About This Trip
This 7-day family tour captures Sichuan's cultural dynamism and natural splendor, a world of wonders to delight old and young. In Chengdu, glimpse pandas frolicking in verdant groves and sample tempting snacks. Majestic Sichuan opera enchants at night, leaving you spellbound. Zigong Dinosaur Museum is a mecca for dinosaur lovers. At Shenhai Well, marvel at ancient ingenuity taming nature's might. After dark, relish fish spiked with Sichuan chili's exhilarating zest. Leshan's Buddha serenely gazes over Minjiang, carved into the rock with grace. The whimsical Luocheng and Jiayang's train slip through time, escaping into pastoral wonderland.
- Day 1 - 2Chengdu
Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, Sichuan Opera, Sichuan Hot Pot
- Day 3 - 4Zigong
Zigong Dinosaur Museum, Shenhai Salt Well, Zhang Fei Temple
- Day 5 - 6Leshan
Giant Buddha, Luocheng Ancient Town, Jiayang's Train
- Day 7Chengdu
Day 1: Chengdu, Arrival
Welcome to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province! Upon arrival, get a general understanding of colorful Sichuan, with tantalizing creatures and food.
As dusk descends, you may walk out for a self-guided exploration. Make a beeline for the bustling Jianshe Road to embark on a tasting adventure of all manner of toothsome temptations. The grilled fatty intestines with onions and potatoes from Jiang Xiaoyou smell utterly mouth-watering. The fried pork ribs from Fu Qiang are crispy on the outside but tender inside, becoming more fragrant and tempting with every bite, so one cannot help but keep devouring them.
Day 2: Chengdu, Pandas & Sichuan Hot Pot
Be delighted as you explore the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base. You'll chuckle at these adorable creatures tumbling and roughhousing in the verdant bamboo groves.
For lunch, experience the buzz of a typical Sichuan dining experience with a bubbling hot pot filled with numbingly spicy broth. The pungent aromas are sure to whip up your appetite!
Afterward, soak in the rich cultural heritage of Chengdu at the Chengdu Museum. A treasure trove of over 200,000 relics awaits, transporting you through the dynasties while regaling you with the city's enchanting history and folk traditions.
As night falls, dazzle your senses with the mystifying Sichuan opera. The flamboyant costumes, exotic Chinese melodies, and mind-bending face changes will leave you spellbound.
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Day 3: Chengdu - Zigong, Zigong Dinosaur Museum and Shenhai Well
Housing over 30,000 fossils, the Zigong Dinosaur Museum showcases the densest collection of Jurassic dinosaur fossils in Asia. This is a mecca for dinosaur lovers, a magical place for kids and adults to geek out on prehistoric discoveries.
Not far away lies Shenhai Well, the finest illustration of Zigong's storied salt industry history. You will get to know the ancient Chinese drilling technology and see how the masters boil salt using traditional methods.
Come at nightfall and indulge in Zigong's gastronomic treats. Pick up a piece of fish with your chopsticks and relish the intertwining tastes of chili's zest and fish's succulence, swirling in your mouth.
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Day 4: Zigong - Leshan, Salt Industry Museum and Zhang Fei Temple
This morning, venture to the Salt Industry Museum, an illuminating institution chronicling the ascent and decline of Zigong's historic salt mining industry. Through an array of artifacts, photographs, and multimedia, the museum documents how Zigong became China's largest salt producer, bringing wealth and prosperity to this inland city.
Then, proceed to Zhang Fei Temple and immerse yourself in the legend of General Zhang Fei. Gaze up at the golden tiles of his temple, a relic of centuries past, and meet his likeness, a 2.4-meter deity gripping his famed spear. After the day's journey, drive two hours to Leshan.
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Day 5: Leshan, Luocheng Ancient Town and Jiayang's Train
Today you will uncover the outdated charms of Luocheng Ancient Town. Meander Luocheng's stone alleys, ducking into teahouses where the elderly play cards over tea. Afterward, embark on Jiayang's Train. Dubbed "living history", this vintage train shuttles through perilous beauty. Through your carriage window, stunning vistas unfold, from emerald peaks to silver streams, a scenic wonderland changing with each season.
Next, descend to Huangcun Coal Mine. Take an authentic mining tour, posing with lifelike miner sculptures and observing dismoded equipment in the tunnels. Gain insight into coal's formation and how it fueled an era.
At nightfall, indulge in local fare on your own. Don't miss silky uncongealed tofu, chewy flatbreads, and savory Shumai bursting with Sichuan flavor.
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Day 6: Leshan - Chengdu, Giant Buddha
Today, get up early for an encounter with grandeur incarnate - the magnificent Giant Buddha. Ascend the worn stone steps winding up its flanks for a vertiginous view of the serene visage looming 71 meters overhead, every chiseled feature imbued with wizened grace. Or glide by boat over Minjiang's waters, lapping at the Buddha's feet for centuries.
After the day's journey, drive two hours back to Chengdu. The Buddha's face and aura are still deeply imprinted in your mind.
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Day 7: Chengdu, Departure
Your memorable tour of Sichuan has concluded, yet giant pandas, fiery cuisine, and the Jiayang stream train will forever dwell in your memory. Have some time at leisure before your guide takes you to the airport for your return flight.
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