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10 Days Best of Sichuan Tour with Yangtze River Cruise

Chengdu / Jiuzhaigou / Chengdu / Leshan / Emei / Chengdu / Chongqing / Yangtze Cruise / Yichang

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This tour covers all the highlights of Sichuan and Yangtze River. You'll have in-depth exploration in Sichuan by visiting Chengdu Panda, Jiuzhaigou Valley, Huanglong National Park, Leshan Giant Buddha and Mount Emei. After that, a relaxing cruise will take you down Yangtze River, from west to central China.

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1. This price is based on a group (2 to 5 travelers) accommodated in 3-star hotel in lower seasons.

2. This price is subject to change according your group members and traveling time. Usually more travelers, lower the price; higher price in high seasons, lower in low seasons.

3. This price is valid until February 28th, 2018.

Places Visited

Chengdu (3 nights), Jiuzhaigou (2 nights), Emei (1 night), Chongqing, Yangtze Cruise (3 nights), Yichang

Highlights of the Trip

  • Pay visits to the UNESCO World Natural and Cultural Heritage Sites in Sichuan
  • Enjoy breathtaking scenery over the mountains, lakes or rivers
  • Relax on a luxury Yangtze River cruise from chongqing to Yichang

Trip Summary

Day 1-3: Chengdu Arrival & Flight to Jiuzhaigou

Come to the Land of Abundance and take a flight from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou. In Jiuzhaigou County, you'll see Huanglong National Park, Huanglong Temple, Five-Color Ponds, Jiuzhaigou National Park and more natural scenery.

Day 4: Jiuzhaigou & Flight to Chengdu

In the morning, take a flight from Jiuzhaigou to Chengdu. Continue your Chengdu trip to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Wenshu Monastery, Renmin Park and Jinli Old Street.

Day 5-6: Chengdu - Leshan - Emei - Chengdu

Take 2 days side trip from Chengdu to see Leshan Giant Buddha and Mount Emei. You'll explore Chinese Buddhism and have a better understanding about it.

Day 7: Chengdu to Chongqing & Board Yangtze River Cruise

Take a 2-hour high speed train from Chengdu to Chongqing. Have an exploration in the Mountain City and later transfer to Chongqing Chaotianmen Cruise Port to board your Yangtze River cruise.

Day 8-9: Yangtze River Cruise

Enjoy the relaxing leisure life on Yangtze cruise, take shore excursions to Shibaozhai Pagoda, Shennv Stream, appreciate breathtaking scenery along Three Gorges - Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge.

Day 10: Yangtze River Cruise & Yichang Departure

In the morning, transfer to see the world famous Three Gorges Dam Site before you leave Yichang.

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Chengdu Arrival (D)

Welcome to Chengdu, the hometown of Giant Pandas! Clear the customs and retrieve your baggage by yourself upon arrival, be greeted by our tour guide in the Arrival Hall who is holding a sign on which says your name. A comfortable vehicle (non-smoking) with an experienced driver will transfer you directly to your hotel. Your guide will help you check in. The rest of today is yours to enjoy the leisurely life pace of this city on your own.

In the evening, enjoy hotpot in a local restaurant to taste the local Sichuan Flavor.

Sichuan Local Cuisine - Hotpot

Day 2 Chengdu & Flight to Huanglong (B)

Today after breakfast, your personal guide will escort you to Shuangliu International Airport for your onward flight to Jiuzhaigou. Upon your arrival, the finest scenery under the heaven, your local guide will meet you at Jiuhuang Airport and escort you to your hotel.

In the afternoon, you’ll visit Huanglong National Park, where densely scatters thousands of travertine color-ponds and flow streams. You’ll marvel at Hunaglong Temple and fabulous Five-Color Ponds.

Huanglong Five-color Ponds

Day 3 Huanglong - Jiuzhaigou (B)

Today, you’ll visit Jiuzhaigou National Park. It is well-known not only as a national park, but also a UNESCO World Heritage since 1992. Home to nine Tibetan Villages scattered in its 720 sq., it consists of three valleys - Rize Valley, Shuzheng Valley and Zechawa Valley formed a shape of “Y”. There are 114 lakes, 47 springs, 17 groups of waterfalls, 11 rapids and 5 tufa shoals within the reserve. It is said that there is no other place as peaceful as in Jiuzhaigou all over the world. This fairy land will take you to a wondrous world. 

Stay overnight in Jiuzhaigou.

Jiuzhaigou Valley

Day 4 Jiuzhaigou & Flight to Chengdu (B)

In the morning, take a morning flight from Jiuhuang Airport back to Chengdu. After arrival, continue your trip in Chengdu.

Drive about 10 km to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see the cute giant pandas and red pandas. Watch the pandas eating, climbing the tree, roaming in their enclosure and playing with each other. (Please note: if you want hold a giant panda, you should pay 2000 RMB which belongs to the donation fee for saving the rare endangered species.)

After the happy time with pandas, transfer to Wushu Monastery. Built in Sui Dynasty, it is a clean and quiet temple in the city center where you could experience Buddhist culture and local life of Chengdu.

After lunch, drive to Renmin Park to sip a cup of tea as locals do and explore the leisure life of Chengdu citizen. Later, stroll along “the First Street of West Sichuan” - Jinli Old Street, admire the traditional Shu Kingdom buildings and taste some local snacks.

Chengdu Giant Panda

Day 5 Chengdu - Leshan - Emeishan (B)

In the morning, after a two-hour drive from Chengdu, head to Leshan Giant Buddha, the largest caved statue of Buddha in the world. Sitting at the confluence of three rivers, the Giant Buddha was carved on the cliff of Lingyun Mountain, used to suppress the flood. Enjoy spectacular view of the huge statue as you walking down through the narrow staircases to the foot of the Buddha.

After visiting the Giant Buddha, move on to Mt. Emei. Located 30 minutes away from Leshan by road, Baoguo Temple is the biggest temple of the mountain, which is also the final site for today’s tour. 

Stay overnight at the foot of Mt. Emei.

Leshan Giant Buddha

Day 6 Emeishan - Chengdu (B)

Today is your Mt. Emei Tour. First, take an eco-car in the Scenic Area to Leidongpin and hiking to Jieyin Hall, to take a cable car up to the Golden Summit (altitude: 3077 m). At the highest peak of the mountain, you will be amazed by the awe-inspiring view of Huazhang Temple and witness the breathtaking sea of clouds if it’s sunny.

Next, go down to Wannian Temple parking lot by car. Take a cable car up to Wannian Temple at the middle of the mountain. Appreciate the most beautiful landscape of Mt. Emei in Qingyin Pavilion as you hike from Wannian Temple to Wuxiangang parking lot.

Then return to Chengdu by road from Mt. Emei.

Golden Summit in Emei

Day 7 High Speed Train to Chongqing & Board Yangtze River Cruise (B, L)

In the morning, be escorted to the train station to take a 2-hour high speed train to Chongqing. Upon arrival, your guide and driver will pick you up at Chongqing North Railway Station and take you to explore the must-sees in the Mountain City. 

First, visit Ciqikou Old Town where you can still see lots of Ming and Qing Dynasty architecture, local shops, tea houses, local Sichuan street performance and more. Then, head to the famous Three Gorges Museum, the largest monographic museum in China. The exterior of the museum has cambered walls and vitreous dome, representing the history & culture of Three Gorges Project and its origins. Your last stop is Eling Park, one of the old private gardens in Chongqing, built in late Qing Dynasty around 1909 AD. Due to its relatively high altitude, there you can have a bird's eye view of the whole city.

Then, you'll be transferred to Chongqing Chaotianmen Cruise Port, and board the ship in the late afternoon. Your lifetime Yangtze River Cruise starts! (Note: the boarding time changes based on the cruise ships, season, water level, weather, etc.)

Three Gorges Museum

Day 8 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)

Take shore excursion to Shibaozhai Pagoda. Shibaozhai, like a pearl on Yangtze River, is 278 kilometers away from Chongqing. As the gem of Chinese Architecture, the 12-story, 18th Century red wooden temple is an architectural delight full of Legends and beautiful stories.

Please Note: Some cruise ships make the shore excursion to the Fengdu Ghost City. Reach the top of Ming Mountain to check why it has been regarded as the "City of Ghosts". It is where the devil lives according to Chinese legend. The temples shows punish instruments and demon paintings, depicting the Chinese people’s imagination of hell. You have the final say on which excursion to make, as we can book any of the cruise ships at great rates!

Shibaozhai Pagoda

Day 9 Yangtze River Cruise (B, L, D)

Shore excursion to Shennv Stream by smaller vessels. Shennv Stream, called Goddess Stream, is reputed as the Original Virgin Valley of Yangtze where you could see extraordinary view.

Note: Some cruise ships make the shore excursion to the Shennong Stream. Shennong Stream is a collection of local culture. The nature scenery, boat tracker, local sampan, ancient hanging coffins, unique ethnic minority Tujia culture… all is worth your exploration. You have the final say on which excursion to make, as we can book any of the cruise ships at great rates!

Wu Gorge

Day 10 Yangtze River Cruise & Yichang Departure (B, L)

Today's highlight is your morning excursion to the world famous Three Gorges Dam. It is the biggest dam in China and the world’s largest hydroelectric station for the usage of the flood control and power generation.

Be prepared for your check-out procedure and the ship will arrive in Yichang at about 11:30-12:00. Our guide will expect you on board and visit the Yichang Museum if time permits. After lunch at a local famous restaurant, drive to the Yichang airport, train stations and take a flight or train to next destination.

World-famous Three Gorges Dam

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Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests of Temple of Heaven

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Terracotta Warriors and Horses, the Eighth Wonder of the World

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Shanxi Pingyao Ancient Town

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