7 days Chengdu, Mount Emei, Leshan, Zigong, Dazu & Chongqing

Chengdu
⇀ Mount Emei
⇀ Zigong
⇀ Dazu
⇀ Chongqing
Another classic travel route in Sichuan which will take you explore Mount Emei and Leshan Grand Buddha, then continue the travel to visit dinosaur Museum in Zigong and the large scale Rock Carvings in Dazu, tour ends in Chongqing.
Type
Private
Duration
7 days
Theme
Culture and Heritage
Trip code
WS-203
Price
From CN¥ 5,400 per person
This itinerary takes you on a journey through the cultural and historical highlights of Western China. Starting in Chengdu, you'll visit the famous Panda Breeding and Research Center before heading to Leshan to see the largest sitting Buddha sculpture in the world and Buddhist Mount Emei. Then travel to Zigong, a city with a rich history of salt production and home to the Dinosaur Museum, one of the world's largest dinosaur museums. Continuing on to Dazu, you'll see the incredible World Heritage Site Dazu Rock Carvings. Finally, end the journey in Chongqing. This itinerary offers a unique and comprehensive glimpse into the rich cultural and natural heritage of Western China.
Day 01 :
Arrive Chengdu

Chengdu airport pick up and transfer to your hotel. Have a good rest at the first day. Overnight at Chengdu. 

Day 02 :
Chengdu Panda Base and city exploration (B)

In the morning around 8am set out for the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center, located about half an hour away. You will arrive in time to see the pandas during their feeding time, when they are at their most active, both adults and babies. Later, watch a film at the Panda Story Cinema to learn more about the pandas' daily life, including their birth, mating, and more. Afterward, head back to downtown for lunch.

In the afternoon, pay a visit to People’s Park, a popular spot for locals to relax and pursue leisure activities such as dancing, singing, playing instruments, drinking tea, and rowing boats on the lake. You will be arranged to drink and eat at one of the open tea houses with locals.

Next, head to Song Xian Qiao Antique and Art Market, the country's second-largest antiques market, with more than 500 separate stalls selling everything from Mao-era currency to fake Buddha statues to wonderful watercolor paintings.

The rest of the day is for you to freely stroll along the Wide and Narrow Alleys, a conservation of old architectural structures that have been updated with modern decorations in the bustling city of Chengdu. This area is known for its rich architectural and social characteristic features, from the residential buildings of the Qing Dynasty to the present. Here you can try different types of local Chengdu snacks. In the evening, you may choose to enjoy a cultural show, such as Sichuan Opera, which is famous for its spitting fire, rolling lamp, and changing faces performances.

 

Day 03 :
Chengdu - Leshan Grand Buddha - Mount Emei (foot of the mountain) (B)

In the morning, you will be met and transferred to Leshan, where you can enjoy the beautiful countryside landscape of western Chengdu Plains during the approximately two-hour drive on the expressway. Upon arrival, you will visit the Lingyun Temple to see the biggest sitting Buddha sculpture in the world. Completed in 803 during the Tang Dynasty after 90 years of construction, the grand Buddha stands at a height of 71 meters and is carved on a cliff face. The sculpture features a well-designed, perfectly balanced structure and an effective water drainage system. You can also choose to take a boat tour to see the Leshan Grand Buddha (at your own expense). Afternoon you will then drive to Mt. Emei, check-in at your hotel, and have a good rest. In the afternoon, you will be arranged to visit Baoguo Temple, one of the oldest and most important temples at Mount Emei, located at the foot of the mountain. Overnight at Emeishan.

Day 04 :
Mount Emei tour - sightseeing to Golden Summit (B)

Mount Emei, one of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains of China and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mount Emei is known for its beautiful scenery, ancient temples, and important cultural heritage.

Early in the morning, you will take the local sightseeing bus to Leidongping, then walk about 15 minutes to Jieyin Hall, where you will take the cable car to Golden Summit. On the summit, you will visit the Huazang Temple and the Golden Summit Buddha Statue, and if you are lucky enough, you may see the clouds sea and Buddhist Halo. After lunch, you will take the sightseeing bus down the mountain. If time is allowed, you can also head to visit Wannian temple at half mountain, it is known for its many halls and pavilions, including the Mahavira Hall, which houses a statue of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva, and the Hall of Kshitigarbha Bodhisattva, which houses a statue of Kshitigarbha Bodhisattva. The temple is also famous for its beautiful natural surroundings, including waterfalls and forests, and is a popular destination for both tourists and Buddhist pilgrims. 
Return to hotel at foot of the mount for overnight. 

Day 05 :
Mount Emei - Zigong, tour at Zigong (B)

In the morning, you will depart for Zigong, which is about 3.5 hours away by car. Once you arrive in Zigong, you will visit the Dinosaur Museum, located in the renowned Dashanpu dinosaur fossil site, which is about 11 kilometers from the center of Zigong City. The museum is one of the world's three largest dinosaur museums, alongside the American National Dinosaur Park and the Canadian Dinosaur Park.

After that, you will visit the Zigong Salt History Museum, which highlights the city's long-standing civilization and rich underground resources. Zigong is known as the 'Salt Capital' of China because of its abundant salt resources and production. The museum showcases the traditional salt-making process. You will spend the night in Zigong.

Day 06 :
Zigong - tour to Dazu rock carvings - Chongqing (B)

Set off from Zigong in the early morning and drive to Dazu to visit the Dazu Rock Carvings. The Rock Carvings in Dazu are a series of sculptures depicting Buddhist, Confucian, and Taoist doctrines and were listed as a World Heritage Site in 1999.

The Dazu Rock Carvings are spread across more than 75 sites in the county, containing over 50,000 stone sculptures carved from the Tang Dynasty (618-907) to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). They provide rich and valuable materials for research into ancient Chinese culture, arts, philosophy, religion, and history. The two major sites are Beishan (North Hill) and Baodingshan (Baoding Hill), and you will be arranged to visit Baodingshan for its well-preserved sculptures. Afterward, drive to Chongqing (117 km) and spend the night there.

Day 07 :
Chongqing tour - Departure from Chongqing (B)

Today begin your exploration of Chongqing by visiting the People's Congress Hall, a magnificent traditional building situated on a large square where locals gather for morning and evening exercises. Next, head to the General Stilwell Museum, which honors General Stilwell and his contributions during World War Two. Afterward, take in the stunning panoramic views of Chongqing and the Yangtze River from Eling Park. Then, step back in time and explore the charming Ciqikou Old Town, with its traditional Chongqing-style buildings, tea houses, and Sichuan Opera houses. Finally, embark on your Yangtze cruise or fly to other destinations to continue your tour.

Tour notes:

Please note prices are based in CNY.

General inclusions:

All required government taxes and fees.
Your selection of 3, 4 or 5 Stars hotel (shared twin room, private bathroom and daily breakfast)
All entrance tickets as noted in the tour's itinerary.
Guide fluent in English, Chinese or Japanese that is certified by the state tourism build and from the local community. (If your native language is not listed please let us know, we are certain we can assist your needs.)
Airport and/or train station pick-up and drop-off.
Transportation will we be provided via a comfortable and clean car, minivan or tourist bus depending upon the groups size.

General exclusions:

Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, internet access, fax, telephone calls etc.
Tips for your guide and driver.
Meals that are not specified in the tour itinerary.
Optional Attractions that are not specified in the itinerary.
Panda holding fee at The Chengdu Panda Base.
Round-trip Cable car to Mount Emei's Golden Summit.
Sightseeing boat ticket for Leshan Grand Buddha.
Flight and/or railway ticket(s) to the first city of the tour and departure from the last city of the tour.

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