Sichuan & Yunnan Highlights

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Kuanzhai AlleyKuanzhai Alley in Chengdu Price: Duration: Dates: Tour code: Overview: Ask for a quotation 9 Days As you request TCG-2534 This tour combines the highlights of both Sichuan and Yunnan, with a focus on nature and culture. Destinations include Sichuan's capital Chengdu, the giant Buddha of Leshan, Yunnan's capital Kunming, the historic Naxi town of Lijiang, and Tiger Leaping Gorge.

What makes this tour special:

Sichuan and Yunnan offer some of the most unique experiences you can have in China. The diversity of the landscapes and the people make for an extremely interesting trip both for first-time visitors and return guests.

Tips:

For those looking for a bit more adventure, additional destinations such as Jiuzhaigou National Park and Shang-ri La can be added to make a full two-week tour.
day 1
  • Pick up from the Chengdu airport
  • Dinner Read more about dinner on a tour Sichuan Hotpot
  • Kuanzhai Alley Read more about Kuanzhai Alley shop, enjoy snacks or dine in a restaurant
  • Meals: dinner
Kuanzhai Alley
Kuanzhai Alley
day 2
  • Meals: lunch
Chengdu Panda Base
Chengdu Panda Base
River Viewing Pavilion Park
River Viewing Pavilion Park
Wuhou Temple
Wuhou Temple
Jinli Cultural Street
Jinli Cultural Street
day 3
  • Meals: lunch
Leshan Giant Buddha
Leshan Giant Buddha
Leshan Wuyou Temple
Leshan Wuyou Temple
day 4
  • Drop-off at the Chengdu airport
  • Fly to Kunming
  • Pick up from the Kunming Airport
  • Lunch Read more about lunch on a tour Over the Bridge Noodles Lunch
  • Flower and Bird Market Read more about Flower and Bird Market one of the last remaining markets of old Kunming
  • Green Lake Park Read more about Green Lake Park green oasis in the city
  • Dynamic Yunnan Read more about Dynamic Yunnan spectacular cultural show choreographed by dancer Yang Liping
  • Meals: lunch
Green Lake Park
Green Lake Park
day 5
  • Meals: lunch
Stone Forest
Stone Forest
Yunnan Nationalities Museum
Yunnan Nationalities Museum
day 6
  • Meals: lunch
Lijiang old town
Lijiang old town
Free time on your own
Free time on your own
day 7
  • Meals: lunch, dinner
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain cable car
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain cable car
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Baisha old town
Baisha old town
Baisha Murals
Baisha Murals
Naxi Traditional Music Performance
Naxi Traditional Music Performance
day 8
  • Meals: lunch
Hike in Tiger Leaping Gorge
Hike in Tiger Leaping Gorge
day 9
Free time on your own
Free time on your own
Drop-off at the Lijiang Airport
Drop-off at the Lijiang Airport
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Tour code: TCG-2534
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  • » Admission tickets to all sights listed on the itinerary - no hidden costs
  • » Free bottled water supplied in your vehicle
  • » Meals as specified in quality local restaurants with unlimited standard drinks (Coke, Sprite, bottled water, Chinese tea)
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Kuanzhai Alley   宽寨巷子

Kuanzhai Alley is a newly renovated Qing dynasty district, featuring three parallel alleys, or hutongs. The area is fun to browse in the evening or daytime, and you can shop, enjoy snacks or dine in a restaurant. Be warned, this is not a place to find bargains, the prices for food and goods are relatively high. But the area is good for people watching and is pleasant to stroll on, as the alleys do not allow any vehicles to pass onto the pedestrian area.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1

Chengdu Panda Base   成都大熊猫繁育研究基地

The Chengdu Panda Base is located about 30 minutes from the center of Chengdu city, and is a convenient place to view pandas. Do not confuse it with the Bifengxia Panda Reserve, which is nearly 3 hours outside the city.

The Chengdu Panda Base, founded in 1987, is a non-profit research and breeding facility for giant pandas and other rare animals. It started with 6 giant pandas that were rescued from the wild. By 2008, it had 124 panda births, and the captive panda population has grown to 83.

The pandas are fed in the morning and are most active at that time of day, so that is when most people visit. The bears will relax and sleep during the afternoon.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
3
Opening hours:
8:00am - 6:00pm

River Viewing Pavilion Park   望江公园

The River Viewing Pavilion Park honors female Xue Tao, a poet in the Tang Dynasty (618-907). As Xue Tao loved bamboo, there are over 150 kinds of bamboo span the park. It is a popular place to stroll and drink tea.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1

Wuhou Temple   武侯祠

The Wuhou Temple features beautiful gardens and old bonsai trees. The temple was originally built to house Shu Emperor Liu Bei's remains in 221. The temple burned during the wars that toppled the Ming Dynasty and was rebuilt in 1671–1672 during the Qing Dynasty.

Located next to Jinli Street, these two activities are usually done together. After a stroll through the temple you can enjoy a drink or snack on Jinli Street, or pick up some souvenirs.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
8:00am - 6:00pm with last admission at 5:00pm

Jinli Cultural Street   锦里路线

Jinli Cultural Street is a place to experience local Chengdu food, shop for souvenirs and people watch. Located beside the Wuhou Temple, these two sights are usually visited together.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1

Face-Changing Show   变脸

Part of traditional Sichuan opera, face-changing or "bian lian" is a performance in which a single actor depicts a number of different characters by repeatedly changing facial images. "Face changes" seem to occur almost instantaneously with the flick of a fan or swipe of a hand.

Historically, the secret methods of face-changing were guarded within families. Today, face-changing performances take place nightly at many of Chengdu's traditional teahouse theaters.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1.75

Leshan Giant Buddha   乐山大佛

The Leshan Grand Buddha is a UNESCO Wold Heritage Site and is the largest stone Buddha in the world. Usually done as a day trip, it is located about a 2 hour drive outside Chengdu. There is little reason to stay in Leshan itself. The Leshan Grand Buddha faces Mount Emei and was built at the confluence of two large rivers to protect those navigating the river from disasters.

Walking down the rock wall steps alongside it you can feel the immensity of this creation. Its feet viewed from above make people below look like ants. Detailed, well proportioned and beautiful, this Buddha is well worth a look.

There are two ways to see the Buddha, one is by foot on the site and the other is by boat. Its possible to do both. By foot you get a close look at the site. By boat you get a good distant view and don’t have to walk up...   Read more

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
6

Leshan Wuyou Temple  

While temples in China may start to look the same after a while, Wuyou Temple is something different. Perched atop a hill on an island, you cross a picturesque ancient bridge after visiting the Grand Buddha. The Tang dynasty creation displays influences from Tibet and Nepal as well as China. The Hall of Arhats has finely carved, strange and lifelike figures.

The temple itself does not receive so many visitors as most people see the Grand Buddha then leave. The climb up the hill also weeds out those who don’t want to make the effort, so when you get to the top the temple is serene and peaceful. A nice way to end a visit to the Grand Buddha.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1

Flower and Bird Market   花鸟市场

Located in downtown Kunming, the flower and bird market is an excellent place to experience an authentic Kunming market which has been around for years and years. Kunming is known as ‘the city of eternal spring’ (春城) and as such has climate that is ideal for growing flowers. Visitors can browse the beautiful bouquets, while listening to the continual twittering of hundreds of different types of birds. In addition to the eponymous birds and flowers, shoppers can also browse for souvenirs at stalls selling arts and crafts native to Yunnan province.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1

Green Lake Park   翠湖公园

This is a great place to enjoy the relaxed pace of Kunming. Situated in the northwest park of the city near Yunnan University, Green Lake Park is a quite oasis where the city goes to relax and enjoy themselves. In the early morning, people do Taichi on the lakeside, old men play their instruments under shaded trees, and couples stroll over the lake's many bridges before heading to work.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1.5
Opening hours:
6:00am - 11:00pm

Dynamic Yunnan   云南印象

Produced, directed, and choreographed by the famous Chinese dancer, Yang Liping, Dynamic Yunnan is a folk dance and song performance which showcases the richness of Yunnan's cultural diversity. This show fuses traditional and modern techniques with spectacular results, exhibiting the artistic beauty of this province.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
2
Opening hours:
8:00pm - 12:00am

Stone Forest   石林

The Stone Forest (石林) is located approximately 120km east of Kunming. The limestone spires that make up the Stone Forest spring from the earth like stalagmites. May of them resemble great trunks of petrified trees, thus creating the illusion of a forest made of stone. Since 2007 the Stone Forest has been a UNESCO world heritage site. Visitors can wander through the site and marvel at the sheer variety of rock formations some of which have been named after the animal, plant or person that they resemble. It is recommended to spend at least 2 hours here to make the most of your visit.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
3
Opening hours:
8:30am - 6:00pm

Yunnan Nationalities Museum   云南民族博物馆

Located a short drive outside the city center, this pristine museum showcases artifacts and cultural items of Yunnan's many ethnic minorities. There is also a lovely central courtyard and a few spaces where local minority artists set up displays of their work.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1.5
Opening hours:
9:30am - 5:00pm

Mu's Residence   木府

Mu's Residence is the home of a famous Naxi ruler. It was destroyed during the Qing Dynasty and was rebuilt in 1999. It houses fine gardens and highlights classical architecture from the Naxi minority.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
8:00am - 6:00pm

Lijiang old town   丽江古城

Stroll the pedestrian area of this ancient village to take in its shops, cafes and restaurants. Destroyed by an earthquake in 1996 it has been rebuilt in traditional style. With a history going back over 800 years, Lijiang was a stop on the old tea horse road. It is famous for its scenic waterways and bridges.

Lijiang is home to the Naxi minority people, and there is an excellent musical show in the evening which highlights this tradition. Lijiang was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.

Free time on your own   自由活动

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain cable car  

The only practical way to get up and down the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is on the Swiss made cable car which takes 12 minutes. Walking is not even an option, the path is usually covered with ice and snow, not to mention the altitude makes hiking up difficult. Enjoy the views as you are whisked quickly up the mountain.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
0.5

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain   玉龙雪山

Located in a national park 9 miles (15 km) outside Lijiang, the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is a symbol of the town and can be seen on clear days. A trip up the mountain is best done in the Swiss made cable car in 12 minutes. You arrive at 4506 meters, where is is substantially colder, so be sure to bring warm clothes and a hat. You can climb higher once you are there, or relax inside the lodges, escaping the wind and enjoy a coffee.

Oxygen cans are sold to tourists but for most people in normal health this is not necessary, as you can simply go back down again if you don't feel well, and there is very little exertion required. If you don't have a warm jacket you can rent one, and must pay a deposit.

A trip up the mountain can be combined with the Lijiang Impression show which is at the base of the mountain, or a round of golf in the world's highest golf course.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
2

Baisha old town   白沙村

A rural village, Baisha has developed into a minor tourist attraction. In ancient times, Baisha was a center of silk embroidery in southwest China and an important place on the Ancient Southern Silk Road, also called the Ancient Tea and Horse Road or Ancient tea route. Baisha has sprouted shops, cafes and restaurants in recent years and has a nice simple main street. Plenty of genuine local activity to be seen. You can drive to Baisha, its also possible to come bybicycle, on horse back or horse cart. Some people even walk.

Besides the main street, you can also see the Baisha Murals and there are a couple of Embroidery Schools in town which allow you to try your hand at the craft and also sell lots of high quality embroidery.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1

Baisha Murals   白沙壁画

Based in the Naxi Dongba religion, the murals are the remains of over 200 historic paintings. Located in the village of Baisha about 6 miles (10 km) north of Lijiang, it is a pleasant retreat from the busy streets of Lijiang. Some foreign tourists really appreciate the historic and artistic aspect of the murals, others have said they are not that well preserved and poorly lit. The grounds are pleasant to stroll and it is a good activity if you are looking for something a bit off the beaten track.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1

Naxi Traditional Music Performance   纳西古乐

Naxi ancient music is a type of folk music unique to the Naxi people in Lijiang area of Yunnan Province. The orchestra in Lijiang has 26 performers aged from 40 upwards, including a few octogenarians. They play ancient instruments and songs of the Naxi minority people which date back many centuries, transcending the language barrier. Each song is introduced by the the host who speaks in both Chinese and English.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1.5
Opening hours:
8:00pm - 9:30pm

Hike in Tiger Leaping Gorge  

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
4

Chengdu 成都

Chengdu is a city of great cultural, gastronomical, historical, environmental (pandas!) and economic importance. Situated in the west of China, this unique city deserves a place on any traveler’s China itinerary. The birthplace of paper money, Chengdu has been influenced by the cultures of Tibet and Mongolia over the course of its thousands of years of history. This cultural uniqueness can be experienced in its spicy and lip-numbing cuisine (a UNESCO City of Gastronomy), the local dialect (quite unlike Mandarin), the overall slower pace of life, and through its museums and archaeological sites.

Just to the north of Chengdu sits Sanxingdui (Three Star Mound). Sanxingdui is an archaeological site of great interest, pointing to a separate Bronze Age culture outside the historical narrative of the Shang dynasty (c. 1600 – c. 1046 BC). It is unique for its bronze artifacts depicting the human form and the large...   Read more

Kunming 昆明

In times gone by, Kunming was considered a southern gateway to the Silk Road. Nowadays it is the perfect starting point for tourists who wish to travel through Yunnan province. The diversity of Yunnan’s landscape, from the jungle of Xishuangbanna to the Himalayan mountains, mirrors the ethnic diversity of its people. 25 of China’s 56 ethnic minorities can be found in Yunnan, where they make up around 40% of the population.

Situated on a plateau, and surrounded by mountains and lakes, Kunming has a temperate climate all year round, earning it the nickname “city of eternal spring.” It is also one of the least polluted cities in China.

Kunming has plenty to offer tourists planning to travel elsewhere in Yunnan Province, and is certainly worth spending a night there on the way to Yunnan’s other attractions. You can take a relaxing stroll in around the Flower and Bird Market, soak up the...   Read more

Lijiang 丽江

A small prefecture-level city in northwest Yunnan province, Lijiang has become increasingly popular with travelers since its Old Town was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997 and its new airport opened up direct daily flights to major cities around China. Although much of the city was destroyed by an earthquake in 1996 it was completely rebuilt in the old style. In recent years many new businesses and high quality hotels and resorts have opened up in the area.

Lijiang is also a good base for further exploration and day trips. You don't even have to stay in Lijiang itself, as there are plenty of quieter, alternative bases nearby, such as the village of Shuhe. While the old town is well worth visiting, you may like to retire to a more quiet area to get a good nights rest, as Lijiang's central area has an active night life...   Read more

Tiger Leaping Gorge 虎跳峡

Tiger Leaping Gorge is a scenic canyon on the Jinsha (Golden Sand) River, a major tributary of the Yangtze River. Depending on how you define it, the gorge is a contender for the deepest gorge in the world. Around 15 kilometers (9 miles) in length, the gorge is located where the river passes between the 5,596-meter (18,360-foot) Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and the 5,396-meter (17,703-foot) Haba Snow Mountain in a series of rapids under steep cliffs. Legend has it that in order to escape from a hunter, a tiger jumped across the river at the narrowest point (just 25 meters wide), hence the name.

The gorge can be visited by road to see the rapids, or you can embark on a two-day overnight hike on the higher trail of the gorge. It is about a two-hour drive from Lijiang to the gorge.

Breakfast

Most hotels come with breakfast, or if not it can be added at a cost. Four and five star hotels will generally offer a good western and Chinese buffet breakfast. Three star hotels may only have a Chinese breakfast, or a Chinese interpretation of a western breakfast. Anyway a Chinese breakfast is not bad - rice porridge, eggs, Chinese style breads and vegetables.
Drinking Water
Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Grab a couple bottles to take to your room for the night. Tap water in big cities in China is not going to make you sick, it is chlorinated. Fine for brushing your teeth but best to stick to bottled water as you don't want to upset your system on your big trip.
Children and Special Diets
Our guides are accustomed to handling special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and we can plan for you. Children often find they like certain Chinese dishes, such as noodles, fried rice or sweet and sour pork. If a stop at McDonalds or KFC is required your guide can do this on the go.

Lunch on Tour

We consider experiencing good Chinese cuisine to be an important part of the tour experience. When on a tour, lunch is generally Chinese style and normally included in the price. Our guides will help you order according to your taste. Mild, spicy, meat, vegetables, rice and/or noodles. Dishes are served family style and shared by the guests. The driver may eat on his own but the guide will join you if you like.

Food in Beijing is quite good quality and we take our guests to genuine local restaurants, not tourist traps. We consider it distasteful to ask you for small amounts of money during the tour, so we offer unlimited standard drinks including Coke, Sprite, local bottled water and Chinese tea. You also won't leave the table hungry, if you need more to eat just let your guide know.

We don't have fixed restaurants we must use, it depends on where you are at the time you are hungry. When traveling around China we normally have the same arrangements outside Beijing but this may vary depending on your exact itinerary.
Drinking Water
Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Grab a couple bottles to take to your room for the night. Tap water in big cities in China is not going to make you sick, it is chlorinated. Fine for brushing your teeth but best to stick to bottled water as you don't want to upset your system on your big trip.
Children and Special Diets
Our guides are accustomed to handling special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and we can plan for you. Children often find they like certain Chinese dishes, such as noodles, fried rice or sweet and sour pork. If a stop at McDonalds or KFC is required your guide can do this on the go.

Dinner on Tour

Unless there is a special activity planned or you prefer to have all your meals catered, guests often prefer to relax after a day tour and arrange their own dinner. This gives you flexibility in time and cuisine. Having all your meals catered every day can be tiresome. Handling your own dinner allows you to have some control and also strike out on you own. Your guide can give you restaurant suggestions and in big cities you can find lots of options for fine dining, fast food, both western or Chinese. Hotel staff can often make restaurant recommendations within walking distance.

If you get the taste for a burger or pizza after a lot of Chinese food, this is easily found in Beijing, Shanghai and many other cities around China. Many hotel restaurants offer nice food. China also has its share of McDonald's, KFC and Subway sandwich chains if you need a fix.
Drinking Water
Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Grab a couple bottles to take to your room for the night. Tap water in big cities in China is not going to make you sick, it is chlorinated. Fine for brushing your teeth but best to stick to bottled water as you don't want to upset your system on your big trip.
Children and Special Diets
Our guides are accustomed to handling special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and we can plan for you. Children often find they like certain Chinese dishes, such as noodles, fried rice or sweet and sour pork. If a stop at McDonalds or KFC is required your guide can do this on the go.
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