Muti-color Pool in Jiuzhaigou National Park
CS12 Jiuzhaigou Huanglong Leshan Emei Dujiangyan Qingchengshan 8 days Tourfrom
Sichuan Highlights Tour including Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong National Park, Mt.Emeishan and Leshan Grand ,Buddha,Mt. Qingchengshan.
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeGuided Tours
Activity Level Challenging
Duration: 8 days
Activities: World Heritage Sichuan Highlights Sightseeing
Route: Chengdu- Jiuzhaigou – Chengdu – Mt.Emei –Leshan – Chengdu– Mt. Qingchengshan – Dujiangyan – Chengdu
Attractions: You will experience Sichuan`s natural heritage, breath in the fresh air of Jiuzhaigou National Park and Huanglong National Park (or Songpan Old Town), sightsee Dujiangyan Irrigation System—a UNESCO Cultural heritage site, with a history of about 2260 years, Mt. Qingchengshan — one of the birth place of Daoism. Mt.Emei and Leshan Grand Buddha — the Cultural and Natural Heritage ratified by UNESCO. have a close up look at China’s national animal- the Giant panda.
Called Dzitsa Degu in Tibetan, Jiuzhai Valley or Jiuzhaigou National Park is located in the Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan Province, South Western China. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992 and it belongs to the category 5 in the IUCN system of protected area categorization. Jiuzhai Valley literally means “Nine Village Valley” and is named after the nine Tibetan villages scattered throughout the park. There is evidence of people living in the national park up to 3,000 years and the local people still hold onto many of their traditional ways of life. The human population of the park is just over 1,000 which comprises of over 110 families.
The superb landscapes of Jiuzhai Valley are particularly interesting for their narrow conic karst land forms and spectacular waterfalls and lakes. There are over 220 bird species found in Jiuzhai Valley as well as a number of endangered plant and animal species, including the giant panda, Sichuan golden monkey and the Sichuan takin.
Jiuzhai Valley is part of the Min Shan mountain range on the edge of the Tibetan Himalayan Pletau and stretches over 720 sq km (72,000 hectares) with an extra buffer zone of 598 sq. km (60,000 hectares). The Min Mountains are one of South West China’s most important biodiversity typezones. The elevation of the national park ranges from almost 2,000m (6,500 feet) at the entrance to over 4,500m (14,760 feet) on the mountain peaks and the series of forest ecosystems are stratified by elevation.
As a tourist resort it boasts 114 lakes lying downward in an echelon manner, on which are 17 waterfalls, 47 springs, 17 splashing waterfalls, 11 turbulent streams and 5 travertine beaches and 9 Tibetan villages, formulating alpine lake clusters and travertine spots that are rarely seen in China and even in the world. All these scenic sights, set against the backdrop of 92 snowy peaks, create a unqiue natural landscape of high mountains and deep gullies in Jiuzhaigou.
The water, the soul of Jiuzhaigou, is so cystal clear and rich in colors that it has earned the reputation, so well expressed in the saying “Those who have visited Jiuzhaigou will no longer appreciate the water landscape again”, Varying in size and shapes, sparkling with colors in brilliant sunlight, the more than 100 lakes define the waterscapes and form their essence. The unique tourist culture of Jiuzhaigou is captured by the purity of the green water, the reflections in the lakes, the stone mills, the Tibetan villages, the Buddhist sutra-streamers and the folk songs and dances of the Tibetan and the Qiang people. With its 30,000 hectares of virgin forests, Jiuzhaigou is also a botanical and zoological paradise, a habitat of dense conifers and broadleaf trees for such rare and endangered animals as the Giant Panda, the Golden Snub-Nosed Monkey, and the White-Lipped Deer.
Arrive in Chengdu, be met at the airport, transfer to hotel. O/N in Chengdu.
If time permits, visit the Kuanxiangzi (wide lane) and Zhaixiangzi (narrow lane), it used to be home to officials in the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties and are among the city’s cultural heritage sites still intact today. Originally, single-story houses and courtyards featured the specialty of the area. To relive the taste of local life years ago, teahouses and folk arts are readily found in the area while displays of the lifestyle, dialects, food and customs of Chengdu in the past will be reinstated in museums. As an option in the evening(200CNY extra), enjoy a wonderful variety show of “Face changing” and “Flame Spitting – Out” of Sichuan Opera.
Visit Chengdu Panda Base, fly to Jiuzhaigou airport. O/N in Jiuzhaigou
Visit Chengdu Panda Base. The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is located in the northern suburb of Chengdu on Futou Hill. It is 10 km from downtown Chengdu, and can be reached by the Panda Road. Giant pandas at the Chengdu Research Base live in large naturalistic habitats, which help the visitor to understand how these animals live in the wild . It is an excellent recreational area and a highlight of any visit to Chengdu. Many types of bamboo, trees, and flowers thrive at the Research Base. Several species of birds also make their home there. The Research Base is one of the important centers in China for the captive conservation of giant pandas. Take flight (45 minutes) from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou in later afternoon.
One day Jiuzhaigou Sightseeing. O/N in Jiuzhaigou
After breakfast, head to the Jiuzhaigou National Park where you will board environmentally friendly buses to sightsee the Park. Visit the Shuzheng and Zezawa Valleys; Pearl Sands and Shuzheng Waterfall; the Tibetan village of Shuzheng, and numerous picturesque lakes including Panda Lake, Long Lake, Rainbow Lake, Tiger Lake and Rhinoceros Lake. Then summon your energy for a Tibetan folk customs show at night, consisting of singing, dancing and other programs. (The entrance fee of 180 CNY is not included in the tour price).
Jiuzhaigou - Huanglong - fly back to Chengdu airport - Mt.Emei O/N at the base of Mt. Emeishan
Drive to visit Huanglong National Park, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site, with beautiful mountains, lush woods, colourful flowers, and crystal clear waters. (Note: If the road is icy , the tour will visit Songpan Old Town instead) Then take flight back to Chengdu, drive to Mt.Emei, enjoying countryside views of the Chuanxi Plain.on the way (two hours along expressway).
Round way public sightseeing bus plus cable car to the Golden summit, then back to mountain base visit Baoguo Monastery, Crouching Tiger Monastery O/N at the base of Mt. Emeishan
The Golden Summit Scenic Area is 16 square kilometers, and its yearly average temperature is 3 C. Golden Summit is 3,079m,the most wondrous sight-seeing platform and the biggest pilgrimage centre of Chinese Buddhism, it is crowned as a scenic masterpiece in the Chinese World. Jinding is the best place to experience the Four Wonders of Mt. Emei: the Buddha’s Halo (rainbow-like rings that surround and move with your shadow), the Sea of Clouds, the Holy Lamp (or Divine Lights) and the Golden Summit Sunrise. Golden You may visit Summit Monastery, Woyun Nunnery there.
At the mountain base is Baoguo Monastery, built in the 16th century. The monastery has serene gardens with rare plants, a library of sutras and a huge porcelain Buddha. In the stone staircase of the rear hall are figures of the Eight Immortals, betraying the temple’s Taoist origins. Further up the mountain lies the Crouching Tiger Monastery (Fuhu Si), Emei’s largest temple. Once associated with the Taoist martial-arts master Zhang Sanfeng, today it is a Guanyin nunnery. Notable features include the 16th-century, 7m-high bronze Huayan Pagoda, which is engraved with 4700 Buddha images.
Mt.Emei - Leshan – Huanglongxi Old Town – Chengdu O/N in Chengdu.
Drive half an hour to Leshan, board a tour boat have a panoramic view of the biggest carved Buddha statue in the world. Then continue drive about half an hour from Leshan to Huanglongxi Old Town. It is 1700 years history and around 30 miles away from Chengdu. For most of local people, Huanglongxi old town could be a place where it will bring them back to their childhood. The aged old trees, old temples and native custom all together can be an amazing to you. At Huanglongxi , despites the latest renovation, some of the old architectures were built in the late of Qing Dynasty, which was the last feudal dynasty in Chinese history . Besides the beautiful sceneries in the town , it’s possible to visit one of local family with their Chinese traditional bungalow .
Drive 1.5hrs to visit Mt. Qingcheng, climb up Mt. Qingcheng. O/N at the base of Mt. Qingcheng
Mt.Qingcheng one of the birth places of Daoism and also in the Afternoon. It ratified as Cultural Heritage by UNESCO is the headstream of Chinese Taoism. the initiator of Taoism, Zhang Taolin in the end of East Han Dynasty, came to Qingcheng Mountain to instruct Taoism from Shanxi. there still go round supernatural stories describing how he fight hard with devils, how the ”Brush Pen Groove” and the ” Three Island Stone” formed. Since Jin Dynasty and Tang Dynasty, there are many Taoist Temples with flourishing burning incense, so Mt.Qingcheng was also called ”Supernatural Beings’s Capital”, ”Original Courty Yard of Taoist Master”. Many statesmen, writers left handwriting. In 143 (second year Han’an Empire),the initiator of Taoism came to Chicheng Cliff in Qingcheng Mountain and initiated ” Five Pecks of Rice Taoism” according to ” the theory of Laozi”. After Taoist master Zhang Daoling passed away, Qingcheng Mountain also became prosperous as the headstream of Taoism, original Mountain of Taoist Master. Taoism developed seven sects. there were 40 Taoism temples.
Visit Dujiangyan Irrigation system and Chengdu Jinsha Ruins Museum, drop off to Chengdu airport. Service end.
Dujiangyan Irrigation system is one of the world first irrigation systems and ratified into the World Cultural Heritage list. It`s located on the upper reaches of the Minjiang River. It was built between 306-251 BC. by the local people under the guidance of Libing and his son. Fortunately the Dujiangyan Irrigation system brings the vast Chengdu Plain under irrigation and has protected it against droughts and floods for over 2,300 years. Because of this Chengdu Plain has turned into the land of abundance with a mild climate and fertile soil.
Chengdu Jinsha Ruins Museum, it exhibits the splendid culture of the ancient Shu Kingdom 3,000 years ago, modifying previous assumptions about the origins of the Chinese civilization. Over 6,000 pieces of cultural relics with sophisticated craftsmanship, like carved jade, gold, bronze, stone, and ivory artifacts, have been unearthed at the Jinsha Ruins. Historians believe they are the remains of the ancient Shu Kingdom mentioned in stories of the Qin and Han dynasties. The discovery is considered by local archaeologists as one of the most important finds in the region’s history.
Multi-color Pool in Huanglog National Park
Golden Summint on Mt. Emeishan
Panaramic View of Leshan Giant Buddha
Dujiangyan Irrigation Project-is one of the world first irrigation systems and ratified into the World Cultural Heritage list.
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding