7 Days Best Chengdu and Chongqing Tour with Excursion to Yangtze River
Chengdu is the paradise of both hot-pot enthusiasts and panda lovers. This 7 Days Best Chengdu and Chongqing Tour with Excursion to Yangtze River definitely will satisfy all of your curiosities about the amazing China including panda volunteering, authentic Sichuang cuisines, local ancient towns as well as the fabulous Yangtze River Cruise. You will have a chance to visit the best highlight attractions including grand Dujiangyan Panda Base, amazing Leshan Giant Buddha, and fantastic Shibaozhai Pagoda.
Highlights of this tour: *Visit the grand Dujiangyan Irrigation Project which is one of the world first irrigation systems and ratified into the World Cultural Heritage list. *Take a close encounter with the lovely baby pandas in Research Center of Giant Panda Breeding. *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. *Immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenery of Shibaozhai, also known as the “Pearl on the Yangtze River”. *Challenge your taste bud to enjoy the real Sichuan cuisine. *Experience the local life by playing Mahjong with local people.
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 own for rest of the day.
Today would be the highlight of your Chengdu tour since you will be closely visit the cute pandas by volunteering in Dujiangyan Panda Center.
Start from your hotel at around 07:30, after 1 hour driving, you’ll arrive at Dujiangyan Panda Base, which is the only scientific research institution in China that focuses on preventing and controlling panda disease and rescuing pandas from the wild. Here you will see the fluffy black and white giant pandas sleeping, chewing bamboo, climbing trees and wrestling with each other.
Be greeted by a professional panda keeper who also will give you brief introduction about pandas, your volunteering day begins!
The main volunteering activities including:
Carry food ( bamboo, fruits etc. ) for pandas at the guidance of the panda nursing staff;
Clean panda’s room and sports places at the guidance of the panda nursing staff;
Feeding pandas at the guidance of the panda nursing staff;
Other activities with pandas ( no directly touch).
The panda volunteering fee is CNY800/pax which was NOT included in our tour package, please pay in cash when you arrive at the site.
Today you will have lunch at the panda base to enjoy the real local dishes.
The volunteering activity needs reserve 1 week ahead of your visit date by using your passport. Please send the copy of your passport to your travel consultant for reservation.
The volunteering activity ends around 15:30. After that, you will head back to Chengdu city and pay a visit to the vibrant Renmin Park which is a perfect place to do people watching. Here you can enjoy a cup of tea in a nice tea house and watch local people while away the time with various activities such as playing cards, doing tai chi, playing mahjong, dancing, and napping.
Today, 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 Tip: 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.
Finishing the hiking, you will be dropped off at train station for evening high-speed train to Chongqing. Upon arrival at Chongqing Train Station, the local driver will be waiting for you at the exit gate by holding a welcome board with your name, and transfer to local hotel.
Today, 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.
Later, move on to the 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.
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.
Last, transfer to Chaotianmen Port for you to board the ship and kick off a fantastic cruise down the breathtaking Yangtze River, the third longest river in the world. This trip will take you to fully enjoy China’s natural beauty, long history and rich culture.
After you wake up naturally in the morning, you can refresh yourself with a cup of coffee and go up on the deck to soak up the sun and breathe some fresh air. Plenty of cultural activities will keep you busy and entertained. There is a master to teach you how to practice Tai Chi, a kind of Chinese martial art suitable for all ages and good for your health; there is a lecture on the Yangtze River from which you will know more about the history and culture of this mighty river; there is the captain’s welcome party to meet friends from all over the world, enjoy nice food and drinks, and watch wonderful performances.
Later, switch to a smaller boat to disclose today’s adventure to Shibaozhai Pagoda. It is a real pearl on the Yangtze River and rated as one of “Seven Great Wonders of China” and “Eight Fantastic Architectures in the World” by US Discover Channel. The Pagoda was built against the hill along the river, taking advantage of the topography to harmoniously embed its body onto the cliff. The 12-floor bundling is fully in wooden structure, about 56 meters tall.
Optional excursion: The optional shore excursion with extra fee to enrich your today’s trip is the trip to Dengdu Ghost City. With history of about 2000 years, it is said to be the Capital of the world of ghost which is the lodge of spirit after death. You can see many interesting architectures in features of underworld. The knowledge to learn here is not limited on Chinese afterlife culture but also Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism.
Friendly Tip: Comfortable shoes are suggested as it requires much walking at Fengdu Ghost City
Today will be another great day floating on the picturesque Three Gorges. Just relax yourself and enjoy the spectacular scenery of Xiling Gorge, Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge.
Board on a smaller ship to have the shore excursion to Shennv Stream, also called Goddess Stream. Lying in the core of the Wu Gorge, Shennv Stream winds its slim body in the narrow gorge, depicting visitors a breathtaking sight and exciting their eyes. The high cliffs on the both sides suddenly narrow down and block the way of flowing water with its gigantic torso, scaring people sitting in the boat about the coming crash but quickly catching their breath when the boat fishtails swiftly to another curve next seconds. You can’t help crying for the escape from danger and wowing at the misty scene of the gorge, urging the sailors to speed up and break through the fog to discover the deepest beauty. (Special Note: Please expect there is alternative Shennong Stream excursion sharing similar wonderful experience in some cruise lines).
Moreover, here is a Tujia ethnic music and dance show for you. It would be big plus today.
Optional excursion: In the afternoon, when it cruises by Qutang Gorge, you will have opportunity for the optional excursion to White Emperor City with additional fee. It was a crucial place in military for the ancient strategists and applied by many famous poets into their poems, such as Li Bai and Du Fu, hence rising to fame. It’s a trip for you to learn Chinese history and trace the ever romance of Chinese literary men.
After breakfast, you will also take a shore excursion to the marvelous Three Gorges Dam, the largest hydroelectric project in the world. It truly is an engineering wonder! It took 17 years to build this huge dam, and for its construction, more than one million people around the reservoir area were relocated. Now the dam plays a very important role in the life of Chinese people. You will follow a guide to have a stunning panoramic view of the dam.
At around 12:30, you will be dropped off at the tourism center, and there will be the local English speaking tour guide and driver to pick you up by holding a welcome board with your name and transfer to Yichang airport / train station for your departure.
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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.