Sichuan consists of two geographically very distinct parts. The eastern part of Sichuan is mostly within the fertile Sichuan basin. The western Sichuan consists of numerous mountain ranges forming the easternmost part of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, which are known generically as Hengduan Mountains. Sichuan Heritage Tour takes you to visit Huanglong National Park and Jiuzhaigou National Park. On the way to Songpan, you will experience the carpets of alpine forest, swaths of grasslands, icy lakes and snowed-topped mountains of northern Sichuan. Following two days you will visit colourful Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park and dazzling Huanglong National Park. On the way back to Chengdu, you will visit the 'Ancient Oriental Fortress' Taoping Qiang People’s Village and the World's Cultural Heritage Dujiangyan Irrigation System. After have a break in Chengdu city, you will continue to visit UNESCO World Heritage Scenic Sites Mt. Emei including Leshan Giant Buddha. You are expecting a stunning and amazing holiday. Well, come and join us. This tour will give an impressive and unforgettable tour.
Chengdu: is famous for its three unique characteristics, which are "Heavenly Scenery," "Bashu Culture," (one title of Sichuan) and "Hometown of Pandas". Upon arrival in Chengdu,
Day 02__Chengdu to Songpan
After breakfast, we will drive to Songpan. On the way, you will enjoy the mighty Minjiang river valley.
Songpan: is one of the 13 counties of the Aba Tibetan Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of northwestern Sichuan province. It is the closest big town to Huanglong National Park and the Jiu Huang airport, which also services Jiuzhai Valley National Park. Four ethnic groups are resident in the ancient town of Songpan, including Tibetan, Qiang, Hui (Muslim) and Han (Mandarin). This contributes to the unique cultural style of this ancient town. Kangba Culture, a kind of multi-cultural medley of the four different cultural elements in this ancient historical town makes it a rare if not unique example of cultural history in China.
Day 03__Songpan to Huanglong to Jiuzhaigou
In the morning we will drive to visit Huanglong National Park. In the afternoon we will drive ahead to Jiuzhaigou.
Huanglong National Park: is famed for its colorful pools, snow-capped mountains, deep forests, waterfalls and colorful cultures. In addition, the area is also home to many endangered animals, including the giant panda and the Sichuan golden snub-nosed monkey. was denominated a special scenic spot of China in 1982 and entered "The Natural Legacy Lists of the World" in 1992.
Today you will spend a whole day tour on exploring Jiuzhaigou Valley.
Jiuzhaigou Valley: becomes a well known scenic area and a natural reserve for wild animals and plants in China. Jiuzhaigou Valley contains the largest variety of sites and is typically visited first, such as Five-Coloured Lake, Sparking Lake, The Changhai Lake, Swan Lake, Panda Lake, Nuorilang Waterfall, etc.
Day 05__Jiuzhaigou to Taoping Qiang Village
Today we will drive to Taoping Qiang Village. Tonight we will stay at local hostel.
Taoping Qiang Village: home to the nomadic Qiang ethnic minority. The village is known as the 'Ancient Oriental Fortress' for its aged stone houses and the two 9-storey hexahedral watchtowers of 30m high on the slope, which amazingly survived weather erosion, wars and frequent earthquakes for centuries.
Day 06__Taoping Qiang Village to Chengdu
On the way back to Chengdu, we will visit the Dujiangyan Irrigation System. After check in the hotel in Chengdu, rest time is at your own leisure.
Dujiangyan Irrigation System: was listed as one of the World's Cultural Heritage by the United Nations Heritage Commission in 2000. It is one of the oldest and greatest irrigation systems in the world and still plays a significant role in agriculture today.
Day 07__Chengdu to Leshan to Emei City
This morning you will visit Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Centre. And then we will drive about 160km to Leshan to take a cruise to adore the Leshan Giant Buddha. After that you will continue on to Emei City.
The Giant Panda Breeding Center: is an excellent recreational area and a highlight of any visit to Chengdu.
Leshan Giant Buddha: the largest sculpture of Buddha in the world, standing 71 meters tall.
Day 08__Mt. Emei to Chengdu
This early morning you will take sightseeing bus to Leidongping. And then you will take cable car or by walk to the summit of Mt. Emei. In the afternoon, we will drive back to Chengdu.
Mt. Emei: one of China’s four most important Buddhist mountains, it is said that Buddhism was brought to Mt. Emei in the first century BC. The Golden summit is the highlight to any visitor trip to Mt. Emei. Visitors standing on the Golden Summit are truly among the clouds, as clouds can be seen above and below them adding to the splendor of the place. The Golden Buddha located on the Golden Summit is a golden statue of Puxian. It is the highest golden Buddha statue in the world. Cast in copper, and plated in gold, the Golden Buddha is 48 meters in height, and has a Buddhist temple located inside.
Your Sichuan Heritage Tour will be near the end. You will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.
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