Join us on this 7-day tour to discover the cultural and natural wonders of Chengdu, Mt. Emei, and Jiuzhaigou. Begin in Chengdu, the provincial capital, where you’ll encounter the charm of giant pandas, explore the best-preserved Buddhist temple, and stroll through ancient, picturesque streets steeped in history. Venture to Mt. Emei, one of China’s Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains, where breathtaking views of peaks, valleys, and clouds await. Marvel at the world’s largest stone Buddha, the Leshan Giant Buddha, before jetting off to Jiuzhaigou, a fairyland boasting vibrant lakes, cascading waterfalls, and lush forests. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty and ethnic culture of this enchanting destination, ensuring an unforgettable experience that showcases the diverse charm of Sichuan.
2. See the Leshan Giant Buddha, the world’s largest and tallest stone Buddha statue, carved on a cliff by three rivers.
3. Visit Mt. Emei, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a sacred Buddhist mountain, and enjoy the views from the Golden Summit and Huangzang Temple.
4. Admire the colorful lakes and waterfalls of Jiuzhaigou, another UNESCO World Heritage Site and a national park, and explore the Zechawa, Rize, and Shuzheng Valleys.
5. Hike along the Huanglong Scenic Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with streams, waterfalls, and limestone landscapes, and see the Huanglong Valley and the Five Color Ponds.
6. Experience the local life and culture of Chengdu, a historical and cultural center, and visit the Renmin Park, the Jinli Old Street, and sample the Sichuan snacks.
- Day 1: Arrival in Chengdu
Upon arriving at Chengdu airport or train station, you'll be warmly welcomed by your guide and driver. They'll accompany you to your hotel for check-in. Take the rest of the day at your own pace, exploring nearby streets, trying local snacks, or simply relaxing in the comfort of your room.
- Day 2: Chengdu Panda Discovery (Breakfast, Lunch)Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Wenshu Temple, Renmin Park, Jinli Old Street
Today, delve into the highlights of Chengdu city. After breakfast, kick off your day with a visit to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Witness adorable pandas in their natural habitat and learn about the conservation efforts for this endangered species.
Following that, head to Wenshu Temple, Chengdu's best-preserved Buddhist temple. Marvel at its exquisite architecture, serene gardens, and extensive collection of cultural relics. Immerse yourself in local life with a visit to the temple's teahouse and vegetarian restaurant.
Enjoy leisure time at Renmin Park, Chengdu's oldest and most popular park. Revel in the greenery, flowers, and lakeside ambiance. Join locals in activities like dancing, singing, chess-playing, or tea-drinking.
Conclude the day at Jinli Old Street, an ancient and charming part of Chengdu. Stroll along the street, surrounded by traditional buildings, shops, and eateries. Sample renowned Sichuan snacks like spicy hotpot, dan dan noodles, and skewers.
Your guide will then escort you back to your hotel.
Feel free to ask for evening suggestions, like attending a Sichuan opera show featuring face-changing and fire-breathing skills or exploring lively Chunxi Road, a shopping and entertainment hotspot.
- Day 3: Chengdu - Leshan Giant Buddha - Emei (Breakfast, Lunch)Leshan Giant Buddha, Baoguo Temple
After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up for a trip to the Leshan Giant Buddha, the world's largest and tallest stone Buddha statue. Carved into a red sandstone cliff at the confluence of the Min River and Dadu River, the Buddha offers a close-up view by descending stairs or an optional sightseeing boat ride (extra payment) for a panoramic perspective.
Following the Buddha visit, proceed to Baoguo Temple, the largest and oldest temple at the base of Mt. Emei. Admire its splendid architecture, intricate sculptures, and sacred atmosphere.
Later, your guide will escort you to check into your hotel at the foot of Mt. Emei.
Accommodation: At the foot of Mt. Emei
- Day 4: Mt. Emei Exploration - Return to Chengdu (Breakfast, Lunch)Mt. Emei, Golden Summit, Huangzang Temple
Start your day with breakfast, and then your guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel. They'll transfer you to the tourist center of Mt. Emei, a revered Buddhist mountain and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Board a sightseeing bus to Leidongping, situated at an elevation of 2,450 meters (8,038 feet). From there, stroll to the cable car station and ascend to the Golden Summit, Mt. Emei's highest peak at 3,099 meters (10,167 feet).
On the Golden Summit, visit Huangzang Temple, the mountain's largest and oldest temple. Marvel at the impressive architecture, intricate sculptures, and the sacred ambiance.
Take in breathtaking views of surrounding mountains, valleys, and clouds. If luck is on your side, you might witness Mt. Emei's four wonders: the sunrise, sea of clouds, Buddha’s halo, and holy light.
After exploring the Golden Summit area, descend via cable car and return to Chengdu.
Feel free to seek recommendations from your guide for the evening.
- Day 5: Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou by Flight (Breakfast, Lunch)Huanglong National Park
Following breakfast, head to the airport for your flight to Jiuzhai Huanglong Airport in Songpan County, Sichuan Province. Your guide and driver will welcome you at the arrival hall and accompany you to Huanglong National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Known for its vibrant travertine pools, waterfalls, forests, and mountain scenery, Huanglong National Park is a visual feast. To conserve energy and time, take a cable car to the top and hike down the valley. Explore the Huanglong Valley, resembling a massive golden dragon winding through the mountains. Visit attractions like the Five Color Ponds, Mirror Ponds, Welcoming Guests Ponds, Marvelous Flying Waterfall, and Huanglong Temple.
After sightseeing, drive to Jiuzhaigou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and nature reserve. Your guide will assist with hotel check-in.
- Day 6: Jiuzhaigou Valley Discovery (Breakfast)Jiuzhaigou Valley: Nuorilang Waterfall, Zechawa Valley, Rize Valley, Shuzheng Valley
Start your day with breakfast before embarking on a scenic journey through Jiuzhaigou Valley, a mesmerizing UNESCO World Heritage Site and national park renowned for its breathtaking lakes, waterfalls, forests, and mountains.
Hop on a sightseeing bus guided by your knowledgeable companion. Your exploration includes the impressive Nuorilang Waterfall, Jiuzhaigou's widest waterfall and one of China's expansive calcified waterfalls. Witness the water cascading from a height of 24.5 meters (80 feet) and a width of 320 meters (1,050 feet), creating a truly spectacular sight.
Discover the unique features of the three main branches that form a Y-shape in Jiuzhaigou: Zechawa Valley, Rize Valley, and Shuzheng Valley.
Zechawa Valley: The longest and highest valley, featuring the grand Long Lake, Jiuzhaigou's largest lake, and the exquisite Five Color Pond, a small yet stunning lake boasting incredible colors.
Rize Valley: The most diverse and scenic valley with over 10 lakes, waterfalls, and attractions. Highlights include the Panda Lake, a turquoise body resembling a giant panda, and the Five Flower Lake, a shallow lake adorned with a vibrant underwater forest.
Shuzheng Valley: The main valley and Jiuzhaigou's gateway, boasting over 40 lakes of varying sizes and shapes. Explore the majestic Shuzheng Waterfall, a 62-meter-long (203-foot-long) and 15-meter-high (49-foot-high) cascade that flows into several lakes. Experience the tranquility of Swan Lake, surrounded by dense forests and frequented by swans.
After the exploration, return to your hotel for a well-deserved rest.
- Day 7: Departure from Jiuzhaigou (Breakfast)
Enjoy your leisure time until your designated driver picks you up. You'll be transported to Jiuzhai Huanglong Airport. Board your departure flight, bidding farewell to this enchanting fairyland.