Yunnan & Sichuan
As two of the most fascinating, diverse and colourful provinces in China, Yunnan and Sichuan are a cornucopia of wonders, from the lofty peaks of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain to the stunning natural scenery of Wulong, to the lovable nature of the Giant Panda.
- International flights and current taxes
- 3* plus – 4* accommodation
- Visa fees for UK passport holders
- Domestic transportation
- All meals
- Maximum group size 28 passengers
- Touring with guides and entrance fees
Days 1-2: Fly to Kunming
Fly overnight to Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province. On arrival into Kunming you will be met in the arrival hall by your local guide and/or National Escort from Wendy Wu Tours. Together with all other group members who may be arriving at a similar time, you will transfer 1 hour to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 3: Kunming
This morning, drive 1 and a half hours to the Stone Forest. Spend the morning exploring the unusual limestone rock formations of the Kunming Stone Forest which involves up to 3 and a half hours on foot along cobblestone paths. Return to Kunming for an afternoon at leisure, and dine this evening on the delicious local delicacy, Across the Bridge Noodles, a type of rice noodle soup from Yunnan Province served in a broth style.
Day 4: Kunming - Dali
Drive approximately 5 hours to the pretty city of Dali. In Dali, enjoy some light sightseeing around Dali’s Old Quarter and the symmetrical Three Pagodas. This evening, take a stroll round lively Foreigner’s Street.
Day 5: Dali
Today, relax with a cruise on tranquil Erhai Lake, before spending an afternoon at leisure.
Day 6: Dali – Lijiang
This morning, head over to Xizhou Village to explore the local wares at the market. Drive 4 hours to Lijiang, one of China’s best preserved old towns. You will spend around 2 hours on foot, visiting the picturesque Black Dragon Pool where you can enjoy spectacular vistas of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.
Day 7: Lijiang
A magnificent mountain massif, the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain incorporates several peaks, the tallest of which is 5,500m. Today, you will explore one of the beautiful high meadows and enjoy the amazing vistas. To avoid the large crowds of people queuing at the same time, the local government’s tourist authority allocates times to each group. The bus will drive to the base of the mountain from where you will take a 10-minute ride on a chairlift to Yunshaping (Cloud Fir Meadow) at an altitude of around 3,200m. From the chairlift, there is a wooden pathway to the meadow. This walking route takes approximately 1 hour. Descend by chairlift and re-board the bus. Later, visit Baisha Old Town to view the fascinating murals, painted during the early Ming Dynasty, and visit the Mu Family Embroidery School. Sightseeing at Baisha Old Town is leisurely. There are ruthless souvenir sellers near the bus park so be firm to avoid any hassle. Please note this section of the itinerary is subject to change at late notice. Your local guide will keep you informed of any changes as they are made aware of them.
Day 8: Lijiang
Today you will visit the 3,000m deep Tiger Leaping Gorge, said to be the deepest gorge in the world. Drive approximately 2 hours, depending on the number of photo stops, to the northern bank of the Tiger Leaping Gorge and stop for a short while at the steps above the famous Tiger Leaping Rock. You can choose to walk down the steps to the water or have some free time while other group members do this. There are usually sedan chairs offered by local vendors, which can be organised at your own expense. Lunch today will be a simple meal as the choice of restaurants in this area is limited. Return to Lijiang to explore the Old Quarter.
Day 9: Lijiang – Chongqing - Wulong
Fly nearly 2 hours to Chongqing. On arrival, you will be transferred by coach around 3 hours to Wulong Karst National Geology Park, an area with stunning natural scenery, including towering limestone karsts, deep gorges, caves and natural bridges.
Day 10: Three Natural Bridges & Longshuixia
Today, visit Three Natural Bridges National Park, a rare geological wonder consisting of three natural karst bridges: Tianlong Bridge, Qinglong Bridge and Heilong Bridge. Continue to Longshuixia Fissure, a narrow fault line that has been carved out by the river. The gorge is 5km long and 500m deep. You will need to climb down a few hundred steps, then travel further down by elevator. From here, start the one-way walk to the exit which takes around 2-3 hours, depending on the pace. Along the road you will need to climb down many steps, but most of the walk will be flat. Please note, walking today will be approximately 4 to 5 hours on some uneven and slippery terrain which require extra care whilst walking. It is strongly advised that you wear sturdy footwear with ankle support if needed.
Day 11: Wulong - Leshan
Travel around 6 hours west to Leshan, home of the world’s largest stone-carved Buddhist monument, the Leshan Grand Buddha. The remainder of the day is free at leisure.
Day 12: Leshan - Emeishan
Today you will visit the Leshan Grand Buddha, the world’s largest stone-carved Buddhist monument. Drive around 30 minutes before taking a short boat ride in front of the statue to grasp the size of this structure. You will spend around 1 hour at Leshan and will need to get on and off the boat. Continue approximately 1 hour to Emeishan, one of the earliest sources of Buddhism in China.
Day 13: Emeishan
Spend a full day exploring spiritual Emeishan. There are many pathways to allow exploration of the steep cliffs, lofty peaks and towering trees. Take the cable car up to the golden summit from Jieyin Temple. You will walk for approximately 2 and a half hours from Wannian Temple to the Wuxian Gang Parking lot. From here you will be transferred back to your hotel in the evening.
Day 14: Emeishan – Chengdu
In the morning, depart for Chengdu, a drive of approximately 2 hours. On arrival, you will be transferred to the famous snack street in Chengdu – Jinli Street.
Day 15: Chengdu
Today you will see China’s most famous resident, the Giant Panda. Visit the Panda Conservation Centre where you can learn about China’s celebrated bear and see these lovable creatures in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat. It is not guaranteed that you will be see the feeding of the younger pandas, as this only happens at the start and end of each day. Sightseeing involves approximately 1 and a half hours on foot and there are electric carts offered by private vendors that can be organised at your own cost. Later, spend 1-2 hours sightseeing around People’s Park, visiting a teahouse and the famous Matchmaker’s Corner where parents look for suitable suitors for their children. Tonight, enjoy a traditional Sichuanese meal.
Day 16: Depart Chengdu
Any time before your flight is at leisure. You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport, according to the departure time of your international flight.
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