Chengdu is better known as the ‘Country of Heaven’ with its rich history that dates back to more than 2000 years. The region not just is the provincial capital of Sichuan province in Southwest China, but also manages to attract large number of tourists locally and internationally.
The region also is important economically, financially, commercially and has become a gateway for visitors to experience the Chinese culture in a better way. The rich tourism resource in Chengdu makes it one of the best places to visit in China that holds picturesque landscapes, locations and culturally important destinations that keep you excited throughout the journey.
Day 1 – Chengdu Arrival
Meet our Chengdu local tour guide on arrival. Our guide will escort you to the hotel and thereafter you can have free time to explore the city on your own.
Day 2 – Chengdu
Our Chengdu local tour guide will drive you to visit Giant Panda Breeding and Research Centre. Take a walk across Jinli Old Street, an ancient street that dates back to Qing dynasty.
Day 3 – Leshan
Our local guide and driver will escort you to Leshan where you can take a cruise to explore the Leshan Giant Buddha. You will then stay in the hotel in Mountain Emei.
Day 4 – Emeishan
You will be escorted by our local tour guide to Emeishan and then to Monastery of Ten Thousand Years through Cable Car and then back to Mt Emei. You will drive back to Chengdu the same day.
Day 5 – Chengdu
Explore the city and have great time in Chengdu before your departure flight. Our local tour guide will escort you to the airport for departure.
Giant Panda Breeding and Research Centre Located on the mountain of Futoushan, the Giant Panda Breeding and Research Centre attract many visitors not just from China, but across the globe. It remains a unique setup that showcases the giant pandas in their own natural environment while explaining more about their behavior and lifestyle.
There are many exhibits around that focus on giant pandas and their biological information through anatomical remains and diet charts and specimens. By imparting the right knowledge and information, the Research Centre allows visitors to understand more about giant pandas.
Leshan Giant Buddha It is certainly the largest of its kind and therefore one should not miss the Leshan Giant Buddha while visiting Chengdu. The project started in the year 713 and it took 90 years to complete at an enormous amount. The Dafo is in the image of Maitreya Buddha and it also conceals an excellent drainage system that ensures that water is channeled out correctly.
The statue is 71 meters tall and it remains the largest Buddha figure in the world. Visitors can also explore the Wuyou Temple built on top of Wuyou Mountain in 742 during the Tang dynasty. The temple was originally named as Zhengjue Temple, but was renamed under the reign of Northern Song dynasty. While visiting Leshan, visitors can also explore Lingyun Temple which is also one of the popular temples in Sichuan.
You may also visit other attractions close to Leshan like Lingbao Pagoda also known as the Pagoda of the Souls built on one of the Lingyun Mountain’s nine peaks. The Mahao Cliffside Tomb also is among one of the main highlights located between Lingyun and Mahao mountains.
Emei Mountains Popular throughout China for its sweeping cliffs and tall peaks and breathtaking waterfalls, Emei Mountains is among the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains in China. Extending up to 3099 meters above the seal level this place has already been voted as the World Heritage Site in 1996.
At the summit of the mountain, visitors can explore the first Buddhist temple that was built in 1st Century AD. The Baoguo Temple at the foot the mountain is one of the main highlights and the largest temple built during the Ming Dynasty. The temple has a hall that blends three religions of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism.
Visitors can also explore Wannian Temple also known as the Monastery of Ten Thousand Years which is one of the largest temples at Mount Emei and was built during the Jin dynasty. Qingyin Pavillion is another highlight that visitors can check out while they are at Mount Emei. Visitors can also explore The Gold Summit, Golden Buddha and the Elephant Pool at Mount Emei.
Visitors can visit Chengdu any time of the year, but the most recommended time is from March to June and September to November. The weather is mild and humid, but summers are very hot and during the winter the temperature drops drastically.
Spring – (February – May)
As the temperature rises, Chengdu experiences a change in geographical conditions as well. There are flowers blossoming and trees and grass turn green making it the best time of the year for the tourist.
Summer – (May – August)
Summers in Chengdu are hot and rainy and therefore visitors need to carry rain gear for light showers. High humidity factor can also create some kind of unpleasantness for some visitors.
Autumn – (September – November)
This is the best time of the year to visit Chengdu as the temperature drops slightly and the green grass turns yellow and red creating a great landscape all over the mountains. With little rain, visitors can explore the region without any interruptions.
Winter – (November – February)
Temperature plunges down into sub-zero during the winter covering everything in snow. Hence, winter gear and winter clothing is highly recommended during your visit to Chengdu. However, it is the best time to visit Panda Breeding Centre.
Always eat at reputed restaurants while in Chengdu for authentic Chinese cuisine
Always carry a tissue paper, in case of emergencies
Don’t smoke when you’re in the giant panda research centre and stay quiet
Don’t feed pandas with food at the panda base