Essential Sichuan

Chengdu, Mt. Qingcheng, Leshan & Emei

From $2600 per person in low season
From $3200 per person in high season

based on 5 nights & daily experiences

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Price includes:

  • Accommodation

  • Private transfers

  • Daily experiences

  • Daily Breakfast

per person based on 2 people sharing.

Please note that the cost of the itinerary will be higher during peak periods of travel, over Chinese National Vacations.

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  • Mingle with the adorable giant pandas!

  • Insight into the birthplace of Taoism at the picturesquely quaint Mount Qing Cheng

  • An evening performance and backstage visit of the Bian Lian opera

  • Stroll along the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Leshan and Emei

  • Discover the vibrant and world-famous culinary scene of Sichuan

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The vast province of Sichuan has a diverse and varied climate. The eastern lowlands of the Sichuan Basin have a tropical monsoon climate, characterized by humidity and fog. Winters are mild, summers are scorching, autumn is wet, and spring is dry and pleasant. The cities of Chengdu is famed for its fog, with the weather often likened to a damp day in London. The mountainous gorges and forested plains along the Yangtze River make autumn and spring the prime time for a Yangtze Cruise, with clear skies and pleasant temperatures making ideal sightseeing weather. Winter can be spectacular, despite the cold, when the water level is lower in the Three Gorges and the soaring cliffs even more dramatic.

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation.


The vibrant Sichuan is full of hidden gems to unravel. Let us take you into the key highlights as you get acquainted with the adorable pandas, hike the quaint Mount Qingcheng, row the boat into Leshan Big Buddha, enjoy a cable car up to Emei, as well as admire the UNESCO Dujiangyan irrigation system.

  1. Days 1-4: Chengdu

    Dive into the beauty of the Sichuan province while you are based in its vibrant capital in Chengdu. We will make day trips to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, the magnificent Dujiangyan Irrigation System, and stroll along the birthplace of Taoism in the ruggedly beautiful Qingcheng Mountain.

    During your stay, we have also included a range of unique experiences such as the fascinating Bian Lian opera where skilled actors perform trick of mask-changing with backstage visit to watch the actors' preparation. You will also enjoy an evening feasting on the famous Chinese Medicine Cuisine, as well as visit Sanxingdui Museum to feel the awe of the ancient Shu Kingdom's archaeological gems.

    For those with more time, you may want to extend another night and we can arrange a tongue-tickling foodie tour as you scavenge for some hidden culinary gems of this ever-bustling city which had earned its worldwide fame as a creative foodie destination.

    Accommodation: Niccolo Chengdu (3 nights)

  2. Days 4-6: Emei

    The next morning, we leave for a trip to the Leshan Big Buddha. You will climb the height of the statue and row a boat to view the imposing Buddha from the river.

    Afterwards, we continue for a cable car ride to the Golden Summit of Emei Mountains for its postcard-perfect view. We can also arrange a visit to Wannain Temple or hiking from the temple to the base through quaint temples, streams, pavilions and small bridges.

    On your final day, we drive back into Chengdu for a city tour of Jinli ancient street, the Thatched Cottage of Dufu, the trendy pedestrian alley of Kuanzhai before heading into the airport for your flight home.

    Accommodation: JZ Hotel Emei (2 nights)


  • Bian Lian (Face Changing) Performing Arts

    Enjoy a Bian Lian performance after dinner today. Get front row seats to view this unique art form of Sichuan Opera and try to guess the trick for the skilled mask changing of the masters! Visit backstage and watch the actors' preparation before the show.

  • Chengdu City Tour

    Discover the best of Chengdu as you explore Jinli ancient street, the Thatched Cottage of Dufu and wander in the trendy pedestrian streets of Kuanzhai alleyways. If time allows, visit Wuhou temple, dedicated to commemorating Zhu Geliang.

  • Chengdu Culinary Tour

    Start at a local tea house in Chengdu People's Park, visit local food market to learn about different Sichuan spices. Continue to Kuanzhai Alley or Jinli Street doe sandapao, sweet rice jelly, sticky tofu, spicy rabbit head and end with delicious hot pot!

  • Chinese Medicine Cuisine at Qinshanzai Restaurant

    Enjoy an evening feasting on the famous Chinese Medicine Cuisine at the Qinshanzai Restaurant.

  • Day Trip to Leshan

    Take a trip to Leshan to see the Leshan Big Buddha, a majestic icon and the largest of its kind in the world! Climb the height of the statue and take a boat ride to view the Buddha statue from the river.

  • Dujiangyan Irrigation System

    Take a tour of Dujiangyan Irrigation System, an ancient water system still in function today.

  • Dujiangyan Panda Base

    This morning, visit the Dujiangyan Panda Base and spend some time with the giant pandas. Optional volunteer program and photo taking with panda is available in China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda Dujiangyan Base.

  • Jie Zi Old Town

    Spend some time strolling through Jie Zi old town, considered among the most beautiful and well-preserved in Sichuan with its late Qing Dynasty-era architecture.

  • Jinsha Museum

    Discovered in 2001, the Jinsha Ruins is one of the most prominent recent archaeological discoveries, with relics of an ancient kingdom predating Chinese settlement in the area. Visit both the museum and the ruins exacation site.


Chengdu, Mt. Qingcheng, Leshan & Emei

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation.