beloved animals in an environment similar to their natural habitat. The base also includes a protected wilderness and breeding area, as well as a museum and research facility. Next, visit a local bamboo park and the Sanxingdui Museum, home to many significant cultural relics unique to Chengdu and Sichuan Province and with a history dating back over 5,000 years. Continue to Mianyang.
DAYS 8-9: MIANYANG TO NINE VILLAGES VALLEY
Travel to the breathtaking Nine Villages Valley, known as Jiuzhaigou. Entering the valley is like being transported into a different world, where crystal clear lakes gather at the foot of every waterfall and rich coloured forests are dotted with flowers. Stay in the stunning Nine Villages Valley for two nights to explore its unforgettable natural beauty.
DAY 10: NINE VILLAGES VALLEY TO MAO COUNTY
Journey to Mao County. En route visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Huanglong Valley and a Tibetan workshop. Huanglong has some of the most amazing ponds; their colours intertwine into a rainbow splendour. As such, this area is also known as the ‘Five Coloured Ponds’.
DAY 11: MAO COUNTY TO CHENGDU
Return to Chengdu, with a stop en route to visit the Dujiangyan Irrigation Project, a major landmark in the development of water management and technology and a treasure of Sichuan Province. In the 3rd century BC the ambitious project succeeded in capturing flood waters for use during the drought periods, linking this inaccessible region with the Grand Canal. This was a pivotal moment in China’s history, altering trade between the coast and western regions over the following centuries. You will also visit the Shu Brocade and Embroidery Museum.
DAY 12: DEPART CHENGDU
This morning is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Chengdu airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.
DAY 13: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA
Arrive home today.
Dates & Prices
Cathay Pacific Airways - Above prices include fuel surcharges and tipping of $150. Please note the Tipping amount of USD63 (AUD68) is payable on arrival in China.
Though status is regularly updated, availability above is indicative only, not live and hence does not guarantee that space is available on your selected tour when you or your agent calls Wendy Wu Tours to book. Booking early is the only way to ensure availability of your selected departure date.