If you have free days excursion in Chongqing area before taking Yangtze River Cruise, this 4 days package tour must be your first choice as it covers all worth-to-visit tourist attractions both in Chengdu and Chongqing. You will not only enjoy the relaxing visit with the cute pandas, the amazing Leshan Giant Buddha, the memorable Ciqikou Ancient Town and so on, but also taste the real Sichuan cuisine as well as hot-pot. Follow us to start this wonderful trip!
Highlights of this tour: *Take a close encounter with the lovely baby pandas in Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base. *Be amazed by the largest stone-carved Buddha in the world–Leshan Giant Buddha, known as “a mountain is a Buddha, and a Buddha is a mountain”. *Explore traditional performances such as sugar making and Sichuan opera, and enjoy various traditional snacks and teas in Ciqikou Ancient Town. *Be attracted by Hongya cave featured by traditional architecture “Hanging Houses”. *Challenge your taste bud to enjoy the real Sichuan cuisine. *With private driver and English guide, as well as our 10+ years experience, you will love your tour and completely feel the magic of this wonderland.
Upon your arrival at Chengdu airport / train station, the local driver will pick you up from the exit gate by holding a welcome board with your name and transfer to downtown hotel for check-in. Free and easy on your arrangement for rest of the day.
Today you will visit two of the most important sights in Chengdu! The first one will be the exciting Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, which is well known for the protection and breeding of the endangered giant pandas which are unique to China. The base is definitely a highlight for most visitors to Chengdu. There are adorable pandas everywhere. You can watch them eating bamboo, playing with each other, and of course sleeping. Your tour guide will navigate you through the huge area, share some information about the pandas, and help you take amazing photos.
After lunch, you’ll head to the amazing Giant Buddha in Leshan. Drive around 2 hours from Chengdu city, you can enjoy the urban scenery on the way.
Regarded as the tallest stone Buddha in the world, Leshan Giant Buddha was carved out of a cliff face 1300 years ago. When you look up to it from its toes, it’s hard to imagine how ancient Chinese people built this massive statue which withstood the ravages of wind and rain as well as man-made damages. You will climb up the stairs to the top of the mountain to enjoy wonderful scenery. The stairs may seem intimidating, but the hiking is well worth the time and effort.
Friendly Tips: There are 2 ways to visit the Leshan Giant Buddha, one is climbing up the mountain, one is taking a cruise along the river to take far view of it. Climbing up the mountain was included in the package as most tourists said this way is better. Taking cruise is optional. If you would like to take cruise instead of climbing up the mountain, or if you want to try both these 2 ways, just ask your tour guide for assistance.
In the morning, you will take high-speed train to Chongqing. Upon arrival at Chongqing Train Station, the local English speaking tour guide and driver will be waiting for you at the exit gate by holding a welcome board with your name.
Your exploration begins with Ciqikou Ancient Town. It is one of must-visit sites in Chongqing where many people flow every day. Serve as an important port along Jialing River, Ciqikou Ancient Town has been being familiar with the jollification for the comings and goings of passengers since its birth in Song Dynasty, witnessing the developing process of Chongqing local culture. Until today, on the stone-paved streets here will you surprise at the rich cultural activities like Sichuan Opera, oil manufacture and dough figurine through which the hidden local culture, folk custom, religious culture and so on are reflected.
After that, pay a visit to Monument to the People’s Liberation, which stands at the central zone of Jiefangbei (The Chinese name of the Monument) Commercial circle. It was started to built in 1946 and finished in the next year to symbolize the success of Chinese anti-Fascist war. Today, it is a landmark of Chongqing City, attracting people with its fame as well as the busy commercial circle around.
Today you will further explore the best of Chongqing city! The first site will be Museum of General Joseph Stilwell. The Museum is built on the former residence of General Joseph Stilwell during his appointment in anti-Fascist war as the chief of the general staff of China Theater from 1942 to 1944. It collects some daily stuff, manuscripts and army uniform of the General, not only exhibiting the important history of this great man but also the friendship between China and US.
Later, come toE’ling Park to behold the whole Chongqing city as well as Jialing and Yangtze River. It locates on a hill between Jialing River and Yangtze River, occupying the highest point of Chongqing city. Besides its elegant scenery inside, the park enchants visitors more with the perfect location to enjoy the night view and bird-view of this beautiful city especially when it soaked in sunrise or sunset.
Next, move on to Hongya Cave. It is a real existing for the romantic scene you’ve seen in Miyazaki Hayao’s anime. The stilted buildings leaning against the cliffs, embeds their bodies harmoniously into the hills with drops about 75 meters and get embraced into the hug of the soft river. It’s a perfect fusion of architectural culture of residences from hilly area, Chongqing local folk culture and port culture. Especially when it lit up in night, Hongya Cave seems to come into life beyond the cold identity as building groups when rosy lights flowing from the windows. The massive visitor flows to Hongya Cave, only after Forbidden City, entitles it loud fame on the list of “Things to do in China”.
Last, take a far review of Liziba Station of Chongqing Light Rail. The light rail of Chongqing is a distinctive scene in this city and Liziba section is the highlight. It’s like a magic in movie or a romantic scene in Japanese anime that the train is shuttling through the body of a residential building. You might fix your eyes on the roaring locomotive, see off its disappearance and exclaim the incredible existing. The tour guide will point the best location for you to take picture. For such an amazing scene, video is better to record than photos.
At the end of the tour, you will be dropped off at Chongqing airport / train station / cruise port for departure.
The core of our service is excellent travel guides. Over 20 years, we have built up a considerable professional guide team that is knowledgeable, attentive and flexible. The most experienced and reliable guides will be arranged for your unique China tour. Our passionate guide team is full of contagious enthusiasm and keen interest to share culture and history in a pleasant manner. We are always glad at your service to lead you to explore a real China and experience authentic local life in China.
Our Driver and Vehicle
The first mission of our service is to ensure you feel safe and comfortable during your travel. The vehicles we use are air-conditioned, clean and well-maintained. Our drivers are all licensed drivers with many years of driving experience. Moreover, we offer free baby seats for families with little kids.
Food is a very important part of Chinese culture. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to taste the real local Chinese food!
Buffet breakfast will be included in the hotel if you would like accommodation to be arranged by us. Having lunch at local restaurants close and convenient to the attractions you will visit, you would enjoy the local dishes in each city. Chinese style, Vegetarian or Muslim meals are all available. If you have any other diet requirements or allergies, please feel free to let us know, we will try our best to organize it.
For daily dinner, you are suggested to have it on your own when you are exploring each city in your own time, this way would be more flexible for you to choose food as per your interest and preference.