Marvel at Leshan's Buddha  Ascend Mt Emei  Observe Pandas at Dujiangyan  Awaken your spiritual side at Mt Qingcheng  Discover Nine Villages Valley  Encounter the Qiang people



Duration : 15 DAYSCountry : CHINA
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Sichuan is entirely different from the rest of China. Located in southwest part of the country, it has been the gateway to Tibet. Sichuan has its own distinctive cuisine and cultural identity. This stunning province boasts remarkable landscapes that incorporate many forests and mountains, as well as plentiful ravines, rivers, lakes, hot springs, waterfalls and limestone caves. It’s home to a great number of rare plant and animal species and the mountains host more than 50 kinds of rare animals, including the precious and much celebrated giant pandas. In fact, 85% of China’s great pandas live in this mountainous region, earning the province a reputation of 'Hometown of Giant Pandas'. Blessed with an abundance of natural and cultural wonders, the majestic Sichuan province is sure to ‘take your breath away!

Included in the price

• International return flights (Economy class ex-Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane)
• Departure taxes and airlines fuel surcharges (approx. $380). 
• Chinese Visa fee and services fee (AUS and NZ passport holders only) $120.
• China domestic flights and taxes.
• 5-star hotel accommodation with daily breakfast.
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary. 
• Entrance fees for all sightseeing as scheduled.
• English-speaking local guides and air-conditioned vehicles. 
• Australian national guide for group tours of 16 or more.

Day 1: Fly to Chengdu

Fly to Chengdu, the capital of the Sichuan Province for a two-night stay.

Day 2: Discover Chengdu

Travel to Leshan to see the incredible Leshan Giant Buddha, which is the largest carved stone Buddha in the world. It is an astounding 71 metres high and has 8.3 metre long fingers! Beginning in the year 713 during the Tang Dynasty, the statue took people more than 90 years to carve it, finally being completed in the year 803. In 1996, the location of the Buddha was included by UNESCO on the list of World heritage sites. The Buddha’s symmetrical posture and looks have been expertly captured in its solemn stillness and has been featured in many poems, stories and songs. View the Grand Buddha from the Leshan Buddha Park. To gain an even better perspective, take a short boat trip. Continue to Mt Emei. (B,L,D)

Day 3: Explore Mt Emei

Mt. Emei is located in Leshan City, in the Sichuan Province. It is soaring, striking, old and mysterious and is the highest sight-seeing mountain in all of China. There are four scenic regions on the mountain: Baoguo Temple, Wannian Temple, Qingyin Pavilion and Golden Summit. People are in awe when they are witness to the striking natural beauty of the mountain and its picturesque setting. Mt. Emei is truly a phenomenal world. The trees are lush and green almost all year round, the waterfalls are superb and the entire scenery reflects a feeling of brilliance, serenity and peace. Spend the day traversing this magical landscape and immerse yourself in its unique ambience. The evening will be enjoyed at the foot of the mountain. (B,L,D)

Day 4: Mendingshan

Travel to Mengdingshan. Here you will discover the immense stretch of tea bushes and take a tour of a plantation. You will be afforded the wonderful opportunity of being shown the entire tea producing process, from removing the leaves to brewing the idealcup of tea. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Pingle Ancient Town

From the Han Dynasty period, Pingle was a convenient place to stop along the Tea Horse Road. Take some time to walk through the maze of teahouse-lined streets before seeing the bamboo forest from above on Jinji Suspended Rope Bridge. Later, drive back to Chengdu. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Dujiangyan Panda Base

Visit Dujiangyan Panda Base, also known as China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Panda Dujiangyan Base. It is the only giant panda care, disease prevention and control institute in the world. It is located in Mt. Qingcheng Town, approximately 56 km northwest of Chengdu and 18 km from downtown Dujiangyan. The Panda Keeper’s Program is an initiative that allows visitors to manage these incredible animals in person as volunteers. Interested visitors are able to make an advance reservation in order to participate. Later in the day, visit Dujiangyan Irrigation System, which was constructed in 256BC and still in use today. The infrastructure is used to irrigate 5,300 square kilometres of land. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Taoist Mt Qingcheng

Mt Qingcheng is the most significant Taosit Holy mountain in all of China. It is a really eye-catching location with plentiful verdant peaks and remote palaces. At the Old Master Pavilion on the summit of Mt Qingcheng, you will be welcomed by a Taoist priest. Make the most of this unique opportunity by speaking with him and learning about his religion. You will also be shown the art of Chinese painting and handwriting. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Drive to Nine Villages Valley

Drive to Nine Villages Valley (Jiuzhaigou National Park) where you will spend the next three nights. (B,L,D)

Day 9: Nine Villages Valley

Nine Villages Valley, also known as Jiuzhaigou National Park is regarded as one of China’s most beautiful areas. It is located in Nanping County, 450 kilometers to the north of Chengdu City. The name Nine Villages Valley reflects the nine enclosed villages that are of Tibetan origin. The Tibetan people have always seen this as a holy mountain and waterfall. This masterpiece of nature boasts dreamlike scenery, combining sapphire blue lakes, waterfalls, lush green forests, snow-covered mountains and the folk customs of the Tibetan and Qiang people. There are numerous flora and fauna in this beautiful area. The natural forest covers an area of nearly 30,000 hectares and includes 2,576 higher plant species (24 species of national protected plants) and over 400 lower plant species (212 species of algae). The mixture of various plant life has provided an ideal environment for wild animals. There are 170 species of vertebrates, 141 species of birds and 17 species of rare animals, including the giant pandas. Journey to the top of the valley to Long Lake, which is the highest and largest in the area where you will be captivated by the spectacular alpine views. A short walk to the Five-Coloured Lake and Nuorilang Falls offers some of the valley’s most stunning sights. (B,L,D)

Day 10: Shuzheng village

Visit Shuzheng village, the largest settlement in the park. Learn about daily life in Nine Villages Valley by spending quality time with a local Tibetan family. A pleasant afternoon walk will provide you with even more magnificent local scenery. Begin at Rhinoceros Lake, passing Tiger Lake and finishing at Red Lake. On your walk, you will pass an old watermill, many prayer wheels and Tibetan prayer flags. (B,L,D)

Day 11: Huanglong Pools

The Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area is often referred to as the 'World Wonder' and 'Fairy Land on Earth' and for good reason. It is renowned for its colorful lakes, snow clad mountains, valleys and virgin forest and was included in the UNESCO world heritage list in 1992. The Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area is famous for its outstanding travertine (calcium carbonate) formations. The travertine formations scenery is No.1 in China and you will be spellbound by the vista. The virgin forest is the backdrop for the travertine scenery that holds colorful ponds, beaches, lakes, springs, waterfalls and caves. Upon entering, you will immediately be captivated by a group of exquisite, crystal clear ponds. These are the Yingbin (welcoming guests) Colored Ponds. In spring, the luxuriant trees, blooming flowers, butterflies and birdsong make this experience even more remarkable. From the ponds, you can see the interwoven reflection of trees, mountains, clouds and sky. Along the valley, you will see many attractions including Feipuliuhui (glowing waterfall), Xishen (washing body) Cave, Penjing (miniascape) Ponds, Huanglong (Yellow Dragon) Temple, Huanglong (Yellow Dragon) Cave, Shitazhenhai and Zhuanhua (whirling flower) Pond, etc. The entire area is peppered with waterfalls and hot springs and due to the fact that it is relatively undiscovered, is an absolute pleasure to explore. You will have the opportunity to ride a cable car up to Huanglong Temple at the head of the valley to marvel at the unparalleled panoramic views (at your own expense) before continuing to the charming Mao County by road. (B,L,D)

Day 12: Qiang Minority village

The Qiang people are an ethnic minority group in China having a population of approximately 326,500. Qiang is a Chinese word that in English translates to 'shepherds'. The Qiang people’s customs, architectural style, clothing and religious beliefs are bear no resemblance to those in the western world. Here you will visit a Qiang minority village where a local elder will join you. He will explain the history and culture of his people followed by a visit with a local family. Later in the afternoon, drive to Chengdu. (B,L)

Day 13: Local Chengdu

Enjoy the day being engrossed in the culture of People’s Park. We are all familiar with ‘people watching’ but here you will be captivated by the diversity of activities all occurring simultaneously. From locals playing mah-jong to lonely singles looking for love in Matchmaker’s Corner. You will be afforded the opportunity to join them in an exciting square dancing session. Later, experience a local teahouse and stroll through the historical Wide and Narrow Alleys. In the evening you will be treated to a wonderful Sichuan hot pot dinner and an optional ‘face changing’ show (at your own expense). (B,L,D)

Day 14: Depart Chengdu

Spend this morning savouring the last day of your China Tour. Revisit your favourite temple, architectural wonder, garden, street or monument and fondly remember all the incredible sites you’ve seen in this splendid country. Allow yourself enough time for your transfer to Chengdu airport where you will board your overnight flight to Australia.(B)

Day 15: Arrive Australia

Arrive home today and begin planning your next wonderful adventure. We’re eager to help you make your next tour just as memorable as • (B,L,D) – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Please note, whenever you see the letters B, L or D, you will know that the selected meals have been included as part of your tour package.your Explore Sichuan tour.

Yangtze River Cruise

Yangtze River Cruise

One of China’s must-see sights, the Yangtze River is one of the world’s largest and most famous waterways, flowing through China’s dramatic and varied scenery. From its source in Qinghai Province, the Yangtze travels almost 4,000 miles eastwards into the East China Sea at Shanghai, dividing China into north and south. The spectacular mixture of history, culture, engineering feats and scenery on offer is unsurpassed. The Three Gorges, namely Qutang, Wu, and Xiling, are the most famous attractions along the Yangtze River, spanning from Eastern Sichuan to Western Hubei and are some of the most dramatic gorges in the world. In addition, visitors can see the Three Gorges Hydroelectric River Dam, which spans the Yangtze River and at more than 5 times the size of Hoover Dam, is the largest dam in the world. A cruise on the River Yangtze will certainly make for an unforgettable holiday experience.


Sichuan is home to the Giant Panda, one of the most endangered animals on earth and the symbolic mascot of the World Wildlife Fund. There are 18 nature reserves for giant pandas, 16 of which are in Sichuan. The Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Centre is one of the largest Giant Panda reserves in the world, with around 80 pandas. See these adorable animals being reared in wooded surroundings reminiscent of their natural habitat. The centre covers an area of 92 acres and also cares for other less endangered animals, including the smaller, red panda. 
LaCityTravel  - Traveller Tips for China

Passports must be valid for 6 months beyond the length of stay, Visas are required for Australian travellers, the cost of which is already included in the fully inclusive price of all our goups of Australian passport holders. Extra copies of passport photos should be taken.

Money / Currency: 
Chinese currency is Renmimbi (RMB), and the basic unit is Yuan or Kwai. Notes are issued in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 Yuan. International travellers can exchange Australian Banknotes, Travellers Cheques or US Dollars at any Bank of China or Hotels. Major foreign Credit Cards can be used at ATM’s, Shopping Centres etc.

Clothing and Climate:
 China has contrasting seasonal and regional weather conditions. MARCH to MAY, and SEPTEMBER to NOVEMBER are generally the ideal months to tour in China. Casual clothes, for respective seasonal conditions, are acceptable, but clothes that are too revealing are frowned upon. Comfortable walking shoes are essential for sightseeing.

Shopping and Bargaining: 
Although Government Department store have fixed prices, privately operated local markets and stalls expect bargaining when purchasing – start from less than half the asking price and work your way up. Quality and/or authenticity for any such purchases cannot be guaranteed.
Tipping: Tipping is now expected in all quarters of China and travellers should budget Aus $5 to 6 per person per day to be divided between Guide and Driver. Hotel porterage costs are approx. $1 per bag. Giveaways are useful in spreading goodwill.

 It is recommended that you DO NOT drink local tap water. Bottled water is widely available and should be carried. Most hotels provide some complimentary water. Tea/coffee making facilities can be expected in hotel rooms. Do not accept water in bottles with broken seals.

Time Difference:
 Despite the size, China has ONE time Zone and is 3 hours behind EST in Australia.

Electrical supply is 220 volts and Australian appliances will operate. Power points will vary in configuration, but universal power adaptors can be purchases to accommodate these variation s and solve the problem of recharging batteries etc.

 It is recommended that travellers should speak with their personal medicos well in advance of departure dates regarding vaccinations. Personal medication needs to be carried with you along with copies of prescriptions.

 Check in luggage should not exceed 20 Kg.- an airline surcharge can be made with overweight luggage. Restrictions for weight, volume and number of carry on luggage can be gained from specific airlines.

Travel Insurance: 
Travel Insurance is essential for cancellation, medical expenses, personal accident, personal baggage, money and public liability BEFORE your commencement of tour. La City Travel can provide insurance options for you. If you are using your credit card company to cover travel insurance you need to be fully aware of inclusions and exclusions. You should obtain a receipt number to contact them in an emergency and a copy of full conditions BEFORE departure.